After a long day on the slopes, treat yourself to a tour of Keystone's culinary offerings. Each night during the month of February, a local eatery will host a themed event highlighting everything from Colorado wines to wild game. Daily, times vary.
Dial down the external stimulation, and spend a special morning at the Children’s Museum. With limited attendance, a quieter-than-usual museum space will welcome children with disabilities and sensitivities, along with their families for some early-morning museum exploration. Sat 8-10 a.m
Join the countdown to the 2015 Alpine Ski Championships at Vail-Beaver Creek. The celebration begins with 365 days to go with a snowshoe hike, giveaways and a formal send off to local athletes competing at the Olympic games in Sochi. Sat 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Kick and glide at Crested Butte's biggest Nordic event of the year. Clocking in at just more than a 5k, the adult course doubles as a American Birkebeiner qualifying race. It's not all work, though: participants are encouraged to race in costume. Sat 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Whimsical lyrics with upbeat music makes Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players a must-see for kids and parents. Listen to songs from this children's music band's latest, Grammy-nominated album Recess. Sat 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
It's the year of the horse. Ring it in at the largest Chinese New Year event in the Rocky Mountain area. The annual showcase offers a unique opportunity to watch professional Chinese acrobats, kung fu, and dancing and listen to folk and opera music. Fuel up with traditional Chinese food as you peruse the folk artwork, crafts, and more. 2 p.m.
Roses aren't the only flowers blooming this season. Spice up your Valentine's Day celebrations with this tour through a tropical conservatory, where couples can learn all about the steamy and intoxicating lives of jungle plants. Days vary, 3 p.m.
Monica and Tyler Aiellos have fine art down to a science. Their paintings and sculptures are inspired by astrogeology, biology, chemistry, and more. The couple's work has been shown at art museums, science museums, and NASA conferences. The Aiellos are celebrating 13 years as featured artists Space Gallery before the gallery moves to its new space later this year. This exhibition will include pieces from their Galileo's Garden Series. Tue-Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrate the Year of the Horse at this elaborate Chinese New Year bash. Lion dancers, a mind-boggling ten-year-old contortionist, silent and live auctions, and a catered dinner all line the night's agenda. Proceeds will benefit the Nathan Yip Foundation—a Denver nonprofit committed to bringing education to vulnerable children around the world. Sat 5 p.m.
Help the Colorado AIDS Project recognize its 30th year of service during this celebration of cocktails, eats, and special presentations, honoring volunteers and other influential individuals. Don't miss the Red Tie Project featuring 30 red ties personalized by celebrities and local designers that will be auctioned off throughout the evening. Sat 6-10 p.m.
Fire dancers, a DJ, and lots of body paint: no, those aren't Peyton's post-Super Bowl plans. Carnival, the infamous Brazilian megaparty, makes its way north for a night to remember before the Broncos' big game. It's not just a night of senseless debauchery, though. All proceeds benefit Denver Kids Inc, a nonprofit helping at-risk students make it to graduation. Sat 7 p.m.
Diverse dancing styles depict the varied experiences women face as they work their way through life in this season-opening show. Ballet, tap, jazz, and more make appearances in this collaborative choreography by the creative minds behind 7 Dancers. Sat 7:37 p.m.; Sun 11:37 a.m.
After initially forming as a punk rock band in 2007, My Body Sings Electric has transitioned into a more light-hearted, upbeat genre. Now as an indie-pop group, with danceable rhythms and reflective lyrics, the local fivesome is gearing up to release their second full-length album, Part 1: The Night Ends, in February. Sat 7 p.m.
Twentieth anniversaries deserve a celebration—and Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery is doing it right with a night of serious funk.
It may be called Super Bowl Sunday, but Peyton won't be yelling "Omaha!" until late afternoon. Sweat out some of that pre-game angst (and lessen the guilt from all the wings you'll be eating later) at the Super Bowl 5K. The family-friendly event includes a 1K fun run for the little ones. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of the Rockies and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
Denver might not be the halfway point between Los Angeles, California and Charleston, South Carolina, but this exhibition will showcase work by artists from both cities. Michael Moon, from L.A., paints soft curves and interlocking circles across his colorful canvases, inspired by impressionist artists. Mixed-media artist Judy Hintz-Cox has recently been working on abstract landscapes with epoxy resin. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Andrew Roberts-Gray's oil paintings juxtapose soft landscape scenes with the rigid lines and bold colors. With patches of raw canvas and paint varying from thick application to partial removal, Roberts-Gray brings complex textures to all of his abstract works. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
If anyone knows desserts it's Noah French, pastry chef of Tag and now co-owner of bakery and dessert bar, Sugarmill. As the instructor of this class, French will divulge some of the techniques and intricacies for preparing sweet and savory pastries and desserts including apple almond tarts, pineapple upside down cake, and peanut butter and chocolate molten cake. Mon 6-9:30 p.m.
Know-it-all Food Network host Alton Brown is moving from the screen to the stage with a variety show of epic proportions. Expect "extreme" food experimentation, live music (he sings!), and stand-up comedy (who knew?). Brown is staying mum about specifics, but we heard that a few lucky audience members will be invited on stage, and ponchos will be handed out to those sitting in the first two rows. Mon 7:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of David Allen
Dreaming of springtime? These four local artists must be, too, with this show celebrating the use of light and vibrant colors in their work. Photographer Greg Thow provides a dramatic view of Denver with sweeping cityscapes and extreme examples of our famously unpredictable weather. Jeana Wolzen's vibrant photo illustrations are reminiscent of a look through a kaleidoscope. Jordan Canjar's colorful paintings of human and animal figures incorporate neoclassical influences with a distinctly surreal take. Milt Denny forgoes a paintbrush and standard painting techniques.
