Thrill seekers and endurance testers are invited to don banana suit costumes for this extreme run. For seven hours, take turns with your teammates or fly solo to get as many laps in as possible. (Beforehand, remember to collect pledges to benefit the Adaptive Sports Center, which works to improve the lives of those with disabilities through outdoor adventure.) Once your legs are sufficiently shaking, attend the award ceremony, where prizes will be given out to the team or individual that raised the most money and/or completed the most laps. Sun 8:50 a.m.
BEST BETTicket prices vary.Denver Art Museum
Free.Byers-Evans House Museum
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$10-$15.Denver Museum of Nature and Science
$5-$8.Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
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Free.Denver International Airport
Free.University of Denver
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Free.Parker Arts Culture and Events Center
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$8.Foothills Art Center
BEST BET$1.Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Free with admission.Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Free.College Hill Library
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Free.Center for Visual Art-Metropolitan State University of Denver
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BEST BET$5.Museo de las Americas
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BEST BETFree.CenturyLink Tower
BEST BET$14-$31.Aurora Fox Arts Center
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BEST BETTicket prices vary.Vail Resorts
Free.Helikon Gallery & Studios
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Ticket prices vary.Canyon Theater
Free.Ice Cube Gallery
$45.BAC Appliance Center
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$2.Bear Creek Lake Park
$49.50-$75.Colorado Springs World Arena & Ice Hall
As the 70-degree days in February have shown us, you can be outside all year round in the Mile High City. RunDenver, which has provided the metro area with races for more than 30 years, took advantage of this Colorado mindset all winter long with various 5K races and will be ending its series with That Dam Run. Both the half-marathon and 5K courses lead runners over the Cherry Creek Dam Road and offer amazing views. Awards will be given to the winning male and female. Sun 10 a.m.
The collaborative spirit of folk and bluegrass music gets a 21st century update at this inaugural concert. Boulder-based troupe Grant Farm serves as the house band for an hour of performances and interviews—all set to be broadcast live online—which will be followed by an additional, in-person-only concert. The band’s rootsy sounds are joined with guest performances by other folk favorites Bill Nershi (of the String Cheese Incident), Dead Winter Carpenters, and Benny "Burle" Galloway. Can’t make it?
Arguably one of the most gifted songwriters of our time, Elvis Costello boasts a career that spans four decades, membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a distinct sound that's constantly evolving. Costello’s music is primarily pop rock delivered with a powerful punk attitude, although he’s also composed full-length orchestral work. While this show will feature the London native solo, his latest project, Wise Up Ghost, was the result of a collaboration with hip-hop band the Roots. Sun 8 p.m.
Let your tots dance their sillies out and sing along to catchy songs geared for their age group. Janet Casson of Rocky Mountain Music for Aardvarks leads a 20-to-30-minute music class that’s best for early learners (up to 4 years old). She starts each song by talking in rhyme to catch the tykes' attention before transitioning into tunes sung along to her guitar. The fun, loose format is perfect for short attention spans. Mon 10 a.m.
If you missed the X Games this year, fear not—here's another chance to see some of the world’s best compete in your backyard. Four-time Olympian Kelly Clark and X Games gold medalists Danny Davis and Chloe Kim will all be looking for titles in halfpipe and slopestyle. In addition to watching the champs face off on the slopes, enjoy entertainment ranging from free concerts to a broomball tournament on the Solaris Ice Rink. Mon-Sat, times vary.
Celebrated for his lyrical genius, singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov’s sound falls somewhere between Iron & Wine’s melancholia and the Avett Brothers’ Americana. His music is at once sparse and incredibly complex, creating a dreamscape of emotionally charged memories. Don’t miss opener Mandolin Orange, a southern folk duo known for its rich harmonies and country sensibility. Thu 8 p.m.
This contest—which will take place over the course of four days in Vail—is the longest running snowboarding event in the world. Fans can cheer on the sport's top athletes in events like halfpipe and slopestyle, enjoy product demos, and dance to three nights of live music, which will include indie pop/rock collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, electronic artist Girl Talk, and a bluegrass kickoff party with Colorado’s own Andy Thorn & Friends.
