Test your sports trivia knowledge with Broncos starting linebacker Wesley Woodyard and his teammates. Add a dose of star power to your trivia crew by bidding on the players in a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Colorado Youth at Risk. Tue 6:30-10:30 p.m.
An adventurer and his servant race around the world, encountering danger and surprises at every turn. Their journey brings them face-to-face with dozens of zany characters—played by just five actors from the Creede Repertory Theatre. Tue-Sun, times vary.
“Punk ballerina” Karole Armitage uses modern dance and traditional fables to discuss the consequences of global warming. The work is hopeful rather than depressing, enchanting the audience with puppets, colorful costumes, and stories from around the world. Wed 7:30 p.m.
Does gender play a role in how we use technology? Seven female artists seek to answer that question in this group exhibit that showcases modern multimedia techniques. Don’t miss videos by Lynn Hershman Leeson, an award-winning filmmaker whose works have been shown at the Sundance and Toronto International film festivals. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fall foliage is the perfect setting from which to hear elk bugling. Hike near the historic Evans Ranch, where you'll watch and listen for the majestic animals. Meet at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Round-trip transportation is included. Thu 3 p.m.
The annual Indie Spirit Film Festival has a reputation for removing barriers between viewers and filmmakers. What does that mean? Find out for yourself during any of the 90 screenings throughout the four-day event.
Head to Boulder this weekend to discover what it means to be alive. More than 30 feature-length and short films examine the scope of humanity and its elemental core. The weekend also offers workshops to give you the tools you need to make your own adventure highlight reel. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Take in some of the best independent horror films from around the world. Submissions range from animated shorts and music videos to full-length features. Bonus: The fest highlights local filmmakers. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Best known for directing the '90s sketch comedy show In Living Color and movies such as White Chicks, Keenan Ivory Wayans makes a rare stand-up appearance. He'll entertains the crowd with vivid tales from his own life. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Though known primarily for his paintings, Clyfford Still also left behind hundreds of drawings. This exhibit unites the two bodies of work. Discover how many of his works on paper led to pieces on canvas as you peek into the iconic expressionist's artistic process. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
From still lifes to self portraits, this exhibit showcases parts of our culture and the environment that we sometimes leave lying in the shadows. The exhibition opens with 45 artists handpicked by the Center for Fine Art and Photography Executive Director Hamidah Glasgow. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This annual celebration gives local artists the opportunity to showcase fine art. More than 100 creative minds from the Roaring Fork Valley will enliven the Aspen art community one last time before the new museum building opens next year. Tue-Sun, times vary.
Experience the morphing colors of autumn’s aspens in Dean Bradshaw's latest exhibit. Known for his strong textures and saturated colors, Bradshaw captures landscapes and translates them in a strikingly fresh and unconventional manner—often making up his own hues to illustrate Mother Nature’s majestic color palette. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Robert McCauley's work focuses on the roles of animals and humans in nature. Although his paintings evoke humor—a grinning moose carrying squirrels and tin cans in its antlers, for example—they also ruminate on serious environmental themes. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
In a sweet twist, it's tradition that helps Hortense Laborie break new ground, but her rise in the culinary world engenders bitterness in her competition. This true story of the first female to serve as the French president's personal chef reveals how authenticity—of food and of spirit—triumph. Mon-Thu 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m.; Fri-Sun 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m.
The first feature-length film directed by a Saudi Arabian woman tells the story of an 11-year-old girl with a simple dream: to own a bicycle. Shot entirely in a country where theaters are banned, both the story and its mere existence are a testament to the power of determination. Mon-Thu 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:25 p.m.; Fri-Sun 12 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:25 p.m.
Once again, tickets to GABF sold out in minutes, but you can still celebrate all things beer with nine days of other events. Any brewski-centric event you can think of will take place: rare beer tastings, beer-paried dinners, and more. Bonus: Stranahan's Distillery offers a whiskey-fueled alternative to hops and yeast. Daily, times vary.
The surge of microbreweries has enhanced Colorado's beer selection—and craft distilleries are following suit. Enjoy a weekend of educational boozing with attractions like a poker run, pub crawl, and historical saloon tours. Recoup at Sunday's hangover brunch. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Immerse yourself in the bustle of Pueblo’s Creative Corridor during this two-day arts festival. The streets will be chocked full of paintings, fiber arts, raffles, food vendors, live music, zombie crawls, and ghost tours. Fri 5-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Re-instill your relationship with nature at this new Robert McCauley exhibition. Maintaining a playful sense of humor, McCauley captures the plight of today’s wildlife caught in limbo—stuck in a place where their future is yet to be determined but remains gravely threatened by human development. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Head to the mountains with an empty stomach. Under the guidance of Devil’s Thumb Ranch executive chef Evan Treadwell and pastry chef Benjie Puga, five local culinary stars will plate gourmet appetizers and a seven-course meal. We’re eyeing the shaved Colorado lamb with potato cake from chef Troy Guard, and the pork cheek bourguignonne from Old Major’s Justin Brunson. Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation, a national nonprofit that helps educate the masses on food culture. Fri 6 p.m.
A murderer has escaped from an insane asylum, and an evil curse has seeped from the bowels of an abandoned mine. All you've got to do is unleash your inner Peter Venkman and stop both. If that sounds a little too unnerving, try the kid-friendly lights-on tours and pet tricks for treats. Days, times vary.
Fashion shows are held all the time. What makes this one exciting and worth the ticket is that the designs (worn by local celebrities) are by young Denver entrepreneurs—all students of YouthBiz, a local nonprofit that mentors and cultivates entrepreneurship among the city’s youth. Also enjoy music and cocktails. Fri 7-10 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Campfire Studios
Kemp's old Aunt Grace summons him—her only living relative—to be with her on her deathbed. But she won't die. This dark comedy captures Kemp's rants and raves about everything from holiday rituals to death while Aunt Grace just knits and listens. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 6:30 p.m.
Themes of love, betrayal, and forgiveness will radiate from the graceful dancers of the Colorado Ballet as they move to this classic tale. The plot: A peasant girl loves to dance, but she eventually dies from a broken heart after discovering that her love is engaged to another woman. Days, times vary.
Be among the first audiences to see this world premiere and Denver Center Theatre Company commission. Based on the eponymous 2011 novel by Helen Thorpe, Just Like Us focuses on four Latina high school girls living in Denver and navigating the complex immigration system. Timely themes surrounding residency, documentation, and crime are sure to spark post-show conversations. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.
