12/2012

Birds in Art

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 11:12am

They say that birds of a feather flock together, but this exhibit seems to have taken a non-discriminating approach with its medley of bird breeds and species. Close-ups of majestic owls and flocks of colorful songbirds are depicted through film, fine art, and natural history collections. The 65 painted, sculpted, and graphic works explore the exquisite forms of a wide variety of airborne creatures. Daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Young Entrepreneur's Market Place

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 2:59pm

Sometimes kids have the best ideas. Why shouldn't they have a venue to sell them? The Young Entrepreneur's Market Place is the perfect location for either your kid to peddle their house-made bracelets, buttons, or greeting cards. For adults, it might be a great opportunity to pick up a few gifts before the holidays. Sat 10 a.m. 

Michael Godard's Don't Drink and Draw

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 9:55am

Michael Godard may look like a rock star, but his art is made with paint and canvas, not an axe and a microphone. Godard feature his "Don't Drink and Draw" series where he explores vices. From olives gambling to grapes climbing wine bottles, Godard's art is unique and edgy. In addition to the gallery display, he will also be sketching live and signing purchased paintings and books at the event. Sat 11 a.m.

Holiday Gingerbread Houses

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 10:05am

Leave the mess to the professionals so you can focus on the fun part. The gingerbread houses are already fully constructed so you can spend your time on perfecting the decor with an array of candy and icing options. Apply freshly learned techniques to build the house of your sugarplum dreams. Lunch will be provided with wine for the adults and punch for the kids. Days vary, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Santa Speedo Dash

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 9:41am

Nothing says holiday cheer like Santa hats...and Speedos. Join in on this one-mile winter fun run in your summer skivvies. Warm up with a shot of booze before you strip down to your bathing suit and Santa hat. Get redressed and enjoy beer, food, and fun at Mead Street Station at the end of the run. Be sure to bring your IDs: this run is for 21-and-older only. Sat 12:30 p.m.

Parade of Darks

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:55am

The best of the dark-hued brews come together for this holiday fundraiser. Bighearted breweries (and donated beers) include Avery Brewing's The Czar, Old Jubilation, and Out of Bounds Stout; Boulevard Brewing's Bully! Porter and Dark Truth Stout; Denver Beer Co.'s Graham Cracker Porter, Chocolate Chili Stout and more. A selection of cheeses and chocolates will accompany the beers. Proceeds benefit Metro CareRing, one of Denver's largest hunger relief programs. Sat 1-4 p.m.

Beginner Knitting

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 2:41pm

Learn to knit—plus a little more. This class will teach you to knit ergonomically, keeping your back and shoulders spry and ready to knit Christmas gifts at all hours. Bonus: learn proper techniques for washing, drying and storing clothing made from yarn to extend the life of your knits. Yarn will be provided.  Bring own needles or buy from store.  Sat 2 p.m. 

 

Beyond Bubbles: Champagne & Sparkling Wines

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 10:17am

Dive into the world of "bubblies" and discover the drink's different styles, such as blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, rose, and demi-sec. Taste and compare the sparklers side-by-side, evaluating how each can be best enjoyed, then learn to incorporate the sparkling wines into festive cocktails (like a Canton royale), just in time for the holiday season. Sat 6-8 p.m.

Head for the Hills

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 9:42am

This string quartet from Fort Collins, is making music some are calling "newgrass." Similar to bluegrass, with a modern acoustic twist, the group has been voted Colorado's best bluegrass for three years running. Recently releasing a self-titled live studio album, recorded over five nights, they performed their own tunes along with covers. Hear songs like “Big Mon” and “Run to the Hills.” Sat 9 p.m.

Red Ball

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 4:26pm

Paint the town red at an evening dedicated to World Aids Day. A cocktail hour will be highlighted by fire dancers and aerial artists before you find a seat by the catwalk. The fashion show features local designers and salon artists followed by a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Denver Colorado AIDS Project. Sun 6 p.m.

Chuck Roy's Dirty Naughty Holiday Show

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 6:54pm

Feeling a little sick of all this holiday cheer? Then the annual Dirty Christmas Show is for you. Some of the best comedians in Denver join up to poke fun at Santa, his naughty elves, and the ho-ho-ho-tastic side of the holidays. 21 and up. Sun 7 p.m.

Ned Wynkoop and the Lonely Road from Sand Creek

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 3:21pm

Colorado legend Ned Wynkoop made plenty of friends and enemies during the Wild West days. As a sheriff, actor, and colonel, Wynkoop's part in Colorado history is only hinted at by the LoDo street named for him. Historian Louis Kraft's expert knowledge of Wynkoop’s life history is prevalent in his new book, Ned Wynkoop and the Lonely Road from Sand Creek. Kraft will discuss this book, which details Wynkoop’s efforts to prevent war with Native Americans during the volatile 1860s. Mon 2 p.m. 

 

Kids Yoga

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 1:52pm

Exuberant energy and perpetual sugar highs surround families throughout the holiday season. Help your little wind down with an hour of yoga followed by 30 minutes of crafts and a snack. Kids attempt postures and poses that follow weekly themes, such as birds or butterflies. Parents can either take 90 minutes to themselves or check out the all-levels yoga class that runs at the same time. Mon and Thu, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

An Evening with President Bill Clinton

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 12:13pm

Colorado was a bull's-eye during the 2012 election cycle, and now that it's over, a different president is coming to town. President Bill Clinton spent much of his two terms globe-trotting to the corners of the world in attempt to improve relations with foreign nations. He continues that passion by sharing his experiences with audiences and offering his opinions on how foreign nations can build their independence, manage international challenges, and create a sustainable future. Mon 8 p.m.

Karl, Coohills & Community

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:05am

George Karl is one coach who consistently gives Coloradans a reason to smile. Help the Denver Nuggets head coach give back to the community on Colorado Gives Day—and get a Coohills breakfast out of the deal, too. The bright-and-early event is hosted by the Progressive Health Center, which helps educate and support uninsured and underinsured patients. Can't make the breakfast?

