Learn to Compost

Submitted by Jennifer McCoy on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 11:26am

Yes, recycling is wonderful, but if you want to be extra eco-friendly, there's a must-know term: Composting. The organic process acts as a natural Miracle-Gro, cuts water consumption, enhances soil quality, and reduces methane gas and garbage. Get educated about the multitude of benefits composting has to offer at this hands-on seminar hosted by the dirt masters at Denver Urban Gardens. You'll learn the essentials for building, maintaining, maturing, and utilizing your very own backyard compost pile. Next step? Add some worms to the mix. Sat 9-11 a.m.


Submitted by Allison Knaus on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 11:24am

Leaves are crunching under your feet, there's a crisp feel in the air, and everything looks a little more orange. Bring in the fall season with a Hudson Garden festival for all. Search for the perfect pumpkin, meet master pumpkin carvers and watch their demonstrations, decorate hay bales, and enjoy a hayride around the garden in this so-long-to-summer festival. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Submitted by Greg E. Collette on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:03am

Is your child full of energy and always on the move?  So is the natural world— which they will discover while having fun in this new action-packed exhibit. Kids will uncover the fundamental forces of motion while watching marbles bounce through an intricate maze of tubes, tracks, and ramps. Soon your little force of nature will understand why our universe is so active. Mon-Tue 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wed 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

These Grand Places

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 4:08pm

When Tomiko Jones shows her work, she attempts to convert her designated gallery spaces into experimental labs and classrooms so that her audience can experience the art live. Her most recent project is no exception as the artist photographed specific locales in an attempt to re-imagine the space. Jones depicts geographic elements as they blur and transition into one another. The images are collected from various American landscapes and abroad while she visited France. Days, times vary.


Wine 101

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 1:17pm

What's the difference between an old and new world pinot noir? Can you pair red wine with fish? What's up with glassware? You'll be surprised how few people know these answers. Learn all the wine basics, receive an electronic copy of Wine 101: A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine by Peter Fatiano and John Benson, and leave as the latest wine connoisseur . Sat 3 p.m.

Ballet Ariel: Fire Dances

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:35am

Warm up the fall with Fire Dances, a ballet inspired by fire myths and legends, featuring the mythical Phoenix, Pele the Hawaiian volcano goddess, and a Native American legend about the first fire setter. This show has something for everyone with dances like "La Bayadere," about a temple dancer who is betrayed by her lover, and "The Chase," which brings Charlie Chaplin and the silent movie era back to life. Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.


Art 4 Aurora

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 2:17pm

Coloradans are stirring up creativity for a cause. Art 4 Aurora demonstrates with a benefit art show for those effected by the Century 16 Theater tragedy. More than 20 artists and vendors, as well as local live performers, will be there to showcase their creative works. Dress the kids up for a costume contest and make a bid at the live art auction. Profits will benefit Sprint of Aurora, victim assistance organizations, and direct contributions for the victims. Sat 4-9 p.m.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Submitted by Kayleen Cohen on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 9:55am

Treat yourself to a leisurely evening of theater. Stroll about the aromatic Botanic Gardens while enjoying scenes from Washington Irving's classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Actors perform episodes of the play throughout the garden on an low-key walking tour. Bring a camping chair or blanket to settle in during scenes. Refreshments are available throughout. Thu 5 p.m.

Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show

Submitted by Allison Knaus on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 11:51am

Slip on your sassiest attire for an evening of haute couture runway shows, fine dining, and silent and live auctions. This annual fashion extravaganza doubles a a fund-raiser for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Top-notch bidding items include a dinner with the Bowlen and Elway families, an exclusive travel trip with the Denver Broncos and a VIP package to the Kentucky Derby. Kim Christiansen of 9News will emcee and noted guests include Ed McCaffrey, Chauncey Billups, and comedian Tom Arnold. Glamorous cocktail attire recommended. Sat 5 p.m.

Bear to Make a Difference Gala

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 2:36pm

In 2002, a group of passionate individuals at the Matthew Shepard Foundation had the idea of auctioning off custom-made teddy bears as a fundraiser. Since then, the event has become the nonprofit's largest annual event, featuring teddy bears from the likes of John Elway, Jon Stewart, and Lady Gaga. Afterwards, the Foundation will present awards to a range of LGBTQ activists. Make your contribution to an organization working to replace hate with understanding, compassion, and acceptance. Sat 5 p.m.


Zuma Rocks the Ranch Mane Event

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 2:26pm

Grab your cowboy hat and boots for live music from local country band Side of the Road and food creations made from Zuma's Ranch vegetable garden. In doing so, you will be helping an organization that has taken innovative approach to two problems: Zuma's Ranch pairs kids with learning disabilities with horses that have either been abused or neglected, giving both a chance to develop confidence through a new partnership. Sat 5:30 p.m. 

Denver Beer Fest

Submitted by Peter Prokesch on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 1:12pm

With the spotlight on the Great American Beer Festival, it's easy to forget about the other amazing beer events happening around the Mile HIgh City.

The Great American Beer Festival Dinner

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 2:32pm

Christain Debenedetti, author of The Great American Ale Trail, directs craft brew lovers to Central for a beer-paired four-course dinner. Chef Lance Barto will prepare American classics; such as his fall rissotto with Delicata squash, house-cured bacon, spiced pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin oil. Debenedetti will select the accompanying beers from breweries like the Odell Brewing Company and Uinta Brewing. Diners will walk away with a signed copy of Debenedetti's book detailing the best places in the U.S., from dive-bars to brew fests, to find and drink craft beer.

Black and White Night at the Museum

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 11:59am

A treasure trove of photographs are waiting to be seen. Curators will host a public showing of a century and a half’s worth of Golden's historic images ranging from picturesque landscapes to candid shots of individuals. The event marks the launch of a new online viewing system so individuals can see the images from the comfort of their computer chair. Funds raised from the evening’s activities will benefit the digitalization, preservation, and expansion of the collection. Sat 7- 10 p.m. 


A Rogers and Hammerstein Celebration

Submitted by Edie Richardson on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:01am

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II remain one of Broadway’s most popular and 
successful songwriting duos, the pair initiated the golden age of musical theater in the 1940s and '50s. The Colorado Symphony celebrates a collection of their work with selections from musicals such as Oklahoma!the King and I, and the Sound of Music. Sat 7:30 p.m.

The Bad Plus

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 11:10am

Described by Rolling Stone as both badass and highbrow, the Bad Plus explores the limits of what a piano-bass-drums jazz trio can be. Known for its punk energy, the band uses layers of synthetic and electronic drum to keep its sound fresh. The band has yet to release its latest album, Made Possible, which includes tracks like "seven minute mind" and "victoria". Sat 8 p.m. 


Minton Sparks

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 1:13pm

Spoken word artist and folk performer Minton Sparks—described as a literate livewire—weaves lyrical poetry, music, and storytelling together into one show. A Grammy-nominated performer, she tells satirical tales based on characters from her native Tennessee. Backed by the acoustic guitarist John Jackson, Sparks keeps her audience captivated with her bluesy, rhythmic stories, eliciting laughter and tears from the audience. Sat 8 p.m.