This guitar building and woodworking class will keep your hands and mind busy. Master craftsman Edward Victor Dick teaches both beginners and more advanced students the basics of woodworking. Starting with the raw materials, you will carve the neck, inlay rosettes, and assemble your own steel-string guitar. Wed 6-9 p.m.
The Colorado art scene is thriving, and it’s hard to keep an eye on every up-and-coming artist. This exhibit gives you a chance to see works by three of the coolest new creative minds in Centennial State. You’ll find intricate paintings, innovative sketches, and vintage collages from artists like Janelle Anderson and Whitney Stephens, and Andrea Crane. Thu-Fri 1-6 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
No boys allowed. The Outdoor Divas, helping women feel confident and comfortable in their outdoor pursuits, comes to Loveland Ski Area with the best new ladies ski gear. The Divas will match you with a set of skis, give them a test run, and trade them in for another pair. Test out the whole line, including Dynastar, Volkl, Rossignol, and K2, and find the skis that fits you as perfectly as your favorite pair of jeans. Thu 8 a.m.
Denver is home to more than 2,000 refugees from war-torn Burma. Support your neighbors at this collaborative mixed-media exhibit. The lifelike portraits on display, inspired by the faces of Burmese people, will be sold to benefit Project Worthmore, a Denver-based organization that helps refugees become self-sufficient in the United States by providing resources and cultural mentorship. Thu noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-6 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
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"Ohm" your way to calm and give your child the same relaxing sensation of yoga. By introducing kids to the practice early, you can keep them alert and active while they learn to feel a connection within their mind and body ahead of the curve. One hour of asana will be followed by a 30-minute craft project for kids. Parents can enjoy an All Levels Class simultaneously. Thu 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Experience the multi-layered images by photographer Loretta Young-Gautier. By meticulously layering up to 10 photograph negavtives, Young-Gautier's black and white photos transport you to a surreal, but familiar, world. Enjoy the opening reception Friday 5-9 p.m as part of First Friday. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
This gritty exhibit celebrates Denver's diverse artistic scene. Mexican, Canadian, and Coloradan artists Ximena Labra, Humberto Duque, Isabelle Hayeur, and Kim Kickey display their art after its temporary display at the Denver International Airport. Check out Vancouver-born Hayeur's photographs of architecture and the interaction between rural and urban space, and Duque's logic-defying object-based installations, which include The reason why, a single tower of stacked colorful Jenga-pieces. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Just because it's winter doesn't mean all the vegetables are hibernating. If you're still dreaming about the farm-to-table dining experience, this hands-on class is for you. You'll learn how to select and prepare dishes that highlight the best fruits and veggies the cold months have to offer, including polenta squares with wild mushroom tomato sauce; root vegetable gratin; and baked apples with cinnamon custard sauce. Instructor/chef Joe Kirwin will be on hand to demonstrate and give helpful hints.
The jury is back. See what has been judged as the best contemporary art in Colorado by plus+gallery's, Ivar Zeile. Works were submitted by a myriad of artists, but only the most groundbreaking and experimental pieces will make it to display. Be one of the first to see the exhibit and attend the opening reception Friday 6-10 p.m. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m.
Get a taste of Denver's fresh meat of the art world. The Next Gallery shows off their newest member artists such as Betsy Roudolph, Chris Bullock, D.B. Michelle, Jordan Canjar, Nick Altiere, Richard Tran, Rebecca Tolle, and Jouvelt. Whether you are an art groupie or a casual gallery goer, this is your chance to see the newest on the scene at the opening reception Friday 6-10 p.m. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Beer is no longer just for sipping. Learn to incorporate the sudsy drink into all aspects of your dining experience, from appetizers to dessert. Start with a Great Divide beer cheese soup and beer-battered onion rings. Then move to the main course: beer marinated baby back ribs with a beer BBQ sauce. Save room for a decadent dark chocolate stout cupcakes. Fri 6:30 p.m.
A woman's wardrobe is a window to her life. This show, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, is performed in monologues that explore everything from relationships to shoes. But, one truth remains: Look inside a woman's closet and you'll know where she's been. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.
This family band is no Partridge family. Put together three brothers, an uncle, a drummer, and a fiddler and . From the southern Colorado town of Westcliffe, they play music band founder Frank Wolking calls West Grass, a sound similar to country-rock. Hear them play tracks from their newest album Standing on a Rock like "Broken White LIne" and "When Going Home." Fri 8 p.m.
This duo has skills that cross the music-making spectrum. The DJs, producers, songwriters, musicians, and best friends. Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux work together to form sounds blended in rock and blues that is made for the dance floor. Forming in 2004 the band has gained its fame and success from hit single "Stereo." Listen to songs from their newest album Visions of Backbeat. Fri 9 p.m.
Michael Jackson may be gone, but his extensive catalog of hits and unmistakable moves live on through the only tribute band that started before the King of Pop's passing. The group meticulously studied Jackson's musicianship and choreography to ensure their stage presence is on par with what true fans expect. Many of the member have extensive experience in Broadway productions and have shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, Pitbull, and Boys II Men. Fri 9 p.m.; Sat 10 p.m.
