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As spring approaches, it is a time to start over (especially when pandemic restrictions relax). But it is also a time to look back and celebrate past achievements while future changes are considered. This week you can think about anything from the environment to education while being entertained by Buntport and a trio of poets.
And then I’ll have a chat with legendary entertainer Lannie Garrett, a true cultural landmark in the local landscape. Read on to find out more, plus nine other free events this week in and around Denver.
Senga Nengudi, activation of “RSVP Performance Piece”
Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Martin Plaza, side of the Hamilton Building, Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver Pavilions, Glenarm Street, and 16th Street Mall
Ent Center for the Arts, on the lawn, 5225 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs
The Colorado Springs-based African American artist Senga Nengudi, whose Topologies exhibition is on view at the Denver Art Museum until April 12, works with shared materials to create unusual experiences in built installations that support performative elements. Her practice grew out of the experimental black art scenes on the coast, leading to her career-defining RSVP series of practical installations with pantyhose, examples of which are included in topologies. On March 23, a film of Nengudi’s “RSVP Performance Piece” will be screened for viewers in three outdoor locations (or viewed at home on YouTube or Facebook). it’s all free. RSVP and more information can be found here.
First row & middle: Lannie Garrett
Wednesday, March 24th, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., online
March is women’s history month, and for over four decades, Lannie Garrett has made history as Denver’s favorite chanteuse. Attend the Colorado Music Hall of Fame for Front Row & Center, a special virtual program where Westword editor Patricia Calhoun chats with Garrett, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. A Q&A will follow your talk. Sign up here free of charge.
What is an art song? How classic storytelling sheds new light on the modern world
Wednesday, March 24th, 7 p.m., online
The art song genre has been an important part of the classical music and concert music scene for centuries and enables composers of all origins to preserve small vignettes of society, politics, love and many other perspectives of the time in a mixture of music and poetry. The debut of the Art Song Colorado video What is an Art Song? was moved from past weekend to March 24th, where you can watch a live stream of recorded performances and live presentations from professional artists and students at Colorado Mesa University. It’s free; Find out more here.
Theater March 29th Remix
Thursday, March 25th, through the end of the month
In place of a new playlist for March, Theater features 29 artist profiles, plus poetry, dramaturgy, fiber art, and graphics by Amber Irish, Collin I. Hood, Sara Rockinger, and Shane Rodriquez. Catch them all before the new playlist hits April 3rd. Check out the work here for free.
Economic Outlook for 2021 and Beyond: How Long is the Road to Recovery?
Thursday, March 25th, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Ten years in a row of positive growth – the longest economic expansion in seventy years – came to an abrupt halt due to the pandemic. At the time, Colorado had one of the strongest economies in the country. With the distribution of three effective vaccines, the end of the pandemic is finally in sight. The damage was done economically. Will the economic recovery follow? Dr. Richard L. Wobbekind, Assistant Dean of Business and Government Relations at the University of Colorado, will delve into the current position of economies and economies in relation to the COVID-19 economic shutdown last spring. He will also consider how far we are from a full recovery, what the post-COVID-19 economy looks like, and how Colorado will fare in the “new normal.” Register here for this free symposium.
Admission to admission: TúLips makes X-rays Spex, germ-free young people
Thursday, March 25th, 7 to 8 p.m., online
The Denver ArtHyve’s Record to Record artist archive, with a series of free discussions centered on a single album, continues during a virtual hour with host Bruce Trujillo from radio station Indie 102.3 and members of local broadcaster Band TúLips. Learn more than expected about the late 70s punk combo, songs like “Oh Bondage Up Yours !! and unorthodox x-ray spex front woman Poly Styrene online; RSVP online in advance at Eventbrite.
Suzi Q. Smith
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Happy Hour Reading: Suzi Q. Smith, Deborah Jang, and Tameca L. Coleman
Friday, March 26th, 5 to 6 p.m., online
Tune in and be amazed when the Lighthouse Writers Workshop brings together the fabulous female trio of Denver writers / poets Tameca L. Coleman, Deborah Jang and Suzi Q. Smith for a virtual happy hour reading. Coleman will publish her debut book, an Identity Polyptych, for The Elephants on the Salish Sea this fall. Jang, known as a visual artist for her sculptures made of salvaged metal and wood, will read Float True from her beautiful poetry collection. And Smith, a key player in the local artist community, will bring out her new collection, A Gospel of Bones, from Alternating Current Press. Register here for the free event.
The chair amateurs
Saturday, March 27th, 6 p.m., online
The creative minds behind the Buntport Theater survived the pandemic, although it has been more than a year since the troupe members staged an original piece for a live audience. Now they are introducing a new, virtual trick: As armchair amateurs they will squeeze investigative news through the mill, inspired by clues from social media, with a show in the spirit of past conversations like The Great Debate and buntporTED talks. It’s free; All you have to do is RSVP for the zoom link here.
WOW Seder family
Saturday, March 27, 5 to 6 p.m., online
Tuesday, March 30th, 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., online
Judaism Your path is organized for Passover – right? If not, JYW makes it easy with virtual seders in child- and adult-friendly versions. The family-style event on March 27th is based on NPR’s Wow in the World podcast with a mix of science experimentation and Passover trivia, while the traditional Seder on March 30th is like a live event with recitations and songs online will unfold. wide table – but you need your own matzo for a live Aficoman hunt. Both events are free; Register online in advance for the zoom link.
The anti-racist writing workshop
Sunday, March 28th, 2 p.m., online
You have read Ibram X Kendis How to Be an Anti-Racist; Now you are learning how educators can translate the practical lessons of this book into redirecting their thinking in an educational format. Author Felicia Rose Chavez will share some of her strategies with artist podcaster Courtney J. Boddie and playwright Idris Goodwin in a free reading and discussion of her new book The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom Conduct an & A session. Do the right thing and register here; Take part in the Zoom meeting here.
Welcoming the stranger: Motus Theater
Sunday, March 28th, 5:30 p.m.
The Motus Theater works with leaders on the front lines of violence in the United States to write and perform autobiographical stories during performances of the Motus Monologue. On Sunday, Bishop Karen Oliveto, serving 400 churches in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and part of Idaho, and Reverend Jeff Rainwater will work with Motus to read and reflect on Cristian Solano-Córdova’s story of continued courage on the journey the border, through threats and towards freedom. The monologue is followed by a musical answer by the Uruguayan musician Elisa Garcia; and then personal and theological reflections on the importance and implications of sacred hospitality of following in the footsteps of an undocumented neighbor. Register here.
And a paid bonus:
Media and democracy
Wednesday, March 24th, 7 p.m., online
David Barsamian and Maeve Conran are hosting this live virtual discussion, part of History Colorado’s “This Is What Democracy Looks” series of speakers in Election Year. For more information and tickets for $ 5 to $ 15, visit h-co.org/media.
Do you know of a great free event in town? We’ll update this list later this week. Send information to [email protected]
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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; She has been an editor since then. She regularly participates in the weekly CPT12 Colorado Inside Out roundtable, played a true journalist in John Sayles’ Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton with flip-flops, and has won numerous national awards for her columns and feature writing.