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The documentary Educate A Girl profiles Mercy and Manisha, two women who are attending school as a result of the efforts of organizations like Edge of Seven wto break down education barriers for women in rural Nepal. —Image courtesy of Eva Capazolla

What to Do in Denver (and Beyond): December 7-13

From an uproarious take on a holiday classic to an illuminating documentary about efforts to educate women in Nepal, here are four can't-miss events in the Mile High City this week. 

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Fitz and the Tantrums, December 8

There are three truths in life: death, taxes, and toe-tapping at the Fitz and the Tantrums concert. The catchiest indie pop and neo soul band in the game comes to Denver to deliver rhythmic hits such as “HandClap,” “The Walker,” and more. Arrive early to catch Gavin DeGraw, a multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter famous for the One Tree Hill theme song, “I Don’t Want to Be,” opening for the Los Angeles-based ensemble. Thu 7:30 p.m., Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St. 303-837-0360. Ticket prices vary.

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Antique Row Holiday Open House, December 10

Stop by Denver’s most popular antiquing destination for an afternoon of holiday shopping and seasonal celebrations. Peruse the 7 blocks of shops for their specials on rugs, garden supplies, handmade picture frames, and more, enjoy caroling performances from students at Golden High School, and take a photo with Santa in his antique sleigh. You’ll even have the chance to feed one of Santa’s reindeer as you enjoy Broadway’s holiday lights. Sat noon-6 p.m., Antique Row 1200 to 1700 S. Broadway, Free.

Making Merry, December 10-11

At this compelling performance, three local actors bring to life holiday stories involving love, loss, family unity (or disunity), and politics. Josh Robinson acts out Truman Capote’s “One Christmas,” about a family struggling with addiction, while GerRee Hinshaw gives voice to “Oil and Water” by Dani Shapiro, a personal tale about relearning how to celebrate the holidays after a period of mourning. Erin Rollman rounds out the evening with a performance of Anne Roiphe’s “The Demon Foiled,” the story of a modern Jewish family celebrating Hannukah despite being embroiled in local politics. Sat 2 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 6:30 p.m., King Center, 855 Lawrence St., 303-444-7666, $15-$28.

Educate A Girl, December 13

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The Solukhumbu District in Nepal is home to the Rai people in the hills, the Sherpas in the mountains, and Mount Everest itself—and now, it’s also a place where girls are receiving educations. This eye-opening documentary takes viewers to the isolated region in order to uncover the school building projects and teaching initiatives that are helping girls like Mercy and Manisha, who are profiled in the film, learn. Stick around for light refreshments and a Q&A with director Harry Lynch, who will discuss the challenges of educating women in developing nations. Tue 6 p.m. Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St., 720-832-7631, Ticket prices vary.

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