04/2013

Swamp Thing

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 10:22am

To say that scientist Alec Holland’s experiment went awry is to put it lightly. While trying to create an animal-plant hybrid, Holland’s work is sabotaged by villain Anton Arcane. After he’s transformed into a monster—a moss-covered, mutated creature known as the Swamp Thing—Holland refuses to let himself become evil. Can he use his new found powers to save his love interest and bring Arcane to justice? This 1982 science fiction film, directed by Wes Craven, was based on a comic book series of the same name. Mon 7 p.m.

 

High West Oyster Fest

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:23am

Celebrate oyster month with Jax Fish House's first annual oyster festival. Yup, oyster festival. Events include a shucking competition—featuring some of the fastest shuckers from across the globe, oyster eating contest, and live entertainment by funk band Juno What?!. Enter the sweepstakes for prizes from Folsom Skis, Patagonia, and more. Guests will snack on fresh oysters and sip on Odell Brewing Company's Emerson Oyster (the Rocky Mountain variety) Stout. Tue 6 p.m.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 11:20am

Turn the page back a few decades and groove along to the timeless jams of Bob Seger. Virtually everyone can sing along to the midwest rocker's catchy classics, like the iconic "Old Time Rock and Roll" and "Like a Rock". At 67-years old, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, is still roaring with the same forceful sound that made him a legend. Tues 7:30 p.m.

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 9:40pm

In May 2011, Stevie Nicks released her seventh solo album, In Your Dreams. The long-awaited work—a collaboration between Nicks and Dave Stewart (best known as half of Eurythmics)— landed Nicks on Billboard's Top Ten for the fifth time in her solo career. Now, fans can see the partnership unfold on film.

Patrick Kikut: Western Road Movie

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 9:40am

The wide-open road and classic Western films merge in Wyoming artist Patrick Kikut’s newest exhibition. Inspired by his love of highway travel, the paintings blend movie imagery, traditional landscapes, and pop art into a commentary on the modern West and man's ecological irresponsibility. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

The Showcase

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 9:47pm

The "C" in Colorado might as well stand for craft. Denver may be known for its breweries, but this night the Mile High City celebrates the craft distilleries. Sample signature spirits from Colorado distilleries like Dancing Pines, Spring 44, and Leopold Brothers. From farther away, take nips from California's Greenbar Collective, New Mexico's Sante Fe Spirits, and Wisconsin's Great Lakes Distillery. The evening is part of DSTILL, a weeklong conference devoted to small batch distilleries. Wed 6-10 p.m.

 

Bunk with the Beasts

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 10:33am

 

Get ready to sleep with the lions—or close to them at least. During an overnight stay at this jungle-themed camp, your little nature explorers will investigate the layers of the rainforest as well as the curious creatures that inhabit it. The stay includes games about the tropical forest and a tour of some of the zoo’s exhibits. Before tucking in for the night, test out some nocturnal vision simulations in a night vision goggle activity. Ages 6-12. Wed-Thu 6:30 p.m.-10 a.m.

 

An Evening with Michael Nesmith

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:02pm

Since uttering that infamous “Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees!” theme song nearly half a century ago, this one-time TV-boy-band member has built a storied career yielding 15 albums, the inaugural Grammy award for a music video, and a credit as a force behind the creation of MTV. Now embarking on his first solo tour of the United States in three decades, Michael Nesmith will draw from his expansive catalogue of country rock. Talk about a victory lap. Wed 7:30 p.m.

 

21st Century DNA

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:53pm

Passion, sacrifice, and culture: three disjointed concepts that find unity in Denver-based artist Xi Zhang’s latest exhibit. Look for the acrylic piece Angry Bird, featuring characters from the popular video game. It is just one of the many satirical statements Zhang makes on today’s modern dependence on technology. Thu-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Lore

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 3:23pm

Turning the typical World War II plot on its head, this film tells the story of five German siblings left to fend for themselves in the wake of the Allied victory. After their Nazi parents are arrested, 14-year-old Lore leads her siblings hundreds of miles across war-ravaged Germany to reach their grandmother. After a childhood inundated with Nazi propaganda, Lore struggles to accept another refuge, Thomas, when she learns of his Jewish heritage. Thu 2 p.m.

Thirsty Thursday

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:37am

Join an official bar hopping tour where education is—almost—as important as the beverages. Experience three downtown Boulder bars and learn the art of a well-crafted cocktail from top mixologists such as Bryan Dayton of Oak at Fourteenth. Participants will walk to and from each location. Thu 3-5:30 p.m.

Singletrack High

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 9:23am

Everyone remembers the age where riding your bike suddenly isn’t cool. But the biking never stops for hundreds of student-athletes of the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League. Each spring they spend six weekends racing down mountains and tearing across the pavement. This film’s Colorado premiere is presented by the Colorado High School Cycling League, and all proceeds will benefit the league. Thu 7 p.m.

Rodeo All-Star Weekend

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 8:20pm

Trade in your ski boots and dust off your cowboy boots. Rodeo stars from around the country tow their trailers to Denver to kick up dust riding bareback, mutton bustin', and bull riding for a shot at a $140,000 prize. Outside the arena, stop by the Grizzly Rose for weekend's kickoff party, chow down with riders at the breakfast of champions, and take in the hottest western wear at the fashion show. Thu-Sat, times vary. 

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 7:13pm

The raunchy Fifty Shades of Grey book trilogy is back...as a musical. Combine all the naughty plot lines from the tale of an average college student tangled in the lustful world of billionaire Christian Grey with a Saturday Night Live meets Chippendales sketch-style comedy. Don't think it will be any less dirty than the pages of the E.L. James novel, it just adds a few risqué showtunes.

Upstream Color

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:20pm

A young woman named Kris is drugged and kidnapped by a man who brainwashes her with organic material from a specific type of orchid. She later meets and falls in love with a man named Jeff, and they realize—not through dialogue, but through shared scars, thoughts, and memories—that he may have been subjected to the same treatment.

Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 12:05pm

“Hey, good lookin', Whatcha got cookin'?” croons Williams in his Grammy Hall of Fame tune, “Hey Good Lookin.’” Now, see what’s cookin' on stage: enjoy this biographical musical—which features more than 20 of Williams’ hit songs—as you observe the narrative of this exalted 1940s and ’50s singer-songwriter. Williams had a monumental influence on country music’s musicians and tunes and has inspired a variety of renowned performers—such as Bob Dylan and Norah Jones—who cover his songs.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 10:54am

To many, the ukulele is a silly instrument, the gimmick of novelty acts rather than a tool for serious musicians. Not in the hands of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. One minute, the group of well-dressed, virtuosic Brits are playing intricate, sophisticated classical tunes; the next, they're plucking a Nirvana cover or the theme song from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. It's no wonder they've charmed concertgoers around the globe. Thu 7:30 p.m.

Spiritualized

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 1:19pm

Come watch the mellow and hypnotizing performance of this psychedelic space rock band. The musician's lyrics and harmony will lead you through a thought-provoking journey. Singer and guitarist Jason Pierce is the front man for Spiritualized, an alternative and symphonic rock band from the U.K. The band has evolved continuously—gaining and losing band members—since its start-up in 1990. The 2012 album release, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, delivers melodic and transcendental experimental songs fused with electronic renderings and gospel hymns. Thu 8 p.m.

 

The Airborne Toxic Event

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 3:17pm

Borrowed from Don Delillo’s novel White Noise, the “airborne toxic event” is a dark haze that foreshadows death. In paradox, the Airborne Toxic Event is full of vitality. The band launches its tour with the release of a four-song EP, the Secret. Singer-songwriter Mikel Jollett fronts the indie rock band, which includes drummer Daren Taylor, bassist Noah Harmon, keyboardist Steven Chen, and viola player Anna Bulbrook.

Shift

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 1:45pm

Discover the next Van Gogh or Degas at this exhibit featuring work from Metropolitan State University of Denver’s advance drawing classes. While students receive the opportunity to display their matured portfolios in a realistic gallery setting, viewers get an exclusive preview into the future of the Denver art scene. A wide range of pieces will be shown, from realistic portraits to abstract animal caricatures. Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Masks

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 9:41am

Witness a different type of masquerade at this display of more than 150 different masks created by local artists, students, and community members of Northern Colorado. From dogs to geishas, a wide variety of faces will be showcased and auctioned for charity at the end of the month. Participants were encouraged to paint, embellish, smash, or enlarge their masks—whatever helped them express their own unique artistic talent. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

 

Knock It Out!

