Part of the Denver Jewish Film Festival, this exhibit explores the artistic relationship between photography, painting, and film. Don't miss featured photographs from Walter Rosenblum, famous for capturing the vibrant spirit of America in the 1980s. Mon- Sat 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Love in the time of commercialism. Short story author George Saunders, of MacArthur “Genius” Award and New Yorker fame, provides the plotline for this futuristic tale, while director Seth Bockley imposes his expert adaptation. The science-fiction production centers on a group of teenagers, raised as human testers of commercial products. The allegory comments on corporations and consumerism while maintaining elements of innocence and self-discovery. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
Come witness the beauty of the Arctic tundra—no parka or snowshoes required. Landscape photographers Evan Anderman and Eliot Porter take you on a journey north with artwork that includes aerial images of Iceland by Anderman and dye-transfer (a type of photographic development process) prints of indigenous plants by Porter. Both collections of work capture the natural beauty of Iceland through the range of subjects depicted, from different colors of moss to majestic glaciers. Thu noon-6 p.m.
Despite the fact that America is one of the world's richest nations, 50 million people (in other words: one in four kids) in the United States suffer from hunger. A Place at the Table offers a look into the lives of three people who live from one meal to the next.
Transgendered pageants and Ku Klux Klan rallies couldn't be less connected, but they are both found in photographer Sonja Rieger’s newest show, which questions the notions of race, sexuality, and transition. Featured works include black-and-white images inside a transgendered beauty pageant changing room and striking stills of a 1970s KKK rally. Thu-Sat 1-6 p.m.
After 20 years of performing and touring, this old school traveling musical caravan proves to be as timeless as the songs it performs. The cast dons patriotic colors and authentic clothing designs from the ’40s as they sing favorite throwbacks like the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glenn Miller and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by the Andrews Sisters. Expect swing-era footwork and the jazzy musings of the show’s orchestra, the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra. Fri 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
In 1993, three young boys were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. But there were other victims of this horrible crime: the three men wrongfully imprisoned for the murders. Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg, and produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, this documentary reveals the 18-year-long fight to save three innocent men from death row. Daily 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Explore the history of the longest continuous commercial street in the United States—Colfax Avenue—with this traveling exhibit. Fifty pieces are on display; some are historical, while others celebrate the urban grittiness of the thoroughfare. Don't miss the Month of Photography Denver reception on Friday, March 22, or the artist and juror talks on Saturday, March 23.
You'll think differently about your compost bin after this exhibit. Artist Dennis Rousel elevates the concept of waste in his prints of everyday items. The simple photos demonstrate the theme of the deterioration by creating beauty in images of decomposing food. See one man's trash become another's treasure in images such as "Apple Cores" and "Deconstructed Turnip." Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat noon-4 p.m.
Sorry ladies—despite the title this documentary has nothing to do with your ex. In this hard-hitting investigational piece, director Craig Scott Rosebraugh focuses on big oil’s influence in politics, and the subsequent impact it has on environmental regulation. Daily, times vary.
Dining out is usually a reward in itself. This month, Park Meadows shopping area provides a bonus. For every $75 spent at a Park Meadows restaurant—including Thai Basil, Earl's Kitchen & Bar, and Yard House—a $25 Shop Etc. gift card is awarded back to the patron for use on a return visit. Go ahead, treat yourself. Daily, times vary.
Denver locals Collin Parson and William Manke team up to explore the basic concepts of light, shape, and sound. Manke’s sound installations coordinate with Parson’s series of colored-gel light boxes in a joint effort to replicate natural light in a uniform, geometric setting. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
In 1934, a group of miners in Northern England took part in a mind-opening cultural enrichment program: They learned to paint. Their works depicted the laborers' everyday lives, from working in dark mines to enjoying off-duty pleasures like dog racing. Soon these unexpected artists were being lauded by wealthy collectors and fellow creators. From the the author of Billy Elliot comes a story about who makes art and why it matters. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Miners Alley Playhouse
From their first EP to a multitude of successful albums, this indie band has stayed true to its synthetic-heavy music. Their newest record Gossamer maintains an experimental presence while dabbling with R&B sounds in tracks like “Cry Like a Ghost” and “Constant Conversations.” Look for both of these songs at the show, along with opener Matt & Kim’s highly energetic tunes. Fri 7:30 p.m.
From providing liquid courage to the numbing benefits imparted on tingling nerves, a shot at the bar is a long-time companion to fresh ink. Tuaca and Inked magazine team up—making the connection official—to sponsor a bar competition of the boldest shot made with the vanilla citrus liqueur. Six local—and tattooed—bartenders face off in hopes of earning the ultimate honor of showcasing their body art within Inked magazine.
Come see this Boulder-based blues singer in his solo acoustic concert, celebrating his latest album My World is Gone. Released February 12, 2013, this is Otis Taylor’s 13th album. Inspired by a wide array of sounds—from African to Appalachian—this album poetically provides a social commentary on recent issues with songs such as “Sand Creek Massacre Mourning,” and “Coming with Crosses.” Fri 8 p.m.
Contemplate the virtues of womanhood with this contemporary stage performance. Inspired by stories of individuals from the local community, She is…captures the feminine experience through movement, and confronts social constructs that surround women today. Proceeds benefit the Schiff Dance Collective, a nonprofit dance organization that choreographs pieces that strengthen and encourage the community. Fri-Sat 8-9 p.m.
Experience the fusion of visual and performing arts with this experimental trifecta performance: a blend of audio, photography, and theatrical works. Jennifer Davidson’s photographs kick-off part one, followed by an addition of audio recordings—inspired by the photos—created by 10 various artists. The third and final part adds a live performance choreographed by 3rd Law Dance/Theatre. Fri-Sat 8-9 p.m.
Put on your cowboy boots and get ready to honky tonk at this show featuring country music legend Tracey Lawrence. Listen for songs off his latest greatest hits album like the twangy ballad “Paint Me a Birmingham,” all while enjoying a front row experience at this country-western saloon. Fri 10 p.m.
Do you dream of conquering all four of Aspen's mountains? Now's your chance to race through them all in one powder-filled day. Sign up with a partner to ski through the 12,000 feet of runs in the Sport Division (whichweaves skiiers along a path through the four mountains). If you're not up for that much elevation in one day, join the recreational division and keep your racing legs limited to Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain. First place prizes include Oakley watches and Giro helmets for the respective divisions.
Think pink while snowshoeing across Frisco's snowy plains beneath the Rockies. Racers can choose from a 3K timed course or a 3K/5K walk. If you don't have a pair of snowshoes, don't worry, Tubbs is handing out free rentals to racers. Prizes and awards are given to the top racers per category and the event's top fundraisers. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and closing ceremony after you unstrap your snowshoes. Proceeds benefit the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sat 8 a.m.-noon.
Stop, drop, and roll over to the Denver Firefighters Museum for some schooling on fire safety. The six-week course convenes each Saturday to teach your little ones the importance of responsibility and awareness about fire. Lessons including “Crawl Low Under Smoke” and “My Friend the Firefighter” are designed for ages three to five. Sat 9-10 a.m.
You've had all season to tune your ski legs. Now with the powder days dwindling, it's time to put them to the test. Speed through a variety of runs, including the newly introduced Kestrel trail. Racers will be timed from start to finish, while zooming through more than 26,000 vertical feet. Now in it's 10th year, this event features the toughest terrain that Beavercreek has to offer. Competitors will receive a complimentary bratwurst and drink after their runs. Sat 10 a.m.