Winter Soups and One-Dish Meals

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:01am

Learn the basics of soup making along with other one-dish meals. Spend your evening with Chef Andrew Lubatty as he teaches you step-by-step how to make New England clam chowder and mushroom lasagne with gruyere sauce, to name a couple. These delicious comfort, and easy, meals will keep you warm during the long winter months. Tues 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Chris Isaak

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:20am

You might have seen him at the Thanksgiving Macy’s Day Parade performing “Great Balls of Fire” or heard one of his songs on MTV. This rock 'n' roll artist has been playing his greatest admirers music—Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis—since the ’80s. His newest album, Beyond the Sun, features covers like “Ring of Fire” and  “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Tue 8 p.m.

Men's Night Out

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Mon, 11/26/2012 - 3:27pm

Men's health takes center stage at this "50 Years of Bond"-themed evening. Network at the requisite martini bar; dig into man-size bites from Elway's, TAG, and Ace; mingle with celebrity sports figures; and take a spin on the roulette wheel—for free.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sun, 11/25/2012 - 3:38pm

eTown, the Colorado-based live music radio show, recently opened the doors to eTown Hall, its very own venue in downtown Boulder. The solar-powered concert room gives the nationally syndicated NPR program its own dynamic community space to stage and record music as well as host conversations with some of the world's best musicians.

Winter Used Book Sale

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 9:41pm

Why not be thrifty and score some tresaures for your reading pleasure. Remember, when it comes to secondhand books, the term 'used' refers to a work's prior ownership, not its present condition. In fact, some new models look more 'test-driven' than the books bought by other avid readers, yet handled with care. Choose from more than 30,000 well-seasoned books and check out the selection of music and movies available at discounted prices. Thu-Fri 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sat. 1-5 p.m.

Disney On Ice

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:15am

Only Rapunzel can ice skate without 12 feet of hair tripping her up. At this Disney spectacular, your kids will have the chance to see their favorite princesses like Princess Tiana of The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella as they embark on an adventure in search of Cinderella's Prince Charming. Expect lots of leaps and twirls along the way. Thu-Sun, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.  

 

Movie and a Martini

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 10:04am

Take a minute from all the seasonal planning to sit back and sip up. Enjoy holiday martinis or a classic cocktail like Eddie’s Egg Nog while you munch on holiday inspired appetizers and desserts. Then sit back and watch the classic movie, Christmas Vacation, staring Chevy Chase. Thu 5:30 p.m.  

A Pompeii of the Americas

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 3:40pm

The doomed city of Pompeii had a sister city that met the same fate. Come learn the tragic fate of Ceren, a 1,400-year-old Mayan village in El Salvador. Like Pompeii, Ceren was perfectly preserved when scalding ash from a nearby volcanic explosion enveloped the town in 630 AD. University of Colorado archaeologist Payson Sheets will reveal the history of this village. Thu 7 p.m. 

Holiday RAWk

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 3:46pm

If you’re looking for some creative knick-knacks for the holiday season, check out RAW’s last showcase of 2012 for a one-on-one with some of Denver’s underground artists. In the mix is multi-genre musician JoFoKe, who uses spoken word and soul, classical, rock, and Christian music to produce what she calls, "Life Music." Collaborative duo Evendesign will showcase their mixed media projects uniquely depicted on guitars and pendants. RAW: natural born artsist is an independent arts organization to promote independent film, fashion, music , visual, and performing arts.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:16am

Since Macklemore joined forces with Ryan Lewis, the rapper and producer, respectively, have created hip-hop music with lyrics that people describe as "evenly paced and packed full of purpose." Expect to hear singles like, “My Oh My” and other tracks from their debut album, The Heist. Thu 9 p.m.

The Joy of Toys

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 11/20/2012 - 6:10pm

The season of toy soldiers and may be over, but you can still indulge your inner child. Experience a collective exhibit  filled with toy- and game-themed art pieces. Mon-Thu 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed Sunday. 

 

Copper Mountain 40th Anniversary

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 9:46am

Copper Mountain celebrates it's 40th Anniversary by getting groovy. Score amazing deals on the mountain and in the village—like $40 lift tickets, $40 rentals, $40 bottle service at Escobar, 72 cent beers outside Endo's form 1-5 p.m., and $40 Woodward Intro Session. Get down on Saturday with Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond cover band, after hunting for the "Ruby Anniversary Ring" in a mountain-wide scavenger hunt.

Holiday Miniatures Show

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 3:18pm

If the best gifts really do come in small packages, then your friends will be really excited when they open theirs. Everything at thie exhibit is done on miniature, eight-inch-by-10-inch or smaller canvases using oil, pastels, glass, bronze, and more. No matter your art preference, you'll find a keeper in the more than 600 pieces on display. Our pick: John K. Harrell's Floating Magic, an acrylic painting of boats and their refelctions on the water. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Hammond's Candy Cane Festival

Submitted by Edit Interns on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:51am

Even your child’s sweet tooth will be satisfied after this winter festival. Kids can jump in the bounce house, visit with Santa, and take a mini tour of the factory. Fri 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday Mancraft

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 9:30pm

Though it may not fit stereotypical macho man standards, some creative dudes show what they're made of by flaunting their artistic sides. Ink Lounge helps with holiday shopping by presenting a number of original works all made by men. Choose from screen prints, letter presses, soap, or plush stuffed animals from a variety of local guys. If you haven't gotten your fill of creativity for one night, hop on the First Friday Shuttle Coach and visit the galleries along Sante Fe Arts District after shopping. Fri, 4-10 p.m.

Top Latke Cook-Off & Hanukkah Party

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:44am

Kick-off Hanukkah with a latke showdown. Enter the competition, showcasing your take on the classic fried potato pancake, or sample others, casting your vote for People's Choice. Junior chefs are encouraged to participate with an under 18 category. After celebrating with latkes, light your menorah at a Hanukkah service held down the hall from the cook-off. Fri 5:30 p.m.

 

 

White Christmas Ball

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 8:18am

Love the film White Christmas? Then attend the ball themed after it. Dance to jazz by the Hot Tomatoes and swing dance to the Diamond Dolls around props and re-enactments from the movie. Really step back into the '40s and get all gussied up with makeup and pin-up hair workshops. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors project and the Spirit of Flight Center Colorado. Fri 6 p.m.  

