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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.