British detective stories have a few things in common: wild goose chase adventures, unthinkable mishaps, and innumerous missed clues. In this parody of a 1930s sleuth movie, a pre-WWII scheme to destroy the world's diamond market with a kidnapping is muddled when a World War I flying ace/part-time sleuth/Olympic athlete/racing driver gets involved. The play kicks off OpenStage Theatre's 40th anniversary season. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Get a jump start on your New Years resolution with this intense dance class. Designed to work the non-dominant side of your brain through dance and exercise, this introductory ballet and pole-dancing class will give both your brain and body a boost. Sat 11 a.m.
Live performances can whisk audiences to other countries or back in time. Get a sneak peek at just how set designers do that as experts like Ken Schroeppel of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado-Denver lets you in on how Curious Theatre Company transformed a stage into a 1955 city. Stick around to catch a few rehearsal scenes of the upcoming show Maple and Vine. Sat 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
If we could name one squad "America's Team," these tricksters would certainly be in the running. Watch the Harlem Globetrotters as they make high-flying dunks and spin that iconic red, white, and blue basketball on their fingertips. With their crazy antics and ball-handling skills, this game-meets-show is sure to be fun for the whole family. Sat 1 p.m.
A bonfire under the stars can warm up a winter evening. This first one of the new year features Wynkoop Brewing Company's Patty's Chile Beer and others. Pair the brews with a Mountainside pie with chicken, roasted peppers, and fresh basil or the Brooklyn with house-made meatballs and fresh jalapeños. Sat 6 p.m.
If we want more snow than last year, we better do as the Norse do and celebrate the god of winter, Ullr. At the 50th Ullr Fest, people will don horned Viking hats to ski or board down the mountains and compete in the Ullympic games (events include flinging frying pans). Be one of the 12,000 people who are expected to join in the week-long party. Days, times vary.
The Canadian teenage musician shot to stardom after posting videos on YouTube in 2007. Bieber topped charts with his first single, andhe has since released three records - he's just 18. Expect radio hits like “Boyfriend” from his album, Believe. Mon 7 p.m.
The black makeup, body paint, tight black metal-studded clothing, and dramatic long hair point you to the artists that inspire them. The Black Veil Brides dress similar to Kiss and Mötley Crüe's stage get-up and play hard rock at their performances. Expect heavy metal songs like their new single, “In the End” from their third album, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. Mon 7:30 p.m.
Photographs explore worlds we'll never get to visit and other we see each day. Vivian Keulard uses her photographs to explore a place far from home while Sharon Harper uses her photos to explore the night sky. Keulard's creatively crafted portraits and Harper's nightscapes give two radically different photography styles in one exhibit. Be sure to attend the public opening reception on Friday 6-8 p.m. Tue-Sat noon-5:30 p.m.
The first wheel a kid can get behind is a pottery wheel. Little potters will learn the art of coiling, pinching, working on the wheel, and glazing with finesse. Tue 4-5:30 p.m.
Learn to navigate the world of fish. This hands-on cooking class will teach you how to include seafood in appetizers, salads, and entrées with recipes such as pasta vongole (with clams) and tuna a la Provencal (with garlic, tomatoes, and olive oil). After cooking, participants will sit down together enjoying the dishes created with a glass of wine. Tue 6-9:30 p.m.
Horses are often the unsung heroes of war. But in this tale of love, courage, and honor, Joey—a life-size, puppet horse—is the focus. Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, the play follows Joey and his young owner on their separate journeys from the family farm to the hardships of war as they seek a way back to each other—and back home. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Join the fung shui and decor masters of Colorado for the Golden Globes of interior design: the 2013 Crystal Awards. A trifecta of cocktails, dining, and an after party, the annual ceremony acknowledges top residential and commercial projects in the country. Awards include twenty categories such as Emerging Designer, Healthcare, and Kitchen, and give a nod to soon-to-be graduates for conceptual portfolio pieces with the Student Design award. February 8 is the cut-off for adding your name to the lineup; entries are due March 15; and set aside July 11 for the special night.
Cultivate your child's love of song. The young ones will sing along to a variety of traditional and multicultural selections while developing their motor skills through dancing and clapping at this concert for tiny tots and their parents. Thu 10:30 a.m.
In her 25 years as associate professor of drawing at the University of Denver, Deborah Howard has created an extensive collection of works. Experience a smattering of Howard's pieces, ranging from traditional portraits to abstracts, at this gallery exhibition, including drawings from her portrait series of child Holocaust survivors. Opening reception Fri 5-7 p.m. Daily noon-4 p.m.
Last summer’s devastating Aurora theater shooting is still fresh for Colorodans. This panel discussion will delve into the “why” of tragedies like Aurora and Columbine. Local journalist Jeff Kass, who reported the Columbine tragedy for the Rocky Mountain News, with true crime authors Katherine Ramsland and Jeff Mariotte, will sit on a panel moderated by Vail attorney Rohn Robbins. Thu 5:30 p.m.
Expect to find beer, not only in your glass, but on your plate at this four-course dinner. Executive chef Garren Teich highlights Portland-based Widmer Brothers Brewery's best in dishes such as barley wine beer-braised short ribs and black garlic truffle IPA Kurobuta pork sausage. The fare will be served with pairings from Widmer Brothers, including their hefeweizen, Imperial IPA, and barley wine. Thu 6 p.m.
Experience the soul of Piedmont. A region in northern Italy, known for its traditional cuisine, Piedmont provides inspiration for this five-course, wine-paired dinner. Local wine importer, Steve Lewis, will discuss each glass of Mauro Molino winery's Barolo wine as they are presented. Start the evening off with an antipasto platter followed by rabbit risotto with Hazel Dell mushrooms, peas, carrots, and Piemontese triple cream La Tur cheese paired with a glass of Barbera d'Alba. Thu 6:30 p.m.
