09/2012

Colorado Balloon Classic

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Fri, 08/24/2012 - 10:46am

Head down to Colorado Springs to see one of the most colorful skies in the Rocky Mountain Region. More than 75 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes will dot the morning sky, but don't be just a spectator. Talk with the balloonists, take a ride, or even crew one of the balloons. Have a camera? Submit your best shots for the photo contest. Stick around after the sun sinks behind Pikes Peak to see the grounded balloon's filled and glowing in the dark.  Sat 6-9:30 a.m., 5-8 p.m.; Sun 6-9:30 a.m., 5-8 p.m.; Mon 6-9:30 a.m.

 

Introduction to Backcountry Skills

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 11:02am

Discover the must-knows for backcountry adventures in a mountain classroom. In just six hours, you'll come away with the knowledge needed to prep your pack, navigate the trail, pick out top-notch gear, and handle unexpected animals, weather, and injuries. Don't be afraid to get a little mud on those boots as you conquer the three-mile trek complete with demonstrations and practice sessions. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Chile Chili Festival

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 8:47am

Celebrate all things hot and spicy. Discover the culinary how-to's of the western slope's chili pepper. See if you can handle the heat with local products including hacienda maize fire-roasted chile jammin' jelly, hot green chile fresh out the roaster, or candied fire gourmet goat cheese. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Devil Dash

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 8:17am

Run like hell through the seven deadly sins during the ultimate thrill-seeking event. At this Labor Day Weekend quest, jumping through rings of fire, crawling through mudpits, and climbing over cargo nets are three of the 14 obstacles you'll encounter on this three-mile course. If you make it out alive, indulge in the Beer Garden of Eden with pints from local breweries and food truck grub. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.


Hike MS Winter Park

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 11:16am

Dust off your hiking boots, fill your Camelbak's and climb towards a cure for MS. Choose from three different hiking trails from two to 10 miles and hike at your own pace alone or with friends and family. Get your pre-hike morning fuel fix with a continental breakfast and a mid-day lunch to help you push to the finish. Proceeds benefit the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society, which serves more than 88,000 people. Sat 9 a.m.  

 

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Fri, 08/24/2012 - 11:10am

Say goodbye to summer with an event for the whole community. Grab some solid shoes because you'll be on the move all weekend exploring the more than 100 arts and craft exhibitors, visiting the interactive Sports and Kids Expo, or riding the carnival rides in the children's area. Keep it going by watching or entering any of the countless competitions including the infamous Chili Inferno Cook-Off, Family Fun and Fitness 5K, the Great Zucchini Race, the Classic Car Show, and the Big Wheel 500 races.

Leftapalooza

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 2:14pm

After receiving rave reviews in 2011 Left Hand Brewing is hosting the second annual Leftapalooza. Imbibe on Colorado craft beer excellence and jam to the stylings of musical legend look alikes. Bands from all over the country duke it out in the Mile High Tribute Band Competition, while slow-cooking sensations take the battle to the bowl in the Chili Fest. Tickets benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sat noon-10 p.m.

Boulder Brew Fest

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 3:46pm

This event brings live music and more than 65 of the nation's best craft breweries to Boulder. Enjoy Colorado staples like Avery Brewing Company and Ska Brewing, while sampling the best from around the country, like Sam Adams and Pyramid Brewers. Chain Stage will kick off the night of great night of live music. Sat 1 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Showdown

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 11:11am

One game determines which team takes the bragging rights in this infamous state college football rivalry. The Colorado State Rams and the University of Colorado Buffaloes go head-to-head as the two programs look to regain prominence in the Rocky Mountain region. While Colorado holds a tight winning grasp on the series (61-20), Colorado State and first-year coach Jim McElwain want to start with a winning statement. Sat 2 p.m. 

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 4:41pm

Mace, a professional fall guy in a fictional version of WWE Wrestling, shows us behind-the-scenes production of faux fighting. He recruits an Middle Eastern friend to play a stereotypical Muslim wrestler with moves like “the sleeper cell kick,” bringing American prejudice into tight focus. Yes, the play was nominated for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, but it doesn't leave out the signature on-stage body slams. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

 

Monarch Watch

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 3:57pm

Colorado kids need to grab some bug nets because scientists across the country need their help. Little naturalists will learn about Monarch butterflies and how to properly tag them to help monitor migration patterns. By catching, tagging, and releasing these colorful creatures, youngsters will contribute to national research and conservation efforts—without graduating gradeschool.  Sat 2-3:30 p.m. 

 

Voodoo Island: 1950s Tiki Exotica Ball

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 3:04pm

After World War II, soldiers returned  from the South Pacific and spurred a national explosion of all things tiki. Drift back to the '50s with a night of dancing amidst bamboo huts, hula dancers, and palm trees. Also enjoy fire dancers, a ukulele performance, and a traditional Polynesian dinner. Sat 3 p.m.

 

Gourmet on Gore

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 1:57pm

Indulge in Vail’s most creative culinary creations at Gourmet on Gore, a three day celebration of all the food and flavors of one of Colorado’s most luxurious destinations. The area’s most prestigious restaurants dish out samples of their favorite dishes, while sponsors like Stella Artois provide refreshments. Feast at one of the festivals open-air tastings, or spoil yourself with a ticket to one of several demonstrations and meals. Sat-Mon; times vary.

Buddy Guy

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 9:20pm

A pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, George "Buddy" Guy, is an accomplished American guitarist and singer.  At age 75, he’s a Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee, an influence for rock titans like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as a living link to the roots of electric blues. Sat 6:30 p.m.

 

Wit

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Sun, 09/23/2012 - 8:21pm

Throughout her life, Dr. Vivian Bearing, an English professor, found her happiness in intellectual pursuits rather than family-focused ones. After being diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer—and alone in a sterile hospital room—she wonders if she made the right choices. The Pulitzer Prize-winning show explores loneliness, friendship, and medical ethics with profound writing and dry wit. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

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Taste of Keystone

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 12:12pm

Keystone's own Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, Bighorn Steakhouse, and many others fire up their boldest dishes at this mountainside food fest. Previous menus have included creative hits like white chocolate spaghetti and meatballs. Proceeds benefit Summit County's Mountain Mentors. Sun 11 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival & BBQ

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 10:13am

Spending the long weekend in Aspen? Don't miss the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival & BBQ in its inaugural year. (No, it's not that kind of Rocky Mountain oysters.) Well, it can be, but you can also dig into a variety of other, more common oysters. The more meat-obsessed among us can enjoy whole-roasted lamb and pig.

Ron White

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:42am

Comedian Ron White, better known for his stage name as “Tater Salad,” is the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon. He has always been an avid storyteller, relaying memories from his youth in the Texas oil country. With a pair of Grammy Award nominations, a Gold Record, and a book that appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, his wit is generating sold out shows. So if you want a seat, act fast. This performance is a tribute to the Aurora tragedy. Mon 7:30 p.m.

 

Ghostface Killah

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 3:11pm

Widely acclaimed as one the greatest storytellers of our time, Ghostface Killah brings his slow flow and stylistic mojo to Denver for one night only. As one of the founding members of the prolific rap group, Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface began sewing the seeds of stardom in the early '90s. After the group's separation Ghostface continued the legend through six solo studio albums. Mon 8 p.m.

Meet the Vegetable Gardeners

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 10:30am

Garner the inspiration to create your own veggie garden by observing the Colorado Master Gardeners work their green-thumb magic. Seek answers to all of your gardening questions from the pros who upkeep the Hudson Gardens’ Vegetable Garden. You’ll learn techniques and tricks for bed preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting, and more. Tue 9:30 a.m. 

 

Korpiklaani

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 3:39pm

Korpiklaani, Finnish for “wilderness clan,” is a folk-metal band that creates cheerful, lively music. Using only typical folk instruments—think electric guitars, woodwinds, and violins—Korpiklaani's sound speaks to easygoing fans. Their sixth studio album, Karkelo, meaning "party," is popular for its infectious single, "Vodka."  Tue 7 p.m.

 

 

Hank Williams III

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 4:08pm

Throw on your cowboy boots and buckle up for a night with one of America’s most deeply-rooted country musicians. Like the two generations before him, guitar in hand, Williams has been serving up hearty portions of the authentic American attitude for more than a decade. Fueled by the energy of his dedicated fan base, his high energy performances can push up to three hours in length. Tue 7:30 p.m.

