Skiing should be a rite of passage for all Colorado kids, and this program is committed to making that happen. Have a fifth grader who is new to the slopes? If they are enrolled in the Passport Program and haven't tried out skiing or snowboarding before, they'll also get a free lesson and rental package to give skiing and snowboarding a go. Valid at multiple resorts. Daily, times vary.
Young rock stars should grab their instruments for four days of intensive rock instruction. The camp welcomes students of all levels and accelerates their learning curve with private and group lessons, songwriting and music theory education, and live-performance coaching. All of the hardwork culminates in a student-produced live show. Age 7-18. Thu-Sun, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
As the guillotine looms in pre-revolutionary France, its intended victims wield a more lascivious weapon: sexual manipulation. Playing with the fates of others for their own amusements, the cruel French aristocrats prove they might have had those beheadings coming. Days, times vary.
A grieving mother and distraught teacher attempt to comprehend the suicide of Gidion, a fifth grade boy struggling to be understood. This emotional story breaks down the walls between bully and victim and depicts the devastating consequences our words can have. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
This ice war will be waged outside. Teams of up to eight people will compete for a hefty cash prize in Evergreen’s annual pond hockey tournament. This two-day championship will be played out on the world's largest Zamboni-groomed outdoor rink. Sat-Sun 7 a.m.
Six days of rowdy Americana music paired with shredding the slopes at a world-class ski resort? It’s no wonder this is a tought ticket to score. Gallivanting from old saloons to luxurious ballrooms listening to live tunes from 40 different bands. Sat-Thu 11 a.m.
It’s time to break out your red leather jacket and dust off your zombiefied “Thriller” dance moves. In tribute to the late Michael Jackson, Who’s Bad keeps the king of pop’s hip-thrusting, chart-topping hits alive during this dynamic performance of robotic choreography and uncanny vocals. Sat 9 p.m.
Travels across the European countryside inspired this collection of photographs and intaglio prints. The black-and-white images, produced with old-school techniques, reveal the beauty hidden in everyday scenes, architecture, and people. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-6:45 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-noon.
Whether you're in full-on wedding mode or have just embarked on the planning process, this bridal spectacular has got your nuptial needs covered. Dozens of discounts, industry experts, cake samples, and more await you. Sun noon-4 p.m.
Show some love for the Norse God of Snow during this week-long tribute to Ullr. More than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts will hit the streets of Breckenridge—proudly donning Viking garb—to ski off jumps and cruise through town in a mobile hot tub. It takes a valiant effort to keep up with the locals for this week-long party, but a plethora of fresh powder this season makes it all worthwhile. Daily, times vary.
After Colorado resident Catherine Tidd was widowed at age 31, she turned her grief into a way of helping other coping widows by sharing her experiences, advice, and support. Hear Tidd discuss her memoir, Confessions of a Mediocre Widow: Or, How I Lost My Husband and My Sanity, and get your copy signed at the author's debut book release. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Don't wait until Valentine's Day to plan something romantic. Instead, take your special someone for a stroll through the annual Orchid Showcase. More than 200 of the blooming flowers—long thought to be symbols of love and beauty—have been intertwined through citrus collections in the Orangery and Marnie’s Pavilions. Bundle up for this fragrant and colorful winter escape. Daily 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Scott Dressel-Martin
Anwar Congo and his friends helped kill more than one million supposed communists, Chinese, and intellectuals during the overthrow of the Indonesian government in 1965, but have never been punished. These filmmakers challenged Congo and his friends to reenact the murders through their favorite film genres. The result is a nightmarish window into the minds of mass murderers. Wed-Sat, times vary.
This exhibit celebrates the University of Denver's art collection, which has been multiplying since the 1890s. A special focus will be on acquisitions from the past decade. Daily noon-4 p.m.
Cattle, alpacas, bison, and yak: what more could a Western boy or girl ask for? Well, this iconic Rocky Mountain event has got all that covered, and then some. The 16-day stock show spectacular includes professional rodeos, hundreds of artisan vendors, and the not-to-be-missed PBR Bull Riding Pro Finale. Daily, times vary.
Pay homage to Aspen's Nordic culture at this four-day winter carnival. The celebration features a legendary soup cookoff, a canine fashion show, snowsculpting, live music, fireworks, and a fat cycle challenge, where "fat bike" racers will put their big tires to the test. Thu-Sun, times vary.
This is not the festival for small-fry brews. More than 200 commercial and home brewers will converge in Vail to share their Belgians and other high-ABV beers. The fest includes seminars, a homebrew competition, and, of course, beer tastings. Don't forget the brewmasters' dinners pairing top breweries with local Vail restaurants such as Atwater on Gore Creek. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri 8:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Guitarist and vocalist Billy Shaddox had already honed his country-meets-American-folk sound, but his musical sensibilities reached new depths when he joined forces with vocalist Kara Tauchman. Tauchman’s prairie falsetto complements Shaddox’s acoustic melodies and love-focused lyrics. Together, the duo released a self-titled EP in 2012. Their performance is sure to warm up the winter chill. Thu 7:30 pm.