Take advantage of special pricing—available during Denver’s Restaurant Week only—and enroll in this bread-making workshop. Learn to make your favorites—including French baguettes, herb focaccia, sticky cinnamon rolls, and more—at home. The interactive class will teach students the basics about kneading, yeast, and starters. Sat 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Since Edgar Degas famously created his 19th-century ballerina portraits, the relationship between art and dance has flourished. Mixed media artist Karen Kilimnik continues this tradition with her exhibit of contemporary paintings, photographs, and drawings depicting stage sets and costumed dancers. Along with two-dimensional pieces, Kilimnik will also display costumes and forest-inspired installations celebrating the art of ballet and the medium's performers. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
In no time at all, launch into laughter (or tears) with these flash fiction stage performances. Inspired by Shakespeare’s axiom, “Brevity is the soul of wit,” these stories are delivered in two to five minute segments—just enough time to deliver the most crucial details of each narrative—performed by the Buntport Theater Company’s six member team. Sat 1:30-3:30 p.m.; 7:30-9:30 p.m.
It's back to the scrum. The season starts off with the Glendale Raptors hosting the Boulder Rugby Team at Colorado's mecca of rugby, Inifinity Park. After winning the title in 2011, the Raptors came up a win short of back-to-back championships last season. Fans interested in going to 10 matches can buy a Super Fan pass for $50. Sat 6 p.m.
Sybarite5 is a celebrated string quartet with one foot in the modern world and the other rooted firmly in the classical realm. Their impressive dexterity is on display with The Shuffle Effect, a performance well-suited to the group's genre-hopping: Instead of a pre-printed program, Sybarite5 sets an iPod to "shuffle" and then plays whatever piece of music comes up—whether that tune is by Mozart or Radiohead or Led Zeppelin.
Rocking fringe and bedazzled cowboy boots, Doyle and Debbie storm the stage, both idolizing and mocking country music duos. Doyle, a stereotypical has-been, and Debbie, an average wanna-be, work together to break past their labels in search of stardom in Nashville. Musical numbers (such as "Stock Car Love") overflow with parody and sarcasm, giving this twangy musical a witty twist. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
For the 25th consecutive year, Copper Mountain will host Colorado’s Special Olympians as they compete in winter events like alpine skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Be apart of the milestone by volunteering for any number of jobs or just by coming to cheer on the 550 athletes as they compete in their respective events. Sun 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Everyone wants one-of-a-kind jewelry, and this is your chance to make your own unique glass pieces. Assemble your own earrings and pendants before professional stained-glass artist Michael Thornton fires the hand-crafted baubles to finish off your own unique, colorful, and eye-catching trinkets. Sun 1 p.m.
Cited as an inspiration to Bruce Springsteen and the Clash, Joe Ely’s guitar-driven Americana tracks play homage to his Texas roots. Still keeping a contemporary spin on country, Ely recently released Satisfied At Last, which includes bluesy ballads like “I’m a Man Now” and “Not That Much Has Changed.” With a mix of rock and folk, and a voice reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Ely’s sound lends itself well to intimate venues and small audiences. Sun 7 p.m.
Revel in old Hollywood through the eyes of a legendary off-screen personality. As a famed costume designer, Edith Head worked on more than 1,100 films, received 35 Academy Award nominations, and won eight Oscars. Starring Susan Claassen, this stage production reveals Head’s life spent dressing Hollywood’s famous, along with behind-the-scenes tales of six decades in the film industry. Sun 7-9:30 p.m.
Join The Biggest Loser coach Brett Hoebel in one of Denver’s newest fitness spaces for a heart-pumping workout. Classes at the willPower Fit Studio are based on and up-and-coming trend: barefoot workouts. (Yep, we’ve tried it!) Hoebel is stopping by to celebrate the grand opening with a fusion of capoeira, kickboxing, and weight training.
Legoland may be in California but that doesn’t mean that’s the only place to build cities of the colored bricks. Bring your little architects to the Colorado Mills Lego store where each month there are free builds of models such as log cabins and igloos. With a new item every month, this event is worth marking on your calendar all year. Tue 5-9 p.m.
Women around the world are making dramatic impacts of their communities. The Women+Film Voices Festival presents a lineup of more than a dozen productions about the must-see stories. These films—documentaries, shorts, and narratives—share enriching and elevating tales of women while also promoting women in the filmmaking industry. Highlights include Yogawoman, a Best Documentary Film winner at the Women’s Independent Film Festival, and Inocente, a 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short. Daily, times vary.
Kick off St. Patrick’s Day festivities early. This multifaceted Irish ensemble—named after a Celtic goddess—has been incorporating string instruments, woodwinds, and more into lively tunes that explore traditional and contemporary Irish music for nearly 20 years. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Even your wheels need to shake off the winter chills. Defrost your ride and get it ready for the approaching warm weather with help from the bike mechanics at Denver Bicycle Cafe. Grab a few pints during happy hour before pumping up those tires and checking out the brakes. Wed 6 p.m.
Kids can let their inner Picasso out during a day of some leprechaun-inspired art. In honor of the Irish holiday, sign the tykes up for two different St. Patty’s-themed classes: Kids can get their hands dirty making clay replicas of the little green lad or get colorful with rainbow canvas paintings. Thu-Fri 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
This isn't your typical high school time capsule. As part of Denver's Month of Photography, 32 artists join forces for this project focused on the creative and contemporary influences on their craft. The goal: to capture the essence of the “here and now” through a body of work that encompasses aspects such as technology, culture, and art that are relevant in our lives today. The collection includes a range of styles, from abstract images of color smears and contrived lighting to intimately realist portraits of the photo's subjects. Thu noon-6 p.m. Fri noon-9 p.m. Sat noon-6 p.m.
Grab your girlfriends and head out for the ultimate ladies night. This women's only event spotlights top local mixologists—including Sean Kenyon of William & Graham Speak Easy, Allison Anderson of Frasca Food and Wine, and James Lee of The Bitter Bar—as they serve up craft cocktails to compliment passed hors d'oeuvres. Guests can also enjoy a silent and a live auction. Proceeds benefit the University of Colorado Cancer Center Fund. Thu 6-9 p.m.
Oils and herbs are for more than just cooking and seasoning. In this four-class series with herbologist and massuse Kim Thompson, you will learn application methods, oil blends, perfume and elixer making, and more. The use of essential oils can be a gentle, yet powerful, way to support full-body health, and this class will give you the tools you need to use them effectively. Thu 6:30 p.m.
When people hear the word "slavery," they often think of a barbaric practice that ended many decades ago. In fact, the number of people enslaved today (estimated to be between 12 and 27 million) is the highest in human history; many of the modern-day victims are women and children who have been pulled into the sex trafficking industry. Unbounded uses the music, images, and historical narratives of Jewish and African-American slavery to bring awareness to those who still suffer today.
Film and photography intertwine in this documentary tracking a photographer’s artistic process. Shot over the span of more than three years, photographer Gregory Crewdson reveals the cinematic process he uses—elaborately staging scenes, working with lighting and special effects, and incorporating members of the actual neighborhoods he shoots in—to create his surreal photographs about American families, homes, and neighborhoods. Thu 7 p.m.; Fri 8:30 p.m.; Sat 12:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Though the Malah has built a reputation on its trance-like electronic music, the trio—which recently moved to Colorado from Greenville, South Carolina—composes an eclectic hybrid of genres. Classic funk guitar strumming often builds atop groovy bass lines, ambient electronic flourishes, and kicking drums to create the trio’s signature spacey-meets-jam-band sound, evidenced on newest release, Light Forms. Fort Collins reggae troupe DubSkin will also hit the stage. Thu 9 p.m.
Coloradans are even more pumped to get to the mountains these days thanks to some recent (and much-needed) storms. Do good while riding during this two-day competition on Mary Jane Mountain to benefit Invest in Kids. Collect pledges (as an individual or a team of four) as you compete to ski/ride the most the vertical feet and the most runs. Last year, skiiers and snowboarders raised more than $900,000 for vulnerable and at-risk Colorado children.
Jumpstart your day with an all-empowering breakfast. The American Red Cross will be praising community members—individuals, corporations, groups, and even animals—that have risen to assist others in moments of tragedy. Award recipients include a dog that saved its owner’s life and a local man who provided aid when he spotted two rolled-over vehicles on I-70, ultimately saving 11 lives. Proceeds benefit the Red Cross Mile High Chapter. Fri 7:30-9 a.m.
