The 21 Best Events in Denver, April 3-9

Opening Day = spring in Denver!
Opening Day = spring in Denver! Jacqueline Collins
click to enlarge Opening Day = spring in Denver! - JACQUELINE COLLINS
Opening Day = spring in Denver!
Jacqueline Collins
Ah, spring. Nothing ushers in the season like slamming beer and crying over the Rockies on Opening Day, which happens to fall on April 6. If baseball isn't your thing, we've got everything from oysters to art to chefs to film festivals on this week's list of the 21 best events in Denver!

Tuesday, April 3

Funny women in Denver are looking for more stage time and kinder audiences, and Emily Zeek is here to give them both with Diagnosis Hysterical, an open-mic showcase for women and femme performers only. Anything goes if the performer fits the profile, including poetry, music, standup, performance, monologues and sketch comedy, at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, on Tuesday, April 3 (and every first Tuesday of the month). Sign-up is at 7:30 p.m. sharp, and the show follows at 8; all are welcome to cheer on the comics. Learn more at

Wednesday, April 4

Though now based in New York and Austin, Denver native Devon Dikeou brings plenty of high culture to the Mile High City with the Dikeou Collection, a mini-museum ensconced in a downtown high-rise, and its offshoot, the Dikeou Pop-Up on East Colfax Avenue, which both offer a global view of the international art scene, along with close-ups of Denver’s own cultural milieu. But Dikeou, who is up for a Black Cube residency this year, is also an artist, and it’s as an artist that she’ll appear as a speaker in the Denver Art Museum’s Logan Lecture series, discussing her own work. Catch Dikeou at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway; an après-lecture reception with Dikeou in the El Pomar Atrium of the Hamilton Building follows. Get information and tickets, $10 to $20, at

Photographer and poet Kathryn Charles has been capturing City Park and the currently closed City Park Golf Course in pictures and in words. She'll present both in Public Space in Transition, a free show open to the public on Wednesday, April 4, only. View the photos at a wine and cheese reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and hear the poems at 6 p.m., all on the second floor of the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place. To make an appointment to see Charles's work at another time, call 303-995-9100.

Get to shucking at the High West Oyster Fest! - WESTWORD
Get to shucking at the High West Oyster Fest!
The High West Oyster Fest is coming to the Mile High City at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4. This is the sixth annual celebration of all things oyster; after five years in Boulder, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is moving the fest to the Exdo Events Center, 1399 35th Street, where there will be more room for the annual oyster-shucking and -eating contests, more room for music from Guerilla Fanfare and DJ Styles, and more room for food and drink favorites from ten Denver restaurants. "Our goal is to create one of the best oyster celebrations in the West," says Jax executive chef Sheila Lucero. This one's already a pearl. Tickets are $45, and all proceeds and donations will benefit First Descents, a local nonprofit that provides outdoor adventure for young adults impacted by cancer. For more information on the program, go to; for more on the fest, go to

Thursday, April 5

Few Front Range organizations are serving refugee communities as well as Project Worthmore. To ensure its longevity, Birdy magazine and the experimental electronic-music label Multidim Records are joining forces to throw a fundraiser for the organization at 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at Syntax Physic Opera, 554 South Broadway. The evening's theme — abstract electronic audio and visual art — will play out in musical performances by Entrancer, Cities of Earth, Staggard Hooks and Glissline, visuals by Cacheflowe, and interactive lighting by Marc Wren. Admission is $10; for more information, go to or call 720-456-7041.

For twenty years, Su Teatro has hosted the XicanIndie FilmFest, a multi-day celebration of independent Chicano film and Latino movies from around the world. From Thursday, April 5, through Sunday, April 8, head to 721 Santa Fe Drive for screenings of films, including Dolores, a riveting portrayal of activist Dolores Huerta, and the ever-relevant Walkout, which is about students in L.A. fighting discrimination in the ’60s. Panel discussions with filmmakers, after-parties and more round out the fest-related activities. Visit for a full schedule and festival passes, $40.

Every now and then, watching a swift new play about clever young people or a piece that strains to be socially and politically relevant, we long to hear the strong, sure and deeply musical voice of August Wilson, one of America’s foremost playwrights and creator of an extraordinary community of black folks in his ten-part Pittsburgh Cycle. Fences, sixth in the cycle, tells the story of Troy, a flawed and difficult man newly released from prison and struggling to care for his family; it opens Thursday, April 5, and runs through Saturday, April 21, at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street in Lone Tree. The LTAC presents very few plays — usually one a year — but its productions are always professional and meticulous. For times and tickets, $35 to $60, call 720-509-1000 or go to

When PlatteForum pairs artists and creatives with youth interns to produce art together, it’s never a formal affair. Instead, it’s a hands-in-the-dirt experience where kids and adults learn from each other and then share their findings — and culminating projects — with the public. That considered, why on earth would PlatteForum throw a stuffy gala when the time came to start fundraising? Well, it wouldn’t: UnGALA, A Soirée Unusual is anything but. Instead, you’re invited to dress down and maybe get your hands dirty, too, at a gathering for everyone, while enjoying the usual party stuff — bites, libations, a silent auction and entertainment — along with other stuff that’s not so usual, like a freewheeling exhibit showcasing PlatteForum residents from the nonprofit’s fifteen years of operation. Get a piece of the UnGala on Thursday, April 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. at PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis Street in the Temple; for tickets, $60 for individuals or $115 for a pair, go to Learn more at

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