Friday, October 09, 2015

The Seven Deadly Sins

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 2:33pm

Combine seven sins, five performances, and three collaborators and you get this exciting new ballet. Sloth, envy, greed, gluttony, lust, wrath and pride are the focus of this original seven-scene performance, choreographed by Garrett Ammon, Wonderbound's acclaimed artistic director. A hand-selected ensemble from the Colorado Symphony will perform original music from composer Tom Hagerman of Devotchka in the background, allowing spectators the rare chance to catch multiple aspects of Colorado's performing arts scene at once. Fri-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Entrepreneurial Summit

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:48pm

Whether you're a small business owner looking to expand, a big business executive interested in trade secrets, or just a fan of entrepreneurship, this summit is sure to leave you more inspired and more intelligent than you were when you came. The educational experience features lectures from such icons as Lance Amstrong, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen (six-time Olympic Champion), and Aron Ralston (adventurrer and subject of movie/book 127 Hours). The whole shindig moves to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre at the end of the day for a complimentary concert by The Motet. Fri 9 a.m.

Matthew Saba

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 11:12am

If you're used to still lifes that are old-fashioned and idyllic, get ready to be challenged by this exhibition. Local painter Matthew Saba deals in still life and another traditional form, portraiture, but uses dark twists and modern, abstract techniques to root his works firmly in the 21st century. This is the first solo exhibition for Saba, who made his debut alongside Jim Beckner, Stephanie Hartshorn, and Robert Shooner at Abend Gallery last year. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Women of Denver History

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:40pm

Many history books don't spend much time on women's accomplishments, but you can fill in your knowledge gaps at this informative lecture. Led by members of Denver-based Active Minds, a group that organizes classes and educational talks for seniors and adults, you'll discover the stories of many women who changed Colorado history. Several of the females were pioneers in their career fields such as doctor Justina Ford and scientest Florence Sabin, and some, including preservationist Dana Crawford, altered the face of Denver.

He Named Me Malala

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 8:57am

Lose yourself in the uplifting story of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who survived gunshot wounds and subsequent Taliban attempts on her life in the interest of promoting girls' education in her country. The vivid biopic from acclaimed director Davis Guggenheim chronicles Yousafzai's BBC blogging exploits (at age 12) and rise as an activist as well as the assassination attempt on her life and her speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday.

Plains Conservation Center Safari Dinner

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:38pm

Celebrate the Plains Conservation Center's efforts to preserve Colorado's grasslands with an elegant multi-course dinner in a beautiful outdoor setting. The family style meal will be a collaboration between Denver favorites, such as Root Down and Range Restaurant, with wine pairings provided by Balisten Vineyards. The event will be held in the first ever Autonomous Tent, which operates completely off the grid, generating its own water and electricity, and is only open to 16 guests, so book your seat quickly. Fri 5 p.m. 

Hill Family Estate Winemakers Dinner

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 9:55am

One of Napa Valley's most esteemed wineries is coming right to Denver's doorstep. Hill Family Estate owner Ryan Hill will lead this extravagant dining experience, guiding guests through a tasting of opulent wines such as Albarino Stewart Ranch and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The subsequent multi-course meal includes indulgent dishes like octopus carpaccio, farm egg ravioli stuffed with poircini mushrooms, and coffee rubbed hanger steak. Fri 6 p.m.

Makers After Dark

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:18pm

Put the littles ones to bed and head to this grown-up science fair. Learn how to extract strawberry DNA while a bartender mixes your cocktail, watch poofs of fire reach into the air, and test your navigation skills on the Artemis Star Trek Bridge Deck. No big kid party is complete without a few drinks, and this one offers beverages from 20 distilleries—including Trail Town Still, Feisty Spirits, and Spring 44. Fri 6-9 p.m.

Glory 24 Denver

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:45pm

The biggest names in kickboxing will come together in the Mile High City for one explosive night. Don’t miss the headliner middleweight battle between American Joe Schilling, currently ranked second in the world, and Dutchman Jason Wilnus, ranked third. Plus, root for a local as Colorado native Dustin Jacoby faces off with former Golden Gloves amateur boxing champion Wayne Barrett. With 10 different fights on the lineup, the evening is sure to be a knock-out. Fri 7-10 p.m.


Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 3:07pm

Which poses a bigger challenge to communication: an inability to hear or an unwillingness to listen? In this critically acclaimed play, Billy, deaf since birth, has a family that prides itself on intelligence, political incorrectness, and their deicison to raise Billy as a normal kid despite his impaired hearing. When he meets Sylvia, a child of deaf parents who uses American Sign Language to communicate—a language Billy has never learned—his notions of understanding are turned upside down. This production is one of DCPA's first to feature several hearing impaired actors.

On Ensemble

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 3:39pm

Taiko drumming has existed for more than a thousand years in Japanese culture, but the hip-hop- and electronica-infused taiko that On Ensemble produces is all modern. On was the first American taiko ensemble to perform at the National Theater of Japan, and its founders, Shoji Kameda and Masato Baba, have played for film and television soundtracks and even performed alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Night of the Living Dead

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 2:00pm

The cultural obsession with the undead is as strong as ever, as proven in this production's campy remake of George Romero’s 1968. A ragtag group of people ends up barricaded in a farmhouse, hiding from corpses that have escaped their graves. In a twist, the play alternates between movements on the actual stage and black-and-white scenes that were filmed ahead of time. Fri-Sat 8-10 p.m.

Frank Turner

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:52pm

This rising vocalist's crisp vocals and intricate, folk-infused arrangements suggest a British analogue to the Decemberists. But hints of his early-2000s punk-rock background—a crunchy guitar riff here, a driving rock beat there—sometimes shine through, The effect is interesting on its own, but also allows the former Million Dead frontman to give audiences a glimpse of his path to solo success. Fri 9 p.m.

The Dustbowl Revival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:59am

California-based octet the Dustbowl Revival would seem more at home in a pre-World War II speakeasy than a venue like the Hi-Dive. Vocalists Liz Beebe (washboard) and Zeke Lupetin (guitar) lead the troupe through jazzy, swinging tunes that touch on all facets of Americana, from the blues to doo-wop, roots music to zydeco-esque dance numbers. The band, which was named “Best Live Band” by L.A.