Coming Attractions

Getting down and dirty with Anythink Libraries

Recommended activities for the coming week

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One of the many things that March means is it’s about time to start thinking about your spring plans if you’re a fan of gardening.

As part the comprehensive 2019 library programming initiative of Adams County’s Anythink Libraries, those interested in improving their green thumb can participate in the Dig It series. The library system partnered with experts including The GrowHaus, Colorado State University Extension, Butterfly Pavilion and the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society to provide a series of gardening and backyard farming programs at different library locations.

“We’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm around gardening from residents through our community gardens, the farmers market we started last year, explained Stacie Ledden, director of innovations and brand strategy with Anythink. “Adams County is rich in agricultural history; it’s part of the community’s DNA. In celebration of this, Dig It seemed like a perfect fit for this spring.”

Each Anythink location will host several opportunities for all age ranges to participate. Program themes include a bug safari with the Butterfly Pavilion, vermiculture with The GrowHaus and growing produce for sale at farmers markets with the CSU extension.

Dig It is the first in a series of three district-wide celebrations hosted by Anythink in 2019, according to information provided by Ledden. The second celebration, Pop It, will be held in May, and will celebrate all things pop culture in conjunction with Denver Pop Culture Con (formerly Denver Comic Con). In September, participants will sharpen and develop career and life skills to help them get ahead with Own It.

Kicking off the year with Dig It is not only a great way to get people outside, but it also teaches useful skills that can help improve the environment, make a little extra money, and spend time with family and friends.

“No matter your age or skill level, your garden’s size or shape, we have something for you at the library during Dig It,” Ledden said. “Not only will we offer programs where you can learn tips and techniques, this is a great opportunity to connect with friends and neighbors who have similar interests.”

For a complete list of Dig It series programs, visit anythinklibraries.org.

Perception through photography

Many of us use art to experience things that we will probably never get to do or see ourselves. But the Gravity of Perception exhibit at the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive, asks how images influence our perception of things we’ve never experienced.

The exhibit features the work of seven photo-based artists and explores how photography can tell a story and share someone else’s experiences.

The free exhibit is on display through March 23. There will be numerous artists’ talks before the exhibit closes, and a closing reception and dance performance by university students on Friday, March 22. For more information, visit www.msudenver.edu/cva/exhibitions/gravityofperception/.

Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Steve Earle at Twist and Shout Records

Steve Earle is one of the great voices in the alt-country scene and has been ever since he started releasing music in the early 1980s. His 1986 album “Guitar Town” is prime example of the musical styles and sharp lyricism that would not only define the genre, but the ensuing 30 years of Earle’s career.

Earle is now gearing up for the release of his new album “Guy,” which will be released on March 29. Part of said gearing up will be an in-store performance and meet and greet at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8 at Twist and Shout Records, 2508 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver.

A wristband can be secured by purchasing “Guy” on CD or vinyl, both of which will be on sale early for this event.

The event is sure to be crowded, so get all the necessary information at www.twistandshout.com.

Lil Rel, big laughs at Comedy Works

If you saw the Oscar-winning thriller “Get Out,” you know Lil Rel Howery is one of the funniest people on the planet right now. And while he’s becoming a bigger and bigger name in the entertainment industry, he hasn’t given up on standup yet.

All of this means his performances at Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. in Denver, are an honest-to-God chance to see a comedy star work on his chops. He’ll be performing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.

Find tickets and more information at www.comedyworks.com/comedians/lil-rel.

Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.

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