The objects presented in this exhibit depict the evolution of art using a multiple methods and materials. Heavily stylized, industrial, and graphic designs are shown alongside home furnishings from the past 200 years, illustrating the ever-changing modern experience. Days, times vary.
Bright colored dresses and jingling jewelry is what you can expect at the Bollywood-theme sneak peek showing of the documentary, The Golden Hour. Before the film, enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner from Little India. The film follows Piyush Tewari, a 29-year-old man, who is trying to raise awareness for roadside fatalities in India. Proceeds benefit the documentary’s completion. Thu 6 p.m.
For a night filled with paintings and photography, head down to the recently opened L’Avant-Garde Arts Centre. With more than 18 artists featured at the show, its safe to say there will be a lot to look at. While lingering through the studio hear music by Dillard and see live screen printing by NLS Graphics. Thu 7 p.m.
Who said an opera always has to be dark and dramatic? This year's Sideshow! features Daniel Moore's Gallantry: a hilarious spoof on hospital soap operas. Doctor Gregg falls in love with anesthetist Lola who turns him down. Things get tricky in an operating room when Lola's husband is the patient on the table. Enjoy this cabaret-esque show with cocktails and appetizers. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Magic, romance, and suspense make this show a whirlwind adventure. Set at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, magician Harry the Great seeks revenge upon an ambitious new magician who's out to steal the limelight. A little bit of hocus pocus mixed with a little bit of comedy, this show won't stop entertaining. Wed 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
The popcorn is popping and the red carpets are being rolled out for the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival. This 10-day festival will feature films from talented producers and artist with the opening and closing nights at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Watch the featured films and of course enjoy the parties, and stars like Judy Greer from 13 Going On 30, who attended the festival last year. Bonus: Check out 5280.com throughout the festival for previews, reviews, and Q&As with stars and directors.
Katt Williams is back in typical flamboyant fashion. Known for his quick wit and permed hair, Williams' come-back comedy tour GNC--Ghetto National Convention: Rocky Mountain Edition has arrived in Denver. Hear what Williams has to say about everything from Obama to Doomsday. Thu-Fri 8 p.m.
In a 2005 interview, the front man of hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan, spoke openly about his interest in turning a corner in his career to film director. Seven years later, his debut feature The Man with the Iron Fists—a martial arts epic starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and the former rapper himself—is a testament to RZA’s lifelong commitment to kung fu.
A deadly tornado in Kansas brings a new science teacher to the devastated town, where she remarks that religious explanations for the origin of life are don't make sense. The comment sparks heated debate in a largely Christian community. Playwright Catherine Trieschmann examines the cultural, religious, and ethical rifts in modern-day America in this intense but sensitive theatrical conversation. Days, times vary.
The longest continuous-running women's film festival in North America can make you laugh, cry, provoke personal growth, and global awareness. This year's lineup of sights and sounds from a woman's perspective includes Strangers No More, set in the heart of Tel Aviv, where students from every corner of the globe flee adversity, poverty, and even genocide, to pursue an education. Also on the schedule is Last Call at the Oasis, an illustration of the vital role water plays internationally.
Leave the poses to the family photos. This exhibit displays photographs of the mundane, extraordinary, and ignored happenings of gritty, daily life. Gaze at the captured happenings that so often are unseen as people go about their busy lives. Film and digitial media combine as pieces ranges from 35mm film photographs to iPhone snapshots. Tue-Sat noon-5:30 p.m.
Arthaus’s opening exhibit will feature Arthaus founder Michael Gadlin’s body of abstract paintings contemplating his upcoming residency at the La Napoule Arts Foundation in France. The dynamic paintings feature Picasso-esque figures and colors that explode across the canvas. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you just realized you lost a glove on the mountain last year don’t fret, the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo will fill more than 20,000-square-feet with skis, snowboards, and all types of gear at severely discounted prices. Tired of trying on boots, wander over to the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest that is returning for a second year. Also enjoy demos like last year’s Trampoline Show by the Skyriders. Fri noon- 10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Confined to an iron lung after surviving polio, a 38 year-old, California-based writer craves intimacy. With the help of therapists and the support of his priest, he hires a woman to quench his erotic thirst. So goes the true story of Mark O’Brien, now a two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner. Days, times vary.
With more than 100 events at a myriad of museums, art districts, and galleries, Denver Arts Week introduces the adventurous exploration of new art. Attendees can travel through town, heading into artists' studios to watch them work their craft and discuss art with professionals and fellow spectators. The kickoff event starts with Know Your Arts First Friday, held in six of the Mile High City's burgeoning neighborhood art districts—a city-wide First Friday Art Walk in celebration of local art and the individuals behind it. Days, times vary.
Leave the posing for family photos. This exhibit displays photographs of mundane, extraordinary, and overlooked everyday occurrences. These are slice-of-life image: gritty, happy, sad, tumultuous. It's all here. Film and digital media combine, with work captured by 35mm cameras as well as iPhone snapshots. Tue-Sat noon-5:30 p.m.
—Pictured: Stacy Keck's Street Art Love
Phyllis Rider’s latest mixed-media work draws upon her experience as painter, printmaker, and sculptor to convey her travels and cultural experiences to viewers. Rider’s work is juxtaposed with Terry Decker’s latest installment of a continuous project based on a series of postcards depicting Western scenes published in 1929. Decker melds these snapshots of Western life with his digital photography effects and penchant for fantasy landscapes. Fri 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Spend a weekend mixing some of Denverites' favorite things: beer and ski and snowboard gear. Between trying on boots and goggles, head over to the beverage stands that will be serving different local beers such as Colorado Native Lager and a Pale Ale from Backcountry Brewery. Enjoy different samples from the 10 different breweries attending. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m., 5-8 p.m.: Sun 2-5 p.m.
Most of the students at Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, New York live in poverty—but that hasn't stopped them from cultivating the most successful and formidable junior high school chess team in the country. Brooklyn Castle follows five of I.S. 318's chess players as they deal with both personal and educational challenges (like budget cuts that threaten nearly all of the school's extracurricular activities). For these kids, chess mirrors life: When you're down, it can take just one move to put you back on top.
Another name for this show could have been Life, Death, and Liposuction. In this quirky comedy, five women gather to talk about these three of life's most important questions. Brought to you by playwright Wendy Kout—creator and producer of Anything But Love—this play is perfect for a girl's night out. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.
This duo will do anything for their music. Just watch their music video, “Lessons Learned” where they prove it by stripping down to nothing in Times Square. Matt & Kim have been making indie dance music since 2006 and their tracks have appeared in Barcardi commercials and episodes of “Community.” Hear songs from older albums such as Sidewalks and their recently released fourth album, Lightning. Fri 9 p.m.
Having a home to go to for the holidays is something many take for granted. Tackle either a 5K race or a fun run to get the family together and benefit the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless during this holiday season. Enjoy a post-race expo and some goodies to take home. Sat 7:15 a.m.
Not your typical go-to-the-bar-and-plies kind of dance class, this will get you moving combining modern dance and fitness components. Designed by Kim Robards, this "Kym Gym" class melds artistry with athleticism and get you sweating. Explore your inner dancer at a free fitness class taught by dancers from Kim Robards Dance Company. Sat 10 a.m.