The seasoned folk singer-songwriter found inspiration from Athena, Poseidon, and the other members of Greek mythology for her new album In The Time Of Gods. Listen as lyrics about the ancient mythological deities mirror themes of present-day social issues during a live radio show recording.Thu 7 p.m.
Named a top beer festival fro its variety of exotic beers avaliable to taste, the suds at this fest are a true treat. Partake in a range of events from the experimental brewers seminar to white-tablecloth, five-course, beer-paired dinners. Thu-Sat, times vary.
The 1956 visual rendition of Irving Stone’s biographical novel, Lust for Life, frames the passionate yet agonized life of genius-by-canvas Vincent van Gogh. Played by Kirk Douglas, the artist struggles to make a living as a painter, alongside post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, and the encouragement of his beloved brother, Theo Van Gogh. Thu 7:30 p.m.
This five-man folk blue-grass band jams with the guitar, harmonica, bass, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. They’ve performed at festivals like Coachella and Pickathon. Listen for songs from their newest album, Stars and Satellites. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri 9 p.m.
Decades before the production of Robin Hood: Men in Tights, director Mel Brooks shook up ’70s cinema with parodies such as the sci-fi comedy, Young Frankenstein. Named one of America’s 100 Funniest Movies by the American Institute of Film, the film presents the story of the monstrous and misunderstood Frankenstein, who is resurrected at the hand of late Victor Frankenstein’s neurosurgeon grandson. Fri-Sat midnight.
Playwright Jeffery Hatcher finds comedy in even the strictest of tutors as recounts the various lessons he learned as a 10-year-old during his 1967 etiquette classes with Mrs. Mannerly. On January 11, opening night, enjoy a reception audience members can mingle with the cast and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
These photographers look outside the box. In a wold that is organic, cylindrical (read: trees, legs, and stems), and cyclical, we live, travel, shop, and often think in boxes. This exhibit will display photographic images from around the globe that explore boxes and squares in a cylindrical world. Look for the juror's selection image, Thomas Ladd's "Serving Tray," as well as images from honorable mentions Annette Bonnier and Howard Tanne. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Western art is often defined by the past: a land of cowboys, gold miners, and outlaws. This exhibition draws together artists that purposely look to the present, depicting the contemporary realities of life in the American West. This week is your last chance to see paintings and sculptures by more than a dozen artists, including the abstract depictions of Denver by Colorado’s Jill Soukup. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Follow the journey of three adolescent brothers through one night in New Orleans. In this abstract documentary, meet the characters of New Orleans nightlife from musicians to hustlers as these boys introduce you to the people that make their city home. Daily 4:50 p.m. ; 7:20 p.m.
Most people in Denver love to ski or snowboard, but few of us find ourselves hopping out of a helicopter to start our runs. Teton Gravity Research explores Alaska’s untouched mountains in this film, 16 years in the making. Expect talented skiers and boarders gliding down steep peaks and exploring the vast Alaskan mountain ranges. Fri 6 p.m.
In 2013, we’re hoping for good health and a wealth of great art. The Walker Fine Art Year in Preview gives a hint of what’s to come in the visual art world.
Tell your boss you can't work on Saturday. The cult movie Office Space is repurposed fro the stage in this musical where the accountants a toilet manufacturer reject their mediocre lives and lead an undercover rebellion. Listen for songs like “Flair” and “The Story of Milton.” Fri-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Glee’s soprano superstar Chris Colfer writes and lead roles in yet another coming-of-age comedy, Struck by Lightning. Colfer plays overachieving senior Carson Phillips, who launches a literary magazine to boost his resume and chances of college admittance—when a bolt of lightning strikes and kills him. The clock winds back to show Carson’s final feats toward escaping small town life, and his attempts to blackmail classmates into submitting pieces to his publication. Opens Fri Times Vary
Fear is this play’s protagonist. When Theresa rejects Tony after a couple dates, she finds herself caught in the middle of every woman’s nightmare. Tony stalks Theresa—at home, at work, through her friends and coworkers—until her identity and sense of self unravel. Built on anxiety, suspense, and an entertaining cast of characters, this story is irresistibly chilling. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6:30 p.m.
On its latest album, Candy Coated Fury, this college-rock staple harnesses its trademark ska-punk recipe: high-energy guitars, ample horns, and cheeky sing-along-friendly lyrics. Expect the band to put its frenetic spin on classic pop hits between original tunes, both new and favorites beloved by fans. Fri 9 p.m.
Don’t miss this Colorado- and Western-themed art show, one of the highlights at the annual Stock Show. Browse Gordon Brown's landscape, Bart Walter's livestock sculptures, and Teresa Elliott's oil paintings of Western scenes. Take home your favorite piece and add some country flair to your house. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Offered by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival Education Department, this wild workshop will have participants stage and perform Shakespeare’s iconic Twelfth Night—in a day. Recommended for those ages eight to 18, a high volume of both imagination and energy are a must for this whirlwind production, culminating in a performance. Sat 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Buntport Theater's live comic book turns children's theater on its ear by playing to the tech-savvy generation of little ones in the audience and inviting their parents to join in on the laughs. The pride of DenDiggityopolis takes the stage for pulse-pounding adventures every time. Join in for the three-part grand finale. Bonus: Tickets are discounted if the audience members arrive superhero-clad. Sat 1 p.m.
