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Friday, May 06, 2016
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Drinking Water Week

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:42pm

A water bottle is a constant accessory for Coloradans, so the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is trying to educate us on where our H2O comes from. Attend a panel discussion on the history of the Denver Water company and whether access to water is a right or a privilege, plus view a screening of Flow, an award-winning documentary that investigates the world's water crisis. Sun-Sat, times vary.

Comeback Trail 5K

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/25/2016 - 3:46pm

Signing up for this low-key 5K doesn't take much effort, but recovering from a stroke does. Celebrate the strength of millions of survivors by running a course through Littleton's lush Hudson Gardens and along the Mary Carter Greenway. Proceeds benefit the Centennial-based National Stroke Association, which focuses on stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and support for caregivers. Sun 8:30 a.m.

Taste of Israel Festival

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:48am

Celebrate Passover with an authentic Israeli meal and unique activities at this cultural festival. After enjoying spicy falafel from Saj Mediterranean Grill, learn some traditional folk dance steps while the kids find artifacts in a mock archaeological dig. Before you leave, round out your meal with desserts from Congregation B'Nai Chaim's new cookbook, Recipes For Life. Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The 1975

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/25/2016 - 2:25pm

Influences as diverse as My Bloody Valentine and Michael Jackson provide inspiration for these self-proclaimed post-modern rockers. The UK–based group released its second full length album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, in February to critical acclaim—and the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart. Mon 7:30 p.m.

Anchorman Quote-Along

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:13pm

Spend an evening with Ron Burgundy and the inappropriate Channel 4 news team at this quote-a-long screening. With a yazz flute prop in hand and a faux mustache on your face, you'll be ready to yell out your favorite ridiculous lines and play along with Ron as he attempts to seduce news team newcomer Veronica Corningstone. Mon 7:30-9 p.m.

Molly Idle Author Visit

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:07pm

Author and illustrator Molly Idle comes to Denver to talk about her newest children’s book, Flora and the Peacocks. The third in its series, the book features the adventurous Flora and her newfound, feathered friends as they learn the value of true friendship in the toughest of times. The Tattered Cover will provide copies for purchase, with the option for Idle to sign them. Tue 6 p.m.

The Realish Housewives of Cherry Creek

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:22am

These hilarious “housewives” will poke a bit of friendly fun at Colorado living. A host ridiculous characters, including clueless “neck model” Desiree, preachy, seemingly perfect mother C.L., and bossy, competitive Brooke, invite you to get in on the act and take a moment to laugh at the more superficial side of life. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

Art War

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:09am

Pop culture aficionados, art lovers, foodies, and hardcore Star Wars fans will unite at a local art gallery for an intergalactic celebration. At this Comic Con–esque evening, fans new and old can deck themselves in themed costumes, throw back signature cocktails (choosing between the Dark Side or the Rebel Alliance, of course) and, best of all, acquaint themselves with local talent: Ten of up-and-coming Denver artists will present new works made specifically for the event. Wed 6-10:15 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Art War & Young Say Day

Trick Dog Takeover

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:16am

When the Williams & Graham staff is away, the Bon Vivants will come to play. For four days, cocktail connoisseurs can enjoy the whimsical creations of the team from Trick Dog Bar, a San Francisco favorite, as its members take over one of Denver's best watering holes.

Trinity

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:26am

Valerie Savarie, a multi-media artist known for her Tim Burton–esque illustrations, collages, and carved books, is teaming up with three other Colorado artists for an eclectic exploration of trilogies in religious symbolism. Expect to see oil paintings, assemblage sculptures, and a divine corpse collaboration—no decaying body involved—in which three different artists each paint a third of an individual on panels without seeing the others’ work. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.

Chris Stapleton

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:14pm

The 2015 Country Music Awards' New Artist of the Year released his first solo album, Traveller, last year to critical and commercial acclaim. In addition to two other CMA awards, the former lead vocalist for the bluegrass ensemble the SteelDrivers has also written songs for artists such as Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley. Thu 7 p.m.

Post Party Depression

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:01pm

Modern artist Blair Bogin explores birthday ritual with her documentary-based performance art, which infuses chortle-at-the-awkwardness humor into highbrow topics. Catch her performance created in a residency with PlatteForum’s ArtLab Thursday at 7 p.m. Remnants from the production will be on display at PlatteForum through May 19; Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 10:32am

If you liked watching Julia Roberts travel across Italy, India, and Indonesia in Eat Pray Love, you'll love hearing a talk from the author whose life inspired the popular film even more. The New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic, a inspirational read about living more creatively, will divulge her writing process and answer audience questions during this inspiring evening. VIP ticket holders even have the chance to meet Gilbert in person at a cocktail reception prior to the main event. Thu 8 p.m.

