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March 20th marks the first day of spring, a time of rebirth – and the resurrection of some age-old problems, including the rift between rural and urban Colorado. The signing of a Meat Out Day proclamation by Governor Jared Polis has resulted in a number of meat in options across the state, including a free feed in Lincoln County. (The full Meat In list can be found here.)
However, this is only the start of activities over the next few days, which will include numerous online programs including the next TEDxMileHigh. This weekend and the following days, read 10 things to do:
Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery goodbye sale
Now until Sunday, March 21, 11pm to 6pm
1421 Pearl Street, Boulder
The Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery is one of the oldest artist cooperatives in the United States. It has been an integral part of Pearl Street Mall in Boulder for fifty years and features works by hundreds of artists from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region and beyond – from paintings to prints, photography, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, glasswork, sculpture towards furniture. But after five decades, it will close its doors on April 4th and will be on sale until then. The first round runs until March 21 with a discount of 40 percent. Go grab some history. Find out more here.
Christie Con: A Virtual Murder Secret
Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21, 7.30 p.m. The shows will continue online through April 4th
Get interactive and immersive with playwright Jessica Austgen’s Christie Con, the second event of the Arvada Center’s AC Digital Hub, a creative new take on virtual programming. They fit right in if you’re an Agatha Christie fan (and if you’re not) when you’re drawn into a Christie-style act with a group of goofy snoops at a creaky bed and breakfast looking for clues on one Detective novel conference. And then? We can’t tell you that. Learn more here and purchase tickets from $ 30. The zoom link will be emailed prior to your performance.
Saturday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 21st, 2 p.m.
The Firehouse Theater Company presents this award-winning play by Robert Benjamin, a story about living during COVID and staying safe and healthy. The one-hour show will be broadcast live on Zoom. This is followed by feedback from the actors, director and playwright Benjamin. Tickets for this online fundraiser are chargeable. Find out more here.
Filmharmonic award-winning double header
Online until Saturday, March 20th
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is partnering with Rocky Mountain Women’s Film on a monthly virtual program. The March episode features Music by Prudence, an Oscar-winning documentary. In Zimbabwe, where disabled babies are often killed at birth, Prudence not only survives but also gains social acceptance as Liyanal’s lead singer. The film follows a group of people with disabilities who triumph over seemingly insurmountable opportunities when they perform their “Afro-Fusion” music in front of the global community. The program also features The Lady in number 6: Music Saved My Life, in which 109-year-old Aliza Sommer-Herz, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, tells the story of how music saved her life: both during her time in the concentration Theresienstadt camp and in the years thereafter. Once you’ve bought your ticket for $ 12, you’ll have 48 hours to watch the movies. Sign in here.
César Chavez Tribute: Yes, you can
Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m., online
Latin American civil rights attorney Maurice “Mo” Jourdane pays tribute to the struggle of farm workers in this program hosted by the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC), the Colorado Folk Arts Council, and Metro State University Chicana / o Studies Journey Through Our Heritage. As a junior lawyer for the California Organization for Rural Legal Aid (CRLA), Jourdane was tasked with protecting the rights of farm workers through state-sponsored legal interventions during the early years of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) by César Chávez. His work at CRLA helped secure some of the most significant victories for farm workers in their campaign for justice during the country’s civil rights gains in the 1960s and 1970s. He documented his experiences in his books The Struggle for Farm Workers’ Health and Legal Protection: El Cortito and Waves of Recovery: The Life of a Latin American Civil Rights Attorney. The program is free; Find out more here.
Meat in the grill
Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
507 4th Street, Hugo
In response to Governor Jared Polis’ MeatOut Day, Lincoln County ranchers are planning a free Meat In Barbecue at Garage Coworking & Creative Space, a hip location in Hugo, Lincoln County’s capital. Take a 90-minute drive into the plains and get an idea of the importance of the ranching industry in Colorado. There will be family fun along with the free food. Find out more here.
AAPI against racism
Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m.
State Capitol, Veterans Memorial
AAPI community leaders and local government officials will join the Vietnamese-American community in speaking out in solidarity against racism and the recent attacks against the Asian community. Find out more here.
Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Denver Dance Authority, 61 West Flatiron Crossing Drive, Suite 348, Broomfield and online
Hurry up! Head to Samba Colorado, the Brazilian dance school, for a day of personal workshops on everything from samba for beginners to Brazilian drumming. Classes are followed by an evening of online dance and music performances, all of which celebrate Carnival in Brazil. Tickets cost $ 10 to $ 65; Get this and more information here.
Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m. (yoga) and 5 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. (lectures), all online
TEDxMileHigh goes online this year. The day begins with Jordan Smiley from Courageous Yoga, who will host “Yoga for the Uncharted” at 10 am. The talks begin at 5 p.m. with nine speakers talking about everything from first-class poetry and music to the future of urban development. Listen to Brother Jeff, Big Samir, and Leslie Herod, among others. It’s all free; Learn more and register here.
Rebirth: Ars Nova Singers Spring Concert
Saturday, March 20, 7.30 p.m., online
The Ars Nova Singers, Boulder’s acclaimed a cappella ensemble, are hosting a virtual spring concert with newly recorded performances by guest artists Nicholas Phan and Ann Marie Morgan, as well as a selection of previous Ars Nova concert recordings presented by the singers themselves. “The 16th and early 17th centuries were a veritable ‘golden age’ of music for voices,” notes founder and newly appointed artistic director Thomas Edward Morgan. “The repertoire of Renaissance polyphony at this time is large and varied and has been an integral part of our program since our foundation. After this long, strange winter, it only seems appropriate to share music that is so dear to Ars Nova’s artistic heart. We are delighted to present the extraordinary, Grammy nominated lyric tenor Nicholas Phan and our dear friend Ann Marie Morgan in this creative resilience. “It is free to stream, but a $ 20 donation is recommended. Find out more here.
And plan ahead:
Denver Architecture Foundation
11th Avenue Hostel before and after the tour
Wednesday, March 24th, 4:30 p.m. (companion Wednesday, June 30th, 4:30 p.m.)
Explore the historic 11th Avenue Hostel with Sydney guide Ilg Malone, Marketing Director of the hostel that was converted from the hotel. She will discuss the history and architecture of the building, as well as the plans she and her father will have as they renovate the 118-year-old structure. The before and after tour is hosted by the Denver Architecture Foundation, and two more pair times are available. Tickets cost between $ 40 and $ 50. Find out more here.
Michael Twitty: Passover
Wednesday, March 24th, 7pm
African-American Jewish food historian and James Beard-winning author Michael Twitty will give an interactive talk ahead of Passover on the shared narratives of the diaspora and exodus between the African-American and Jewish communities. Tickets are $ 18 per household. Bring her here.
Do you know of a great event in or around Denver? We’ll update this list over the weekend. Send information to [email protected] More free events can be found in this list.
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