06/2013

Taste of Louisville Half Marathon

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:55pm

You don't have to win this half marathon to get a feel for one of Colorado's finer historic downtowns, named a top 10 "Best Family Town" by Family Circle Magazine. But the revered Grubstake trophy is up for grabs. The top male and female finisher's will be engraved on the trophy. The finish line is even more enticing with Marco's Pizza there to refuel the hungry racers and Sam Adams serving free beer to all of-age runners. Sat 8 a.m.

Jodi's Race for Awareness

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:27pm

This one's for Jodi. Run your best 5K or jog the one-mile family run, for women and families affected by the same disease that took the life of a beloved Colorado native. Ovarian cancer leads to nearly 15,000 deaths every year in the United States, but with raised awareness women will be able to detect the warning signs and defeat the disease. Proceeds will benefit the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Sat 8 a.m.

AXS Buena Vista

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 9:48am

Bike, kayak, and rappel your way through this unmarked backcountry course. Choose between the 50-mile sport course or the less demanding 30-mile sprint course. You can also team up to test your adventure spirit with a companion. Among other obstacles, teams will be asked to orient themselves with maps and pull themselves across a 400-foot tyrolean. Sat 9 a.m.

4v4 Tournament

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:03am

Lace up the cleats and strap on the shin guards for this round-robin, four-on-four soccer tournament. Divided into both adult and youth groupings, each team may have up to seven players on its roster. Cash prizes are up for grabs and all participants are invited to stick around for the Colorado Rapids match against FC Dallas that evening. Sat 9 a.m.

Denver Chalk Art Festival

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 2:26pm

Artists will be crawling all over Denver’s streets, literally. The city's pavement becomes the canvas for more than 200 artists as they produce open-air chalk paintings. From realist to abstract designs, applaud the on-the-spot creations of artists as their hands face the elements. Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Not Exactly: Between Home and Where I Find Myself

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:23pm

Homeless: one word with a million preconceptions. Explore the multiple facets of this unfortunate situation through sculptures and art installations from more than 15 artists. Inspired by these marginalized social communities, the pieces incorporate industrial materials like metal sheets and steel rods. Bonus: Take in the companion activities—talks, workshops, and film screenings (including the Academy Award Winner for Best Short Documentary, Inocente) all dealing with homelessness.  Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

 

Jen Lewin: It's Electric

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 1:16pm

Finally, art you can appreciate with both your eyes and hands. Jen Lewin encourages viewers of her light and sound sculptures to interact with her creations, which include video curtains that reflect movement and robotic moths that flutter when touched. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

 

Grilling: Backyard Basics

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 1:43pm

'Tis the season for firing up the grill. Attend this interactive cooking class to brush up on grill basics and learn new techniques for preparing summertime favorites like chicken, veggies, and s'mores with new culinary flair. It wouldn't be a proper barbecue without a cool brew, would it? Enjoy a selection of local, seasonal beers to compliment your freshly grilled fare. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Summer of Riesling Party

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 1:04pm

A Manhattan-based movement dedicated to the complex, sweet and sour white wine has traveled west. Join fellow Riesling-hounds in sipping more than 20 Rieslings and sampling highlights from the new Bones menu. Raise your glass to summer. Sat noon-3 p.m.

Burning Can

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:23am

The sound of cracking open a can of beer provides an undeniably pleasing reward before that first crisp sip even hits your lips. Part of the Lyons Outdoor Games festival, this brewfest celebrates 35 breweries (like Oskar Blues) who know that the good stuff comes in a can. Sample beers, cruise charming Lyons, and nab a spot in the grass to view competitions like BMX dirt bike jumping. Sat 4-7 p.m.

Not Exactly: Between Home and Where I Find Myself

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:53am

How do you define home? A home is more than a shelter, it is a space that enforces a social identity. This mix of contemporary visual pieces—including paintings, photography, sculpture, installations, and video—explore the physical and social realms surrounding the experience of homelessness. Participating artists include Inocente Izucar, Academy Award winner for Best Short Documentary Inocente. Don’t miss the film’s screening June 2 at the Sie FilmCenter. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fleetwood Mac

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sun, 05/26/2013 - 4:35pm

Fleetwood Mac's first tour in four years will be a sublime blend of the old and new. The old: The group is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its wildy successful album, Rumours. The new: The foursome just released original material for the first time in a decade on an iTunes-exclusive EP (Extended Play). As always, the compelling vocal harmonies between former lovers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are not to be missed. Sat 8 p.m.

 

Tallest Man on Earth

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:21am

Swedish folksinger the Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) brings his melodic sensibility and deft lyricism to Denver with the bearded, acoustic-toting singer-songwriter Strand of Oaks (aka Timothy Showalter). Sat 9 p.m. 

Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 2:04pm

Roll through the beautiful areas around Castle Rock to welcome back Colorado cycling season in style. Riders can choose between 32-, 62-, or 100-mile road routes. Also available are an eight-mile family ride and a 27-mile off-roader that circles around the nearby hills and canyons. Participants have the option of camping out at the fairgrounds with fellow bikers for a post-race party.

Epic Women's Wellness Day

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 10:04am

Sundays used to be good for lounging arounduntil now. This ladies-only affair is focused on exploring various methods to sustain a long and healthy life.

On the Farm

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:32pm

Warmer weather and sunny rays signal the start of gardening season. Don’t waste a second of daylight. From canning fruits and veggies and turning sheep’s wool into handspun yarn to mixing organic skincare and sharpening sewing skills with picnic blanket making, learn the tricks of the homesteading trade. End class with cocktail hour and a farm-to-table supper. Sun 8:45 a.m.-9 p.m.

 

Denver Folklore Center’s 2nd Annual 50th Anniversary

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 12:14pm

Not content to settle for just one 50th birthday celebration, the Denver Folklore Center is carrying the festivities over to another year. Swallow Hill Music helps the local landmark ring in its 51st year with Colorado folk acts Mollie O'Brien, Rich Moore, and Liz Masterson, as well as Portland-based musician Mary Flower. Tales of the Denver Folklore Center’s eclectic history—founder Harry Tuft is now a member of the Colorado Hall of Fame—will be interspersed amidst the performances. Sun 3 p.m.

 

Expressions

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 10:14am

Experience fresh creations from a sweep of flourishing artists. Put on dashing attire and indulge in the evening’s art scene—including film, fashion, visual, and performance—with DJ 12BC and host Orion Carrington. From the experimental steel and copper pieces of blacksmith Rory May to the expressionist paintings and drawings of Zachery Heil enjoy visual work from more than 30 artists. Sun 6-10 p.m.

 

Taylor Swift

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 7:56pm

Fresh off eight wins at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Taylor Swift sweeps into Denver with opener Ed Sheeran and her evolving pop-country sound. Listen for her latest single, "22," along with favorites like "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Sun 7 p.m.

Colorado Wine Week

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 9:42am

Wine and dine? Try wine and more wine. Showcasing Colorado’s unique terroir, this weeklong festival includes six local wine events. Our top picks: Tuesday's Colorado Wine Cocktail Celebration—six of the city’s most esteemed bartenders will compete to create the best wine-inspired drink—and Saturday's Urban Winefest, for samples from more than 30 Colorado wineries. For a more relaxing atmosphere, check out the Governor’s Cup Awards on Friday to catch the crowning of the state's best winemaker.

Choice

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 2:57pm

Our environments are in a constant state of flux but we have control over our actions. Artist Linda Gleitz explores the power of choice through ceramic pieces and nearly one dozen gestural-style oil paintings. Study the subject matter in each painting—most of them have a political lean—and consider the reality of making a choice. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

The xx

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:06am

This indie pop group started out on a high note. Its debut was one of the most acclaimed releases of 2009, winning the Mercury Prize and placing near the top on a slew of year-end best-of lists. Last year’s follow-up, Coexist, cemented the British band's signature sound with more moody, mysterious, and minimalistic tracks of guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and occasional strings. Light vocals flush out elegantly simple songs like “Angels” and “Chained.” Opening act is ethereal pop troupe Hundred Waters. Mon 7 p.m.

