01/2014

Colorado Music Hall of Fame Induction Concert

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:33am

Rock out with the newest inductees of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Expect interviews with and performances from the honorees, including Poco, Firefall, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as well as a tribute to Stephen Stills/Manassas. Stop by the pre-concert gala to meet the bands and glimpse archival photographs from the Colorado Music Hall of Fame’s past events. Fri 7 p.m.

YogaHour

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:46am

Channel your inner zen with this crash course in yoga. In one weekend, Darren Rhodes, founder of Tucson-based YogaHour, will walk you through what he calls a “periodic table” of poses. Work through all 200 with several classes, each focusing on a different type of movement such as standing poses, arm balances, back bends, twists, and forward folds. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Fairytale Weekend at Snow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:29am

Live out a storybook vacation with this slate of fantastical events. Activities include snowshoe hikes, a jousting and archery tournament, juggling lessons, and a family crest and shield-making class. All these extra experiences are included for guests of the ranch. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Fracture: Cubism & After

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:25pm

The discipline of Cubism rejected traditional concepts, like the idea that art should imitate nature. Instead, the cubists emphasized the two-dimensionality of the canvas, splitting and reassembling their images into "little cubes.” Fracture features 14 cubist paintings, including “Nature Morte,” a 1914 work by Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein’s 1976 painting “The Violin.” Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rock Poster Exhbit

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:39pm

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.

Six Faces of Eve

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:44pm

What does being woman mean? Six female artists explore this question with various artworks representing femininity. Themes range from sexuality to cultural myths, in mediums including photography, sculpture, and textiles. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

—The ceramic sculpture shown is by Leona Lazar

Three Person Show

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:50am

If the sleek, vintage look of AMC’s Mad Men had an art exhibit, it would be the Three Person Show of Jim Beckner, Stephanie Hartshorn, and Robert Spooner. Whether it’s Beckner’s scenes of suburbia, Hartshorn’s recreation of classic billboards, or Spooner’s oil paintings of city and natural landscapes, this is a trio that won’t disappoint. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Widespread Panic

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 1:18pm

Though Southern jamband Widespread Panic have scarcely been off the road long enough to record a followup to their last album, 2010's Dirty Side Down, they've been prolific in their live album releases. But nothing's better than experiencing the music in-person. Don't miss their three-night stand at Red Rocks, any of which could make for a future live LP. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.

Farm Dinner at Lyons Farmette

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 1:12pm

Local food lovers, get ready for an al fresco dining experience on the farm. Chef Alec Schuler of Arugula and Tangerine will team up with Lyons Farmette to serve a multi-course, farm-to-table dinner. Grab a local libation and sip while you stroll through the gardens of the Farmette. Proceed benefit the Local Food Shift to help increase local food production. Wed 6-9 p.m.

5280 Shops Day

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:42am

Have a thrify Thursday at select Denver stores with 5280 Shops. For one day only, take 15 percent off your purchase at local boutiques like Alchemie, the Garment District, and Heloise. Once you've shopped yourself silly, drop by Patxi's Pizza for a free glass of champagne and 15 percent off your meal. Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cooking Cool

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:17am

Chef Jeff Bolton shares his southwestern culinary creations and techniques for a special demonstration and tasting. Get a look at how some signature dishes like guacamole, salsa, and ceviche are made at Kachina. Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer or wine with the Mexican-inspired cuisine. Reservations required. Thu 6-8 p.m.

Top Taco Denver

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:47pm

It’s time to name the main hombre in the Denver taco business. More than 20 local restaurants—including the Moontower Tacos and Pinche Tacos—will compete in this competition for the best taco (traditional and creative) and best margarita. Vote for best while sampling unlimited bites and sips from contestants. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Epic Brewing Beer Dinner

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:24am

Taste your way through summer’s flavors in a five-course collaborative beer dinner. A team of chefs will prepare each course with pairings from Epic Brewing Company. Special brews include Epic’s Barley Wine Ale and Escape to Colorado IPA. Enjoy selections of salmon, wild board sausage, branzino, quail, and chocolate cremeux at the sumptuous seasonal dinner. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Brewers' Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:41am

This isn’t your typical beer festival. Sample seasonal, specialty, small batch, and rare brews from all corners of the state. Breweries like Ska Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, and more will be pouring their best beers for your tasting. Festivalgoers will also have a chance to meet the brewers as well as attend an educational “beer school.” Fri, 6-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Common Kings

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 1:17pm

This Reggae, rock, and R&B foursome bring their Cali state-of-mind to Denver with the Coconut Whiskey tour. The feel-good vibes from the Common Kings wave from its 2013 EP, Summer Anthems. Unfamiliar with Common Kings, thinks of the modern acoustic rhythms like Rebelution and J Boog, and you'll be ready to let your hair down at this perfect summer show. Fri 9 p.m.

Cruiser Rocks in Wash Park

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:02am

This leisurely two-wheeled street parade combines bars and biking (within legal limits) for the perfect Saturday activity. The ride starts at the Pub on Pearl and then participants gallivant around the Wash Park neighborhood—stopping at bars, playing games, and raising funds to benefit the Love Hope Strength Foundation's mission to build the bone marrow donor registry at concerts and events. 21+. Sat noon.

—Image Courtesy of Shutterstock

The Wizard of Oz

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:24pm

Click the heels of your ruby red slippers three times and travel down a yellow brick road of nostalgia. The 1939 classic about Dorothy and her dog Toto is showing as part of the Aurora Arts Festival. The film will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Donnie Betts. Sat 1 p.m.

Finding Nemo

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 3:15pm

Looking for the perfect way to cap off a big Saturday out with the kids? Put your feet up under the stars in Skyline Park and watch this Disney classic on a massive outdoor screen. As long as you have a leash, you can bring pets along too. This screening is free and open to the public, so make sure to get there early for the best seats. Sat 8 p.m.

Kevin Mac

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 1:18pm

A gig radio DJ in Virginia was just preparation for Kevin Mac. His time on the outskirts of the performing community paid off in 2008 when Mac opened for country superstar, Kenny Chesney. Whether it's a cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel" or one of his original boot-stomping ballads like "It Likes Me Too," Mac's got country-rock twang in spades—perfect for a summer night. Sat 8 p.m.

Sports Authority Football Field Day

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:25am

Your kid ever dream of being a Denver Bronco? If they want to play like a Bronco, they have to train like the blue and orange. Sports Authority is hosting two training sessions on the home turf at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Let your kids channel their inner Peyton Manning or DeMarcus Ware as they run through stations to improve passing, catching, running, tackling and more. Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free Family Movie Day

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 4:14pm

The last Sunday of the month means Free Movie Day at McNichols Civic Center. June is family month, so grab the kids and get ready for a double header of Finding Nemo and the recent hit, The Lego Movie. Couches and chairs are provided, but if you're feeling a bit adventurous, bring some blankets and pillows from home for front row floor seating. Don't miss face painting before the movies start. Sun noon.

The Fast and the Furious

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 4:30pm

Push the pedal to the metal and hear the roar of engines echo off Red Rock's canyon walls as The Fast and the Furious speeds into the Film on the Rocks series. This is the original installment in what has become one of the most successful action franchises and launched the careers of Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. Tue 8 p.m.

Paul Sietsema: Films and Works

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 8:06pm

How do you capture the idea of visual art? Paul Sietsema explores this complicated subject with his films, paintings, and drawings that look at art production and the history of different aesthetic movements. Included in these works are some of Sietsema’s paintings showcasing his unique multi-layered production technique. Tue-Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Paul Sietsema and Matthew Marks Gallery

Art is Freedom

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:52am

Celebrate Chicano and Latino culture this month with Art is Freedom, an eclectic exhibition at CHAC Gallery. Experience Darlene Kuhne's voluptuous figures and the dark and seductive beauty of Shay Guerrero’s female portraits, along with works from sveen artists. Days, times vary.

Wanderlust

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:34pm

This weekend is ripe for those that desire outdoor adventure and exercise. Not only is this event the perfect way enjoy the 4th of July in Aspen, but it’s also paired with numerous opportunities to infuse culture, exercise, and meditation into your stay. From a sunrise hike to a rocking pool party, Wanderlust’s wide range of options will fill your day with mind-settling yoga, food, and activities. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Photo Courtesy of Sasha Juliard

South Park 420 Music Festival

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:04am

Spend your 4th of July weekend with 70 musical acts at the first music festival of its kind in scenic Fairplay. Catch MCs like Matisyahu and Tech N9ne along with bands like Thundercat and Steel Pulse over the extended weekend. Take a break between sets with disc golf, yoga, and a few jumps on the Moon Bounce, or simply enjoy a good old fashion fireworks display on Independence Day. Thu-Sat, all day.

Karen Scharer

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:39am

Lyons-based abstract expressionist Karen Scharer returns to the Art + Soul Gallery for the first time since last fall's devestating flood. More than 20 paintings will be on display at her solo exhibition, including some never-before-seen works composed after the disaster took place. Drop by on July 10 for a reception with Scharer, featuring light refreshments. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Independence Eve

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:20am

Illuminate your night with a light show and fireworks display to kickoff Independence Day weekend. Show up early with your blankets and beach towels, then stay after sunset for the show and music from the Hazel Miller Band, MIX, and the Denver Municipal Band. Want the VIP experience? Get your $75 ticket to the exclusive Independence Eve Balcony Party. Thu 8 p.m.

Earn Your Independence

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:25am

Bump, set, and spike your way into the July 4th holiday. Get moving with amateur and advanced volleyball tournaments as well as a 5K and a one-mile run/walk. The celebration will have food vendors, a beer garden, and live music. Proceeds from beer sales benefit Your Cause Sports, a nonprofit dedicated to charitable giving through endurance events. Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:07am

Experience the world of Denver's visual, culinary, and performing arts as they convene for Cherry Creek's signature, three-day festival. Get your hands in on the creativity with a collaborative mural on Artivity Avenue—an interactive, artistic experience that is open to all attendees. Beer, wine, and cocktails will be available from favorites like Breckenridge Brewery, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and Crafthouse Cocktails. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 

Mike Giant

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 7:53pm

Hieroglyphics aren’t just for Egyptians and ancient cave dwellers anymore. Tattoo artist Mike Giant combines modern iconic pictures and phrases in his collage-like ink drawings. With local images—think the Colorado Avalanche and “303” symbols—in almost all of his works, Giant’s drawings capture the youthful spirit of Denver. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Mike Giant

Under the Sun Tour

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 1:57pm

In Colorado, a Blues Traveler show is as much of a Fourth of July tradition as apple pie and fireworks. This year, the bluesy jam band will be joined by fellow chart-toppers of the ’90s—Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, and Uncle Kracker. Expect to hear songs you probably haven't heard in a couple decades, including Smash Mouth's "All Star" and Sugar Ray's "Fly." Fri 6 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Red Rocks

VegFest Colorado

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 2:08pm

As the adage goes, you are what you eat. At this two-day health and environment fair, find out how adapting a vegan diet can change the way you look and feel. Listen to speakers such as National Jewish Health cardiologist Dr. Andrew Freeman talk about the benefits of the vegan diet, sample health foods from local vendors, watch documentaries about the obesity epidemic such as Processed People, and work up a sweat at a Tai Chi demo. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.

—Photo courtesy Fox Renard

Rodents of Unusual Size

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 8:13pm

Celebrating a decade of short-form improve, this Denver comedy troupe is offering a free show suitable for all audiences. Be warned, though: Most shows feature fun (and hilarious) skits that call for audience participation. Sat 10 a.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Blu Hartkopp

Boulder Summer Reggae Festival

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:10am

Keep the 4th of July rolling on Saturday with a full day of roots rock reggae and barbecue. Groove with bands like Judge Roughneck, Irie Still, and Jus Goodie, or play lawn games like cornhole and giant Jenga. If the summer sun is too hot, dip your toes in nearby Boulder Creek. Sat noon-8:30 p.m.

Samuel Adams Brew & View

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:21am

Libations and laughs will ensue at a summer party with Samuel Adams Beer. Lawn games and live music from the Gin Doctors lead off the night, followed by a screening of Wedding Crashers. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve a spot for you and your friends to have some brews with a view. Sat 6 p.m.

At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:22pm

A woodblock print is made by carefully carving a pattern into a wooden block and using it to stamp a design onto a material such as cloth or silk. Through these artifacts, you can see the distinct cultural changes that have occurred in Japan over a 100-year time period. The 20th-century prints focus on technological advances as well as a changing Japanese landscape. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Tempest

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:18am

Shakespeare's final play comes to life like you've never seen it before. This magical, maritime tale of love and revenge will be performed all month long at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. The story's monsters and spirits will feel especially chilling under a full moon on July 12 and August 10. Days, times vary.

The Pearl Street Mile

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:30am

Did you indulge in too many brats over the Fourth of July weekend? Burn some calories at the Pearl Street Mile run/walk through downtown Boulder. Set a new personal record and then celebrate at the weekly outdoor music party, Band on the Bricks, which will begin immediately following the race. Each race entry nets you a free beer at the beer garden or a free ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. Wed 6:30-9 p.m. 

Half-Cocked

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:28pm

Worldwide, the chicken is often used but seldom celebrated. Fort Collins-based pop/folk artist Kort Duce gives the popular fowl its due with this clean and colorful painting series in his first solo show in Colorado. Duce's paintings showcase the chicken's almost mythic ubiquity in our lives—eggs, feathers, and all. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

Memories

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:23am

“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us,” said the author and poet Oscar Wilde. Find out what that diary looks like at CORE New Art Space’s open show Memories. The gallery accepted entries featuring a wide array of media in its challenge to visually interpret the concept of memory. Thu noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-6 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.

Colorado Mountain Club Presents: DamNation

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:39am

A century ago, dams were seen as engineering marvels. But, some views have changed. This Patagonia-produced powerful documentary uses stunning cinematography to explore the harsh realities of dams and their ecological repercussions. Thu 7 p.m.

Colorado Black Arts Festival

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:50pm

For nearly three decades, the Colorado Black Arts Festival has promoted the artistic talents African Americans from Denver and beyond. Listen for lively music on three stages including jazz, blues, and gospel performances. Kids will enjoy the Saturday morning Boogaloo Celebration Parade, a musical street party, drill teams, and floats. Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Biergarten Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:08pm

Lay out your lederhosen and bring out your steins—it’s time for a German-style beer festival. This three-day event offers Bavarian brews from Paulaner Brauerei and Hacker Pschorr Beers, as well and plenty of fine German food. Enjoy music from Rick Borger and the Average German Band along with Austrian Connection. Get there early on Sunday for an all-you-can-eat brunch. Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Jayme Stone

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sat, 07/05/2014 - 2:46pm

Throughout the summer, the Clyfford Still Museum and Swallow Hill Music are hosting three outdoor concerts on the museum's lawn. In its second installment, listen to Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone as he plays a mix of instumental folk, jazz, and chamber music inspired by world travel. Expect to hear songs influenced by African street music from the two-time Juno Award winner (read: the Canadian Grammys). Fri 5:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Clyfford Still Museum

Entity

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:47pm

The human body has long been a subject of many artistic pieces, yet never ceases to provide inspiration. Denver artists Dawn Witter and Leah Swenson introduce both of their unique perspectives at the psychological and emotional experience of occupying a body. Multiple mediums will be represented including sculpture, ceramics, and wax. Fri 6-10 p.m. 

New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Tour

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sat, 07/05/2014 - 2:43pm

When New Belgium says that "having fun" is one of their top 10 core values, they mean it. This festival pairs the Fort Collins brewery's staple and seasonal beers with independent short films submitted by filmmakers from around the world. Grab a blanket or lawn chairs and cozy up to a night beneath the stars to watch films and drink New Belgium brews such as the sour brown La Folie and the bright German pilsner Summer Helles. All proceeds benefit local nonprofits in each of the 21 cities throughout the tour. Fri 8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing 

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:24am

Steamboat Springs plays host to the most colorful weekend of the year when dozens of hot air balloons float into the mountain sky. Watch balloon pilots dip their baskets into Bald Eagle Lake or soar until they become tiny specks of color at this summertime staple. Children can burn energy at the kid zone while parents meander through the nearby Art in the Park exhibit. As the sun sets, head back to the mountain area for Balloon Glow, where illuminated balloons fill up the night sky. Sat-Sun, times vary.

The Incredibles

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:55am

The world needs more superheros. Consider this your kids’ call to action: The Incredibles, Pixar’s beloved crime-fighting family, is featured on the big screen at The Wildlife Experience Museum’s Family Film Night. Superhero Training Camp, with crafts and games, start before the film, and the movie rolls at 5 p.m. Come dressed to impress in your favorite superhero costume. Sat 3:30 p.m.

Beauty Amidst the Madness

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 5:08pm

Art begets art. Such is the case with Jennifer Kenyon’s book of haikus Beauty Amidst the Madness, a collection of 20 poems along with the art that served as its inspiration. The artwork was produced by talented Colorado artists like Jennifer Bobola, Kendra Fleischman, and more. Their work, along with Kenyon’s poetry, will be the featured presentation at Backstage Coffee and Denver Performing Art Complex’s new exhibit. Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m.

 

Mile High International Pastel Exhibit

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:38pm

Some of the best pastel painting our state has to offer is currently on display at Denver Public Library. Tour the exhibit to see stunning Colorado landscapes reinterpreted into lush pastel textures. Special art demonstrations take place every other Sunday. Naturalistic landscape painter Dennis Rhoades will stop by on August 10, while impressionistic artist Jane Christie will talk about her unique understanding of color and light on August 24. Mon-Sat, times vary.

Game Changer

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:06pm

Art and athleticism collide in this exhibit spotlighting the modern world of sports. Twenty-one works from 12 artists will explore themes such as structural social behavior and isolation in a variety of sports including baseball, soccer, and ping-pong. Different mediums, from painting to installation, will be featured. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

DeVotchka and the Colorado Symphony

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:37am

Watch in awe as contemporary and classical music are beauituflly merged at a venue that is just as inspiring. The already melodic music of Denver-based quartet DeVotchKa is complimented by the orchestral mastery of the Colorado Symphony at this one-of-a-kind show. The Colorado Symphony will also play with opener Gregory Alan Isakov, a South African singer-songwriter who made his Symphony debut last year at a sold-out Red Rocks show. The soulful Colorado-based folk band Elephant Revival will precede Isakov. Thu 7:30 p.m.

The Big Eat

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 7:56pm

One ticket lands you a reservation with more than 35 of Denver’s hottest independent restaurants at this night celebrating the city’s growing food scene. Sample unlimited bites at booths featuring eateries like Wynkoop Brewing Company, Ace Eat Serve, and Euclid Hall—all while you enjoy live music. Then, wash it all down with three different cocktails, wine, and craft beer. Thu 7:30-10:30 p.m.

-Photograph courtesy of the Big Eat

Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz Invitational Scramble

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:15am

Play a round of 18 holes for the kids. Proceeds from the event benefit Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz give toys to underprivileged girls and work to relieve the financial burden that keeps many young women from living a happy, healthy life. The entry fee includes breakfast, a barbecue lunch, and drinks. Fri 8 a.m.

University of Denver’s Chamberlin Observatory 120th Anniversary Celebration

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:52am

Throw on your best “steam punk” costume and head to Observatory Park this weekend for a chance to gaze through a century-old telescope. The University of Denver's historic Chamberlin Observatory was erected 120 years ago; in celebration the Denver Astronomical Society and DU are hosting this family-friendly event complete with photo opportunities, kids activities, astronomy lectures, and workshops. Head back to the park at 8:30 p.m. when the observatory will reopen for a night of stargazing. All donations benefit Chamberlin Observatory. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Evergreen Summer Fest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:53am

Brews and tunes fill the Evergreen mountain air at this two-day festival. More than 100 artists from across the country offer arts and crafts for you to peruse and purchase while sipping on some Colorado craft brews from Prost Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, and more. High-energy acoustic numbers from Joe Bye and Friends as well as Colorado rockers, Kamikazi Klones provide the soundtrack for the evening. Be sure to catch the battle of the bands and air guitar contests. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Jo Dee Messina

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:57am

Hot off the release of her newest album, ME, country superstar Jo Dee Messina visits the new Centennial Center Park stage for a night of good ol' fun. A comfortable summer evening provides the perfect setting to relax on the open lawn with friends and family and groove to Messina's feel-good tunes. Sat 5 p.m.

Dining Al Fresco

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:27am

Dine beneath the twinkling lights of Larimer Square. The award-winning restaurants of the historic block are extending their patios into the streets and inviting you to enjoy an evening of happy hour, dinner, and live music. Drop into Green Russell for a craft cocktail then swing by Bubu for a bite. Sat 5 p.m. 

Salt on the Rim

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:31am

Enjoy a festive summer evening outside with tequila, ice, limes, and good company. Vote on your favorite cocktail in the margarita challenge, which pits bartenders' recipes against each other. Later, grab a churro from the four stations of authentic Mexican cuisine and dance to the multi-genred Diamond Orchestra. Proceeds benefit the Kempe Foundation, a nonprofit that aids abused and neglected children. Sat 5-10 p.m.

The Music of Harry Potter

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:55am

Witch, wizard, muggle all are welcome at the The Music of Harry Potter, a tour de Hogwarts courtesy of the Colorado Symphony. This special performance of music inspired by the Harry Potter films features the tunes of famed film composer John Williams, who in addition to his work with Harry Potter, created the scores for Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

 

Science on Tap

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:33am

Experimental brews flow from Denver Beer Co.’s taps at this tasting event. Learn about the science of Colorado’s craft brews from Dr. Nicole Garneau, curator of human health at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, while sampling special beers made with wild yeast collected in Denver’s own City Park. Nosh on food from Über Sausage, Basic Kneads Pizza, and Peteybird Ice Cream. Don’t miss the one-off specialty beers and educational experience. Mon 5:30-9 p.m.

Foreigner/Styx

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:57am

Thirty years ago, Foreigner had a number one hit with "I Want to Know What Love Is" off the 1984 album Agent Provocateur. The boys are still rocking today and they’re taking their British-American brand of rock ’n’ roll to Fiddler’s Green as part of the Soundtrack of Summer Tour. You may have heard of their touring partners, Styx. Domo arigato Fiddler’s Green, domo arigato. Tue 6:30 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Bil Bernstein

 

The Voice Tour

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:37pm

We hate to see contestants from The Voice get voted off the popular music television show, but here's your chance to see them in-person. Performing artists include season five winner Tessane Chin, whose island-tinged major-label debut album hit shelves last month, season one chanteuse Dia Frampton, and many more. Keep an ear out for Denver's own Biff Gore, who made a deep run in the show's most recent season. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Touch-a-Truck

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 2:59pm

Treat your little Tonka truck collector to a day behind the wheel of life-size big rigs, fire engines, police cars, Zamboni's, RTD buses, tractors, and helicopters. This family-friendly event features monster truck rides, a bounce house, obstacle courses, face-painting, and meet-and-greets with Denver's police and firemen. Refuel with food truck fare from Basic Kneads Pizza, BTO Frozen Yogurt, and SAJ Mediterranean Xpress. Sat 9 a.m.

—Image courtesy of Highlands Ranch Community Association

Mallets for Melanoma

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:10am

Colorado sees 130 percent the national average rate of death due to skin cancer, so melanoma prevention is a particularly important issue in these parts. Bring your family and watch from a picnic blanket or lawn chair as professional polo players duke it out at the Colorado Melanoma Foundation's second annual Mallets for Melanoma event. Food trucks provide nourishment throughout the day, and the tournament ends with a show from The Platte River Pickers bluegrass band. Proceeds benefit melanoma research, awareness, education and advocacy in Colorado. Sat 2-9 p.m.

Denver Trash Fish Dinner

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:09pm

Don't ditch the fish just because you don't know it's name. Seven award-winning chefs—including Kyle Mendenhall of the Kitchen, Kelly Whitaker of Basta and Cart Driver, and the Squeaky Bean's own Theo Adley—and local fish purveyor Seattle Fish Co. will host a dinner at the Squeaky Bean using lesser known fish such as Asian Carp and Porgy. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Chefs Collaborative, a national nonprofit working to educate chefs about the broken food system. Mon 6-10 p.m. 

Summerland Tour

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:50pm

Miss the ’90s? Grab your flannel shirt and Chuck Taylors as the Summerland Tour brings four of the decade's great alternative rock bands to Denver. Catch Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Space Hog, and Everclear, who're prepping Invisible Stars, their first studio album in six years. Thu 8 p.m.

Redshift

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:38am

Artist Donny Dixon's mixed media work employs flames and ashes as well as oil paint to portray what he considers the most captivating force in the world: fire. His new exhibit, Redshift, plays with the idea of fire as both a giver and a destroyer of life. Stop by on August 15 for a reception with the artist. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.

HIGHer

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:46am

Unless you’re King Joffrey sitting atop the Iron Throne, your desk chair is probably less than thrilling. But as art tends to show, you can find beauty in everything. Artist Lamecia Landrum explores this concept in her new body of work, which includes rustic “found treasure” chair constructions. These stunning pieces are a far cry from their distant cousin, your office chair.

 

Colorado Day Celebration

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 9:28pm

Happy birthday, Colorado! Celebrate the Centennial State's 138th birthday with local food and live entertainment. This two-day event features American Indian dance by Seven Falls Dancers, state songs performed by the Arvada Chorale, and a farmer's market offering locally-sourced jams, baked goods, and produce. Learn more about our state's rich history with free admission to the Byers-Evans House Museum built in 1883. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.

—Photo courtesy Shutterstock

Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:08am

Cyclists hop in the saddle for an alpine road ride of the 78-mile Copper Triangle course. The course takes cyclists through Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass, and Vail Pass for an elevation gain of 6,000 feet. Participants enjoy a post-ride party of lunch along with prizesand a cycling expo. Don’t miss the Friday night street party in Burning Stones Plaza. Fri 4-8 p.m.; Sat 5:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Barenaked Ladies

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:14pm

With an arsenal of catchy new songs from last year's hit album Grinning Streak, this Canadian pop-rock quartet comes this weekend to perform under the setting Denver sun. The group is bound to play favorites such as "One Week" and "If I Had $1,000,000," which have been staples of pop radio for nearly two decades. Fri 6:30 p.m.

Leftapalooza

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:38am

Debate over the greatest band of all time will rage on forever, but Leftapalooza settles the battle for the greatest tribute band in Colorado. Bands will include Message in a Bottle (The Police), My Blue Sky (The Allman Brothers), Hey, Lady! (The B-52s), The Fab 4 (The Beatles), and others. Hosted by the Left Hand Brewing Company to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, “Hey Jude,” “Take it Easy” and “Stairway to Heaven” will rock a Saturday full of food, beer, and a special kids area. Sat noon.

Image Courtesy of Left Hand Brewing Company

Beards and Beers Party

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:35am

Show off your best beard at a celebration of everyone’s favorite facial hair. The Colorado Beard Club has teamed up with Keep Denver Beard, Colorado Beard and Mustache Collective, and more to throw a party featuring food, drinks, music from DJ Tower, and—of course—a beard and mustache competition. Proceeds benefit Family Homestead, a nonprofit that helps families facing homelessness. Sat 3-7 p.m.

Sesh Fest

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:08pm

A low alcohol content doesn’t mean session beers lack on taste. Discover this crisp and unique style of craft beer—containing less than five percent alcohol by volume—in a festival featuring brews from more than 20 Colorado breweries including a new beer from Ska Brewing Co., the Rudie Session IPA. General admission tickets include six tastes, with the opportunity to go unlimited for ten bucks more. Sat 3-7 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Sesh Fest

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:46pm

 After three decades of music, Motley Crue’s final tour is upon us. The fellas who brought us “Dr. Feelgood” and “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” are the first band to ever sign an agreement preventing future touring. This is your last chance. And by the way, Alice Cooper will be joining them. Sat 7 p.m. 

Harmony Hammond: Becoming/Unbecoming Monochrome

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:50pm

As an activist and abstract painter, Harmony Hammond is known for being bold. Since the 1970's, Hammond has used her artwork as a platform for feminism by organizing and contributing to exhibitions featuring the works of lesbian artists. In this show curated by art historian Tirza True Latimer, browse through Hammond's catelog of work from the textured weave paintings of the '70s to the monochrome mixed media paintings of today. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy RedLine

Gravity

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:50am

Hold on for dear life as you watch Sandra Bullock and George Clooney hurtle through space this Saturday. The Academy-Award wining thriller is presented for free as a part of the summer-long Southwest Movies series at Skyline Park. It's the second-to-last film of the series, so grab the family and some motion sickness pills and enjoy some high-intensity fun. Sat dusk. 

 

International Aerial Dance Festival

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:28pm

Sometimes, it only takes one to tango. Watch the Frequent Flyers company's professional dancers use ropes, chains, and cloth as their partners in a myriad of aerial dance styles like invented apparatus and low-flying trapeze. If you're feeling saucy, watch freshly schooled students put on a cabaret, complete with a preshow cocktail hour. Sun-Sat, times vary.

Shakespeare on Santa Fe

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:14pm

Discover the timeless attraction of Shakespeare’s plays in this open rehearsal of scenes from his most famous works, including Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet. Actors from Visionbox studio will explore his one-of-a kind verse and prose in this culmination of a month long acting intensive, with food catered by Nova Catering. Sun 6-7:30 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Ted Engelmann

Quentin Tarantino's Badass Broads

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 9:18pm

From Jackie Brown to Pulp Fiction's Mia Wallace, Quentin Tarantino's leading ladies are anything but damsels in distress. The writer-director has a history of casting fierce, powerful, and alluring women in his main roles. In this four-week course, film critic Lisa Kennedy explores the evolved gender roles present in Tarantino's works. Watch movies such as Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill and discuss Tarantino's impact on feminism in the cinema. Mon 7 p.m.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:40am

It might not be a golden ticket, but it is a free look into pop culture’s most famous fictional candy factory. Pack a blanket and a picnic and let the classic, kooky Willy Wonka take you on a tour of his wondrous candy factory during this Infinity Park screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Pro tip: Bring something sweet to eat. You’re going to have a craving by the end of this film.

Colorado Etched Photography

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:48pm

Denver native Lisa Garness Mallory's unique style of etched photography takes center stage throughout this two-month exhibit. Using needles and wood carving tools, Mallory etches directly into her photographs of flowers and butterflies to add depth to the otherwise flat medium. The display features 12 works, and prints of each will available for purchase. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:37pm

Voted Competitor Magazine's Best Half Marathon of 2013, this annual event is a can't-miss for Colorado athletes. Whether you're a novice jogger or a veteran ultrarunner, racing through this quaint town onto the gently rolling mountain trails near Idaho Springs will allow you to experience Colorado at its best. Sat 8 a.m.

Chef's Challenge

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:19am

Some of Denver’s best chefs square off, presenting their best dishes for you to taste. Sample plates from chefs such as Jeremy Kittelson of Root Down and Linger, Noah French of Sugarmill, and Greg Weabick of Ivy at the Glenn, and then vote for your favorite. Don’t miss a demonstration by the 2013 winner, Thach Tran of ChoLon Bistro. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Wed 5:30 p.m.

Douglas County Fair

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:47pm

It’s fair season, and Douglas County is getting in on the act this weekend. The county fair and rodeo will feature horse shows, fashion contests, and county fair staples like the swine show, pie eating contest, and cowpie bingo. Come for the games and stay for the music, played by bands such as the Parker Brothers Band, WMD Bluegrass, and Tyler Walker Band. Thu 7 a.m.-11 p.m;, Fri 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sat 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Ray LaMontagne

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:35pm

Known for the unique roughness of his voice, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has become one of the faces of contemporary folk music. His new album, Supernova, was featured at number one on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and shows a new, more psychedelic side to the superstar. Thu 7:30 p.m. 

Packin' It In

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:30pm

Set in New York City, two-star crossed lovers find that their relationship may be at odds when Mona Lisa, an actress, returns home to find her playwright lover, Freddie, packing up the apartment. Written by Jim Lee and directed by Jimmy Walker (both prominent contributors to Denver-based The Source Theater Company), Packin’ It In is set to pack the house (pun intended). Thu-Sat 7 p.m; Sun 2 p.m. 

Stage Door

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:50pm

Join Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Lucille Ball this Friday as they try to make it big in New York City during the classic comedy Stage Door. The last event in Elitch Gardens' summer-long Film Series, this screening will be outside under the Colorado summer stars. It's a family-friendly event that will also feature live music, food, and a chance to win prizes. Fri 7 p.m.

HRCA Splash Mash Dash Triathlon

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:51pm

Want a taste of a triathlon but not ready to run full speed ahead? This is the easy (or easier) version for you. In its ninth year, the Splash Mash Dash is the original Highlands Ranch sprint triathlon. With an outdoor pool instead of an open water swim, it’s the perfect, non-intimidating environment beginning triathletes are looking for. Sat 6 a.m.

The Throwdown: Charity Cornhole Tournament

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 5:14pm

In a compeition of precision aim and perfect arc, this round-robin cornhole tournament will test paired teams to out-toss opponents. Twenty cornhole sets at City Park's soccer field are the scene for this annual event that guarantees three games per team with a chance to win a trophy and gift cards to Stoney's Bar & Grill and Vine Street Pub. Don't make it into the winner's circle? Participate in an auction with prizes such as a date night package from 5280 Magazine and a custom-made cornhole set to start practicing for next year.

Golden Craft Beer Train

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 9:16am

Explore the Colorado Railroad Museum's 15-acre railyard and catch a ride on railroads that were once used to transport beer in and out of Golden. The afternoon event celebrates the history and heritage of Colorado beer. Enjoy craft beer samples from Barrels & Bottles Brewery, Cannonball Creek Brewery, Arvada Beer Company, and more. Food trucks including Gusto's, B&B's Smokehouse Meats, and Hot Dippity Dog will also be onsite, providing delicious bites to pair with your beer. Sat noon-4 p.m.

Solterra Wine Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:45am

Tour the tastes of Colorado's wineries including Garfield Estates, Avanti Winery, and more at this festival. Indulge in sumptuous food pairings created by local chefs as you take in the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver. Sat 2-7 p.m.