Take a break from the produce stands and professional chefs of the Colorado Local Food Summit for this 48-minute film, presented as part of the conference. The picture follows New York City’s surge in urban farming to its silliest and most serious corners. Watch as this flick raises questions concerning both the future and feasibility of urban farming. Mon 7 p.m.
Come see two classic fairy tales adapted into one play. Denver entertainer Merry-Andrew Afoot will dress up and perform a combination of a German tale ("The Fisherman and his Wife"), a Grimm Brothers story about the cost of greed, and an English fable ("The Three Wishes"), in which couple uses the three wishes they're granted too quickly. Tue 9:30, 11 a.m.
Former architect turned photographer Douglas Kahn teams up with artist Renee Alpert to create a collage of photographic manipulation. The two will take over both Helikon studios, with a photography exhibit in the main space and an installation in the second. Both displays will depict Spanish missions across the Southwest, from Arizona to California. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Don't miss this special four-course collaboration dinner from nationally-acclaimed chefs Steve Redzikowski of Oak at Fourteenth and Acorn and Alex Figura of Lower48 Kitchen. The pair will cook their citrus and yogurt-inspired dishes that were recently featured in Art Culinaire Magazine—think lemon-lime Peking duck breast with citrus-pickled cherries and passion fruit panna cotta with pineapple and kumquats. Tue 5-9:30 p.m.
You may not be familiar with the young comedians and vocalists at this concert, but your teenage kids are likely their biggest fans. Internet sensations like 19-year-old Sam Pottorff, a member of popular YouTube channel Our2ndLife, and 18-year-old Vine star Rickey Thompson, who has garnered more than 2 million followers, will perform their famous songs and skits live. Splurge on VIP tickets for a pre-show meet-and-greet, a limited edition poster, and a commemorative lanyard. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Photographer John Ambrosino refuses to pigeonhole himself into a particular style, choosing instead to capture a wide range of subjects. This exhibition lives up to its name, featuring Ambrosino’s wide range of work, such as landscapes, abstract nature images, and depictions of everyday objects through an altered perspective. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bring your tots out for this storytime and arts and craft session. Kids will make dinosaur puppets using clothespins and then tour the "Trek Through Time," an indoor exhibit designed as a walkthrough of different prehistoric environments. Wed 10 a.m.
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen series gives cinematic voice to the renowned Globe Theater Company’s masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity, and enlightenment. This magical performance tells the tale of an exiled duke that uses supernatural forces to exact revenge on his deceitful brother. Wed 1 p.m.
The 3hree Project, born over a year ago at Denver's KMG Studios, is an attempt to unite Colorado’s hip-hop artists. The venture—a collaboration between local rappers, producers, and singers—features 22 musicians, including Trev Rich, Pries, and Nat Soundz. The collective put out a full release this past December, which the group will perform it in its entirety during this show. Wed 8 p.m.
This four-day extravaganza features slope-side parties, pop-up bars, booze seminars, drink demonstrations, pairing dinners, and even a pub crawl. Inspired by après-ski cocktail culture, attendees are encouraged to hit the slopes between attending events like a Woody Creek Distillers pairing brunch, seminars on alpine liqueurs and coffee cocktails, and hot toddy hour at Aspen's upper gondola plaza. Thu 9 a.m.-Sun 7 p.m.
Experience international film without leaving Colorado. Named one of the 25 coolest film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, this Boulder gathering has previously screened Oscar-winning films like Big Fish and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. This year's presentation will feature Jeff Lowe's Metanoia, a film directed by Boulder native Jim Aikman about alpine climber Jeff Lowe's adventures and his battle with ALS.
Two local artists and gallery members will kick off Denver's month of photography with a collaborative show that pits realism against idealism. Myers' skills are highlighted in his photographic portraits of varied women while Fries works with wooden boards and paper to create abstract drawings, paintings, and collages. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Turn the technology off and leave your flashlights at home. This guided hike will take you through Bear Lake Park under the cover of darkness. A park naturalist will direct you down the path and point out the beautiful scenery. Thu 8-10 p.m.