It was only a matter of time before people started having relationships with technology. In the pseudo sci-fi film Her, director Spike Jonze takes us to what he refers to as the “slight future,” a time when daily life is dominated by technology so advanced it can understand–and even emulate—human emotions. Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely and depressed man who finds solace in his new computer-friend, but their "relationship" progresses to a genuine emotional attachment. Days, times vary.
RedLine kicks off a year-long focus on women's contributions to contemporary art (She Crossed the Line) with Transit of Venus. A group of powerful female artists from the University of Colorado came together in the 1970s, hungry for a greater representation of women in the mainstream art scene, and started Front Range Women in the Visual Arts. More than 60 works by two dozen of them will be on display.
Admire new works from five of Colorado's most respected contemporary artists. Inspired by RedLine's designation of 2014 as the year of the woman, Sandra Phillips decided to pay homage to local women who have been creating and teaching art for more than 20 years. These artists' new works—including paintings and interactive sculptures—surpass the boundaries of their previous repertoires. Tue-Fri noon-5 p.m; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Life is full of transitions. See how changing seasons and temperatures intertwine with changes in our lives through this visual exhibition spanning mediums such as photography, sculpture, and drawings. Fri 6-9 p.m.
Funnyman Dave Shirley honed his vaudvillian act on the streets of Denver, took it to a national audience on America's Got Talent, and returns to his Colorado roots with his one-man show. It's about as funny as comedy can get without telling a single joke. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
A down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator, with a baby on the way, is forced to evolve his act—and his wardrobe—when the dive bar he calls home decides drag shows are more profitable. This world premiere comedy shows in hilarious fashion what happens when the King runs out of options. 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 the nine members of the Brooklyn-based and Berklee-born Turkuaz bring the funk, they bring it fast-paced, and they bring it loud. Throw in vivid getups and chest-rattling bass for a true sensory onslaught reminiscent of Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament, and other funk legends. Fri 9 p.m.
Jumpstart your family's new year with this health-focused festival. The ode to oats kicks off with a hot oatmeal breakfast, followed by a community health fair, and a family-friendly 5K walk/run. Sat 7:30 a.m.
There's an artistic side to the National Western Stock Show. More than 60 local and international artists highlight the Western spirit at this exhibit featuring contemporary works ranging from oil to photography to clay. Daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Don’t give up on that New Year’s resolution just yet. Get your blood pumping during a 5K, 10K, or half marathon while taking in beautiful views of the snow-capped Rockies. Sat 9 a.m.
Take the stress out of wedding planning with a day of prenuptial inspiration and relaxation. Couples preparing to tie the knot can enjoy live music, bar and food pairings, prizes, and a chance to scope out one of Denver’s premiere wedding venues. Can't afford to dip into the honeymoon fund? This bridal event is completely free of charge. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
If there’s one thing the West knows how to do right, it’s a rodeo. Throughout January, the 108-year-old stock show offers events for everyone—horse shows, bull-riding competitions, Mexican rodeos, art exhibits, and tradeshows including jewelry and agricultural products. Daily, times vary.
Have you ever wondered if it's possible to make your own vino? The connoisseurs at Wine & Whey will show you the process for crafting your own red, white, and sparkling blends. Once fermentation is complete 45 days later, students will be invited back to bottle, label, and take home their creations. Sat 4-6 p.m.
Most Coloradans remember the late John Denver as the folk musician who captured the essence of the Centennial State through songs such as “Rocky Mountain High” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Check out another one of his artistic endeavors at an exhibit displaying 40 photographs taken by Denver that capture nature’s beauty throughout the musician’s lifetime. Tue-Fri noon-5 p.m.; Sat 7-10 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Dig out your umbrella and rain boots for a special showing of one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, Singin’ in the Rain. Arrow Electronics presents the classic film starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds with live orchestral accompaniment from Colorado Symphony. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Blending finger-picking acoustic guitar with moody baritone vocals, Willy Porter rolls out his rich, soulful style and relaxed stage presence. Expect to hear hits from his 2012 EP Cheeseburgers & Gasoline as well as onstage storytelling and comedic improv. Sat 8 p.m.
Indulge your inner geek at this weekly improv comedy and pop culture mashup. The performance features an expert in somewhat arcane and definitely nerdy knowledge—this week's topic is Tolkien—and uses that as a platform to educate and entertain the audience. Shire dwellers undoubtedly would not approve. Sat 8 p.m.
In the aftermath of war, how do you return home and confront a past you want to forget? In this drama by Matthew Lopez, a Jewish Confederate soldier arrives at his house to find his former slaves living in the ruins. As they celebrate Passover together, they are forced to face their mutual pasts and uncertain futures. Thu-Sun 8 p.m.
