Are you ready to take your culinary skills to the next level? Join one of The Cooking Studio’s top chefs, Scott Manning, for an intermediate cooking class covering knife, saute, roast, and sauce-making skills. As part of the Holiday Cooking Master Chef Series, the class will put your kitchen knacks to the test by ending in a spontaneous master chef challenge (think: creating a recipe or performing a specific skill). Wed 1 p.m.
BEST BETTicket prices vary.Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Free with admission.Denver Art Museum
Free with admission.Denver Art Museum
Free with admission.Denver Art Museum
BEST BET$35.Garner Galleria Theatre
Ticket prices vary.Garner Galleria Theatre
BEST BET$5-$6Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
BEST BET$5-$24.Denver Art Museum
$5-$8.Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
$9-$12.50.Denver Botanic Gardens
BEST BETFree.Art Gym
$20-$35.Lakewood Cultural Center
Prices vary.National Western Complex
$20-$28.Aurora Fox Arts Center
Free.Curtis Arts and Humanities Center
$22.50-$105.Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Free.Parker Arts Culture and Events Center
$20.Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
BEST BETFree.Gildar Gallery
Free.Center for Fine Art Photography
Ticket prices vary.Beaver Creek Resort
BEST BETTicket prices vary.Beaver Creek Resort
Free.Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
BEST BET$80.BookCliff Vineyards Tasting Room
BEST BET$5-$10.MCA Denver
BEST BET$15.Bluebird Theater
BEST BET$30-$35.Gothic Theatre
These two powerhouses of the American punk music scene both celebrated 20-year anniversaries of their most iconic albums in 2016: Reel Big Fish’s Turn the Radio Off and Anti-Flag’s Die for the Government. At their co-headlining winter tour’s first stop, concertgoers will be treated to a hyperkinetic stage show, juvenile humor, and metallic shards of ska. Wed 7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Reel Big Fish
Travel and RV aficionados alike are sure to enjoy this three-day show’s 300-plus new RV units from dealers like All Stars RV and Century RV, with 2017 models ranging from Class A motorhomes and easy-to-pull tent trailers to travel trailers and fifth-wheels. Exhibitors will be on hand to offer camping accessories, RV repair services, and even resort destinations. Insurance companies like Allstate and loan lenders such as the Credit Union of Denver will also be available to assist with the RV purchase and ownership process. Thu-Fri 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
This 30-minute educational play gives kids and their parents a crash course on the locations of the museum’s most kid-friendly works. Museum staffers Chuck and Joanne are calling for your kids’ help to choose what their next exhibition should be. Expect to hear behind-the-curtain stories about famous pieces currently on display—like "Dream of Arcadia" by Thomas Cole—so you’ll know what to check out after curtain call. Thu-Sun 11 a.m.
—Image courtesy of Denver Art Museum
"Sensory" is the mot du jour at this exhibit by jewelry designer and metalworker Lindsay Ernst. Her industrial creations—made from found objects, organic materials, and reflective stones—explore themes of futurity, nostalgia, and the natural world. On the show's opening night, DJ DNoe will spin tracks by Fort Collins–based electronic musician Moon Frog; RiNo Yacht Club will supply Colorado-foraged hors d’oeuvres; and Cranked Up Coffee will pour matcha and nitro tap coffee. Thu 6-10 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Lindsey Ernst
Join forces with your fellow amateur architects of all ages and assemble the latest 2017 additions to the LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection. Over 460 and 440 pieces make up the major icons of the London and Chicago skylines, respectively, including Big Ben, the London Eye, the Willis Tower, and the John Hancock Building. Stick around afterward to continue building with LEGO Architecture Studio white bricks and see the finished sets installed as window displays. Thu 7 p.m.
Join the American Historical Association for a discussion on the new presidential administration and the importance of the "first one hundred days" in any new president's tenure. A panel of five historians, including Middle East expert Nathan Citino and New Republic contributing editor Sean Wilentz, will discuss current policy issues through a historical lens to explore how historians—and past events—can help shape and influence modern legislation.
—Photo courtesy of American Historical Associaton
In this stage rendition inspired by Miguel de Cervantes literary classic Don Quixote, audiences will be thrown into a musical journey of drama, danger, and unlikely heroes. Set in 16th-century Spain, a prisoner and his manservant must fight for the preservation of a manuscript in a mock trial devised by their fellow prisoners. What follows is an enactment of the wild adventures of a chivalrous, mad old man and his squire. Directed and choreographed by Kelly Van Oosbree, Man of La Mancha has earned its reputation as one of the most celebrated musicals of our time.
Though the wait might feel like an eternity for those who have already tired of bundled coats and icy roads, boating season is really just around the corner. Yes, you read that right—Colorado may be landlocked but our state’s alpine lakes and plentiful reservoirs offer waters to satisfy even the snootiest skipper. So start your preparations (or just get your boating fix) at this massive marine event bringing together purveyors of boats and boat-related equipment from across the state and nation.
