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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Women & Whiskey Tasting Series

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 9:30am

This three-part tasting series on July 1, July 29, and August 26 brings female whiskey drinkers of all persuasions together for small bites and robust flavors. Although the sessions will highlight a rotating roster of whiskeys from around the world, the first will feature Colorado-distilled whiskies paired with various fruits, including Downslope Double Diamond with berries, Dancing Pines Bourbon with pomaceous fruits like apples, and Breckenridge Bourbon with stone fruits such as peaches. Wed 7 p.m. 

Image courtesy of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Wanderlust Festival

Submitted by Photo Intern on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 1:04pm

Relax, reflect, and bask in the natural beauty of the Western Slope, as the world's largest yoga lifestyle festival descends on Snowmass Village. The four-day event caters to both experienced yogis and beginners with an array of classes and experiences as well as guided adventures like trail running, stand-up paddleboarding, slack lining, or mountaintop meditation.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Aspen Music Festival and School

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:42pm

Considered among the world’s premier classical music festivals, the Aspen Music Festival and School combines performance and education for young adults over the course of an eight-week summer program. With about 130 artist-faculty members and more than 600 students, the 300 events—from solo and chamber music performances to fully staged opera productions—draw around 70,000 audience members. Now in its 67th season, the AMFS concerts will include performances by virtuosos Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsailis, and Vijay Iyer, to name a few. Thu 3:30 p.m.-Sun 4 p.m.

Four Mile Park Independence Day Celebration

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 5:08pm

In lieu of staking out on a sidewalk for hours to see a fireworks show, head to Four Mile Park where there's plenty of room for all at this Independence Day celebration. Kids can pan for gold, try their hand (or rather, foot) at stilts, and test their strength at tug-o-war. Historical demonstrations of blacksmiths and home cooks will also take place. Once fireworks are lighting up the sky, Denver Concert Band will playing patriotic tunes to cap off the evening. Thu 5-10 p.m.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:42pm

Join in this three-day celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts that has historically drawn more than a quarter of a million people. View artwork by artists such as Adam Crowell and Youngjoo Yoo, enjoy musical and acrobatic performances by performers such as Venus Cruz and Zuzu African Acrobats, sample food from 18 Denver eateries such as Alpine Sausage Company and Little India, and even join in interactive activities on Artivity Avenue, a block featuring an "imagination collaboration" mural and a creation station for children.

Stars & Stripes Express Fest

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 6:29pm

Celebrate the nation's birthday at one of Denver's most storied buildings (Union Station). Kick off the weekend’s festivities with live music by bands including Dixieland Express, the Train45 Bluegrass Band, and Denver-based dance band Phat Daddy. Enjoy the live music all day, while quenching your thirst with all day specials from the Terminal Bar and frozen treats from the Milkbox Creamery. Fri 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Ellen Jaskol 

Anger Management

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:59pm

After Jeremy Fish’s doctors operated on a large aneurysm in his brain, they told the Bay Area screen printer to minimize the stress in his life. The graphic artist's first post-surgery exhibition explores how to control aggravation, and includes 20 new brain-shaped animal paintings and drawings along with a Colorado-inspired limited edition print. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-noon.

Zac Brown Band

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:35pm

Three-time Grammy Award winner Zac Brown Band's country-pop hits have made the group a mainstay on radio stations across the country. Led by singer-songwriter, producer, record label head, and philanthropist Zac Brown, the group creates quality tunes that transcend any one genre—incorporating elements of reggae, rock, jam and folk—which means the octet attracts hippies and hardcore country fans alike.

Firecrackers and Flapjacks 4 Mile

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:27pm

Celebrate your own community along with the nation as a whole with this four-mile race on the Fourth of July. The flat course follows Northglenn's High Line Canal Trail and ends at the lake in EB Rains Park. Don’t miss out on the post-race pancake breakfast before the overall male and female winners receive gift certificates for free shoes at Road Runner Sports. Proceeds benefit the Northglenn Community Foundation's Water Assistance Program, which helps residents whose water and trash services are in danger of being discontinued. Sat 7:30 a.m.

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:06pm

Harken back to a simpler time with this Fort Collins Fourth of July celebration. It’s as if the Avery family (who helped settle the city) were hosting a lawn party in the 1800s, complete with Victorian-era games like croquet, checkers, and giant tic-tac-toe. Historic characters such as Uncle Sam and Fort Collins founder Auntie Stone help set the century-old scene along with 25-cent trinkets and traditional snacks of popcorn and lemonade. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Arvada Independence Day Celebration

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:04pm

Salute American independence with this outdoor Arvada bash. Apex Parks and Rec and KOOL105 will offer live entertainment. Leave your pooch at home, but bring along the propane grill for burgers and dogs done just the way you like ‘em. Not a grill master? The city also offers a variety of barbecue fare for those who still want to snack before the requisite fireworks display at the end of the night. Sat 4 p.m.

The Colorado Symphony's Family Friendly Fourth of July

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:42pm

Kids' eyes will sparkle as they watch the fireworks at this outdoor symphony show. Both you and your child should be able to recognize the contemporary scores from Frozen, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Pixar movies that are synchronized with the explosions of color. The symphony will also play Fourth of July ballads, such as Overture of 1812 and God Bless America. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 6:11pm

Comparable to the renowned New York Philharmonic, the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra has brought the genre to new heights under the leadership of nine time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis. This mountain performance—a part of the Breckenridge Music Festival's Blue River series—features Marsalis and an ensemble of 15 extraordinary musicians, who will play rare commissioned works as well as pieces initially composed or arranged by by jazz legends such as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk.

Urban Ranchers Day Camp

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:57pm

Does your child have what it takes to be a farmer? Test out their skills with this camp that exposes them to life on a ranch. Kids ages eight to 13 will handle and care for their own goat or sheep while learning about the other animals on the ranch, including chickens, cows, horses, and llamas. They'll also have the chance to try fruits and veggies fresh from the fields and make crafts featuring their favorite farm animal. At the end of the week, the families of all campers are invited for a show, in which your little herder will show his animal with the help of local 4-H leaders.

Strider Camp

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:08pm

Your tyke (ages two to four) can build a solid foundation of balance at this four day biking session. For 45 minutes each day, instructors will school the kids in propelling themselves using their feet and going downhill. Parents are encouraged to stay by their child's side so they can reinforce the lessons at home. On the last day, campers will take to an obstacle course to demonstrate what they learned, proving that all any kid needs is a little push (literally). Mon-Fri 9:15-10 a.m.

Good Ole Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 9:35am

This old-fashioned community gathering features ice cream made from scratch and a dazzling array of fruit desserts from home bakers entering the pie competition. Buy a scoop of ice cream for $1 or a slice of pie for $2, then enjoy a musical performance from Little London Winds, a local wind ensemble that plays everything from classical favorites to contemporary pieces. Mon 5-8 p.m.

Emerging Voices

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 9:35am

Cath the work of local, up-and-coming directors in this monthlong series. By helping novices through the process of recruiting a production team, casting a show, and creating a vision, the program helps emerging directors produce shows in a professional theater setting with mentorship from industry veterans. Catch a new performance each week starting with the Pillowman on July 6, which centers on a writer living under a totalitarian regime who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. Mon-Wed 7:30 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Back to the Real

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:02pm

Reacting to 21st-century information overload, the artists in this exhibition create work by experimenting with analog processes, like chemically treating photo paper (Mariah Robertson) or layering textiles (Lauren Luloff). With additional paintings, photography, and sculpture by artists Analia Saban, Tim Hawkinson, and Bart Exposito, this exhibition begs us to slow down and remember the deliberate practices that were once common in the creative sphere. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.

Sci-Fi Film Series: Snowpiercer

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:21pm

The Denver Film Society and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science co-present this science fiction thriller from director Bong Joon Ho. A botched climate change experiment has wiped out the majority of the earth's population, causing the survivors to board a perpetual-motion train that traverses the globe. Earth scientist James Hagadorn will make an appearance to explain the scientific logic and factual probability of the events in the film. Wed 7 p.m.

Brian Wilson

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 7:19am

Arguably a musical genius, Beach Boys vocalist and co-founder Brian Wilson hits Denver hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed biopic Love & Mercy, which relates the story of Wilson's life. Expect to hear a mix of classic tunes (Wilson is joined by fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin) and some of the Grammy Award-winning producer’s original compositions. American folk artist and subject of the Oscar Award-winning documentary Sugar Man Rodriguez opens the show.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Women Powering Change

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 9:51am

Join more than 1,000 women from 100 different organizations for one day of idea-swapping, collaboration, and social change. Colorado’s innovative female trailblazers unite for an inspirational evening led by human rights activists, environmentalists, and leaders in social justice. With an open forum of influential exhibitors like Athena Project, Denver Women’s Commission, and Women’s Homelessness Initiative, the event will also feature philanthropist and Women’s Foundation of Colorado co-founder Swanee Hunt. Thu 4-7 p.m.

