Spanish for “scrambled eggs,” Huevos Revueltos is month-long program celebrating Mexican music, food, and contemporary art. The main exhibition is Tainted, a series of mixed-media paintings by Guadalajara-based artist Eduardo Sarabia. The program also features speakers, including shaman Monyca Bouras, who will speak about mystical culture, and Jeff London, who will discuss the history of marijuana legislation. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Everyone's favorite nanny is making her way to a stage near you. Bring the whole family to see a live rendition of Mary Poppins and sing along to classics like "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," and "Chim Chim Cher-ee." Ever since its 2006 broadway debut, the Disney musical has been wowing family audiences with its timeless scores, intricate coreography, and realistic scenery. Wed 7:30 p.m.; Thu 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Looking to add to your wine collection? Celebrate the exclusive global release of the 2008 Penfold Grange Shiraz and stock your cellar before it is released to the general public. Penfold's wines (including the new release) are paired with complimentary dishes created specifically for this event by top Del Frisco chefs from across the country. The five-course dinner includes a Penfold's Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay with butter poached lobster and cannellini bean-arugula salad as well as a Bin 138 Barossa Valley GSM partnered with sliced rib-eye and roasted potatoes. Wed 7 p.m.
The year is 1988. Dictator Augusto Pinochet has ruled Chile for 15 years. When the government asks citizens to vote on whether Pinochet should remain in power for another eight years, the public is staunchly divided. The "no" camp hires a young advertising executive named René Saavedra (played by Gael Garcia Bernal; pictured) to spearhead their campaign. But with access to limited resources and threats of intimidation and outright censorship, influencing public opinion won't be easy. Days, times vary.
Check out nearly 2,500 ceramic creations, all crafted by the hands of 30 local Colorado artists. Meet the potters—such as Willow Connery, who creates dishes with exquisite floral designs and shades of cerulean, Ortrud Fowler, Willow Connery, Kathleen Laurie, and Ginny Cash, who completes her earthenware with experimental glaze layering. Browse these functional and sculptural pieces and purchase your favorites for dining or display. Thu 4-8 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Searching for the best pizza in town? Celebrate Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency’s 90th birthday party with a night of top-notch slices. Taste test pizza creations from the city’s top chefs (including Pizza Republica's George Eder and Mark Dym from Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria) and purchase derby dollars to place bets on the night’s number one culinary master. Can’t make the dinner date? Watch the live broadcast and place derby dollar bets online.
Attention Denver art lovers: The art district's newest venue, aBuzz Gallery, opens its doors this week. Be one of the first to see the debut exhibition, featuring mixed-media works by Denver fiber artist Carol Ann Waugh. Her trademark “Stupendous Stitching” begins with hand-dyed fabrics, into which she adds intricate embroidery and colorful stitching. The finished pieces are mounted on modular wooden panels. Sat 6-9 p.m.
This event will set you on your way to mastering money. Trilogy Financial Services offers its expertise at this three-part financial education series open to the public. Classes provide information and techniques for success regarding financial responsibility. Each event—set across the first three Thursdays in May—boasts a different topic. First learn about how to steer your young adults in the right direction with money. Next discover how to prevent arguments over money and how to establish a common perception of expenditures with your partner.
Venture to this solitary mountain town for four days of "reel" horror. The Stanley Hotel—a historic getaway best known for inspiring Steven King’s The Shining—serves as the perfect host for these chilling contemporary and classic independent films. Attend discussion panels with visiting directors and producers, and don’t miss the closing night bash or the debut of top audience picks at the Bloody Mary Awards, an awards ceremony featuring brunch and bottomless Bloody Marys. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Based on true events (but told with various theatrical embellishments, of course), this comedy recounts a scuffle between six musical prodigies in the 1700s. Each musician is battling to become the greatest organist in all of Germany—but the competition devolves into blackmail, bribery, and betrayal. Among the hungry contestants is a young Johann Sebastian Bach who—as a shock to the other competitors—poses a serious threat. The production is filled with many of Bach’s now well-known compositions. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
The only thing you can count on with love is that it's unpredictable. Two young men growing up gay in the projects of London learn this universality when they discover their hidden feelings for each other. Navigating through discrimination and poverty, their relationship is tested, yet their emotions never waver. Presented by Denver Pique, all proceeds from this play will benefit programming for Denver Element and their work in establishing a supportive communal environment for Denver’s gay men. Fri-Mon 7:30 p.m.
Take a dive into the brutal seas of commercial fishing. The directors of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts offer up this award-winning documentary, which has received strong praise from film festivals around the world. Set on the shores of New Bedford–the nation's largest fishing port–cameras follow the crew aboard the Leviathan as it sweeps along dark waters for the season's bounty.
Meet the source of your all-too-comfortable natural-fiber sweater: the alpaca. An animal considered to be as exotic as it is domestic is this show’s special guest. Hundreds of these livestock are expected to arrive from more than two-dozen states to compete. Enjoy the fiber arts contest (knitting, crocheting, felting, weaving, and spinning) and peruse the Alpaca-related art and photography show. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
How does one's heritage influence his or her creative endeavors? Artwork Network seeks an answer to that question through the works of three artists: Chiyomi Taneike Longo, Teruko Wilde, and Parker-based Tadashi Hayakawa. All three left their homes in Japan as teenagers to immigrate to the United States. Then their stories diverged. One became, as she says, Americanized, while another's heritage is a daily influence. Stop by the exhibit to uncover similarities and differences in the works. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
One gallery, 20 women, immeasurable talent: This is the simple recipe for an impressive showcase of works ranging from paintings of natural landscapes to monoprint (a combination of painting and printmaking). Look for photos from Colorado resident Katherine Winter, who intensifies shots of suburban houses with Photoshop-embellished fluorescent and neon lights. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sometimes simplicity is the best expression of emotion. Abstract sculptor Thea Djordjadze’s minimalist installations incorporate sheer drapery, glass boxes, and thin piping. Wishing to set a mood rather than tell a story, Djordjadze creates a purposeful abstraction with steel chairs and iron sculptures with the hope of forcing viewers to pause for a moment of inward reflection. Tue-Wed 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
Colorado's thin air is one explanation surrealist Phyllis Hutchinson Montrose gives for her far-out paintings featuring floating orbs and suspended faces. This Denver native showcases an expansive portfolio of paintings and prints spanning her more than 50-year career. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Glitter portraits of pandas and cardboard monsters may sound like child’s play, but the always-shocking Rob Pruitt would argue that they’re anything but. By depicting these images in his pop-art paintings and sculptures, New York City-based Pruitt playfully satirizes the art scene and the notion of celebrity artists. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
If you think that landscape photography is boring in black and white, think again. Photographer Evan Anderman's newest exhibition features natural landscapes transformed by the absence of color. Unlike traditional black-and-whites, these landscapes are first shot in color, and then reduced to black and white monochromes, producing crisp, contrasting photographs. In a muted palate, gnarled branches and undulating waves transform into abstract patterns, representing the beauty and resilience of nature. Thu noon-6 p.m. or by appointment.
Revive the senses with some chocolate therapy; a quick dose and you will be ready to take on another round of First Friday gallery visits. The River North Art District is home to an active gallery-hopping scene. Round out your tour with this culinary stop featuring local artisan food vendors. Visitors will be treated to chocolate samples, music, and complimentary cocktails. Fri 5-9 p.m.
Art comes in all shapes and sizes—piggy banks and framed model trees included. Jason Theel’s abstract ceramic piggy banks will be on display alongside Craig Robb’s hanging sculptures created from a variety of different materials. Both artists elevate everyday objects, from miniature shrubbery to metal hooks, into art. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Expose your mind to a span of new settings from Thailand's Chiang-Kong to Salida, Colorado. These powerful photographs occupy an enormous geographic space. Don’t miss this show featuring works from more than two dozen members of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. A showcase of varying techniques—from nighttime photography to altering shutter speed and capturing ghost-like movement—this exhibit moves between natural and artificial environments, human expression, and animals caught in action.
Witness the wordless beauty that springs from a homegrown act's array of elegant dance moves. Denver's very own Hannah Kahn Dance Company is performing five original dances including "Thrum," "Circling Back," and "Quintet No. 3". The 12 person dance troupe has been dazzling the community since 1988 with Hannah Kahn's innovative choreography.