Treat yourself to a traditional retelling of the story of Ichabod Crane and his fateful midnight ride. Christopher Cook’s adaptation doesn’t stray far from Washington Irving’s original short story of dark humor and horror. Bonus: Throw on your best costume for either the matinee or evening performance on October 26 for a chance to win prizes. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Get your zombie costume ready, the living dead have returned. The Bug Theatre’s take on the classic 1968 low-budget horror film is back for a fifth year. With a combination of film segments and live performance, the experience promises to be as spooky and bloody as ever. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.
Ever wondered what a dancing and singing housewife-meets-hoarder looks like? OK, you probably haven't, but the Kinsey Sicks are going to show you anyway. The quartet's musical chronicles the backstage drama of some of the country’s favorite reality shows. Drawing from previous experience on America’s Got Talent, the crew croons its way through a mock reality survival show, tackling a range of challenges, from dating to dieting to really big bugs.
Masks are mandatory at this otherworldly charity event featuring a night full of mystique, burlesque, tarot card readers, and mixes spun by Denver’s DJ B-money. Donations benefit the Global Champagne Campaign to bring clean water to developing nations and Gateway Battered Women’s Services of Colorado. Fri 9 p.m.
Striking scenery is the highlight of this bike ride. The 41- and 62-mile courses meanders through desert landscapes, farmland, and the monoliths and canyons of Colorado National Monument. The post-ride celebration includes food and a cycling expo. Sat 7 a.m.
Racers, beware: The walking dead are taking over downtown. Join other costumed zombies as you solve riddles and navigate an urban course—using only your own two feet and public transportation. As you reach checkpoints along the way, you'll be posed with a puzzle or physical challenge. The first teams to reach the finish line win. Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver—all cities, but vastly different spaces. Experience the everyday lives of urbanites in each locale with this painting exhibition of more than 30 realistic and abstract works that embrace the beauty of skyscrapers, crowded sidewalks and yellow cabs. Heads up: Each piece is one-of-a-kind and available for purchase. Tue-Sat 11 am.-6 p.m.
—Pictured: Gregory Gandy's "Rainy Night On Sacremento Street"
Get acquainted with the Capitol Hill neighborhood with a pub crawl scavenger hunt. Assemble a team to visit six local bars and solve an assortment of mental and physical challenges. There will be a prize for both the winning team and the team with the best costumes. Sat 1 p.m.
Spice up your Oktoberfest celebrations with a little asana this year. In honor of the fall festivities, Root Yoga Center will be hosting a live DJ yoga class followed by an evening of food and festivities including traditional German holiday goodies, cleanse-friendly treats, and more live music. Fri 5 p.m.
Support the Boulder Ballet and celebrate fall while indulging in a four course meal, cocktails, and a silent auction at the Cantina Laredo. Bid on goodies such as a night at the Hotel Boulderado and a VIP tour at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Sat 6 p.m.
Ever wonder if Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee has moves? Find out when Lee and nine other prominent community leaders pair up with Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble members to perform routines to Michael Jackson favorites. Comedian Shed G will co-emcee and the Julius Show will provide musical accompaniament. Sat 6:30-10 p.m.
If you've grown numb to scary movies, give the real thing a try. These 60-minute walking tours through Central City's haunts feature live reenactments of supernatural encounters, so even if those real ghosts don't show, you're in for a scare. Sat 7 p.m.-9:40 p.m.
After six Grammy Awards and 120 million albums sold worldwide, the Eagles could slow down and take it easy. But the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are on the road to perform their classic, ’70s rock hits on the nostalgic History of the Eagles tour. Sat 8 p.m.
Three women, of three different generations, struggle to reconcile the past, present, and future in this emotional comedy that covers 70 years of family history. The title is a twist on the Hebrew song “L’Dor V’Dor” (from generation to generation), and this story by playwright James Sherman can be appreciated and deeply understood by those of any heritage. Thu-Sun times vary.
What better way to reward yourself after a brisk fall race than with a steaming cup of hot chocolate?The 5K or 15K race starts in Civic Center Park, zigzags through the streets of downtown Denver, and finishes back at the park. Go the extra mile and sign up to fund-raise for the race's charity of choice: the Ronald McDonald House. Sun 7 a.m.
Nineteenth-century artist Thomas Moran was one of the first to show colored images of the West to American audiences. At this exhibit, you can see these images, too, in his chromolithographs, watercolors, oil paintings, and drawings. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Skiing, snowboarding, biking, kayaking—if it’s an extreme mountain sport, Radical Reels has a film about it. This annual, touring film festival features footage of pros and amateurs pushing the limits of adventure. Fri-Sun, 7 p.m.
Sit down to an array of stunning tapas prepared by executive chef Brandon Foster and his Vesta Dipping Grill culinary team. As far as libations are concerned—there will be an open bar. This dinner is one of Urban Peak's oldest fund raising events, with proceeds helping to benefit Denver's homeless youth. Mon 6 p.m.
Two Austin filmmakers have something in common with Coloradans: They absolutely love beer. They aren't content to just drink it, either. It's their mission to celebrate the minds behind craft breweries in their latest mini-documentaries on Colorado. Four episodes will feature 15 local breweries. Bonus: Brewer-selected beer is included with each ticket. Mon-Tue 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
KT Tunstall has been exploring uncharted musical landscapes ever since she landed on the scene nearly a decade ago. Her latest album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon, continues her exploration into what she calls “nature techno,” a marriage of electronic and folk music. Mon 8 p.m.
Get in touch with Colorado's roots at this annual festival. In conjunction with a weeklong series of films, an all-indigenous art exhibit will promote native ancestries and cultures. The artwork will be displayed at downtown Denver's Republic Plaza through the end of November. Daily, times vary.
Watch two swine experts—one from the city and one from the mountains—join forces during this indulgent, multicourse dining event. Chef Mark DeNittis of Denver's Amerigo Delicatus and chef Kelly Liken will present a meal and butchery demonstration on Liken's turf in Vail: Restaurant Kelly Liken. The seasonally-inspired menu will pair with craft cocktails from Leopold Bros' mixologist Ian Tulk. Don't miss this gastronomic trifecta. Tue 6 p.m.
Eat to help Lyons dry out. Mateo Restaurant Provencal's in-house chef Niate Bychinski joins a powerhouse team—including Oak at Fourteenth's chef Bryan Dayton—to create a seven-course meal with cocktail and wine pairings. Proceeds will benefit the Lyons area farms and ranches that were devastated by the flood. Tue 6 p.m.
