Cultural events are springing up all over Denver, starting with Earth Day celebrations and moving on to burlesque parties, operatic extravaganzas and the first major music festival of the season in Fort Collins.
We have already published our list of free events and art openings this weekend. Keep reading for ticket events worth the price of admission over the next few days.
The 8th WordFest
From Thursday 21 April to 15 May
Little hands hold the windThursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Carmen from Mexico: Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Promise on the HillSunday, April 24, 1 p.m.
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe DriveFoCoMX 2022
Su Teatro’s eighth annual Wordfest takes place over three weeks with plenty of theatrical performances aimed at the Chicano culture and community – and everyone else too. The festival kicks off with a series of theatrical readings, starting with Tony Garcia, artistic director of Su Teatro. Little hands hold the wind; two nights with the solo exhibition of San Antonio-based performer and playwright Anna de Luna Carmen from Mexico, based on his mother’s immigration story; and that of Garcia Promise on the Hill. That should get you started. Head here for information and tickets: $30 for a festival pass, $17-$20 for stage performances, and $7-$10 for readings.
Bold women. Change history. The top
Friday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway
This day-long gathering that highlights the power of women to create our future, lead our present, and shape our history is the culmination of a year-long project at History Colorado. The day includes speakers, conversations and collaborative discovery. Tickets range from $25 (low or no income) to $100 for the general public; learn more and register here.
Local theater company: Spring Lab New Play Festival
From Friday 22 April to Sunday 24 April
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.
The local Boulder theater company is back to doing what it does best: bringing young plays to life through readings and workshops, while providing audiences with a view of the process – live and in nobody. This season’s Local Lab has been split into chunks; this includes four readings of new plays over three days, as well as workshops, parties, and even an Earth Day hike on Friday morning to break the ice. Admission is $159 for a full festival pass (members $111), or $30 per reading (members $15); find the full schedule here and book your tickets here.
Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23
Fort Collins, various locations
The 2022 music festival season kicks off with a bang this weekend, when the fourteenth annual Fort Collins Music eXperiment welcomes more than 300 bands and soo artists to thirty venues in downtown Fort Collins, many of which will be free on Saturday. Otherwise, advance tickets for the entire festival are $50 and general admission is $60. Get the schedule and learn more at FoCoMX.org.
DCPA Theater Company, choir boy
From Friday April 22 to May 29, every day except Monday
Kilstrom Theater, Helen Bonfils Theater Complex, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The DCPA Theater Company brings choir boy, the story of Pharus, a student at a preparatory school for young black men, to Kilstrom for a spring run which also sends a timely message. Pharus has all the makings of a standout addition to the Charles R. Drew Prep mold, but struggles to fit in because he’s gay. How he overcomes social barriers includes choir boythe feel-good theme of, delivered with an inspiring barrage of music and dance. Tickets range from $35 to $80; find out more and reserve a spot here.
Anti-Hero Short Film Festival
Friday, April 22, 5:45 p.m.
Holiday Theater, 2644 West 32nd Avenue
MCA Denver’s Anti-Hero Short Film Festival aims to amplify the marginalized voices of women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ citizens, and recognize their inalienable right to live their personal lives as they see fit. Organized by a committee of teens, MCA Denver staff, and community artists, the festival is aimed at teenage audiences, but adults are also welcome, as long as they pay $5 to participate; teens eighteen and under enter free. RSVP and learn more here.
Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival
Karla Kracht: Live Cinema: Friday April 22, 7 p.m.
Musical Arts Center, 200 East Baseline Road, Lafayette
Outdoor Deep Space Screenings: Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, Twilight
Odd13 Brewing, 301 East Simpson Street, Lafayette
Austin Slominski: Spent Scrolling: Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Musical Arts Center
Light Herder and Sound Scraper: Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m.
Musical Arts Center
Negativland and SUE-C: Saturday April 30, 7 p.m.
Center for the Arts, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette, $20
Lafayette may not seem like a hotbed of experimental electronic music and new media, but LEAF 2022 is here to prove that theory wrong. This year’s event spans two weekends, and the first week’s programming is completely free, including two nights of outdoor screenings on the side of the Mary Miller Theater by Deep Space Drive-In. Live multimedia performances, electronic manipulations and demonstrations by Karla Kracht, Austin Slominski and the duo known as Light Herder and Sound Scraper bring the art inside the Center for Musical Arts. The following weekend, experimental music legends Negativland and video and light artist SUE-C perform for a $20 ticketed concert at the Arts Hub. Find tickets and a schedule here.
Mile High Burlesque Festival
Opening showcase: Friday, April 22, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Headquarters, 60 South Broadway
Saturday Night Showdown: Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue
The old bump and grind is back for the Mile High Burlesque Fest, aka the “Dankest Fest in the West,” sporting a pot-happy theme and scheduled just days after 4/20, before all the smoke was gone. dissipated. Puff on this: This year’s two-night event, headlined by the smoldering Tana the Tattooed Lady, kicks off at HQ on Friday, then moves on to the Oriental Theater on Saturday for burlesque competitions. Aside from Ms. Tana, every night has a different lineup of girls, girls, girls. Tickets cost between $25 and $150 a night (VIPs are sold out for Saturdays) here.
Opera on Tap at Enigma Bazaar: Variety Show
Saturday April 23, 6 p.m.
Enigma Bazaar, 4923 West 38th Avenue
The always lovely Opera on Tap puts on a variety show full of sketches, dancing, juggling and music… opera of course since it goes with everything. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance; bring them here.
taste of gold
Monday, April 25, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Avenue, Golden
Golden restaurants, breweries and distilleries will come together under one roof for the Taste of Golden, a chance to taste, drink and chat with participating restaurateurs, chefs, brewers and distillers – at least while your mouth is not full. This year’s event offers a limited $60 VIP ticket option that includes early entry and a goody bag; the rest of the hoi polloi pays $40 (free up to $15 for children twelve and under). There’s also an added bonus – a raffle ticket for a free gift – if you bring a bag of canned goods for Hunger Free Golden. Learn more and get tickets here.
Know of a big event in Denver? We’ll be updating this list throughout the weekend; send information to [email protected]