These paintings depicting a diverse range of the world’s landscapes and cultures will have you feeling like you’ve traveled across the globe without having left the Centennial State. This one-night show will consist of pieces from three Colorado artists—Don Vogl, Rosalie Sinnett, and Joe Flores—who all revel in exploring the world and capturing its beauty. Expect portraits of traditional African musicians alongside paintings of harbors, savannahs and other landscapes from around the world. Fri 6-9 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Global Village Museum
When she isn't doling out sage (and sarcastic) relationship advice as co-host of the Empty Girlfriend podcast, Christine Buchele regularly graces the stages of clubs and comedy festivals across the country. Equal parts surly, sweet, and snappy, the High Plains Comedy Festival alumna is ready to serve up a set that goes down smoothly—with or without a chaser. Fri 6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Christie Buchele
This pop-country band from Texas is no stranger to the Billboard country charts. A blend of rock-tinged anthems and acoustic power ballads has propelled this foursome from a Red Dirt name into a mainstream success. Expect to hear tracks from their upcoming untitled fifth album as well as classic hits like “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” Fri 8 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Eli Young Band
Put your expert angling skills to the test for a chance to win a new Polaris four-wheeler at this ice fishing tournament. The person to catch the heaviest fish will be deemed the winner, but runners-up needn’t despair: they’ll receive select outdoor gear from Bass Pro Shop and other retailers to take their minds off the one that got away. Sat 7 a.m.-noon
This outdoor hockey tournament is a much-needed alternative to that routine game of pickup at the local rink. In this unique setup, teams of four will face off in single elimination games with no goalies, and there will be snowbanks instead of boards on all 12 rinks across 8.5 frozen acres of Evergreen Lake. Bonus: Cash prizes of up to $1,500 for winning teams. Sat 7 a.m.
This high-octane fitness rally is the place to start turning that New Year’s resolution into reality. All exercises will come from the Spartan SGX Training Model, which includes climbing, running, and rowing, plus kettlebell and sandbag workouts like snatches and squats. Each training session takes place on an outdoor track, so come warmly dressed—just because you’re training like a Spartan doesn’t mean you need to dress like one. Sat 9-11 a.m.
Don’t miss this nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment celebration featuring premier livestock and rodeo events. Attendees will be privy to one of the nation’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show in addition to a plethora of cultural and artistic events, including wood carving demonstrations and dancers performing popular styles of Mexican folkloric dancing. See a true Western cattle drive with the entire family or drop the kids off at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Ranchland while you check out the Hereford Herdsman Party.
Kick off the new year with a healthy dose of outdoor exploration in the form of a short winter hike along the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Loop Trail, followed by a campfire gathering with songs by Rick Flores, stories on cultural mythology and local history, and s’mores.
Do you have a budding actor in the family? Treat them to a behind-the-scenes look into this season’s musical production at this pre-show program. Young thespians can walk on stage and explore the set, where cast members will teach them a song and dance number from the play. After scoring an autograph at the meet-and-greet with official cast members, you can then take your seats to enjoy the 2 p.m. show. Sat 11 a.m.
—Image courtesy of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Step aside Pitch Perfect, this 14-man college a cappella group is the real deal. The accomplished Yale seniors are touring the country performing vocal hits, such as the quintessential "Whiffenpoof Song" and a host of other Yale originals. Come out to support Denver natives Zak Kayal and Trey Pernell, who says he's given up singing in the shower to protect his on-stage baritone. Sat 2 p.m.
—Image courtesy of the Whiffenpoofs
Directors Keith Rabin Jr. and Amy Osatinski lead an all-black cast in Ignite Theater’s musical retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Audiences will love the musical’s famed funky soul score, lyrics, and dances. Choreographed by Carlos Jimenez, this is a timeless tale of acceptance, courage, and the power of goodness. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.
In celebration of the last night of the Yule season, Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir, a group within Denver's Pagan community, will perform traditional and non-traditional Yule carols and songs. Following the concert, enjoy a 10-course feast from Sweet Lorraine's Catering consisting of yule ham, Swedish meatballs, braised red cabbage, and black forest cake. Sat 6 p.m.
Celebrate the late-season harvest of apples with an innovative six-course meal. By using every element of a duck—innards, bones, breast, and legs—chefs at TBD showcase the meat in a unique and complete way. Enjoy duck pâte with pickled apples; Knödle dumplings and duck broth; duck confit with brie and apple tortellini; crispy duck skin with apple and potato gratin; and an apple betty with duck fat maple ice cream. Sat 7 p.m.
You don’t need to be an expert snowshoer to participate in this hardcore race, but you might just need an oxygen mask. The race starts at over 8,000 feet and provides stellar views of the Rocky Mountains as racers speed toward the finish line. Hardcore snowshoers will want to sign up for the 10K, while those who prefer a more relaxed pace may want to opt for the 5K. Rest your weary legs and dig into a burger at the post-race after-party hosted by the Dusty Boot Greenwood Village. Sun 11 a.m.
Watch one of the most acclaimed films in American cinematic history exactly as it would have appeared in 1941 at this throwback showing of The Great Dictator, a political satire of Nazi Germany starring Charlie Chaplin. Advertisements and news reels from the film's era will play before the start of the movie, so be ready to be dropped right into the 1940s. Sun 1-3:30 p.m.
In honor of Clyfford Still’s lifelong appreciation for music, this live performance by the Boulder-based Felonius Smith trio will pay tribute to the artist’s aural sources of inspiration. The historically authentic band’s use of a slide-resonator guitar, double bass, and harmonica will have you toe-tapping to the best of the last century’s acoustic, ragtime, gospel, and folk in no time. Sun 2-3 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Felonius Smith
The old West gets a modern makeover at this show by contemporary artists seeking new interpretations of classic Western themes and icons. Black silhouettes of ranchers, cowboys, Native Americans, and other figures are the focus of Denver painter Maura Allen's pop art pieces. Brad Rude's bronze animal sculptures and Tracy Stuckey's hyperrealistic oil paintings of fashionable figures in developed Western landscapes further illuminate the numerous ways one can document a landscape both timeless and everchanging. Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; weekend hours vary.
