Playful duo Katie White and Jules De Martino produce vivacious pop music under the moniker the Ting Tings, and are best known for their debut single, “That’s Not My Name.” Both sing and play multiple instruments, including the guitar, bass, drums, piano, and cowbells. Natives of Manchester, England, the band released Super Critical this past October. Wed 8 p.m.
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Canadian quintet Stars makes delicate chamber pop, combining elements of indie rock, synthpop, and electronic music. Last year the band released its seventh studio album, No One Is Lost, a continuation of its delicate, stirring sound. Go if you like Broken Social Scene, Metric, or the Smiths. Wed 8 p.m.
This national juried exhibition explores the human essence: the soul. The show, curated by the Art Students League of Denver and judged by Denver Art Museum director Chistoph Heinrich, features artistic meditations upon conflicting narratives of the soul in oil, ceramic, and mixed media. Art & Soul, the accompanying gala and auction, offers extra pieces from additional artists for sale. Mon-Thu 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
How do you define the soul? And even harder, how do you capture that meaning on canvas? Christoph Heinrich, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum, has selected 75 pieces of art that reflect on this question. Whittled down from 420 submissions across the country, these pieces span a wide breadth of genres and media. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Kevin Sloan
Let this fund-raiser work its magic on you. Comedian and magician Mark Robinson and local musician Leonard E. Barrett Jr. will provide the night’s entertainment along with live and silent auctions. The event honors local celebrated philanthropist LaFawn Biddle, who will receive the Bessie’s Hope Community Angel Award for her work with Bessie's Hope, which coordinates volunteer work to benefit nursing home residents and at-risk youth. Proceeds benefit Bessie’s Hope. Thu 5:30 p.m.
Each day, 18 people die waiting for an organ transplant. This month, the American Organ Transplant Association holds its first juried exhibition to raise awareness of (and improve on) this statistic. Be the first to glimpse acrylic and oil paintings exploring organ donation and transplant—plus appetizers, a DJ, an open bar, and a virtual graffiti wall—at the kickoff party on April 2. Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Dizzy Spell resembles your adolescent spelling bees with one key addition: beer. This friendly competition invites adults to enjoy a craft beer from Grandma's House Brewery (try the delicious oatmeal stout) as they flex their linguistic prowess. Brush up on your vocabulary because the winner recieves a $100 cash prize. Thu 7-10 p.m.
Although Natalie Merchant fronted the alt-rock group 10,000 Maniacs in the ’80s, she didn’t achieve mainstream success until she struck out on her own in the mid-’90s. A singer-songwriter with a knack for lyrical storytelling and a passion for social activism, Merchant has experimented with a few different musical styles over her three-decade career, but her latest self-titled album is an extension rather than a departure of her earlier folk sound. Merchant's live collaborations with other orchestras across the country have been well-received, and this show should be no exception.
Fantasy fans are sure to enjoy this film series, which premieres with mystical cult classic Highlander. The movie follows Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert as immortal warriors from ancient Scotland trying to navigate modern-day (er, 1980s) New York City. NPR book critic Jason Heller and Denver Comic Con cofounder Frank Romero will host the series (inspired by the success of their Science Friction sci-fi film monthly), complete with Highlander-themed haggis for dinner and an appearance by Colorado-based best-selling fantasy author Carrie Vaughn.
This live extravaganza—part of the Boulder International Fringe Festival—celebrates some of the art world’s most valuable tools: collaboration and improvisation. Local artists and theater collectives will hit the stage together with no scripts and minimal rehearsal, meaning you can expect a hodge-podge of big personalities and senses of humor. Among the talent on the roster are performance troupes Band of Toughs and 5th Circle Productions, which both infuse their lively performances with satire and a hefty dose of camp. Thu 7:30-9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Alexis Cooley
In this adaptation of a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, a dull man meets a woman who says she’s a spy. When a mysterious organization called the 39 steps dubs him the prime suspect in her murder, chaos—including an on-stage plane crash and missing fingers—ensues. Only four actors play more than 150 characters in this Tony Award-winning whodunit. Wed-Sat, times vary.
