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The 21 Best Events in Denver, March 13-19

The 21 Best Events in Denver, March 13-19
Kenneth Hamblin III

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click to enlarge Meet the god himself at Tattered Cover. - PICADOR BOOKS
Meet the god himself at Tattered Cover.
Picador Books
Friday, March 16

As its successful presentation with Bruce Springsteen in 2016 suggests, the Tattered Cover is fully down with rock-star readings, but how about one with a hip-hop giant? At this week’s Evening With Lamont "U God" Hawkins, the Wu-Tang Clan founding member will introduce his memoir, Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang ($27, Picador); the special program takes place on Friday, March 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. To play, purchase a signing-line ticket for $27 (a copy of the book is included in the cost) in advance at eventbrite.com; the tickets will be issued in sequential groups. Arrive beginning at 6 p.m. to check in and pick up your book; find details at tatteredcover.com.

The national initiative Dancing for Solidarity promotes letter-writing campaigns reaching out to inmates living in solitary, without access to prison enrichment programming of any kind. The Denver branch, which meets to write pen-pal letters twice monthly at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, is initiating the performance side of the group’s quest — to raise awareness of social-justice issues and speak out against the state of mass incarceration — with Solidarity Dance: Transcend Punishment, an evening of dance, spoken word and conversation on Friday, March 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street. Admission is $5 to $15 on a donation-based sliding scale, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds; learn more at the event's Facebook page.

The United Kingdom has produced a glut of popular music over the years that has dominated airwaves across the United States. In a nod to our sibling across the pond, the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus will perform a selection of hits from British artists including Elton John, Eric Clapton, Adele, George Michael, Culture Club, the Spice Girls and — harking way, way back — George Frideric Handel. The 135-men choir will be joined by the Mountain Aires, an all-male ensemble from the Denver Children’s Choir, at 7:30 Friday, March 16, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis Street. For tickets, starting at $31, and more information, go to rmarts.org.

A real blast from the past will hit on Friday, March 16, when Dead Sea Scrolls opens at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The traveling exhibit includes authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents, dating back over 2,000 years; the first was discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin goatherder. For preservation reasons, the ten scrolls on view will change midway through the run; the display also includes 600 ancient artifacts from the Middle East. The exhibition, which runs through September 3, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; timed tickets run $25.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors (age 65+), $17.95 for junior/students (ages three to eighteen or with a student ID) and include general admission (museum members get discounts for Dead Sea Scrolls). For tickets and information, visit dmns.org/deadseascrolls or call 303-370-6000.

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street slices through the University of Colorado Boulder's Macky Auditorium for a weekend of the blood-soaked ballads and cutting wit of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. Presented by the Eklund Opera Program, the popular musical tells the devilish tale of a scorned and murderous barber and an unscrupulous baker with a ghoulish recipe for meat pies. With guest conductor Caleb Harris and guest vocalist Wei Wu, the production makes full use of the CU Symphony Orchestra, bringing Sondheim's wicked words to life. With a cast decked out in Victorian finery and elaborate penny dreadful-esque set design, music lovers shouldn't miss the opportunity to see a local production of the Tony-winning Broadway and West End favorite. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Call 303-492-8008 or visit cupresents.org to buy tickets, which start at $20, and find more details.

Some of Colorado's most interesting emerging artists, performers, fashion designers, chefs and musicians will all gather under one roof during the kickoff of Spectra Art Space's second Colorado Vibes Art, Music, Fashion Showcase, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Spectra, 1836 South Broadway. Over-21 creatives will be in the spotlight during the 420-friendly event, which will include art from more than twenty artists, a fashion show and live music on the inside stage. Tickets (21+) are free, but RSVP at eventbrite.com.

If nothing gets you going like getting elbow-deep in junk, don't miss the two-day Beautiful Junk Sale starting Friday, March 16, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West Sixth Avenue Frontage Road in Golden. From 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, bargain hunters, junk lovers and flea-market aficionados can sort through 10,500 square feet of jewelry, collectibles, household items, decor and more. Tickets are $4 for adults, while children fifteen and under get in for free; take a dollar off the admission price with a donation of two non-perishable food items. For hard-core shoppers, an early-bird sale begins at 7 a.m. on Friday (the $30 ticket covers Saturday's entry, too). Proceeds benefit the Action Center; visit its website for more information.

click to enlarge KENNETH HAMBLIN III
Kenneth Hamblin III
Saturday, March 17

Since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year, there will be plenty of partying all over Denver, which happens to boast one of the biggest parades in the country. The 2018 edition includes Kelly Brough, CEO of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, as grand marshal, and kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at 19th and Wynkoop streets. The parade will wind through LoDo before ending at Coors Field, where the parade committee is hosting The Dublin House: A Tribute to Irish Heritage, a cocktail party that will include classic Irish dishes. Tickets to that event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., are $125, but the parade route is also conveniently located near many bars where you can have a beery, beery good time without parting with too much green. See the parade route and find more on the Dublin House at denverstpatricksdayparade.com.

The underlying purpose of Denver’s Month of Printmaking is exposure for the artists, from monotype wizards to those who toil over complicated lithos and etchings in an umbrella medium that’s sometimes overlooked. Mo’Print’s Open Portfolio day is a chance for printmakers of all ages and skill levels to meet the public and give an overview of their work. This year’s strictly print-centric show-and-tell presents portfolios from a cavalcade of forty printmakers, from students to Colorado’s top practitioners, on Saturday, March 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street. Have a look and pick up some affordable artworks; get information at moprint.org.

click to enlarge Kenzie Sitterud will take you to church. - KENZIE SITTERUD
Kenzie Sitterud will take you to church.
Kenzie Sitterud
Sunday, March 18

Queer community-building offers support, shelter and encouragement to be who you are, all healthy directions for getting out of a society-imposed closet. Artist Kenzie Sitterud’s Gay Church follows through by encouraging togetherness and sharing coming-out stories over a potluck brunch and a trip through Sitterud’s immersive installation The Wardrobe, a literal closet where self-discovery opens doors. Tell your story at the open mic, or dance away your fears during “intermittent mini-dance parties," on Sunday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street, where Sitterud is a current resident. Admission is free, but donations will be collected for a nonprofit cause TBA; visit the Gay Church event page on Facebook for more information.

The Vintage Voltage Expo is an annual event that's part antique-radio swap meet, part record collector's show, part electronics flea market, part vintage guitar show and all gear, all the time. It returns to the Ramada Plaza Denver North, at I-25 and 120th in Northglenn, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Kids under twelve get in free; everyone else pays $5 — and for another $5, you can get in an hour early. Vintage Voltage is being held in conjunction with the annual show of the Colorado Radio Collectors Club, which will be displaying hundreds of old radios. Find out more about the club at radioace.com, and get more information on the Vintage Voltage Expo at its Facebook event page or at 303-347-8252.

Monday, March 19

Hollywood has long had a reputation as a breeding ground for immorality (which is a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective). Learn more about the history of naughtiness in film and its industry headquarters at a lecture by Clay Haskell, assistant professor of film and media studies at Colorado College, on Monday, March 19. Haskell's lecture, which will zoom in on censorship in the film industry from the ’20s to the ’60s, gets started at 7 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Find tickets, $5 to $7, and more information at denverfilm.org.

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