In this eye-opening documentary, viewers follow the relationships between parents, teenagers, and technology as the rules of adolescent sociology change in unprecedented ways. Stick around for a post-screening panel discussion lead by executive producer Karin Gornick, who will talk about the hidden consequences of constant connectivity and what this means for parents of teenagers inundated by information. Mon 6:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Screenagers
Introduce your preschool-aged tots to nature’s wackiest insects before they lose their childhood bug curiosity. Denver’s Butterfly Pavilion staffers will share some of their favorite insect-inspired stories and reveal the truths and myths around popular species such as tarantulas. Live examples of spiders and other spineless critters will be on display, but don’t worry—the only thing kids will take home is their bug-inspired craft. Tue 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
—Image courtesy of Butterfly Pavilion
A night of fitness, inspiration, and shopping are all on the schedule at this uplifting networking series. The evening kicks off with some after-hours shopping at Skirt Sports, a women’s sportswear store, followed by a short networking period among guests, hosts, and speakers. Sara Vaughn, a former track and field star at Colorado University Boulder, will talk about juggling motherhood, her professional life as a real estate agent, and her running career. Tue 5-8 p.m.
If a viewing of the intense thriller Brick and a decadent four-course meal paired with Stranahan’s whiskey isn’t enough to draw you to this event, an appearance from movie star Noah Segan surely is. Start with grilled oysters, horseradish lemon ice, green onions, and whiskey jalapeño gastrique paired with a Diamond Peak single malt whiskey, sugar, bitters, and a lemon rind. Subsequent courses include sweet potato goat cheese agnolotti, a Croque Madame, and chocolate flan. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Based on the best-selling graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is a 2015 Tony winner and the first Broadway musical featuring a lesbian protagonist. A chronicle of Bechdel's coming of age, this critically-acclaimed musical is a gripping exploration of parental relationships and their impact on identity. Take in a 15-minute cast discussion before the December 11th performance. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
The Atlanta rapper, who launched to fame in 2010 with hits like “O Let’s Do It” and "No Hands," is back in business after a several-year hiatus. The long-awaited release of the Flockaveli 1.5 mixtape in 2015 set a new standard for Waka Flocka Flame’s electric and rowdy tracks of raw-energy trap hop. Expect rappers Kid Vegas, Trev Rich, Future Heroes, and Rimes to join the headliner for what’s sure to be an entertaining show. Tue 8 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Reid Rolls
The Harlem Quartet is on a mission to make classical music more diverse and to introduce the genre to new ears. These four New York natives have performed at the White House and alongside famed artists such as violinist Itzhak Perlman and classical pianist Misha Dichter. Their lively performance in Denver will feature compositions by Mozart and Dizzy Gillespie. Wed 10:30 a.m.
—Image courtesy of Amy Schroeder
Join David George Gordon—aka. the "Bug Chef"—for a creepy-crawly five-course meal featuring edible insects of all shapes and sizes. In collaboration with Linger restaurant, Gordon has created a diverse menu of bug-inspired dishes, from waxworm quesadillas to a pear and ant salad. Proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, the first and only edible insect farm in Colorado. Wed 7:30 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Sprocket Communications
Silky spiders, flexible fleas, and amazing ants are just a few of the colorful characters taking the stage in OVO, a biodiversity-packed extravaganza. Join the inquisitive insects as they investigate a mysterious egg that has appeared on their doorstep. Teeming with vibrancy and motion, audiences will flip for this acrobatic spectacular. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.
This staple of the Americana music scene has returned to touring just in time to mark the 20th anniversary of their most celebrated and commercially successful album, Hot. A new lineup of New Orleans musicians, including singer Ingrid Lucia of Flying Neutrino, will join the founding members as they perform their unique fusion of Delta blues, gypsy jazz, and 1930s-era swing music that’s captivated fans since the band’s formation in 1993. Wed 9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Squirrel Nut Zippers
In this introspective exhibition, five Northern Colorado art educators deconstruct and re-think their approaches to the six traditional elements of design by creating pieces focusing on just one element. The works will be accompanied by brief written descriptions as well as videos detailing the artists' processes, which can be accessed via smartphone as you browse. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun hours vary.
You're likely to leave this four-day outdoor extravaganza with several tips and tricks for your next fishing adventure. Check out a presentation from competitive fisherman Caleb VanWagner, who will teach you how to maximize the distance on your cast, and stock up on gear from hundreds of retailers including Ducks Unlimited, Inferno USA, and Mountain Ridge Gear. Thu-Fri 11 a.m.- 8p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Step into a world of color at this luminous exhibition of contemporary abstract paintings. Deborah Zlotsky's nuanced paintings of 3D geometric forms are the focus of the exhibition; however, they’ll be presented alongside a roster of abstract heavyweights including Stephen Westfall, who creates grids covered in vibrant shapes and intersections of color, and Jason Karolak, who paints linear structures onto black canvases. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m.
Are you a foodie or a fashionista? At this clothing and culinary pop-up event, there’s no need to choose. Stop by Civic Center to munch on offerings from your favorite food trucks including Chuey Fu's, Roll It Up Sushi, and Still Smokin' before browsing wares from trendy fashion trucks such as Patterns & Pops and the Denver Fashion Truck. We guarantee you won’t leave with an empty stomach (although we can’t say the same for your wallet). Thu 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Experience new works from Colorado-based artists Lydia Brokaw, Mary Mackey, and J. Bruce Wilcox on display at Denver’s oldest cooperative art gallery. Brokaw interweaves sculpture, drawing, and painting into her mixed-media pieces, while Mackey’s background in photography influences her printmaking and painting. Thu noon-5 p.m.