Having covered everyone from the Grateful Dead to Paul Simon, Whitewater Ramble will conclude its monthly residency at the Other Side by transforming ’90s hits into authentic bluegrass tunes. The Fort Collins-based quintet has dubbed its particular brand of string music "high-octane, Rocky Mountain dancegrass"; translation: an amalgamation of nearly every genre imaginable. Thu 9 p.m.
Beginners and experienced mountain bikers alike can hop on board to improve their skills with this three-day camp. Join BetterRide, a Morrison-based mountain bike coaching company, to become a faster and more balanced rider. Learn everything from the correct body position to the optimal riding set-up (tire pressure, seat height, brake level) to how to fall more safely. Watch demonstrations from experienced instructors and go through drills to perfect your technique before showing off your newfound talents on the Fruita trails. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Josh “Reverend” Peyton is a six-string, fingerpicking virtuoso, proficient in diverse styles ranging from blues to punk. His big damn band actually consists of only two members—Ben "Bird Dog" Bussell on drums and Peyton's wife and Breezy as the washboard player—but it exudes energy, creating a downhome, foot-stomping sound large enough to fill any space. Go if you like Mississippi John Hurt, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, or the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Fri 9 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Joe Pug creates folk music using his voice, a guitar, and a harmonica, often drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan (although Pug’s sound does veer a little more country). His unusual path to stardom (he was initially working as a carpenter in Chicago while pursuing music on the side) resembles another prolific songwriter, John Prine, who was a mailman in the Windy City before hitting it big. Pug's latest album, Windfall, offers a back-to-basics, satisfying slice of Americana in the vein of his live shows. Fri 9 p.m.
Hip-hop down the trail and join in this egg-stravaganza. Little ones can engage in a variety of spring activities, like taking a ride on a mini train, working on spring-themed art projects, and listening to stories told by Truffles the bunny. Bonus: Keep the mess out of your kitchen and dye Easter eggs here instead. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Experience the thrill of traveling by train with this documentary detailing the history of railways in the United States. The film delves into the early 1800s to explore wooden stagecoaches and progresses to traditional steam engines and even today’s high-speed Amtrak trains. Director Richard Luckin will be in attendance to answer questions and explain the process of creating the doc. Sat 1 p.m.
Join the fight against human trafficking with this country-themed event. Live and silent auctions (featuring items like Denver Broncos tickets) will help maintain a safe house for girls rescued from the sex trade. The evening’s lavish 20-course meal includes Colorado bison sliders, as well as an array of mini desserts and an oyster bar. Don't forget to pair cowboy boots with your semi-formal wear. Sat 5:30-10 p.m.
The holidays tend to exacerbate family conflict—particularly if that family is British royalty fighting over a kingdom in 1183. See this dramedy for a dose of amusement and a modified history lesson. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.
The Sing-Off is an a cappella music competition that’s been running on NBC since 2009. "The Sing-Off Live" brings past competitors from the television show on tour across the country; this year's version will feature VoicePlay, Street Corner, and the Exchange. The tour’s musical director, Deke Sharon, served as musical director for hit films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, and is a testament to the tour's top-notch production. Local a cappella ensemble Motive will open up the Denver show. Sat 8 p.m.
Become a steward of the environment while downing beer and taking in tunes. Enjoy $2 pints from at least 20 microbreweries like Twisted Pine Brewing Company, Upslope Brewing Company, and Oskar Blues Brewery) and danceable funk music from the Heard and local afrobeat group Atomga. Splurge for the VIP package to taste extra ales and chat with the brewers at a pre-event reception. Proceeds benefit five local environmental non-profits, including River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow. Sat 7 p.m.
Best known as the frontman for the Australian rock band Men at Work, Colin Hay has since made 12 solo albums over the course of his career, including Next Year People, released in February. Hay has a warm sound, writing adult contemporary tunes that sometimes channel the Laurel Canyon folk and surfer rock of his California home. He's also cultivated a younger fanbase thanks to Zach Braff, who’s used Hay’s songs in his own work, including the hit television show Scrubs. Sat 8 p.m.