Indulge in gluttony you can feel good about. Enjoy wine and beer tastings from local restaurants and breweries, a silent auction, and a special cooking demonstration from Panzano executive chef Elise Wiggins. Proceeds benefit orphans and pregnant women in crisis in places such as Kenya and Nepal. Thu 6-9 p.m.
Mingle with your favorite chefs and dine on their creations. The packed weekend schedule includes panel discussions and seminars—presented by icons like Doug Frost, one of only three people in the world to hold the title of master sommelier and master of wine—during the day and extravagant meals at night. On Friday, choose from four themed, multicourse dinners, paired with either Burgundies, local beer, Kentucky bourbon, or Italian wines.
All-American country singer Brad Paisley is known for his vivid descriptions of Southern living. This relatable charm has helped garner many awards over the course of his 15-year career, including three Grammys and two American Music Awards. Thu 7:45 p.m.
Gather on the downtown streets to glimpse unusual athletes in this winter spectacle. Watch the ancient art of ski joring, in which a horse and rider pull skiers over jumps and obstacles. A winter mountain bike race, paintball match, and Nordic racing round out the weekend. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Try your best to keep things straight as you hear the tangled story of Victoria, a defeated, starving soprano living in 1930s Paris. She is saved by Toddy, a gay cabaret performer when he decides she needs a gimmick: She’ll pretend to be a man playing a woman. Victoria becomes the toast of Paris, until things get tricky when a famous Chicago gangster falls in love with her/him. Days, times vary.
Snowshoe for the cure with this beginner-friendly event to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Participants can test their abilities in a 3K timed race or traverse the flat course during a 3K or 5K walk. A free pancake breakfast will be served before the race at the Nordic Center, while opportunities to win gear and prizes will be available afterward. Fri 7:30 a.m.-noon.
After a two-month residency at PlatteForum, Cole Bee Wilson is looking to answer this question: “What is the difference between music and noise?” Wilson debuts his exhibition—the primary focus being an interactive bowed piano—with an opening night of live performances and music. Fri 5:30-8 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Cole Bee Wilson
Swing by 2015's first installment of this quarterly talk, which lets aspiring writers and other artists pick the brains of their successful counterparts. This go-around will feature Rachel Sturtz, a Denver-based freelance journalist with clips in magazines like Esquire and Outside; the co-founders of Winter Session, a local that makes leather goods by hand; and Garrett Ammon, artistic director of Denver dance company Wonderbound. It’s a must-attend for any creative type wondering how to achieve success in his or her field. Fri 6 p.m.
Wendy Harriman’s macramé wall hangings integrate timber with knotted fibers, suede, and even feathers. This bohemian exhibition features one-of-a-kind modern works, which each begin with the discovery of a piece of driftwood that informs each piece's aesthetic. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
Comedian Katie Rubin uses hysterical impressions and impeccable accents to lightheartedly poke fun at humanity and create awareness of the spiritual journey. Her keen observations on addiction, dating, and her own quirky life (among other topics) create a sassy comic experience. Fri 8 p.m.
Electronic music and hip-hop lovers will enjoy Datsik, the stage name of Canadian musician Tory Beetles. A longtime rap fan, Datsik’s style is pure dubstep, relying on heavy drums, bass, and robotic samples to create an aggressive sound. Fri 9 p.m.
Don your favorite crazy costume and join the folks at New Belgium for a wild mountain adventure in support of a good cause. You and your team will embark on a scavenger hunt for the elusive Bigfoot, all while solving riddles and skiing the slopes. Proceeds benefit the High Country Conservation Coalition, which seeks to maintain the health and beauty of Colorado's mountain areas. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Daffy Duck on the big screen, giant anvils falling on the Wile E. Coyote and the cool phrases of Bugs Bunny—sounds like the recipe for a perfect Saturday morning. How about unlimited sugary cereal, Doc? Take the whole family to watch the classic Chuck Jones cartoons and introduce the kids to Porky Pig and Marvin the Martian. Wear your PJs and load up on your favorite sugary breakfast during 100 minutes of road running action. Sat 10 a.m.