When 1980s ski film star Glen Plake was pulled over on his way to the mountain, he gave the officer one thing: his license to thrill (or so he tells it). This musical flick features vintage ski moves and slope antics, plus more neon jumpsuits and slow motion powder shots than you knew existed. Grab a pint from the brewery and enjoy the action—just don't get any ideas the next time you're approaching a jump on the mountain. Thu 7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Unsplash
Actor and comedy veteran Dana Gould is landing in Denver for three nights of side-splitting stand-up shows. Expect Gould to bring down the house using his groundbreaking alternative comedy that has landed him appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. Be ready to belly-laugh at Gould’s takes on everything from the awkwardness of divorce to the terrors of parenthood. Thu 8 p.m., Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
This contemporary gallery will launch its newest exhibit, Amalgamated Contemplation, which explores the fundamental artistic principles of color, line, and form in unique ways, from abstract painting to graffiti art to monoprints. The group exhibition features works by artists Roland Bernier, Ben Strawn, Angela Beloian, Kellie Cannon, and Brandon Reese. Fri 5-9 p.m.
The best sleepovers are the ones in which your child can enjoy gooey marshmallows by the fire—and you don’t have to worry about the mess. Your little adventurer can enjoy delicious s’mores, stargazing through a telescope after a night hike, traditional Native American storytelling and the sounds of nature during this kid-tastic camping trip overseen by Bear Creek Nature Center's supervisor, program coordinator, and volunteers. Preregistration and prepayment required, Fri 6 p.m.-Sat 7 a.m.
This Toronto-based jazz quartet uses rap and funk influences to create a multi-dimensional sound both old-school and cutting-edge. Songs such as “In Your Eyes” and “Speaking Gently,” from their latest album IV, reflect a musical juxtaposition that experiments with every genre and draws listeners from all over the world. Fri 8 p.m.
Widely accepted as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, this production is brought to life on stage by the Broomfield-based nonprofit BackStory Youth Theatre. Witness the cast of child actors bring a youthful approach to the classic comedy musical that follows three actors during the tumultuous shift from silent movies to talkies in the 1920s. Expect resounding renditions of hallmark songs, including “Good Morning” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” Fri-Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
—Image courtesy of BackStory Youth Theatre
The geniuses of Third Kind Improv! will present a feature-length performance loosely centered on the motif of extraterrestrial life as inspired by Steven Spielberg's classic film, E.T. Expect to split your seams in laughter as local comedians, including Doron Burke, Natalie Burling, Anneliese Farmer, Maynard Peralta, Michael Tandy, Sebastian and Tara Wolfe, and Erin Zaideman, take to the stage for two hours of fully improvised skits and foil-hatted fun. Fri 7-9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Third Kind Improv!
Established Denver potter Jessa Decker-Smith will lead this two-hour workshop and pottery session to which you'll bring your own cannabis and beer. Embrace your artistic side and decorate your very own clay ashtray creation as you receive instructional assistance from Decker-Smith. Choose from a selection of colors and glazes before firing your piece, which will be ready to take home 10 days after the session. Fri 7-9 p.m.
Berlin-based artist Sarah Schönfeld makes her solo debut in the United States with this fascinating and cerebral exhibit. Playing with themes of futurism, archaeology, anthropology, and outer space, the multi-genre exhibit deals as much in philosophy as it does in visual art.
After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover at the hands of his father, Tommy retreats into himself. Having gone deaf and blind following the traumatic incident, a catatonic Tommy turns to pinball as an escape. This five-time Tony Award-winning rock musical chronicles one boy’s rise above adversity in a truly inspiring story. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
In this theatrical spoof of the golden age of radio, the talented WYNOT troupe will deliver a zany “live” broadcast capturing a time when “men were men and dames had moxie.” This fast-paced evening of entertainment will place you right into the radio show’s studio as you’re made privy to the on-and-off-air shenanigans of a 1940s variety show. Featuring more than 90 characters, more than 200 props, and a game show segment, this engaging comedy show encourages audience participation and is sure to bring back your radio nostalgia. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
After 20 years and 11 studio albums, these alternative country rockers have become one of the most well-respected Southern acts to come out of the early aughts. The expansive ensemble led by Patterson Hood has been guided by gutsy, twangy tunes delivered with three guitars and a distinctive Alabama soul sound. Expect to hear protest tracks off the latest politically charged album, American Band. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Drive-By Truckers
Counter the winter chill by warming up with award-winning red and green chili and local brews from breweries including Lumpy Ridge Brewery, Rock Cut brewery, and Wild Cider. The festival will include kid-friendly activities such as an arts and crafts booth, obstacle courses, and a Frozen-themed bounce house. Live music by Amplified Souls, Dixie Leadfoot, Chain Station, and Air Traffic Controllers will complement the array of booze and bites. Sat-Sun, times vary.
You’re probably used to oatmeal topped with fruits and nuts, sometimes accompanied with simple syrup or the occasional sprinkling of brown sugar. But at this community-focused event sponsored by Quaker Oatmeal, 128 unique oatmeal toppings await you (jalapeños and gummy bears included). After beginning your day with this hearty fare, head to the Quaker Oatmeal sponsored 5K and health fair, where health assessments and a Bonfils blood drive will take place. Sat 7:30 a.m.-noon.