Zhu

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:05pm

Experimental house beats and heavy bass contradict this Grammy Award–nominated electronic artist’s mysterious persona. (He eschews all social media and online presence.) The Korea-born DJ is equally known for his underground sound and remixes of radio hits like Odesza’s “Faded.” Thu 9 p.m.

Turkuaz

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:01pm

This nine-piece ensemble’s sound channels the funk legacy of the group's heroes (the Beatles, Ray Charles, and James Brown) while also remaining fresh with innovative electronic beats and heady lyrics. Don’t fear, diehard fans: The band’s newest album, Digitonium, has stayed loyal to the late-night dance crowd with groovy tracks and strong female vocals. Thu 9 p.m. 

Transitional Landscapes

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:08pm

Innovative landscape photography by more than 50 artists from around the globe has been chosen by juror Natasha Egan, the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, for this sprawling photography exhibit. Make sure to find Richard Giles’ hauntingly lonely image of a derelict structure in wide-open plains, Carolyn Doucette’s shot of a bright geometric figure superimposed on a sepia tone desert-scape, and Todd Forsgren’s serene field of floating orbs. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

First Friday at BookBar

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:32am

Celebrate the balmy spring weather at the official opening of BookBar’s patio. Refreshing drink samples will complement the featured summer reads and the end-of-winter sale on winter tales. A pop-up art gallery featuring the work of Denver artist Erin Walrath Ralston, readings from Colorado Book Award finalists, and a coloring hour will round out this charming springtime event. Fri 10 a.m.

Mother's Day Tea with the Jolly Nanny and the Scottish Princess

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:16pm

You and your little ones are cordially invited to a proper tea to celebrate Mother’s Day. Your hosts are the quirky jolly nanny and the fiery Scottish princess, both of whom know all about the value of family. Tea, light refreshments, archery lessons, photo opportunities, and sing-a-longs will combine for a magical holiday fit for any princess or queen. Fri 10 a.m.

Making Muses: A Flash Powder Projects Exhibition

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:30am

Each of the 27 photographers featured in this show embody a unique dynamic between subject and artist, highlighting the ambiguous process of muse-making. While Aaron Blum, for instance, uses stark portraiture to capture his hometown, Liz Arenberg turns a piercing lens on her sister to create a visual discussion on anxiety and body image. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

RSC Shorts Fest

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:34am

A film festival doesn't have to be an all-day affair; in fact, you can see seven films in less than the runtime of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at this rapidfire fest. These critically acclaimed shorts are in tall order: Opening night features flicks such as Bendito Machine V, a crowd-funded movie about man versus machine, and Saturday highlights include Collective: Unconscious, a collaborative horror film (a still from it is pictured) set within semi-conscious experiences.

First Friday Art Party

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:03am

Get excited for summer storm season with this exhibit featuring four local photographers' shots of Colorado’s extreme weather. David Mayhew’s and Caryn Hill’s dramatic skies complement Eric Treece’s apocalyptic tornado and lightning shots, while Roger Hill’s photos that balance natural terrain with cloudscape will put any viewer at ease. The show is a collaboration with Pollinate: Biennial Arts Festival, which explores the theme of energy in southern Colorado. May 6 party, 6-9 p.m.; on view April 1-May 29; Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Derby Season: Off to the Races

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:43pm

When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, your race day attire is as important as the race itself. At this stylish party, local hat-makers the Goorin Bros. will help you get ready for the big event. With a complimentary mint julep in hand, browse through fedoras and boaters in the shop's new Derby-inspired collection to find the perfect accessory for your springtime look. Fri 6-9 p.m.

St. Jude Glamour & Giving

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:51am

Pamper your mom with an evening of beauty at this ladies-only charity gala. Sip on a signature cocktail from the Ritz-Carlton's bar as you watch a spring runway show featuring styles from local boutiques, including Cry Baby Ranch and the Goorin Bros., then treat yourselves to facials provided by Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Fri 6 p.m.

JJ Grey & Mofro and the Infamous Stringdusters

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:30pm

These Northern Florida soulful swamp rockers join the ambassadors of New Grass for an early season show. Equal parts dusty-road bluegrass musicians and modern innovators, the acoustic Stringduster quintet thrives on live performances that showcase the agile harmonies and expert instrumentation that propelled the group to its 2011 Grammy Award nomination. Fri 6:30 p.m.

Doctor Dolittle Jr.

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:30am

Featuring the junior company of Stage Door Theatre, this light-hearted musical follows the quirky doctor who can speak to animals. When he attempts to help Sophie the seal, Dolittle becomes wrapped up in a murder trial, a quest for an illusive sea snail, and an adventure that takes him around the world. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 3, 7 p.m.