—Photo Credit: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
All aboard—it's time for the largest toy train show west of the Mississippi. Peruse more than 600 tables of toy trains for sale or attend one of the 20 workshops within this two-and-half-acre showcase. Pay attention to the hourly door raffles, which will feature toy train merchandise. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ditch the peaceful studio and flow through your yoga practice with 200 of your closest friends. Kindness Yoga instructor Jen Hicks will walk you through a 75-minute class while Boulder-based electro-soul DJ Mr. Gettdowne pumps Colorado’s largest indoor venue full of music. Your blood will be flowing just as much as your body during this inaugural event. Sat 10 a.m.
Moms and moms-to-be save 50 to 90 percent off retail prices at this mega-sale. The largest nonprofit consignment sale in the Rocky Mountain Region includes more than $100,000 worth of gently loved children’s merchandise ready for purchase, ranging from toys to clothes to furniture. (Remember to bring a laundry basket to carry all your goodies.) A portion of the proceeds supports the Mothers Of Multiples Society's Community Outreach program, which helps support low-income families with twins or other multiples. Sat 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Don't wait until high school computer science to expose your little ones to coding. During this two-hour session, expert mentors will teach the basics of coding and developing apps to your kids, who will be able to work on their own projects in the final hour. This session will focus on the use of programming cublets (computerized Legos) to make different kinds of robots. Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Explore Italian culture through the lens of film. Denver-based critic Robert Denerstein leads a lecture on Italian films made in the postwar period that focus on the impoverished and oppressed. Directors discussed include Luchino Visconti and Roberto Rossellini. Sat 1 p.m.
You won't want to miss this performance of iconic entertainers on the hardwood. Their skills jump off the court as they incorporate audience participation, stunning adults and children alike with their ball-handling wizardry. Sat 1 p.m.
See China without spending a day getting there. World-renowned wildlife filmmaker Dale Johnson—whose resume includes work with major TV networks, stints with NASA and National Geographic, and awards from outlets like the New York City International Film Festival—will narrate live during this screening of his extensively filmed travelogue. This documentary takes viewers to the country’s most iconic landmarks such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall to its breathtaking countryside and dizzying metropolises.
Man's role in the Wild West is an oft-told tale, one that Rodgers Naylor expresses through oil paint in his most recent exhibition. Combining elements of the sublime, realist, and expressionist artistic legacies, Naylor’s dramatic landscapes use light and dark colors paired with unassuming human elements to reveal the westerner’s harmonious union with nature. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Support Colorado films (and their makers) at this weekend festival. Watch shorts like Phase Me Up and Popsy (based on the Stephen King short story of the same name), as well as others across genres like science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Filmmakers, actors, and crew members from each movie will be in attendance, including Adrian Bishop and Richard Fleming. Sat 4 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.
Sit back and enjoy this beloved musical (in both the film format and live audio) as the Colorado Symphony plays the movie’s musical score live while West Side Story plays in the background. The newest installment of the popular symphony series will feature three large screens for optimum viewing of the film from any angle. Resident Conductor Scott O’Neil will orchestrate the Romeo and Juliet recreation. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Devo will be reincarnated in Denver at this comprehensive event. Celebrate Mark Mothersbaugh’s hybrid creativity when the Devo founder himself performs, followed by an eclectic mix of local bands, including Tennis, Mr. Pacman, and DJ Gonda. The multimedia event will include a VIP reception at 7 p.m., a screening of Hardcore Devo Live, limited edition audio postcards by Meep Records, and a photobooth. Sat 8 p.m.
Four friends from Staten Island—Sal, Joe, Murr, and Q—formed the live improv and sketch comedy troupe the Tenderloins in 1999, which led to a hit show on truTV. Now you can see them live as they deliver new laughs and never-before-seen footage as the same loveable jokers. Sat 8 p.m.
Your budding Broadway star can learn new skills and perfect what she's already learned with this sampling of youth classes. The Denver Center for the Perfoming Arts' third floor studios become stations where your tyke can interact with teachers while she tests out activities like juggling, dramatically acting out a line from Shakespeare, or working on movement and balance on stage. When your little one successfully completes a skill, she'll receive a token exchangable for fun trinkets or a face painting session. Sun noon-2 p.m.