Fermentation Festival

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 6:33am

Fermented food may not sound delectable, but one of the oldest forms of food preservation is worth a taste. Unlimited tastes of beer, sauerkraut, and Kombucha will test your palate at this festival spotlighting culinary feats of turning sugar into acid, gases, and alcohol. If one taste isn't enough, try your hand at various classes like the art of making sake, home cheesemaking, and crafting season home batch fruit wines. Sat-Sun 3:30-7:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Local Eyes Productions.

Brewer's Alley

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 9:32am

Brews and bites abound in this back-alley setting between Champa Street and Curtis Street. Sample beers from craft breweries such as Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Crabtree Brewing Company, and Aspen Brewing Company. Also enjoy food pairings prepared by chef Matt Mine of Rialto Cafe. Sat 4-8 p.m.

Man of Steel

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:13pm

There’s nothing like stretching out on a picnic blanket under the stars, especially when it’s accompanied by an outdoor movie. Skyline Park treats city-goers to just that, showing Man of Steel as soon as dusk rolls around. The film will cap off their Southwest Movies at Skyline Par” series, so now’s your last chance to get in on the fun. Fri dusk.

Rocky Mountain Music Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:26pm

Let the tunes ring off the hillsides. Wander between two stages to take in live music from groups spanning the music landscape. Don’t miss the headliners, including 10,000 Maniacs and the Marshall Tucker Band. Want to check out the up-and-comers? Use your applause to vote in the Battle of the (local) Bands, in which the top two finalists in each of four categories will compete for more than $2,000 worth of prizes. Sun 11 a.m. 

—Image Courtesy of Red Stag Productions

Meadow Music

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 6:28am

The Von Traps aren’t the only family to enjoy singing together in a meadow. Join local performers Jeff and Paige on a short hike in Boulder’s beautiful Chautauqua Park, followed by 45 minutes of sing-a-long friendly science and nature-based music on the green. Participants are encouraged to bring along picnics, blankets, and a loud singing voice. Mon 5:30-7 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Meadow Music.

B.B. King

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:49pm

B.B. King may perform seated, but he’s been bringing fans to their feet with his blues guitar riffs since the 1940s. He’s released more than 60 albums and, even at 88, still knows how to bring the house down. Mon 7 p.m. 

Nothing is Yours to Keep

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:19pm

We’re all connected. Travis Hetman’s new exhibition explores the subtle inclusiveness of all human beings. Using found photographs, graphite, acrylic, and spray paint, this Denver artist’s 2D works and instillations will try to unveil a human's true self once ego and individualism is set aside. Look for the canvas "Dark Matter Gathering," a striking example of this technique that alters a found family photograph with bold spots of acrylic paint. Sat 7 p.m.

—Photograph Courtesy of Amanda Tipton

Mack and Mabel

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:12am

Before the summer theater season winds down, stop by Vintage Theatre for comedy drama Mack & Mabel: The Musical. The story takes us through the raucous relationship between Hollywood director Mack Sennett and silent film comedian and actress Mabel Normand. It’s a classic (think pre-1930) Hollywood love story. Days, times vary.

PepsiCo TransRockies Run

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:10pm

When hiking loses its allure, add some altitude and a quicker pace. Run this 120-mile route—solo or as part of a team—which treks through the Rockies from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek. Tents, showers, and beer will be waiting at each campsite. Don’t forget your water-resistant jacket, warm hat, gloves, and emergency blanket; organizers won’t let you past the starting line without them. Tue-Wed 8:30 a.m.; Thu-Sun 8 a.m.

Rise Above Traveling Exhibit

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:15am

During World War II, the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces—better-known as the Tuskegee Airmen—were the first black aviators to fly for the U.S. military. Learn about their heroism in Rise Above, a 30-minute film highlighting the obstacles these men faced as they overcame history to become U.S. Army Air Corps pilots in the early ’40s. The film will show every hour during regular operating hours at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

Making the Change They Want to See

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:32pm

Join Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and several artists at "Making the Change They Want to See," a symposium on how the insights and provocations of art can bring greater justice to the world. A reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres follows McQueen’s keynote Wednesday evening. Wed 1:30-7:30 p.m.; Thu 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Make it Rain

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:08pm

In his new exhibit, artist Ian Fisher uses a paintbrush to create photograph-like portraits of clouds. The paintings depict the clouds not just for what they are, but what they represent: timelessness and creativity. Participants can attend the opening reception as well as a discussion with the artist. Wed 5:30 p.m.

Aurora Global Fest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:57am

Celebrate Aurora’s international community with a festival of dance and music. Performances include salsa dancing by the Diana Sanchez Dance Company and Japanese flute music from Koto Colorado. While you watch the entertainment, sample cuisine from restaurants such as Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, Pho 888 Vietnamese Grill, and more. Don’t miss the beer market for a wide array of brews from all over the world. Sat noon-10 p.m.

Bruno 9li Exhibit

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:20pm

Bruno Novelli, also known as Bruno 9li, has made a name for himself as an artist in both his home country of Brazil and abroad. His abstract graphic paintings, usually done in ink or acrylic paint, are a window into a frenzied world of geometric shapes and animalistic creatures. Last year, he helped design a snowboard for Seattle-based gear company Ride Snowboards, and now he’s bringing his third solo U.S. exhibit to Denver. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m. 

Corks & Forks

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:51am

Enjoy an evening of signature tastes from Denver’s best chefs, including Troy Guard (TAG Restaurants), Darrel Truett (Barolo), and more while sipping on fine wines served in a commemorative wine glass. Participate in the silent auction to win concert tickets, hotel and spa packages, artwork, and more. Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled. This event is sold out. Thu 6-9 p.m.  

Alaskan Album

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:41pm

For the first time in decades, see former Denver Museum of Nature and Science director Dr. Alfred M. Bailey's 1968 documentary on his adventures through the Alaskan wilderness. Watch as he traverses unforgiving sections of wilderness and bumps into some of the backcountry's most exquisite beasts, like the brown bear. The film will be paired with Dr. Bailey's original commentary, which he initially delivered live to audiences while screening the film. Thu 7 p.m.

The Head and the Heart

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:27pm

The last time indie folk band The Head and the Heart visited Denver, they sold out the Ogden Theatre. The group heads to Denver on a similar high this time; members appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week. This Red Rocks show managed to sell out, too; however, tickets can usually be found through partner sites. Thu 7 p.m.

Sylvia

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 8:00pm

A play about relationships, marriage, and man's best friend, Sylvia tells the story of how a stray dog wandering around Central Park changes a middle-aged businessman's sedated life. Watch the performance during its four-week run with original Avenue cast members Amie MacKenzie and John Ashton. Thu 7:30 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Eric Weber

Jenny Lewis

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:31pm

Jenny Lewis’ claim to fame is not just her solo career. She's the former frontwoman of indie band Rilo Kiley as well as a storied actress, appearing on television shows ranging from animated comedy American Dad to the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone. We can safely bet that her performances of half-pop, half-folk songs like “Just One of the Guys” or “She’s Not Me” will be much less brain-bending than the sci-fi classic. Thu 8 p.m.

Serevi RugbyTown Sevens

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 9:20am

RugbyTown USA is hosting the world. The Serevi RugbyTown Sevens tournament takes over Glendale with 7-on-7 matches between hometown the favorite Glendale Raptors, the Bermuda National Team, the Mexico National Team, and teams from branches of the U.S. military. If you've never seen a rugby match before, snag free admission on Friday's games to check out the fast-paced game set to make its Olympic debut in 2016. The weekend's festivities continue with the Glendale Bruises and Brews Beerfest, the Epilogues concert, and the Taste of Glendale. Fri-Sun times vary. 

Color of LIFE

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:31pm

Larisa Aukon’s paintings showcase the amazing color of the southwest United States. Her landscapes, while a bit more surreal, capture the essence of our mountains, animals, rocks, and cities. Aukon’s work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector, and more. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

Access Denied

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:02am

When Matt Sesow was 8 years old, he lost a hand after it was struck by the propeller of an airplane, and turned to art as an emotional outlet. Now he's internationally recognized. This Denver exhibit explores the accessibility of resources including healthcare, natural foods, and economic opportunity in society. Sesow's unique works are available for both viewing and purchase. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 2:03pm

The sweet and smoky scent of barbecue is luring Coloradans up to the forested hillsides of Meyer Ranch for the annual Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge. The cookoff is an official Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned event with 40 teams competing for cash prizes. The ultimate honor comes in being named Grand Champion and locking down an invite to the World Championships.

Bill Nershi from String Cheese Incident

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:10am

Twist & Shout continues its tradition of free, live performances with Bill Nershi, a founding member of Boulder-bred jam band The String Cheese Incident, who will play a 30-minute acoustic set. In addition to kicking off your weekend with some bare-bones tunes, Nershi will hang out after the show to sign copies of his new songbook. Fri 6 p.m.

Flavors of Colorado

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:28pm

Fill your ears with music and your mouth with flavor at this smorgasbord of entertainment. Listen to bands, including Denver-based blues act Delta Sonics, between seminars that teach skills like how to become a backyard farmer. You won’t have to reach for your wallet, except for the four-course farm-to-table dinner; proceeds benefit science education nonprofit Walking Mountains Science Center. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:50pm

In this oddball comedy about death, Pulitzer Prize-finalist playwright Sarah Ruhl toys with the paradox of modern technology: completely connected yet utterly isolated. Dead Man’s Cell Phone is the Theater Company of Lafayette’s third show in its 2014 season and will play in the historic Mary Miller Theater, which was first built in 1892 as the town’s congregational church. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Beyond the Horizon Triathlon

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:59pm

Take on the trifecta of sports challenges in the inaugural Beyond the Horizon Triathlon. The race features scenic views of Rocky Mountain National Park, a chance to swim in the largest natural body of water in Colorado, and a bike ride on the historic Trail Ridge Road. If you aren’t a triathlete, there are still many ways to observe the competition, with bird’s-eye views of the lake and camping spots on Trail Ridge Road to watch the cyclists.

Mushroom Fest

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:09pm

Mushroom science is the focus of this year's fungi festival in Telluride. Join keynote speakers like Langdon Cook, author of "The Mushroom Hunters," and professional 'shroom cultivator John Holliday for talks on the delicious and medicinal properties of the fungus. Don't miss the foraging sessions, where experts will teach you how to distinguish the toxic from the tasty in the wild. Sat-Tues all day.

Golden Fine Arts Festival

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:29pm

Familiarize yourself with the area's top artists at the second annual Golden Fine Arts Festival. Browse art forms such as fiber, sculpture, jewelry, or enjoy from afar while you listen to two stages of live music featuring bands like singer-songwriter Kyle James Hauser. This year's featured artist is painter Carolyn Miller, a former high school art teacher whose nature painting Survivors graces the festival's posters. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Chive Fest Denver

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 7:47pm

Coined as "Probably the Best Little Festival in the World," Chive Fest is a day packed with music, food, and fireworks. Sponsored by the funny photo and video sharing site the Chive, this music festival features eight indie bands including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids, and White Denim on two stages. Stop by the Nostalgia Tent with games such as a life-size Operation game, and indulge on plenty of local eats and beverages. Sat 1 p.m.

Ed Fest: Craft Beer & Music Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:35am

Celebrate craft beer culture with an unlimited sampling of more than 40 breweries including Crazy Mountain Brewery and Great Divide Brewing Company. The craft beer and music festival boasts international brews and tunes from the nationally-renowned North Mississippi Allstars. Sat 3-10 p.m.

Toy Story 3D

Submitted by Jack Brogan on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:03pm

The Wildlife Experience is going “to infinity and beyond” with a screening of Toy Story 3D. With a ticket, attendees have access to a wide array of Toy Story-related carnival games and crafts, along with admission to the museum. Don your favorite Toy Story costume, and declare your allegiance to “Team Woody” or “Team Buzz.” Sat 3:30 p.m.

Hops in the Hangar

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:32am

Sample beer from breweries like Great Divide Brewing Co., Ska Brewing Co., and more in a 1930s Air Force hangar. Pair your favorite brew with smoky bites of barbecue from Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q. Set the mood for a night of down-home food and fun with soulful music from the Black and Blues Guys, a Blues Brothers tribute band. Sat 6-10 p.m.

Hoofin’ It

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:16pm

Pick a tour, pick an animal, and start hoofin' it. Each evening, guests walk to four Denver neighborhood restaurants for bited focused on a different hoofed animal: bison, goat, pig, and cow. Participating restaurants include Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Bad Apple, and Lola. A portion of proceeds will benefit Mile High Business Alliance. Sun-Wed 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

The Princess Bride

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:44pm

If you haven't seen Rob Reiner's hilarious chicken-soup comfort movie The Princess Bride yet, remedy that at this outdoor screening. Simple farmboy Wesley only wants to be with his beloved maiden, Princess Buttercup. But the six-fingered man, Fezzik the giant, and Vizzini the Sicilian have other plans. Mon 8 p.m.

Aerosmith

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:26pm

Their self-titled debut album may be celebrating its 41st (!) anniversary this year, but classic rockers Aerosmith have showed no signs of slowing down. Let Rock Rule, the band's 27th (!!) tour, promises to showcase all the classics from Steven Tyler and co., including "Sweet Emotion," "Walk This Way," "Dude," and many others. Rock group Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators opens. Tue 9:30 p.m.

Summer Wine Walk

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:55am

Sip and stroll your way through the Old South Pearl Street neighborhood on a tour of modern wine and cuisine. This annual walking tour covers two blocks and three of the neighborhood’s best restaurants. Kick off the night with low-country, Southern-style appetizers and wine pairings at Fourteen Seventy-Two before heading to Session Kitchen for more wine samples and modern American fare. Finish your meal with small bites at the Black Pearl. Wed 6-9 p.m.

High Plains Comedy Festival

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:59am

After the success of last year's inaugural High Plains Comedy Festival, the three-day event, headlined this time by Pete Holmes, T.J. Miller, and Kumail Nanjiani, returns to Denver with nearly three dozen comedians on the program. Shows take place at a handful of venues—all of which are on or just off Broadway—so be sure to check the website for more info. Thu-Sat, times vary.

Fashion: Culture

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 7:28pm

The fine line between fashion and culture is often blurred with each one influencing the other in inexplicable ways. Seventeen local artists will explore this relationship in a photography exhibit addressing themes such as gender roles in fashion and the different perceptions of beauty in today’s society. Select historical prints from History Colorado archives will also be included in the exhibit. Wed-Fri noon-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

Photo Courtesy Melanie Watson

Newman Awards Pre-Award Honorary Gala

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:28am

Come for the party before the party. Check out the 40-plus architecture entries submitted to the Newman Awards, put on by Rocky Mountain chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. (The winners will be announced September 17 at the awards ceremony.) This free event will feature food, cocktails, and some of the finest architecture in the Front Range. Thu 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Cooking Southwestern-Style with Chef Jeff Bolton

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:44pm

Expand your culinary knowledge with a customized demonstration and tasting of Southwestern cuisine. Chef Jeff Bolton of Kachina Southwestern Grill will educate you on the techniques of chile roasting, use of chia seeds, methods for clay baking, and more. Attendees can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or draft beer along with samples of chef Bolton's authentic Southwestern foods. Reservations are required. Thu 6-8 p.m.

Cycle-In Cinema: The Goonies

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 3:57pm

Pedal your way to the corner of 15th and Platte, just outside REI, for a end-of-summer movie under the stars. Watch the 1985 classic the Goonies—the comedic tale of a group of kids' adventure in search of pirate treasure—on the lawn while sipping on beer provided by New Belgium and food truck eats. All proceeds benefit Denver's bicycle advocacy group BikeDenver. Thu 7:30 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock

GroupLove and Portugal The Man

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:33am

Two of the most exciting acts in indie rock come together for a night of explosive fun. In addition to playing separate sets, the psychedelic pop of Portugal The Man and electro rock of Grouplove will merge for a special collaborative portion of the show. This one-night event is part of the summer-long Honda Civic Tour. Thu 7:30 p.m.

Sleightly Impossible Magic and Comedy Show

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:28pm

Mystery, comedy, illusion—it’s all part of Sleightly Impossible, a two-man spectacle put on by Denver magicians Gene R. Gordon and Matthew C. Brandt. Think dueling pianos, but with magic and comedy. A cash bar wiith beverages will be available. Thu 7:30-9 p.m.

Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:43am

You don't have to be a corn enthusiast to enjoy the annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival—but it sure doesn't hurt. Throughout the two days of family fun, your corn experiences can vary from corn-shucking competitions to simply enjoying all the roasted and boiled cobs you can eat. In addition, there will be dozens of vendors (corn-related and otherwise), a parade on Saturday morning, and live local music. Fri-Sat, times vary.

Cosmic Journey

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:44am

Your kids might know what recognize shooting stars or the rings of Saturn are, but do they know why they exist? This educational short film reveals these mysteries of our solar system along with many others, starting with Earth's constant cosmic companion, the sun. Daily 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m.

We Are Aliens!

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:59am

Explore the possibility of another species outside Earth with a film that searches for evidence of alien beings. The 360-degree, Fulldome planetarium show narrated by Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films) offers audience members an educational and entertaining experience. This 25-minute film about galactic communities and communication comes to you from the creators of other informative films such as Astronaut and We Are Astronomers. Daily 1 and 3 p.m.

Eva Schloss: Anne Frank and Me

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:20pm

Since its publication more than 60 years ago, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl—Frank's first-person observations of being a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Germany—has touched audiences around the world. In this rare opportunity, Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister who discovered and published Anne Frank’s diary, will talk about her many worldly experiences. A cocktail reception will precede the presentation with an opportunity for guests to talk with Schloss about her book, Eva's Story. Fri 4:30.

—Photo Courtesy of Eva Schloss 

1964 Beatles 50th Anniversary Concert

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:10am

Fifty years after Beatlemania seized Red Rocks—the only show of that tour that wasn't a sell-out—the band's indelible catalogue returns to Colorado's favorite venue. Authentic in dress and sound, 1964 will show Morrison why Rolling Stone called the group the world's best Beatles tribute band, performing songs that five generations can sing along with. Fri 8 p.m.

Runapalooza Half Marathon 10K & 5K

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:43pm

End the summer on a healthy high note with Runapalooza, a race along Ralston Creek Trail through Arvada’s open spaces and gorgeous golf course communities. With 5K, 10K, and half marathon options, the event has something for almost every runner. Post-run, replenish with complimentary fruit, bagels, breakfast burritos, and chocolate milk. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter. Sat 7-10:30 a.m.

Peach Festival 5K

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:38am

Celebrate peach season with a 5K around CSU's Hughes Stadium and a whole lot of pie at this annual Fort Collins festival. After the run, enter one of the peach pie-eating contests, or if you've had enough competition, kick back and enjoy live music from local bands Kurtis & Jennifer and Weekend Weather, and folk band Lois and the Lantern. Sat 8:30 a.m.

Punt, Pass, and Kick

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:13am

It’s time again for the ultimate challenge in amateur athletics: the NFL’s Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. Boys and girls ages six to 15 can show off their mastery of football fundamentals in this no-contact, learning environment. Bring your cannon, your boot, and your sneakers (no cleats). Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Boulder's Bluegrass Festival

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:24pm

The grass is always bluer on the Boulder side. Music from bluegrass bands such as Dakota Blonde, Stanleytones, Giddyup Kitty, and more will keep your feet stomping all day. Check out the food and drink vendors along with the Four Mile Fire Department's fire truck; donate to raise money for a new fire station. Sat noon-8:30 p.m.

Boulder Craft Beer Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:23pm

Boulder hop-heads unite to share their craft with Colorado. More than a dozen Boulder County–based breweries, including Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery, will keep beer flowing for the festivities. Enjoy food from several restaurants while listening to music from the Hillbenders and Andy Hackbarth. If five hours of drinking isn’t up your alley, help your friends out and serve as their designated driver; you’ll get five non-alcoholic drinks and a $10 food voucher for a third of the festival price. Sat noon-5 p.m.

Art Farm

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:22am

Is there a better backdrop to art than beautiful gardens? Art Farm, Denver Urban Garden's annual celebration, returns to the West Washington Park Community Garden to display work from Denver painters and sculptures. Live music, local brews, and treats from Whole Foods Market complement the idyllic evening. While the event is free, be sure to RSVP on the website. Sat 4 p.m.

Dr. Who Series 8 Premiere

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:38am

BBC's cult classic returns for an eighth season, and thanks to Denver Film Center, you can watch the premiere on the big screen. Doctors, time travel, aliens, and space ships—Dr. Who has something for every sci-fi fan. Sat 6 p.m.

Absolute! Fabulous! Gorgeous!

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:31am

Watch the area's best drag queens strut their stuff at this gender-bending variety show. These lovely ladies will perform karaoke and stand-up comedy, and lip-sync throughout the evening, which is dedicated to de-stigmatizing HIV. Proceeds go to Atlas, the Dairy Center for the Performing Arts' HIV prevention program. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Strider Championship Series

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:09am

Does your youngster have the stamina and heart of a cycling champion? Little riders up to age five, suited up in jerseys and helmets, will race Strider balance bikes around Voorhies Memorial Pond (also known as Seal Pond) course on the north end of Civic Center Park. The tykes, who will race with other speedsters in their age groups) will blend in with the world's best riders as the USA Pro Challenge finishes up Stage Seven at the park later that afternoon. Sun 11 a.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Steve Diamond

Melissa Etheridge

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:31pm

Experience an emotionally raw and intimate performance by rock veteran Melissa Etheridge. As part of her This is ME tour, Etheridge brings a stripped-down version of her signature rugged rock sound to the Mile High City. Etheridge will take the stage solo as she plays through a discography of hits from a career that spans more than two decades. Tue 7 p.m.

Colbie Caillat

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:01pm

An edgier side of Colbie Caillat is filling the Garden, the Denver Botanic Gardens that is. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter's latest album, Gypsy Heart, introduces a shift in sound for the acoustic folk-pop star—its heavy production and use of electronic melodies set to lyrics about natural beauty and breakups provides a more upbeat, edgy collection of songs. Listen to new tracks such as "Try" and "Blaze," as well as older hits like "Bubbly." Pop duo Alex & Sierra, winners of the final season of the X Factor, open. Wed 7 p.m.

Big Red Street Fair

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:23am

If you've ever wondered what the deal is with that statue of a pile of sausages on the 16th Street Pedestrian Bridge, here's your chance to get better acquainted. This street fair will feature red cupcakes and red beers to honor National Velvet, John McEnroe's conceptual art piece on the 16th, as well as poetry readings inspired by the work. Thu 5:30 p.m.

National Theatre Live: The Tempest

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 4:14pm

Watch the Shakespearean tale of a sorcerer's scheme to reclaim his title as Duke of Milan unfold on London's National Theatre stage—without leaving the comfort of the Mile High City. Since 2009, National Theatre Live has shared live recordings of classic plays with cinemas around the world. Starring Chistopher Plummer (the Sound of Music, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Beautiful Mind) as Prospero, the Tempest—originally performed in 2010will be displayed on the big screen for two nights only. Fri 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.

Thunder in the Rockies

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:44pm

Rev up your hog and head to Thunder Mountain. Give a new Harley Davidson a spin with the on-site demo fleet, cheer on contestants vying to be Miss Thunder in the Rockies, or grab a hot dog at one of the vendors while you wait for the bands to take the stage. This year’s lineup includes Bret Michaels, Jackyl, and Blackberry Smoke. Fri-Mon 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Gourmet on Gore

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:55pm

Spend Labor Day weekend tasting your way through the mountain town of Vail. This culinary festival brings forth the finest restaurants in town, including Sweet Basil, Flame, and more for an a-la-carte sampling. Other activities include community yoga and culinary games for kids. Wrap up the long weekend with a brunch of bites and pours as you stroll along Bridge Street. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Atmosphere

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:47am

Touring on the heels of its eighth studio album, Southsiders, Atmosphere brings its signature live-instrument style of hip hop to the Mile High City. The duo of MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis will deliver a performance stocked with fan favorites and some new tracks that will energize and engage the crowd. A lineup of underground rap acts including the Grouch & Eligh, Prof, and Dem Atlas rev up the night before Atmosphere hits the stage. Fri 6 p.m.

Keith Urban

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 4:10pm

Keith Urban is one busy Australian. The four-time Grammy Award-winner, creator of five consecutive platinum albums, and judge on American Idol, Urban is cementing his position as one of the top country artists. Urban's high energy tunes often fuse lyrics about life and personal vices with acoustic melodies. Listen to tracks such as "Little Bit of Everything" and "We Were Us" (featuring Miranda Lambert) from the singer, songwriter, and guitarist's 2013 album, Fuse. Fri 7 p.m.

A Few Good Men

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:03pm

You know the Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore film from 1992 (written by Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing and The Social Network fame), but you might not know this: The script started as a Broadway hit. Spotlight Theatre marks its 50th production with this drama about a military trial that questions the Navy’s code of honor.  Sat-Sat, times vary. 

Native American Day

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:53pm

Teach your kids about Colorado's native populations at this one-day festival. Watch the performance by Seven Falls Indian Dancers, sample traditional Native American foods, or encourage your little one to express themselves in the arts and crafts booth. Stop by one of the jewelers or statue carvers for a souvenir to remember the cultural celebration.  Sat 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Mile High Art & Jazz

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:02am

Spend Labor Day Weekend browsing the works of painters, jewelers, and other artisans while listening to jazz and blues musicians in the heart of downtown Denver. Enjoy the tunes of groups such as Laurie D and the Blues Babes, Flatirons Jazz Quintet, and Dotsero. Don’t miss the food trucks offering local bites and cocktails in Skyline Park's grassy picnic area. Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Farmland Great Bacon Treasure Hunt

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:05am

What is almost as good as a safe full of cash? A safe full of bacon. Sniff your way through five clues to trace the path to safes filled with prizes including cash and a year supply of bacon. The first clue to the starting location will pop up Saturday on the Farmland Bacon Club website. Pickup bacon freebies and merchandise along the way to crack the final code in celebration of International Bacon Day. Sat 11:45 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of Farmland Foods

BMW Championship

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:01pm

The PGA Tour Playoffs return to the world famous Cherry Hill Country Club for the first time in nearly 30 years. The BMW Championship, formally known as the Western Open, is one of four tournamets in the playoffs and second oldest tournament in America. Both casual golfers and dedicated fans will appreciate the talent and composure of the top 70 golfers in the world, including recent Masters winner Bubba Watson. Mon-Sun, times vary.

Colors of Nature

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:51pm

Kids, pick your favorite color and learn where to find it in nature during the Early Explorers Expedition. Each week is dedicated to two different colors that your little one will learn how to create by mixing paints. Then, they can identify the hue in the unusual flora and fauna around the zoo. Recommended for ages 2-4. Tue-Wed, Sat 9-10 a.m.

Swans

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:43pm

After a lengthy hiatus from music, experimental rock group Swans is back with a pair of critically acclaimed albums. The latest, To Be Kind, has been universally acclaimed by critics, and is widely considered the most accessible outing for a band that wants to remain obscure. If you go, consider earplugs: Swans go through amplifiers like six-packs. Tue 7 p.m.

Crested Butte Ultra Enduro

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:08pm

Legend has it that mountain biking was born in the hills of Crested Butte. The sport returns to its roots with the inaugural Crested Butte Big Mountain Enduro, a five-day race reserved for only the strongest of mountain bikers. Spectators can either hike up Crested Butte's scenic trails to watch riders traverse some of the most challenging terrain in the country, or simply gaze up from the village and tour the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, located in the heart of Crested Butte. Wed-Sun, times vary.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:10pm

Colorado may not be bursting with Irish pride, but the Centennial State still plays host to one of the largest Celtic celebrations in the nation. The four-day festival's plethora of activities includes bagpipe bands, Irish dancing, a 5K race, folk music, merchant tents, a golf tournament, and professional Scottish athletes competing in stone-put, hammer toss, and caber toss. It's not required, but we hear you'll get bonus points for showing up in a kilt. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Michaele Keyes and Sue Simon at Spark Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:06am

There is no standard process for Michaele Keyes' monotype prints. The painter-turned-printmaker applies inks with whatever she can find, whether that be brushes, sticks, hair combs, or her own fingers. The result is a subtle print with the deep texture of a painting. Sharing space with Keyes is Sue Simon, an artist who uses scientific ideas and mathematics in her work. Her pieces are often found in public places of research and higher learning, including the Radiological Sciences department at Colorado State and the main lobby of the Health Sciences Library at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Rocky Mountain Park 100th Anniversary Kick-off Ice Cream Social

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:38am

Celebrate 100 years of exploration, conservation, and recreation at 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park Kick-off Ice Cream Social. The park is doling out free ice cream at the Holzwarth Historic Site to start off a year of activities commemorating the park’s centennial. There will be speakers scheduled throughout the social and activities for the kids to burn off that ice cream sugar rush. Thu 1-3 p.m.

Tiki Tiki Tiki

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:25pm

Travel to a tropical location without forking out the money. Some of Denver’s most talented bartenders—including Acorn's Chris Clewell and Haylee Ortiz from Session Kitchen—will go head to head in a competition to determine who makes the best island-inspired drinks. Expect plenty of cocktail umbrellas, cabana seating, and Caribbean-inspired bites from restaurants such as Colt & Gray and Solera. Thu 6-9 p.m.

Unwind: End of Summer

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:39pm

As the summer nears its end, wind down with food, drinks, and music. Nibble on ancho chicken and peach tostadas and imbibe a beer from Great Divide Brewing Company. Enjoy live music by Swing Je T’aime and get a swing dancing lesson from Community Minded Dance choreographer Lark Mervine. Thu 6-9 p.m.

From East to West: City & Landscapes of the World

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:06pm

Take a trip through North America and southeast Asia in one night. Peruse photographer Jeff Perry's aerial shots of landscapes, including images from New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and more. Complimentary champagne, hors d’oevres, and even a dance floor add even more appeal to this exhibition. Five percent of proceeds benefit animal rescue shelter Paws CO. Thu 6-11 p.m.

Farm Dinner at Lone Hawk Farm

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:23pm

Dine on local, and organic creations from chef Grant Buchanan. The menu is prepared using the day’s harvest, ensuring the freshest farm-to-table dining experience. The three-course meal kicks off with a meet-and-greet for guests on the farm. Thu 6 p.m.

Fashion’s Night Out Downtown Boulder

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:07pm

Boulder brings out the best-dressed Coloradans to celebrate fashion for the fourth annual Fashion's NIght Out. Mini makeovers, live music, fashion shows, and in-store special events are just some of the ways stylistas can indulge at this year’s event. Thu 6 p.m.

Grace

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:35pm

A tragicomedy that explores heavy topics, Grace focuses on a young couple as they move to Florida to open a chain of Gospel motels. After they meet two "nonbelievers," all four characters’ feelings toward God, religion, and human nature develop and dwindle in this play, penned by Emmy-nominated writer Craig Wright. Days, times vary. 

Elsa Sroka Solo Exhibition at Abend Gallery Fine Art

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:10am

The blurred beauty of Colorado native Elsa Sroka’s work alone is worth taking a pass through Abend Gallery Fine Art. She's comfortable with oil, acrylic, plaster, charcoal, and ink, so it’s next to impossible to pigeonhole her work. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oh, The Places You Will Go

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 7:20pm

From Yellowstone to Thailand, Colorado artists Hari and Deepti depict the wonders of the world in their new exhibition of hand-cut backlit paper sculptures. The pieces encapsulated the joy of experiencing new cultures with light-box dioramas inspired by the artists’ travels. Look for “The Magicians Hat,” a LED-lit shadow box with a hand-cut paper motive depicting the ancient “Rabbit in the Moon” legend. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Hari & Deepti

A New Patriot

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:36pm

What makes a “new” patriot? Colorado native Jared David Paul Anderson explores the admirable characteristics of guts, glory, courage, and dreams in his new, lighthearted exhibit that includes photographs, sculptures of bison skulls, and installation work. Anderson has displayed his works in museums across the country, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Tue-Sun, noon-5 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Jared David Paul Anderson 

Great Plains: Three Point Perspective

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:31pm

See American Midwest through a unique lens. Pastels and digital photo collages will be displayed along with paintings of prairie landscapes from three different artists at this month-and-a-half-long exhibit. Works from photographer Patricia Barry Levy, earthworks artist Chandler Romeo, and fine artist Reed Weimer will be on display. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat noon-4-p.m. 

Catherine Carilli-Large Paintings and Inks

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:33am

Glimpse Colorado artist Catherine Carilli's geometric paintings and ink drawings. The unique work of guest artist Beatriz Pastana, which includes Intaglio (engraved) prints and lithographs, will also be on display. A Mediterranean feel pervades the pieces of both artists. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

Save The Ales

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:33pm

Beer lovers unite to protect the air, water, and brews of Colorado. Enjoy unlimited tastings from local craft beer purveyors such as Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Epic Brewing, and River North Brewery. Proceeds benefit Conservation Colorado, a nonprofit that seeks to preserve the Centennial State's environment and quality of life. Fri 7-9:30 p.m.

Zac Brown Band

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:07am

After this good ol' country band wraps up its Great American Road Trip in late August, its members will take another quick trip back west for a two-night run at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. The feel-good Grammy award winners, who haven't released a new album since 2012, are sure to sing old favorites like "Sweet Annie" and "Chicken Fried" under the late summer night sky. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.

Tough Mudder

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:43am

With a host of ultramarathons and triathlons every year, Colorado is no stranger to tough races. But how about one that burns, freezes, and electrocutes its runners? The infamous Tough Mudder, a 10 to 12 mile obstacle footrace designed by British Special Forces, returns to Colorado in Snowmass Village. Runners will leap into mud pits, scamper over slippery pyramids, scale 15-foot fences, crawl through swampy underground tunnels, and face a number of other challenges dreamed up in a boot camp nightmare.