Horse enthusiasts unite. The self-proclaimed “Super Bowl of livestock shows” returns to Denver. Though it’s free of commercials and a hyped halftime show, the horse expo features a variety of equestrian spectacles, such as the “Mane Event” horse performances and “Ride with the Experts,” in which participants can learn new tricks from professional riders. Trainer Julie Goodnight, of the award-winning show “Horse Master," will give clinics throughout the weekend. Fri-Sat 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
A chance at youth volleyball's ultimate prize is up for grabs. More than 10,000 volleyball players on 1,000 teams are competing for a handful of bids to the USA Junior National Girls' Volleyball Championships. Be apart of the 40,000 expected attendees to watch the area's best young volleyball players, aged 10-18. A portion of the proceeds benefit Digpink, which raises breast cancer awareness through the lens of volleyball. Fri-Sun, 8 a.m.
The so-called simple geometry of lines and circles will be explored through the works of abstract expressionist painters Monroe Hodder and Aaron Karp and ceramicist James Marshall. Notice the contrast between Hodder’s linear "New York Fast Cars" and Karp’s spherical "Idra’s Pearls #18," and explore the various textures and colors found within the balls, squares, and lines depicted. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lines between friend and foe blur as 14-year-old Lore—a German girl whose parents were Nazi supporters—is forced to rely on Thomas, a Jewish refugee. Set in post World War II Germany, Lore leads her four siblings across the freshly wounded country after the Allies capture their parents. Spoken primarily in German with English subtitles, Saskia Rosendahl and Kai Malina star in this evocative film exploring how love and friendship can uproot even the deepest hate. Fri-Sun noon, 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.; Mon-Thu times varied.
In this surprising, Oscar-nominated documentary, six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service agency and primary anti-terrorism unit, come forward to discuss their roles and the organization's influence. The Shin Bet have worked closely with every Israeli prime minister since the Six Day War in 1967—but have never found a way to maintain (or create) peace in the region. The film depicts the dedication these "g
Forget about crunches, this boot camp is all about exercising your taste buds. This three-day exploration of the joys of wine—led by the head sommelier of the Broadmoor's Summit restaurant—aims to elevate participants' understanding and appreciation of wine. Enjoy interactive seminars such as exploration of the aroma wheel (assisting in identifying and describing taste) and a multi-course winemaker dinner with Erika Abate from Italy's Bersona Winery. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Juried by Peter Strange Yumi—artist and creator of the online catalog of collage art, Collage Fancy—this exhibit is a multi-medium tribute to the artistic style. Local and international artists like Tammi Lynn Brazzee and Melanye Levin will each contribute separate collages that feature different paper, photo montages, and digital prints. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
This wine festival comes without a snooty attitude. Approachable wine-paired events are in the form of an après ski wine-n-wings challenge and a Sunday morning burritos and bubbly breakfast. Don't miss Saturday's "not so grand" grand tasting with appetizer-style comfort foods paired with value (under $20 retail!) wines. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Kick-off the weekend with an epicurean feast. Prior to Vail's Cochon 555 competition, chef Kelly Liken opens her restaurant to five top Colorado toques to create a chef-driven, five-course, wine-paired dinner. The evening commences with a cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres prepared each of the guest chefs—Alex Seidel of Fruition Restaurant, Jason Harrison of Vail’s Flame Restaurant, Lon Symensma of ChoLon Modern Bistro, Jeff Osaka of Twelve Restaurant, and Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe—followed by the sit-down dinner. Fri 6-10 p.m.
Mort is devastated after his wife unceremoniously chokes to death on a piece of moo shoo pork. Alone with his awkward teenage son, Mort slowly begins to lose his mind in his grief. But then his wife mysteriously reappears, sending the family down a hilarious and sentimental rollercoaster as they cope with the strange situation. This play is written by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Donald Margulies. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.
You don’t have to go to New York to get a taste of these Broadway blockbusters. Denver choreographer Liane Adamo teams up with the acting company Inspire Creative to create this production full of some of the most buzzed about acts on Broadway. Enjoy the mixtape compilation of songs, which lines up old showtune favorites, such as music from Singin’ in the Rain and Grease, with contemporary Broadway sellouts, including songs from Newsies and the Book of Mormon. Fri-Sat 7 p.m. Sat-Sun 2 p.m.
“All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it.” This classic children’s story begins as the narrator crashes his plane in the Sahara desert, where he is greeted by the mysterious Little Prince, who arrived from an asteroid determined to explore the universe. Based on the novella by Antoine de Saint Exupery, with original music by Derrick Hamley, this production is performed by the Boulder Ballet School. Fri 7 p.m.
Definitely not the new kids on the block. Playwright Pat Cook creates the tale of these rambunctious sisters, living together in their twilight years. The lives of the crazy ladies—Maggie, Dora, and Lydia—are interrupted when a young nurse moves into their home as their new tenant. The audience will encounter feisty humor and some outrageous conversations between the newcomer and her elder roomies. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun 2 p.m.
Where else will you find a performance with comedy, tragedy, romance, and swordfights? This classic play tells the tale of love-lorn Cyrano, who longs to express his feelings for the beautiful Roxanne, but believes that his large nose will prevent her from loving him in return. Filled with mistaken identities and swashbuckling humor, this performance has as much panache as Cyrano himself. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Is Churchill Denver’s Next Big Thing? The locally-based quintet has ridden a recent wave of success to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and recognition from Rolling Stone. It’s all leading up to this spring’s release of a debut full-length album, which will feature hit single “Change” and other tracks that showcase the band’s blend of alt-rock, pop, and folk via two singers, mandolin, and piano. Catch Churchill before it embarks on a national tour with American Idol champ Phillip Phillips this month, and then heads to Europe to open for pop megastar Pink.
Look out for speeding pink tu-tus. Deck your your snow gear in any and all shades of pink for the world's largest ski day for breast cancer survivorship. Ski or ride all day to the five Vail decks in the checkpoint challenge before joining in the celebration ski down at the day's end to honor those effected by cancer. Don't miss the the after party with food, prizes, and a free concert by the Charlie Mars Band. Sat 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The M.O.M.S. (Mothers of Multiples Society) knows everyone loves a good bargain. Come check out items on discount (50-90 percent off retail prices) like clothing, furniture, and strollers, as well as fun items that the kids will love, such as toys and books. All proceeds benefit the M.O.M.S. Community Outreach Program, which works to provide supplies to low-income families with children across Colorado. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
For those who didn't think one could be a "professional" walker, think again. Pro walker Jonathan Stalls is leading a six-mile walk through the neighborhoods of Baker, Washington Park, and the Broadway district. Walk along with Stalls as he tells you all about the area's history and culture, including some samples of neighborhood foods. The walk will last about three hours, so make sure to wear comfortable gym shoes. Sat 9 a.m.
Beats, booze, and brunch come together during SnowBall Music Festival weekend. Fill your belly with eats and top-shelf breakfast cocktails as bands jam in the background. The midday soiree is hosted by Imbibe Denver and benefits Phoenix 999, a new nonprofit founded by a group of Columbine survivors who have come together in the wake of the Aurora shooting to offer support to victims of mass violence.
Denver-based artist Sigri Strand has created an environment in this series of colored photographs where food and plants are objects of ritual. The images focus on natural products such as pomegranates, lemons, and flowers on altars and pedestals. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
This festival blends music and the mountains at the base of Crested Butte Ski Resort’s steep ski slopes. Afternoon-to-sunset performances feature the forefront artists of traditional Jamaican reggae, the Wailers and Vermont-based Twiddle, a quartet that spins funk and jazz with bluegrass and reggae. Sat 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Pull on your suits, gowns, and guises for this masquerade benefit. Feast on a three-course dinner of seared Pacific salmon and rosemary-charred hanger steak with ratatouille and basil-whipped potatoes, plus fruit Pavlova or a chocolate salty caramel tart. Close the evening with bids at the live auction. Proceeds benefit Family HomeStead, which provides services, programs, and public outreach to homeless families with children in the area. Sat 6-10 p.m.