Participants in this ski race will spend a clear Colorado morning traversing backcountry terrain before enjoying free beer at the finish line. Those in the “Race” category will reach nearly 5,000 vertical feet, while those in the “Rec” category will ascend just over 2,000 feet. All skiers will cross scenic pathways on the Grand Mesa, the largest mesa in the United States.
This wintry weekend festival guarantees that safety will come first on the mountain. Festivalgoers will be taught the ins-and-outs of mountain safety—such as helmet fitting tips and how to dress for extreme conditions—by reps from companies like St. Anthony Copper Clinic and Under Armour. Participants can enter a raffle to win prizes including a two-night stay at Copper Mountain Resorts or a season ski pass to the mountain. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The images and styles of this year's CFFAP portrait exhibit vary widely (subjects include children, goats, and even a broom); however, each work contains an element of pure honesty and succeeds in expanding the traditional definition of portrait. Don't miss this year's Director's Selection, John Bonath's The Boxer—a raw photo of legendary Denver photographer and gallery owner Hal Gould at 94-years-old. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m-5 p.m.
Attend this engaging discussion led by Boulder author Nuanprang Snitbhan, whose book, Girl Time, teaches mindfulness techniques that can make conversations about difficult topics, such as body image and anxiety, easier for mothers and daughters to have. After the presentation, attendees can continue the conversation over coffee from Method Coffee Roasters. Sat 10:30 a.m.-noon
With a Supreme Court seat currently on the line, there’s no better time to understand the role of America’s highest court. This hour-long discussion hosted by Active Minds, an organization that hosts programs to promote the lifelong learning of seniors and adults, will explore the court’s current dynamics and charged circumstances surrounding both present and future nominations. You’ll learn about past confirmations and what they reveal about the intricate process for filling vacancies for one of the nation’s most important positions. Sat 1-2 p.m.
Colorado duo Pandas & People bring their high-energy alt-folk to Denver for this one-night-only show. Voted “Best New Artist” by The Colorado Sound, the pair first linked up in basement in 2013. Since then, they have released a self-titled debut and the single “On My Way” and have opened for acts such as The Doobie Brothers and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The band’s full-length studio album is scheduled for release in 2017. Sat. 8 p.m.
Wesley Eisold has been a propelling force in the electronic darkwave niche since he first started using this moniker in 2007. Although he’s partnered with several collaborators over the years, Eisold remains the all-black heart of his synth-laden, harsh-romantic sound. Sample his latest single, “The Idea of Love,” and you’ll be transfixed by the dark underbelly of his modern synthpop melodies. Sat 9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Mara McKevitt
This winter fun-run sends participants on a 5K course around Washington Park, with the top male and female winners in each age group receiving a medal. Complimentary hot chocolate will be on offer for those needing a post-run pick-me-up. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run, which helps girls ages 8-13 learn life skills through active and engaging programs, and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life for those living with Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.
With groups of up to 14 members, this tasty three-hour tour offers an intimate look at five culinary destinations within walking distance of each other. While restaurants and meal options change with each trip, expect to be wooed by local favorites such as pretzel and Guinness sausage kabobs from Jack Quinn's and creamy lobster chowder from Bonny and Read. Sun 1-5 p.m.
The Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center’s Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe will show all ages how to celebrate the Year of the Rooster with this colorful performance featuring a breakdown of traditional Chinese dances. Your whole family will leave knowing why the Chinese view dragons as symbols of good luck, power, and dignity for every new year. Sun 1:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Lone Tree Arts Center
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commissions “Marade” (a combination of a march and a parade), will celebrate the life and work of one of the world’s most outstanding civil activists. Beginning in City Park, the “marade” will proceed to the State Capitol grounds before finishing in Civic Center Park. Commemorate the national holiday honoring an American hero by participating—or watching—as the procession winds its way along the roughly-three-mile-route. Mon 10:45 a.m.
Hooting and hollering are required at this downhill ski race, which coincides with the National Western Stock Show and sees professional bull riders step out of their comfort zones to slide and glide down Stampede Trail at Steamboat Resort. Spectators should keep their eyes peeled for any potential nominees for the “Best Crash” award. Evening festivities include an awards banquet, live music, and beers from New Belgium Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, and Goose Island Beer Company. Mon 1 p.m.
Children and their grown-ups can channel their inner Einsteins as they explore the science of circuits using hands-on exercises that demonstrate the ways electricity is constantly flowing around us and within us. Participants will use play-dough as a conductor to create a piece of technology called a Makey Makey, which turns everyday objects into sources of electricity with the help of circuits and batteries. After that, they’ll learn more about circuits each playing music on a digital piano. Mon 2 p.m.
Catch best-selling author Azar Nafisi as she reads an excerpt from her-most recent work, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, which examines the importance of fiction in contemporary American culture. Stick around after the reading for a book signing and to hear Nafisi discuss both this and her previous novel, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Tue 6 p.m.
Filmmaker Dennis Burkhart guides this visual journey through some of our nation’s most beautiful sanctuaries and greatest treasures: the national parks. Explore these essential hubs of ecological diversity and uncover the history and efforts of the people responsible for preserving natural wonders like the Florida Everglades, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Colorado high-country. This is your rare, inside look at the structures and terrain that make America’s land varied and stunning. Wed 10:30 a.m.