Arvada Harvest Festival Kids Parade

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:35pm

After the annual Arvada Harvest Festival Parade marches through town in the morning, swing by McIlvoy Park Pavilion for the smaller (but cuter) Kids Parade. This year's theme is Pioneers of the American West, and the little ones are encouraged to dress up as characters of the old west or decorate their wheels (which can include bikes, trikes, wagons, or scooters) with western-themed ornaments. Trophies, ribbons, and even cash prizes will be awarded for the best of each category. Registration begins at 3 p.m. Sat 3:30 p.m.

Tour De Fat

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:36pm

The combination of bikes, brews, and beats makes for a perfect Saturday. New Belgium's annual family-friendly parade pedals back into Fort Collins this weekend to raise money for local bicycle-focused non-profits. Three stages of live music will keep the energy level high throughout the day. So put on a costume, grab a bike, and buy a beer—it'll be the most fun you've ever had raising money. Sat 9 a.m.

Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:25pm

Castle Rock provides the perfect canvas to celebrate Colorado’s art scene. With live music, food vendors, a kids' zone, and more than 170 artists, the whole family can find something to enjoy at Colorado’s 25th annual Artfest. Glimpse entertainers while you browse local jewelry, photography, and life-size sculptures. Sat 9 a.m-6.p.m.; Sun 10 a.m-5 p.m.

Urban Navigator

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:51pm

Prove you're street savvy in this Highland neighborhood footrace. Teams of two-to-four people will take their own paths around the streets, while encountering 12 challenges in this three-mile trek. Obstacles from previous years have ranged from slacklining and kayaking to riddles and memory games. With an afterparty at Rosa Linda’s and prizes for the fastest teams, you’ll be racing to the finish-line. Proceeds benefit Brent’s Place, a safe, clean home for kids and families to stay outside of the hospital when their immune systems are compromised. Sat 9 a.m.

What If... Festival of Imagination and Innovation

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:42pm

Make your imagination a reality at this daylong festival of practical magic. Kids can set out on treasure hunts, practice hula hooping, and fire water balloons out of a giant slingshot while parents peruse the beer garden and listen to one of the 18 concerts taking place. Sat 9 a.m.

Wee Firefighters Educational Program

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:50pm

It's never too early to learn the ABC's of fire safety. This six-week course will teach your youngster essential protective techniques like crawling under smoke, as well as the classic stop, drop, and roll. In the last class, kids will get a chance to tour downtown's Fire Station 1 and ask real-life firefighters their burning questions. Sat 9-10 a.m.

Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:45pm

It’s almost like stumbling upon King Tut’s treasure. The Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show features 250 dealers selling their best metals, jewelry, beads, fossils, gems, and more. This year's spectacle is planned to be 30 percent bigger than last year’s event. Vendors will be spread out on both levels of the Coliseum as well as 100 additional tents outside. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Festival Italiano

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:26pm

Indulge in Italian culture at a festival celebrating food, libations, and arts. More than 50 purveyors of authentic Italian eats including Dolce Sicilia Bakery, Grammy’s Italian Goodies, and Boriello Brothers, will serve their best bites. Enjoy beers from the Peroni Brewery beer garden as well as wine and cocktails from many other vendors. Bring the kids for Balisteri Vineyards’ children’s grape stomp. Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

FunFest

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:30pm

Take your child to shake paws with Clifford, The Big Red Dog at PBS's kid-centric festival. Active youngsters can scale climbing walls, participate in a tricycle safety course, and practice with the Okinawa Karate Dojo. Once they're exhausted, they can check out the on-site fire truck, take in a magic show, or do the hokey-pokey with Curious George himself. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

ArcAttack

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:40pm

Performance art group ArcAttack has found a new way to amp up musical performances: Tesla coils that shoot lightning into their instruments. Presented by the What If…. Festival of Innovation, this energizing show merges music with science education by exploring magnetism, voltage, electricity and more. The production has appeared in David Blaine’s stunts, and on National Geographic: Known Universe and America’s Got Talent. Sat 1, 4:30 p.m. 

Fish to Farm Dinner

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:23pm

Step outside the dining room and onto the farm for an intimate dinner. Talented chefs from Jax Fish House will incorporate freshly-picked, organic, and local produce from Isabelle Farm into a five-course menu featuring dishes like Gulf shrimp with charred garden vegetables and mahi-mahi with tabbouleh. Wine pairings are selected from wineries with organic and sustainable production practices. Sat 6-9 p.m.

An Artisan Feast

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 8:56pm

Three of Colorado's top culinary establishments—Root Down, Cappello's, and DRAM Apothecary—team up to create a gluten-free dinner menu. From grass-fed meats to local produce and wild mushrooms, the five-course dinner will feature ingredients sourced from within 250 miles of Silver Plume. Toast with cocktails made with bitters and simple syrups created by herbal alchemist and DRAM owner Shae Whitney. Sat 6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Brady Becker

Area 13.1 Half Marathon

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:35pm

Do you really think aliens would invade during the day? In this extraterrestrial-themed half marathon, runners wind their way through dark dirt trails and around the UFO-like Castle Rock after the sun has set. Glow-in-the-dark objects and clothes, encouraged for runners and spectators alike, might help ward off lurking martians. Think you can design an out-of-this-world aid station? The most creative idea gets a $250 cash prize. The night ends with a cosmic party. Sat 6:30 p.m.

St. Vincent

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:11pm

After collaborating with Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne on 2012's joint album Love This Giant, the eccentric singer-songwriter St. Vincent ventured back into the studio by herself intending to make what she described as "groovy tunes." She heads to to Denver Botanic Gardens to promote this critically acclaimed self-titled album, which debuted last year. Sat 7 p.m.

Zac Brown Band

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:07am

After this good ol' country band wraps up its Great American Road Trip in late August, its members will take another quick trip back west for a two-night run at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. The feel-good Grammy award winners, who haven't released a new album since 2012, are sure to sing old favorites like "Sweet Annie" and "Chicken Fried" under the late summer night sky. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.

Pippin

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:12pm

An acrobatic performance troupe leads the audience through a story about a young and unhappy prince, Pippin, who embarks on a dangerous adventure to find meaning in life. Created by Godspell’s Stephen Schwartz, the Denver shows will kickoff the U.S. tour of the Broadway hit that won four Tonys in 2013, including Best Musical Revival. Days, times vary. 

Porter Robinson

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:37am

Bursting onto the scene in 2011 as an 18 year old college student from North Carolina, Porter Robinson has slowly solidified himself as one of the world's most popular DJs. Now 22 year, Robinson has gained a loyal following with his complex arrangement of bass-heavy house music, yet his newest album, Worlds, is a softer blend of thoughtful electronic music. It's a departure in style for the producer, and he has hinted that his usually bright live show will evolve to match for this nationwide fall tour. Sat 8 p.m.

Tough Mudder

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:43am

With a host of ultramarathons and triathlons every year, Colorado is no stranger to tough races. But how about one that burns, freezes, and electrocutes its runners? The infamous Tough Mudder, a 10 to 12 mile obstacle footrace designed by British Special Forces, returns to Colorado in Snowmass Village. Runners will leap into mud pits, scamper over slippery pyramids, scale 15-foot fences, crawl through swampy underground tunnels, and face a number of other challenges dreamed up in a boot camp nightmare.

Denver Trail Half Marathon and 10K

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 1:06pm

Kids, running novices, and trail experts can all find a race that suits them at this year's Denver Trail Half Marathon and 10K. Cherry Creek Reservoir's miles of winding single tracks, bike paths, and dirt roads will host three seperate races: a half marathon, 10K and a kids half-mile dash. Runners looking for a relaxed end-of-summer endurance test will thrive on the flat course. Sun 8 a.m.

Denver NF Walk

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:25pm

Feel even better about your morning walk with this fundraiser for neurofibromatosis, a disease that creates tumors on nerves throughout the body and affects one in 3,000 people. After the event wraps up, stay for food and entertainment, including a silent auction and a kids' carnival. Sun 9 a.m. 

Downtown Denver Public Art Biking Tour

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:13am

Cruise through three miles of downtown Denver on a guided bike tour featuring the city’s best public art. The biggies include artwork at the Denver Skate Park, Commons Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Colorado Convention Center. Bring snacks and water to keep you energized throughout the two-hour tour. Sun 10 a.m.-noon.

Big Chili Cook-Off Music & Arts Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:31pm

Cook, compete, or just chow down on some chili at this annual festival in Evergreen. More than 100 cooks will show off their best recipes to event-goers. Beyond the bowls of chili, enjoy art, live music, and cheer on firefighters donned in full gear as they take on an obstacle course. Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit local mountain fire departments.  Sun 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Elway's Tailgate Party

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:32pm

Football season is upon us, so kick things off Elway’s style with a tailgate party and game viewing. Pregame festivities include live music from the Samples and a new brunch menu including a Palisade peach barbecue brisket sandwich and beef chorizo breakfast tacos. Enjoy beer, wine, or cocktails inside the lounge while you watch the Denver Broncos win their first game of the season (hopefully). Sun 12 p.m.

Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:40pm

Colorado's most famous venue is sidestepping music for a day of laughs. Red Rocks hosts more than 10 all-star comedians—including Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K, and Sarah Silverman—congregating America's funniest people for a single evening. Don't miss the Cut Throat Freak Show, a separate attraction that will feature a “roaming troupe of misfit performers" before the show. Sun 5 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival

The Mask Project

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:18pm

Even adults get excited about arts and crafts. Look at hundreds of handmade clay masks created by artists, community leaders, and celebrities—this year’s contributors include Celine Dion, Jim Belushi, and local artist Daniel Sprick, whose solo exhibition is currently on display at the Denver Art Museum. Bid online to purchase one (last year, masks sold for an average of $150-$250). The monthlong showcase kicks off with a luncheon featuring bestselling author and retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, who served as the inspiration for the 2013 film Lone Survivor.

R5

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:51pm

Summer may have just ended, but that doesn't mean the good vibes have gone away. Upbeat pop-rock band R5, which makes music perfect for driving with your top down, will play a few of its catchy favorites like "Pass Me By" and "Loud" off award-winning album Louder. Tue 6:30 p.m.

American Gangsters: The Road to Corleone

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:36pm

Taught by Robert Denerstein, former film critic at the Rocky Mountain News, this four-week film course will look at the most iconic gangsters in film history including the Godfather's Michael Corleone. Explore why the American culture is attracted to the tough-guy outlaw, how gangsters have endured in film history, and the directors and actors who have shaped the gangster character. Tue 7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Denver Film Society

Mexico vs. Bolivia

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:03am

Don’t miss your chance to watch international fùtbol without leaving the state. This friendly match marks Mexico’s third visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and their first return since defeating Bolivia 5-1 in 2009. The two teams have met a total of 10 times, with Mexico holding the overall advantage 8-1-1. Tue 8 p.m. 

Dine Out for CASA

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:55am

Support a good cause by dining on delicious food. Drop by Mexican eatery Las Delicias for lunch or dinner and enjoy classic dishes like shrimp fajitas and tacos al carbon. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a nonprofit that gives a voice to children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Wed 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Overdue: Beer, Books, & Bands

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:21am

Celebrate Denver Public Library's 125th birthday with a party long overdue. Listen to live music and fill up with beer samples from local brewers, food truck fare, and cupcakes from Cake Crumbs Bakery. Get a sneak peek of the library's latest endeavor—Volume Denver, an online collection of local music. All proceeds benefit Denver Public Library. Thu 5:30 p.m.

Mia Mulvey and Amanda Small

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:17am

Whether it’s a ceramic sculpture of a Green Sea Turtle’s skeleton or a diorama of trees and brush, Mia Mulvey's work showcases the natural beauty of the world. Mulvey’s art will be on display along with fellow natural sculpture artist Amanda Small, whose colorful (and fairly trippy) installations use technology to recreate the processes of nature. Tue-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat 1-4 p.m.

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - "A Place at the Table"

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:38pm

The three Americans struggling with food insecurity in A Place at the Table represent the 5 million people in the U.S. who don’t know where they will get their next meal. The first screening of the Sustainable Food Film Series, the event will include free dinner from Chipotle and a post-film panel discussion featuring leaders of three anti-hunger organizations in Colorado. Thu 6 p.m. 

Skanks

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:12am

Skanks follows the quirky ensemble of a small community theater in Birmingham, Alabama as its members break state conventions with a drag performance. The film chronicles the musical's rehearsal process while also diving into the homes of performers to examine life in the Bible Belt. The event will end with a Q&A session featuring filmmaker David McMahon. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Grounded

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 1:22pm

An unplanned pregnancy reroutes a star fighter pilot's path to a windowless trailer where she manages drone strikes and hunts terrorists. This one-woman show is the winner of the National New Play Network’s 2012 Smith Prize and one of the Guardian’s Top 10 London Plays of 2013. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m. 

Imposition by Evan Anderman

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:29pm

When Denverite Evan Anderman says his photography explores the relationship between human development and the natural world, he means it (he’s a geologist after all). During his flyovers over the plains of Colorado, Anderman documents what happened to the land, whether its a natural occurrence or a man made topography. Times by appointment.

 

Bonny Lhotka and Norman Epp at Walker Fine Art

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:32am

Daguerreotype, a photographic process dating back to 1839, has quite the history. Though it requires a subject to sit still for 10 minutes, the photos produce precious quirks and rich textures inherent in the antiquated development. Bonny Lhotka is fascinated with repurposing alternative photographic processes in both technique and subject matter, resulting in layered portraits and still lifes. Sharing the space is Norman Epp, a Denver-based conceptual realist sculptor. Epp manipulates the earth’s natural materials like stone, wood, and steel to produce his abstract pieces.

Flash Point

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:00pm

Coloradans are no stranger to wildfires, yet only a few have found beauty in what is otherwise so destructive. Anna Kaye uses her scientific background (she has a degree in geology) to study Colorado wildfires in this multimedia show. Look for “300 in Celsius,” a charcoal drawing depicting the ghostly quality of a blaze, and time-lapse videos and films from the artist. Tue-Fri noon-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Anna Kaye

2014 Pork N Hops Challenge

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:36pm

Grab a napkin, snag a beer, and get ready for two days of smoked and grilled meats. Sample signature ribs and more from 48 professional teams while enjoying Colorado craft beer. An amateur category will feature backyard barbecue aficionados for some fun and flavorful competition. Don’t miss live music from Jo Dee Messina and Charlie Worsham. Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat noon-10 p.m.

Anna Kaye and Virginia Folkestad at The Sandra Phillips Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:28am

Recreating smoke ain’t easy. But Denver artist Anna Kaye made it look like it had been photographed in her charcoal drawing of the 2011 Indian Gulch wildfire near Golden.  Back with a series of new pieces, Kaye is joined by sculpture artist Virginia Folkestad. Folkestad, who has received nearly universal praise from Denver media, will be showing one of her provocative, thoughtful installations. Tue-Fri noon-5 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.

 

Girls' Nite Out!

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:30pm

Is your husband glued to the Broncos game? Let him have a night to himself while you and your girlfriends head to Caché's special one-day event. Stop by any location to receive 30 percent off regular priced items, refreshments from Godiva, a free gift with a purchase, and the chance to win a $150 gift card. It would almost be a waste not to shop. Fri 5-9 p.m. 

A Red Carpet Adventure

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 7:25pm

What do the director of Mad Men and the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants have in common? Both entertainers will lend their talents to emcee an annual fundraising event benefitting There With Care, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping family members of critically ill children in their time of need. Guests enjoy a coursed dinner accompanied by musical acts from a jazz pianist, singer/songwriter, youth string quartet, and more. Fri-Sat, 5:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of There With Care 

Faith Williams at Edge Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:20am

Faith Williams’ detailed drawings, paintings, and multimedia work focus on expressiveness of everyday people. Her colorful cityscapes depict Denver standbys including the Assembly House, summer tubing on the Platte River, and jazz in City Park. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m.

 

Brew at the Zoo

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:55am

Kick off the weekend with a celebration of beers and bites. Enjoy unlimited four-ounce tastes from 40 Colorado breweries such as Black Shirt Brewing Co., River North Brewery, and more with food from eateries including Cherry Cricket and Biscuit Bus. The evening of fun, food, and brews also features live music from artists such as Americana singer-songwriter Coles Whalen and jazz vocalist Kelsey Shiba. Purchase a preview ticket and beat the crowds to taste the best beers in Colorado. Fri 7-10 p.m.

Music for a Bright Tomorrow

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:19pm

Don't miss a night of classical music from Katie Mahan, one of the most promising piano players in the world, as she teams up with Ayre Acoustics for Music for a Bright Tomorrow. After Ayre Acoustic's founder Charles Hansen suffered a spinal cord injury in 2006, he became very familiar with the work being done by former University of Colorado-Denver professor Dr. Stephen Davies, a leader in spinal cord injury research. All proceeds from Music for a Bright Tomorrow benefit Dr. Stephen Davies and his team who are advancing one of the most daunting areas in medical science.

Day Out With Thomas

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:40pm

Sixty-five years later, this choo-choo hasn't lost a step. The Little Engine That Could makes his triumphant return to Colorado railways with a full day of fun for your little conductor. Kids will ride the rails with Thomas and hear him speak via voiceover for the first time in the program's history when they depart and arrive in the station. After they detrain, they can sing along to Thomas' theme song, play with bunnies in the petting zoo, and watch them disappear at the magic show.  Sat-Sun 4:45 p.m.

Golden Frontier Olympics

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:44am

Want to showcase that trivial skill you secretly consider cool? Display these little-used talents in these Olympics-style games dating from the 1880s. Compete in a pie-eating contest, tug-of-war showdown, Gold Rush relay, or another frontier-themed event. Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Snowboard on the Block Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:47pm

Leave the real slope-shredding to the pros. The world’s best snowboard production companies head to downtown Denver to celebrate the release of their annual videos. Riders will also compete live in the rail jam contest on 25 tons of real snow. Music from 12 bands, including hip-hop duo Mobb Deep and punk group Misfits, will blast from three stages throughout the day. Make sure to stop by the gear sale, where equipment and clothing will be marked down up to 75 percent. Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 

—Photograph courtesy of Jerry Ratzlaff

End of the World Pub Crawl

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:59am

Walk, crawl, and drink your way to safety when zombies take over Larimer Street. In a game similar to capture the flag, you will try to reach five bars including Armoury, the Ginn Mill, and Retro Room while avoiding the undead creatures trying to take your flags (which double as lives). Participants can win prizes at the end of the crawl based on how many lives they have left over—if any. Proceeds benefit Hope for Young Adults with Cancer. Sat 1-5 p.m.

Ridgefest

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:36am

It takes a community to put on this festival. Ridgefest mixes local food trucks and artisan markets with family activities like face painting and a bike rodeo, all to celebrate the town of Wheat Ridge. The festival wraps up with back-to-back bluegrass concerts. Sat 3-9:30 p.m.

Urban Arts Fund Mural Tour

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:35am

Denver is home to more than 350 pieces of public art found along streets, over bridges, and on buildings. This walking tour takes participants through the west alleyway of Larimer Street between 26th and 28th streets. See the once drab and dark alley transformed into a colorful art walk featuring the work of national and local street artists. Sat 3 p.m.

Red Rocks on a High Note

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:44pm

For the first time in three years, the entire 80-piece Colorado Symphony will come together for one of the most eclectic performances of the year. Red Rocks on a High Note will blend pieces ranging from Beethoven's 5th Symphony to John William's iconic E.T. score to the haunting suite from There Will Be Blood. The greatest hits-esque show should last about 90 minutes and provide entertainment for the whole family. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Brew Runs: BRU Boulder

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:33pm

Running is a lot easier when you know a delicious craft beer is waiting for you at the finish line. As part of the year-long, 10-stop Rocky Mountain Brew Runs, East Boulder gastropub BRU hosts a 5K that culminates with ice-cold beer, a delicious pub lunch, and an all-day party. Sun 10 a.m.

Cyncie Winter and Pam Fortner at Sync Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:34pm

When painter Cyncie Winter begins an abstract piece, she starts with scenes of the natural world. She channels the shape of the clouds, the flicker of grass in the wind, the rush of water, and the interplay of darkness and light. Then she begins to makes the image her own. Winter will share space at the Sync Gallery with fellow painter Pam Fortner, whose abstract art is strongly influenced by Asian brushwork. Fortner, however, doesn’t limit herself to just brushes.

The Slaughter

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:55am

Treat your palate to unique craft beers and inventive eats at this thoughtfully-planned dinner. Trve Brewing Company and Bad Apple team up to produce a sumptuous four-course meal featuring duck rillettes paired with a dry-hopped pale ale and lamb with crispy bone marrow alonsgside a sour brown ale. Two seatings are scheduled to ensure you enjoy the innovative meal. Sun 5:30-11 p.m.

Boulder Phil Opening Night: Scheherazade

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:17am

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off their season with music written by self-proclaimed "adventurer-composer" Stephen Lias. The world premiere of Gates of the Arctic honors the 50th anniversary of America's Wilderness Act with up-tempo pieces accompanied by images of the Alaskan backcountry. Guest artist and pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform Saint Saens' "Paino Concerto No. 2," and Boulder Phil's new concertmaster, Charles Wetherbee, will close out the night with Rimsky-Korsakov's exotic "Scheherezade."

—Photo courtesy Glenn Ross Photography

Boulder International Fringe Festival

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:05pm

Twelve days, 300 artists, and more than 200 events will come together to make up Boulder’s 10th year of honoring creativity and culture. Dance parties, beer and wine gardens, theater and musical performances, and comedy shows are just some of the activities you can see and participate in during this performing arts smorgasbord. The festival supports local businesses, and last year brought approximately $750,000 in revenue to the city and the state of Colorado. Days, times vary.

 

Newman Awards

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:44am

Architecture is the functional art that truly gives a region its character. Celebrate the 2014 winners of the Annual Newman Awards, presented by the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. The night praises traditional design in the area while offering hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and music. A portion of each ticket benefits student programs at the University of Colorado Denver's College of Architecture and Planning and the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program of Colorado. Wed 6-10 p.m.

Tab Benoit

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:49pm

The word "rest" is not in Tab Benoit's vocabulary. This 46-year-old American blues guitarist has 18 albums under his belt and has shown mastery in nearly every blues subgenre, from swampy acoustic to soulful electric and high-energy rock and roll. He'll bring his one-of-a-kind talents to The Gothic Theater to play a range of hits. Wed 8 p.m.

Telluride Work Out Weekend Festival

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:57pm

With more than 15 special speakers and dozens of workshops, the Telluride Work Out Weekend Festival is one of the nation's leading fitness conventions. Unparalleled mountain biking, trail running, cycling, hiking, and yoga opportunities make Telluride a serene setting for this 4-day festival. Professional instructors, experienced athletes, and beginners alike can take their fitness regimen to the next level. Speakers include Tony Horton, creator of P90X, and celebrated performace coach Todd Durkin. Daily, times vary.

Memories of Water

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:49am

In this solo exhibition, photographer Kevin O'Connell showcases drought from the Colorado plains to the shores of the Pacific Northwest. He captures both the dire state of the land as well as its surrounding beauty. Positioned in a timeline format, his photos examine the increasing scarcity of our most important natural resource. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Dr. Drew

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:22pm

The doctor will see you now—Dr. Drew, that is. The internist, who became famous for hosting Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, brings his medical knowledge to the stage during the Arapahoe House Luncheon, an event he helped jump-start five years ago as the keynote speaker. If you’ve still got a healthy batch of questions after his lecture, stick around for a book signing and meet-and-greet. Thu noon-1:15 p.m.

Catching Fire

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:43am

Textile artist Regina V. Benson uses giant tapestries to take viewers on an electrifying and intense tour of our earth's wildfires. These massive forms glow from within, depicting a timeline of different stages of ignition. The eleven suspended works stand nine feet tall, containing 120 yards of fabric that Venson painted, dyed, burned and stitched. Thu, Sat noon-5 p.m; Fri noon-9 p.m.

Taste of Greenwood Village

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:14am

Savor the flavors of Greenwood Village at this one-day event. Restaurants such as the Bent Noodle, Ivy at the Glenn, and Season's 52 Grill offer samples of their signature dishes that you can enjoy with sips from wineries including Antucura, Manifesto Wines, and more. Get the VIP experience that includes exclusive wine pairings and culinary tastings at Zink Kitchen & Bar, Jing, and Del Frisco's. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Robocop

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:34pm

Tap into your brawn at a Tough Guy Cinema event. In RoboCop, Alex Murphy, a policeman in futuristic, crime-ridden Detroit, is murdered by a gang of criminals and then revived by a massive, unethical organization as a superhuman law enforcer. The film deals with heavy themes such as capitalism, greed, human nature, and more. Thu 7 p.m. 

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:27am

The Colorado Symphony's season begins this weekend with one of Beethoven's most recognized and beloved works. Music Director Andrew Litton and his orchestra will be accompanied by the Colorado Symphony Chorus, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Shrek the Musical

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:58pm

Break free from traditional fairy tales to find a unique world of magic. Based off the Oscar-winning film, Shrek the Musical fills the stage with a feisty princess, a talkative donkey, and a lovable ogre. But more importantly, this musical will reveal the meaning of true love and internal beauty. Days, times vary.

 

Jeff the Brotherhood

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:11am

Taking a page out of the Black Keys' playbook, this indie duo creates garage rock that is as catchy as it is soulful. In addition to playing originals off its seven studio albums, Jeff the Brotherhood is bound to perform covers of the Pixies, Beck, My Bloody Valentine, and more tunes featured on its new EP, Dig The Classics. Thu 8 p.m.

Riot Fest

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:00am

Take a breather from today's omnipresent EDM and hip-hop and enjoy some good ol' fashion rock. Created in Chicago in 2005, the annual Riot Fest expands to Denver this year for three days of heavy-hitting live music with headliners like Weezer, the Cure, and the National. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Pedal The Plains

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:35pm

Taking in the rolling countryside and endless grasslands of the Eastern Plains is best done by bike. Cyclists of all ages and abilities ride for 3 days in a non-competitive bicycling event from Wiggins to Sterling and back again. The 173 mile route—ranging from 30 to 80 miles per day—will pass bluffs, hills, reservoirs and museums, which riders are allowed to stop and explore. Those who prefer fun to fitness can sign up for just one of the days or saddle up for the family fun ride in Sterling. Daily, times vary.

Colorado Fall Home Show

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:01pm

Remodel, refresh, and renew you home with more than 300 vendors and experts at the Colorado Fall Home Show. The Colorado chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers will be on-site hosting presentations on topics such as kitchen redesign, remodeling tips, and accessorizing ideas. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit horticulture grants and scholarships across Colorado. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Gregory Block Solo Exhibition at Gallery 1261

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:27pm

Fine Art Today has callled Gregory Block “one of the most promising young artists in the representational art world,”--and he's only in his late 20s. His still lifes, while beautiful, convey a sadness and dynamism beyond his years. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Celebrate Fashion in Cherry Creek North

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:56pm

Get your shop on while supporting women’s health programs at Denver Health. Fashion night at Cherry Creek North will feature in-store events and specials at retailers throughout the shopping district. Then don your hautest threads for the runway fashion show on Fillmore Plaza complete with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Doors open on Fillmore Plaza at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Fri 4-9:30 p.m.

 

Corn Maze

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:00pm

Not all who wander are lost—unless it's in a corn maze. Grab a map and your little one's hand and try to find your way through this six-acre maze. After they escape, kids can grab some kettle corn and lemonade for a hayride around the field, or make their way up to one of the bridges and watch their friends tackle the maze below. Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sat noon-9 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.

Steamboat OktoberWest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:20am

Celebrate the beginning of fall at a festival of food, craft beer, and entertainment. Start off with the Suds n' Grubs stroll down main street along Yampa River to sample brews and bites from restaurants including Aurum Food & Wine, Cantina of Steamboat, and more. Events throughout the weekend include a beef cookoff and tasting, beer gardens, and gondola rides. Don't miss a live performance by Grammy-nominated blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland. Fri 5-11 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Chile & Frijoles Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:40pm

The savory aroma of roasting chile fills the air and reminds you to enjoy summer while it lasts. Pueblo County farmers bring their best chile and bean crops for festivalgoers to sample and purchase. Festival activities include cooking competitions, Native American dancing, and a jalapeño eating competition — if you can stomach it. Fri 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oktoberfest Denver

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:10pm

Keg bowling; authentic German bratwurst, sausage, and sauerkraut; live music from bands like the Polka Mates and DJ Chronz; and of course, stein after stein of your favorite German beers. It could only be Oktoberfest Denver. Celebrate with 350,000 of your closest friends at what USA Today called one of the country’s biggest and longest-running traditions. Dates and times vary.

 

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:05pm

There’s nothing better than fall weather. Celebrate the crisp air and the changing colors with your best Boulder buds at Downtown Boulder Fall Fest. The three-day autumn fest features local food, microbrews, music, 30 artisan booths, and even a carnival for the kids. Fri 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Family Fun Night: Campfire Tales

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:47pm

Experience fire-side stories in a more beautiful place than your backyard. At the Denver Botanic Gardens Family Fun Night, you can make s’mores, explore the garden as it transitions to fall, and pick up a house plant to take home. The night will wrap up with family-friendly campfire tales told by local storyteller Jonathan Knox. Fri 5:30 p.m.

Greenway's Foundations After Party

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:33pm

Dance and imbibe over the South Platte River and improve Denver at the same time. The celebration, which features DJ Chuck Lepley and Colorado folk band Paper Bird, raises funds for improvements to the South Platte River, Cherry Creek, and the surrounding parks and trails. Fri 6 p.m.

Lighthouse Presents: Making the Mountain

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:47am

Join three local leaders from different fields as they share their inspiration for their work. Featured speakers include Victoria Eastburn, Director of Education & Programs at the Clyfford Still Museum, Kaitlin Skilken, chef at Vert Kitchen, and Ryan Warner, Radio Host of "Colorado Matters," on CPR.  Free drinks will be available an hour before the discussion starts. Fri 6 p.m.

Artmix

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:07pm

Get your paddle ready for action at this auction-packed event. A silent art auction will feature contemporary artwork from regional and international artists, while a live auction gives you a chance to win exclusive vacation packages. Help raise funds for BmoCa's art education program while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and music. Fri 6:30-10 p.m.

StapletOM Yoga and Music Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:01pm

Channel your inner guru with this two-day yoga festival. Ten teachers from studios such as Outlaw Yoga, Endorphin, and Pura Vida will help you master that shoulder stand you just can’t grasp. Head to Friday's late-night yoga session, then imbibe as you listen to tunes from blues rock outfit Gent Treadly. Saturday offers 10 hours of yoga classes representing a variety of styles plus more music from Denver acoustic duo 2 miles apart and local DJ Jeremy Wolf. Food trucks and local artisans will be on-hand to complete the om-tastic experience. Fri 6:30-10 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Zero Theorem

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:11pm

Everything comes from nothing. At least that’s what Qohen, a computer genius played by Christoph Waltz, must prove for his boss within this flick's high-tech world. Not one to shy away from tricky subjects, director Terry Gilliam will wrap up his dystopian satire trilogy (which began in 1985) with this final science-fiction film. Fri 7:30 p.m. 

Step Afrika!

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:54pm

African dance has a long history of fostering community and teaching social values. Get a glimpse at this vibrant culture as Step Afrika!, the world's first professional step company, performs traditional African dances and routines associated with historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Clap along to the beat as the Washington, D.C.-based dancers engage in the South African Gumboot, in which they wear Wellington boots that stomp on the ground. Audience volunteers can learn a basic step during a mini-workshop at the end of the performance. Fri 7:30 p.m. 

Yonder Mountain String Band's Kinfolk Celebration

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:52am

Since its inception in 2002, Yonder Mountain String Band's annual Kinfolk Celebration has brought hoards of bluegrass fans together for a weekend of community, camping, and musical mania. Usually hosted in a different state every year, the Nederland-based group brings Kinfolk back to its home in Lyons for two nights of foot-stompin' fun that will feature guest musicians Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury, Allie Kral, Jake Jolliff, and John Bell. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:27am

The Colorado Symphony's season begins this weekend with one of Beethoven's most recognized and beloved works. Music Director Andrew Litton and his orchestra will be accompanied by the Colorado Symphony Chorus, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

My Wild Journey: An Evening with Author Cheryl Strayed

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:13pm

In her New York Times bestselling memoir, Wild, Cheryl Strayed recounts her three-month, 1,100-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. Before the movie adaptation of the book starring Reese Witherspoon—which premiered at Telluride Film Festival last month—hits the big screen in December, listen to the author speak about her journey, her battle with grief, and how she survived nature. Stick around after the talk for a Q&A session and book signing. Fri 8 p.m.

Colorado on Tap: The State of Brew Culture

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:43pm

We all need a beer after the security lines at Denver International Airport. Now you can learn about the history behind your drink as more than 250 breweries across the state have lent artifacts to DIA for an exhibit on the canning and brewing processes. Cases full of old and new growlers, glasses, coasters, tap handles, and signature bottles will make you want a full one. Cruise over to the indoor beer garden next to the display for a flight of libations—before or after your flight off the ground. The exhibit is in the pre-security hallway to the A gates on the sixth level.

 

Crazed Corn Field Maze Opening Day

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:46am

Looking to take your mind off your daily responsibilities? Come out to this maze, which spans 20 acres and requires a minimum of 40 minutes to complete. If that’s too much of a commitment for your young ones, there’s a mini maze for kids that only takes 20 to 25 minutes. Post-maze, families can enjoy one of the many side events, which include hay rides, pumpkin patches, petting zoos, and more. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Dinosuar Discovery Day: Geohazards and Prepardness, Dinosuar Ridge

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:06pm

This weekend's Dinosaur Discovery Day, which includes gold panning, fossil sifting, metal detecting and dinosaur track painting, is sure to leave your budding paleontologist in prehistoric wonder. But this family event isn't only about dinosaurs: There will also be interactive informational booths on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, radiation, floods, and wildfires—not to mention hiking opportunities around Dinosaur Ridge. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:25am

Unwind and sip wine in a historic and beautiful town amid the San Juan Mountains. Enjoy food from regional purveyors such as Lake City Bakery and Haugen's Mountain Grown Lamb while listening to live Americana tunes from acts such as Russ Chapman and Rosewood Drive. Sat 10 a.m.

