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Ten Things to Do In and Around Denver This Weekend

A film 25 years in the making.EXPAND
A film 25 years in the making.
Teton Gravity

Over the next few days, you can enjoy a blast from the past or look forward to the joys of winter, even in a pandemic. Ski areas are opening around Colorado, and the latest film from Warren Miller Entertainment will debut on Saturday. Holiday markets are opening, too, with both in-person and online versions available for your shopping pleasure.

Here are ten of the best things to do in and around Denver this weekend:

Space Odyssey Reopens
Now open
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard

Space Odyssey is ready to blast back into the DMNS universe after a year of renovation, with an updated theme chosen through community input. What’s new? At the top of the list — and sure to be a hit with all ages — are the immersive Sensory Spacewalk and Fantasy Spaceship features, which simulate the feeling of speeding through space, and a launch simulator that puts you in the driver’s seat during takeoff. There's no extra charge to see the exhibit, but separate timed-entry tickets are required for both general museum admission and Space Odyssey. Learn more here.

Colorado Day of the Dead 2020
Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 22, 4 to 9 p.m.

2020 La Plaza Colorado,15200 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
Colorado Latin Fashion Week and its founder, Norberto Mojardin, might have come up with the most comprehensive and COVID-conscious Día de los Muertos celebration yet: It’s spread out over three weekends, by thirty-minute timed-entry slots from 4 to 9 p.m. on each date, centered around an enormous altar created by at-risk children and teens, with help from guest artists who take the lead while the young folks learn new art skills. “The purpose of Day of the Dead 2020 is to bring the community together in this hard time. It is now more important than ever to remember our loved ones who passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic,” say the organizers. Vendors and food trucks will be on hand, too. Admission: $5 to $10, with timed-entry reservations at Eventbrite.

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
Through November 21

After 32 years of showing woman-centric films in the flesh, the machine behind the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival shouldn’t have any trouble going virtual in 2020, when the movies will spool out online over an expanded schedule. Start off on the opening-night celebration with guest filmmakers and live music, just as you would in person, before settling in for a screening of the documentary Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, and then it’s on to a full week of films available for viewing any time from the day of release. Festival passes range from $40 to $133; individual tickets are $10 per film and $33 for opening night. See the schedule and learn how to cyber-fest here.

The Play You Want
Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m., through Sunday, November 15, 10 p.m.

The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company is offering a reading of The Play You Want, along with an interview with playwright Bernardo Cubria, which you can stream at any point over 36 hours this weekend. Cubria’s play, which won BETC’s Generations competition for writer parents of young children, features drug dealers in a biting satire on what the theater world expects of a Mexican playwright. If the intriguing premise is insufficient lure, consider the cast. You’ve been missing the luminous Jamie Ann Romero since she left Colorado six years ago? She’ll come to you through the magic of virtual viewing, along with other much-missed favorites Rodney Lizcano and Matt Zambrano. Add Dale Li, Gilbert Cruz, Sam Strelitz and the glorious Gabriella Cavallero, and what are you waiting for? Viewing is free, but you need to register at BETC.org

Preston Porter Marker Dedication Ceremony
Saturday, November 14, 2 p.m.

On November 16, 1900, a fifteen-year-old Black youth was dragged into a field outside Limon by a jeering mob and burned to death. The lynching came days after Preston Porter Jr. was tortured in the Denver jail into making a coerced confession of murdering a white girl, and the event attracted spectators from across Colorado. A hundred and twenty years later, a memorial to Porter has been erected a few steps from Larimer Square; it will be dedicated in a virtual ceremony on Saturday, November 14, with speakers streaming live on Facebook @CLMProject and the web page coloradolynchingmemorial.org.

New American Diwali
Saturday, November 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Diwali, India’s five-day festival of lights, makes an appearance more poignant than usual this year as a celebration focused on freedom from ignorance and negative forces. No wonder Denver-based organization Roshni chose the theme of “Let There Be Light” for its virtual sharing of spoken word, dance and music. Learn how to join in for the beautiful holiday and its tradition of lighting hundreds of candles (and sometimes setting them afloat) here.

Loveland's Winter Wonderlights LIVE!
Saturday, November 14, through December 31, 5 to 9 p.m.
Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra

Loveland’s Winter Wonderlights, a walkable holiday lighting attraction with over 80,000 holiday string lights and LED mappable snowflakes, returns for the 2020 holiday season with some COVID-friendly changes. The thirty-minute musical light show will run from 5 to 9 p.m. every night through December; admission is free. Opening night, November 14, is one of three special LIVE! celebrations, with live entertainment, pyrotechnic surprises, a food truck, giveaways and reindeer; tickets for that night are gone, but November 15 and subsequent evenings are open. Get more details at WinterWonderlightsLoveland.com.

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Future Retro is coming to your living room on November 14.
Future Retro is coming to your living room on November 14.
Warren Miller Entertainment

Future Retro
Saturday, November 14, 6 p.m.

The 71st feature film from Boulder-based Warren Miller Entertainment is coming to your living room, where it will stream live complete with red carpet, athlete interviews and giveaways. In Future Retro, progressive skiers Lexi duPont and Amie Engerbretson journey to the heart of deep-rooted ski culture in Switzerland, and freeskiers Baker Boyd and Victor Major rip the endless peaks of Iceland, using a 1,300-year-old farm as their base camp. A trio of world-class snowboarders — Elena Hight, Danny Davis and Nick Russell — travel to Antarctica and witness the impact of climate change. In the film, legendary skiers Scot Schmidt and the Egan brothers show a new crop of athletes how they were responsible for the extreme-skiing movement of the ’80s and ’90s, and the next generation of skiers and riders show us what it means to challenge the status quo. Each virtual ticket is good for four, and the film can be streamed for 48 hours; get tickets here.

Make Believe
Sunday, November 15, 6 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder

The Dairy Arts Center Drive-In has added another showing of Teton Gravity's Make Believe. For 25 years, Teton Gravity has explored everything from powder stashes in Colorado's backyard playground to first descents on unnamed peaks, all while defining the ethos of “Live the dream." The result is this film. Admission is $30 for a car with two people; each additional occupant is $10. See if tickets are still available here.

16th Street Mall Holiday Gift Festival
Through Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
16th Street Mall, between Tremont and California streets

Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping at this free, curated marketplace with a large selection of one of-a-kind seasonal items, handcrafted goods, home-decor items, specialty foods and holiday gifts. Find out more here.

Read about more holiday markets here. Do you know of another great event around town? Send information to editorial@westword.com.

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