Dunk over hardship with this charitable event. Watch former Nugget Bill Hanzlik, former Bronco Tom Nalen, and other local celebrities show off their basketball skills as they participate in a game, free throw contest, and even a dance-off. Proceeds benefit Adam's Camp, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with special needs. Sun 1-3 p.m.
Classic film buffs can enjoy one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most celebrated pictures. The 1958 flick, shown as part of Alamo Drafthouse’s Big Screen Classics series, follows James Stewart as detective Scottie Ferguson, working out the convoluted mystery behind the apparent suicide of his friend’s wife. Vertigo was a groundbreaking release in its time, and the twisted storyline (combined with Alamo’s selection of local beers and liquors) is sure to make your head spin. Sun 2 p.m.
Five chefs, five pigs, one winner. So it goes at Cochon 555, where five Denver chefs will use a whole hog to prepare a maximum of six dishes. Look for Rich Byers of the Corner Office and Kelly Whitaker of Basta to duke it out to win the approval of both attendees and judges with their creations. Along with these tastes, guests will also get to sample wine, cured meats, and whiskey at pop-up culinary experiences. Sun 5 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Cochon 555
Competitors as young as six years old can take on this alternative to the typical distance-gauged triathlon. Separated from the unpredictable elements of the outdoors, athletes swim, bike, and run as far as they can for 10, 30, and 15 minutes, respectively. Each participant receives a swim cap and race shirt, and medals and plaques will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. Sun 7 p.m.
Pop-rock sextet MisterWives is a relatively young band, having formed in 2012 and released its debut album, Our Own House, just last month. Led by vocalist and keyboardist Mandy Lee, the troupe manages to create indie dance music while still garnering industry buzz. This show is part of the band’s first headlining tour, and what MisterWives lacks in experience, its members will make up for in feel-good beats. Mon 8 p.m.
This bivalve-centric event might make you forget that Colorado is landlocked. Enjoy drink specials and favorites from Jax Fish House like oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat shrimp, chicken and crawfish gumbo, and spicy tuna poke as you listen to tunes from Denver DJ Styles Davis. Don't miss the entertaining oyster shucking and eating competitions. Proceeds benefit There With Care, a charity that supports those in medical crises. Tue 6-9 p.m.
From the depths of the Black Sea to ancient cities along the Silk Road, Fredrik Hiebert has been collecting artifacts and stories for more than 20 years. Listen to the tales of the Harvard graduate and National Geographic Society fellow as he recounts discoveries like a famously lost trove of gold from the extinct settlement of Bactria. When Hiebert's finished, check out the museum's Traveling the Silk Road, on-exhibit until May 3. Tue 7 p.m.
Enjoy the ride as the Lamont Symphony Orchestra features Mason Bates’ work, “Mothership." The orchestra docks with several soloists throughout the work as they offer virtuosic riffs on the thematic material. The orchestra will also feature two works by Richard Strauss, a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Think “music superstar” and an opera singer probably doesn’t come to mind. But, Nathan Gunn has carved out a rarefied niche as just that. The Grammy Award-winning baritone’s thunderous voice has brought life to starring roles in dozens of iconic operas like Hamlet and The Barber of Seville, as well as rousing audiences in classical music capitals like London, Paris, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Catch Gunn’s stunning vocals during his Denver-area debut, which features accompaniment from his wife Julie Jordan Gunn, an accomplished pianist in her own right. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel wrote this tragic farce in 1979 about a fictitious trial in which God is the defendant. Wiesel is said to have based the events within the story on his own experiences as a teenager in Auschwitz. As such, the play’s overarching question is: How can God be just and good if there is so much pain and suffering in the world? Days, times vary.
The Chautauqua Dining Hall thanks the community with this intimate winter soirée. RSVP for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and happy hour pricing on drinks all evening. Experience live music and a festive atmosphere beneath the stunning Flatirons. Thu 5-7 p.m.
Embrace your inner child while maintaining that facade of adult sophistication as Denver dance company Wonderbound pays homage to the dark and humorous aesthetic of prolific children’s book writer and illustrator Edward Gorey. The ticket price also includes libations and appetizers—as well as mandatory audience participation. Thu 6-8 p.m.
