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The Ten Best Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

The Ten Best Things to Do in Denver This WeekendEXPAND
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Whether you want to get out in the brisk fall air or stay in your warm living room, there's plenty to do this weekend...besides watching movies until your eyes glaze over through the virtual Denver Film Festival. You can catch the debut of the Breath Project, or celebrate the 35th season of Ars Nova Singers.

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

Denver Film Festival
Through November 8

The 43rd Denver Film Festival is almost entirely online this year, with more than seventy films available. You have to see the schedule to believe it all; find it here.

House Arrest
Through November 1

Playwright-actor Anna Deavere Smith wrote House Arrest — which has the subtitle “A Search for Character in and Around the White House, past and present” — after exhaustive research, contemporary and historical. Although the play-documentary debuted twenty years ago, in these weeks of political unease and election fervor, her exploration of the ways in which race, gender and celebrity have defined the office of president is still deeply relevant. Theatreworks of Colorado put together this streamable production; the sixteen actors worked individually, and their monologues were edited together for a virtual show. Tickets run up to $20; get yours at uccspresents.

Being Here
Through November 22, Thursday through Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Betsy Stage, 1137 South Huron Street

The actors of Being Here are both performers and playwrights for a series of monologues based on personal observations about the common challenges we all face today. While words by others were selected by some of the all-star local cast, everything is delivered straight from the heart to a limited ten-person audience at every show. The play is recommended for those sixteen and up, and public-health protocols will be followed. (No shows October 30-31.) Get tickets, $30, at the Betsy Stage web page.

OOTober: Virtual Maria Callas Brunch
Sunday, October 25, noon to 1 p.m.

Opera on Tap Colorado and its sister chapter in New York City team up for an annual operatic fundraiser that’s gone virtual in 2020, via Facebook Live. That means the brunch part is virtual, too, and Opera on Tap singers, known for their operatic evenings at local bars, will share their favorite morning recipes, so you can make eggs Bennie in your own kitchen while enjoying the show. Along with cooking recommendations, there’ll be an opera-themed silent auction, music with the World Famous Opera on Tap Drunkestra, and a bonus: a pre-show Zoom meeting with OOT singers. Learn more and register with a $20 donation at Eventbrite.

Drive ’N Drag: Halloween
Sunday, October 25, 4:30 p.m.
Park Meadows Mall

While you're in the safety of your car, seven drag queens will tell the tale of their gruesome deaths via Jumbotron screens and sound pumped outside from the stage. The event is currently sold out, but given the weather, you might get a break. Tickets are $69 for a car (two people); get them at vossevents.com.

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The Breath Project
Sunday, October 25, 6 p.m.

The Breath Project, a new theatrical initiative formed by artistic director/co-founder Gamal Abdel Chasten and co-founder Marieke Gaboury, is holding its inaugural festival, which comprises 24 pieces that are 8 minutes and 46 seconds each, the amount of time George Floyd was held down by police; the lineup varies through the weekend of performances. Chip Walton, producing artistic director at Curious Theatre Company, worked on the project, and notes, “We had many amazing entries from Colorado artists, and three of those were chosen for the National Festival, including one by a young artist from this summer’s Curious New Voices playwriting intensive.” The festival is free; sign up here.

Living Room Local with Forrest McClendon
Sunday, October 25, 6 to 7 p.m.

Boulder’s Local Theater continues its engaging online lecture series, Living Room Local, with Tony-nominated actor Forrest McClendon discussing CHOICEWORK, an innovative process he created for developing characters. That subject will segue into details about his timely new autobiographical play, Reparations. Tickets are $20 at Eventbrite, or buy a $65 Local Theater membership that includes access to all Living Room Local talks and other perks.

All Hallows Improv Scarytelling
Sunday, October 25, 7 p.m.

Halloween is a sacred time for dark-fiction readers and writers alike, and it's inspired the Denver Horror Collective's first virtual, improvisational horror storytelling event on Zoom. Thriller master Carter Wilson (author of The Dead Girl in 2A and Mister Tender’s Girl) and a formidable roster of over a dozen seasoned and emerging Colorado horror writers will exhibit their dark arts by spinning three original horror tales on the spot, round-robin style, while you watch and listen from the (relative) safety of your home. It's a fundraiser for the November publication of CONSUMED: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo, Denver Horror Collective’s second horror fiction anthology featuring Wrath James White, Dana Fredsti, Owl Goingback, Steve Tem and others, and edited by Hollie and Henry Snider. General admission tickets are $10 at denverhorror.com.

Ars Nova Singers 35th Season Opener
Sunday, October 25, 7 p.m.

The Ars Nova Singers will start their new season with a program of choral works ranging from Benjamin Britten’s rousing "Advance Democracy" to the quiet intimacy of Nathan Jones’s "I Would Live in Your Love," based on a poem by Sara Teasdale. The concert will also feature three works by Black American composers, including music by Undine Smith Moore, Carlos Simon and Marques L. A. Garrett. The live-streamed concert will be broadcast from Broomfield Auditorium for free on YouTube. Subscribe here.

Boo-tiful Northside Mural Challenge
Through October 31
Hundreds of expressive murals can be seen throughout nearly every neighborhood in north Denver. Some are bold and proudly adorn buildings, community gardens, school buses and campers. Others are hidden in alleys, on benches, shipping containers, utility boxes and mailboxes, or garage doors. All are a testament to the creative juices flowing through the area. And you could win a valuable prize just for finding one and taking a selfie.The Denver North Star Newspaper just hit its one-year anniversary and is hosting a mural selfie challenge to celebrate. Participants should put on a costume and find amazing murals to take a selfie with, then post the photo on Instagram @denvernorthstar or email it to murals@denvernorthstar.com by midnight October 31. A  panel of celebrity muralist judges, including north Denver's own Jolt, will select the winners. Find all the details here.

Do you know of a great event around town? Send information to editorial@westword.com.

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