Join editors Peter Bergman and Zoe Larkins, plus chapter authors Jared Jacang and Heather Link-Bergman, for a book release, reading, and artists’ talk about the goofy 21-years of anthology of Denver’s Institute of Sociometry, a prank-art and activist-art collective. The book, handbound with Japanese stitching and featuring a crimson letterpress cover and 130 pages of boisterous fun and art intervention, will be available for purchase. Wed 7 p.m.
Electro-house DJ Deorro started making music in his teens. Now, he’s among Spotify’s top streaming electronic artists. The Los Angeles native has produced hits with Chris Brown and fellow EDM mix masters Steve Aoki and Diplo. He brings his beats to the Mile High City as one of the first stops on his Panda Funk tour. Wed 9 p.m.
Although this culinary weekend offers numerous food-related activities, such as snowshoeing and a gourmet lunch, they're all just a lead-up to the main epicurean event: the grand tasting. Celebrity guest chefs Hugh Acheson, Gabriel Kreuther, and Suzanne Tracht will collaborate with some of the best chefs in Beaver Creek to create the ultimate tasting experience. Expect a full bar, delicious bites, and live music. Thu-Sun, times vary.
The most exciting part of this four-day mountain getaway isn't the slew of renowned guest chefs (including Tobie Pottuck from Melbourne, Australia and Gabriel Kreuther from New York City), interactive cooking demonstrations, or hand-selected wines—it's the fact that you can customize your experience. With multiple events per day—including a Snowshoe and Gourmet Lunch, grand tasting, and a Mules and Manhattans soiree—you'll be sure to find something tailored to your taste. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Consider the importance of versatility and the interplay between photography and film at this showcase of 13 artists who work in both mediums. Dana Forsberg’s photos and 12-minute video document life on an organic farm in Hawaii, while more conceptual photo and art pairings examine the phenomenon of modern development. Western expansion is seen through a train ride across the U.S. and the enduring challenges of womanhood are shown through high heels filled with jello.
You may know how to ride your two-wheeled steed, but this hands-on class will show you how to repair it. Knowledgeable bike technicians from Campus Cycles will take cyclists through the basics of bike repair, including how to fix a flat tire and how to lube the chain, plus they’ll explain the fundamental construction of different types of bicycles (attendees will bring in their own). Thu 6-8 p.m.
As part of the Wine and Foods with Local Chefs series, join chef Erick Skokan of Black Cat Farm Bistro as he prepares a decadent five-course meal paired neatly with BookCliff Vineyards wines. The menu includes country pork pate with a 2016 Viognier, mulefoot pork with a 2015 malbec, and chocolate dacquoise served with a port-style 2013 Souzao. Thu 6 p.m.
Celebrate legendary Colorado artist Kim Dickey’s solo exhibition (and the release of her catalogue), at this conversation with curator Nora Burnett Abrams. The exhibit showcases the intricate floral ceramics for which Dickey is best known (including her expansive Parterre sculpture comprised of 12,000 individually crafted ceramic flowers), plus work in other media ranging from textiles to photography. Thu 7 p.m.
Calling all ice hounds: this festival is for you. Three days of competitive ice climbing, clinics, and gear from big-name brands including The North Face await at Ouray Ice Park. Two races, the Elite Mixed Climbing Competition and the Hari Berger Speed Climbing Competition, are sure to keep spectators and participants alike entertained. Thu 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Lauded as the “Ben Stiller of France,” this international comedian, who speaks French, Moroccan, Arabic, Hebrew, and English, delights audiences all over the world with his stand-up routines. You might have seen him on the big screen in films such as Midnight in Paris and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, but now’s your chance to see him in the flesh as he’s bringing his brand of physical-and-observational-style standup to the Centennial State on a month-long tour of the U.S.
Formerly a member of the Grammy-winning folk duo The Civil Wars, White is embarking on a tour to promote his recent album, Beulah
This two-day workshop provides experienced skiers an opportunity to sharpen their skills, while beginners will appreciate the small-group setting that allows for in-depth sessions with instructors from the U.S. Skimo Team. Not all the learning will take place on the mountain, as Roanne Houck, creator of Aclimate sports drink, will lead a session on nutrition and hydration tips, and participants can cap off each day with a cold beer from Upslope Brewing Company. Fri 7:30 a.m.
Discover what life is like for identical twins through Michele Wysocki’s intriguing photography exhibition, inspired by her own experience as a twin. Using techniques that degrade the photographs, such as drawing, tying in family photos and excerpts from intricate journals, genetic codes, and science studies, Wysocki explores the ways in which life and science unties the bond of twinship in her vintage-esque work. Fri 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
The year's first exhibition in the Clyfford Still Museum's ongoing Artists Select series, which invites artists from different disciplines to organize an exhibition from the museum’s vast holdings of Still’s works, will provide an opportunity to view nearly 20 works by Still that have never before been on public display. Julian Schnabel, who met Still in 1977, curates the exhibit consisting of 60 of Still's mature, abstract works and reverses the order in which visitors typically navigate the museum's galleries. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Redline Gallery's resident artists have looked inwards to create pieces that address the motivations sustaining their studio practices. Tasked with examining what it means to be a working artist in the modern economy, the artists have created works ranging from reflections of one LGBTQ artist at her male-dominated day job to an installation featuring Gagger Counters, instruments used to detect radioactive material which have become symbolic of one artist’s feelings about her own mortality following a major injury.
For the last 71 years, this Denver landmark has admitted a special guest into its luxury formal room to celebrate the National Western Stock Show: the competition’s Grand Champion Reserve Steer. So seize the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea and pose for a photo with the star of the Stock Show in a, well, unusual setting for barnyard friends.