Prepare yourself for an auditory adventure. This Canadian electronic dance duo will lead you through the highs and lows of EDM erudition. Take in the assumed sonic dissonance of high-pitched female vocal samples and convulsive bass drops as that discord becomes an elusive musical contradiction: a harmonious cacophony that actually works. Sat 9 p.m.
Turn of the century issues and events—such as industrialization, immigration, and women's rights movements—heavily impacted Margaret Brown's and our country's evolution. Brown's extraordinary story is woven together with our nation's history in this exhibit examining the social and political climate of her day. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sun noon-3:30 p.m.
"Eat locally" could be Colorado's state motto.
View the premiere of American Idol like never before. For the popular show's 13th season, Fox is broadcasting the first episode on the big screen. When the first round of auditions are done, participate in an interactive Q&A with host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. Tue 4 p.m.
After three members of Pussy Riot—the Russian, feminst punk rock group—held a "punk prayer protest" on the altar of a Moscow cathedral, they were arrested and became the stars of a controversial human rights trial. This award-winning documentary gives an account of the protest, and its aftermath, with exclusive interviews and courtroom footage. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Colorado Symphony, this annual celebration honors four inspiring humanitarian leaders nominated by the local community. Denver professionals and young advocates who go above and beyond their obligations will be recognized for their dedication to peace and equality—reminiscent of the courageous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Frank Farrar—co-founder of Valkarie Gallery—has been infatuated with art since childhood. The evolution of his artistic career—from cartooning to watercolors and gouache—is encapsulated in this collection of his most recent works, all inspired by Native American culture, cowboys, and the Old West. Wed 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m.; Thu-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat noon-6 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Mom always said not to play with your food, but she obviously didn't know about molecular gastronomy. Learn tricks like how to change olive oil into a powder. This class breaks down the intimidatingly named modern cooking technique to make food even more fun and encourages you to break one of your mother's kitchen commandments—for the sake of science, of course. Wed 6-9:30 p.m.
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, now's the perfect time to work on your chili-making skills. Practice a crowd-pleasing chili recipe and learn how to throw together some game day snacks with Cafe Options executive chef, Craig Dixon. Wed 6 p.m.
Look at your grocery list. Now scratch off milk, eggs, cheese, peanuts, fish, shrimp, and anything containing gluten. That’s what Amanda M. Faison, 5280’s food editor and mom to a child with food allergies, has to cope with on a daily basis. And she’s using her experience to help you by teaching the basics of allergy-specific dining—without losing the flavor you crave. Ditch the feeling that eating with allergies is a chore with Faison’s tips on how to dine out, read a menu, grocery shop, and feed your entire family.
Esteemed short story writer George Saunders will read from and sign copies of the new paperback edition of his collection, Tenth of December. Including honest stories about sex, love, despair, and war, Tenth of December was named one of the 10 best books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review. Wed 7:30 p.m.
Let Che Guevara guide you through the life of Eva Peron, Argentina's controversial first lady with a tad too much star quality, in this Tony-winning musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Embrace your inner Robin Hood at a computer-controlled archery range. It's just one stop at this outdoor sports extravaganza with more than 500 outdoor on-site retailers. Also enjoy contests and more than 200 free seminars and demos during Colorado’s biggest sportsmen’s event. Thu-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Attention mole-lovers: No need to travel to Puebla, Mexico this year for the International Mole Festival. Richard Sandoval is holding his own tribute to the complex, chile pepper-based Mexican sauce right here in Denver. Try four of Sandoval's moles served over meat and veggies, and even in cocktails (yes, really) during dinner. Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m.; Sun 5-10 p.m.
Three female coworkers concoct a plan for a coup to overthrow their sexist, egotistical boss in this Dolly Parton musical comedy. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 To 5 earned four Tony nominations. Thu-Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m.
The girlhood diaries of two playwrights provide fodder for this two-woman play about being female. Part sketch comedy, part improvisation, the show examines the earliest—and silliest—bonds that all women share. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
With 35 Grammys between the two of them, this keyboardist and banjoist duo is a must-see. The critically-acclaimed duo will take its sold-out audience on a journey through multiple genres, from country and bluegrass to classical and blues. Thu 7:30 p.m.
There's no such thing as an easy breakup, but when a joint mortgage is involved things are more complicated. In this dramatic comedy, an ex-couple's toxic relationship reveals the jealousy, heartbreak, and lingering passion present in modern relationships. While fighting about who gets ownership of their shared London flat, the couple may realize that one's bark tends to be worse than the bite. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m.; Sun 6:30 p.m.
Take a musical dip into Acadian culture with Grand Dérangement. The five Nova Scotia, Canada natives—the group's name refers to the forced removal of Acadian settlers from Northeastern Canada in the mid-18th century as well as the musicians' high-energy performances—have garnered international recognition for their fiddling, step dancing, and French singing. Trivia: The members are Acadian ambassadors in Europe and the United States.
