By Clara Geoghegan
Hi, Denver, welcome to the weekend. Like the past few weeks, efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying home are still going strong. But let’s have some fun, keep ourselves entertained and connect with one another, all without leaving the house.
For a quarantine dinner and a movie, order delivery from your favorite local restaurant and rent a new independent release from Denver Film with proceeds supporting artists and the theater. Live-stream circus performances by the Rainbow Militia, or tune into a living room concert by local musicians. Or, record and share your experience with COVID-19 for “History in the Making,” a project by History Colorado and the Colorado Media Project.
Have some fun, and stay healthy.
Just for fun
Book Social Happy Hour. BookBar, join virtually. Friday, 5 p.m. Free. Registration required.
The Rainbow Ruckus #1. Rainbow Militia, stream with Zoom. Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m. Pick your price.
LitLine. Denver Public Library, stream by calling 720-865-2003. Anytime. Free.
Molly Brown House Virtual Tour. Historic Denver, watch with Youtube. Anytime. Free.
Gardens Navigator. Denver Botanic Gardens. Anytime. Free.
Online Exhibits. History Colorado. Anytime. Free.
Virtual Zoo Trip. Denver Zoo. Anytime. Free.
Learn something, make something
Free Online Beginner Spanish Class! Denver Spanish Network, join with Zoom. Friday, 11 a.m. Free. Registration required. Space is limited.
Virtual Sip & Style: DIY Blowout and Beach Waves. Clemetine’s Salon, join with Zoom. Friday, 5:30-7 p.m. Donation based.
Virtual Paint, Wine, & Goats. Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga, join virtually. Friday, 7-8 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. BYO materials and wine.
Online Easy Italian. Italian Institute, join with Zoom. Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m. $199.
Online Lecture: Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Vote! Center for Colorado History at the Byers-Evans House, join with Zoom (registration required). Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free, donations appreciated.
How to HYDRO DIP at home livestream class w/ Lexie from Spectra. Spectra Art Space, join with Facebook Live and Instagram. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Free, BYO materials.
Sunday School Sessions: Track deconstruction with Bukez Finezt & Ternion Sound. The Black Box, join with TwitchTV. Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free, donations appreciated.
Viral Influence: Art in the Time of Coronavirus Call for Entry. The Arvada Center. Submit by May 15th. Free. Make your art at home, submit online.
The Maker Challenge. Denver Public Library. Submit by August 8th. Free. Make at home, submit online.
The Art of the Brick: Building Contest. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Submit before April 24. Free. Build with your own LEGOs at home, submit online.
Music and nightlife
Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival: Vol. 5 – Pres. by ARISE. Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival, join with Facebook Live. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:15 p.m. Free.
Jackson Taylor Livestream [Special Guest Harvey Taylor]. Jackson Taylor & The Sinners, stream with Youtube Live. Saturday, 8-9 p.m. Free.
From the Vault: Itchy-O’s Free Archived HD Concert Series Hallowmass Night 1. Itchy-O, stream virtually. Saturday, 8 p.m. Free.
Volume: A Local Music Project. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free.
Art, culture and media
Sarah Winkler | Land of the Glacier virtual exhibition opening. Visions West Contemporary Gallery, join virtually. Friday, 6-8 p.m. Free.
Vinyl Nation Documentary Screening. Twist & Shout Records, watch virtually. Available Saturday, 10 p.m.-Sunday 10 p.m. $10, all proceeds go directly to Twist & Shout.
GRC Live Stream Series: Live Art with Cassady Bell. Grassroots California, stream with TwitchTV and Facebook Live. Sunday, 4-5 p.m. Free, tips appreciated.
ApocaLips Comedy Show (Live Stream). Colorado Comedy Shows and Chuck Roy, join with Zoom. Sunday, 7-8 p.m. $25, free tickets available for those in need.
WeAreDenver. Watch virtually. Livestream release Friday at noon, watch past livestreams anytime. Free, tips appreciated.
Saving Places. HistoriCorps, stream at home. Anytime. $10 rental.
At the Movies. Denver Film, stream new releases at home. Anytime. $12 rental.
Kanopy. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free with a library card.
Audio Books. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free with a library card.
360 Degree Tour. Kirkland Museum. Anytime. Free.
Eats and drinks
ONLINE CLASS: Intro the Oven – A Culinary Technique Series. The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, join with Zoom. Friday, noon-12:30 p.m. $15, BYO ingredients.
ONLINE CLASS: A Mideast Feast. The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, join with Zoom. Friday, 4-5 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Sushi rolling date night from your home! Colorado Sake Co., stream with Zoom. Friday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday 6:30 p.m. $80, includes sushi ingredients and sake for 2, plus delivery.
ONLINE CLASS: Basic Bread Baking. The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $25, BYO ingredients.
ONLINE CLASS: Holy Moly Ravioli! The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, join with Zoom. Saturday, 2-3 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Live Plant Based Cooking Classes. New Vibes Health & Acupuncture, join with Zoom. Sunday, 6-7 p.m. $20, BYO ingredients.
Exercise and sports
Pre-capoeira online for ages 4-6. Denver Academy of Movement Arts, join with Zoom. Sunday, 9:30-10 a.m. $140 (includes 10 classes).
Cyber Dance 2020. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, stream virtually. Anytime. Pick your price, $5-20.
Volunteer and donate
History Colorado and the Colorado Media Project have teamed up to collect firsthand accounts of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Coloradans. Documented experiences will be used to give context for understanding what the pandemic meant to Colorado. You can share your story by leaving a voicemail, completing an online survey or filling out a journal.
Assemble COVID-19 care packages for senior and disabled residents who live in the Denver Housing Authority.
Operation Family Meal supports laid-off service industry workers affected by COVID-19 restaurant closures. Monetary donations support free meals and therapy sessions, donations of supplies and food are also appreciated.
The Denver Metro Emergency Food Network has pledged to cook and deliver meals to low-income families and the elderly in need. Your support means additional meals for those whose food security has been threatened by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Help Colorado Now supports those who are at high risk for COVID-19 across the state. In addition to support through donations of money and supplies, they seek volunteers for a variety of roles, some of which can be done remotely through the internet.
The Critical Needs Fund grants COVID-19 emergency money to high-impact Denver nonprofits. They partner with organizations focused on homelessness, home insecurity, healthcare, food insecurity and basic family needs.