Nostalgia for the past is part of the human condition, but seldom does the past hold fewer challenges than the present. When a couple yearning for a simpler time moves into a gated community perpetually (and purposefully) stuck in 1955, they encounter some of the era's most notable adversities, like racial bigotry, sexism, and homophobia. This production examines the notions of modernity and progress verses the consequences of a stagnant worldview. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Since receiving a ukulele when he was 15, Tom Paxton has created great folk music. His songs include “Ramblin’ Boy,” and he has released 25 albums throughout his storied, 40-plus year career. Sat 8 p.m.
Watch incredible artists, from around the world, turn huge chunks of ice into beautiful sculptures. Observe the volunteers getting the blocks all set up for the sculptors and then enjoy the artists at work for the four days they have to sculpt. After the awards ceremony check out the finished pieces around the Riverwalk Center. Watch the challenge and see if Canada, the reigning champions, can take first place again this year. Days, times vary.
The Pinot Posse: seven winemakers who've banded together to tell the story of Pinot Noir. No, it's not a sitcom. It's a wine dinner, and this week it's stopping at Table 6. Chef Scott Parker put together a four-course menu designed to highlight the subtle tastes of Pinots, while the experts (including Andrew Vingiello of A.P.
This is definitely not these cowboys' first rodeo. The PBR Touring Pro Division is making a stop in the heart of the wild west. Watch these pokes get bucked and tossed in a battle of man versus beast and making your 10-second mechanical bull ride attempt look docile. Rodeo tickets include a day pass to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. Mon-Wed 7 p.m.
Scandinavian cuisine is simple, local, and inventive. Trillium, Denver's tribute to the northern fare, is honoring the region with a Nordic-inspired menu, featuring Arctic char, a French press glogg cocktail, and more. Tue 6 p.m.
WASP takes a new form in George and Martha. This upper-class couple invite a new professor and his young wife over for dinner. Throughout the evening, George and Martha reveal the tempestuous truth under their shiny veneer, verbally and physically abusing each other while the younger couple suffer silently on. Much like Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, this play confronts the dysfunction of wealthy socialites whose power and money does little to buy them peace, freedom, or a foundation in reality. Thu-Sat, 7:30 p.m.
Take advantage of this special gathering and down all three dictators at once. Avery Brewing Company produces a unique series of seasonal craft brews—the Dictator Series—featuring the Maharaja (imperial IPA), the Kaiser (imperial Oktoberfest), and the Czar (imperial stout). Typically the dictators emerge one at a time; this annual meeting provides a unique opportunity to try all three at once. Dictators will convene across the country; find them locally at Boulder's Avery's Tap House and the West End Tavern, or Denver's Euclid Hall. Wed 7-9 pm.
Eastern Europe's Jewish roots have a harrowing history, but this three-part production - music, opera, and ballet—adds color to what is often remembered only as a dark time. Klezmer music brings back the vibrant, pre-Holocaust Jewish culture, followed by the opera, which was written by and for concentration camp prisoners to relieve their suffering. The new ballet, From Darkness to Light, reflects a time of difficult revitalization following the genocide. Wed-Thu 7:30 p.m.
Discover some of the best art in the state: paintings, sketches and photography of everything from the plains to the mountains.This juried exhibit of mixed-media works showcases the top Colorado artists. A best bet: Colorado Springs' Jason Lee Gimbel will display a life size figurative painting. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Using weaving skills passed down from generation to generation, contemporary Guatemalan women create vibrant clothes and tapestries for both practical use and artistic expression. Connecting the past with the present, curator Beth Olson will take these textiles made in modern times and showcase their various uses in ancient Mayan culture. Look for costumes, wraps, braids, and bundles, all created from colorful cloths. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Denver is rolling out the red carpet for the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers, who brought skiing from the battlegrounds of World War II to your local mountain resorts. The world premiere documentary explores the influence these war veterans had on the ski industry, turning the activity into the enjoyable and high-profiting recreational sport it is now. The film is narrated by former Olympian skier and CU football star, Jeremy Bloom. Thu 6 p.m.
Get your extreme sports-fix from this athlete-speaker. Known throughout the climbing and extreme-sports world for his climbing feats, free-soloist rock climber Alex Honnold will discuss how he gets his adrenaline rush—from climbing sheer, sky-high monoliths without ropes. Thu 6 p.m.
Travel through the polarizing worlds of Alaska, from the untouched wilderness into the modern city life. Producer Dale Johnson’s revealing documentary about the Last Frontier is a collection of nature-style shots, ranging in natural scenery like a bark-hungry beaver cutting down a tree to the more-populated Alaska State Fair. Johnson will also be at the Lakewood Cultural Center to provide commentary on the screening. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Explore the Colorado landscape with these plein air art pieces. One Woman Show is a collection of Nicole Hyde's abstract paintings, like Rowdy Kate Heads to Denver, created with brushstrokes and palette knife, that reflect her bond with her adopted Coloradan landscape. The main gallery will simultaneoulsy show works by 20 local artists like Seth Winegar and Peggy McGivern, treating the subject of modern day themes of life in Colorado, from landscapes to rodeo scenes. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
After the death of their parents, two little girls go missing in the woods. After five years of searching, they are miraculously found and go to live with their uncle and his girlfriend. As they attempt to adjust the girls back to normal life, she finds the two girls may not have been as alone as it appeared in those woods all those years. Fri-Sat, times vary.