Annual Shopping Extravaganza

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:14pm

Shop, save, and support the cause at the Outlets at Castle Rock’s annual Shopping Extravaganza. Get access to exclusive sales while raising money for area nonprofits. In addition to the sale prices, ticket entry comes with a catered lunch and dessert bar accompanied by live music and entertainment. Not to mention all attendees are entered to win prize drawings with more than $70,000 in store gift cards and merchandise up for grabs. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Loveland Oktoberfest

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:15am

This is an Oktoberfest you can bring the kids to. Fun family events like a coloring contest and pretzel necklace making kick off the event, but it also features brews from Loveland Brewing, the Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, and other Colorado beers. The festival ends with music from The Epilogues, Flobots, and Proverbial. Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Denver Flea

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:08am

Ditch the high-priced shopping mall and to this eclectic flea market for a treasure trove of knick-knacks. This second installment (the inaugural event in May saw 8,000 visitors) promises more than 70 Colorado-based antique and handmade goods vendors, like Knotty Tie Company and Vaux Vintage. In between browsing the stalls, munch on local food and brews and listen to live music. Those who RSVP online will receive a free craft beer or locally roasted coffee. Sat noon-9 p.m. 

Vine Street Uptown Neighborhood Block Party

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:54am

Spend the day in Uptown enjoying Colorado craft beers, games, and live music on Vine Street. The fourth annual block party features a beer garden with breweries such as River North Brewery, Boulder Beer Company, and more with live music from Americana quintet Drunken Hearts. Don't miss the brewer's olympics with events including tricycle races and the yeast-filled water balloon toss. Sat 1-9 p.m.

Yonder Mountain String Band's Kinfolk Celebration

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:52am

Since its inception in 2002, Yonder Mountain String Band's annual Kinfolk Celebration has brought hoards of bluegrass fans together for a weekend of community, camping, and musical mania. Usually hosted in a different state every year, the Nederland-based group brings Kinfolk back to its home in Lyons for two nights of foot-stompin' fun that will feature guest musicians Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury, Allie Kral, Jake Jolliff, and John Bell. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Elton John

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:06pm

In five decades, Sir Elton John’s tally of approximately 250 million albums sold is only surpassed by Elvis Presley and the Beatles. The superstar and Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame legend returns to Denver for the 19th time on his All the Hits tour. Listen to chart-toppers such as "Rocket Man" and "Bennie and the Jets," as well as songs off the remastered album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, released earlier this year in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Sat 8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Elton John

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Elton John is one of the last true showmen. For five decades, the legendary performer, sporting his iconic ostrich feathers and rhinestone glasses, has sold out stadiums across the world. For his 19th show in Denver and fourth at the Pepsi Center, he promises to play classic tracks spanning the entirety of his 31-album career. Sat 8 p.m.

Hop, Skip & A Jump Start

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:44pm

Tykes, take your mark. No matter the age, there’s a race here for you and your little ones along the South Platte River. Kids five and up can take on the quarter-mile course, toddlers will trot the eighth-mile track, and infants will match speeds in the 10-foot crawl. There’s also a stroller-friendly 5K should parents want to join in the fun. Swallow Hill Music is bringing their instrument petting zoo to the festivities, offering little ones a chance to play ukuleles, guitars, drums, and more. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of Denver. Sun 9 a.m. 

Burgundy/White Avalanche Game

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:33pm

Take a break from football and go see the Avalanche before the season begins. The annual intra-squad scrimmage will return to Denver University for the first time in eight years. Regardless of the score after three periods, the teams will compete in a shootout so fans can see the fancy stick work of your favorite players. Sun 11 a.m. 

A Painterly Approach to Photographing the Landscape

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:37pm

Photographer Michelle Angello is a master of manipulation when it comes to photography. After snapping landscape images, she alters them digitally. The result: water-color or oil painting look-a-likes. Some of her more recent pieces on display in the Washington Park boathouse focus on black and white ink blots. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Autumn Equinox Sunrise Program

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:18am

See the sunrise of the autumnal equinox over the ancient ruins of Chimney Rock. Enter the national monument in the darkness of pre-dawn and explore two of the mesa’s most timeless wonders. First is Sun Rock, an unexcavated ruin that offers a perfect vantage point to watch the sun rise over the San Juan Mountains. Then a stone circle carved into the bedrock near the Great House Pueblo gives a second opportunity to view early morning rays. Throughout the walk, learn the history of Chimney Rock from a trained volunteer program leader.

Get Outside Club Fall Equinox

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:45pm

This guided hike is perfect for the family to see foliage, explore the woods, and crunch on leaves. A naturalist will take you through activities, games, and nature hunts so you can learn and play at the same time. Tue 10 a.m. 

 

September Wine Dinner

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:37am

Treat your tastebuds to a four-course dinner of Mateo chef-owner Matthew Jansen's favorite Provencal-inspired dishes. The eclectic prix fixe meal includes sommelier-selected wine pairings to complement cuisine such as pan-seared pork belly with cognac apple sauce, pickled figs, and pine nuts. Savor the sweet and exquisite flavors of this carefully-curated gastronomic experience. Tue 6 p.m. 

Harvest Week

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:03am

Celebrate the upcoming fall harvest with a series of meals created from the bounty produced at nonprofit indoor farm GrowHaus. The pop-up parties include four multi-course dinners and a finale brunch prepared by chefs from local restaurants such as Panzano, Lou’s Food Bar, the Squeaky Bean, and more. The collaborative, themed meals include Thursday’s Feast of Hunters & Gatherers and Friday’s Footloose & Farm Fresh dinner and dance party. Proceeds benefit GrowHaus and EatDenver. Tue-Thu 6-10 p.m.; Fri 7-11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sound + Vision: David Bowie Is

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:05pm

Explore all the things that David Bowie is in this documentary film detailing an exhibition from the Victoria and Alber Museum of the musician’s photographs, stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, and more. Also included are interviews with Japanese fashion designer Yamamoto and British singer Jarvis Cocker. Tue 7 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of “David Bowie Is”

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:35pm

They may not be Young, but Crosby, Stills & Nash still know how to rock. The trio, which has been inducted into the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has produced one of the most iconic and enduring collaborations in all of music. After embarking on a nationwide, 38-stop tour earlier in the summer, the legendary group will play in the nation's most beautiful venue. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Cooking Class with Justin Cucci

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:45pm

Learn your way around the kitchen in group class from Justin Cucci, chef-owner of Root Down and Linger. Work with natural, organic, and local ingredients as you whip up some of Cucci’s famous, flavorful dishes. All ticket sales benefit Work Options for Women. Wed 6-8 p.m

Peter Davison: Tossed and Found

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:45pm

Performing artist Peter Davison was named the National Juggling Champion, took the stage on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and was a white-faced juggler in the movie Xanadu, which also starred Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John. Experience the diverse talents of this comedian, dancer, and juggler before he’s back on the move for his next gig. Wed 8:30 p.m.; Sat 7 p.m. 

Crested Butte Film Festival

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:04pm

Crsted Butte transforms into Hollywood for four days, with more than 100 films presented at multiple venues around the town. Filmmaker Jesse Zwick, whose father had a house in Colorado when Zwick was growing up, brings his debut feature About Alex, starring Aubrey Plaza and Jason Ritter, to the festival for the Colorado premiere of the movie. The fest also features 20 visiting directors and actors (with some from as far away as Buenos Aires), bike parades, and nightly parties around town. A free children's film program is included. Times, locations vary.

The Perpetual Pantry

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:49pm

Change the way you look at the food you buy, prepare, and discard. James Beard Award-nominated author Eugenia Bone discusses how to cook sustainably at home and make the most out of what is in your pantry. Don’t miss a tasting inspired by recipes from Bone’s books. Thu 6-9 p.m.

2014 CineLatino Film Festival

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:58pm

Honor Hispanic Heritage month with a four-day cultural celebration of Latino cinema. The festival will include 12 movies, both feature and documentary titles, all done by Latino filmmakers or related to a Latino issue. On Wednesday, a Q&A will follow a free screening of the 1981 film Zoot Suit with the lead actor, Daniel Valdez. In addition, three catered parties will take place throughout the week, including one featuring a mariachi band. Days, times vary. 

Dinner in the Dark

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:05pm

This dinner will be a feast for the senses sans sight. At the Blind Café’s Dinner in the Dark guests enjoy beer, a vegetarian menu, a dark chocolate dessert, live music, and conversation with the blind waitstaff—all while dining in complete darkness. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Boulder Blind Dog Puppies. Thu-Sat 7 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Shine Restaurant

Demi Lovato

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:42am

Although Demi Lovato first gained attention as a child star in Barney & Friends, she now tops the charts with her powerful pop-y voice and empowering lyrics. She visits Denver this week to sing hits like "Heart Attack" and "Made in the USA" off last year's self-titled album, Demi. Thu 7 p.m.

Lykke Li

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:56am

With deep, melodic instrumentals and a voice that calls a quieter Madonna to mind, this Swedish indie star has slowly become one of the most exciting up-and-coming pop acts. Her latest album, I Never Learn, was released earlier this year. Thu 7:30 p.m.

Pieces of Perspective

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 09/28/2014 - 6:15pm

Featuring vibrant paintings, bronze sculptures, and interactive art, this group exhibit displays pieces from six local artists. Explore the perspectives of oil painter Chelese Hawkins, detailed outdoor sculptures from Rik Sargent (pictured), and mixed media works from author and artist Mark Whistler. While browsing the exhibit, sip on a cup of java from Backstage Coffee, the Art Gallery at DPAC's connecting cafe. Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy Rik Sargent

Handmade in Colorado Expo

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:03pm

Scavenge through a plethora of handcrafted goods made locally by Colorado artists. This two-weekend festival features a juried selection of fine art including metals, glass, paintings, clothes, and jewelry at two of Colorado's busiest shopping areas—Denver's 16th Street Mall and Boulder's Pearl Street Mall. While you shop, listen to live music by local acts including Jonah Wisneski, Policulture, Intuit, and the Zimmermans. Sat-Sun 11 a.m-7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Handmade in Colorado Expo

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:18pm

Support your local craftsman at the annual Handmade in Colorado Expo taking place on the 16th Street mall. More than 120 exhibitors, from metal workers and painters to food artisans and jewelers, will be in attendance. See who wins best of show and and pick up a trinket or two to take home. Sat, Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

Doll Sale

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 9:58am

Grab Raggedy Ann and finally get her that eye she's needed for so long. Talk to enthusiasts and browse a selection of antique and modern dolls, accessories and collectibles. Attendees will receive a special shopping bag with admission. Fri 1 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fruita Fall Festival

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:47am

For 100 years, the Fruita Fall Festival has marked the beginning of autumn. Celebrate its centennial with 50,000 of your friends and neighbors at this free, three-day event. Enter your kids in the youth talent show, lace up your tennies for the 5K Stampede, get your frisbee on at the Frisbee Golf Tournament, and check out the more than 150 vendors selling food, arts, and crafts.

 

Reel Rock Film Tour

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 5:08pm

For 50 years, Yosemite Valley has lured rock climbers to its giant granite cliffs. Watch the “greatest untold story of American counterculture” in Valley Uprising, the highly anticipated feature-length film at this year’s Reel Rock Film Tour. The film includes movie footage from the past and the present as well as interviews with some of the Yosemite greats, including Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. For the ninth year, the tour takes climbers off the cliffs and into the theater to see adventure come to life on film. Fri 5:30 p.m. 

Melanye Levin at Next Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:25pm

A third generation artist, Melanye Levin began painting at an early age. The Coloradan has experimented with watercolors, pastels, chalk, acrylic, and oil. She uses all of them to create soothing skyscapes that do justice to the wonder and beauty of the Rocky Mountain sky. Fri 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat, Sun noon-5 p.m.

Surface

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:23pm

Scratch the surface of this abstract exhibit (literally!). Artists such as curator Marks Aardsma have deconstructed materials or added extra layers on top of existing artwork to create a sense of texture and depth. Other pieces display the use of unique mediums like cardstock, wire, and tissue. Featured artists include Tonia Bonnell, Michael Burnett and Nancy Charak. Tue-Thu noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-4 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Haunted Field of Screams

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:26am

Have you ever wondered how you would fare during a zombie invasion? At this apocalyptic event, you can put your skills to the test by fending off fake zombies with real paintballs. If that experience is too intense, try out the signature haunted corn mazes. But beware: one of them—the Field of Screams—features chainsaw-wielding madmen, clowns, and zombies roaming among 16-foot cornstalks. Fri 7 p.m.-midnight. 

Animaniacs Live

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:07pm

Ditch the tuxedos and grab a costume—things are about to get wacky at the Colorado Symphony. As the orchestra plays an entire show inspired by the Animaniacs, two giant overhead screens will display scenes from this beloved children's cartoon. Voice actors, including Rob Paulsen from the original show, will provide endless laughs and even integrate themselves into the music, making for a one-of-a-kind symphony experience. Children are encouraged to put together their best Animaniacs costume. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Ty Segall

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:15pm

Raucous, powerful, and brash, Ty Segall is pure rock ’n’ roll. The prolific musician, who has released eight solo albums and participates in six other bands, is known for his stripped-down, energetic live performances. You can skip your morning run on Friday—you're sure to get quite the workout at this chaotic show. Fri 8 p.m.

Girls Gone Rx

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21pm

Push your best friends to their breaking point in an all-female CrossFit team competition. CrossFit is a grueling workout in which participants push themselves to their physical and mental limit. Girls Gone Rx pits three-person teams against each other in a wide range of CrossFit workouts where communication and teamwork is key. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, the most creative outfit, and the top fundraising team. Sat 8 a.m.

Run 10 Feed 10

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:04pm

Each time you hit the next kilometer marker, consider it another hungry person in the Denver community fed. As you pound pavement for this 10K around Clement Park, this funrun's registration fee will automatically provide meals for ten kids and participants are encouraged to raise an addition $100 to further the effort. Hosted by the Boulder Running Company, Run 10 Feed 10 is a national effort that aims to provide meals in the United States. Sat 8 a.m.

—Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Morrison Ciderfest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:38pm

Enjoy a day of ciders, car shows, and live music with the family. Get the hands-on experience of pressing your own apple cider. Nosh on bites from the Blue Cow, Moe's BBQ, and more. Rockabilly tunes from Tommy Price and the Stilettos headline the all-day event. Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m.  

5280 Shops

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:59am

Support the local retail community and find the latest fall fashions at select Denver stores with 5280 Shops. For one day only, take 15 percent off your purchase at local boutiques like Alchemie, Barbara & Company, Hailee Grace, Heloise, PINK's, Rebel, and Wish Boutique.

Challenger Learning Center

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:09pm

What are all those lights in the night sky, anyway? Kids will find out when they step into the Stellar Partial Planetarium for a guided tour of our solar system and beyond. The centerpiece film will be "We Choose Space!," a look at the history of the world's space programs, including an in-depth examination of the International Space Station and what lies ahead in a possible moon colony.  Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Stapleton Artists Open Studios Tour

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:04pm

A lot goes into making the beautiful artwork we admire. Get a look at how it's done at the Stapleton Artists Open Studios Tour. The self-guided tour lets you admire a variety of artistic methods, from oil and acrylics to photography and glasswork, plus many more. Once you're done browsing, take the opportunity to meet 20 of Stapleton’s most talented artists, including Ansley Young, Aundra Howard, and David Gardner. Maybe you’ll leave inspired to make something beautiful of your own. (If not, everything on display is for sale). Sat, Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Scout Night

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:55am

Earn a Scout Night patch with this special after-hours event at the Denver Zoo. Kids will learn about the zoo's conservation efforts and the minagerie of fascinating creatures around them. As the sun sets, they'll take carousel rides and make animal-related crafts. Later, night vision scopes will help them observe nocturnal animals as they start their day on a schedule kids can only dream of. Sat 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Colorado International Tattoo

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:51pm

You know a tattoo as an ink drawing on the skin, but it's also the name for a large musical performance involving military groups. The term dates back to a Dutch tradition called "Doe Den Tap Toe," in which a bugler and drummer would play to alert soldiers it wasn't time for bed. Come to Colorado's first "tattoo," where hundreds of Irish dancers, bagpipe players, choirs, military bands, and more will perform in a patriotic feast. Proceeds benefit the epoynmous nonprofit, Colorado International Tattoo, a component of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Twin Shadow

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:36pm

Listen to either one of Twin Shadow's albums, filled with heavy synth tones and hints of pop, and you'll think you've uncovered a relic from the '80s. The band, though, is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based George Lewis Jr., who channels the likes of The Cure and Tears For Fears to create his unique strand of critically acclaimed rock. His live shows are rare, so don't miss this stop on the summer-long Eclipse Tour. Sat 8 p.m.

The Queerbots Improv Comedy

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:52pm

Never before has Denver been home to an LGBT improv troupe. That's about to change thanks to Queerbots, made up of five local performers. This show will be their first production, and many controversial topics—same-sex marriage, parenthood, lesbian sports, queer films—will be explored based on the audience’s suggestions. The show will incorporate videotaped commentary from Hollywood stars such as Melissa McCarthy, Pierce Brosnan, and Lisa Simpson. Sat 8 p.m. 

The bRUNch Run 5K

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:25pm

This is one time when you're supposed to have food on your face. Don your eggs and bacon garb and run this scenic neighborhood course, where you'll be greeted with breakfast at the finish line. Local restaurants, including Vespar Lounge and Lou's Food Bar, will serve up all the eats you need to refuel after the race, and you can wash it down with craft brew from local breweries. The best breakfast costume and top three finishers win prizes, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Metro CareRing, a food bank and hunger relief program. Sun 9:30 a.m. 

Park Hill Home Tour and Street Fair

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:58am

Finally see the inside of that home you ogle every time you drive by. This mi casa es su casa tour winds through Park Hill, a neighborhood well-known for its diverse houses. You’ll get to walk through a 1920s Tudor, a modern home with a roof that slopes inward like a butterfly, and an early 1900s farmhouse. More than 12 food trucks will be on site, with local restaurants Yatai Sushi and Cake Crumbs making an appearance. Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sustainable Food Summit

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:27pm

Putting food on the table doesn’t need to starve the planet. Hundreds of chefs and culinary experts will gather to discuss the importance of sustainable cooking at this three-day event sponsored by food education nonprofit Chefs Collaborative. Attend film screenings, lunches, and seminars all around Boulder, with introductions by James Beard food writing award winner and New York Times Atlanta bureau chief Kim Severson.

Eating Words

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:14pm

Your little art patrons will learn while they laugh at this original production by local Bunport Theatre. The play follows a freelance fortune cookie writer who's handed down a magical pen. The pen's powers transport her to a fantastical kingdom where she must use her vocabulary to escape. Intended for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. Sun 3 p.m.; Mon-Thu 10 a.m.

Bird & Bubbles

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:26am

The next installment of community dinners at southeast Denver restaurant Atticus pairs comfort food with a little bit of bubbly. This down-home meal features fried chicken with fried green tomatoes, corn on the cob, hush puppies, and more Southern favorites with champagne for you to imbibe. Show up early for a cocktail and stay late for apple pie. Sun 5 p.m.  

Lorde

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:13pm

In just over a year, 17-year-old Lorde has taken the world by storm with her deep voice that croons over catchy, minimalist rhythms. The New Zealander found herself in the global spotlight overnight, but with a stellar debut album and a nonstop worldwide tour, she has proved it's right where she belongs. Lorde will make her second appearance in Denver for what is sure to be one of the most hyped shows of the concert season. Sun 8 p.m.

Miscast 2014

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:08pm

There's no such thing as type-casted in this variety show. The audience will be treated to 12 performances (all kept a secret before the show) from talents representing multiple Denver theater companies. This award-winning display provides local actors the opportunity to act out scenes and sing songs they would never otherwise get cast to perform. Mon 7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of John Moore

Phantogram

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:52pm

This New York-based indie-pop duo creates addictive, sample-based electronic music—and does it well. Over the past few years, the band, who have been friends since junior high, have gone from playing basement shows in Brooklyn to performing on the Late Show with David Letterman in March. They released their second album, Voices, earlier this year and will be promoting it on tour late into the fall. Mon 8 p.m.

Gateway to the Rockies

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:39am

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Aurora's biggest art show. This exhibit will feature national, regional, and local artists, some of whom will discuss their work at the opening reception. Two-dimensional art, photography, and miniatures will be on display, and all products will be available for purchase. Stop by the wine and cheese reception on October 10. Tue-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pretty Faces

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:24pm

As a professional big mountain skier, Lynsey Dyer knows firsthand the reward of taking risks and following a passion. In her film, Pretty Faces, Dyer documents the lives and experiences of female skiers of all ages. The inspirational documentary highlights the community, talent, and friendship that surrounds women skiing. On the opening night, screen the film, enjoy live music and games, and engage in a meet-and-greet with many of the featured women from the film. Tue 7:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy Shutterstock

Fall Show

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:32am

Find brilliant fall colors inside as well as outside. Sixteen artists will showcase their view of the season in mediums ranging from paintings to photography to sculptures. A large 2D collage of works completed in the studio will accompany the autumn exhibit. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m; Sat 10 a.m-4 p.m. 

Afternoon Tea at the Castle

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:33am

Feel like royalty for an afternoon in this Sedalie castle. Choose from a seasonal selection of teas along with scones and jam, as well as finger sandwiches and other pastries. After you practice your British accent over tea, take a tour of the castle, which sits on 3,400 acres roamed by wild elk, turkeys, and bears. Wed 2-4 p.m.  

Offensively Delicious

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:18am

Unlimited beer and professional humorists lay the groundwork for a memorable night. On the eve of the Great American Beer Festival, Nikki Glaser and Adam Cayton-Holland set the mood for a crazy brew-filled weekend. Renegade, Epic, Breckenridge, and more will be on site to get the libations flowing as you snicker and snort. Wed 6 p.m. 

BandSwap

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:52am

Done with the radio's tired tunes? Freshen up your library when eight bands from cities such as Madison and Portland bring new sounds to Denver and Fort Collins. They’ll be joined by six Front Range bands who have spent the summer "swapping" towns with the out-of-state groups to expand their audiences. Seek out shows from local artists including indie outfit Eldren, acoustic rock band the Yawpers, folk group Gasoline Lollipops, and more. Wed-Sun, times vary.

The Brew Night Show

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:50am

Enjoy an evening filled with music, laughter, beer, and burlesque presented by Colorado Americana band Marty Jones and the Great Unknowns. The night features a beer list of more than 25 special beers from breweries such as Green Flash Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewery, and more. Swing by the after party for a chance to meet and chat with Great American Beer Festival founder Charlie Papazian and Stephen Beaumont, co-author of World Atlas of Beer. Wed 7 p.m.

Dylan Went Electric

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15am

At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, (Bob) Dylan switched to an electric guitar. Many booed him and accused him of selling out. Serving as the title and the metaphor for this world premiere, the play takes place four years later in Greenwich Village where characters explore honesty, hypocrisy, and life during the colorful 1960s. Dylan Went Electric will feature an onstage bar (open to the public during intermission) and different local musicians will be featured every weekend. Days, times vary. 

Seldom Seen and New

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:29am

Experience art in two mediums at this month-long exhibition, featuring the monotype prints of Katharine McGuinness alongside Andy Libertone's sculptures. Don’t miss the opening reception on October 10 for a chance to mingle and meet the artists behind these extraordinary works. Thu 12-5 p.m.; Fri 12-9 p.m.; Sat 12-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.

Jerry Jaramillo

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:13pm

With custom mixed media art projects in Colorado, Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, Washington, and Mexico, Jerry Jaramillo has kept busy since graduating from University of Colorado Boulder in 1974. Jaramillo works in various materials including marble, alabaster, wood, fiberglass, polyester resin, and stainless steel on projects ranging from table top sculptures to public art installations. Wed-Thu 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri noon-10 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.

Magnolia Beer Brunch at Old Major

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:44pm

It’s never too early for a beer. San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Company has partnered with LoHi's Old Major to recognize this universal truth at a three-course beer brunch. Featuring specialties such as cheddar chive biscuits, fried chicken and waffles, and pretzel bread French toast—all paired with a craft brew—the meal will also be accompanied by tunes from The Grateful Dead. Thu 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 —Photo Courtesy of Old Major

Andy Libertone and Kate McGuinness

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:10pm

Andy Libertone, a 35-year fixture of the Denver and Boulder art scene, shows his geometric drawings and powder-coated steel sculptures. Libertone is also a co-founder of Spark, the first artist-run gallery in Denver. He will be sharing space with Kate McGuinness and her colorful monotype prints. Thu noon-5 p.m., Fri noon-9 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m.

Cigar City & Ska Brewing Shindig

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:38am

Two breweries convene for a double-header tapping of special brews. Florida’s Cigar City Brewing brings Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, Invasion Pale Ale, and more to your pint glass while Durango-based Ska Brewing Company will pour Modus Hoperandi IPA, Hoperation Ivy, and a collaborative brew with Freshcraft. Enjoy your favorite craft beer with bites of innovative pub food at this one-night tasting event. Thu 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Battle at the Broadmoor

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:05am

With a dismal Rockies season behind us, locals are hoping Colorado looks better on the ice than the dirt. Watch the Avalanche take on defending Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings, in one of two remaining pre-season games. The Avs have had a tough beginning, going 0-5 in September. But with a strategically reduced roster and a hopeful Patrick Roy, this might be the start of something good. Thu 7 p.m.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Legends

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:12pm

The circus has come to town with a few more tricks up its sleeve than usual. Along with elephants, lions, and clowns, kids of all ages will see legendary animals like a unicorn, woolly mammoth, and Pegasus. Arrive early for a meet-and-greet with the animals and their trainers. Thu-Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 5 p.m.

The Amigos

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:35am

Presenting a pleasant combination of bluegrass twang and feel-good acoustic soul, the Amigos are an exciting group of newcomers who, with only one album to their name, are selling out venues across the nation. The seven-piece ensemble come to Denver this week to perform hits off its critically acclaimed debut album Diner in the Sky. Thu 7:30 p.m.

The Kooks

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:52am

Although the Brit-pop craze peaked in the mid ’90s (think Oasis, Blur, Spice Girls), the Kooks are keeping English rock alive with catchy hooks and memorable choruses. The four-person indie outfit is deliberate when it comes to new material (they've released four albums in about 10 years), so consider yourself lucky that the Kooks are coming to Denver on behalf of their new LP, Listen, which hit shelves earlier this month. Thu 8 p.m.

Breakfast at Midnight

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 1:11pm

Euclid Hall's culinary crew has teamed up with Avery Brewing Company to bring you beer for breakfast—at midnight. This multi-course meal features specially prepared breakfast favorites paired with Avery brews including Uncle Jacobs, 2003 Czar, and more. Don't miss out on the most important meal of the day. Thu 10:45 p.m.

CUIDADO! Who's the Immigrant Now?

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:58am

Imagine the family crossing caution sign on the Mexico border. See paintings and other work that spin off this famous image. Rob Yancey, and brothers Jerry and Jay Jaramillo are among the eight featured artists that will explore immigration issues through their art. Wed-Thu 10 a.m-4 p.m; Fri noon-10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Wildlife Adventure Weekend

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:18am

You’ve probably explored the Rocky Mountains, but how much do you know about the wildlife that thrives there? Expand your knowledge while roaming around Estes Park. You’ll discover secrets about beavers, creek ecology, and elk-mating season (like why they rub their horns together). Fri-Sun, times vary.

Denver Rare Beer Tasting

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:42am

Beer is not scarce in Denver, but 50 top breweries around town are bringing out uncommon prized pours. Imbibe on tastes from favorites like Great Divide Brewing, Elevation Beer, and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse alongside lunch. Take home a commemorative tasting glass, T-shirt, and pen, and be entered into a raffle for a nine-day beer tour of Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Pints for Prostates. Talk about a good buzz. Fri 1-4 p.m.

Art for Artisans

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:28pm

Come support a pillar of Denver’s fair trade community at this fundraiser and silent auction. Throughout the evening, members of nonprofit Ten Thousand Village's board of directors, volunteers, and staff will share stories about artisans and their art as well as reasons to support fair trade. 9News Producer Tawnya Rush will serve as host. Bidding in the silent auction could net a weekend getaway in the mountains, a family four-pack of tickets to the Denver Zoo, or various restaurant gift cards. Fri 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:44am

Tom Petty has become one of the best-selling rock artists, with more than 80 million worldwide record sales. Now he’s promoting his July album, Hypnotic Eye, which recalls the old garage-rock style of the ’60s. With this tour, Petty proves that he and the Heartbreakers can still rock. Fri 7:30 p.m.

The Catamounts: Mr. Burns

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:34pm

When the rest of society is gone, what will you remember? This dark comedy takes the audience forward 75 years after a widespread world tragedy, where a group of survivors try to remember an episode from the popular television show, The Simpsons. With each detour from the original episode, this Broadway play explores how one era's pop culture can morph into another era’s mythology. Thu-Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.; Mon 8 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Michael Ensminger 

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:05am

The Simpsons receive a makeover on stage in the Catamounts' season debut Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. After a nuclear power plant causes massive destruction, a group of survivors begin to recount the famous Simpson’s episode, “Cape Feare.” Seven years later, the survivors have formed a theatrical troupe that performs episodes from the famous cartoon.

Cider Days

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:28am

This two-day festival is as American as apple pie. Created to celebrate Lakewood’s cider tradition, it has grown into a festival featuring beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) from around the state. After treating your taste buds, watch an old-fashioned tractor pull, magic show, and square-dancing demonstration. Stay for the pie-baking (and pie-eating) contests. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Icon Lasik Tour of the Moon

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:32pm

While this annual Colorado cycling tour isn't a professional race, it still draws some of the country's best bikers—which might have something to do with the striking scenery of western Colorado. The one-day trek, with 62- and 41-mile courses, takes riders past sheer sandstone cliffs and through rugged juniper forests. Spectators and family members can join the post-ride Harvest Moon Celebration, where lunch and drinks are served and some the newest cycling gear is on display. Sat 7 a.m.

Horseshoe Market

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:42am

What do you get when you combine artisanal food, interactive DIY workshops, and food trucks? No, not a Portlandia episode; it's the fall version of the Denver Horseshoe market. Created in 2010, the Denver Horseshoe Market is the one of the best local places to find vintage and handmade items. Vendors include Colorado companies Elevation Ketchup and Mutts and Mittens, while Baba’s Falafel highlights the spread of food trucks. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Harvest Farm 5K

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:00am

Run alongside cows and roosters through 209 acres of winding dirt roads and scenic foliage. This country course will be full of color and smells that you, your dogs, and your strolling kids can enjoy. Treat yourself to kettle corn on site and hayrides for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. Sat 9 a.m. 

Oktoberfest Train

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:50am

Hop on board for a first-class excursion on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. Riders enjoy a trip through the mountains while sipping on beers and sampling German cuisine. Live music from the German Oompa Band rounds out the celebration. Sat 9:30 a.m.

Schweiger Ranch Fall Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:55am

This fall-themed festival welcomes you into the new season. Take a hay ride or browse the pumpkin patch for that perfect jack-o-lantern. If you get hungry, multiple food vendors, like Biker Jim’s Hot Dogs and Crepe’s a Go Go, will be on site. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:49pm

It's time to show the kids that there’s more to fall than the pumpkin spice latte. Four Mile Park’s Pumpkin Harvest Festival highlights all the goodness of the autumn season with hot cider, build-your-own scarecrows, and pie-eating contests. Be sure to pick out a pumpkin (and some kettle corn) to bring the fall fun home. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Four Mile Historic Park

Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:34am

Take the kids to pick their jack-o-lantern fodder at this seasonal pumpkin party. After they've got their gourds, take an antique family photo, decorate a scarecrow, or watch the pie-eating contest. For some old-fashioned fun, sign up for the horse-drawn carriage ride and learn about the park's status as the last stop headed West on the Cherokee Trail. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Open Studios Fall Artist Tour

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:14am

Visit Boulder’s artist studios as they open their doors for an opportunity to view their unique works. Plan your route so you can experience the 125 participating artists in this year’s tour. Maps are available for purchase at multiple locations including Whole Foods Market locations throughout Denver and Boulder. Fri-Sat 5-8 p.m.

Hot Chocolate 15/5K

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:54pm

We know how hard it is to get up and run on a cold autumn morning. But what if there's a steaming cup of hot chocolate waiting for you at the end? The nation-wide Hot Chocolate 15/5K returns to Denver to give racers of both distances the ultimate victory treat. There's even a party afterwards where you can blissfully earn your burnt calories back via chocolate fondue. Sun 7 a.m.

The Call Your Bluff Poker Run

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:09am

Bring your poker face with your running legs if you want a chance to grab the pot in this dash. Choose your distance carefully (5K or 7K) as contestants will receive a card after every kilometer they run. Lay down you best five cards at the end of the race as your hand to win the $300 dollar prize. Proceeds benefit the volunteer Douglas County Search and Rescue Force. Sat 8 a.m.

Photo Courtesy of Scott Walker

Lung Cancer Run/Walk

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:23am

Everyone should be free to breathe. Help people do just that by participating in this 5K, a race that raises awareness and research funds in an effort to double lung cancer survival by 2022. A yoga session will precede the race along with an opening rally. The closing ceremony will acknowledge the top three fundraising teams, sponsors, survivors, and those we've lost. Sun 8:40 a.m. 

Sci Fi Theater 2: Aliens Among Us

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:09am

Alien life and creatures that reproduce under human skin are part of the entertainment provided at this one-night-only show, featuring staged performances and science fiction readings. Don’t miss out on your chance to experience the extraterrestrial; a sighting may not occur for many more years. Sun 7 p.m. 

