02/2016

Saturday, February 06, 2016
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Ballroom Dance Sport Competition

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Wed, 12/09/2015 - 4:12pm

Whether you're making your dance floor debut or you're a pliéing pro, you're welcome at this day-long competition. The morning's events will include solo competitors in standard ballroom dance, Latin dance, and more, while the evening (after dinner and cocktails, of course) focuses on groups and couples. Sat 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Ranch 2 Ranch XC Ski Trek

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Thu, 12/10/2015 - 1:54pm

Join Grand County's nordic ski club for a 13-kilometer journey across a valley, over a ridge, and down the trail from Fraser to Granby. Participants are welcome to set out on skis or snowshoes (Grand Nordic members have access to equipment free of charge) any time between 9 and 10:30 a.m. the morning of the event, which the organizers stress is not a race. A barbecue and Grand Nordic officials will greet trekkers of all speeds at Snow Mountain Ranch. Proceeds benefit middle and high school nordic teams in Grand County. Sat 9 a.m.

Loveland/LuvByrd Chairlift Speed Dating

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 9:20am

It's time to appreciate the ride up the mountain—and some newfound company—at Colorado's inaugural chairlift speed dating event. Get to know a new companion each time you ride the chairlift; you can spend a few runs with them or swap out for a new date on the next lap if the chemistry's not there.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:43pm

Welcome the year of the monkey with authentic cuisine, world-class entertainment, and a colorful marketplace at this cultural extravaganza. After you try your hand at calligraphy, take a lunch break and savor tasty Chinese fare from local restaurants, including John Holly's Asian Bistro and China Taipei Restaurant. Then global artists, including flutist Chen Shijun, magician Li Peng, and opera master Lü Suosen, plus students at the Denver Chinese School, will delight you with an imaginative performance. Sat 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

CarniVail

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 1:14pm

Mardi Gras travels north for the weekend with this Cajun-style celebration. Indulge yourself at Saturday’s crawfish boil, which features gumbo, king cake, and hurricanes. Rally for après-ski and after-dark parties on Monday, then finish off with Tuesday’s raucous trifecta of a parade, street festival, and MarchFourth! marching band performance. Sat-Tue, times vary.

Side-by-Side with DYAO: 100 Year Celebration of the U.S. National Parks

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Wed, 12/09/2015 - 3:25pm

The National Parks Service's 100th birthday isn't until August, but that isn't stopping the Colorado Symphony and Denver Young Artists Orchestra from getting the party started early. Budding musicians will play alongside professionals to perform local composer Jeffrey Nytch's Symphony No. 1: Formations, which was inspired by the geology of the Rockies. Sat 2:30 p.m.

The Princess Bride Quote-Along

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:53pm

You might have seen this classic adventure-fantasy-romance countless times, but that's all the more reason to attend an interactive screening of it. As farm-boy-turned-pirate Westley battle his way across the Cliffs of Despair and the Fire Swamp in his quest to find his true love, you can shout out the iconic lines. Plus, be sure to grab an inflatable sword and duel alongside Inigo Montoya as he strives to avenge his father's death and the hands of the six-fingered man. Sat 4:15 p.m.

Lost in the Woods with New Belgium

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Thu, 12/10/2015 - 2:03pm

Now that Colorado's craft breweries have mastered the IPA, they've decided to take on the sour beer as their next challenge. Don't miss the experimental flavors at New Belgium's sour release party, featuring 2016 vintages La Folie (a wood-aged, sour brown) and Transatlantique Kriek (an Iambic ale made with sour cherries). Included in the ticket price is a full flight, one pour of a chosen brew, and eats from the brewery's slopeside bar and restaurant, the Ranger Station. Sat 6-9 p.m. 

Masque Ball

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:22am

Don a glamorous floor-length gown and live out your fantasies at this Victorian-themed dance. After mingling with other ladies and gents during the social hour, twirl along to the period-themed tunes of the 4th Artillery Quadrille Ensemble and vocal solos from classically trained soprano Shelby Evanoika. If you need to brush up on your ballroom steps, pay an additional $5 to attend a lesson the night before the event. Sat 6-11 p.m.

So Percussion with Shara Worden

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 9:44am

This nationally renowned percussion quartet takes the idea of drumming on garbage cans to a whole new level. The Brooklyn-based group will tap on objects ranging from tin cans to ceramic vases to counter tops, and its set will include a variety of works spanning the band's 16-album career. Add in vocalist Shara Worden of chamber music-rock hybrid outfit My Brightest Diamond, and this night of ear candy is not one to be missed. Sat 7:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of So Percussion

Guster

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 2:40pm

Since its inception in 1992, this indie band has been playing at the forefront of the alternative rock scene. Its newest album, Evermotion, showcases a swagger derived from its members' recommitment to hummable melodies, and electronic riffs. Sat 8 p.m. 

—Photo courtesy of Guster

Mike Gordon

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 2:14pm

The Phish bassist’s passion for music has inspired his collaboration with electric guitarist Scott Murawski, percussionist Craig Myers, organ and synth-master Robert Walker and drummer John Kimock. His fourth album, Overstep, while grounded in the rock genre, emerges as a diverse collection of creative musical experimentation. Sat 9 p.m. 

—Photo courtesy of Mike Gordon