How to Build a Lie: Apocryphal Technologies and Works by Jamie Allen

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:36am

Take a trip to consider humanity's reliance on technology during the opening of Canadian-Swiss media artist Jamie Allen’s first Colorado exhibition. Allen’s reimaginings of common items like laptops and typewriters aim to expose how technology dictates our desires. Allen’s work will appear alongside three works from Pablo Picasso’s 1969 lithographic series, Imaginary Portraits, that share Allen’s theme. Fri 7 p.m.

Barry Manilow

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:37am

Barry Manilow recorded "Mandy," his first Billboard No. 1 hit, 41 years ago—and it's on the setlist for the 72-year-old's final tour. Fanilows rest assured, the three-time American Music Award–winning, two-time Emmy Award–winning, Grammy Award–winning vocalist will perform all the classics, including "Copacabana" and "Weekend in New England." He writes the songs that make the whole world sing, and Denverites in attendance will likely be no exception. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of BRE Presents

Tour de Pants

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 1:42pm

Take a bike tour of Loveland that cycles you through the many historic buildings in the nearby mountain town. You'll glimpse structures like the Milner-Schwarz House (originally built in 1873) and the Garden Railroad (a miniature model of the town as it stood in the early 20th century).

Take 5 in Garden of the Gods

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:43pm

These popular Colorado Springs five-mile and 5K races trace a route through the picturesque Garden of the Gods Park. The course weaves its way across paved track, trail, and through the iconic towering red sandstone formations that give the park its name. An awards ceremony and finish-line refreshments will immediately follow the race. Sat 8 a.m.

Horseshoe Craft & Flea Spring Market

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:28am

At this colorful faire brimming with handmade goods, you're sure to find a unique gift for Mother's Day. More than 100 local artisans will show off their wares, including elegant jewelry from Mercer and Jayne, fragrant natural beauty products from Remy & Rose, and illustrated cards from the Paper Home Co. After browsing the goodies, head across the street for brews and snacks at an after-party hosted by Local 46 Bar and Biergarten. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pamper & Play

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:31am

Calling all mothers and mother figures: You’re invited to a special day of pampering at a local childcare center. Children can play while you enjoy a massage (courtesy of Mama Nurture Wellness), manicure, or pedicure (from Green Mountain Nails).

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 11:14am

Head south of the border without ever venturing below 5,280 feet at this two-day cultural festival. After a colorful parade snakes its way through downtown, ambitious competitors will face off in a taco-eating contest and green chili cook off as traditional dancers such as Ballet Folklorico Baile Caliente and live bands perform on two separate stages. Plus, dozens of vendors will sell a variety of one-of-a-kind wares, including artwork and handmade jewelry. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Plein Air Festival

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:32am

Head to downtown Loveland to catch Colorado artists painting live in the fresh spring air. This Governor’s Art Show spin-off project features 50 of the Centennial State's most talented creatives, who will each paint a street scene to be auctioned off later that day. Proceeds benefit the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary clubs. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

A Taste of Spring (Barrel Wine Tastings)

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Sat, 04/30/2016 - 2:05pm

The season for bar crawls is starting, but it's an even better time to hit up your favorite wineries. Visit local vino producers such as Creekside Cellars and Water 2 Wine to get a taste of the fresh libation as wineries release their first batches of the season. Stay close to Denver or venture farther away to Palisade or Poncha Springs for a real adventure. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Malas & Mimosa

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 6:57am

This Mother’s Day, create special totems—between sips—that you and your mom can wear as a daily reminder of your bond. Learn how to make a mala, a 108-bead necklace that is traditionally used by Hindus and Buddhists during prayer and meditation. As you craft, enjoy bottomless mimosas and brunch foods. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Jen Pastalo Dacpano

Color

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:13pm

Painter Ken Elliott employs the full spectrum of color to highlight the elements he finds most striking in natural scenes. A magenta-hued mountainscape, for instance, is lined by a sliver of bright green and warm yellow, indicating a receding sun over the western horizon. See his unique interpretation of wild spaces in this solo show. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

Children's Art Workshop: Exploring the Immigration Experience

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 9:17am

Bring kids ages six to 12 to this artistic experience for a discussion on immigration and its interpretations through works of art. The workshop includes a tour of the Dairy Arts Center’s Crossing Borders exhibit, which highlights the personal immigration experiences of local artists. Talkbacks with educators from the Dairy will round out the afternoon, but your little ones will also take home a painting to remember their conversations. Sat 10:30 a.m.

