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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.