Image courtesy of Women Powering Change

Mixed Taste: Drinking Water & Miles Davis

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:51pm

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about drinking water, and then Miles Davis? But actually, this pair of lectures joins two unrelated topics (drinking water and Miles Davis), and each speaker has 20 minutes to impart their knowledge. A Q&A on both topics follows the lectures, durinng which questions that connect the topics are strictly prohibited. The format is unorthodox, just like jazz music and coagulation water treatment science. Thu 7 p.m.

Colorado Burlesque Festival

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:32pm

Burlesque gets a facelift from these dancers, who focus less on the "strip" and more on the "tease" part of their profession. Shimmy and shake your way to this year's sparkly festival, featuring headliners Midnight Martini, Kitten & Lou, Russell Bruner, Tiffany Carter, and Gail Winns. Don’t miss this wild assortment of glitzy movers and shakers, plus vaudeville, variety, and circus acts. Thu-Sat, times vary.

Jeff Foxworthy

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:33pm

Mustachioed stand-up comedian and self-proclaimed hick Jeff Foxworthy will explore family life and human nature in this one-night-only show. He's the best-selling comedy recording artist in history, has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, and has authored 11 books. Expect to hear a couple of Foxworthy's famous redneck one-liners—"If you have a complete set of salad bowls, and they all say 'Cool Whip’ on the side, you might be a redneck.” Sat 8 p.m.

The Brothers Size

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:28pm

The second installment of the Brother/Sister Plays trilogy, this lyrical drama unfolds in the Louisiana bayou as brothers Ogun and Oshooshi Size navigate familial relationships and the meaning of freedom. Oshooshi is lured into a manipulative friendship with a former prison mate that threatens his already strained relationship with his brother. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

The Power of Poison

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:07pm

Was Snow White’s poisonous apple created through a scientific process or a magical spell? Get closer to solving this mystery by delving into the history of poison and its role in nature, health, scandal, and myth. Explore the toxic flora and fauna of Colombia’s forests, hear famous legends of dramatic deaths by poison, and even glimpse live animals with deadly defense mechanisms of their own. Daily, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Strange Dirt

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:27pm

Denver-based artist Marsha’s ink-on-paper drawings and fabric designs are at once an homage to the botanical and celebration of the symmetrical. Her unique works, which draw inspiration from nature and Native American art, incorporate striking patterns and grid-like lines to conjure strong, joyful emotions. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Denver Biergarten Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:44am

This family-friendly cultural celebration features three days of German food, beer, music, and dance. Enjoy wiener schnitzel and a bratwurst alongside a pint of Paulaner, then take in an authentic performance from a local Bavarian dance troupe or watch the bratwurst-eating contest. Don't miss the all-you-can-eat German frühschoppen (brunch) on Sunday morning. Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Colorado Black Arts Festival

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:03pm

This three-day festival will celebrate the rich art and culture that finds its origins in the African diaspora. The main stage will feature blues, rhythm, and jazz acts such as Larry Copland Latin Jazz and Sheryl Renee—with another stage dedicated to gospel music acts such as Denver's F. Cosmo Harris. Established and emerging African-American artists will showcase their works, alongside a drum and drill team exhibition.

Nothing Belongs to Us

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:36pm

The word “now” commands an air of immediacy, but five artists have created works to remind us that our “now” is built upon centuries of history. Artists such as Jessica Angel and Chris Bagley have employed various mediums and methods—including scratchboard, interactive videos, and ink on Plexiglas—to create works that reflect on the past's continued influence. The exhibit coincides with and is inspired by the Biennial of the Americas, which seeks to unite the business and cultural interests in the Americas. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands, & Brews

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:58am

This all-American celebration features saucy barbecue, plenty of suds, and a different live band every hour. Dig into ribs, pulled pork, and smoked chicken from carnivore havens like Hog Wild BBQ, Rat's Wood Schack BBQ, and Bonnie Q BBQ. Then, wash down the 'cue with beers from New Belgium Brewing Company and Blue Moon Brewing Company as you listen to the sounds of Soul School's golden oldies and classic rock or the Bakersfield Band's honky tonk country. Proceeds benefit several local charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County. Fri 3-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Tiki Pig Roast

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:37pm

Little known fact: July 10 is National Piña Colada day. Get in the island state of mind at Adrift Tiki Bar's pig roast party. Attendees can sip tropical cocktails (including a killer piña colada, of course) featuring Don Q rums and enjoy festive tiki music and a sultry atmosphere. Once they've worked up an appetite, guests can dig into tender pork and classic cookout sides prepared by Adrift's kitchen. Fri 5-11 p.m.

PawsCo Dog Days of Summer Fund-Raiser

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:08pm

Man’s best friend could use a hand—er, paw, sometimes—and this fund-raiser is here to help. Guests can bid on auction items like a pet massage and pet psychic sessions, and enjoy two cocktails on the house (a 20-pound pet food donation earns an extra drink ticket). Brush up on your carnival skills for the wine toss, a boozy twist on the classic ring toss game with the chance to win a bottle of your own. Proceeds benefit PawsCo's animal rescue, pet food donation, and spaying and neutering initiatives. Fri 7-11 p.m.

Christmas in July: Christmas Vacation

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:35pm

Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) may have failed to deliver the best Christmas ever (doesn't he always?), but this festive screening will have you longing for December. In the seventh and final iteration of the original National Lampoon series, the perpetually-cursed-yet-perplexingly-persistent Griswold family attempts to host a Christmas party. We won't give away the ending, but you'll feel like you're at the shindig with them, courtesy of the FilmCenter's virtual yule log and charity toy drive at the screening. Fri 7 p.m.

Colin Jost

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 1:25pm

This is your chance to catch Saturday Night Live writer and actor Colin Jost's award-winning jokes in person. Jost has been cracking America up since he started as an SNL writer in 2005, and audiences love the wry sense of humor he brings as a co-anchor on "Weekend Update." His stand-up performances feature irreverent musings on quirky family members, Facebook, and modern life. Sat-Sun 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

Always a Bridesmaid

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:37pm

At senior prom, four friends promise to be in each other's weddings, no matter what. Thirty years later, these bosom buddies don hideous dresses, determined to honor that vow. Hop on this marriage-go-round to discover that unceremonious brawls, absentee brides, and even doves released on the first day of hunting season (oops) can’t ruin a true friendship. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Forbidden Broadway!

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:33am

Whether you're a longtime musical theater junky or a curious newbie, you’ll enjoy this long-running hit that pays loving (and hilarious) tribute to some of Broadway’s greatest stars and songwriters. The musical roast has earned nine Drama Desk Awards, a Special Tony Award, and other honors for its outrageous costumes, humorous rewrites of famed musical numbers, and dead-on impressions. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. 

Swipe Right: It's a Sketch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:59pm

The Bovine Metropolis' summer sketch show takes its inspiration from the usually lousy, sometimes romantic, and often-comical world of the popular dating app, Tinder. Its seasoned improv crew is sure to have you laughing as its members portray the pitfalls of modern courtship. The humorous scenarios are filled with references to emojis, farm-to-table eateries, and the awkwardness of meeting a love interest online. Fri 8 p.m.

Tour De Ladies

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:24pm

Celebrate the empowerment of women with this ladies-only bike ride. The non-competitive race offers two route options—30 or 62.5 miles—to fit each cyclist’s tastes, and is fully supported with SAG (support and gear) trucks along most of the trail. Proceeds benefit the Crisis Center, which supports victims of domestic abuse. Sat 6:30 a.m.

Hunger Games Day

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 7:43am

Experience a full day training Katniss-style to improve your survival skills between showings of the Hunger Games trilogy. (The fourth film premieres in theaters in November). Young warriors ages eight and up can try their hands at archery, self-defense, and celestial navigation. Costumes are encouraged—but leave the bow and arrow at home. Sat 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Courtesy of Kendra Miller/Flickr

Big Dog Brag

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:44am

Breaking news: Jumping in puddles isn’t just for kids anymore. This family-friendly mud run offers two sloppy courses for the whole clan. Athletically inclined participants ages 13 and up can test their skills on more than 25 obstacles in the 5K Big Dog Challenge. Meanwhile, those looking for more “mud” than “run” in their race can slip, slide, and splash their way through the 2K Little Dog Run, open to ages five and up. Proceeds benefit Angels of America’s Fallen, a nonprofit supporting the children of deceased military and first responders. Sat 8:30 a.m.

Mountain Bike Capital USA

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:30pm

This weekend is fit for a mountain biking newbie or for the avid competitor. With two days full of skill camps, bike tours, and a singletrack race, your legs are sure to get a workout. When you need to take a breather, listen to the tunes of live performances as part of Odell Brewing Co.’s Summer Concert Series. Sat-Sun, times vary.