For a decade, PlatteForum has connected contemporary artists with at-risk youth through its innovative and intensive artist-in-resident program. Celebrate PlatteForum’s 10th anniversary with live performances from local salsa and Latin jazz band, Conjunto Colores, and a crew of past and current artists-in-residence, such as DJ’s Memetic and Pho. Beyond the music, take in large-scale graffiti-esque paintings, live sketching demos, and pop-up performances. Sat 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Husband-and-wife musical duo Eyvind Kang (viola) and Jessika Kenney (vocals) create truly compelling and meditative avant-garde music. The couple's latest project is based on Persian and Japanese traditional sounds. Kang and Kenney's first Denver appearance includes a performance designed to get the full benefit of the MCA Denver's floor plans and particular acoustics.
Catch the back-breaking clotheslines and leg drops from the world's top professional wrestlers. Featuring John Cena and current WWE Champion CM Punk, this brawl will get you out of your seat when you see your favorite wrestlers going toe-to-toe in center ring. For the first time in the history of the WWE, the tour is making its way to Broomfield, giving you a unique chance to see the action live. Sat 7:30 p.m.
The bonds of brotherhood are examined in this vibrant play about male relationships. Two brothers reconnect after the younger brother—recently released from prison—takes a job at his older brother’s car repair shop. The dynamic between the men is complicated when the younger one's prison friend comes to visit. The winner of the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, this production incorporates hints of West African mythology along with musical components to look at the links between brothers, friends, and lovers. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
This folk stalwart’s 25th full-album release, October’s Hymns to What Is Left, was a true family affair. The deep-voiced singer flushed out the album’s bass- and drum-less tracks with harmonies from wife, Iris Dement, and daughters Pieta and Constie—all accomplished musicians. Listen for Brown's poignant vocals and bluesy acoustic songs from the latest release plus hits from his decades-old catalogue of award-winning folk music. Sat 8 p.m.
Get ready from some ground-stomping bluegrass. Rapid and jarring string instrumentals meet smooth harmonics and uplifting vocal crescendos in this quintet’s performance, which includes the violin, upright base, mandolin, banjo, and guitar—a collaboration that was awarded with the 2013 Grammy for best bluegrass album Nobody Knows You. Sat 8:30 p.m.
Paint the town green while running through downtown Denver as part of this jog celebrating its 25th anniversary. The two-time “Race of the Year” winner according to Colorado Runner Magazine is a 4.35-mile race that starts in front of McCormick’s Fish House & Bar and winds its way over to Water St. before finishing by Coors Field. After the race there will be a barbecue at Washington Park. Proceeds benefit Volunteers of America. Sun 10:15 a.m.
Put aside your comic books and discover the real Wonder Woman in this documentary exploring the evolution of America’s favorite superheroine. Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan uncovers how popular female comic book characters are breaking through societal anxiety surrounding women’s liberation, one superhuman punch at a time. Sun 1:30 p.m.
A highly-anticipated showdown between two star-studded teams is coming to Denver. And no, it doesn't include the Nuggets. The Harlem Ambassadors square off against the Adam's Camp PIPsters, which features local TV personalities as its players and former Nuggets guard Bill Hanzlik as head coach. Olympic gold medalist swimmer and area high schooler Missy Franklin will be in attendance to tip off the festivities. Proceeds benefit Adam's Camp, a nonprofit geared towards giving therapeutic and recreational opportunities to youth with developmental disabilities. Sun 4 p.m.
Acapella renditions of hits by big-name artists like Britney Spears and Marvin Gaye helped this five-member troupe claim victory on the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off. The group meticulously harmonizes covers of chart-topping singles by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Fun., and Gotye without any instruments. Listen as familiar tunes get gleefully arranged over a thumping beatbox bass. Sun 7 p.m.
Fresh off unveiling its album We the Common—and frontwoman Thao Nguyen's stint as the resident musician for NPR’s popular program Radiolab—the band is bringing its brand of upbeat, alternative pop to Denver. Expect new tracks, such as the single “Holy Roller,” alongside tunes from the band’s first two albums. Mon 9 p.m.
Mom will be so proud that you're staying active. Show her how thankful you are of everything she's done by dragging her along for the 5K run. In fact, bring the whole family together to earn discounted rates on registration. This active holiday celebration also includes free admission to the Denver Zoo, raffle prizes, and awards for the top female and male finishers. Bring old cell phones for safe recylcing and retired gym shoes for Soles for Shoes, which donates shoes to those in need across the world. Sun 9 a.m.
Scottish literary scholar, David Daiches, once said, "The proper drinking of Scotch whiskey is more than indulgence: it is a toast to civilization." Raise a glass with at this five-course single malt Scotch paired dinner. Enjoy chef Robert Bogart's creations—including seared duck breast with butternut squash agnolotti and citrus crème fraîche—alongside Scotland's Glenmorangie Distillery's amber-hued spirits. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Rock out with this Danish-founded rock-fusion band. With a meld of genres, Volbeat’s musicianship brings Metallica’s heavy metal, Rise Against’s punk, and Elvis Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll into an all-in-one show that blends metal and melody. Don’t miss Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, the group's new album due out on April 9. Tue 8 p.m.
Just in time for Passover, Judaic artist David Moss’ house-made haggadah has come to Colorado. Rabbi Steven Foster will explain the importance of the Haggadah, which contains the proper order of various rituals observed during Passover. Constructed on vellum paper, Moss’ Haggadah is surrounded by intricate pieces of gold and silver paper cutouts. Wed 1:30-3 p.m.
When conservative political candidate Therm Pooley's criticism of an artist's federally funded project resonates positively with voters, the senator thinks he has the vote in the bag. But Kerr, the artist, has a different plan. It's Pooley's adorable dog, a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Lucky, that audiences love—so Kerr concocts a scheme to dog-nap the pooch in this one-man, one-dog show. Fate, however, brings the two characters closer than either of them would have imagined. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of CU Presents
Your skin will crawl after glimpsing these heebie-jeebie-inducing images. Christian Van Minnen’s work—a nod to his fascination with natural sciences such as physiology and biology—is known for its shock factor. The Brooklyn artist’s contemporary style is boldly graphic, with surreal content such as distorted faces and grotesque combinations of peculiar objects alongside fleshy body parts. Seek out pieces like “Locus, Focus, Hocus, Pocus” and “Hearthead,” which demonstrate his captivating style. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat noon-5 p.m.
Many of us have made a pit stop in Black Hawk to try and earn some extra cash on our way to the mountains. If you're looking for an excuse to make the side trip, we've got one: For the first time ever, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) will make a circuit stop in Colorado. The Lodge Casino is hosting 12 official ring events, with buy-ins starting at $365.
Challenge what's in front of you. This exhibit—part of Denver’s Month of Photography—takes what we see on a daily basis and converts it into the unseen, either through framing or the development process. The talent group of international photographers might just inspire you to see the world a little differently. Days, times vary.
—Image: Matt Bevirt
Coming home for the holidays is never easy—a universality that intensifies two-fold in this play centering around the Channing family’s Christmas drama. Uncovering secrets surrounding politics and illness, this play shows the complexity behind every American family; perhaps even helping viewers appreciate their own a little more. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
For an assortment of sounds and styles—flutes to guitars, classical to contemporary, a duo to a quartet—come to the Eclectic Concerts and hear music that is just that, eclectic. The two groups playing this week, Folk Ragoût—a Franco-American duo performing classic music from around the world—and the Intermezzo Chamber Players— an alliance of metro-area musicians who perform music from across the centuries like Brahms’ quartet in A minor—fill the intimate stage with their diverse sounds and take part in discussions afterward. Thu 7 p.m.