Indigenous Film & Arts Festival

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:27am

With a theme revolving around family, this year's Indigenous Film & Arts Festival concentrates on what it means to be unified as a diverse community. The event features art and films created by and about indigenous people from around the world. Watch compelling documentaries, full-length films, and shorts by American Indian, Hawaiian, and Canadian filmmakers at various Denver locations throughout the week. View works from this year's featured artist, Walt Pourier, who specializes in fine and graphic arts. Daily, times vary.

—Photo courtesy of Sterlin Harjo

Touchdowns for Tomorrow: Trivia Night

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:12pm

Nothing says "tavern" like sports and trivia. Touchdowns for Tomorrow combines the two and throws in some charity for good measure. Gather a team of four and sign up for the pub trivia night hosted by Geeks Who Drink’s Quiz for a Cause. Tickets include appetizers and a dinner buffet. During the silent auction, bid on Denver Bronco players to join your team (the host is Broncos starting guard Orlando Franklin). Hopefully they have some brains behind all that brawn. Proceeds benefit 16Ways Foundation and Colorado Youth at Risk. Tue 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Matisyahu

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:46am

Though Matisyahu was once known for his novelty appeal (nobody had ever heard of a Hasidic-Jewish rapper), his innovative combination of reggae, funk, and hip-hop blended with thought-provoking lyrics show us that he’s more than his religion. Even now that he’s shaved his beard and traded in the suit for the v-neck, his records continue to provide inspiration—enough to rocket his new album Akeda to number four on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart. Wed 8 p.m.

Of Montreal

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:23am

While Georgia's Of Montreal has reinvented its sound nearly a dozen times over the last decade, one thing is certain: The band still knows how to put on a memorable show. The psychedelic indie rock ensemble released its latest album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, last year, but is known for experimenting with a combination of new and old songs during live performances. Wed 8 p.m.

Mile High Horror Film Festival

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:25pm

Something wicked this way comes. The best films of the horror genre will be on display for the annual Mile High Horror Festival. The 2013 fest was recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the top five coolest horror/sci-fi festivals in the world. Although the festival shows films from all over the world, competition categories do include the best local Colorado feature films. Celebrity judges include Dan Myrick, writer and director of The Blair Witch Project, and Jeffrey Reddick, writer and creator of the Final Destination series. Times vary.

LoDo Sips

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:31pm

Experience the taverns and brewpubs of LoDo. Sample cocktails and small plates at each stop along your strolling tour. Drop by the Tavern Downtown, Jimmy's Urban Bar & Grill, Hayter's, and many more for specials on food and drink. Thu 5-9 p.m.

LoDo Sips

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:06am

Modeled after LoDo Bites—a restaurant tour that samples foods in the lower downtown area—LoDo Sips invites you to sip and sample your way through an extended list of local beers, cocktails, and libations from 14 bars and taverns. Experience LoDo's entertainment scene by tasting drinks from Denver favorites such as Fado Irish Pub, the Celtic Tavern, Blake Street Vault, Pour House Pub, and more. Thu 5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Palettes Bourbon Dinner

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:35am

Enjoy tasteful cuisine paired with signature bourbon cocktails. Denver’s Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group and Texas bourbon distillery Garrison Brothers collaborate for one night to prepare a four-course meal and craft libations. Learn about the history and distilling process of the bourbons you're sipping on. Thu 6 p.m.

Lacrae

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:07am

Heavy-hitting bass, boundary-pushing hip-hop, and the gospel all come together in rapper Lacrae's award-winning strand of religious rap. While this combination might seem like a contradiction, the music has struck a chord with audiences and critics alike; his album Gravity reached No. 3 on the Billboard charts, received a Grammy nomination, and was hailed as one of the most important albums in Christian hip-hop history. Thu 7 p.m.

Ambition Facing West

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:55am

Restlessness might be genetic. In this drama, a Croatian father passes down his nomadic desires to his son, who emigrates to Wyoming and later sees the same energy in his daughter when she moves even farther westward to Japan. Award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe penned the show based on the travels of his own ancestors. The show makes its regional debut with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company after garnering several accolades. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.

Jaspar Lepak

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:20pm

Good ol' Americana folk meets whimsical acoustic melodies in the tunes from up-and-coming songstress Jaspar Lepak. The Seattle-based muscian spent years living in South Africa, where her poetic, toe-tapping music gained an enthusiastic following. She is now touring the United States playing small coffee shops and breweries—the intimate settings where her music sounds most at home. Thu 7:30 p.m.

Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:35am

Open the new season by spending the day outside on a farm. This fall festival takes place on a 27-acre ranch, and its activities take advantage of every inch. Take a hayride around the grounds, and sip on apple cider hot from the press. Don't forget to browse the pumpkin patch for the jauntiest jack-o-lantern. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Pumpkin Festival

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:32pm

Nothing says fall quite like a pumpkin party. A few weeks before Halloween, the three-day Pumpkin Festival is the prime time for families looking to bag the perfect gourd. In addition to a 10-acre pumpkin patch, the festival is ripe with family activities, including face painting, pumpkin carving, demonstrations, and pumpkin bowling. As if that weren't enough, there’s also pony rides, amusement rides, balloon twists, giant coloring murals, and a cookie decorating station. Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Whales: Giants of the Deep

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:28pm

Get up close and personal with the world’s biggest mammals at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s new exhibit "Whales: Giants of the Deep." The interactive display combines science and storytelling, showcasing fascinating artifacts from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, including a 58-foot long sperm whale skeleton. Explore a life-size replica of a blue whale heart (it’s the size of a car), glimpse ancient and contemporary objects made from whale bone, and learn about modern efforts to save the whales. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gayla Lemke

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:15pm

Ceramic and mixed media sculpture artist Gayla Lemke is known for the political and social story she tells with her installations. Her "Hope Stone" sculptures, clay stones with quotes, have become her kind of calling card. In 2005, one of her Hope Stones was censored for its political content at a show at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Come see her uncensored this month. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat 1-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.

Emily Griffith Film Festival

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:51am

Stories of immigrants and refugees fill the screens of the 2014 Emily Griffith Film Festival. A beekeeper’s unbreakable faith in humanity, a woman who finds devotion to Afghanistan, four survivors of genocide who try to inspire tolerance, and many more stories will celebrate the nomads that have walked through the doors of Emily Griffith’s Technical College over the past 100 years. Dates, times vary. 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:46am

Your word is pubescent. Can you use it in a sentence, please? Six mid-pubescent kids battle it out to become the Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion in Performance Now Theatre Company's adaption of the Tony award-winning musical. Throughout the competition, the contestants share glimpses into their personal lives when it’s their turn at the mic. Four audience members will be chosen to compete in the bee as an added bonus during this quirky play. Dates, times vary. 

Dancing with Demons: A Fractured Fairytale

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:39am

Fairytales serve to satiate a child’s imagination. Yet this definition doesn’t apply to Shana Cordon’s one-woman, multi-character saga. Cordon takes the stage for two nights in Boulder to give audiences their fill of physical theater, original music, humor, and an adventure-filled story in which every character battles to be heard. With a rating of PG-13, this show is best for adults only. Dates, times vary. 

St. Lucia

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:47am

South African-born and Brooklyn-based indie-electronic musician Jean-Philip Grobler, commonly known as St. Lucia, is a relatively new player to the electronic landscape. After finding success with his first, self-titled EP, he released When the Night in October 2013, helping position him as a viable contender in the industry. Fri 9 p.m.V

Tom Everhart

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:37pm

It's makeover time for Charlie Brown's tradition black and yellow. Discover these transformed characters from your childhood from the only artist licensed to use the Peanuts characters in his art, Tom Everhart. Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the whole gang are represented in large paintings that add splashes of color and various textures to Charles Schulz’s traditionally simple black ink drawings. Look for “Dog Breath,” a colorful and abstract lithograph on paper that captures the sweet sentiment of Schulz’s comics. Fri 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

24 Hours of Boulder

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:50am

With races ranging from 30 to 100 miles, plus a 24-hour continuous run and team relays, the most experienced trail runners and those looking to simply dabble in ultra-distances can find common ground at this annual mecca of endurance. Boulder Reservoir plays host and provides the perfect setting for friends and family to relax while watching loved ones punish their legs. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Denver Broncos Materials

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:33am

Prepare for Orange Sunday a day early by learning about the Denver Broncos who formed the huddle before Peyton Manning came town. History Colorado’s Patrick Fraker takes fans on a journey through the museum’s Broncos collection, which includes Super Bowl memorabilia, historic programs, and Rocky Mountain News spreads. Built, in part, from donations through the years, items include season ticket holders’ correspondence with players and rare Broncos promotional material. Sat 1 p.m.

PalletFest

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:35pm

What was once old is new again. That’s the world of upcycling,: taking old materials that were thrown away, repurposing them, and turning them into art, furniture, and even fashion. PalletFest is a two-day celebration of the endless opportunities of upcycling, complete with an upcycled fashion show, live graffiti artists, a pallet parkour course, and plenty of upcycled art vendors. Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

FestiFall

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:53am

The leaves are changing colors, which means it's fall has officially set in. Celebrate the new season with this all-day festival, where you can wander through a hay maze or pick pumpkins in a patch. If you can’t find the perfect pumpkin after perusing the field, buy one from the pumpkin sale. After a full day of activities, enjoy bites from one of the food trucks, including Street Eats and A Taste of the Philippines..

Refreshment for a Cause

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:51am

A cold craft beer can be satisfying, but it's even more refreshing when you’re drinking for a cause. Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar has teamed up with breweries such as New Belgium Brewing, Great Divide Brewing Company, and more to pour pints; for every one sold, Parry’s will donate a quarter to St. Jude Children's Hospitals. Head to any of the restaurant's four locations to make your contribution. Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cruiser Rocks

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:26am

Find bikes, beers, and wigs at this bicycle party full of disco music. Three hundred riders will take to the street in neon hair and ’70s garb before heading to the bars for a more traditional pub crawl. Proceeds benefit Colorado-based cancer research nonprofit Love Hope Strength Foundation. Sat noon

Fright Fest Pet Parade

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:35pm

Denver's premier amusement park gets spooky this October with Fright Fest. But if your little one needs a break from the scares, they'll love this pet costume parade. DJ'd by Alice 105.9, Spot, Fido and co. will sashay down the Elitch strip in their Halloween costumes, vying to be voted most creative pup. Proceeds from the event benefit local animal shelter Denver Dumb Friends League. Sat 1-2 p.m.

Black and White Night

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:09am

Adolph Coors Sr. knew how to draw attention to his product. Explore the marketing ideas of the world's largest brewery through a wide range of advertisements, including famed artist Gordon Snidow's Coors Cowboy Collector Series. Snag an exclusive look at the yearlong exhibit on opening night, which features food, beverages, and a black-and-white dress code. Sat 6-9:30 p.m.

Lament

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:54am

Photographer and painter Lauri Lynnxe uses unconventional materials to explore the issue of fossil fuel dependence. On polyethylene paper, she employs asphalt, resin, and oil as her paints. Showing materiality through art, the Denver artist addresses the undeniable existence of our world's obsession with these materials. Sat 7 p.m.

Riot3! An Evening in India

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:42am

Don your saris and sherwanis for an evening inspired by East Asia. India comes to Colorado for an evening of colorful decor, traditional cuisine, and cultural entertainment. After dinner, enjoy a sitar and tabla performance and storytelling. Henna tattoos, handmade jewelry, and Indian sweets will put the finishing touches on a vibrant night. Sat 7 p.m. 

The Denver Brass First Night: Masquerade!

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 4:02pm

The renowned Denver Brass kicks off its 2014-15 season in a Victorian-era celebration with "Masquerade!" While the 13-piece ensemble is purposely keeping this "First Night" performance surrounded in mystery, we do know they will perform two pieces: one from the Phantom of the Opera and the other from the musical On The Town. The musicians will also be dressed in their best masquerade costumes and encourage the audience to follow their lead. Sat 7:30 p.m.

The New Pornographers

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 4:44pm

With seven members who moonlight in other successful bands, Vancouver-based New Pornographers is the equivalent of a Canadian indie-rock all-star team. The ensemble, which has been making music for nearly 15 years, have a smooth, energetic sound, and usually take three to five years between albums, which elevates the August release of their new record, Brill Bruisers, and subsequent tour. Sat 9 p.m.

Run the 'Rocks 5K

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:45am

You've surely seen a show at Red Rocks; why not break a sweat there, too? With a good balance of flat and steep terrain, the annual Run the 'Rocks 5K, which concludes at the top of the iconic amphitheater, is slowly becoming one of Colorado's most popular fall races. Sun 9:30 a.m.

Matisse and Friends

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:18pm

The greats are coming to Denver. Matisse and Friends features the work of artist Henri Matisse, as well as Andre Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Braque, and Kees Van Dongen. Working in and around Paris at the turn of the 20th century, these visionaries explored new territory with their loose brushwork and bold colors. The 14 paintings are on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

BolderLife Festival

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:37pm

When Kate Chopin’s classic novel The Awakening came out in 1899, it was controversial, but it sparked a conversation. That’s the goal of BolderLife Festival, a week-long arts festival geared toward high school students that aims to inspire dialogue around taboo subjects. The festival showcases films, speakers, fine art, and plays, and serves as a platform for people to share their life stories. Times vary.

 

Inspire! Through Athletes

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:09am

Colorado native Chris Anthony and his Youth Initative will bring professional skiers Ingrid Backstrom, Chris Davenport, Mike Douglas, and Jess McMillan together for a night of stories and interaction. As part of Anthony's project, which works to improve children's quality of life through educational enrichment oppurtunites, these big mountain athletes will share their inspiration and chat one on one. Mon 7 p.m. 

Inspire!

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:38am

Whether your child aspires to be a doctor, a professional athlete, or a Pulitzer Prize winner, pursuing a passion is key to a happy life. Presented by the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative—which introduces youth to educational enrichment programs—this family-friendly event features inspiring visual presentations by five professional athletes. Listen to presentations by pro-skiers Jess McMillan, Mike Douglas, Ingrid Backstrom, Chris Davenport, and Colorado's own Chris Anthony. Mon 7 p.m.

Something to Say

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:23am

Get schooled in education at a special conference presented by local civic organizations, including Arts & Venues Denver and Denver Public Schools. Panelists will review a recent national study on after-school programs and discuss how to engage low-income urban tweens and teens. Lunch is provided. Thu 11 a.m. 

Honda Civic Tour

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:59am

The Honda Civic Tour stops by Denver every year, but this time it’s headlined by alt-rock group The American Authors. After huge Billboard success with whistle-in-the-shower-worthy tunes such as “Best Day of My Life” and “Luck,” they’ve become one of the faces of today’s music. They’re joined by California-based group The Mowgli’s, which will add another feel-good element to the performance. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Fun with Fashion

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:31am

Whether it was inspired by pop culture or out of necessity for war rationings, people expressed themselves through their choice of clothing throughout the 20th century,. Get a glimpse into the history of fashion over the past 100 years and how it evolved at this chic exhibit. Tue-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Flatirons Food Film Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:39pm

Entice your tastebuds with a weekend chock-full of food-themed films, panels, and samples. The feast premieres with a viewing of Craft, a documentary that choronicles the craft beer revolution, featuring Fort Collins-based brewers Odell Brewing Company and Funkwerks. Eric Skokan, chef-owner of Bramble and Hare in Boulder, whose cookbook Farm, Fork, Food: A Year of Spectacular Recipes Inspired by Black Cat Farm will be published soon after the festival ends, will be signing advance copies and chatting about local ingredients. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Sondre Lerche

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:08pm

On his new album, Please, Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche balances the poppy, indie melody of Phoenix with the romantic sentimentality of Bon Iver. His quick chords and occasionally aggressive vocals make a fascinating juxtaposition to the heartbroken lyrics that the 32-year-old wrote after a recent divorce; you're not sure whether to dance or cry. The prolific musician (he's released nine albums and eleven EPs since 2001) swings through the Mile High City on his world tour. Wed 8 p.m.

Vox Phamalia

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:26am

Disabilities aren't typically humorous. But this popular original sketch comedy series centered on living with a disability is looking for your laughs. Watch as actors tell these stories in a hilarious, honest, and touching way. Presented by Phamaly Theatre Company, the show has already seen two straight years of sold-out performances and several local awards. Days, times vary. 

El Brindis Remixed

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 7:34pm

Raise a glass to nights of tequila, mescal, cerveza, and pulque. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Agustin Victor Casasola, Graciela Iturbide, Mariana Yampolsk, and other photographers share their visual takes on drinking within the Mexican culture in this exhibit. Multiple events throughout the show's run encourage the public to experience the pictured beverages, including tequila tastings and a lecture by a mescal master. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Nacho Lopez

Gary Manuel

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:20pm

Gary Manuel’s sculptures combine his love of art with his experience as a cabinet maker. Marrying woodworking with metal or aluminum, Manuel creates a nice contrast between the warmth of the wood and the hard edge of the metal. According to Manuel, he starts with the defects in the pieces of wood and that becomes the starting point for a sculpture. His work is on display at Sync Gallery. Thu 1-4 p.m., First Fridays 6-9 p.m., Third Fridays 6-9 p.m., other Fridays 1-4 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.

Pouring For Paws

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:20pm

Enjoy an evening of wine, cheese, and hors d'oeuvres in Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens' mystery mansion. Singer-songwriter Joel Tromburg provides music for the night while guests bid on a silent auction to win items such as luxury dog products. Proceeds benefit OutPaws Animal Rescue. Thu 5-8 p.m.

Dragon Chef

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 7:44pm

Multiple chefs will compete, but only one Dragon Chef will emerge. Sample an entrée and a dessert from local chefs and vote for your favorite as they compete for the coveted Dragon Chef title, part of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Competitors include Kathy Poland, owner of mobile restaurant A Taste of the Philippines, and Chong Nguyen of Coal Mine Dragon Chinese Restaurant. Thu 6 p.m.

 —Photograph courtesy of Gil Asakawa 

 

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:32pm

In 2011, Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle teamed up with actors Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch to bring the classic tale of Frankenstein back to life. The stage play was immortalized when one of its shows was filmed and broadcast to theaters across the globe as part of the National Theatre Live series. Now, the award-winning play (Miller and Cumberbatch shared both the Olivier Award and London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in 2012) returns to theaters for a limited time. Thu 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Bonobo

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:02pm

Known by his stage moniker Bonobo, Simon Green’s music is more than just electronic; the British DJ incorporates elements from afrobeat, gamelan, and Middle Eastern influences, just to name a few. After his fourth studio album, Black Sands, found critical acclaim, Green became a true star in the electronic-music industry. Fresh off his international tour, Bonobo continues The North Borders Tour in Denver as one of the few stops in the United States, likely because of Denver’s thriving electronic-music community. Thu 9 p.m.

Pilates Empowerment Summit

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:45pm

Are you a Pilates enthusiast who's looking to take your stretching, breathing, and core strength to the next level? Your solution is coming to Denver in the Pilates Empowerment Summit, which includes three full days of conditioning and instruction with hundreds of Pilates experts. You can get certified to become an instructor or simply enough three days of hard work and new friends. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Hon Seon Jang

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:22pm

Hon Seon Jang’s structures expose the vulnerability of our daily life. His installations, such as Black Ruin (a construction of fishing line and hot glue) can fill a room and leaves the viewer considering the overwhelming immensity of society. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.

Choctoberfest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:29pm

Treat yourself to chocolate eats and drinks at this festival of decadence. Enjoy a happy hour of chocolate-infused wines, beers, cocktails, and more before heading inside to sample from more than 50 different vendors. Sampling tickets cost 12 for $10 or 25 for $20. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Action Center Food Pantry. Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Bro Show

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:13am

Whether you’re a gentleman, an outdoorsman, a music man, or a groomsman, this show has the products, competitions, and entertainment for you. Improve your manliness with six areas of emphasis ranging from “play harder” to “look finer,” while also competing for your man card in everything from poker to a meatball-eating contest. Whether you claim the label of bro, are drawn to the cage fighting, or see yourself as the sensitive type, man up for this weekend event. Fri 5 p.m.

—Image Courtesy of Shutterstock

Surveying Judy Chicago

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:28pm

While not quite the Dinner Party at the Brooklyn Museum of Art—Judy Chicago's iconic 1970s installation—this art exhibition intimately explores the artist's 50-year career, detailing her impact on the cultural narrative. Chicago’s work continues to raise key issues about feminism and social issues. The collection to commemorate her 75th birthday includes early pastels, sketches of her famous breakthrough installation, The Dinner Party, and more recent metalwork.

The Frame

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:25pm

After the success of his well-received indie sci-fi flick Ink, Denver-based filmmaker Jamin Winans stepped back behind the camera to craft his second act. Now, the multitasking auteur—he’s a screenwriter, director, producer, and composer—is letting a hometown audience get the first viewing of his new film, The Frame. Given Winans’ penchant for making dark, mysterious films, it’s fitting that he’s keeping plot details of The Frame hush-hush.

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:32pm

In 2011, Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle teamed up with actors Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch to bring the classic tale of Frankenstein back to life. The stage play was immortalized when one of its shows was filmed and broadcast to theaters across the globe as part of the National Theatre Live series. Now, the award-winning play (Miller and Cumberbatch shared both the Olivier Award and London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in 2012) returns to theaters for a limited time. Thu 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 5:12pm

Experience the drama of Shakespeare without the typical blank verses and elaborate metaphors. Instead, Stories on Stage, a literary and arts organization focused on telling short stories, will entertain with tales by or about Skakespeare. Performances include The Weird Sisters, The Story of Edgar Sawtell, and An Actor Prepares, and the show will end with a 15-minute interpretation of Hamlet. Fri 7:30 p.m.  

Rachael Yamagata

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:33pm

With a deep, weathered voice and lyrics that can (figuratively) cut through your soul, singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata conveys the feeling of heartbreak like few modern musicians can. She's only playing small, intimate venues as she tours to promote her 2012 independent release Chesapeake. Fri 9 p.m.

Camp Congress for Girls

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:45am

Welcome to the White House, Miss President. Girls engage in the structure of the political system by creating their own campaigns, voting, and ushering a bill through their very own Congress. Elected officials and political consultants will serve as advisers throughout the activities. The day-long camp is sponsored by the Miami-based Political Institute for Women, which aims to educate and engage females in the political process. Ages 7 to 17. Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Organ Trail

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:37pm

Dress as a zombie and grab your fellow undead friends for an urban scavenger hunt. Using coordinates and clues, each team completes tasks around downtown. The race is capped at four hours and is followed by a zombie-themed bar crawl. Frightening fun awaits. Sat 9 a.m.

Galloping Goose 5K/10K

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 2:15pm

While autumn is host to a plethora of races across Colorado, Aurora's quaint Galloping Goose will give you some of the most iconic fall views. The flat course winds its way around Quincy Reservoir, where the changing fall colors will reflect off its glass-like water. It's a simple, enjoyable race that appropriately ends with a photo-op next to a goose. Sat 9 a.m.

The Magic of Chemistry

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:33am

Have you ever wondered how magicians perform their tricks? At this Halloween-themed chemistry show, you’ll get your answer. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes while CU Boulder professor Veronica Bierbaum employs science to explain “magical” chemical reactions, like using flash powder to spray flames out of a pumpkin, which creates the effect of a fire-breathing jack-o-lantern. Sat 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

  

The Wrkout October Blast

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:13pm

The obstacle course craze makes its way inside this fall for a challenge that's as tough as it is unique. Ten different stations will test your physical and mental strength as judges score your and your partners based on skill level and technique. It is a mud-free way for beginners and experts alike to push their limits. Sat 10 a.m.

Nature Discovery Day: Amazing Autumn

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:26pm

Autumn is a beautiful time for your tykes to explore outside and admire nature—and maybe take a running jump into a pile of leaves. But do they know why they fall? This educational tour around the gardens explains the season's most intruiging questions, like why the colors change, and how frogs can survive in frigid ponds all the way through spring.  Sat 10 a.m.-noon.

Arapahoe County Fall Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:34am

This fall festival doubles as a history lesson. Hosted at the 150-year-old 17 Mile House in Centennial, the festival allows tours of the property, which served as an inn for traveling pioneers and operated as a farm for more than a century. After learning about the ranch, take a scenic hayride, milk Bessie the Cow, or pan for gold. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Zombie Crawl

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:40pm

This lively (or undead, if you prefer) party is expected to be the largest zombie gathering in history. The daylong event includes a zombie parade, costume contest, and after parties at bars Casselman’s and Meadowlark. The event is free, but organizers request that attendees bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies. Arrive early for makeup and costume help starting at noon. Sat 2 p.m.-9 p.m.

Building Memories

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:55pm

Photographer Dan Schrock captures everyday scenes like homes and workplaces in the images he shoots. Yet he transforms these ordinary spaces into something worth framing. Drinks and appetizers are included at this open house. Sat 4-8 p.m.

Scream Scram 5K

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:14pm

Strut down the orange carpet and show off your costumes to win prizes before running this night-time race. Dress up your kids and dogs, and enjoy food, drinks, a goody bag, and race pictures. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver. Sat 6 p.m. 

Museum Sleepover

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:44am

It's closing time, but that doesn't mean you have to leave. Stick around after hours and participate in a private tour where you can enjoy the exhibits without the crowds. Afterward, the little ones can munch on a pizza dinner and watch a kid-friendly movie. Sleep in the museum’s fire truck, inside the gigantic anthill, or on a comfy, stuffed lily pad. Before leaving in the morning, enjoy a pancake breakfast. Sat 6:30 p.m.-Sun 8:30 a.m. 

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:32pm

In 2011, Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle teamed up with actors Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch to bring the classic tale of Frankenstein back to life. The stage play was immortalized when one of its shows was filmed and broadcast to theaters across the globe as part of the National Theatre Live series. Now, the award-winning play (Miller and Cumberbatch shared both the Olivier Award and London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in 2012) returns to theaters for a limited time. Thu 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Colorado Symphony Chorus 30th Anniversary Gala

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:20pm

The Colorado Symphony Chorus has racked up some impressive feats in its 30-year tenure, like sharing the stage with Andrea Bocelli, performing for the Pope, and playing some of classical music’s top festivals. Help the chorus commemorate its remarkable history, and ring in its future, at this choral extravaganza. The 200-member, all-volunteer ensemble will belt out rousing renditions of pieces from some of history’s greatest composers, including Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Verdi.

Colorado Symphony Chorus 30th Anniversary Gala

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:01pm

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, a group made up of nearly 200 volunteers. Conducted by Duain Wolfe, founder of the Chorus as well as the Colorado Children’s Chorale, the celebration will showcase music by famous composers such as Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Verdi. The gala also features critically acclaimed bass-baritone Nathan Berg, known for his dazzling performance of Handel’s Orlando. Sat 7:30 p.m.

The Great Pumpkin Haul

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:58am

Grab a gourd for a run that packs a bit more weight than your average race. Choose your own pumpkin for this two-mile test of strength and endurance, and make sure to warm up your muscles with a pre-haul boot camp. Climb over hay bales—and other “mystery” obstacles designed by Colorado Obstacle Racers and the Greenwood Village Title Boxing Club—before you enjoy a microbrew or hot apple cider. Stay for the awards including quickest hauler, best costume, fastest team, and heaviest pumpkin. Then, take your revenge by carving up your pumpkin. Sun 8 a.m.-noon.

Straight No Chaser

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:04pm

A cappella music has seen a popularity surge in recent years with the creation of groups like Pentatonix and the release of the surprisingly popular movie Pitch Perfect. Yet Straight No Chaser has been producing impressive vocal music since the group’s college days at Indiana University in 1996. Known most notoriously for its arrangement (and somewhat spoof) of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and most recently for the album Under the Influence, the group continues to cement its legacy as a staple of vocal music. Sun 2 p.m., 7 p.m.

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:32pm

In 2011, Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle teamed up with actors Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch to bring the classic tale of Frankenstein back to life. The stage play was immortalized when one of its shows was filmed and broadcast to theaters across the globe as part of the National Theatre Live series. Now, the award-winning play (Miller and Cumberbatch shared both the Olivier Award and London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in 2012) returns to theaters for a limited time. Thu 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Noah Gundersen

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:56pm

Noah Gundersen was raised on Christian music and Bob Dylan's gospel albums. While he hasn't incorporated religion into his own music, the same level of passion and sentimentality inherent to those faith-based songs is present in this singer/songwriter's soft, acoustic recordings. At just 24, the Seattleite has four albums to his name, the most recent of which was released earlier this year. Sun 8 p.m.

 

Plates for the Peak

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:59pm

Start off the week with a fundraiser of bites and libations. Sip a cocktail from the open bar and enjoy Vesta Dipping Grill's globally-inspired small plates prepared by executive chef Brandon Foster. All proceeds benefit Urban Peak, a nonprofit that serves Denver's homeless and at-risk youths. Mon 6 p.m.

I’m Not Racist...Am I?

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:36am

How will the next generation deal with racism? This feature documentary examines the issue through the journeys of 12 New York City teens as they take part in discussions and workshops on race and privilege. The film is part of Deconstructing Racism, an initiative that uses multimedia platforms to combat systemic racism. Mon 6 p.m. 

Inspired By Nature

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:39pm

Connect with the vestiges of summer's bustling foliage and welcome autumn with this musical homage to nature. Kids will listen to famous nature-inspired compositions from classical music's all-time greats, like Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," Aaron Copland's "An Outdoor Overture," and Vivaldi's "Winter." Worksheets and CDs are available several days in advance to help little ones get the most of the musical afternoon. Tue-Thu 9:50 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

Yelle

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:17pm

While you likely won't be able to understand a word of this French trio's lyrics, their highly danceable melodies and blasting synths need no interpretation. Having released its first album seven years ago, Yelle has since captivated listeners across the globe with a signature blend of feel-good pop and progressive electronic instrumentation. The band is currently on a world tour promoting its third record, Complètement fou, which translates to "crazy." Tue 8 p.m.

JAAMM Fest: Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies, and Music Festival

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:43pm

Explore the Jewish culture and faith with this two-week (or technically 16-day) series of concerts, lectures, and performances. Hear from famed author Michael Chabon, celebrate the music of composer Leonard Bernstein, and hum along to Fiddler at 50 in Concert (marking the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof). Times vary.

Night of the Living Dead, LIVE!

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:04am

This cult classic sparked the original zombie obsession. Watch a combination of film segments and live performances that show Ben, Barbra, and five others trying to escape the “living dead” monsters. Make sure to wear a costume for the sixth year of this deadly show. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. 

Pearl Jam

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:05pm

For Pearl Jam, age is just a number: The soft-grunge band’s newest album Lightning Bolt recently became its fifth record to reach the number one spot on the Billboard 200. The group has been absent from Denver for years, but now local fans finally have the opportunity to hear this band jam live. Wed 7:30 p.m.

The (Almost) Complete Chris Nolan

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:51am

Celebrate the distinguished career of Christopher Nolan with viewings of seven of his movies, all presented as he intended them to be seen—on 35 mm film. Choose one of your favorite Nolan movies, such as Memento and The Dark Knight, or get a pass to see all seven films. Don’t miss this retrospective on one of the industry’s most notable filmmakers. Thu-Sun, times vary. 

Place Matters

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:15am

Five artists explore how real and imagined places shape our daily lives. Paintings of the Colorado River, a Tel Aviv beach, Western agriculture field, an imagined ruin, and a utopian world fill this exhibit. Featured artists include Monica Aiello, Adam Bateman, and Melissa Furness. Thu 5:30-7:30 p.m.

World Wide Antique Show

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:46pm

Looking for art, jewelry, or furniture with a story? Delve into the past and find quaint pieces at the World Wide Antique Show. The expo features more than 85 antique and vintage dealers from around the country. The show, which happens three times a year, is back this fall and loaded with treasures waiting for your to find them. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contemporary Realism

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:25pm

Through the work of 15 artists, Gallery 1261 is exploring contemporary realism, the straightforward, realistic approach to art. If the forms, colors, and lines of abstract work leave you wanting more, this is the exhibit for you. Artists Robert C. Jackson, Kate Sammons, and Sadie Valeri will be among those showing work. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Urban Cowboy

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 3:22pm

It's time for boots, buckles, and trying your grip on one rowdy mechanical bull. This night of drinks, appetizers, and live honky tonk tunes from local country band Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams is hosted by Denver philanthropic organization ASCENT to benefit Brent’s Place, a “safe-clean” facility that provides housing, care, and support for children battling cancer. Don’t miss the photo booth and silent auction. Fri 6 p.m.-midnight.

Dead Celebrity 5K

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 2:59pm

Forget the pumpkins and hot chocolate; this fall race is all about the costumes—and we're not talking about witches and ghosts. For the second annual Dead Celebrity 5k, you'll have to dress up as your favorite deceased movie star, singer, or president. If you're feeling a bit morbid, take the opportunity to dress up as a "future dead celebrity." After the race, there will be drinks, music, and, of course, a costume contest. Fri 7 p.m.

On the Edge

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:33pm

It has been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the events surrounding that monumental piece of legislature still resonate today. Choreographer Rennie Harris and Cleo Parker Robinson commemorate the era through their unique works, "Free?" and “On the Edge of Higher Ground." Harris' "Free?" uses less-known events of the Civil Rights Movement to showcase the transition of the nation through hip-hop. Robinson's "On the Edge of Higher Ground" employs dance to speak on the current issues of racial inequalities in America. Fri and Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

The Blizzard of Aahhh's

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:39am

This 1980s ski film set a precedent for the ski media movement that would soon flourish, and it's coming back to the big screen. Watch the famously mohawked Glen Pake jump cliffs in neon colored snowsuits and wear your best ’80s gear for a costume contest. Giveaways will include skis and soft goods. Fri 8 p.m. 

Zombies ‘R’ Us

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:08am

Zombies are everywhere these days: TV shows and movies, Humans vs. Zombies, and most likely featured at your favorite haunted house. But get your fix in a new way at this spooky Stories on Stage, a monthly event during which professional actors read short literature by well-known authors. All of the stories will be zombie-related, including works by writers Max Brooks and Ryan Mecum. Fri 8 p.m. 