A Summer of Travel

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:28pm

Take your palate on a journey around the globe in this summer series of cooking classes that focuses on six exotic locales. Highlighted regions include Côte d'Azur, Spain, Vineto, India, Thailand, and Germany, meaning participants could make dishes as diverse as Indian Bengali dal and French ratatouille. Each course offers a well-rounded look at a specific culture's cuisine, including everything from proteins to sauces. Bonus: Register for all six sessions, and you'll receive a 10 percent discount. Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Evening Ceremonies

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:19pm

Denver-based artist Caleb Hahne masterfully blends traditional techniques with technological methods. He creates digital collages with images from textbooks and magazines and then recreates the mash-ups by hand, using found paper and objects, graphite, pen, oil paint, and acetone. Inspired by adversity in his own life, Hahne’s new works are a meditation on the cerebral feeling of loss and the temporary nature of life. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

CitySolve Urban Race

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:51pm

Fancy yourself streetsmart? Prove it at this urban scavenger hunt race hybrid. Each set of participants will receive 10 clues, nine of which must be solved to complete the race. You'll trek around Denver via lightrail, bus, or any other mode of transportation you prefer. The whole adventure ends at Stoney's Bar and Grill; where the victor will receive $300 in cash, but there's plenty to go around with prizes for best race-related tweet and best costume. Sat 11 a.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Jul-IPA Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:14pm

Whether you prefer your IPAs fruity or piney, you're sure to discover a new favorite at this festival. Thirty breweries, including local stalwarts like Ska Brewing Company, the Post Brewing Company, and Left Hand Brewing Company, will pour samples of their hoppiest brews that are then paired with tasty eats from the West End Tavern and ’80s music from the Goonies band. Proceeds benefit Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, a nonprofit that advocates for victims of domestic violence. Sat noon-4 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:30pm

If the thought of cowboys and girls riding (or attempting to ride) angry bulls for hours on end makes you want to shout, "Yeehaw!", then this event might be for you. The Colorado Gay Rodeo Association is the oldest of 25 gay rodeo associations in the United States, and the competition is sanctioned and scored by the International Gay Rodeo Association. A Jonathan Wiley concert will follow the bucking festivities on Saturday, and a drag race, a barbecue dinner, and an awards ceremony will cap off the weekend on Sunday night. Sat 12 p.m.

—Image courtesy of John Hill

Berkeley Beer & Spirits Mini Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:56pm

Think of this event as Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market's booze-filled after party. After perusing vendors' booths at the market, hop across the street to Local 46's parking lot and sample a smattering of local craft brews and spirits. Taste offerings from Denver's finest, including Ratio Beerworks, Laws Whiskey House, and Leopold Bros., then grab some gourmet paleo barbecue from CavemanChefs' outdoor grilling station. Proceeds benefit Tennyson Berkeley Business Association. Sat 2-6 p.m. 

Biennial Soccer Fest

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 2:52pm

Soccer is arguably the most popular sport in the world, so there's no better way to kick off (pun intended) the Biennial of the Americas than teaming up with the Colorado Rapids for an internationally themed festival. This cross-cultural jamboree includes a 5K walk or run, bites from food trucks like A Taste of the Philippines and Baba's Falafel, and a performance by seven-piece hip-hop group Debajao del Agua, which consists of musicians hailing from Chile, Peru, France, and more. Did we mention that fútbol was a part of the celebration?

Sweeney Todd

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:57pm

This notorious tale follows the violent exploits of a barber hell-bent on revenge against anyone who gets in his way. Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, returns to Victorian London after a 15-year sentence to a penal colony by a judge who vowed to steal his wife. Upon his return, Todd establishes a symbiotic relationship with a meat pie shop owner in which he rents her upstairs apartment and she disposes of his victims in a most unorthodox manner. Wed, Fri 7 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1, 7 p.m.

Alliance Française Soiree d'Été Benefit

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:12pm

This French fête offers authentic Parisian hors d’oeuvres and other tastes from the City of Love in honor of Bastille Day, a celebration of the French Revolution. Munch on food from La Cour Bistro, La Cave, and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts paired with Louis Jadot and Gloria Ferrer wines. Cap off the European experience with a wine and cheese tasting courtesy of Republic National Distributing Company and Whole Foods Cherry Creek. Serious francophiles can purchase raffle tickets for a trip to Paris package, including airfare and French lessons from Alliance Française.

Lake Street Dive

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:41pm

Soulful vocalist Rachael Price fronts Lake Street Dive, carrying the room with a swagger that’s sure to make the uninitiated swoon. The quartet formed at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2004, and as such, all members write and perform in a precise, well-practiced style. The group is charmingly retro, adding a jazzy flair to pop, rock, and R&B. Sat 8:30 p.m.

Triple Bypass

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:19pm

Get a triple bypass this weekend—without having a doc pluck bits of cheeseburger from your arteries. This 120-mile charity ride traverses the Juniper, Loveland, and Vail passes, for more than 10,000 feet of elevation gain. For extra calorie-scorching fun, attend the double triple bypass, which allows you to ride Saturday's section (which is sold out as an individual ride) as well as Sunday's, for a total of 240 miles (or about three days of the USA Pro Challenge).

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Implant

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:27am

Durango-born artist Marcela Armas creates a tangible and lasting connection between Colorado and Mexico in this geological art installation that's part of the Biennial of the Americas. Witness her process of extracting sample cores from the earth in downtown Denver and Mexico City; the fragments' contents will be analyzed by geologists and then exhibited in both cities. The samples will then trade places, with videographers documenting their travels and subsequent installation. Mon-Sun 5 a.m.-11 p.m.

The Avett Brothers and John Prine

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:44pm

This show will combine the modern alt-country stylings of Scott and Seth Avett with the old school, one-of-a-kind songwriting of folk legend John Prine. Prine’s songs—which Bob Dylan once called “Midwestern mind trips to the nth degree”—oscillate between humorous and melancholy lyrics, and have been covered by scores of notable musicians, including the Avetts themselves. The audience should expect some collaboration during this night of heartfelt, acoustic Americana. Sun 5:30 p.m.

Earth Treks Summer Camps

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 12:10pm

For kids with boundless energy and a love of the outdoors, this five-day rock climbing camp might be the perfect springboard for a new hobby. While the first two days focus on belay instructions, team building exercises, and a few more challenging indoor climbs, days three and four bring climbers into nature at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park. On their last day, campers will participate in a friendly Climbers’ Olympics to show off their new skills. Mon-Fri, times vary.

Gotta Move!

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:57am

Looking to channel your kid's creative energy into something better than banging on pots and pans? Parents of children ages two to seven can accompany their little musicians to this hands-on class, modeled after the “Music Together” movement that advocates for parent-child participation. A part of the Aspen Music Festival’s kids’ programming, the event attempts to inspire musical curiosity in the next generation—although parents might learn a thing or two as well. Mon 10:30 a.m.

Train and the Fray

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:43pm

During the late ’90s and early aughts, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing one of Train’s many singles, from “Meet Virginia” to “Drops of Jupiter.” Straddling the line between alternative rock and adult contemporary, Train continued making music and touring—although with fewer hits—releasing the poppy Bulletproof Picasso just last year. Denver-based pop-rock band the Fray is best known for its Grey’s Anatomy theme song, 2006’s “How to Save a Life,” although the group released its fourth studio album, Helios, last year. Sat 7 p.m.

Boz Scaggs

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:52pm

Singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs became famous for his early role in the Steve Miller Band, but it's his work as a solo artist that's sustained his career for the past four decades. Scaggs merges R&B with rock, and his latest album—A Skill to Care, released in March—garnered critical acclaim for its innovative covers and original material. Mon 8 p.m.

Biennial of the Americas

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:15pm

Every other year, Denver plays host to this festival celebrating the Americas—from Canada to Chile. This year’s theme, "Now!," puts the focus on what Americans can do to navigate politics, art, action, and more in a changing global environment. Check out the event-packed opening week (July 14-19), which includes a variety of art displays as well as performances by Black Violin and Ian Cooke. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock will host a mayoral forum of current and former leaders on Friday evening to discuss the impact of local leadership on international issues. Tue-Sun, times vary.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Strings Youth Concert

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:49am

If there were a hall of fame for the rock stars of kids’ music, Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet would be in it. Better known as eclectic folk-rock duet Trout Fishing In America, the songwriters have penned classics like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” and “When I Was a Dinosaur.” The whole family can enjoy these and other kid-friendly tunes in concert, and are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch to make an outing of it. Tue 11-11:45 a.m.

A Tea Party "Worth Melting For"

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:29pm

Your little princess’ dreams can come true when she’s cordially invited to an afternoon with Frozen royalty in a real castle. Kids will enjoy sugar cookies and lemonade while Elsa shares her favorite stories, then snap a photo with the frosty queen or ask how she manages her magical powers. Dressing up in ball gowns is encouraged for this special teatime session in the Veranda Tent overlooking the Rocky Mountains. Tue 1-3 p.m.

Tasty Colfax

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 9:51am

This restaurant and pub crawl gives participants the chance to taste bites from almost 20 eateries in the funky Bluebird District. Your ticket lets you sample everything from tacos at Mezcal Cafe to Southern eats at Denver Biscuit Company to American classics at Annie's Cafe and Bar. After you've stretched your legs and filled your stomach, head to the after party at the Park House Pub for discounted drink specials. Tue 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Biennial Pavilion Steam (STEM + ART) Day

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:24pm

Work your right and left brain at this interdisciplinary event. The morning kicks off with coffee and performance poetry before local experts, including Margaret Hunt, executive director of Colorado Creative Industries, and Rick Griffith, design director of Matter Media, discuss new developments at the intersection of science, technology, and art. Events include Spanish-language karaoke, a panel discussion of creative industries in Colorado, and a brainy happy hour with astronomy experts from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Regis University, and the University of Denver.

