Saturday, April 25, 2015

Doors Open Denver

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:59am

This two-day insider event redefines the phrase "blast from the past." Compare old and new design with Denver Architectural Foundation’s “Then and Now” theme as you go behind the scenes on your choice of 80 neighborhood and building tours. Explore more than 60 sites, including the Governor’s Mansion, the SugarCube Building, and the State Capitol. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:19pm

Even the rock climbers who made history this winter in Yosemite (they climbed the infamous El Capitan peak in just 18 days) had to start somewhere. In this beginner class, learn fundamentals like how to belay climbers and catch them when they fall, as well as techniques to climb rock faces. All the necessary gear and safety equipment is provided so you can focus on where to grab next—or just not looking down. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Zoo Career Day

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:50pm

Do more than feed the giraffes on this visit to the zoo. Your little animal lover can meet a wide range of people who work at the zoo—from veterinarians to animal behaviorists to horticulture specialists who landscape the park—and play Olympic-style games with them to learn the skills necessary in their daily routines. Resources will also be provided to help aspiring zookeepers choose majors, find internships, and gain experience would help them eventually spend all their time with their favorite critters. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Beginning Bonsai

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:54am

Find me some-bonsai to love. Bonsai experts Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel guide would-be gardeners through the basics of caring for a miniature Japanese tree, leaving attendees with their own plant to take home at the end of the four-hour class. Participants will also learn about the history of bonsai as Jackel clears up some of the misconceptions about the difficulty and origins of the ancient practice. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Colorado Bike Expo

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:06pm

This inaugural bike expo will feature everything bike lovers need to ride. Nearly 100 exhibitors will feature the latest industry products, trends, and deals. Whether you’re a recreational rider, a cycling enthusiast, or a hardcore roadie, you’ll be able to find an organized ride or bicycling clubs to fit your tastes. Activities like adult big wheel races, fix-a-flat competitions, and bicycle ring tosses will keep you entertained amid all the informational opportunities. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bad A$$ Break Up (With Your Bag) Brunch

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:30pm

Breaking up is hard to do, and Timbuk2 bag company is here to ease the pain (of leaving behind an old bag) with brunch. The organization offers three options for your former tote: donate it to Sox Place, a Denver drop-in center for homeless youth; give it away on Yerdle, a website that allows you to post a picture of things you don't need; or recycle it through environmentally-friendly TerraCycle. Afterward, you’re free to peruse and purchase Timbuk2 designs for 30 percent off.

31 Hours of Myopia

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Sat, 04/18/2015 - 2:33pm

Haven’t made it to Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s mega-popular Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia exhibit yet? This is your last chance to catch it—and then some—before it closes on April 26. The museum is set to be open for 31 straight hours, providing ample time to explore the career retrospective of quirky artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh. Rooftop stargazing, dance parties, and ’80s karaoke lead up to a drumline-assisted send off at the event’s closing. Be sure to catch stories from Mothersbaugh himself, who is slated to appear (digitally) via Skype. Sat 10 a.m.-Sun 5 p.m.

Día del Niño

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:24pm

Liven up this Día del Niño (Children’s Day) with an afternoon of Latino festivities honoring the littlest among us. Channel your artsy side with two craft tables sponsored by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Longmont Museum amid the hubbub of Aztec dances led by local troupe Ballet Folklorico Baile Caliente and cultural integration nonprofit Intercambio. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Wheat Ridge Kite Flite Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:54am

Trade your sleds for kites and celebrate the end of winter at this high-flying festival. Kids can build and decorate their own kites, then enter them in the crafting contest to win prizes from Wheat Ridge city officials. If your little ones aren’t in a competitive mood, they can head to the outdoor pavilion for tamer arts and crafts, create chalk drawings on the surrounding sidewalks, or laugh at the clowns’ antics.

