Things to do in Denver this weekend, June 5-7

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Elisabeth Epps leads a crowd on the Capitol steps on the sixth day of protests in reaction to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. June 2, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Clara Geoghegan

Hey, Denver. What are you up to this weekend?

Check out an audio book this weekend with the Denver Public Library. Participate in a protest. Or listen to a Colorado History podcast to hear oral histories and firsthand accounts of race in Colorado.

If you're looking to learn something science-y this weekend, tune in to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's  "Science Live" on Friday. This week's topic: Eating Insects -- A healthy and eco-friendly diet for the ages. But quick disclaimer so no one leaves the lecture too disappointed, it's a historical lecture, not a how-to guide for getting rid of the miller moths taking over your house.

Just for fun

Virtual Lasers and Feelings for Teens. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Friday, 4 p.m. Free, registration required.

Happy Hour Reading: Queer Creatives. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free, registration required. BYOB.

Friday 5 at 5 Book Buzz. Denver Public Library, join with YouTube. Friday, 5-5:15 p.m. Free.

Storytimes. Denver Public Library, watch with YouTube. Friday, 9-11 a.m. Free.

Horseshoe Market "Virtual Market". Horseshoe Market, shop online. Anytime. All purchases support local artisans.

LitLine. Denver Public Library, tune-in 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

Science Live: Eating Insects-A healthy and eco-friendly diet for the ages. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, stream with Facebook Live. Friday, noon. Free.

Rekordbox 101 with DigitalVagabond. The Black Box Sunday School Sessions, stream with TwitchTV. Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Free, tips appreciated.

Drop-In Joke Writing Lab. VooDoo Comedy, join with Zoom. Sunday, noon. $10 suggested donation.

The Maker Challenge. Denver Public Library. Submit by August 8th. Free. Make at home, submit online.

Music and nightlife

Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival: Vol. 12 - Pres. by ARISE. Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival, stream with Facebook Live and Instagram. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:15 p.m. Free.

Swallow Hill Live: Adam Goldstein (Avourneen). Swallow Hill Music, stream with Facebook Live. Friday, 6 p.m. Free.

Ben Markley Trio live from the Muse. Dazzle, stream with Facebook Live and YouTube. Friday, 7 p.m. Free.

Lipgloss: A Virtual Indie Dance Party, NAACP Legal Fund Benefit. Lipgloss, stream with TwitchTV. Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight. Free, all donations support the NAACP Legal Fund.

Turkeyfoot Album Release Show. Turekyfoot, stream with Facebook Live. Saturday, 6-8 p.m. Free.

David Corbus live from the Muse. Dazzle, stream with Facebook Live and YouTube. Saturday, 7 p.m. Free.

Motown Groove Live-Stream. Motown Groove, stream with TwitchTV. Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Free.

Tony Black & Friends live from the Pec. Dazzle, stream with Facebook Live and YouTube. Sunday, 8 p.m. Free.

Dazzle Online Stage Performances. Dazzle, stream virtually. Anytime. Free.

Volume: A Local Music Project. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free.

Art, culture and media

WeAreDenver Freedom Fund Stream. Watch virtually. Livestream release Friday at noon, watch past livestreams anytime. Free, all donations support the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

Corazon Gordito reading. Su Teatro and The SOURCE Theatre Company, watch virtually. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Free.

The Art of Being Alone: Artists in Quarantine. Museo de las Americas. Anytime. Free.

6th EVER WordFest & Artists of Color (AOC) Summit Festival Pass. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, watch virtually. Anytime. Free.

Podcasts. History Colorado. Anytime. Free.

Saving Places. HistoriCorps, stream at home. Anytime. $3 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: Simply South American Street Food. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, noon. $25, BYO ingredients.

ONLINE CLASS: Simply Pierogies. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.

Sushi rolling date night from your home! Colorado Sake Co., join with Zoom. Friday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 6:30 p.m. $53-80, includes sushi ingredients, sake and delivery.

University Hills Plaza Farmers Market. 2500 S. Colorado Blvd. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Beast+Bottle Farmer Box Pick-Up. Beast+Bottle, 719 E. 17th ave. Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. $30 and upwards.

ONLINE CLASS: Beautiful Bagels. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.

Highlands Farmers Market. 32nd and Lowell. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Golden Triangle Farmers Market. 1115 Acoma St. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Stapleton Farmers Market. 29th Ave and Roslyn. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

South Pearl Street Farmers Market. 1500 S. Pearl St., curbside pick up for Market Boxes at 1526 S. Pearl St. Sunday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Exercise and sports

Cyber Dance 2020 Free Live Session. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, stream with Instagram. Friday, 10 a.m. Free.

Cardio Kickboxing. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, noon-12:45 p.m. Free.

Barre Express. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, 1-1:45 p.m. Free.

Intermediate Modern Dance. Hannah Kahn Dance Company, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Free, donations appreciated.

Cyber Dance 2020. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, stream virtually. Anytime. Pick your price, $5-20.


United Together Prayer Vigil. The Episcopal Church in Colorado, Rocky Mountain Synod, Mountain Sky Conference of The United Methodist Church. Friday, 12:45-2:30 p.m.

DPS Student-led March for Black Lives. Various DPS board members. Sunday, 10 a.m.

Volunteer and donate

History in the Making

History Colorado and the Colorado Media Project have teamed up to collect first hand 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.

Operation Family Meal

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.

Denver Metro Emergency Food Network

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

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 need volunteers for a variety of roles, some of which can be done remotely through the internet.

The Denver Foundation Critical Needs Fund

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.

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