Think spring! Colorado's entertainment calendar is definitely heating up, even if the temperature is dropping. This week you can help Ukraine by making art, and also listen to great speakers, including Pat Schroeder.
See our list of free events here
and of local art openings here
. Now keep reading for twelve activities around town that are all worth the price of admission:
Pysanky for Peace
Tuesday, March 22, noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.; continuing Saturdays in April
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood
It isn’t unusual for stained-glass artist Maria Valentina Sheets to teach a class in pysanky, a Ukrainian wax-resist technique for decorating Easter eggs with intricate patterns, at Valkarie Gallery. But this year, she saw an opportunity and will be teaching the craft during several three-hour sessions in the coming weeks in return for $100 donations for the International Rescue Committee
to provide aid to the battle-worn nation of Ukraine. Along with the donation, there is a $1 reservation fee; learn more and register here
Sip & Sing
Wednesday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.
Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club, 1330 27th Street
This Opera Colorado benefit includes a multi-course meal with wine pairings and performances by the Opera Colorado Artists in Residence. Tickets are $150 per person; find out more here
Scott Pelley: Values Matter and the Truth Is Worth Telling
Wednesday, March 23, 6 p.m.
Vail Interfaith Chapel, Vail
A 60 Minutes
correspondent and former anchor of the CBS Evening News
, Scott Pelley will talk about his reporting experiences, many of them included in his book Truth Worth Telling
. He'll also discuss the importance of free speech and a free press as rights that guarantee all others. Tickets are $55; find out more here
Innovative Prints by Viennese Artists
Wednesday, March 23, 6 p.m.
Kirkland Museum, 1201 Bannock Street, and online
Barbara Thompson will discuss Viennese printmakers and their monthly journal, Ver Sacrum
, as seen in Josef Hoffmann’s Vienna
, the exhibit that runs through April 9. Early twentieth-century Austrian printmakers created some of the most innovative images of their era, combining methods and compositional styles of Japanese printmakers with traditional European art. The program is both in person and online, and tickets run from $12 to $25; find out more here
Bold Women. Change History. Pat Schroeder
Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m.
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway and online
Celebrate Women’s History Month at a talk by twelve-term congresswoman Pat Schroeder, who first ran for office fifty years ago. She'll tell about her long-shot candidacy for office, and what she encountered at Congress. The program is both in person and online, and tickets range from $5 to $15; find out more here
Meghan Frank in INbox.
Photo by Michael Ensminger for Theatre Artibus
Through April 10
Aurora Fox Art Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
In Hurricane Diane
, Madeleine George’s Obie-winning comedy, a spunky permaculture gardener provides cover for her real identity: the Greek god Dionysus, whose objective is to set the world straight, righting the wrongs of climate change and out-of-control civilization to return Earth to its pristine beginnings. What’s funny about that? It all goes down in suburbia, where a quartet of New Jersey housewives catch the fire. Janae Burris is the leading lady, making everything perfect for a swell night out at the Aurora Fox. Get info and tickets here
Curious Theatre Company, Refuge
Through April 9
Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma Street
Curious Theatre Company addresses the border situation in folkloric fashion with Refuge
, a play by Satya Jnani Chávez and Andrew Rosendorf that tells the bilingual story of a young Honduran immigrant heading north into Texas. The production has a lilt of magic realism, traditional music and puppetry; Curious commissioned and developed the work, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award recipient, with help from transcreator Mari Meza-Burgos, who helped mold the script’s shifting languages to make sense between two cultures. Reserve tickets, $35 to $50, here
INbox, Theatre Artibus
Through March 27
Savoy Denver, 2700 Arapahoe Street
The Savoy in Curtis Park, now owned by physical-theater specialists Meghan Frank and Buba Basishvili of Theatre Artibus, went quiet during the pandemic and then closed for renovations. Now the Savoy’s new improvements are being unveiled with a side of INbox
, a droll sci-fi comedy played out silent-movie-style, right down to the overstated movements and framed titles used in the silver-screen era. The work is tied to a true story of an unlikely project in Tasmania; to learn more, go see it. Tickets are $19 to $48 at Eventbrite
Do you know of a great event in metro Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]