 

Journey Stories

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 12:42pm

The United States is referrred to as a melting pot for good reason. Our citizenry is made up of immigrants and first-generation Americans, of people who chose to come here freely and those who had no choice. In the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit Journey Stories, the American identity is examined through the stories of our ancestors. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Aspen Historical Society

The Source Family

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 9:49am

Father Yod was a health-food restaurateur, a rock star, and the spiritual leader of the Source Family, a radical '70s utopian commune. The Source Family documentary explores the group from its beginning to its dramatic demise through archival photos, home movies, and interviews. Tue-Thu 4:50 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

Folk Dancing on the Plaza

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 3:19pm

Dust off your dancing shoes and head to the Boulder Municipal Plaza for summer-night folk dancing. Worried your do-si-dos are a little rusty? Lessons are available to folk-dance-newbies before the plaza opens to dancers of all skill levels. Tue 7 p.m.

 

Dance Mixology

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:03am

Relieve your work-week restlessness with a little song and dance. Wonderbound’s adults-only dance workshop will teach you to let loose, mix it up, and experiment with your own choreography. Wear ballet shoes, jazz shoes, or socks. Wed 6-7:30 p.m.; Sat 10-11:30 a.m.

Live in the Past

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 2:22pm

Master your survival skills on Colorado’s southeastern plains. For history buffs 18 years and up, take up the daily tasks at this reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post adjunct to the Santa Fe Trail. Get the fort’s historical rundown, then load-up the wagons and setup camp in the cotton groves. At sunrise, caravan to the fort and discover the life of a hunter-trapper catching beavers in the Arkansas River or a domestic-hand churning the butter. Also interact with blacksmiths, laborers, traders, and soldiers.

Seeing Red

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 10:47am

Color psychologists often note red as being a stimulator for the mind and the body. Tune in to the evocations of the color red with a series of paintings that embody the hue. Soak up visual works such as “Sailor’s Delight” from abstractionist painter Patricia J.

Andrea Bocelli

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:10am

Andrea Bocelli should have his own genre. The multilingual Italian tenor's distinct brand of international classical-pop music has made him one of the top-selling classical artists of all time. His newest release, Passione, ascended to number two on the Billboard 200 in January. The Colorado Symphony and other guests will complement the singer’s stunning voice. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Sting

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:08am

Sting is a music legend with 16 Grammy Awards (both for his solo work and with the Police), a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and even the exalted designation of Commander of the British Empire, given by Queen Elizabeth II herself. But to commemorate a quarter-century of solo success, he’s stripping his pop-rock sound down to the essentials. On the Back to Bass tour, Sting revisits his familiar hits with just a five-member backup band for support. Wed 8 p.m.

 

GoPro Mountain Games

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:56pm

Celebrate your love for outdoor sports with fellow fitness fanatcis. Watch the IFSC Bouldering World Cup and the Slackline World Championship when you're not participating in world-class mountain biking, running, and boating competitions of your own. Take a breather from the action with the photography competition, film festival, and free concerts by Black Joe Lewis and Ballyhoo!. Thu 8 a.m.- Sun 4 p.m.

Athleta Espirit de She Run

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 9:45am

Celebrating a satisfying 5K or 10K run with a glass of bubbly—now that’s what we call happy hour. This open-to-all-levels evening run weaves through wildflower fields before ending at a pop-up bazaar with delicious tapas, live music, and a community market featuring wares from local artisans and fresh produce. Thu 4-10 p.m.

PrimeTime

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 4:48pm

Combine three original sketches with two long-form improvisation skits and mix in random, usually mundane topics—grocery shopping, channel surfing—for on-the-spot humor, and original sketches crafted just days before. The fast pace and witty lines ensure that no two shows are ever the same. Thu 7:30 p.m.

The Kings of Summer

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 11:33am

Three teenage friends run away from home, build a house in the woods, and live off the land in this coming-of-age comedy. The nefariously funny Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation, stars alongside a young cast. Fri 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Gregory Block

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 10:12am

Few artists can add the title “biologist” to their resumés. Colorado resident Gregory Block can. With a dual degree in biology and painting from Colorado College, Block portrays natural scenes with realistic, scientific accuracy. Subjects of his oil paintings range from a tranquil lake to organic produce . Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

 

Wish You Were Here

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 4:56pm

Four friends leave for a carefree vacation in Southeast Asia—but only three return. This taut, emotionally charged thriller features Joel Edgerton, a rising Australian star familiar to American moviegoers as Tom Buchanan in the Great Gatsby. Mon-Thu 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m.;  Fri-Sun 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. 

Snowmass Mammoth Fest

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:13am

The powder may be gone, but Snowmass still has plenty to offer. Enjoy craft brews and chili samples while listening to a roster of indie-rock and dance bands. Headliners include the electro-rock outfit Awolnation and Return to the Dark Side of the Moon, a group of ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lenny Kravitz collaborators that put a jazz-funk spin on the classic Pink Floyd album. Fri 4:30-10 p.m.; Sat 12:30-10 p.m.

 

The Artistry of Colorado's Frank "Pancho" Gates

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 3:46pm

Colorado native Frank Gates was a leading contributor to Denver’s theater and arts scene. This collection of abstract and realist paintings dates back to the 1930s and includes subjects like Colorado mining and rodeos. Don’t miss the opening reception from 5-9 p.m. on June 7. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Close to the Edge

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 3:40pm

In these paintings, Patrick Zoller experiments with illusion op art—colorful optical illusions—that cause the foreground and background to seemingly swap places. Head to the opening reception on June 7 from 5-9 p.m. for a first glimpse of the post-abstract expressionist paintings. Bonus: The gallery is open until 9 p.m. on July 5. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 11:19am

To some, Australian internet activist and WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange is a hero. To others, he's a high-tech terrorist, putting untold numbers of lives at risk by publishing top-secret government and military documents.

Citizens' Band

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 2:29pm

Through images made with pencil, paint, and collage, artist Sara Guindon creates characters dealing with déjà vu. Uncertain of when—or if—events have truly happened, the characters explore actual versus false existence. Stop in on June 7 from 7-10 p.m. for the kick-off reception. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.

 

Umphrey's McGee

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 4:10pm

Umphrey’s McGee has amassed a loyal following over the last 15 years, often playing more than 100 shows annually. The veteran rockers are slated for two full sets after opening rock acts Dr. Dog and Delta Spirit. Fri 7 p.m.

The Duhks

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 4:38pm

This bluegrass-folk troupe broke out of an indefinite hiatus this year to start recording a new album. Hear the band’s internationally influenced sound—fiddle and banjo included—as well as opening act, bluegrass trio the Howlin’ Brothers. Fri 8 p.m.

 

George Lopez

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 1:43pm

The multitalented comedian returns to the stand-up stage shortly after the announcement of his FX sitcom, Saint George. Expect to hear his signature comedy addressing race and ethnic issues. 18+. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 1:39pm

To escape prison time, Randle McMurphy fakes insanity and enters a pyschiatric hospital. But as a mental ward patient, he finds more trouble than he imagined. Watch McMurphy challenge the abrasive Nurse Ratched in this Ken-Kesey-novel-turned-play set in the '60s. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

 

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 12:04pm

A talented crew presents a summer of Shakespearean comedy, tragedy, and star-crossed love. Their debut performance is A Midsummer Night's Dream, the comical story of four lovers lost in a fairy-enchanted forest. Other shows include Richard II, Macbeth, the Abridged Complete Works, and Women of Will. Dates, times vary.

They Might Be Giants

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 4:24pm

Known for eccentric pop-rock and quirky lyrics, this Brooklyn-based duo has collected two Grammy Awards over its nearly 30-year history. The band is touring in support of its latest album, Nanobots. 16+. Fri 9 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 1:50pm

Love triangle? Try love rectangle. In an untraditional take on one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, four young lovers—of the 1920s jazz era—find themselves in a complicated romantic web while trapped within an enchanted forest. Blinded by lust, the cast comically battles with marriage, mischief, magic, and love potions. Produced by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.  Tue-Wed 6:30 p.m.; Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6:30 p.m.