La Cage Aux Folles

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 11:37am

See the musical sensation that inspired the Birdcage, a story of family drama and perseverance that is anything but a drag. Winner of three Tony Awards, this upbeat, comedic sensation follows a free-spirited nightclub owner who is forced to mask his lifestyle to win the approval of his future daughter-in-law’s family. Hilarious escapades, and vivacious songs and dances bring the laughs and the sass. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Amon Tobin

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 8:46am

Electronic music and opera houses typically don't mix. But veteran electronic musician/producer Amon Tobin is shunning tradition in favor of expanding boundaries. Tobin's futuristic and transcendent audio/visual show, ISAM, has been mesmerizing audiences around the world. He pushes the limits of live music—and sets new standards—with a mix of body-quaking beats and eye-widening images. Tue 9 p.m.

Denver Food and Wine Classic

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 4:25pm

This culinary extravaganza features more than 600 wines and food from more than 40 of Denver's best restaurants. Experience the grand tasting with wines from Trinchero and W.J. Deutsch & Sons along with food from culinary cornerstones like ChoLon and Linger. Don't miss Friday's wine and glass experience, where participants learn how the shape of their wineglass will influence their vino. Thu-Sat, times vary.

Belles, Blocks and Balls

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:22am

Iowa artist Mary Rork-Watson’s solo exhibit features her characteristic three-dimensional collages in box assemblages. Rork-Watson works with media such as recycled papers and objects to revive the “lost, discarded and ordinary” and enhances them with layers of texture and rich colors. Pieces such as Engineering a Son and Letters from Home cast a pensive glance at traditional Americana themes. Thu-Fri 1-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m.  

 

A Tribute to Dario Cecchini

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 3:09am

The man known as the mad butcher of Panzano, Italy is making an appearance at downtown Denver's Panzano restaurant. Dario Cecchini, lauded by famous foodies like Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali, will sharpen his knives for a live butchery demonstration, followed by a four-course meal with wine pairings by Panzano chef Elise Wiggins. Drop an extra $30, and you'll get an up-close look with a seat at the chefs' counter.

Fade to White

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 3:23am

The color white is often associated with serenity—and California–based artist Gus Harper builds on that connection with a collection of serene yet vibrant works . Harper's more colorful previous works have been seen on TV shows like Modern Family, New Girl, and Entourage. But this time around, the painter looked toward sculpture and his inner psyche for inspiration in exploring themes from primal man to ethereal bliss. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 11:35am

Discover the untold secrets of one of Colorado's grisliest tales, the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. History columnist Carol Turner introduces you to the prominent players in this bloody event, including Chief Niwot, Captain Silas Soule, and Major Edward Wynkoop, while also divulging her personal interest in the subject. The lecture is part of the Chief Niwot Series hosted by the Boulder History Museum. Thu 7 p.m.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:43am

Whether you're a proud Celtic descendent, or you simply enjoy donning a kilt every now and then, you'll find your cultural fix at this three-day tribute to all things Scottish and Irish. Journey back to the medieval times with jousting competitions and traditional Highland games, dance the jig to authentic bagpipe tunes, and show off your little furball in an array of doggy contests and parades. Festival-goers can also sample traditional Celtic cuisine, purchase handcrafted goods, and more. Thu 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Liminality, Luminosity, and the Everyday

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:22am

Witness the convergence of artistic interpretation with everyday objects. Showcasing 19th- and 20th- century paintings from more than 20 artists, this exhibit pays tribute to the concepts of luminosity and luminality by displaying objects--like a flower--in a different light. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Colorado Fall Home Show

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:53am

Looking to spruce up your lair? Garner the inspiration for a home remodel project from more than 300 interior design exhibitions. Learn about the benefits of sustainable living with an array of eco-friendly products and take advantage of special presentations detailing kitchen design, remodeling tips, and accessorizing ideas. Bonus: All ticket sales benefit statewide horticulture grants and scholarships. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fire! Colorado Under Siege

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 4:23pm

Wildfires ravaged the Centennial State this summer. This emotional collection of aerial and ground photos captures the beauty beneath the destruction in images like Charlotte's Airplane, depicting a young girl surrounded by a golden, fire-lit sky. Some proceeds will benefit the Fallen Firefighters of Colorado. Days, times vary. 

 

Center Forward

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:34am

Jurors at the Center for Fine Art Photography sifted through several thousand applications for their annual open-theme exhibit and from the bunch, plucked just 52 top-notch images. See the selected compilation for yourself at this exhibit that showcases the versatility and compelling nature of photography. Images cover a wide range of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, architecture, objects, and more. Attend the open gallery kickoff this Friday and mingle with 11 of the featured artists. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

9/11 Freedom Rally

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:47am

Honor our fallen heroes, commemorate 9/11, pay tribute to veterans, and celebrate American freedoms at this three-day patriotic rally. Festivities commence Friday evening with a kickoff concert featuring the musical talents of the American Hitmen, the Kory Brunson Band, and the Lost Trailers. Cheer on participants in Colorado's first-ever 9/11 Heroes Run and snag a roadside seat for the Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride, an 80-mile motorcycle journey in honor of local fallen military and emergency servicemen.

Threepenny Opera

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 12:11pm

Written in early 20th century Germany, this musical time capsule provides an authentic socialist examination of capitalist crime and behavior. Follow the story of Macheath, or Mack the Knife, as he pillages and plunders England’s impoverished, faces punishment then skates free. The play was scored by German jazz composer Kurt Weill, giving the performance that classic musical sound. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

Black Sheep Fridays: Show Very Enjoyable Game for Everyone

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:37am

Who doesn't feel a little loopy after a long week at the office? Kick off the weekend with an edgy event that celebrates your inner-weirdo. This week's installment of the Black Sheep Fridays series features a Japanese game show hosted by Andrew Novick and Marc Hughes. Attendees can also browse the galleries and unwind with Saki Bomb specials. Fri 7-9 p.m.

The Cider House Rules

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 9:26am

Filled with plot twists that span generations, this two-part bildungsroman (coming-of-age) play revolves around issues of abortion and sexual freedom. The audience follows Dickensian hero Homer Wells, born and raised in a Maine orphanage. There, Homer develops a complicated father-son relationship with the abortionist doctor he assists. Fri 7:30 p.m; Sat-Sun 2:30 p.m., 7:30 pm.

Grateful Fest

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 12:15pm

Show your gratitude at this rocking, fund-raising concert starring three distinct Colorado bands.

Carry On with Paper Bird

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 12:22pm

Encore! The critically-acclaimed collaboration between Ballet Noveau Colorado (BNC) and the Denver-based indie folk band, Paper Bird, returns and with all new music. A mix of projected images, live music, and contemporary dance, the full-length multimedia production tells a hauntingly beautiful story of love, loss, and longing. Fri 8 p.m.

 

Twin Shadow with Niki and the Dove

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 12:26pm

New Wave doesn't quite capture the music of George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow. His 2010 album, Forget, moves between synth soundscapes, power ballads, and dance music without missing a beat. While much of his sound comes from ’80s synthpop, his innovative style makes for not trips to the past but ones back to the future. The Swedish electropop trio, Niki & the Dove, broke the UK top 100 with their first album, Instinct, featuring songs like "DJ, Ease My Mind," "The Fox," and "Tomorrow." Fri 9 p.m.

The Blue Shoe Run for Prostate Cancer

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 11:37am

Celebrate, honor, and remember the lives of men in Colorado affected by prostate cancer with a 5K run and walk. Not up for a 5K? Opt for a 1.5-mile family walk or the kids fun run. Stick around for post-race fun with an Alaskan Brewery beer garden, food and drinks, live music, and prostate cancer survivor recognition with 7News Anchor Mike Landess. Sat 8 a.m. 

 

Day Out with Thomas

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 1:55pm

Hop aboard: Your little ones can take a ride on traincars tugged by Thomas the Tank Engine before meeting the controller of the railway, Sir Topham Hatt. When the train wheels stop, gather the whole family to explore the arts and crafts stations, watch a magic show, discover a furry friend at the petting zoo, and listen to live music. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Urban Navigator

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 9:46am

Bring out your inner Nancy Drew as you scour through some of Downtown Denver's most historic landmarks in teams up to four people. With a passport and clues in-hand, complete various mental, physical, and sometimes humorous challenges. Afterward, celebrate the hunt with an infamous Rio Grande margarita. Fundraising benefits Brent's Place, a community home providing children battling cancer and their families a safe living environment essential to healing and recovery. Sat 9 a.m.