These works of tabletop art offer far more intrigue than that boring English china your mother gave you. Artists from across the nation will convene on the Centennial State for this biennial show featuring some of the best in contemporary—and functional—ceramic art. Tue-Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Proving that there is more to textiles than simply yarn and thread, these artists explore the infinite possibilities of fiber art. The works showcase a broad range of materials, from wire to beads to bamboo. Alternative textile techniques will also be on display, including knitting and quilting. Tue-Fri 1-4 p.m; Sat noon-4 p.m.
—Pictured: Irene Walker, "Tuxedo"
These local plein art painters can show you Denver is far from plain. Deborah McAllister's plein air oil and watercolor paintings result in colorful impressionistic realism. Marlene Feinholz paints detailed cityscapes featuring locations all over the Mile High City. Patricia Barr Clarke has done plein air painting in locations such as Costa Rica and Spain in addition to Denver, which is reflected in her watercolor works. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Featuring films from more than 20 different countries, the Jewish Film Festival celebrates Jewish culture, traditions, and heritage through a variety of cinematic productions. Enjoy genres spanning documentaries and comedies to heart-wrenching dramas. Tip: Seating is reserved, so buy your tickets as early as possible for the best spots in the theater. Tue-Sun, times vary.
Sit in on seminars, test out the latest embroidery technology, and get inspired by a live fashion show at this three-day quilting, crafting, and sewing extravaganza. Don't miss daily door prizes or long-arm quilter DeLoa Jones’ workshop. Thu-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Denver-based multi-disciplinary artist Derrick Velasquez is best known for his three-dimensional wall art, in which he layers of vinyl in dozens of vibrant hues. In this exhibition, he investigates form and structure as he reflects on the relationships we have with materials. Tue-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
With a star-studded lineup including George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bill Murray, The Monuments Men tells the story of an unlikely platoon assigned by FDR to rescue famed art from Nazi thieves in World War II Germany. Watch the group risk their lives in this action-packed thriller based on a true story. Days, times vary.
Project Runway’s Tim Gunn and Denver designer Mondo Guerra may be hosting, but they’re playing backup to some of the Mile High City’s top up-and-coming designers—who are only in high school. Check out the students’ design concepts and picks from Goodwill’s Déjà Blue Boutique before taking part in the Goodwill clothing swap with other guests. Splurge on the VIP experience for a meet-and-greet with Gunn and Guerra and get priority seating for the runway show. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Forgot to make a dinner reservation for Valentine's Day? That won't be a problem thanks to this couples class—led by award-winning cookbook author Lee Clayton Roper—that provides simple tips and recipes for a Valentine's meal. After you prepare a starter, main course, and dessert, take a seat and enjoy. Thu 6-9 p.m.
West: One word, numerous connotations. This exhibit uncovers the multiple representations of the western United States through 19th- and 20th-century art. Included are works from early Colorado impressionist landscape artist Charles Partridge Adams. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Mexico City painter, sculptor, and videographer Anibal Catalan studied architecture before visual arts. That background comes through in his prominent use of structure. This show marks his solo debut in the United States. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Technically, this is ballroom dancing, but calling it just that would be misleading. This star-studded collaboration from your favorite song-and-dance reality TV stars infuses contemporary and hip-hop styles to create something entirely new. The performance features celebrity pros Tristan MacManus and Emma Slater from Dancing With the Stars; Randi Lynn Strong, Jonathan Platero, and Legacy from So You Think You Can Dance?; and American Idol finalists Gina Glocksen and Von Smith. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
How do you salvage a movie script with a deadline looming? Barricade the writer and director in a room for five days, of course. This comedy recreates the absurd—and true—story of the extreme measures taken to bring Gone With the Wind to fruition. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Revisit the era of record players with this exhibit of original rock band posters from Van Morrison, the Doors, and Jefferson Airplane. The posters date back to the 1960s, when they hung in then-popular music venue the Family Dog. Collector and dealer Mike Storiem donated the posters, while photographer Lisa Law lends real prints of the bands to the display. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Divorced with two grown children, Gloria is on her own. To fight off loneliness, she frequents Santiago’s dance clubs each night looking for love. One evening, she meets Rodolfo and everything changes. The two quickly fall into a relationship filled with intense passion, but when it begins to crumble, Gloria is forced to find her own inner strength and rise up to shine brighter than ever before. Days, times vary.
This isn't grandmother's china set, folks. Gail Kendall takes utilitarian pieces like tea pots and platters and adds rich hues, complex patterns, and a variety of textures, ensuring each design is unique. Kendall says she creates ceramics inspired by both peasants and palaces. Thu-Sat noon-5 p.m.
Eat and drink your Broncos’ blues away at this four-course dinner with dedicated wine pairings. Celebrating PastaVino’s special relationship with their winemakers, Enzo Boglietti is in Denver from his vineyard in Italy to personally attend this annual dinner at the restaurant. Be sure to save room for the house-made limoncello served with dessert. Fri 6 p.m.
Get rowdy at this explosive, high-energy monster truck rally. Watch monster trucks—with names such as Grave Digger and Bounty Hunter—during racing and freestyle competitions. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Pop and hop your way down three decades of soul music with established funk maestro Ron Ivory. Join Ivory and his band as they conjure the Commodores, Smokey Robinson, and other greats from Detroit's Motown era for one of only two performances at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret this year. Fri 8 p.m.