 

National Get Outdoors Day

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 9:47am

Kick your family off the sofa and bring them to this recreational paradise. Peruse traditional and non-traditional outdoor activities–from mountain biking to geocaching–that your family can enjoy on site. Sponsored by Get Outdoors USA!, this festive day also includes invites families to follow-up activities at local parks.  Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

WASApalooza

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 2:35pm

If you thought your childhood playground antics were long behind you, think again. This competition pits teams of 12 against each other in various elementary-school games. Past contests have included human foosball, wiffle ball, and (what else?) dodgeball. Heads up: Registration closes Wednesday, June 5, so act fast. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

KidSpree at Yumfest

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:14pm

Are your tykes bursting with energy now that school is over? A day of fun and sun at Colorado’s largest outdoor kids festival will help wear them out. Rambunctious youngsters will love the giant maze and pony rides, while aspiring singers can belt it out with karaoke. Another highlight is the touch-a-truck exhibit, where kids can scramble over real police cars, motorcycles, and fire engines. No need to pack a lunchfood trucks and other vendors will be ready to fill hungry bellies. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

 

Jr. Naturalist: Wildlife Connections

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:20pm

Colorado's ecyosystem is a wonderland for budding biologists and naturalists. Naturalist Ann Sarg will introduce kids to the creatures that call Roxborough State Park homelike bears, birds, and mule deer. They’ll play games, complete an ecology workbook, and explore the park to learn how plants and animals fit into their habitat. Attending two or more Junior Naturalist events earns youngsters an official park patch. Ages 7-12, reservations required. Sat 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Charles Bunnell

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 10:24am

Charles Bunnell's works have made their way into museums across the country since the 1930s. Finally, the art of this legendary painter is coming home. Credited with introducing abstract expressionism to the Broadmoor Art Academy in his native Colorado Springs in the late ’40s, Bunnell bridged the gap between the modern and surrealist movements. Vivid colors and swirling brushstrokes are strikingly evident in his paintings of Pikes Peak and other Colorado landscapes. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

Raw University: A Lesson for a Sweet Tooth

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 2:43pm

In need of a sugar fix? Learn the art of treat making from TAG pastry chef Noah French. Students will learn proper technique (how to properly mix a chocolate soufflé) as well as take home recipes for show-stopping desserts including caramel walnut turtles. Sat noon-2 p.m.

 

Denver Brewgrass Festival

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 4:22pm

Are any two things more fitting for fresh air than frosty beers and plucky bluegrass tunes? Stomp your heels and clap your hands to seven live bands including Tennessee-based Americana troupe Black Lillies and orchestral folk act Jonas Friddle and the Majority. Sip brews from local breweries such as Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery. Sat noon-10 p.m. 

Colorado Urban Wine Fest

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 2:08pm

Who says you can't grow grapes in Colorado? With more than 100 vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms across the Centennial state, the wine scene is growing. This festival—and culmination of Colorado Wine Week—celebrates the best our state has to offer. Enjoy unlimited sips from local artisan winemakers like Bookcliff Vineyards or Augustina's Winery, interactive wine education discussions, and food samples prepared by top Denver restaurants including Mizuna, Row 14, and Slotted Spoon. Pick up a bottle—or two—of your favorite to take home. Sat 1 p.m.

The Last Unicorn

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 10:27am

This iconic ’80s animated fantasy film about a unicorn saving her clan charges into the 21st century in a remastered format. Don’t miss a Q&A and book signing with Peter S. Beagle, the movie’s screenwriter and author of its source novel. Sat 3:05 p.m., 6 p.m.

Ballroom with a Twist

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 2:37pm

Ballroom dancing is hip again thanks to shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Take those reality stars (and some from American Idol), mix in hot, high-energy music, and you have Ballroom with a Twist: an infusion of contemporary moves into traditional dance styles. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Doc Severinsen

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:15am

Late-night talk show bandleaders can become nearly as iconic as the shows’ hosts. Doc Severinsen flaunted his virtuosic trumpet skills between Johnny Carson's wisecracks for 25 years on the Tonight Show. But the rest of his career has been equally productive, resulting in Grammy Awards and dozens of jazz and Latin albums. The Colorado Symphony will assist Severinsen during his “Solid Gold” show, which features the maestro’s renditions of beloved retro hits, like George Gerswin's "Embraceable You" and Duke Ellington's "I've Got it Bad (and That Ain't Good)." Sat 7:30 p.m.

Uhh Yeah Dude

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 4:30pm

In this live comedy podcast recording, hosts Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Larroquette humorously converse about current events and trivia. Since debuting in 2006, the show has received priase from Rolling Stone and regularly places in the top 50 comedy podcasts on iTunes. 18+. Sat 8-11:55 p.m.

Black Chefs in the White House

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 3:33pm

Presidents, families, and staffs shuffle in and out of the White House every four to eight years. But, from George Washington to Barack Obama there's been one consistency: Every president has has an African-American head chef or assistant chef in the kitchen. Author Adrian Miller serves up stories of those who cooked for presidents as attendees dine on a menu based on the favorite recipes of America's presidents. Chef Walter Scheib, the executive chef during Bill Clinton's and George W.

Skirt Sports Half Marathon

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:17am

Skirt Sports paved the way for women's fitness apparel and now they're paving the way for you to run this half marathon in Boulder County. Recently opened up for men as well, this 13.1-mile race–with 5K and 5-mile options as well–includes a host of added bonuses, like an after party, an awards ceremony, and cool prizes. A portion of the proceeds go to the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign. Sun 7 a.m.

Denver VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 4:35pm

Grab the leash, take your dog out for a 3K walk, and help make sure to leave a lasting impression on his or her life. Cancer is the primary killer of canines in the United States, but you can help prevent it by walking with your pup in this fundraiser to prevent and treat pet cancer. All participants receive an event T-shirt, a doggy bandana, and post-race refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Animal Cancer Foundation, which seeks treatments and preventions of cancer among pets. Sun 9 a.m.

Lemonade Day

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 3:44pm

Your little entrepreneur’s first company can be right at the end of your driveway. Kids can take part in a nationwide celebration of learning business practices through seeing a lemonade stand from goals all the way through profit. Pickup a backpack from Young Americans Bank or any Dependable Cleaners—each filled with a planning workbooks and other goodies. Kids keep 100 percent of their profits, so stop for a tangy, sweet beverage to show your support. Sun, all day.

 

Living History Day

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 1:56pm

Dive into Denver’s pioneer past at the Four Mile Historic Park, where tired travelers would rest of the the long journey across the plains. Little ones can learn all about life as a pioneer with historic demonstrations of sewing, quilting, blacksmithing, and wagon rides. Then explore replicas of Native American tipis and learn what it was like to be a miner and trapper in the Wild West. Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nick Cave: Sojourn

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 10:07am

Many artists mount their work on walls and tables, but contemporary sculptor Nick Cave prefers the human body. Crafted from a wide variety of materials—including twigs and wigs—his innovative "Soundsuits" emit noises as the wearer moves. Twenty new "Soundsuits" are displayed, along with other (nonwearable) sculptures and installations. Look for a passageway constructed of thousands of buttons and new short films from Cave. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

 

Festival for Water

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 4:33pm

Celebrate the importance of water: Gather with Water for the People to help raise awareness for the need of sustainable water resources worldwide. Dance to high-energy brass-and-funk rock performances from the Motet and Bonerama and the beats of alternative hip-hop group Broken Tongues. The food truck lineup—including Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs and Hey PB&J—will be there to keep the energy high. Sun 4-9 p.m.

 

BBQ University

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 2:56pm

Trade in desks for grills and pens for tongs—you're now enrolled in BBQ University. Steven Raichlen, award-winning author of eight barbecue books and host of PBS series Primal Grill and Barbecue University, leads this culinary workshop on mastering the grill. Guests of the luxury, three-night retreat will be schooled in ribs—from Kansas City smoked and Texas pit-roasted to tandoori lamb ribs and short ribs Argentinean-style. Lessons include determining the best type of grill—gas, wood burning, smokers, or kamado (ceramic) cookers—for your chosen barbecue delight.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 11:59am

Roald Dahl's classic tale begins when Charlie Bucket finds the last golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s mysterious candy factory inside a bar of chocolate. Tickets in hand, Charlie and four other lucky children begin a strange and fantastic adventure through a world brimming with sweet treats. Mon-Sat 10 a.m., 1 p.m.

The Iran Job

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:15am

This documentary focuses Kevin Sheppard, a flashy point guard from the U.S. Virgin Islands. After being skipped over in the NBA draft, he joins an Iranian basketball team. But, his season culminates in something larger than basketball when he befriends three outspoken Iranian women involved in Iran's short-lived reformist Green Movement. Tue-Thu 2:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

The Dandy Warhols

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:17am

This quirky alt-rock band has been perfecting its recipe for psychedelic tracks for more than 15 years: extra-catchy guitar riffs, fast hooks, and lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s distinctive deep growl. To commemorate the 13th anniversary of the band's breakthrough release Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, the Dandy Warhols will play the album in its entirety. Tue 8 p.m.