Go beyond spring cleaning this year and add fresh design to your home. Find new products, inspiration, and design advice in one trip. Show highlights include garden exhibits, Sogetsu Japanese flower arranging, an ask-a-designer booth, and a special section for products made right here in Colorado. Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Take a group of professional actors, a set of three politically and socially charged plays, and a splash of wine, and you have yourself a theater-filled weekend to remember. During the Local Lab New American Play Festival, audiences are invited to watch a trio of plays over three days while participating in catered parties, playwriting classes, and analytical discussions. Using a minimalistic approach—little to no lighting, sound effects, or blocking—audiences will experience bare-bone performances at their best.
The closer you get the more you'll see with these tiny works of art. This is important because Valerie Savarie’s newest solo show relies on the audience as much as the art itself. After viewing her dainty and playful creations, blank postcards are supplied for viewers to share their experience with the works. The collection ranges from abstract pieces like her "What Did I Forget?" figurine to realist miniature pieces that are often the size of the book covers that don the illustrations, such as "Short Hand Attention Span." The coolest part?
Displaying taboo subjects on the stage is a forte of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. His newest production is no exception. Exploring the relationship between a group of racially-diverse lawyers working on a sensitive defense case, this play puts to light topics sometimes avoided including race, guilt, and shame. Days, times vary.
Clyfford Still is regarded as one of the most esteemed abstract expressionist painters of all time, and now the Colorado Symphony is bringing his works to life. Pieces by the mid-20th century artist—courtesy of Denver’s own Clyfford Still Museum—will be on display as musicians produce a score that reflects the paintings’ themes. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Dance to the beat of this 1970s two-tone revival band: A blend of ska, reggae, soul, and pop fused into a mellow rock performance. Don’t miss hit singles “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Save it for Later” as you enjoy lead vocalist Dave Wakeling’s guitar strumming alongside Matt Morrish’s Saxophone notes and Roger Bueno on Bass. Fri 7:45 p.m.
The Bee Gees didn't invent the falsetto, but the trio's soundtrack to John Travolta's disco strut in Saturday Night Fever certainly put the singing style on the map. From '60s psychedelic-pop tunes to '70s disco soul, the Bee Gees have one of pop music's most impressive (and varied) song catalogs. The Australian Bee Gees Show is a spirited tribute to the Gibb brothers' free-spirited—and hairy-chested—harmonies. Fri 8 p.m.
Finally—a Bible sermon you can sit through without dozing off. Legendary composer Steven Schwartz has modernized his 1970 musical with revised arrangements of all the music, while still maintaining its common message of communal strength and joy. Based on the gospel of Matthew, popular songs such as “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” will be performed, with a modern twist. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Rediscover the phrase “what’s mine is yours” in this experimental theater performance addressing topics such as territory and power through dance and various props (such as 1,400 plastic army men). Dancers Laura Ann Samuelson and Joanna Rotkin will perform separate solos in this contemporary exhibit that makes the audience contemplate various aspects of modern ownership and possession. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.
A word like “messy” usually carries a negative connotation, but not so when describing this hip-hop blues band. Playing a variety of instruments—from drums to guitars, harps to harmonicas—G. Love and Special Sauce embraces this sloppy-style-blues and creates mellow yet addictive songs like “Cold Beverage.” This socially conscious group—which frequently sings about war, poverty, and equality—will be part of the Boulder Theater’s Art that Feeds Food Drive. Donate ten non-perishable food items and receive a free, limited edition event poster. Fri 9 p.m.
Global climate change is an ever important part of Earth's history, but there were times it got chilly rather than toasty. Explore the physical elements and movements of glaciers, examine fossils of ice age mammals, and awaken the past with an artist-scientist collaboration that will bring the ice age to life. The symposium will also offer paleo-art galleries and lectures from speakers like Russ Graham and Lou Taylor of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lose yourself in a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry. Saturday’s warm-up events include rugby matches, and activities for kids until 4 p.m., and live music by Clancy's, Celtic Steps, and Under a Blood Red Sky. The celebration continues on Sunday with more music, food, and (of course) beer. Sat 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Reach back into your closet for that neon one-piece and those tie-dye bandanas because Eldora is going old school. The mountain’s annual Retro Day returns with a nostalgic vengeance, as patrons are encouraged to wear their most embarrassing outfits from the past. The festivities include a live DJ, games, and a contest to determine who's sporting the best retro gear. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Impress friends and refine your palate with a deeper understanding of wine. Learn to assess the qualities of various varietals (like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay) through sensory cues such as smell, taste, and color. Newly appointed Bonanno Concepts wine director and advanced sommelier Kelly Wooldridge leads participants through the experience-based class. Sat noon-2 p.m.
Learn how to slice and roll sushi at home with this instructional class. Chef Shaun Motoda provides step-by-step instruction in creating a variety of sushi styles, including handrolls (cone-shaped), maki (rolls), nigiri (fish on top of rice), and futomaki (Japanese for "fat roll"). Students are welcomed with a cocktail and will indulge in the delicious sushi prepared in class. Sat noon-2 p.m.
Show off your snow-white winter tan lines in Copper Mountain's bikini contest. Sign up early and be ready to show the judges your creativity and flair as you speed downhill in your bikini or swim trunks. The first prize winner will receive a 2014 Copper Mountain ski pass. Jack’s Slopeside Grill & Bar will have St. Patrick’s Day specials, green beer, and live music for revelers not participating in the contest. Spectators can watch the fun free of charge. Sat 4 p.m.
Celebrate the symphony with the style and pageantry of a polo match. This polo-themed annual fundraiser is hosted by the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful Larson Barn. In addition to a champagne bar, auction items, and pony-less polo, the event will feature performances by the Steamboat String Quartet, Anna Roder, and Keri Rusthoi. Sat 6 p.m.-midnight.
No green beer here! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and whiskey instead. Dig into this five-course collaboration between Q’s Restaurant and Bushmills Irish Whiskey for a little of both. Each dish (expect seafood, pork, and the requisite corned beef) will be paired with a whiskey variety. Sat 6:30 p.m.
Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, of the 70s folk rock band America, are back on stage and once again performing the notorious singles their band is known for. With songs that blend pop, folk, and rock with an influence of Latin and jazz, jam out and enjoy the mellow groove. Don’t miss long-time singles such as “A Horse with No Name” and “Sister Golden Hair.” Sat 7:30 p.m.
No one embodies Mark Twain better than Hal Holbrook, who has been characterizing one of America’s favorite authors for more than 50 years in his Tony-award winning play. In a one-night-only event, Holbrook will once again don Twain’s famous white locks and suit, bringing humor and authenticity to his legendary one-man show. Expect readings from several of Twain’s writings, both dramatic and comedic along with improvisation from Holbrook, all while in character. Sat 7-9 p.m.
Want to see your favorite restaurant pros in action? Dine with an exclusive, table-side view as local chefs prepare your five-course dinner from start to finish right in front of you. Culinary artists—including Max McKissock of the Squeaky Bean, Jennifer Jasinski from Bistro Vendome, and Matt Selby from Corner House—create unique menus for individual tables. After dinner, participate in a silent auction featuring cooking classes, vacations, and a meal for eight prepared by a private chef in your home.
Check out this collaborative duo: folk rock icon Judy Collins, who released her first album in 1961, and the rock, acoustic, pop musician Ari Hest. For Collins’ spring tour Hest is performing eight opening shows in support of his recently released album The Fire Plays. A well-established singer and songwriter, Judy Collins is known for hits such as “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns,” while Hest’s music has been featured on various TV series, including Army Wives and One Tree Hill.
Breweries and brewers team up to host a festival in honor of our state's most delicious craft: beer. The week long celebration kicks off at the Falling Rock Tap House with more than 80 different Colorado breweries on tap. Other events include Right Coast Pizza's IPA week with specialty beers being tapped for one night only, Copper Mountain's Beer at the Base party with Boulder Beer, and special deals and tappings at breweries like Boulder's Upslope Brewing Company and Denver's Great Divide Brewing Company. Daily, times vary.