This lauded jazz-bluegrass banjo virtuoso’s discography—including both solo works and recordings with his backup band, the Flecktones—has put some hardware on his shelf. Béla Fleck’s name is on 14 Grammy Awards (out of a whopping 30 nominations) in the jazz, pop, classical, and instrumental categories. With the Colorado Symphony at his side, Fleck will present the Colorado debut of his original composition “Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra.” Fri 7:30 p.m.
This folk singer-songwriter famously thought up songs while working as a letter carrier in Chicago. More than 40 years into his musical career, icons like Johnny Cash and Carly Simon have performed his tunes and he was one of the first musicians to perform at the Library of Congress. Listen as Prine’s skilled guitar strumming underscores emotional lyrics sure to tug at your heartstrings. The opening act is bluegrass singer Tim O’Brien. Fri 8 p.m.
Ever wish you could have a do-over? No matter how determined we are to execute our own life plan, we are all affected by the people, objects, and circumstances surrounding us. In Life X 3, two couples appear in three variations of the same dinner party, prompting the audience to ponder the following: Would a second chance at reliving a moment really guarantee the outcome we desire? Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Stroll along the lanes of Parisian street market collecting antique treasures and artisan goods, all without leaving Colorado. Featuring an array of different vendors selling anything from dainty jewelry to vintage furniture, this annual market has just the right of variety to satisfy any sort of shopper’s needs. Bonus: Local food vendors will be on hand to quell those all-familiar shopping-induced hunger pains. Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Trade in jeans and crayons for scrubs and scalpels for a day of biological discovery. Budding surgeons will have the chance to dissect chicken wings, sheep lungs and hearts, and cow eyes. They’ll also study real human bones, listen to their own heartbeats, and test for poisonous gases in their lungs. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sometimes change is as easy as taking a walk. Stroll around City Park to help raise money for defeating a crippling disease. Since the walk began 25 years ago, ten new treatments have been discovered to aid more than 100,000 Colorado and Wyoming residents with Multiple Sclerosis. The annual one- or three-mile walk will include music, refreshments, and a raffle for prizes. All proceeds benefit the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Sat 9:30 p.m.
Who doesn’t like to get a little bit dirty every once in awhile? Bring your kids to learn about artifacts and fossils dug up from the ground by paleontologists and archaeologists. Youngsters will handle real fossils and search the soil for living creatures. They’ll also learn about how some animals dig in the ground to find food and make their home, and how plants send their roots into the soil. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brace yourself for a ride: Denver’s downtown theme park is opening its gates. Between the adrenaline-surging drops—including the 200-foot sky-to-ground rush of the Tower of Doom or the Boomerang’s 50 mph back-and-forth twists—regroup while watching acrobatic and musical performances, magicians, and interacting with animals. Don’t miss Denver’s panoramic view from the top of the 20-story observation tower or forget your swim trunks: The waterpark’s Acapulco cliff dive, a 65-foot speedy, free-fall slide, awaits. Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Flowers themselves are works of art, and these 12 sculptures will add a more permanent grounding to their natural showcase. Building upon the beauty of gardens and plants, different sculptors will display a variety of textures, colors, and forms through pillars of colorful cubes and arches of bronze swirls. Work from Nancy Lovendah, whose public sculpture “Elements” can be seen in Cuernavaca Park, will be present, along with a production from Denver artist Emmett Culligan. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Meet the woman behind the world’s most extensive chimpanzee research: Dr. Jane Goodall. Kickoff STEMosphere—the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—Share Fair with a special address from this world-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and anthropologist. Goodall will take her discussion full circle from the experiences of her half-century long studies of chimpanzees, endangered species, and the environment to the modern tools that the youth can use to protect—and improve—life on earth. Sat 9-10 a.m.
Zip on a Wookiee costume and warm up your Jedi lightsaber swing: Now’s the time to perfect your technique with Star Wars pros. Become a trained stormtrooper with reenactors and depart with your own foam lightsaber. Visit the craft station to create Admiral Ackbar puppets and pom-pom Ewoks and Wookiees. Don’t forget to enter the drawing for a chance to sit inside the Star Wars X-wing: the only X-wing fighter that’s been signed by members of the Star Wars crew—including Harrison Ford. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The actual Kentucky Derby may only last two minutes, but why not celebrate all day? There are parties all over town, but we can't resist Industry Denver's mix of fine food and easy sipping. The first half of this two-part event is a three-course meal, each paired with a craft cocktail, prepared by some of Denver's best chefs (Matt Selby, Jensen Cummings, and Clay Markwell). Join the second, cocktails-only seating for a taste of what some of the city's top mixologists are whipping up. Sat 1 -7 p.m.
Enjoy Rocky Mountain views and cool brews at this inaugural outdoor beer fest in Littleton. More than 120 beers will be available for sampling from breweries nationwide: Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. from the Vail Valley, Grand Teton Brewing Company from Idaho, and Denver's Former Future Brewing among them. Cast a vote for your favorites; "best of" will be determined in a variety of categories including stout, lager, or barrel-aged. Sat-Sun 2-5 p.m.
Whip out your brimmed hat and dashing getup for the Kentucky Derby. Enjoy mint juleps, beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres as you cheer on the racers. Dance to live jazz music from Your Father's Mustache Band, applaud cancer survivors and recipients of the George Karl Awards, and bid in silent and live auctions. Sat 3-7 p.m.
Cap-off your dress or blazer with the most distinctive hat you can find: It’s time for the Kentucky Derby. Delight in a mint julep and hors d’oeuvres then join the social gathering in the garden. Before viewing the rapid-fire race—broadcast live on a 53-foot screen—peruse and reverie in the museum's fine art exhibits. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Experience and its mission to provide education on wildlife and the outdoors. Sat 2:30 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Pull on your masks and blend into the evening’s masquerade for a cause. Delight in dinner as you listen to live entertainment from the Children’s Corral. Join the silent and live auctions for a chance to win a weekend in Breckenridge and enter a drawing to win a hand-crafted porcelain mask. The person with the best guise wins a prize: a brass-toned sculpture of two conjoined faces.
Dust off your classiest duds for a cause. This black tie evening features live local music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner. Partake in silent and live auctions which include artwork from the world-renowned impressionist painter Eva Makk and local artists Carrie Fell and Larry Fanning. Top off the night with the unveiling of the raffle winner, who gets a 2013 cherry red Dodge Durango.
Go global by supporting local. Dance to the DJ’s jazz, grab some grub from Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, and peruse pluralistic art—multifaceted works ranging in style and contextual concern. Bid on silent auction items including a 4-day Costa Rica vacation, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and a dinner at Root Down. Don’t miss the exhibitions’ closing night—including “Smile” by local artist Jeff Starr—and guest speaker Andrew Romanoff, a former representative in the Colorado House.
Ever wanted to be in the middle of a dance performance? The Frequent Flyers’ 25th anniversary celebration places you right inside the action with performers dancing below, above, and right beside you. Members of this aerial dance company blend traditional movements with gravity-defying aerial moves as they spin and soar. Using the entire venue as their stage, guests are encouraged to mingle and enjoy live music, food, and drink as the sophisticated circus-inspired show unfurls around them. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Remember the simple wonders of story time? Resurrect this childhood pleasure with Stories on Stage, a theater company that takes storytelling to a new, more mature level sans the footie pj’s and picture books. Add professional actors and highly acclaimed literature like The Girls by Joy Williams, Before by Gary Schanbacher, and The Cousins by Joyce Carol Oates. With themes about family dynamics and the complexities of human nature, these contemporary short stories are gripping and thought-provoking. Sun 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate this Cinco de Mayo porcine-style! In addition to traditional margs to mark the occasion, Lola rounds up top chefs like Brandon Foster of Vespa Dipping Grill and Amos Watts of Jax Denver to join Lola's Drew Hardin in creating a feast of swine. Live music from local bands—including rock and roll trio the Congress—is sure to keep the party lively. Sun 4-10 p.m.
Devendra Banhart’s artistic vision is a full, audio-visual package. The singer’s most recent album, last month’s Mala, showcases his soft-yet-strong voice—occasionally singing in Spanish—over minimalistic guitar, percussion, and electronic embellishments. But his talent extends beyond abstract, retro-leaning folk-rock songs: He is also a skilled artist whose paintings and drawings have been displayed in renowned modern art museums across the globe. The opening act is folk singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante. Sun 8 p.m.