This exciting test of endurance proves that great adventures are more fun with your friends, as teams of two kids brave the challenging Breckenridge mountain snow in a foot race. Kids ages six to 14 will climb ropes, trek across a beginner ski slope, and glide down slides in the inaugural winter version of the Kids Adventure Games. Volunteers will carefully monitor contestants throughout the one-and-a-half-mile obstacle course as well as the post-race after party and award ceremony. Sun 8 a.m.
—Image courtesy of Kids Adventure Games
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.
Where better to indulge in the tradition of Easter brunch than Red Rocks? The extensive spread includes personalized delights from omelet and Belgian waffle stations, as well as bourbon-glazed honey ham, smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, and bacon, jalapeño, and cheese grits. Expect a sighting of the Easter Bunny, who'll be bearing special treats for the little ones. Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Known as one of the biggest Easter egg hunts in the country, this quest involves 50,000 eggs hidden within 2,500 acres. The children are separated by age for the hunt, so no little ones will be left out. The Easter Bunny himself will be on location to add to the egg-citing morning. Sun, times vary.
Lather on the sunscreen and catch the biggest wave in the Rockies. Ski or board on surf-inspired obstacles as part of Steamboat Springs’ Springalicious Week. Contestants will be judged on individuality, crowd response, and personal style. All participants will receive a free lunch and beer (for those over 21), while prizes for the winners include a GoPro, Red Bull skis, Ramp Snowboards, and Dragon goggles. Sun 2 p.m.
Contemporary artists Inkyo Back, Jennifer Bain, and Colby Brumit join together for an exhibition that displays as many different mediums as it does hues. Coming from Seoul, Oakland, and Denver, the artists showcase the unifying and diversifying potential of color across oil paint, collage, and canvas. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Come taste the food of renowned Montreal steak-and-seafood sot Joe Beef, hailed as one of Canada’s best restaurants by critics and voters alike, during this five-course dinner. As part of Old Major’s quarterly guest chef series, Joe Beef chef de cuisine Marc-Olivier Frappier has traveled from Montreal to represent his restaurant and the fantastic cooking that earned it four out of four stars in the Montreal Gazette. The menu is still being hashed out, but we do know guests will have the option of adding wine pairings to the meal at an additional cost. Tue 5-9:45 p.m.
For the 24th year, this acclaimed international festival lights up Aspen, with 70 short films ranging from clever animation to poignant dramas to an interactive documentary that includes a live performance. In addition to a slate of screenings, multiple presentations from top filmmakers, writers, and actors promise to explore the various nooks and crannies of the industry. (Don’t miss Saturday’s Q&A with Academy Award-nominated Juno director Jason Reitman, pictured). The festival boasts some high stakes: Films that win here can qualify for future Oscar nominations.
With wunderkind Chris Thile at the helm, the Punch Brothers meld genres, blending traditional string instrumentation with modern classical music. The quintet's 2015 release, The Phosphorescent Blues, was produced by the legendary “T Bone” Burnett and combines intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, and spot-on executions to create a novel sound. Tue 8 p.m.
Expressionist artist Clyfford Still and Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison created similar emotional impacts—the former with paint, the latter with words. In that light, Hutchison will discuss "PH-295," a 1985 Still painting, and how Still's transition from more realistic figures to abstract forms in his work mimicked the rise of postmodernism within the field of poetry. Channel your inner poet and take a moment to reflect on the implications of a single painting in a collection of hundreds. Wed 1 p.m.
Celebrate the best of Vail’s food and drink with top local chefs and vintners from around the nation. Foodies can indulge in everything from wine seminars to a gourmet mountaintop picnic to a farm-to-table breakfast complete with bubbly. Don't miss the luxe grand tasting at the Four Seasons Resort, which features decadent samples from all the participating wineries and restaurants, including the award-winning La Tour Restaurant and Elway's Vail, as well as a silent auction. Wed-Sat, times vary.
Test drive vehicles and glimpse the latest trends in the industry, including luxury and environmentally friendly options, at this annual auto expo. The show’s Camp Jeep returns for its second year of indoor off-roading, where you can test out the car’s capabilities on an unusual track. Also check out custom accessories, paint jobs, and interiors to spruce up your ride. Wed-Sun, times vary.
