By Clara Geoghegan
Hiya Denver, how has your week been? If it’s been good, great! If not, it’s Friday, so put this week behind you, relax and have some fun.
Kick off Pride on Saturday. Join Out Front Colorado for a virtual Pride party celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ creatives, with a focus on the work of people of color in the queer community. Spread the love and watch some great performances.
Or, head over to the Juneteenth parade at Manual High School on Saturday.
OR, catch dinner and a show at Denver’s restaurant/music venues. Dazzle and the Nocturne host local jazz musicians on their stages this weekend, accompanying lunch, brunch and dinner menus. If you aren’t comfortable dining-in just yet, order some takeout and check out live stream performances from local bands throughout the weekend.
Just for fun
Virtual Lasers and Feelings for Teens. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Friday, 4-6 p.m. Free, registration required.
Happy Hour Reading: Open Mic. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free, registration required. BYOB.
Date Night: Spring Fling (Adult Only). Denver Museum of Nature and Science, follow along virtually while at home. Friday, 8 p.m. $5-8.
No Strings Attached Book Chat. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free, registration required.
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
A Conversation About Race from the Dazzle Stage with Donnie I. Bets. Dazzle @ Baur’s, 1512 Curtis St. and streamed on Facebook Live. Friday, noon-2 p.m. $15, includes lunch. Seating is limited, face mask required.
Science Live: Bees. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, stream with Facebook Live. Friday, noon. Free.
Smartphone Photography: Photo Editing for the iPhone (Online). Denver Botanic Gardens, join with Zoom. Friday, 1 p.m. $29-34.
We the Animals Screening + the Art of Adaptation with Francesca Sloane and Justin Torres. Denver Film and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 7-10 p.m. Rent the film on your own, join the conversation for free. Registration required.
Saturday Matinee: Walter Chaw talks “Cleo from 5-7” 1962. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free, registration required.
A Conversation About Race from the Dazzle Stage with JoFoKe. Dazzle @ Baur’s, 1512 Curtis St. and streamed on Facebook Live. Saturday, noon-2 p.m. $15, includes lunch. Seating is limited, face mask required.
A Conversation About Race from the Dazzle Stage with J. Clark. Dazzle @ Baur’s, 1512 Curtis St. and streamed on Facebook Live. Sunday, noon-2 p.m. $15, includes lunch. Seating is limited, face mask required.
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: Strings for Change presented by ARISE. Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival, stream with Facebook Live and Instagram. Friday, 4-9 p.m. Free, tips appreciated. A portion of the proceeds will support causes related to Black Lives Matter.
Happy Half Hour: Mia Asano with GLAM. Denver Public Library, stream virtually. Friday, 5-5:30 p.m. Free, registration required.
Taylor Clay Quartet Honors John Coltrane. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. Friday, 6:30-7:45 p.m. & 8:30-9:45 p.m. $19. Seating is limited, reservation required.
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.
Derek Banach Quintet “Original Straight Ahead Works.” Nocturne, 1330 27th St. Saturday, 6:30-7:45 p.m. & 9-10:15 p.m. $19. Seating is limited, reservation required.
The Annie Booth Trio Sunday Series. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m. $15. Seating is limited, reservation required.
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.
Captured Virtual Circus. Circus Foundry LLC, stream virtually. Friday, 7-8 p.m. Free, donations appreciated.
El Corrido del Barrio Reading. Su Teatro and The SOURCE Theatre Company, watch virtually. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Juneteenth 2020 Parade. Manual High School. Saturday, 11 a.m.
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.
Eats and drinks
Sloan’s Lake Farm & Flea. Tap & Burger Sloan’s Lake, 1565 N. Raleigh St. Friday, 3-8 p.m. No cover.
Dinner with DOTSERO. Dazzle @ Baur’s, 1512 Curtis St. Friday, 6-8 p.m. Admittance from 5:30-6 p.m. only. $55 (includes 3 course meal, music and tip). Limited seating. Advanced ticket and face mask required.
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. No cover.
Highlands Farmers Market. 32nd and Lowell. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.
Golden Triangle Farmers Market. 1115 Acoma St. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.
Stapleton Farmers Market. 29th Ave and Roslyn. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.
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. No cover.
Downtown Brunch with the Adam Bodine Duo. Dazzle @ Baur’s, 1512 Curtis St. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $43-50 (includes brunch, music, tip and drinks at $50 ticket). Limited seating. Advanced ticket and face mask required.
Exercise and sports
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 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 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 need 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.