Les Miserables

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 8:32am

Follow Jean Valjean and his fellow comrades as they navigate the brutal, complex world of post-revolutionary 19th-century France in this smash hit musical. Themes of poverty and despair are balanced with redemption and hope, set against show-stopping numbers. Fri-Sat 7 p.m. 

 

Ballet Nouveau Colorado's The Nutcracker

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 8:00am

The Ballet Nouveau Colorado school and dance company will perform a rendition of the Russian ballet Christmas classic that will whisk you away to the land of the Sugarplum Fairy. After the show, kids can learn ballet steps from the dancers at an onstage meet-and-greet. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. 

 

Ars Nova

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:13am

This Boulder group that performs with only their voices or, a cappella, is bringing a holiday show to Denver. Their show is a musical journey that starts in the 12th and 13th century with songs like “Ave Maria.” Taking the audience all the way to the 19th century, the 36 singers, will sing early American carols. Special guest, Lucille Reilly, will join them on stage as they perform a beautiful holiday show put together by artistic director, Thomas Edward Morgan. Days, times vary.   

 

Wooden Snowflakes

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:43am

When Eve's car slides off an icy road on Christmas Eve, it only reinforces her disbelief in God, miracles, and, especially, Santa Claus. She's forced to seek shelter at the home of a wood carver who's filled with holiday spirit, and as the night progresses, the pair share memories and stories of their past. Before she knows it, Eve find herself getting caught up in the magic of Christmas after all. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

—Image courtesy of A&J Photography

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 8:26am

There’s nothing cooler—or more universal—than  dancing and grandmothers.  Come watch this granny and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble recall the magic and memories of childhood through spoken word, heart-pounding drumming, and dances from around the globe. This holiday show reminds us of the awesome human diversity in the world. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. 

 

Drag Queen Time Machine

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 8:08am

Drag Queen Time Machine is part drag-101, part hilarious entertainment. Actor Stuart Sanks is Shirley Delta Plow, leading audience members through the theatric show and highlighting the rough and rowdy history of drag (dressed as a girl) and its place in the gay rights movement. With games likes “Are you Smarter than a Drag Queen?”, audience participation is part of the fun. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. 

 

Horse Feathers

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:46am

Add the horn, woodwind instruments, and drums to the traditional sound of Horse Feathers and you have the group's new album, Cynics New Year. The indie-folk band mixes different instruments with guitars, dancing fiddles, banjo and vocals in singles like, “Fit Against the Country.” Fri 9 p.m.

Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:39am

Jazz, funk, “avant-noise”, are the sounds this quartet is producing. Driven together by jazz musician Bob Moses, the group formed and have now performed with the likes of punk artist Iggy Pop and Natalie Merchant. Hear songs like “Big Time” and new tracks from their acoustic live album, Free Magic. Fri 9 p.m.

The Charlie Daniels Band

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 12:08pm

Winning a Grammy for "Best Country Vocal Performance," is just one of the many accolades this singer has captured. From co-writing Elvis Presley’s song “It Hurts Me” to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, country singer Charlie Daniels has played many packed houses throughout the years. See him in his legendary bullrider hat on-stage with his band and hear classics like “The Devil Went Down in Georiga.” Fri 10 p.m.

Ski and Snowboard Demofest

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 2:53pm

Nothing pairs better in Colorado than fresh powder and a brand-new snow equipment. Before you splurge on the latest ski and snowboard technology, take demo sets from the industry's best companies out for a run or two. Test out skis and boards from Never Summer, Fortitude, and Salomon, among others. Then hit up experts for the lowdown on all of the new gadgets. Sat 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

Santa Claus Special

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 8:59am

For many children, writing their Christmas list is an annual tradition. This holiday season, let your kids get up close and personal with old St. Nick and Mrs. Claus and drop off their hand-written notes face-to-face in the railway post office car. After delivery, kids will receive a keepsake and can enjoy a warm cup of cocoa. Days, times vary.

The Ugly Sweater Run

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:34pm

Ugly holiday sweaters don't belong in the back of your closet—at least for this weekend 5K run, which is more about fun than setting a personal best. At every mile, you'll find holiday-themed aide stations, cups of steaming hot chocolate, and sledding hills (yes, you're encouraged to take a sledding break). Slide into the after party for awards like best sweater, ugliest sweater, and best mustache (real or fake, so the ladies aren't out of the running).

Holiday Tours at the Boettcher Mansion

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 8:40am

Walk through the decorated Boettcher  mansion and experience a historic element of Colorado. Built by Walter Cheesmen in 1908, Governor John Hickenlooper is now the eighth governor of the mansion. Get into the holiday spirit with a tourget a special look into the legendary house sparkling with Christmas decorations from top to bottom. Daily, 10 a.m.-2p.m.  

The Horseshoe Holiday Market

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 8:28am

Walk the snowy streets of Denver and experience a Christmas market that could put even Scrooge in the spirit. Wander through the 40 vendors selling house-made jewelry, clothing, and furniture by local artists. Listen to live music and also carolers as they walk through the market. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Santa Claus Special

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 10:10am

Come celebrate the season with a train ride—Santa’s preferred mode of transportation—at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Kids can mail their letters to Santa at a real railway post office car, visit Santa, and drink hot cocoa at the Depot General Store while getting in the holiday spirit. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

Holiday Cookie Workshop

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 10:51am

Swapping cookies during the holiday season is an age-old tradition. Learn new techniques and recipes, to add a little oomph to your seasonal gift. The menu will include traditional sugar cookies, white chocolate-dipped cranberry and pistachio biscotti, and eggnog snicker doodles, among others. Sat 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

Garbology

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:25am

Imagine this: an enormous present made from layers and layers of different sorts of sustainable gift wrapping, from newspaper to grocery bags. At the event, kids take the layers off one by one, pausing each time to learn about another kind of recycled or reusable gift wrapping. When they finally get to the center, there might be something just for them from the Majestic View Nature Center.  Sat noon.