Pairsine: Chefs Fine Food and Beer Pairing Competition

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:01pm

This event for foodies combines award-winning beers with tasty culinary creations from 10 local chefs. Local talent like Michael Long of Le Central and Eli Odell from Highland Tap & Burger will vie for awards such as "best chef" and "most creative chef" from the professional judges while attendees sample 20 different food and beer pairings before voting for "the people's choice award."  A portion of the proceeds benefits There With Care, a nonprofit organization that provides essential services to families dealing with medical crises. Wed 6-9 p.m.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:59pm

Pianist Bruce Hornsby has garnered a lot of attention thanks to his years playing with the Grateful Dead, but don’t expect his work with the Noisemakers to be in the same vein. Although the experimentation and improvisation the Dead are known for undoubtedly serve as an influence, Hornsby’s relaxedand sometimes dreamyplaying and singing are at the forefront of this project. Incorporating bluegrass, country, pop, and jazz, Hornsby and the Noisemakers are known for putting on a joyful show packed with soul. Wed 6:30 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pam Fortner and Linda Gleitz

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:10pm

Pam Fortner’s solo exhibition Unfocused underscores her own indecisiveness when it comes to choice of medium. (She's worked with everything from Plexiglas to steel.) View her Plexiglas installation, paper dresses, paintings, and sculptural book art alongside Linda Gleitz’s ceramics, which provide social commentary on topics such as marriage equality, school shootings, and religion. Thu-Fri 1-4 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

John Buck

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:11am

The tension between civilization and decay as well as abundance and scarcity are just a few of the themes explored in John Buck's fantastical solo exhibition. The renowned sculptor creates intricate kinetic woodcarvings that explore the cultural heritage around his two homes in Montana and Hawaii. Along with the unique figures, Buck's medium and large-scale sculptural works, carved wood panels, and intricate woodblock rubbings and prints will also be on display at this one-of-a-kind spectacle. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 12-5 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Robischon Gallery

Veuve Clicquot Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 1:48pm

Don't miss this weekend of festive events as luxury champagne maker Veuve Clicquot, which is touring the country in a bright yellow truck, makes its stop in Colorado. Uncork the fun on Thursday at the Four Seasons Denver, where Clicquot is throwing a stylish summer pool party featuring glasses for $25 and $100 bottles of bubbly. On Friday, gear up for a champagne-and-barbecue feast at Acorn in the Source (complete with live music from the 6 Million Dollar Band).

The Science Lounge: Pluto Party

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:14am

Nobody puts Pluto in a corner—not after Earth's first close-up view of the dwarf planet, courtesy of NASA's New Horizons mission. Fans of the petite planet can vote to reinstate planethood, craft models of Pluto and the New Horizons spacecraft circa elementary school, or take a simulated flight all the way to the little sphere.Throughout the night, head up to the Museum’s Sky Terrace to scan the

Cabaret

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:13pm

Young American writer Cliff Bradshaw is swept into a whirlwind relationship upon his arrival in pre-World War II Berlin. When Hitler’s influence begins to grow and Bradshaw unknowingly befriends a Nazi, he and his expectant lover are forced to make difficult decisions. Mon, Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 7:30, 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin, and Amy Helm

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 5:02pm

Billed as a night of “sweet harmony soul,” this concert will showcase the affecting vocals of three legendary females. Mavis Staples has been a musician and activist for six decades, performing gospel tunes for Martin Luther King Jr. (with the Staple Singers), and more recently, recording two solo albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Patty Griffin is a singer-songwriter known for her melodic folk tunes, while Amy Helm, the daughter of the Band’s late Levon Helm, has a powerful voice that easily moves between genres. Thu 7:30 p.m.

Movie and a Martini: Jaws

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:53pm

This spirited screening of Spielberg's most famous thriller will make you glad that sharks don't swim in the Platte River. While the Great Whites gorge themselves on human flesh, you'll take the high road with shrimp ceviche, Caribbean black rice salad, and a selection of cocktails, beer, and wine. Extra points for irony if you try the grilled white fish tacos. Fri 5:30 p.m.

Giving Voice Poster Show

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:15pm

View nearly 100 social justice-themed posters made by disabled teens and members of AIGA Colorado’s Giving Voice and Elevate Mentorship Programs. AIGA board members as well as prominent graphic designers Milton Glaser and Larry Sommese have also donated their own related posters. The exhibition and accompanying silent auction benefit disabled teens and design education and mentorship across Colorado. Tue 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wed-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-3 p.m.

Arsenio Hall

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:48pm

Comedian, actor, and producer Arsenio Hall is well-known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, an Emmy Award-winning program that ran on air from 1989 to 1994 and 2013 to 2014. At the beginning of his career, Hall opened for major headliners such as Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner; he also co-wrote and starred in the 1988 movie Coming to America with Eddie Murphy and won NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice in 2012. Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

Arsenio Hall

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:40am

This TV personality and Emmy Award-winning former talk show host brings his trademark humor to the Mile High City. In the past, the versatile actor, comedian, and producer has opened for major headliners such as Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Stevie Wonder. Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m. 

West Side Story

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 12:53pm

The Parker Arts & Inspire Collective will dazzle audiences with its take on one of the greatest musicals (and most timeless love stories) of all time. The story revolves around two lovebirds who find themselves caught between warring New York City street gangs struggling to overcome hate, prejudice, and misunderstanding. The classic Broadway score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is filled with familiar charmers like "Maria" and "I Feel Pretty." Thu, Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

Nelson Mandela Day 2015: Remembering the Icon & Beacon of Hope

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:17pm

Nelson Mandela International Day celebrates the life (and birthday) of South Africa’s first black president and world-renowned anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. These local festivities will feature the roots reggae band Akae Beka (fronted by political musician Vaughn Benjamin, formerly of Midnite), conscious hip-hop duo the Reminders, and Denver-based experimental DJ Milky Dubz.

Jurassic 5

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 9:48am

A six-piece rap and DJ crew from Los Angeles, Jurassic 5 creates conscious hip-hop tunes with smart lyrics and infectious beats. The group called it quits in 2007, but reunited in 2013 to play Coachella, and has been touring ever since. “The Way We Do It”—released last spring with an accompanying video filmed at Red Rocks—is the troupe’s first single since reconciling. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.

Breckenridge 100 Mountain Bike Challenge

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:35pm

Test your mountain biking mettle during this 100-mile trail race. Riders will gain more than 13,000 feet in net elevation while riding on roads, singletrack and doubletrack; cross the Continental Divide three times; and reach peak heights of 12,000 feet. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Hope hippotherapy program, an organization that provides equestian therapy for children with disabilities. Sat 6 a.m. 

Mountain Championship

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:20am

This triathlon puts the "rocky" in Rocky Mountains. Athletes will swim a mile across the chilly Avon Nottingham Lake before heading to the ski hill to bike up 25 kilometers worth of runs with an elevation gain of 3,600 feet. Participants will then face more than 1,000 extra feet of elevation gain as they run 9.3 kilometers through aspen groves and along singletrack before heading back to the base of the mountain. If simply reading this makes your head spin, take on a shorter version of the triathlon or a 5, 10, or 21K trail run. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Bubble Run

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 7:10am

You can skip the deodorant for this 5K (don't worry, you’ll still stay clean). Foam-shooting cannons and bubble trees decorate the Willy Wonka-inspired route, launching a shower of suds onto sunglasses, shoes, and the white shirt you should wear to make the colored bubbles stand out. Joggers, dance-lovers, and skippers of all ages—even those cheering in strollers—are welcome to prance through the 3-mile forest of froth, making sure to pick up goodie bags once they cross the finish line.

Courage Classic

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:22pm

Join more than 2,000 fellow cyclists to form a massive peloton of giving at this charity ride. The three-day tour takes riders on a scenic route through the Vail and Hoosier passes, as well as Keystone and Breckenridge, with gourmet lunches served along the way. Adult participants must raise at least $300 to ride, but the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation is well on its way to its $2.8 million fundraising goal. Fri 8 a.m.

Demaryius Thomas Football ProCamp

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:49pm

Your young Manning protégé can get tips from Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas at this two day football camp. Participants separated into groups by age will rotate through stations to learn fundamental skills, which they will then use in a spirited touch football game. As motivation to continue working toward that professional career, each kid will take home a group photo and an autograph from Thomas himself. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Insectival

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:38pm

Your tyke is invited to celebrate a birthday among the butterflies. The Butterfly Pavilion's 20th-anniversary celebration will include critter-themed activities, such as a bug safari where little ones will search for bugs native to Colorado in the nature center and fish for crawdads. (Don't worry, parents, it's a catch and release activity.) Children can also participate in carnival-style games, including a dunk tank and a ring toss as well as get their faces painted (perhaps to resemble Rosie the tarantula). Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pearl Street Arts Fest

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:30pm

See the best of American contemporary art at this multi-media street fair. After perusing the works of jury-selected artists like jewelry designer Susan Baile, sculptor Ryan Kvande, photographer Rick Winkler, and printmaker Michelle LeDoux, attendees can enjoy performances from Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance (and even get a chance to try out the aerial rig for themselves). Younger guests can flex their artistic muscles in the kids’ art tent, hosted by Clementine Studio. A wine garden, supplied by Bonterra Organic Vineyards, will benefit the Boulder County AIDS Project.

