Ten Things to Do In and Around Denver (and Online) This Weekend

Fronzo D. Gilkey II and Kevin Quinn Marchman in a Prismajic set at Celestial Chaos.EXPAND
Fronzo D. Gilkey II and Kevin Quinn Marchman in a Prismajic set at Celestial Chaos.
Martha Wirth
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You can immerse yourself in interesting activities this weekend — both online and in person, since the long-awaited Celestial Chaos has opened at Exdo, and the Denver Pavilions just welcomed the immersive Earth Illuminated. You can also do a lot of good while having a good time at charity events. And, of course, there's plenty developing in the Month of Photography.

Keep reading for more events around town over the next few days; some are free (see more of those here) and some require tickets, but all are worth your time.

Chaos Theory
Saturday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 7, 2 p.m.

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.

Colorado Dragon Boat Film Fest
Through Sunday, March 7, online

Films focused on community and cultural stories will rule at this year’s Colorado Dragon Boat Film Fest, a fully virtual affair in 2021 with the folksy theme of “representAsian.” Beyond the core programming of twelve feature films and two shorts screenings, the fest will bring online Q&A sessions, panel discussions and filmmaker conversations, as well as a special storytelling panel of community members sharing personal immigration stories. Festival all-access passes are $55 for Denver Film members or $65 for non-members, or you can purchase individual films of your choice for $12 to $15 each; reserve your links and learn more here.

No Man's Land Film Festival
Through Saturday, March 7, online

Last year, the No Man's Land Film Festival filled RiNo with four days of films, community, art, presentations, live podcasts, fun and adventure. This year, the international adventure film fest has gone virtual. But there's still plenty to see and do; tickets range from $20 per day (or $10 for a virtual yoga class!) to $190 for a household festival pass. Find the full schedule here.

Find Your Voice: Online Art Auction
Through Thursday, March 11, online

The Sun Valley Youth Center is holding its second auction — this one online — to support the center; proceeds will go to providing in-person and virtual learning, healthy meals, and staff support for children and families. Kids in Sun Valley and around the metro area submitted artwork for the fundraiser. It's good work for a good cause; see for yourself here.

Celestial Chaos
Through Sunday, March 21
Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street

Two of Denver’s more notable immersive-event companies — circus-arts troupe Rainbow Militia and fantastic- set fabricators Prismajic — put their creative heads together and came up with Celestial Chaos, an interactive walk-through adventure at Exdo Event Center that channels gods not unlike those in Greek mythology. As the story goes, three gods of balance conspire to build a more perfect world, again and again and again, surprising a moving moving stream of socially distanced audience members at every turn. Godlike clothing in pale hues is encouraged, but not required. Get more info and tickets, $55-$65 (available Thursdays through Sundays), here.

Earth Illuminated
Daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Denver Pavilions, 500 East 16th Street

Another opportunity to immersive yourself, this time in a 13,000-square-foot space merging the natural world and digital media into an ethereal journey that takes a wide-angle view of our planet. Earth Illuminated opened on March 5 and timed tickets start at $25 for adults ($200 for a ten-pack); find out more here.

Super Stout Weekend
Through Sunday, March 7, noon to 7 p.m.
River North Brewery, 3400 Blake Street

Super Stout weekend is back at River North Brewery: It's a full-on stout tap takeover with barrel-aged stouts, imperial stouts, adjunct stouts and every other kind of stout you can imagine. Stouts will rotate throughout the weekend with food trucks El Chuletazo Grill (Friday), Fiorini's Lil Cucina (Saturday) and Big Bear Cheesesteak (Sunday), which will be donating $1 from every lunch special to the Wildlife Animal Sanctuary. Find out more here.

Keith Haring: Grace Hall Mural is now on display at MCA Denver.EXPAND
Keith Haring: Grace Hall Mural is now on display at MCA Denver.
MCA Denver

MCA Denver: Penny Saturday
Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m.
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street

Take advantage of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's monthly Penny Saturday — when admission is only one cent, and the MCA will even pick that up — to see three new exhibitions: Keith Haring: Grace House Mural, Colorado in the Present Tense: Narkita Gold, Rick Griffith, Nathan Hall, and Maia Ruth Lee and Jaime Carrejo: Waiting. Reserve a ticket online here (warning: today may be sold out).

Mujer Mercado
Saturday, March 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rise Westwood Collective, 3738 Morrison Road

Rise Westwood, which is fast becoming a center for community events not just for the neighborhood, but the entire city, observes International Women’s Day this year with a Mujer Mercado featuring women artisans, makers and cooks. Vendor goods will range from “merch for the everyday jefe” from Chismes y Cafecito (which will also host a Chingona photo booth for selfie-taking) to the steaming homemade dishes made by the Mujeres Emprendedoras Cooperative — and so much more. Find more information here.

The scene in Leadville in 2020; this year, watch online.
The scene in Leadville in 2020; this year, watch online.
Leadville Ski Joring Facebook

73rd Leadville Ski Joring
Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7, noon to 3 p.m., online

With social distancing guidelines still in force, the 73rd Leadville Ski Joring event will be live-streamed. Traditionally, this action-packed sport involves a horse and rider racing down snowpacked Harrison Avenue in Leadville’s downtown, pulling a skier who’s holding onto a rope. As the horse gallops, the skier flies over jumps and spears rings set up along certain parts of the course. This year, the location is on a new course west of downtown and no spectators are allowed — in person, at least. But you can watch it free online here.

and a plan-ahead bonus:

Lights, Camera, TAKE ACTION
Tuesday, March 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., online

YWCA Boulder County has moved its annual fundraising gala online; the inspirational hour will put women and people of color in the spotlight, and rally around the organization's mission to eliminate racism and empower women. The event includes an awards ceremony, a guest speaker, a paddle raiser and an event drawing. Red Carpet tickets are $100 and include a Nosh & Nibbles spread from Cured; screening tickets are $35. Find out more here.

Know of a great event around Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to editorial@westword.com. And don't miss our list of worthwhile free events in and around Denver this week.

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