Cancer touches everyone, but we too often forget about the four-legged cancer survivors and sufferers in our lives. Walk two miles with some furry friends to raise awareness for canine cancer. Stay after the walk for food and fun, including a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit 2 Million Dogs, an organization that helps fund research to find commonalities between canine and human cancer. Sat 10 a.m.
Appealing to more than just the peanut gallery, Buntport Theater's live comic book turns children's theater on its ear by playing to the tech-savvy generation of young-ins in the audience and inviting their parents to join in on the laughs. Each episode is based on a comic book chosen by the audience at the previous show. But despite key differences in every show, the pride of DenDiggityopolis takes the stage for pulse-pounding adventures every time. Join in for the three-part grand finale throughout the month of January.
Celebrate another successful year of a craft brewing by tasting some of 2012's best beers. Wynkoop will tap kegs and taste 35 different varities from this year like The Catalyst or London Calling IPA. Joining them will be the Breckenridge Brewery who will also bring four beers from 2012 and expect more special guests bringing the beer tally to more than 40 beers. As you sip on the brews also munch on gourmet cheeses. Sat 1 p.m.
3-D movies are all the rage, but 3-D concerts? Audience members will receive special glasses to view what promises to be a wild night of kaleidoscopic light and bass-heavy sound from '90s rockers Primus. While bass players are sometimes relegated to the background, Les Claypool taught a generation of kids that the bass guitar can be a dynamic lead intsrument. His three-piece group is an infectiously weird blend of virtuosic musicianship and hillbilly lyricism. Sat 7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Tod Brilliant
A photojournalist returns home to New York City after being injured while on assignment in Iraq. Her partner anxiously tries to nurse her back to health, but she struggles to adjust from the horrors she has witnessed. Nominated for two Tony awards, Time Stands Still brings to light the unfolding drama of the war in Iraq and the effect it has on American families. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Baroque tradition meets contemporary dance meets improvisation. Ballet Nouveau Colorado teams up with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado for a provocative show featuring the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Giuseppe Tartini, and a world premiere dance by artistic director Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Ballet Nouveau Colorado
Leonard Cohen is the total package. This Canadian is a singer, songwriter, musician, poet, and even a published novelist. Playing pop rock since the '60s, Cohen has created hits like “Suzanne” and “So Long Marianne.” Hear his dark poetic lyrics on his newest album, Old Ideas. Sat 8 p.m.
Denver-born, Flobots, now have completed four albums since the six artist came together in 2000. The hip-hop musical group portray a similar sound in their new album with thick bass guitar, percussion, and a little bit of trumpet and viola here and there, similar to single “Handlebars.” Come hear all their past songs and also new tracks from, The Circle in the Square. Sat 9 p.m.
Take a stroll around Sloan's Lake to aid the battle against pancreatic cancer. This three-mile run/walk benefits the Lustgarten Foundation with 100 percent of all registration fees going towards research. Sun 9 a.m.
Classic tales leap from the pages of storybooks and onto the stage. In this interactive lesson at the Children’s Museum of Denver, artists from Colorado Ballet will show how familiar stories like Sleeping Beauty can be transformed into dance. Afterwards, the kids can throw on the dance slippers and try the techniques themselves. Sun 11:30 a.m.
Are your little ones meant for the circus of the silver screen? With the help of DCPA theater coaches, kids can unravel their hidden talents. They'll swing from a trapeze, lay down a hip-hop beat, and belt out an aria. You child's newly found abilities could be a showstopper. Sun noon.
What melodies played as the ancient Greeks pondered philosophy and composed epic dramas? Explore the musical roots of Greek culture and mythology. Musician and researcher Nikos Xanthoulis discusses recent discoveries about this ancient art through the evidence of archeology and rediscovered papyri. Xanthoulis will also perform songs on reconstructed instruments like the ancient lyre and salpinx (ancient trumpet). Sun 2 p.m.
Whether you’re a sherry connoisseur looking to explore new flavors, or a total newbie wondering just what sherry is, Vesta Dipping Grill’s sherry night has it all. Five rounds of tapas are paired with sherries meant to bring out the best in each bite as sommelier Eric Dutton guide patrons through the flavors and styles. To get you started: Sherry is a (often underappreciated) fortified wine made from white grapes grown in a specific region of Spain. Sun 6 p.m.
Jackie Evancho, the 12-year-old from America’s Got Talent, is on tour promoting her new album, Songs From The Silver Screen.
Get in touch with the wild past. Johanna Mueller explores history, ancestry, and memory through a series of relief engravings which are then inked and printed on a printing press. In this collection, stories are told through wildlife depictions to remind as that we are all animals. Catch it before it's gone—exhibit ends December 1. Sat 12 p.m.
Get in touch with the wild past. Johanna Mueller explores history, ancestry, and memory through a series of relief engravings which are then inked and printed on a printing press. In this collection, stories are told through wildlife depictions to remind as that we are all animals. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Don't let cold toes keep you wrapped in a blanket all winter. Knit yourself a funky pair of slippers to last you the whole winter. In this two-class course, master the basics of knitting before linking enough knots for a snuggly pair of insulated house slippers—perfect when you curl up by the fireplace with a cup of cocoa on a snowy day! Tue 6-8 p.m.
This duo creates ’60s indie-pop music with old-fashioned recording devices like analog equipment and tap machines. But, the inclusion of electronic notes adds a modern touch to unique tunes like “Nobody Could Change Your Mind.” Tue 9 p.m.
Save your “eating out” day of the week for one that helps those in need for the holiday season. Restaurants around the town are joining together to donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to providing homeless families and individuals with a warm and safe home this winter. All you have to do it eat out breakfast, lunch, or dinner on November 7th at one of the participating restaurants like Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, El Camino Tavern, or Table 6. Wed, times vary.
Celebrate the world of wine with sips of over 400 wine varietals and plenty of events. A best bet: Thursday's Pairsine food and wine competition has chefs create culinary pairings for each of the 20 gold medal wines from the Denver International Wine Competition. Don't miss the people's choice tasting to have your say on the best vino. Wed-Sat, times vary.
Join young Zoe, bored and ignored by her parents, in the imaginary world of Quidam--a place for dreaming and genuine relationships, where the silent majority has a voice. Expect a show that appeals to young and old alike, with timeless themes and, as always, stunning displays of artistry and athletic talent. Wed-Sun times vary.
—Image courtesy of Laurence Labat
What is it about tupperware that makes this show so hilarious? It's not the plastic dishes, it's the people who sell it. Dixie is a force of nature in her checked shirt and apron, prancing about the stage making ridiculous jokes and selling her oh-so-fabulous tupperware. And yes, you can actually buy her tupperware. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
She's not just hilarious, she's beautiful and charming, too. Come watch Aisha Tyler turn everyday life into moments of hilarity strung together. Whether she's picking on her boisterous father or her white husband, expect a night of loud, honest, spontaneous fun. Fri 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Sat 8 p.m., 10:15 p.m.
Unload your gently used holiday wear and walk away with a season of new-to-you outfits. Bring a medium-size shopping bag filled with your barely-used winter and holiday clothes and accessories to donate. Items left over after the swap will be donated to Goodwill. Thu 5:30 p.m.