Dinosaur Express Train

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:26pm

As you ride the rails during this dino-themed expedition, you might find yourself thankful that the big reptiles are all bone and no bite. Kids can look forward to hands-on activities, including opportunities to sift for fossils, pan for fool's gold, and dust dinosaur fossils. The price of admission includes unlimited train rides, allowing tireless dino hunters to search the 15-acre rail yard for all of its prehistoric markings. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Orthodox Food Festival & Old Globeville Days

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:53pm

Taste exotic food from around the world right here in Globeville. This festival brings the neighborhood together for traditional foods from Russia, Romania, Serbia, Greece, Eritrea, and Ukraine. Performances of Eastern European folk songs by the local Planina Singers and Greek dancing from the Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver round out the weekend's entertainment. Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Leftover Salmon

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 9:55am

Colorado institution Leftover Salmon has been merging jam music with bluegrass since the ’90s, creating its own genre—polyethnic Cajun slamgrass—in the process. Although the band has seen many lineups during its 25 years of existence, the current incarnation is as fun and innovative as ever, featuring Little Feat’s Bill Payne on the keys.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Continental Divide: East of L.A./West of Tehran

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 3:57pm

Although it's often heralded as a melting pot of people and ideas, America can become hostile toward the cultures of other countries. First-generation artists of Iranian descent have come together to illustrate the struggles they faced growing up in the United States and the effect that this country’s antagonism for Iran has had on their lives and artistic voices.

Castle Rock WineFest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:25am

Wine aficionados can enjoy a day packed with tastings, seminars, and cooking demonstrations, all held outdoors. The morning grand tasting features 200 varieties of vino from more than two dozen Colorado wineries, while local restaurants like the Italian-inspired Gabriel's make their case later in the day, hosting dinners that pair their dishes with fine wines for an unforgettable evening. Sat 2-8 p.m.

Lola Black’s Borracho Bash II

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:14am

Lola Black is the sultry, Joan Jett-esque frontwoman for a Colorado-based sextet of the same name. That band plays rock ’n' roll with a heavy metal twist, and will host the second Borracho Bash, an all-day fist-pumping extravaganza. The event will feature nine additional hardcore and metal acts—including A Memory Down, Lost Point, and Scarlet Canary—with the majority of them based in Denver. Sat 4 p.m.

River of Fundament

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:17pm

Prepare for the long haul with Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s six-hour film epic, based on Norman Mailer’s Ancient Evenings. The novel, set in ancient Egypt, follows a thrice-reincarnated protagonist, translated by Barney and Bepler as an American automobile for the film’s purposes. Three acts, two intermissions, opera tunes, and an emphasis on symbolism make this rarely seen film one you certainly won’t forget. Sat 5:30 p.m.

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies—Golden Salute Gala

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:40pm

Golden Retriever owners (and dog lovers in general) won’t want to miss this gala, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The fundraiser will feature guest speaker Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog Tuesday, as well as food tasting stations (think: lamb lollipops and chorizo empanadas), silent and live auctions, and the company of the Angel Goldens, a group of veterans and their service dogs. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies. Sat 5:30 p.m.

Feed: Wild

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:16am

Embrace your inner wild child when Boulder-based theater group the Catamounts partners with Hunt & Gather: Wildcrafted Foods for this carefully crafted meal from locally grown and foraged sources. Bites and beverages from chefs Graham Steinruck and Nick Martinez will be paired with performances by the Catamounts and Denver-based dance troupe Control Group Productions that explore the chaotic beauty of the wild and our separation from nature. Between courses and productions, entertainment will be provided by the Catamounts' in house band. Sat-Sun 6 p.m.

The Music of Harry Potter

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:31pm

All witches, wizards, and muggles are invited to this one-of-a-kind musical event, in which the Colorado Symphony performs music inspired by the Harry Potter films and books. Brought back by popular demand, the event features the music of American composer John Williams. Arrive early to get your photo taken with characters from the world of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley, courtesy of the cast of the Potter-inspired Tales From Avistrum series. Sat 7:30 p.m.

InnovAge Moonlight Classic

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:49pm

Take a nighttime tour of Denver’s historic neighborhoods with 4,500 other cyclists. The 10-mile ride is open to all ages, with separate start waves to offset experience levels. After making your way through LoDo, Congress Park, and Cherry Creek, head back to the Capitol Building where a costume contest, a lunar-themed breakfast, and a pajama party will provide post-ride entertainment—if you're not yawning by then. Sat 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Gears N' Grub

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:34pm

Snack on delicious vittles and then immediately burn off those calories with this hybrid of a culinary experience and a bike ride. Cyclists will choose between a 26-mile and a 52.8-mile route through Douglas County, both of which stop at Tony’s Market where Chef Ben Davis will serve bites of his own creations. Participants will then circle back to Elk Ridge Park for spirits served to live music. Proceeds from the 52.8-mile ride benefit Project ReCycle, a local nonprofit that provides bicycles for underprivileged families. Sun 8 a.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:18pm

If Ralph Waldo Emerson was right in saying that "the earth laughs in flowers," then Denver will be blooming with mirth when this vibrant display starts this month. The exhibit examines the evolution of still-life painting, from the meticulous style of the 18th century to the freer brush strokes of the following hundred years. View 60 paintings by world-renowned artists, including Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

A Night To Remember Beer Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:17pm

Join nearly 30 breweries in raising a pint to honor the victims of the Aurora theater shooting. Sip beers from Comrade Brewing, Trve Brewing, and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and grab eats from local food trucks, including Biker Jim's and the Cluck Truck, then watch the on-site T-shirt designer create a custom shirt  just for you. Proceeds benefit the ACT Foundation, an organization founded in remembrance of the late Alexander C. Teves to provides educational opportunities for students. Sun 4-8 p.m.

Gather

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 1:37pm

This intimate pop-up dinner from the Denver Botanic Gardens and Concept Restaurants beckons strangers to gather around the table and break bread—in the middle of the 16th Street Mall. Diners will settle in for a collaborative four-course dinner prepared by four local restaurants, including Humboldt Farm Fish and Wine, Stout Street Social, Ignite Burger Bar, and Rialto Cafe. Although the menu will remain a mystery until Sunday night, attendees are certainly in for an al fresco treat. Sun 5:30 p.m.

Rock Band Camp

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:20pm

Let your child rock—without hearing the racket from the garage—at this five-day camp. Kids can choose to be a singer-songwriter or a musician playing the piano, guitar, bass, or drums. Then they’ll be paired with other students based on experience level and work together to decide on a band name and songs to play. Advice from local musicians, like event coordinator Jenna Laurise, will help the students give a live performance on the last day. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Culture Club

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 7:50am

Bring back your hairbrush microphone singing sessions when famed ’80s pop group Culture Club kicks off its new tour in Denver, with the original bandmates playing together for the first time in 14 years. Helmed by the ever snazzy Boy George, the quartet was the first group since the Beatles to rack up three Top 10 hits from a debut album.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Beer Dinner: Moonrise Kingdom with Denver Beer Co.

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 5:04pm

An awkward, AWOL boyscout keeps his eyes on the girl while he evades a hapless troop leader in the feel-good Wes Anderson flick Moonrise Kingdom, but you'll struggle to take your eyes off the feast in front of you at this savory dinner-and-a-movie event. Try the smoked bacon, fried egg, pork, and beans with Denver Beer Co.'s Rauchbier, or the pan-fried fish with the brewery's Exploratory Ale.

Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:07pm

Aerial acrobats from around the world will debut their elevated displays of strength and artistry at this three-day festival. Since its inception in 2011, the festival has brought more than 60 semi-professional aerialists together in Denver to build community and give them exposure in the field. Don't miss Circus of the Night, a cabaret show for entertainers looking to hone their material. Tue, Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.

Graham Nash

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:45pm

Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and the Hollies), a two-time Songwriter's Hall of Fame inductee (with CSN and solo), and the winner of a Grammy Award.

Buffalo Bill Days

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:21pm

Reenact the Wild West with this Golden tradition that dates back to the 1940s. Saturday’s 90-minute performance by Cody’s Wild West (a nod to Buffalo Bill Cody's famous Western-themed shows) includes sharp-shooting, traditional Native American song and dance, and trick horsemanship by drill team Westernaires. Check out the ever-popular mutton bustin’ competition on Sunday, or come closer to modern day with performances by bands like the Long Run, Colorado’s Eagles tribute band.