 

Tour de Fat

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 12:06pm

Break out the tutus and neon spandex for this annual cycling circus that includes a parade and shows followed by nearly  a dozen musicians and entertainers including Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and Yo Yo People. The festival supports local non-profit cycling organizations. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

 

Mountain of the Sun Music Festival

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 9:30pm

Listen to Americana music at this family-friendly music fest. Besides the two stages of tunes, enjoy a beer garden hosted by Bristol Brewing Company and Bierwerks, music workshops, and a jam session to end the night. Be sure to check out The Greencards, a talented bluegrass band from Austin. Sat 9:30 a.m. 

 

Festival Italiano

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 2:06pm

Indulge in the true tastes of Italy during a two-day celebration of Italian culture, food, wine, and artisans. Sample made-from-scratch and sensationally sweet dessert cannoli's, sausage and beef sliders from Three Fat Chefs, and pies from Marco's Coal Fired Pizzeria. Don't miss live chef demonstrations with Cheescake Therapy's Heather Halldorson. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

Frisco Fall Fest

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:39am

Alas, the dog days are over. Ring in the new season with this daylong celebration of autumn's finest, and perhaps quirkiest, offerings. Marvel as lumberjacks showcase their wood chopping skills, hose the competition in the fireman's challenge, and even test your forecasting skills with TV8's weather crew. Additional highlights include a cake walk, silent auction, bouncey houses, photography tutorials, a live bluegrass performance from Mountain Standard Time, and more. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Inaugural IPA Fest

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 12:57pm

Do all other beers feel tame in comparison to the hoppy bite of an India Pale Ale? If so, join other hop-worshipers this weekend at Avery Brewing’s Inaugural Boulder IPA Fest. Be sure to try their best selling IPA, Avery’s classic India Pale Ale, as well as their biannually-released double IPA (read: stronger flavor and higher alcohol content), duganA. Tickets include 16 four-ounce pours and live music, ensuring a festive atmosphere.

James Beard Foundation Dinner

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 10:37am

Pluck the vegetables from the fields and serve beef straight from the ranch. That's the philosophy at this ranch-to-table dinner, where the star is the purebred Wagyu beef raised on Devil's Thumb Ranch. The meat will be paired with a menu of  baby red abalone carpaccio, roast elk tenderloin, Avalanche Farm goat cheese panna cotta, and more. Proceeds benefit James Beard Foundations’ scholarship program. Sat 6 p.m.


Victoria Justice at Elitch Gardens

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 1:08pm

Elitch Gardens’ Summer Concert series is finishing off 2012 with a bang. Not only is this 19-year-old a kids television star, appearing on hit shows like iCarly, Zoey 101, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Victorious, she is also a music sensation. A a mix of pop and dance music, her 2011 album, Victorious, peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200, and her latest, Victorious 2.0, released in June, has already hit number one on the U.S. Kids Albums. Sun 6:30 p.m.

 

Matisyahu and the Dirty Heads

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 4:42pm

Fusing Judaism’s hazzan style of songful prayer with contemporary rap and hip-hop styles, Matisyahu is an impressive beat boxing sensation. Using a combination of English, Hewbrew, and Yiddish lyrics, his single, “King Without a Crown,” was a Top 40 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100. Joining him is reggae-pop band, Dirty Heads. Cabin, their latest album, represents more than just good vibes—it’s the culmination of years of hard work and a chance to improve upon one of their most popular rock singles, “Lay Me Down.” Sat 6:30 p.m.

Duel in Denver

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 2:02pm

Two of the world's most fierce and competitive lacrosse teams go head-to-head in the Mile High City. Two years ago, Team USA took gold against Team Canada the FIL World Championships. But our Northern neighbors are crossing the border to hash out another round of this rivalry. Team USA boasts a trio of Denver Outlaws players: Matt Bocklet (defense), Jesse Schwartzman (goalie), and Lee Zink (defense). Count this rumble as a warm-up for the 2014 FIL World Championships in Denver. Sat 7 p.m.

A Night in Nicaragua

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 11:26am

No need to book those plane tickets—this music fundraiser brings authentic Latin flavor to a local level. Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Moises Gadea will celebrate Nicaraguan children and acknowledge the challenges they face with a performance of his latest album, Colección. Guests can also purchase an array of artisanal Nicaraguan products, such as handcrafted ceramics, chocolate, coffee, cigars, and more.

Rascal Flatts

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 9:58pm

Selling nearly 50 million albums worldwide, Rascal Flatts has revolutionized American country music. The group's milestone-filled career, with hits like "These Days," "Bless the Broken Road," and "My Wish," is one of the greatest bodies of work in modern country music.  Sat 7 p.m.

 

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 3:10pm

El Anatsui is a Ghanaian sculptor who creates objects inspired by the beliefs and subjects of his home country. In the first retrospective of El Anatsui’s collection, the approximately 65 piece-expo includes the artists's early work in Ghana which utilized traditional symbols as well as driftwood pieces he created in Denmark.  Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

International Wine Guild Anniversary Dinner

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:44pm

The International Wine Guild celebrates Colorado's new National Training Center with a four-course wine pairing. Enjoy dishes like duck confit over soft garlic polenta and beet salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, and blood oranges. Guild wine master and host Claude Robbins will pair thoughtful wines like Rioja Crianza and Barbara d' Alba with the delectable dishes. Sun 6:30 p.m.

Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 1:08pm

Percussive taps, plenty of props, and a beatboxer are at the center of Rhythmic Circus' Stomp-like combination of urban tap dancing and live music. Backed by a seven-piece live band, the group is known for its use of electronic drum triggers that change the sound of their taps. They're in town for one-night only before their show heads off-Broadway this fall. Sun 7:30 p.m.

Decay Ole!

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:02am

Drop to your bellies and and discover that what slithers and slimes beneath rocks and inside logs isn't gross, it's fascinating. Through a range of experiments, from seeing how trees become soil to growing their own hair, little ones will learn that decay is a vital part of life. Mon 9:30-11:30 a.m.

 

Touchdowns for Tomorrow Trivia Night

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 1:40pm

Broncos fans: Here's your chance to show some love for the orange and blue, support a good cause, and meet linebacker Wesley Woodyard—all at once. Colorado Youth at Risk is teaming up with Woodard's 16Ways Foundation for a trivia night fund-raiser. Compete solo, or get a group of four together and play as a team. You can even "hire" Woodyard and his friends to join your quartet, boosting your Broncos knowledge. Tue 6:30 p.m.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 12:29pm

Hold on to your pocketbooks, ladies: these Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are coming for you. Based on the box-office sensation, this Tony Award-winning musical comedy pits two sly con men in the French Riviera against each other when their joint plan to fool wealthy women out of their money goes south. Tue-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Wed 1 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m.

Broncho, and Bad Weather California, with Dirty Few, and The Lovely Bad Things

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 12:31pm

Punk rock's glory days lives on in the aggressive guitar work and combative rhythms of the Oklahoma garage-punk quartet, Broncho.  NPR called Can't Get Past the Lips, one of the best debut albums of the 2011. The sounds of indie rock band, Bad Weather California, have been compared to The Velvet Underground, The Flaming Lips, and Bob Dylan during his Blonde on Blonde era. The songs on their latest album, Sunkissed, range from ballads like "I'll Sing Along" to ska-indebted tracks like "I'll Reach Out My Hand." Tue 8:30 p.m.

Women of Influence: Colorado Artists and Curators

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 2:18pm

From Georgia O'Keeffe to Agnes Martin, the art world has been influenced by exceptional female artists. This fall, get a regional perspective with an exhibition of works by notable women artists from Colorado. This show boasts a wide variety of media and concepts including installations, photography, video, prints, paintings, and ceramics. Be on the lookout for pieces by Valerie Brodar (Colorado Springs), Amelia Caruso (Fort Collins), Jean Latka (Pueblo), Sara Ransford (Aspen), Betty Woodman (Boulder), and Amy Metier (Denver). Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m.

 

 

Colorado Mountain Winefest

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 1:52pm

Meet the people behind Colorado's wines and sip the fruits of their labor. Events spanning the weekend include: Vineyard tours, wine-paired dinners, sommeleir-led lectures, and more. The main attraction is Saturday's festival in the park featuring unlimited sipping from 50 Colorado wineries, chef demonstrations, and live music. Thu-Sun, times vary.

In the Heights

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 12:46pm

People in a community are always connected. Follow three days in the lives of several characters in a vibrant New York City Dominican-American neighborhood. Discover how 12 people from the same cross streets can take such different life paths in this 13-time Tony-nominated Pulitzer-Prize winning musical.  Thu-Sun 6 p.m.

