Yes, it will be a snowy weekend, but when you're stuck on your sofa, you'll have online options that are both educational and entertaining...and many of them are free.
Now, if you just have power! Here are ten things to do this weekend:
Beyond the Affordable Health Care Act
Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m., online
What does the future hold for the ACA, also known as Obamacare? How sustainable is it? How will the Biden administration deal with health-care reform in the shadow of the COVID pandemic? Join Healthcare for All Colorado during a discussion with local experts Dr. Rick Bieser and Dr. Cecile Rose on the future of the ACA and what lies ahead for meaningful health-care reform. Register in advance for this free program.
Saturday, March 13, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., online
Visit Lindita’s Kitchen and learn how to make arroz con pollo. Lindita is an iconic Denver businesswoman and founder of Lindita’s Inc. Salsa and Spices. She grew up as a migrant farmworker, and today is the host of Lindita’s Kitchen Cooking Show, as well as a cookbook author, chef and cooking instructor who brings passion and zest to showcasing traditional Mexican food. This free program is part of the Saturday Series with CHAC, and is hosted by Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, Colorado Folk Arts Council and Metro State University Chicana/o Studies Journey Through Our Heritage. Find out more here.
Exploring Immigration and Allyship: An Anti-Racism Educational Event
Saturday, March 13, 2 to 4 p.m., online
The United Nations Association of Boulder is hosting this live event with anti-racism author Paul Kivel, author of Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Social Justice, as well as performances by musicians Julia Che Taylor and Teresita Lozano, all exploring the theme of immigration and allyship. An audience Q&A session with Kivel and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition representative Mateo Lozano will follow. The program is free, and any donations will benefit the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition; sign up here.
Tara Performing Arts High School presents: Antigone by Sophokles, translated by Anne Carson
Saturday, March 13, 3 p.m., through Sunday, March 14, 11:59 p.m.
For high school performers, the show must go on, and tenth-grade students at Tara Performing Arts High School in Boulder have moved their spring performance online, where they'll offer a new take on a very old story: Antigone. The taped performance will be available to watch during a 33-hour period; tickets are $10 here.
2021 Poetry Out Loud State Finals
Saturday, March 13, 4 to 5 p.m., online
The Colorado Poetry Out Loud youth competition isn’t a reading or an open mic or a full-fledged poetry slam. Instead, it harks back to the old days by focusing on memorization, recitation and performance of poems written by others. Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Colorado Creative Industries collaborate to host the local session of a national program, free to watch on the Lighthouse Writers YouTube channel. If you miss the Saturday finals, you get a second chance to tune in, when Words by Heart: A Showcase of the 2021 Colorado Poetry Out Loud Virtual State Finals airs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, on PBS 12. Learn more here.
It’s All Bueno
Saturday, March 13, and Saturday, March 20, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, 1 p.m., online
Su Teatro, one of Denver’s longest-operating independent theater groups, is all about passing down traditions. That’s why there’s a youth company, El Teatro VolARTE, operating under Su Teatro’s wing. Get a taste of what these kids — all in the age range of seven to sixteen — can do with a script and a stage to call their own when they share a live production of the family play It’s All Bueno, about a broken family searching for community. Admission is free; RSVP online in advance here. (Note: The Saturday, March 13, performance has been postponed to next weekend because of weather.)
Living Room Local With Luis Alfaro & Laurie Woolery: One Year Later: Art in the Age of Covid
Sunday, March 14, 6 p.m., online
How has the nation’s theater community weathered the shutdown of major theaters in the last year without losing the creative spark that comes from all aspects of live performance? Hear two multi-tasking theater professionals on the national level — playwrights Luis Alfaro and Laurie Woolery — give a few tips and discuss their own losses and gain during this month’s Living Room Local virtual theater-industry chat hosted by Boulder’s Local Theater on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic-wrought cultural shutdown. Learn more and get tickets, $20, at Eventbrite.
and, weather pending...
Stonehenge: Ancient Mysteries and Modern Discoveries
Now open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard
You won’t experience the real Stonehenge, standing in all its mysterious glory on the chalk plateau of Salisbury Plain, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s new Stonehenge exhibit. After all, how do you ship a massive stone or two from an ancient monument? (The largest are 23 feet high, nine feet wide and weigh over 50,000 pounds.) But you will learn some of Stonehenge’s scientific secrets as you pick your way through a display of 400 artifacts — possibly even solving the mystery of how humans without semi-trucks managed to drag those monsters 150 miles from the Preseli Mountains. Stonehenge opens to the public on March 12; learn more and snag your timed-entry tickets (prices vary, and museum admission is also required) here.
Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck
Sunday, March 14, through June 20
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Things are about to get glamorous at the Denver Art Museum, where the major fashion exhibition Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck opens Sunday for a spring flight, bringing with it the story of Véronique Peck’s decades-long love affair with the fashion industry. The elegant show, enhanced by film clips and family photos, is a homegrown effort curated by DAM textile and fashion expert Florence Müller into a walk through nine chronological sections — and the clothes won’t disappoint. Paris to Hollywood is included with museum admission, free to $13; RSVP online in advance for timed-entry tickets here.
Rowley's Spooky Drive-Thru With Jeff Kinney
Monday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
Redemption Church parking lot, 4345 West 46th Avenue
Got kids? If so, it’s likely you’ve heard of author Jeff Kinney, best known for his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Kinney’s coming to town for what will perhaps be the most unique book signing you’ve ever attended. In tandem with BookBar, Kinney will be handing out pre-signed copies of his latest — Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories — to kids safely ensconced in cars. And never mind that he’ll be doing it using a six-foot cemetery shovel. The drive-through includes story characters and other frights — and Kinney will even pose by your car for family selfies. Purchase timed-entry tickets, basically the price of the book, in advance for $16.31, and learn more at Eventbrite.
Know of a great event in Denver (or online) this weekend? We'll be updating this list over the next few days; send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't miss our list of Ten Free Things to Do in Denver This Week.
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