Things to do in Denver this weekend: “Immersive” Ukraine benefit, high-voltage guitars, DocuWest’s big comeback
Immerse yourself, and pitch in, with “Soul of Ukraine”
Sunday and March 26. Lighthouse Immersive, the producers of “Immersive Van Gogh” and “Immersive Frida Kahlo,” last week debuted an impromptu display whose proceeds go directly to helping the Ukrainian people as Russia continues to shell civilian areas in its invasion.
“Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine,” collects the works of the celebrated Ukrainian artist in the style of the company’s previous shows — think large-scale, animated projections in a darkened room — with all funds routed to the Red Cross Humanitarian Crisis Appeal Fund to Benefit Ukraine. The show, which is playing in six citites including Denver, opened on March 15.
Ticket-buyer also can select which charity to allocate their contribution to, organizers said. Virtual tickets are also available. Tickets — $30-$90 — were scarce as of press time, but a few spots remained for March 20 and 26. Lighthouse ArtSpace Denver, 3900 Elati St. lighthouseimmersive.com/immersive-shevchenko
DocuWest Fest gazes into the future
Thursday. Wade Gardener, founder of the DocuWest Documentary Film Festival, has at least two more film events in the works for the next 12 months or so: an outdoor series for May (Rooftop Docs) and a May 2023 civil rights film festival. But for 2022, he’s also bringing back his flagship event with in-person screenings, Thursday, March 24-Sunday, March 27.
After two very long years off, DocuWest’s 13th edition will present more than 50 documentary films from a diverse group of filmmakers, Gardener said. We like the look of all the rock-docs, particularly “The Reverend” and “Anonymous Club” (the latter about Aussie artist Courtney Barnett) — plus many more socially conscious and harrowing titles.
Tickets: $90 festival pass or $10 per screening. Screenings at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. , and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. See the lineup and schedule at denverdocsoc.org/programs/docuwest-fest.
Shock to the heart at Vintage Voltage
Sunday. Denver’s excellent Vintage Voltage Expo, a niche but appreciably tactile, aesthetically brilliant collector’s showcase of classic electronic equipment, returns in force this year by partnering with the Colorado Guitar Show.
“It’s a match made in heaven for fans of classic guitars, vintage stereos, turntables, antique radios, vinyl records and more,” organizers wrote.
The show will take place at the convention-happy former Ramada Plaza (now the Marriott Convention Center, Interstate 25 at 120th Avenue in Northglenn) on Sunday, March 20, with 100 tables — including 35 of them covered in rare radios, and 60 guitar features. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Entry is $5. Children 12 and under are free, and $10 gets you early admission (and first crack at all the gear). danacainevents.com/vintage-voltage-expo.html
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