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:57pm

Give cancer a well-deserved kick in the butt at this art show benefiting the Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHSF). Contributing to the fundraiser is Denver-based artist Jason Thielke, known for using tight lines and loose brushstrokes to create paintings of realistic human faces. All original artwork sales will be donated to LHSF, which conducts bone marrow drives at major musical events. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Silence

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 9:19am

Sometimes history repeats itself in the worst way possible. In 1986 a murdered young girl is found in a field of wheat, her bicycle left nearby. No suspects emerge, and the killer is never found. Twenty-three years later the murder strikes again, leaving another victim dead alongside her bicycle in the same field. Directed by Swiss-born Baran bo Odar, this edge-of-your-seat thriller dives into the webs of grief, guilt, and suspicion left behind in the wake of the murders. Fri 1 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

From Up on Poppy Hill

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 9:41am

Revisit the art of animation with this award-winning Japanese cartoon. The story centers around Umi and Shun’s fight to save their high school’s clubhouse from demolition, and the romance that inevitably develops between the two. Directed by Goro Miyazaki, the movie was the winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation and 2011’s top-grossing Japanese film. Fri 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

Heidi Jung: Black and White

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 11:46am

Heidi Jung has come full circle. She began her career at Arvada’s Jefferson High School in 1989—now, she returns to the city as a thriving professional artist. Jung's natural-looking works, framed in black and white, are created with ink, charcoal, and acrylics. In one more link to her past, this exhibit features a number of pieces that Jung created in collaboration with the art teacher who inspired her years ago. Days, times vary.

Pictured: knot I, 2013, ink on vellum 40"x40" 

 

Harvest of Empire

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 9:31am

We all read about the immigration debate in the paper, but most of us never hear the personal stories behind the news. During the past 60 years, millions of Latino families left their homes to emigrate to the United States. Based on a book of the same name by Juan González—a journalist and co-host of Democracy Now! daily news hour—this film examines the political and social environment that began the wave of immigration. Fri 7 p.m.

Paranormal Murder

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 4:27pm

There’s nothing like a good murder to stir up an appetite, right? Set in early twentieth century England, an array of personalities—magicians, detectives, and more—gather for a séance when murder strikes. Meet the characters, get a palm reading, and snoop around the venue—a 1930s mortuary-turned-theater—during the cocktail hour before dinner. Be prepared, these guys give new meaning to the term stiff drink—cocktails are served from the infamous casket bar. Fri-Sat 6:30 p.m. 

 

Paul Reiser

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 12:20pm

Actor, comedian, and father Paul Reiser finds ways to extract humor from some of the most relatable problems—honeymoon blunders, struggles with pregnancy, and diaper-changing disasters. As co-creator and star of the 1990s NBC sitcom Mad About You, Reiser played a newlywed who struggled—humorously—while adjusting to the married life. Nominated for Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and American Comedy Awards, Reiser also found success writing the biographical books, Couplehood, Babyhood, and Familyhood. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

 

On Golden Pond

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 12:40pm

Ethel and Norman Thayer have spent the past 48 summers in their lake house on Golden Pond. However, this year—the year Norman turns 80—the married couple begins to feel strains brought on by old age. Generations collide when the couple’s grown daughter—Chelsea, who had a tumultuous relationship with her father—visits with her boyfriend and his 13-year-old son. Written by Ernest Thompson, this heartfelt play explores the idea of aging and shows both the positive and negative implications of growing older. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

 

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 1:11pm

Governors, senators, even college football champions, know there’s only one place to go to purchase a little pleasure. And, that’s Miss Mona Stangley’s Chicken Ranch. While the name sounds poultry-inspired, Stangley sure isn’t selling drumsticks and chicken thighs. The girls of the Chicken Ranch work hard for their sin-soaked money, that is, until crusading television reporter Melvin Thorpe shines a spotlight onto the brothel.

I Am My Own Wife

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:23pm

I Am My Own Wife, winner of a Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is based on the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (born Lothar Berfelde), a transgender person who survived both the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin as an openly—and flamboyantly—gay man. In this hour-long, festival version of the show, actor Greg Alan West plays more than 20 characters, seamlessly transitioning from humorous to grim. Each performance will be followed by a talkback session. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Denise Goetz

Sense and Sensibility the Musical

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:02pm

Let your heart melt with this novel-turned musical about all the highs and lows of love. Originally a novel by Jane Austen, the timeless tale features Elinor and Marianne Dashwood—sisters who recently fell into hardship—and their quest for love. Songs with catchy beats and witty lyrics such as “That’s Not Love” and “With me Beside You” give this classic a modern boost while still highlighting Austen’s power with language. 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.

 

Supergirl Snow Pro

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 3:56pm

Move aside boys, it's time for the ladies to show off their ability to shred. Join 25 of the world's best snowboarders for the seventh year of the women's slope-style snowboarding competition - the only televised all-female snowboarding competition in the United States.

Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 8:21pm

Experience the movement and beauty of Edgar Degas' works as he did: surrounded by the inspiration of his peers. This rarely viewed exhibition goes beyond the ballerinas Degas is best known for to showcase a selection of drawings, prints, and photographs by the illustrious French artist, as well as works by his friends and colleagues from the Impressionist period. Stop by on opening day (April 6) or on May 4 to witness ballerinas bringing Degas' work to life. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kayaks on Snow

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 1:16pm

Whoever said that kayaks only belong on rapids? Kayak down Monarch Mountain in the signature event that combines the water sport with a sledding twist. Kayakers race down a customized course of banks and hills before splashing into an icy pond. If getting soaking wet in the cold isn't your thing, come to cheer on the brave racers with a cup of cocoa in hand. Sat 10 a.m. 

Paper Marbling Workshop

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 4:15pm

Try your hand at paper marbling, a decorative art widely used by European bookbinders from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Its original practicioners kept the process a secret, but now you too can learn to make colorfuly patterned paper that resembles the swirls and blotches of cut marble. You can also buy materials to make more at home for use as stationary or unique craft paper. Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Indeterminate Geography

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 10:09pm

Step into their world as this group of artists reveals how they each view the way they inhabit of their own environments. The geography-themed exhibition—a graduate thesis project completed by four CU Boulder students—explores elements of nature and the way various aspects of earth interact. Look at Ashley Eliza William’s examination of balance between Earth’s past and future in her expressive paintings and Ryan Wade Ruehlen’s video and media distortions of materials to represent his perception of decomposition and creation. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Winter Park Wipeout

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 2:44pm

Scavenger hunts aren't just for the kids anymore. Snow tube, sled, and run your way through snow-riddled course with a select team of friends as you join hundreds of other racers in navigating the  puzzles of Winter Park. Following the race will be a dance party, bonfire, and cold beer. Each registrant receives a two-for-one deal on lift tickets for the remainder of the ski season. Sat 3 p.m.

NightSparks: Shining Light through the Darkness

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:57pm

Help to improve the peace and well-being of cancer patients by dancing to live music from the CopperTones, who will be performing classic rock, disco, top 40, Motown funk, and swing. This formal evening includes dinner followed by silent and live auctions with emcee Chris Parente, the host and anchor of the Everyday Show. Proceeds benefit LifeSpark Cancer Resources, a nonprofit that provides Reiki and Healing Touch therapies for men and women who are experiencing cancer. Sat 6-8 p.m.

Peak Education’s Magic of Two

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:52pm

Dance to the beat of Big Horn—featuring Susan Rissman—while empowering youth with educational opportunities. Bid on the live auction’s dazzling and exotic getaways, dine on gourmet food and wine, sip cocktails, and applaud the achievements of Peak Education Scholars. Proceeds benefit Peak Education, an organization that breaks generational poverty by providing opportunities and assisting lower-income students in high school and advanced degree programs. Sat 6-9 p.m.

 

Art&Soul Gala

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:22pm

Join Denver’s art aficionados in celebration of the community’s ever-expanding art renaissance. Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Art Students League of Denver, the evening includes a dueling artist showcase that invites League artists—with a variety of styles and media backgrounds—to create live from-the-floor art throughout the evening. Delight in creative dishes and sip cocktails while browsing the fine art auction and exhibit.

Celebration of the Heart

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 1:41pm

Celebrate the philanthropy of Community Ministry by dancing to the live jazz, rock 'n' roll, and swing performance of Prestige while enjoying hors d-oeuvres from the Pinehurst Country Club. Participate in the silent and live auctions as you applaud the announcement of this year’s recipient of the Philanthropy and Community Encouragement award, recognizing an individual who has shared both monetary and hands-on contributions with the community.

Sigur Rós

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:06pm

On its newest release, Valtari, this Icelandic trio furthers its signature, enigmatic style with singer—and composer of the score to 2011 film We Bought a Zoo—Jónsi’s ethereal, falsetto-like vocals cascading over a swell of ambient instrumentation as luscious and grand as the group’s homeland. And if the live show’s opulent orchestration isn’t enough, North American tour attendees receive a free digital copy of a three-track EP with their ticket. Sat 8 p.m.

 

bRUNch

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 8:28pm

The perfect Sunday in Denver: enjoying the sunshine outside followed by a yummy brunch—and maybe a mimosa or two. bRUNch Running satisfies those cravings. The brand-new running group meets every Sunday for a 5K or 10K run, then dashes off to Denver restaurant (locations change weekly) for libations and good eats. The inaugural workout-meets-refueling is at Jonesy's Eat Bar. Tip: If you're just in it for the brunch, that's OK, too. Sun 10 a.m. 