Tired of living off canned tuna and contraband, two brothers decide to change their fate by kidnapping one of Chicago’s most notorious gangsters. As the trio gets to know each other in a most unconventional manner, their lives are forever changed. Will it be for the better? This dark, off-Broadway comedy was nominated for a Tony Award in 2013. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Rachel Graham
Joes Swanson makes words beautiful. Call him a visual grammarian or a copy editor to the soul—the director of the CU Technology, Arts, and Media program explores the meaning of language with images, turning words into fine art. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
It's time to make some tracks in the snow. Watch contestants of all skill levels compete for a cash prize in four snowmobile race events: snowcross, hillcross, snowovals, and hill drag. Stake out a spot at the bottom of Gold Link lift for what's sure to be an action-packed weekend of skill and speed. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Honor Native American traditions and embrace Southwestern culture at this three-day arts festival. Dozens of artists will showcase their work, alongside live music, painting demonstrations, and Native American dance performances. Fri 1-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Based on a fable by Oscar Wilde, this English film centers on the friendship between two children who scavenge metal to help their impoverished families. The local scrap dealer exploits them, however, and ultimately causes a rift in their friendship. Thu 4:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Dread driving in snowy conditions? Chances are you wouldn’t last one day with the Icy Bike Winter Commuters. Each winter, more than 200 people across the U.S. and Canada challenge themselves to ride their bikes to work—every day—during the the coldest months. Winter of Cyclists follows 12 of them. Colorado’s Mike Prendergast directed the documentary. Fri 7 pm
The Gulf War is over, but one soldier still hasn't made it home. Drawing on Homer's Odyssey for inspiration, playwright Marcus Gardley recasts the epic poem in modern times and draws on contemporary African-American culture in place of classic Greek archetypes. 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.
Gentleman (and ladies), start your engines! More than 500 professional and amateur motorcycle and RTV racers are rolling into Colorado to flip, twist, and grab some major air. One hundred and fifty truckloads of dirt were hauled in to create high-bank turns, jumps, and technical sections. It all adds up to one of the toughest tracks in this indoor series. Plus: Daredevil riders, the Metal Mulisha, will entertain with freestyle acrobatics. Fri-Sat 7:30 pm.
—Image courtesy of Dennis Griffin
Since breaking into the ska-punk scene in the mid-'90s, Reel Big Fish spent the last two decades on tour, in the studio, and working to keep ska music in the mainstream. Known for their energetic live sets, juvenile humor, and ironic covers, the group is expected to play fan favorites spanning their seven-album discography. Fri 7:30 p.m.
In 2006, Denver native Rob Drabkin left a career in science to pursue his passion for music. Now a folk-rock musician with a sound similar to Dave Matthews Band and Phil Collins, Drabkin has toured nationally and released two full-length albums, including 2013's Little Steps. Fri 9 p.m.
Seeking the surreal? This '70s cult classic, shot in black and white, is known for its creative use of sound and sexual themes. It's the story of Henry Spencer (played by Jack Nance), a man whose wife leaves him with their baby, a source of repulsion to him. The film is known more for its artsy nightmare scenes and body horror than any semblance of a plot—or lack thereof. Fri-Sat midnight.
Don't let the name fool you. These 5- and 10-mile races along the Platte River Trail offer an opportunity to get your fitness reboot started early without braving a blizzard. If the beautiful weather and scenic views aren't enough to get you moving, the hot cocoa at the finish line and free T-shirt should do it. Sat 9 a.m.
For those runners and cyclists that do it for the thrill of the race—not the free T-shirt—here's a contest for them. This bare-bones duathlon pairs a four-mile run with a 10-mile paved bike ride in Cherry Creek Reservoir. Don’t want to cycle? Make a dash for it in the run-only option for a fraction of the price. Sat 10 a.m.
From a ghost with a gun to romance on the range, this live reading features three quirky stories set in the old and new West. “New Hat,” “Hart and Boot,” and “The House on Sand Creek” will be read by local actors Adrian Egolf, Brian Shea, Allison Watrous, and Steven Cole Hughes. Sat 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
If you're looking for a way to spend time with your all-too-independent preteen, here's a solution. Featuring eight of America's best young tap dancers, this compelling performance delves into teenage love, the anticipation of a first big dance, and the mounting pressure of high school graduation. Sat 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
Looking for a bike ride that’s less about finishing first and more about having a crazy good time? Put on your burly tires and pedal hard along a 12-mile ice- and snow-packed mountain bike ride throughout Copper Mountain with fireworks, tasty food, and drinks waiting at the finish line. Don't forget your bike lights, helmet, and plenty of warm layers. Sat 6 p.m.
In a rare fusion of international and local dance talent, stars from around the globe join the National Ballet of Denver for an evening featuring selections from some of the best-known contemporary ballets, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Copélia, as well as a few world premieres. Sat 7:30 p.m.
When Panic! at the Disco first hit the pop-rock scene, its sound was all too familiar. But on its new album, the band made a welcome shift to more unique beats influenced by dance music, electronica, and hip-hop. Sat 8 p.m.