Hot Rocks Griller Challenge

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 1:06pm

Forget dainty party food. This grilling challenge is about meaty fare for hearty appetites. Guests win as Denver chefs compete in a sliders and sides competition with tastes featuring Tyler Wiard's Cubano slider and Jennifer Jasinski's brat version on a breztel bun. Proceeds benefit Denver Health Foundation's men's health programs. Wed 6-9 p.m.

Pairsine Chefs Food & Beer Pairing Competition

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 11:55am

What foods would you partner with a stout? How about a lager or a red ale? Take a cue from 10 of Colorado's top toques as they compete to create the ultimate food and beer pairings. Each chef will craft a unique accompaniment to compliment award-winning brews. Cast a vote for their favorite chef in the taster's choice category. Wed 6-9 p.m.

The Iran Job

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:15am

This documentary focuses Kevin Sheppard, a flashy point guard from the U.S. Virgin Islands. After being skipped over in the NBA draft, he joins an Iranian basketball team. But, his season culminates in something larger than basketball when he befriends three outspoken Iranian women involved in Iran's short-lived reformist Green Movement. Tue-Thu 2:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Hanuman Festival

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:39am

Meditate, hike, and bike your way into a new state of mind. This one-of-a-kind festival returns to Boulder with a bevy of yoga teachers, speakers, and musicians. Pack your days with yoga classes and inspirational lectures, group hiking treks in the Flatirons and biking excursions through the People's Republic. Live musical performances by Saul David Raye, Trevor Hall, and MC Yogi will cap off each day's festivities. Thu 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters Summer Basketball Clinics for Kids

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 1:16pm

Do your kids want to shoot hoops and pass like the pros? Sign them up for the Harlem Globetrotters summer basketball clinic. During the two-hour session kids will practice everything from dribbling to shooting with professional basketball players. Clinics also include motivational talks on bullying prevention and character development. Children ages six to 12, no experience necessary. Clinics are also available in Fort Collins. Thu-Sat 9 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.

Cut and Paste

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 11:55am

Cut, paste, repeat. The kindergarten art of collage grows up with this display of small- and large-scale paper works—using a variety of textures and colors—from local, national, and international artists. Tue 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thu-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Date Night

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 9:51am

Grab your sweetheart and a picnic basket for a star-strewn evening at the Botanic Gardens. Couples can enjoy their picnic suppers in the garden amphitheater and make their own sweet treats at a dessert bar. After dinner, try free swing dancing lessons while listening to the tunes of Swing Je T’aime, or simply stroll through the gardens. Thu 6-8 p.m.

Colorado Barbecue Challenge

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:22pm

Kansas City, Texas red, smoked, cured, or just plaing grilled—this family-friendly festival celebrates all things barbecue. Sample dishes including ribs, chicken, brisket, sides, and dessert from more than 70 culinary competitors from across the region. The event kicks off Thursday night with live music followed by two full days of barbecue goodness. Thu-Sat, times vary.

Music & Martinis

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 11:59am

Colorado's up-and-coming opera stars take center stage during this celebration of Central City Opera's 2013 Apprentice Artists. Enjoy cocktails, music, a silent auction, and a seated dinner. Then bid on items such as an African photo safari or coveted Book of Mormon tickets during the live auction before getting your fill of opera favorites and Broadway show tunes performed by the "stars of tomorrow." Thu 6 p.m.

 

Ginger & Rosa

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 11:47am

Ginger and Rosa were inseparable best friends coming of age in 1960s London. But as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates and the threat of nuclear holocaust looms, their friendship is redefined. The Cold War confronts the Sexual Revolution as Ginger is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa experiments with cigarettes and boys. Thu 7 p.m.

The Fantasticks

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 4:41pm

Tricked into love by their fallaciously feuding fathers, Luisa and Matt separate after discovering the paternal deceit. They then venture out on their own only to realize they belong together in this ever-popular 1960 musical. One of the longest-running production in the world kicks off Little Theatre of the Rockies’ 79th season. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

 

Sonic Bloom Festival

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 9:56am

Acrobatic performance troupe Lucent Dossier Experience and DJs Opiuo and VibeSquaD (a Denver native) are among the many acts playing this popular electronic dance music festival. Bonus: Attend workshops on topics like yoga, wellness, and astrology. Thu 7:45 p.m.-Mon 7 a.m.

 

Rachael Yamagata

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:19am

This soulful, seasoned singer-songwriter has some pretty impressive admirers. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have been in the audience for several performances, and she's shared the stage with rock titans R.E.M. and Patti Smith. Yamagata’s emotional folk-pop songs have been in a slew of movies, TV shows, and a decade’s worth of albums, including her latest, Heavyweight. Thu 8 p.m.

The Iran Job

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:15am

This documentary focuses Kevin Sheppard, a flashy point guard from the U.S. Virgin Islands. After being skipped over in the NBA draft, he joins an Iranian basketball team. But, his season culminates in something larger than basketball when he befriends three outspoken Iranian women involved in Iran's short-lived reformist Green Movement. Tue-Thu 2:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Old Glory Antiques Fair

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:44am

A little sunshine can cast new life on old treasures. Collectibles line the park from more than 60 Colorado and out-of-state antique dealers including Starr Antiques and Marigold’s Farmhouse Funk & Junk. Rows of brightly painted chairs and cupboards, farm tables, garden accessories, and jewelry artisans invite you to explore as you listen to eight acoustic folk bands, including a performance from local musician Jeff Rady.

Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:56am

Aspen goes ambrosial during this annual, premier culinary event. Celebrity chefs and wine experts from across the nation will showcase the best of their edible industry at the base of Colorado's most revered ski mountain. Scout out the legendary dishes of Mario Batali or discover a more recent luminary like David Chang. Fri 10 a.m-Sun 2 p.m.  

Kingdom Days

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 10:29am

Dig up the history of Breckenridge with a celebration of the mountain town's heritage dating back to the 1850s. Discover how the town’s old roots surface in present-day life with a tour of the Gold Pan Saloon and Breckenridge Distillery. Don’t miss a live bluegrass performance from the local Luv Brothers and the most rambunctious and anticipated event of the weekend, the Outhouse Races: Teams hustle hand-constructed, transportable outhouses down Ridge Street across the finish line. Fri-Sat 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Before Midnight

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 10:56am

Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Deply) met in Before Sunrise and reunited in Before Sunset. In this conclusion of Richard Linklater's romantic trilogy, the two heartthrobs arrive at the crossroads of family life and career goals. Fri-Sun 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m; Mon-Thu 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

 

The East

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 11:28am

Elite private-intelligence agent Sarah Moss goes undercover to infiltrate the East, an eco-terrorist cell executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Her priorities change when she sympathizes with the anarchists. Fri-Sat 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:50 p.m.; Mon-Thu 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:20 p.m. 

Jim Belushi & The Chicago Board of Comedy

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 4:02pm

Veteran funny man Jim Belushi is taking comedy's next generation on the road. Belushi's career spans from Saturday Night Live to film to Broadway. On this tour, he's joined by the Chicago Board of Comedy, comprised of Robert Belushi (his son), Larry Joe Campbell, Megan Grano, Brad Morris, and Jon Barinholtz all of whom were trained at Chicago's famed Second City.

Pandora's Promise

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 12:27pm

More than seven billion people inhabit Earth. That means a whole lot of energy consumption—and demand.We often hear about solar, wind, and natural gas options, but a growing number of scientists are revisiting nuclear energy. Through interviews with environmentalists and energy experts, Pandora's Promise explores the theory that nuclear power is the answer to our planet's growing energy needs. Days, times vary. 

Steak and Spirits Cooking Class

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:37am

The cut, the marinade, the temperature, the appropriate complimentary cocktail. Get all your red meat quandaries answered by learning from culinary experts. Prepare your own hanger steak while reps from Colorado Vodka Company advise you on the art of mixology. Fri 6-9 p.m.  

Collected Stories

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 4:28pm

Morality comes into question when Lisa writes a novel about the love affair of her mentor, Ruth, who taught Lisa how to write and be confident. This Donald Margulies play premiered in 1996 before making its Broadway debut in 2010. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 11:21pm

Let’s be honest; Shakespeare's “thees” and “thous” can leave you lost. Take the drudgery out of Elizabethan theater with this three-man cast performing Shakespeare’s entire canon, 37 plays total, but with modifications, like adding rap to Othello or cooking tips to Titus Andronicus. Wed 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

 

Jack's Barnyard Bash

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 1:20pm

There is something magicical about a farm in the summertime. Taste the season as Zolo Grill chef Brett Smith leads the charge in crafting culinary delights along with West End Tavern's master barbecue chef Chris Blackwood, Sweet Cow's ice cream maven Drew Honness, and others. Also enjoy cocktails and live bluegrass music. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Boulder County's Jack Ferrigno "Send a Kid to Camp" grant. Sat 4-7 p.m.