Ty Segall

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:36am

Californian “psych wunderkind” Ty Segall is a prolific musician and songwriter. Since he began performing in underground bands in 2008, he has recorded four solo albums and many more with his six different bands, from the Traditional Fools to Party Fowl. Segall blends his accomplished voice with acoustic and electric elements to create exciting arrangements in his different genres of rock. Thu 9 p.m.

A Day in Pompeii

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 3:25pm

What nature destroyed, it also preserved. Hundreds of artifacts offer an insider's glimpse into the daily life—and tragic end—of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. buried archaeological treasures—that are now on display. Highlights include marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold coins, household items, and the volcano's victims, frozen in their last moments. Daily 9 a.m-5p.m.

 

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 3:57pm

Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the B-52s are headlining this three-day beer and blues bonanza. Grab your cups for Saturday's Grand Tasting, with 150 beers from more than 50 microbrewers. You'll find familiars like Great Divide and Sierra Nevada with some hidden gems from Montana's Big Sky Brewing and many more. Fri 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Handmade in Colorado Expo

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 10:24am

In their pursuit of creativity, artists and vendors will showcase some of Colorado's finest handmade arts, crafts, food, and goods in an open-air market. Exhibitors will represent a wide range of media, including: metals, paper, fibers, fabricated objects, clay, paint, wax, gems, and more—proving their hands can turn an inspiration into a masterpiece. Fri 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

 

Southland

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 1:28pm

Since its original 1953 performance, the stage for Southland has been dark.

Women Who've Changed the Heart of the City

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 1:43pm

Honor Denver's finest women with teatime at the historic Brown Place Hotel. The event is meant to applaud Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, Keri Christiansen, Beth Klein, and Diane Van Deren for their hard work, dedication, and influence on the Mile High City. The also tea benefits the Denver Rescue Mission. Fri 3-5 p.m.

 

Chatfield's Annual Corn Maze

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 1:14pm

Get lost in a cornstalk labyrinth. Don't worry if you can't find your way out on your own: Two 15-foot bridges give other bird's-eye views of the six acre field. There will also be pony rides and a mini maze for little ones. Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sat noon-9 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.

 

 

"Back to School" Band Night

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 5:30pm

An invigorating pair of homespun musicial acts take the stage to support a duo of local causes. Fun-time funk, rock, and soul band Bop Skizzum (pictured) headlines the evening, while singer-songwriter Rob Drabkin adds some stellar vocals to the concert mix.

Sleepwalk With Me

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 2:29pm

When Matt, a struggling stand-up comic, refuses to confront his commitment issues and the reality of his less-than-stellar career, his anxiety manifests in odd bouts of sleepwalking. Unbeknownst to Matt, he fights off a jackal and competes in the Dustbuster Olympics—all while asleep. Produced by Ira Glass (from This American Life), the film is filled with cameos by current stand-up stars. Watch the trailer. Days, times vary.

Sweet Charity

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 2:44pm

Here is a play for anyone who knows what it’s like to climb the clumsy ladder of success. Charity, a young woman in New York works as a dancer in a Times Square music hall. She remains fearlessly dedicated to her dreams of becoming a star of the stage, despite numerous life's attempts to knock her down. She chalks it all up to “the fickle finger of fate,” one of her favorite expressions, hops right back up, and keeps on dancing.

Coming Back to Jersey

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 12:05pm

A conniving, jealous wife, an unsuspecting husband-turned-conspirator, two fake affairs, and a divorce on the horizon…sounds like Jersey! Have a laugh as Norma, a suspicious, love-crazed wife baits her husband Howard into cheating. Howard catches onto Norma’s tricks and turns the scheme back on his wife. Soon, both are involved in bogus affairs, all in a desperate bid to make the other jealous. Suddenly their dull relationship is filled with drama and, with any luck, a newfound passion. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. 

 

Murder Most Fowl

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:49am

Ever play Clue as a kid? Try it life-sized! Get the ultimate in audience participation with this hilariously clever who-dunnit experience. When the demanding, snobbish star of an upcoming play turns up dead, the four major players in the production are suddenly suspects. Audiences join in the investigation with Lieutenant Harlon Sanders, questioning the actors—who respond improv-style wherever the audience leads—and eventually voting on the culprit. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.; Sun 2-4 p.m. 

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:56am

Penned by comedy icon Steve Martin, it's no surprise that this witty play has been one of the country’s most popular shows for the past decade. Set in 1904 Paris at a bar called the Lapin Agile—a popular hangout for artists, thinkers, and nightlife of all kinds—the play follows Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein as they argue over which of them will have the greatest impact on the coming century. As the geniuses banter over romance, art, science, and the Fourth Dimension, several other colorful characters enter the scene and add their own plots to this lively, charming play.

Fences

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 2:14pm

When star baseball player Troy Maxson's career is sidelined by racism, he is forced to let go of his dream; instead, he takes a menial job as a sanitation worker. Obsessed with death, Maxson builds a fence to protect his family and his property—and keep the Grim Reaper at bay. Set in pre-civil rights Pittsburgh, Fences won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.

 

Love in the Age of Corruption

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 4:51pm

Boulder native Philip Van Scotter returns to his hometown to screen his new feature length silent comedy. The film follows three courting couples in a Vaudeville theatre set to the backdrop of scandal and scheming in business and politics. Filming was interrupted by the 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire and able to pick up again due to a grant provided by the Boulder Community Fund. Check it out at the Wesley Chapel and Boulder Circus Center Fri-Sat 8:30 p.m.

 

CF Cycle for Life

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 10:40am

Enjoy the beauty of Rockies while pedaling for a cure. This 28-, 44-, or 70-mile bike ride raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Snack stops provide fuel along the route, and don’t miss the festive gathering post-ride. Sat 7 a.m.

5280 School Fair

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 2:44pm

This intimate event gives parents the chance to meet one-on-one with representatives from private and charter schools from the Denver metro area to help them determine the best option for their children. More than 30 schools will be present to answer questions and inform parents about each school’s curriculum and philosophy. Sat 10 a.m.-noon. 

 

Backyard BBQ Rail Session

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 11:21pm

Summer may not officially be over yet, but Coloradans' minds are already turning to thoughts of snow. If you can't wait another minute to hit the slopes, head to Keystone for the season's first rail jam. Skiers and snowboarders will show off their best tricks on 10 tons of ice-chipped snow—yes, snow. Munch on some barbecue and get a look at the newest gear with vendors like Never Summer and Fat-ypus Skis.

Fight Fire with Beer Festival Governor's Cup

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 4:04pm

Colorado firefighters could use a break. Honor heroic efforts of these men and women during this fun finish to Firefighter Appreciation Week. Local firefighters and Governor Hickenlooper will judge craft beers from local brewers, then dub the winning beer the official "Fight Fire with Beer" brew, to be served at local bars and restaurants for the next year. Proceeds benefit fire education around the state. Sat noon-10 p.m.

Downtown Aquarium Wine Fest

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 12:00am

Napa takes on Sonoma at this downtown wine festival.

Vine Street Pub 2nd Annual Block Party

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 2:45pm

Celebrate the Uptown neighborhood with a pint. Block party festivities hosted by Vine Street Pub, will take place between 17th and 18th avenues. Don't miss the brewer's olympics where 10 of Denver's craft breweries will compete in events such as tricycle races and blindfolded relays in hopes of earning the coveted gold medal. Keith Mosely of String Cheese Incident will play live music with Scott Law & Friends; Vine Street Pub will provide food.

People v. the State of Illusion

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 4:58pm

Intense investigation of our our imaginations and perceptions, this psychological docudrama draws leading thinkers and researchers in neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, physics and consciousness theory to question what is reality. Writer/producer Austin Vickers ended his 10-year legal career to redirect his attention to leadership training programs. In an attempt to inspire audiences, his first film charts the evolution of a man as he seeks enlightenment. Bonus: Catch a Q&A with Vickers after the film. Sat 2 p.m., 7 p.m.

Antigone

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 4:32pm

You can count on two things from a classic Greek tragedy: death and weeping. Expect more in this interpretation of Antigone by Larry West. Just as in every performance before it, Antigone commits suicide after she is imprisoned for trying to give her traitorous brother a proper burial. But see this play for what is says about today. West says the Arab Spring inspired him to do away with the traditional Greek costumes, bring in modern choreography, and update the translation. From a play more than 2,500 years old, expect to see how Antigone's rebellion is both timely and timeless.