Mother's Day Scented Journey

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 9:33am

If you've never found a fragrance that truly matches your style, this DIY workshop provides a chance to create one yourself. Experts at the Scented Studio will introduce their 22 signature scents and walk you through the process of developing your own 30-milliliter custom roll-on perfume. Bonus: Take home a sugar scrub for the perfect Mother's Day gift. Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Shadow Knows

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:37am

Denver art scene rookies Jamie Gershen and Doug Spencer are building a space to ponder the afterlife. Inspired by the Coasters’ classic, quirky, and haunting song “The Shadow Knows,” the duo has created installations, drawings, and other nonconventional works of art using materials like found objects and furniture, smoke-manipulated glass, and hand-embroidered fabrics to consider what a post-death world would look like. Wed-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

One Day Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Show

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:05pm

Peruse the creations of local sculptors John Haley, Jack Middleton, and Mike Wright this Mother’s Day weekend. Each of the three artists in the one-day show employs rudimentary shapes to communicate an aesthetic message, be it simple and striking forms, patterns in nature, or bug-like creatures. Sat 2-6 p.m.

South Denver Beer Fest

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:03pm

At this libation-centric festival, grab your complimentary tasting glass and sip on more than 150 local beers, wines, and ciders from local establishments such as Elevation Beer Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, and Tallgrass Brewing. Boulder-based bluegrass group Timber! is the featured band, but if you're not feeling rhythmic, participate in yard games such as giant flip cup. Food trucks including El Toro The Tot and Spud Nation will be available with plenty of eats. Sat Sun 2-5 p.m.

9th Annual Jockeys, Juleps & Jazz Kentucky Derby Fundraiser

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 1:03pm

With a wide-brimmed summer hat and a fresh julep in hand, you can take part in an American tradition and support a good cause. After you've cheered on your favorite jockeys, 7News anchor Mitch Jelniker and Reggie Rivers, a former running back for the Broncos, will emcee a lively auction where you can bid for treasures like a print of Affirmed, Steve Cauthen Up signed by artist Tom Chapman. Proceeds benefit MyLifeLine.org, a nonprofit working to create a digital community for cancer patients and caregivers. Sat 2-6 p.m.

Invest in Kids Gala

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 11:22am

Knowing that 100,000 children have already benefited from the organization you're supporting isn't the only reason to celebrate at this black tie fund-raiser. You'll also savor food catered by Denver's most renowned chefs, including a sit-down meal from Rioja and a delicious buffet of hors d'oeuvre from Lola and Ace Eat Serve, as well as have the chance to bid on a vacation to the Bahamas or Pitbull concert tickets. Proceeds benefit Invest in Kids, an organization that has helped fund child-focused programs across the state for nearly 20 years. Sat 5:30 p.m.

Celebrating Mom Winemaker's Dinner

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Sat, 04/30/2016 - 1:50pm

Spend Mother's Day on the couch after this five-course meal on the holiday's eve. Master chef Connie Ruel will craft everything from seared scallops and shrimp custard cake to a duck and beef chip Napoleon. Each creation will be paired with a Kingman Estate wine such as a Chardonnay or Merlot. Sat 6 p.m.

Celebration of Mom Winemaker's Dinner

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:33am

We like to think we think our mothers everyday, but this weekend calls for a special treat (wine). Treat Mom to a five-course wine pairing dinner at one of Denver's urban wineries. Sit among wine barrels and fermentation tanks as you enjoy menu items such as seared scallops and shrimp custard cake paired with chardonnay. Sat 6 p.m.

The Scarlet Letter

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:24pm

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's well-known tale of overcoming stigma, Hester Prynne conceives a daughter out of wedlock and is sentenced to live with a red "A" on her chest so no one will forget her sin. Prynne and her story are reimagined for the opera in this world premiere. Nervous about understanding the words? Subtitles in both English and Spanish will be available on a screen at every seat. Days, times vary.

Mother's Day Bird Banding Breakfast

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:46pm

May is the time for songbird migration through the South Platte River corridor. Follow a light continental breakfast with a leisurely 10-minute walk guided by an Audubon Center naturalist to the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies banding station. Watch as the ornithologists catch and band yellow warblers, lazuli buntings, chickadees, and northern flickers and help them collect data by weighing and measuring the birds and finally releasing them back into nature. Sun 9-11 a.m. 

Mother's Day Brunch

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Sat, 04/30/2016 - 1:57pm

Not having to cook is one of the best gifts you can give a mother. Between the prime rib-carving station and the omelet station at this buffer, she won't know where to begin. You can also indulge in the Bloody Mary bar or bottomless mimosas. To top it off, all mothers will receive a rose. Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Sound of Music

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:35am

Visit the local movie theater for a Mother’s Day brunchtacular featuring a movie, brunch offerings, specialty cocktails, and deals from Aspen Grove stores. Enjoy the classic film while indulging in a spread of mixed fruit, bacon, sausage, and roasted potatoes, plus a mimosa. Afterward, explore the Aspen Grove shopping center. Sun 11 a.m.

Rosé Brunch

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:03pm

This reputable Boulder eatery will be open for brunch for the first time. A basket of pastries and baked goodies will come to the table first followed closely by delectable eats like yellowfin tuna or the soft-shell crab—all paired with your choice of rosé, champagne, or Chablis wine. Sun 11:30 a.m.