For this intimate exhibition, New York and Boston-based photographers Allison Wade, Laura Beth Reese, Maureen Drennan, and Matthew Swarts turned their lenses on one of the most universal yet deeply personal aspects of our lives: romantic relationships. The photographs document the beginnings and endings of relationships as well as the phases in between, all the while unflinchingly examining the feelings of isolation that can permeate contemporary relationships. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.
Experience Native American culture like nowhere else in Colorado during this three-day event featuring musicians, dancers, artists, performers, craftsmen and more. Hear music from popular Native American musical group Brulé, witness the transfixing performance of mystical dance group Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, and meet some your favorite Native American actors. The weekend will also offer a vast array of Indian jewelry and pottery, as well as the chance to try delicious Indian and Southwest cuisine including Indian Tacos and Blue Corn Enchiladas.
If you’re a thrillseeker (or just looking to try something new), come to Castle Pine Library’s weekend event full of interesting and obscure activities. This convention-style gathering will see passionate local experts delivering presentations on everything from how to roll sushi to how to make your own board game. There’s even a session on the basics of coding. Fri 3-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m.
2017 will be a year of American transition, and what better way to approach that transition than with love? To ring in the new presidency, this blowout will incorporate music, food, drinks, community and discussion to begin a new era with friendship and empathy. Whether you wish to discuss what's on your mind and promote awareness or listen and connect with your fellow Coloradans, spending Inauguration Day at this positive gathering is sure to be productive and unifying.
Groundbreaking curator Di Xiao Wei comes to the Rockies for this transnational show. Wei will display his own paintings alongside those of artists discovered by his Art Gangster Club, an online community that seeks to make art curation in China more accessible. The collaborative exhibit, done in exchange with Denver-based artists' collective Hyperlink brings cutting-edge works from Beijing to Denver and from Denver to Beijing, giving both communities an intimate look at fresh talent from art communities usually separated by tens of thousands of miles. Fri 6-9 p.m.
Heather Mullins, the founder of Relevant Reuse, which fashions handmade products out of reused and recycled materials, will take you through a two-hour workshop during which you'll craft your own reclaimed wood serving board. Get your hands dirty with bandsaw and sander (instruction will be provided), and walk away with a homemade artisanal piece that'll add flair to your collection of kitchen appliances. Fri 7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Shea Hennesy
Round up your youngest cowboys and girls for a morning of Wild West-themed exploration. You and your kids can build up an appetite during free play throughout the museum before digging into a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits, and gravy provided by Strawberries Catering. Finish off the morning by making “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters and other Western souvenirs to take home. Sat 8 a.m.
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Respected University of Colorado professor James Thompson invites students in grades first through tenth to examine clashes between superheroes and villains as seen through the laws of physics. This one-hour program will string together dramatic demonstrations and experiments to explore how the principles in physics can be applied to the ideas of good and evil. Come prepared to wax philosophical and exercise your mind. Sat 9:30 a.m.
Trade snowy slopes for sandy beaches and lush rainforests at this educational day in paradise. Your kiddos will get the chance to see live animals from tropical habitats and talk to real marine biologists from the Ocean First Institute about their favorite equatorial creatures. Then, they'll make tropics-themed crafts, such as a "beach in a jar" or an underwater watercolor, and enjoy hula dance lessons from the Kalama Polynesian Dancers. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of CU South Denver
Learn how to build and maintain relationships with integrity, responsibility, and open communication from an author with ten years of relationship coaching under her belt. Using methods pioneered by renowned authors Gary Chapman, Steve Harvey, Harville Hendrix, and Barbara DeAngelis, this writer and relationship expert knows just what you need to craft more fulfilling connections with your loved ones, and she’ll be sharing all her tips and tricks at this book signing that will include food and a cash bar.
Celebrate Denver Art Museum's Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit in the presence of quite a few local stars at this futuristic-themed soiree. In honor of the Denver Art Museum's young philanthropist group Culturehaus' 20th anniversary, its founder (and the Colorado governor) John Hickenlooper will give a speech to open the evening. Gallery-goers can expect to mingle with Culturehaus alums and plenty of Storm Troopers as the Denver Young Artists Orchestra performs songs from the Star Wars movie score. Bonus: Suggested attire is intergalactic cocktail.
Take in sensuous flamenco dancing at this evening with one of the nation’s top flamenco and Spanish dance companies. If the colorful costumes and hypnotizing Andalusian folk music aren’t enough to get you on your feet, the rhythmic guitar, hand clapping, and finger snapping should do the trick. Be dazzled by the glamour and gusto of this Spanish dance, as the company’s co-founder and artistic director Carlota Santana leads his band of energetic dancers and musicians in a multicultural art form. Sat 7:30-10 p.m.
The Texas country rockers bring their red dirt covered cowboy boots to the Rockies for back-to-back Denver shows. Expect country radio favorites like “Wasn’t That Drunk” and “Amnesia"—cuts from the album Front Row Seat, which was inspired by frontman Abbot’s divorce. Fri 8 p.m.
Swing, step, and slide your way around Dry Dock Brewing Company with professionals from The Ladies & Gentlemen dance troupe. After receiving a free swing dance lesson at the beginning of the evening, enjoy live jazz music by La Pompe Jazz band, sip brews and cocktails from the cash bar, and shop your way around wares from vendors including Knotty But Nice Ties and Goorin Brothers hat shop. Sat 8:30 p.m.