The Listener

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 2:27pm

Imagine a symphony hall packed with children. How does an orchestra keep little ones’ attention? The Colorado Symphony has created a remedy with The Listener, a musical and interactive stage performance that's meant to keep the whole family engaged. While the orchestra performs songs—from Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 to Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Swans—two actors from the Magic Circle Mime Company carry a narrative on stage (and in the audience) through miming, singing, tap dancing, and ballet.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 4:50pm

Move on the dance floor to this American ska-core band—a mesh of ska, punk rock, and hardcore. First started in the 1980s, the band became a pivotal inspiration to the genre in the succeeding decade. Heavy bass strums and drumbeats mixed with the horn ensemble’s peppy, high-paced notes create the musician’s contagious upbeat energy. Don’t miss Dicky Barrett’s vocals, bass guitarist Joe Gittleman, tenor saxophonist Tim Burton, and the dancer—yes, the official dancer—Ben Carr, and their hit songs such as, “the Impression That I Get,” and “Where’d You Go?" Sun 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Skiing Heritage Week

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 2:29pm

Parties are always more fun with skiiers. Celebrate Vail's 50th anniversary with a week-long  gathering put on by the International Skiing History Association. The week  of ski films, dinners, parties, and recreational skiing, will conclude with a Pro-Am benefit race and the Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year's inductees include legendary slope masters like Wayne Wong, Jerem Bloom, and Kristen Clark. Daily, times vary. 

The Architect's Perspective: Brad Cloepfil

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 2:40pm

The 28,500 square-foot concrete and edgy Clyfford Still Museum demands attention. Learn more about how Still’s abstract expressionism inspired the architectural design of this facility—the sole Still museum in existence. The artist's will stipulates that the entirety of his work must be housed in one permanent museum. Brad Cloepfil, the museum’s architect, will launch a new publication, Clyfford Still Museum: Allied Works Architecture, and share his understanding of Still’s mysterious creations. Mon 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.

 

Band of Horses

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:08pm

Most indie bands dream of the heights these bearded and flannel-clad rockers have reached. The pinnacle? A Grammy nomination for 2010’s acclaimed release Infinite Arms. Expect melodic alt-rock with a hint of countrylike twang, illustrated by tracks like “Knock Knock” and “Dumpster World” from Band of Horses’ latest album, Mirage Rock. Mon 8 p.m.

 

22nd Annual Aspen Shortsfest

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:46pm

For movie lovers who tend to fall asleep mid reel, the Aspen Shortsfest is a dream come true: a showcase presenting compact-yet-complete 40-minute films. The selection of vanguard “shorts” varies from live-action and documentary to comedy and animation. Recognized as one of the world’s top 50 film festivals, the event includes screenings, special guest filmmakers, Q&A sessions, school education programs, and special events.

Master Mechanics Bike Maintenance Class

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 1:57pm

Feeling stuck when it comes to fixing your bike? This six-part class will teach you how to fix everything on a bike, from the handlebars to the gears. Participants practice bike repair and maintenance on used bicycles that will be donated to charity (after a thorough inspection, of course!). You will also take home the Bike Depot’s essential do-it-all tome: "Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair." Tue 7-9 p.m.

Another Weird Day Off Camp

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 10:39am

Don’t let the random breaks from school go to waste. At this fantasy-inspired art day camp, kids will get crafty with clay. First, the little sculptors will learn some tips on how to get started, then they let their fingers get to work creating and decorating dragon sculptures that they can bring home. Leave the rest to My Art Workshop, where the clay figures will be fired and ready to bring home as a decoration for the house. Wed 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cutting Edge Workshop

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:52am

A solid foundation in cooking starts with the knife. This hands-on knife skills class focuses on technique—from the proper way to hold a knife to executing a fine julienne—as you prepare dinner. Participants will hone their slicing skills while preparing a roasted vegetable medley, sweet potatoes with a honey cinnamon glaze, chicken fajitas with a basil-parsley pesto, and more. Wed 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

 

Logan Lecture: Patricia Piccinini

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:15pm

Known for her fantastical videos, drawings, and sculptures inspired by genome research, Patricia Piccinini will talk about her non-conventional aesthetic approach to art in this lecture. Discover how and why Piccinini addresses modern humanity’s urge to alter the natural world around us through her multi-media collection of work. Pieces include a sculpture of a semi-human boy with his pet parrot and used scooters re-molded with animal-like characteristics. Wed 7-8:30 p.m.

Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 12:37pm

Discover Edgar Degas far removed from his famous ballerina paintings. Displaying a more diverse selection of this impressionist’s portfolio, the exhibit includes sketches of friends and family, along with early drawings and self-portraits. Pieces from Paul Cézanne and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec round out the show. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Fashion and Wine of the Americas

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 12:08pm

Taste the flavors of the land and cultures of las Américas. As you sip North and South American red and white wine—from Colorado, California, Argentina and Chile—George Martinez, president of the Museo de las Americas’ board of trustees, will provide insight to the wines’ cultivation. Following the tasting, enjoy traditional Latin American dance performances from a Fiesta Colorado duo and a runway show featuring fashions from local designers Carol Mier, Joel Parada, and Meghan Throckmorton.

A World of Taste: Vietnam

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 5:00pm

Learn to create the classic Vietnamese noodle soup—pho—at home. This culinary journey explores the fresh, savory, and spicy cuisine of Southeast Asian, Vietnam. Students will learn classics such as spring rolls, fried calamari, and nuoc cham (dipping sauce), in addition to oxtail and beef pho. Thu 6-9:30 p.m.

Building Bridges 2013 Gala

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:31pm

Weave your way through vibrant rows of an authentic Guatemalan market, taste Latin cuisine, and move to live marimba performed by local musician Jim Theobold. The market’s crafts are the plume of the room: colorful and hand-woven textiles, shoulder bags, and scarves—some of which have undergone an all natural die process—beaded jewelry, and bushels of flowers. Proceeds benefit Friendship Bridge, a nonprofit that provides micro-loans and education to rural Guatemalan women, enabling them to become active investors and business leaders in their communities. Thu 6-9 p.m.

 

Breakfast of Champions Beer Dinner

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 10:10am

An ode to American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, this beer-paired dinner earns it moniker from one of Vonnegut's best sellers, Breakfast of Champions. In addition to breakfast fare—including Colorado fingerling potato and Tender Belly braised pork cheek hash—the menu features a special Novo coffee-infused lager. The brew—dubbed Kurt's Mile High—is derived from a recipe developed by Vonnegut's brewer grandfather and was gifted to Wynkoop Brewing Company by the writer himself. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Glass Half Full

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 3:03pm

Assist upcoming scholars as you dance and dine. Delight in a live performance from the folk-fused pop, jazz, and Americana music of Mezzo Mestizo, a local acoustic trio. Enjoy pairing wine with an eclectic variety of edibles from Root Down, Table 6, Sushi Hai, and D Bar Desserts. Don’t miss the silent and live auctions with prizes, including a 1965 Mercedes 300SE Convertible and a Karoo Collection South African ostrich leather handbag. Proceeds benefit Greenhouse Scholars and its mission to provide fiscal and personal support to low-income college students. Thu 6 - 9:30 p.m.

 

Guys and Dolls

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:25pm

Head back to the roaring twenties with this musical featuring a gang of memorable characters from New York City’s crime-filled underworld. Sarah Brown, a woman intent on cleaning up the trouble that’s been brewing around Times Square, gets whisked away when she meets Sky Masterson, just the troublesome type of man she was out to reform. This 11-time Tony Award-winning classic is filled with Broadway hits such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin the Boat.” Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

 

Charlie Parr

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 11:06am

Following in the grand folk and bluegrass tradition, this Minnesota-based singer-songwriter’s tunes are like musical stories—and their creation is often an interesting story on its own. Parr’s latest album, Barnswallow, continues that trajectory, recalling tales of his Midwestern roots via his soulfully gruff voice and his trusty guitar (and on occasion, a 12-string guitar and banjo). Opening are local folk rock acts Gun Street Ghost and Al Trout. Thu 9:30 p.m.

 

World Wide Antique Show

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 12:34pm

Muse over anecdotes of history as you explore a maze of antique wares. European and American 19th and 20th century retro, vintage, and collectible furnishings are planted throughout this collection of recyclables. Poke through adornments and gadgets—everything from children’s toys and signs to jewelry and medical equipment. Discover the missing pegs in your home’s décor with finds from nightstands to breakfast tables. Fix-up and wipe-down these sentimental pieces of the past and enjoy them in the present. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-  6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-  5 p.m.

 

Women's Wellness Retreat

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 2:41pm

Learn tips to keep yourself healthy for years to come in a mere weekend. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is hosting a retreat to educate women on sustaining physical and mental health. Classes and seminars include a session on how to be "financially fit" and another on how certain hormones effect overall well-being. Bring a friend to get a two-person package, which includes group activities, seminars, meals, and a room for two nights. The weekend is sponsored by Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Fri noon - Sun noon.

Room 237

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 9:58am

Enter the Stanley Hotel from a different perspective via Rodney Ascher's new award-winning documentary detailing The Shining. Room 237 provides a complex and analytical look into one of the more controversial films in American cinema by showing archival footage during Stanley Kubrick's production as well as contemporary insights into some subliminal messages and subtleties carried through the film. Divided into nine sections, the documentary weaves through the essential themes that have made Kubrick's film an enduring classic. Daily 4:40 p.m.-9:50 p.m.