For the last 50 years, viewers have had a special bond with Bond…James Bond, that is. To celebrate half a century’s worth of the film franchise, the 23rd adventure brings out new twists, turns, and state-of-the-art technology. In an attempt to stay ever-relevant and original, roles change for MI6, Bond, and M, as the intelligence service is threatened by a former agent-turned criminal with serious cyber-skills, and a hostile government bureaucrat. Days, times vary.
As the world's leading producer of olive oil, Spain has a diverse offering. Denver chefs will highlight unique varietals, such as Picual, Arbequina, and Hojiblanca extra virgin, in dishes created exclusively to highlight the golden-hued liquid. Participating restaurants—Rioja, Olivéa, Solera, and Ondo's— will feature dishes such as Rioja's Dungeness crab roulade served with a Valderrama olive oil or Ondo's cocoa mousse with date crisps and Picual extra virgin olive oil. Daily, times vary.
Join fellow foodies and philanthropists at this annual party in support of Project Angel Heart, an organization which provides nutritious meals to those with life-threatening illnesses. Enjoy appetizers, entrées, and desserts from Denver-area restaurants and chefs. Thu 6-10 p.m.
Art is a gift some are just born with, and RAW Artists are here to share some newly discovered naturally born artists. Enjoy the works of Denver's best in visual arts, fashion design, accessories, film, music, performing arts, and photography while helping to choose who will represent Denver at the RAWards final. Look and listen for the works of Phlight Krew, Jonathan Snorsky, Broken Revolt, Kate Drazner, DJ Hex, Nadja Tizer Firebird Moving Arts, Zachary Reed and many more there.
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, and our only physical point of contact with the world. Join Evolving Door Dance as they examine the implications of human skin, our sense of touch, and physical connection through unique and moving choreography. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.
Fuera de la Frontera reaches across genres to bring you a visual smorgasboard. Exhibits run the gamut from paintings and photography to sculpture and brightly graffitied murals. More than a dozen Colorado Hispanic artists, including Jolt and Ana Maria Hernando, collaborated on this exhibit. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
These synthetic art forms are sure to put you in a meditative state of mind, especially if you take them in at night. Designed to slow your thoughts and create a sense of natural flow, this lightscape uses color-morphing LED lights that play off computer-designed acrylic shapes. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Experience these synthetic art forms and get into a meditative state of mind. Designed to slow your thoughts and create a sense of natural flow, this lightscape uses color-morphing LED-lights that play off computer-designed acrylic shapes. Best viewed at night. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Scratch everyone off your holiday list with more than 500 vendors (ranging from jewelry to woodcarvings) to choose from. Stop at the gourmet food area for ideas on gifting a friend who’d rather taste his or her present than open it. Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Roxanne Rossi illuminates the art of conversation with her paintings and video projects. Each work of acrylic paints and cast paper attempts to encapsulate the emotion, expression, and body language of two individuals conversing. Days, times vary.
Boulder is never short on new culinary hotspots and standby favorites, but who has the time or dough to try them all? Here's your chance: More than 40 participating restaurants offer a three-course fixed price menu at discounted prices. Check out First Bite newbies like Beehive and Bramble & Hare and favorites like the Kitchen and Radda. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Daily, times vary.
Jeanne Bessette's illustrations provide a simple, comforting message: We are all OK. She offers interpretations of the human subconscious with color and texture that seems to dance off the canvas. Days, times vary.
Casting for the Oompa-Loompas just got easier. Colorado's youngest thespians (ages 8 to 14 years old) from Inspire Creative are taking the stage in the junior edition of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Familiar songs and snippets of the film in the background will add oomph to the story of Willy Wonka's hunt for the new heir to his outrageous candy factory. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.
Learn five simple, chic techniques for finishing your furniture with chalk paint. Test your skills on two pots before you try it at home. Fri 5-8 p.m.
Enjoy a indulgent, wine-paired dinner made less guilty with vegan and gluten-free options. Each of six courses—created by chef Rachel Kesley—is partnered with a wine from the Pacific Northwest, such as a crispy Brussels sprouts salad tossed with smoky mushrooms and blue cheese served atop grilled Asian pears matched with a 2009 Linen Chardonnay from the Yakima Valley. Fri, times vary.
For a political twist on the age-old ‘switched-at-birth’ tale, Israeli filmmaker Lorraine Levy strives to challenge fixed opinions on foreign affairs in the Middle East. The identity crises that ensue—as two young boys grow up on opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide—call to question what is more influential in individual's character formation: genetics, environment, or circumstance? The film is driven by an altruistic humanism, despite political, religious, and cultural divisions depicted between groups and individuals. Days, times vary.
Fine art goes abstract. The works of Don Quade and Brandon Reese will be in a dual feature exhibit accompanied by pieces from Robin Cole Smith, Brigan Gresh, and Bonny Lhotka. Quade's works focus on old and forgotten objects like sheet music, postcards, and notebook pages. Reese works primarily in natural wood and ceramic sculptures. Find abstract paintings, monochromatic drawings, and manipulated photographs in the back gallery from Smith, Gresh and Lhotka. Fri 6 p.m.
Follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time as Pro Musica Colorado and Colorado Chamber Players team up to whisk you off to Mozart’s England. Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E Flat will set the tone for your thrilling musical journey. Fri-Sat 6:30 p.m.
Art, meet animal. This two-day whole-bison roast brings together the beast and art. Learn about local food production while you explore the connections between food and culture. Events include a bison carving workshop, a vegetarian food pornography film complete with live score, a farm animal showcase, music from B.Sue, a bus tour of Denver's urban food, and a six-course bison feast featuring live music from Stampede. Fri 6:30 p.m.
By taking a cue from the golden sounds of female pioneers like the Supremes and mixing in some sultry and socially conscious edge, '90s R&B girl groups like SWV, En Vogue, and Salt-n-Pepa are finding the spotlight for a second time. Come hear SWV (Sisters With Voices) as they reunite for a tour celebrating their hits “I’m So Into You," “Right Here,” “Downtown,” and “You’re Always on my Mind,” as well as new tracks. Fri 7 p.m.
One minute he is President George W. Bush and the next he Samuel L. Jackson. Frank Caliendo is no rookie in the world of comedy. You know him from the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show and MadTV, and now you can see his hilarious live. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
What happens when you bring a Jew-turned-atheist home to conservative, Catholic mom and pop for Christmas? A family explosion, quasi-miracle, and subsequent exploration of love, faith, and truth make this a holiday show you won't soon forget. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Veterans say you can't know what a soldier has been through unless you've been there yourself. In the stage adaptation of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, five short stories will be performed in an attempt to explore the complex issues of war and the internal struggle of military life. The 60-minute display includes the verbatim stories of The Rainy River and The Man I Kill, underscored with a cello music background. Fri 7:30-9 p.m.
If you haven't seen true improv in a while, Paula Poundstone is refreshingly original. Known for her off-the-cuff comedy and audience interaction, Poundstone never does the same show twice. And any woman who can make "rogue zucchini" a subject of riotous laughter is not to be missed. Fri 8 p.m.