Take a trip down the trails less traveled during this four-hour snowshoe hike through the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. A resourceful guide will lead your family through the snow-covered forests, while teaching you about plant and animal winter survival skills. Be sure to pack a lunch, plenty of water, and binoculars if you have them. All ages are welcome. Snowshoes for kids under 13 will be provided. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Celebrate Sochi with two of Colorado's favorite activities: winter sports and drinking. This Olympics-inspired bar crawl will make four stops at Denver bars with each stop features games, contests, and, of course, complimentary drinks. Bonus: All participants also get a Russian ushanka hat. Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
You don't need a special occasion to enjoy this sweet treat, but Arvada is giving you one. Spend the day tasting chocolate from more than 15 chocolatiers, participating in a chocolate treasure hunt, or even showing off your baking chops in the chocolate chip cookie and brownie contest. Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Relive your high school truth or dare days of streaking through the streets, but this time do it for a good cause. Strip down to your skivvies and brave the freezing February temperatures for this fun run in support of the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Sat noon.
The play about the screenwriting process of 1939's Gone With The Wind will leave you in stitches. This true story combines classic slapstick-humor with the tale of how the film's producer, screenwriter, and director locked themselves in a room for five days to finish the famous script. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 8 p.m.
Spice up your ordinary wine and cheese night by learning to make your favorite cheeses for yourself. Follow along with the experts' step-by-step demonstration as you master the recipes to make again once you get home. Sat 4 p.m.
No, they haven't performed on Broadway or won a Tony—yet. Catch tomorrow's talent before they hit it big as the 2014 class at Naropa University presents the culmination of their education. The festival features 10 plays over three weekends. And if you're hungry for more than just theater, McDevitt Taco Supply and Wheel and Whisk will also be providing curbside fare during the fest. Sat 5-9 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m.
For one special evening, this ball will give the Mile High mini princesses a chance to dress up dad, grandpa, uncle, or a big brother. She and her royal king will get to dance the night away, eat yummy treats, and feel like a real-life princess. Sat 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Start your Mardi Gras celebration a little early this year, featuring the electronic dance beats from Vaski, Uppermost, and Mr. Skeleton. Grab your multi-colored beads and head to Summit Music Hall's annual New-Orleans style party complete with bass-bumping music. Sat 7 p.m.
The legendary improv comedy troupe takes its sketch show on the road. Long a training ground for comic genius, the Second City has produced talent such as Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, and dozens of other stars of SNL and Hollywood fame. Its traveling ensemble offers Colorado a chance to catch the next big thing. Sat 8 p.m.
Whether you’re a long-distance runner or enjoy a short jog, this race encourages you to stay active during the dead of winter. Challenge yourself to a 13.1-mile run or a 5K course through scenic paths in Arvada. Sun 9 a.m.
Bring your favorite furball to this afternoon of pet-friendly activities. Enjoy chair massages (for pets and their humans), a Valentine's Day photo-shoot, and a performance by Mile High Musical Tails Dancing Dogs. The event supports YAPS, a pen pal program that matches pediatric oncology patients with dog and cat cancer survivors. Sun 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Good intentions aren't always enough. That lesson—one we've all unfortunately learned—is the thematic thread tying these three glimpses into everyday life together. Readings of The Crying Man and Starbucks Boy, two short stories, kick off the night, followed by a scene from Good People by Curious Theatre Company. Sun 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Malian superstar Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most transcendent musicians, and it’s little wonder why. The talented artist—who was raised with 17 siblings and musical parents—picked up the guitar through a sort of familial osmosis, and was promoted to conductor after only six months of attending the National Institute of Arts. The seasoned performer combines flamenco-style guitar playing, Afro-Cuban sounds, and Western song construction.
From sorrow to fear, the range of emotions experienced during battle is as diverse as the individuals it affects. Exploring wartime through the eyes of many—from a soldier landing in Normandy to President Abraham Lincoln—this event features short plays and readings from Denver performers. Watch how different people fight their way through the most tragic of times in this one-night-only affair. Sun 7 p.m.
Influenced by the golden age of rock ’n’ roll and New Orleans funk, this septet combines steel guitar, brass instruments, and electronics for a one-of-a-kind sound. Since 2007, the band has produced an EP and two full-length albums, including 2012’s City of Sound, which the group plans to re-release with five brand new tracks. Sat 9 p.m.
Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz isn't likely to change your conceptions of modern hip-hop. He chases women, smokes weed and yes, rocks gold necklaces at all times. But, he's in on the joke: Whether bragging about putting cheese on his broccoli or nickels in his penny loafers, he can't help one-upping his own outrageous rhymes. Grab a V.I.P. ticket to meet 2 Chainz in person. Mon 8 p.m.
Ready, set, sculpt. Watch teams of three don shovels and hatchets as they transform eight-by-eight-foot blocks of snow into works of art over the course of five days. Throughout the week, 4th Street will be closed for carriage rides, food vendors, live DJs, and meet and greets with the sculptors. Cast your ballot for your favorite creation starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and stick around until 3 p.m. for the award ceremony. Daily, times vary.