The RunDenver series' second of five running events is a 5K and kids fun run through Washington Park. Whether you’re an experienced competitor or are bouncing back from hibernation, this invigorating run is open to all. Sun 10 a.m.
Keep it local, keep it fresh. That's the mantra of Uncle chef Jon Mendoza's new bi-monthly pop-up at the LoHi hot spot. Mendoza sources the majority of ingredients for the 10-course meal (with drink pairings) from Colorado purveyors. This go-around, enjoy a pork skin chip with Colorado herb salt and yogurt and whey “snow” with blueberry powder. Sun 5 p.m.
Editor's Note: Pink's original October 18th concert date has been rescheduled due to a need for vocal rest. Tickets for the original show will be honored for the rescheduled concert.
Audiences flock to Pink concerts not only for the feisty pop music—there’s also the spectacle. The Truth About Love tour features the superstar singing while executing an intricately choreographed aerial acrobatic routine. Wed 8 p.m.
The historic American West was much more diverse than Hollywood would have you believe. On MLK Day, watch black cowboys and cowgirls take over the arena with a display of African-American roping and riding culture. Top athletes will compete in traditional rodeo events in addition to the Pony Express relay and ladies' steer un-decorating (steer wrestling with a twist). Added entertainment comes in the form of five- to seven-year-old cowpokes hanging on in a timed and scored mutton bustin' challenge. Mon 6 p.m.
Enjoy four courses of fine Italian cuisine with wine pairings courtesy of the Castelfeder Wine Estate, a fourth-generation family winery in northern Italy. Ines Giovanett—a member of the family—will host the event, which celebrates the upcoming opening of the Broadmoor's new Italian restaurant, Ristorante Del Lago. Mon 6-8 p.m.
We all love Ace and Steuben's, so follow the chefs to Osage Café, where they will be hosting monthly lunches and cooking with young chefs-in-training. Profits will benefit Osage, a fresh and locally-sourced eatery that provides profressional culinary training for Denver youth. Tue 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
This haunting documentary explores life at a welfare center for orphans and runaways in Karachi, Pakistan. Follow a 10-year-old trying to prove his toughness and a young man who finds peace helping children in dire circumstances. Through their stories, first-time filmmakers Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq tell an inspirational tale. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Head over to the popular Uptown eatery, Beast & Bottle, but spend the evening pretending you are in eastern France. Anne Trimbach—from the Trimbach Estate winery in Alsace—will pair wines with four courses, including orange blossom roasted duck and a lamb heart tartare. Wed 5 p.m.
The cuisine of Denmark is the focus of Trillium's final dinner in its winter series of Scandinavian inspired feasts. Get a taste of the northern European nation through this four-course prix fixe meal, complete with wine, beer, and cocktail pairings. Wed 5-10 p.m.
As part of the National Western Stock Show, An Evening of Dancing Horses combines premier horses, equestrians, and musicians. Watch skilled horses and their trainers perform freestyle reining and choreographed drills to the live music of the Denver Brass. Wed-Thu 7:30 p.m.
From his days in the Mickey Mouse Club to touring with N'Sync and tackling move roles, Justin Timberlake surpassed the title of triple-threat celebrity years ago. The pop icon is putting on his suit and tie and heading out on this massive world tour to support his 2013 release, The 20/20 Experience. Wed 8 p.m.
Stake your spot at the bottom of the halfpipe as the ESPN X Games bring top winter sport athletes, including Shaun White, Hannah Teter, and Kelly Clark, to Aspen. Expect big air during the four-day skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobile competition. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Grab a group of girlfriends for ladies night at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Local hip-hop artists and femcees (female emcees) Kitty Crimes and DGirl will perform and sit on a panel discussion about women's history in rapping with Metropolitan State University professors Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham and Dr. Jessica Parker. View the works of Kelly Monico, an exhibiting artist for Craft Tech/Coded Media—a gallery focusing on women and technology. Thu 6:30 p.m.
Lady Antebellum has the country trifecta: pitch-perfect harmonies, boot-stomping breakdowns, and tender ballads. The trio is on the road in support of their fifth gold-certified album, "Golden." Fellow country artist Kip Moore opens. Thu 7 p.m.
This Tribeca Film Festival winner follows Shane Bitney Crone in the aftermath of his partner’s sudden death. Because they weren’t legally married, his partner’s family banned him from the funeral. Crone’s subsequent YouTube video, “It Could Happen To You,” went viral and led to this partially Kickstarter-funded film chronicling his love and loss. Thu 7:30 p.m.
This paw-slapping stunt show features a crew of furry performers doing backflips, jumping rope, and juggling their way across the stage. Each of the talented performing pups was rescued from a shelter, bringing pet adoption to the forefront of the show. Thu 7:30 p.m.
The Toasters are now considered the longest-running ska band in the United States. Combining punk influences with horns, keyboard, and upbeat vocals, the band live performances are still as energetic as they were in 1981. Thu 8 p.m.
