Botanic Gardens’ orchids go virtual

Besides the National Western Stock Show, Denverites are mourning the cancellation of another annual tradition this month: Denver Botanic Gardens’ Orchid Showcase. Due to state-mandated capacity limits at the Gardens, it’s going online Jan. 16-22 — specifically, on Denver Botanic Gardens’ digital channels.

Playing to each format’s strength, the gardens will share “rare and beautiful specimens in the gardens’ collection that are never on public display” on Instagram; Colorado-specific care tips and videos on Facebook; fun facts, coloring sheets and photos on Twitter; horticultural and scientific articles on its blog; and everything else — including links to all of those — on denverbotanicgardens.org.

The show also will repost visitor-submitted images of their own orchid plants via Instagram Stories and Twitter on Sunday, Jan. 17. There will be no on-site programming or displays this year, officials said.

Fans snap up Wonderbound’s “Winterland” tickets

Having worked on various films and moved into a new home at 3824 Dahlia St. over the past few months, contemporary ballet company Wonderbound will now present “Winterland: A Discotheque Cabaret” — one of the city’s few indoor performing arts shows of the COVID age.

With strict cleaning and distancing procedures in place for the indoor shows Jan. 21 through Feb. 7, according to organizers, and audiences limited to 25 people per show, Wonderbound has sold out all but two of its 24 planned performances. At press time, tickets were still available for Jan. 23 and Jan. 28 at $60 per person, according to wounderbound.com.

Parties are limited to six people, and no one will be admitted after the performance begins, Wonderbound said.

Civic-minded, and just in time

There’s less than a week left to visit History Colorado Center’s “E Pluribus Unum/Out of Many, One,” which closes on Inauguration Day (Jan. 20), and which features the Appomatax Inkwell that Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant used to sign his part of the Appomattox surrender treaty in 1865.

Even more timely is its Tuesday, Jan. 19, program “Tumult and Transfer of Power: A State Historian’s Roundtable,” which is free to stream. Anyone grappling with how to put current events in context can hear from and interact with the council, according to a History Colorado spokesman. The hour-long program begins at 7 p.m.

If you miss that, there’s also “Borderlands of Southern Colorado,” exploring our state’s shifting cultural geography (opening Feb. 2) and “Apron Chronicles,” the nationally acclaimed touring exhibition finishing its 16-year run in Denver (Jan. 23-May 9). Timed, ticketed admission is required at 1200 N. Broadway. $8-$12; kids 4 and under are free. historycoloradocenter.org

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