The colors of the rainbow look unoriginal in comparison to artist Dave Yust's vibrant, colorful work. The painter and printmaker works to create pieces that embody natural elements without constructing exact replicas. Yust's emphasis on monotype-style paired with endless color lend to his dynamic body of compositions, such as his “Looking Back/Looking Forward” collection, within the world of contemporary art.
Celebrate Colorado’s storied Native American culture at this annual family-friendly fest. A bevy of artisans from Colorado, the Southwest, and beyond will be exhibiting their creations amid authentic cuisine and celebrity appearances by actors Moses Brings Plenty (Cowboys & Aliens) and Irene Bedard (Pocahontas). Live entertainment throughout the weekend includes Native American musicians Blues Nation and Shelley Morningsong plus traditional dancers, demonstrations, and a wild bird show. Fri 1-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy a classic mid-western fish fry hosted within the Hotel Boulderado. Each of the three courses are accompanied with a beer pairing. Start the evening out with a cauliflower and bacon perogie paired with a Blue Moon vintage blonde ale, followed by beer battered Atlantic cod, chips, and creamy coleslaw matched with a pilsner; and top it off with a milk stout cheesecake with a chocolate pretzel crust and salted caramel sauce partnered with Leinenkugel's Snowdrift vanilla porter. Fri-Sat, times vary.
Pull out your spurs for an evening designed around the Wild Wild West. Drink whiskey from DownSlope Distilling and chow down on a meal. Then sit back and watch Open Range, starring Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. Watch as the ranchers relationship with his cattle crew is deepened when they are threatened by a corrupt lawman. Sun 5:30 p.m.
Rock climbing requires as much mental strength as physical strength. In the wake of a loss, Emm throws all her energy into climbing to rise above the grief. The journey to win the World Cup of Climbing and overcome depression forces Emm to reexamine her identity and reconfigure her sense of self. Days, times vary.
After striking up a friendship during their high school days in California, MC Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel reconnected in college to form this hip-hop/rap duo. Two decades since their reunion, the twosome is on the road to support the re-release of its debut EP, 1994’s Melodica. Listen as lightning-fast rhymes unfurl over funky beats sure to get heads nodding. Opening acts are local hip-hop artists J.O.B. and Turner Jackson. Fri 8 p.m.
The Motet will grace the stage for Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom’s 10th anniversary bash. The band—which has played at the venue’s annual parties three times before—blends jazz, afrobeat, funk, salsa, and samba with alluring rhythms in songs such as “Kalakuta Show” and “Dig Deep.” To help celebrate, special guests the Will Bernard Trio, Dominic Lalli from Big Gigantic, and AfroZep will make appearances. Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 8 p.m.
The San Francisco-based indie-pop-rock outfit was declared one of SPIN magazine’s “Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now” in 2008. Listeners finally get that chance during its first headlining tour. Expect hefty helpings of synthesizers to embellish drums and cello, showcased on dance-friendly tracks like “Kites” and “Lover’s Game” from the band’s latest release Myth. Opening acts are electronic experimental rockers On An On and Rumtum, a.k.a. Denver’s own John Hastings. Fri 9 p.m.
Haven't made moves on that New Years resolution yet? Shake off those winter chills and shed some holiday pounds with this 5K and 10K. Warm up after the race with hot beverages from Coda Coffee Company. Prizes for the top competitors include gift certificates to Runners Roost and fresh pairs of New Balance shoes. Sat 9 a.m.
Do you wish your everyday photos would turn out a little more than mundane? Everyone has an iPhone, now learn to lock the artistic potential in yours. This class will teach you to maximize the potential of your phone ‘s and introduce you to the best apps for the job. You will learn how to create both abstract photos with effects and clear portraits. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Even as Denver begins to shed its "cowtown" image, we always get a little nostalgic about the Old West. Enter Patti Hallock's first solo exhibition, "The West is Here." Her haunting photos spotlight ruins, expansive fields, and empty highways from New Mexico to Nebraska. The result is a thought-provoking look at what the
Western states once were—and what they might become. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
There are future paleontologists digging in our sandboxes. Kiddos travel through prehistoric times to discover how dinosaurs roamed the world before creating their own fossils. Participants should bring lunch and a drink. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thin Spandex bibs won't cut it for this race. Pile on the layers for the Copper Mountain night mountain bike race. The two-lap, 10-mile circuit is boable for every bike, from your typical trail rider to a giant-tire snow bike. The race is open to everyone, but bike lights and helmets are a must. If your knobby tires are already hung up for the winter, it's worth a trip just to watch riders tackle snow hills, a stair climb, and an ice rink ride. Sat 6 p.m.
Dancers and choreographers statewide have combined forces to create a conglomerate stage performance featuring segments of ballet, modern, contemporary, and sacred dance. The show is a collage of short varying segments, each choreographed by a different dance company, providing a gamut of Colorado talent. All proceeds benefit Amy Hollinger, a local professional ballerina and dance teacher who was struck by a vehicle last October and survives with severe injuries. Sat 7 p.m.