Follow a trail of plates towards a bright future for Denver women. More than a dozen of Colorado's finest female chefs (think Jennifer Janski of Rioja, Euclid Hall, and Bistro Vendome and Mary Nguyen of Parallel Seventeen and Street Kitchen Asian Bistro) will churn out bite-size eats to support and celebrate Work Options for Women, a nonprofit that educates low-income women on the restaurant industry to break the cycle of poverty. Mon 6-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate motherhood on a macro-level: Empower women around the world. Choose an Udi’s signature salad or sandwich and sip wine as you enjoy a presentation from guest speaker Joanna Murray, president and CEO of Women’s Vision Foundation, along with a video message greeting from a Guru woman who has received support from the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, a nonprofit that provides educational programs and microfinance loans to women in northern Uganda. Tue 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
When the sun goes down, bats take wing and search the night skies for tasty insects. Bring the whole family to see photos and learn about these mysterious flying mammals. Ronal Kerbo, a former cave resource specialist for the U.S. National Park Service, will share mysterious details on where bats live, what they eat, and how they survive in places like Colorado. All ages are welcome, but the event is best for children ages 12 and older. Tue 6-8 p.m.
After a string of multiplatinum hits, two of this feisty pop-punk band’s founding members quit in 2010. The remaining trio is ready to reclaim glory with its self-titled album, released in April. The record includes the single “Now,” another angsty fist-pumper to add to the band’s canon. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Every mother and child have a different relationship, but there’s always room to relate. Just in time for Mother’s Day, 12 Denverites recite their own pre-written works about the good and bad of motherhood. Stories will divulge each author’s (not all of them necessarily mothers themselves) unique maternal memories. Bonus: 10 percent of ticket proceeds will be donated to Safehouse Denver, which provides support for victims of domestic violence and their children. Tue 7 p.m.
One half of iconic hip-hop duo OutKast, Big Boi has always played the less freaky, more streetwise yang to partner Andre 3000's yin. But over two fine solo records—2010's Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son of Chico Dusty and 2012's Viscious Lies and Dangerous Rumors—he's shown that his sonic ideas are just as creative and colorful as his bandmate's. Big Boi's latest LP features synth-heavy collaborations with newbie indie-rockers as well as rap mainstays like Ludacris. Tue 9 p.m.
You can't truly call yourself a foodie unless you're familiar with Michael Pollan. The author became a household name with his groundbreaking books The Omnivore's Dilemma and Food Rules. In his most recent work, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Pollan tackles a new challenge: using the four elements—earth, air, fire, and water—to inspire mouthwatering dishes (and drinks) in his own kitchen. Tickets include a discussion with the author and a signed copy of Cooked. Wed 12:30 p.m.
Colorado is known for snow, not sand, but this quintessential country-chill band will make you dream of the beach and the surf. The Zac Brown Band's Southern-twang-meets-Caribbean-ease sound longs for summer nights and good beer. The group's 2012 release, Uncaged, soared to number one on the Billboard 200 chart. In the open air of Red Rocks, expect to hear favorites like "Toes" and "Colder Weather" along with new tracks. Wed-Fri 7 p.m.
A bird’s flight is a universal symbol of ethereal life. Look further into the representation of birds with the work of painter Maria Kozak, a New York-based artist who examines the relationships between man and nature. During her recent residency at PlatteForum, Kozak visited the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to study an array of animals and birds—including seagulls, hummingbirds, and ostriches—in order to exemplify the movement of animals with the stroke of her brush. Don’t miss the flock of paintings she’s created.
Bottoms up! Come sample single malt and Scotch whiskies from distilleries around the world. The Extravaganza—held in 13 major market cities—hits Denver as the last stop of its 2013 Spring tour. Tasters—both whiskey novices and long-time connoisseurs—are encouraged to participate in drink samplings and a buffet dinner. Remember the occasion with souvenir cigars and tasting glasses. Thu 7-9 p.m.
As the lead singer of blues-indie band My Morning Jacket, Jim James earned a devoted fan base and two Grammy Award nominations for Best Alternative Music Album. But with his first full-length solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, James headed in a more retro, folk-centered direction. Listen for a mix of gentle and upbeat songs from the new release, such as “Know Til Now” and “Dear One.” Thu 8 p.m.
Daydreaming reaches new heights in this comedic musical where the audience follows the narrator—referred to only as the Man in the Chair—deep into his imagination. The theater-obsessed storyteller recounts his favorite musical—a spoof on a 1920s tale of a Broadway starlet seeking true love—titled the Drowsy Chaperone. As his humorous passion grows stronger, real life falls away and the plot he’s describing jumps to life. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
The glamour of West Egg in the 1920s comes to the big screen through kaleidoscope visuals and lavish backdrops. Relive the classic novel by attending opening night of one of the season's most hyped blockbusters. F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous tale centers around Nick Carraway's (Toby McGuire) pivotal befriending of millionare neighbor Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), kicking off a chain of fateful events.
It’s the early 1970s in Paris, and revolution is in the air. Gilles, a young painter and filmmaker, is trying to blend his artistic vision with political action which mixes political graffiti with street riots and Molotov cocktails. Olivier Assayas’s film captures the energy and essence of this period in French history. Mon-Thu 4 p.m.,7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Unlike most teenage tales, this 16-year-old’s stories about a weekend at his friend’s house are anything but ordinary. An alluring combination of fiction and reality, Claude's school essays captivate his tired literary teacher to the point of obsession. Written and directed by François Ozon, the film recently won the Toronto International Film Festival’s Critics Prize. 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.
Oil derricks, brazen lights, and ground-pumped chemicals: The reality of well sites is brought to life through expressionist oil paintings. This anthology, created by Colorado artist Rebecca Tolle, portrays the state’s altering landscape, and begs the public to examine drilling practices and the environmental impact of what humans leave behind. For a chance to meet Tolle and tap into her techniques, join the painting demonstration on Friday or Saturday's wine and cheese reception. Fri 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., 6-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Indulge your inner chocoholic. This two-day festival, held on mother's day weekend (hint, hint: this is the ideal spot to find a hand-crafted gift, or to treat yourself), features more than 80 vendors from across the country selling chocolate candies, cakes, cookies, truffles, brownies, toffees, and more. Don't miss Friday's chocolate truffle demonstration led by award-winning Colorado pastry chef Dorian O'Connell. Fri-Sat, times vary.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the potential architectural upcoming of the Denver’s River North TAXI Community. The décor of the exhibition includes configurable furnishings alongside a showcase of the micro-housing ideas competition—a contest to create cutting-edge regenerative designs for a multi-family housing complex—which includes physical models, images, and video projections.
One of the greatest ways to recall or revive wanderlust is through art. This trio of artists encompasses their travels through painting and photography. Victoria Eubanks adopts an encaustic technique—using a mixture of heated beeswax, resin, and pigment applied to the canvas in layers—as she authors vibrant and abstract works. With an acrylic palette, Heidi Keyes uses exaggerated lines and formations to create experimental portrayals of urban and natural landscapes.
Thanks to his meticulously-honed, classical jazz piano talents, this skilled musician has earned rave reviews from the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times. Moran and his backup band, the Bandwagon, combine blues and jazz to create smooth tunes that have been featured on a decades’ worth of albums. Let your toes tap to the piano-driven sounds, rounded out by drums and bass. Fri-Sat 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Rhythmic drums and cultural dancing intertwine for this African dance festival. Members of the world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance troupe naturally transition from crisp staccato movements to fluid steps creating a versatile yet cohesive performance set to a percussion beat. A fusion of traditional and contemporary African dance, this production features special guests Umkhathi Theater Works from Zimbabwe and Bandan Koro from Texas. Live music, dance workshops, and an African market displaying local works will take place during both performance weekends.
Immigration, understanding, and acceptance—relevant modern-day themes that make a surprising appearance in an 80-year-old expressionist play. For its latest production, the innovative LIDA Project adapted playwright Eugene O’Neill’s classic 1922 commentary on the divide between the rich and the poor into a bilingual, one-man play that addresses contemporary issues such as alienation,while still staying true to the original text. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
To those of the more wholesome spirit: You might want to put your earmuffs on. The queen of high-decibel raunchiness is landing in Denver as part of her national tour. Host of her own late night show, Kathy Griffin’s stand-up comedy routines address everything from celebrities to her mother, promising to leave no person (or their egos) unharmed with her biting—albeit humorous—critiques. Fri 8 p.m.
This Austin-based quartet has been a staple on the psychedelic rock scene since 2004. Over the past nine years, the band has refined its formula for hazy tunes with intense guitar riffs and speaker-thumping reverb. The Black Angels’ newest album, Indigo Meadow, features the guitar-heavy, kick-drum-punctuated single “Don’t Play With Guns,” a commentary on the current gun-control debate. Fri 9 p.m.
