As the city thaws out, people are making plans to go out and about this weekend, everywhere from RiNo to Parker. Of course, there are online options, too.
Keep reading for ten things to do over the next few days.
The Museum for Black Girls
Now through April
1439 26th Street
Black Girl Magic, an interactive, multi-room art installation illustrating the Black female experience, is returning to Denver in the city's second appearance of the Museum for Black Girls, popping up in RiNo in retail space owned and managed by EDENS. The museum will highlight ten artists and creative women of color, who will use the space to create interactive pieces. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Find out more here.
Old Man River Bike Rally & Run
Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
600 Park Drive, Lyons
Because of cold weather, the Old Man River Bike Rally & Run was postponed a week...which means you can still sign up for runs and rides, for adults and kids alike. They range from entertaining to endurance, with registration up to $115. Find out more here.
Matters of the Heart
Saturday, February 20, noon to 7 p.m.
2822 East 17th Avenue
The weather also affected the opening at ARTAOS, which is hosting a second artist's reception for those too cold to leave their homes. Featured artist Cynthia Berg will be live painting; works from other creatives will also be on display. Find out more here.
Masquerade Ball Annual Gala Featuring Black Iris Collective
Saturday, February 20, 6 to 10 p.m.
Deep Space Parker Lounge & Event Center, 11020 South Pikes Peak Drive, Parker
BCC Evolution is hosting the annual gala that benefits the mental health and suicide awareness nonprofit, with a few changes because of the pandemic. The night includes live music featuring Black Iris Collective, a female-led fusion band that combines a live vocal trio with DJ tracks and skilled musicians for a head-turning audience experience. Dinner by Colorado Catering is included. Tickets start at $65; find out more here.
Colorado Environmental Film: Closing Night
Saturday, February 20, 7 p.m.
The Colorado Environmental Film Festival is wrapping up with a livestream program that includes showings of the films The Catalyst and Beyond Zero; after the screenings, you can chat with the directors during a live Q&A. Registration is $10; find out more here.
Rise & Move: Cleo Parker Robinson
Sunday, February 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The world-famous Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, which just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, presents this livestream performance of Rise and Move, a program of pieces exploring conflict, healing and Umoja. True to the challenges of COVID, the pieces on stage will practice social distancing woven into the art of dance along with the joy of community. This show is part of the Lone Tree Arts Passport to Culture, and tickets are pay-what-you-can. Get them here.
And plan ahead:
Arts in the Afternoon: Central City Opera
Wednesday, February 24, 1:30 p.m.
Central City Opera presents a concert of opera and classical art-song favorites, performed by CCO touring artists soprano Christie Conover, bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell and pianist Jeremy Reger. Founded in 1932, Central City Opera is the fifth-oldest professional opera company in the country and is renowned for world-class productions, a competitive and robust young artist training program, and creative year-round education and community engagement activities. Tickets start at $5; find out more here.
We'll be updating this list through the weekend; if you know of a great event in or around Denver (or online), send information to email@example.com. And don't miss our list of free events here.
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