Ann Hampton Callaway—a vocalist, pianist, and songwriter—is mixing jazz and pop styles as she honors Barbra Streisand's career in a performance paired with an orchestra. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Just because a person isn't talking, doesn't mean they don't hear and understand the communication around them. In this PHAMLY production, a shy man in a group of boisterous guests at a resort-style fishing lodge is marked as a non-English speaking foreigner. As the chatter and gossip of from one guest to another spreads, the seemlingly invisible man takes it all in. The side-splitting comedy peaks when the all the resort's scandals are exposed. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
No stranger to the cold, vodka headlines this splashy winter benefit. Start the evening out with tastings of the clear spirit followed by a dance party fueled by DJ DC. Round out the night with a visit to the snack bar, enjoying a late night slider. Proceeds benefit the Friends for Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Sat 8 p.m.-midnight.
Prefuse 73–aka Delarosa & Asora, Piano Overlord, and Ahmas Szabo–may change his name every so often, but his funky and addictive beats have remained consistent through the years. His over-edited sounds and unique glitch techniques attract both hip-hop and rock audiences alike. Hits such as “the Ground We Lift” and “One Word Extinguisher” exemplify his eclectic and modern style. Sat 8 p.m.
Join thousands of Coloradans for one of the largest Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in the nation. Participants will gather at the Dr. King memorial site in City Park and march to Civic Center Park, for a rally to commemorate the champion of the Civil Rights Movement. Mon 9 a.m.
Harness your inner polar bear, throw on an extra layer and head to the park. This 5K course wraps around Washington Park, with a kids fun run starting 10 minutes before the race. Enjoy refreshments including warm drinks, energy bars, muffins, and bagels to refuel after the race. Proceeds benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and Girls on the Run of the Rockies. Sun 10 a.m.
Don't be so quick to judge different styles of music. Join the Colorado Symphony orchestra, for a second time, as they create a show full of different types and scores of music. Sit back and watch Scott O’Neil conduct the orchestra as they bounce all over the musical genre world, like they did before with songs like Seal's "Get It Together," and Bjork's "Dancer in the Dark." Sun 2:30 p.m.
It's a black world for acclaimed comedian, actor, and author Lewis Black. Black's wittily disdainful stand-up act covers the follies of politics from the recent election as well as his qualms with social media in our society today. Expect lots of yelling, obscenities, and a heavy dose of Black's cleverly dark perspective on our ludicrous world. Sun 7:30 p.m.
From 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of machine-made snow, art is made. There are no power tools, no internal support structures, and no colorants allowed. The sculptures are finished on the sixth day of competition and then kept on display for an additional week. Daily, times vary.
Its not every night that you can hang with the players, coaches, alumni, dancers, and mascots from the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth, and Colorado Rapids. Dine on food and drinks from Al Lado, Chophouse, Landry’s, and more with some of Colorado’s elite athletes. Also enjoy live music for entertainment. Proceeds benefit Kroenke Sports Charities, which helps families and children in need in Colorado. Mon 7 p.m.
Seeking inspiration to improve those simple snowmen and ice caves? Catch the finale of the outdoor ice gala, where artists from around the world have been chipping away at 12-foot high ice blocks with hand tools—we’re talking carrot scrapers and chicken wire. Complex sculpture themes range from Emu eggs that represent nature’s simultaneous beauty and strength to cubist sculptures honoring Picasso. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the People’s Choice award. Tue 11:00 a.m.- Sun 11:00 p.m.
From basic stocks to finished soups, chef Craig Dixon, of Cafe Options, guides the class in the art of the ultimate winter staple. Participate in a hands-on class, preparing scratch-soups themselves, followed by tasting their creations. Perhaps, even take some of that tastey soup home, along with all of the night's recipes. Proceeds benefit Work Options for Women. Tue 6-8 p.m.
When novelist Charles Condomine asks clairvoyant Madame Arcati to unveil details for a book he is writing, his calls to the spirits go awry. Instead of helpful visions, the ghost of his late, pesterous, first wife is uncovered. She returns to provoke his current marriage and swoon him into the afterlife. Will he reverse her resurrection or get pulled into the grave beside her? Tue 7:30 p.m.; Wed 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Scott Thruman's award-winning documentary questions the state of the U.S. public education system by closely examining the prerogatives of powerful delegates who oversee the content of our students’ textbooks. The film aims focus at the State Board of Education in Texas and its chairman, Don McLeroy, who is a devout creationist with a desire to omit certain historical and scientific truths from the books. A winner at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, this enlightening film brings transparency to these controversial, yet influential decision makers.
Dishcrawl couldn't have picked a better neighborhood for its Denver debut: LoHi is packed with hip new spots and old neighborhood faves. And you'll get to visit four of them on this walkabout, tasting tour of the 'hood. The catch? You don't know where you're going until shortly before the event.
This alternative-rock trio propelled itself back into the music scene when they released its newest album, the Sound of the Life of the Mind, after a decade-long dry spell of no new tunes. The piano-driven beats are fast-paced, and combined with the band’s witty lyrics, create intelligent and catchy songs such as “Do it Anyway,” and “Draw a Crowd.” Wed 8 p.m.