Foursome Brand New debuted its first album in 2001 and has been a mainstay on the alternative rock scene ever since. Though its tunes can occasionally veer into hardcore or screamo territory, the band’s approach to music is more often melodic, producing a pop punk take on indie rock. Wed 7 p.m.
Coming soon to a theater near you are a whole host of Chicano films. Catch local flicks, such as Raoul Vehill’s short Scrap, as well as options from around the globe courtesy of the partnership between local cultural arts center Su Teatro and CineFest Global. Thu-Sun, times vary.
The ski lifts are closing soon, but you don’t have to say goodbye to winter just yet. In this snowmobiling contest, participants collect points by competing in six categories worth of events, including freestyle and the traditional head-to-head snocross. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Philanthrophy is in style at this fashion show fundraiser. Bid at the silent auction for items ranging from professional sports tickets to salon gift bags; then child models will show off Dillard’s fashions on the runway. The models—all former patients or kids with ties to the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado—will strut their stuff along with hospital caregivers and South Metro Fire Rescue Authority firefighters. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Heart Institute. Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Indulge in the art of wine tasting at this classy benefit. Sample 300 wines from around the world, paired with handy tasting guides and delicious finger foods from Kevin Taylor Catering. The accompanying silent auction offers the chance to bid on spa and restaurant packages, as well as rare bottles of wine. Fri 5 p.m.
Construction paper isn’t just for first grade craft hour anymore. This runway event takes paper products to a new level with impeccably crafted garments made entirely of metallic, textured, and even suede paper, resembeling Lady Gaga's eccentric get-ups. A portion of the proceeds benefits Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, a community organization that creates afterschool arts programs for at-risk youth. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Swallow Hill Music is no stranger to festivals, but this spring will mark the community’s first Latin American-themed celebration. Spend your Saturday in workshops on salsa dancing, Afro-Cuban music, and flamenco guitar taught by celebrated instructors. Performances by Manuel Molina, Sofia Rei and Grammy Award-winners Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs finish out the fest. If you’re tone deaf or have two left feet, never fear: Concert-only tickets are available for those planning to bypass the instruction sessions. Sat 10 a.m.
Your kids can find their own Nemo at this daylong fishing derby. Children ages 3 to 15 will compete for to-be-determined prizes by casting out lines and trying to hook a fish (remember to bring your own poles and lures). Professional fishermen will be on site to interact with the contestants and even offer advice to these fledgling anglers. Sat 8 a.m.
Head for the hills to enjoy craft beer, stunning views, and free karaoke. Fill your tasting glass with unlimited beer samples from more than 30 breweries, including favorites like Stone Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, and Odyssey Beerwerks. (Lunch from Moe's Original BBQ will be served for VIP guests.) Thanks to a funk-tastic party theme, expect disco balls and a costume contest. Sat noon-5 p.m.
Limber up that throwing arm and join other disc golf amateurs for this tournament. The event includes two rounds of disc golf with a provided, hour-long lunch in between and an award presentation with trophies for the top three frolfers. Pro tip: Wear long pants to avoid a run-in with a prickly pear cactus. Sat 9 a.m.
Four little suburbanites meet to break bread, then borrow the neighbor’s spouse for a romp in bed. This comedic play takes a nonjudgmental look at the world of swinging and follows two couples as they come to understand the risks and rewards of mixing it up physically. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.
Load up the kids and join Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter on his mission to help children be happy and healthy. The event offers health-focused, family-friendly activities ranging from a 5K to a team relay to an information expo. Adults can use the 5K race to qualify for the BolderBoulder, while tots race their own version of the course (the aptly named diaper dash). Sun 8 a.m.-noon.
The kids’ table may be the better option for once. At Bighorn Bistro & Bar's family brunch, children have access to their own buffet with fun food options, like pancakes with berries, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and whipped cream. After the meal, tots can watch a movie that plays on two different screens or create artwork at the craft table while the adults sip on mimosas or Bloody Marys. Sun 8:30-11:30 a.m.
See who shakes and stirs the best cocktail at this all-female bartending competition. Watch as local contestants, including Haylee Ortiz of Oak at Fourteenth, Jessica Wilkinson of Euclid Hall, and Rae Raymond of the Terminal Bar, mix drinks at breakneck speeds while you enjoy punch spiked with liquors like Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bacardi Rum. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research, education, and prevention. Sun 3-7 p.m.