Boo at the Zoo

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:41am

Get an extra trick-or-treat session in and enjoy the zoo's animals while you collect candy. Twenty-five treat stations throughout the zoo are intermixed with animal shows like an African penguin feeding and the elephant passage, a habitat that includes one-horned rhinos, elephants, and Malayan Tapirs. In addition to the animals, Sven, a circus artist, will juggle pumpkins. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.   

Trick or Treat Train

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:37am

If you’re looking to add a little Halloween spirit to the season without frightening your little ones, hop aboard these happily haunted rails. Dress up the whole family in costumes and punch your ticket to the Trick or Treat Train led by engineers and conductors in festive wares. Other attractions include the “not so spooky” haunted railcar, a pumpkin patch, and the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of the Colorado Railroad Museum

Great Pumpkin Chase

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 3:22pm

Since serious runners had the whole summer to get in tip-top shape, the fall race circuit can seem daunting. Yet, the annual Great Pumpkin Chase is anything but competitive. Although you're more than welcome to attempt a 5K PR, little ones in costumes and stroller-wielding parents are the most common racers in this seasonal jaunt around Bayfield, a small town nestled in southern Colorado. Sat 10 a.m.

Fall Food Truck Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:17am

Take advantage of the warm weather and get out to TheBigWonderful for a fall food truck festival. A lineup of trucks are dishing up their signature cusine, including slow-roasted meats from the Crock Spot and Sons of Scullery's smoky barbecue. Enjoy beers from Diebolt Brewing Company, Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, and Lowdown Brewery while playing games in the park or carving pumpkins. Proceeds benefit Gilpin Montessori Public School and Shots for Tots and Teens. Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Denver Urban Avenger

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:12am

Marathons, half marathons, and 5ks are as ubiquitous to fall in Colorado as the changing leaves. If these standard races seem a bit tired to you, this weekend's Urban Avengers Race offers an alternative. Part scavenger hunt, part foot race, this contest requires teams to solve clues and run to checkpoints in a five-mile radius. In this battle of good vs. evil, only the strong survive. Sat 11 a.m.

Ghosties and Goodies Tea

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:46pm

Is that steam rising from your tea...or a g-g-ghost? After snacks and a warm beverage, your kids will watch the Molly Brown House turn into a ghoul asylum while they tour the museum. Your little goblins will learn about the spooky past of the historic building and the surrounding Capitol Hill area.  Sat 1 p.m.; 3 p.m.

Boo and Brew

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:42am

No, it's not a zombie apocalypse; it's just a Halloween block party. Zombies, witches, and vampires will roam Colfax Avenue while you trick-or-treat at one of the 35 establishments along the street. Collect a custom candy bar, bounce around on the moonwalk castle, or have a scary picture taken from a professional photographer.

Masquerade Ball

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:12pm

This event will make you feel like a superhero. Mask up and raise funds for Give, an organization that supports foster children, homeless families and people who may not have their needs met through regular government assistance programs. Jarkarta, a local funk band, will perform during the ball and you can bid in a silent auction, which includes a five-night Crested Butte Mountain Resort vacation package valued at more than $4,000. Sat 6 p.m.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:36am

Until his plane mysteriously disappeared over the Atlantic in 1944, Glenn Miller was one of the most revered and prolific big band musicians of the early 20th century. His legacy is kept alive by the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, which has been playing an average of 300 shows every year since 1956. While a few decades have passed since big band music swept the country off its feet, this ensemble does its best to keep the toe-tapping jazz alive. Sat 7 p.m.

Skirt Scurry 5K

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:19am

Take in some scenic views and assist CU’s Field Hockey Team with this annual run. The addition of a kids’ fun run this year makes it a full-fledged family event in support of the Boulder CU community during the team’s biggest fundraiser. Free food, a t-shirt, and raffle prizes will make the event a hit. Sun 9 a.m. 

Kooky-Spooky 5K, 10K & Half Marathon

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 4:52pm

Underneath Golden's towering Table Mountain lurk ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. But don't worry, those are just costume-clad runners getting ready for this year's Kooky-Spooky. The annual three-race event, fit for athletes of all abilities, winds from Arvada into Golden and past the iconic mesa. There's a post-run meal provided, and while costumes are not required, no one wants to ruin the festive atmosphere by showing up without one. Sun 9 a.m.

Colorado Symphony: Halloween Spooktacular!

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:50am

Looking for a sophisticated Halloween thrill? The Colorado Symphony's annual Halloween Spooktacular is your solution. While dressed up in their best Halloween getups—and you’re encouraged to do the same—the orchestra will be playing songs from famous films, including Star WarsGhostbusters, and Beetlejuice. Sun 1 p.m.

Carnival for a Cause

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:29pm

Even if the cotton candy spoils your stomach, you'll still feel good about attending this carnival, since all proceds benefit DenverWorks, a non-profit that helps the unemployed. At this fundraising festival, compete for a $100 grand prize in the adult costume contest (ages 10 and over), or try your luck in a live auction with prizes like a soul food catered dinner from Adrian Miller, who recently authored a James Beard award-winning book on the cuisine. 

Hauntings at the Hangar

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:56pm

Take your kids to the Wings Museum for close encounters of the third kind. Enter the hangar if you dare as it becomes a supernatural hotspot for a few hours, attracting space ghosts, Star Wars characters, and other sci-fi favorites. Watch in amazement as mad scientists conduct liquid nitrogen experiments and bring robots to life. Sun noon-4 p.m.

Harvest Dinner

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:36pm

It's the season for good friends and a bountiful harvest. Chef Diego Conconati will create a seven-course vegan dinner celebrating these two things, preceded by cocktails. Dishes include tempura vegetables with chipotle and lemongrass dipping sauces and a wild mushroom risotto. Sun 6 p.m. 

—Photograph courtesy of Atticus

The Creep Behind The Camera

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:32am

Go behind the scenes of 1964 monster flick. The Creeping Terror. Director Pete Schuermann’s dark-comedy documentary, The Creep Behind The Camera, takes viewers on the delusional and humorous journey behind the making of this cult classic. After the showing, engage in a Q&A session with Schuermann to learn about his filmmaking process. Mon 7 p.m.

Haunted Harvest

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:48am

This is the perfect Halloween event for your little ones. Costumed kids can participate in carnival games. If they need a break from the action, they can sip on hot chocolate or apple cider. Participants are also welcome to observe a Ninth Street house decorating party held by student organizations and campus departments at the Community College of Denver. Tue 3-6 p.m. 

Thin Mint Dinner

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:48am

Celebrate the Girl Scouts of Colorado and Women of Distinction with a three-course meal and keynote address from Amelia Rose Earhart—a former 9News traffic and weather reporter who recently completed an around-the-world flight of her namesake. The dinner culminates with a Thin Mint-inspired dessert in addition to cocktails prepared with Tito's Handmade Vodka and the beloved Girl Scout Cookies. Show up early for an opportunity to take photos with this year's Women of Distinction and Earhart. Tue 5-8:30 p.m.

alt-J

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 3:28pm

What do you do when your debut album rakes in a flood of critical acclaim and awards, including the prestigious Mercury Prize? You aim higher. British indie band alt-J burst onto the music world’s radar with its 2012 album An Awesome Wave, which introduced the trio’s brand of cerebral, electronic-tinged rock. Its just-released sophomore effort, This Is All Yours, builds on that formula, illustrated in mysterious tracks like “Hunger of the Pine” and “Every Other Freckle.” Tue 7 p.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Gabriel Green

Pop-up Wine Dinner: Nebbiolo with Steve Lewis

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:32am

Join Steve Lewis—managing partner of Boulder-based wine importers, Giuliana Imports—for a pop-up wine dinner at Frasca Food & Wine’s Caffe Space. The evening features a selection of Lewis’ favorite Nebbiolo Italian wines along with bottles that have been cellared at Frasca. The paired dinner is limited to 14 guests, so make sure to register early for an evening of fine food and wine. Call for reservations. Wed 6 p.m. 

Food Lover's Book Club

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:36am

Join 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda Faison as she delves into a quintessential slice of Americana: Pie. The Food Lover’s Book Club will discuss The Pie Book from Brooklyn bakery Four and Twenty BlackbirdsBe prepared to sample pie and chat about recipes and baking secrets. Wed 6 p.m.

The Motet

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:11am

Halloween on the Front Range wouldn’t be complete without the Motet’s annual Halloween Run. This year, the beloved local funk troupe’s multi-day, traveling concert—trekking from Fort Collins to Boulder before concluding in Denver—will get hips swinging with the theme “Mixtape 1975,” set to feature meticulously studied covers of some of that year’s biggest hits. The notoriously groovy ’70s are the perfect muse for the Motet’s famed jam-band sound. Wed-Sat, times vary.

—Photo courtesy of Brian Spady

The Night Dial

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:11pm

Even if you can’t see them, the horrors are real at this live radio Halloween broadcast. Watch Richard Karpala and Ryan Mattingly announce two horror plays over the air, using sound effects, live music, and folly to depict scenes unseen. Both actors are Colorado natives, acting in and directing films and plays around the Denver area. Wed 8 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Bug Theatre

Cut Copy

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:21am

This four-piece Australian band pulls off a combination of dancehall-worthy electro rhythms, feel-good pop vibes, and old school rock sensibilities like few others can. Beginning in the basement indie scene of Melbourne, the group's quick climb to fame was the result of four stellar albums, the most recent of which, Free Your Mind, hit shelves last year. Wed 8 p.m.

Official Halloween Denver Pub Crawl

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:25am

Mingle with goblins and witches as you visit your favorite bars on this Halloween-themed pub crawl. LoDo venues like Howl at the Moon, 1515 Bar N Lounge, The Spill, and Pourhouse Pub will serve up drink and food specials like half-off appetizers and $3 beers. Fri-Sun 4 p.m.-2 a.m. 

A Halloween BOO-lesque show

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:16am

Halloween has never looked this devilish before. Naughty Pierre, a Lannie's Clocktower celebrity, hosts the burlesque comedy show, filled with vampires, witches, black cats, and zombies. The creatures will perform aerial acts, juggling and magic tricks that hint of Halloween thrills. Fri-Sat 8,11 p.m. 

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:27pm

Before forming the American rock band DEVO (remember “Whip It”?), Mark Mothersbaugh was better known as an artist working in drawing, sculptures, photography, video, prints, and rugs. Myopia, opening this month at MCA, is the first presentation of Mothersbaugh’s complete works from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s to today. Tue-Fri noon-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Kids Halloween Parade & Party

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:08am

Parents should be excited about taking their kids to this Halloween event. Adults can indulge in Terminal Bar drink specials (select drafts for $4 and wine for $6), while kids trick-or-treat at the Union Station merchant shops. Finish your night with a family costume parade through the great hall, where you can win prizes for the best overall costume and the best family or group costumes. Thu 5-7 p.m. 

South Pacific

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:31am

A rotating cast of student performers and a 34-person orchestra bring this classic tale of love and war to life all weekend long. Set on a tropical island near the end of World War II, South Pacific has been a hit since it first debuted on Broadway in 1949. While most nights are already sold out, Friday night (Halloween) still has great seats available. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Dracula

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:31am

No garlic is needed to attend this bloodthirsty show. Experience the Bram Stoker Gothic horror classic through the art of movement. Vampires, mental patients, and Count Dracula take the stage to deliver a twisted ballet on this famously eerie night. Dates, times vary. 

Randolph's Restaurant and Bar Halloween Special

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:54am

Come to this Halloween party with a big appetite. Enjoy a special buffet with seven-layer nachos and chicken wings before participating in family pumpkin carving. Halloween drink specials will be available during happy hour. All kids will leave with a trick-or-treat bag. Fri 5-10 p.m. 

Family Overnight: Halloween at the Museum

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:28am

The exhibits may not come alive, but you'll still enjoy this night at the museum. Dress in a costume and enjoy Halloween-themed activities and trick-or-treat trivia before falling asleep in the diorama room. In the morning, wake up to breakfast and an IMAX movie before taking a quick tour of the main exhibit on display Whales: Giants of the Deep. Fri 5:30 p.m.-Sat 10 a.m. 

Boo with the View

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:56am

Kick off Halloween with a spirit-paired, five-course dinner. The night starts with hors d’oeuvres such as Bloody (pun intended) Mary caviar and oysters as well as a seasonal draft beer or cider. Then enjoy a blood-orange variation on the Manhattan alongside grilled Colorado lamb served atop black and orange linguine. Fri 6 p.m.

South Pacific

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:31am

A rotating cast of student performers and a 34-person orchestra bring this classic tale of love and war to life all weekend long. Set on a tropical island near the end of World War II, South Pacific has been a hit since it first debuted on Broadway in 1949. While most nights are already sold out, Friday night (Halloween) still has great seats available. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Coloween

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:37am

This isn't your parents' costume party. Listen to Texas rapper Riff Raff, take $5 cinnamon tequila shots, and enter to win a $1,000 cash prize in the costume contest. The whole soirée takes place in a three-story amphitheater and features local Emmy-winning anchor Chris Parente as host. Fri 9 p.m.-Sat 2 a.m.      

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:49am

Come watch this cult classic in a live performance from Cincinnati's Rocky Horror Show cast, the Denton Affair. Audience participation is a must, so make sure to bring your best attire and loudest voices (plus flashlights and noisemakers). Kids under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fri 10:30 p.m.

Puppy Up! Denver Walk and Festival

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:47am

A slow stroll for you and your pet will help raise money to save humans and dogs alike. This two-mile walk will be full of four-legged friends plus music, art, and food. Proceeds benefit the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, a charity seeking to find the common link between human and canine cancers through oncology research. Sat 8 a.m-2:45 p.m. 

Home for the Holidays 5K & Family Fun Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:26am

Run with the whole family and raise money for anti-homelessness efforts. Enter a contest for best family costume as well as top race finishers in each gender and age category. Prizes include Pizza Fusion pizza parties, unlimited classes at Gravity Dance Collective, season tickets to Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, and Nike sneakers. Proceeds benefit Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Sat 9 a.m. 

Greyhound Centennial Tour

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:57pm

Who knew you could time travel by bus? This mobile museum tour is hitting Colorado to celebrate 100 years of service and take you back to the begininng of its reign. Vintage uniforms, memorabilia, and a wall of history allow guests and passengers to see the transformation of a company that has traveled across the entire country. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Spice Demonstration with Chef Zieg

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:17am

Learn how to mix spices at this special demonstration from chef Tim Ziegler. The educational walkthrough teaches attendees how to to create flavorful and balanced combinations. You can take home some of chef Ziegler’s specialty blends from Mondo Market or watch him create your own custom spice blend based on what you like to cook. Sat 1-4 p.m. 

Communing with Nature

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:49pm

Having grown up in the outdoors of rural Utah, Keith Bond has an innate ability to capture the beauty of Western landscapes. His realistic oil paintings depict some of Colorado’s most recognizable natural gems, including Aspen trees, the Yampa River, Crater Lake, and the Never Summer Mountains. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m 

Calavera Ball: ¡Viva la Muerte!

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:04am

Centuries-old Día de los Muertos meets modern cocktail party at this inaugural bash. The Mexican holiday, celebrated November 1-2 every year to remember the dearly departed, is the inspiration for this spirited shindig topped with Mexican-inspired food and drinks amid live music. We’re most excited, though, to peruse the elaborate memorial altars—the centerpiece of Día de los Muertos—given a contemporary spin by pro artists.

South Pacific

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:31am

A rotating cast of student performers and a 34-person orchestra bring this classic tale of love and war to life all weekend long. Set on a tropical island near the end of World War II, South Pacific has been a hit since it first debuted on Broadway in 1949. While most nights are already sold out, Friday night (Halloween) still has great seats available. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Bob Dylan and His Band

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:05pm

He may be 73, but Bob Dylan hasn't slowed down one bit. He was in classic form during the Australian leg of his tour earlier this fall and will keep the energy rolling throughout the winter as he travels around North America, including a stop in the Mile High City. Sat 8 p.m.

Paranormal Palace

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:53am

While some might consider a night trick-or-treating an ideal Halloween, others prefer a more livel- celebration like Paranormal Palace. The annual 15,000-person party will feature DJs, dancers, and circus performers. It's not all self-indulgence, though: proceeds benefit Denver Civic Center Conservancy. Sat 9 p.m.

Denver Gorilla Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:49pm

Last year, this rampage of a race set a record for the largest gathering of people dressed as gorillas. Adorn your primate suit (included in your entry fee) with anything from tutus to park ranger uniforms and enter to win best costume prizes. Registration guarantees free entry into the zoo the rest of the day and an afterparty hosted by Silverback Pale Ale. The biggest perk of all: You get to take home your gorilla suit for future monkey business. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conversation Fund. Sun 9 a.m. 

South Pacific

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:31am

A rotating cast of student performers and a 34-person orchestra bring this classic tale of love and war to life all weekend long. Set on a tropical island near the end of World War II, South Pacific has been a hit since it first debuted on Broadway in 1949. While most nights are already sold out, Friday night (Halloween) still has great seats available. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Lucinda Williams

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:45am

Very rarely do you come across an artist whose music makes you think, smile, and dance simultaneously. Critics, fans, and fellow musicians have consistently praised singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams’s for her eclectic music over the course of her 35-year career. Her newest album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, was released in September. Sun 8 p.m.

Truffle Dinner

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:27pm

Put a truffle on anything, and it’s likely to turn out delicious. Put a truffle on eight courses of modern Piemontese cuisine, and you’ve got a masterpiece. Chef Darrel Truett will present eight dishes featuring black and white truffles at this annual dinner, each course expertly paired with wine. Mon 6 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Barolo Grill 

Interstellar in 35mm

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:35am

Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan is once again producing thought-provoking content. His latest film centers on a team of space travelers who journey through a wormhole to find another habitable planet. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine star in this sci-fi masterpiece. Dates, times vary. 

Sherlock Holmes and the Masters of Crime

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:04am

Whodunit? Sherlock Holmes is back to figure out just that, but he can’t do it alone. After being attacked by unknown thugs in London, he enlists the help of young detectives to get the job done. This the world premiere of the fourth original Sherlock play written by C.P. Stancich and produced by Theater Company of Lafayette. Dates, times vary. 

Interstellar

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:41pm

After Earth is decimated by climate change and famine, a team of astronauts is sent to explore a newly discovered wormhole in the outer reaches of the solar system. Their mission: scope out potential new settlements for mankind—and leave behind everything they know back home. Acclaimed Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan commands an A-list cast that includes Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in this sci-fi epic. Bonus: Alamo Drafthouse is showing the film in a rare, film geek-approved 35mm format in advance of its official opening on Friday. Daily, times vary.

Holiday Exhibition

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:49pm

Get in the holiday spirit while perusing Christmas paintings and winter scenes at this annual show. Bring home the holiday as all work will be for sale. Artists such as Denver based artist Deborah McAllister will showcase their studio and plein air paintings. The exhibit will be full of snow covered sidewalks and barren trees on canvas. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m-4 p.m.

CSU-Pueblo's Got Talent

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:51pm

Howard Stern won’t be a judge — but who says that’s a bad thing. Modeled after the hit TV show America’s Got Talent, this event showcases talented (or not talented) CSU-Pueblo students, who test skills like singing and stand-up comedy on the stage. The top three contestants will recieve a cash prize. Wed 7 p.m.

RAC

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:31pm

Remix Artist Collective originally gained notoriety as an ensemble that created upbeat remixes, but has now transitioned into the solo project of André Allen Anjos. The renamed RAC has won over fans of nearly all genres with original hits like "Let Go" and "Hollywood." The show will open with electro duo the Knocks. Wed 8 p.m.

Mary Lambert

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:19am

While she's best known for her inspirational chorus on Macklemore's Grammy-nominated track "Same Love," Seattle-based singer/songwriter Mary Lambert has a powerful and impressive body of solo work. Growing up as a proud lesbian in a Christian household, Lambert used music as an outlet for her frustrations, and this raw emotion seeps out of every track. Her debut album, Heart On My Sleeve, was released last month. Wed 8 p.m.

Couture for CASA

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:41pm

Shop couture for a cause at this evening benefitting Denver CASA—a child advocacy program that represents abused and neglected children in court. A live auction will be followed by a “fashion face-off,” where stylists from A Line Boutique will battle different looks against one another on the runway. Stick around for the opportunity to shop a variety of locally made products. Thu 6-10 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of A Line Boutique 

Water of Life Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:49am

Each November, a festival takes place in Cambodia to observe the Tonie Sap River as it reverses the direction of its current (the only river in the world to do so). Now, we're bringing the celebration westward with the Water of Life Festival. Bid in the silent or live auction and participate at action stations, which include a wine wall game in guests can pay $20 to randomly pick from a wine selection with costs ranging from $15 to $100. When you've won your prize, fill your stomach with roasted chicken and chili rellenos or stop by the dessert bar.

National Theater Live: Skylight

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:07am

For two nights only, Denverites can be transported to London to watch the West End performance of Skylight. Part of the National Theatre Live series, the play will be recorded live and shown with a delay on the big screen. In the production, Carrey Mulligan and Bill Nighy depict two former lovers who try to rekindle their previous passion but find their different ideologies get in the way. Thu, Sun 7 p.m. 

Gaelic Storm

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:52am

For more than 15 years, Gaelic Storm has bridged the gap between traditional Irish music and American pop sensibilities. While its sound is authentically Celtic, the Santa Monica-based band infuses a toe-tapping, sing-along vibe into its music that gets everyone within earshot up on their feet and dancing. Interestingly, the first time many people saw Gaelic Storm was as the steerage band performing "An Irish Party in Third Class" in 1997's Titanic. Thu 7:30 p.m.

The Playground

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:59am

If you love to people watch, this is the show for you. Some of Denver’s most honored female playwrights—Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, Leslie C. Lewis, Nina Alice Miller, and Carrie Printz—laced together their individual stories to show the events and people a playground sees from dusk to dawn. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m. 

Colorado Symphony with Pinchas Zukerman: Mozart's Requiem

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:46pm

Famed Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman joins the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus to perform Mozart’s final masterpiece. While Zukerman will conduct the majority of the show, the 21-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner will step off the podium for a few choice songs. The night will also include "Mozart’s Requiem," one of the most impressive pieces in this chorus' repertoire. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

Ancient and Tremulous

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:53pm

Installation artist Ashley Williams brings to life fascinating geological forms like caves and other rock formations. A cloudy palette of grays, and dark, earthy greens, browns and reds portray our planet's history. Sculptures, oil paintings, and video works combine to reveal the history and beauty of nature's structures. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

 

 

Ski & Snowboard Expo

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:12pm

Skiers and snowboarders' wallets can seem empty during the winter. At this annual sale, though, you can purchase everything from boots to jackets at lower prices. Buy your Epic Local Pass and other multi-mountain passes thanks to event-only specials. A kid's learn-to-ride center and slopestyle course will lend itself to indoor practice before the snow comes, and an olympic freestyle aerial demonstration will inspire viewers. Fri 1-10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Ullr Fest

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:07pm

Use Breckenridge's tribute to Ullr, the Norse God of snow, as an excuse to dress up like a viking. Wear a horned helmet while you march in the parade, and then participate in the Ullympics, which will feature competitions like group skiing and a frying pan toss. If you'd rather sit the Ullympics out, come back for the town bonfire on Thursday or comedy night on Friday. Sun-Sat, times vary.  

Denver Arts Week

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:09pm

Everything from visual arts and theater to music and dance will flourish in this week-long celebration of the city’s art and culture scene. Kick off the week with a special First Friday art walk, then enjoy free museum admissions as well as workshops and meet-and-greets. Days, times vary. 

Farm to Table Art Banquet

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:39am

As children, we were scolded for playing with our food. Now it's time to celebrate the art of just that. Live sculptures made from ingredients like cabbage, kale, and Jello will be on display. Edible material is depicted in almost every medium, from paintings to jewelry to textiles.Feast your eyes on that. Fri 4-7 p.m.

Secret Chefs

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:14pm

Engage in an evening of fine foods and expertly paired wines. Sip and sample your way through multiple serving stations and chat with the secret chef of the evening about each pairing. Proceeds benefit Project PAVE, a nonprofit that seeks to empower youth to end relationship violence. Fri 6-9:30 p.m.

Holidays on the Prairie

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:07pm

Enjoy the 1800s without the hard work. Sign up to go on a wagon ride, taste hot apple cider, and eat molasses cookies. You'll be transported back in time, as all the buildings are lit with oil lamps and decorated with authentic ornaments. As you party like it's 1867, guides will provide lessons on the holiday traditions of homesteaders. Fri 6-8 p.m. 

Momentum

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:55am

Three of the West Coast's most renowned contemporary artists join forces for a vibrant exhibition. Mars-1, Oliver Vernon, and Damon Soule combine abstract futuristic pieces and street art for this unconventional show. Works done with paint, bronze, pen, ink, and collage will be on display. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:17am

Only 16 percent of directors, producers, writers, and editors in the film industry are women. The longest continuous women’s film festival seeks to combat that statistic with its annual festival featuring films with women in central production roles or scripts that focus on female storylines. About 35 films will be screened over three days accompanied by special events like a panel discussion on Saturday and a roundtable luncheon, with filmmakers rotating to a different table every 15 minutes, on Sunday.

Retreat to the Rainforest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:44am

Enjoy the Butterfly Pavilion's final food and cocktail tasting of the year. The adults-only event provides tropical tastes with exotically-inspired libations and sumptuous samples of island-style bites from Jules Gourmet Catering and MouCo Cheese Company. Stroll through the pavilion's indoor rainforest while sipping a cocktail and enjoying the feeling of summer. Fri 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:05pm

The idea that women sometimes make poor choices when it comes to love isn’t a new one. Combine those mistakes with a hysterical comedy that brings 1980s Madrid to life, and you have the musical adaption of the Oscar-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. This will be the regional premiere of the high-energy show. Days, times vary. 

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Wanderer

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:33pm

When soldiers return from war, emotions are scattered. From the relief of reconnecting with family to the pain of post-traumatic stress disorder, coming home is still a struggle. In this combination of dance, video, and spoken word, this narrative follows the trek back to life in the United States from the Middle East.

Days of My Youth

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:00pm

After two years in the making, this Red Bull Media and MSP Films documentary examines athletes' affinities for skiing. Tracking the lives of skiers—from the youth to the experienced competing everywhere from crowded local resorts to the ghostly peaks of South America—the footage and narration combine to make this film a testament to the sport. Fri 8 p.m. 

The Airborne Toxic Event

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:08am

Formed in 2006 after frontman Mikel Jollett decided to take a break from his career as a novelist, the Airborne Toxic Event balance alternative indie rock with discerning lyrics that only a former writer could pen. While best known for its 2008 single "Sometime Around Midnight," the LA-based ensemble has put out a stream of challenging, thoughtful music over the last decade. The group's latest album, Such Hot Blood, was released last year. Fri 8:30 p.m.

Tennis

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:23am

After graduating from University of Colorado Denver, husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore took the indie music world by storm with Tennis, their two-person band that combines modern lo-fi with a feel-good surf-pop sound. Tennis' debut album, Cape Dory, was praised by fans and critics alike, and the couple has built on that success with two more records and worldwide tours. Riley and Moore, who still live in Denver, are currently promoting their newest release, Ritual in Repeat, which was released in September. Fri 9 p.m.

Veteran's Day Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:27pm

Run or walk the Cherry Creek bike path to Civic Center Park in this 5K/10K to commemorate our fallen soldiers. Stick around post-race for a remembrance ceremony, parade, and festival—and don’t forget to wear red, white, and blue to show your patriotism. Proceeds benefit the Russell B. Rippetoe Foundation and Denver Army ROTC. Sat 7 a.m.

Denver Veterans Day

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 9:15pm

Celebrate and pay homage to veterans during this day-long event. The day-long commemoration kicks off with a 5K and 10K race before a remembrance​ ceremony of Coloradans killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. After the ceremony, watch the parade, which will be broken into different stages for each conflict, like the Civil War and WWII. To finish the day, check out the festival and listen live music from Colorado-raised country singer and American Idol contestant Matt Buckstein. Sat 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bighorn Sheep Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:50pm

Spot these sheep from a distance so you don’t get rammed. This festival, which celebrates Colorado's state mammal, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, gives you the opportunity to scope out the creatures with binoculars. After spying on some sheep, enjoy a hike, live music or wildilife education lessons from trained volunteers. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Elemental Exchanges

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:25pm

Peruse the bright and bold paintings of home-grown abstract artist Doug Kacena. Kacena’s works, inspired by both physical and human nature, display vibrant colors, purposeful strokes, and unique shapes. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

The Source One Year Anniversary Party

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:31am

Celebrate the one year anniversary of Denver’s artisan food market. The party kicks off with a corn roasting at Comida followed by live music from DJs such as Rogerthat and Black Amex. Other festivities include a photo booth by Jennifer Olson Photography, a local food tasting from Slow Food Denver, and the Tiki Tiki Tiki cocktail party hosted by Heroes Like Us. Sat noon-10 p.m.

Night at the Museums

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:53pm

Does the Snowmastodon at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science come alive at night? Bring the entire family—from tykes to teenagers—to find out. This Denver Arts Week's event offers the opportunity to explore exhibits from the Bubbles Playscape at the Children’s Museum of Denver to the World War II exhibit at the Clyfford Still Museum with free shuttles between the destinations. All you need to do is decide where to start. Sat 5 p.m.

Photograph cour Katarina Lewis

Celebrate the Harvest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:38am

Engage in an educational culinary experience that you can share with the community. Attendees will prepare Colorado-inspired dishes using locally sourced ingredients from purveyors including Ekar Farm, Grant Family Farms, and Denver Yard Harvest. Bring your own bottles of wine or beer to enjoy with the shared five-course dinner. Sat 5-8 p.m.

Kelly Berger

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:36pm

Known for her vibrant use of color and light, Kelly Berger's fomer homes have inspired a variety of themes in her artwork. Her schooling in Nebraska and Iowa is reflected in her paintings of rural plains, while years in New York depict an urban feel. Now, her love for the mountains surfaces in ski and resort art. All three contrasting settings display Berger's color scheme. Sat 5-7 p.m.

Magic! Beyond Belief!

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:56am

A magician never reveals his secrets, but you can still be amazed at his skills. This ninth annual show brings together magicians capable of weaving together comedy, mystery, and wonder into an entertaining family friendly event. Watch as local and national talent, including Jeff Jenson, Mysto the Magi, and John T. Sheets, work their magic on the stage. Sat 7 p.m. 

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Lewis Black

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:11pm

You'll get clenched jaws and scolding fingers from Lewis Black at this always-on-the-brink-of-insanity comedy show. The actor, author, and Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian once described his humor as "being on the Titanic every single day and being the only person who knows what is going to happen." Hop aboard, if you dare. Sat 8 p.m.

Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:06pm

This is not your average road race. This one's for all you rugged Coloradans. Race through the Douglas county trail on this single loop race where the route is 95% dirt and crushed gravel. The scenery will take your breath away (though remmeber to keep breathing), and push you to keep at it. Don't forget to dress accordingly.  It's November, you might be in snow or mud.  Sat 9 a.m.

The Great Candy Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:11pm

Satisfy your sweet tooth and your exercise quota in this 5K around the park while your kids run the Gumdrop Fun Run. When your adrenaline and sugar have reached an all-time high, enjoy the retro sounds of an ’80s cover band, face painting, and balloon artists. The candy aid station replaces your typical refuel and rehydrate post-race stand with a more exciting mix of treats. Proceeds benefit the Fetal Health Foundation. Sun 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bastille

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:31pm

Britain's Bastille stormed onto American music scene earlier this year with its breakout hit “Pompeii,” a soaring anthem tailor-made for sing-alongs and fist pumps. Now that the the indie pop-rock quartet successfully made the leap across the pond, it is inching closer toward the big leagues thanks to a pair of nominations at this month’s American Music Awards. Expect sweeping guitar riffs and throbbing drums as the band plays from its BRIT Award-nominated debut album, Bad Bloods. Mon 8 p.m.

Bastille

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:01pm

After exploding into the cultural consciousness in 2013 with its hit "Pompeii," British rock band Bastille has enjoyed two years of sold-out shows and award nominations. The group brings its excitable strand of indie pop to Denver this month to play hits off its platinum record Bad Blood. Mon 8 p.m.

Free Veterans Day Documentary

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:09am

Take some time this Veterans Day to gain some insight into the lives of those who protect our country. This 2012 documentary, V-Day 11.11.11, profiles male and female soldiers all across the U.S. to reveal the reasons they decided to join the military. The documentary will play on a continuous loop at History Colorado Center. Tue, all day. 

School's Out Safari

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:39am

Drop your kids off at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and they can participate in a grand exploration of the mammal exhibits. Tue 9 a.m. 

Community Drumming Circle

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:56pm

And you thought drum circles were only for hippies. Join this community event and learn how to find a beat. Guided lessons will teach freestyle drumming, guided imagery—where drummers play along to a rhythmic telling of a story—and basic, traditional rhythms. Bring your own drums or rent some for $3. Tue 6-8 p.m.

Spring Awakening

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:34am

Set in late-19th century Germany, this rock musical features a group of adolescents discovering their sexuality. Tragedy strikes the teenagers as they perform modern Broadway classics, such as “Mama Who Bore Me” and “The Word of Your Body.” The original Broadway show won eight Tony awards, including best musical. Days, times vary. 

Starz Denver Film Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:47am

Sponsored by the cable station Starz, this film festival is Denver's biggest and most diverse. They'll be more than 200 films and 150 industry guests attending this year's event. In addition to the films, you can attend parties and panels, which let you listen to some of your favorite directors talk about their movies. Past films include Oscar-winners Annie Hall, The Lives of Others, and Silver Linings Playbook. Days, times vary.

One Painting at a Time

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:19am

Sometimes, sensory overload can ruin an experience. When Colorado artist and teacher Judy Anderson leads a talk on a painting chosen from The War Begins exhibit, which focuses on World War II, she'll harp on singular focus. Participants will discuss the deeper reflection beyond a first impression of an artwork. Later, when it's time for variety, delve into any of the museum's 825 paintings. Wed 1 p.m.