Mother's Day Family Show feat. Justin Willman

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:53am

Magician and comedian Justin Willman invites you to spend Mother’s Day with him at his family-friendly show. Seen on Ellen, The Tonight Show, and Conan, Justin combines clean humor and magical prowess for a show that will have your kids believing anything is possible. Bring the little ones along for a fun day of entertainment and stop by Lucy’s Restaurant above the club for a special brunch before the show. Sun 3 p.m.

The People Versus Voting

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:29pm

If the upcoming election has you asking yourself whether voting is really necessary, this casual debate is the place to get some answers. By the time local experts, including Denise Maes, the public policy director at the ACLU Colorado, and Candi CdeBaca, the founder of local nonprofit Project Voyce, are done arguing for or against the nation's voting system, your opinions on the electoral process may have changed. Sun 5 p.m.

Cabaret for a Cause

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:25am

Join TV personalities and event hosts Chris Parente and Eden Lane for this inspiring concert featuring R&B and pop tunes as well as songs from Broadway productions. More than 10 singers and actors will perform, culminating in a choral performance of "Courage Said I Can," written by two-time Emmy Award–winning composer Denise Gentilini.

Distinguished Visiting Chef Series: Pati Jinich

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:14pm

You might recognize Chef Pati Jinich from her PBS show, Pati's Mexican Table, or for her appearances on the Today ShowThe Talk, or NPR's The Splendid Table. This event offers the rare opportunity to see her live for a demo of recipes from her new cookbook, Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens. She'll be available post-presentation to sign copies of the book. Mon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Børns

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:40pm

This pop rocker's first studio album, Dopamine, represents a drastic change in tone from the melancholic, quiet songs he produced while living in New York City. His sound has shifted to Beach Boys–inspired harmonies and feel-good lyrics inspired by the Southern California region to which he recently moved. Mon 8 p.m.

David Sedaris

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 11:26am

Although his wit and biting social critique come across on the page, David Sedaris is even funnier in person. At this evening reading, the writer of best-selling essay collections such as Holidays on Ice and When You Are Engulfed in Flames will share hilarious excerpts from his work and then sign your favorite books of his. Tue 8 p.m.

DU Vin Festival

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:16pm

You don't have to go far from home for this intimate celebration of food and wine. The main event is the pairing challenge, in which local chefs work with University of Denver hospitality management students to create ideal food and wine pairings. But don't miss the grand tasting, which features more than 100 wines and a variety of samplings from Denver-area eateries, including Osteria Marco and Mizuna. Proceeds benefit student scholarships for DU's hopsitality management program. Thu 6-9 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m.

Ye-Ha!

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:26pm

Saddle up for this musical set in the Wild West and filled with adventure, comedy, and hidden treasure. The notorious Mad Dog McNut and his rough-and-tumble gang are causing trouble in Splodge City and it's up to a cowardly cook and a lively cowgirl with her faithful steed to stop the crooks and save the town. Thu-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.

White Guy on the Bus

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:27pm

When a white man befriends a single black mom while on his daily bus commute, their relationship sparks fiery debate and highlights the stark socioeconomic divide between them. This thought-provoking drama offers a deep analysis of racial tensions in America. Wed-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Tori Kelly

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:30pm

The voice behind the radio hit, “Nobody Love,” this star originally caught the world’s attention through her viral Paramore and Frank Ocean covers on YouTube. Kelly's masterful vocals carry her most record, Unbreakable Smile, and elevate her indie pop beats above radio singles. Thu 8 p.m.  

Primal Colorado Bike Expo

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:22pm

Kick off (or rahter, pedal toward) the start of cycling season with this biking-themed festival. Expect BMX aerial stunters, adult big wheel races, a bike polo tournament, live music, and discounts from local retailers like Denver-based Guerilla Gravity. Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:30pm

The classic Whose Line Is It Anyway? duo reunites for a comedic takeover of Denver. The night promises to be a hilarious improv extravaganza made up of unique scenes and games based on suggestions from the audience. Unsuspecting audience members have been called on stage to participate in the past so come prepared with your funniest jokes. Fri 8 p.m.

Greetings from Camp Katabasis

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:34pm

This comedy revamps the Greek tales of traveling to the underworld. When two old summer camp buddies go to the woods shortly after the death of a close friend, they try to cope with the concept of death in their own hilarious ways (aided by the narration of their childhood camp counselor who acts as a guide to the after life). Featuring a CPR mannequin as a main "character" the friends bring along to practice survival skills on, Buntport Theater Company offers the darkly humorous world premiere of a show that will have you laughing away the darkness. Mon-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.