Emancipator struck fame at 19 years old when Japanese producer Nujabes discovered his first dub album, It Will Be Cold Enough. His calm beats quickly caught on and his single “Maps” was even played at the Beijing Olympics. Now, growing in age and fans, the producer’s latest downtempo album, Safe In The Steep Cliffs, adds more instrumental components to the electronic pop giving it distinctive Asian flares. Fri 9 p.m.
Whether you're a lover or a fighter, you won't want to miss a single choke-hold or joint-lock. Watch as mixed martial artists of every age and skill level—both men and women—fight for a national championship title. Sat 10 a.m.
If Denver Arts Week has piqued your interest in Colorado's cultural offerings, keep it soaring with Shane Fero's Mind Flight. The world-renowned glass artist is showing his collection of colorful sculptures and whimsical paintings, but our favorites are his delicate and realistic glass birds, which are formed via molten glass tubes, shards of glass, and even stained glass. Fero's works may just tide you over until the real-life robins return in the spring.
Who says the music of Johann Bach is for adults only? Musicians from the Boulder Bach Festival bring music notes on paper to the ears of little ones as they introduce music basics through Bach's pieces. Don’t expect to be shushing your child the whole time—the program encourages participation. Sun 11 a.m.
In this version of the Dickens Classic, you don't just watch the play--you are in the play. The Heritage Square Theater has reworked A Christmas Carol so that kids in the audience can participate as actors. Come on the right night and your child could even end up being Tiny Tim! Days vary, times vary.
Does the thought of cooking your Thanksgiving bird stress you out? If so, you may want to consider the latest installment in a series of cooking classes from the people of Bonanno Concepts. Hunter Pritchett, chef of Luca d'Italia, can help ease your fears by providing hands-on cooking instruction and practical day-of advice, allowing you to spend more time with family and less time worrying about that darn bird. Sat noon-2 p.m.
Make restaurant-grade sushi in your own home after this hands-on demo. Start the afternoon with a cocktail, then let TAG Raw Bar sous chef Shaun Motoda walk you through the basics of sushi and making specialty rolls—then indulge in your own handiwork. The event is sponsored by FORK Social Lab, an organization that creates events focused around food, drink, and memorable experiences. Sat noon-2 p.m.
Head to the Ritz to help keep kids in school. As you dine, you can bid on items such as Red Sox tickets or a two-night stay at Lambert Bridge Winery. Proceeds benefit the Byrne Urban Scholars program, which helps keep kids in school. Sat 6 p.m.
Blue Grama, a six-member band from Fort Collins, sticks to playing traditional folk music with guitars, washboards, accordions, and more. Sat 7 p.m.
Who would James Bond be without his theme song? Tap into the Bond swagger as vocalist Hillary Kole and the Colorado Symphony take on the much-loved tunes of everyone's favorite British Sercret Service agent. A variety of the films' scores will be performed, including Academy Award-nominated songs "Live and Let Die" and "For Your Eyes Only." Sat 7:30 p.m.
This group is recognized as one of the key figures of reggae music. Toots and the Maytals, formed in the early 1960s in Jamaica, starting off with ska jams like “Monkey Man,” the group's first international hit. Hear songs from their Grammy-winning album, True Love and from their most recent album, Flip & Twist. Sat 8 p.m.
This isn’t your ordinary string quartet. These four musicians play classic rock, including the best songs of Guns and Roses. The quartet also writes and arranges its own music, playing every genre from indie to gypsy and tango music, from Americana to classical. Sat 8 p.m.
This is not your typical one-man band with a harmonica, drum, and cymbals attached to various limbs. This Australian plays musical instruments from his country like the didgeridoo, while also playing the guitar, stomp box, and other instruments in an elaborate set up on-stage. He creates music that is a combination of the Aboriginal spiritual music and modern day tunes. Hear songs like “Let Me Be” and “Shelter” that were chart toppers and tracks from his newest album, Spirit Bird. Sat 9 p.m.
Combining multiple genres, the artist's 30 paintings and 12 drawings conceived over more than a decade, almost appear to overflow with expressionist energy. The Dana Schutz's absurd subject matters present invented stories and hypothetical scenes. For instance, "Frank from Observation," one work within the series presents a fictional character, Frank, as the last man on earth, as invented by the artist herself, and the last living painter. Days, times vary.
The Colorado dance community is coming together in support of one of their own. Watch some of the top Colorado dance companies—including Colorado Ballet, Boulder Ballet, 7 Dancers, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Apex Dance, Evolving Doors, and more—pirouette and chassé to benefit Amy Hollinger. Hollinger, a 22-year-old local ballerina and dance teacher, was hit by a car in late October and remains in critical condition. Support the arts and Amy's recovery at this collaboration performance. Sun 7:30 p.m.
From an art exhibit filled with more than 220 pieces, you are bound to find the perfect one to hang above your mantle. This art show brings together local, national, and international talents. Explore the artwork and photography that was submitted by artist and chosen for this art show. Tue-Fri 9-4 p.m., Sat-Sun 11-4 p.m.
In 1960 (well before barefoot running was mainstream), Ethiopian Abebe Bikila ran through the streets of Rome sans shoes on his way to becoming the first African to win Olympic gold in the marathon. Bikila, who won back-to-back gold medals in the event, is the protaganist of the biopic The Athlete. After being paralyzed in a car accident in 1969, Bikila focused on other athletic pursuits, including archery at the Paralympics and dog sledding.
This band from Vermont, that named themselves from their initials, mixes blues, jam music, and psychedelic sounds to create their music. Matt Valentine and Erika Elder have worked together since 2000 with many different artists to create their unique sounds of harmonica, bass, drums, and guitar. Hear songs from their album, Space Homestead, like “Workingman’s Smile” and “Too Far to See.” Tue 9 p.m.
Screenprinting can be a complicated process, but if you have the skills, then your creativity becomes your only limit. This class will introduce you printmaking essentials like the types of screens used, making a multi-color print, preparing the art and film, and more. After your done you'll leave with 10 original pieces of art, and if you become addicted, you can always call in and schedule more time during their open studio hours. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chef Tony Geraci is a man on a mission: ridding school cafeterias of mystery meat. The documentary Cafeteria Man follows Geraci's visionary quest to change the diet of schoolchildren one lunch at a time. Stay after the film for a community panel and a Q&A session. Chipotle will provide complimentary snacks. Thu 6 p.m.
Singer/songer-writer Jackson Browne has been composing and crooning country and folk songs for over four decades, gaining a loyal following. Best known for “The Road” and “In the Shape of a Heart”, he writes in a classic country style with a contemporary feel. Wed 8 p.m.
Chairs, tables, and even skis get the Rocky Mountain treatment in this hometown exhibit. An extention of the showing at the Denver International Airport, "Design by Colorado" spotlights 14 local designers who put a Colorado spin on furniture, toys, recreational gear, and interior and fashion design. Featured artists include the Corvelo Clothing Company, Jason E. Kay, Where Wood Meets Steel, and Icelantic Skis, among others. Thu-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Selecting wine for a holiday can be a little daunting. Most of us strive only to not get it wrong. This year set your sights higher and go for right. The wine, cheese, and meat pros at Cured in Boulder have done the taste testing for us and selected four proper matches. Each bottle has been selected to complement the roast turkey and porchetta they will be serving. Thu 4-7 p.m.