 

Introduction to Professional Coffee Cupping

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 2:03pm

Coffee cupping is like wine tasting for java hounds. Discover the difference between air and drum roasting, identify nuanced flavors in your cup of joe, and be able to describe your coffee preferences and why. You'll learn from the best. Kaladi Brothers owner and coffee connoisseur, Mark Overly (dubbed "Mr. Coffee"), teaches the class. Sat 2-4 p.m.

 

Santa Dash for Cash

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 10:16am

Go dashing through the snow, or through Main Street, in your favorite Santa suit. In this seven-block costumed dash—complete with a milk and cookies station—you will have the chance to win $100 cash, whether you've been naughty or nice. Registration comes with a Santa Dash T-shirt, Santa hat, and a half-off tubing session at Frisco Adventure Park. Children and pets run for free. Proceeds benefit the Summit County Cares project to help with heat assistance and medical care. Sat 3 p.m.

Summit for Life Uphill Race

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 3:46pm

The lift is out of serviceat least for you. Gear up in snowshoes or track skis to climb 3,267 of vertical feet in the dark. At the top of the mountain a dinner provided by The Little Nell refreshments, and live music, await. Contribute as a Ride For Life participant and ride up the lift to the post race festivities if you don't want to make the climb.

Patty Griffin

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:41am

From winning a Grammy for her album, Downtown Church, to winning “Artist of the Year” from the American Music Award’s, Patty Griffin is no stranger to success. Performing her folk rock all over the world, her fans love singles like “Rain” and “Let Him Fly.” Hear tracks from albums, Flaming Red and Impossible Dream, as she performs as the headliner for Rootsfest. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Rootsfest

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 11:17am

Celebrate a night dedicated to up-and-coming roots music artists. Newcomers will work the stage with bluegrass instruments along with featured artists Patty Griffin, Todd Snider, and an opening performance by Lake Street Dive. Rootsfest proceeds benefit Swallow Hill Music, an educational music program for all ages. Sat 7:30 p.m.  

Public Enemy

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 3:30pm

In the '80s and '90s, hip-hop experienced a golden age. Innovative DJs and MCs, socially conscious lyricists, and fun-loving acts came together to reach a new pinnacle of creative and popular success.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 6:27pm

Who better to perform to Tchaikovsky’s classic score than the Moscow ballet? Little Masha and her Nutcracker Prince battle a mouse army and journey to the Snow Forrest before finding a world of peace and harmony. Experience the unifying magic of the Nutcracker paired with dances from cultures around the world—Spain, China, Persia, Russia, and France. Sun 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk

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

Jingle all the way in this 5K. Get decked out in holiday gear and lace some bells into your shoelaces and get walking or running with family and friends for a cause this holiday season. Proceeds will benefit the Arthritis Foundation to help prevent, control, and cure arthritis, the country's most common reason for disability. Sun 9 a.m.

 

FUSEdenver Holiday Market

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:57am

Skip the mall and find a truly unique gift for everyone on your shopping list at the FUSEdenver Holiday Market, where everything is made in the United States and sold by Colorado purveyors.

Cocktail Class with James Lee of the Bitter Bar

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:09pm

James Lee doesn't want you to be responsible for bad punch at your holiday party. He wants your cocktails to be legendary. Hosted by FORK Social Lab, the award-winning master mixologist and owner of the Bitter Bar in Boulder is sharing his expertise with recipes and tips for mixing two holiday-themed cocktails and one year-round concoction. Bonus: You'll learn how to choose the best cocktail glass for any drink style, how to use aromatics, and where bitters fit into the cocktail menu.

Bacon and Beer Festival

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 10:51am

The perfect day: Being roused out of bed by the smell of bacon frying in a pan, and coming home later to a belly-warming brew. Better yet, head to the Bacon and Beer Festival and celebrate the pair together.

Holiday Carillon Concert

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:34am

It's not every day you can listen to the 23 bells, that make up a carillon, chime in the fresh Colorado air. Watch South High School choir perform with the University of Denver’s own carillonneur, Carol Jickling Lens. A screen will be put up to display the singers. Relax in the Ritchie Center courtyard as they sing holiday classics like, “Carol of the Bells.” Sun 3 p.m.

Vail Snow Daze

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 4:22pm

With two things to celebrate, its 50th birthday and the commencement of the winter season, it’s sure to be the biggest party Vail has thrown yet. During this weeklong celebration enjoy concerts, after-dark parties, demonstrations, and a film created to display the 50 years of Vail. Enjoy the concerts by The Shins, Wilco, and Michael Franti and Spearhead that will be held outside at Fork Park. Days, times vary. 

Waiting for Lightning

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 4:16pm

There are risk-takers, and then there's Danny Way—the daredevil skateboarder who jumped over the Great Wall of China. Don't miss this documentary of this professional thrillseeker's challenging childhood that led to his later athletic accomplishments. The inspiring documentary—which questions how much physical abuse one body can withstand and how much emotional strength it takes to overcome family betrayalst. Tue-Thu 2:30, 4:45, 7:20, 9:35 p.m.

Screenprint Workshop

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 4:07pm

Why buy mass-produced clothes when you can make your own? This workshop teaches the basics of screenprinting. Find patterns from the lounge library or bring your own artwork to create your screens. Bring T-shirts, hoodies, or any items made from flat fabric to print on and leave with up to eight uniquely printed items. Tues 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

 

The Premiere

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 1:57pm

Spend your evening at an unusual glamorous night at the University of Colorado Hospital. Old Hollywood glam means your best glitz and black tie outfits set the stage for the night. Bid on the auction gifts such as secret boxes which hold sport memorabilia and jewelry by Trace Jewelers. Eat and drink then make your way out to the entertainment tent that will host a concert by Grammy winner Dionne Warwick. Proceeds benefit the expansion of the University of Colorado Hospital. Sat 6 p.m.