This Los Angeles-based band blurs the lines between alt rock, space rock, and synthrock. Front man Jared Leto—also of movie fame—and his comrades are promoting their 2012 LP, Love Lust Faith + Dreams. Tue 6 p.m.
Two British brothers have taken Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance back to its metaphorical roots. For two months and 11,000 miles, Colin and Ryan Pyle cruise through China, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism, in search of a world record and a whole lot more. Procedes from the showing benefit Urban Peak. Tue 8 p.m.
Lions, elephants, and high-wire daredevils, are just some of the expected entertainers at the Greatest Show on Earth. Arrive early for the all-access preshow, where kids can meet the performers, learn circus skills, and take photos with the clowns. Wed-Sun, times vary.
Help Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver continue to build homes for those in need. The benefit includes dinner, but that's hardly the best part: Attendees will hear a speech by former president Jimmy Carter and a live performance from Isaac Slade of the Fray. Wed 7 p.m.
The unofficial spokesman for surf rock, Jack Johnson keeps his reputation going strong with his latest album, From Here to Now To You. Hear his trademark style of laid-back pop-rock on this international tour, which will donate all its profits to charity. Wed 7:30 p.m.
Three days, 600 breweries, 2,800-plus beers. No suds enthusiast can afford to miss this premier festival and competition. Don't miss chefs such as Fruition's Alex Seidel and ChoLon's Lon Symensma discussing their craft beer and food-pairing philosophies. Thu 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri 5:30-10 p.m.; Sat noon-10 p.m.
This comedic musical tells the story of three sisters who meet untimely deaths one-by-one and a man who loves them all. Boulder-based performance group The Catamounts perform this magical fable, set in Chicago in the late 1920s.
Head to the end of Larimer Square for a nine-course ,sit-down breakfast... at night. Nosh on the hog head benedict, and be on the lookout for special concoctions from Avery Brewing Company, like the unreleased Thensaurum, a sour ale aged in rum barrels. Thu 10:45 p.m.
October and pumpkin patches just go together. Pony rides, monster-hand crafting, and face painting also await the little ones. Fri-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bring down the myths. Catch the opening of this new exhibit, where patrons test out scientific theories to separate truth from fiction. Based on the popular Discovery Channel show, the faux lab features a dozen experiment up for the take-down. Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy paintings and sculptures that capture the essence of autumn in this fall-inspired exhibit. Continuing its 50-year anniversary celebration, the Cherry Creek gallery is showcasing 32 local and national artists including Jill Soukup, Walt Gonske, and the October artist of the month Kim English. Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
"Welcome to colorful Colorado." There's a reason that's the slogan visitors are greeted with when they cross the state line. Our snow-white mountains, green grasslands, golden sand dunes, and red-orange-gold aspen leaves are the inspiration behind this exhibit. Through photography, watercolor, sculpture, and 3-D multimedia pieces, 35 artists interpret the Colorado color wheel in works as diverse as the state's stunning landscape. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
—Image by Brian King
The Parkers, a conservative religious family living in New York, are content with a secret life spent following the rituals of cannibalism. But when a torrential flood moves into town and unearths 30 years of the family's savage past, their secluded existence is jeopardized; their loyalty, unsettled; and their faith, no longer certain. Daily, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Director Paul Greengrass took this true story and turned it into a captivating thriller about the battle for survival. A portrait of the 2009 hijacking of a U.S. container ship by a crew of Somali pirates, this film hones in on the relationship between Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and the Somali pirate captain (Barkhad Abdi) who takes him hostage. When the standoff ensues—about 145 miles off the Somali coast—both men find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. Daily, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
Join your fellow fright junkies for this three-day horror film festival, held in downtown Telluride. Dedicated to giving film fans the chance to experience the latest horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films, the festival screens an average of 20 feature films, more than 30 shorts, and hosts Q&A's with directors and leading actors. But take a break from screaming at the screen long enough to enjoy a pig roast and cowboys & zombies party. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Tuscan food is some of the heartiest fare of all Italian cuisine—perfect for Denver's nettlesome winter chills. Enhance your holiday season with these cozy, countryside recipes. Learn to prepare everything from warm mussel salad with olives and oranges to veal rollatini with artichokes and parmesan. Wed 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The author of The Vagina Monologues wrote a new book: Eve Ensler (pictured) will read excerpts from In the Body of the World—but she's not the only headliner at this multidisciplinary performance. Actors will perform pieces from some of Ensler's other works, while Miss Prissy will introduce the audience to "krumping," an energetic street dance. Don’t miss the complimentary wine and dessert party after the show. Fri 7 p.m.
Forget his roles as Full House's Danny Tanner and host of America's Funniest Home Vidoes. Bob Saget casts aside his days of family-friendly TV for raunchy stand-up comedy. The comedian's latest tour features explicit content, and is not suitable for the easily-offended. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Urban Cowboy brings the country to Denver so a local charity can bring Denver kids to the country. If you're more a mail-order cowboy afraid of the little ol' mechanical bull, buck up. The barbecue buffet, silent auction, and live music by Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams should still get your dirt kickers moving. The annual fundraiser by A Socially Conscious Entity donates money to a different cause each year, this time to GOALS, which uses nature to educate and inspire adolescents. Fri 7:30 p.m.-midnight.
How does one judge the criteria of art? In this comedy, a small town arts council must decide which innovative, local artist is most deserving of a $20,000 grant. Through this tale, playwright Catherine Trieschmann comments on the politics and varying opinions of art. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.
When a newlywed couple buys an old home with the intention of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast, they meet a menacing scarecrow that vows to scare off all visitors. The scarecrow pulls out all the stops to rid the home of its new residents by midnight on Halloween. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
British author C. S. Lewis is well-known for his fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, but not always for his personal life. This play—first a television movie and now an Oscar-winning film and book—shares the notable love story of Lewis and American writer Joy Davidman, his wife. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun 2:30 p.m.
A collaboration between choreographer, composer, and dancers, this contemporary work by Dawson Wallace Dance Project Artistic Director Gregory Dawson aims to mimic a dreamlike state.
One of alt-rock’s top stars of the ’90s, Fiona Apple keeps on solidifying her sound: catchy piano accompaniments and cerebral lyrics. Her 2012 album, the Idler Wheel… (short for its full title, a 23-word poem), collected widespread acclaim. Fri 8 p.m.