 

Two Topless Miles

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:53pm

Bare it all for breast cancer at Colorado's family nudist resort. This one-of-a-kind two-mile run is encouraging runners—male and female—to shed their shirts and go topless for breast cancer awareness and research. Participants can also choose to go on a 5K hike before the run. Leave your cameras at home, as no private cameras are permitted on the premises. The course is strictly contained within the ranch's private property, so don't to worry about breaking the law. Children are allowed to participate as well.

Denver PrideFest

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 9:53am

There’s something for everyone at Denver PrideFest. Four stages of live music and dancing are just a warm-up to the Sunday morning PrideFest Parade. Runners will love the Big Gay 5K, while pet owners can enter their pooches in the Dogs in Drag contest. The festival also features 250 vendor booths, food, crafts, and a transgender resource area. Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Home and Garden Tour

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 12:53pm

Step through open doors and discover Denver’s architectural history. With a home and garden guide in hand, embark on a self-led walk-through and uncover inspiration within a multitude of dwellings, from historic foundations to modern framework throughout Littleton and the Columbine Country Club area. Stroll through a Santa Barbara ranch from 1957, a 1954 California contemporary with a pop-top, and a 1920s bungalow. Don’t forget to take a peek out the back door: Most homes offer innovative backyard designs.

Juneteenth Music Festival

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:59am

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in Texas in 1865—two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. For almost 150 years, the holiday has been celebrating that historic moment and honoring African American culture. This annual outdoor bash’s music lineup will feature local funk, hip-hop, and R & B acts—including Gumbo le Funque and Abstract Collective—on two stages in the Five Points neighborhood. Don't miss the parade earlier in the day and the pageant on Friday. Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

TedxMileHigh

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 9:55am

This independently organized TED event brings together innovative speakers from the Denver area for an afternoon of ideas and inspiration. Speakers include Shannon Galpin, an award-winning humanitarian and advocate of women and girls in conflict zones, and filmmaker Alexandre Philippe. Bonus: Explore the exhibit lounge, which features products by Colorado businesses. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

LoHi Music Festival

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 3:59pm

Plant a giant stage, top-notch musical acts, food trucks, and a festive crowd into one of Denver's fastest-growing neighborhoods, and you've got a block party to be reckoned with. This all-day music fest in LoHi brings all the action of a big-time festival into Denver's backyard. The Kyle Hollingsworth Band featuring Michael Kang (of Colorado jam-band String Cheese Incident) headlines a lineup that includes shows by Poor Man's Whiskey, Toubab Krewe, the New Mastersounds, and Springdale Quartet.

Bunk Under the Stars

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:03pm

Grab the kids and camp tent for a deep-woods Father's day. Spend the afternoon exploring the woods on nature and wildlife walks. As the sun sets, put an eye to the available telescope for stargazing lessons on the illuminataed night sky. Bring your tent to camp outside, or sleep inside a hostel-style bunkhouse. Don't worry about packing any grub—dinner, snacks, and breakfast are included. Sat 4 p.m.-Sun 9 a.m.

Denver Take Steps Walk for Crohn's & Colitis

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 2:38pm

Take a step towards finding a cure for two digestive diseases that affect one in 200 Americans. In Colorado's only walk for Crohn's disease and colitis, walk the two-mile loop in a team or as a solo effort. The night also includes live music, food, and activities for kids. Proceeds benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation for America, which funds medical research towards cures. Sat 5 p.m.

North Fork Un-Corked

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 11:22am

California wine country may get all the attention, but Coloradans know we have plenty to add to the vino scene. Discover the beauty of the North Fork wine region during this two-day celebration of the state's blossoming industry. Pick and choose between myriad events, including tours of wineries, special pairing dinners, and even a chance to sail model yachts at Azura Cellars. Sat-Sun, times vary. 

 

WWII Era Ball

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 12:30pm

Ladies and gentlemen, pull on your 1940s party dress and jewels, suspenders, or military uniform. This World War II party reenactment—held in an airplane hangar—is a festive night accented with belly and swing dance entertainment, roulette, tango, and Polynesian Fiafia’s hula dance performance. Before the end-of-the-war balloon-drop and celebration, spin your sweetheart to the jazz and swing music of local band Hot Tomatoes. Plus meet impersonators of Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe. Sat 5 p.m.

 

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:22am

Husband-and-wife musicians Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi were already accomplished solo artists before they united and added a nine-piece band in 2011. The troupe’s classic Southern blues have garnered numerous awards and gigs at the White House and the United Nations General Assembly. Co-headliners and perennial crowd-pleasers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will add to the bluesy-country sound. Sat 6:30 p.m.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 3:09pm

This long-standing indie trio returned to the scene last year with Meat and Bone, its first album of new, original material since 2004. Listen for front man Jon Spencer’s croon and snarl over raucous, bluesy alt-rock. Sat 9 p.m.

 

The Dirty Dash

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 12:10pm

Do you want more excitement than summer's standard 5K? Find a group of mud-hungry friends or go it alone for this dog-friendly fun run. Encounter a series of mudpits, Slip 'n Slides, and haystacks along the sloppy obstacle course. Don't leave the kids at home–the Piglet Plunge offers children 12 and under a chance to revel in the messiness alongside you. Proceeds benefit Paradox Sports, a charity that provides sporting opportunities to the physically disabled. Sun 9 a.m.

Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 1:53pm

Lovers of literature and history buffs, authors, and aspiring writers unite. This year’s festival conversation—the literary heritage and culture of China—includes author panels, discussions, book signings, and receptions. Don't miss presentations from special guests Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award recipient Yiyun Li, T

Ballet in the Park

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 11:26am

Art should be accessible to everyone. That mantra pervades Boulder Ballet's annual, free (!) outdoor series. Pack a picnic and grab some folding chairs—and your kids—for a performance of contemporary choreography, with excerpts from the troupe's season as well as new works. The showcase includes three different performances in various outdoor amphitheaters. After the show, meet the dancers and let your little ballerinas show off their moves on the open stage. Sun 7 p.m.

 

Tony Bennett

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Sun, 06/09/2013 - 8:13pm

Beloved singer Tony Bennett had his first hits in the early '50s, and he continues to woo audiences with his classy take on the Great American Songbook. His current career high comes from two Duets albums, the latest of which feature collaborations with young fans such as Lady Gaga (check out this performance), John Mayer, and Norah Jones.

The Great Debate

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 4:13pm

During this monthly comedy show, non-experts relentlessly feud about mundane topics. Opinions will fly—possibly causing you to switch sides a few times. June’s topic? Bollywood versus Balsa wood. Thu 8 p.m.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 2:52pm

Two of the most endearing icons of the folk and country genres, these singer-songwriters have nabbed numerous accolades over their decades-long careers. The two combined their storied talents for a collaborative album, Old Yellow Moon, released earlier this year. Tue 8 p.m.

 

The Play Crawl

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 4:08pm

Help fundraise for And Toto too Theatre Company by simply eating and watching plays. This third annual event will host 10 performances—nine will be premieres—at 10 venues starting and ending at the Oriental Theater. Walk from venue to venue to catch all 10 of the two-minute plays, and don't miss karaoke and a silent auction. Wed 6 p.m.

Gunnison River Festival

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 12:50pm

Nothing cools off summer heat like the backsplash from a paddle.

Gimme the Loot

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:06am

Bronx teens Malcolm and Sofia are kings of the local graffiti sceneuntil a rival gang destroys their newest masterpiece. The pair plots to tag a famous city landmark in revenge, beginning a two-day spree of theft, spraypaint, and potential glory. Wed 7 p.m.; Thu 4:30 p.m.; Fri 6:45 p.m.; Sat 4:30 p.m.

Conscious Media Film Festival

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:10am

The festival features nine films over two evenings, all celebrating the power of community and storytelling. Don't miss the Colorado premiere of the Forgotten Kingdom, the story of a young South African man journeying to Lesotho to bury his estranged father. Along the way, he is captivated by the mysterious beauty of his homeland and its people. Wed-Thu 7 p.m.