Help A Horse Day

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:21pm

Zuma’s Rescue Ranch is hosting more than 24 hours of equine events in an effort to adopt out rehabilitated horses. The program kicks off with a rally for the preservation of wild horse populations and continues with volunteer activities like bitless bridle construction, tack cleaning, and stable mucking. Horses will enjoy personalized pamperings, including chiropractic sessions, sunrise grazing, and massage therapy. Funds benefit Zuma’s, which rehabs horses and offers equine therapy programs for teens and kids. Sat 11 a.m.-Sun 6 p.m.


Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:41pm

Many of Colorado’s beloved eateries and breweries collaborate to produce more than 50 unique beer-and-food mashups. Notable pairings include Butcher’s Bistro with Liquid Mechanics Brewing, and Avery Brewing with Euclid Hall. Tasty talks led by brewmasters and chefs will also be on tap for those who want to learn more about food and beer). Outdoor pop-up market BrüFaire will set up shop outside the front door to offer culinary-inspired wares for sale. Sat 12:30-8 p.m.

Tea Mixology

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:34pm

Afternoon tea gets a boozy upgrade at this spirited class. You'll fuse happy hour and tea time as you learn how to concoct tea-based cocktails from a mixologist, sample various teas, and enjoy some light bites. After all the sipping and tasting, take a tour of Cherokee Castle, a sanctuary of Western and Native American antiques, art, and books. Sat 1 p.m.

Oyster and Stout Festival

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 7:36pm

Colorado may be a landlocked state, but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy a whiff of the sea. Denver Beer Co., Seattle Fish Co., and Blue Island Oyster Company have teamed up to brew an exclusive oyster stout, which they will serve along with the mollusks used in the brewing process (Naked Cowboy oysters from Blue Island Oyster Company). Oyster farmers will be in attendance to talk shop about their trade and the delicious seafood that comes out of it. Sat 1-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Denver Beer Co.

The Catamounts: Passport to Adventure

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:12pm

Prepare for a daring undertaking with this bold theater group’s fund-raiser. Aji, a Boulder pan-Latin American restaurant, will provide dinner, and you can document the evening (and adventure-themed attire) with an on-site photo booth. The night includes a silent auction, which features coveted tickets to Denver’s Great American Beer Festival. Proceeds benefit the Catamounts’ upcoming theater season as well as local arts education initiatives. Sat 6-10 p.m.

Colorado Symphony Ball

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:36pm

The symphony continues its trend of rock-themed fund-raisers with another installment of “From Bach…to Rock.” Bid on items like a Union Station-themed package (which includes a framed photo and one-night stay at the Crawford hotel) or music lessons with the symphony's Principal Clarinet, Jason Shafer, and enjoy dancing and a dinner party. The night's main event will feature performances by the symphony and rock group DaVita Blues All Stars and Tracksuit Wedding. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Symphony. Sat 6 p.m.

Paula Poundstone Standup Comedy

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:31pm

It'll be an exercise of mind over bladder when this regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me and Emmy Award-winning comic brings her spontaneous and dry wit to the Mile High City. Her autobiographical act addresses life’s daily struggles, with her improvisational style ensuring that no two shows are the same. Sat 8 p.m.


Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:03pm

Tennis is Alaina Moore and her husband Patrick Riley, a Denver-based duo who debuted their charming indie-pop sound in 2010. Dreamy and ebullient, the couple’s atmospheric tunes are driven by Moore’s distinct vocals, and have been consistently praised by critics, fellow musicians, and fans alike. Sat 9 p.m.

Sleightly Funny With Brian Kirshenbaum: A One-Man Comedy Magic Show

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:03pm

This one-man comedy magic show promises to be more amusing than the average dad joke. Gear up for an interactive night of stories, foreign accents, card tricks, and impressions from the Chicago-based magician (and acclaimed deep dish pizza chef). Feel free to grab a drink from the well-stocked bar, but try not to chortle mid-guzzle. Sat 9 p.m.