DAM Uncorked

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:49am

This two-day fundraiser merges two of life's greatest pleasures: art and wine. Events include a Friday night tasting—where guests can enjoy nibbles from Kevin Taylor Catering while utilizing tasting guides to learn more about the wine in their glass. The Saturday evening sit-down dinner and auction features a chance to take home vacation packages and rare wines. Guests are able to mingle amongst works of art at both events. Proceeds benefit the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Fri-Sat, times vary.

Stephen Alarid/UCD Sculpture Club

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 9:53am

The art world is ever changing, and this show is proof to that credo. Veteran Denver painter Stephen Alarid, along with sculptists from the University of Colorado Denver Sculpture Club will be shown, which will be the students’ first time exhibiting their work in a gallery setting. Alarid uses a chaotic method of dots and smears in his paintings to reflect an ambiguous subject matter, contrasting with the constructed lines of the students’ sculptures. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

 

Arcadia

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 9:27am

Sometimes the past and present collide in mysterious ways. Set in Sidley Park, an English country house, this play follows the house’s occupants in  the 1800s and in the present, exploring the links between generations and time's hidden secrets. Written in 1993 by Tom Stoppard, famous British playwright and author of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the play is hailed by critics as his finest work. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.

Into the Within

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 12:43pm

Let your wild side loose at this multimedia exhibit focusing on the natural world around us. Artists Jean Albus and Norman Broomhall (a Colorado native) take viewers on a journey through trees, deserts, and river valleys with their photographs and sculptures. The goal: to showcase the beauty of the wilderness in a completely new way with pieces centering on cracked mud and sweeping prairie planes. Fri 6-10 p.m.

 

Metamorphosis

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 9:45am

A butterfly's fantastic metamorphosiesfrom caterpillar to winged creatureis a symbolic transformation. Using insect imagery, this performance tells the story of one community’s struggles and transformation after the suicide of a young boy. With a score composed by Randy McIntosh, the show combines a traditional African marimba ensemble, electronica, more than 25 solo and ensemble singers, and an aerial dance company. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

 

A Knight to Remember

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 9:22am

Reconnect with your childhood fantasies through the eyes of Brian Colonna, a plucky young schoolboy with dreams of being a knight. Starring playwright Brian Colonna as himself, this comedic story follows his journey to fight dragons, gain knightly honor, and save the damsel in distress. Along the way, the now-adult Brian tries to recapture a bit of his youth. Mon 8 p.m.; Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.

Tigers Be Still

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:39pm

For Sherry Wickman, it hasn’t been one of those days—it’s been one of those years. A recent college graduate, Wickman bounds into the world, art therapy degree in hand and big, successful plans in mind, only to be smacked down. She lands back at her childhood home, waiting for things to fall into place. She eventually nabs a job as a substitute art teacher and while this helps get her on track, certain obstacles—like the tiger that escaped from the local jail—still stand in her way. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6:30 p.m.

 

Blue Man Group

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:44pm

While this performance group—with faces and hands coated in electric blue paint—may look like the Smurfs long-lost cousins, their experimental music styles and comedic but mostly silent sketches clearly distinguish them from the blue cartoon characters. The trio uses an untraditional array of instruments—pipes and pieces of plumbing—to create unforgettable music and performance art. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

 

The 39 Steps

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 5:42pm

From missing fingers to milkman disguises, classic murder mystery elements meet a humorous plot to form edge-of-your-seat suspension. More than 150 characters—played by only four actors—encounter Richard Hannay as he tromps across Europe in pursuit of a shadowy villain. Wickedly fast character changes and outrageous plot twists make this play—based on an Alfred Hitchcock film—a wild theatrical experience. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

 

The Color Purple

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 5:51pm

The Aurora Fox takes on the powerful story of Celie, a young African-American woman struggling with unthinkable evils in the early 1900s. Raped by her father, sold to an abusive man, and forced to endure a decades-long separation from the one person who loves her—her sister Nettie—Celie's story brings out the survivor instinct in us all. Ultimately, The Color Purple is a story about love and redemption. This musical version is set to a moving soundtrack of jazz, gospel, and blues. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Rusko

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 11:15am

Years before the current dubstep craze, Rusko was letting the bass drop on dance floors across the globe. The British DJ released three albums last year: Songs, the Kapow EP, and a collaborative album with hip-hop stalwarts Cypress Hill—all of which boast his signature, frenetic electronic beats. The dance-ready tracks have also appeared on his remixes with names like Lady Gaga, Adele, and Katy Perry. Latin electronic DJ Alex Young will open. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.

 

Drive-By Truckers

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:10pm

The musical legacy of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the stuff of legend: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ubiquitous “Sweet Home Alabama” includes a line about the small town, which boasts a recording studio that has hosted Aretha Franklin and Cher. This band counts this music epicenter as its hometown, and its distinctive Southern roots shine through on its 2011 release, Go-Go Boots. Expect soulful country-rock songs from that album punctuated by a string of scruffy alternative-rock hits. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.

 

Beginning Bird Watching Classes

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:47pm

Are you curious about the birds perching outside your window? Experts from the Audubon Society of Greater Denver will help you discover spring birdwatching and teach you to identify local bird species, like the mountain chickadee or the western meadowlark. Participants will also learn how to best use binoculars and field guides. Classes take place in great birding locations around Denver, including Barr Lake and Chatfield State Park. Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Robotics at the Hangar

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 9:37am

Ever wonder how space probes soar through the solar system or how robots make such great assistants to surgeons? Discover the answers to these questions and more as Wings Over the Rockies welcomes families into the future with its unique robotics display. You'll also have the chance to meet with local inventors and roboticists behind the designs of some of today's most important automatons. Sat 10 a.m.

CU Spring Game

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 4:42pm

Finally, a game they can't lose. The University of Colorado football team will conclude their spring practice schedule with the annual intrasquad scrimmage. It's a chance to get a first look at new head coach Mike McIntyre, who inherits a football team that went 1-11 in 2012. This offseason, the Buffs expect to have steady position battles for the starting quarterback and all along a defense that ranked last nationally in scoring. Sat 10:30 a.m. 

Pop Art

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:23am

The natural world pops off the page in artist Jenny Pope’s newest exhibition. Her colorful prints made from woodcuts feature different animals and plants in their natural environments. Many of her latest prints depict endangered and invasive species, like the Javan rhino or the lionfish. Tue-Sun 12-5 p.m.

Fish Butchery Essentials

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 11:15am

To ensure guests the highest quality seafood, an experienced cook knows the ins and outs of selecting fresh fish as well as how to butcher the catch themselves. Learn how to identify good product, gain hands-on experience in breaking it down (so no bones end up on the plate), and identify the best cooking methods for the delicate protein—all in time for a spring dinner party. Sat noon-2 p.m.

 

Denver Handmade Homemade Market

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 12:50pm

Itchy wool sweaters and fruitcakes aside, handcrafted products are finally receiving the praise they deserve at this market highlighting locally made and sustainable goods. Housing multiple Colorado vendors selling their house-made wares—from soaps to cakes—this monthly affair gives up-and-coming producers the opportunity to expand. The result? A positive growth for both their businesses and Denver’s regional economy. Sat 3-8 p.m.

 

Art & Artifacts

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 3:32pm

Explore African roots through traditional Sudan cuisine, dance, and ancient artifacts. In addition to historic pieces, the silent and live auctions will feature the work of more than 40 Colorado artists. The selection of pieces will include creations from the expressionist oil painter Michelle Torrez and impressionist painter John Harrell. Fill your plate with eats, including food from the Market and Red Square Euro Bistro, and meet celebrity bartenders Tyrone Braxton and Kevin Clarke.

Soul Asylum

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 11:17am

Soul Asylum will always be a ’90s time capsule essential: In 1993, its mega-hit “Runaway Train” nabbed the Grammy for Best Rock Song and the band played President Clinton’s inaugural ball. The once-beloved rockers have notched four more releases since their breakout, most recently releasing Delayed Reaction last year. Each album builds on their multiplatinum legacy of guitar-driven, sing-along friendly alternative rock. Opening acts include rock outfits Reno Divorce and Sublingual. Sat 9 p.m.

 

CopperMan Winter Race

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:25pm

Any race that includes terrain consisting of a "giant pit of hot chocolate" is worth running. Copper's second annual obstacle course challenges racers to battle through ball pits, slip down icy slides, and tightrope over the aforementioned pool of cocoa. After the 3K course, particpants can enjoy live music, food, and the beer garden in the Center Village. The ceremonial race concludes Copper's ski season, sending skiiers off with a memorable bang. Sun 10 a.m. 

 

Totspot Sunday

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 11:45am

Matisyahu

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 11:04am

Greet the (hopefully) warmer temperatures at the conclusion of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s monthlong Spring Fever Festival. Performing under his Hebrew name—which means “Gift of God”—Matisyahu has released a string of successful albums in the past decade. Six albums, including last year's Spark Seeker, have topped Billboard magazine’s reggae chart. The MC spices up classic reggae with elements of rock and hip-hop, layering his genre-blending base with motivating, relevant lyrics that reflect his upbringing in a Reconstructionist Jewish household. Sun 2-5 p.m.