Two legendary careers, resulting in hits such as “Mrs. Robinson” and “Roxanne,” will merge for the first time in an 18-city American tour. Since the late ’60s, Paul Simon—as a solo artist and as part of a duo with Art Garfunkel—has turned out songs that influenced an entire generation. English-born Sting and his band, the Police, put up consistent chart-toppers for more than a decade. Sharing the stage may be easy for this pair, but choosing a setlist from dozens of audience favorites won’t be as simple. Tue 8 p.m.
Although his vintage, Barry White-inspired sound put him on the map, Mayer Hawthorne’s most recent release Where Does This Door Go ditches his throwback vibe for clean, modern tracks, featuring collaborations with Cee-Lo Green and Pharrell Williams. Tue 8 p.m.
This rockin' playdate gives pint-sized Picassos a chance to bring their grown-ups in to jump, shake, and shout about art. Once all the shakes are out, little ones can create their own moveable masterpieces, read stories, and play gallery games. Wed 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Here's a secret for you: Stir fry is one of the easiest and healthiest meals you can whip up. This class shows you how to toss together simple but sophisticated-tasting dishes. On the menu: vegetable fried rice and stir-fried coconut chicken in lettuce cups. Wed 6:30 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day arrives a month early with Celtic Nights. This evening of Irish entertainment combines stepdancing (think Riverdance) with sonorous Celtic music—as well as a few jigging classics, like the Pogues' "Whiskey In The Jar." Wed 7:30 p.m.
Local and national artists manipulate light in this artistic Valentine's weekend exhibition. World-renowned sculpture artist Chris Nelson uses light to interact with viewers on an emotional level, while photographers experiment with light graffiti, and fire dancers perform outside. Thu-Sat 6-9 p.m.
The only round this pageant is missing is the swimsuit competition, and we're sure you won't miss it. In this inaugural face-off, meet the talent behind behind your favorite craft brews—from more than 15 breweries—as they compete for the title of “Master of the Brewniverse.” Contestants include Wynkoop Brewing Co., Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver Beer Co., and more. Enjoy unlimited tastings from the represented companies in this battle of talent and wits. Proceeds benefit the Mile High United Way. Thu 6:30 p.m.
The sounds of old-school and new-school surf rock will share the stage on the eve of Valentine’s Day. After more than 20 years of production hiatus, the Pixies released 2013’s EP1, a four-track sampler featuring a rougher sound in the absence of Kim Deal’s girlish vocals. The group will perform its new sound alongside California pop group, Best Coast. Thu 7 p.m.
After years of silence, the Pixies—who many consider the forefathers of 1980s grunge—released a new song, “Bagboy” in 2013. In the re-emergence, the alternative rock group (if you’re not familiar with the namesake, you might recognize their hit Where Is My Mind), has thus far managed a rarity: to both evolve with the industry and remain true to their favorable mash-up of all things rock. After the loss of their longtime bassist Kim Deal, the four-member band is now on tour once more with Paz Lenchantin as her replacement.
When life lays waste to your best laid schemes, you can wallow in your grief and pain, or you can build anew. SoCal metal quintet Of Mice & Men does just that with a growling, rumbling vengeance on Restoring Force, their latest release. Beneath the snarls, though, hides an emotional side at times softer than a Vaseline hand. Thu 7 p.m.
It's time to leave your talking-through-a-movie pet peeve at the door. As Julia Roberts' ’80s classic—Pretty Woman—plays on the big screen, local professional jokester group the Grawlix takes over the front row breaking up the scenes with its comedic commentary. With Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy, and Adam Orvedahl handling the microphone, there's no telling which the turns this romantic standby will take. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Since students can't spend President's Day weekend scaling Mt. Everest, the Boulder Rock Club is tempting kids with an alternative climbing experience. Campers ages 6-14 will be split into groups according to age and skill level, where they will learn basic safety skills, play games, and of course, climb some rocks. Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mon 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Colorado is approximately 2,500 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula, but distance won't keep us from exploring its vibrant history. As the largest ancient Maya exhibition to be shown in the United States, this display features never-before-seen artifacts and interactive environments from different Mayan cities. Be sure to check out the sacred cave replica, complete with stone carvings and religious objects. Daily 9-5.
Love is in the thin air and on the slopes this Valentine's Day. With the purchase of a lift ticket, single ski bums will be matched up on 11-minute speed dates while riding the gondola to Dercum Mountain's summit. Feel a spark? Enjoy fresh powder with your match and mingle into the evening at 9280' Taphouse's Valentine's Day after-party. Fri 10 a.m.
Ditch the cliché candlelight dinner and red roses. Instead, put on your brightest ’80s gear (think: ski onesies and neon headbands) and head to Breck's Peak 8 for this après party. Get down to tunes spun by DJ CYN and sneak in photo ops with the prom king and queen beside the retro ’80s decorations. Don't have a date? Don't fret. Singles are encouraged to look for love among the mullets and scrunchies. Fri 5 p.m.
-Image courtesy of Vail Resorts.
Two families are faced with a difficult decision when they discover their six-year-olds were switched at birth. Japanese with English subtitles. Daily, times vary.
Spend Valentine's weekend with your one true love: a Colorado ski resort. Bring your significant other along, too, and indulge in a host of romance-filled activities including dinner specials, couples massages, moonlit snowshoeing, and fireworks. Fri-Sun, times vary.
In his day, 88-year old Joe Sarno was a lion of a filmmaker—in soft-core pornography. This documentary tails Sarno for a year as he tries to revive his career in the drastically changed industry. Sat 4 p.m.
