Cycling and flowers are not often associated with one another, but you will find both in this exhibit featuring Ken Crost’s photographs of racing cyclists and Patty Ramey’s floral and landscape paintings. Experience the contrast between Crost’s adrenaline-packed “Speed Racer #1” and Ramey’s calming “Orange Poppies,” both playing with the juxtaposition of movement and tranquility in everyday life. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Suddenly your grandfather’s old ride just got a lot more interesting. Highlighting the artistry found in woodie station wagons, this exhibit showcases the unique traits of each of the different automobiles featured. Included in the display are a 1922 Ford Model T Depot Hack and an American Bantam woodie station wagon, one of only 322 ever built. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Beer lovers rejoice. Stout month is here. Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, Southern Sun, and Vine Street Pub dedicate their February line-ups to the versatile black ale. Homebrew contest winners, originals, and guest brews will grace the taps with flavor profiles such as oatmeal, chocolate, and mint. Pair your pint with a burger to achieve pub nirvana. Daily, times vary.
Go into the wild with ceramic sculptor Ted Vogel’s nature-inspired installment. By molding his clay, glass, and iron materials into figures like birds, plants, and the human body, he constructs interpretive compositions of what he calls "totemic landscapes." See pieces like “Silver Branch” and “Feather Rest," which pair digital images and bursts of color with his naturalistic figurines. Thu-Sat noon-5 p.m.
Let the adventures jump out from your television and join the live action as you're whisked on a wild ride with Disney characters Phineas and Ferb. With school out for the summer and a lot of imagination to keep them busy, anything is possible with these two kooky characters. Embrace the stage-full of surprises as the beloved pet platypus shape-shifts to Agent P to foil yet another one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's evil plots. Musical madness sets the mood as hilarious escapades ensue. Fri-Sat, times vary.
The common treatment for pine beetle-devoured trees: Cut ’em down and burn ’em up. Sculpture and installation artist Eric Dallimore’s five-piece exhibit transforms the interior of Leon Gallery into Leon’s Garden where the remnants of pine beetle kill wood—donated from a mill in Silverplume—are repurposed into art that shares crucial information about the epidemic without the “doomsday” feeling. Dallimore’s vision for a inside garden revealed itself in 2005 when he visited the space after fleeing his home of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Tue-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Surviving World War II was hard enough, but for veteran Freddie Quell, adjusting to life after war is an even tougher battle. Suffering from anxiety disorders and tousling with several addictions—to sex, alcohol and even to paint thinners—Quell finds refugee with the charismatic leader of a philosophical movement and becomes engrossed with his avant-garde ideas. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, the Master takes a tumultuous journey across the United States and through the human psyche.
Hold your breath, and plunge into a small community in the Louisiana bayou that is bracing for a catastrophic storm. Hushpuppy, played by Quvenhané Wallis, is a courageous six-year-old girl preparing for a storm that threatening to sweep away her community. This Sundance Film, which incorporates elements of magical realism, is nominated for several Academy Awards including best picture, best director, and best actress. Nine-year-old Wallis sets a new record for the youngest person to be nominated for best actress.
The best printmakers within 528 mile of Denver are in the spotlight. More than 100 artists—from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming (plus a few partial states!)—are in attendance for this juried show. The prints represent a wide variety of contemporary fine art. Days, times vary.
—Pictured: Brian Comber's The Creation Of The World
Listen to war stories from two bestselling authors who served in Iraq and Vietnam, respectively. Acclaimed novelist Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds, joins fellow scribe Tobias Wolff as part of the Winter Words series of readings and talks in conjunction with the Aspen Writers' Foundation. Within the intimate space of Paepcke Auditorium, the two storytellers will share their experiences from the battlefront and how they translated those into classical literary themes. Sat 6-8 p.m.
Join the party in remembrance of the 1950s Beatnik Generation, and give tribute to this influential Beats figure.
Bring your best poker face and pack your luck in your pocket for a casino night hosted by the Fort Collins Soccer club. The evening will be filled with food, a cash bar, and lots of tables for poker fun. Proceeds benefit the scholarship program that helps families who can’t afford player fees. Fri 7 p.m.
You probably recognize John Oliver from his hysterical seven-year stint on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. These days, Oliver is his own brand, with writing, acting, and producing credits under his belt, as well as his own hour-long standup special, Terrifying Times. He's in town for two nights, but get your tickets soon. The shows are selling out fast. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Comedy Works
Where the real world ends, the reel world begins. As an author works to turn his novel into a movie, and struggles as his producer forces him to make changes, the plot flips around. The characters of this novel-turned-movie react within their fictitious world to the changes being made in their original script. This Tony Award-winning comedic musical shows a slew of hilarious problems that arise when book and movie characters leave their fabricated domains and push against their creators. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
The hallowed steps of Red Rocks don't get a snow day. For the second year, a mid-winter concert brings music lovers wrapped in puffy ski apparel to the world's most pitch-perfect amphitheater. Headlining, snow or shine, is the fast-emerging West Coast hip-hop duo, lyricist Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis. Opening acts include Major Lazer and the Grouch and Eligh. Fri 7:30 p.m.
This singer could retire on the fact that she performed her rendition of “Your Song” for the royal wedding at Buckingham Palace, but this is only one of her accomplishments. This British singer’s first released her first indie pop album Lights, that topped the charts, in 2010. Expect to hear hit single “Lights” and other singles from her newest album Halcyon. Fri 9 p.m.
You didn’t score tickets to Icelantic’s sold-out Winter on the Rocks bash? Hit up the after-party, led by this DJ responsible for M.I.A.’s ubiquitous 2008 smash “Paper Planes.” Since earning a Grammy nomination for that hit, Diplo has since loaned his touch to a slew of remixes and tracks by the likes of Beyoncé, Drake, and Usher. Joining him will be his cohorts from dance production team Major Lazer (creators of last year’s No Doubt single “Push and Shove”) plus Luckyiam, DJ Nykon, and Luck & Lana. Fri 11:30 p.m.
Get geared-up for Crested Butte's biggest costume party and Nordic event of the year. Sign up for 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and full-marathon races and sign the kids up for either the 1.5K or 3K kids races. All courses take you through the snow-covered allyways of downtown Crested Butte and some along the pristinely-groomed Nordic trails on the town's outskirts. Celebrate the end of the race at the awards after-party held at Montanya Rum Distillery. Sat 9 a.m.
Ladies, indulge with a bite of dark chocolate while learning how to lead a heart healthy life. Raise awareness for women and heart disease as you and your girlfriends enjoy the music, prize drawings, beauty bar, and gift bags, while you browse the season’s up-and-coming red fashion wear. The social initiative, Go Red For Women, was launched by The American Heart Association to provide education on the risk of women’s heart disease. Event is in con Sat 4-6 p.m.
Celebrate the poetic verses of Allen Ginsberg and other legendary Beat writers with a night filled with live jazz from the Bill Giebler Trio, a performance from bongoist Bob Mulligan, recitations of beat poetry, and a photo booth—you’re going to want snapshots of the mandatory 1950s Beat attire. The evening includes a buffet-style dinner, including entrées of rosemary roast chicken or London broil, beer, and wine. Proceeds benefit OpenArts. Sat 5:30-9 p.m.
A joint endeavor between Switchfoot singer Jon Foreman and Grammy-winning Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins, this duo released its second album, Fiction Family Reunion, on January 29. The pair blends its respective musical backgrounds to create dreamy, folk-pop punctuated by country-influenced rock. The acoustic show is part of the Heavy & Light Tour sponsored by To Write Love on Her Arms, a national nonprofit that helps support people dealing with depression, self-harm, and addiction.
This is an artistic look at the old chicken-and--the-egg riddle. This art exhibit, by invitation only, explores the relationship between cause and effect, creation and destruction through paintings, drawings, and other media. Don't miss works by landscape artist Sharon Feder and plein air painter Sandra Kaplan. 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.
Music can do magical things for children's developmental growth. Soak up the classical sounds for a 45-minute performance with an introduction to orchestral music. Children ages six and under get up-close and personal with the instruments, surrounded on all sides by professional musicians of the Colorado Symphony. Audience members may recognize the familiar Looney Tunes soundtrack, sensational songs of Beethoven, and everything in-between. Tues 9:30 a.m.
Acclaimed writer Dave Eggers, best known for his semi-autobiographical book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, is stopping in Boulder to sign and promote his latest release, A Hologram for the King. The story follows a struggling American businessman who takes work in Saudi Arabia in the hopes of making enough money to fend off his family's financial woes. Visit boulderbookstore.com to purchase a copy—the only way to secure your place in the signing line. Mon 5 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Michelle Quint
Sometimes art is better when you can sit of it. Consisting of more than 100 decorative home furnishings, 11 different periods of interior design will be represented. Look for an 1878 tapestry by William Morris, one of the most influential inovators in the international Arts and Crafts design movement, which valued simplicity over opulence in decorative arts. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The notorious Sand Creek massacre in Kiowa County, and Colorado's ensuing struggle to reappropriate its memory and legacy, is a blight on the state's history. University of California (Davis) historian Ari Kelman presents his book, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek, and discusses the massacre, how it has affected the Centennial State, and how Coloradans remember it. Tue 1 p.m.; 7 p.m.
Stroll down Fourth Street in downtown Loveland and marvel at sculpture in one of the most fleeting of mediums—snow. Watch as 10 expert snow sculptor teams create art out of an eight-by-eight block of snow, using only their hands as tools. This five-day exhibit culminates in an award ceremony for the best sculptures, followed by the traditional “plow down” of the masterpieces. Tue-Sat, all day.
After selling 7,000 copies of his first album without any promotions or label in a week, it's no surprise he was signed in a month. This singer, songwriter, and producer has won two BRIT Awards for his single “The A Team” from his original folk acoustic album. Hear songs from his debut studio album like “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” and “Small Bump.” Tue 7 p.m.
Robert Bower, representing the eighth generation of a Portuguese port producing family and known as "the ambassador of port," leads participants through this casual tasting. Ports—including Taylor Fladgate 10- and 20-year Tawnys (type of port typically consumed as dessert)—are paired with small bites, intended to compliment the sweet, amber-hued wine. Wed 5:30-7 p.m.
From comedies of romantic blunders to intense documentaries about the realities of the Holocaust, the Jewish Film Festival plays films of all flavors. Either Jewish produced or Jewish themed, the movies play in a variety of languages, including English, French, Hebrew, and German. No worries for those of you who need to brush up on your Hebrew, all the films provide English subtitles. Enjoy celebrations at the beginning and end of the festival, as well as discussions and talks with directors throughout the week. Days, times varied.
Get a feel for true Chicano art at this celebratory exhibition. The installment commemorates significant artists from Denver's Chicano community for their cultural and artistic contributions. Maruca Salazar curates the collection with a goal set on capturing the legendary nature of the Chicano movement in Colorado. Expect vibrant colors and local identity-driven pieces at this glimpse into the triumphant success of a generation of Chicano artists. Contributing artists include Stevon Lucero, Emanuel Martinez, and Carlos Sandoval. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
It's a beach day! As Iris' family breaks out of the Bronx for a day in the sand, her dad tells everyone to only bring necessities into the packed car. But, as baskets, blankets, and food for the entire beach is piled in, Iris sneaks in a stowaway. This sing-songy play—based on the book by Sesame Street's "Maria," Sonia Manzano—follows Iris' families mishaps on the way before a beach rule the entire trip, "No Dogs Allowed." Tue-Fri 10 a.m., noon; Sat 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
A cup of soup adds warmth on even the coldest night. This benefit delivers that comfort twice over; first as guests enjoy the ladle-fulls of gourmet soups, and again as proceeds benefit Porter Hospice, St. Anthony Hospice, and the Butterfly Program in Denver. Chefs donating their time read like the who’s who in the restaurant community, including Tyler Wiard (a 2012 Top Chef contestant) of Elway’s Cherry Creek, Alex Seidel of Fruition, and Max MacKissock of the Squeaky Bean. Thu 5:30-9 p.m.
Attend the ultimate cocktail party: good food, good drink, and a good cause. Top Denver restaurants including Linger, Il Posto, and Root Down join forces with area wineries and breweries like New Belgium Brewery and Strange Brewing Company to create a memorable evening. Enjoy live entertainment and live auction. Proceeds benefit the Adoption Exchange. Sun 6-9 p.m.
Jam out to Colorado Symphony’s performance, From Bach…To Rock, and wait for the pop-up performances to catch you off guard. Live demonstrations include textile painting from visual and performing artist Maxmillian Shiffman and a romantic fire duet from Holly G and Swayze of the Illuminated Arts performers, a group specializing in fire arts and aerial dancing. Sip cocktails from Drambuie and nibble a variety of hors d’oeuvres provided by El Camino, the Shoppe, iFish, and Denver Pizza Co.
This electronica producer has spent much of the last decade criss-crossing the country soaking up the local music scenes of San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and his current home, Brooklyn. The result? An eclectic repertoire of electronic music that blends everything from dubstep and hip-hop to jazz and funk. Expect your head to nod to the synthesized rhythms and melodies from his newest release, Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake. Opening acts include locally based beatmakers OG Status, Samples, and VS. Thu 9 p.m.
The combination of psychiatric drugs, sex, and murder acts as the perfect catalyst for this provocative thriller. A successful New Yorker, Emily Taylor, seeks out mental health counseling when she finds herself unraveling due to anxiety from her husband’s stint in jail. However, the solution provided by her therapist—a cocktail of different prescription drugs—only perpetuates the problem further and leads to a murder, pinpointing Taylor as the prime suspect.
The stakes are high in this crazy game of poker. Irish playwright Conor McPherson's production follows a group of working-class bar pals playing a game of cards in a suburb of Dublin. On the night of Christmas Eve, the wager enthusiasts deal in against an unlikely adversary, and one of them must play the devil for his soul. Expect dark humor and lots of drinking in this Tony Award-nominated play. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Decide for yourself which film you would award the sculpted golden statue. Find time to view one of these emotional tales at the limited, theatrical run of Academy Award nominated documentaries. Films to catch include Mondays at Racine, in which a pair of sisters in Long Island offer free pampering treatments to women undergoing chemotherapy, and Open Heart, which follows a medical-aid-seeking group of Rawandan children’s journey to health. Daily, times vary.
Inspired by French social philosopher and psychiatrist Felix Guattari’s collection of essays, texts, and interviews titled “Soft Subversion,” this multi-artist exhibit will display various works made of soft materials like fir, feathers, and cotton stuffing. With each piece considering a different connotation of the word “soft,” the display hopes to softly portray some of Guattari’s most famous thoughts on capitalism and self-made creativity. Fri 6-10 p.m. Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Auguste Escoffier wrote the book on French cuisine. Credited with simplifying and modernizing fussy techniques, Escoffier published Le Guide Culinaire—a cookbook and textbook on haute cuisine—in 1903, which is still used by today's culinary schools as the ultimate reference on French cooking. This weekend pays homage to the father of French cuisine with a culinary celebration of food and drink. Events include wine seminars, chef cooking demonstrations, and a five-course grand buffet. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Mix reality with fantasy with these innovative and vivacious pieces, complete with contorted collages and soft sculpture dolls. Painter and installation-artist Theresa Anderson stretches your imagination. Anderson's works include a painted girl with an elk head and a squishy, flesh-colored assemblage of yarn and doll bodies. Fri 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Get an early start on the Mardi Gras festivities with a unique take on Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". A parade of acrobats, contortionists, and fire breathers will join the cover band Wish We Were Floyd on-stage as they ring in Fat Tuesday. In addition, a number of DJs and circus artists will provide entertainment well into the night. Partygoers have the option of riding a party bus from pickup locations in Boulder, Fort Collins, or E. Colfax. Proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance's aid towards hunger relief. Fri 7 p.m.
With the hope of increasing an awareness of Denver’s design community while simultaneously supporting the Denver Art Museum, this event will showcase the creativity of artists, architects, and graphic designers from around the state by auctioning off one-of-a-kind objects created by these individuals. Items include a reclaimed wood bench from Lee Alex Decor and an 18-karat gold ring from Todd Reed Jewelry. For those not in the buying mood, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and entertainment will be provided throughout the night. Fri 7-11 p.m.
Ladies, if you still feel squeamish talking about your nether regions, now is the time to see the Vagina Monologues. This famous show—which features monologues that focus on the different connotations and issues surrounding the female reproductive organs—turns a woman’s most vulnerable body part into a tool for empowerment and action. Over the years, performances have raised more than $75 million for female anti-violence organizations around the world and has worked to revolutionize the world’s perspective on what it means to be a woman. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Rally the family together for a roaring display of soaring monster trucks. Themed trucks like the "Grave Digger" and "Monster Mutt" will barrel through a dirt course laid over the Pepsi Center floor. And don't miss a chance to mingle with the drivers at the Party in the Pits meet-and-greet before the engines rev up. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
There is no worse cocktail for a politician than a hotel room, mysterious dead bodies, and adultery. Richard Willy, a junior government official, plans a romantic evening with Jane, who works for the opposition. Their scandal gets cut short when a body is discovered trapped in one of the hotel’s windows. Watch the politician squirm as he struggles to cover up his transgressions and escape unwanted media attention in this most inappropriate situation. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras, the prime mid-winter excuse to mix great food with great music, is getting a Colorado makeover. Nederland-based progressive bluegrass band Mountain Standard Time (MST) is trekking down to Denver and bringing a funky blend of down-home vibes. Yonder Mountain String Band mandolinist Jeff Austin will join MST for the show, so expect a hearty dose of legendary pickin'. Fri 9 p.m.
Rest up Friday night, because you'll need lots of energy for the full-day festivities at Saturday's Winter Festival in Evergreen. Activities include: an ice-fishing derby, ice-biking race, dogsled rides, ice skating, and a ski and snowboard rail jam competition. Grab some friends and enter the Snowman Creation Project—teams have six hours to create snowmen (or objects, or animals) that will be part of the Snowman Walk in front of Evergreen Lake House. Sat 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
A home, no matter the size, can always be improved upon. Find new ideas for your unique home or garden as you stroll through a wide array of exhibits and demonstrations at the Colorado Convention Center. The convention hosts more than 600 companies devoted to all things domestic, from in-home spas to window repairs. How-to educational shows will take place over the course of the week to give patrons the inside tips in maintaining and improving their homes. All ticket sales benefit horticulture scholarships for students throughout Colorado. Daily, times vary.
Ukiyo-e art contains images of 17th century Japanese leisure activities and landscapes, using curved lines and bright colors to capture a wide range of subjects. Explore this ukiyo-e art exhibit through the works of Japanese woodblock print masters, including Katsushika Hokusai of the Great Wave Off Kanagawa fame. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat noon-4 p.m.
Tired of gifting the same-old box of chocolates for Valentine's Day? We've got the solution: Make—and eat—the sweet treats with your special someone. Bones is offering a two-hour candy-making class with Ellen Daehnick of Hellimae's Handcrafted Caramels and Mizuna chef Jon Robbins. Learn how the pros make caramels and bonbons, then take your treats home as an early present to yourselves. Sat noon-2 p.m.
Explore the medieval sketching technique used by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Durer with this demonstration by master artist Tom Mazzullo. Accomplished by dragging a silver rod or wire across a primed surface to achieve a subtle drawing, silverpoint is enjoying a revival after centuries of displacement by graphite. You will learn the basics, theory, and how to get started on your own silverpoint art piece. Sat 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Doll up your paws with a discounted pedicure while meeting the loveable canines from the Big Dogs, Huge Paws shelter. The holiday special includes a pair of chocolate strawberry pedicures, champagne, and chocolate dipped strawberries. A portion of the proceeds form throughout the week of Valentine's Day will benefit the shelter's large breed foster dogs. Wed 2-5 p.m.
What at first glance may appear to be abstract visions are actually large-scale photographs of the American landscape. David Maisel, showing four portions of his larger "The Mining Project" exhibit, highlights both beauty and destruction as he shows viewers the environmental consequences of mining, water diversion projects, and urban sprawl. Join Maisel and Young Museum Chief Curator Julian Cox for a discussion after the opening reception. Days, times vary.
Indulge for the sake of the community. This benefit, and festival of chocolate, features a range of goodies to please your sweet tooth from Concertos in Chocolate's truffles, Too Haute Cowgirl's popcorn, and Breadworks confections. Enjoy wine, a bottomless champagne bar, and beers from local breweries such as Oskar Blues and Asher Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence. Sat 5-11 p.m.
Grab your beads, masks, and put on anything green, purple, or gold. Celebrate the return of Mardi Gras in twice this year. A few days early with a party highlighted by the Hazel Miller Band and a crawfish boil for dinner. Then on the actual day, head to the streets for a parade filled with colors and fun. Sat 6-10 p.m., Tue 4:30 p.m.
No need to passionately ponder “Where for art thou Romeo,” because he, his beloved Juliet, and the rest of the Shakespearean cast will be in Denver for four beautifully tragic days. Presented by Opera Colorado, Romeo and Juliet is both heartbreaking and heartwarming as it dictates the tortured love story of two kindled sprits, torn apart by their opposing families. Sung in French, the opera provides English and Spanish subtitles, along with celebrations and discussions before and after the shows. Tue, Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
To call this multiple Grammy-award-winning musician’s career prolific, would be an understatement. Plucking the strings of the bass guitar since he was two years old, the seasoned pro has since become a published author, joined famed jazz-bluegrass group Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, and regularly leads camps, clinics, and workshops for music students at his 150-acre riverside retreat center in the woods of Tennessee.
Love is in the air and this 5K will get your heart pumping. Maybe you will even find your match as you recover post-race with energy bars, muffins, bagels, and warm beverages. Proceeds benefit Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and Girls on the Run of the Rockies, an organization dedicated to changing the way young girl view themselves and their opportunities using the power of running. Sun 10 a.m.
Georgia O'Keeffe's flower and flora oil paintings are icons of Western art, but this collection brings to light more of O'Keeffe's New Mexican influences. This cache of more obscure paintings include Native American portraits, depictions of kachina dolls, and New Mexican churches and pueblo dwellings. Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Many young girls consider a tutu to be a staple in their wardrobes as they attempt to emulate the ballerinas they aspire to be. Don't miss an opportunity to see the pros don tutus and strut their stuff with this child-friendly performance as Colorado Ballet dancers gracefully enact excerpts of fairytale classics such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to the ever-popular Nutcracker. Children can begin to appreciate the fundamentals of the technical movements, including how narratives are translated to dance, and the functionality of pointe shoes and tutus.
A guy lost in a lingerie store can be awkward for all involved. But, SOL is throwing in brats and beers to make the situation a little more comfortable. Pick out panties and camisoles or a chemise, a romance package to Hotel Teatro, or underwear (for yourself, too), plus—enter to win tickets to see the Denver Nuggets or receive a $100 gift card to Rio Grande. A portion of the sales benefits the Morgan Adams Foundation for Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Research. Sun noon- 5 p.m.
This band gets their name from the Preservation Hall in New Orleans, the land of Jazz. They have played their "Dixieland" jazz all over the world from England to Thailand with conductor Ben Jaffe on their brass instruments. Hear classics like “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “I’ll Fly Away,” that was performed on the Late Show with David Letterman last year. Sun 7:30 p.m.
Bicycle Colorado’s annual gathering of cycling enthusiasts returns, after two sold-out summits, to once again promote Colorado’s biking culture and infrastructure. Cycling advocate and author Mia Birk—who spearheaded Portland, Oregon’s transformation into one of country’s biking capitals—will deliver this year’s keynote address. Tackle biking issues with legislators while presentations and breakout sessions cover a variety of topics, such as the famed cycling culture of Copenhagen, Denmark. Inspired by a day of collaborating with local cycling enthusiasts?
It's a depressing fact: A female soldier working in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a colleague than killed by enemy fire. If that wasn't enough, victims, as this documentary explains, are often encouraged to stay silent. Weaving personal accounts with commentary from advocates, journalists, and Department of Defense officials, The Invisible War lays bare the shameful and secretive culture of rape in the United States military. Mon 7 p.m.
Get comfortable at the Tattered Cover with a live reading from Colorado author John Shors. Known for his acclaimed historical fiction work—including the international bestseller, Beneath a Marble Sky—Shors will share excerpts from his new novel, Temple of a Thousand Faces. Don’t forget to stay after for a book signing. Mon 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
This English indie rock band clearly has a great sound if Marcus Mumford and members of the White Lies were in the crowd for their first London show. With a sound that is comparable to the Strokes and the Ramones, they hit the top of the charts with their cleverly titled debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?. Expect to hear tracks like “Teenage Icon” and “No Hope.” Mon 8 p.m.
Named for their pair of one-of-a-kind instruments they made themselves—a baritone ukulele made of salvaged steel (“buke”) and a guitar-bass amalgam (“gase”)—this Brooklyn-based duo crafts catchy indie-pop-rock, which they embellish with percussion and a cache of synthesizing pedals. Hear unique arrangements and melodic tracks from their brand-new album General Dome, the artwork for which features an original coded alphabet that can be cracked only by logging on to the band’s website.
Add zest to classic Southern fare while celebrating everything Mardi Gras. This interactive cooking class instructs students in the art of Creole favorites like étouffée and dirty rice. Tue 6-9:30 p.m.
The band that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their first year of eligibility, is undoubtedly one of the greatest rock bands in the world. They have been compared to the Beatle's with thier 100 million records sold and charted 27 top singles. Now composed of two of the original band members—Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey—expect to hear hits like “My Generation” and “Relay” on thier Quadrophenia and More tour. Tue 7:30 p.m.
If there is one thing we can all relate to, it's family. Centered on the theme of family, this display features works from the Progressive Insurance Corporation's contemporary collection. The works capture all facets of family life—from childhood memories to dysfunctional relationships—using media ranging from painting to video. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Chocolates for Valentine's Day may seem cliché, but not when you make them—for that someone special—yourself. This evening hands-on workshop will teach you a range of recipes to delight any chocolate lover. Treats include truffles, chocolate silk tart, fallen chocolate soufflé cake with raspberry coulis and créme anglaise, and more. Be ready to sample your creations. Wed 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The early 1900s were a time of intensity and turbulence—two words that can also describe the rambunctious personality of Molly Brown. Immerse yourself in the culture and politics of her world in this display of artifacts and photographs from the progressive era including industrialization and women’s rights. Highlights include flapper dresses and vintage photographs of suffragettes. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sun noon-3:30 p.m.
Sunsets and autumn leaves are natural occurrences that can be overlooked, but Dylan Fox’s photographs help us remember their beauty in his photographs. Traveling the world with his camera, Fox emphasizes the vivid colors and movements found in each environment he captures. Images include some of Australia's natural wonders like an electric storm over the beaches in Perth and an ancient tree in Victoria. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ironically opening on Valentine’s Day, this traveling exhibition has come to Boulder from Croatia to display what happens to previously-loved objects of relationships once those bonds are broken. From precious stones to garden gnomes, this display hopes to find the beauty in breakups, creating a collective social document of lost love. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The best of independent filmmaking decend on Boulder for what MovieMaker once named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals." The schedule of films has yet to be released, but by the standards set last year, there won't be any lineup dissapointment. In 2012, the BIFF screened five Academy Award nominated films: Monsieur Lazhar, Incident in New Baghdad, Pentecost, Raju, and Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
The Flamenco, a passionate Spanish dance ranging from graceful to fierce, serves as inspiration this Valentine's day. Chef Rachel Kesley prepares a vegetarian (vegan optional), Spanish wine-paired, five-course dinner. Like the dance, each course features an artful presentation. The finale is a shared vegan flan with strawberry caramel sauce, churro, and spiced Spanish hot cocoa paired with Madeira wine (a traditional apéritif). Thu, times vary.
Movie buffs: Head west for the Boulder International Film Festival and a jam-packed weekend of 47 film screenings. Mix it up by attending workshops, parties, and filmmaker Q&A sessions. Don't miss the awards ceremony Sunday night, when Easy Rider star Peter Fonda will be honored with the Pinnacle Award.
Trade the chocolate and candy hearts for a more grown-up Valentine's Day treat. Sip on a classic martini cocktail and settle in to watch the iconic love story of Casablanca, starring old Hollywood favorites Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Thu 5:30.
Forgot to secure Valentine's dinner reservations? Fear not, romantic dinners will be taking place across the city; selecting only one will be the challenge. Opus Fine Dining is featuring a four-course aphrodisiac menu—including Kumamoto oysters; while vegetarian restaurant, WaterCourse Food's dishes take on a Spanish flair (diners will commence a six-course dinner with stuffed piquillo peppers paired with a Kila Cava Brut).
Get swallowed up by color at the gallery show featuring abstract, texture-driven artists Alix Evendorff and Vrba. Evendorff’s smooth, ethereal paintings are centered on the emotional impact different colors and forms evoke. These works pair perfectly with Vrba’s fluid masterpieces. By using certain techniques, like pouring paint, Vrba achieves elegant, blended paintings that seem to melt off the canvas. Thu noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-6 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Valentine's Day can be overpriced and overhyped—everything that a good cup of tea is not. Bring your date for a relaxed meal by Wystone's World Teas chef Lee Reitz, renowned for his tea-infused and -inspired creations. The one-night-only menu includes tea-smoked chicken rillettes with pecan and borsin cheese; crab-stuffed cremini mushrooms; smoked trout-filled artichoke hearts: and dark chocolate-dipped strawberries, along with other sinfully delicious desserts. You'll also enjoy a glass of champagne and a concert by Lynn Skinner.
With 14 million albums sold worldwide and five Grammys it’s hard to believe this star was discovered on American Idol. Since winning in 2005, she has amazed the nation with her powerful vocals and country hits. Hear her newest top selling album Blown Away, that has mutiple hit singles like “Good Girl” and “Two Black Cadillacs.” Thu 7:30 p.m.
Introduce a little southern rhythm to Valentine's Day when this 40-year music veteran hits the stage stirring up her own mixture of blues, rock ’n’ roll, and classic ballads. Hailing from Texas and Louisiana, Marcia Ball's roadhouse sound has garnered her five Grammy award nominations and praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, “Rollicking, playful, good time blues and intimate, reflective balladry...her songs ring with emotional depth.” Listen for tracks from her 15th solo album, Roadside Attractions, with lyrics reminiscing about life on the road. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Surprise your loved one this year with an evening of music. Enjoy the beautiful musical talents of the Colorado Symphony on the most romantic night of the year. Conducted by Scott O’Neil, relax during their performance of surprise classic love songs. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Point number one: There are few musical forms more passionate than flamenco. Point number two: There are few musicians more qualified to bring both modern and traditional versions of the traditional Spanish song and dance to the stage than composer and guitarist Paco Peña. Point number three: There are few nights more apt for this performance than Valentine's Day. Conclusion: Give your special someone a romantic night out filled with worldly flare by sharing it with Peña, elegant dancers, and intricate guitar work. Thu 7:30 p.m.
This native Denver quartet leaped into the big leagues when it composed the poignant score for Little Miss Sunshine. While the film went on to Oscar glory, the band’s multi-instrumental soundtrack—featuring its cadre of guitars, piano, violin, and accordion among others—earned a Grammy nomination. The group’s latest release was recorded live with a full, 60-piece orchestra from the Colorado Symphony serving as the back-up band on grandiose, rock-meets-classical tracks. The show doubles as a benefit for the Bonfils Blood Center. Thu 8 p.m.
Just over two years ago mammoth fossils were discovered in Snowmass Village—now you can see what those massive mammals actually looked like when they roamed the earth. This 13,000-square-foot exhibit presents life-size models of mammoths (weighing in around eight tons!) and other Ice Age animals, as well as a selection of spear points and cave paintings that show how humans interacted with the animals. Don't miss Lyuba, the 42,000-year-old baby mammoth discovered in 2007. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Take part in the 21st annual "St. Practice Day." Guinness lovers across the country team up in hopes of breaking the record for the largest simultaneous toast. Gather your friends, grab a pint of that creamy dark brew, and raise a glass. Enjoy no cover charge while you rock out to Irish band, The Indulgers; pints for puchase only. Fri 10 p.m.
After nearly 50 years working on the Up project, we're convinced that Director Michael Apted has an exceptionally serious commitment to his craft. Checking in every seven years, Apted’s series follows the lives of a group of individuals chosen from varying backgrounds and locations in England.
Brave the chill to watch hockey as it should be played: outside. Take in the icy action as the Pabst Colorado Pond Hockey Tournament brings together the nation's best recreational hockey teams (and gives them plenty of free beer). Between the games, organ music, a pond-fishing tournament, and an apres ice party on the rink, we can't imagine a better way to spend a winter weekend. Fri-Sun noon-8 p.m.
Travel back in time and space and explore the frost-covered landscapes of the Ice Age. Dazzling computer-generated images that bring a faraway era to life. The exhibit transports you across North America to Europe and Asia more than 10,000 years before modern civilization settled the earth. Peek into an ice-covered world where wooly beasts roamed and the dawn of mankind changed everything. Also enjoy a piece of Colorado historic pride as you relive the story of the Snowmastodon Project, the exceptional Ice Age fossil site unearthed close to Snowmass Village. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Does the NHL lockout have you down? Get in your fill of stick clashing, puck flying, and ice carving as a spectator or as a player. The tournament between six-player teams will take place in a secluded pond in Silverthorne surrounded by snow-covered mountains. With multiple divisions, anyone 15-and-older can play. A portion of registration fees benefit the Colorado Youth Hockey Foundation. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Take your Valentine out and let Wings Over the Rockies stand in as babysitter. The museum has dinner covered with selected items off of Noodles & Co. kids’ menu, so you’re free to hit the town for a worry free date. Activities for your little captains include flight simulators for the older ones as well as pedal planes and open cockpits for the young guns. Fri 5:30-10 p.m.
Art often encourages individuals to revel in past experiences in order to relate and understand the piece—especially when the exhibit explores an artist’s own journey and transformations. Niza Knoll, a multi-disciplinary artist originally from northern Israel, reveals her artistic metamorphosis as she shows pieces of work from throughout her career. With pieces from as early as the 1960s, Knoll’s vibrant style pulls from different cultures and utilizes different media to extract emotion from the viewers. Wed 1-5 p.m.; Thu 3-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 1-5 p.m.
Correlating this exhibit’s opening with the asteroid DA14’s passing of earth, Denver-based artist William Bishop will display five unique drawings focusing on the world above us. His surrealist works explore the relationship between the mind and entropy–the natural degradation of energy in the universe. Coinciding with this space-driven theme, fellow Colorado artist Chris Bullock will also present his exhibit “Bullockalypse,” including one-of-a-kind prints influenced by constellations. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Many music festivals are popular for their blaring sounds and party chaos, but at Denver Chant Fest concertgoers will be doing more meditating than head-banging. This new yoga festival that features music and yoga lessons, often weaving both together, is attracting the attention of some of the country's top names in yoga and kirtan. Bhakti musicians, including the Grammy-nominated Jai Uttal, will put on live performances and also accompany yoga classes with some of the world's premier instructors. Sign up for single classes or enjoy the full weekend with purchase of a 3-day pass. Fri 6 p.m.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then this display will be sure to leave even the chattiest people speechless. The exhibit—which features a selection of books submitted by artists from all over the world—allows for an interactive and exploratory experience where viewers flip though the array of photography-based books. Work from gallery director Alicia Bailey’s collection Lovely and Amazing will be shown as well. Thu-Fri 1-6 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Psyche up for turning over your single’s cards. In celebration of 5280’s upcoming Top Singles issue, the magazine will host a Mile High City single’s party for bachelors and bachelorettes. The night will bring two DJs, live entertainment, firefighters form the Colorado Firefighter Calendar, dating games, red carpet photos, dancing, a photo booth, and giveaways. Ticket proceeds will benefit Volunteers of America’s Brandon Center for homeless women and children. 7 p.m.
When a play begins with the Detroit Lions winning the Superbowl, you know you’re in for a comic treat. In the excitement of the moment, Detroit native Gene proposes to his girlfriend. When she accepts, he quickly proceeds to trip, break his leg, and receive an unorthodox surgery requiring a dash of powdered oyster for effective healing. The unforeseeable results are both ridiculous and revealing. In the wake of a major life change, this play poses questions about love and sexual identity that are elegantly ingrained in an otherwise hilarious plotline. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Light up the evening with Comedy Works’ first ever reefer celebration of Amendment 64: the Pot Roast—an evening of jest devoted to mocking Colorado’s legalization of marijuana. Host and emcee, dubbed the “Roast Master,” is comedian Chuck Roy, followed by stage appearances that include George McClure, Derrick Rush, Jodee Champion. Wed 7:30-9:15 p.m.
Boulder Ballet’s premiere Stepping Out 2013 delivers a performance with three high-energy pieces of contemporary ballet. Choreographer Jayne Persche provides The Einaudi Collections, a fluid piece juxtaposed with aerial moves. Alex Davison created a fast-paced showcase shadowed with an amusing and romantic aura. And Peter Davison, co-artistic director of Boulder Ballet, choreographed a modern version of the Greek myth, Pygmalion. Fri-Sat 8-9:30 p.m.; Sun 2-3:30 p.m.
It's the end of the world, and just four robots remain. They, along with their controllers, work to protect what is left of humanity from a final, catastrophic event. This LIDA Project show is part play, part multimedia performancel; along with the stage actors, five technical performers will operate 13 video projectors in real time. Fri-Sat (and Thursday, Feb. 21) 8 p.m.
Sweat like a snowman in July. Kick that frosty winter feeling with a 5K or 10K run in the final race of the Winter Distance Series. Top male and female racers of each race will recieve a new pair of New Balance running shoes, and top three of each age group will win gift certificates to Runner's Roost. Post-race, unwind at the expo food, beverages and vendors, including Coda Coffee Company. Sat 9 a.m.
Musicians and brewers unite for this inaugural bash set against the majestic Vail Valley. More than a dozen bluegrass and folk acts from near and far—including Grammy-nominated the Infamous Stringdusters and Colorado-based Head for the Hills—will hit the main stage and the beer garden. And come sundown, the performers will rock out during open jam sessions. Included in all tickets is a punch card for tastings of current creations by Colorado craft breweries, such as Great Divide Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Company. Looking to go all out?
A blend of voices that range form bass to soprano, this British a capella octet was created in 2003 by former singers of the choir from a little venue called Westminster Abbey. Since then, the group has toured the world and regularly works with nonprofits to lead workshops and classes that encourage creativity for students of all ages. Expect seamless all-vocal arrangements from the troupe’s expansive repertoire, which includes anything from centuries-old classical works to Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock.” Sat 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday all over again with the funk and jazz band Galactic. Their new party album, Carnivale Electricos, invokes the fervor and merriment of the New Orleans Mardi Gras carnival, where the band first started playing 18 years ago. The quintet is known for incorporating guest vocalists into their songs.
Few musicians are lucky enough to have their first album was produced by John Mellencamp, but American folk-rock singer James McMurtry is one of them. Son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry, he has been churning out albums for nearly 25 years.
Amadeus, first performed in 1979, is a fictional account of the rivalry between two composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Playwright Peter Shaffer scribed the story in resemblance of an old legend, claiming that Salieri was threatened by Mozart's exceptional creativity. Jealous-ridden, Salieri poisons and kills his fellow composer, but does not admit to the crime until the night of his own passing. Stop by for the after party at Taj Mahal Restaurant. Complimentary eats until midnight. Sat 8-10:30 p.m.
This celebration of food, wine, and chocolate provides an indulgent finale to a weekend dedicated to love. Learn new skills by attending a seminar—including talks on cheese-making, entertaining, wine tasting, and more—or simply sip bubbly champagne and sample desserts like hand-painted chocolate truffles and buttery toffees. Proceeds benefit ZontaClub of the Pikes Peak Area, an organization dedicated to promoting the status of women in the workplace and society. Sun 1-5 p.m.
Archaeology isn't all snakes and treasure troves, but Nicholas Hudson has stories—real stories—about Egyptian archaeology that rival Indiana Jones. During his two seasons on digs in Tell Timai, Egypt, Hudson and his team uncovered 1,000 pounds of pottery, spanning more than 1,000 years. Hudson will present these stories—from one city’s ancient perfume industry to a household’s unfortunate place on the wrong side of history—bringing these broken pots to life. Sat 2 p.m.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s 2013 Winter Dance brings another multifarious performance to the milieu of modern dance. Three separate pieces—Square None by Norber De La Cruz III; Return to a Strange Land by Jiří Kylián; and Over Glow by Jorma Elo—combine choreography and dance talents from around the world. The repertoire is a fusion of pointe and contemporary styles harmonized with classical and modern music. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Find inspiration in the stories of our communities’ youth and family who have experienced medical accidents and ailments: Tune in to Alice’s 36 Hours for Kids to hear compelling accounts first-hand from the patients of the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. The three-day radiothon features live interviews and a selection of montages—narratives streamed along with music—from previous years’ radiothons.
Engage in conversation with a talk led by local celebrity and Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg. The Boulder chef's accomplishments are extensive: A degree in engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, head chef at Jax Fish House, he has received national acclaim for his Top Chef season five victory, and now, runs Blackbelly Catering as chef-owner. Complimentary bites from Blackbelly Catering and wine will be served. Wed 5:30 p.m.
Where does the thin line between the real and the imagined lie? Artist Janaina Tschäpe’s paintings of mosaics and circles look abstract at first glance, but look again, and you'll see recognizable images beyond the paint blobs. Artist Neil Chowdhury photographs people’s interactions with their everyday environments; these photographs depict realistic events, but they attempt to question reality and confuse the viewer. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Inspiring audiences into action, this event celebrates the power of film to create an awareness of the world's environmental problems. Subjects addressed in these international films include the co-existence of ranchers and coyotes in the film Wild Things, and the abuse of energy in Luciano. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Our city's website dedicated to all things booze, Denver Off the Wagon, is turning two. In celebration, sommelier—and Off the Wagon writer—Max Koepke will lead guests through a six-course Colorado wine-paired dinner. Courses include truffle fries paired with a Colorado sparkling wine, duck rice pudding paired with Two Rivers Colorado Syrah, and meat loaf paired with Bookcliff Vineyards Cabernet. Thu 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Take a four-day vacation to Japan without leaving Colorado in this event focused on striking moments in Japanese cinema. Highlights include a new film by Japanese horror film master Kiyoshi Kurosawa and director Kaneto Shindo’s last film ever made, Postcard. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Spend the day on the slopes and the evening on the floor as Aspen hosts these falling-out-of-your-chair funny comedians during their three-day comedy extravaganza. With headliners such as Nick Griffin, Tammy Pescatelli, Robert Hawkins, and Bobby Slayton, this year is lining up to be the best yet. Comedians will participate in humorous panels such as Congress and Lady Parts and Elective Surgery. Star of the FOX series Titus, Christopher Titus will close out the festival. Thu-Sun, times varied.
If you think Colorado is snowy, wait until you see the snow-covered vistas in this film. The taiga, rough terrain that surrounds the remote village where the movie was filmed, hosts some the harshest conditions in the world. Director Werner Herzog, known for his other nature documentaries Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, provides an authentic glimpse into the ultimately triumphant endeavours of the film’s Happy People—fur trappers living in the Siberian wilderness.
Rudolfo Anaya’s critically acclaimed novel is adapted to the big screen for this coming-of-age film focused on young Antonio Marez and his relationship with the mysterious curandera (traditional Latino healer), Ultima. Through a series of mysterious events, Ultima helps Marez navigate questions surrounding good, evil, and spirituality. Daily, times vary.
Where else can you dance, play golf, and see great modern art? Experience the latest event from the Denver Art Museum's Untitled series, a mixed media night for the art-inclined adventurer. Show off your dance skills, hit the Astroturf for art-inspired mini golf, or explore the new Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition. Fri 6-8 p.m.
Sometimes you have to tackle problems one bake sale at a time. From fancy Christmas dinners to Hawaiian-style Easter fundraisers, four women in a Minnesotan church organize holidays, funerals, festivals, and all sorts of comedic events in between. Braced with spatulas and crucifixes, the women are dedicated to doing God’s work down in the basement. Wed 5:30 p.m.; Thu-Sat 6:15 p.m.; Sun noon, 6:15 p.m.
What if your dog could talk? Experience ventriloquist Todd Oliver’s take on the K-9 mind. He’s so good, it's hard to believe the dogs aren’t actually talking. As seen on America’s Got Talent, Oliver and his four-legged friends will have you rolling over, as they turn a dog’s everyday experience into abundant opportunity for hilarity. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
The Shen Yun stage performance is a virtual journey that spans 5,000 years of Chinese history. Sharing the culture and heritage of past dynasties, the show displays ethnic, folk, and athletic dance; battle drums; and an orchestra of Western and Chinese instruments. Nearly 100 artists—and 400 colorful costumes—come together on stage to create this vibrant production. Fri-Sat 7:30-9:45 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2-4:45 p.m.
After being neglected, insulted, and harassed by their chauvinistic boss, three women working in a male-dominated office finally get fed up. This spunky musical—lyrics and music were written by Dolly Parton—harnesses pent-up anger and frustration and funnels it into a clever tale about women who construct a plot to overthrow the patronizing hierarchy. Based on the 1980s film, the musical received 15 Drama Desk awards as well as four Tony Award nominations. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Passion, movement, and the human body are on display in this ode to the masters of ballet. This compilation is composed of classic ballets coupled with timeless classical songs. Glen Tetley’s Le Sacre du Printemps is followed by George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. The performance also includes an exciting contemporary piece by Val Caniparoli, whose visionary work has made him one of the most sought after American choreographers in the world. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
The Colorado Ballet presents a trio of performances in their latest production. The lineup: George Balanchine's classic ballet Theme and Variations; San Francisco Ballet choreographer Val Caniparoli's neo-classical work In Pieces; and a special 100th anniversary performance of Glen Tetley’s Le Sacre du Printemps. When Tetley's piece premiered in Paris in 1913, the music and choreography were so groundbreaking that a riot almost ensued.
Denver is growing up—and so is the city's street art scene. Get a glimpse of what the urban environment has to offer at this CultureHaus (an offshoot of the Denver Art Museum) event. Experience live graffiti demonstrations, local tattoo artists, inspired visual arts, and delicious street food, all tuned to live music. Fri 7:30-10 p.m.
Since honing his chops playing backup for Lenny Kravitz, this prolific jazz-funk musician has appeared at festivals worldwide—from Australia to Switzerland to Japan—always carrying his trusted saxophone. Now with his own backup band—which includes trumpet, drums, bass, and keyboard—he blends genres such as rock, R&B, and hip-hop on releases like Brother’s Keeper and The Bridge. Singer Kim Dawson and jazz troupe the Cosmic Horns round out the stage, while opening act is local rock band Juno What?! Fri 9 p.m.
With a storied musical history—his mentor was none other than the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown—this accomplished saxophonist is among the funk world’s most beloved icons. During his more than three-decade career, Maceo Parker has spread his signature sound across genre lines to work with diverse bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ani DiFranco. His most recent album, last year’s Soul Classics, was recorded live with a 15-member orchestra from Cologne, Germany. Opening for Parker is the Fort Collins-based jam band Euforquestra. Fri 9 p.m.
Need more of a challenge while traversing those black diamonds? New Belgium Brewing Company is inviting Eldora skiiers a chance to double as detectives as they scan the mountain for clues. Teams of four will follow the trail for hints, ski after chickens, and even search for bigfoot. The after-party includes a tap of New Belgium drafts and prizes for top finishers. Last year's grand prize was a pair of custom-made skis. Proceeds benefit Leave No Trace, which provides education on sustainability and the outdoors. Sat 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Often infants on shopping adventures ends in disaster—with whining, complaining, and general disinterest. So skip the malls and stores and tote your tots to Colorado's largest indoor family expo. The one-stop-shop features vendors for new and expecting mothers, kids and family booths, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and contests such as a mom's diaper changing race. Parents can find products, services, and information on education, health and wellness, home life, and more while kids have activities to keep them occupied, so the whole family can enjoy. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Experience the revival of the Five Points area during Denver Off the Wagon's birthday pub crawl.
This two-week celebration of food is sure to be a highlight in any Denver food-lover's year. Participating restaurants offer multi-course meals for a fixed price, allowing you to indulge in the best. Favorite spots on the lineup include Table 6, Duo Restaurant, Trillium, and Olivéa. Daily, times vary.