 

Schneetag at Snowmass

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 2:51pm

Splash into freezing waters on a homemade sled with some of your closest and craziest friends. The Aspen-Snowmass annual Schneetag (the German word for "snow day") calls for dressed-up teams of four to do a skit and then fly down the slope into a frigid pond. Special prizes up for grabs include tickets to the Summer X Games in Los Angeles or to a Colorado Rockies ballgame. Sun 11 a.m. 

Good vs. Evil: Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 11:44am

Anthony Bourdain may be a man with No Reservations, but you’ll need some to get into this sure-to-be-packed culinary event. Bourdain joins friend and renowned chef Eric Ripert for an evening of storytelling and reflections about what goes on in the kitchen. The two men have vastly different philosophies but share a love—as many of us do—of food. Sun 7 p.m.

 

So Many Ladies

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 9:43am

Get ready for your fair share of zany characters. Comedian Britt Swenson takes on the eccentric personalities of so many ladies as she acts out different characters of her own creation in this SNL-style performance. After working with L.A.’s Groundlings Sunday Company—from which the likes of Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, and Kristen Wiig have hailed—Swenson is well practiced in quick wit and improvisation. Comedy group The Dishwater Blondes along with dance group Solid Gould will accompany the different versions of Swenson in her sketches as the mayhem of production unfolds.

Spa Week

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 10:05am

For one week, spas across the Front Range are lending themselves to the masses. This bi-annual, nation-wide event, treats the public to luxury treatments that usually cost hundreds of dollars for just $50. You'll have a variety of treatment options, such as a one-hour hot stone massage, a detoxifying facial cleanse, and other restorative therapeutics. Check out local participatory spas like Elixir, Body Massage Wellness, and VITAHL Medical.. Mon-Fri, times vary.

 

 

Chef's Dinner

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 11:02am

A chef's dinner is an opportunity for a kitchen's top toque to put their skills to the test in creating a truly memorable meal. On this night, executive chef Patrik Landberg's simple yet refined European cuisine has the spotlight. His classic dishes get an innovative twist when cooked in a high-heat Bincho (Japanese-style) charcoal kiln, resulting in simultaneously crisp and tender meats and veggies.

Bon Jovi

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 4:59pm

These perennially well-coiffed rock icons have been filling arenas since the ’80s, and are now on the road to  promote their 12th album, What About Now, released in March. The disc's tracks are classic Jovi: frontman Jon Bon Jovi's instantly recognizable vocals are the cherry atop uplifting riffs and thumping drums, all showcased on single "Because We Can." Want the full effect? Go for the Diamond VIP Experience, which gets you, among other things, a front-row ticket, official swag, and access to a pre-show party with food and drink. Tue 7:30 p.m.

 

Dos Casas

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:41am

Need a good excuse to indulge? How about a charity event—in the form of a six-course wine-paired dinner and after-party—benefiting Brent's Place, a organization providing safe housing for children with cancer and their families. On top of giving to a great cause, guests will enjoy incredible fare (duck carnitas, smoked Colorado goat chorizo and escolar, salted dulce de leche filled chocolate chili cake, and more) prepared by Denver's top chefs including Troy Guard of TAG, Alex Seidel of Fruition, and Jamey Fader of Lola.

A Children's Rainforest Odyssey

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 4:48pm

Demystify the tangled undergrowth of the rainforest. Millions of trees, flowers, and organisms create this fascinating labyrinthine that returns oxygen to the earth. However, the soil itself is not very fertile—the plants hold most of the nutrients: watch dancers embody the life of the rainforest in this 45-minute odyssey. Choreographed by David Taylor, this educational performance blends dance and narration to engage young ones and sheds light on the layers of the rainforest. Wed 7 p.m.

 

Los Amigos Invisibles

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:13pm

Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, this veteran dance-music troupe relocated to New York in 2001, bringing with it a signature sound that sends guitar-driven funk, pop, and groove through a filter of traditional Latin music. Dance along with the onstage crew to upbeat tracks from most recent full-length, Commercial—which earned a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2009—during the troupe’s lively stage show full of bongos, maracas, keyboards, and a steady stream of handclaps. Wed 8 p.m.

 

Tattoo Nation

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 10:21am

Welcome to Tattooland where the body is a canvas. Relive the history of the ink art form's transformation from generic stencils to contemporary freestyle masterpieces. Tattoo legends—including actor Danny Trejo and tattoo artist turned designer Ed Hardy—spill the chronicles of the “ink revolution” at the height of its metamorphosis in East Los Angeles. The documentary covers a number of milestones such as the introduction of the ink gun as well as a number of more taboo topics, like the influence of black-and-gray-style prison works on professional “photo real” artistry today.

Susannah

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:58pm

During a time when nasty gossip held as much weight as a guilty verdict, members of the church branded young Susannah Polk as a sinner. Written during the political persecutions of the McCarthy era, this two-act opera follows Polk as a slew of accusations are thrown on her. After being spotted bathing in a creek, she is falsely accused of seducing a town member and is shunned from her community. Set in a rural mountain town in Tennessee, Polk struggles to survive amidst the slander. Thu-Sun 7:30 p.m.

 

New Works/New Voices

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:45am

Enjoy paintings from around the country with Gallery 1261's exhibition of their six newest artists. The familiar western vistas of plains and mountains by artists Ulrich Gleiter and Marc Hanson will have you looking forward to summer. The show also includes portraits by Hollis Dunlap and Aaron Westerberg and still lifes by Jeff Legg and Derek Penix. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Whitewash

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 12:41pm

Contrary to its single-hued title, Patricia Aaron’s display contains a wide spectrum of color. Inspired by the hidden alleys, underpasses, and street art of Key West, Aaron’s paintings are brimming with vivid swipes of turquoise and streaks of red. Don't miss Ohio for its play on texture with cutouts and layers of paint. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

The Art Bucket

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:26am

In the constant push for consumer spending, advertising is both absurd and funny. In his newest exhibition, Denver artist Colin Livingston pushes back against the information overload, poking fun at advertizing with his colorful and tongue-in-cheek pop art. Resembling advertisements themselves, the bright paintings point out the absurdity of a world papered with products. Wed-Sat 12-5 p.m.

Blancanieves

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 10:31am

Language of a Broken Heart

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:36am

Not everyone is fluent in the language of love. Emmy Award-winner Rocky Powell directs this romantic comedy about one man’s quest for affection. The story follows Nick Brown, a best selling author and hopeless—or as he puts it, hopeful—romantic whose writing imparts wisdom about love despite his inability to keep any relationship together. The charming tale shows him through breakups and makeups on his journey to find his match. The film stars newcomer Juddy Talt as Nick and features familiar faces Julie White and Oscar Nuñez.

FoCoMX 5

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 2:23pm

Have a diverse musical palette? The annual Fort Collins Music eXperiment covers the full sonic spectrum. This year’s lineup touts nearly 250 local acts—covering genres such as electronica, hip-hop, pop-rock, jazz, bluegrass, and beyond—sure to sate your musical cravings. The throng of musicians will take the stage at more than 20 venues across town, from the 650-person Aggie Theater to the more intimate Lyric Cinema Cafe. Fri-Sat, times vary.

 

Snakes on a Train/Films of the Asylum Limited Edition Poster Sale

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 11:11pm

Snakes on a Train. The 18-Year-Old Virgin. Titanic II: The classics you never realized were missing from your video collection. The Asylum, a slightly offbeat film production company, has been creating low-budget knockoffs since 1997. In an artistic interpretation of those flicks, highly regarded screen printers are creating posters based on classic Asylum titles. Funny and off-kilter, this exhibition will also include live music and beer from Oskar Blues. Days, times vary.

Be a Superhero: Children’s Law Center Annual Dinner

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:31pm

Step into the role of a superhero at this black tie event, an evening that benefits abused and neglected children who are involved in open Colorado Department of Human Services cases. Dance to the live music of Raising Cain, a local band, and enjoy silent and live auctions with a pool of items such as wine, gift cards, spa treatments, and international vacations.

Gather and Gentle Motion

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 12:04pm

From abstract paintings with bold color-blocking to kinetic sculptors with mechanical, movable parts, the art featured in this contemporary exhibit is sure to intrigue. Highlighting sculptors by Roger Hubbard, paintings by Brigan Gresh, and additional work—paintings, sculptors, and stainless steel wall reliefs—by Don Quade, Angela Beloian, Mark Castator, and others, this modern exhibit displays a wide range of techniques and media making for a robust artistic experience. Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 6-8 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

Nina Storey

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 1:22pm

Nina Storey's roof may be on the West Coast, but Colorado is still home. Storey's self-stamped her style "Future Retro," has influences ranging from Diana Ross to pop artist Bruno Mars. The singer-songwriter is in the Mile High City for a full-band release of Think Twice—her new album combines more than a decade's worth of work into a soulful and honest package. You may recognize her voice from her bouncy hit "I Wear You Well," which has been featured on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress. Fri 8 p.m.

