Weekend Arts Roundup: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events

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Photo: The Spirituals Project Choir
The Spirituals Project Choir

The Spirituals Project: “Oh Selma! The Movement Continues”
Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver

An evening of performance and history celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the pivotal voting rights campaign in Selma, AL in the 1960s, and the landmark passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.​

The Marade
Jan. 19
City Park to Civic Center Park, Denver

Social justice, school and church groups join together for a walk down Colfax Ave – from City Park to Civic Center Park – to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble presents “Against All Odds”
Jan. 15 and 16
Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood

This evening of dance and hip hop juxtaposes the plight of people of color in the 1960s under Jim Crow law and the current state of civil rights in America. The program features "Free?" by choreographer and hip hop dance pioneer Dr. Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris as well as "On the Edge...Reaching for Higher Ground," a new work by Cleo Parker Robinson.

“King: A Filmed Record...From Montgomery to Memphis”
Jan. 19, 1 p.m.
Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder

As part of Boulder’s Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015 commemoration, the Dairy Center will screen this critically acclaimed 1970 film. Following the screening, a panel of community leaders will discuss the film and how it relates to the recent events in Ferguson and elsewhere.

Mountain High Music Festival
Jan. 14 - 18
Various venues, Crested Butte

Country artists Dean Dillon, Lee Brice and Robert Earl Keen headline four days of music, with performances on Mount Crested Butte, at the base area and in town.

Tango Colorado presents “Snowball 2015”
Jan. 17
The Turnverein, Denver

The annual gala of this Argentine tango dance club will feature a special performance by world-acclaimed Argentine tango performers and choreographers Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, tango music by DJ John Miller and, of course, dancing.

Molina Speaks
Jan. 16
Dazzle Jazz, Denver

Molina Speaks is a poet, recording and performing artist who blends his lyricism over various styles of music including hip-hop and jazz. Molina is joined by Randy Runyan on trumpet, Zay Rios on drums, Lannie Shelton on violin and emcees Ill Se7en and Mike Wird.

The Evergreen Players and Theatre Esprit Asia present "Spirit and Sworded Treks"
Jan. 16 - 18
Center Stage, Evergreen

This multi-faceted one-woman show written, directed and performed by Maria Cheng weaves together tai-chi, storytelling, singing, dancing, stir-fry cooking and stand-up comedy.

Estes Park Winter Festival
Jan. 16 - 19
Estes Park Event Complex, Estes Park

This staple of the Estes Park winter calendar features indoor trampoline demonstrations by skiers and snowboarders, public ice skating, snowshoe demos, and tastings of award-winning chili, wine and beer.

Photo: Dans le Crépuscule by Laura Guese“Ciel Colorado” featuring Denver artist Laura Guese
Jan. 16 - Feb. 28
Mike Wright Gallery, Denver

This exhibition debuts Denver artist Laura Guese, who presents her ode to Colorado skies through atmospheric, large-scale paintings that reflect the emotional and therapeutic qualities of the sky.

Firehouse Theater Company presents “I Am My Own Wife”
Jan. 9 - Feb. 6
The John Hand Theater, Denver

Based on a true story and inspired by interviews conducted by playwright Doug Wright over several years, this play tells the tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime.