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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.