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Monday, July 06, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.