Hayes Carll

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:14pm

This acclaimed singer-songwriter’s classic country stylings are picking up steam outside his native—and much beloved—Texas. In 2011, his album KMAG YOYO graced best-of lists and critics’ choice circles of Rolling Stone, SPIN, and the New York Times. Expect unabashed Americana: acoustic strumming underlining lyrics about being on the road, bleak heartbreak, and politics. Opening for Carll is fiddle-friendly bluegrass troupe Warren Hood and the Goods. Fri 8 p.m.

 

Perpetual Beauty

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:10pm

Music meets movement in this modern ballet. Dancers from Ballet Nouveau Colorado will perform side-by-side with a handpicked ensemble from the Colorado Symphony as they play music by acclaimed Israeli composer, Ofer Ben-Amots. The classically-trained dancers explore the complexities of human emotion while performing in styles that display the evolution of ballet—from formal, classical movements into a freer, more contemporary style. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Always...Patsy Cline

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:56pm

Real connections spark regardless of one’s notoriety. In this theatrical ode to late country music star Patsy Cline, a deeper (and true) story of unpredictable friendship and devotion is revealed. Set to live music, Louise Seger—a housewife and ultra-fan of the beloved musician—narrates the story of her chance encounter with Cline. The women met in 1961 and corresponded through letter writing for two years—until the star’s tragic death. The audience is given a glimpse into Cline’s life and the unforeseen friendship between the famous performer and the homemaker.

AraabMuzik

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 2:25pm

Hip-hop DJ and producer AraabMuzik started drumming at age three and then added the keyboard. Now, blending the two skills, he harnesses the frenetic dexterity of an ace percussionist as he furiously pounds the buttons of his MPC (an electronic music production device). His pulsating beats ignite dance floors on their own, but they’ve also been heard under the rhymes of big-name rappers, like Ludacris and 50 Cent. Fri 9 p.m.

 

Turkuaz

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 4:47pm

This 10-piece ensemble got a boost early on, kicking off its career with a highly sought-after spot at the annual showcase of Heavy Rotation Records (the in-house label at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston). This Brooklyn-based, funk/groove troupe delivers spirited, lightning-speed performances with its myriad of members—who come equipped with guitar, bass, trumpet, saxophone, percussion, and keyboard. Head to the show on Saturday at 4:20 p.m. for a free set; the band returns to the stage at 11:30 p.m.

Ridgeline Rampage

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 1:27pm

Gear your cycling legs back into shape for an April ride through the picturesque hills and pines that line Castle Rock. Though scenic, this mountain bike race is no easy stroll. Racers can compete in a selection of courses that include marathon, half marathon, cross country, or half cross country categories. The top three finishers cash in with the marathon champion pulling in $300. The entry fee includes a post-race meal, official results and scoring, an aid station, and an athlete gift bag for the first 200 registrants. Sat 8 a.m.

 

Backyard Chicken Keeping

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:57pm

Are you looking for a backyard pet that can also help out in the kitchen? Chickens provide eco-friendly fun for adults and kids, and their eggs will help lower your grocery bill. Learn everything you need to know about raising backyard chickens including how to choose the best birds and how to keep them adequately corralled. The class is taught by Sundari Kraft, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading." Sat 2-5 p.m.

Smokedown Porch Party

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 11:01am

Get your smoke on! In celebration of the "holiday," party goers can spend the afternoon sipping cocktails ($4.20 drink specials all day long), digging into a plate of smoked pork complete with all the southern fixin's, and relaxing to live music from bluegrass band Blow the Vault. Sat 2 p.m.-close.

Spirit of Sailing Gala

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:20pm

Hoist your tenor of sailing from the boat to the ball with the Spirit of Sailing Gala. Between hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and cocktails, converse with fellow sailors and enjoy the silent auction. Greet the ceremony’s special guests: author and devoted sailor, Nicholas Hayes and the 2012 Paralympics medalist, U.S. Sailing’s 2012 Yachtswoman of the Year, and author Jennifer French. Plus, don’t miss the presentation of the 2013 Spirit of Sailing Award. Proceeds benefit Community Sailing of Colorado, a local Denver nonprofit devoted to promoting and organizing youth sailing programs.

Base Camp Bash

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:20pm

Cheers your beer for a cause at the Base Camp Bash: Wynkoop Brewing Company is tapping its limited edition fundraising beer, the “Cottonwood Organic White” brew—a malty, citrusy, American-style wheat blend with hints of agave nectar—for the Cottonwood Institute’s annual bash and fundraiser. Top off your beers, dine on dishes from Snooze, dance to live music, and participate in the silent auction (including a backcountry ski trip, Patagonia gear, and a Napa wine tour).

The First Ladies of Jazz Performed by Mary Louise Lee

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:16pm

Pay homage to the pioneering women of the blues and jazz world during an evening headlined by Denver’s very own First Lady, Mary Louise Lee. With the Colorado Symphony and her own backup band serving as support, Lee’s soulful voice will croon timeless classics by icons like Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. Sat 7:30 p.m.

 

Ozomatli

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:26am

How does a multi-Grammy Award winning band become cultural ambassadors for the U.S. Department of State? By blending global sounds from around the world in their rhythmic dancehall tunes—including African, Latin American, and Asian musical traditions. It’s impossible to stand still while listening to Ozomatli play its infectious blend of horns and whistles in songs like “Como Ves.” Sat 7:30 p.m.

 

Method Man and Redman

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 2:29pm

Over fast, head-nod-ready beats, this rap team spits quick rhymes that have garnered ample praise—hip-hop magazine the Source placed them both on its list of greatest lyricists of all time. Both accomplished solo artists, the duo is set to release its third collaborative album, Blackout 3, later this year. The rappers are famous for their affinity for all things, um, green (they did star in cult-classic stoner movie How High, after all), so prepare for this show to get in the 4/20 spirit. Want even more music? Head to Cervantes at 4:20 p.m.

Amazing Rock the Earth Race

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 11:22am

Gear up for an event that will make your Mother Earth proud. This nonprofit environmental group puts their unique methodology to work at this event modeled after CBS’s popular reality show, the Amazing Race. Join them for this scavenger hunt competition where teams of two compete in physical and mental challenges for cash prizes awarded for categories such as “Wildcard” and “Best Dressed” as well as the first three teams to finish.

Rockin' on the River

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:26am

Rock 'n' roll has never been so rewarding. Run to the groove set by a live band, the aptly-named Watertower, at this 5K along the Platte River in Littleton. Participants are encouraged to wear old band T-shirts (just in case you were looking for an excuse to wear that faded Guns N' Roses shirt you bought in the 80s). After the race, prizes will be awarded based on set age and gender categories. Sun 9 a.m. 

Family Fun Forum

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 9:31pm

 

Think your family has a knack for show business? Families get some schooling on theatrical performance favorites like acrobatics, trapeze walking, and different types of dance. Your little entertainers may even get to belt out a few notes from the theatre’s stage to test out their singing skills. Activities vary based on group preference because the Fun Forum is all about imagination and creative expression. Available for ages 3 and up. Sun noon-2 p.m. 

 

Smooth Operator

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Sun, 04/14/2013 - 5:22pm

Central City Opera pays homage to the medium's masters of seduction with its latest production. From Carmen and Don Juan to Prince Charming and Cleopatra, audiences will delight in duets and arias from some of opera and musical theater's most scandalous characters. FYI: The show is family-friendly. But it is one-night-only, so snag your tickets soon. Sun 7 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Erin Joy Swank

 

 

Johnny Marr

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sat, 04/13/2013 - 11:14am

When it comes to cultural currency, guitarist Johnny Marr is a rich man. He played guitar with legendary Brit rockers the Smiths and was involved in several high-profile projects, including plucking for Modest Mouse. More recently, he made a hilarious appearance in Portlandia and nailed a set at Coachella.

Marnie Stern

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:29am

Fresh off the release of her new album Chronicles of Marnia, New Yorker Marnie Stern brings her gritty sound to the Mile High City. Guitar-heavy tracks like “Year of the Glad” are accompanied by Stern’s feminine singing voice, creating a musical juxtaposition reminiscent of indie-pop bands Beach House and Vampire Weekend. Sun 9 p.m.

 

FIVE

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:55am

A collaboration among some of Denver's most talented chefs, FIVE kicks off its sixth season with an elite roster: Matt Selby of Corner House, Ian Kleinman of the Inventing Room, Sean Yontz of Pinche Tacos, Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall, and sommelier Jonathan Greschler of Old Major. Yontz holds the honor of head chef for this premier dinner—part of an ongoing monthly series. Enjoy a cocktail reception before sitting down to a five-course dinner crafted by the FIVE team; wine pairings, selected by Greschler, will accompany each course. Mon 6-9 p.m.

Bidder 70

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Sun, 04/14/2013 - 5:32pm

In 2008, a young University of Utah student derailed the outgoing Bush's administration's Bureau of Land Management auction, which would have opened up 22,000 untouched acres adjacent to the state's national parks to oil and gas exploration and drilling. Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in federal prison for his civil disobedience.