Dusk Dash 5K

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 10:34am

You may not have the superpower of glowing in the dark, but, at this 5K, you can get pretty close. Deck yourself in neon and head to this race (complete with glow-sticks galore) in the dark. Post-run local musical artists will entertain along while you refuel at a variety of vendors. Who says nothing good happens after dark? Sat 6-9 p.m.

Gypsy Flamenco Passion

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 12:09pm

Don’t miss René Heredia, one of the world's foremost Flamenco guitarists, and the Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theater in a performance said to be both lighthearted and deeply felt. With Heredia’s authentic Gypsy choreography and guitar, this renowned dance company brings lavish costumes, genuine Gypsy Flamenco dance, and all the excitement of Spain to a Denver stage. Sat 8 p.m.

 

Rustie

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:42am

Fans on the Field

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 10:27am

Hit the fields of your Denver teams in a walk/run through Sports Authority Field at Mile High, around the track of Coors Field, and across the floor at the Pepsi Center. Following the 5K,10K, and kids rookie races, free lunch, beer, live entertainment, and activities will provide fun for all ages. Don't feel like doing the stadium trot? Pay the race fee and you can still get all the the tailgate goodies and swag bag as a Fairweather Fan. Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Sun 6 a.m.

Denver Dash

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 10:13am

Line up at one of four starting lines where each race benefits a cause. This multi-race event kicks off with a bike ride followed by a one-mile walk, a 5K run, and a three-mile walk. Enjoy free food, massages, music, and more while helping the Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver continue providing help at the largest youth suicide prevention event in the country. Sun 10 a.m.

Oktoberfest Denver

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 2:37pm

You don't have to fly all the way to Munich to experience the excitement of Oktoberfest. The Mile High rendition of the German festival brings Bavarian trachts (think: the official Oktoberfest costume), Bratwurst, and beer steins to the Ballpark neighborhood. Enjoy fireworks, the Das Hustlehoff 5K run, the long dog derby, and two weekends of music-filled, German-style camaraderie. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Boulder Pridefest

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 12:03pm

Boulder Pridefest celebrates the richness of Boulder's LGBTQ community, culture, and heritage. With the Boulder Creek and Flatirons serving as the backdrop, enjoy a day of live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden, and activities for all ages. Headlining the stage is Hey Lady, a local B-52s tribute band. Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

The Wiyos

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:52am
The Wiyos, a New York blues trio from Brooklyn, is made up of band members Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber, and Sauerkraut Seth Travins. With roots in urban and folksy Americana music, the Wiyos perform polka, ragtime, and swing tunes. Each performance has its own slant, whether acoustic renditions of the band’s newest music or older pieces influenced by old vaudeville songs. Sun 6:30 p.m.

Vail Restaurant Month

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 3:45pm

A Vail autumn is already sensational, add to it a focus on providing diners unique culinary experiences and you just may never leave. This month-long spotlight on food features a new theme each week, ensuring everybody will find something for them. It kicks off with Market to Table week, followed by Healthy and Outdoors week, and Family week before concluding with a week for romance–Lovefest week. Daily, times vary.

Egyptian Study Society Lecture

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 9:31am

Several decades ago, archeologists unearthed hundreds of fragments from royal buildings, statues, and reliefs in ancient Egypt. Art historian Kristin Thompson has spent the past 11 years documenting, restoring, and placing those fragments in their original contexts. Take a journey thousands of years back in time as Thompson lectures on her time reconstructing this ancient civilization piece-by-piece. Mon 7 p.m.

Meet the Vegetable Gardeners

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 10:30am

Garner the inspiration to create your own veggie garden by observing the Colorado Master Gardeners work their green-thumb magic. Seek answers to all of your gardening questions from the pros who upkeep the Hudson Gardens’ Vegetable Garden. You’ll learn techniques and tricks for bed preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting, and more. Tue 9:30 a.m. 

 

Save the Ales

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 3:11pm

Show your love of Colorado by drinking a beer. Taste Colorado microbrews and enjoy a selection of appetizers in support of the environment. This tasting event doubles as a fundraiser benefitting Colorado Conservation Voters Education Fund and Colorado Environmental Coalition. Protecting the enviroment, protects the hops; protecting the hops, protects the beer. Tue 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

Colorado: A Liquid History & Tavern Guide

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 10:50am

Get a pint of state history with Thomas J. Noel, aka Dr. Colorado. The CU Denver history professor will detail the development and role of local breweries, distilleries, and taverns in a state proud of its beer history and innovation. Tue 7 p.m.

Cakebread Cellars Dinner

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 5:05pm

Cakebread Cellars brings a taste of Napa Valley to downtown Denver. Experience different Cakebread varietals expertly paired with dishes created by chef Gabe Balenzuela of Ambria in this five-course dinner. From sea scallops and Chardonnay to lamb shanks and Cabernet Sauvignon, it should be a night worth savoring. Wed 6:30-9 p.m.

Train with Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 2:19pm

Train, the Grammy Award-winning American rock band, will kick off its U.S. tour with Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer. "Drive By," from Train’s new studio album, California 37, has become the band's latest international sensation. Wed 7 p.m.

 

U.S. Women's National Team Victory Tour

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 10:21am

Going through Olympic withdrawls? The gold medal-winning U.S.Women's soccer team is bringing their bling to Denver. Look for stars from the games like Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe. It may be a friendly match, but don't expect just another kick around when they take on Australia at the home stadium of the Rapids. Wed 8 p.m.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 1:58pm

The Jersey Boys are trading places with the real deal. Just as the Broadway show finishes its five-week run in Denver, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (the inspiration for the hit musical) take over the stage. The 78-year-old Valli, known for his signature falsetto, will belt out hits from the ’60s and ’70s including "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." Wed 8 p.m.

Elijah: An Adventure

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Sun, 09/16/2012 - 9:33pm

Elijah, a destitute pianist living in 1920s Brooklyn, is on a mission to find a reclusive composer in Paris. But the sultry ladies of the City of Light prove to be a major distraction. LOCAL Theater Company adds some modern touches to the production with multimedia elements throughout. Tip: Catch one of the $12 preview performances on September 19th and 20th to save a few bucks. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Michael Ensminger

Mobile Phone Images Juried Show

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:00am

These days, our cell phones are so frequently attached to our bodies, that without them we feel like we lost a limb. Yet, as interconnected as this generation has become, the mobile phone phenomenon has its artistic benefits. More than 40 entries from around the globe incorporate in this show with one directive: photos must be taken with the cameras in mobile phones. Given the camera phone's omnipresence, the diverse submissions showcase a range of subjects from plants to animals to machinery. The images will be on display at three locations in the Berkeley District of northwest Denver.

Wise Women of the Southwest: Return of the Corn Mothers

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 10:57am

Traditionally, the Corn Mother— synonymous with Mother Earth in Pueblo cultures— represents growth, creativity, and femininity. After a two-year out-of-state tour, the collection of contemporary Corn Mother images returns to Colorado (featuring 39 portraits and stories). The photojournalistic exhibition depicts the true stories of multi-cultural heroines who have instigated change in their communities within the American Southwest. Tue-Sat, times vary.

 

Judy Pfaff Exhibition

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 4:56pm

The recipient of many prestigious grants and awards, this renowned artist creates two and three dimensional multimedia abstract art that uses space creatively and inspires a flowing, organic feeling with basic shapes like circles and lines. Look for her piece And To the Peacock-Beauty, which uses materials like honeycomb, Chinese paper lanterns, and wire and fans out from a center focal point, delivering the feeling rather than the literal representation of a peacock. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

 

Judy Pfaff Exhibition

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 10:46am

With her unique ability to transform otherwise ordinary odds and ends, Judy Pfaff’s originality is obvious as she repurposes coffee filters, fake flowers, and other pop culture objects for her fourth solo exhibition. Pfaff’s large-scale, site specific works tend to reorder visual information, often concentrating on natural themes and images. For her featured piece, Give the Duck a Bit o' Bread, uses bamboo, found paper, lanterns, parisols, ink, wax, and shellac, to collectively form the shape of the United States. Tue-Sat, times vary.

RAW: Ensemble

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:09pm

The artists of RAW—an independent arts collective that helps budding creatives get their start—are inspired by everything from religion to tattoos. They're musicians, photographers, directors, and painters—and you get to see them all in one place.

Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Sun, 09/16/2012 - 10:35pm

Queen's Magic Tour was the last time the beloved band toured with late frontman Freddie Mercury. Relive the rockers' glory days in this remastered, high-definition documentary of their 1986 Budapest concert. This update also adds a bonus 25-minute documentary following the group in the year leading up to the performance—a must-see for die-hard Queen fans. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Queen Productions 2012

DeVotchKa and The Airborne Toxic Event with The Colorado Symphony

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 10:12am

Didn't think indie rock could be mixed with a classical symphony? Think again. Denver based indie-folk band, DeVotchKa, joins with, the Airborne Toxic Event, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to accompany the Colorado Symphony. Mixing DeVotchKa’s gypsy punk sound and the Airborne Toxic Event’s alternative rock with the symphony, will create a rare musical collaboration you won’t want to miss. Thu 7 p.m.

 

Superheroes of Stoke

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:59pm

Shredding the gnar hasn’t come easily. The art of free skiing—helicoptering onto massive powder-covered spine walls in Alaska or of following pillow lines and tree jibs in northern Japan—is a sport of triumphs and setbacks, pioneers, and lost warriors. In their awe-inspiring film, Superheroes of Stoke, MSP celebrates twenty years of free skiing through the first-person perspectives of those who helped to change the game. Thu 9 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens' Fall Plant and Bulb Show

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 2:27pm

Calling all green thumbs with wagons in tow. Choose from more than 1,000 different varieties of winter bulbs and plants. Fall-planted items acclimate to winter temperatures and bloom sooner than spring-planted specimens. The Gardens' horticulture staff will be on-site to answer questions and provide expert gardening advice. Fri 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Dana Schutz: Works on Paper

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:32am

Visit Dana Schutz’s “mythic universe,” an exhibit strewn with cannibals and other grotesque characters. Schutz harnesses her artistic vision to in this collection of Abstract Expressionistic watercolor and pastel paintings, which also feature new black-and-white drawings and watercolor monoprints. Tue-Fri 9 a.m.-noon; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

 

The Master

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 1:16pm

Director Paul Thomas Anderson, who has thrilled us with films like There Will Be Blood and Magnolia, returns to the big screen on this weekend with his new film The Master. A Navy veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) returns home from World War II unsettled and uncertain of his future until he meets a charismatic leader (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) who leads him towards what he calls "The Cause". The film already smashed box office records in its New York and Los Angeles prescreening, so don’t miss its Denver opening. Fri, times vary.

The Broadmoor's Wine & Culinary Weekend

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 10:17am

Is your love of food and wine matched only by your love of tennis? If so, this weekend is for you. Experience the luxurious amenities of the historical Broadmoor Hotel while you attend a weekend tennis camp. Your hard work on the court will be rewarded off the court with sommelier-led wine tastings, chef demonstrations, and indulgent cuisine. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Apache 8

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 1:04pm

For 30 years, an all-female firefighting crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe have battled blazes in Arizona and across the United States. Apache 8, a documentary film by Sande Zeig, tells their stories for the first time. The women speak of challenges and loss, family and community, and the pride they take in the their work and in each other. Their story against fire is only the beginning as the film delves into the women’s personal narratives and the larger arc of the Apache Nation. Fri, times vary.

Andy Berg: New Works

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 9:51am

For artist Andy Berg, painting is an opportunity to play with creativity without restriction. Berg values the process, rather than the result. His mentality: the application of paint is a spontaneous, dynamic experience. Ranging from simple, flat works like House, to colorful, complex paintings like Cabiri, his New Works showcase is a unique exhibition of mixed media on panel. Tue-Sat noon-5 p.m.

 

Exposure 2012: Friendship Bridge in Guatemala

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:05am

The exhibit by award-winning photographer Ben Ramussen, showcases his one-week stay in Guatemala, chronicling the work of Friendship Bridge participants. The nonprofit organization provides microfinance and education programs for women. Rasmussen met and photographed women at work, attempting to depict their resilience through harsh conditions and poverty against the backdrop of the Lake Atitlan countryside. Meet the photographer for a kickoff reception Sep. 21 from 6- 9 p.m. Thu-Sat, times vary.

 

Denver Silent Film Festival

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:56pm

For many, last year’s Academy Award winning best picture, The Artist, was an introduction to the charm and power of silent films. The Denver Silent Film Festival this weekend is a great chance to see the history and techniques behind the Oscar winner. Kicking off Friday night with a showing of Wings—the first film ever to win the academy award for best picture—the festival continues with newly restored classics and lectures from top film archivists. The festival promises to be an entertaining tour through the foundations of modern cinema. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Tango Generations

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 2:55pm

As the old turn of phrase goes, it takes two to tango. These two, Gustavo and Giselle, have been hailed as the greatest tango performing and teaching couple in the world. In this unique performance Gustavo's son and daughter take to the stage alongside the masters themselves, adding to kaleidoscope of movement and grace. Their dances, eloquent and acrobatic, come across as the manifestation of universal language.

Bermuda Triangle

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 10:08am

A bet between an angel and a demon on whether humanity is inherently good or evil is called as a draw when World War II ends. They decide to settle the score by placing seven people on a boat in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Will good prevail or will these seven souls prove once-and-for-all that man-kind is evil to the core? Find out in this dark comedy in its final running weekend. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 7 p.m.

The Three Musketeers

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 10:11am

When the young D'Artagnan becomes enamored with the legend of the french Musketeers he sets out to become a member of their couragous crew. Taken in by the three swashbucking swordsmen D'Artagnan is hurled into a life of adventure, romance, and mischeif. Together the Three Musketeers and D'Artagnan attempt to bamboozle the bad guys and solidfy their status as heros and legends. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

boom

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 11:41am

What happens when you are one of the last two people on Earth? A young journalism student is lured to a research lab by a graduate student's personal ad, expecting an evening of "no strings attached sex." When disaster strikes the globe, the fate of humanity rest in their hands. Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sun, 09/16/2012 - 3:44pm

If anyone knows how to thrive artistically in the 21st century, it's Amanda Palmer. Since going solo (she was part of cabaret-punk group The Dresden Dolls), the wildly creative singer-songwriter/artist/director has built her career around her Internet profile. For example, her new record, Theatre is Evil, was fully funded by a Kickstarter campaign. See her bring her dark, Tim Burton-esque theatrical vision to life in non-virtual reality. Fri 9 p.m.

Image courtesy of Gregory Nomoora

Atmosphere

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 9:02am

Atmosphere is changing. The American hip-hop duo, Slug and Ant, added guitarist Nate Collins and keyboardist Erick Anderson to their group giving their alternative rap sound a new style. Atmosphere's blended sounds are pronounced on its new album, The Family Sign, which is about all the important events in life. Fri 9 p.m.

Built to Spill

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 9:10am

Built to Spill is a creative work in progress—evolving since 1992 into the indie rock group they are today. Their latest album, There Is No Enemy, is a true collaboration of each of the artist's individual talents whether they be lyrics, vocals, guitar or drums. This tour will feature the songs from the album such as the upbeat pop single “Hindsight” and soulful “Life’s a Dream.” Fri 9 p.m.

 

Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon and Half Marathon

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 2:46pm

Leave your iPod at home as you run by your favorite Denver landmarks. The marathon series attracts more than 15,000 runners, spectators, and cheerleaders. Miles markers for the marathon, half-marathon, relay race, or the all new bike tour courses are 26 local bands  with jams that will keep you going. Sun 7:15 a.m. 

 

Wag 'N Trails

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 12:24pm

Follow the 1.6 mile trail of wet noses and wagging tails on a hike for people and pooches. This paw stompin' good time benefits the Denver Dumb Friends League Buddy Center, which helps more than 5,000 animals find homes every year. After the hike, browse over a dozen dog-friendly merchandise and food vendors. If you raise $75, you'll get a long-sleeved t-shirt, ice cream for you and your pup, dog biscuits, and a professional photo. Sat 8 a.m.-noon. 

Mt. Pisgah Speaks Cemetery Tour

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 11:47am

Get in the Halloween spirit early this year with spooky tours through Cripple Creek’s historic Mt. Pigsah Cemetery. Hosted by the Gold Camp Victorian Society, the route features character reenactments of famous individuals that once populated the area and are now buried in the cemetery. Expect a ghostly encounter with Susan Anderson, aka "Doc Susie," who saved many Colorado lives during the great influenza epidemic of 1918, among others. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Sat 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Pablo Milan

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 11:58am

Pablo Milan is a contemporary artist recognized for his powerful, brightly-colored paintings, which embrace the rich culture of the Four Corners area of New Mexico.  The images of his Southwest heritage explode onto the canvas, with loose brushstrokes revealing expressionistic versions of horsemen, dancers, and warriors. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m. 