Cut & Paste

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:47pm

Take a trip to your childhood days of collage art, the basic premise of this exhibit. Eight local, national, and international artists have created works that range from paper collage to large-scale sculptures and multimedia pieces. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Enviros/Around/Alrededor Opening Reception

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:40pm

Living amid nature challenges us, but art can help us reconnect to that environment. The four artists featured in this exhibit—all from Central and South America—collaborated to help us re-establish personal connections to the natural world. Fri 6-9 p.m.

Love, Sex & Missed Connections

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:09am

The agony of the modern dating scene is perfectly captured in this Kickstarter-funded film. Husband-and-wife screenwriting team Kenny Stevenson and Dorien Davies play the not-so-romantic leads: Neal, whose buddies help him find love via the “Missed Connections” section of a website, and Jane, a woman using the same website to purposefully disappoint her hopeful dates. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Do At the Zoo

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 1:08pm

Gawk at more than the animals on this evening trip to the zoo. Mingle with the zoo’s residents—including macaws, snakes, and porcupines—as more than 60 restaurants dish out bites of exotic food. Even the wild beasts will be eyeing the sweet and savory plates from local culinary spots including the Populist, Rialto Café, Corner House, and Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge. Proceeds benefit the Denver Zoo and its sustainability improvements. Thu 7-10 p.m.

 

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:18pm

Music and theater merge as a small cast performs songs by Belgium singer-songwriter—known as the Bob Dylan of Europe—Jacques Brel. The songs, many of which reflect on the Vietnam War and expose Brel’s anti-war sentiments, are connected by brief narration and the small cast’s choreographed responses to Brel’s words. Sung in English, Flemish, and French, songs in this worldly performance explore the culture of Western Europe in the mid-to-late 1900s. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m.

 

Make Music Denver

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:31am

Celebrate World Music Day, taking place in more than 500 cities across the globe, at this annual festival. Local musicians displaying varying genres and skill levels converge downtown to serenade the crowds. The event culminates in a special jam session and beer garden starting at 4 p.m. in Skyline Park. Interested in showing off your musical chops? Anyone is welcome to preregister to perform—or simply show up and claim a space on the 16th Street Mall. Fri 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 3:18pm

Your loving pooch spends the workdays home alone, so why not let him tag along on this pet-appreciation holiday? Your co-workers will love the four-legged company, and your pup will enjoy the extra attention. (Be sure to check with your employer before Fido arrives.) Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 3:31pm

Peek inside Dr. Seuss' legendary secret hat closet. Like the cartoon characters of his fanciful tales, the whimsical collection into the hundreds is not limited to the trademark tall, striped, brimmed hat. Theodor Seuss Geisel's medley of head coverings has some with feathers, some with bows, some patterned, but none plain. Along with the hats, Geisel's hidden collection of original drawings and paintings bring to life the inhabitants and worlds that filled the pages of his cherished books. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

 

Much Ado About Nothing

Submitted by Daliah Singer on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 12:46pm

William Shakespeare wrote Much Ado About Nothing more than 400 years ago, but the dramatic comedy's themes—love, deception, mistaken identity—are as relevant as ever. Director Joss Whedon, who has had a heavy hand in the making of pop-culture blockbusters such as the Avengers and Toy Story, might seem an unlikely director for this movie remake.

Guillermo Kuitca: Diarios

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:08pm

For Argentinean artist Guillermo Kuitca, doodles and random notes create the foundations of his Diarios paintings. Kuitca recorded tidbits of information and his reflections on discarded canvases, eventually transforming them into a series of paintings full of abstract forms and phrases. Tue-Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Guillermo Kuitca: Diarios

Submitted by Daliah Singer on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 12:39pm

Most of us probably don’t think much of our doodles, the mindless sketches of swirls and shapes made while on a phone call or during a meeting. Painter Guillermo Kuitca transformed his into dynamic artwork. The Argentinean native uses discarded materials as his canvas, and the resulting pieces offer diary-like insight into the artist's thoughts and work processes. Tue-Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Image courtesy of MCA Denver/Guillermo Kuitca

Jazz Aspen Snowmass

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:40am

The Benedict Music Tent is just one venue hosting headline concerts from word-class musicians such as Jackson Browne, Ben Harper, and Charlie Musselwhite. Be sure to check out the Music Festival Grounds at 6 p.m. each night for free music. Dates, time vary.

Theater Hike: Snow White

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 1:58pm

Watch the gardens transform into the fantastical world of Snow White. Her story has been already told, but has anyone heard from the poison apple yielding witch? Join the seven silly dwarves, a prince, a talking mirror, a dancing chicken, and Snow White for a new twist on this classic Disney tale. Audience and actors stroll through the gardens, while scenes are performed along the way. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a blanket. Fri 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Summer Solstice Art Party

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:31pm

Usher in the first day of summer with art and music. Sip a heat-beating beverage as you watch live demos by contemporary California painter Stephanie Paige and local artist Christian Dore. Bonus: Colorado-based musician Branden Sipes will lend his folk-pop stylings. Fri 7-10 p.m.

Avenue Q

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:37pm

The puppets on Sesame Street usually resolve problems with the help of rhyming or a song. However, in this adults-only musical, Avenue Q’s puppets discover that their issues—Internet porn addictions, reckless sex, and unemployment—won’t have such swift solutions. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6:30 p.m.

 

Minimum Wage

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 9:34am

Mosey into Denver’s newest fast food franchise, Happy Burger, in this hysterical musical about flipping burgers. Sing along to the Happy Burger anthem and learn the greasy restaurant oath in this play by up-and-coming sibling duo, Jeff and Charlie La Greca. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

 

The Ultimate Thriller Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:29am

Michael Jackson’s staggering collection of hits is as iconic as they come. Bust out a sequined glove  for a time-traveling trip through Jackson’s infamous songbook—from “Smooth Criminal” to “Billie Jean” to “Thriller.” Spot-on Jackson impersonator Fabio Mordà leads a crew that includes choreographers, dancers, and recording engineers that worked with the King of Pop himself. Fri 8 p.m.

 

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 11:26am

Composed of the best players from the foremost Grateful Dead tribute acts in the Rocky Mountains, this super-tribute band has been performing since 2005. RMGDR plays not only Grateful Dead material, but covers of other musicians' material as the Greatful Dead would have. Fri 9 p.m. 

Tears of the Black Tiger

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:08am

This 2000 Thai film follows Dum, a handsome man unwillingly pulled into the gang life of rural Thailand. When his wealthy sweetheart, Rumpoey, is married off to a policeman, Dum does everything in his power to escape gang life and return to her. Thu-Fri 10 p.m.

Climb4Life

Submitted by Caitlin Donnelly on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 12:08pm

Hike and climb in Boulder’s foothills to help the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer research. All skill levels are welcome, and you can learn techniques from Colorado Mountain School guides and rent climbing equipment through the Boulder Rock Club. Don't miss the after-party at Eldorado Springs Pool & Resort. Sat 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m

Front Range Cancer Challenge

Submitted by Caitlin Donnelly on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 11:50am

Help fight cancer, one mile at a time. This two-day bike ride covers more than 80 miles, from the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora to the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center in Fort Collins. Not enough? Try the additional 60-mile loop in the foothills on day two. All proceeds benefit cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.

Denver Undy 5000 Colon Cancer Awareness Run/Walk

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 12:31pm

Feel the breeze as you run in your underwear–preferably worn over your shorts–in this unique 5K for colon cancer prevention. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, which assists in payments and treatments for those Colorado patients who cannot afford it themselves. Sat 8:30 a.m.

Wild West Day

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 1:53pm

Toss on a cowboy hat, hop a train, and travel back in time to when Denver was a frontier town. Little cowpokes will learn about how railroads ruled the Wild Westvying with the horse for the main means of transportation. Encounter outlaw train robbers, the sheriffs that tried to catch them, and the ladies and gents who lived in Old West towns. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Trax-n-Trails Bike Challenge

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:48am

Make you mark on the clear trails of Winter Park Resort while riding for a noble cause. Choose between the longer competitive race option or the calmer recreational ride. Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled, which offers sporting opportunities to disabled athletes. Mon 10 a.m.