Colorado Francophiles unite to welcome the arrival of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine with style. The red varietal, made from Gamay grapes in France, is released annually on the third Thursday in November. In celebration, more than 20 local chefs will create dishes to be paired with seasonal drink. Enjoy live aerial entertainment from Imagination Circus Arts while you indulge. Thu 5:30-9:30 p.m.
A cocktail upon arrival can make a guest feel instantly welcome. Hone your skills with a two-hour mixology course teaching crowd pleasers such as lemon drop martinis and premium margaritas. Students will be able to sample their concoctions alongside a selection of hors d'oeuvres including bacon-wrapped scallop skewers, ahi tuna tartare tacos, and filet mignon sandwiches. Thu 6-8 p.m.
We've always known the power of a beer and hot dog combo, but this event elevates food and brew pairings to gourmet heights. A dozen chefs and Colorado breweries have teamed up to satisfy your taste buds.
This Boulder-based, reggae-pop-rock band formed in 1987 and hurtled along a roller-coaster ride of fame in the '90, self-producing albums and headlining for iconic bands such as Phish. The band has split and taken on multiple new members in the 25 years since its inception—until two years ago, when the original five regrouped and returned to the Front Range music scene. Thu 9 p.m.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Check out art from more than 75 Colorado artists, with mediums ranging from pottery and jewelry to photography and more. Snag your ideal gift—like this year's hottest item, a star made of silver and studded with birthstones—at this boutique shopping experience before it's too late. Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
Each piece sits, waiting to be uncovered in this architecture-inspired mixed-media exhibition.
Like childhood art projects proudly affixed to the most prominent of kitchen appliances, 13 Metropolitan State University art students go Back to the Fridge to show the Denver community their final thesis collection. The first of two exhibitions features digital works, performance art, photography, drawing, and experimental works. The second up-and-coming artists' show—entitled Quantum Soup—switches out Dec. 7. Many featured pieces will be for sale. Tue-Thu 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Fri 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 12-5 p.m.
This German artist—a caricaturist painter—is stopping in Denver for his only U.S. exhibition. Creating artwork that displays famous people like John Wayne, Jimi Hendrix, and Marilyn Monroe, Kruger paints these characters so they look like themselves, but with a cartoon flair. Explore his show Iconic Faces and see portraits of famous musicians and actors. Fri 6-9 p.m., Sat 1-6 p.m.
You might recognize his work because you've seen it around the city. Jason Lee Gimbel is famous for his life-size figurtaive paintings and drawings that displays human form or experimental artwork. His new show A Broken Line, Underlined , is a collection of new drawings and paintings. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Hip-hop icons Nas and Lauryn Hill team up for their first joint tour, Life is Good/Black Rage. This double act showcases the best of two distinct styles that work off of and with each other as Nas combines his jazz influences and famed rhyming lyricism with Hill's neo-soul rapping. Fri 7 p.m.
Catch the world premiere of this original one-man drama—starring Jack Wefso—as he mans the faster-than-light Earth Ship Constantine through the galaxy. Embarking on her maiden voyage, the largest, fastest, and most ambitious spaceship is intended for extra-planetary colonization, for more than 80,000 men, women, and children. This "love letter to all things sci-fi," calls to question the idea of man versus machine and the individuality technology takes away from us. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun. 6:30 p.m.
What if you found out 25 years after your wedding that you weren't ever legally married? Three couples celebrating their joint silver wedding anniversary discover that the pator who married them wasn't authorized to perfrom marriages. Watch as these high-society couples debate whether they want to be married after all. 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.
The power, emotion, and intellect of art come alive as the 3rd Law Dance Company brings an evening of contemporary dance and visual art. One of the three excerpts of the evening—"Authentic Reproduction"—involves a collaboration with digital media artist, Darwin Grosse. Dancers' movements control live video feeds setting and changing the backdrop viewers experience. The other two performances that make up the evening are loosely based on two different pieces of literature: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," by T.S. Eliot, and "The Family Portrait of Dr. Cocktail," an original work.
Need new snow gear? Test out the latest snowboards and skis from more than 10 local companies. Find your perfect fit with help from regional reps—and a few laps on the slopes. Be sure to stick around for an après party. Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m.
Wobble your way around one of Denver's greenest golf courses. This family friendly 5K walk/run will get you moving and outside into the crisp Colorado fall air. After the race, stick around for a light lunch and award presentations for race winners and best costume, so get creative. Save a few bucks on registration by bringing in a canned food donation for the Montbello Cooperative Ministry Food Bank. All proceeds benefit the Far Northeast Principals Leadership Council, an organization serving more than 19 schools and 12,000 students. Sat 9 a.m.
It’s not the night before Christmas yet, so to ward off the sugar plum fairies dancing in your head, stop by the Sugar Plum Bazaar. The Parkside Mansion will house 50-plus vendors featuring local artists such as Pink Attic Cat, Doozie, and South Ivy Knits. Weave through the booths and find house-made and vintage gifts perfect for holiday giving. Donations benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Sat-Sun 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
In Colorado, "fancy" can be confused with wearing your finest Patagonia, but don the true black-tie outift for this Heart of Dixie-themed event. 25th Annual Fantasy Ball. Start the evening with a dinner by Epicurean Catering followed by auctions and dancing to blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball. Proceeds benefit the Adoption Exchange, which provides services to the children and families through the adoption process. Sat 6 p.m.
Radio personality Sheridan Whiteside is on bedrest after loosing his footing on a slippery doorway. He stays at the home of the eager, star-struck couple—with whom he had intended to share dinner with that evening—as he recuperates. Yet, quickly their admiration for the confined local celebrity fades as his irritable attitude and bizarre guests flood their otherwise happy home in this Christmastime comedy. Days, times vary.
One of the world's most successful video game composers, Tommy Tallarico, is bringing the sound out of the screen. The symphony orchestra will perform iconic video-game tunes--from Mario, Halo, Sonic and more--that define the experience while screens display the famous games themselves. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Ever wonder what the hits of the 16th century were? Then find out at the Winter Revelry concert by the Kindred Spirits. The four musicians that make up the group play the Celtic harp, cello, flute, viola, violin, guitar, accordian, piccolo, Irish Bouzouki, and the fiddle. At this concert expect their traditional Renaissance and folk tunes of Old Europe but with a winter theme. Sat 8 p.m.
Ben Sollee is that rare artist whose music makes sense in a rock club, a rustic cabin, and a classical auditorium. The young cellist and singer-songwriter—he's collaborated with accomplished jazz-banjoist Bela Fleck and shaggy-haired folk-rocker Jim James—has been pushing his emotive voice and heady arangements into elegant jazz, pop, and folk territory since going solo in 2008. Sat 8 p.m.
Triathlon season may be winding down, but there's still time to get a few last competitions in. Case in point: Epic Ryde's nontraditional take on the three-part race. You'll start with 45 minutes of indoor, instructor-led cycling, then do 45 minutes of TRX (a full-body, suspension-based workout), and finish with a 2.6-mile lap around Sloan's Lake. Participants have a chance to win prizes like a month-long membership to the studio. Sun 8 a.m.
