People love dogs. A lot. Take a walk down any street in the metro area, pop a squat at almost any patio or take any trail, and you’re bound to meet a pooch or two. Which makes “Dogs! A Science Tail” — the newest exhibit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science — a perfect fit for a town like Denver.
“This exhibit is all about the special bond between humans and canines,” said Jennifer Moss-Logan, content specialist and educator with the museum. “So many people took the opportunity to rescue dogs during this quarantine… so, this is a great time for people to learn more about their pets.”
The exhibit runs at the museum, 2001 Colorado Blvd., through the end of the year. Entry requires a timed ticket and museum admission.
“Dogs! A Science Tail” offers visitors a bevy of ways to get into the mind, body and history of man’s best friend. In the Incredible Dog portion, guests can learn how their running speed compares to the speeds of various dogs, from a pug (which runs about 5 miles per hour) to a greyhound (which clocks in at about 44). Guest can also watch dual screens, which compare how the world appears to people and dogs.
“We wanted to offer activities that people can do in small groups while social distancing from other visitors,” said Neha Sandvig, program specialist and educator with the museum. “We also have activities that provide training experiences, to show how dogs learn.”
A particularly fascinating portion of the exhibit is a Tail as Old as Time, which explores the origins of dogs and how they were domesticated by ancient people. While the most moving parts of the exhibit are found in the Dogs and Humans, Together Forever, which examines how dogs and humans live and work together. Guests can play with a virtual dog, test their dog knowledge in “Jeopawdy!” and much more.
“When these kinds of national exhibits come here, guests are getting the very best experience of it anywhere,” said Moss-Logan. “During these times, we’re using a lot of virtual experiences to connect with visitors, and we hope these options offer new insights.”
As the summer winds down, “Dogs! A Science Tail” is a great way for dog lovers and science fans to do some playful learning while out and about.
“We know people are looking for ways to interact with family and friends outside of the home,” Sandvig said. “This exhibit is for them.”
Visit www.dmsn.org/dogstail for information and tickets.
Live musical theater numbers from the Arvada Center
As part of the Arvada Center’s Reignite the Arts campaign, which aims to raise $1 million to offset the loss from canceled performances, keep the arts alive and people employed at this vital cultural resource, the Center is hosting a virtual auction and kickoff concert.
The show will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. and will feature Trent Hines, Jake Mendes and Emily Van Fleet — all stellar performers that viewers may well recognize from their time not only at the Arvada Center, but at stages all over the metro area. The performance will feature musical numbers from past and future Arvada Center performances and the Pierce Murphy Trio will be performing a song voted on online.
Community partners and staff will be providing packages for the virtual auction. Tickets are $10, $15 or $20 per household for access to the performance from the Main Stage Theatre. Visit www.arvadacenter.org/home/virtual-auction for information and tickets.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week – The Allman Betts Band at the Red Room Sound Studio
There are some things that just seem like destiny. That’s the case with The Allman Betts Band, which sees the joining of Devon Allman (Gregg Allman’s son) and Duane Betts (Dickey Betts’ son) together with Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley), and other brilliant musicians for a new take on classic sounds.
The group is gearing up to release their sophomore album, “Bless Your Heart,” and will be livestreaming a performance at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 from Red Room Sound Studio in Torrington, Conn.
Visit www.nocapshows.com to get a spot.
Streaming style – ‘Banana Split’
Those missing summertime adventures with friends won’t want to miss the buddy comedy “Banana Split,” winner of the best narrative feature award at the 2019 Vail Film Festival.
The film focuses on the importance of female friendship rather than romance during the formative high school years and allows for hilarious and sharply-written characters to come to the fore. The movie has traces of films like “Booksmart” and “Superbad,” and is all kinds of fun.
Stream the film on Netflix.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.