South Platte RiverFest

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 4:05pm

This is a party worth cleaning up for. The South Platte River, Denver's urban waterway, is hosting the entire community for a weekend of paddle boarding, live music, kids activities, and conservation efforts. Curious about people paddling atop Colorado's lakes and rivers on giant surf boards? If so, register for a free paddle boarding lesson to experience one of the states fastest growing board sports. Then, sit back and watch the professionals put on a clinic in Confluence Park's rapid course. The two-day VIP experience—including food and beverages—are available for $250.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:38pm

The heightening drumroll and hanging lanterns will lead to you this cultural jubilation of Japanese American culture. Explore traditional folk art including Raku pottery and paintings from local artist Joe Molina, textiles from Issui Design, and a collection of early-20th-century vintage kimonos. Check out the illusion and Japanese folklore storytelling performance from magician Gregg Tobo. Enlighten your tastebuds at you sip sake and dip your chopsticks into a beef bowl, somen (a cold noodle bowl), or manju (a sweet-bean filled dessert).

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:43am

Revel in the world of bacon at this third annual festival. In addition to head-turning carnivore cuisine and cocktails, enjoy live music from soulful rock bands. Purchase Bacon Bucks to try samples—or opt for a Bacon Package, offering unlimited tastings at Purvey Bacon Company tents ($30-$50). Sat-Sun 1-6 p.m.

Colorado Brewers' Festival

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:01pm

Get to know your local brewers at this celebration of their craft. About 40 Colorado breweries including Equinox Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, and New Belgium Brewing Company, will line up their finest for sampling. Plus, Colorado musicians will grace two music stages. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

CSS

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 11:56am

CSS—aka Cansei de Ser Sexy ("I got tired of being sexy")—is a Brazilian rock band from Sao Paulo. Singing in both English and Portuguese, CSS is one of the firestarters connected to the rush of New Rave music blazing across the U.S. Sat 8 p.m.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:38am

Nowadays she's a nationally recognized artist with more than six million YouTube views to her name, but folk singer-songwriter Danielle Anderson got her start in Fort Collins. Since then, she's notched appearances on E! and College Humor, relocated to Minneapolis, and even performed with Mumford & Sons in Boulder. Listen to Anderson strum her trusty ukelele as she sings gentle, storylike songs. Sat 8 p.m.

 

Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 8:55am

Dan Hicks is an American treasure. His signature blend of folk, swing, and jazz—and his general goofines—has earned him friends and collaborators as sonically diverse as Tom Waits, Bette Midler, and Elvis Costello. See the 72-year-old legend play one of Colorado's premier brewpubs in celebration of his new CD, Live at Davies, recorded in San Francisco. Sat 9-11:30 p.m.

Green Box Arts Festival

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:55pm

For nearly two weeks, this festival will host events and workshops that cover photography, jewelry, drawing, theater, and more. Be there for opening day when Stephen Brittain puts on a musical performance at Church in the Wildwood. Don't miss the Rocky Mountain debut of the interactive sculpture Cloud City by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno. Dates, times vary.

Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 10:27am

Esteemed artist Mark Rothko's mantra—color, form, and field—is constantly repeated when describing the abstract paintings, drawings, and watercolors of artist Mark Rothko. Focusing on works Rothko produced in the ’40s as a member of the New York School, this exhibit explores the artist’s evolution from using blurred figures to creating flat forms. Highlights include the iconic No. 8, a prime example of his color-blocking skills with its simple yet textured peach and mauve squares. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

 

Fall Out Boy

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:44am

When Fall Out Boy announced an indefinite hiatus in 2009, its steady stream of platinum hits came to an abrupt halt. After a variety of solo and side endeavors, the pop-punk quartet reunited this year for a new album, Save Rock and Roll. This is your chance to catch them in more intimate digs before they hit arenas nationwide later this year. Sun 7:30 p.m.

 

Moovers & Shakers

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Sun, 06/16/2013 - 8:32pm

Mixologists from some of Boulder’s hippest establishments (think Frasca Food and Wine and Salt Bistro) take happy hour to new heights during this cocktail-making battle. Sample the new concoctions—with food pairings from each restaurant—before catching the premier of Hey Bartender, a documentary that chronicles the "rebirth of the bartender." Mon 5:30 p.m.

 

LoDo Bites

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:02am

Sip, sample, and stroll through this culinary tour. Twenty of LoDo's finest dining venues, including all-stars ChoLon and TAG, will purvey their tastiest fare. Your ticket will assign you a starting point. From there, tour the other participating restaurants, letting your palette guide the way. Tues 5-9 p.m. 

Bike to Work Day

Submitted by Caitlin Donnelly on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 12:22pm

Take part in Colorado's booming cycling culture—at least for the day. During this environmentally friendly and stress-reducing ride to and from work, thousands of fellow residents will ditch their cars and rush-hour traffic to promote the benefits of commuting on two wheels. Wed, times vary.

Traces

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:17pm

With an infectious urban energy, Traces blends the precision and grace of Cirque du Soleil with the raw vigor of street shows. Mixing street performance with basketball, dancing with skateboarding, and acrobatics with seesaws, performers create a modern twist on circus acts. Set to music—anything from rock to hip-hop—the daredevils in this vivacious show know how to awe. Look for Chinese pole work, hoop and ring stunts, sky-high trapeze, and much more. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

 

Rusty Z

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:54pm

Many hypnotists aim to put their audience to sleep with that whole “you are getting very sleepy” act. But Rusty Z has different intentions for his crowds. The comedian—previously featured on Comedy Central—mesmerizes spectators with jokes, improvisations, and hilarious instructions to those who have fallen under his spell. Whether you’re being hypnotized (don’t worry, it’s entirely voluntary) or watching, it’s sure to be an entrancing evening. Wed-Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9:45 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m.

 

Live Life, Enjoy Color: A Coastal Affair

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 10:01am

Summer is the perfect time to flash those fun colors, and Fresh Produce wants to help. The boutique's opening-night reception kicks off a three-day event where shoppers will receive special discounts while enjoying coastal-colored clothing full of turqouise, coral and pink. Don't miss the in-store activities and refreshments. Thu 5-7 p.m.

Guy's Night Out

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 9:50am

Enjoy single-malt scotch, cigars, and high-end vehicles while supporting suicide-prevention for working-age men. Fifty-seven percent of suicide deaths in Colorado occur among men between 25 and 64 years old, and the Carson J. Spencer Foundation’s Man Therapy campaign hopes to lower that figure. Be sure to catch the special guests: former NFL quarterback Brian Griese and guest emcee Bill Husted. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.

FILM/STILL: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:03am

Art is timeless, and some of the oldest pieces known to man can influence modern artists. This 90-minute film explores the connection between ancient art and abstract expressionists. Bonus: Professor Melinda Barlow from the University of Colorado Boulder will discuss the relationships among photography, painting, film, and animation. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Khaleid Hosseini

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 9:47am

Join Afghan-American author Khaleid Hosseini—known for his best-selling novel The Kite Runner—as he speaks about his new novel, And the Mountains Echoed. The book explores how familial love and support resonates and expands across generations. Cost of admission may be used toward a purchase of And the Mountains Echoed. Thu 7:30 p.m.

DanceFest

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 10:19am

From folk and flamenco to ballet and contemporary, diverse dance styles share the stage during this festival. Five Denver-based dance companies (like 7dancers and Wonderbound) will showcase their varying aesthetics, then join together for a collaborative finale. Watch for exhilarating numbers such as “Dancing to Singing,” a playful dance set to ‘60s rock songs. Thu 7:30 p.m.

 

Jonathan Richman

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:28am

Since the '70s, singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman has been one of rock's most eccentric and unpredictable cult figures. His unique brand of folk rock is often whimsical and sometimes funny. Thu-Sat 9 p.m. 

20 Feet From Stardom

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 11:16pm

Everyone wants a chance at fame, but some of music's biggest heroes are those that never quite get that chance: the backup singers. This documentary spotlights those who spend their lives in the background while the big stars—The Boss or Mick Jagger, anyone?—give secondary interviews. Fri-Sun 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

A Hijacking

Submitted by Beth Steffens on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 11:20pm

When Somali pirates hijack a cargo ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the crew must face the psychological and physical fears that come with being held hostage. Using real-life locations and people who have been in similar situations, this thriller brings the surprise. Fri-Sun 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

Fill the Void

Submitted by Kate Gibbons on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 12:11pm

How do you choose between finding happiness and fulfilling the wishes of your family? Shira, a young Jewish woman living in Tel Aviv, must make that decision in this complex, emotional film. Shira's excitement at marrying a young, promising Israeli man is marred when her older sister unexpectedly dies during childbirth.