The nation's top spiritual song musicians, yogis, and Bhakti guides will unite for this three-day festival focused on holistic wellness. The schedule includes daily yoga classes, cooking workshops, live music, and philosophical seminars. Fri 5-11 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Seoul-based artist Kim Jongku is presenting six large paintings he created during his visiting residency at the University of Colorado Boulder, which were influenced by Colorado's landscape. Jongku grinds down iron rods and affixes the filings to canvas before allowing gravity to control the direction the steel powder moves. The pieces were made during his visiting residency at the University of Colorado Boulder, and were influenced by Colorado's landscape. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Give the babysitter a night off and commit your evening to the ones you really love. This family-oriented carnival features face painting, cotton candy, dancing, and plenty more to warm your child's heart this Valentine's Day. 9News meteorologist Becky Ditchfield will emcee the evening. Fri 6 p.m.
This beloved ballet proves you don't need fame and fortune to find true love. You only need a pumpkin, some mice, and a little bit of magic. The inspirational story has helped generations maintain optimism in the face of oppression. Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Six conflicting, self-defeating dimensions of the male mind personified take the stage in stand-up comic Robert Dubac's acclaimed one-man show. The lover, the luster, the fighter, the Frenchman, the fisherman, and the well-intentioned idiot all appear in search of one simple truth: what women want. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Treat your sweetheart to the romantic sounds of violinist Midori and renowned conductor Mark Wigglesworth. Love and Lust will feature two passionate pieces—Mendlessohn’s Concerto in E Minor and Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde—for a Valentine’s Day evening to remember. Fri 7:30 p.m.
The Colorado Ballet brings this classic fairytale to life with an enchanting theater performance. Watch as your child experiences the kind of magic only a fairy godmother can whip up in a world of wicked stepsisters, glass slippers, and dreams-come-true. Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Spend date night at the Colorado Symphony listening to Felix Mendlessohn's Concerto in E Minor and music from Richard Wagner's dramatic libretto, "Tristan and Isolde." Mendlessohn is considered one of the greatest violin concertos of all time and the Wagner was one of the most influential compositions of the 19th century. This performance features acclaimed Japanese musician Midori Goto, who has been studying violin for nearly four decades. Fri 7:30 p.m.
There is nothing prim and proper about this prom. Dig out your nicest nerdy outfit (think: Batman, Harry Potter, and Princess Leia). If it's geek chic, you can't go wrong. Don't be shy about your dance moves as you enjoy the farewell performance by pop-rock band Bop Skizzum. Founded by former Flobots guitarist Andy Guerreo, the band brings a bright blend of funk, dance, and hip-hop influences. Fri 8 p.m.
Extend your Valentine's date with this midnight screening of a Shakespeare classic. Baz Lurhmann's modern update casts Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo opposite Claire Danes's Juliet in the Los Angeles-esqe city of Verona Beach. Fri-Sat 11:45 p.m.
Round and round they go: More than 16,000 square feet of model railroads will wrap around this legendary train show. Plus, dozens of vendors and demos will be on-hand to give kids a crack at the model-making process. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
You know the Front Range is full of breweries and distilleries, but how about wineries? Explore the area's local wine offerings with Christopher Davies, editor-in-cheif of Wine Country International magazine. This Valentine's weekend tour includes tours and tastings at three wineries, a wine 101 course, and lunch—carefully paired with wines, of course. Sat 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Here's your chance to get a head start on the growing season. Snag inspiration from 14 professionally landscaped gardens, chat with gardening gurus, and explore innovative and energy-efficient products from the best in the business at this nine-day home improvement spectacular. Mon-Fri noon-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Check out a serious side of comic book art with this collection curated by William H. Foster III, a comic book historian, researcher, and collector. Foster has been a consultant and an expert on the historical image of African Americans for CNN and NPR. The exhibit includes comic books, comic strips, action figgures, buttons, statues, trading cards, posters, and original art. Mon noon-8 p.m.; Tue 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed noon-8 p.m.; Thu-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Combining motocross, martial arts, and a little acting—this high-energy circus performance includes fire breathers, stilt walkers, and acrobatic stunts. Watch a motocross crew perform freestyle tricks while attempting to defeat an evil ruler and her army in this choreographed, live action performance. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Boasting "true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties and moonshinin' grandpas," Lindsay Lou's tunes channel American traditional music. This Michigan-based modern bluegrass band integrates swing jazz, folk, and blues elements to their original songs. Nimble banjo notes and smooth vocal harmonies give this group a mellow sound that will transport you straight to an easygoing front porch far from the concert hall. Sat 8 p.m.
As winners of NBC’s reality music competition show The Sing-Off, Pentatonix wowed judges with their dynamic a cappella skill. Performing vocal renditions of hit songs such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” the five-piece group is known for their vocal melodies and beat boxing. Sat 8 p.m.
Picture your average movie poster: a celebrity portrait and a catchy tagline. Not so with this collection of 28 Polish film posters advertising American Westerns such as The Misfits and Oklahoma! Surrealism, symbolism, and bold color schemes made posters one of the country's most celebrated art forms during the country's Communist era. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Forgo the need to become Bridezilla. Simplify your wedding prep with this all-inclusive expo of everything you need to plan your big day. With fashion shows, photographers, florists and more, it should keep your matrimonial beast at bay for the day. Sun noon-4 p.m.