Pink Martini

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 11:52am

Combine a variety of eclectic world music of styles and you get the Pink Martini—not the drink, the orchestra. The group performsall types of music from Latin to jazz and cabaret along with beloved renditions of holiday favorites from its bes-selling holiday album, Joy to the World. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Dew Tour Mountain Championships

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 1:31pm

Breckenridge is the only winter stop of the Dew Tour this year, meaning all the action is in our Rocky Mountains. Watch the pros catch massive air and perform tricks in the ski and snowboard superpipe, slopestyle, and big air events. Thu-Sun 8 a.m.

 

Frisco Free Activity Day

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:10am

Frisco goes fun and free. As part of Wassail Days, Frisco Adventure Park and the Frisco Nordic Center are offering free tubing, sleigh rides, and nordic skiing, all without you breaking out your wallet. Thu, times vary.

Hollis + Lana

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 1:07pm

Much like a cloud can conjure the image of an animal, Connor Hollis and Amorette Lana illustrate the limitless possibilities of perception. Hollis and Lana originally completed sections of work independently using a variety of materials—iron, graphite, and paintand subject matters. Now, they unite to produce a single artistic project. Their abstract and colorful series of paintings and sculptures focus on urban society and its implications for people and nature. Tue-Sat noon-4 p.m.

Demo and Dialogue

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 1:40pm

Watch as abstract artist Michael Gadlin develops a contemporary painting from the canvas up. Gadlin will work before a live crowd and entertain audience member questions between brush strokes. He refers to his works as "soft Picassos," typically infusing romanticism in his own European meets Mediterranean style. Gadlin was the youngest artist to ever be awarded "Best of Show" at Denver's nationally-renowned Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Thu 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

 

Boulder Backcountry Film Festival

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 4:40pm

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival has showcases the beauty and fun of the winter backcountry experience. Documentary submissions come from professional filmmakers and amateur backcountry explorers and athletes who bring a camera to document their excursions. The best 90 minutes of submissions are compiled and screened for your viewing pleasure. Proceeds from the festival benefit CMC's Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI), the leading advocate group for human-powered winter recreation on public land in Colorado. Thu 7 p.m.

fun.

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 12:26pm

“We Are Young,” was an instant summer radio success. The catchy lyrics by the indie pop group, broke download records and held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks. Hear other sure-to-be hits plus songs from their debut album, Aim and Ignite. Thu 7:30 p.m. 

Rock on Ice

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 12:59pm

There are two results when chainsaw meets ice: beautiful scultures and snocones for everyone. Watch the ice shavings fly as the master ice sculpters of Rock on Ice craft at the daily sculpting demos. The pieces, some interactive or illuminated, will be displayed in Mountaineer Square and other spots around the mountain. Past structures include a guitar, a dragon, and face-in-a-hole characters. Daily times vary.

Any Day Now

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 12:00pm

Rudy (played by Alan Cumming) is a flamboyant drag queen. When he knocks on a neighbor's door to complain about loud noises, he discovers Marco—a teenager with Down syndrome—who has been abandoned since his mother's arrest for drugs and prostitution. Rudy reluctantly cares for Marco at first, but he soon finds himself wanting a more permanent arrangement as the boy's caretaker. When Rudy starts dating a straight-and-narrow attorney in the D.A.'s office, the couple seeks to adopt Marco but face steep obstacles and prejudice along the way.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Demonstration

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:21am

Surprise friends and family with a house-made version of this favorite holiday dessert. Pastry chef Christopher Jordan, of Edge Restaurant, demonstrates the art of making sticky toffee pudding. After learning the technique, sample the treat with fellow guests. Participants may enter in a drawing to win a Le Creuset deep-dish baker or a dinner for two from Edge Restaurant. Fri 3-4 p.m.

Living Lights

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 6:34pm

Journey through a tropical rainforest as you step into glowing gardens at the Butterfly Pavilion. With interactive exhibits, live creatures, and an outdoor adventure featuring life-size and larger sculptures, the sensational setting will not disappoint. The unique artworks are made almost entirely from recycled steel and LED lighting. Daily 5:30-9 p.m.

Inspire Me! Africa

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 4:26pm

Four teachers leave their chalkboards to bring the real world back to their students. This film series captures the educators as they attempt to grasp foreign experiences. On their epic African journey through the Serengeti, to Maasai villages, inside Tanzanian schools, and AIDS orphanages. With realizations of the great challenges that confront our world today, the teachers will have lesson plans that extend far beyond the textbooks.. Fri 6-9 p.m.

Merry F*ing Christmas: Holiday Special Musical Extravaganza

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:48am

Get Frosty’s take on Christmas at this live comedy show. In late-night TV talk show style, Verl Hite interviews holiday favorites like Frosty, Rudolph, and Ebenezer Scrooge. Find out the truth about Christmas and the origins of Santa Claus, and enjoy performances from Santa’s Little Helper Dancing Girls, this holiday season’s singing, dancing sensations. Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.

 

Trace Bundy & Josh Garrels

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:13am

To obtain the nickname “The Acoustic Ninja,” you can only really do one thing—be incredible at finger tapping. Watch Trace Bundy play with both hands on the fretboard, finger picking, and creative use of capos. Starting as a YouTube sensation, Bundy is now signed and creating albums like his newest Elephant King. Folk musician, Josh Garrels, will join him on stage. Fri 7:30 p.m.

 

Zappa Plays Zappa

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:34am

What better way to show your love and devotion to your father than to start a tribute band for him? Playing music, created by the lead singer's father, Frank Zappa from the ’60s to the ’80s, this jazz-rock band played in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Performing many hits like “Chunga’s Revenge," they’ve even won a Grammy for their performance of “Peaches en Regalia." Fri 8:30 p.m.

Jerry Joseph

Submitted by Web Admin on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 2:14pm

Riding in the wakes of folk rock, Jerry Joseph has made a name for himself with lyrics that are achingly bittersweet and vocals that are similar to Bruce Springsteen. Carrying an earthy melodic tone that swells with both calm dexterity and commanding emotional charge, Joseph plays with an honesty that sways from exciting rock to soothing acoustic influences. Here singles like "Under The Lilacs" and "Broken." Fri 9 p.m.

The Watching Hour: Xmas POPS! Sing-A-Long!

