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Six Things to Do for Free In and Around Denver (and Online) This Week

Six Things to Do for Free In and Around Denver (and Online) This Week
As we move into spring, it's a time of new beginnings (especially as pandemic restrictions loosen). But it's also a time to look back and celebrate past accomplishments while considering future changes. This week you can ponder everything from the environment to education, while also being entertained by Buntport and a trio of poets.

Keep reading for six free events in and around Denver this week.
Suzi Q. Smith
Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Happy Hour Reading: Suzi Q. Smith, Deborah Jang, and Tameca L. Coleman
Friday, March 26, 5 to 6 p.m., online

Tune in and be amazed when Lighthouse Writers Workshop pulls together the fabulous female trio of Denver authors/poets Tameca L. Coleman, Deborah Jang and Suzi Q. Smith for a virtual Happy Hour Reading. Coleman will share her debut book, an identity polyptych, set to be released this fall by The Elephants on the Salish Sea; Jang, best known as a fine artist for her sculptures made from salvaged metal and wood, will read from her lovely poetry collection Float True. And Smith, a major player in the local artivist community, will launch her new collection, A Gospel of Bones, from Alternating Current Press. Register for the free event here.

The Armchair Amateurs
Saturday, March 27, 6 p.m., online

The creative minds behind Buntport Theater have kept busy through the pandemic, even though it's been more than a year since the troupe's members have staged a full original play for a live audience. Now they're introducing a new, virtual trick: As the Armchair Amateurs, they’ll squeeze investigative news stories through the grinder, inspired by cues from social media, with a show in the spirit of past entertainments like The Great Debate and buntporTED talks. It’s free; all you have to do is RSVP for the Zoom link here.

WOW Family Seder
Saturday, March 27, 5 to 6 p.m., online
Tuesday, March 30, 5 to 6:30 p.m., online
Judaism Your Way is organized for Passover — are you? If not, JYW makes it easy with virtual seders in child- and adult-friendly versions. The family-style event on March 27 takes cues from NPR’s Wow in the World podcast with a mix of science experiments and Passover trivia, while the traditional seder will unfold on March 30 just like a live one, with recitations and songs around an internet-wide table — but you'll need your own matzos for a live afikoman hunt. Both events are free to join; register online in advance for the Zoom link.

Love in the Time of COVID-19: An Apocalypse Cabaret
Saturday, March 27, 7 to 8 p.m., online

Since the start of the pandemic, Opera On Tap Colorado has been offering monthly online shows. The March theme comes from Shakespeare, who said: "When words fail, music speaks." It's free to watch the performance, but donations are accepted; learn more here.

The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop
Sunday, March 28, 2 p.m., online

You’ve read Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist; now learn how educators can put that book’s practical lessons into redirecting their thinking in an educational format. Author Felicia Rose Chavez will introduce some of her strategies in a free reading and discussion of her new book, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom, joined by artivist podcaster Courtney J. Boddie and playwright Idris Goodwin, who will lead a Q&A session. Do the right thing and register here; join the Zoom meeting here.

Welcoming the Stranger: Motus Theater
Sunday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.

Motus Theater works with leaders on the frontlines of violence in the U.S. to write and perform autobiographical stories during Motus Monologue performances. On Sunday, Bishop Karen Oliveto — who serves 400 churches covering Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and a portion of Idaho — and Reverend Jeff Rainwater will partner with Motus, reading aloud and reflecting upon Cristian Solano-Córdova’s story of enduring courage in the journey across the border, through threats and towards liberty. The monologue will be followed by a musical response from Uruguayan musician Elisa Garcia; and then personal and theological reflections on the importance of sacred hospitality, and the impact of stepping into the shoes of an undocumented neighbor. Register here.

Know of a great free event around town? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]
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