Though most races start with the firing of a gun, the AirLife Memorial Run/Walk launches with a release of white doves to commemorate the local EMS workers who have lost their lives for others. Pay homage to Colorado's heroes–including those who passed away in the 1997 helicopter crash in Littleton–by partaking in a 5K run, 10K run, or 5K walk. Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers in each event.
They've spent months training for this one race. No, we're not talking about professional marathon runners. We're talking about the young female speedsters from across Denver. Girls on the Run encourages girls aged 8-13 to have healthy and confident futures free of substance abuse or eating disorders. Join the athletes for the run/walk that loops around scenic Ferril Lake at City Park. Proceeds from the spring 5K will directly benefit the nonprofit organization.
What do you do with an art collection of 4,000 different pieces? If your Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, you distribute it to 50 museums across the United States. Displaying 50 contemporary art pieces on loan from the Vogel’s collection, this show includes a 1989 mix-media painting Sunset by Den Hazlitt, which conceptualizes the contrast between shape and space in its rounded edges and raised texture. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Need inspiration for your home's new interior décor or remodeling project? Explore a handful of contemporary and historic houses in east Washington Park. Grab a bite to eat at the tour’s street festival which includes Little India, Brava Pizza, Bob’s Blazin BBQ, and Gigi’s Cupcakes. Join the annual scavenger hunt by matching photos of random household items—such as chandeliers, paperweights, and chairs—with the actual pieces in each house to win prizes. Tip: Start your tour at Steele Elementary School for the greatest chance to master the hunt.
Help support local women’s shelters with this creative fashion bazaar and bra-decorating competition. Enter a newly-purchased, creatively altered undergarment into the contest and purchase a ticket to cast your vote for the most artistic and stunning brassiere. Proceeds benefit Safehouse Denver and Gateway Battered Women’s Services. Sat 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Like it or not, the effects of climate change on Colorado could be just around the corner. Come learn what the future may hold and what you can do to help protect Colorado, all while enjoying live music and local brews. Representatives from snow sports, wildlife and fisheries, and the firefighting community will discuss how climate change can impact the Centennial State. Also attending are specials guests Auden Schendler, vice president for sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company, and Jerry Tinianow, chief sustainability officer for the City of Denver. Sat noon-3 p.m.
Colorado is a bluegrass and folk mecca. Relish in our musical legacy as more than 10 acts from the Centennial State and beyond take the stage. Don't miss Pueblo’s the Haunted Windchimes, who create gentle folk sounds with the acoustic trifecta of ukelele, guitar, and banjo. Also on the bill are Joe Sampson, Chimney Choir, and the Changing Colors. Sat 2 p.m.
Texting, tweeting, emailing, Skyping, and—flying? While one of these actions doesn’t seem to fit, the Frequent Flyers blend them together—yes, including the flying—to create a technology-themed dance performance. With the help of aerial fabrics, ropes, trapezes, and more, student and professionally trained performers soar across the stage using fluid acrobatics to tell stories of the evolution of technology.
Based in Boise, Idaho, this venerable indie-rock troupe boasts a 20-year-old catalog that brims with poignant ballads, melodic rock songs, and multilayered instrumental harmonies. Tracks like “Car,” “Conventional Wisdom,” or “Goin’ Against Your Mind” illustrate the band at its best. Built to Spill founder and frontman Doug Martsch says the band is in the process of recording a new album. In the meantime, groove to tracks from the group's last release, 2009’s There is No Enemy. Sat 9 p.m.
From pacifiers and potty training to prom dress shopping and college tuition payments, motherhood can be stressful. Treat Mom to something special with this Mother’s Day wine country brunch. The three-course meal starts with a simple dish—like their asparagus salad—followed by decadent entrées—like the cornflake-crusted French toast. Top off the celebratory meal with a sweet-but-still-savory dessert like the banana bread pudding, served with a cinnamon gelato and walnut brittle. Bring the little ones along—kids under 12 eat for half the price. Sun 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The last place you want to get stuck is in a food desert—an area with little or no access large grocery stores that offer fresh or affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. Sadly, food deserts are a reality in today's urban landscapes—including Denver. Join food justice leaders for interactive activities and discussions about public policy, urban agriculture, nutrition education, and learn how you can get involved. Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sometimes the best stories can be told without words. For their eighth annual Mother’s Day concert, the Boulder Ballet will translate Shakespeare’s beautiful prose found in his play A Midsummer Night's Dream into graceful movements with original choreography by artistic directors Ana Claire and Peter Davison. Dancers will bring to life this famous story full of love triangles, magic, and lighthearted trickery. Sun 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
Nearly one-third of all babies born in the United States today are delivered by Caesarean section—a staggering 50 percent increase since the late 1990s. Birth Story highlights a group of midwives from the Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown, Tennessee who are striving to bring about "the rebirth of birth." Tip: Splurge for the VIP sponsor ticket ($50), which nabs you a gift bag, reserved seating, and a complimetary cocktail.
Finally, a triathlon you don't need to train for. A bicycle cruise along the river kicks off the event before transitioning into stage two: the flip-flop stroll. If you have enough energy, the day's final task is a short tube float to the finish line. Proceeds benefit the town of Glenwood Springs in their efforts to maintain the beautiful Roaring Fork River. Sat 11 a.m.
Warm weather means one thing for the avid golfer: a return to the fairway. Welcome back golf season by playing 18 holes on a course that has received wide acclaim and served as host for the 2010 Senior PGA Championship. The Hope Challenge, which is hosted by Denver Broncos' wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, includes a brunch buffet, dinner, as well as live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope, which aids in the development of underprivileged urban youth. Mon 11:30 a.m.
This acoustic folk-pop singer (real name: Dallas Green) is a three-time JUNO Award-winner (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys), twice nabbing the trophy for Songwriter of the Year. He could claim a third title for his new album, The Hurry and the Harm, set for a June release. At this live radio show taping, expect to hear delicate guitar strumming and Green’s airy-but-strong voice croon emotive tunes. German/Swiss pop duo BOY will open. Mon 7 p.m.
Prepare for the best kind of sensory overload. This five-course meal, paired with wines straight from sun-soaked Tuscany, will have all your senses satisfied. Riverside views of Cherry Creek, drool-inducing scents wafting from the open kitchen, and live music from the Colorado Opera set the mood while the food—everything from soup to scallops, steaks to citrus soufflés—has taste buds begging for more. Mon 7 p.m.
Love, acceptance, and confidence: These are three virtues demonstrated to audiences of this musical adapted from the beloved children’s novel of the same name. Following the life of a stuffed bunny as he earns for the love of a young boy and the ability to be “real,” this show will teach children the importance of being true to yourself while adults get to revisit a classic bedtime story of their youth. Tue 10 a.m.
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture, if only for just one evening. Olé Imports pairs Spanish wines—like Tempranillo, Monastrell, or Granacha varietels—with a six-course dinner including the classic tapas dish patatas bravas (spicy fried potatoes), salmon tartare, and pork cheek with creamy polenta and harrisa aïoli. The evening is rounded out with a flourless chocolate cake and a winemaker talk. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Welsh avant-garde pop chanteuse Marina Diamandis—a.k.a Marina and the Diamonds—is not short on creativity. Her latest release, last year’s Electra Heart, is a concept album named for a fictitious pop star that Diamandis says is based on female archetypes in pop culture and polarizing icons like Marilyn Monroe, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Jayne Mansfield. The pulsating electronic tracks tell the character’s trials and tribulations in the spotlight, reflected in cheeky song titles like “Homewrecker,” “Teen Idle,” and “Valley of the Dolls.” Tue 8 p.m.
Booze it up for charity. That's right, indulge in mixologist-concocted punch—each spiked with Breckenridge Bourbon—and call it a philanthropic evening. Enjoy two complimentary cocktails, live music, billiards, a door prize give-away, and a chance to participate in a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital of Denver. Wed 6-11 p.m.
Two chefs. Five courses. A whole lot of beer. It's a recipe for a belly-filling evening as two Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House chefs, Joe Troupe (representing the LoDo location) and Josh Stone (from the Louisville outpost), duel in the kitchen.