Blackbelly Farm Dinner

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:58pm

Don't miss this creek-side dinner featuring the cuisine of famed Blackbelly Market chef (and Top Chef season five winner) Hosea Rosenberg . You'll be treated to multiple courses, all of which will feature meat from Blackbelly Farm and produce picked fresh from the Lyons Farmette fields. Growing Gardens, a Boulder nonprofit dedicated to sustainable urban agriculture, will provide a selection of for-purchase wines and beers to complement the summery menu. Wed 6-9:30 p.m.

Snow Tha Product

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:58am

She might be from San Diego, but this rising Latina rap star has called Denver her favorite place to perform. Returning to the Mile High City for the second time, Snow is rapidly gaining fans across the country with hits like “Hola,” “Drunk Love,” and the acclaimed “Holy Sh!t”; some experts are even predicting she’ll be one of the leaders of this generation's female emcees. With her debut studio album out later this year, fans of her rapid-fire rhymes shouldn’t be surprised if these predictions come true. Wed 8 p.m.

CinemaQ Film Festival 2015

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 8:06am

Diverse voices in front of and behind the lens are in full view at this three-day festival, which celebrates the best in queer cinema with film created for and about the LBGTQ community. Highlights include first run release Kimberly Reed’s Prodigal Sons, the story of transgender, gay, and adopted siblings, and genre classics like Gregg Araki’s The Living End.

Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:59am

This flavorful festival offers a titillating mix of seminars, dining events, and pairings for every palate. From a class on summer wines taught by sommelier Aaron Tomcak of Mountain Spirits Liquors to a winemaker dinner featuring chef Kelly Whitaker (of Cart-Driver and Basta) to a champagne brunch at a private Crested Butte residence, the classy mix of gourmet entertainment will keep you busy all weekend. Thu-Sun, times vary. 

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Binaries

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 3:59pm

Reflecting popular culture’s fixation on dystopian settings, artists Linda Melvin Graham and her grandson S. Fletcher Graham have used acrylic sculptures to illustrate the three stages of the destruction of the Earth. In the first, “Dystopia,” colorful, abstract objects hang from the ceiling, transitioning from cool to warm colors as viewers walk toward the back of the gallery to represent optimism toward technological advancements. The second, “Resilience," features a geological timeline of extinctions on Earth.

Putt Your Stuff for Mental Health

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:10pm

Show off your miniature golf skills at this family-friendly tournament, which boasts two tee times and a shot gun start (golfers are positioned at different holes throughout the course). Winners will receive medals while all participants are eligible for door prizes and invited to a barbecue dinner catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ. Proceeds benefit the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. Thu 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Indulge for CASA

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:50am

There's no shame in enjoying a little chocolate and wine—especially when it's for a good cause. Attendees at this soirée will taste 15 premium Balistreri wines, beers from Broomfield's Wonderland Brewing, and a selection of decadent chocolate desserts from Denver-based Bluepoint Bakery. Silent and live auctions feature prizes like vacation getaways to Africa and golf packages. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), an organization that advocates for abused and neglected children. Thu 5:30-9 p.m.

Here & There Dinner

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:19am

This five-course meal has an unexpected twist: Diners will switch locations half-way through the evening. Guests will divide into two groups; one will start at Blackbird Public House and end the evening at Atticus, while the other will do just the opposite. While the menus vary slightly for each group, attendees can expect upscale fare like seared marlin with lentils, short rib with fava bean ragu, and fried oysters with horseradish. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Harry Connick Jr.

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:04pm

"Suave" is a good word to describe Harry Connick Jr.’s stage presence. No matter what kind of performance he’s in (and he’s mastered them all, from Broadway to the silver screen) this New Orleans-born musician and actor commands his audience like a natural. Concert-goers can expect to be wooed by jazzy piano and sensual, retro vocal stylings (think: Frank Sinatra or Michael Bublé). Trademarks like these have sustained Connick Jr.’s musical career for more than three decades, guaranteeing there will be plenty to swoon about. Thu 8 p.m.

Worldwide Vintage and Antique Show

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:24pm

Get ready for world-class retail during this weekend that harkens back to the past. More than 85 dealers will gather to show off the vintage tokens they've curated from across the globe, with items ranging from antique dolls and furniture to jewelry and Native American arts. All will be available for purchase so polish your haggling skills ahead of time. Fri-Sun, times vary.

SOS Outreach Colorado - Eagle River Ride

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:03pm

With course options ranging from 42 to 100 miles, there's no excuse to sleep through this picturesque Vail Valley bike ride. The event features SAG, meaning that support vehicles will gladly pick up any rider in need of mechanical or physical assistance, or both. The post-ride bonfire at Beaver Creek Landing is open to participants and spectators, and features spirits from the Dusty Boot Saloon and beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Proceeds benefit SOS Outreach Colorado, an organization that sponsors outdoor education for underprivileged children.  Fri 7 a.m.

The Object of Objects

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:21pm

Sixteen painters explore the fleeting nature of time by revisiting a style that dates back to the Middle Ages: the still life. In painting insects, rotting garlic cloves, old Coca-Cola bottles, and other seemingly nondescript scenes, artists such as Mia Bergeron and David Cheifetz present the idea that we, like these objects, face deterioration. The artists also reflect on the resonance of the genre and its continued relevance today. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Weather Occlusion

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 5:01pm

The average Denverite, who has already endured nearly six inches more rain to date than in the average year, likely has weather on the mind—and so does Kim Sullivan. Atmospheric patterns and nature’s vibrant color palette have inspired the Denver-based artist to create acrylic and resin works on wood panels. She layers colors and then adds and takes away paint to give meaning to abstract shapes in the natural world. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:26am

In this lighthearted drama, playwright Rajiv Joseph introduces audiences to two childhood friends, Kalyeen and Doug, whose lives intersect in unexpected ways over the course of 30 years. The relatable characters compare old scars from playground injuries, opening up an unexpected connection that leads them to acceptance, and eventually, love. Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Urban Carousel

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:21pm

Denver contemporary artist Louis Recchia's images meet at the intersection of wilderness and civilization, exploring how nature and urbanity simultaneously clash and coexist. His lively pop art and neo-expressionist depictions of whimsical animals delve into human emotion and its impact on nature. Also on view are oil paintings and prints by local artists Zoa Ace and Mary Recchia. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

The String Cheese Incident

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:26am

Jamband the String Cheese Incident formed in 1993 in Boulder, and eventually garnered a devout national following through its ability to flout genres and cultivate a carnival-like atmosphere at shows. This Red Rocks run will bring the sextet’s total tally of gigs at the storied venue to 30, and in classic Cheese fashion, is sure to include some element of performance art. Though the quintet’s roots are in bluegrass, the band has been embracing more electronic sounds as of late. Fri-Sun 6:30 p.m.

Denver Brew Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:03pm

Meet local brewers and discover new beers at this intimate two-day event. Fill your souvenir tasting glass with unlimited tastes from local and national breweries such as Asher Brewing Company, Rogue Ales, and Fiction Beer Company. Munch on carnival foods like pretzels, sausages, and turkey legs, and move your feet to music from Colorado-based bands Rapidgrass Quintet and Dragondeer. Proceeds benefit Denver nonprofit Swallow Hill Music. Fri-Sat 7-10 p.m.

BYOB Boutique Sale

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 3:26pm

Inject your wardrobe with the season's hottest styles (without going into sticker shock) at this fashionable fête. National brands like Steve Madden and White House Black Market, as well as local shops like the Wild Blue Boutique, will display their stock of women's clothing, footwear, and accessories discounted up to 75 percent off throughout the two-day sale. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success, a nonprofit that provides professional attire and job training for local women. Fri 7 p.m.

Bonnie & Clyde

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:31pm

This enthralling, Tony Award-nominated musical will take you back to the height of the Depression and the “Public Enemy Era,” when Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow captured the attention of the nation. Watch the notorious gangster couple from the beginning, when Bonnie is a young waitress aspiring to be an actress and Clyde is an escaped convict hoping to get rich. Their lofty aspirations push them into a life of crime that escalates from small robberies to homicide, making them prime targets of law enforcement and putting their lives in grave danger. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Marc Maron Maronation Tour

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:53am

As host of the popular podcast “WTF,” Marc Maron has interviewed some of the greatest comedic minds of our time, including Robin Williams, John Oliver, Will Ferrell, and—in an episode named the best podcast of all time by Slate magazine—Louis C.K. Now, show-goers can catch him solo during his own irreverent stand-up routine. While some liken his brand of humor to that of Woody Allen, Maron prefers to think of himself as “angrier.” Don’t be surprised if the bearded comic throws down critiques of religion, politics, America, and the Internet—and some expletives along the way.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:40pm

Edward Albee’s 1962 Tony Award-winning play examines the deterioration of a middle-age couple’s marriage. After inviting a younger husband and wife to drink with them, a dramatic display of emotion ensues as the newlyweds become enmeshed in the affairs of their volatile hosts. Seduction, pretense, drinking games, and jealousy color this dark three-act comedy. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2, 6 p.m.