Things are about to get extreme in Aspen. Spot legends like Shaun White, Gretchen Bleiler, and Lindsey Jacobellis on the slopes as they compete for one of the most coveted titles in action sports. Events include slopestyle, big air, superpipe, and snowmobile speed and tricks. On Saturday night, stick around for the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert at the base of Aspen Mountain. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Celebrity chef-driven cuisine, incredible wine, mountain views, and on-slope sport add up to an ideal winter weekend. Join Food & Wine magazine for this four-day, food-centric extravaganza, attending events such as a snowshoe and gourmet lunch with chef Alex Seidel, cooking demonstration and lunch with Food & Wine's Gail Simmons (judge on Emmy-winning television series Top Chef), or an aprés-ski wine tasting hosted by wine expert Anthony Giglio. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Yes, she survived the Titanic, but she also proved America’s rags-to-riches promise. With determination to rise above her humble beginnings, Molly Brown set off to be one of “The Beautiful People of Denver,” marrying Johnny Brown and setting off for Europe where she charms her way into the hearts of Europe’s upper class. The fateful day she booked passage on the Titanic would seal her name in American legend for all time. Enjoy this witty comedy and whirlwind adventure over dinner and a glass of wine. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Afternoon tea at the Brown Palace is bringing more to the table than Battenberg cake and fruit-filled scones. The National Western Stock Show’s Grand Champion Steer will make a red carpet appearance inside the atrium of the famed hotel before posing for photos with its new fans. No reservations (or training) required. Fri 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
New Year's Eve is past, but don't stop celebrating yet. Indulge at a festival celebrating your favorite craft beverages with unlimited tastes from Colorado breweries and beyond. Local favorites include Oskar Blues and Avery Brewing Company. Don't miss VIP hour featuring various cheeses and special beer pourings. Fri 6-10 p.m.
It is not just a classic love story—it is the greatest love story of all time. Romeo and Juliet meet at a masked ball, not knowing the danger of their instant and passionate love. When their families’ ancient and bitter feud destroys what the two rash lovers have created, the tragedy is no less poignant for the centuries it has seen. 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.
A native of rural Jamaica, this socially conscious artist upholds his home county’s famed legacy of reggae and dancehall music while adding in touches of modern hip-hop. His lyrics—often revolving around politics, social issues, and spirituality—have been heard on hundreds of singles and more than a dozen albums, from his 1996 debut Real Revolutionary to 2011's Rasta Love. Opening are local reggae acts Knocean and Bushy Bush. Fri 9 p.m.
Grandparents and their grandkiddos saddle up for some cowboy grub, including flapjacks and scrambled eggs. Then they'll gather around the campfire for Old West stories and get a chance to design their own "wanted" posters. Sat 8-10 a.m.
Did you know that centipedes are carnivorous? How about that butterflies have scales on their wings? Rather than shrieking and smashing these creepy crawlies, enter their fascinating world to discover the inner workings of life as an insect. Kids will be able to create their own take-home creatures. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
If you like to get outside even during Colorado's chilliest months, then you’re used to battling against the snow. Take that to the next level with this fun—but challenging—race. Nine obstacles (think cargo nets and powder pits) will curb your adrenaline fix. Did we mention the free beer? Sat times vary.
Even after the MLK Day of Service is over, take the first step in giving back with this 5K run or walk, consisting of various tempos and age groups. Proceeds benefit a bone marrow fund tied to former Denver Police Officer Celena C. Hollis, who was slain in City Park last year during Jazz in the Park. Bring five canned goods, which will go to a local food bank, in order to take $5 off of your registration fee. Sat 10 a.m.
Do you play a mean game of ping-pong? The second annual SPiN Vail is a fun and wild one-day, four-tier tournament open to all ages and abilities. Get your game on or cheer from the sidelines as a spectator with Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, the event's emcee. Proceeds benefit the Vail Symposium. Sat 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
More than a dozen Denver restaurants compete for top honors in this battle for the best green chile. Enjoy complimentary samples as entrants—including Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe, Santiago's, Punch Bowl Social, Steuben's, and more—are officially appraised by a panel of judges such as 7 News' Lisa Hidalgo, journalist Penny Parker, and Project Angel Heart's executive chef Jon Emanuel. Proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart. Sat 1-3 p.m.
Tempt your taste buds with ripe vegetables and fresh seafood. A menu inspired by the flavors of Chile will be whipped up by Front Range chefs Jamey Fader of Lola, Brett Smith of Zolo Southwestern Grill, and Ian Clark of Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace. Each dish will be paired with distinctive red wines from one the region's top producers. Proceeds benefit Mi Casa Resource Center, a nonprofit that offers career and business services to low-income Latino families. Sat 6 p.m.
This veteran rock outfit aims to bring classic jam-band elements—steady drums and cutting guitar riffs—to the electronic dance floor through a trademark style it calls “trance-fusion.” Expect spacey, funky tunes during the grand finale of the band’s three-day Bisco Inferno Winter Edition trek, which includes sold-out shows in Boulder and Denver. Opening acts are electro-dance DJs GRiZ and Michal Menert. Sat 7 p.m.
This indie-rock band, which formed in Fort Collins in 2009, will play songs from their infectious new album, The Maestro and the Elephant. The group's playful yet contemplative lyrics paired with classic instruments such as the viola and bass make for instantly welcoming songs like “Everything is Alright.” It’s no surprise they've been compared to national standouts such as the Shins, Arcade Fire, and Band of Horses. Sat 9 p.m
Celebrate the Mountain Sun Pub’s 19th year in business by joining them for some funky music performed by artists such as Dave Watts and Kim Dawson of the Motet, Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, Cochemea Gastelum of Dap Kings, and others. The musical lineup, known collectively as the Pearl Street All Stars, will fill the Boulder Theater with soulful beats and free-spirited jams. Proceeds benefit Community Radio KGNU FM and 1390 AM. Sat 9 p.m.