New York speakeasy Death & Co. was one of the craft cocktail movement's original pioneers; now, celebrate the release of the company's eponymous book, which features hundreds of cocktail recipes, musings on modern mixology, and a complete guide to stocking a great bar. The Death & Co. team will be behind the bar at Williams & Graham, mixing drinks featured in the book. Admission includes a copy of the book as well as a complimentary cocktail. Mon 6-9 p.m.
Test your endurance with a partner by lapping around the Pallavicini chair at Arapahoe Basin. Then, ski or board down designated lines all day long—without stopping. If you'd rather stay off the slopes, head to the après party for live music from classic rock band High5, a silent auction, spaghetti dinner, and a specially brewed Broken Compass Brewing Company beer. Wed 7 a.m.
Cultivate a successful vegetable garden with this hands-on class. Learn a variety of techniques—from conserving water to growing abundant tomatoes in Colorado's dry climate. Consider this session a spring primer for your green thumb. Wed 5:30 p.m.
Resolve to remember with this candle-lighting ceremony and tribute service dedicated to Holocaust victims and survivors. Eva Mozes Kor, the event’s keynote presenter, will speak on her experience in Auschwitz. Best known for her public forgiveness of the Nazis, Mozes Kor and her sister were among the twins that Josef Mengele experimented on. Governor Hickenlooper will deliver a closing message, echoing Mozes Kor’s themes of standing up to injustice and ensuring that history is not repeated. Thu 6-7:30 p.m.
Follow Sir John Falstaff as he attempts to seduce the wives of two of Windsor’s most prominent men. Composer Otto Nicolai’s operatic adaptation of this Shakespearean comedy depicts a world of many trysts and little honor, the results of which are both hilarious and disastrous. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
The Disco Biscuits have garnered a loyal fan base and a reputation for psychedelic tunes by blending several genres to produce their electronic sound. This show will span three sets and include Grateful Dead percussionists Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart—a solid indication of the quartet's place in the upper echelons of the jam band scene. Fri 6 p.m.
Enter an alternate universe with this surreal exhibition. Local artist Larry Franklin, who goes simply by Bug, brings together six-foot-tall “walking vessels” (think giant, four-legged spiders with crescent moons for bodies), life-size figures, and video projections to create a site-specific installation that’s not quite of this world. Each element contributes to the theme of transformation, exploring everything from the physical (living to dead) to the metaphysical (good to evil) to the spiritual (innocent to enlightened). Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Step into the Wild West for a weekend of traditional rodeo competitions like barrels, bucking broncos, and mutton bustin’. Husband and wife duo Thompson Square will perform at the rodeo’s first All-Star concert Friday to round out the first day of events, which includes a Western-wear fashion show. Grab lunch with some of the competitors Saturday in between trying your hand at bull riding and cheering on your favorites for the finals. Fri-Sat, times vary.
This collaboration tells a heroic tale of adventure, love, and self-discovery right here in Denver. Join Wonderbound Dance Company and local folk rock band Chimney Choir as they explore our city’s gilded past, present, and future through dance numbers accompanied by 25 new musical compositions. Appetizers and libations are included. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Elevate your workout routine (literally) with this 12-week program centered around the killer stairs at Red Rocks. With pre and post-fitness assessments, group personal training sessions, and professional nutrition and lifestyle coaching, this program will tone your quads in no time. Workouts are held Saturday mornings at Red Rocks, with additional classes offered at Denver Parks and Recreation locations throughout the week. The first Saturday session is free for anyone who wants to give it a test run. Days, times vary.
Your child can ditch the training wheels after participating in this class. Little ones will learn important skills such as stopping, starting, and riding around obstacles from kid-friendly instructors. Each child must bring her own bike and should be able to fully sit on the seat and touch the ground with her feet. Sat, times vary.