You may not have heard of Gary Clark Jr., but you’ve likely heard his voice. The singer-guitarist has appeared on tracks from Nas, Alicia Keys, and the Roots. His own debut album, Blak and Blu, sounds like Chuck Barry and Jimi Hendrix rolled into one. Fri 9 p.m.
Get your heart pumping during one of five running races. Choose between the 50K, 100K, 100-mile, and six-hour evening fun run (the truly brave can register for as many as they like). Not enough of a challenge? Sign up for the 24-hour expedition: Flying solo or with a relay team, you have 24 hours to run as many laps as you can on a 7.14-mile, mixed-terrain course. Stop between laps to refuel with provided food and energy drinks. Sat 6:30 a.m.-Sun 3 p.m.
Mud runs seem to be the races du jour. This one, however, is just for the ladies. Thirteen obstacles—some muddy, some not—are scattered throughout the music-laden 5K course. Participants receive a LoziLu tote, access to the finish-line Snack Drawer, and a chance to shop the Fitness Farmer’s Market, which features food and merchandise from local vendors.
Catapults, cannons, and trebuchets launch pumpkins through the air—that is, until they smash onto the ground hundreds of feet away. This competition pits these contraptions aginast one another to see which one can launch the traditional fall gourd the farthest. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Are the kiddos big fans of Night at the Museum? Then bring them to this over-night play date. Dinner, a kid-friendly movie, and a pancake breakfast round out their stay. Don't forget a sleeping bag and other nighttime necessities. Sat 6:30 p.m.-Sun 8:30 a.m.
Counting Crows introduced the world to "Mr. Jones" 20 years ago. Four albums, 20 million records sold, and one Academy Award nomination later, it looks like everything after has been pretty good, too. Austin alt-rock band Saints of Valory, who released their debut EP in July, will take the stage, as well. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Local racers go head-to-head with X Games champs in this extreme bike race. See daring cycling stunts on an indoor course complete with rocks, water traps, jumps, and more. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Glinda and Elphaba aren't just witches of Oz. They're divas—and divas gotta sing. Nicole Parker and Emily Rozek, stars of the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning Wicked, take their music down the yellow brick road. The show also includes music from Gypsy, Ragtime, Titanic, and Carmen. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Savor live music and beautiful views as you race a 3.1-mile course through Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. You'll finish strong with a sprint up the famed ampitheater steps—69 rows in all. Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association. Sun 8 a.m.-noon.
Join the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and walkers across the country for the NEDA Walk to End Eating Disorders (this is Denver's first year participating). Register solo or with a team to raise awareness and funding for services that support those affected by eating disorders. Sun 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Simple geometry allows a square-wheeled tricycle to cruise on a road, but how? Let your junior mathematicians test out theories at this exhibit, which focuses on math concepts in real world situations. Thirty interactive exhibits reveal the playful side of the world of numbers and equations with carnival-themed activities including a laser light plane and a "Mysterious Harmonograph," which allows visitors to create unique drawings they can take home.
This venerated, self-described “little folk singer” writes socially conscious folk songs. In the tradition of musical activists such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, DiFranco tackles racism, sexism, poverty, and war. Sun 8 p.m.
The Winery Dogs burst onto the music scene in June with the release of their debut album, but they're no rookies. The rock trio's individual discographies date back to the '80s, when metal was mainstream and hair was everywhere. Their influences are even older: classic rock legends Led Zeppelin, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. Mon 8 p.m.
Science fiction has been tantilizing—and terrifying—readers since Mary Shelley wrote of reanimating the dead 200 years ago, but the genre has since grown past print. More than 20 artists working in various media—paint, photography, glass, stone, and digital—gaze into our dark, horrifying, and wondrous future at 40 West Art Gallery's Sci-Fi Fall Arts Harvest. Tue-Sat noon-4 p.m.
More than 40 years into his career, John Fogerty is still performing and has taken to country music. The 68-year-old rock icon will play from his latest country album, Wrote a Song for Everyone. Tue 7-9 p.m.
From punk rock mosh pits to Broadway, this documentary follows Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as he works with theater veterans to turn his hit album, American Idiot, into a hit musical. Granting screeners backstage access to rehearsals, the creative team's process, and live performances, this film chronicles Armstrong's transformation from rock star to Broadway bigwig. Tue 7 p.m.
The complex, introspective electro-pop of Passion Pit has made them a favorite of college students and hipsters everywhere. Lead singer Michael Angelakos' personal demons define their 2012 sophomore release, Gossamer, but it's not an unhinged, disconcerted sound. Every random piece is in its place, a labyrinthine creation that does any incubus justice. Tue 7 p.m.
In the ’90s, this Israeli musician started touring from base to base with the Israeli army’s rock band. Today, he plays all over the world. Expect an eclectic evening as Hebrew lyrics, electronic music, and Amharic choruses find their ways into his songs. Tue 8 p.m.
Somewhere in the melancholic musical ether between Coldplay and The Neighbourhood lives Sir Sly, an enigmatic L.A-based electronic rock trio that's slowly been building hype on the indie music scene. See them live now, and you'll be able to tell everyone you were a fan before they were a big deal. Tue 8 p.m.
Denver theater company the Handsome Little Devils is reviving turn-of-the-century entertainment. Accentuated by elaborate costumes, the four-member troupe’s show is a Vaudeville-inspired play complete with juggling, music, and jokes. Throughout the frenetic performance, the talented cast acts out a kid-friendly plot full of romantic entanglements. Wed 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m., 8 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.
After the Revolution, a play by Amy Herzog, tells the story of a family, Marxist ideals, and a dark secret. Want to see the show for free? For a third year, Denver’s Curious Theatre Company is taking place in this nationwide program by offering free tickets for an evening performance of the play. Just enter online for your chance to win a pair of tickets. Wed 7:30 p.m.
The tastes, traditions, and elegance of authentic Mexican cuisine are the focus of this exhibit. The centerpiece: an 18th-century hacienda kitchen replica and dozens of pots from a Guadalajara pottery group. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Explore the clash of irreconcilable desires, a surge of teenage emotion, and a juxtaposition of the conventional and conceptual at this exhibition of emerging and established artists. The gallery features paintings, sculptures, clothing and even video installations from local artists such as Kathy Knaus and Katie Watson as well as California teen Maia Leasure. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
The iconic Blue Bear. The fiery Mustang that greets (and, possibly, scares) visitors at the airport. Since 1988, Denver's Public Art Program has been responsible for adding more than 350 works to the city’s collection. "Beyond Blue" is a celebration of those 25 years, with a display of 75 works by 46 artists who have helped mold the city's public art, providing insight into the creators' inspiration and influences. The reception includes beer and wine and light hors d'oeuvres. Thu 6-8 p.m.