The Expendables

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:28pm

Hailing from Santa Cruz, California, this low-key group originally found success within the surf rock world. But with a sound more reminiscent of bands like Slightly Stoopid, the reggae rock outfit has pushed the boundaries of the genre with its combination of jam band-worthy guitar solos, punk-influenced style, and memorable melodies. Fri 9 p.m.

Battle the Bear

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:10pm

This cycling race series features different routes for a range of hardy riders: a 50-mile endurance course, a 30-mile cross-country course, and six-, 10-, and 20-mile junior courses. The 10-mile path that the racers loop around Bear Creek Lake Park features five intense climbs as well as rolling, high-octane single-track. Sat 7 a.m. 

Sun Drenched Music Festival

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:35pm

Denver Beer Co. will transform Canworks, the company’s new production brewery and cannery, into a summer beach party complete with bluegrass tunes. Well-known bands such as Hot Buttered Rum, Caribou Mountain Collective, and the Railsplitters will hit the stage while beach volleyball matches and beer balloon fights take place in the background. Sat noon-8 p.m.

Fermentation with Ozuké

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:58pm

Be good to your gut and mix some homemade probiotic-rich kraut into your diet. Mara and Willow King of Boulder's Ozuké, a store for all things pickled, will teach you how to ferment vegetables to create colorful sauerkraut and kimchi. By the end of the class, you'll leave with a jar of healthy snacks. Sat 2-4 p.m.

A Passage to India

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 11:38am

At this vibrant charity gala, escape your daily routine to explore the varied cultures of India. Dine on authentic Indian dishes, then shop for intricate textiles and decorate your hands with henna at the bazaar inside the historic Mining Exchange Hotel. Proceeds benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Pikes Peak Region, a group that supports children who have suffered from abuse or neglect. Sat 6-10 p.m.

Curds & Brew Cheesemaking & Beer Tasting Bootcamp

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 1:13pm

No physical activity is required at this boot camp, which will last from one to three days depending on your lactose tolerance. Either way, a hands-on cheesemaking class will be followed by lunch, a local Longmont brewery tour (300 Suns Brewing, Shoes & Brews, or Left Hand Brewing, depending on the session), and a beer and cheese pairing. Sun-Tue 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

NCAA Division II Championships Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:43pm

Glimpse talented Division II athletes vying for championship trophies in four different sports. Seventy-six teams and 20 individuals in men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse, softball, and men's and women's tennis will convene in the Mile High City to determine who will be crowned victors. Mon-Sat, times vary.

Ben Folds and Ymusic

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:07pm

With a fresh new sound that he's dubbed “chamber rock,” this singer-songwriter’s collaboration with the Ymusic ensemble has produced some of the most interesting and innovative music of Folds' career. The overlap of pop and classical music worlds was fueled by mutual admiration between the two groups and a desire to push the boundaries of accepted genres. Mon 8 p.m.

Into the Woods

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:49pm

In this magical drama, join classic fairytale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, and more as they discover what it means to truly live happily ever after. When their plots intertwine, they must learn to make their own decisions without a narrator to guide them through their respective stories. Venture down the path with Broadway star and Grammy Award–winning singer Debby Boone as the witch for the first three weeks of the show (May 19 through June 5). Thu-Fri 6 p.m.; Sat noon, 6 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m.

Christopher Titus

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:36pm

If you’re familiar with this comic's stand-up, then you’ll know his raw and honest content encourages laughing off everything from the apocalypse to mistakes like drinking too much. Coming off a Comedy Central special that premiered this past summer, Titus has performed his one-man show across the country to frequently sold-out theaters. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

Altering Natural Perceptions

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:43am

Immerse yourself in the natural worlds of seven distinct artists at this group exhibit. Reclaimed barn wood cubes by Lee Heekin will complement Kellie Cannon's rustic, decayed steel prints, which foil Don Quade's colorful paintings of seasons' changes and Derrick Breidenthal's muted, dreamy landscapes. Works span levels of abstraction, mediums, and message. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment.

Legally Blonde

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:52pm

When Elle Woods is dumped by her longtime boyfriend, she follows him to Harvard Law School in an attempt to win him back. Faced with tough professors and tougher courses, Elle must learn her own self-worth and question if she’s willing to trade her upper class Malibu lifestyle for that of a dedicated lawyer. This catchy musical, based on the 2001 film, tackles stereotypes and scandal in a heart-warming way. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Denver Amateur Doubles Disc Golf Tournament

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:19pm

The Professional Disc Golf Association will host this three-round tournament designed for teams of advanced, intermediate, and recreational players. Its setting, Carmenisch Park, has earned the moniker "Badlands" for a reason: The wooded, hilly terrain requires skill to navigae. Plus, each round of the tournament is played on a different course, adding an extra challenge. Sat 7 a.m.; Sun 8 a.m.

