This last day of February marks the end of Black History Month, and many events on the calendar reflect that. Start the day learning about Denver's Baby Doctor, end it with some slam poetry about sexual superheroes.
Dr. Justina Ford's 150th Birthday
The Black American West Museum celebrated Dr. Justina Ford's contribution to the state with a two-hour livestreamed tribute on January 22, officially Dr. Justina Ford Day in Colorado. The program includes interviews with some of her remaining patients, as well as a re-enactment of Ford's only known interview and the first public display of her handwritten letter to the Colorado Medical Society that documents her delivery of 7,000 babies in her fifty-year career. Watch it here.
Purim Drag Story Hour
The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center will celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with a family-friendly Drag Story Hour and Hamentashen baking demo with Denver’s Laura Menorah, who'll also read "Sammy Spider’s First Purim," by Sylvia A. Rouss. The event is free to access here.
Sunday, February 28, 2 p.m.; shows through March 7
Curious Theatre Company presents Jessica Creane's comedic, immersive experience designed to explore the underlying chaos in our lives — online, in this case, and produced by Ikantkoan Games. A lecture about chaos theory devolves into a series of interactive games inspired by the science of chaos theory, reality dating shows, middle-school crushes, and the butterfly effect to end all butterfly effects: COVID-19. The audience is guided by mathematical scientist Dr. Genevieve Saoch, whose personal life continually interferes with her ability to be objective about her research as a chaologist. Through a series of participatory experiments, audience members are invited to embrace their inner chaos agent as they embody facets of chaos theory, including deterministic chaos, fractals, self-organization and strange attractors. Find showtimes and virtual tickets, $20, here.
Sunday, February 28, 2 p.m.; shows through March 21
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
The Aurora Fox is stepping back into hosting live performances with The Pavilion, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated romantic drama by Craig Wright, known for lending his script-writing abilities to television dramas Six Feet Under, Dirty Sexy Money and Lost. Seating will be distanced; if the venue needs to cancel in-person shows again, they'll be shifted to an online format. Tickets range from $15 to $40; learn more and reserve your seats here.
Colorado in the Present Tense: Narkita Gold, Rick Griffith, Nathan Hall and Maia Ruth Lee
Keith Haring: Grace House Mural
Jaime Carrejo: Waiting
Through August 22
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street
MCA Denver is opening three fresh exhibitions: a resurrection of graffitist Keith Haring’s stairway-climbing "Grace House Mural," painted thirty years ago in a defunct Catholic youth center in New York City, and recently removed in a series of panels; a look at homegrown craft and creativity through the eyes of photographer Narkita Gold, as well as designer, printer and Afrofuturist Rick Griffith, composer Nathan Hall and sculptor/installationist Maia Ruth Lee; and a thoughtful installation from Coloradan Jaime Carrejo. The shows open for members-only days on February 27 and 28, with the public opening on March 2; learn more and RSVP for timed-entry slots online here.
Press Freedom & Julian Assange
Sunday, February 28, noon
Denver Action to Free Assange will sponsor a free, online panel discussion of the U.S. case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and its ramifications for journalism and freedom of speech. The event will be hosted by Dr. Deepa Govindarajan Driver, activist and lecturer in Governance, Regulation and Risk at the University of Reading in the U.K.; Ray McGovern, a CIA analyst for 27 years and co-creator of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; and Mohamed Elmaazi, an investigative journalist based in London and the only journalist to cover every hearing during the U.K. extradition proceedings. Register here.
Listen to Your Skin: Gayle Danley
Sunday, February 28, 5 p.m.
Gayle Danley, former international slam poetry champion, will be performing at this month's Denver-based Listen to Your Skin: Erotic Reading series installment; the theme is "sexual superheroes." Soon after crushing the competition at Asheville’s National Poetry Slam in 1994, Danley entered America’s classrooms, teaching thousands of children how to access their emotions through the force of words. She performed and taught her way from Maryland Young Audiences' Artist of the Year to National Young Audiences' Artist of the Year. For the past five years, Gayle’s Grieffriend sessions have helped women who are living with AIDS, widows, incarcerated youth and those struggling with drug addiction and recovery use poetry to cope and face life’s challenges. She'll be reading live, online, for free; find out more here.
Know of other great events in town? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to email@example.com.
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