Two Colorado nonprofits are bringing a Telluride-based film festival to Denver. And if bringing one of the most inspiring film festivals for outdoorsmen and women alike wasn't enough, they're even throwing a raffle for outdoor gear and lining the parking lot with local food trucks. Mmmhmm.
Art doesn't often require Bureau of Land Management clearance. In fact, Christo Javacheff's proposed Over the River is the first to do so. Christo, an acclaimed artist known for large-scale works of temporary art, hopes to hang 5.9 miles of fabric above the Arkansas River. The art installation, now more than 20 years in the making, has caused some controversy with conservationists, which he'll address in a presentation about his project. Thu 6 p.m.
The Telluride-based film festival takes to the road with 14 inspiring short films about all things quintessentially Colorado: skiing, climing, kayaking, and conservation, among others. Craig DeMartino, whose climbing accident and perseverance is chronicled in The Gimp Monkeys, will make an appearance. The fest also features a raffle of outdoor gear. Proceeds benefit Ski Denver and Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Thu 7 p.m.
Bonnie Raitt is at the pinnacle of the musical echelon: She's a ten-time Grammy winner, and Rolling Stone ranks her as one of the best singers and guitarists of all time. Her songs incorporate elements of blues, rock, folk, and country. Thu 8 p.m.
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the small town along the Tennessee River, was an unlikeyly breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music—but that didn't stop Rick Hall. As the founder of FAME Studios, Hall welcomed legendary artists from near and far into his humble music studio, producing resonant tracks like Lynryd Skynyrd's "Freebird" and the Rolling Stones "Brown Sugar." Daily, times vary.
Decorations and patterns have flourished in art as technology's influence grows. At this international group exhibit, pieces examine the use of contemporary techniques, such as computer programming and digitization, in the creation of art. Tue-Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Spruce up your fall wardrobe at this fashion extravaganza. Search elegant boutiques for great deals, then catch a sneak peek of the season's newest styles at a runway show starting at 8 p.m. on the Fillmore Plaza. Thu 5 p.m.
Boulder’s historic houses are the stars of this eerie walking tour. Visit ghoulishly decorated houses in the Newlands neighborhood as you learn about architecture and historic hauntings. Professional psychics will be on deck to tell your fortune. Fri-Sat 5:30 p.m.
Witches, wizards, zombies, and ghouls will gather for this annual Halloween-themed 5K fundraiser. Join thousands of racers—benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver—in a costume contest and the food and festivities found on Trick-Or-Treat Street after the run. Fri 6 p.m.
Three of Colorado’s greatest artistic treasures (all named John, coincidentally) come together for a grand salute to the Centennial State. As John Denver tribute act the John Adams Band performs the late singer-songwriter’s legendary folk tunes, a slideshow—projected on a towering screen above the stage—will showcase thousands of John Fielder’s renowned Colorado nature photos artfully synced to the music. Bonus: Fielder himself is the evening’s master of ceremonies. Fri 7 p.m.
Based on the true story of a group of women working in slaughterhouses in early 1900’s London, this drama could get bloody. The show is presented by Spark Theater, a nonprofit organization aiming to give the Denver community quality performances at an affordable price. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.
The man obsessed with death is nevermore, and his literary executor works to get his grim tales published posthumously. So goes the plot of this play about Edgar Allan Poe's death. His closest acquaintances attempt to get his work to the world lest the masterpieces be buried while they still have a life to live. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Comedian and actress Margaret Cho has carved a distinct niche in the stand-up world. Her routine tackles a melting pot of personal anecdotes and hot-button topics, including women’s rights, LGBT issues, and race. Fri 8 p.m.
This show, a Denver Art Museum commission, makes its grand debut. Kent Monkman, an artist of Cree ancestry, addresses Native American gender identity and representation in media. Fri 8-10 p.m.
Discover the impediments deaf people around the world regularly encounter in this adaptation of Dale Wasserman’s Broadway production. Centered around the arrival of a rebellious newcomer to a mental institution, patients represent the deaf while staffers symbolize the hearing majority. This telling and innovative production will help audiences understand the many challenges deaf people face every day. Fri-Sat 10 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
—Image courteesy of Cassie Lily
The rain may be gone, but Colorado is still reeling from September’s floods. Popular cycling destination Jamestown was one of the hardest-hit areas. Join volunteers from Rebuild Jamestown and the Community Foundation for a bike ride to raise money for reconstruction. Take breaks throughout the day to enjoy live music, food, and auctions, as well as a meet-and-greet with pro road and mountain bike racers.
Snag a great deal on a new ride. This cyclists' mega-sale hosts hundreds of vendors offering bargains on new and used bikes and equipment (tip: haggling is encouraged). Once you find that perfect fit, test it out at on-site clinics, and learn tips from cycling pros. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fight calories and cancer at an extended-length, special donation Dailey Method fitness class. Learn new barre moves before a cool down with refreshments. All proceeds benefit Bright Pink and To Celebrate Life, a pair of non-profit organizations working in the fight against breast cancer. Sat 9-10:30 a.m.
Watch downtown Denver transform into an urban adventure course for the living dead. "Zombie" participants use smartphones, digital cameras, and public transportation to solve clues and crack puzzles throughout the city. The teams to complete all checkpoints the fastest take home cash prizes. Sat 10 a.m.
Looking for the best school for your kid? At this one-stop shop, you can discuss your child's needs with representatives from nearly 30 local schools—both private and public, and other educational organizations. Sat 10 a.m.-noon.
Find out just how tall a human pyramid can become. Performers don stunning costumes while defying physics as they bend, contort, and balance their bodies on objects—and each other. Sat 2 p.m., 6 p.m
Hoards of costumed zombies congregate in Skyline Park, then spill down 16th Street—like a scene right out of the Walking Dead—during this all-ages gathering. Be sure to register beforehand. This year's goal is to break the world record for number of humans decked out as the flesh-eating monsters. Sat 2 p.m.
Excellent wine is just the beginning of this benefit in the mountains. Savor an elegant dinner at Keystone Ranch on Friday, but save room: Saturday’s wine and food tasting will include hundreds of samples, plus live stand-up comedy from Josh Blue from Last Comic Standing. Sat 6-11 p.m.