It’s a progressive metal band mixing hard rock, heavy metal, and symphonic elements. You wouldn’t think I was describing an orchestra, but that's what the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is. Performing The Lost Christmas Eve loud and live, the orchestra will blast you into the holiday spirit. Listen to the music as it conveys an instrumental story about Christmas and caring for others through a synchronized light and laser display. Sun 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
The Boss is back with his 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band hit the stage singing familiar tunes like "Born in the U.S.A." and newer ones like “Land of Hope and Dreams.” Mon 7:30 p.m.
Topologies are the basic properties of space and connectedness—but Sharon Feder's exhibit is anything but basic. The Colorado native is exhibiting her most recent pieces: large-scale panels that can be built together but also break apart. Each one demonstrates that our personal choices often determine how our world is structured. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.
—Pictured: Constructional Dimensions, oil on panel
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862 by exploring how the United States opened the West up to exploration and conquest. Told from a variety of perspectives—the early fur traders and explorers, fortune seekers of the Gold Rush, and American Indians—this riveting talk will have you reliving America’s history of Manifest Destiny. Tue 11 a.m.
Does your child wish the meteor had spared a few of the dinosaurs? Let them discover what is left as they paint a cast of a dinosaur footprint, become junior scientists in the paleo lab, and even pet a living reptile. It’s as close as your child can get to walking with the dinosaurs. Tue 6 p.m.
This Grammy-winning musician—who has played with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith—is on tour showcasing his rock, soul, blues, and jazz stylings. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Good thing 3-D doesn't really bring the on-screen elements to life; otherwise, we'd recommend hauling a parka with you to this wintry flick. Jack Frost is a carefree boy who can't help but bring chilly temperatures with him wherever he goes. But when the Nightmare King blankets the earth in darkness, the guardians (which include Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny) must protect Jack and innocent children around the world. Days, times vary.
Two feasts are better than one. Join fellow philanthropists on Thanksgiving eve for a four-course dinner, sans turkey. The menu will highlight seasonal fare such as bleu cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates, roasted Brussels sprouts, and mushroom risotto. Proceeds benefit the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Wed 5-9 p.m.
When everything that can go wrong does, Pat Solitano (played by Bradley Cooper) finds himself shacking up with his parents. Determined to rebuild his life and remain positive, he endeavors to reunite with his ex-wife. Until a mysterious young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) with her own complexities throws a wrench in Pat's plans. Days, times vary.
Thanksgiving Eve finds more than 40 local musicians performing together at this mainstay Mile High music event based on Martin Scorsese's 1978 concert documentary, The Last Waltz. This year's show features a full horn section and local artists like Polytoxic's CR Grumer. Wed 8 p.m.
Feel a little better about all the turkey and stuffing you're going to inhale this Thanksgiving holiday. Or just make some extra room for pie with this four-mile "trot." Proceeds benefit the effort to raise funds for people in need in our community. Thurs 8 a.m.
Start turkey day off by making some extra room for pie. This 5K family friendly run/walk/stroll will stretch your legs before you hit food coma status from all the turkey and stuffing. Whether you're a serious runner (professional timing will be available) or just in it for the fun, this is a great race to start your Thanksgiving morning. Kids under 13-years-old race for free, so bring the whole family. All proceeds benefit the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, supporting those in financial distress and the homeless in Douglas and Elbert Counties. Thu 8:30 a.m.
Chances are slim that our Plymouth Rock ancestors served a stuffed turkey with a side of marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes at that first Thanksgiving. This year, chef Patrick Hartnett (of Kachina Southwestern Grill) brings diners back to their roots with a feast inspired by native foods. In addition to traditional favorites ( turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole), Hartnett showcases authentic American dishes like stuffed quail, bison prime rib, and clay baked trout.
Take the family out for a farm-inspired Thanksgiving dinner straight off chef/farmer Eric Skokan's organic Black Cat Farm. In the true spirit of giving, diners donate what they can in exchange for the farm-friendly feast. A portion of proceeds benefit Boulder's Community Food Share. Thu 3-7 p.m.
The idea of avoiding lengthy lines and bad moods during a holiday shopping excursion may sound more like a Christmas miracle than reality. But you can boost local businesses, steer clear of crowds and stress masked as holiday cheer, all while purchasing quality presents for your loved ones. Last year, Coloradans spent $12.6 billion on their holiday shopping. Spread the wealth and support your local economy by shopping at small business around town. Days, times vary.
Vintage meets contemporary as Denver's top artists and designers share their eclectic mix of work from screenprints to house-made soaps and custom hats. Visitors can purchase a variety of unique collectables or simply browse in the fusion artist's studio meets gallery setting for the exhibition and trunk show. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
During the four weeks of Advent, the German tradition is to welcome the Christmas month with a Christkindl Market. Dating back to Munich Germany, the oldest known market was in 1310 and the custom continues today all around the world. Find vendors filled with German and other European foods and gifts, traditional hand-carved wooden figurines, and house-made candles by local artist all in an outdoor market. Days, times vary.
Southwest Airlines and Downtown Denver Partnership invite you to embrace the cold and skate at Skyline Park. Look out for regularly scheduled entertainment and activities each weekend that include Friday night DJs and Saturday morning skate lessons and sessions. Skate rentals are $2 or bring your own pair. Mon-Thu noon-7 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
For the average, healthy person, climbing Mt. Everest is an almost insurmountable challenge. In this film from Academy Award-winning director Michael Brown, 11 wounded veterans—one blind, some with lost limbs, and all suffering from the mental and emotional damage of war—climb Everest on their road to recovery. Together, they take on an uphill battle in the name of celebrating the safe return of our nation's heroes. Days, times vary.
Knuckleballers are few and far between in Major League Baseball—just two played in the pros in 2011, Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey. Knuckeball! follows the pair as Wakefield, a veteran Red Sox pitcher, approaches his 200-win career milestone, and newbie Mets player Dickey fights to make a name for himself outside of the minor leagues. The film alternates between archival footage, interviews with sports reporters, and former knuckleballers who serve as mentors.
Not all is well on America's favorite street. Super Grover has fallen into a funk and five of his friends—led by Elmo—undertake a mission to get his powers back. As they sing and dance, they discover that exercise, rest, nutritious food, and good hygiene are all it takes to get Super Grover back to his old self. Fri-Sun, times vary.
James Balong is a man on a mission: to document the environmental changes occurring as a result of global climate change. In his dogged quest to silence the storm of denial, this "powerful piece of history unfolding" attempts to sum up the severity of the issue. The National Geographic photographer and his team set up shop to show, in detail, glacial depletion in Iceland, Greenland, Montana, and Alaska. Bonus: Read our Q&A with Balog before seeing the film.
Everyone wishes for a white Christmas, especially if they have a ski pass. In this classic song-turned-movie-turned Broadway musical, two performers and their beautiful female stage partners save Christmas for a small Vermont ski resort that's struggling to stay afloat in a snow-less winter. Tue-Sun, times vary.