This comical three-act stage performance, written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, highlights the nuances of a journalist’s life with the story of a top reporter who desires a life change but can’t break the addiction of investigating. As he attempts to leave his career behind, he stumbles upon a jail escapee, allowing him to uncover the details of what could possibly become one of the biggest stories to hit newsstands in years. Should he quit, or pursue the chase? Sat-Sun 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 2-4:30 p.m.
From studying graphic design in college, to playing in indie rock band The Heist, Chaz Bundwick has built an impressive resume. Performing electronica under the stage name that means bull and me in Spanish, he now has three studio albums. Hear hits like “Talamak” from his debut album, Causers of This, and tracks from his newest album, Anything in Return. Sat 9 p.m.
Take this climb one breath at a time for those who can't breathe on their own. Climb the 1,098 steps of the 56 floors in Denver's tallest building, Republic Plaza. Take in the unparalleled views at the top before riding the elevator down to food, fun, and interactive booths. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association dedicated to improving lung health and lung disease prevention. Sun 8 a.m.
When winter starts to turn into cabin fever, it's time to Get the Sillies Out! In it's third live concert run, Yo Gabba Gabba! hits the stage with an energy-packed dance party that brings to life your little ones favorite Nick Jr. characters DJ Lance Rock, plus Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex. Look out for special guest and hip-hop legend Biz Markie on-stage with Biz's Beat of the Day. Sun 2 p.m.; 5 p.m.
Past meets present, dark meets light, and word meets image in this thought-provoking multimedia program. Thordis Niela Simonsen—an artist and writer—takes on one of her most challenging projects as she explores her history and backstory through the use of narratives along with both black and white and color photographs. Presented by the Denver Woman’s Press Club, Simonsen recounts her childhood to show how individual aspects of her past molded her future. Sun 4 p.m.
Sure, you could watch the Oscars at home, but wouldn't it be more fun to get dolled up and make a night out of it? The Denver Film Society is hosting one of just 42 official Academy Awards parties in the country—and the only Colorado event sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Walk the red carpet, bid on unique items at a silent auction, and enjoy cocktails, entertainment, and an opulent seated dinner.
This politically aware rapper distinguished himself amongst the hip-hop crowd with socially conscious rhymes that have tackled anything from gun control to the state of modern rap. Since releasing his first album in 1998—recorded with fellow rapper Mos Def under the moniker Black Star—Talib Kweli has gone on to work with heavyweights such as Kanye West and Justin Timberlake and is gearing up for upcoming fifth album, Prisoner of Conscious. Denver MCs Input & Broken, Eddie Knolls, and Dealz Makes Beats will open for Kweli. Sun 8 p.m.
As if you needed an excuse to stick your skis on top of your car and head to Vail: Live (free!) shows by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Santigold combined with some of the biggest names in snowboarding throwing their wildest moves make the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championship half party, half competition, and all fun.
With more than 12,000 bottles in their cellar and an annual recipient of the Wine Spectator's Grand Award (recognition of one of the ten best wine lists in the world) every year since 1983, Boulder's Flagstaff House boasts a world-class wine program. Wine-paired cellar dinners provide guests unique access to the collection. The Maison Louis Jadot Winery five-course dinner includes Maine lobster paired with a 1988 Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru and a mushroom-filled pheasant breast with 1996 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin. Mon 6:30 p.m.
Let the moonlight guide the way in this mountain trek. Take advantage of the night's soft glow to snowshoe down the trails of Crested Butte from the top of the Red Lady lift back to base. Learn about the surroundings from your tour guide with snacks and hot chocolate stops along the way. Registration includes all the gear you will need and with a flat-to-downsloping trail walk, minimum shoeshoeing experience is needed. Mon 7 p.m.
From its beginnings in early 20th-century New Orleans, jazz has been a cross-cultural mashup: a uniquely American mix of African and European sonic traditions. Alto sax player Rudresh Mahanthappa pushes the multicultural mix further by incorporating classical Indian ideas into his propulsive contemporary jazz beats.
Pecha Kucha celebrates the art of concise presentations: creative people get together to share their ideas, with a catch. Speakers can show 20 images for 20 second each—presenting as they go—and that’s it. The event originated ten years ago in Tokyo, and now similar talks are hosted in 500 cities across the world. Anyone can present, so come prepared to encounter the unexpected as you mix and mingle. Tue 6 p.m.
It’s the story of the ultimate con artist. Frank Abagnale Jr.—a teenage boy with no flying knowledge, medical background, or law school experience—morphs into a pilot, doctor, and prosecutor and forges check all along the way. Based on the true story that inspired the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the biographical play features this identity chameleon as he evades the FBI in pursuit of fame and fortune. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Celebrate the chill in the air with this four-course, beer-paired dinner inspired by the season it's served in. Savory dishes—such as head cheese with macerated cherries and pistachio on pumpernickel toasts and braised pork shank with vanilla, celery risotto—find their complement with perfectly paired brews from Denver's Strange Brewing Company (including their fruit-forward Cherry Kriek, cocoa-scented Powerhouse Porter, and award-winning Farmhouse Ale). Wed 6:30 p.m.
Explore the world through the eyes of some of Earth's most beautiful creatures. Daniel Craig, of James Bond fame, narrates this Planet Earth-style film, which follows animals of all the world’s climates on their magnificent and unifying journey of survival in the wild. Discover the life paths of land dwellers like monkeys, elephants, and frogs, as well as underwater creatures like dolphins and octopuses. Wed 7 p.m.
The way a strobe of light reflects off of an image can drastically alter the message it sends. This multi-medium show focuses on contemporary artists’ uses and representation of light (both natural and artificial) in their own works. Look for photography by a longtime figure in the Denver art scene, David Zimmer, and an installation piece by another Colorado native, Mindy Bray. Tue-Sat noon-5:30 p.m.
Surround yourself with music—literally. Inside the Orchestra invites the audience to become swallowed by sound as they perform classical music in a circle around the audience. The evening includes not only an up-close experience with the professional musicians, but food, wine, and a silent auction to raise money to bring music to schools throughout Colorado. Thu 6 p.m.
Come listen to the actual mom that Sandra Bullock portrayed in the movie, The Blind Side. Speaking in support of literacy in the Denver metro area, Leigh Anne Tuohy, will share her experiences and missions such as helping underprivileged youth. Mingle during the cocktail hour then take your seats for dinner and her presentation. Proceeds benefit local literacy programs Read2Kids and Kids Connect. Thu 6 p.m.
Cas and Jonsey are two Australian adventurers who attempted the unthinkable: a journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back with no help. Watch the film about their epic adventure, Crossing The Ice, during this two-night extravaganza of the best in environmental and outdoor sport films. Beginning each November in Banff, Canada, the film fest travels to 32 countries across the world. Expect to see adrenaline-inducing short films about sports like climbing and white-water kayaking, along with films about conserving precious wild places.
Calling all Deadheads—rock drumming legend, Mickey Hart, is coming to Boulder and will fill the stage with his energetic beats and wild percussion. Hart, longtime drummer for the Grateful Dead, is known for the ways he and fellow Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann, transcended the conventions of drumming. His recent albums blend music with light, radio waves, and other electromagnetic radiations to produce what Hart has called “cosmic sounds.” Thu 8:30 p.m.