Saturday, October 22, 2016

Gorilla Fun Run

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:27pm

Monkeying around at this fun run is strongly encouraged, with all runners having the option of wearing a gorilla or banana suit (add your own flare to the gorilla getup for a chance to win the Most Creative Costume award). The 5K trail, which runs through Westminster City Park and Waterpointe-Bellio Open Space, has an off-road portion that’s all dirt, so plan on getting your paws dirty. Stick around post-race for a complimentary Silverback Pale Ale courtesy of Rockyard Brewing Company.

The Denver Adventure

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 1:54pm

Scavenger hunt meets sightseeing trip during this whirlwind outdoor game. After downloading the Denver Adventure app, teams of two of four people will complete tasks in the Mile High City, such as "go run the stairs at Red Rocks" or "visit the first Chipotle," to receive points. Prizes, which range from novelty socks to a voucher for a weekend trip to Aspen, will be hidden at various locations throughout the city, so you better brush up on your Denver navigation skills before starting on your trek. Sat 10 a.m.

Gorilla Run

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:37pm

This 5K is perfect for runners who love to monkey around. You'll receive a gorilla or banana suit to wear during the playful race, which will loop through Waverly Acres Park in Westminister. Post-run, stick with the theme as you sip a Silverback Pale Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company at the after-party. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, which is working to save mountain gorillas from extinction. Sat 11 a.m.

Esprit De She

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:05am

You’ve spent your summer running stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre—now test your quads on the surrounding park’s footpaths in this female-only race series' first trail run. Prep for the race during a Zumba warm-up, then stretch your muscles afterward during a yoga class taught by famed Boulder instructor Gina Caputo. Bonus: cool down at a sunset concert by country singer Jana Kramer. Sat 1 p.m.

Pumpkin Carving with John Bardeen

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:12pm

Make your doorstep historically spooky this Halloween by creating Colorado-themed jack-o’-lanterns with your family. John Bardeen, self-proclaimed master carver and owner of Denver-based carving set company Grampa Bardeen’s, will show all ages the proper carving techniques and tools to transform pumpkins brought from home. Come early or stay late for an hour-long tour of the historic Byers-Evans house. Sat 1:30-3:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of the Historical Craft Society

Wild n' Free Art Gala and Auction

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:24pm

Celebrate the land where the buffalo roam by contributing to bison preservation efforts at this inspiring art gala and auction. Graze on hors d'oeuvre from Blackbelly Market and sip boozy offerings by Scarpetta Wines and Sanitas Brewery while taking in the stunning visual art at Rembrandt Yard. Stick around for a live auction featuring foodie vacation packages and Yellowstone fly fishing getaways, plus view a short documentary by filmmaker Thia Martin about the plight of the wild buffalo in the American West. Sat 6 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Red Shoes Studios

Stout Street Foundation 40th Anniversary Gala

Submitted by Abbey White on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:27pm

Celebrate four decades of dedication to the rehabilitation and recovery of Denver-area addicts at this annual event. Network with over 500 attendees, including Denver Broncos alum, before you enjoy a slew of incredible appetizers and a delectable Lemon Chicken dinner provided by Serendipity Catering. Listen to Stout Street Foundation leaders discuss the work and accomplishments of the foundation before Susan Ford Bales delivers her keynote address on the ways addiction affected her own life and led to the formation of the Betty Ford Center.

A Gothic Folktale

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:10am

This contemporary ballet features a whimsical cast of characters inspired by tarot cards—including the Fool, the Star, and the Ringmaster—in a story of romance under the big top. Accompanied by original indie folk music performed live by local musician Jesse Manley and his band, the production also features mystifying illusions from Denver-based magician and mentalist Professor Phelyx. Bonus: Adventurous audience members will even get a chance to participate in magic tricks. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Amanda Tipton, Dawn Fay, and Wonderbound

Elle King

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 08/05/2016 - 11:47am

Catch this singer-songwriter's edgy vocals and tough-girl attitude during an unforgettable performance. Whether she's showing off her sultry alto voice in blues-inspired tunes like "Ain't Gonna Drown" or belting out folk rock anthems such as single "America's Sweetheart," the emotional depth in her music will inspire you to sing along. Sat 9 p.m.