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 4:38pm

Door-to-door caroling is somewhat lost on this generation. So, if you're craving some cheerful tunes from the good 'ole days, and songs with contemporary flair too, take an interactive trip to this winter wonderland. Hosted by the Action Pack's Henri Mazza, you will don Santa hats and sing your merry, little heart out to Christmas favorites from Bing Crosby to boy-band versions of holiday melodies. Fri-Sat, 10 p.m.

Santa Stampede

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 4:17pm

Shake off the winter chills by training for this outdoor winter run. The first of a three race series will have you running a  5K or 10K race along the South Platte River Trail. Warm up after with warm beverages. Sat 9 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:53am

Milk and cookies don't count as breakfast. Even for Santa, a good start to the day means a strong, healthy meal. Enjoy a spread that includes everything from French toast to fresh fruit, and afterwards let the kids make festive crafts and write letters to Old Saint Nick. Sat, Sun, Mon 9 a.m. 

 

USPA World Snow Polo Championships

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:03am

White stuff is falling in the mountains just in time for...snow polo? Yep, you read that right. Watch horses gallop through the powder while world-class competitors use mallets to knock around a bright red ball in this modified version of the sport. Satisfy your curiosity and stop by the world championships during your weekend getaway to Aspen. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

—Image: Jeremy Swanson courtesy of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association

 

Top Restaurant Tour

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:22am

Have you been dying to meet the chef who whips up your favorite dish at Crave, or Le Grand? With this Culinary Connector's walking tour, you gain behind-the-scenes access to these two top restaurants. Spend 45 minutes at each stop enjoying a chef-led restaurant tour and food tastings paired with a beer, glass of wine, or cocktail. Sat 2-5 p.m.

 

Making Merry

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:39am

Start your holiday season with a lighthearted afternoon of storytelling and music. Four performers tell tales by Julia Alvarez, Sean O’Faolain, Lorrie Moore, and even one by Lemony Snicket called “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming.” So kick back, eat the complimentary cookies and milk, and enjoy a couple hours of innocent merry making. Sat 2 p.m.

 

Drum Rudiments With Your Feet Workshop

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 3:04pm

Do you constantly tap your feet and fingertips on the floor and desktop? Engage your whole body and satisfy—or whet—your itch to create rhythm with this one-hour intermediate drum class. If you can already perform the basics of drum patterns with your hands, this class will teach you to create more complex, engaging rhythms between your hands and feet. Bring drumsticks and a practice pad. Sat 3 p.m. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 7:29am

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the beloved TV special from 1965, is as well known for its great music as it is for its big-hearted Peanuts characters' search for the true meaning of Christmas. The soundrack, created by jazz composer Vince Guaraldi, is funky, fun, and sentimental all at once—and it's coming to a Denver stage.

Denver Chant Fest

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 10:24am

This festival is more than just meditation and vinyasas. In it's debut year, the Denver Chant Fest features live music, top-notch yoga instruction, and wellness vendors. Hear music from the country's best Bhakti (spiritual song) artists—Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, C.C. White, Govindas and Radha—while finding your center led by reknowned yoga instructors Bryan Kest, Janet Stone and Saul David Raye. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Breathe Carolina

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 9:58am

The duo from Denver has grown from creating tunes for fun on GargeBand to rocking the electronic music scene. You've heard them play live at this summer's Warped Tour, and now find them in a more intimate setting playing tracks from one of their three albums or the recent released new single, “Hit and Run.” Sat 7 p.m.

Jingle Jam

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 3:47pm

He's making a list and checking it twiceat this roller derby match, there's a big difference between naughty and nice. The High City Derby Divas will be dolling out the big hits (and Santa Claus will join in the festivities, roller skates and all) at this family frindly roller derby duel. Sat 7 p.m.

Two Fresh

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 9:58am

At a Two Fresh show you are getting twice the music with twin brothers, Kendrick and Sherwyn Nicholls. This hip-hop group combines strong beats with synth lines, and percussion by drummer Colby Bucker, that adds a live element to their electronic sound. Listen for songs like, “My Ego” and “Fried Harder.” Sat 9 p.m.

Make a Turducken with a Butcher

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:06am

This year's holiday meals have gone to the birds—the chicken, duck, and turkey, that is. Join butcher Mark DeNittis (pictured) for a how-to on making the perfect, elusive turducken. After DeNittis lets you in on his deboning and stuffing tips, you'll get to take your bird home for a convenient—and delicious—dinner. Reserve your turducken in advance with Tentiko.

Festive Holiday Feast

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 10:28am

Bring old friends and make new ones at this family-style dinner. Guests will receive a welcome cocktail, prepared by owner/mixologist James Lee followed  by a dinner of warm and hearty dishes created by chef Joe Arena. Lee will pair the courses with adult beverages (read: cocktails, wine or beer to best fit each course). Sun 6 p.m.

Pop-Up Dinner with Hunter Pritchett

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:24am

An unlikely pair—Luca D'Italia's Hunter Pritchett and Star Bar's Justin Lloyd—join forces for a seven-course feast. Hosted in one of Denver's favorite dive bars, Pritchett prepares an inventive menu while Lloyd thoughtfully pairs each course with craft brews or beer-based cocktails. Start the evening off with a beer-based punch followed by courses such as tartare of venison with horseradish and beef tendon paired with a Avery Brewing Company's Tsar Stout and Leopold Bros.-infused cocktail. Sun 6 p.m.

 

BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:42am

With music, singing, dancing, and ridiculous costumes, this show is nothing short of a party. Four main performers will play some holiday classics, but they may also sing “Twist and Shout” or a song of their very own making called “Balls,” which is as hilarious as it sounds. Be ready for sock puppet shows, haikus, and audience sing-alongs. Proceeds go to Concert for Cash, a non-profit that supports children’s health and wellness. Mon 7 p.m.

