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.
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.
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.
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.