Lanterns were an early version of the modern projector. This collection of glass-mounted images is comprised of delicate, handpainted slides from the early 1900s, featuring luxurious garden scenes of greenery and fountains that used to spring to life when the garden was lit. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Overwhelmed by beer pairing? Let Front Range Brewing Company and local culinary instructor and restaurant consultant Connie Ruel show you how it's done. Indulge in five courses, each carefully paired with various brews from Front Range Brewing. Mon 6:30-8:30 p.m.
According to Dr. Kristin Iverson, people need to know what remains of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant. Listen to the author, as she recounts a childhood spent growing up near the plant, working at the installation, and the decade she spent researching the destructive experience. Tue 1-2 p.m.
Foodies dream about tasting the creations of James Beard–recognized chefs, and now they have a chance to make it a reality. Los Angeles chef, restaurateur, and five-time James Beard Chef of the Year nominee Suzanne Goin is coming to Boulder to whip up a four-course dinner—including wine pairings—based on The A.O.C. Cookbook, a collection of recipes from her famed California eatery, A.O.C. Guests will leave with a signed copy of her newest cookbook. Hurry, though; reservations for this dinner, hosted at Frasca, will surely fill up. Tue, 5:30-10:30 p.m.
In this British film from writer and director Jan Dunn, a young woman named Joanna shocks her family, friends, and boyfriend after telling them she recieved a calling to become a nun. Joanna's time at the convent full of liberal, offbeat nuns causes her to find spiritual fullfillment. Stick around after the film for a Q&A session with Jan Dunn and a reception at the Landmark Theatre bar. Wed 7 p.m.
Looking for a way to bond with your not-so-little one? Join Theatre Esprite Asian for an educational yet captivating performance about the signing of Executive Order 9066. Recounting the life of a rebellious Japanese-American youth, interned during WWII, this compelling performance is bound to please older kids and parents alike. Wed 7-9 p.m.
Tennis pros from yesterday and today go head-to-head in this one-night tournament. Watch as former number one tennis champ Jim Courier battles Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Mark Philippoussis as he tries to avenge his fourth-place finish in the event's 2012 iteration. Wed 7 p.m.
Members of jazz-grass quartet MilkDrive met while competing in the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest, and their sound reflects it. The Austin-based band's emphasis on stringed instruments shines in its timeless acoustic tunes. The Jon Stickley Trio, also of the jazz-grass genre, constant press its picking pace with wildly energetic fiddle and guitar riffs. Fri 8 p.m.
Fifty years ago, the Beatles stormed America with hits like "Love Me Do." To commemorate the anniversary of Beatlemania, chef Paul Reilly has cleverly devised a menu based on the Fab Four's tunes. Try "And Your Bird Can Sing," a Morroccan-style smoked quail and "Yellow Submarine," a coconut sponge cake with citrus curd. Thu 6-10 p.m.
Boulder resident Brad Riley moved to Williston, North Dakota in search of a steady job after an oil boom changed the sleepy town to a bursting economy. But what he found was unexpected. This documentary exposes the social impact of big money in a small town—over-capacitated housing, increase in prostitution and drug rates, and human trafficking. Thu 7 p.m.
Copernicus and the mysteries of the celestial bodies take center stage in this special presentation at Fiske planetarium. Engage in a a Q&A with Pulitzer-nominated author Dava Sobel and enjoy a sneak preview of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's And The Sun Stood Still. Thu 7:30 p.m.
This Iranian-American comic uses his ethnicity—and the racist stereotypes it elicits—as a source for his material. Expect jokes about airports, the media, and what it's really like in Iran. Hint: They have plenty of mundane things worth a laugh, too. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Sat 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
J-Boog's grandmother nicknamed the dance-loving kid "Boogie" and the name stuck. The vocalist now keeps a beat by fusing reggae and R&B. Listen to his smooth and mellow love songs from his 2011 release, Backyard Boogie. Thu 8 p.m.
Rob Reiner's hilarious take on a fairy tale tells the story of beautiful princess Buttercup who is kidnapped and forced to start a war. Her childhood friend Wesley sets out to rescue her, enduring the Cliffs of Insanity, Rodents of Unusual Size, and the Pit of Despair along his journey. Fri-Sat midnight.
Opera star Tito Morelli is slated for a one-night performance of Otello. When he shows up late, people start to panic. But when he takes a few too many tranquilizers to calm his nerves and is presumed dead, things really start to unravel. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
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In a season filled with Olympic-caliber races, there’s one close to home that’s a can’t-miss. Cheer on ski racers from the National Sports Center for the Disabled as they compete in three different contests. Disabled skiers will show off their prowess on the slopes highlighted in the main event, in which the athletes will race head-to-head on parallel courses. Want to support the NSCD’s programs? Raise $100 or more, and you’ll ski on-the-house at Winter Park on February 23 and have access to the après-ski celebrations. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Rashid Johnson’s art started with a simple question: What would happen if a prolific jazz musician, a scientist, and an artist started a community together in the desert? Moving fluidly among the past, present, and future, Johnson uses “historically loaded” materials like shea butter and black soap to explore identity through a series of paintings, sculptures, and installations. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Castles in Colorado? Kick back with an ice-cold cocktail and listen to author Preethi Burkholder share the fascinating tales of Colorado's castles—like Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs and Redstone Castle in Redstone. Fri 6:30-8 p.m.