 

Home for the Holidays

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:45am

Tis the season for holiday cheer, and this show is bringing it to you in full-blown musical style. Experience holiday music from the 1940s to the present as Mrs. Claus remembers Christmas's past. Perfect for all ages, Starkey Productions and Lone Tree Arts Center have pulled out all the stops: ice skating, a Frank Sinatra impressionist, and a dance troupe will set the tone for your holiday season.  Tue 7:30 p.m.; Wed 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sunday 1:30 p.m.

 

Festive Feast

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:25am

An Italian spread plus plenty of wine equals instant celebration. Chef Iain Chisholm, of Amerigo Delicatus, partners with urban winery, Infinite Monkey Theorem (IMT), to create an evening of indulgence. Chisholm features house-made favorites such as ricotta, caramelized Bosc pear, and pine nut ravioli with orange blossom honey and sweet Italian sausage meatballs with red sauce.

smART!

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 1:13pm

This lively fundraiser features comedian and actor Robert Dubac, creator of the show The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron. Start the evening with champagne, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres while Harrison Garcia serenades you with an acoustic guitar. Later, while Dubac performs, local artists will shape paintings based on the show's content—all of which will be auctioned off post-show, with proceeds benefiting Visionbox. Wed 7-10 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Visionbox

Skate with the Stars

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 4:39pm

Can you do a triple axel? Take a chance skating with the pros who can,  like world champion and Olympic skaters Patrick Chan and Evan Lysacek. They will warm up with you before they put on a show in the Winter Solstice on Ice. Thu-Sat 3:15 p.m.

Josh Blue

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:27am

Possibly best known for puting the cerebral back in cerebral palsy, Josh Blue burst on to the comedic scene when he won Last Comic Standing in 2006. Now, Blue is back in his hometown to make your belly ache with self-depricating humor and breaking down stereotypes of the disabled. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Craft Beer Tour

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 12:43pm

In a city known for it's outstanding breweries, this tour hits the best of them. A Culinary Connectors craft beer expert will lead the way, navigating the streets, throughout the two-hour walking tour. The group will enjoy two to three tastings at each stop: Proust Brewing, Denver Beer Company, and Ale House at Amato's. Fri 4-6 p.m.

Salute to the Season

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 10:24am

This holiday variety show salutes the spirit of the ‘40s, which was a golden era of music and military culture. Celebrate Christmas with this old school-style razzle-dazzle dinner show set in Colorado’s vibrant air and space museum. Fri 6 p.m. 

Born in the Flood

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:58am

Fans of The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, and Cage the Elephant should enjoy this Denver-based band and their bluesy-rock style. Born in the Flood will reuniting for the show after taking a brief hiatus so front man Nathaniel Rateliffe could pursue a solo career. Word has it that the reunion show will be followed by a long lost second album release. Fri 7 p.m.-midnight 

Denver Acoustic Christmas: A Concert for Charity

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 11:59am

Stripped-down, acoustic set-ups let musical intricacies shine and lay bare an artist's true talent. Some of the best hook writers in Denver are revealing their softer sides during this show. Leading the charge is hometown favorite OneRepublic.

Next to Normal

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:03am

This family will make your relatives seem sane. Watch this family's attempt to maintain pseudo-normalcy while dealing with Diana Goodman's depressive/delusional/bipolar disorder. With a similar tragedy-meets-rock-and-roll vibe as Rent, this production delves into the dark, undertold side of the human story. Wed (Dec 29) 2:30 p.m., Fri &-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Too Hot to Handel

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:43am

The Colorado Symphony sounds more like a jazz club than a concert hall during this soul-filled event. Based on George Frideric Handel's Messiah, an oratorio composed in 1741, the show is a re-imagined classic from former Colorado Symphony Music Director Marin Alsop. Join the Colorado Symphony, mass chorus, and special guest vocalists for the jazzy retelling, guaranteed to get audiences and performers moving. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Madlib

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:02am

The multi-dimensional DJ, rapper, and music producer quickly rose to fame in the late-'90s hip-hop scene. The multi-instrument musician has an expansive style and talent for composition, making him one of the music industry's most sought-after hip-hop producers. In 2011, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs announced a collaboration for a forthcoming album, from which two singles have been released including "Thuggin" and "Shame." Fri 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Railbenders

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:03am

What do you get when you mix rock 'n' roll, punk music, and whiskey? The Denver-based, hard country band, the Railbenders and their straight-no-chaser music. One of the top draws in Colorado—don't miss the group as they perform "The Leavin' Song" along with other folky songs. The Railbenders have opened for country greats including Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels. Fri, 9 p.m.-midnight.

 


End of the World Party

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 3:05pm

If the world really ends on Friday, you might as well go out with a smile on your face. Dance the night away at this late-night party's Three Levels of Armageddon, which include a star and laser experience and a fallout bunker in the basement (house, trance, and industrial electronica match the mood on each floor). You'll also be in the audience for choreographed shows and theatrical performances. Tickets include unlimited beer, but spring for the VIP package to enjoy complimentary spirits and a luxurious lounge.

WinterFest

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 6:30pm

See this winter wonderland in a whole new light and celebrate the magic of the Colorado mountains with fun-filled, family-friendly festivities. The 14-day agenda that includes a parade, ice sculpture carving, and a disco skate night. Don't miss Beaver Creek's Got Talent in the plaza Jan. 3, where kids share their vocal stylings in a friendly competition.Daily, times vary.

Colorado Giftmas

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 9:54pm

Need a last minute, unique gift? Don’t panic, giftmas will save you from the panic. Head to the Boulder County Fairgrounds where they are hosting 100 vendors selling special handmade gifts. Enjoy free holiday music and free hot chocolate as you walk the aisles as the minutes of the final Christmas shopping weekend tick away. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.,-5 p.m.

Holiday Punches

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:02am

No more tipping a bottle of vodka into a bowl of lemonade and calling it day. Upgrade your punch performance with with a bar lesson from the team at the Green Russell. Bartender Melissa Durant will instruct guests in making more nuanced creations, such as a Lillet-based hot tea punch (Lillet is a French aperitif wine). Class will include demos, drink recipes, snacks and, of course, tastes of those delicious concoctions. Sat noon-2 p.m.