Actor Sam J. Jones provides a live, running commentary over the 1980s science-fiction cult-classic, Flash Gordon. Attend dressed in your best sci-fi or superhero costume to participate in a Super Costume Ball contest after the screening. You'll get to mingle with Jones and other Halloween enthusiasts in the lobby. Sat 7 p.m.
A reflection on childhood can bring forth an emotional spring—nostalgia for complete freedom, lamentation for the dog that ran away to the farm, regret for the time you teased the kid with no friends. Childhood, it turns out, isn't such a simple time. Four local actors read works depicting the universal ups and downs of adolescence. Also check out Saturday's performance at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Sat 7:30; Sun 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Join boyhollow, founder of Lipgloss, Denver's longest-running dance night, and Fancy Matthew, owner of Fancy Tiger clothing, for an underground indie dance party. The night kicks off the pair's musical collaboration, MöVMENT, an experience that celebrates good taste in music and fashion. Artist, producer, and drummer for YACHT, Jeffrey Jerusalem, will DJ for the night. Sat 8 p.m.
With six albums in as many years and appearances at the country's biggest festivals, Portugal. The Man might be the most prolific band you've never heard of. Its newest album, Evil Friends, takes the band in a new lyrical direction while maintaining its psychedelic rock sound. Sat 9 p.m.
Punk, soul, garage rock band—King Khan & The Shrines have it all. Backed by an eclectic group of musicians he rounded up while visiting Berlin—where he now lives—King Khan screams, shakes, and dances his way through his high-energy shows. Sat 9 p.m.
They have the traditional jazz band setup with the piano-bass-drums combo, but traditional is one thing this trio is not. Along with performing their own original compositions, the group puts a unique spin on other genres—they’ve covered everything from Black Sabbath to Stravinsky. Sat 9 p.m.
Need some motivation as you run? Rock, punk, jazz, and other live music performances entertain and encourage runners at each mile marker of this 26.2-mile dash through downtown Denver. For a shorter race, opt for the half marathon, 3.7-mile "mini marathon," or 22-mile non-timed bike tour. Sun 6:45 a.m.- 2 p.m.
For most of us, the post-production of photography includes a printer and a frame—if we make it past Instagram. Terri Bell, though, is not most us. Through the use of mixed media, including canvas and paint, she creates layered, textured works of art that belie their photographic origins. In addition, artists Jesse Myer and Jon Koenigsberg will display their photography and mobiles, respectively, at the exhibit. Thu noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-6 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Looking to throw a bar mitzvah, sweet sixteen, or other soiree that will make everyone else jealous? Get expert tips from Denver’s top party professionals at this event-planning showcase. Young party hosts can test out contemporary party games and activities, like a roving basketball hoop and a photo booth. Upscale finger food and drink samples from Ritz-Carlton executive chef Ruben Garcia also await. Sun 2-4 p.m.
See Mesa Verde from the perspective of more than 20 nationally renowned painters. The works were all created "en plein air" during a first-of-its-kind art gathering. Daily, times vary.
Get in the Halloween mood by listing to some of Colorado’s most famous ghost stories. From Cheesman Park to the Stanley Hotel, this lecture explores the origins and myths of these spooky sites. Tue, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
It doesn't matter if you’re used to bowling turkeys or gutter balls. Grab four friends and enjoy two games of bowling, T-shirts, food, beverages and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado mentoring programs. Mon 6 p.m.; Tue 3 p.m.
The North Carolina-born hip-hop star started rapping and producing when he was just a teenager. A pair of chart-topping albums later, J Cole has a Grammy nomination and platinum single. Admire his carefully crafted lyrics, and don’t miss the special guest, rapper Wale. Tue 7:30 p.m.
When two naive Mormon missionaries try to preach to Uganda villagers on the brink of war, their lack of connection with the locals creates plenty of laughs. Written by the creators of South Park, the comedy is a satire on religion and musical theater. Tue-Sun 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m.
We may be in the throes of a busy October, but take a mental trip to the beach with some fellow Parrot Heads while you listen to the laidback tunes of Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band. The musician, writer, and businessman has been producing his humorous beachy tracks ever since his 1977 breakthrough hit “Margaritaville.” Tue 8 p.m.
When the U.S. was short on male pilots during WWII, Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) stepped into the cockpit—and were subsequently denied military status and associated benefits. We Served Too celebrates the courageous legacy of these women and the injustices that befell them. (WASPs weren't recognized as WWII veterans until the 1970s.) Hang around after the screening to hear from two surviving female pilots and the film's director. Wed 7 p.m.
Halloween is not the only spooky celebration this time of year. Learn about the Mexican Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, with an exhibit presented by the Mexican Cultural Center and local artists, Rita Wallace and Adrián Marbán. An authentic experience will be replicated with traditional altars and 13 displays representing a small Mexican town. Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is celebrating healthy, affordable, and sustainable food under a fall-colored canopy at Denver Botanic Gardens. Meet other food enthusiasts as you sample local fare from neighborhood restaurants like Root Down and Watercourse Foods. Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Denver photographer Terri Bell's new series of portraits is an engaging and thought-provoking look at the idea of "surviving time"—experiencing all the joys of life while fighting against a never-ending clock. Bell's work is an ode to the fortitude we must find within ourselves to push thoughts of our mortality aside in order to truly live. Thu-Sun times vary.
—Image courtesy of Terri Bell
Turns out that junk mail might be more useful than you thought. For Janice McDonald, it holds hidden beauty. She uses her discarded postal refuse to create collages that belie their everyday origins. Barbara Carpenter also makes art out of the ordinary, using her iPhone to capture the spontaneity of her daily walks with her dog, Daisy. Meet both artists at the opening reception Friday evening. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Not all tequila burns. Learn more about the bewitching spirit—like how to sniff and properly taste it—in the heart of LoHi. A ticket earns you three top-shelf flights and a selection of small bites. Thu 4-7 p.m.
Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of those we have lost. On this iconic Latin holiday, be one of 40 people to dine, drink, and revel in some spooky fun at Linger. Proceeds benefit the Eric Care program, dedicated to assiting families during the loss of a child to terminal illness. Thu 6-10 p.m.
After you select your favorite handcrafted bowl (donated by local potters), fill it with soup from the ever-popular Snarf's. A collaboration between Boulder artists and buisness owners—this culinary event raises funds for the Boulder County AIDS Project. Enjoy music by Wallpaper House Band and spirits brewed by Boulder Distillery. Thu 6:30 p.m.