3 Blind Dates

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:08pm

Log off of eHarmony and Match.com, and step back into the world of blind dates. This unscripted comedy brings three ladies to the stage to reveal their inner quest for love. In the interactive performance, the audience steers the matchmaking as they choose which man will go on a blind date with each woman. Find out if the pairs' evenings end in catastrophe or if love binds. Mon 8 p.m.

It's a Disaster

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:40am

The boyfriend/parents introduction is daunting, but meeting her friends may be worse. For Tracy and her new beau Glen, this first impression—at a monthly couples brunch—is complicated further when they discover radioactive bombs have been detonated in nearby Los Angeles. Over mimosas and vegan quiche, the group of friends—and awkward outsider Glen—come hilariously unhinged as they realize this brunch may be their last. Tue-Wed 2:20 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m.; Thu 2:20 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

 

Spring Farm-to-Table Vegetarian Workshop

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 4:50pm

Put away the crockpot and lighten up with the bounty of spring. This cooking workshop encourages students to create healthy meals with local produce. The seasonal menu may include dishes such as roasted radishes with brown butter; portobello mushrooms stuffed with artichokes, leeks, and pine nuts; and a spring greens and cannellini bean soup. When the cooking is complete, students will enjoy the tasty meal with the entire class. Tue 5:30-9 p.m.

Marwencol

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 10:21am

Relive the astounding story of artist and photographer Mark Hogencamp, who was put into a nine day coma after being beaten nearly to death by five men outside of a bar. Upon waking up Hogencamp decided to begin his own regime of physical and psychiatric therapy by building a miniature replica of a town in his backyard. Soon photographs of his growing fantasy world were discovered by galleries and magazines. And the rest is art history.

Joe Bonamassa

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:20pm

Not many musicians get their start opening for the legendary B.B. King, let alone doing so at just 12 years old. But that’s how this classic blues and rock guitarist kicked off his now decades-long career of chart-topping blues albums and collaborations with major names like Eric Clapton. His latest release, Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House, was unveiled in March and features a rare all-acoustic set recorded during a limited-run European tour. Tue 8 p.m.

 

Everything Must Go

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 10:44am

When people think of art, things like painting, sculpting, or sketching typically come to mind. However, Everything Must Go—an exhibit showcasing experimental multimedia—shatters these conventional definitions of art. Produced by Mark McCoin, the New Direction in Digital Art collective, and the digital art program at the University of Colorado Boulder—this exhibit features avant-garde methods of making art such as duration, structure, and ritual. Don’t miss the experimental parade—taking place around 8 p.m.—displaying aesthetic noise and creative movement. Wed 7 p.m.

 

5Point Film Festival

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 3:46pm

These adventurers push the limits of body, mind, and spirit. Under the festival’s namesake five guiding values—respect, commitment, humility, purpose, and balance—the Patagonia-sponsored event yields a lineup of tales that encompasses beautiful insights into the human condition in times of struggle, determination, and triumph. Catch All That I Am, which follows a mountain biker’s recovery in the aftermath of an accident.

Communikey Festival

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 1:16pm

In the digital age, face-to-face interaction is becoming more rare. At this festival—centered on the theme “Hello, Stranger”—electronic musicians, DJs, and producers will explore how the ubiquity of technology has affected the ways people connect with one another. Local talent—including DJs Attentat and John Templeton—will take the stage, as well as acts from creative hubs such as New York, Germany, and Japan. Bonus: Films, multimedia art exhibits, and speakers are also on the lineup. Thu 1 p.m.-Sun 10 p.m.

 

Taste of Estes Park

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 8:07am

Miss the chance to dine during restaurant week (running through April 24)? Not to worry, you still have the opportunity to taste the week's finest fare. Area eateries will showcase week's favorite dishes in this grand finale tasting event. Look out for top picks from Big Horn Restaurant, Peaceful Valley Lodge, Mama Rose's, and more. Thu 5-8 p.m.

Athena Award Gala

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:43pm

Gather to celebrate the outstanding and inspirational women from our local Colorado community. The Athena Award is given to a woman who radiates a high level of accomplishment, excels in her chosen field, and gives back to the community in her chosen way, such as Carita Watson, the global transformation executive for IBM Global Services and winner of the 2012 Athena Award.

Dining Out for Life

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:58am

Seize the opportunity to help others with an altruistic night out. More than 300 participating restaurants across the greater Denver metro area will donate 25 percent of all food sales—for one day only—to Project Angel Heart, an organization assisting those with life threatening illnesses. While the 2013 restaurant list is yet to be released, 2012 participants provided diners an impressive range of options—from fine dining at Rioja to a casual burger and beer at the Cherry Cricket. Thu, times vary.

Jo Koy

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 2:13pm

A Sin City coffee shop used to be the only spot to catch this comedian. Now, he’s on a national tour. Jo Koy, a regular guest on the hit talk show Chelsea Lately, holds nothing back, joking about everything from race to family lifestyles to orange chicken. Koy has his own Comedy Central special and has appeared on shows like the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m. 

 

Rough Writers

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 11:46am

Rough writers keep their pens fixed in their fingers like rough riders hold tight to the saddle: They aren’t gettin’ bucked off until they nail the story. Featured plays include in-depth stories that explore relationships, death, politics, and sexuality. These never-before-seen scripts are as variable as the playwrights themselves.

Little Women

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 10:01am

Prepare your ears for some high pitched notes. The heartwarming coming of age story of the March sisters is set to tunes in this musical production. See Jo, May, Amy, and Beth maneuver through their triumphs and tribulations during the Civil War as they encounter hardship and tragedy as well as love and adventure. The operatic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale boasts an original libretto—written by composer Mark Adamo—packed full of beautiful harmonies and powerfully performed by the expert voices of the talented cast. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun 2 p.m.

Field of Dreams

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 11:21am

“If you build it, he will come.” These now famous words—uttered by a seemingly ethereal voice—set the foundation for this heartwarming classic. Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, hears the instructive whispers as he strolls through his cornfields to construct a baseball diamond on his land. Despite criticism from his friends and family, and the threat of financial ruin, Kinsella builds his baseball field and gives players from the past a second chance to step up to the plate. Fri-Sat midnight.

 

Showtime on Ice

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:39am

Watch future olympians before they don the red, white, and blue to reach for gold-medal stardom. Gracie Gold and Joshua Farris–who will be competing in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia–are among the skaters set to take the ice for a Peter Pan-themed spectacle and Olympic tribute. Farris, who is from Colorado Springs, and 175 other local figure skaters are featured in front of their home crowd for the three-day event. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1 p.m.

Simon Killer

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 4:02pm

Simon’s life isn’t tied to anything. The newly single, college graduate takes off to Paris to get away. His path entangles with a beautiful and mysterious prostitute, Victoria, and their intense relationship quickly grows complicated as they delve into a slew of amoral endeavours. This provocative thriller chases Simon as he deteriorates from his former, controlled self into the depths of desperation. Fri-Sun 11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. Mon-Thu 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m.

Starbuck

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 3:56pm

This family tree has one heavy branch. Years of sperm donation and more than 500 children later, David Wozniak wants to know more than numbers. Follow his journey in this endearing comedy as he attempts to remain anonymous while getting to know some of his offspring. The Canadian film has been accoladed with numerous awards, including Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Fri-Sun noon, 2:20 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m. Mon-Thu 4:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Bicycle Colorado Gala

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 5:03pm

Pull on your cycling shorts and grease-up your two-wheeler’s rusty chain. Spring time roads are beckoning for bikes: Start-up the season with a warm-up event. Gather with fellow cyclists and bikers, dish up cardio fuel, and sip local brews from New Belgium Brewing and wine from Echelon Vineyards. Partake in live and silent auctions, for items such as Ride the Rockies entries and a Strider bike for kids.

Vampire 5K

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:07am

After the sun goes down, the outdoor manhunt begins in Denver. Gather your friends and join either Team Vampire (the hunters) or Team Citizen (the hunted) to make it past the finish line. If caught by a black-shirted vampire, the citizen is transformed and must chase other white-dressed citizens. Runners can share stories and laughs at the Red Dusk after-party, which includes a free cocktail for those of age. Proceeds will benefit Bonfils Blood Center. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Danny Shafer

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:21am

It has been a rather wintry spring so far, but summer is not that far off. In Colorado, nothing says warm weather days like live bluegrass—and nothing says bluegrass like Planet Bluegrass. This week, the rustic setting's Wildflower Pavilion hosts Boulder-based songwriter Danny Shafer's CD release show for Wherever You Are. Bonus: This weekend caps the Pavilion's spring concert season.

Dividing the Estate

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 1:48pm

When a family member dies, people typically grieve, mourn, plan funerals, and sweetly remember their loved one. However, this is not the case for the Gordons. At the mere suggestion of a family member passing, these aunts, uncles, sisters, and brothers skip the mourning, veto any grieving and instead, whip out the checkbooks and daydream about bulging bank accounts. The Gordon family gives words like "dysfunctional" and "twisted" new meaning in this hysterical play about inheritance, entitlement, and greed. Tue 7:30 p.m.; Wed 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri 7:30; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

disLabled

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 11:08am

The hilarity of bloopers can often steal the show. See the behind-the-scenes chaos of a stage production with Phamaly Theatre Company’s disLabled. This original satire, written by the actors themselves along with director Jeremy Palmer, tells the story of a group of actors that has mixed disabilities, and the obstacles they face as they work together to prepare for the next performance.