Kids can turn nature into art when they build and bind their very own sketchbooks. The wee artists will use the natural world as inspiration as they trace, sketch, paint with watercolors, and stamp the Earth's wonders. Local experts on Colorado wildlife will be on hand to teach about the natural world. Thu 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Watercolor painting comes to life in French artist Amande In's first American show. In her performance piece, A New Perspective for Perspective, In creates multi-layered, colorful ice sculptures, which she arranges on a white surface. As the sculptures melt, In moves them around to create a live-action production. Thu 11 a.m.-4 p.m
Raise a Boulder County brew in participation of a nationwide cheers, honoring American Craft Beer Week. Sip craft beer samples from 13 local breweries including Avery Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, and Fate Brewing Company. Peruse the Boulder's History on Tap exhibit inside the museum. Thu 5:30-8 p.m.
Switch your seat from the couch to the dining table for this evening with the Denver Broncos. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard and a handful of his teammates become the waitstaff for this evening of cocktails and dinner. Proceeds benefit Woodyard’s 16Ways Foundation, which provides mentorship programs, social awareness, and football camps for at-risk youth. Thu 6-8 p.m.
Addicted to cooking TV shows? This fund-raiser is a live cooking demonstration—à la your favorite show—from winner of The Next Food Network Star, Melissa d'Arabian. Guests enjoy tapas, wine, the demo, and a three-course sit-down dinner hosted by d'Arabian. Proceeds benefit Denver-based non-profit MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), an organization that creates social and supportive communities of mothers around the world. Thu 6-9 p.m.
A bottle of wine? Pshh. Why settle when you can taste directly from the barrel? This dinner brings the wine connoisseur to the source. Local toque Hosea Rosenberg (of Top Chef fame) will prepare a five-course dinner to accompany tastings of seven handcrafted wines from Denver's Balistreri Vineyards, straight from the barrel. On the menu: coffee-cured duck breast and grilled Colorado hanger steak. Thu-Sat 6:30 p.m.
This Las Vegas-based rock band has certainly graduated from playing cheap, dive venues on the Strip. The quartet’s first full-length album, Night Visions, spawned platinum singles “It’s Time” and “Radioactive.” Listen for those tracks and more that showcase Imagine Dragons’ brand of anthemic, foot-tapping rock. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Hold up a glass and bring an empty stomach to celebrate Strange Brewing Company’s third anniversary with a multicourse, beer-paired dinner. Hosted in the brewery, these elaborate meals—think deviled eggs prepared three ways, pork loin stuffed with crispy pork belly over bacon braised greens, and triple cherry tarts—center around the number three. With flavors showcasing the versatility of beer and food pairings, this three-themed celebration is a tasty way to ring in another year. Thu 6:30 p.m.
Live vocals, up-tempo jazz, and contemporary ballet: Trio ties all three together. The three-act show includes a musical theatre, tap and jazz, and a performance that entwines modern, jazz, and lyrical dance, and celebrates legendary musicians including Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin. Finally, the Art of Healing is a contemporary ballet segment that reflects director Jocelyn Labsan’s journey through breast cancer. Proceeds benefit 7dancers, a nonprofit professional dance company, and its educational outreach programs.
The spontaneous act of getting in front of a crowd can be exhilarating or embarrassing: It’s karaoke, and we’ve all been pulled under the spotlight for a song or two. This original play confronts the innate fear that most people feel when they’re center stage and what happens when that fear is overcome. Dance and laugh at the live karaoke performances throughout this reality-inspired musical comedy. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
Discover the artistry of Italian master Michelangelo, no plane ticket to Europe required. Making its North American debut, this show will feature sculptures and paintings from this famous Renaissance artist—among them life-size reproductions of scenes found in the Sistine Chapel. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
Discover the tastiest taps in Denver on a guided walking tour. A brew expert leads craft beer lovers to three tasting stops. Start at the Denver Beer Company, followed by Prost Brewing, and ending with the Ale House; beer tastings are included in ticket price. Fri 4-6 p.m.
When asked to think of Norway, you may conjure up classic ski sweaters and an athletic, blonde-haired population. How about the food? Discover the fare of this northern European country through this four-course (including sweet crab salad with spring vegetables and a dill-buttermilk dressing and beef on toast with a Hazel Dell mushroom medley, picked herbs, cream, and sunny-side-up egg), wine-paired dinner honoring Norwegian cuisine. Fri, first seating starts at 5 p.m.
Dine and dance to the jams of the Atomic Brass Project, an 11-piece horn band. Enjoy a four-course meal provided by a sweep of the city's top restaurants including Barolo Grill, the Populist, and Twelve Restaurant. The evening benefits Invest in Kids, a nonprofit that provides research-based community programs to improve the health and well-being of children from low-income families. Fri 5:30 p.m- 11 p.m.
Public health and art unite in an evening of cocktails, fine art, and philanthropy. Benefiting Project Angel Heart, this annual auction features more than 150 pieces, including paintings by Colorado artists David Harms and Jean Shom. Proceeds will help the nonprofit deliver nutritious meals to people living with HIV and AIDs in Denver. Fri 6-10 p.m.
Mezmerizing geometric patterns and spiraling fractals await at English artist Gemma Bayly’s exhibition of mandala drawings, Mirrors. Inspired by the writings of Douglas Hofstadter and Japanese Reiki practice, Mirrors explores reality through repeating patterns and infinite feedback loops. Gemma will also offer a Sacred Drum Journeying Workshop on May 26 and a Multi-Faceted Diamond Yoga Workshop on June 2. Opening reception Fri 6-11 p.m.; Gallery by appointment only.
Japanese art and blurry photographs both inspire artist Lin Takeuchi. Primarily self-taught, the Colorado native will showcase her paintings, which all contain shades of yellow, red, green, and purple. Notice how Sentient X and Pink employ similar colors and patterns in contrasting ways. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat–Sun noon-5 p.m.
A timeless rock figure is bringing his unique country style to the Front Range. Junior Brown - who has been associated with enduring acts like Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys–has released 11 albums over his long career–often landing on the Billboard's country charts with hits like "Highway Patrol" and "My Wife Thinks You're Dead". His signature "guit-steel" guitar is a double neck instrument that combines electric with acoustic, bringing an accessible sound to even those who may not
Think fancy gadgets and high-tech tools are a requirement for a high-profile heist? Not when you’re Vincenzo Peruggia—the man who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. In this documentary combining historical photographs, interviews with Peruggia’s descendants, and a large dose of humor, discover how this housepainter from Italy pulled off one of the greatest robberies of all time, in one of the simplest ways possible. Fri 7-9 p.m.
Katharine Hepburn and Judy Garland—actresses by day, murderers by night? In a parody of the great “whodunit” thrillers of the 1940s, this play reimagines classic movie starlets as suspects in a lethal crime. With vampy cross-dressing and a plethora of humor, audiences will see a side of Hollywood that goes beyond the silver screen. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Deep in the 1960s habits of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, the “tribe”—long-haired bohemians living in New York City—struggles to maintain their carefree lifestyles after the start of the Vietnam War. With the fear of conscription looming over their heads—and conservative parents barking in their ears—the tribe attempts to find clarity in a time of social and political chaos. Strong language and brief nudity make this passionate interpretation of the Vietnam War era a production for adult audiences only. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Glamorous Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, and Judy Garland become nuns who venture onto an island for a retreat in this spoof. However, holy quickly fades to horror as one-by-one, the stars die. The ladies, played by actors in drag, scramble to figure out who is slaying their sisters. A play on 1940s Agatha Christie thrillers, this outrageous comedy will have you giggling, guessing, and begging for a little mercy. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Riding a bike with no hands is a warm-up exercise for the performers of Sweat. In this improvised comedy, Gary Grundei takes to the stage on his tricycle while simultaneously playing instruments strapped to his bike. Meridith C. Grundei and Brian McManus add to the show with an improvised narrative about a spontanoues biking journey. Join the ride: Bike to the show and receive free bike valet. Don’t forget to snag a margarita—it’ll be made with a bike-powered blender. Fri-Sat 8:30 p.m.
Cast your line into the Aurora Reservoir and you could reel in a $10,000 check. The fisherman or woman who catches the heaviest trout takes home the big money and a great "big fish" story. If you're not in it for the money, spend a day outdoors with the kids and be eligible for additional prizes including a raffle. Remember that power boats are not prohibited on the reservoir and inspections of each boat will be made prior to contest's start time. Sat 5:30 a.m.
Want to take in Denver's best landmarks and get your blood pumping at the same time? The Colfax Marathon will do the trick. With a course straight through the heart of Denver, this 26.2-miler is again challenging runners to endure the country's longest street.
