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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.