With all of the controversy surrounding gun legislation in Colorado, you might be surpised to know that 40 percent of Americans own guns. Fellow gun-owner and author Dan Baum tells their story in his newest book, Gun Guys, which explores our unique American fascination with firearms and the touchy politics surrounding gun ownership. The cost of a ticket can be put toward a copy of Gun Guys on the day of the event. Mon 7:30 p.m.
The mother of lead vocalist Scott Hutchinson dubbed her son a “frightened rabbit” because of his chronic shyness as a child. The nickname may have stuck, but this indie rock band is far from shy. Based out of Glasglow, Scotland, the band sings their quirky—and slightly folk-sounding—songs on stages around the world. Their most recent album—Pedestrian Verse—features the quintet experimenting with minor keys. Listen for standout songs such as “the Woodpile,” and “State Hospital.” Mon 8 p.m.
The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca boasts premium Pacific coastline and cuisine built around corn, beans, chili peppers, and its famous chocolate. This five-course, cocktail-paired dinner celebrates the tastes of Oaxaca, as part of an on-going regions of Mexico dinner series. Courses include a cocoa-grilled pork loin with mole verde and a huitlacoche (corn fungus known for its smoky flavor) tamale paired with the Zapoteca mezcal cocktail (Ilegal reposado, Bénédictine, Dubonnet Rouge, and Aztec bitters). Sat 6:30 p.m.
The NASTAR National Championship is coming back to the slopes where it began. For the first time since 1998, Snowmass will play host to the professional and recreational skiers who will battle for national titles in races that vary in divisions and styles. Between races make sure to check out a wide-offering of clinics, concerts, a Warren Miller movie showing, and autograph sessions with the pros. Wed 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thu-Fri 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Witness the grandfather of Pro/Am celebrity ski events at Vail's Golden Peak. The annual event founded by former President Gerald Ford is the longest running of its kind. Four days of races, concerts, and prizes kick off with the Conway Cup, an amateur team race, and ends with the Battle of Legends Relay, which pits former U.S. professionals against their international counterparts. Don't miss a free performance by southern rockers North Mississippi All-Stars. Wed 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Fri 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Peruse rows of the freshest four-wheel releases—green-energy machines, sleek-and-exotic roadsters, and specialty rides. With a showcase that displays more than 35 car lines—from the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lotus Exige S to the Toyota DUB Avalon and Kia’s Green Lantern Soul—delight in all of the new features of these vehicles. Questions? The factory reps are on hand to help out. Plus, don’t miss sneak peeks of upcoming cruisers such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Wed 5– 10 p.m.; Thu-Fri noon- 10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Learn to make sushi from Denver's local master. Sushi Den's Yasu Kizaki instructs this intimate, hands-on class (part of an on-going series) about the particulars of making more than 18 different pieces of sushi, including nigiri (raw fish on top of rice), California rolls, poki hand rolls and more. The class concludes with a sit down dinner, where participants get to enjoy the evening's creations. Wed 6:30 p.m.
Winemaker, member of the board of directors for the Napa Valley Vinters Association, and known as the "James Brown of the wine industry" for his boundless energy, Michael Honig hosts this indulgent wine-paired dinner. All five courses—including pan seared squab with a smoked maple bacon and onion tart—are paired with Napa Valley wines, such as a 2011 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc and a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Wed 6:30 p.m.
Join fellow food lovers for a culinary tour of tour downtown Boulder. The Pearl Street walking excursion keeps participants guessing, as the four tasting stops remain secret until arrival. The meeting spot will be revealed, via email, two days prior to the tour. Wed 7 p.m.
Dance to gypsy jazz music while getting amped on outdoor adventure. This evening bash—thrown by the Women’s Wilderness Institute—brings Boulder-based quartet band Sacrebleu! to the stage to perform upbeat acoustic swing music. Dish-up plates from Boulder’s eateries like Cantina Laredo, Evol Burritos, and Rueben’s Burger Bistro and cheers with local brews including Avery Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, and Upslope Brewing Co.
The art of dance is equal parts beauty and technique. At this performance, learn a thing or two about the “Limón technique”—a style focused on giving into the body’s natural expression through the control of weighted movement and breathing. Artistic Director Carla Maxwell combines her contemporary choreography with the late José Limón’s unique repertory. Expect passionate movement paired with technical refinement in these modern dances. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Here is an ode to the woman who started her mornings brushing her teeth and sharpening her tongue. Inspired by famed writer and critic Dorothy Parker, the plot follows a young Parker as she navigates her insecurities with her perceived inadequacy as a writer. Playwright Anne Welsbacher refuses to allow her witty protagonist to dismiss her talents by constructing scenes that allow the fictional Parker to find the contentment she was unable to realize in real life. The two-person act features Denver stars Billie McBride as Parker and Paul Page as her spirit guide, Janus. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Craig Shoemaker’s new stand-up comedy act—the Lovemaster Unzipped—holds nothing back when it comes to the naughty side of love. The nationally acclaimed comedian, who was named Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards, breathes new life into the term 'dirty talk.' Shoemaker has appeared on television shows such as the View and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
From the pubs of Leeds, England, this band of brothers, cousins, and a friend is finding its footing in the United States. Emotional lyrics coast over multi-part harmonies and ample guitar riffs on the group's newest release, Leaving the Rose. The album includes acoustic versions of tunes from the Dunwells debut, Blind Sighted Faith, plus a cover of “Hide and Seek” by electronic-pop artist Imogen Heap. The band's live show is an amalgam of rock, folk, pop, and traditional Celtic influences. Thu 9 p.m.
Let the drums be your guide. The spirit-filled weekend welcomes an array of vibrant dance styles and regalia—you'll see intricate headdresses woven of porcupine and deer hair and topped with eagle feathers, and colorful fabrics with adornments of animal bones, beads, and fur. With 1,600 dancers expected to attend, this powwow congregates nearly 100 tribes from 38 states and three Canadian provinces. Fri-Sun times vary.
When he wasn’t busy serving as president of the United States or writing the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson spent his spare time writing his own Bible. Come see this rare 1820s document—on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History—which reveals exceptional insights into the moral and religious beliefs of one of our Founding Fathers. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
While a brush is the weapon of choice for most painters, Lyudmila Agrich instead picks up the palette knife when she constructs many of her textured paintings. With bold colors—such as teals, crimsons, and canary yellows—and confident strokes, Agrich aims to capture quite moments in everyday life. Be it a depiction of a quaint landscape or cozy snapshot at a café, she attempts to convey universal emotions with her art. Originally from Russia, this contemporary—and at times abstract—artist now finds inspiration from the people and places in her new home of Denver.
Playwright and performer Herbert Siguenza brings artist Pablo Picasso to life in his live-action painting, one-man performance. Siguenza, of the Latino comedy troupe Culture Clash, depicts one weekend of Picasso’s life at the height of his career in the late 1960s. (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.)
For the U.S. men's national team, the path to Brazil begins in Denver. If the red, white, and blue hopes to make its way into the 2014 World Cup's field of 32, a win on Colorado soil against Costa Rica is critical. A February loss to Honduras in the first qualifying match sets them back in the group standings, but plenty of time remains for coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his players to rally back ahead of the fray. Tickets may be tough to come by but keep digging and get the chance cheer on Team U.S.A. Fri 8 p.m.
Discover Melisa Ferrick's independent spirit and music in this concert highlighting her acoustic-heavy sound in an intimate setting. Instruments like the drum and cello will accompany Ferrick’s musky voice in her performance of songs from her newest album The Truth Is and popular tunes from her 16 previous records. Fri 7 p.m.