The Denver Broncos' are gearing up for training camp, here's your invite. Spend the day alongside Broncos coaches and former players, catching passes and running drills. You'll even get to take home a Peyton Manning or Von Miller jersey, which you can wear proudly once fall returns. The camp comes with a variety of additional perks: a VIP tour of weight room and training facilities and a meet-and-greet with cheerleaders and the mascot Miles. Sat 9 a.m.
Get ready for an underwater adventure at the aquarium. Dress up like a pirate, mermaid, or ocean creature for the costume contest. The festival also includes a treasure hunt, make-your-own eyepatch, games, and more. All activities take place outdoors, so dress for the weather. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Start your summer in top gear by biking over the beautiful yet arduous Independence Pass near Aspen - before it's even open to cars. The Pass isn't drivable for public traffic until a week after the race, which takes brave riders along Highway 82 into the Independence Ghost Town. Stretching for 10 miles, the route lifts bikers up 2,500 feet in elevation through mesmerizing scenery. If your race time suffers because you stop to stare at the view, we won't blame you. Proceeds benefit the Independence Pass Foundation, which works to uphold the natural beauties of the Pass. Sat 10 a.m.
Get hands-on history lessons—Italian pasta making, adobe brickmaking, and archaeological map creating—at this interactive cultural celebration. Engage in gold panning and design your own cattle brand as you celebrate Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month at the inaugural state heritage festival. Sat 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun noon- 5 p.m.
The jazz heritage of the Five Points neighborhood is the stuff of legend—Billie Holiday and Miles Davis graced area stages. More than a dozen local acts, such as the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Park Hill Brass, and the Hazel Miller Band, will pay homage to the neighborhood's eclectic history. Hear the tunes as you meander among six venues, including Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Coffee at the Point, Crossroads Theatre, and the main stage at 29th and Welton Streets. Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Little ones know her fairy tales and nursery rhymes, but a story about dinosaurs? Listen to Mother Goose and her dinosaur puppet pals tell magical stories, sing songs, and explore the Dinosaur Resource Center’s fossils of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Sat 1:30 p.m.
Gather up all the little cowpokes around the...symphony pit. Instead of a campfire, the smallest rustlers will hear a tale of cowboy life paired with a 16-piece chamber group from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra playing works by Aaron Copland and Gioachino Rossini. Join in with a cowboy sing-a-long as the kids are introduced to life on the range as well as the individual instruments that create a full orchestra sound. Sat 2 p.m.
A two-and-a-half hour defensive driving course could make the difference of a lifetime. As car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers, Toyota is training a generation of young drivers to be more alert on the roads. The class consists of discussion and driving time, which address dangerous situations and smart navigation for young drivers. Parents are required to attend the sessions with their kids. There are 12 class sessions in all, however each class is limited to 26 people, so sign up soon. Sat-Sun, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Follow the timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventure along the yellow brick road as you enjoy this dinner-accompanied production. The lovable cast of the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and more keep you company as catchy classics “Over the Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead),” and “We’re Off to See The Wizard” get your heels clicking. Wed 5:30 p.m.; Thu-Sat 6:15 p.m.; Sun noon, 6:15 p.m.
Editor's Note: Due to budget cuts resulting from sequestration, the U.S. Army Chorus is unable to travel outside of Washington, D.C. The Colorado Symphony has replaced the event with a performance of music by George Gershwin. Find details here.
Watch local celebrities strut their stuff—and mutts—at this annual fund-raiser for PetAid Colorado. Guests of this event will witness a unique fashion show featuring local personalities and their pups. Along with this canine performance, money will be raised through live and silent auctions for this organization that provides healthcare for underprivileged pets. Sat 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Long before iPods, there was Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. The group has existed in various formations since 1897—yes, you read that correctly—when it was founded in the southwest Mexican town of Tecalitlán. Now based out of Mexico City, the troupe consists of 13 members on such instruments as trumpets, violins, and guitarron, a large type of guitar. Sat 8 p.m.
Known for her quirky, diarylike lyrics and upbeat pop-piano arrangements, Kate Nash won the BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist for her debut album, which was released when she was just 20 years old. Now on her third album, Girl Talk, the singer-songwriter’s signature whimsical style gets revved up with more alt-rock elements, like a grungy guitar and distorted vocals on “3AM.” Sat 9 p.m.
One of the promising young names in the national DJ-scene is ready to takeover Denver with a peerless style. Spreading her dance-driven beats on a global scale, with performances at Coachella and Lollapalooza, and sharing the stage with fellow DJs like Deadmau5 and Datsik, Ana Sia's recent compilation–titled Surreal Estate–saw her quickly go from potential star to innovative achiever.
Break out your baskets, it's time to fill them with the bounty of spring. The South Pearl farmer's market has grown significantly from its premier in 2001, when it lasted just one day, with only ten vendors. Today the market spans 22 weeks and boasts more than 60 vendors. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Film, paint, clay and…cloth? Discover a different perspective in this museum-wide display of all things textile-related—from Navajo blankets to modern fiber art. Check out the drop-in textile studio and crochet coral reef, which allows visitors to be hands-on with fabrics. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Feeling lucky? Put that mojo to good use with this no limit Texas hold’em tournament. Food trucks will be posted up outside to feed the hungry and a $5,000 prize pot will go to one fortunate winner. Bonus: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Aurora Bears Youth Sports Club to help buy equipment and uniforms. Sun 11 a.m.
When Denver's favorite bartenders face-off to create the tastiest cocktail everyone wins. This afternoon fund-raiser pits people's choice bartenders from Denver bars including Black Crown, Charlie's Denver, and the Denver Wrangler in competitions like favorite flair bartending routine (think: tossing, spinning, and juggling booze) to raise funds for the Denver Colorado AIDS Project. Wristband purchases include samples of more than 30 specialty cocktails and tastes from Diego's Mexican Food & Cantina. Sun 1-4 p.m.
Denver's top chefs coming together to make dinner—count us in! The all-star Five team (Sean Yontz of El Diablo, Brian Laird of Sketch, Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall, and sommelier Jonathan Greschler) will be led by Matt Selby of Corner House for this five-course wine- or cocktail-paired dinner. Secure your spot as tickets go fast for these intimate dinners (part of an on-going series). Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength, a community network providing innovative hunger solutions for children. Mon 6-8 p.m.
Duck, beards, and camo—three nouns synonymous with Wille and Phil Robertson, stars of the popular television show Duck Dynasty. In this one-night-only event they will discuss the rise of their backyard duck call business into a multimillion dollar sporting empire. Bringing their unique sense of humor and down home practicality to the stage, a range of topics will be addressed, including boats, business, and (of course) ducks. Sun 7-8:30 p.m.
Be apart of the first ever There With Care Golf Classic, a shotgun-style tournament seeking to raise awareness and support for a great nonprofit cause. There With Care aims to give back to families who have children with life-threatening diseases. Enjoy a round of 18 holes individually or a team with three golfing buddies, a gourmet lunch and a post-match awards banquet. All proceeds benefit There With Care. Mon, 1 p.m.
Get ready to sing along during this doubleheader of chart-topping pop-rock. Vampire Weekend invaded the indie rock scene in 2008 with ultracatchy guitar riffs, African-influenced beats, and its now-signature Ivy League aesthetic. Expect new tracks from the band’s new album, Modern Vampires of the City. Co-headliners Of Monsters and Men broke out last year with the ubiquitous single “Little Talks,” which featured an explosive crescendo of brass and guitars. The six-member Icelandic troupe has since become known for its poignant, folk-inspired pop sound. Mon 7 p.m.
Most bands endure tumultuous breakups and become bona fide icons before embarking on a reunion tour. So how does a 10-year-old indie electro-pop side project qualify for a mostly sold-out, worldwide arena victory lap? By releasing what Rolling Stone called one of the 100 best albums of the 2000s.
Nightclubs, music venues, musicians, and album debuts—check out the man behind the music scene: Chuck Morris. Morris’ life story is put on-stage starting when he helped build Boulder’s Tulagi nightclub in the 1970s, which housed performers such as Bonnie Raitt and the Eagles. He's contributed to music promotion—including work with the Rolling Stones and Willie Nelson—and the development of music venues such as the Fillmore Auditorium. Learn more about his experiences in the world of rock ‘n’ roll and how Morris came to be the president and CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains. Tue 7 p.m.
Few American rock bands have been as consistently great and delightfully eclectic as Yo La Tengo. The three-piece outfit from Hoboken, New Jersey is still going strong after almost 30 years. The group's catchy pop melodies suit the soundtracks of big-hearted indie films as seamlessly as the feedback-drenched atmospherics fill your favorite rock club. Tue 8:30 p.m.