Close out the season at Copper Mountain with a contest that straddles both winter and spring. Compete in this slopestyle rail jam meets pond skim, where you can throw tricks over pools of water set into the still-snowy mountain. The purse prize depends on how many people participate (all registration fees go toward it), so make sure you’re not just watching the action from the sideline. Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
It’s high time for a cannabis-themed event in Colorado. This expo and concert series encompasses all things weed-related, from glassware to grow materials to garments. Check out performances each night by artists like Nas and JBoog, and close out the cup Monday night with notorious pot enthusiast Snoop Dogg...er, Lion. Sat-Mon, times vary.
This roving gathering is a mish-mash of weekend brunch and a First Friday art walk. Devour pancakes and sip on Bloody Marys while more than 75 emerging artists peddle works ranging from drawings to mixed media. Stay for the body painting exhibit and the many displays of performance art. Sat 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Embark on a journey through Colorado’s photographic past, present, and future within the century-old walls of a former schoolhouse. This eclectic exhibition features a survey of photography techniques, including traditional film processing, digital methods, and other innovative trends like post-processing techniques. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
They’re beauty and they’re grace, but who will take first place? Contestants will compete in this pageant for $30,000 in prizes and the chance to become Mrs. America. These married Coloradans forego a talent competition, but the show will be full of familiar elements like the beauty and interview rounds. Sat 7-10 p.m.
Local sculptor John DeAndrea’s works put a backward twist on the idea that life imitates art. His iconic "Linda" piece garners attention for its hyperrealist depiction of a sleeping woman—complete with real human hair—whenever the Denver Art Museum puts it on display. Don't miss this rare chance to glimpse the lifelike work (her polyvinyl form is usually put in storage to preserve the light-sensitive material) along with two of DeAndrea's other sculptures, “Artist and Model,” and “Nude with Black Drape.” Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get a close look at Denver’s top chefs as they prepare an elaborate meal—right at your table. Enjoy dishes like octopus carpaccio with olive oil caviar, spicy duck ramen, and braised lamb cheek with polenta and brown butter vinaigrette from participating chefs such as Aniedra Nichols of Elway’s and Kyle Mendenhall of the Kitchen. The evening ends with a signature dessert from James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini. Proceeds benefit Cooking Matters, an initiative that's part of Share our Strength's nationall No Kid Hungry Campaign. Sun 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Help students reach the head of the class at this black-tie affair. The Denver Public Schools Foundation’s annual gala raises funds for vital programming and spotlights exceptional student speakers and performers, like this year’s keynote speaker Ray Pryor. Sponsors who donate certain amounts can snag special titles, such as valedictorian, to relive the glory days and earn on-stage recognition and guest tickets. We promise this will beat your high school reunion. Tue 5:30-9 p.m.
Denver is going for the gold—er, green with this comprehensive gathering. In an effort to increase eco-friendliness, the city will offer interactive exhibits, like an electric vehicle test drive, as well as educational displays on composting, recycling, and urban gardening. With no cost for entry, you’ll be saving green in more ways than one. Wed 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The pop-meets-punk rock group Alkaline Trio has been active since 1996, racking up a devout emo fanbase and eight albums. For their Denver shows, the band will perform all of those records in full over four nights. Wed-Sat 7 p.m.
Instead of a battle of the sexes, this Olivier Award-winning production provides a lighthearted examination of heteronormative relationships and gender issues through a mix of stand-up comedy skits, lectures, and staged therapy sessions. It holds the record for the longest running solo play in Broadway history and has been translated into 18 languages. Wed-Sun, times vary.
Delve into the world of wine with three days of seminars, dinners, and tastings in scenic Durango. Don't miss the walk-about, a social stroll around the downtown area where you can sample a variety of wines at different venues. Cap off the weekend at the signature grand tasting, featuring wineries from around the world alongside offerings from Durango's top breweries and chefs. Thu-Sat times vary.
Colorado State University’s Little Shop of Physics, a traveling hands-on science program, has partnered with 9News meteorologists to teach the world’s largest physics lesson. The experiments, which focus on air, energy, and time, involve a 16-foot balloon, hand-held fire, and a human-created air wave to show the science behind two of Denver's favorite conversation topics: weather and baseball. Thu 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Take a tour of the new, $5 million MetroCareRing Center, which includes a fresh foods market, nutrition education center, and rooftop teaching garden. As one of Denver’s largest hunger-relief programs, the new facility will help equip families with the knowledge they need to prepare and grow the healthiest foods. The on-site gardens will also produce vegetables to be sold at the in-house market. Thu 4-7 p.m.