It's been three days since the Broncos big win, but the Mile High City isn't taking a break from talking football. Comedian Steve Rannazzisi, aka The Commissioner on fantasy-football show The League, will fill the gap between now and the Super Bowl with his sporty wit and smart-ass candor, which have already sold out rooms across the country. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Sat 9:45 p.m.
Through April, Lighthouse Writers Workshop is encouraging the Denver community to read Housekeeping, an award-winning novel by Marilynne Robinson that tells the story of two sisters facing life on the streets. Hear a reading from the book, buy your copy, enjoy refreshments, and listen to speakers—including Jamie Van Leeuwen, Governor Hickenlooper’s deputy chief of staff—during the reading challenge’s kick-off celebration. Fri 5:30 p.m.
Classic Japanese aesthetics meld with modern art, nature, and a host of other inspirations to create paintings with a vague sense of something living—like looking through a cartoon microscope. Takeuchi, largely self-taught, employs abstract combinations to create works of art with beautiful in their simplicity. Fri-Sat 6-10 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Celebrate the best aspects of winter during this two-week festival. Savor the snowy season with exhibits, events, and panel discussions. The schedule is packed with activities such as the closing party at Battery 621, a showcase by Colorado ski and snowboard makers, and a panel with Porter Fox, author of DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow. Days, times vary.
Live music, craft beer, and good food—all for a good cause. Don't miss this two-day festival featuring dozens of Colorado brewers (past years have included Boulder Beer, Twisted Pine, and Great Divide). Hit the VIP hour for excluisve cheese and beer pairings. Bonus: Catch a live performance by Trout Steak Revival and check out the silent auction benefiting Swallow Hill Music. Fri-Sat 7-10 p.m.
Although John, Paul, George, and Ringo are known for the worldwide craze they started as a foursome, each member maintained a music career after the Beatles called it quits. In a tribute to their solo careers, the Colorado Symphony hosts a night of chart-topping songs including "Imagine" and "No More Lonely Nights." Fri 7:30 p.m.
King Hamlet is dead. When his ghost demands vengeance, his introspective son struggles with the implications. Dating back four hundred years, this tale of fratricide and revenge still resonates as one of Shakespeare's most beloved and influential tragedies. 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.
Bringing a story to the stage really does make it come alive—especially when there are flying special effects and hordes of pirates involved. Don't let your kid miss their chance to travel to Never Neverland with Peter, Tinker Bell, and the infamous Captain Hook in this theater performance that brings the classic tale to life. Days, times vary.
A teenage girl with a rare disorder must balance the frailty of premature old age with the power of an adolescent's first love. Complicating things further: an alcoholic father, a hypochondriac mother, and an aunt with a penchant for crime. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Every life is brimming with transitionary moments, and each change happens as fate would decide—or so suggests the latest from the Cindy Brandle Dance Company. This thematic string ties together a series of personal stories communicating the essence of the contemporary human experience. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m.
Murs isn't your typical ostentatious rapper. Instead of champagne and Bentleys, his music touches on human issues like love, hate, and death—sometimes all in one song. He's not all serious though. Check out dance tracks like "What Up Tho" and "L.A." Fri 9 p.m.
Led Zeppelin isn't touring this year, but this tribute band has been playing shows since 1995. They've brought their stage personas and vintage instruments to more than 2,400 concerts worldwide, including festivals such as Bonnaroo. Fri 9 p.m.
Calling all grandmas and grandpas: It's time to round up the grandkids for this special cowboy breakfast. After you all fill your bellies with a hearty meal, you'll enjoy stories around a campfire or make your own Wild West wanted posters. Sat 8 a.m.
Put your flatland ski skills to the test and get your heart rate up at this 30K and 15K cross-country race. Start at Devil’s Thumb Ranch and trek through the Idlewild Ski Area. The tour ends with a $5,000 cash prize and a post-race barbecue with live music to relax weary muscles. Sat 9 a.m.
Your dream is never over until the fat lady sings. In fact, that might just be the beginning. Aspiring sopranos from across the Rocky Mountain region convene on Denver to compete for a chance to perform with New York City's Metropolitan Opera. Sat 9:30 a.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.
Travel down the rabbit hole with Alice and the Missoula Children's Theatre in this pint-sized adaptation of Lewis Carroll's famous story. The performance features more than 50 local children navigating their way through the mysterious world of Wonderland. Sat 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Indulge in the tastes of South America with chef Daniel Asher of Linger and Root Down. You'll delight your senses with a Brazilian-inspired menu and South American wines. This formal night of fine food and wine pairings, live entertainment, and a silent auction supports career development and services in Denver's Latino community.
Colorado’s funkiest band is debuting its first new tracks in four years in the city that jumpstarted its career. The nine-man crew’s psychedelic-jam album exudes energy and mixes the sounds of jazz,
afrobeat, funk, salsa, and samba with house and techno rhythms. All you have to bring is your dance moves. Sat 7:30 p.m.
