Weekly Event Round-up: Ancient traditions come to life, Bubble Week and more!
Friday-Sunday. Ancient traditions come to life at the 36th annual Denver March Powwow. Indians from all over the region come to Denver each year to meet, reconnect and dance at the three-day powwow, and spectators are welcome to watch the daily dance contests. Dancers compete in a variety of styles, including grass dance and fancy dance for men and shawl and jingle dress dances for women. An arts-and-crafts sale, storytelling and demonstrations will be onsite, too. On Sunday, the 2010 Denver March Powwow Princess will be crowned. And, as always, lots of yummy frybread will be available for mid-powwow snacking. 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St.; 720-865-2475. General admission is $7 per day or $18 for a 3-day pass; for seniors age 60 and older, admission is $3 per day or $9 for three days. Children age 6 and younger are admitted free. For more information, denvermarchpowwow.org.
Saturday. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers really earn their supper at the Crested Butte Nordic Council’s Progressive Bonfire Dinner. Luminaries will light a 4-kilometer path to four bonfires, each with a different dinner course. The first bonfire is for hot cocoa, or a glass of wine or beer, and then it’s off into the snow for appetizers, an entree and dessert. The dinner benefits the Gunnison/Crested Butte Junior Nordic Ski Team. Seatings run every half-hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Start at the Town Ranch trailhead behind Crested Butte Community School, 818 Red Lady Ave., Crested Butte. Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children. Reservations are required; call the Crested Butte Nordic Center at 970-349-1707.
Saturday-Sunday. Jungle life is pretty nice for Little Frog in “The Jungle’s Child,” the new children’s production at the Denver Victorian Playhouse. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories, the play tells the story of a “man cub,” Little Frog, and his adventures growing up in the forest. Despite their scary names, Bear and Panther are Little Frog’s companions, and the trio grow up together as best friends. The show runs through April 11. 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, except April 4. Denver Victorian Playhouse, 4201 Hooker St.; 303-433-4343. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and younger. Buy tickets and learn more at denvervic.com.
Through August 22. Explore the far reaches of outer space in “Hubble,” the latest IMAX adventure at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, opening today. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film follows the American space telescope’s development, launch and many discoveries. Learn, too, about how Hubble is maintained by space-walking astronauts as it orbits Earth. And since this is IMAX, expect plenty of awe-inspiring visuals from the telescope itself. 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily, with 7 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.; 303-370-6000. Movie-only tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students. For more information, visit dmns.org
Saturday-March 26. Floating, flying, popping, shining: Bubbles are lots of fun. Celebrate them at the Children’s Museum of Denver’s Bubble Week. Special bubble-themed activities will be set up throughout the museum, including home bubble-making demonstrations, make-your-own lava lamps, bubblegum blowing, bubble-themed storytimes and more. And on Saturday and Wednesday, the bubbly good times go outside to create huge bubbles with a world-record-breaking bubble solution. Times and activities vary by day; see cmdenver.org for details. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; 303-433-7444. Activities are included with admission: $7.50 for guests ages 2 to 59, $5.50 for 1-year-olds and seniors age 60 and older.
-Kathleen St. John