Concerts and Virtual Events This Weekend!
May 21, 2020
Maybe you are as tired of hearing about “silver linings” as you are the coronavirus itself, but considering this is where we live right now, it’s pretty amazing to think about all the big-name entertainment we’re getting right now in our living rooms. Billboard is constantly updating their schedule of HUGE live events—including an upcoming Graduation 2020 Commencement Speech by President Obama and Lady Gaga! We’ve included Billboard’s listings for this weekend, along with local happenings.
TODAY/TONIGHT, May 21
RED NOSE DAY CONCERT
Red Nose Day has been an annual event by big-name entertainers to end child poverty. This year, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Smith, James Taylor, Meghan Trainor, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical‘s Adrienne Warren are all set to perform in your living room!
Tune in for an action-packed, three-hour block of Red Nose Day programming, including a spectacular episode of Celebrity Escape Room featuring Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott, and more!
Thursday-Sunday, May 21-24
VIRTUAL DANCE ON QUARANTINE
Denver’s acclaimed dance school and studio, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, will help you get active with Virtual Dance Classes. This program offers plenty of flexibility with “pick your own pricing” while also helping to support local dancers and dance teachers.
There’s also a FREE podcast with interviews of some of Denver’s most respected and influential people in the arts, including words of wisdom from the founder and artistic director—Cleo Parker Robinson herself!
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Register: Prices vary
BOTANIC GARDENS AT-HOME
Denver Botanic Gardens has become a part of the newfound interest in reading by leading a virtual book club with literature inspired by nature. Join now to be ready to join the Zoom discussion on June 17th. The book you’ll be reading is As Long as the Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker.
Denver Botanic Gardens Online
Register Now: $5
DOING STREET ART WITH A COMEDIAN
Join Denver native Christie Buchele in the YouTube series, Comedians Doing Stuff in Denver, as she paints a mural with local artist Thomas “Detour” Evans. Christie asks all the hard questions, including is he really Banksy?—and gets a tour of Evans’ other River North Art District murals. You’ll learn the backstories of his subjects, from famous musicians like Nina Simone (whose face adorns a wall at Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club) to local community members.
Comedians Doing Stuff in Denver YouTube
COLORADO RAPIDS INSIDE NEWS
Kei Kamara shares his memories through photographs with this poignant inside look at a Colorado Rapids star player’s life. Get to know the players you love while everyone’s sitting it out at home.
Colorado Rapids Online
HAVE LUNCH AT THE MUSEUM!
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering an online video series, Have Lunch with an Educator Performer, where you can learn about such obscure but fascinating topics as Space Burps, Fun Facts about the Brontosaurus, and Hypothetical Animal Match-ups.
DENVER’S VIRTUAL EVENTS
Don’t forget to check out this comprehensive list of online events sponsored by local arts and entertainment organizations. You’ll likely find your favorite “real life” activities appearing somewhere in a virtual setting.
Cost: Varies by event; many are FREE
BUY IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
If you’re feeling more optimistic about eventually being able to attend a live event again, check out this ticket website that’s offering deeply discounted tickets on future events—from wine tastings to local theatre. Most come with the option to cancel if you need to. Just be sure you know the cancellation policy of the event before purchasing!
Saturday, May 23
PRIVATE PARTY DENVER
Craving the energy and vibe of a night out? This live-stream event, Private Party, is designed to give you that feeling! It’s open to everyone willing to watch but private in the sense that your dance moves will only be witnessed by anyone in your living room—including pets and stay-at-home partners! Tune in as a local musician or DJ gets everyone up and moving!
RSVP: 6:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24
ONE EARTH LIVE
This transformational online two-day festival will explore pathways for a brighter future with inspiring and talented musicians, Michael Franti, Nahko, John Butler, Trevor Hall, FINK, Rising Appalachia and more! The international lineup also includes other notable musicians, artists, motivational speakers, Indigenous elders, wellness experts, yoga instructors, youth activists and poets.
Donations made during the festival will benefit Proof of Impact, a charitable organization providing COVID-19 relief efforts, as well as the artists involved with One Earth Live who are unable to tour because of the pandemic.
One Earth Live
Tickets: FREE (Donations welcome)
Saturday-Monday, May 23-25
MOVEMENT AT HOME
The iconic Detroit musical festival which usually takes place over Memorial Day weekend will be live-streamed this year in a fantastic 3-day virtual edition! You can catch Movement At Home on Beatport and Paxahau’s Twitch channels or watch on Movement’s website, Facebook and YouTube channels. The exciting lineup will be announced soon!
Movement At Home
Sunday, May 24
NATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT DAY
Be a part of this global event—from home—and help break the record for the World’s Largest Scavenger Hunt Ever! The Scavenger Hunt can be accessed from the Let’s Roam App after you register and will take approximately two hours. Since this is a worldwide event, this scavenger hunt will explore global cultures and help you travel the world from your own home.
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
This traditional concert normally airs from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol but will be a virtual event this year. The PBS concert is hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise and features new performances and tributes filmed around the country to honor the military as well as heroes on the frontline of the pandemic crisis.
Among those appearing will be Gen. Colin Powell, Cynthia Erivo, Renee Fleming, Trace Adkins, CeCe Winans, Kelli O’Hara, Mary McCormack, the National Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Jackson, Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne and Esai Morales. Starting at 8 p.m. ET, the concert will stream on Facebook, YouTube and on PBS.
7:00 and 8:30 p.m.
Plenty to Do Near Southshore!
Away from it all, but close to everything, the lakeside community of Southshore offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re new to Life at the Lake, visit the Aurora Reservoir for a sampling of all there is to do on and around 800 acres of water, then drive by or privately tour the beautiful model homes from Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s to the $700s.