Friday, June 24, 2016

Intendence Film Festival

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:21pm

This weekend-long film festival focuses on the most creative filmmakers who call the Centennial State home. Watch dozens of films, including shorts, documentaries, animations, and music videos; strut down the red carpet at a Friday night opening party; and savor Sunday brunch during the closing awards ceremony. Fri-Sun, times vary

The Edge of Realism

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:18pm

In this group exhibition featuring 31 local, national, and international artists, realism mingles with abstraction and surrealism. Benjamin Garcia’s take on reality is a deconstructed mix of blurry and distorted faces and bodies, whereas Britt Snyder’s paintings depict realist scenes through a hazy, almost impressionistic lens, creating the perspective of looking through glass or water. After taking a turn about the gallery, you can see for yourself whether art is more true than reality. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Abend Gallery

The Compassion Experience

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/20/2016 - 7:30pm

Embark upon an empathetic journey to Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic during this immersive cross-cultural experience. Visitors take on the role of children in each developing country and experience both sadness and hope as they use audio headsets to guide them through their day-to-day activities on this tour. Proceeds benefit Compassion International's child sponsorship program, which works toward ending global poverty. Fri 10 a.m.

—Image courtesy of Compassion International

Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:09am

Experience the majestic Arkansas River at this aquatic extravaganza by entering competitions in rafting, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. If you prefer dry land, try one of the cycling races or participate in a yoga session led by Robin Beals, a teacher at River Lotus Yoga. When the games end, the party begins—vendors such as Lucy's Mediterranean Grill and Summertime Soft Serve will be dishing out shawarma and shaved ice, and Colorado Springs–based band Wrestle with Jimmy will be playing all day long. Fri 3 p.m.-11:15 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.-11:15 p.m.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:01am

Explore the rich history of Scandinavia at this lively cultural celebration. After watching costumed representatives of each Scandinavian country raise the Midsummer pole to kick off the festivities, check out vintage cars at a Saab and Volvo auto show and visit the Fjelborg Viking Encampment to watch reenactors fence and glimpse an authentic sailboat. Then snack on Norwegian potato pancakes while enjoying live performances by Swedish violinist Elin Palmer and the Swedish Folk Dance Club of Denver. Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sum Ergo Sum

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:46am

By blending the organic body with the digital world, Denver-based artist Lui Ferreyra's signature, fragmented style challenges the traditional bounds of oil painting as a medium. At this innovative exhibition, glimpse Ferreyra's newest works alongside selections from complimentary artists such as Roger Reutimann, whose fiberglass nudes function as the 3-D counterpart to Ferreyra's work. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Image courtesy of William Havu Gallery

diSTILLed: Summer of Soul

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 06/20/2016 - 1:13pm

Explore the beatnik lifestyle of a modern American artist at this exhibit uncovering Clyfford Still’s time in San Francisco after World War II. Mile High Soul Club co-founders DJ Tyler Jacobson and DJ DogBoy will be spinning soul, funk, and R&B tunes from the ’60s and ’70s all night, and you can snap along to live poetry by author Zack Kopp or create your own counter-culture magazine. Before you leave, treat yourself to a drink from Peak Beverage and indulge in delicacies from A Taste of the Philippines and Aikopops. Fri 7-11 p.m. 


Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:29pm

With a sound that evokes nostalgia for the 1970s and ’80s, this classic band’s tracks have become standards of the rock genre. The Bean Town–native group has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, garnering the most attention for the hits “Don’t Look Back” and “More Than a Feeling.” Fri 7:30 p.m.


Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 1:03pm

If you've turned on your car radio sometime since the 1970s, you've almost certainly heard a hit from this American classic rock legend. The Massachusetts natives have sold over 74 million records worldwide with lyrically progressive tracks like “More than a Feeling” and “Peace of Mind.” Expect a concert lineup full of throwback classics with a few funky modern additions to the set list.  Fri 7:30 p.m.

Hell’s Belles

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:52pm

You might not be able to see AC/DC live, but you can still lose your voice screeching along to their greatest hits. This female-only tribute band to the Australian group will bring you their own glorious versions of "Thunderstruck" and "Highway to Hell." The Seattle natives have toured internationally and have been bringing a hearty dose of girl power to the hard rock scene since 2000. Fri 9 p.m.