Head for the Hills

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 1:14pm

Colorado isn’t short on nationally recognized bluegrass bands, and this quartet is near the top of the pack. Since its 2007 debut, Head for the Hills has recorded with Grammy Award-winning producers, played high-profile festivals such as South by Southwest, and performed on NPR. Get a discounted pass to two nights of twang, seamless vocal harmonies, and a fleet of acoustic instruments—guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.

 

Markus Schulz

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 1:19pm

This German-born DJ has become a staple on dance floors and at clubs across the globe. Markus Schulz's hyperkinetic, thumping trance music can be heard on his latest album, Scream, and his weekly radio show, Global DJ Broadcast. Perfect your dance moves with opening acts and fellow trance musicians the M Machine and KhoMha. 18+. Fri 9 p.m.

 

Colorado Cup

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:22am

If you've never seen the controlled chaos that is roller derby, there is no better chance for your first time than the Colorado Cup. The Denver Roller Dolls–made up of seven area teams–kick off the season at the site of the 2011 National Championship. These ladies aren't just skating on a rink, they're inflicting pain with some serious hits, too. The nation's fastest growing female sport is a unique treat that all sports fans should experience. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.

Denver Walk4Water

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 10:49am

Help make a difference a world away just by walking through a popular neighborhood park. The nonprofit Hands4Others is hosting a walk designed to raise awareness to providing safe drinking water to a destitute Indonesian village. Since 2008, the youth-led organization has helped provide sustainable water to more than 100,000 people in need. Participants can make donations on the event website or in person on the day of the walk. Sat 9 a.m.

March for Babies

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:11pm

March of Dimes knows how to use the cute—and for good reason. For three decades, people have been walking in support of the more than 500,000 babies born prematurely each year.

Once Upon a Race

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 3:58pm

Slip on those glass slippers and grab the nearest wand. Dressed-up teams of contestants take-off from Stoney's Bar and Grill to compete in a race course that makes them solve clues and challenges at every turn. Teams can range between two to six people. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, as well as best individual and team costume. Afterwards racers can celebrate at the Royal Court Ball and Dance Party hosted by Shoney's.

Sumo + Sushi

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:46pm

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture at this sushi dinner meets live sumo show. As two titans (one of them is three-time World Sumo Champion Byamba Ulambaya) clash right in front of you, you'll be guided through a flight of three artisanal sake samples. It might just give you some sumo courage—as long as they don't ask you to step into the ring, that is. Tickets are available through event host LivingSocial. Sat-Sun, times vary. 

Carlo Petrini

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 9:49am

If you support local farmers, community gardens, limiting pesticides, then you're already a fan of slow food. With 200 chapters throughout the world, slow food is a grassroots movement that combines a love of all things edible with environmental stewardship. Now, founder Carlo Petrini visits Denver to discuss the future of slow food around the globe. Joining the discussion is Richard McCarthy, the executive director of Slow Food USA. Sat 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 9:36pm

You know what they say about April showers and next month's flowers. In addition to the 15,000 planted flowers that ornament the mall’s walkways, tulip clad fairies will be parading the streets alongside groups of their festively dressed elf companions at this spring-themed parade. Dress the little ones up as mini fantasy creatures and join in on the activities set up between the 1200 and 1400 blocks of Pearl, such as the Open Space & Mountain Park’s live-acting performances called “Waking the Bear.” Sat 3 p.m.

In the Garden at Bittersweet

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 8:24am

Nothing speaks of spring quite like a freshly planted garden with tiny sprouts peeking above the soil. Experience this seasonal wonder with a garden tour led by chef Olav Peterson. Be sure to pick his brain during the Q&A session for tips on mastering your own culinary-minded green thumb. The tour will include hors d' oeuvres including a seasonal tart, burrata with confit tomatoes and focaccia, cured arctic char, and house-made duck sausage along with a choice of cocktail. Sat 3:30-5 p.m.

 

MMMMMBoulder

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 6:46pm

Movies, music, movement, monologue, and modern art come together to host this showcase of the best of Boulder County arts. The evening is centered around a show featuring short movies from local filmmakers including Good Dog by award-winning screenwriter and director Don Sniffin. Frequent Flyer Productions—yup, aerial acrobatics—and live music will share the spotlight with the films throughout the evening. Stop by Heirloom or Comida food truck for a quick bite. Sat 5:30 p.m.

 

God of Carnage

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 4:46pm

"Do as I say, not as I do" is the mantra for this contemporary, Tony Award-winning play. When two boys get into a petty fight on the playground, their parents gather for a civilized reconciliation meeting. When the adults find themselves disagreeing, tensions and tempers quickly rise while maturity and manners disappear. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

 

Cherry Creek Sneak

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 3:39pm

Run your way through the masses to feed the masses. More than 10,000 racers take part in the annual charity-based and entertainment-packed run. The Sneak consists of five different races - from a 10-mile run to a 1/2-mile kids' fun run. After the running, a block party brings everyone together through vendors, a beer garden, and a fun zone for the kids. Proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies, which doles out food to more than 1,000 programs in Colorado and Wyoming. Sun 7 a.m. 

Dia del Niño Celebration

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 9:39pm

 

Let dance, music, and stories teach your kids about cultures across the globe at this year’s celebration of children. Design artist Christina Pineda is set to entertain with a performance involving her latest handiwork—a mystical dog named Xico—while other activities include a showing of “Circles of the World,” a movie which combines animation, music, and choreography. Sun noon-4 p.m.

 

The Birth of Rock and Roll

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:40am

Experience the musical and cultural evolution of America through the eyes of a traveling musician in Ballet Ariel's newest show. From New York City swing clubs in the 1930s to 1940s blues in Chicago to rock 'n' roll's entrance into the mainstream (thanks to a gyrating Elvis Presley), music takes center stage in this ballet.

Cirque Ziva

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:24am

Imagine dancing onstage, spinning plates on sticks all while a fellow acrobat holds a headstand—on top of your head. Watch in awe as the disciplined performers of the Golden Dragon Acrobats accomplish these astonishing feats. This acrobatic and gymnastic stage anomaly blends physical strength, precision, and grace.

The Rite of Spring Wine Dinner

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 9:28am

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a nod to the classics. This dinner is inspired by the 100th anniversary of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's celebrated ballet, "The Rite of Spring." Vesta’s chefs are crafting 13 dishes based on the composition's 13 musical movements. Highlights include artichoke ravioli in nettle broth, slow-roasted suckling pig, and lignonberry strudel, with accompanying cocktail and wine pairings. Sat 5-10 p.m.

James Blake

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 1:10pm

James Blake's soulful tunes carry strains of his influences—Joni Mitchell and his father, James Litherland. His mindful lyrics, subtle beats, and emotional voice infuse intensity into any venue he plays. Blake's dub-step inspired tracks such as “Limit to Your Love” and “the Wihelm Scream” give a glimpse into this young Londoner's range and musical capabilities. Sun 8 p.m.

 

Bill Frisell’s “Beautiful Dreamers”

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 1:20pm

Don't try to corral guitarist Bill Frisell’s music into one genre. This Denver native’s country, rock, and jazz guitar riffs and melodies reveal a playfulness keen to impromptu musical happenings. In-between breezy improvs, expect to hear a variety of tracks from Frisell’s expansive discography of more than 40 albums where he has collaborated with artists like Elvis Costello and Bono. Mon-Tue 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. 

The Gaslight Anthem

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:21pm

Drawing constant comparisons to Bruce Springsteen is a pretty heavy burden. Luckily, this alt-rock quartet’s sweeping, relatable anthems and blue-collar New Jersey pedigree have made the Boss proud—Springsteen joined the band onstage during a show in their shared home state in 2011. Gaslight Anthem’s newest album, last year’s Handwritten, continues in that rugged tradition with more high-energy fuel for fist pumping and sing-alongs, evidenced by tracks like “Howl” and “45.” Mon 8 p.m.

 

Linda Gleitz: Capistrano IV

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 9:21am

Each March, California’s San Juan Capistrano celebrates the return of its swallows, who reunite at the same roost after migrating from Argentina. To honor these birds, artist Linda Gleitz created more than 150 colorful ceramic swallows poised in midflight. This installation salutes both the delicate beauty of individual birds and the grace of their aerial movements as a flock. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m

Prost Walpurgis Dinner

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 9:35am

Chase away the late-winter blues, German style. Denver's Prost Brewing is partnering with Chef Michael Long and Mike Burns from Chef N Brew Events to celebrate the ancient German holiday Walpurgis—beginning the seasonal transition into spring. Enjoy an authentic German spread, including beer-cured Colorado trout, mustard-braised beef roulade, and bee-stung honey cake, each paired with a Prost brew. Tue 6:30 p.m.