Saturday, September 24, 2016

Jaipur Literature Festival

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:22pm

This massive book lover's faire, which was established in India a decade ago, features 100 authors and personalities from around the globe. Guest speakers will include Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, and Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, Queen Mother of Bhutan. Sat-Sun, times vary.

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The Four–Twenty Games

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:54am

If you view of cannabis users as stoners confined to the basement, this event might encourage you to rethink your position. Gather at Berkeley Lake Park for a scenic 4.2-mile run and don't be shocked if you get lapped by former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, since the former University of Colorado running back will join runners on the track.

Out of the Darkness Walk

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:37am

At this charitable event, join thousands of fellow Denverites in creating a supportive community for those whose lives have been affected by suicide. Before the 2.9-mile walk around the concourse of Coors Field, stop by the resource fair to visit with organizations like the Denver Family Institute and the Second Wind Fund, which are committed to suicide prevention. You can also put in a bid at the silent auction for items such as a Broncos jersey signed by running back C.J. Anderson.

Pioneer Living Day

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:26am

Journey 100 years into the past with your son or daughter and learn to a life without modern technology. Your child will spend the day milking wooden cows, scrubbing clothes on an old-fashioned washboard, and even watching a blacksmithing demonstration. After they've worked hard, they'll have the chance to indulge in homemade ice cream and lemonade. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Pumpkin Festival and Weigh Off

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:15pm

Your kids might have seen the Great Pumpkin from Charlie Brown last Halloween, but they can glimpse giants gourds up close at this seasonal celebration. Nearly 100 farmers have brought their biggest pumpkins in hopes of breaking the 1,478-pound record set in 2013, so little visitors have plenty of produce to see. They can also race across an obstacle course, play water balloon games, and snack on hot dogs and shaved ice. Sat 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Jared Nursery Gift and Garden Center

Renegade Craft Fair

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 1:56pm

Nearly 100 artisans will show off their wares during this large independent craft fair. Browse local goods, such as Colorado-themed graphic tees from Bozz Prints or large gemstone rings from Adina Mills. After perusing a wide variety of crafts and wearable items, satisfy your sweet tooth with a puffed amaranth or espresso & sea salt chocolate bar from Dead Dog Chocolate or an iced chai from the Sophisticate's Tea. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair


Three Concurrent Solos

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:54pm

Discover and compare unique approaches to perspective and composition at this exhibition featuring three aesthetically distinct contemporary artists. Check out Anna Charney’s abstract digital environments, which she makes by airbrushing and stenciling, before you contemplate Adam Vinson’s tricky still-life works, which often look like mixed media pieces but are actually oil paintings. Then don't miss Boulder artist Bill Snider’s industrial, abstract paintings, which consist of graphics, numbers, shapes and dynamic marks that look more like two-dimensional sculptures than paintings.

Richard Schmid: A Retrospective Exhibition

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 2:17pm

Painter Richard Schmid, one of the most well-known contemporary American realists will showcase decades of his work at this exhibit. The show will include new paintings as well as several older works from private collections that haven't been shown to the public in many years. Don’t miss his impressionistic, expertly lit landscapes or "Nancy & Friends," a richly colored composition of a woman relaxing on a couch with her two cats.  Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Gallery 1261

Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:35pm

This charity festival will appeal to you whether you're a history buff or simply a fan of tasty burgers. Sip on cold beverages from 25 brewers including Smiling Toad Brewery, Fossil Brewing Company, and Eddyline Brewing while enjoying pizza and burgers from local restaurants and tapping your toes to a live performance by bluegrass band the Ruxton Railsplitters. Proceeds benefit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center Museum. Sat noon-5 p.m. 

Great American Beard and Moustache Championship

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 2:47am

Whether you're sporting your own impressive beard or you simply appreciate a snazzy pair of whiskers, this quirky competition is the perfect time to get your facial hair fix. This hairy showcase features gentlemen competing in more than 20 different categories, from best Dali moustache to most creative full beard. Even clean shaven attendees can participate by crafting their own clever beard-moustache combinations out of household materials. Proceeds benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides low-cost housing for veterans, and the Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance. Sat 3:30 p.m.

Back the Truck Up: Food Truck Fundraiser

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:05am

Catch some of your favorite meals on wheels, including barbecue truck Chibby Wibbitz and the Mac Shack, before prime food truck season ends. As DJ Sawn Green plays live tribal and house music, you can nosh and sip on an IPA, pale ale, or saison provided by Black Shirt Brewing Co. or wine from Molly's Spirits. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District's back-to-school initiatives to provide backpacks and vaccinations to children. Sat 4-9 p.m. 


Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:04am

Supersize your screentime at this digital animation festival, which will be displaying motion-art pieces from around the world on three different screens. Short form digital media experts and guest jurors Claudia Maté, Jonathan Monaghan, and Morehshin Allahyari will be awarding cash prizes to the most impressive creations. Don't miss British graphic designer Keiichi Matsuda's Hyper-reality, which mixes live footage with digital elements to create a sense of virtual reality. Sat 4-11 p.m.

Jazz on the Patio

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:18pm

Get hoppin’ to the steps of the jitterbug at this 40-minute swing dance lesson taught by Swingin’ Denver’s Jessica Nelson and Wiley Skewes. Then put your new moves to the test as Denver-based La Pompe Jazz plays gypsy folk tunes and Odessa Rose West performs Americana swing and jazz favorites. When you’re ready to take a break, the night’s specials have you covered—snack on a picnic pack, which includes a tangy mustard-covered pulled pork sandwich on a pretzel bun with coleslaw and German potato salad, and wash it down with a Headybrah Oktoberfest brew. Sat 4:20-8 p.m.

Washed Ashore Beach Party

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:10pm

Bring your young sea explorers to get their faces painted, visit costumed mermaids, and meet Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the artist behind the new traveling 15-sculpture exhibit made almost entirely from collected beach debris. Ocean enthusiasts of all ages can learn about their favorite sea creatures from the Ocean First Institute, a nonprofit promoting protection of marine environments.

The Second City Guide to the Symphony

Submitted by Abbey White on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:20pm

After a raving debut in 2014, famed comedy troupe Second City will bring its signature mash-up of side-splitting comedy and symphony music back to the Mile High City. In a series of performances, attendees will enjoy improvisational skits celebrating our love for the symphony, including "First Date," during which a man attempts to bluff his way through his date with a classical music lover. During this satirical revue, comedians will poke fun at instrumentalists, composers, and symphony-goers to a soundtrack of pieces by Mozart and Mahler. Sat 7:30 p.m.