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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.