Nothing kicks off summer like a good ol' pool party. Grab a pal and head over to the Arts Young Professional Friend-Raiser for some sunshine and mid-week fun. Take in the views from the Westin's newly remodeled pool deck while checking out fashions from some of Larimer Square's trendy stores (Blue Ruby and Cry Baby Ranch among them).
At a time when the punishment for stealing a loaf of bread was a 19-year prison sentence, this musical (set in early 19th century France) puts a humbling perspective on words like “hardship.” Known for hauntingly beautiful songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” Les Misérables follows characters Jean Valijean, Cosette, Fantine, and others as they are swept into the tumultuous times brought on by the French Revolution. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
It's a sad fact that many great artists are not fully appreciated until they're gone. Denverites can now view works by one of the region's largely unknown masters—the deeply private Edward Goldman—for the first time. The self-taught artist and Boston transplant painted vignettes of city life and Rocky Mountain landscapes early in his career. The bulk of his work, however, was more abstract; Goldman preferred the movement, hidden images, and patterns of optical art, which became popular during the 1960s.
Alternating dinner courses presented by chefs vying to outdo each other in this five-course dinner can only mean one thing—a darn good time for those seated at the table. Experience the cuisine of executive chef Jason Harrison of Vail's Flame Restaurant as he duels with Simon Purvis, executive chef of Denver's Edge Restaurant, during this five-course dinner. Expect seasonal fare with locally-sourced ingredients such as Colorado lamb and a spring fruit goat cheese cheesecake. Thu 6:30 p.m.
Some of Colorado's best caterers, wineries, distilleries, and breweries are joining forces for a worthy cause. Enjoy good eats from Catering by Design and Occasions Catering and plenty of wine from Augustina's Winery, Boncquisti Wine Co., and more—all in the name of historic preservation. Proceeds benefit Four Mile Historic Park. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Relationships can be tricky. From a scornful bride suing her runaway groom to a jealous ghost haunting her ex-husband’s intimate evenings, the characters filling the 13 productions in this theater extravaganza might make your own relationship woes seem tame. This three-weekend-long (April 11-13, May 2-4, May 23-25) festival features plays casted, directed, designed, and produced by University of Denver theater art students. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Not long ago, comedian Anjelah Johnson was paid to do the cheering. The former NFL cheerleader started out as a YouTube sensation with hit clips like “Nail Salon” and “Bon Qui Qui,” entertaining us with hilarious interpretations of disgruntled fast food employees and miscommunications during manicures. Her Internet stardom spread to television—with appearances on Ugly Betty and Curb your Enthusiasm—as well as the silver screen, where she has played Julie in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
A midnight screening of Muppets creator Jim Henson's 1982 ominous fantasy about a planet ruled by an evil, lizard-like Skeksis, an orphan raised by peace-loving wizards sets out to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal, which may restore balance to the world. Fri 12 a.m., Sat 12 a.m.
Immerse yourself in inspirational films from around the world. These documentaries probe cutting edge adventure stories, explore cultures, and delve into environmental and social issues.
Syd Mead’s paintings aren’t just pieces of art, they’re a glimpse of the future. Known for his set designs for sci-fi films such as Blade Runner and Tron, Mead's watercolor paintings focus on far-off worlds. For this show, he depicts futuristic transportation concepts—like solar-powered unicycles and hovercrafts. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
With his abstract forms and frenzied brushstrokes, Clyfford Still imparts a dreamlike quality onto his expressionist paintings. Experience that sensation at this showcase, which highlights various works in Still’s portfolio that relate to themes of memory and past. The paintings and photographs seem to depict another world with alienlike beings and muted color palettes. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This modern comic fable from Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale), explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure and redemption. Frances (co-writer Greta Gerwig), the exuberant 27-year-old heroine, is always on the move without ever seeming to get anywhere. Fri 11 a.m.
Spanning centuries from the old explorers to today's thrill-addicted outdoorsmen, navigating through the rivers and whitewaters of Colorado is a long-standing state custom. Celebrate that tradition with a splash at PaddleFest in Buena Vista.
There are some secrets of deception that only the magician can know. This documentary film—which has been in the making for more than a decade—gives a glimpse unto the fascinating life of 20th century master of tricks Ricky Jay. Scenes unfold to reveal the history and mentors that inspired this actor, writer, and historian’s illusionary talents. Mon 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sun 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m.; Tue-Thu 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m.
Artists are everywhere—they're our neighbors, our co-workers, and even strangers we pass on the street. These creative folks are bringing their passions, hobbies, and professional works downtown for a showcase of Colorado's burgeoning cultural scene. Set up as a marketplace, curated booths will display a range of media including paintings, sculpture, photography, illustration, textiles, furnishings, mixed media, and more.
What if your neighbor was the next Picasso? Discover the hidden talent of some of Colorado’s rising artists at this festival celebrating the artistic ingenuity of the Centennial State’s citizens. Displaying more than 100 Colorado natives’ pieces of art, a variety of mediums will be showcased, including paint, sculpture, and photography. Fri 4-8 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Become part of a cycling ritual that's more than a century old. Race the Durango train across the 50-mile trek to Silverton in the legendary Citizen Tour, which is a timed event for the first time. The Iron Horse features a number of competition categories, inlcuding road race, time trial, and criterium. Participate in the challenging Omnium series to ride all three categories and have a chance to win a grand prize of $650. If competitive cycling isn't your forte, you can follow the cyclists on the the train they are racing. Fri 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat-Mon 7 a.m.
Cool off without getting drenched with Frederick Pichon’s water-inspired paintings. Using tranquil blues and overlapping textures, Pichon captures the fluidity of this element in his contemporary work. Look for new pieces from this Denver native, including the acrylic Diver #1 depicting a graceful diver plunging into a pool from above. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m.
Chefs and foodies complete a hard-core mountain traverse and are handed a well-deserved bacon Bloody Mary—does it get more Colorado? Combining gastronomic expertise with a touch of adventure, this holiday weekend celebration showcases the talents of some of the state's top chefs as well as the myriad activities offered by Vail’s high-country terrain. Highlights include a Vine to Table dinner with Top Chef alum Kelly Liken and a fly-fishing clinic with professional anglers.
With his Academy, Golden Globe, and Grammy Awards, Ryan Bingham has redefined the phrase “triple threat.” Popular for his ballad “The Weary Kind” written for the movie Crazy Heart, this Texan frames his gravelly voice with acoustic-heavy guitar in many of his mellow tracks. This blend produces a sound reminiscent Bob Dilan and Marshall Tucker—two of this Americana artist’s inspirations. Fri 8 p.m.
Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe—is there anywhere that Anais Mitchell hasn’t traveled? Drawing inspiration from her multicultural experiences, this folk singer's music incorporates gentile harmonies with mellow drums and lazy horns. Listen for the track “Young Man In America”—an excellent example of her skill in blending folk-y beats with her trademark lyrical narratives. Fri 8 p.m.
Ready, set, roll: Lace up—and dust off—your skates for this inaugural roller disco party. Friday nights are a blast from the past with beats by DJ PopAlot, a light-and-sound show, and a whole lot of skating. Favorite tunes like “YMCA” and “Ghostbusters” are sure to revive the nostalgic feelings. Feeling shaky? Free skate lessons will be offered prior to the event. (Roll will be held every third Friday.) Fri 9 p.m.
A midnight screening of Muppets creator Jim Henson's 1982 ominous fantasy about a planet ruled by an evil, lizard-like Skeksis, an orphan raised by peace-loving wizards sets out to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal, which may restore balance to the world. Fri 12 a.m., Sat 12 a.m.
Forgo the pricey spa mad bath. Instead attack ten obstacles in this women-only 5K and get the mudbath free of charge. Trudge through the non-competitive, untimed course solo or bring a team of as many dirt-loving ladies as you can to form a wall-climbin', mudpit swimming pack. Wear duds that can hit the trash after day's end, a towel, and know that the only clean thing in your end of run photo may be your teeth. But, even that's not a promise. Ten percent of proceeds benefit AIM, a charity that rescues kids from sex slavery and works to provide a better future. 13 and up. Sat 7 a.m.