This beginner’s self-defense class will teach women how to effectively protect themselves in dangerous situations. Taught by amateur mixed martial arts athletes and TITLE trainers Samantha Gilliand and Alyssa Hochfelder, each student will be taught situational awareness, evasion tactics, and how to throw punches. All proceeds benefit the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center, which provides sexual assault prevention education to youths and direct services to victims of sexual assault. Sun 1-3 p.m.
At this free event, acclaimed and prolific historical fiction author Sandra Dallas will discuss both her inspiration for and the plot of her riveting murder novel, The Last Midwife. Set in the Centennial State in the late 1880s.
These former New Yorkers traded the gritty East Coast city for the clean air and rolling mountain views of Colorado—a sans-regret move they address on their latest EP, Half Empty Rooms. Enjoy the soothing vocals of Anna Morsett and the doting guitar lines of Jacob Miller, the band’s two cornerstone members. Keep an ear open for new tracks off their upcoming second studio album. Tue 7 p.m.
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Creating a four-course meal focused on the culinary stylings of Rome will have you feeling like a natural Italian. Prepare for an in-depth learning experience as a Cook Street School of Culinary Arts chef walks you through wine pairings for each course. You’ll leave knowing how to make pasta all'amatriciana, Roman-style hot house lamb, fried artichoke wedges, and a ricotta tart with lemon curd. Wed 6-9:30 p.m.
After a summer of headlining festivals around the world, the Southern indie-turned-radio-rockers Kings of Leon released their seventh studio album, WALLS, an acronym for We Are Like Love Songs. These catchy arena singalongs follow the classic rock arc with a few sonic diversions in funk and drum-machine percussion. The more avant-garde tunes will be covered by the Atlanta-based, ambient punk group Deerhunter, which will perform tracks off its 2015 album, Fading Frontier. Wed 8 p.m.
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STEM-based learning doesn’t have to stop outside the classroom. This afterschool program will teach children ages 8 and older how to dissect an owl pellet and identify the many fragmented bones found inside. Your young scientists can then reassemble those animal skeletons. Thu 4 p.m.
Tour the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center’s collections at the last of the center’s modernism-focused Learn to Look events. Architectural consultant Chuck Benson will address timely trends in architecture and design as he introduces you to the work of Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Tadao Ando, and other major late modern architects. The session will focus on the movement's tendency toward "Mega-Skyscrapers," as well as Art-Science Construction around the world. Thu 5-7 p.m.
In this all-ages show, witness comedian and magician Michael Carbonaro’s fantastic mastery of illusion and sleight of hand. The star of truTV’s “The Carbonaro Effect” will make you believe the unbelievable as he offers up his trademark mash-up of weird antics, side-splitting video clips, and earth-shattering magic. The show is sure to leave you eager for more of what this Academy of Magical Arts Magician of the Year has up his sleeve. Thu 7:30 p.m.
The Sinfonietta, a small selection of Arapahoe Philharmonic musicians, invites listeners to experience an evening of soaring classical masterpieces. Joined by concertmaster Tracy LaGuardia and violist Heidi Snyder, the chamber orchestra will perform Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major. Arrive early at 6:45 p.m. for a pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Spend your day engaging in titillating discussion with a diverse group of your favorite writers (and readers) during this major book event. Esteemed authors Richard Russo, Eleanor Brown, Kevin Wilson, and Brunonia Barry will be on hand to connect with readers as they discuss their books, the process of writing, and the state of the publishing industry. Attendees will be informed and intrigued by their favorite storytellers during this annual all-day event, which includes an afternoon reception and various book signings. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get the full experience of this beloved Disney classic by attending not only the live musical production, but also an interactive pre-show program. Fans of beauty and her beast can meet the costumed characters, create tissue-paper roses and cardboard shields, and feast on a movie-themed spread provided by A Wild Thyme. Bonus: all participants are automatically entered to win a stuffed plush Beast doll, the 25th anniversary DVD release of Beauty and the Beast, and a cast-autographed poster. Sun noon.
Experience the vibrant culture of a bustling Chinese night market during this non-traditional fundraising event. Enjoy a night of exciting entertainment featuring aerialists, stilt-walkers, and buskers before you hit the karaoke stage and let it all out. Sample the The Seattle Fish Company’s tasting stations as you grab dinner from Fish N' Beer, Lucky Cat, or one of the other many restaurants on hand. Pick up a live painting from a Chinese calligrapher or get your fortune read by an authentic Chinese soothsayer.
Whether through their remixes or original tracks, this duo from London knows how to set the standard for intelligent dance music. Andy Turner and Ed Handley have been collaborating since 1991, and their ninth studio album, The Digging Remedy, continues their trademark warm and playful tone. Before you go, check out the interactive website for the album co-created with digital artist Cabbibo at thediggingremedy.com. Sat 9 p.m.
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Teams of seven compete head-to-head in a race that pays homage to John Fremont, an explorer and general in the Union Army, who in 1849 led an expedition along the Rio Grande in which 12 of his members died. Four team members will be tasked with carrying two “bodies,” while the seventh member, will recreate the actions of Fremont party member Alexis Godey by racing ahead to secure “provisions” (i.e. graham crackers) for the rest of the group.
Aspiring space explorers ages 8 and older can get a taste of the astronaut life with this immersive five-day training program run by Challenger Learning Center of Colorado. Each afterschool workshop will teach a STEM-related task, such as coordinate mapping, table reading, and supply distribution, as well as important facts about our solar system. Campers will put their skills to the test on the final day with a mission to save a wayward spaceship. Mon-Fri 3:30-6 p.m.