Beer Release Party

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:04am

Join Wynkoop Brewing Company in celebrating the release of its latest limited-edition beer, the Cottonwood Organic Pumpkin Porter. RSVP to be entered in a drawing for prizes such as Über ride credits, OtterBox phone cases, and growlers of Wynkoop brews. One dollar from each pint benefits Cottonwood Institute, a nonprofit that connects underserved students with their community and environment. Wed 5:30-7 p.m.

5280: The Cookbook Signing and Q&A with Amanda M. Faison

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:00pm

Get an inside perspective of the work that went into creating 5280 The Cookbook. The book—compiled and curated by food editor Amanda M. Faison—features recipes from Denver and Boulder's best chefs. Now, take the opportunity to have your copy of the book autographed. Watch a live Q&A session with Faison and Ryan Warner from Colorado Public Radio as well as chefs who are featured in the book. Wed 7-9 p.m.

Bleachers

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:27pm

What did artist and songwriter Jack Antonoff do after his Grammy-winning band Fun skyrocketed to success? Take a short hiatus for a solo endeavor. While his latest project, Bleachers, is only temporary, that hasn't stopped Antonoff from churning out hits: The band's poppy first single, "I Wanna Get Better", shot to number one on the Billboard Alternative chart. Wed 8 p.m.

37th Starz Denver Film Festival

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 1:22pm

More than 250 films will light up Denver’s screens for this beloved annual celebration of cinema. In its 37th year, the festival will continue to focus on indie features, documentaries, and other media from more than 40 countries (don’t miss the 14 films from Brazil, this year’s featured country). Among the many other highlights: gala presentations of likely Oscar contenders Wild and Foxcatcher, workshops for aspiring filmmakers, and a spotlight on films made by women, the LGBT community, and, of course, Coloradans.

Meet Dr. Scott

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:18pm

Your kids have probably watched his PBS show, Dinosaur Train, but now they’ll have the chance to meet him in person. He’ll bring that same charisma showcased on TV to the stage, as he talks his field work in Utah and what it's like to be a paleontologist. The program will only last 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about you little ones getting too antsy. After educating the audience, Dr. Scott will be available for autographs and photos.     

Anne Hamilton

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:29am

This multi-talented artist is known for her work in sculpture, photography, textile art, printmaking, and large scale multi-media installations. Peruse a selection of her unique photographs, which focus on the human body. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m. 

Taste of Arvada

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:19pm

Sample and sip your way through more than 60 restaurants, wineries, and craft breweries in Arvada. Enjoy food from restaurants including 3 Sons Italian and Bennett’s BBQ while imbibing beer from Arvada Beer Company or a glass of wine from Silver Vines Winery. Beat the crowds and nab a VIP ticket for early entry and an extra hour of tastings. Thu 5-8 p.m.

Educational Wine Tasting

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:27am

Send your palate around the world at this educational tasting. A selection of six French-influenced wines chosen by sommelier Ashley Vaughters are paired with cheeses picked by Whole Foods Market Cherry Creek cheese expert Devin Lamma to inspire your senses. Don't miss this learning opportunity as Vaughters and Lamma work together to explain the complexities, regions, and vintners of your favorite wines and cheeses.

Chaircuterie

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:54am

Pull up a chair and wish a happy birthday to professional design association AIGA—but make sure to glance down before you sit. One hundred artists, including Metropolitan State University of Denver adjunct design professor Andrew Hoffman, have created chairs (or images featuring the furniture) in honor of AIGA’s 100th anniversary. Buy a VIP ticket for early admission to the event, a meet-and-greet with the designers, and a chance to buy select artwork before the rest of the attendees get their hands (or rather, rears) on the pieces. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Wild

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:46am

Catch director Jean-Mark Vallee’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club before it hits theaters in December with the Starz Denver Film Festival’s showing.  The death of her mother, her divorce, and heroine abuse leads Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, to walk the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail alone and inexperienced so that she may finally heal in this true biographical drama. Thu 7:30 p.m. 

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Imagine Dragons

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 1:06pm

Chart-topping rock band Imagine Dragons is used to performing in front of thousands with elaborate staging and lights. This all-acoustic set, however, strips away all that in favor of more intimate digs. The cozy, unplugged ambiance will let the quartet’s poignant lyrics resonate amid simple guitars and drums. Bonus: The show will benefit and feature backup by students from Youth on Record, a local nonprofit that empowers at-risk young people through music education. Thu 8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Chuffmedia

The Black Keys

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:48pm

The thunderous, raw energy of the Black Keys blasts back into Denver for the first time since 2012 to promote Turn Blue, the newest album from this Ohio-based duo. Hits like "Fever" and "Gotta Get Away" embody the catchy, minimalistic rock vibe that we've come to expect from the last true rags-to-riches garage band. Thu 8 p.m.

Boulder Restaurant Week

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:42pm

Get your forks (and appetites) ready for this week of prix fixe dinners from some of Boulder’s best restaurants. More than 50 of the city’s top purveyors of culinary excellence, including Basta, Salt, and Fate Brewing Company, offer special three-course meals that spotlight their signature cuisine. Don’t miss this opportunity to dine at restaurants that have established Boulder as a top-notch culinary destination. Fri-Sat, times vary. 

First Bite Boulder

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:22pm

Celebrate Boulder's top restaurants by enjoying three-course, prix fixe dinners at local favorites such as Centro Latin Kitchee, Spruce Farm & Fish, Cafe Aion, and more. The weeklong event is your opportunity to experience the vibrant dining community of Boulder. Days, times vary.

Songs For A New World

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:59am

Four cast members play a variety of characters as they perform a collection of songs about love and the important choices we make that can alter our lives. Pop, gospel, jazz, and holiday music all connect to the theme of the show, “the moment of decision,” and include songs such as “Christmas Lullaby” and “Stars and the Moon.” Days, times vary. 

Hamlet: A Gypsy Tale

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:42am

The Betsy Stage took the adage "To thine ownself be true" to heart when the founders created a company to turn classic Shakespeare into stories for the modern stage. This time around, the company chose a gypsy camp in Eastern Europe as the setting for its adaption of Hamlet. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. 

Art Denver

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:34am

Take home a piece of Denver Art week at this closing bash. Peruse work produced by 135 artists in 13 categories, from glass to metalworks to photography, during this three-day exhibit. Twenty-five Colorado vendors will be on site with handmade goods, food, and beverages. Eveything will be for sale, including remnants and leftover fabrics from local fashion shows and trunk show pieces. A portion of the proceeds benefits year-round art education in Colorado schools. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

ArtDenver Opening Night Party and Fashion Show

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:31pm

Clothing and art collide in the kickoff event for ArtDenver, a juried art show featuring 135 artists from around the country and 13 different mediums. Designers Justin LeBlanc and Geoffrey Mac will lend their talents to the fashion show, which will also include designs from Michael Costello and Mondo Guerra, winner of the reality show Project Runway Under the Gun. As an added perk, a portion of ticket sales will benefit art education in Colorado schools. Fri 7-10 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of ArtDenver

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Denver Philharmonic: A Tale of Three Symphonies

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 2:09pm

The Denver Philharmonic will travel through time as they play contrasting pieces from three different centuries: Haydn's 1792 Sinfonia, Dvorak’s cheerful Symphony No. 8, and Britten’s somber Sinfonia da Requiem. Denver’s own renowned soloists Kimberly Brody, Kenneth Greenwald, Katherine Thayer, and Bryan Scafuri will join the Lawrence Golan-conducted orchestra. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Legally Blonde Jr.

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:05am

The spunky Elle Woods is back in PG-rated form. Follow her antics in this toned-down show—which still contains the classic “bend and snap” scene—as she proves she can keep up with the more academically-inclined students at Harvard Law School despite her girly persona. The award-winning musical is based on the popular 2001 film but features an original score with songs like “Ireland” and “Chip on My Shoulder.” Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 2:25pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra has made a career out of turning humdrum Christmas classics into rock ballads fit for arenas. In just under two decades, the Paul O'Neill-founded ensemble has sold more than 10 million concert tickets and more than 10 million albums. On this winter tour, the group is debuting a new show titled The Christmas Attic, and will be playing both an afternoon and night show in Denver. Sat 3, 8 p.m.

Pumpkin Pie 5K/10K

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:28pm

Denver's newest turkey trot-style race gives runners a way to celebrate the upcoming holiday season while giving back to the community. When you finish the race, you'll receive a piece of pumpkin pie along with a T-shirt and other goodies. When you're running this much, there's no need to count calories. Sat 9 a.m. 

Jewelry Making

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:09pm

You'll have a new accessory to show off after this workshop with artist Kirsten Denbow. Denbow has constructed objects out of metal since she was young, and now she'll teach you how to have the same fun. Make and take home your own watercolor painted and metal plated pendant. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Thanksgiving Puppet Show

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:13am

All those conversations that your children act out with their stuffed animals will finally be put to use. At this Thanksgiving-themed event, tykes can make a paper turkey puppet and use it to perform on a makeshift stage. Kids will then work with professional puppeteer Cathy Kasey to hone their productions. Sat 1:30 p.m. 

To the Lighthouse

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:38am

This performance of Stories on Stage honors the nonprofit Lighthouse Writers Workshop. The literary center provides instruction on fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, and more. Actors Geoffrey Kent, Jessica Austgen, and Gabriella Cavallero will perform original works from three Lighthouse writers. Sat 1:30, 7:30 p.m. 

 

America’s Hot Spots: Our Volcanic Legacy

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:49am

Fly around America to experience the beauty of natural wonders through Gray Warriner’s independent travelogue. The film shows formations such as geysers, hot springs, and thermal pools at Yellowstone National Park and lava flow in Hawaii. Warriner has 35 years of experience as a professional filmmaker and has won more than 100 awards over the span of his career. Sat 2 p.m. 

Nitro Fest

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:35pm

It’s a circus at this inaugural event celebrating nitrogenated beer, a creamy beverage that contains about 70 percent nitrogen and 30 percent carbon dioxide. More than 21 craft breweries from around the nation will offer samples of their nitro craft beers, to be accompanied by bites from Longmont establishments like Haystack Goat Cheese and Happy Cakes. The big top theme won’t disappoint with entertainment including fire spinners, jugglers, contortionists, and aerial dancers. Sat 3-7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Left Hand Brewing

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music is Awesome!

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:06am

These costumed characters and their signature DJ, Lance Rock, return with the coolest rock concert for little ones. This new show will mark the fifth anniversary of the group's live tour. Standard Yo Gabba Gabba bands like the Aquabats and Majestic are slated to perform, as is rapper Biz Markie, who toured with the act last year. Sat 4:30 p.m. 

Forces of Flight: 2014 Spreading Wings Gala

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:53am

Celebrate the power of flight at this gala honoring Sean D. Tucker, a National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee and one of America's premier pilots. Before Tucker speaks, watch a show from the Flying Drummers, who will perform a concert while they're suspended by harnesses. To participate in aeronautics yourself, hop in the gyroscope ride, which creates G-force thrusts as it twists and turns. Tue 6-10 p.m.

Teen Art Show

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:47pm

Take your kids out to an event that they could be featured in one day. At this diverse art show, teens from Denver area high schools put their best work on display. There will be an arrary of 2-D and 3-D art, with everything from paintings to sculptures. In between browsing, stop for free snacks and refreshments. Sat 6-9 p.m. 

Legally Blonde Jr.

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:05am

The spunky Elle Woods is back in PG-rated form. Follow her antics in this toned-down show—which still contains the classic “bend and snap” scene—as she proves she can keep up with the more academically-inclined students at Harvard Law School despite her girly persona. The award-winning musical is based on the popular 2001 film but features an original score with songs like “Ireland” and “Chip on My Shoulder.” Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:01pm

Awards and acclaim can’t hide even the most successful Broadway shows from the roast that is Forbidden Broadway. Five actors and actresses reenact recent musicals in this Tony-award winning production, riffing on both the highs and lows of the shows with impressions and song rewrites. No performance is safe–spoofs include riffs on Anything Goes, Spiderman, The Book of Mormon, and Death of a Salesman. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Terry Shapiro 

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Madama Butterfly

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:19pm

Tragic and beautiful at the same time, Opera Colorado is taking on the timeless Giacomo Puccini piece about a U.S. Naval Officer who buys a large house on a hill in 20th century Nagasaki and takes a geisha named Butterfly as his wife. Butterfly devotes herself to the man, only to be betrayed by him. This tragedy addresses both culture and sacrifice through music. Days, times vary.

Brilliant: Cartier in the 30th Century

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:46am

Peruse the history of bling at this stunning exhibit. Jewelry, time pieces, and dazzling objects created between 1900 and 1975 will be on display. This French design company dominated the jewelry and watch market for nearly a century, fostered women's love for a fine diamond, and set the precedent for designers to come. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 

The Nutcracker Tea

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:36pm

In this afternoon of high etiquette, young participants learn the value of traditional English tea and are introduced to the story of the Nutcracker with excerpts performed by the Colorado Conservatory of Dance. Children attending the event have the opportunity to dance themselves with performers at the end of the show. The menu includes traditional English treats and Celestial Seasonings tea. Sun 11 a.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Misha Photography

First Aid Kit

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:10pm

First Aid Kit creates acoustic, foot-tapping music that has a distinct Americana feel, yet the band consists of two Swedish sisters. The duo, who has been writing and recording music together since childhood, will draw from influences such as Fleetwood Mac and Leonard Cohen during an intimate performance. Tue 8 p.m.

Denver International Wine Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:27am

Oenophiles convene for three days of wine tasting and education. The festival's events include a cooking and wine pairing demonstration by former Good Morning America on-air food editor and celebrity chef Sara Moulton and a grand tasting featuring more than 400 wines, beers, and spirits. The rest of the schedule includes seminars, winery tours, vintner dinners, and more to sate the tastebuds of every wine lover. Wed-Fri, times vary. 

Avery Barrel-Aged Beer Dinner

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:20am

Avery Brewing joins forces with Oak at Fourteenth for an evening of beer pairing that will be hard to top. Ten beers from Avery Brewing Co. president and head brewer Adam Avery’s personal cellar will be presented alongside the seasonally-inspired work of Oak chef/owner Steven Redzikowski. The six-course dinner includes items such as an appetizer of fried pickles with Green Goddess aioli, an elk loin tartare, and a pumpkin cheesecake, paired with brews like White Rascal, Rumpkin Pumpkin Sour, and Pumpkyn Porter. 

Denver Snowball 2014

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:22pm

Meet some of your favorite winter athletes at this mixer. Staged like a cocktail party, you’ll get the opportunity to chat up members of the U.S. Ski, Snowboarding, and Freeskiing teams. Not only will you get to interact with players, but you are also eligible for signed memorabilia and ski passes, depending on the ticket you buy. Proceeds benefit the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, which has to develop current athletes and plan for future ones. Wed 6:30-11:30 p.m. 

David Bowie is

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:54pm

This documentary showcases the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibit David Bowie is. Featuring an impressive collection of photographs, stage costumes, and rare possessions, the film utilizes special guests, such as Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, to tell the stories behind some of Bowie’s most significant possessions. Thu 7 p.m.  

John Oliver

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:24pm

Glimpse Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver when he brings his British brand of political satire to the Mile High City. The Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning writer has been a correspondent and guest host on The Daily Show with John Stewart since 2006 and has appeared in a number of TV shows and movies. Watch as Oliver reignites passion with his first love, stand-up, on stage this fall. Wed 8 p.m. 

“This is How it Was: Reports From The Front”

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:22am

During World War II and the Vietnam War, some men were armed with pens and paper instead of guns and tanks. They risked their lives for their country, but they weren't soldiers—they were journalists. Part of the Dairy Center's "Veterans Speak" series, this original production will consist of readings from 12 war correspondents' reports, including John Steinbeck, James Agee, and Ernie Pyle. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Judas Priest

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:53am

Although iconic British rock band Judas Priest, which was instrumental in establishing the heavy metal genre, has been touring for 45 years, the band is still head-banging. Its 2008 album Nostradamus was the highest charting album of its career. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Ina Garten - The Barefoot Contessa

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:28pm

Food Network star and cookbook author Ina Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa) takes the stage to promote her ninth book, Make It Ahead. Special guest host and 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda M. Faison interviews Garten to give an in-depth perspective on the cookbook creation process. Come prepared with questions for an audience Q&A session that immediately follows the interview. Wed 7:30 p.m.

DWPC Jewelry Sale

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 1:47pm

The Denver Woman’s Press Club is hosting its eighth annual jewelry sale to benefit students studying writing and journalism. Last year, the sale raised more than $10,000 for scholarships. Pearls, silver, costume jewelry, men’s accessories, and more will up be up for purchase. Dates, times vary.

 

The Hunger Games Marathon

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:50pm

Determination and perserverance is required in this arena. Re-experience the first two Hunger Games flicks before continuing the story with the newest installment, Mockingjay Part 1. Or, experience all three for the first time to discover why so many are obessed with this trilogy. Thu 2:30 p.m. 

Beaujolais & Beyond Wine & Food Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:20pm

Enjoy a night of libations and culinary competition in celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau wine. More than 20 Colorado chefs from restaurants including Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar and La Cour will showcase French-inspired dishes paired with the newly-released wine. Guests will vote on the people’s choice award for the best chef of the evening. Thu 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Chef & Brew Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:03am

Denver's best chefs team up with Colorado craft brewers to go head to head in a competition of food and beer pairings. Chefs such as Jensen Cummings of B-Side and John Broening of Argyll Whisky Beer will work with breweries including River North Brewery and Epic Brewing Company to prepare unique food and beer samples. Attendees vote to decide the winners in this culinary battle. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Silent Move

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:21pm

Old time black-and-white films meets Louis Vitton, Facebook, and the non-stop news cycle in the first performance of one of Denver’s newest dance companies. Projekt Move’s dance production portrays the intersecting stories of five different women on a train as they navigate through the difficulty of connecting in a digital age. Expect classic costumes and movement inspired by Vaudeville shows. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Heather Gray

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Denver Holiday Food and Gift Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:43pm

For the first year ever, you can now get your holiday shopping done before Christmas Eve. With more than 400 vendors, you should be able to find the gifts on your list, from toys to jewelry. After you’ve shopped, explore the gourmet food area, which includes chili, pasta, and Christmas favorites like toffee. Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

Burgundy Wine Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:38pm

Experience one of the top Burgundy wine festivals in the country. The weekend-long event features tastings, brunches, and seminars centered on one of the most popular varieties of French wine. Don't miss the weekend's grand tasting of more than 200 Burgundy wines from the world's top producers. Fri-Sun, times vary. 

Friday Arts Class

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:23pm

Learn how to make the projects you see on Pinterest. Art therapist Katie Haczaryk will lead the class and teach students artistic techniques to create pieces like felted animals, glass candle holders, and tile pendants. Fri 4:45-6:15 p.m.

Denver Christkindl Market

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:39am

No, it’s not a Christmas market for Kindle tablets. This authentic German event gives you the opportunity to eat tasty foods that you can’t pronounce and drink Gluhwein, a German hot mulled wine recipe including wine, lemon, and cinnamon. In addition to the food, authentic German bands, like the Rheinlanders as well as Rick Borger and the Average German Band will serenade passersby. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

 

Traveling the Silk Road

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:41pm

Siri wasn't there to help navigate merchants on the Silk Road. Take a tour through the trade route that connected the east and the west at this exhibit full of gems, astronomical tools, and scrolls. Browse exotic fabrics, aromatic spices, camel saddlebags, and even set your eyes on live silkworms at work while you travel from 2nd Century AD to the present. Sun-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

The Polar Express

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:25am

Punch your train ticket to Santa’s workshop aboard the Polar Express. Pajama-clad children hop on the train and are treated to the classic picture book’s characters and scenes which spring to life during the locomotive's journey. Sip hot chocolate with your little ones as the conductor reads the Christmas tale before Santa Claus presents a special gift to each child. All aboard.

—Photo Courtesy of the Cahoots Communications

Film Screening: The New York School

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:52pm

In the 1940s and ’50s, a group of New York painters were tired of imitating European styles. The artists wanted to express their own values by emphasizing large canvases and broad brushwork. The result was Abstract Expressionism, arguably the first important modern movement within the American art world. The 1972 documentary was directed by Michael Blackwood and includes critiques by Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg. Fri 6:30 p.m. 

Current: Raw Natural Born Artists

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:18pm

Not all art requires a canvas. RAW—a national indie arts organization—recognizes this with a showcase of film, fashion, hairstyling and makeup artistry from 40-plus local artists. Each artist has less than 10 years of professional experience, and receives support from RAW in the form of tools, resources, and exposure. Fri 7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of RAW

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Geek Out

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:24pm

Geek out with the Bovine School of Improv as an "expert" teaches the audience and actors about an episode in pop culture. The actors will then improvise a show based off the anecdote. This weekend's focus is Orange is the New Black on Friday and Titanic on Saturday. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. 

Broad City Live

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:33pm

A live stage has never been more of a hot mess thanks to the Comedy Central hit surrounding two broke best friends in New York City. The performance will likely be packaged with just as many cringe-worthy moments as the upcoming second season of the critically acclaimed show, which boasts Amy Poehler as its executive producer. Fri 8,10:30 p.m. 

The Last Waltz Revisited

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

In 1978, famed director Martin Scorsese released a film chronicling rock group the Band’s last concert, which featured greats such as Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and more. It was known as “The Last Waltz,” and the Chicago Tribune called it “the greatest rock concert movie ever made.” Yet it didn’t fade into obscurity: this year marks the 10th reproduction of the show by Denver-based jam band Polytoxic. The six-piece Denver Horns and 40 other guest musicians join the traditional concert to honor the legendary rockers.

Santa Train - North Pole Adventure!

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:20am

This train doesn’t actually make the long trip to the North Pole, but it does provide a new way to meet Santa. From inside a heated train car, enjoy the scenery of the Rocky Mountain Pathway and glimpse panoramic views as you pass over Devil's Gate High Bridge. Munch on festive foods like chocolate, cookies, and candy canes and remember to take home a jingle bell as a souvenir. Days, times vary.

Colorado Days

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:24am

Weather experts are forecasting record snowfalls this season. If you're still skiing on anything with less than a 100 underfoot, this season might be the time to upgrade to something a little fatter.  At Colorado Days, home-grown skis will be available for demo, along with local bands, food and brew. Liberty, Wagner, and Icelantic will be among the many innovative companies who use things like bamboo or wood from beetle-kill pine to craft their skis. Test out these locally engineered products and chat with reps to get a discounted pair. Sat-Sun, times vary. 

The Snow Queen

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:18am

If you're tired of watching people act, give these puppets a chance. This performance centers on an evil snow queen who has coaxed a child back to her frozen domain. Before or after the show, kids can play with more than 100 puppets, create their own souvenir ticket, or peruse the gift shop. Days, times vary.

Christmas Belles

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:02am

Dysfunction can be funny when it doesn't involve your family. The Texan Futrelle sisters face some problems like being long overdue for delivering twins and being jailed for almost accidentallyy burning down half the town—but they still cobble together a Christmas pageant in time. Spend the season laughing at their hilarity in the regional premiere of this holiday comedy show. Days, times vary. 

2014 Front Range Fly Fishing Rendezvous

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:46am

Gain fishing knowledge and buy gear at the same time. This gathering includes multiple vendors, like The Bug Guy and Accent Fly Fishing, and speakers every hour. The presentations will cover topics such as fishing on the Platte River and fishing Alaska on a budget. After you peruse the products, participate in a silent auction. Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Mustache Dache 5K

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:57am

Whether you boast a Tom Selleck, a Ron Burgundy, or just a milk mustache, join in the fun and run with style. All participants will receive a metal in the form of a mustache necklace, so your jewelry will match your facial hair. A photo booth, a costume contest, and food will all be available post-race. Proceeds benefit Movember, a global men's health charity that combats prostate and testicular cancer. Sat 9 a.m. 

Turkey Trot Predict

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:08am

Think you know how fast you can run a 5K? Runners guess their finish times, and winning predictions recieve a free turkey. Staggered start times ensure that if everyone has a perfect prediction, they all finish at the same time. Of course, the chances of that are slim, but the grand prize won't be. Sat 10 a.m. 

Masterworks from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:02pm

Oils, bronzes, watercolors, and drawings from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, have made their way to Colorado. The pieces are created by renowned Western artists Frederic Remmington and Charles Russell. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 1-5 p.m. 

Legally Blonde Jr.

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:05am

The spunky Elle Woods is back in PG-rated form. Follow her antics in this toned-down show—which still contains the classic “bend and snap” scene—as she proves she can keep up with the more academically-inclined students at Harvard Law School despite her girly persona. The award-winning musical is based on the popular 2001 film but features an original score with songs like “Ireland” and “Chip on My Shoulder.” Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Strange Americans

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:39pm

Channel your hipster side and see homegrown rock band Strange Americans before its members grab the country's attention. Combining a unique strand of alternative rock with toe-tapping acoustic elements, the Denver-based ensemble defines its sound as "Colorado rock 'n' roll." Sat 8 p.m.

Flying Lotus

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:26pm

Eclectic producer Flying Lotus pushes the boundary of electronic music, hip-hop, and live performance simultaneously. After his newsworthy concert at Red Rocks with rappers Nas and SchoolBoy Q this summer (a gunman fired on a car in the parking lot), the beatmaker returns to put on a solo show at a different—and hopefully less exciting—venue. Sat 8 p.m.

Drawn from Nature

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:35am

At this three-week long exhibit, textbook accuracy mingles with Georgia O'Keeffe beauty. Selections from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration will mirror the flora that surrounds you when walking outside. These student drawings, will be eventually used for scientific record, are so detailed and true to life that you won't know you ever stepped away from the garden. Mon-Fri 9 a.m-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m-8 p.m.

Smoaked Pop-Up

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:46pm

Barbecue season may be over, but you can still enjoy a backyard-style pop-up lunch at Acorn. Unlike most other pop-ups, diners aren't restricted to a prix fixe menu. Instead, individual menu items including Carolina-style pulled pork sandwiches, baby back ribs, and other oak-smoked selections are available to order at your leisure. Don't miss this opportunity to get one last taste of summer. Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

BITE special "All Options" performance

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:37pm

Anything could happen during this choose-your-own-adventure farce. The show plays all of November up until this final, special performance when the cast will act out each option the audience gives them. Get settled in to watch the horseplay unfold. Sun 3 p.m.

Switch on the Holidays

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:21am

Hey, who turned on the lights? In this case, it's the Boulder County Courthouse Pearl Street Mall, which will be illuminated at this dazzling event. The Boulder Chorale will play music leading up to the lighting of the buildings, and kids can visit with Santa once Boulder has been brightened. Tue 5 p.m. 

Fierce in the City

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:26pm

Fashionistas and music lovers converge for Fierce in the City. This inaugural hybrid fashion show-concert features a full roster of musicians and designers. American Idol alum Vincent Powell (pictured) tops the musical lineup that includes three other acts ranging from pop-rock to opera. As the live tunes blast, models will strut the catwalk clad in pieces from Denver designer Salwa Owens and three other local boutiques, showcasing both men’s’ and women’s’ fashion. See something you like? Attendees can shop the looks straight off the runway after the show. Sun 6-10:30 p.m.

A Night With Chrissie Hynde

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:34am

After selling more than 25 million records as the driving creative force behind the Pretenders, singer/songwriter Chrissie Hynde has decided to venture into solo territory. Stockholm, the first album in her 30-year career that bears her own name, was released to rave reviews in June. She's promoting it on a worldwide tour that stops in the Mile High City. Sun 7 p.m.

Santa at Larimer Square

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:18am

Mr. and Mrs. Claus have come to town. Head down to Larimer Square and get your picture with Santa, while Mrs. Claus hands out special Christmas-decorated rubber ducks. Dogs are welcome, so the whole family can enjoy the out-of-town visitors. Tue-Wed, times vary.

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:31am

Break out the blades for some frigid fun. This Denver rink resides in the heart of downtown and features the skyline in the background. Free ice skating classes will be held on Wednesday and Saturday for those who want to work on their skills. Mon-Sun, times vary.  

Transcending Figuration

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:13am

The work of muralist Eric. T. Bransby, who plays a prominent part of Colorado Springs' art scene, is revisted in this exhibit. Th retrospective showing will delve into the places, people, and moments Bransby has painted over his lifetime. Works from as early as 1931 and as new as this current year will show his timeless skill and style. Tue-Sat 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

100 Men Who Cook Black Tie Fundraiser

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:00am

The men take over the kitchen for a few nights to support several charities. More than 100 male community leaders, ranging from Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to R&B artist Ron Ivory, will produce dishes as diverse as oxtail soup and red velvet cake on four separate occasions. Dance to the tunes of TKmusician, and bid on TKitem in the silent auction. Proceeds benefit anti-poverty nonprofit Struggle of Love Foundation, the Colorado Starlites Drum and Drill Team, and music education organization the Jazz C.A.F.E. Tue-Sat 6-11:30 p.m.V

She Loves Me

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:45pm

This classic romantic comedy surrounds two clerks in the 1930s who fall in love with one another through anonymous letters. Ironically, they constantly butt heads in person. A dash of the holidays in the storyline makes this the perfect play to put you in a jolly Christmas mood. Days, times vary.

The Foxcatcher (Opening Day)

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:18am

Watch this Oscar hopeful before everyone starts buzzing about it. Moneyball director Bennett Miller collaborates with Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher, which recounts the tragic relationship between Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz and his trainer John du Pont. The movie recently won the Best Director award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Wed, 1, 4, 7, 10 p.m. 

Kids' Thanksgiving Event

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:29am

With time-machine technology still shaky, this is the best way for your kids to experience the 1920s and 40s. While testing out traditional ranch life, your kids will also (finally) contribute to Thanksgiving dinner this year by making pinecone turkeys and roasted pumpkin seeds. Wed 3-4 p.m.

Har Mar Superstar & The Pizza Underground

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:40pm

This odd pairing of a tongue-in-cheek cover band and a soulful funk singer will likely be the most unique show in town this month. Almost anything can happen when underwear-clad Har Mar Superstar joins forces with Macaulay Culkin's comedic rock band The Pizza Underground, a riff on The Velvet Underground. Wed 8 p.m.

Catch the Glow Parade & Celebration

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:25am

This festival celebrates the beginning of the holidays with an assortment of festivities. Your kid can visit Santa as you listen to the carolers roaming downtown or choose between a hay ride and a pony ride. At dusk, the parade starts with thousands of twinkling lights on the streets and marching bands playing Christmas favorites, followed by floats, angels, and snowmen. Fri-Sat, times vary.

Rope the Rockies Colorado Fall Championships

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:19am

Saddle up for some champion steer-roping. Gold saddles and gist buckles and knives worth $160,000 in total are up for grabs in the fall championships, which feature 10 different events over three days. On Saturday, kids can participate in a dummy roping contest with belt buckles for the winners. Food will be available at the concessions stand as well as the stalls of independent vendors. Fri 1-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Touch the Wall

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:47pm

Discover just how a Colorado sports legend is made. This documentary chronicles the meteoric rise of Centennial’s swimming wunderkind and four-time Olympic gold medalist, Missy Franklin. While the teenage Franklin’s star just getting notices, the Olympic career of her seasoned teammate Kara Lynn Joyce was winding down—creating a perfect and poignant opportunity for one swimming great to hand over her know-how to the next. The film made a splash at the Starz Denver Film Festival earlier this month, now you can catch the victory lap. Daily, times vary.

The Santaland Diaries

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:51pm

Santa’s little helper won’t be making toys for all the boys and girls or spreading the holiday spirit—at least not the one featured in this non-conventional Christmas play. Based off David Sedaris’ essay about his real-life gig as a Macy’s elf, the show packs a lot of snark into this one-man-one-act performance that’s certain to shine amid the traditional holiday cheer. Days, times vary. 

The Black Market

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:23am

Do you shudder at the thought of Black Friday? Ditch the 4 a.m. wake-up call and head to this inaugural pre-holiday arts and crafts shopping fest. Denver-based jewelry maker Moon(lab) will host an array of fellow locals doling out handmade clothes, accessories, and goodies. We’re eyeing the wood-burned illustrations from Melanie Steinway and tiny terrariums by Bella Calla. Each featured artisan will donate one item for a raffle with proceeds benefiting the MaxFund, a local no-kill animal shelter. Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Ashley Scalia

Adventure Golf Lights

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:10am

If you thought you were bad at golf before, try playing it in the dark. Putt your way to victory at this glow-in-the-dark course and enjoy refreshments ranging from hot chocolate to beer as you watch the complimentary light show. Make sure to keep an eye out for an appearance from Santa Claus. Mon-Sun 5:30-9 p.m. 

Grand Illumination

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:39am

Brighten your winter at this dazzling event. Union Station, the City and County Building, and 16th Street Mall will all get a shiny makover when they're draped in lights. After the illumination, head to the City and County Building to watch performances by Mix and CU Buffoons, two of Colorado's best a capella groups. Fri 6 p.m. 

Colorado Symphony: Evening of Copland

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:18am

While you may have not heard his name before, you have likely heard the iconic notes of Aaron Copland's compositions in the background of most Westerns. The Colorado Symphony and conductor Andrew Litton will pay tribute to the late composer by performing pieces such as "An Outdoor Overture," "Billy the Kid," and "El Salón México." Fri 7:30 p.m.

Red is the New Green

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:55am

Typical holiday shows are boring. Mix it up with 20 original sketches and musical numbers portraying relatable holiday scenarios. Described as “Saturday Night Live: Holiday Edition,” the all-ages show can be enjoyed by the entire family. Days, times vary. 

Johnny Marr

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:38am

A pioneering rock guitarist who wrote unforgettable melodies alongside Morrissey in the Smiths, Johnny Marr embodies all that is ’60s British rock. He's brash and resolute, yet graceful and genuine—as evidenced by his uniform of a collared shirt and sports jacket. He spent the better part of the last 20 years playing in various bands, but recently released two solo albums to critical acclaim. Fri 9 p.m.