Tykes can watch a New York Times best-selling storybook come to life in this lively musical. They'll learn about the challenges and joys of family and friendship as they hear the tale of two very different second graders who don’t get along at first but eventually become friends. Ages four and up. Days, times vary.
In this clever farce, a Freudian slip is not a manifestation of the subconscious but rather an undergarment belonging to the father of psychoanalysis. Using this kind of wit as a means to examine Sigmund Freud's theories, this turbulent account of a 1938 meeting between Freud and Salvador Dali proves to be as moving as it is entertaining. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
Let your ears ring (in a good way) at this music-filled conference. The three-day summit will include professional development workshops, discussions of critical issues that affect arts and culture, and live performances by artists like folk rock singer Thao Nguyen, drummer Martin Atkins, and the Denver-based Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, which will collaborate with storytelling ensemble the Narrators. Don’t miss National Public Radio’s live All Songs Considered listening party with host Bob Boilen. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Folk legend Arlo Guthrie has embarked on an 18-month tour to honor the 50th anniversary of the event that inspired his most famous song (Thanksgiving classic “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree"). In the past, Guthrie has rarely performed the song live, making this show a prime opportunity to hear the 18-minute anti-war anthem in its entirety. The setlist will span his entire career and include a multimedia presentation of archived images. Fri 7 p.m.
This two-day insider event redefines the phrase "blast from the past." Compare old and new design with Denver Architectural Foundation’s “Then and Now” theme as you go behind the scenes on your choice of 80 neighborhood and building tours. Explore more than 60 sites, including the Governor’s Mansion, the SugarCube Building, and the State Capitol. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Do more than feed the giraffes on this visit to the zoo. Your little animal lover can meet a wide range of people who work at the zoo—from veterinarians to animal behaviorists to horticulture specialists who landscape the park—and play Olympic-style games with them to learn the skills necessary in their daily routines. Resources will also be provided to help aspiring zookeepers choose majors, find internships, and gain experience would help them eventually spend all their time with their favorite critters. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Find me some-bonsai to love. Bonsai experts Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel guide would-be gardeners through the basics of caring for a miniature Japanese tree, leaving attendees with their own plant to take home at the end of the four-hour class. Participants will also learn about the history of bonsai as Jackel clears up some of the misconceptions about the difficulty and origins of the ancient practice. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Even the rock climbers who made history this winter in Yosemite (they climbed the infamous El Capitan peak in just 18 days) had to start somewhere. In this beginner class, learn fundamentals like how to belay climbers and catch them when they fall, as well as techniques to climb rock faces. All the necessary gear and safety equipment is provided so you can focus on where to grab next—or just not looking down. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Trade your sleds for kites and celebrate the end of winter at this high-flying festival. Kids can build and decorate their own kites, then enter them in the crafting contest to win prizes from Wheat Ridge city officials. If your little ones aren’t in a competitive mood, they can head to the outdoor pavilion for tamer arts and crafts, create chalk drawings on the surrounding sidewalks, or laugh at the clowns’ antics.
Liven up this Día del Niño (Children’s Day) with an afternoon of Latino festivities honoring the littlest among us. Channel your artsy side with two craft tables sponsored by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Longmont Museum amid the hubbub of Aztec dances led by local troupe Ballet Folklorico Baile Caliente and cultural integration nonprofit Intercambio. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Many of Colorado’s beloved eateries and breweries collaborate to produce more than 50 unique beer-and-food mashups. Notable pairings include Butcher’s Bistro with Liquid Mechanics Brewing, and Avery Brewing with Euclid Hall. Tasty talks led by brewmasters and chefs will also be on tap for those who want to learn more about food and beer). Outdoor pop-up market BrüFaire will set up shop outside the front door to offer culinary-inspired wares for sale. Sat 12:30-8 p.m.
This one-man comedy magic show promises to be more amusing than the average dad joke. Gear up for an interactive night of stories, foreign accents, card tricks, and impressions from the Chicago-based magician (and acclaimed deep dish pizza chef). Feel free to grab a drink from the well-stocked bar, but try not to chortle mid-guzzle. Sat 9 p.m.