Kickoff the holiday season with this classic ballet. Experience the magic of music and toy soldiers with students from the Boulder Ballet School and the Boulder Children's Chorale as they join the professional company dancers on stage. Fri 6 p.m., Sat 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Get into the Christmas spirit with this classic tale of giving and forgiving. The ghosts of past, present, and future show miserly Ebenezer Scrooge how to embrace the yuletide attitude. Join in his journey through his memories with laughter and holiday warmth—with original songs written specifically for this production. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
When Santa shows up at the local police station bearing gifts, no one is suspicious. After all, even the police chief has been known to dress up as Kris Kringle for the holidays. But this Santa seems to know a little too much about the town's residents. When a state investigator shows up, he discovers Saint Nick's bag of presents is filled with old wallets. Is Santa a thief or the real deal? Days, times vary.
—Image courtesy of Festival Playhouse
When you buy tickets to a music festival, you typically don’t assume you'll be onstage playing, too. At the Trance Blues Jam Festival, everyone is encouraged to participate. The three-day event kicks off with an opening night jam session, followed by a day of workshops and a meet-the-artists lunch before closing with two more jam sessions and a brunch. Mingle with artists like Otis Taylor, Cassie Taylor, and Mato Nanji. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Suspend your disbelief at this genuinely funny Christmas show from Denver’s masters of improv. This original, seasonal production features local actors, live piano accompaniment, and possibly a Christmas miracle. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
One great thing about living in Colorado: The start of the holiday season means the start of the ski season. Celebrate both with the whole family at Beaver Creek's annual Tree Lighting Festival. For 32 years, the resort has offered ice skating, a kid's poetry contest, a gingerbread house competition, and fireworks. Santa might even show up on a zamboni to light the Christmas tree. Fri 7 p.m.
When a band member from Salmon Heads asked members of Left Hand String Band to fill in, the result was Leftover Salmon. The Boulder band calls their sound "polyethnic Cajun slamgrass," or, in simpler terms, a blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun. Their unique style was showcased on this year's release, Aquatic Hitchhiker. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.
Since starting to write lyrics as a freshman at Cherry Creek High School, the guitar-playing Denver native has built quite the resume: He's played alongside the John Butler Trio, Matt Kearney, and Bare Naked Ladies. Hear Heckendorf's relaxed acoustic style on his second album, The Cool Down. Fri 9 p.m.
The military training-inspired adventure challenge is like no other. You will endure up to 10 hours of hick hauling, army crawling, and fireman carrying led by Army Green Berets. The word "race" is purposefully omitted from the name as this event will take a team effort to cover up to 20 miles of ground. Sat 1 a.m., 10 p.m.
Shake off that super-stuffed post-turkey dinner feeling and check out a rail jam. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels are welcome to compete on Copper's creatively configured rail course. Expect to run into some snow pros training on the course: it's opening weekend for the mountain's 22-foot superpipe. Sat 8 a.m.
Feeling a little guilty about that extra slice of pie? Work off the over-stuffed feeling lingering from Thanksgiving by throwing on some snowshoes and trekking through the Copper Mountain snow in this 5K race. All proceeds benefit the Copper Environmental Foundation, an organization that supports and funds projects and programs in Colorado's Summit and Lake counties. Sat 9 a.m.
The fastest female skiers in the world will slice down the icy Rockies. Look for Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso in the giant slalom and slalom events. After the races, enjoy the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series featuring Reverend Horton Heat and dig in to some gourmet snacks at Taste of Winternational. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.
There’s gold in ‘dem hills young prospector! So grab your pick ax, a rock hammer, and get ready to crack some rocks open. In this interactive lesson, kids of all ages will have the chance to learn how miners pull gold from the earth. Afterwards, your kid could strike it rich in the backyard. Sat 10 a.m.
Frank Bonanno, one of Denver's most acclaimed restaurateurs, is letting you in on a few of his secrets—for free—during this live demo of some of his favorite recipes from the Luca d'Italia Cookbook. Learn how to make Sicilian calamari with caper berries, braised rabbit with Parmesan polenta, and lobster fra diavolo.
We'll bet you've never used a turkey as a bowling ball. But that's the premise of this fun event with a holiday twist: Toss a frozen turkey down a snow-covered alley to knock over pins. There will be prizes for the best turkey bowlers and swag giveaways. Sat 2 p.m.
Bowling, bands, food, and drinks; what more could you want? Head to the highly-anticipated new Punch Bowl Social Club and enjoy a night full of fun put on by Flobots.org. Form a team and join the bowling or Bar Olympics, which is a shuffleboard, pool, and table tennis contest. Listen to music performed by Bob Skizzum, Churchill, and special guests. Fundraising benefits Flobots.org who help local kids by providing them with music, education, and other opportunities. Sat 5:30 p.m.
It's post-Thanksgiving and the family is still in town. There's one thing we think everyone will be able to enjoy: the Beatles! Canadian tribute band Jeans 'n Classics is teaming up with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to play the Fab Four's essential mid-'60s albums, Rubbber Soul and Revolver, in their entirety. The Paramount's ornate hall is the perfect setting for both old and new fans to catch onto fresh intracacies in these timeless tunes.
Join the Colorado Ballet, accompanied by its live orchestra, for a fresh romp through this nostalgic holiday production. Dazzling dance numbers and costumes plus Tchaikovsky’s live score are sure to bring back memories of the first time you saw this Christmas ballet. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Hip-hoppers are often trying to impart a message to their audience. Politically minded group The Coup is no exception. Known for bass-drive, danceable beats and lyrics about capitalism, American politics, and police brutality, the group has been making noise since 1990. Expect to hear new singles like "Not Yet Free" and "Pork and Beef" off their sixth album, Sorry to Bother You. Sat 8 p.m.
A film based on the true story of the first African-American combat pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps. The men experienced prejudice from racist officers and government officials, yet in spite of the opposition, they became some of the finest fighters in American history. The film—originally made for HBO in 1995—is based on the true exploits of a groundbreaking unit that served during World War II. Mon 6 p.m.
Winemaker Matt Licklider's philosophy is that "Everything begins in the vineyard." He aspires to create a true wine of origin from California by amplifying the voice of the vineyard and allowing the taster to sense its terroir. Licklider presents his Lioco wines—best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Carignane (a grape producing tannic red wine) varietals—at a four-course, paired dinner designed to bring out the best in each glass.
Grab your significant other—or call up that girl or guy you've been meaning to make plans with—for a fun night out. Swing by the rink for your date-night pass, which includes two-for-one skating plus dinner at one of the dozens of restaurants offering two-for-one meals, like Champa Street Burger Works and Wasabi Sushi Bar. Too cold outside? At Lucky Strike Lanes, the pair of you can spend your evening indoors for half the price. Tue 5-9 p.m.
In the midst of the holiday meal season, learn to perfect the art of tiny bites. A professional chef from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts provides hands-on instruction on how to make delicious tapas (small-plate cuisine perfect for entertaining). On the menu: Sample cumin-seared ahi tuna with green curry sauce and spicy grilled lamb brochettes. Wed 5:30-9 p.m.