Woodward Remix

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:26am

The Barn, Woodward's indoor skate facility at the base of the mountain, will be open to the public for a free session. Get your last days on wheels in before you strap into your snowboard bindings. Then make the transition to the snow with the GoPro YamJam session, where all ages can take their turn at park moves. Sat, times vary. 

Championship Saturday

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:16pm

This triple-header will feature six of the state's best high school football teams. It'll be a day full of post-Thanksgiving sports, food, and a few future collegiate athletes trying to claim the glory for their teammates and peers. 5A: Valor Christian vs. Cherry Creek, 2:30 p.m.; 4A: Pine Creek vs. Longmont, 11 a.m.; 3A: Pueblo East vs. Rifle, 1 p.m. 

The Nutcracker

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:55pm

When the weather turns frosty, expect gingerbread soldiers to battle mice and the Sugarplum Fairy to introduce the Land of Sweets. The Colorado Ballet presents the 54th annual production of this holiday classic show that typically accounts for the majority of ticket sales at American ballet dance companies. Days, times vary. 

Holiday Tree Lighting

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:49am

Dropping temperatures won’t keep you away from the Highland’s favorite ice cream stop. And, a holiday kickoff party is the cherry on top. Join Santa Claus, his reindeer, and holiday carolers as the famous Little Man Ice Cream milk jug is lit for the first time this season. Take a hay ride before grabbing free bites from Highland Tap and Burger and Tony P’s. No matter how many chestnuts you roast, save room for a sweet and savory cone. Sat 5:30 p.m.

Los Lobos: Disconnected

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:00am

In 1987, the Los Angeles-based band Los Lobos wrote what would soon become one of the most recognizable Chicano rock songs of all time: " La Bamba." Though the ensemble is known for that infectiously catchy tune, the group also has a slew of other impressive hits to its name. The band is currently on tour promoting its new record, Disconnected. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Legally Blonde Jr.

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:05am

The spunky Elle Woods is back in PG-rated form. Follow her antics in this toned-down show—which still contains the classic “bend and snap” scene—as she proves she can keep up with the more academically-inclined students at Harvard Law School despite her girly persona. The award-winning musical is based on the popular 2001 film but features an original score with songs like “Ireland” and “Chip on My Shoulder.” Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Common

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:59am

As commercial gangster rap became the dominant form of hip-hop in the late ’90s, underground rapper Common never strayed from his jazz-inspired melodies and poetic rhymes. This prohibited the Chicago-based artist from ever becoming a massive pop star, but his thoughtful, introspective nature attracted a meaningful following—as well as a few Grammys. Sat 9 p.m.

Mirada Fine Art Fifth Year Celebration

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:30pm

Named one of the top 25 galleries in the country for three consecutive years, owner and curator Steve Sonnen has silenced the early critics with his hard work from it's opening. The ancient log cabin building is home to budding artists. There will be a special celebration on December 6 from 6-9 p.m full of music and food, and artists busy at work. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Sun noon-4 p.m.

USSA Grand Prix

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:14pm

Watch the top freeskiers and snowboarders compete in the first of three stops on the biggest winter sports tour in the country. Athletes will also vie for a spot in the Olympics as they lay down their best aerial tricks in the Woodward Park halfpipe. Look for snowboarders Torah Bright and Kelly Clark to fight for gold, while Luke Mitrani and Loui Vitto try to put America on the international podium. Mon-Sat, times vary.

Small Works Group Show

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:15am

Check out a large amount of small art.  All work, including photography and paintings, are under 12 square inches.  The size of the pieces is the only criteria for this show which features four to six pieces from 50 artists. The vast array of themes makes this event a small surprise. Wed-Sat noon-6 p.m.

Winemaker Dinner with Bob Biale of Robert Biale Vineyards

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:43am

Join Robert Biale, founding partner of Napa Valley's Robert Biale Vineyards, for a three-course meal this December. Known for Zinfandels such as the 2012 Pagani Ranch Zin and the 2012 Black Chicken Zin, Biale will hand-select a pairing for each course. Tue 6:30-10 p.m.

Trailer Park Boys “The Dear Santa Show”

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:38am

The Trailer Park Boys' schemes and misadventures come to the stage this Christmas season when they try to meet Santa while once again dealing with their nemeses - intoxicated trailer park supervisor Mr. Lahey and his assistant, the cheeseburger obsessed Randy.  Netflix has picked up the mocumentary television series with many upcoming seasons ahead for the devious trio, Bubbles, Ricky, and Julian. Tue 7:30 p.m. 

Usher

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:45am

Despite recent stints in acting and reality television, this Atlanta crooner is still considered one of today's best musical performers, combining dance, song, and spectacle for a stage presence that calls the late Michael Jackson to mind. After canceling his tour last year, he's hitting the road this winter for the first time in four years to perform tracks off his highly anticipated forthcoming album. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Usher

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:06pm

Since his discovery two decades ago on “Star Search,” Usher has delivered multiple chart-toppers like “Yeah!” and “Confessions,” while selling more than 50 million albums worldwide. Now, the R&B/pop artist takes the stage, displaying his famous dance skills, with a show promising surprises and special guests August Alsina and DJ Cassidy. Tue 7:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Kurt Iswarienko/RCA Records 

Jenny Lewis

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:26am

If you missed singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis when she was in town this summer, here's your chance to see the acclaimed artist croon cuts from her new album, The Voyager. Don't let her Denver appearances fool you, though: Lewis is also a prolific actress, and she rarely tours. Tue 8 p.m.

Story Time with Beauty Princess

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:50pm

Stop by and listen to Bella, the beauty princess, who strikes a resemblance to Belle from Beauty and the Beast, as she reads stories, and sings songs like "Over the Rainbow". Take the opportunity to talk with the princess once she's done with her performance. Free Little Golden books will be availble and kids can get their copied signed by Bella. Wed 10:30 a.m. 

An Evening of Scotch Whisky

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:08am

Brown spirit lovers can take a tasting journey through Scotland with an evening of fine Scotch whisky and cocktails from Finn’s Manor. The four-course menu, prepared by Lower48 Kitchen’s chef Alex Figura, is paired with Scotches selected by Crown Royal's master of whisky, Robert Sickler. Don’t miss this opportunity to please your palate and expand your whisky knowledge. Wed 6:30 p.m.

Nate Bargatze

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:41am

Despite living in New York City, completing nationwide tours, and performing for the troops in Afghanistan multiple times, clean comedian Nate Bargatze’s Tennessee twang is still strong. This southern boy has had two of his own Comedy Central specials, but hear him live to find out just why funnymen Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien think he’s all that and a bag of laughs. Wed-Sat, times vary. 

Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate!

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:15pm

Watch your favorite Disney characters as they perform pirouettes on ice and sing vintage tunes like, "Be Our Guest." The characters featured range from classic cartoons like Mickey Mouse into more modern Disney stars like Lilo and Stitch, who will perform a Hawaiian luau. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie will also dance in a Christmas hoedown. Thu-Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m., 3 p.m.  

Action Pack: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Quote-Along

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:42am

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Clark Griswold, Eddie, and the rest of the lovable clan. Karaoke-style lines will appear on the screen during the show's most quotable lines and special props and surprises for the audience will appear throughout. Altogether, this event will make for an evening almost as awesome as a membership to the Jelly of the Month club. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m. 

Beethoven & Brews

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:43am

Classical music can be monotonous for some, but delicious beer served with the mellow tunes amps up the excitement. For one night only, you can be serenaded by a small ensemble from the Colorado Symphony while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and samples from Renegade Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Symphony. Thu 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Santa’s Big Red Sack

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:38am

For many, this non-traditional production has become an annual Christmas tradition. Back for its sixth straight year, the sketch comedy has been called “the holiday show you shouldn’t take your kids to.” We could all use a break from the overwhelming number of Nutcracker and Grinch shows out there anyway. Days, times vary. 

A Broadway Christmas Carol

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:30pm

We have Scrooge, the ghost of Christmas past, and…dancing puppets? Charles Dickens’ classic gets a little twist when it is combined with icons from popular Broadway musicals. Famous musical numbers from hits like “Oklahoma” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will be altered to add comedy to this timeless Christmas tale. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of CU University Theatre

Technicolor Tone Factory

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:07pm

With an ability to merge rock, country, and electro into one unique strand of jam music, this Boulder-based band is creating music that doesn't fit neatly into genre classifications. Instead, Technicolor Tone Factory, whose members all have different musical backgrounds, call to mind Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, and the Grateful Dead all at once. Thu 9 p.m.

Parade of Lights

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:15am

This event started 40 years ago, but the lights are just as bright today. The parade starts at Civic Center Park and winds its way through downtown Denver. The festivities include performances from local high school marching bands and plenty of floats, including the Clocktower Float, which is sponsored by Excel Energy. Colorado's favorite penguin mascot, Major Waddles, will make an appearance, as will Santa Claus. Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 6 p.m.    

Miss Saigon

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:47am

Doomed romance and a mother’s ultimate sacrifice plays out on the stage in Vintage Theatre’s adaption of the Broadway classic. In the 1970s during the Vietnam War, an American lieutenant and a Japanese girl fall in love in Saigon, only to be separated once the city fell.  With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Alain Boublil, this tragic story, created by the prosperous pair, was their second major success after Les Misérables. Fri-Sat, times vary. 

Gremlins

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:50am

These little gremlin monsters will never go away for good. The 1984 dark comedy, directed by Joe Dante, traces the destruction of the once-furry firebrands when they begin to multiply uncontrollably. The movie's plot also takes place around Christmas if that happens to be a necessary element to your holiday plans. Fri-Sat midnight. 

Santa Paws Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:51am

Buy some Christmas goodies and help your feline friends at the same time. At this annual bake sale and bazaar show, you can purchase cookies, pies, and even handmade jewelry. Proceeds benefit the Cat Care Society, which provides cost-effective veterinary care at adjusted rates, depending on your income. Fri noon-5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

The Familiars

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:34am

Enjoy an original, holiday-themed production from the Edge Theater Company. Honora Burdock, one of the main characters, loves big holiday traditions. But when she’s not up for the task this year, one of her children is forced to keep the traditions alive. Directed by Angela Astle, award-winning director of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, this comedy is filled with the right amount of dysfunction and holiday spirit for the whole family to enjoy. Days, times vary. 

Electric Safari

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:57pm

Experience the zoo like you never have before. It’s now going to have special animal sculptures and more than one million holiday lights. The vibrant look is accompanied by carolers and Santa Claus to make sure that you’re feeling the holiday cheer. If things get cold, stop by one one of the fires throughout the zoo, or step inside to take a peek at the Monkey Pavillion or giraffe barn. Days vary, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  

Blossoms of Light

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:14pm

Enjoy an amped-up version of the Botanical Gardens this holiday season. More than 1 million lights will cover the Garden in all its winter wonder. Experience the walk-through with HoloSpex glasses, which transform the lights into shapes like stars and stockings. Once you’ve finished exploring the dazzling display, eat roasted chestnuts and drink hot chocolate. Mon-Sun 5:30-9 p.m. 

Vantage Points

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:53am

Father and son duo Charles and Collin Parson, complement each other like, well, father and son. Veteran sculptor Charles uses industrial materials to create massive structures, while Collin turns to LED lighting for his pieces. Together, their work makes for a larger-than-life luminous display. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Tim Main & Neil Bigley

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:58am

Sculpter Tim Main brings sanctuaries into his pieces. His exhibit, "A Stick in the Sand," will depict holy temples and sacred places. Neil Bigley's "Subtransmission" exhibition explores our environment and the timeline of the earth's climate change. His work tackles discarded objects that become obsolete. The two will share the space and combine ideas. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m. 

Miniatures Show

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:58am

Oil painter Kim English and lanscape painter David Grossmann will accompany the gallery's 60 artists in the annual miniature show. The exhibit will display everything from still lifes to abstracts. Each saturday of the month-long exhibit will feature an interactive artist demonstration where viewers can watch the painting process. Tue-Sat 10 a.m-6 p.m.

93.3's Not So Silent Night

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 1:55pm

Put the holiday tunes on pause for this mini music festival, where a lineup of five rising rock bands promises to imbue lively alt-pop sounds into the season’s cheer. Headliners include Fitz & the Tantrums (pictured)—crafters of old school soul-tinged rock, showcased on last year’s More Than Just a Dream, which hit the Billboard chart’s top 30—and Cage the Elephant, whose brand of melodic, psychedelic rock earned its latest release, Melophobia, a slew of acclaim.

Boundary Battle

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:56pm

“Why is it that globalization has so often been discussed from sociological, political, and economic points of view, but almost never from an aesthetic perspective?” This is the question asked by Boundary Battle, a 12-artist multi-medium exhibition curated in conjunction with RedLine Gallery. The exhibition explores contemporary life, asking questions about commodification and material consumption as it pertains to identity. Tue-Sat 12-4 p.m.

Emma Ginsberg

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:35am

Emma Ginsberg uses used and salvaged canvasases to showcases abstract landscapes and single-color block paintings. In her "Shattered Series," colors and strokes mirror shattered stained glass. In addition, a selection of haunted pieces with cemetery backdrops and ghostly female figures will add a chill to this winter exhibit. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

Keep On Keepin’ On

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:13pm

Jazz’s past and future collide in this touching documentary that centers on the unlikely friendship between Justin Kauflin, a 20-something blind piano prodigy, and legendary jazz trumpet maestro Clark Terry, a colleague of music greats like Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones. As the musicians’ friendship blossoms, Terry—who produced the film along with Oscar-winning, Colorado-based producer Paula DuPre’ Pesmen—is tasked with helping Kauflin conquer severe stage fright at an esteemed international piano competition.

Cyclocross

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:27pm

Cycling in the snow is a feat reserved for the best of the west. Athletes from Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, and New Mexico compete for the Rocky Mountain title and the ticket to the national championships. Grass, pavement, ice, snow, sidewalk and transitions will make this course a cold challenge. Live chip timing means spectators and athletes alike can track split times and action as it happens. Sat, 9 a.m. 

Santa Claus Special

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:22pm

This is a great opportunity for your kid to butter up Santa and get a gift in return. Bring a letter for him and receive a keepsake in return. The letters will leave for the North Pole every 30 minutes. Your kid can also share their wish list with Santa, who will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Days vary, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Parade of Darks

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:36am

The days are shorter and it’s the perfect time of year to imbibe on the rich, heavy flavors of dark beer. Wynkoop Brewery’s annual Parade of Darks is the perfect opportunity to sample more than 50 different local breweries' dark suds. In between beers, check out the silent auction and snag some chocolate deserts—perhaps of the dark variety. Proceeds from the tasting benefit Metro CareRing—an organization that provides healthy food options and services to hungry citizens in Denver. Sat 1 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Wynkoop Brewing Company

Breakfast with Santa

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:47am

Ever wondered how Santa Claus eats so many cookies? Kids can ask him at this special breakfast buffet event. The jolly guy will visit each table, answer questions, and take pictures while you munch on eggs and bacon. After breakfast, Santa will read a story with help from his elves. Each tot will leave with a goodie bag full of toys and candy. Sat 8:30 a.m. 

Firefly Markets Denver Debut

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:03am

The only handmade market in Colorado comes to Denver for a weekend full of jewelry, handbags, bowties, and much more. More than 100 artisan vendors will be on site for all your shopping and browsing. Food and drinks will keep your stomach satisfied as you peruse these crafted sellers. Proceeds benefit local busineses and There With Care, a nonprofit helping families and children with critical illnesses. Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Gingerbread House Class

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:49pm

Parents and children work together to decorate the perfect gingerbread house without any of the mess or stress. Fully constructed gingerbread houses are provided along with frosting, candy, and more decorations. Lunch and punch is provided for the kids, and wine is available for parents. Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Denver Flea Holiday Edition

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:37pm

Kickoff the holiday shopping season by hunting for local presents at the Denver Flea. More than 70 Colorado vendors like Sjotime Industries, Urban Cyclist, and Red Camper will display their wares, including vintage jewelry, leather goods, and greeting cards. As a special treat, those who register to attend prior to the event will receive a free drink or cup of coffee. Sat-Sun noon-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Denver Flea

Santa Speedo Dash

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:42pm

Speedos aren't just for summertime. Throw on your red bathing suit and registration-included santa hat for this celebration of the holidays and local charities. Warm up with a free shot in the beginning and beer and food at the end. Don't forget your cover-up to warm up at the end of the mile. Sat 12:30 p.m. 

1940's White Christmas Ball

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:02pm

Party like it’s 1940 again at this throwback celebration. Dance the night away next to WWII planes and vehicles, while Glenn Miller's big band hits are played throughout the hangar by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. After your feet get tired from grooving, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the Christmas Village. Sat 5 p.m.  

College

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:07am

While this French producer has been making music for a decade, he didn't become a recognized name until  the moody, violent Ryan Gosling flick Drive (2011) featured his single "A Real Hero." The synth-heavy track is indicative of the rest of his music: tastefully energetic and influenced by '80s dance melodies. Sat 9 p.m.

The Oxford Hotel Dolls Tea Party

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:09am

All dolls are welcome at this party. Guests can sip on classic tea and hot chocolate and sample sandwiches while they play with their dolls in LoDo's most historic hotel. After drinks have been served, watch a performance by ballerinas from Arvada Center Dance Theater. Kids will have the chance to meet and take photos with the dancers. Sun 9:30 a.m., 12:30, 3:30 p.m.    

A Colorado Christmas

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:28pm

Experience the holidays like early settlers did (except you can return to your heated house afterwards). Watch as the Booth family prepares their home for the holidays, and enjoy snacks such as fresh sugarplums and roasted chestnuts. Kids can enjoy Victorian era games or ride through the park on a horse-drawn wagon or sing carols. Sun noon-4 p.m. 

Glitterati

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:39am

This stunning exhibit tells the story of luxury jewelry, including tiaras, pendants, and earrings. Featuring a vast collection of portraits and bling from Mexico, Venezuela, and Colombia, the display will revisit the elaborate status of women in colonial Latin America. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Alex Clare

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:26pm

Alex Clare's hit single "Too Close" played constantly on Top 40 radio a few years ago, but he's not a one trick pony. The British singer/songwriter has been making music since he fell in love with his dad's jazz records as a child and incorporates electronic elements into delicate, thoughtful lyrics. Sun 9 p.m.

Balls! IV: A holiday spectacular

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:50am

You’ll get anything but a silent night at this holiday show. For the sixth year, Denverites can take part in a performance filled with variety shows, guest stars, audience-issued sock puppets, sing-a-longs, and games. Proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund, an organization that provides relief to members of the theater community for medical emergencies. Mon 7 p.m.

Dine Out for Childhood Hunger

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:46am

In America, 8.6 million children aren't certain where they're going to get their food each day. To help combat this statistic, three of Sage Restaurant Group's Denver area restaurants—Second Home Kitchen + Bar, the Corner Office, and Kachina Southwestern Grill—along with the Fort Restaurant and La Loma Mexican Restaurant will be donating 10 percent of their dining proceeds to Share our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign. Enjoy a night out while contributing to a worthy cause. Tue, times vary.

Wil Anderson

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:22am

This Down Under comedian is very much on top. He’s the host and executive producer of one of Australia’s highest rated shows, the author of two books, and a regular guest on E!'s Chelsea Lately. But it’s his stand-up, fast-paced and loaded with enthusiasm, that Anderson ranks as his favorite pastime. Wed-Sat, times vary. 

OneWall

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:54am

OneWall is a collaborative project that facilitates and commissions large murals on blank buildings in Denver, making art visible and free to the city's inhabitants. At this discussion, local artist and OneWall mural contest winner Mark Penner-Howell will be on site talking about his work and the other eight large mural installations being erected in the city. Get a sneak peek of these pieces at this event. Wed 5:30-8 p.m.

Food Lover's Book Club: Inside the Cookbook

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:37pm

If you've ever been curious about the process of making a cookbook, attend the Food Lover's Book Club. This is your chance to chat with Amanda M. Faison (5280 - The Cookbook) and chef Eric Skokan (Farm, Fork, Food) to learn about the ideas, processes, and work that went into their respective tomes. Wed 6-8 p.m.

Perspectives on African Art and Life

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:22pm

Take an illustrated slideshow trip through the shrines of Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya. Glimpse images of natives, festivals, and architecture as University of California professor emeritus Herbert M. Cole presents his four years of fieldwork in Africa and discusses his past 12 exhibits spanning 50 years. Wed 6-7 p.m. 

Jersey Boys

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:57am

Oh, what a night you’ll have experiencing this jukebox musical surrounding the formation, success, and inevitable break-up of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons. The show is broken up into the four seasons of their career, each narrated by a different member of the band so they can give their own perspective on the history of the popular group. Thu-Sun, times vary. 

Dew Tour Mountain Championships

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:03pm

In its 10th anniversary, the Dew Tour and its prolific list of winter athletes will descend upon Breck for a weekend of record-setting, trick-inventing competition, giveaways, and meet-and greets. Featured events will be superpipe, slopestyle, and the relatively new streetstyle. Bobby Brown and Shaun White are among competitors. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Back to the Basics

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:11pm

Looking to spice up your holiday dinner menu? Check out a cooking demonstration and tasting from Kachina executive chef Jeff Bolton, which includes a glass of wine or draft beer. He'll teach methods used to prepare several holiday dishes, including tying a roast, making cassoulet from house-made sausage and rabbit, and concocting holiday punch. Call 303-410-5813 to make a reservation. Thu 6 p.m.

I Love You Dance Party

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:26pm

If you're older than 16 and have Down syndrome, come out and enjoy a night of dancing. A DJ will play top hits and Christmas music while you munch on appetizers like mac-n-cheese or shrimp. Friends of all abilities are welcome to join the party. Thu 6-9 p.m. 

Who Made the ’80s

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:34am

Sing a long to the ’80s hit "Whip It" while getting your art fix. Museum director and chief animator Adam Lerner leads a lecture analyzing the context behind Devo's work. Artwork revolving around the band will also be examined, while the hit tunes ring in your ears. Thu 7-8:30 p.m. 

Colorado Symphony: Holiday Brass

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:35am

Classic and contemporary holiday tunes will resound throughout the hall. The famed Colorado Symphony partners with guest conductor Brian Buerkle at this show where the bold sounds of brass and accompanying instruments set the Christmas mood. Thu 7:30 p.m. 

Holiday Carousel

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:07am

Everyone needs an escape from the long lines and crowded stores during holiday shopping—even kids. Leave the chaos behind for a whirl on the holiday carousel at Denver Pavilions. Earn free rides by shopping or dining at any Pavilions location or donate a can of food to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:18am

This comic show features American actors playing Brits pretending to be American cowboys. When America’s favorite cowboy musician and his band don’t show up to a BBC Christmas Eve broadcast for the troops in 1944, the spirited staff makes do. They impersonate the Americans so the soldiers fighting at the front lines aren’t disappointed. Days, times vary. 

East & East

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:10pm

Quang Ho uses oils, watercolors, and pastels to depicts images like landscapes, and dancers on canvas. Vincent Xeus paints various still portraits. Their works collaborate for a two-man show of alternate visions. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Christmas Lights of Denver

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:37am

Learn about the history behind the Christmas lights that deck areas like South Denver and the Old Cherry Hills Village. This informative event kicks off with a lesson on historic Colorado Christmas decorations and toys. After that, hop on a heated bus and tour some of Denver's most beautiful neighborhoods as you sip hot chocolate and much on Christmas sweets. Fri 4:30-9:30 p.m. 

Luminarias de Santa Fe Drive

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:45pm

After a two-year break, this local holiday event returns to add some radiance to one of the Mile High City’s most beloved neighborhoods. Hundreds of flickering luminarias—traditional Southwestern paper lanterns—will cast a dreamy, gentle glow along the streets of the Art District on Santa Fe, from the 600 block to the 1100 block of Santa Fe Drive. Take a stroll through the district’s acclaimed galleries and shops as live mariachi music, carolers, and Aztec dancers help foster the yuletide spirit. Fri 5-9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Joy Meadows

Tsogo Mijid

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:37pm

Mongolian-born, and Denver-residing Mijid, grew up in conflicting cultures of Communist authority and Buddhist influence. The folklore and nomadic life that shaped his childhood are recognizable throughout his work: Mijid uses Mongolian symbols and bright colors to show his expressionist style. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. 

Dillon Francis

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:11am

Dillon Francis is taking the electronic dance music scene by storm. Recently named as an MTV musician to watch, his popularity has been skyrocketing as of late. He will perform songs off his most recent album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, a bass-heavy record with a fast tempo. Fri 7 p.m. 

Remote Area Medical

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:30am

Former Wild Kingdom co-host Stan Brock created the nonprofit Remote Area Medical to bring free healthcare to the developing world. Decades later, he realized people closer to home needed his help just as much. Now, more than 60 percent of the organization's clinics are in the American heartland. This documentary reveals the larger healthcare problem through the lens of one of the charity's pop-up “hospitals” in rural Tennessee. Fri-Sun 7 p.m. 

Scrooge’s Story: A Rock Opera

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:19am

This holiday classic gets a contemporized musical spin as members of Virtuosity Dance Centre perform Charles Dickens like you’ve never seen before. Watch Ebenezer Scrooge learn the error of his ways accompanied by 1960s musical stylings ranging from Motown to rock 'n' roll. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m.

A Christmas Story

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 7:07pm

See a holiday classic in a whole different light with this annual performance of A Christmas Story.* ShadowLight Theatre Company—home of “America’s Got Talent” finalist Silhouettes dancing company—retells this holiday tale with spirited dance performances and photographic overlays. In the spirit of the holidays, a portion of the show’s proceeds benefit Mount Saint Vincent, a nonprofit treatment center for children. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of ShadowLight Theatre

A Cambridge Christmas

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:58am

Get in the holiday spirit at this performance featuring an extensive repertoire of carols. The St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, accompanied by only an organ, will entertain and engage you with Christmas songs commissioned by Cambridge University. Don't miss the 24-voice ensemble in its annual holiday concert. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Fleetwood Mac

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:47am

While this legendary British pop/rock group hasn't released an album in more than a decade, that hasn't dampened its popularity. On the heels of a world tour in 2013, the Stevie Nicks-fronted ensemble has embarked on a 67-show, mostly-sold out North American tour. This time, though, the band is accompanied by keyboardist Christine McVie, who rejoined Fleetwood Mac this year following a 16-year absence. Fri 8 p.m.

Fleetwood Mac

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:08pm

Last year, for the first time in 16 years, venerable Fleetwood Mac keyboardist and singer Christine McVie reunited with her former bandmates on stage. Now, the freshly back together rock quintet is taking their seminal musical catalogue on the road. The addition of McVie with her old bandmates—including the legendary Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood—allow for a nostalgic dive into the band’s 46-year history, which produced some of the best-selling and most esteemed albums of all time. Fri 8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Camp Skimo

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:03pm

Ski-mountaineering is a lengthy workout with physical demands and rewarding views. Join this two-day camp where professionals will lead lessons in uphill, downhill, and transitions. Griggs Orthopedics (Gunnison, CO) provideds ski-specific core workout lessons, injury prevention, and tips on nutrition. Participants receive three clinics, two informational forums, and lunch each day. Sat-Sun All Day

Santa Ski Crawl

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:15pm

Be part of a Guinness World Record setting event for the largest amount of Santa's on snow. Throw on your provided Santa suit and join hundreds of other Santa look-a-likes as you race down the slopes. Anyone from skiers, riders, and ski-bikers are welcome. Stay in costume when finished to enjoy a Santa pub crawl complete with five free drinks. Sat 9 a.m.

Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 9:50am

Just in time for holiday shopping, this market includes gifts made by some of the metro area's youngest entrepreneurs. Find gifts for that hard to shop for relative amid the baked goods, bath supplies, artwork and more. The fair serves as a testing ground for kids who want to test their hand at manufacturing, sales, and business development. Someday you’ll be able to say you were among these mini business moguls’ first customers. Sat 10 a.m.

—Photo Courtesy of the Young Americans Center

Horseshoe Market

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:35am

Support local businesses at this crafty market. Created in 2010, this bazaar is one of the best local places to find vintage and handmade items. Vendors include Modern Gingham Preserves, a Denver jam company, and A Monster to Love, which creates stuffed animal monsters for both your tots and children in need. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday Gingerbread House Class

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:49pm

Parents and children work together to decorate the perfect gingerbread house without any of the mess or stress. Fully constructed gingerbread houses are provided along with frosting, candy, and more decorations. Lunch and punch is provided for the kids, and wine is available for parents. Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Nutcracker Tea

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:02pm

Sip on tea and mingle with Nutcracker stars at this traditional soiree. Drink from a selection of English loose-leaf teas with fully costumed dancers from the Boulder Ballet. The food menu includes lemon-blueberry scones and chive cream cheese sandwiches. Sat noon. 

Keystone Kidtopia Opening Day

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:45pm

This multi-weekend festival kicks off with a slew of activities. Your little ones can meet Santa and have ice cream with Riperoo, a giant dog mascot who loves to ski, and also meet Keystone's ski partol dogs. While opening day will end with fireworks, the real grand finale will be the opening of Kidtopia’s castle-themed snow fort, which is the largest in America, and includes many tunnels and lookouts. Fri 1 p.m. 

Christmas Show

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:29am

This one-woman show is full of paint and holiday spirit. Paulette Brodeur, whose works are a combination of acrylic and oil on canvas and paper, will exhibit pieces that examine mother-daughter relationships, religion, culture, and nature. Sat 1-6 p.m. 

Denver Beer Festivus

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:31am

Celebrate the holiday season in true Mile High style—with local craft beer. More than 35 Denver-based breweries, including Diebolt Brewing, Great Divide Brewing Company, and more, pour out samples of old favorites and seasonal rarities for you to enjoy. Grab a bite to eat at the food court. Sat 3 p.m.

Neon Trees

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:31am

This pop rock band stops in town to perform songs off three studio albums, including its latest, Pop Psychology. Known for its energetic live performances, the group has been rocking out with hits such as “Everybody Talks” and “Animal” since 2010. Sat 6:30 p.m. 

Christy Wessler's Holiday Concert

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:13am

Vocal teacher Christy Wessler spends most of her time coaching others on how to sing well. But once a year, she showcases her own gentle yet confident voice during her Holiday Sing-Along Concert. A fan favorite, this 12-year-old tradition combines classic Christmas hits with Christy's originals for a festive family-friendly performance. Sat 7:30 p.m.

EOTO

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:15pm

DJs are receiving criticism for the quality of their live performance, but dubstep duo EOTO has managed to avoid disparaging comments by creating improvised electronic music without any prerecorded loops. The members' success might be due, in part, to their history as percussionists for the popular jam band the String Cheese Incident. Sat 9 p.m.

Winter Dew Tour

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:38pm

Want to see Shaun White in person? He’ll be at the Dew Tour, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The stakes will be even higher this time as the tour is serving as the first official selection event for the US Ski and Snowboard Team. Lasting four days, the best skiers and snowboarders will be tested in events like superpipe and slopestyle. In addition to the big air, Fritz and the Tantrums, a neo soul band, will perform after the event. Sun-Wed, times vary. 

Rock on Ice

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:02pm

Grab a hot chocolate at the mountain base and watch two of the world's most renowned sculpture artists freeze time with Santa, snowmen, and reindeer sculptures. Demonstrations will occur each day of the week, as will interactive carving sessions for the family. Then, stroll the impressive ice sculpture garden in the courtyard, full of many artists works. Sun-Sat, All Day. 

Breakfast with Santa

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:20pm

Santa Claus is coming to Denver. In addition to visiting with St. Nick, children can make their own pancakes in Edge's kitchen (under chef supervision, of course) with their choice of toppings. Johnson & Wales student Dena Zimmerman will give a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" as Mrs. Claus. Guests are encouraged to bring a toy for donation to the Denver Santa Claus Shop. Sun 9-11 a.m.

Stocking Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:46am

It's never too early for presents. After completing this 5K course, receive a stocking full of goodies from race sponsors, including candy, energy bars, stickers, and chapsticks galore. If the treats aren't enough incentive, finish the race in the top three to take home cash prizes ranging from $50-$200. Sun 9 a.m.

Jingle Bell Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:41pm

Get in your holiday attire and head to the park for a 5K. You will recieve a set of jingle bells upon entrance to tie to your shoelaces. Voted as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, this one is a great way to kick off the season and spread generosity. Feel and hear the spirit of Christmas while feet all around you make music. Recieve a long sleeve t-shirt at the end to keep you warm. Proceeds benefit critical arthritis research.  Sat 9:45 a.m. 

Whale Rider in IMAX

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:26am

As part of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s Family Movie Time series, watch the popular film Whale Rider, a story about a man who share his tribe’s tradition with his granddaughter. Afterward, explore the Museum’s whale collections, carve soap into your own creation, and make whale-inspired jewelry. Sun 1 p.m. 

Holiday Evenings

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:43pm

Experience the holiday season with a retro twist. Costumed interpreters will portray life as it was early in Littleton's history through decorating, cooking, and preparing cider, while visitors wander through the historic buildings and farmyards, lit by luminary candles and bonfires. You can also enjoy a hay wagon ride, sip hot cider and eat gingerbread cookies while live christmas-themed music plays in the background. Sun 5:30-8 p.m. 

Revolution Tour

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:52am

Top junior athletes compete in freeskiing and snowboarding competitions at this week-long event. The slopestyle course and halfpipe will serve as a stepping stone for 13- to 19-year-olds seeking to rise from amateur to professional status. Winners in multiple disciplines will compete for an invitation to bigger stages like the U.S Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, and USASA Nationals. Mon-Fri, times vary. 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:01am

Grab a beer and snack before heading out on a final journey with Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and his company of dwarves. Don’t miss your chance to catch Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies during its 10-day run at this Denver draft house and movie theater. Daily, times vary. 

British Arrows Awards 2014

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:24am

Denverites get the chance to experience the British Arrows A