Civil War Reenactment

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:07pm

Rally the family forces to join Captain Theodore Dodd’s Independent Company of Foot Volunteers, Second Colorado Infantry. This historical reenactment illustrates the bravery of Colorado miners who, in the late summer and fall of 1861, came together to protect the state from potential Confederate invaders. Kids can gawk at uniformed “soldiers” as they enlist, line up for roll call, and practice their drills. Highlights of the day include musket demonstrations, Civil War-era tents on display, and, naturally, the proud banner of the stars and stripes. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oyster The Race

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 9:55am

Test your brains—and your brawn—at this urban adventure race. You'll travel at least 20 miles around Denver by foot, bike, boat, and public transportation, but you won't know where you're going until you uncover the next clue. Organizers advise racers to show up ready to climb, paddle, eat, and more. Proceeds benefit Make A Wish Colorado. Sat 6:30 a.m.

Yoga on the Rocks

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:17pm

Get your om on with up to 2,000 other yogis while the sun rises over the Denver skyline. Sponsored by CorePower Yoga, this energizing Vinyasa-style class is set to music and will help you work up a sweat before you start your day. Bring a water bottle and sunglasses for when the blinding sun breaks over the stage. Sat 7-8 a.m.

Destination Health: Walk/Run/Learn

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:20pm

At this race, it’s the long-term goal (healthy communities), not the short-term finish line that matters. After pre-race warm-up activities including morning stretches and a wobble line dance, participants can choose between a short one-mile run or walk around Ferrill Lake, or the timed 5K course around the whole park. Post-race, runners can enjoy music from Denver-based R&B group the Mary Louise Lee Band and cooking demonstrations led by Honey Smoked Fish Co. executive chef Keith Jones.

Touch-A-Truck

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:33pm

Your child can get behind the wheel of semi-trucks, fire engines, and police cars—no license required. While the kids won’t actually be driving, owners of the vehicles will be on-site to answer questions as the kids see, touch, climb in, and explore the (usually) forbidden rides. If they still have adrenaline left over, tykes can hop in the bouncy house, paint a semi truck, or satisfy their appetites with lunch from food trucks. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cheesman Park Art Fest

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:24pm

This two-day festival populates Cheesman Park’s green acres with works from more than 100 national artists. Peruse pottery, paintings, jewelry, sculptures, glass arts, and photography while munching on grub from El Toro the Tot and the Cilantro Truck. Also on the docket: Plein air painting by George Coll and Ivy Delon, sculpture demonstrations by Fred Lunger, and on-site book binding by Steven Malone—all to the soundtrack of blues band the Delta Sonics. Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Golden City Brew Run

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:30am

With cold brews and Beer Olympics games waiting at the finish line, you might just set a new PR at this 5K. Work your biceps during the keg haul relay, test your coordination at the beer balance relay, or hone your yard game skills during the corn hole drinking game challenge. Proceeds benefit Epic Experience, an organization that sponsors outdoor adventures for Coloradans fighting cancer. Sat 10 a.m.

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 8:49am

Follow the mythical jackalope to a land of unlikely creations where community meets artisan. Join vendors including the Real Dill, Remy & Rose, and Mountains vs Plains in RiNo for a two-day shopping bazaar with more than 200 local artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts. Peruse one-of-a-kind accessories, dry goods, and home décor or attend workshops and activities such as hula-hoop making, face painting, and an introduction to e-textiles. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Image courtesy of Jackalope Art & Craft Fair

Jackalope Arts Festival

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:27pm

Unlike the mythical jackalope, this fair is anything but elusive. The sprawling show, arriving in Denver for the first time, will include more than 200 vendors of handmade knick-knacks, from original art and photography to independently crafted home goods, jewelry, and clothing. While local artisans will likely dominate the show, Jackalope, which also sets up shop in Pasadena and Phoenix, will include makers from across the West. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Arvada on Tap

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:05am

This sudsy shindig takes fun in the sun to a whole new level with craft beer, saucy barbecue, and live music. Sample brews from 80 local and regional breweries (including Yak & Yeti, Crooked Stave, and Big Choice Brewing), then head over to the barbecue competition, where local teams like Skunk River BBQ, the Swinestone Cowboys, and Smokin' Timbers BBQ are cooking low and slow to impress the Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned judges. Alternative rock band Syke 96 and the bluegrass-heavy Hilltop Harvest Band will provide the musical backdrop for all the eating and drinking.

Five Fifths of the Princess Bride: A Fringe Benefit

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 9:32am

"Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today," along with the rest of this five-act reimagining of William Goldman's cult class, The Princess Bride. Join Boulder theater companies Stories with Spirit, the Band of Toughs, Al Stafford Productions, Mandy Greenlee, and Jaryd Smart as they each perform a 10-minute portion of the film that has captured the hearts of adults and children alike. This theatrical extravaganza benefits the 11th season of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, an independent arts festival that runs from September 16 to 27. Sat 6 p.m.

Pop Up Art Show: Emily Przekwas

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:26pm

Capitol Hill-based artist Emily Przewkas will present an experiential display focused on how we perceive the world, specifically the industrial RiNo neighborhood. Using photographs and sculptures, including an installation piece featuring a model of piano keys, she'll push viewers to think about real and abstract environments and space. The show will kick off her month-long photography exhibit at Velowood Cyclery. Sat 6-8 p.m.

An Acoustic Evening with Vince Gill & Amy Grant

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 8:09am

Spend an evening with one of country music’s greatest love stories: Vince Gill and Amy Grant. With a combined 26 Grammy Awards, the husband-and-wife duo share a powerful gift for songwriting. With just their voices and an acoustic guitar, the evening will feature the bare essentials of hits from their 30-year careers. If you're lucky, they'll even play Gill’s “Whenever You Come Around," which was inspired by Grant herself. Sat 8 p.m.

Blacklight Run

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:37pm

There's only one rule for this nighttime 5K race: Wear a white T-shirt. That way, when you're coated with bursts of ultraviolet neon powder, you'll glow under special blacklight zones—and at the all-dark afterparty, where more powder will be thrown every 15 minutes, along with other prizes and goodies. VIP registration gets you LED-covered sunglasses, a special shirt, and access to a special "start chute," but a portion of every participant's entry fee benefits Children's Hospital. Sat 8:45 p.m.

Totally '80s Sing-Along Dance Party

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 3:27pm

We all have that one friend who thinks she can hit notes like like Whitney Houston (but totally can't). This music video dance party is all about breaking the rules of the theater: Singing, dancing, and jeering are strongly encouraged throughout the duration of this two-hour ’80s montage, featuring legendary videos like Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and A-ha's "Take On Me." Reservations are still permitted with the funky format, and servers will happily come to your table while you get down (like movie theater bottle service).

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

David Bruton's Family Fun Ride

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 1:36pm

David Bruton's office is located about 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, where he clocks in as a strong safety and special teams captain for the Denver Broncos. In the off season, he stays in shape by riding his bike at Fly N Bee Park, and he'd love it if you joined. The 8.24-mile family fun ride features rocky road brownies from Bluepoint Bakery, music by DJ Chonz, and a dunk tank with Bruton and other Broncos players. Bring a book for Bruton's Books, an organization that donates literature to the Colorado Reading Corps. Sun 10 a.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Copper Pro Challenge Community Ride

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 9:53am

Pump air in your bicycle tires and put on your poker faces to prepare for this fun race before the start of the USA Pro Challenge's third stage. Copper Mountain will kick off the Stage 3 Start with a family-friendly play-and-pedal poker-ride. Cyclists will roll 7.8 miles downhill—from Incline Bar & Grill in Copper Mountain’s Center Village to Frisco’s Whole Foods—and grab a poker card from five destinations along the way.

Fiddles, Vittles, & Vino

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:17pm

This old-timey festival evokes the West of days gone by. Munch on bites from local Colorado Springs restaurants like the Briarhurst Manor, Pizzeria Rustica, and the Tapateria, then get down to rustic bluegrass tunes from the Stanleytones and Caribou Mountain Collective. Proceeds benefit education programs at Rock Ledge Ranch, a history farm and museum that depicts life in the Pikes Peak Region as far back as 1775. Sun 3-8:30 p.m.

Sailing Camp

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

Boating may not normally top the list of favorite Colorado recreational activities (thank you, landlocked state), but your child can still get a shipshape lesson in sailing on Evergreen Lake. Campers ages nine to 16 will learn everything from the necessary knots and different points of sail to how to dock and perform a capsize and recovery. By the end of the week, your kid will be a full-blown skipper. Mon, Wed, Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Vail International Dance Festival

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:44am

Head to the mountains for the dance festival that the New York Times called an "event of prestige, history and startling ambition." Tony Award-winning tap legend Savion Glover kicks off the 26th year with his jazz quartet, followed by the style-bending Dance House: Ballroom and Dance TV Remix, a night of solo performances and live interviews with dancers from a variety of genres, including rhythm, ballet, hip hop, ballroom, and contemporary. Days, times vary. 

Improv Comedy Team Competition

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 5:00pm

Whoever says women aren’t funny will be proven wrong (again) at this uproarious night of comedy and competition. More than six Denver improv teams—made up entirely of women, including comedians Bre Forkes and Amy Marty and their respective teams—will compete for the most laughs and a spot in the 2016 Athena Project Arts Festival. The price of your ticket includes sips (choice of wine, well, or a draft drink), snacks, and laughs.