 

Upslope Brewing Scavenger Hunt

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 4:31pm

A wild race around the city to find seemingly random items, what's not to love about a scavenger hunt? Create a team or meet new friends as you navigate your path through the businesses of north Boulder. The best part: with a start and finnish line at Upslope Brewing, you can fuel your journey and reward your efforts with tasty brews like their easy drinking craft lager. There will be prizes, drink specials, and a raffel for participants. Sat 1-5 p.m.

Fall Harvest Brewfest

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 4:09pm

Celebrate the fall harvest with more than 25 craft breweries, micro-distilleries, and fall-flavored beer pairings. Mosey West will provide the tunes while you fill your five-ounce taste cup with unlimited beer from Avery Brewing Company, Lefthand Brewing Company, and many more local suds-makers. Taste treats from Gilberto's Gourmet Goodness, MouCo Cheese Company, and others. The event benefits the Animal House Rescue & Grooming, which helps displaced dogs from around the state. Sat 6-9 p.m.

 

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 9:24am

 This isn't your typical froufrou tutu kind of ballet. The nationally-renowned Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dance company brings their innovative style to Denver. See ten energetic dancers preform three unique pieces from Norbert De La Cruz III—a 20-something recent Julliard graduate and dance legends Jirí Kylián and Jorma Elo at each of this weekend's two showings. Expect electronic-meets-classic with a sexy bit of choreography from the young De La Cruz. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.

(glowing)

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 9:45am

Bessie Award-winning Kota Yamazaki explores shadows and darkness in this striking dance performance. For one night only, see this innovative dancer/choreographer's interpretation of "In Praise of Shadows," the famous essay by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, that contrasts the "shadows" of Japanese tradition and culture to a western culture striving for progress in pursuit of "light" and clarity. Sat 7:30 p.m.

GZA

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 9:40am

Solo artist and a member of Wu-Tang Clan, GZA, or as some call him, The Genius, has continued to grow as a rapper and artist throughout the years. His second solo album, Liquid Swords, became a rap classic hitting number nine on the Billboard 200 chart with singles like “I Gotcha Back.”  Don't miss this hardcore hip-hop artist from Brooklyn. Sat 7 p.m.

 

 

Hop, Skip & a Jump Start

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 1:26pm

You don't even have to know how to walk yet for this race. With a stroller-friendly 5K, kids' course, toddler trot, and even an infant crawl, the whole family can take part in this "fitness extravaganza” that will be as fun to watch as it is to participate in. All proceeds benefit the museum's programs, exhibits, and projects. Sun 9 a.m.

 

Oktoberfest Denver

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 2:37pm

You don't have to fly all the way to Munich to experience the excitement of Oktoberfest. The Mile High rendition of the German festival brings Bavarian trachts (think: the official Oktoberfest costume), Bratwurst, and beer steins to the Ballpark neighborhood. Enjoy fireworks, the Das Hustlehoff 5K run, the long dog derby, and two weekends of music-filled, German-style camaraderie. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Horse Yoga Retreat

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 10:25am

Calling all yoga gals and horse lovers for this ladies-only retreat. Spend a week indulging in leisurely horseback rides, relaxing yoga sessions, fine food and wine-pairing events. Special features include equestrian yoga classes, a massage, and nightly stargazing. Guests of all skill levels are welcome. 

 

The Head and the Heart

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 3:34pm

The Head and the Heart's folk roots and strong vocals pulse effervescently—they're both explosively danceable and intuitively intelligent. The band came together in the summer of 2009, and crafted indie-pop songs like “Down in the Valley,” using a palette of orchestral instruments, including the cello, drums, piano, and violin. Sun 7 p.m. 

 

Rise Against with Hot Water Music and the Gaslight Anthem

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 3:14pm

With a unique social vision, Rise Against is a rock powerhouse on a mission. In 2004, they debuted Siren Song of the Counter Culture to promote their advocacy for organizations like Amnesty International and PETA. Last year, they released Endgame, with the single "Satellite" climbing the charts. Mon 6 p.m.

 

 

 

Jason Mraz with Christina Perri

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 3:11pm

Jason Mraz celebrates the release of his April 2012 album, Love Is a Four Letter Word, with singer-songwriter Christina Perri. Mraz—famous for his songs like “I Won’t Give Up” and “I’m Yours”—blends blue-eyed soul with alternative rock. Mon 7:30 p.m.

 

Uptown Sampler

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 10:50pm

Discover a new favorite eatery during this tour of top restaurants along East 17th Avenue. Hop on an excursion bus (they'll come by every 10 to 15 minutes), or take a casual stroll along the street to discover tasty morsels and drink specials at each location. We recommend small bites—with 18 spots to try, including Park & Co, Steuben's, and D Bar Desserts, you're going to want to save room. Tue 5-8:30 p.m.

Colorado Ballot Issues 2012

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 9:31am

Don't be just another ignorant voter this election season. Be an aware voter. Join Active Minds for a conversation that explores the complex issues you'll see on state ballots come November, such as marijuana legalization. Sharpen up those critical thinking skills and learn precisely what's at stake with a review that spells out the potential arguments for both sides. Tue 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Stomp

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 2:06pm

This pulsing percussion sensation will have you tapping on table tops and trash cans for weeks. For more than 20 years, the creative minds behind this act have utilized anything but the ordinary to bring the stage to life with the world’s most unique orchestras. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 5 p.m., 9 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Deerhoof

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 9:59am

Deerhoof doesn't just sing on stage they put on a show. Jumping around or changing noise levels and octaves, they will get you pumped up with their experimental punk rock. Since forming in 1994, they have released 11 self-produced albums including the most current album, Deerhoof vs. Evil. Listen for the band's newly released single, “Breakup Song," and other pop songs from past albums such as Offend Maggie. This young group from San Francisco has played all over the world and opened for bands such as the Flaming Lips and Bloc Party. Tue 9 p.m.      

 

 

Dog Agility World Championships

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 3:17pm

More than 1,000 canines will compete in the Super Bowl of dog agility. One of the most coveted prizes is the $10,000 Dog Agility Steeplechase which has dogs clearing up to 26-inch hurdles against the clock for a heafty cash reward. Bring your leashed dog for "paws on" activities including the doggie-do right test and the dock jumping for the longest jump into water. Wed-Thu 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri-Sun 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 1:35pm

Alexander should have just stayed in bed. Waking up with gum in his hair is least of his problems on this day of mean best friends and dentist appointments. By the end of this play, kids will realize that they aren't the only ones with a pile of lima beans on their dinner plate. Wed-Sat 10 a.m., noon. 

 

 

Corzo Tasting & Dinner

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 4:26pm

Are wine paired dinners starting to feel a little blasé? If so, consider revving up your drink pairings with tequila. This four-course dinner partners Corzo tequilas with Lola's fresh Mexican cuisine, such as the pairing of a fennel seared sea scallop with a lemon-agave pancake partnered with a "Banger" cocktail made with Corzo reposado, a blood orange liquer and Galliano. Wed 6 p.m.

Esperanza Spalding

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 4:04pm

If “esperanza” is the Spanish word for hope, then bassist, vocalist, and composer Esperanza Spalding could not have been given a more fitting name at birth. Blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a beautiful and exotic appearance, and a multi-lingual voice, she is the hope for the future of jazz music. Her most recent album, Radio Music Society, is an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz. Wed 8 p.m.

Keith Howard and Lydia Brokaw

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 11:08am

Experience two sides of the art spectrum in one exhibit. Innovator Keith Howard—who  is recognized for developing a modernized printmaking system—showcases his work with acrylics on canvas. Lydia Brokaw uses mixed media to collect, combine, and alter materials. Her work, Spalted Rust, connects wood, metal wires, and bolts to form a spinning illusion. Thu noon- 5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.

 

 

A Taste of Iceland in Denver

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 4:31pm

Eats, drinks, beats, and film all come together in celebration of the flavors of Iceland. Coohills hosts World Culinary Cup winner Hákon Már Örvarsson for a four-course meal (offered each day) that includes Icelandic lamb loin with root veggies, thyme, and blackberries, plus an elusive dessert called the Skyr of the Vikings. Want more Nordic?

Crested Butte Film Festival

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Sun, 08/05/2012 - 9:49pm

As the Aspens change in the mountains of Crested Butte, movies take center stage. The schedule for the second annual Crested Butte Film Festival is still a secret, but the four-day event will have a showing for every kind of movie fan. Don't miss the Act Now Films, which tackle on social issues and offer immediate opportunities to help (think: volunteering, petitions, donations). Thu-Sun, times vary. 