Your dog doesn't have to sacrifice his status as man's best friend while you're running this canine-friendly 5K. Post-race, enjoy food vendors, live music from local rock group Last Men on Earth, and a beer garden sponsored by Avery Brewing. Sun 9 a.m.
With spring comes sunshine, flowers, and in Boulder, fairies. More than 15,000 tulips deck Pearl Street for this beloved festival, which includes a parade featuring the Tulip Fairy that invites any little one who wants to dress up as a pint-sized sprite to join in. Afterward, they can enjoy performances of children’s songs and activities like coloring face painting and coloring. Sun 1-5 p.m.
Whether your child channels her inner hare or connects more with a tortoise, this five-week running program is designed for all abilities. Preschoolers sprint a 50-yard dash each week while eighth-graders run a mile. Your mini racers will compete to earn points, and the eventual winners in each age group will receive a trophy (although every tyke will feel like a champion with her guaranteed medal). Sun 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Best known for his role as vocalist and guitarist in the acoustic trio Nickel Creek, Sean Watkins has four solo albums to his name, his latest being last year's All I Do Is Lie. Watkins, who has been performing professionally since age 12, incorporates traditional bluegrass and indie elements without straying far from a contemporary folk sound. Don’t miss opener Joseph LeMay, whose Seventeen Acres was named by Rolling Stone as one of "The 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn't But Really Should Hear." Sun 7 p.m.
Blonde Australian bombshell Iggy Azalea was best known for her modeling career before last year, when her debut album,The New Classic, defined her as a bonafide rap star with pop sensibilities. Even if you’re unfamiliar with her name, you’ve likely gotten her mega-hit “Fancy” stuck in your head. Nick Jonas, the youngest member of former pop trio the Jonas Brothers, opens for the eccentric star. Mon 7:30 p.m.
Based on the 1994 film by the same name, this musical follows an amateur theater group as it attempts to stage a production of Oscar Wilde’s biblical play, Salome, at a church in Dublin. The production is a story of quiet desperation and self-discovery as the cast comes to terms with their own attractions and desires. Tue-Sun, times vary.
Before becoming the iconic and beloved musical it is today, Annie was best known as a 1920s comic strip called Little Orphan Annie—one of the most widely read cartoons of the ’30s and ’40s. This new incarnation of the production boasts a Tony Award-winning team that draws costume and character inspiration from its lesser-known comic origins. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.
Few contemporary classical musicians have achieved the same level of fame as Yo-Yo Ma. (He performed at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration ceremony.) The French-born Chinese-American prodigy has been playing traditional and original compositions on the cello since age five, with an appeal that extends far beyond the confines of classical music. Wed 7:30 p.m.
Stop by your favorite eateries to bring out your philanthropic side: For one day only, more than 250 restaurants in Denver and Boulder will donate 25 percent of their food sales to Project Angel Heart, an organization that supports those coping with life-threatening illnesses. With participating restaurants like Beast + Bottle, Old Major, and Trillium (not to mention the chance to win a year’s worth of groceries from Whole Foods), there’s never been a better time to dine out. Thu, times vary.
Learn about traditional, modern, and international quilting techniques at this annual festival. Attend workshops and lectures that teach methods like Indonesian Batik and Fabric Origami and enter the juried contest to compete for more than $6,500 in awards. Don't forget to purchase fabrics and patterns for future quilting sessions. Thu-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Prepare yourself for a night full of history, science fiction, and romance. Listen to award-winning author Diana Gabaldon give a one-hour presentation on her multi-genre Outlander series, which follows a British nurse named Claire as she time travels to 18th-century Scotland. Stay for the Q&A session and book signing; if you don’t own the novels, pick them—and the newly revised reader guide—up from Tattered Cover representatives during the event. Thu 7 p.m.
Some golden age MGM is mixed with a dash of live performance to produce this rendition of the award-winning American show-biz classic. Two silent movie stars in the late ’20s navigate the emerging world of sound cinema in this lovable spoof. Revel in Hollywood glamour with the dinner and a show combo—but don’t forget your galoshes. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.