From film to dance, numerous local events will honor the centenary of the Ludlow Massacre. Below are some. Others, including those happening in Ludlow and Denver, can be found at ludlow100.wordpress.com and workersbreadandroses.org/ludlow.html.
Matewan, a screening of this 1987 film about the Matewan, W. Va. coal miners' strike in 1920 and the ensuing battle. Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. Free. Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, workersbreadandroses.org/ludlow.html.
"Ludlow: More Than a Massacre," a presentation by Scott Martelle on the larger forces at work during the coal strike: "Martelle sees the strikers as freedom fighters rebelling against what had become corrupt regional economic and political systems." Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m. Free. Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo. tinyurl.com/mzb2c3o.
Ludlow in Requiem: Music of Labor and Coal Mining, a concert that "commemorates the sacrifices of southern Colorado coal miners and their families," with: Daniel Valdez, John McCutcheon, Chela Lujan, The Fanning Brothers, David Volk and Lily Zhang. Friday, April 18, 8 p.m. $15, $5 for students and UMWA members. Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Place, Pueblo, tinyurl.com/msp57pc.
Reports from the Field, an exhibit of artifacts, photographs, contemporary newspaper coverage and more. Opening reception, Friday, April 18, 6 p.m. Through May 30. Free. Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, pueblolibrary.org/about/rawlings.
Memories of a Massacre: Perspectives on Ludlow, a look at the history of the event, prepared in partnership with the University of Denver and the United Mine Workers of America. Opens Sat., April 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org.
Using Music to Organize (aka Creative Response to History), a concert by Daniel Valdez and Tony Garcia. Sat., April 19, 7 p.m. El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, workersbreadandroses.org/ludlow.html.
Remembering the Ludlow Massacre, an art show by local Lindsay Hand, which will complement the Pioneers Museum exhibit. (More info on p. 24.) Opens Sat., April 19. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., facebook.com/lindsayhandart.
Pilgrimage magazine release, a reading and celebration of the "Labor" issue of this literary journal from editor and publisher Juan Morales. Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. Steelworks Museum, 225 Canal St., Pueblo, tiny.cc/83drdx.
Interplay 2.0, Ormao Dance Company's spring show, featuring a piece called "Protest Revisited" that honors the 100th anniversary of Ludlow and "investigates the power of revolution, of a group voice." April 25-27. $22, $10 for students, seniors and kids, free for CC students with ID. CC's Cossitt Hall, 906 N. Cascade Ave., ormaodance.org/Ormao_Performances.html.
"The Road to Ludlow: Breaking the 1913-1914 Southern Colorado Coal Strike," a talk by Dr. Anthony DeStefanis, who specializes in modern U.S. history, especially labor and working class issues. Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m. Free. Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, tinyurl.com/mr4hd36.
Ludlow, 1914, an original play by Brian Freeland and Murray Ross of TheatreWorks, with the Denver LIDA Project, on the massacre, with "special appearances by Mother Jones, John D. Rockefeller Jr., and General Palmer." Sept. 11-28. $35, $25 for groups of 10 or more, $15 for kids under 16, free for UCCS students. Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, theatreworkscs.org.
Children of Ludlow: Life in a Battle Zone, 1913-1914, a look at the events leading up to the massacre through the eyes of Ludlow's children, with artifacts, photographs and witness accounts. Through September 2015. $4-$5. El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453, historycolorado.org/museums/el-pueblo-history-museum-0.