While much of the photography world has gone digital, some artists are pushing back against this transition. This Month of Photography exhibition features a diverse range of works created through alternative processing (using a variety of chemicals to develop film and consequently achieve unique visual results). Jeff Klapperich, Bill Adams, Joe Addison, Keith Brenner, Carol Golemboski, Galina Kurlat, and Ted Preuss convene to demonstrate the breadth of photographic possibilities sans Photoshop. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Take a gastronomic journey around the globe at this multi-cultural smorgasbord. Sample everything from South American empanadas and Middle Eastern kabobs to German beers and Italian wines. International dance and music performances round out the evening's entertainment. Thu 7-10 p.m.
Playwright Aaron Posner gives us the regional premiere and “sort-of” adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull with this tale of Russian writers, actors, and doctors searching for the true meaning of love and art. Adding in a touch of unrequited love and lots of bird-based metaphors, the comedy showcases the struggle between young and old, past and present. Days, times vary.
Frontman Nahko Bear often illicits comparisons to Bob Marley, thanks to his laidback ethos and honest manner. His musical collective operates with a mission: inspire good will, take social action, build community, and live in harmony with Mother Nature. As part of a four-date run through the Rocky Mountain region, the band will bring its percussion heavy, spoken word, soul-stirring tunes to Denver, Boulder, Steamboat Springs, and Aspen. Thu 8:30 p.m.
Septet the Revivalists have been a fixture of the New Orleans music scene for years, but have only recently begun to make waves nationally. Their sound is part blues, part funky grooves, and all rock ‘n’ roll. Vocalist/guitarist David Shaw’s stage presence, along with relentless touring, has ensured the band’s live show brings all the energy their name implies. Thu 9 p.m.
This event was made for horsing around. Adopt a horse, or opt for cheaper alternatives like attending conferences about trail riding or browsing the market, where you can search for that new saddle or some Western wear. Fri-Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Let your high school theater geek side run wild with this immersive festival of new plays. Attend professionally staged readings of scripts from award-winning playwrights like Brian Watkins and Meredith Friedman, then discuss the productions with renowned Roundabout Theatre Company literary manager Jill Rafson. Rafson will also hold a master playwriting class on the final day of the weekend-long event. Fri 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat 6-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bookcliff Vineyards teams up with Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy to host a locavore's dream event in Boulder. Learn about what makes wine and cheese go so well together while enjoying appetizers like La Quercia prosciutto and Olympic Provisions salami. Then, indulge in six wine and cheese pairings, while Haystack's house cheesemonger imparts tips on serving delicacies like the professionals. Fri 6:30 p.m.
Described as TEDTalk meets Shark Tank, this on-stage competition features mostly local Kickstarter projects. The creators will live pitch to the audience in hopes of winning their donation (the cost of their ticket) for the night. Enjoy an adult libation as the offbeat competition ramps up. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Colorado native and multimedia artist Ravi Zupa kicks off the opening of Black Book Gallery’s new space with this diverse exhibit. Zupa, who specializes in using recycled materials, will showcase his “Mightier Than” series of machine gun sculptures made from office supplies like typewriters, pens, and staplers as well as original prints and works on canvas and wood. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
This exhibition explores the provocative and idiosyncratic definitions of beauty. Featured photographers from across the country, including locals Libby Barbee and Laura Shill, express personal interpretations that range from conceptual to humorous to dark. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Running in the snow can be tiring and slippery. Throw on your green gear and strap into provided snowshoes to trudge through the Vail powder instead. This 5K course circles the base of the resort and finishes with a post-race party at the Nordic Center in the Gore Creek Grill. Sat 4 p.m.
Oregon native Mat Kearney discovered his passion for music in the star-studded town of Nashville and never looked back. Now, five albums later, Kearney pays tribute to his childhood with his newest album Just Kids, which dropped last month. His songs have been featured in many TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy, and his 2011 album, Young Love, ranked at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. Sat 8 p.m.
Grab a partner and try to conquer as many bowls as you can on skis or boards. The first 150 to sign up will receive a free Helly Hansen base layer, and all competitors have access to an afterparty at the Highlands Ale House. The first-place ski team will earn a pair of Head Skis while the victorious snowboard team receives a Smith Optics package full of goggles and soft goods. Sun 9:15 a.m.
