Friday, November 27, 2015

DaVinci & Michelangelo: Titans Side by Side

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:13pm

Two of humanity's greatest thinkers converge in this immersive "museum theater” performance. Interact directly with the inventions, machines, paintings, and sculptures of DaVinci and Michelangelo before the show begins. In the theater, Mark Rodgers, director of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo exhibitions from the permanent museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, guides the show in all its multimedia glory. Through movies, 3-D animations, images, and words, Rodgers tells the story of the Italian Renaissance and the two men whose competition drove society forward.

Rocky Mountain Auto Show

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:13pm

If cars are your passion, your Thanksgiving weekend will be even sweeter than Thursday's pumpkin pie. Millions of dollars worth of custom creations, mint-condition original models, and excellent restorations will be on display at this revvin' indoor auto show. Admire the metal beauties or enter your own car in a competition for the $5,000 Crème de la Chrome grand prize. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday After Thanksgiving

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:47am

A true appreciation for the arts can take years to master, so it's pretty tough to develop if you're a kid. With the art museum's Family Backpack Program, though, young art enthusiasts can get their hands on gallery-inspired games, crafts, and puzzles that allow them to interact with pieces without breaking the "don't touch the art" rule. Instead of tip-toeing around the Pre-Columbian Art gallery for instance, tiny art enthusiasts can put together a puzzle, play and seek-and-find game, and create a monkey mask. Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

St. Nick on the Bricks

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:10pm

As the calendar creeps toward Christmas, be sure to carve out some time to visit the big guy himself. Santa will be taking present requests on Pearl Street during the weeks leading up to his busiest day of the year. All ages are welcome—so feel free to ask the jolly elf for a few gifts for yourselves, Mom and Dad. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Asleep at the Wheel

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:14am

Yes, we know the turkey's still warm, but it's never too early to welcome the holiday season with a cowboy-themed set of yuletide tunes. This Texas-based ensemble has been defined by its revolving door of musicians over the years (more than 80), although frontman Ray Benson has been its one constant. His "Swingin' Silent Night" makes Christmas on the range sound like an inviting prospect, even if you'll have to make do with a cactus or sagebrush in lieu of a tree. Fri 2, 7:30 p.m.

Blossoms of Light

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:37pm

Bright colors at the Denver Botanic Gardens are to be expected, but the electric blues and pinks of this exhibit are a little different from the gardens' more natural shades. Christmas lights take over the gardens each evening for the wintry display, illuminating the flowers of the O'Fallon Perennial Walk, the ponderosa pines of the Japanese Garden, and more.

Trail of Lights

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:07pm

Whether you explore them by car or by hayride, these colorful holiday lights are sure to wow. Meander along trails decked with elaborately lit trees, watch music-sychronized light shows, and explore the glowing Green Farm Barn before heading to the fire pit and cozying up to some hot cocoa. If you want to up the ante on the dazzle factor, buy some 3-D HoloSpex glasses at the door. Fri-Sat 5:30-9 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

A Christmas Carol

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:42pm

Sure, you may have A Muppet Christmas Carol on VHS somewhere in your attic, but this performance gives you a chance to see the iconic holiday story in an even better way: live on stage. Watch as Ebenezer Scrooge—aided by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and yet to come—sheds his miserly ways and embraces the Christmas spirit in this musical theater adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic book. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 6:30 p.m.

Funny Girl

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 9:32am

Lovers of Barbra Streisand, unite. This beloved musical is known for its famous songs and for its gaggle of honors (including Tony and Academy Awards), but it's best known for launching the career of the Babs. Catch "Don't Rain on My Parade" and "People" on stage in the final production of this theater company's season. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Little Women

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:54pm

Bring the whole family to this heartwarming musical adaptation of this literary classic. Louisa May Alcott's classic tale follows the three March sisters as they grow up in Civil War-era New England and has been adapted for stage and screen countless times since its 19th-century release. Bev Newcomb Madden, a veteran of the Denver theater scene with more than 50 years of experience, directs the play, which has never been performed in the Rocky Mountain region—until now. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.