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.
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.
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.
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.
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.