Cosmos for a Cause

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 2:22pm

A night filled with heels, handbags and cosmos sounds like a Sex and the City episode, but it is actually a charity event. Cosmos for a Cause invites you for a fun night out with your girlfriends to enjoy drinks, appetizers, shopping, and live music. Drag your man out for this event too by telling him about the men’s only “Cambo” Lounge where they’ll learn self-defense skills. Proceeds benefit Transitions, a charity helping survivors of sex trafficking. Thu 6:30 p.m.   

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Dragons

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 12:52pm

The most talented circus performers from around the globe have come together to celebrate the year of the dragon. A creature of such mysticism and lore warrants an astounding display of human bravery and athleticism as acrobats leap and soar throughout the arena. What will it take to lure the dragon out of it's slumber? Audience members are invited to participate in interactive portions of the show, such as juggling demonstrations and balancing tricks. Thu-Sun, show times vary.

The Dream Factory

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Sun, 09/23/2012 - 8:35pm

Alaska has been called the Last Frontier for its myriad physically demanding endeavors: mining, commercial fishing, and more recently, the freeride ski movement. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 4:17pm

Few bands from the alternative era managed to survive, and thrive. Since 1983 the Chili Peppers have sold more than 65 million albums and have been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.  Expect a mix of the band's 2011 album, I'm With You, with the stand-by favorites. Thu 7:30 p.m.

 

Gypsy

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:21am

Show business isn't easy. Following the dreams and struggles of a mother as she pushes her daughters to become star performers, Gypsy paints a sympathetic picture of life in show business. To kick off its 25th main stage season, the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company will premiere the classic musical comedy. The critically-acclaimed, humorous and drama-packed plot follows burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee and her typical show business mother, loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of a famous striptease artist. Days, times vary.

 

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 11:56am

Getting a little sick of the same right versus left media coverage? This play examines the role of the presidency with a grotesque, cynical attitude. A rocking musical score underlines the play, while sardonic characters ravage the nation’s political history. This outright outrageous performance will have you questioning who you want as the next president, just in time for November’s upcoming election. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

Detropia

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 3:06pm

The story of Detroit encapsulates both the brightest and darkest points of America's last century. The Great Migration of African Americans escaping the south, the love affair with the automobile, the rise of manufacturing and the middle class, and an economic collapse have all placed Detroit against a current set of struggles. Detropia, the award-winning documentary , shows a collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. Thu 7 p.m.

Following Dreams

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 10:31am

If you’ve been waiting for that “push” to start following your dreams, Susan Polis Schutz, best-selling author and poet, can be that person to get you started. Schutz’s documentary, Following Dreams, looks at people who left stable careers to follow their passions in life. Watch the film and see how people found their career forte. Whether it be making cheese or becoming a magician, their stories are inspiring. Thu 7 p.m. 

 

Warbirds Over the Rockies

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:44am

Put your eyes to the sky for flights spotlighting the aircraft flown during American fought wars. More than 150 pilots will fly air craft like the  F-22 Raptor Jet and the P-51 Mustang over the Rockies from Denver to Fort Collins. A portion of the proceeds benefit Mental Health American of Colorado. Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  

 

Noises Off

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 9:34am

Playwright Michael Frayn once said of live theatre, “It was funnier from behind than in front and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind.” This show takes its title from the softly spoken offstage directions and serves as a testament to the thrillingly volatile spirit of stage productions. The farce—performed on a rotating hydraulic set—is about a comedic performance, a director striving for excellence, and his cast of average actors. Days, times vary.

Untitled #51 (Second Life)

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 4:22pm

Reimagine your Friday night with this celebration of repurposing and repair. Explore El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa with insight from the curators about how the artist transforms everyday materials into extraordinary artworks. Or stop by the modern and contemporary gallery to discover how artist Derek Keenan creates jewelry from reclaimed skate decks. Visitors will enjoy live music from local band In the Whale as well as other activities by the local creative community..

Martha Rose Shulman Cooking Demo & Dinner

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 9:38am

New York Times food columnist and cookbook author Martha Rose Shulman is devoted to eating well. A proponent of good-for-you food, she is also big on flavor, finding inspiration in Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine. Her dinner (which has sold out the past two years in a row) is one of many special events taking place during Vail's month-long celebration of food. Fri, times vary.

 

The Giver

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 10:34pm

When a young boy is charged with keeping the memories of his seemingly Utopian society, he gains knowledge that could wipe away any signs of normalcy for the people. The naive nature of the community makes Jonas questions what he should do with his newfound information. Will Jonas stay with his family and keep living a dull, repetitive life or will he take off to lead a life of new experiences. Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 4:02pm

The film version of Stephen Chbosky's novel the Perks of Being a Wallflower is finally coming to a silver screen. Suffering from anxiety after the suicide of a friend, 15-year old Charlie (Logan Lerman) is worried about starting high school alone. He manages to become friends with a classmate, Patrick (Ezra Miller), and his step sister, Sam (Emma Watson), who ferry him to his first date, his first kiss, and the many other ups and downs of adolescence. Daily, times vary.

Brit Floyd

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:49am

Calling the group, Brit Floyd, a copycat isn’t an insult, but a compliment. This Pink Floyd cover band that has been called the World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show knows how to perform Floyd’s hits exactly how the band did. With Floyd-ian animation projected on a video screen in the background, state-of-the-art lighting and lasers and hits like “Another Brick in the Wall,” this show will be one you can easily mistake for the real thing. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Dispatch

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:35am

After almost a 10-year hiatus, Dispatch is back. This band is out on tour promoting their newest reggae funk rock album, Circles Around the Sun, their first full-length studio album in 12 years. This rock 'n' roll album features singles like “Not Messin” and the more blues sounding “Josaphine." Fri-Sat 8 p.m.

Jam the Damz

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 3:00pm

This challenging bike tour winds through various Colorado dams and let's you chose from 10K to 100K routes that extend from Denver to Beaver Creek. Don't let the fear of distance turn you off; it's a ride, not a race, and chances are you'll end up "jamming" out with other riders. The event benefits Craig Hospital, Adaptive Adventures, and U.S. Handcycling. Sat 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Under the Harvest Moon Dim Sum Lunch

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:23am

The harvest moon is a time to celebrate the bounty of harvest season, as well as to reunite with family and loved ones. Among top traditions during this mid-autumn festival time is eating mooncakes. Enjoy a traditional dim sum lunch in honor of the festival time and the harvest moon. Proceeds benefit the Nathan Yip Foundation, an organization that provides education opportunities to under privileged youth in third world countries. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Anne of Green Gables

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 9:58am

When a woman and her brother resolve to adopt an orphan, they expect a boy to arrive and help around their home. Instead a young girl with her head—full of fire engine red hair— in the clouds, shows up. Based on the American literary classic, the story recounts the energetic, eager-to-please young girl's adventures and efforts to make her way in school, around town, and with her new family, who worries there is no use for her.  After a short while, she finds her place as the three family members build relationships and learn to rely on one another. Days, times vary.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:30am

Listening to a clarinet and tenor saxophone play the melody, while three other saxophones played harmony, Glenn Miller heard the distinct sound that would make his jazz orchestra unique. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has created multiple hits such as “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo” since forming in 1938. Sat 7 p.m.

 

Nick Lowe

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sun, 09/23/2012 - 5:59pm

Nick Lowe has lived many pop music lives: As a key player in the British New Wave movement of the '70s, he produced classic records for all-stars such as Elvis Costello and wrote a handful of songs you probably know, like "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?" Lately, the frosty-haired singer-songwriter has released several great records full of sharp wit and deft pathos; check out "

Green Sprouts Festival


Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 1:40pm

Living green with a family can be tough, but don't give up. Take your kids to the zoo and spend the day learning how you can make it a top priority. Scattered throughout the park will be more than 50 booths highlighting local companies devoted to environmentally-conscious child-raising. Between exhibits, see how nature can be an integral part of urban life. Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

 

Churchill

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:05am

The band Churchill, doesn’t let their lack of experience define them. The almost two-year old, five-man indie rock band is promoting their first full-length album Happy/Sad. Making a name for themselves quickly with songs like, "Change," their acoustic rock vibe has even landed them a spot at renowned music festival SXSW. Sun 8 p.m.

Peter Gabriel

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:51am

The six-time Grammy winning Englishman, Peter Gabriel is celebrating his 25th anniversary of his multi-platinum pop rock album, So. His tour features members of the original group performing songs like “Sledgehammer,” plus other hits from Gabriel’s career. Listen to him perform the rock album that Rolling Stones named number 14 on the list of "Top 100 albums of the Eighties." Sun 8 p.m.