This indie-rock band, which formed in Fort Collins in 2009, will play songs from their infectious new album, released this past December, the Maestro and the Elephant. With playful yet contemplative lyrics, paired with classic instruments such as the viola and bass, that make for instantly welcoming songs like “Everything is Alright,” it’s no surprise this group has been compared to national standouts such as the Shins, Arcade Fire, and Band of Horses. Sat 9 p.m.
Celebrate the Mountain Sun Pub’s 19th year in business by joining them for some funky music performed by artists such as Dave Watts and Kim Dawson of the Motet, Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, Cochemea Gastelum of Dap Kings, and others. The musical lineup, known collectively as the Pearl Street All Stars, will fill the Boulder Theater with soulful beats and free-spirited jams. Proceeds from the event will benefit Community Radio KGNU FM and 1390 AM. Sat 9 p.m.
The miniscule and atomic details in nature are often overlooked in day-to-day activity. Local Colorado painter Robert Spellman uses his contemporary style to spotlight anomalous pieces of nature. In pieces such as “Two-Spotted Lady Beetle,” and “Twice-Stabbed lady Beetle,” Spellman uses texture and contrast to emphasize the body of a single beetle: The result is a background that emulates parchment paper and a foreground that’s occupied by an isolated subject—a bug that looks as though it’s about to pop off of the page. Daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Javier de los Santos brings classical Latin guitar music to the Boettcher Mansion. Santos gained regional notoriety with his win at the Denver Classical Guitar Society Solo Debut. Mon 6:45 p.m.
The stage expression ‘break a leg!’ may actually come to fruition in this mayhem filled comedy. English playwright Michael Frayne sets up a play-within-a-play tale as the story follows a chaotic theater company’s attempts to produce a show. Expect love story calamities and lots of laughs in the contemporary enactment of the pandemonium that surrounds a play’s production.
River North Dance Chicago will head west from Chicago to perform their high-energy, jazz-based contemporary dance routines. Choosing five pieces from their longer active repertoire, the show will feature a variety of styles, from a series of Argentinian tangos to abstract dances set to electronica and opera music. Tue 7:30 p.m.
A science experiment gone wrong, a monster unleashed, and tale of dangerous love: Jekyll and Hyde will always be an irresistible thriller. The classic story and beloved musical is back, with new, contemporary choreography and the powerful vocals of Deborah Cox and American Idol star Constantine Maroulis. Original favorites like “This is the Moment,” “A New Life,” and “Someone Like You” remain, but within the framework of a fresh new show. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
This culinary festival offers a new twist on après ski. Daily tastings—held at unique locations around the resort—pair food with drink, and fit into one of three overarching categories: food (themes like seafood, chocolate, or barbeque); wine (California reds, bubbles, or a taste of Italy); or beer and spirits (port tasting, single malt Scotch, Colorado beers). This weekend's lineup is all about wine, such as Friday's "Tour of Napa Valley" wine tasting held at the Alpenglow Stube. Daily 4:30 p.m.
Approximately one of every five U.S. soldiers is female, war often gets painted in a masculine hue. But with the recent news of the U.S. government lifting a ban on females serving in combat positions, our women soldiers are in the forefront of the nation's consciousness. Colorado College will host a select panel of these women, who will share war stories and discuss the Warriors Transition Batallion, which supports military men and women who are recovering from the physical and psychological effects left over by warfare. Wed 6:30-8 p.m.
Beer and chocolate have more in common than your taste buds might suggest: They're both fermented and both are believed to have been created by accident—and they just so happen to make a great pairing.
This legendary rock band from Chicago has had hits like “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade.” Hear songs from the latest album, Big Bang Theory. You never know when original bass player Chuck Panozzo will show up on stage. Wed 8 p.m.
Denver-based artists Frederic Pichon and Andrew Rising will simultaneously present their two very distinct exhibits in one gallery, creating a unique contrast between their mediums. While Pichon’s paintings examine the role of geometric technique in their architectural settings, Rising explores outer space with his multi-channel video installation, “Nadir.” Paired together, this exhibit will examine the complexity of shape and structure, both on Earth and in the skies above. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Tumble into Myra Babbage’s world as a typist, muse and collaborator for Franklin Woolsey—a man desperately trying to finish his book. After his sudden death, Babbage insists she still hears Woolsey dictating his novel to her. So she continues to write. Overflowing with questions, this play digs around for answers but, like any good page-turner, may leave a few enticing cliffhangers. 10 and up. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
Celebrate 7 has something to satisfy any and all of your cravings for dance. The nonprofit dance company 7dancers will perform in seven different styles of dance to symbolically mark their seventh season. From alluring jazz pieces, to fluid ballets, and energizing hip-hop numbers, the versatile company will highlight different sides of dancing during their opening production. Thu-Fri 7:37 p.m.
This year marks 20 years in the music business for this old school hip-hop group, but that doesn’t mean they are traditional. Instead, the Los Angeles-based ensemble prefers a more alternative sound, akin to groups like the Roots and A Tribe Called Quest. Listen for tracks from their newest album, Humboldt Beginnings, as well as past hits like “Drop” and “Passin’ By Me.” Thu 9 p.m.