 

A Cherry Christmas Time

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:56am

Santa will show up eventually, but before he does Mrs. Claus wants to make sure all the little ones are ready with a special Christmas program. Mrs. Claus will teach everyone Christmas songs and stories. Once everyone has had a chance to practice; old  Kris Kringle will be called with jingle bells to enjoy the performance. Sat 1 p.m, 2:30 p.m.  

 

TubaChristmas

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:55am

Join 300 tuba players tooting their horns in unison for this outdoor holiday concert. Enjoy spirited songs where musicians play in honor of the great artists and teachers that inspire their playing. The first TubaChristmas was conducted by the late Paul Lavalle in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink in 1974. Today, TubaChristmas concerts are played worldwide. Sun 1-2 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Christmas

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:18am

Are your ears playing tricks on you? Brass instruments morph into the sounds of bagpipes, steel drums, hand-bells, and voices during the Denver Brass Christmas show. Classic songs like, “Sleigh Ride” and “Carol of the Brass” never sounded like this. Sun 4 p.m.

La Noche Buena

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:39am

Celebrate "the good night" (Christmas Eve) with Spanish flair. This traditional five-course dinner features the best of Spanish cuisine including cured meats, sopa de mariscos (a seafood soup in tomato broth), date-stuffed pork, and natillas (a Basque cream custard) for dessert. Mon, times vary.

 

Christmas Eve Dinner

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 12:02pm

Let the beaches of Mexico be your muse this Christmas Eve, leading you to a Latin oasis in Highland. Celebrate with family-style paella (a saffron rice dish cooked with mixed meats and seafood), Caesar salad, and half-price bottles of wine. Round the evening out with cookies and milk in homage to the big man himself. Mon, times vary.

Farmhouse Christmas Eve Dinner

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:02am

Enjoy a wholesome, soulful meal with your family on Christmas Eve without lifting a finger. Black Cat's taking care of everything with a three-course meal prepared with ingredients straight from the bistro's 130-acre organic farm just outside Boulder. Optional pairings from Black Cat’s off-the-beaten-path, award-winning wine list are also available. Mon 5:30 p.m.

 

Christmas Day Brunch

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 12:33pm

Relax Christmas morning and let someone else do the cooking, dishes, and entertaining. Treat yourself to a DIY Bloody Mary or bottom-less mimosas as your kids watch holiday films and decorate cookies with Second Home's "little helpers." Enjoy chicken and waffles, crab cake benedict, or Graceland pancakes (banana pancakes with peanut butter whipped cream and bacon) over a leisurely brunch. Bonus: Kids—under eight, dressed in pajamas—eat free. Tue 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:21am

Marvel at something other than trees and lights this Christmas. The Golden Dragon Acrobats bring the 25-century-old art of Chinese acrobatics to Colorado. Be dazzled and amazed by the contortionists, human obstacles, and high-flying flips and tricks. Tue 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m.

One Man Lord of the Rings

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 2:53pm

Charlie Ross, creator of the wildly popular One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, is back—but this time he's tackling the Lord of the Rings in his signature solo style. During the 70-minute show, Ross portrays 46 characters, seamlesly transitioning between humans, elves, wizards, dwarfs, hobbits, and more. And it's just in time for the release of The Hobbit.

Ice Fishing Workshop

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 3:55pm

Walk out onto the ice and drill a hole...then what? Designed for beginners, this ice fishing class covers the basics and safety precautions before taking the lesson outside. Fishing rods and tackles will be provided for a trip to a nearby lake. Bring your warm layers, boots, Colorado fishing license, and some patience to learn to drop line into the icy waters. Fri 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Full Moon Firkin

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:21am

A full moon is a culmination—in this case of both a lunar cycle and a cask of beer. Experience a naturally carbonated pint poured straight from the Firkin (officially a 10.8 gallon cask) in celebration. The featured beers—Mountain Sun's Old School Stout infused with vanilla bean and the Hibiscus Wheat—are tapped and served at cellar temperatures (not as cold as draft, but not warm either). Fri 4:20 p.m.

Songs for the Children

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 9:42am

Sponsored by the Islamic Relief USA, attend a special evening listening to music and comedy shows. Islamic singer Maher Zain and Canadian singer Irfan Makki will take the stage for a musical performance and also Preacher moss will perform a comedic production. Proceeds benefit the Islamic Relief USA’s programs that support humanitarian efforts for children in the Middle East. Sat 5 p.m.

Hansel and Gretel

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:27am

Fill your ears with the tale of Hansel and Gretel. The Colorado Symphony will guide this fairy tale retelling through music as the Heart of the Beast Puppets perform the story. Sat 7:30 p.m.  

The Lumineers

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 2:03pm

The original Lumineers lineup traded the lights of New York City for Denver in an attempt to keep their careers afloat. The addition of local cellist Neyla Pekarek provided a soft sound and the band took off. Their hit singles "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love" from the band's self-titled album have catapulted the Lumineers to sold-out stardom. To spend one of 2012's last nights with one of Denver's hottest bands, keep an eye out for ticketsthey'll be challenge to nab. Sun and Mon 8 p.m.  

 

 

Noon Year's Eve

Submitted by Sam Brasch on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:27am

Usher in the New Year a good 12 hours before bedtime. The Children’s Museum plaza transforms into bustling New York City, complete with a glitzy ball drop, decorative hats and plenty of confetti. Instead of a toast, the kids will celebrate by stomping on an enormous sheet of bubble wrap when the clock strikes noon. Mon, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Resolution 5K

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 3:53pm

Start a new New Years Eve tradition this year. Get an early start on that new year resolution with this family friendly New Year's Eve 5K run and walk. Earn a long sleeve T-shirt and admission to the post race party where you can cozy up with warm comfort food from Pasta Jays and maybe even win some prizes from Runners Roost and Boulder Running Company. Mon 5 p.m.

New Year's Eve "On the Spot"

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 6:41pm

Looking to shake up your usual New Year's routine? Bovine Theatre's two performances on New Year's Eve end just before each round of 16th Street Mall's fireworks. Comedians use the audience’s unique suggestions to come up with scenes, games, and songs all night long. Mon 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m.