What to Do in Denver (and Beyond) March 15-21

From a classy St. Patrick's Day celebration full of jazz, cocktails, art, and food trucks to a show with India's most popular comedian, here are five-can't miss events across the Front Range this week. 

March 16 2017, 4:20 PM

The RapidGrass Quintet, winners of the 2015 Rockygrass Band Competition, will perform with The Boulder Chorale at Bluegrass Mass

Vir Das, March 16-18

This weekend at Comedy Works, India’s most popular English-speaking comedian takes to the stage. Actor, writer, musician, and stand-up comic Vir Das is the first Indian comedian to have his own Netflix original comedy special, set to premiere this month. His unique take on cultural taboos and current events will make you double-over in laughter and leave you thinking that humor is universal. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Snoopy & Belle in Fashion, March 17-April 11

The traveling exhibit, presented by Peanuts Worldwide, premiered at New York Fashion Week and features vinyl Snoopy and Belle dolls donning a rare collection of mini-couture outfits created by leading fashion designers. Betsey Johnson’s miniature embellishments are wildly creative and fun—particularly the pink hair, reminiscent of the designer’s own 80s punk rocker days—and the Stetson and Levi’s dolls are among those making their debut at the Cherry Creek Mall exhibit. While you gaze and giggle, listen as exhibition producer Melissa Menta tells stories about the dolls and how this eclectic exhibit came to be. Fri 10 a.m.

The Jazz Project, March 17

This St. Patrick’s Day, replace the dive bar and green Jello shots with this classy, Jazz Age-inspired event. Sip on craft cocktails and travel back to an era of flappers and bootleggers, opulence and indulgence. With multiple floors of art, live music by GoGo Penguin and Dave Devine Trio, and food trucks and bar carts featuring some of Denver’s favorite flavors, the evening promises to be the ultimate throwback. Fri 7:30-10 p.m.

The Way Back to School: Cocktail Curriculum, March 18 

The setting: an intimate bar. The curriculum: your favorite classic cocktails and how to make them. The instructors: the Way Back’s bar team, who will teach attendees how to shake, stir, pair, and prepare everything from Old Fashioneds to Manhattans to Mint Juleps. Bonus: enjoy three drinks paired with small bites from chefs Sam Charles and Marcus Eng. Sat 2:30-4 p.m.

Bluegrass Mass, March 18-19

The Boulder Chorale and RapidGrass Quintet come together this weekend to perform Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” This classical-based choir and finger-pickin’ bluegrass band form an unlikely duo, but wait until you hear this dazzling 110-voice collaboration. RapidGrass, winners of the 2015 Rockygrass Band Competition, invigorate the crowd with their love for music and the Colorado mountains while Boulder Chorale’s chamber singers soothe with beautiful classics like “Wayfarin’ Stranger” and “Will the Circle be Unbroken.” Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4:00 p.m.