An SNL alumnus and actor in dozens of movies, Rob Schneider has mastered the role of peripheral character, delivering memorable one liners and earning Emmy nominations for the past 20 years. Recently, he traded in the big screen for the small stage in a return to his stand-up roots. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
A young man recalls his days mired in banality, supporting a mother and sister he would soon abandon. This play, largely autobiographical, helped transition Tennessee Williams from journalism school dropout to literary icon. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Ballet unveils four new works and one re-imagined modern classic in its first show of 2014. Orbit Obstructed explores how uncontrollable events affect our lives and our emotional reactions to those cosmic disruptions. Appalachian Spring, inspired by the 1944 Pulitzer winner, depicts 19th century pioneers as they build a new life. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Hope you're hungry, Denverites. For the city's 10th Restaurant Week, hundreds of participating restaurants throughout the Mile High City will give you a taste of specially prepared, multi-course meals. And this is only the beginning—instead of lasting two weeks like in past years, the event's second week will be held in late August. Daily, times vary.
February doesn’t just mark the dead of winter—it also means your kiddo is most likely launching into full-blown cabin fever mode. Luckily for wary parents, this expo offers little ones a day out, filled with inflatable slides, magic shows, and diaper changing races. Bonus: There will be tons of childcare experts—nannies, college planners, and directors—on site. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nothing like cooling off with a dip at the end of a 5K. Skip City Lake Park and cannonball into a 32-degree pool away from the geese. After the race, enjoy a festival featuring music, food trucks, and a beer garden. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Colorado. Sat 10 a.m.
Every dog owner sees the best in their best friend, but most don’t fit “best in show.” This hilarious and uncoordinated K9 performance truly is a dog show for the rest. Proceeds will benefit Freedom Service Dogs of America—a Denver-based nonprofit that rescues dogs and trains them to serve people with disabilities. Sat 1-5 p.m.
Who knew that juggling could lead to opening for Jerry Seinfeld and Ray Charles? Mark Nizer combines his passion for this unexpected talent with original choreography and laser beams in his one-man comedic performance. Don’t miss Nizer’s most shock-inducing juggling act containing a burning propane tank, electric carving knife, and bowling ball. Sat 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
This compilation of short, independent films documents the skill and passion behind fly-fishing. Hosted by Kirk Deeter, editor of TROUT Magazine and editor-at-large of Field and Stream, the event also includes a trout photography exhibit and a chance for outdoor enthusiasts to bid on fishing gear at a silent auction. Sat 5:30 p.m.
Get back to your Rocky Mountain roots and party with a purpose at this soirée to benefit the Tennyson Center—a Denver K-12 school and treatment center for children suffering from abuse and neglect. In addition to a catered barbeque dinner, beer, wine, and well drinks, Nashville star JT Hodges and Mile High favorite Walker Williams will perform. Sat 6 p.m.
When it comes to Mardi Gras, Louisiana State alumni know how to throw down. With Southern food, an open bar, and New Orleans' own outrageous cover band, Bag of Donuts, LSU grads are pulling out all the stops for Denver this year. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Sat 8 p.m.-midnight.
All those times you took the stairs instead of the elevator at work are about to pay off. The American Lung Association is challenging Coloradans with healthy lungs to put them to the test in support of those without healthy lungs. Participants will conquer Denver's tallest skyscraper by climbing its 56 flights of stairs solo or with a team to help fight lung disease. Sun 8 a.m.
Strap on your sparkly red shoes for a musical journey through Judy Garland’s classic films. Jazz vocalist Hilary Kole pays tribute to the late 20th century icon by performing numbers from Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz, and more. Sun 2 p.m.
This week-long celebration is your portal into a vibrant culture more than 6,000 miles away. The 11th annual BaoBao Festival brings performers from all over the world to Colorado to portray and honor West African theater—including story-telling, song and dance, and traditional garb. Days, times vary.
Opposites attract in this display by two local artists. Rebecca Vaughan and Theresa Anderson use a variety of mediums in their sculptures and paintings, all of which investigate the unpredictable natures of biology and sexuality. Explore the juxtaposition between Anderson’s relaxed sculptures with Vaughan’s composed figures in these brand new sets of work. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Art by Theresa Anderson
Although the summer floods are months behind us, the Flood Project continues its work to restore the affected Boulder communities. Collecting special recipes from locals, chef Hosea Rosenberg has created an inspired menu for this collaborative fund-raiser. From comfort food classics to green chile, expect dishes as diverse as the community they come from. Mon 6:30 p.m.
Denver Film Society honors the late Philip Seymour Hoffman with a special screening of 1999's Flawless. Known for his success in transformative acting roles, Hoffman plays a drag queen assigned to give a homophobic police officer (Robert DeNiro) singing lessons. Mon 7 p.m.
No ordinary practice stage will do for the stars of Tao: Phoenix Rising; these athletic yet graceful performers were sent to the mountains of Japan to train for this unique show. Explosive Taiko drumming sets the pace as the Tao performers fuse physical strength with precise movements and modern costumes for a fiery show. Mon 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Touch, smell, dig. Sense is the name of the game for this hands-on sediments class. Tiny tikes, ages 18 months-6 years, will get a chance to sift through the dirt, while they investigate rocks and the various plants that live among them. Tue 9:30 a.m, 10:45 a.m.; Wed 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.; Thu 9:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.
Muga Winery in La Rioja, Spain, produces some of the world's most requested wines. Third-generation winemaker Juan Muga will select a wine-pairings for a menu prepared by head chef Steve Redzikowski. Dishes include Spanish grilled octopus and chorizo-stuffed quail. Tue 6-10 p.m.