In this 1985 Italian horror flick, filmgoers are trapped in a cinema while the bloodthirsty creatures from the slasher film they’re watching start to show up among them. One by one, they become infected and turn into demons themselves. Hopefully you have better luck than the folks in this theater did. Sat 10 p.m.
The clothing we wear is merely one form that fabric takes. This nationally touring exhibit explores the emergence of fiber as a fine arts movement during the second half of the 20th century and how it has been used for both the practical and decorative purposes. Works from 50 artists—including Katherine Westphal and Nick Cave—will be featured, incorporating a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, and structures. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Looking for a furry friend to add to your family? Tune in to FOX31 to watch a virtual tour of the Dumb Friends League animal shelter and see dozens of adoptable cats and dogs. Call in to pledge a donation to assist homeless pets with veterinary care and behavior training. Sun noon-5 p.m.
Instead of ordering takeout, make Chinese night a more special—and healthier—occasion. This cooking class emphasizes eating with your entire clan with four Chinese recipes—including shrimp and vegetable pancakes and chicken with sticky rice—that are sure to satisfy everyone. Sun 1-4 p.m.
Children from all over the state come to Denver each year to be part of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and play with professionals from the Colorado Symphony. Promising musicians often go on to become members of America's most prestigious ensembles. Sun 2:30 p.m.
Learn about a traditional cuisine at this lecture and dinner hosted by the Tesoro Cultural Center and Dr. Lois Frank, a professor of American Indian arts in Santa Fe. Listen to Frank discuss her curriculum on indigenous Native American foods, before sitting down for a four-course dinner, including wine pairings. Sun 7-9 p.m.
Sake is such a hit with Denver palates, Vesta Dipping Grill is bringing back this paired dinner for a third time.
The road to stardom is littered with the waylaid careers of acts overtaken by the pressures of early success, but 3 Doors Down didn't let immediate acclaim become its kryptonite. Since the band's 2000 debut, the alt rockers have continued topping charts and playing to packed houses. Their latest: an acoustic selection of more than a decade's worth of hits. Sun 8 p.m.
Los Angeles' Steven Roth is as straight-forward as a whiskey-Coke. His four-piece band plays solid barroom rock, with a ballad or choice cover thrown in—Rihanna and Talking Heads songs are equally likely. If you're on the prowl for a cheap dance party, look no further. Check out Sancho's Broken Arrow on Monday for a $1 show. Tue 10 .p.m.
Abroad and at home, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, and exploited for labor and sex each year. To raise awareness, President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Denver artists are joining the fight with Arise!
If you can trust anyone with wine pairings it's Doug Krenik, one of Colorado's 13 master sommeliers. Sample wines—a white, three reds, and a sherry—from five different regions of Spain as you enjoy a Spanish-inspired, five-course meal prepared by the chefs at Arugula. Tue 6:30 p.m.
This Agatha Christie classic captures every Coloradan's worst nightmare: snowed in with a group of strangers, and one of them is a killer. The longest-running play in modern history—it's been showing nonstop for six decades in London—is no traditional murder mystery whodunit, though. Christie and her family have fought spoilers for years to keep the twist ending a secret. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
A young woman wants her father at her wedding. The problem? She's never met him, and there are three possibilities. Her solution, of course, is to invite them all. What could possibly go wrong? Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Starting out as a choral singer, St. Lucia has transformed his classical tenor into dreamy pop testimonials. The style shift worked: having just embarked on his first headlining tour, he's already sold-out more than half his shows. Catch up-and-coming electronic opener, Sir Sly. Tue 8 p.m.
Set sail with 14-year-old Laura Dekker as she takes her two-masted ketch around the world, alone. She starts out with the goal to be the youngest person to sail around the globe, but she comes to appreciate the journey as a whole. Warning: this documentary on her 17-month adventure might worsen your case of wanderlust. Wed 7:30 p.m.
Twenty years ago, a devastating 100-day genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people began after a private jet carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi was shot down near the Rwandan capitol. The "Living with the Memory: Rwanda Twenty Years On" exhibit explores the tragedy's aftermath and the memories that haunt survivors through a collection of photos and text. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The lines between artistic media get blurred by these two artists. Rob Watt employs techniques he compares to "drawing with thread" to embroider vivid, vibrant masterpieces, and Keri Mills, a photographer by trade, creates emotionally stunning digital montages reminiscient of paintings. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Zengo, the Latin-Asian fusion restaurant, is ringing in the year of the horse (which starts January 31) with a special menu celebrating luck, wealth, longevity, and prosperity. Take your pick from a tailored list of entrées including steamed scallop gyoza, adobo chicken lettuce wraps, and Singapore style noodles. Thu-Sun 5-10 p.m.
We all love creamy, fresh mozzarella cheese—on sandwiches, salads, anything really—but do you know how to make it yourself? Learn the process and sample the results—all while sipping a glass of wine. Thu 6 p.m.
You can thank the men of the 1oth Mountain Division for the prevalence of skiing in Colorado. This documentary tells the story of the World War II division that trained in the Rockies and returned home after the war to help develop the lifestyle sport of skiing. Thu 7 p.m.