Imagine Dragons

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:54am

Grammy Award-winning rock outfit Imagine Dragons writes radio-friendly songs that incorporate synth-pop, colossal drums, and emotionally charged vocals. This tour takes its name from the quartet’s sophomore album, Smoke & Mirrors, which debuted in February to lukewarm reviews. Nonetheless, Imagine Dragons remains among the most popular touring acts, turning alt-rock into catchy, electronic-infused stadium anthems. Mon 7:30 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Chipotle Homegrown Game

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:10pm

As you're unwrapping your freshly made barbacoa burrito, you tend to feel as if it's about to exceed your expectations—just like the Homegrown Academy team. The best young players from 14 domestic clubs, including 21-year-old Colorado Rapids players Dillon Serna and Shane O'Neill, will take on Mexico's best youth talent, Club América's U-20 squad. Show your support for the homegrown players, and prove to the visitors that the United States does soccer just as well as burritos.

Rapunzel

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:42pm

In this musical adaptation of the classic tale, the long-haired maiden contends with a possessive stepmother and a wishy-washy prince. Set to music and lyrics from the creators of Friends, the characters (all of whom are played by disabled actors) engage in a family-friendly, humorous exploration of morals, true love, and individuality. 

MLS All-Star Game

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:22am

From each kickoff to goal, ths annual matchup of pros is bound to be a fist-pumping spectacle. The 22-man game-day roster unites North American players—including the league’s top goal-scorer, Kei Kamara, famed Italian Sebastian Giovinco, and MLS MVP Robbie Keane—who hail from 14 different teams. But for today, they'll go foot to foot against London-based Tottenham Hotspur to see who really won the battle of supremacy. Wed 7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Steep Canyon Rangers

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:01am

Best-known as Steve Martin’s official backing band, the Steep Canyon Rangers are a Grammy Award-winning bluegrass troupe that plays old-time music with contemporary country flair. This free show is part of Vail’s Summer Bluegrass Series, and will precede the band’s free show in Ridgway the following night. Wed 7 p.m.

Jim Gaffigan

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 8:01am

This award-winning comedian and New York Times bestselling author plays up his hyper-awareness of his own mundanity, commenting on his own act in an “inner voice” throughout the show. His dry commentary on ordinary (but hilarious) life events earned him a Grammy nomination for his comedy album Obsessed this year. Wed 8 p.m.

Move Live on Tour

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 8:07am

Superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough dance their way to Denver with a new stage production. Their updated performances showcase high-energy choreography through an eclectic mix of flashy dance styles, ranging from ballroom to salsa. Joined by the Move Company Dancers, selected specifically for this tour, the renowned pair's live vocal performances and showy costumes are sure to dazzle the audience. Wed 8 p.m.

Beyond the Plane

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:35pm

Six artists have created unusual works—layering encaustic on panels, painting oil on canvas, crafting structures from acrylic birch and base wood, melding copper, and even pressing paper with 2,000 pounds of force—to explore the deeper meanings of shapes, colors, and surfaces. Creators such as Patricia Aaron and Howard Hersh implore viewers to look beyond their preconceived notions and examine the forces of unconventionality. Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lydia Brokaw and Annalee Schorr

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:18am

Lydia Brokaw’s nature-inspired mixed media works and Annalee Schorr’s precise geometric paintings have little in common—aside from their attention to pattern. Explore the idea of repetition across mediums, from Schorr's manmade designs in jewel tones to Brokaw's more subtle earth-toned motifs. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.

Summer Seafood Boil

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:29pm

Who says you need a sea breeze to have a proper shellfish boil? Lower48 Kitchen and Black Shirt Brewing Company have teamed up for a savory dining experience that will transport attendees straight to the coast. Diners can sip Black Shirt brews (like the pale red rye) as they enjoy a seafood feast replete with fresh-steamed shellfish and veggies (and of course, the requisite newspaper-lined tables and wooden mallets). Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Avenue Q The Musical

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:44pm

This comedic production, which employs both felt puppets and stage actors, tells the coming-of-age story of a college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment way out on Avenue Q. Here, he meets the girl next door, a Republican, an Internet sexpert, and other colorful characters who help him discover his purpose in life. Days, times vary.

Giving Hope Gala

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:30pm

In the blistering weather of summer, it can be easy to forget the wintertime struggles of Colorado’s homeless population. Keep that idea in mind with this fund-raiser, during which former Bronco Reggie Rivers auctions off prizes like a dinner for four with him at ChopHouse, and a football signed by Karl Mecklenburg. Proceeds allow Cold Weather Care, an Adams County organization that provides emergency shelter for those in need, to continue providing shelter, meals, and personalized case management for area homeless.

Grease Sing-Along

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 8:03am

This sing-song night will feature retro costumes, hand jives, and a young John Travolta in tight pants—and, of course, a special screening of the 1978 cult classic. Don’t worry if you don’t know the lyrics to "Beauty School Drop-Out" and "You're The One That I Want" by heart; they'll be flashed across the screen karaoke style. A full bar will also available to lubricate your vocal chords.

Andrew Santino

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:33am

Conan isn’t the only redheaded comedian on the block anymore: Andrew Santino—perhaps best known for his role in ABC's Mixology—is a rising star in the comedy world. Having recently been named one of Comedy Central’s “10 Comics To Watch,” Santino now leads the cast of Yahoo’s new online series, Sin City Saints. When the 31-year-old isn’t busy playing a hapless sports mogul or guest starring on shows like Arrested Development, The Office, and The League, he brings his off-color humor to the stage with his Funny Human tour.

Denver County Fair

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:33pm

This summertime celebration puts a quirky twist on the traditional county fair. The fair’s multitude of themed areas, or pavilions, will still include traditional fair activities such as 4H and stock shows, fair rides and food, and, of course, the best in homemade goods like pies. Yet you can modernize your visit with a trip to the Green Pavilion (focused on sustainability), or meet Lil Bub, one of the Internet’s most recognizable cats, at the Kitten Pavilion, where local cat rescues coexist alongside screenings of online cat videos.

Paper Work

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:43pm

View landscapes, the atmosphere, portraiture, abstraction, and more in this display of seven artists linked only by their material: paper. For many, it's their first time branching out of their typical substrates. The comprehensive exhibit is also a good opportunity to see several artists new to the gallery, such as Samuel Gomez, who first entered the national spotlight in 2013 with incredibly detailed, dystopian, ink-on-paper works. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Blue Moon 20th Anniversary

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 8:08am

A blue moon occurs on average every 2.7 years, but the Blue Moon 20th anniversary celebration only happens once. Brew fans can help the brewing company celebrate by attending any one of four rooftop concerts featuring local talent at LoDo establishments such as Jackson’s, LoDo’s, Hayter’s, and Sports Column. After the shows, fans will head to the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field for headliners Big Data and special guest Robert DeLong.

Jennyfer Stratman and Javier Lopez Barbosa

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:28pm

Australian-based artist Jennyfer Stratman’s sculptures unite human and natural visages, visually linking slim tree branches with the willowy human figure. Combined with Mexican-born painter Javier Lopez Barbosa’s colorful abstract expressionist pieces, this show reveals how different cultural perspectives shape connections to natural landscapes. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

F@!#ing Fabulous Fiction Fest

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:42am

Local bookstore BookBar and Denver indie band High Fiction unite for an erudite evening of wordy entertainment. Join authors Greg Hill, Jenny Shank, Matthew Taylor, Ian D, and Tuyet Nguyen signature scribbling with a backdrop of circus performers as well as an adult spelling bee, a literary costume contest, book-related music, food trucks, and beer from Grimm Brothers Brewing and Fiction Beer Company. Featured fiction and comedy shows include the Narrators, Stories on Stage, The Novelistas, and Bar Choir. Fri 7 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Bookbar

John Mellencamp

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:09am

Heartland rock is John Mellencamp’s specialty, and he’s been bringing it to the masses for more than four decades now. A contemporary of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, Mellencamp is best known for his hits “Hurts So Good” and “Jack and Diane,” although his later work incorporates more country notes as well as social commentary. This tour promotes the Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s 2014 release, Plain Spoken. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Arrested Development

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:42pm

Conscious hip-hop collective Arrested Development has been celebrating African-American culture since 1991, although the band’s music appeals to all demographics. The Grammy Award-winning members officially parted ways in 1996, but reunited a decade later and have been making new music ever since, including 2010’s Strong. Soulful with elements of funk and the blues, the septet will appeal to fans of Sly & the Family Stone and De La Soul. Fri-Sat 8:30 p.m.

Denver Vintage Jazz Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:19am

The second incarnation of this three-day festival celebrates 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s jazz, featuring top artists from the vintage jazz genre such as pre-swing jazz troupe Gordon Au & His Hot 5 and Denver-based trumpet player Joe Smith. The music of jazz legends—such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name only a few—will be honored throughout the celebration. Fri 9 p.m.