A chance encounter at a recording studio became a day for the rock 'n' roll history books. This musical tells the true story of the one-time jam session between rock icons Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
It's time to drink for a good cause. Sample cocktails and wines along with treats from Serendipity Catering and Big Fat Cupcakes. All proceeds benefit Bessie's Hope, an organization that seeks to improve quality of life for elders in nursing homes and assisted living. Feeling extra generous?
This time of year in Colorado, each spring-like day feels like a tease—since we all know winter isn’t ready to surrender just yet. Warm up like our friends a little closer to the Gulf. Hop in the car—take the kids, too—and head northeast to Steamboat Springs for their six-day long Mardi Gras in the mountains. Don’t miss the beer garden and Saturday afternoon's cajun crawfish boil in Gondola Square.
Deborah Bryon creates ethereal, spiritual paintings. Previous works were inspired by studying with high shamans in Peru, resulting in paintings with a lot of white and bird-inspired figures. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Take a journey to the border with this collection of photographs documenting frontier zones. David Taylor's pieces show hundreds of historic monuments along the border between Mexico and the United States. Ignacio Evangelista's photographs explore abandoned border crossing points throughout the European Union. Wed-Sat noon-6 p.m.
For many Coloradans, a day at an outdoor sporting show is like putting a kid in a candy store. Browse the rows of RVs, boats, and outdoor products and accessories at the largest outdoor recreation show in the region. Thu-Fri noon-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Go behind the conductor's baton at an adult version of Inside the Orchestra's music education classes. Sit in the pit and listen to a group of professional strings, brass, percussion, and woodwinds musicians perform while enjoying food and libations throughout the night. Thu 6 p.m.
Denver is the first city outside of New York to host this experimental video art and dining experience. Twenty-four-foot screens create a cube-like space in which diners partake in three or five course meals from local venues like the Populist and Noble Swine. Watch Museum of Contemporary Art curated films by artists from around the globe (half are Colorado-based). Tue-Sat 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Dozens of local and international artists convene to create one of the Rocky Mountain region's only Jewish art festivals. More than half the artists hail from the Holy Land, which serves as inspiration for the artwork for sale. Calligraphy, copper, fibers, and fine jewelry make up only a portion of the media on display. Thu 7-10 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat 7-11 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Now in its second year, this film festival returns with comedies, dramas, and documentaries centering on the Jewish experience. Entries include When Comedy Went to School, a documentary about comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield and, others. Days, times vary.
What began as a five-piece garage metal band in the mid-'90s has grown into a phenomenon with a global fan base. Fifteen years later, Lamb of God has sold millions of albums, garnered four Grammys, and have two platinum-selling DVDs. As The Palaces Burn began as a film about the connection between metal fans worldwide, but took a turn when frontman Randy Blythe was arrested for manslaughter after the death of a fan in the Czech Republic. The ensuing drama left fans and onlookers on the edge of their seats. Thu 8 p.m.
New Orleans has a lot more to offer than just jambalaya and gumbo. Tune in to the soulful sounds of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Pimps of Joytime straight from the Pelican State. Both bands combine jazzy brass instrumental interludes with a '60s funk vibe. Thu 9 p.m.
Thirty years after the debut of his seminal film, Koyaanisquatsi, Godfrey Reggio has returned with another visceral look at humanity. Shot in black and white 4K projection with no dialogue, Reggio--with the help of Steven Soderbergh, Philip Glass, and Jon Kane--holds a mirror up to the human race and examines our relationship with technology in the modern age. Fri times vary.
Sometimes good things come in small packages. In this case, it’s a show full of petite pieces by 15 artists featuring mediums such as oil, porcelain, and charcoal. With landscapes, still lifes, and more, there's something for everyone. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
What's the secret to an unforgettable cocktail party? Crowd-pleasing small plates and large-batch cocktails—so you can mix ahead of time and mingle during the soirée. Cocktail crafter Sean Kenyon of Williams and Graham will give an overview of mixology and show you the best drinks to pair with the hors d'oeuvres. Fri 6-9:30 p.m.
If you missed Steep Canyon Rangers at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, this is your chance to see them a little closer to home (sans their famous bandmate Steve Martin). The group is out playing songs off their newest album, Tell the Ones I Love, released in 2013. You're in for a full, warm sound blending foot-stomping Americana roots and storytelling lyrics with banjo and feisty fiddles. Local band Trout Steak Revival opens. Fri 8:30 p.m.
—Photo Credit Jacob Blickenstaff
Two young sisters and a group of goblin fruit dealers make an odd coupling in this musical tale of temptation. Drawing on Christina Rossetti's 1862 poem of the same name, Goblin Market is often interpreted as an expression of feminist politics and a criticism of Victorian gender issues. All it's lacking is a magic ring and a hobbit or two. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.
In the era of special effects and action-packed film, it’s hard to imagine a time when the theater experience was a silent one. Rewind the clock and indulge a different side of your senses by heading to the Denver Silent Film Festival. The fest seeks to inspire thought through silent film, and recognize the genre as an important part of our societal and cinematic history.
An unwed, childless woman with a history of mental illness spends her days caring for her deceitful mother. When a glimpse of a different life reveals itself, mom unleashes a wide range of devious tricks to deny her daughter happiness and keep her in their isolated Irish cottage. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Watch this San Francisco-based five-piece play progressive bluegrass tunes. Hot Buttered Rum has spent a good amount of touring time at big-name festivals such as Bonnaroo and SXSW. String Cheese Incident's founding member and acoustic guitarist Bill Nershi will open the show. Fri 9 p.m.