Editor's Note: This event was postponed from January 9 following the death of Tony Seibert (who appears in the film) in an avalanche earlier this month. The new date will include a tribute to Seibert.
Not only does SIA have a reputation for being the largest snow sports convention in the world, it’s also known for its wild parties and music entertainment. This year’s celebration features rapper Juicy J—the Three-6 Mafia co-founder who recently released his third studio album, Stay Trippy—as well as local DJs Salva and Bass Physics. Fri 7 p.m.
After a decade of national TV appearances and sold-out clubs, Jo Koy is firmly established as a stand-up mainstay. Koy draws on on single fatherhood and his multi-ethnic background for material. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
A destitute poet living in a squalid Colorado trailer searches for answers about his past as his end nears. His ex-wife, gone for 20 years, returns with questions of her own. Boulder native Sharr White penned this powerful two-person play about love and death. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
Four Colorado artists explore texture and form through various mediums. Bonnie Ferrill Roman creates paper sculptures that reflect nature and a sense of impermanence. Deidre Adams often uses themes of weather and time in her colorful abstract paintings. Mary Hertert showcases her skill with textiles in her colorful sculptures and garments. Sally Converse will show some of her wall pieces, as well as four costumes created for the fashion show on March 7. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
New to skiing? Let organizers from Denver's Art of Winter festival teach you about the sport during your lunch break in a free information session. Try a pair of cross-country skis on for size and slide around downtown Denver. Not ready to glid streetside? Snowshoes will also be available to test out. Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
In this exhibition, two artists take a very different look at the human form. When you first see Monique Crine's portraits, they might appear to be photographs. It's more likely, however, to be an extremely detailed oil-on-canvas painting based on a photograph. Her subjects include John F. Kennedy, Susan Sontag, family photos, and posed models evoking 1940s Hollywood cinematography. Jason Lee Gimbel's drawings and paintings focus on the human form with a variety of styles including figurative and abstract. Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Ceramic birds, beeswax paintings, and textured intaglio prints might not come in contact often, but they're only a few elements in the MIX. The exhibit shows off the work of Paula Romero Schmitt, Victoria Eubanks, Rachel Basye and other artists of various media and styles. Wed-Fri 1-5 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m.
You don’t have to wait until summer to get your concert fix at Red Rocks. This year’s Icelantic Winter on the Rocks features hip-hop group Jurassic 5 and electro-funk duo Ghostland Observatory. Willing to splurge? Purchase a $100 VIP ticket for access to the warming hut and lounge, as well as the best seats in the house. Fri 7 p.m.
Some of the nation's most promising chefs, from Colorado and beyond, are taking turns manning the burners during an 11-week series at the iconic Stanley Hotel. Each weekend, the venue's newest restaurant, Table, will host a guest chef—including Trillium's Ryan Leinonen and Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg. Each chef will prepare a five course dinner with wine pairings. A portion of the proceeds will support Colorado flood vicitms. Fri-Sat 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Colorado's most talented architects, artists, and designers are the centerpiece of this annual soirée and fundraiser. Revel in their unique creations, participate in the silent auction, and enjoy cocktails and entertainment, all while supporting the museum's Department of Architecture, Design, and Graphics. Fri 7-11 p.m.
Princess Sofia learns what it takes to be a real princess, while Jake and the Neverland Pirates battle Captain Hook in this new live theater performance. Complete with special effects and appearances by Cinderella and Peter Pan, your kiddo will be captivated by this action-packed show that brings his or her favorite Disney characters to life. Fri 7 p.m.
An aging baseball fanatic is tired of losing, and he's willing to give away everything to finally see his team win. This Tony-winning musical is packed with lessons about life, loss, and baseball, all a result of a deal with the devil. Maybe Tulo should give it a try? Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Trey McIntyre has spent the past two decades working with dance companies all over the world. The energetic and experimental Boise-based choreographer has since traded in the freelance gig for his own ballet company, and he and his nine dancers have received critical acclaim. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Take a tour through the life of Mexican artist and feminist heroine Frida Kahlo. This biographical play uses Kahlo's self-portraits as a tool for telling her heartbreaking tale, from her tumultuous marriage to famed painter Diego Rivera to her untimely death. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
With a monkey on her shoulder and no parents to tell her what to do, Pippi makes everything seem like the ultimate adventure. In this ballet adaptation of the classic story about the super-strong, redheaded youngster, kids and parents alike will be dazzled by the high-energy choreography, fancy costumes, and outrageous stage props. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
For these two Emmy-nominated comics, everything's made up, and the score doesn't matter. Mochrie and Sherwood rose to fame on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and they've taken the same slapstick on the road in a two-man improv show. Fri 8 p.m.
From underground rap producer to indie singer-songwriter, RJD2's decade-long music career is diverse. His recent release, More Is Than Isn’t, creates a harmonious blend of synth-infused hip-hop, rap, and funky dance beats. Fri 9 p.m.