Sew With Me

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:44am

Foster a love of crafting in your child at this event filled with sewing and quilting tutorials. The Colorado Quilting Council presents lessons using handmade patterns that your budding quiter or seamstress can mimic, plus door prizes and raffles, healthy refreshments, and a parade. Sat 9 a.m.

How People Make Things

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:50am

Learn about the people and the historical and contemporary techniques behind household items—from toy cars to tools to shoes—and northern Colorado's factories. Bring the whole family to learn how to mold, cut, deform, and assemble everyday objects at this hands-on exhibit. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m.

Herbal Home and Garden Workshop

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 11:48am

Don't bother cooking with dried herbs this spring—learn how to grow fresh ingredients instead. During this interactive class, experts will provide tips on incorporating home-grown herbs, like lavender and mint, into tea blends, homemade bath products, and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Bonus: As part of the workshop, use herbs from the garden to craft (and eat) a tasty lunch of tomato gazpacho, herbed chicken salad, and rosemary-rhubarb cobbler. Sat 9:30 a.m.

Ride for the Pass

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:35pm

Get a sneak peek of Independence Pass, one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain byways, before it’s open to cars for the season during this road bike race. Recreational riders can enjoy a two-mile route ending at Weller Lake while competitive cyclists will continue up Highway 82 to finish at the Independence ghost town. A party at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Aspen follows the jaunt. Proceeds benefit the Independence Pass Foundation’s restoration work. Sat 10 a.m. 

Magnificent Moms and Model Trains

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:12pm

Treat your little ones to a picnic, a bit of live music, and some demonstrations of model trains. Pack your favorite spring lunch and sway along to the musical stylings of Denver jazz pianist and singer Wendy Fopeano. Don’t miss out of the museum’s model railway, on loan from the Denver Garden Railway Society, and relax while you explore the lush grounds with your children. Sat 10 a.m.

The Cooking Studio's Pastry Class

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:48pm

Satisfy your sweet tooth after picking up some tricks in this hands-on baking class. Chef Marilyn Morgan will teach you how to work with pastries, from making meringues to using decorative edible flowers. Try not to eat all the confections before plating begins. Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Colorado Pole Championship

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:55pm

Join the top pole dancers in the state for the Colorado Pole Championship, Colorado's largest pole dancing competition and part of the Pole Championship Series. Dancers from across the state will compete to win a spot in the 2017 PCS Championship at the Arnold Sports Festival in Ohio. While typically seen as taboo, this dance competition will showcase the athleticism it takes to become a master of a difficult art form. Sat 8 p.m.

Start Making Sense with Wake Up and Live

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:12pm

Frontman Jon Braun of Start Making Sense plays the perfect David Byrne for this seven-piece Talking Heads tribute band, whose performances evoke all that you loved about ’80s art punk. The show will be played with Denver-based Wake Up and Live, which pushes the boundaries of the tribute genre through improvisation and original arrangements of Bob Marley classics. Sat 9 p.m.

The Original Meowler

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:25pm

This challenging duathlon is not for the faint of heart (or breath): Racers will complete 30 miles of technical, single-track mountain biking that climbs around 4,000 vertical feet and an 11-mile trail run. Proceeds benefit Gunnison Trails, an organization dedicated to maintaining and developing the Gunnison-area mountain bike trail system. Sun 7 a.m. 

Tri the Rock

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:37pm

This kid-friendly triathlon offers another outlet for your little athlete's energy. Three age divisions mean the youngest competitors (ages five to six) will only swim one pool length, bike one lap around Butterfield Crossing Park, and run about a third of a mile while kids as old as 14 can take on a 100-meter swim, an eight-kilometer bike ride, and a two-kilometer run. The food, prizes, and athletic activities will keep your children happy, healthy and, most important, occupied.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 11:55am

With easy access to an entire globe full of products at our fingertips, it's easy to forget how to live simply. Thanks to the regional premiere of this stunning documentary, which won the Most Inspirational Film award at the Orlando Film Festival, however, you can draw inspiration from a variety of minimalists. Watch stories ranging from a couple living in a tiny house to an entrepreneur who never stops traveling to a family of four living with as few possessions as possible. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Once

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:57pm

Catch this hauntingly beautiful love story of a struggling Dublin street musician and a young woman who takes an interest in his songs. Their relationship blooms as they collaborate to get a record deal, but their connection turns out to be more complicated than expected. Featuring an ensemble of actors who play their own instruments onstage, this memorable production reinforces the impact music can have on the human experience. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

Katie Caron

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 10:19am

Stuck in her suburban home while watching her small children, Katie Caron found herself questioning her relationship with the natural world. This query prompted her to build an immersive installation exhibit using plastic and styrofoam. Plasticized renditions of the Rocky Mountains will rise up around visitors, while LED lights and projections stain the room with a digital glow, showcasing the integration of nature with technology in our lives. Wed-Thu noon-5 p.m.