Park to Table Dinner

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 1:35pm

Earlier this month, Skyline Market opened downtown, featuring ready-to-eat bites as well as farm-fresh produce. But what we're really pumped about are the weekly Park to Table dinners prepared by Colorado's top culinary talent.

Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My Horses

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 9:29am

One sip of Leopold Brothers' whiskey and you'll be singing this event's namesake Toby Keith tune too. A spirited evening awaits you in the intimate and historic FAC Courtyard. Enjoy craft brews, additional spirits, barbecue, and live Americana music. Fri 5-8 p.m.

Louis Recchia

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:19pm

Alice in Wonderland, President Abraham Lincoln, and kitties: three seemingly disjointed concepts that find unity in Denver-based artist Louis Recchia’s contemporary oil paintings and collages. Commenting on the themes of innocence and vulnerability, Recchia’s work depicts 1950s-inspired cereal advertisements. Sounds bizarre? It is. But it's also worth seeing. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

 

 

Stride Summer Wine Classic

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:12am

Taste for a cause at this fund raising event to benefit Stride, an organization that helps families out of poverty. A moving evening awaits you, as program participants share stories about their journeys with Stride. Participate in silent and live auctions, enjoying live music while sipping on Balistreri wines. Fri 6-9 p.m. 

Wine Dinner with Duncan Arnot Meyers of Arnot-Roberts Winery

Submitted by Lauren Mikus on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 9:55am

Duncan Arnot Meyers, who was recently named the San Francisco Chronicle's Winemaker of the Year, hosts this distinguished dinner. Overnight guests of the ranch are invited to enjoy his gourmet farm-to-table cusine over five courses. Boutique accomodations nestled in the Rockies? It's a no-brainer—book now. Fri 6-10 p.m.  

Bravo! Vail

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 2:59pm

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic headline this six-week festival, each playing ancient and modern compositions on a different weekend. Watch for 14 additional, free events throughout Vail Valley. Days, times vary.

 

Yoga on the River

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 10:01am

Soothe mind and body with a trio of yoga classes by Platte River. Each monthly session raises awareness for a seperate cause–helping those with physical disabilities, homeless urban youth, and the South Platte River's preservation. Fri Jun 28, 7 p.m.; Fri July 26, 7 p.m.; Fri Aug 23, 7 p.m.

 

Epic Beer Festival

Submitted by Caitlin Donnelly on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 10:37am

Sample swigs of more than 350 craft brews from across the country during this inaugural Denver bash. Local vendors include Wynkoop Brewing Company, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, and Great Divide Brewing Company. Don't forget your designated driverthey get in free. Fri 7-10 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m., 7-10 p.m.

Josh Blue

Submitted by Caitlin Donnelly on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 3:08pm

Paralympic soccer player-turned-comedian John Blue keeps the crowd howling with his stellar improv skills. The Denver resident is a Comedy Central regular and the winner of the fourth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m. 

Closer

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 4:35pm

A relationship between two people can be complicated. Add two more and the result is a messy, deceitful situation. Performing a sort of sexual square dance, this lust-stricken quartet rotates partners, cheating, breaking up, and making up in a constant quest for intimacy. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m. 

 

Clips Beer and Film Tour

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 4:04pm

Three things make movies better: big screens, fresh air, and beer. Stake out a spot with your camping chair or blanket and grab on of the 16 New Belgium brews on tap at this summer's ode to short films. Catch screenings of 20 flicks, including a tale of being a home brewer in a small apartment, a documentary on mastering the technique of dice rolling, an animation that invites screeners to leave reality, and a film that captures a duel between hipsters battling to be the most, well, hip.

Buntport Versus 7dancers

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 1:37pm

The phrase "dance off" likely elicits thoughts of embarrassing moments at a wedding or bad dance movies. This week, though, the informal competition gets revamped into a charitable event (cringing allowed).

[Absurdus]corpus

Submitted by Caitlin Donnelly on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 3:23pm

Explore a gay man's relationships with Western religious institutions and the female body in this spoken-word performance. Created by artist Nathan Blackwell, this unique expression of thought uses film, sound, and movement. Contains brief nudity. Fri-Sun 8 p.m.

Flobots

Submitted by Elliott Johnston on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 5:03pm

The originality and politicial activism ever-present in Denver hip-hop is on display again as the Flobots hit a hometown stage. Since the band's breakout hit

Newmont Bike MS

Submitted by Caitlin Donnelly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 3:01pm

Join fellow cyclists on this two-day ride to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Challenge yourself with the century route, or opt for the 68- or 73-mile routes from Westminster to Fort Collins on Saturday. On day two, riders can choose a 66- or 75-mile trek back through the Colorado foothills. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society. Sat 6 a.m.-Sun 6:30 a.m.

Sonic Boom Race

Submitted by Caitlin Donnelly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 2:39pm

Cyclists maneuver through the streets of downtown Louisville for a chance to win the title of Colorado Master Criterium Champion. After the race, reward yourself with a beer and a slice at the Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House afterparty. Sat 7:45 a.m.

Run For Your Lives

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 2:01pm

The best way to escape this nightmare is to outrun it. But before you can reach the finish line of this 5K, you’ll need to survive its zombie-infested terrain. Besides dodging the hoards of undead hunters trying to steal your “lifeline” flags, you must also overcome obstacles. Do whatever it takes to get through the meandering maze, treacherous “bloodpit,” and lightless smokehouse. Once you’ve made it out alive, racers can relax at the event's after-party, Apocalypse, which includes a free beer for each participant as well as games, music, and local vendors. Sat 8 a.m.

Leadville Trail Marathon

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 11:53am

For some, this standard marathon distance offers a nice prep run for the heralded Leadville 100 in August. For others, it's a longtime bucket-list goal. Either way the picturesque views along the rugged mountain course make this 26.2-miler unlike any other.

Snake River Mountain Bike Race & Festival

Submitted by Michael Krumholtz on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 12:17pm

Don't fret as snow melts from Colorado's famous ski resorts–trade your boards in for wheels instead. This bike-centric festival challenges riders to traverse through a combination of dirt roads, steep inclines, and downhill trails in a variety of races. Pick your path with ride options including the marathon, half marathon, cross-country, or half cross-country races. Cash prizes, ranging from $50 to $300, will be awarded based on race category and gender.

Firefly Handmade Summer Market

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 9:52am

Get ready to shop. This outdoor fair features more than 90 local artisans, including Sage & Grace Apothecary products and Emma Ginsberg paintings. Stay fueled with local food trucks, and don’t miss live music and beer on Saturday evening. Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Modern Mixology

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 4:37pm

Cocktails go sci-fi during this mixology class. Culinary whiz Ian Kleinman, a devotee of molecular gastronomy, will guide you through intricate drink-making methods (like liquid nitrogen-chilled libations) and a dessert sampling. You'll leave with a cookbook, but be sure to bring protective eyewear. 21+. Sat 6-8:30 p.m.

Strings Music Festival

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 11:04am

For 26 years, Steamboat Springs has hosted a music festival dedicated solely to string instruments. This year's lineup includes 75 diverse performances across classical music, rock, jazz, country, world rhythms, and bluegrass. Days, times vary. 

Central City Opera Festival

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 2:15pm

A trio of talented casts will perform three beloved operas and musicals. Hear award-winning voices belt out the Barber of Seville (performed in Italian with supertitles in English), Our Town, and Show Boat. The troupe performing Show Boat will travel down to Denver for the six-day run at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Days, times vary.

The Oh Hellos

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 11:27am

Texas-based siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath are deliberately independent and self-producing musicians. The brother-sister duo plays joyous and vibrant harmonies wrapped in tender, cozy folk rock. Sat 9 p.m.

 

Shannon McNally Band

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 9:53am

Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally often makes music about bayous, alligators, and docks. She draws from Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, and novelist John Steinbeck in her bruised, folksy blues. Sat 9 p.m.

Vans Warped Tour

Submitted by Stephen Kasica on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:53am

A summer icon and musical tour de force, the Warped Tour promises to bring the “best day ever” to Denver. The 88-band lineup includes hometown favorite 3OH!3, rockers Motion City Soundtrack, and post-hardcore band Hawthorne Heights. Sun 11 a.m.

The X Factor

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 9:54am

Come watch the country’s best singers and musicians belt out tunes at this live taping of FOX’s popular show. You’ll be the among the first to see the new season and watch celebrity judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio deliver their verdicts. Sun-Tue 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m.