Forget what your mother taught you. Written by Phamaly Theatre Company’s own actors with disabilities, this "differently-abled sketch comedy" show encourages you to think beyond what may be politically correct. The show's premiere night includes dwarf tossing as well as sketches titled “Sex and the Pity,” “Suicide Hotline,” and “Your Own Private Hell.” Thu 7:30 p.m.
New theater company Theatre Esprit Asia's third production explores how imagination can take over when memory forsakes you. Young playwright Julia Cho’s first work documents the reunion between Eunice Kim, a pregnant violin prodigy, and her mother. As she deals with the onset of mental illness, Kim attempts to amend the rocky relationship and, in the process, provides stark insight into the mother-daughter bond and the concept of moving on. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m.
Give your little Superman or Cinderella some daytime fun. During this three-day event, they'll collect sweets from various "Treat Houses," ride a mini-train, explore a Monster Carnival, and make Halloween crafts. Fri-Sun 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
See the Downtown Aquarium's inhabitants before stepping outside for the Halloween party, where a mini-train will ferry young ones along outdoor pathways. Let the kids showoff their holiday persona during the costume contest. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
For Memory, life's little moments all add up to a collage of scenes and objects. Colorado native William Lee-Ashley employs creative techniques to explore the theme of memory through a three-part display—"Estate Sale," "Mountains," and "Writings." Try to piece together people's lives from the seemingly meaningless items in his dioramas, discover the connection between childhood and nature through mixed-media paintings, and see how graffiti becomes a public notebook in a series of photographs.
The next generation of artistic talent on the Front Range prepares to move to a new level. This exhibit will highlight a variety of unrelated paintings, photographs, and spatial art from 14 new Metro State fine arts graduates, but this doesn't mark the end for them. These artists have plenty of game left to play. Friday's opening reception also features local food trucks and musicians. Opening reception, Fri 6-9 p.m.; Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Vistas of the West are the cornerstone of Don Stinson's paintings. He adds touches of modern industry, such as wind turbines and cell phone towers, to produce art that explores the contrast between 21st-century living and simpler times. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.
Experience the "farm dinner" buzz. Seated inside Chatfield Botanic Garden's classic red barn—enjoy a multicourse menu prepared by Chef Michael Long, formerly of Opus Restaurant, and mingle with participating local farmers. We've got our eye on the tender beef shank—served with herbed Fruition ricotta and market pumpkin risotto.
Is there a better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to spend the night in a 121-year-old hotel—with a haunted past? The Brown Palace Hotel's Haunted Happy Hour package includes a one-night stay, a reception with hors d'oeuvres and handcrafted cocktails, and a presentation and guided tour from hotel historian Debra Faulkner to some of the accommodation's most "spirited" spots. Fri 6:30 p.m.
In this exciting collaboration with Hispanic dance company Fiesta Colorado, the Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble will perform the world premier of "Tara," a spiritual work by coreographer Kun-Yang Lin. Fiesta Colorado will present excerpts from "Sombra y Sol" and "Frida" and the two companies will come together for a special performance at the end. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Don’t forget to bring tissues. Presented by student performers at the University of Colorado, this famous opera tells the heartbreaking love story of a hatmaker and a poet in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Exploring the idea that humans are greater than their physical beings through the art of dance, this choreography showcase from Evolving Doors Dance combines movement with lighting and images. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Meet the gigantic flying fox of Malaysia and other rare bats at this up-close encounter. Rob Mies, director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, will show off his flying friends and discuss the importance of bat conservation. Adults only. Fri 8 p.m.
Leave your inhibitions at home, but don't forget your mask. Costumes are required for this annual risqué masquerade ball. Boulder Burlesque, a fantasy costume contest, DJs, and pole dancers captivate an adults-only crowd during a night of pure sin. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Mix up your traditional fall pumpkin picking expedition with this unique 2-mile race. Participants must haul their pumpkins through woods, over hay bales, and across creeks— all without smashing their hefty orange cargo. Partial proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital Colorado. Sat 8 am.-noon.
For 29 years, the Denver Zoo has been getting the animals into the Halloween spirit. Junior critter lovers can visit 25 trick-or-treat stations—stopping along the way to watch "creepy crawly animal demonstrations" the whole family will enjoy. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get ready for Denver to transform into a planet of the apes. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, participants will stampede through the heart of downtown Denver wearing full gorilla suits. The 5K fun run benefits the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, an international charity working to fight mountain gorilla extinction. Sat 11 a.m.
RedLine's resident artist exhibition draws inspiration from Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges as he lost his sight and shifted his artistic vision. More than 20 artists will display work reinterpreting conventional perception and emphasizing the non-visual senses. Opening reception Sat 7-10 p.m.; Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The town of Elizabeth's charming Main Street will be bustling with games, food, music, and pony rides. Families can also stroll, business to business, around town for some trick-or-treating that's sure to leave the children with a sugar high. Sat noon-3 p.m.
Don't miss the most fangtastic block party of the season. Colfax denziens are invited to roam the street, alongside zombies, witches, and vampires, and to check out the tricks and treats being served up by 35 local haunts. There'll be made-to-order candybars, a bouncy castle, and professional photographers onsite. Sat 1 p.m.-Sun 2 a.m.
A ghoulish take on local history narrates this guided tour of a famous local cemetery. You’ll meet historic figures brought back to life—including governor John Evans, Aunt Clara Brown, and the Countess Katrina Murat—along the way. Sat 1-4 p.m.
Get ready for a frightfully fun night filled with monsters, zombies, and dueling pianos at LoDo's Howl at the Moon. Come dressed in your cookiest, most creative costume for a chance to win $2,000 cash. Sat 6 p.m.
Show off your costume, sip on a little witch's party brew, and get your cackle on with comedian Bryan Kellen at this spooktacular soirée to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Sat 6-8:30 p.m.
Looking for last minute ways to add flair to this year’s Halloween costume? Grab a friend, a cocktail, and learn face-painting techniques at this pre-Halloween celebration. Sat 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Folk-rock troubadour John Common and his Blinding Flashes of Light combine a dash of accordion, a bit of cello, and a whole lot of acoustic joy with Common's gravely voice to create soulful, sincere songs that sound familiar, but never stale. It's not revolutionary. It's just good music. Sat 7:30 p.m.
