Theron Humphrey got a crazy notion in his head: to travel more than 65,000 miles across all 50 states, meet someone new every day for a year, and record all of their stories. This Wild Idea is the resulting collection of photographs and oral histories that documents the rich and beautiful lives of regular people, from a Walmart employee in Nebraska to an amateur boxer from Texas. It's a poignant reminder that we all have stories to tell—and maybe it's time we asked someone to share theirs with us. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Savor the waning days of summer with the relaxing harmonies of the 23rd annual Rocky Mountain Folk Festival. Lyons (a small town outside of Boulder once referred to as the "Nashville of the Rockies") is the perfect backdrop for music from Nathaniel Rateliff, the John Butler Trio, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy, and more.
Don't miss one of the most critically acclaimed indie films of the year. The Spectacular Now—a coming of age film about a high school student who recently got dumped—received rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Fri-Thu, times vary.
Many of us have seen the killer whale "attractions" at SeaWorld, where the beautiful creatures display calculated moves to thrill the audience. But one performing whale, Tilikum, has killed several people while in captivity. This documentary examines the dark side of the killer whale, the animals' complex relationship with humans, and tries to understand why captivity has turned them from gentle to terrifying. Days, times vary.
—Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures, Suzanne Allee
Look into the mind of a mass murderer. This harrowing documentary explores the genocide of hundreds of thousands of communists in Indonesia by death squads, whose leader is now considered a national hero. Fri-Thu, times vary.
This three-day festival will feature more than 100 artists specializing in painting, photography, glass, wood, metal jewelry, pottery, and more. Bonus: O’Brien Park offers the perfect setting for a summer viewing of some of the area’s best artists and their work. Fri 4-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Retreat to the mountains with fellow craft beer enthusiasts. Todd Usry, head brewmaster at Breckenridge Brewery, and chefs from Atwater on Gore Creek will prepare a multicourse dinner Saturday evening. Each plate wll be thoughtfully paired with one of Usry's brews. Fri 4-7 p.m.; Sat 6-8 p.m.
Three seasoned local artists collaborated to create a cohesive yet individualistic series of artwork. Although the finished product won't be unveiled until March, attend this preview night to see the artists’ solo work and footage of the team working on the joint project. Fri 5-9 p.m.
All about buying local food and supporting local businesses? Try local music, too. At this annual festival more than 70 Colorado bands will perform. Covering everything from blues to reggae, this festival is sure to have something to please everyone. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Craft brews complement signature dishes from across the city during this wild night of festivities. Be sure to peruse the art galleries, and dance the night away. Fri 6-10 p.m.
When Jubilee runs off and gets married, her disgusted father kicks her out and turns her picture to the wall. This melodramatic comedy picks up one year later, as the family deals with a villain trying to take over their hotel and Jubilee returns widowed—and with a baby. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Fort Collin native Pretty Lights spins glitchy hip-hop beats and stitched-together samples for two nights made for partying and dancing. Hip-hop's Talib Kweli and Blue Sky Black Death join him on Friday only. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Catch up on the classics with some of Ovid’s most familiar stories. This performance features nine intertwined tales from ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:00 p.m.
Make your summer send-off festivities count. At this celebration, take in Denver’s best craft beer, distilled spirits, cocktails, and tasty bites. Vendors include Downslope Distilling, Peach Street Distillers, Denver Beer Co., Humble Pie, and Illegal Pete's, among others. Fri 8 p.m.-midnight.