Trade a life on Earth for a few hours in space thanks to this educational event. Learn about advances in moon exploration since the end of Nasa's Apollo missions, including the discovery of ice in lunar craters. University of Colorado Boulder professor Jack O. Burns will discuss a new radio telescope that allows scientists to investigate the birth of the first stars and galaxies in the universe. Mon 7 p.m.
Relive the legendary tale of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Queen Guinevere as the city of Camelot oscillates between peaceful and chaotic throughout the king’s rule. The Broadway show won four Tonys, inspired several revivals, and bred the 1967 film of the same name. Tue-Wed 7:30 p.m.
Looking to impress your guests at your next dinner party? Central Bistro and Bar executive chef Matt Selby will teach some of the recipes and techniques that have brought him success for more than 15 years in the kitchen. The class, limited to 10 people and utilizing hands-on instruction, will ensure you know exactly how to make these recipes a reality. Wed 6-8 p.m.
The best-selling children’s book written by Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon has been transformed into this musical. Follow scheming Tilly and her talking dog’s escapades as they cause trouble for everyone around them. Only when Tilly is affected by someone else's tricks does she consider changing her mischievous ways. Days, times vary.
Headlining painter Monroe Hodder layers vibrant colors to create bold abstract paintings that play with the notion of identity. Works from painters Amy Metier and Joanne Kerrihard and sculptor Robert Delaney will also be on display. Tue–Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
As the second best-selling solo artist of all time, the American-country singer has done more than enough to cement himself as a Country Music Hall of Famer and musical icon. Yet he continues to build his fan base with his latest tour and new album, Man Against Machine—his first in 13 years. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.
Beer aficionados rejoice! The Colorado Brewers Guild is now in charge of this beer-infused celebration. The nine-day event features local craft brewers, pubs, and restaurants putting their wares on display for all to enjoy. Dozens of events will educate beer lovers on their favorite beverage and the unique beer community in Colorado. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Clean up your act and make soap from scratch. This morning lecture will teach you how to make soap with natural glycerin instead of harmful preservatives. Take home a bottle of fragrance oil and a packet of soap pigments along with the bar you created during the class. Sat 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Pretend to be a pilot for the day. Climb aboard select aircrafts at the Wings Over the Rockies museum, where you can push the buttons and play with the controls. If you don't feel ready for take-off just yet, talk to the museum's flight experts about various aspects of the planes. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sculptures rarely seen outside of Europe will be on display to celebrate one of Spain's most creative minds. The exhibit will feature pieces from Joan Miró's last two decades of work, which included many bronze installations. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Taste unique brews while surrounded by fellow hop heads. Breweries from around the world, including the London-based Beavertown Brewery as well as locals like Crooked Stave and Trve Brewing, will partner up to produce more than 40 craft beers only available at this one-day event. Sat 3-7 p.m.
Having released the album Talking is Hard this past December, pop quartet Walk the Moon are now in the midst of an international tour with only one stop in Colorado. Sometimes classified as indie, at other times as dance-rock, the band is undeniably high energy, with choruses that demand you sing along and a vibe that encourages playfulness. Wed 6 p.m.
Glimpse your favorite animated characters as they move their acts from the television screen to the ice skating rink. Classic stars like Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell will make appearances along with the cast from Toy Story and Pixar's Cars. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Local abstract artist Frederic Pinchon will lead a lecture, discussion, and Q&A on Lascaux, a historic site of caves in southwestern France. Revisit this setting of ancient art, famous for its paleolithic paintings. Thu 6-7:30 p.m.
Denver’s own Trout Steak Revival has been impressing audiences with its indie-grass-folk tunes since 2008, but it wasn’t until last year, when the group won the Telluride Bluegrass band competition, that it began receiving the national attention it deserves. The five-piece string band is known for its quick-picking, complex harmonies, and general embodiment of Rocky Mountain bluegrass. This show will double as the album release party for Brighter Every Day. Thu 8 p.m.