If you missed the previous Calling All Dawns performances (which debuted to sell-out crowds and standing ovations), here's your chance to catch an encore. A collaboration between Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Fairview High School, and Kim Robards Dance, the show is staged in three movements—day, night, and dawn—which correspond to the cycles of life, death, and rebirth.
Residents of Washington, D.C. by way of the Caribbean, brothers Rootz and Zeebo founded reggae group See-I in the late ’80s. The band’s signature reggae sounds are peppered with hip-hop and groove influences, often assisted by frequent collaborations with members of electronic group Thievery Corporation, who will be sharing the stage during the show. Also co-headlining the evening is instrumental group Toubab Krewe, which sends traditional African music through a soulful, funk-influenced jam-band filter. Fri 9 p.m.
This is the debut of a Colorado pair that makes total sense: beer and boarding. Sample unlimited brews by 22 local breweries from 2 to 5 p.m., then sit back and watch (or participate in) a rail jam featuring a 25-foot ski ramp. The family-friendly day also includes music, a kid zone (pictured), and local food. Plus, it benefits three nonprofits: SOS Outreach, A Woman's Work, and the Colorado Brewers Guild. Sat 2-7 p.m.
Cool off with rum 'n' cider or a chillded beer. The sleeveless ensemble is mandatory but you’ll stay plenty warm in your vest. Prizes go out to the hottest vests of the night. Don’t forget to enter the raffle drawing for a grab bag of awesome wins, which include Patagoina vests, Rockmount western wear, and Illegal Pete's or Highland Tap & Burger gift cards.
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Las Vegas may be best known for its flashy casinos, but its history of producing top-caliber rock acts is equally impressive. Imagine Dragons—dubbed one of 2012’s brightest new stars by Billboard magazine—is another Sin City success story. The band's grand, electronically embellished rock show will include its hit single “It’s Time” and other tracks from its first full-length album, Night Visions. Opening acts include Australian indie-rock band Atlas Genius and California rock outfit Nico Vega. Sat 7 p.m.
There is world music that holds fast to tradition—and then there’s world music that is so energized and unique that it blurs borders. Balkan Beat Box, which broke out of New York City in 2005, fits the latter. The acclaimed electronic group is influenced by a smorgasbord of international sonic textures (Israeli, gypsy, Middle Eastern, among others) and brings the power of invention and activism to the stage. Sat 8 p.m.
Actor and comedian Chris Tucker takes the stage for a night of side-cracking standup on his new comedy tour. You might recognize him from the Rush Hour films, where he played the role of Detective James Carter, or from his appearance in the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook. Famous for his lightning-fast improvisation, no two shows are ever the same. Sat 8 p.m.
Fresh off of the release of his newest album Tooth & Nail, British singer/songwriter Billy Bragg will bring his alternative rock songs to Denver for this one-night-only event. Heavy with electric guitar and political lyrics, Bragg hopes his music inspires audiences into activism and change. Sat 8 p.m.
Theory meets art in this dance premiere. Artistic Director James Wallace explores his conceptualization of the conflicting condition of Dissonance Theory within the context of physical movement; he resolves the cognitive contentions characteristic of the theory with a shift from unstable to harmonious choreography. The performance pairs German pianist Johannes Brahm’s Classical compositions with the nuanced and expressive choreography of ballet. Sun 3-4:30 p.m.
Don't let your kids be lazy bones during their break from school. Keep them active at this archeology-themed day camp where kids will tour the exhibit Prehistoric Journey and get their hands on some cool fossils for an up-close look. The little paleontologists can test out their excavation skills at a staged mock dig. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Get to know your favorite wild animals better at this Denver Zoo day camp during spring break. Kids discover the history of the zoo’s critters while exploring the park’s various exhibits. Then, they learn what the jungle dwellers have in common with famous animals from classic movies and stories. Designed for children pre-K to fifth grade. Mar 25 8:00 a.m.-1 p.m.
What better way to tell the tale of Don Quixote than through the eyes of the novel's author? Imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition and awaiting trial, this musical tells the story of Miguel de Cervantes. To save his life’s work he acts out his novel with his fellow prisoners, and thus begins the tale of Don Quixote de la Mancha, the windmill-jousting mad knight on a quest with his sidekick Sancho Panza. (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.)
Created by SFJAZZ—a San Francisco nonprofit dedicated to jazz education and performance—this eight-member troupe boasts some of modern jazz’s biggest names, including Stefon Harris, David Sánchez, and Robin Eubanks. The members fuse their multi-national roots—they hail from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, New Zealand, Israel, and the United States—as they perform the music of a different genre great each year. On this tour, the troupe will be paying homage to Chick Corea, a lauded jazz-fusion pianist and composer who has won 20 Grammy Awards out of a staggering 61 nominations. Tue 7:30 p.m.
This troupe of nationally and internationally recognized dancers may not have pointed ears or pots of gold, but their precise Irish dance steps make you think they possess a little leprechaun magic. The show, which has been running for more than 15 years, returns to Colorado just after St. Patrick’s Day. Traditional Celtic music, composed from flutes, fiddles, and crooning bagpipes, sets the beat for more than 40 dancers telling a passionate love story by tapping, leaping, and kicking across the stage. Tue 7:30 p.m.
While it may have started out as one of five fictitious trailers for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s movie Grindhouse, this action-horror flick morphed from a teaser to a full-length feature film in 2011. Presented in the Mile High Horror Film Festival, this Canadian production follows a hobo who acquires—as the title bluntly reveals—a shotgun and begins a crusade righting the many wrongs in his home of Hope Town. Saving prostitutes, slaying corrupt cops, and hunting down a pedophilic Santa Claus are just a few of the ways this vagabond vigilante cleans up his city.
Bill Cosby, Al Pacino, Michael Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Mike Tyson all on one stage? This may seem like an impossible gathering, but comedian and voice artist Aries Spears makes it happen. Spears—a longtime cast member on Fox’s retired sketch comedy show Mad TV—is known for cracking jokes about society’s strange habits and resurrecting some of America’s most adorned icons with his impersonations. Wed-Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.; Sat 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Psychedelic tree houses teem with activity in artist Scott Zbryk's new paintings. His artwork mixes architectural background, fantasy, and technical drawing to produce colorful mixed media drawings and collages filled with complexity worthy of M. C. Escher. This show will feature works from his Urban Galaxies Series and his Tree House Mixed Media Series. Thu noon-6 p.m., Fri noon-9 p.m., Sat noon-6 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m.
Nature and technology don’t often mix, but Paul Jacobsen’s newest exhibit brings these two together in artistic harmony. Digitally altered photographs of nomadic villages and mountain ranges focus on the juxtaposition of using technology to produce nature-focused art. This contrast encourages dialogue amongst viewers concerning the rise of modern technology in a natural world. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.
This conveniently scheduled—over your lunch break—cooking demonstration exhibits the art of the macaroon. An ideal treat for Passover, the petit coconut cookie becomes a real indulgence when dipped in chocolate. Don't miss the samples given at the end of the class. Thu noon-1 p.m.
Colorado native Paul Jacobsen combines his knowledge of light and natural spaces with an exploration of technology. His painted and charcoal landscape works could almost be photographs thanks to an intense but delicate balance of light, color, and detail. Meet the now-Brooklyn-based Jacobsen at the opening night reception. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m. or by appointment.
Blending classical music and pulsating dupstep beats, this skillful violinist has amassed an impressive online following. Her YouTube channel boasts more than one million subscribers and more than 209 million views, all in addition to the hordes of viewers that watched her compete on America’s Got Talent. Listen as thunderous electronic elements underline Stirling’s violin on sweeping original compositions and covers of themes to popular video games, such as the Legend of Zelda and Skyrim. Thu 8 p.m.
Discover the darker side of stand-up comedy in this documentary following the rising career of comedian Eddie Pepitone. Director Steven Feinartz gives audiences a backstage look into the stand-up industry through his focus on Pepitone’s rising celebrity, self-doubt, and on-stage rage. Original animation and interviews with comedic headliners Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, and Patton Oswalt bring insight to this comedian on the cusp of fame. Thu 7 p.m.