There Are No Words

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 10:14am

Colorado transplant Anna Marie Mead dabs bright, jovial colors across her canvases in forms suggestive of natural landscapes, cloudscapes, and sunsets. In her new exhibit she employs her signature smears to recreate the Centennial State's stunning scenery. The resulting works are cheerfully abstract renditions of the natural world. Open by appointment. 

Colorado Corks & Cuisine

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 1:59pm

Tote your free drinking vessel around this historic park for an afternoon of local food and drinks. Sample libations from establishments such as Mu Brewery, Black Canyon Distillery, Wild Cider, and Redstone Meadery. Then, wander between the stalls of food vendors, including Brothers BBQ and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Proceeds benefit Four Mile Historic Park's free or low-cost programming for underprivileged students in Denver. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Flaming Lips

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:15pm

This rock group has been producing genre-busting tracks since its inception in 1983. The two-time Grammy Award–winning quintet is most well-known for its raucous shows, which feature wild light configurations, elaborate costumes, and art video projections. Thu 7:30 p.m.

Telluride Mountainfilm

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:00pm

Take a break from your own outdoor excursions for an adventure film extravaganza. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will flock to the mountains for dozens of movies plus lectures, book signings, gallery tours, and even an ice cream social. At the symposium kick-off event, New York Times columnist Timothy Egan and Betty Reid Soskin, America's oldest national park ranger, will come together to discuss the future of the national park system. Fri-Mon, times vary.

Buena Vista Pro Whitewater Rodeo

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:41pm

The river will take freestyle kayakers for a wild ride as they spin, flip, and hurdle through rapids to compete in the Buena Vista PaddleFest’s penultimate event. Spectators can enjoy pro and amateur class events as well as a beer garden that showcases local brew, wine, and cocktails as they cheer on competitors. Fri 4-6 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  

Citizen Dan: Steely Dan Tribute

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 2:26pm

This team of 12 musicians brings some serious talent and soul in their homage to the music of Steely Dan. With saxophones, trombones, trumpets, drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and vocals, the dynamic band brings an authenticity and truthfulness to classic tracks that dedicated fans of the originals and new listeners alike will enjoy. Fri 9 p.m. 

Terrain Race: Denver

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:33pm

Climb over six-foot walls, slosh through mud, and crawl across cargo nets to conquer the tricky terrain in this obstacle course race. With the map kept secret until race day, the 5K and 10K mud run will require some serious grit and teamwork to complete. The event will also include a Little Monkey half-mile race with similar hurdles for kids ages two to eight years old. Sat 8 a.m.

Bird Walk

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:02pm

As the weather warms up, humans aren't the only ones spending time in the sun. Take advantage of the spring climate to head outside and search for difficult-to-spot birds with an Audubon Master Birder from the Front Range Birding Company. With binoculars in hand, birders and non-birders alike will learn facts about bird ecology and tips on identifying birds by sight and sound. Sat 8-11 a.m.

Sweet William Market

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:11pm

If you're feeling the springtime itch to spruce up your space, drive up to Stapleton for this outdoor market brimming with adorable antiques. The talented David Potter will treat you to a live banjo performance as you browse the vendor stands for the perfect reclaimed coffee table or vintage print from the likes of artists such as Amanda Vela and Robin Thayer. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Family Fun Day: Steps in Stone

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:33pm

Fossils reveal much about the past. Take your little ones on a journey through time and space as they discover not only the remnants of history, but also the current tracks being made (such as those on Mars) that future generations will look back on to learn about our culture. Travel to other planets through immersive shows and exhibits in partnership with the Fiske Planetarium to learn about the world around you. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Good People

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:00pm

In this perceptive comedy, callous Margie finds herself middle-age, unemployed, and squandering her money away at bingo. Yet she finds hope for a secure future when she tracks down an old flame, who is now a successful doctor. Don't miss the darkly funny production for its surprisingly compassionate views on class and culture. Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Why We Dance

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 10:08am

Experience the sounds, steps, and imagery of Plains Indians dance in this multimedia exhibit. In keeping with the Denver Art Museum's summer-long celebration of dance, the institution is displaying drawings of animal, healing, and rite of passage dances; large-scale, dance-themed portraits dating back more than 70 years; and contemporary Native American dance regalia. Viewers can also experience traditional dance performances through a dancing circle video installation by Mohawk artist Alan Michelson. Tue-Fri, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Festival of the Brewpubs

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 1:37pm

Considered Arapahoe Basin's largest party of the year, this brew-focused springtime festival features unlimited tastings from local breweries such as Left Hand Brewing, Pug Ryan's Brewery, and Ska Brewing. Food vendors will offer fair delicacies such as turkey legs and brats, and there will be live music from Denver-based, old-school funk band Jakarta. We'll toast to that. Sun noon-4 p.m.