What would happen to the world if honey bees dissapeared? This is a question director Taggart Siegel contemplates in the award-winning documentary film, Queen of the Sun–What Are the Bees Telling Us?. Its intimate view of the hive engages viewers both in the tale of the bees and also the beekeepers who struggle to keep bee cultures in harmony with nature. Stay after the film to engage with a community panel in a Q&A session. Chipolte will provide snacks free of charge. Wed 6 p.m.
Relive some of the greatest moments in Broncos history through the eyes of the players in Game of My Life: Denver Broncos: Memorable Stories of Broncos Football. Author Jim Saccomano, vice president of corporate communications for the Broncos, will discuss the newly revised edition of Game of My Life and be available for a book signing. Can't make it? You can still request an autographed copy of the book through Tattered Cover's website. Wed 7:30 p.m.
As true fans of The Police, this band decided to name themselves after one of their idol's songs, “Walk on the Moon.” The indie group—often described as having a pop sound with sing-a-long choruses—gained recognition this year with the radio hit “Anna Sun.” Check out their self-titled album, Walk the Moon, and hear their latest single, “Tightrope.” Wed 8 p.m.
Looking for something original to gift this holiday season? Try some local art work. Pick out the perfect piece for a friend, then find one to keep. Small to medium sized works will be available at budget friendly prices―most items cost less than $100―from Spark artists such as Patricia Aaron, Leo Franco, Kellie Cannon, Rob Watt, and Barbara Baer. Come Friday for the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and enjoy food, drink, and local shopping. Thu 12 p.m.
There's a new ball on Pepsi Center court. Eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi, French Open winner Michael Chang, five-time Masters 1000 champion Jim Courier, and 17-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe will play a single-elimination tennis tounament on the main stage. Go big with the VIP package to test out your swing in a pre-match clinic with the players followed by a buffet and open bar. Thu 7:30 p.m.
This band, from Las Vegas, has had three Grammy nominations and more than 6 million albums sold in the United States. The American rock group started back in 2001 and is back after a six-year hiatus to release their fourth studio album, Battle Born. Hear classic hits from them like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me,” along with their new single “Runaways.” Thu 8 p.m.
First stop: Denver. This international collaborative mixes dance, theatric elements, and spoken word. Two Quebec dance companies meet up with Denver Control Group Productions’ experimental artists to perform both solo and collaborative numbers that explore the relationship between global and local. Expect raw energy and explosive dance moves. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
Come for the pancakes but stay for the eclectic styles of 75 emerging Denver artists. Engage all of your senses with live music, drinks and all-you-can-eat pancakes, body painting, and local underground art. Keep an eye out for Broken Revolt, a local jewelry line that recently won accessory artist of the year at the Denver RAWards Semi-Finals, and be ready for a unique array of works—just don’t get syrup on the art.
Ski season gets off to a quick start with three days of top international athletes competing in downhill, super G, and giant slalom events during the Birds of Prey World Cup. Expect to see snowsports superstars like Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, and Aksel Lund Svindal. Head up to Beaver Creek for the day or stay longer and soak up all the action...and maybe learn a few tricks to pick up your own speed on those double blacks. Fri 10:45 a.m.–Sun 12:45 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Jonathan Selkowitz
Get up close and personal with paintings so realistic they could be photographs. Austin Parkhill's debut solo exhibition features his portraits, which capture raw human character. His portraits feature personal friends and acquaintances as well as public figures such as singer Justin Rigle of Horse Feathers. Parkhill is one of four Coloradan artists to be selected for the current Western Edition of New American Paintings and is one of 50 artists exhibited in the second Outwin Boochever National Portrait Competition. Daily noon-5 p.m.
Is it really what's underneath the wrapping paper that counts? Stacia is over the long hours spent trying to hunt down the perfect holiday present for each loved one on her list. The struggle to scrape up extra money has her swapping her holiday spirit for guilt. But when a homeless man she knows invites her to a Christmas Eve dinner, Stacia may finally realizes that the best gifts has no wrapping at all. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.
Some of Denver's finest photographers are on display this holiday season. Come see the works of 14 local artists including Jake Groenhof, Morgan Hagar, Georgia Landman, and Rob Scanlon. Like what you see? You will be able to purchase matted prints, framed pieces, and holiday cards there. Don't miss the opening reception on December 7 at 6 p.m. as part of First Friday where you can ask the photographers for insight into their work. Fri 1 p.m.
The zoo is illuminated by more than 38 acres of lights and more than 200 animated animal sculptures for the annual wintertime traditon. Bring the whole family along with non-perishable food donations to receive $1 off your Zoo Lights admission. (Only one discount may be used per ticket.) Daily 5:30-10 p.m.
Snow or no snow, we can still drape the city with a festive holiday glow. Bathe in the Blossoms of Light, as more than one million twinkling lights highlight the seasonal splendor of the Botanic Gardens. Set the mood with your loved ones or take a peek in the ever-anticipated HoloSpex 3D glasses. Warm drinks and tasty treats are available to compliment the sights and holiday tunes resounding throughout the sensational space. Daily, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
More than one million twinkling lights illuminate the night at these south foothills garden. Look at the decorated antique tractors and sip on hot drinks as you enjoy the trail. Skate on the ice rink that open just for December. Daily, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Curious Theatre Company's Time Stands Still, a play about the fractured relationship between a magazine writer and a photojournalist who cover war zones for a living, closes December 15. But before that, for one night only, theatergoers will get much more than just a stage performance. Before Friday's show, sip cocktails while four award-winning Colorado photojournalists host a panel discussion. Stick around afterward for a talk-back with the cast about this powerful, Tony-nominated production. Fri 6 p.m.
Instead of pirouettes and toy soldiers, let trapeze acrobatics mesmerize you. Accompanied by music that pays tribute to Tchaikovksy’s score while setting its own rhythm, this offbeat deviation from the beloved Nutcracker-plot line will have you rooting for the Rat Prince instead of the Nutcracker Prince. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m.
Denver knows how to grow great musicians and that’s still the case with the Hollyfelds. The alt-country band started back in 2006 playing small gigs around town. Now they have opened for bands like the Eli Young Band and you may have heard their songs on The Voice. Celebrating their newest album, Title Stealers,with a release party, you can try out their new songs. Fri 7 p.m.
Oscar Wilde may have written this play of scandal and true love in 1893, but the drama is timeless. When a young man begins working for an older man, neither man knows they are actually father and son until the man's mother finally reveals her secret. As expected, the show is filled with gossip, intrigue, and the witticisms of Britain’s high society. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Come hungry; stay late. Live music, free drinks, and food trucks add up to good times at this distillery-hosted fundraiser brought to you by the teams at Night Owl, Holy Underground, and Imbibe. Expect tastes from the Mestizos food truck, Rio Grande Restaurant, Phat Thai, and Ink Coffee. Proceeds benefit the Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund (a small town struck by Hurricane Sandy). Fri 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
This jam rock band formed back in 1989 at the University at Buffalo in a basement. Since then they have gone on to open for The Who, The Allman Brothers, and perform at Radio City Music Hall, establishing themselves in the music industry. Hear songs from their 10th studio album, What Happened to the LA LA’s, and tracks like, “Paper Dragon” and “Rainshine.” Fri 9 p.m.