A hidden gem of singer-songwriter circles hits Denver, and she's bringing her family with her—figuratively speaking. The acclaimed NYC-based musician's most recent album, Reunion, draws inspiration from her immigrant grandmother and the rest of her social circle to sing tales of life, death, and other commonalities of the human experience. Sat 8 p.m.
This acclaimed a capella group exploded on YouTube, collecting more than 25 million views. For Under the Influence, its latest album, the 10-member, all-male ensemble covered tracks by anyone from Adele to Dolly Parton. Sat 8 p.m.
There's something about a band that doesn't take itself—or its lyrics—too seriously. Enter Cincinnati-based indie-rockers Walk the Moon. With uber-catchy hooks, upbeat tunes, and a deeply energetic stage presence, the group's feel-good attitude is just the icing on top. Sat 8 p.m.
This Halloween extravaganza pulses into the wee hours with DJs, dancing, and circuslike performers in ornately decorated ballrooms. Plus, you’re partying for a good cause: The event aids the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund. Sat 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
At the turn of the 19th century, Monet, Renoir, and other French impressionism virtuosi had a novel idea: Let's go outside and paint. Three dozen samples of the resulting genius—including several from private collections—line the walls of the Hamilton Building, some on public display for the first time. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Paris ruled the art scene from the 1600s to the 1900s, shaping modern art as we know it. Three exhibits make up this showcase of some of the most influential French artists—Claude Monet and Edgar Degas among them—of all time. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Broaden your planetary horizons at the Wings Over the Rockies this Halloween. The historic air and space museum will transform into a haunted hangar filled with all sorts of spooky characters from outerspace, alongside liquid nitrogen experiments, robot demonstrations, and goody bags to fill up and take home. Sun noon-4 p.m.
This fright-free musical Halloween celebration can be enjoyed by all ages. Join the Colorado Symphony for their annual late October concert featuring music from the Harry Potter movies and similarly themed tunes. Make sure to show up in costume—the musicians will. Sun 2:30 p.m.
The flooding may have ceased, but relief efforts are still in full swing. To support these continued efforts, artists including Dave Matthews, The Fray, DeVotchKa, and members of the Lumineers are coming together for a special concert organized by AEG and Live Nation. All proceeds go directly to the United Ways of Colorado Flood Recovery Fund. Sun 6 p.m.
After a month-long run at Miners Alley Playhouse, this award-winning production about a woman’s struggle with schizophrenia and the make-believe world to which she escapes concludes with its final performance. Written by Colorado playwright Walter L. Newton, the drama is based off the fiction novel written by Joanne Greenberg in 1964. Sun 7:30 p.m.
Deemed a favorite rapper by both Jay-Z and 50 Cent, Talib Kweli is a luminary in the commercial rap scene. His music powerful in a lyrical and rythmic sense, it has a tendency to make you think while you dance to the beat. Joining him will be Big K.R.I.T.—a young artist heavily influenced by the Southern hip-hop of the 90s—the Foodchain, and Alex Chadwick. Sun 8:30 p.m.
Famed Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada included calaveras (skulls) in his work to mock the bourgeois culture at the turn of the 20th century and criticize his nation's 35-year dictatorship in his nation. View 90 of Posada's iconic, skeleton-filled prints at this exhibit presented by Denver Arts & Venues, the Mexican Consulate, and the Mexican Cultural Center. Thu-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Helikon Gallery & Studio's doors are opening. The newest addition to the RiNo Art District kicks off with an inaugural exhibition, featuring more than a dozen contemporary artists from Colorado and around the country. Along with the two-story gallery, this brand new space contains open studios, art merchandise, and an in-house coffee bar. Wed-Sat noon-5 p.m.
The farm-to-table trend is being remixed with a new program spearheaded by local chefs and restaurateurs. Part of a collaborative effort to help flood-ravaged Boulder County farms, all proceeds from this five-course dinner (during which you'll be tempted with beef carpaccio, caramelized scallops, and more) will be donated to the Front Range Farm Relief Fund. Specialty paired wines from Natural Wine Company round out the local focus.
Chef Troy Guard of TAG Restaurant and acclaimed winemaker James Foley of California's Seamus Wines utilize fall's finest flavors during this five-course dining event. A lineup of rich, full-bodied wines accompany decadent cuisine, like maine lobster carpaccio and beef cheek sauberbraten. Tue 7 p.m.
Decked out in shiny, futuristic costumes, this Australian electro-pop duo offers nothing less than a cinematic experience. Their dreamy electronic anthems combined with smoke machines and colorful lighting round out to an unforgettable, otherworldy experience. Tue 9 p.m.
There are plenty of ways to have good, clean fun this Halloween—this is not one of them. Often referred to as the only gay Republican standup at the Comedy Works, comedian Chuck Roy hosts this foul-mouthed Halloween comedy show. Wed 7:30; Thu 8 p.m.
Your favorite killer—with the devil's eyes—makes another Halloween appearance, but he's not here for murder this time. Catch Michael Myers in three of John Carpenter's slasher classics, and in-between films take a break for some trick-or-treating. Yes, there will be candy. Thu 5:30 p.m.
A collaborative side project from producers Griz and Gramatik, Grizmatik promises an epic Halloween party in Denver for their biggest show to date. Both of them individually talented, together they create soulful melodies with rousing beats and funky instrumentals. Want proof? Check out their latest single, "My People." Thu 7 p.m.
Join this gypsy-rock quartet as they return home for their annual Halloween performance, complete with elaborate costumes and stage decorations. Distinguishing themselves from the average indie group with romantic instruments—including accordion, violin, and sousaphone—DeVotchKa gained national prominence (and a Grammy) for their scoring of 2006's Little Miss Sunshine. Thu 8 p.m.
The only thing scarier than your uncle on the dance floor is a zombie. Show off your halloween costume and your Frankenstein moves while DJ Brian drops the party beats. Enter the costume contest and the raffle for your chance to win an overnight stay at the Hotel Boulderado, among other great prizes. Proceeds benefit There With Care, an organization assisting families and children facing critical illness. Thu 8 p.m.-midnight.
Past the acceptable age for trick-or-treating? Spend the holiday grooving to bluegrass instead. The Rocky Mountain Region certainly isn’t short on bluegrass bands, but Head for the Hills’ youthful and modern interpretation of the genre sets the Fort Collins-bred crew apart. The group released its latest album, Blue Ruin, earlier this fall. Thu 9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Marc Leverette