Sometimes the best way to understand history is to experience it. This exhibit of more than 100 large-scale war photographs places the viewer in the combat boots of American soldiers. From the Civil War to the war in Iraq, 150 years of American battle narratives will be displayed in both color and black and white. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Sometimes the best way to appreciate historical happenings is to experience them for yourself. This exhibit of more than 100 large-scale war photographs places the viewer in the combat boots of American soldiers, capturing the danger, hope, and victory that they have witnessed while being a crucial part of this nation’s history. From the Civil War to Baghdad, 150 years of American battle narratives will be displayed in both color and black and white images. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m.
Help support children and families in the community during this outdoor bash organized by Concerts for Kids. Spread across five stages in and around Skyline Park, this year’s lineup includes award-winning country singer Lee Brice, rising rock stars Vintage Trouble, and lauded jazz musician Peter Cincotti. Local acts such as the Mary Louise Lee Band, the Railbenders, and Strange Americans round out the lineup. All donations collected throughout the day will benefit more than 50 local nonprofits, including the Tennyson Center for Children and the Excelsior Youth Center. Sat 2:30-9:30 p.m.
A rising Seattle indie group that has opened for acts like Vampire Weekend, Dave Matthews, and My Morning Jacket is on it's way to being included in that group of headlining artisits. The Head and the Heart made waves with it's self-titled, debut album in 2011 with tunes like "Rivers and Roads" and "Down in the Valley." Sat 5 p.m.
Unpack the sleeping bags for a night under the stars. Children will cook over an open fire, sing campfire songs, and make s’mores before waking up to birds singing from the cottonwoods. All you need is a sleeping bag and a tent; dinner, breakfast, and activity supplies are included. Ages six to 10. Sat 5:30 p.m.-Sun 10 a.m.
Every scrum and tackle over the course of a bruised and grass-stained season culminate in this last match. Life University Club (GA) battles San Francisco Golden Gate (CA) for the national championship in Rugbytown USA. Sat 6 p.m.
Named for their nomadic nature, the team at Gypsy Kitchen's seven-course dinner is sure to wow. Seasonal ingredients will star on chef Jon Robbins tasting menu (past dishes have included everything from gazpacho to short ribs). Don't miss the wine or non-alcoholic pairings from sommelier Alex Kayir. Sat 6-10 p.m.
Kate is convinced her husband has replaced her with a new woman after their grown children move out. His new target of affection: She walks on all fours, wears a collar, and has an endearingly wet nose. As this couple tries to adjust to post-parenthood life, a humorous battle ensues between Kate and the new pooch in her apartment. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Enjoy two of Colorado's best assets—great beer and beautiful, skiable mountains—in one afternoon. Local breweries, like Oskar Blues and Twisted Pine Brewery, set-up shop at the base of the mountain alongside food tents (think turkey legs and sliders), and bluegrass grass band Hardscrabble at this outdoor spring festival. Ski lifts will be running all day (tickets sold separately). Sun noon-4 p.m.
Kick off summer at this tasty festival celebrating the city's favorite dining destinations including Pinche Taqueria, Snooze, Euclid Hall, and Trillium. In addition to the eats, admission includes two drink tickets to be redeemed for libations from local wineries (Bookcliff Cellars), breweries (try Great Divide), or distilleries (CapRock is a favorite!). Sun 2-5 p.m.
At this screening it's not only OK to talk during the movie, it's encouraged. Tickets come with mustaches and "yazz flute" to play along with Ron during his melodically intense seduction of Veronica Corningstone. So polish your Ron Burgundy impression, and prove that "You're so wise...like a miniature buddha, covered in hair." Fri 10 p.m.
Follow the 10K path through Boulder with thousands of your closest friends in the race Runner's World magazine called "America's All-Time Best 10K." The earlywaves require prior time qualifications, but later start times permit more recreational runners. Sun 7 a.m.
Chances are you’ve heard Ludovico Einadui before. Music written and performed by the classical Italian composer/pianist has popped up in ballets, TV shows, and award-winning films such as This is England, Black Swan, and J. Edgar. His newest album, In a Time Lapse, was recorded in a monastery in Italy. The suite exhibits Einaudi’s mesmerizing piano-playing embellished with baroque influences and experimental arrangements of strings, electronics, and percussion. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Hailing from Sheffield, England, Arctic Monkeys burst out of the Britpop scene swinging: Its debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, was named the best album of 2006 by Time magazine. The release’s turbo-charged, guitar-heavy alt-rock anthems like “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down,” set the tone for three follow-ups of equally energetic and often kitschy tunes. Tue 8 p.m.
Spanning four decades of sustained influence, Soundgarden is rocking its way back to the Front Range. Award-winning singles like "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman" remain undying favorites, while the most recent album–King Animal–forces listeners to adapt a newer take on this classic group. Tue 8:30 p.m.
Bundle up in your flannel and blankets for a midweek movie night. Surrounded by the famous red rock formations, kickoff this open-air film series with actor Michael J.
Rising pop star ZZ Ward can be called a grittier Adele or Amy Winehouse with more flavor. But she's more than that. Ward has a striking voice that seamlessly blends throaty blues, strutty rock, and smooth raps into powerful tracks (just listen to her debut album, Til the Casket Drops).
Everyone’s favorite ogre is back for musical based on the Oscar-winning film. Shrek and his irritating-but-lovable sidekick Donkey embark on an adventure to save a princess and reclaim their swamp. Thu-Sat noon, 6 p.m.; Sun noon.
When the lights go out, the action begins in this suspense thriller—the second act is performed in almost entire darkness. For Susy, an innocent woman living in New York City, the dark becomes her best defense when ruthless thugs are convinced she is involved in a botched drug deal. Surprising twists allow Susy to gain an advantage in this deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Like Susy, the audience must learn to embrace blindness. Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and his crisp voice reunites with Jimmy Tamborello and his calm, melodic instrumentation for indie-rock legend the Postal Service's first tour in a decade. Thu 8 p.m.
The "West Coast" is coming to the mountains as the California-based band, the Neighbourhood, showcases songs from their debut album, I Love You. Categorized as alternative, this up-and-coming band explores hip hop and techno in its eclectic sound. Thu 8 p.m.
Sorry if the title got your hopes up, but you'll be expected to keep your clothes on for the duration of this 5K. Run wild through City Park in the family-oriented race that includes those aged two to 72.
Stock up on summer reading without deflating your wallet. Browse more than 100,000 books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, videos, maps and even records. Most items are priced under $3, so you can indulge your inner bookworm at will. Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Geek out on your passion for comic books, film, Japanese animation, and gaming. Check out more than 200 international artists and cartoonists in artist alley and explore a plethora of pop-culture products. Special guests include actor Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films) and voice and sci-fi actress Kelly Hu. A portion of the proceeds benefits Comic Book Classroom, a nonprofit that creates children’s literacy and after-school arts programs. Fri 3- 8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Engage in the transformation of the RiNo art district during this open-door music festival each month. Art galleries, bars, and retail shops open their doors to 25+ musicians and performers on the final Friday of each summer month. Don't worry about dinner—food vendors will be on-hand to satisfy your late-night taco cravings. Fri 6 p.m.-midnight
Glamour and giving go hand-in-hand at this ladies-only fundraiser to help support childhood disease research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Enjoy an open bar and hors d'oeurvres while you shop at local boutiques, speak with beauty consultants, and bid at the silent auction. Fri 6-8:30 p.m.
You've probably passed by the massive LED screen on the downtown corner of 14th and Champa streets hundreds of times.
Turn your normal Saturday stroll into a memorable ride as you cycle through Boulder County with a pair of national champion pro cyclists. Let Heather Irmiger and Jeremy Horgan-Kobleski guide you through the road bike ride with your option of taking a 35-mile or 55-mile route. The ride is preceeded by a quick breakfast and followed by a four-course meal courtesy of Pasta Vino. Also, don't miss out on the gourmet dinner and gala on Friday night at the Denver Aquarium. All proceeds benefit the Colorado High School Cycling League. Fri 6 p.m.-Sat 2 p.m.
You're never too old for snozzberries and fizzy-lifting drinks. Ring in the Children's Museum of Denver's 40th birthday with a Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory–themed evening. (Heads up: This party is for adults only, so leave the little ones with a sitter.) Strap on your dancing shoes and head to the museum's plaza for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music—and, we hope, plenty of sweet treats.
Dust off your cheetah, leopard, and zebra print—it’s time to get wild and find a mate. Between specialty cocktails and dancing to music video mixes from local video DJ, VJ Aaron, strike a pose in the Tarzan and Jane photo prop with a fellow single. Sharpen your instincts with interactive games including “Steal the Lei,” for an on-the-house cocktail or brew. Fri 7:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.