Jazz vocals, a rock musical, and more arts happenings to spice up your weekend

Photo: Woman, Bird, and Star by Joan Miró
"Woman, Bird, and Star" by Joan Miró

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination
March 22 - June 28
Denver Art Museum, Denver
This exhibition focuses on the output of the acclaimed 20th century Catalan-Spanish artist during the last two decades of his life, with a special emphasis on paintings, sculptures and drawings. Miró’s sculptures have rarely traveled outside Europe, and this collection features more than 50 works created between 1963 and 1981.

“The 12”
March 27 - April 26
Denver Center for Performing Arts, Denver

This world premiere rock musical follows the twelve disciples as they wrestle with fear, uncertainty, anger and love in the days following their leader’s death. “The 12” was created by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and award-winning composer Neil Berg.

Boulder Arts Week
March 27 - April 4
Various venues, Boulder

Now in its second year, this citywide event highlights Boulder's arts and cultural programming. Featured events include 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant performing with the University of Colorado Boulder Symphony Orchestra, a masterclass with Boulder dance company BRIAH Danse and an installation at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art that transforms the space into a stage for two live performances.

Photo: Cyrille Aimée
Cyrille Aimée and her quintet perform this weekend in Lakewood

Cyrille Aimée Quintet
March 27
Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood

This French singer has won multiple international jazz vocal competitions and been called “one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation” by The Wall Street Journal. Aimée performs jazz standards as well as original songs, combining jazz, gypsy and Brazilian musical styles.

Vail Film Festival
March 26 - 29
Various venues, Vail

This annual mountain film festival includes more than 70 films as well as panels, a concert featuring musicians from L.A.'s Hotel Cafe, galas, a filmmaker reception and the festival awards ceremony. This year's movie highlights include “Slow West,” winner of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize, and “Cut Bank,” starring Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton, John Malkovich and Bruce Dern.

“The Neighbours Project”
March 27
The Studio, Denver

Denver photographer Dylan Burr employs wet plate photography to document the lives of 30 individuals who visit the St. Frances Shelter in Denver. The project also includes a short documentary, which premieres during this event, about homelessness.

“Purple Cats and Green Skies: The Influence of Children’s Art on the 20th Century Art World”
March 27 - May 2
Durango Arts Center, Durango

In this group exhibition - featuring Juanita Ainsley, Melanie Yazzie, Natalia Goldberg and Rodney Hatfield –artists set out to disregard old expectations that visual art must be representational and realistic by tapping into freeform, childlike aesthetics.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRD) presents “A Place Between”
March 27 - 29
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, Denver

Honoring Women’s History Month, this evening of dance celebrates the strength and courage of women of all nations. The ensemble performs two works by CPRD assistant artistic director, Winifred R. Harris, and David Rouseve’s “Dry Each Others Tears in the Stillness of the Night,” a work commissioned in 1993 by Robinson.

March 20 - May 29
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, Aurora

This exhibition by DAVA youth artists tackles important subjects like substance abuse, health, social behavior, and racial issues through photography projects, clay animation stills, zines, drawings and interactive projects.

3rd Law Dance presents “Bach unCAGED”
March 27 - 28
The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder

This Boulder dance and theater company collaborates with electric violinist Zachary Carrettin and Marcia Schirmer on prepared piano in creating an original, newly created work. The piece juxtaposes Bach’s music with the mystical interludes of American composer John Cage.