Indie film fanatics and casual movie-goers alike will be entertained at this event featuring screenings of more than 50 different films. From documentaries to blockbuster comedies, a gamut of genres will be represented at this four-day festival. Don’t miss the highly-anticipated premier of Disconnect, a drama starting Jason Bateman that is centered around a group of people trying to create personal connections in today’s technological world. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Telling the uproarious and eventful tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, this Tony Award-winning musical features the sword-wielding men’s search for the infamous Holy Grail. Their quest, however, is frequently interrupted by a slew of predicaments, which the cast solves in creative yet outrageous ways—like catapulting cows over castle walls. With songs like “Always look on the Bright Side of Life,” and themes plucked from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this play will keep you laughing—and looking out for falling bovine.
This beloved, Boulder-based bluegrass jam band is on the cusp of hitting the quarter-century milestone. The group has amassed a devoted local following over the years, thanks to near-constant performances and eight albums, the most recent of which was last year’s Aquatic Hitchhiker. Expect Leftover Salmon’s signature folk-rock sound, which arrives via banjo, guitar, and percussion. Thu 9 p.m.-Sat 9 p.m.
Founded in Portland, this many-member collective just celebrated its 10th anniversary of creating hyperenergetic, genre-bending party music. Each performance includes roughly 20 performers—clad in self-made, traditionally theatrical marching band garb—culled from a team of 30 horn players, drummers, guitarists, singers, and acrobatic dancers. Listen as the high-school football halftime music you love gets amped up with anything from American jazz to groovy Brazilian samba beats. Thu 9 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the rich colors and textures of Iranian life. Poetic Abstraction features the work of Iranian-born artist Abbas Khajeaian. Inspired by Persian poetry and philosophy, Khajeaian’s paintings are based on Persian miniatures and the blue, yellow, and purple colors of his native culture. Wed-Sat 1-5 p.m., first and third Fri 4-8 p.m.
Enjoy the nostalgic charm of black and white in the winning entries of Tbellphotographic's photography contest. Twenty images from around the country were chosen by a panel of 13 judges, hence the show’s title: 20x13. Portrait, still life, natural images are unified by the clean lines of black and white. Many of the artists hail from Denver, including Sara Bobeldyk and Fritz Penning. Fri 6-9 p.m., Sat 1-3 p.m.
Enter into the world of once upon a time. The collection of mystical art pieces forces viewers to consider the influence that the supernatural has on everyday life. The fantasy-themed pieces vary stylistically, but all work to reveal a theme of mythological intrigue. Keep an eye out for a surprise release from artist Kidrobot at the event. Fri 6-10 p.m. Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Why not learn how to prepare a delicious Easter meal for the family while spending some quality time with your significant other? At Stir Cooking School's date-night class, you'll discover the ins and outs of making arugula and goat cheese soufflés, pan-seared sea bass with Champagne beurre blanc, and lemon-ricotta tiramisù. All that's missing is dyed eggs. Heads up: Classes fill up quickly. If this one does, check out Saturday's Spring Fruit Desserts lesson and add sweetness to any Easter meal. Wed 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Welcome to the city of cubes. Artist Jeneve Parrish sketches realist-style images that depict labyrinths of twist and turns. The dimensional portraits are Parrish's large scale exploration of space and light. Check out the geometrical sprawls of varying views of the light saturated images. Fri 6-10 p.m. Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m.
Jump into a version of Jumanji as you observe traditional, interactive, and electronic games come to life. This multimedia stage performance brings movement to inanimate objects: dancers become a sweep of chess pieces, enact playground games, and embody the mysterious characters of Clue. Through a blend of tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, swing, tango, modern, and hip-hop, this kinetic performance praises playground, board, and video games with a fresh and physical representation.
Witness a visceral yet elegant story about equality and human rights as told though dance by the Colorado Ballet. Follow one Holocaust survivor’s journey in this contemporary ballet set to music composed by Philip Glass, Arvo Part, and others. Through original choreography, Light demonstrates the strength of the human spirit even in the face of discrimination and hardship. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Lianne La Havas should probably start clearing some space on her trophy shelf. The English-born soulful R&B musician has just one full-length album—last year’s Is Your Love Big Enough?—under her belt, but its fresh combo of jazzy vocals, skilled songwriting, and classic guitar have already helped her rake in such accolades as iTunes 2012 Album of the Year and nominations for the Mercury Prize and BBC’s Sound of 2012. La Havas' opening act is somber blues crooner, and fellow Sound of 2012 nominee, Jamie N Commons. Fri 8:30 p.m.
They haven't been together long, but the Cave Singers are making up for lost time with their ever-evolving folk style. After the release of their decorated debut album Invitation Songs, the Seattle group put its mark on today's alternative music scenery. The band brings it's unique allure with Pollens, the night's opening act. Fri 9 p.m.
Saint Thyagaraja is considered one of the greatest South Indian composers in history, writing hundreds of pieces during the 18th and 19th centuries and helping Carnatic music become one of his homeland's most renowned cultural hallmarks. During this annual festival, professional performers and local participants—some competing for prizes—will pay homage to Thyagaraja's legacy and Carnatic traditions with vocal, instrumental, and dance performances. Can’t make it?
Make like the Easter Bunny and hop, or run, through City Park. In addition to the 5K and 10K runs, events include a 1K Rabbit Rush, an Easter Egg Hunt, and pictures with the actual Easter Bunny for the kids. Proceeds benefit Action for Amyloidosis, which is raising awareness for the life-threatening disease that affects major organs. Sat 9 a.m.
Hop aboard the Bunny Express at the Colorado Railroad Museum’s annual Easter-themed train ride. Enjoy spring-inspired treats and remember to snag a photo of the kids with the Easter bunny. Enjoy all these festivities in the vintage passenger coach then stop by the museum’s homage to old-fashioned locomotives. Sat 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m.
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to rock. This inaugural, mobile bash shepherds attendees to five different venues to watch five bands in just four hours. The action kicks off at Casselman’s Bar and Venue before traipsing to four other downtown watering holes, including Scruffy Murphy’s, the Meadowlark, and the Retro Room. Partiers then return to Casselman’s for the evening’s main attractions, a CD release show for local rockers the Driftin’ Suns. Register early, as admission increases after Feb. 15. Sat 3 p.m.
Neo-soul icon Erykah Badu's first album, Baduizm, brought fierce integrity and streetwise grit to the R&B landscape. The singer's bluesy phrasings reminded listeners of classic jazz vocalists while also offering heavy hip-hop beats and a modern take on female liberation. See Badu perform 1997's Baduizm in its entirety. Sat 7 p.m.
Italian culture is revered for its romance. Composed by Mozart in the 18th century, this opera tells the satirical story of a romantic extreme: a young Italian nobleman who hoodwinks and lures women into licentious acts. The story is a blend of comedy, melodrama, and paranormal elements, and is reset in 195os Italy. As you enjoy the instrumentation and vocal performance, find out if Giovanni continues to seduce women or if a supernatural being puts an end to his immoral path. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Tue 7:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
San Francisco comic Chris Garcia (pictured) joins locals Bobby Crane and Ben Roy for a night of side-splitting improv. The premise: In act one, each performer takes the stage for a short set. Audience members then text topics they want that comic to improvise about in act two. Act three is a speed round to burn through all the unused texts. Past shows have covered everything from "hipster royalty" to "Narnia porn."
Unwind after a visit from the Easter bunny with an elegant three-course brunch. Enjoy a mimosa—vintage champagne and fresh-squeezed orange juice—with a first course of crab cake, goat cheese beignets, salad, or smoked salmon tartare, followed by your choice of main including slow-roasted leg of lamb, eggs Benedict, and cornflake crusted French toast. Linger over dessert with a Meyer lemon curd tart, bread pudding, crème brûlèe, or tiramisù. Sun 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.