Top amateur athletes compete for the national title in snowboarding and freeskiing at the largest contest for non-professionals. Regional leaders in slalom, giant slalom, slopestyle and railjam events show off their speed and skills in this two-week action-packed event. Days, times vary.
In its second year, this weeklong event celebrates the Boulder community's artistic and cultural offerings. Experience First Friday showcases, exhibits, dance performances, and symposia that range from contemporary ballet classes to Dark Star Orchestra concerts. Don't miss meet-and-greets with local artists such as Raina Gentry and Sammy Lee. Days, times vary.
While Rob Schneider is best known for his longtime friendship with Adam Sandler and role as the "Richmeister” on Saturday Night Live, the Emmy Award winner has much more to offer as a writer, director, and producer. In 2009, he returned to standup after 20 years to create his first comedy album, Registered Offender. Now, he's released a second album with brand-new material for his tour. Days, times vary.
Nature is anything but natural in Jason DeMarte’s Confected, a Month of Photography show that explores a commercial version of nature. DeMarte’s staged "nature" photos move into a hyperreal space that does more to separate us from reality than to unite us with it. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.
Could we ever find the Colorado Symphony a bore? Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.” Colorado Symphony principal timpanist William Hill partners with the Colorado Symphony Chorus for the world premiere of an homage to Edgar Allen Poe’s famously haunting poem, “The Raven.” Oboist Peter Cooper will open the show with the concerto Down a River of Time followed by an orchestra performance of the suite from Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird before Hill closes the evening. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Inspired by people who spend life on the road, Hurray for the Riff Raff singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra set out to hitchhike across the country at age 17, eventually settling in New Orleans. There, she learned to play the banjo, founded her Americana musical collective, and was inspired to write many of the bluesy, folksy songs on her latest album, Small Town Heroes. Fri 9 p.m.
This scaly event is as cool as the name sounds. Visit the fairgrounds to check out reptiles like snakes, salamanders, and iguanas. Sit in on one of the presentations, which cover topics such as basic reptile care. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Take a break from the slopes and continue the adventure in town with this obstacle course. Complete as many tasks—such as sledding races, food challenges, and puzzle-solving competitions—as possible in three hours, walking or busing your way around the route. Each participant receives cowbells, party beads, and a buy one, get one free lift ticket, along with two hours of free tubing at the Colorado Adventure Park once the contest is over. Sat noon.
You may be used to enjoying some of the best powder in the country, but you've had to debulk before dining—until now. Sample some of the best local fare, like Tivoli Brewing's beers or Montanya distillers' spirits, at the resort after a few downhill runs. Sat noon.
This year’s spring concert will feature solo percussionist Dave Alcorn as he performs Remembrance, a piece created by composer-in-residence Michael Udow in memory of his father. Also featured are arrangements of Reformation Symphony by Felix Mendelssohn of the Romantic period and Music for the Royal Fireworks by Baroque composer George Frideric Handel. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
In 2014, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy teamed up with his 19-year-old son Spencer to form the logically named duo, Tweedy. Spencer plays the drums while his father sings and plays guitar, creating an intimate sound that isn’t too far from what Wilco fans love, if slightly more sparse. The Denver show will be staged in at least two parts: Tweedy will perform material from its 20-track debut album, Sukierae, and Jeff will also play solo acoustic from his Wilco and Uncle Tupelo catalogs. Sat 8 p.m.
Pretend that you're a National Geographic photographer with this instructive opportunity. Attend a lecture Thursday night on wildlife photography. Then, on Sunday morning, put your skills to the test and take pictures of lions, buffalos, and birds at the Denver Zoo. On the Monday and Tuesday nights following the photo shoot, come back to local camera retailer Mike's Camera for a critique session. Days, times vary.
Looking to enhance your meatless Mondays? Learn how to cook flavorful vegetarian dishes with the help of one key ingredient: wine. This class focuses on adding variety and depth to seasonal produce with dishes such as roasted vegetables with white wine risotto. Tue 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Pop-soul singer Andy Grammer draws on his own experiences to write catchy tunes; he penned the popular song “Keep Your Head Up” after spending the day performing on the street. Expect to hear the ditty and other songs off his latest album Magazines or Novels when he stops in Denver. Wed 8 p.m.