Asian American Festival, Marimba Madness at Levitt, Professor Phelyx and more

Denver Zoo launches Asian American festival

Saturday Sunday. To celebrate Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month, the Denver Zoo is hosting its first Asian American and Pacific Islander Festival. The event is driven by the zoo’s partnership with the Filipino-American community in Colorado, organizers said, and will feature multicultural dance, music, art, workshops and community engagement, highlighting “the The zoo’s unique connection to Asian cultures and countries through its animals and conservation programs.

The Denver Zoo’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Festival kicks off May 14-15, 2022 and focuses on the diversity of Front Range Asian culture. (Provided by Denver Zoo)

Along with the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Sakura Square, and a few others, this is one of the few events in Colorado to celebrate the diversity of the Front Range Asian population. In other words: don’t miss it.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at 2300 Steele St. The festival is included with regular daytime admission, $14 to $20. To visit denverzoo.org/events for schedule and more details.

Crazy about Marimba!

Friday. As part of their “Marimba Maniacs” spring tour of the United States and Mexico, the Gama brothers will spend Levitt Pavilion Friday, May 13, for a free show for all ages with their headlining band Son Rompe Perawhich mixes traditional Mexican sounds with punk, garage and other contemporary influences.

The show begins at 1380 W. Florida Ave. to Ruby Hill Park, and (as noted) admission is free thanks to Levitt’s nonprofit concert model. See more free shows and sign up for Son Rompe Pera at ticketweb.com.

Salida Film Fest Premieres

Saturday and Sunday. Outside of Telluride, Denver, and Boulder, Colorado’s film festival scene can be hard to pin down, with dozens of high-country events vying for attention. Opening this weekend Salida Film Festival is the latest, with another beautiful setting and low-key, thoughtful programming at Salida SteamPlant Event Center.

A photo of Julie Jackson "Native Horses," which is screened in Salida this weekend as part of the inaugural Salida Film Festival.  (Provided by Volz Media)
A still from Julie Jackson’s ‘Native Horses’, screened at Salida this weekend as part of the inaugural Salida Film Festival. (Provided by Volz Media)

Audiences can catch up on A24’s “C’Mon C’Mon” (on opening night) and four other feature films, short documentaries, a free reading table, a celebration of local filmmakers, a free traffic and a free roundtable around Denver. SeriesFest that just ended.

Four-day passes for the event, which began Thursday and will run through Sunday, May 15, cost $80, while individual screenings cost $12. See the full program salidastempplant.com/salida-film-festival.

Be instructed by Professor Phelyx

Friday. Louisville will get a little weirder on Friday, May 13, on an international tour, mentalist and illusionist based in Denver Professor Phelyx not on stage. The old-school gentleman with the mischievous grin has been reading the minds of onlookers for years without resorting to hypnotism or other magic tricks, but he’s also a skilled comedian, storyteller and improv performer.

His ever-changing audience-focused show runs from 8-9:30 p.m. at Louisville Metro, 640 Main Street in Louisville. $15 to $75. Be ready to share your innermost thoughts — or at least a few shocked laughs. evenbrite.com

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