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Friday, August 28, 2015
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Edge of Expansion

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:18pm

With the creation of more than two dozen oil paintings, nationally acclaimed artist Robert Spooner pushes traditional boundaries thanks to inventive methods. Spooner alters his techniques based on the subject matter: For industrial cityscapes he uses “scrape and shape” to create thin base layers; to depict more natural landscapes, he pushes the paint around for an ethereal look. Explore a wide variety of subjects in his works, including Denver construction, French and Dutch landscapes, flowers, and portraits. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Colorado Day

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:23am

For a centenarian, Colorado is looking pretty spry. Come celebrate the Centennial State’s 139th birthday with a host of historical events, including outdoor blacksmithing, adobe brick making, sluice gold mining, and dude ranch cattle roping. Show your state pride by taking part in a square dance (the official Colorado jig), or gawk at the state’s “Most Talented Pigs” as they dance and play basketball at the Top Hogs event. Attendees can also catch an intimate concert from Boulder-based bluegrass band Boxcar 79, as well as a Mexican folk dance performance from the Colorado Mestizo Dancers.

Kevin Box

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:31pm

Although paper usually breaks down over time, artist Kevin Box has engineered a process to make paper-like figures that endure. He casts bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel in the shapes of objects and organisms such as horses, planes, and bison, all of which appear as if they have been folded from giant sheets of white paper. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

Denver Beer Olympics and Beer Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:37pm

This two-in-one event encompasses a hardcore suds competition—the beer Olympics—as well as a laid-back brew festival. Attendees can opt to participate as an Olympic team, tackling challenges like flip cup, beer pong, and relays, or they can mosey over to the beer festival to sip samples from breweries like Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Joyride Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:45am

It’s time to flex those tug-of-war muscles that you haven’t used since your high school’s field day. Teams of 12 participants will compete against one another to tug a jumbo jet 12 feet across the finish line in the shortest amount of time. In addition to the street cred that comes with overpowering a jet, prizes will be awarded to the fastest, slowest, and best-dressed teams, as well as the top team and individual fundraisers. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Colorado. Sat 11 a.m.

Trucks 4 Pups

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:49am

Help out the homeless pups of Denver while sampling fare from Street Frites, Fat Green Bowl, BTO Frozen Yogurt, and other tasty trucks. Local pet shelters 4 Paws 4 Life, Every Creature Counts, and Waggin’ Tails Canine Rescue will bring canine friends, all of whom are looking for a permanent home. Not able to adopt? Bring pet supplies or cash donations, and enter a raffle to win prizes that range from a Stella & Dot tote bag to a veterinarian wellness plan to a one-night stay at the luxurious Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. Ten percent of all food truck sales benefit local dog rescues.

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..

Leftapalooza

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:23pm

This music and craft beer event, put on by the Left Hand Brewing Company, pits nine of Colorado’s best tribute bands against each other for a chance to win a gig at Boulder’s Fox Theatre. Guests will be treated to more than 10 hours of live music, including covers of the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Journey. Left Hand’s award-winning beer and local fare courtesy of Abo’s Pizza and Georgia Boys BBQ will be available for purchase—just make sure to bring lawn chairs and some sunscreen. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sat noon.

Family Saturday Workshop: Rainer Ganahl

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:04pm

Artist Rainer Ganahl has a message for the manufacturers of luxury items, and he’s using their own goods to communicate it. He screen prints his text and symbols on French Hermès luxury silk scarves to show that producers alone can’t define beauty. Attend this workshop to press your own designs onto a vintage, patterned scarf in a message reminiscent of Ganahl himself. Sat noon-1 p.m.

Sesh Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:19pm

For the uniniatiated, a session beer is typically defined as any brew with less than five percent alcohol by volume. At this low-booze beer festival, attendees can enjoy more brew for the buck. Sample refreshing brews from Call to Arms Brewing Company, Diebolt Brewing Company, and Prost Brewing Company and challenge your friends to lawn games at Sculpture Park. Sat noon-4 p.m.

Road to Blues and Brews

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:13am

More than 800 band submissions for this musical fundraiser have been narrowed down to six finalists who are vying to perform at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in September alongside the likes of ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, and Sharon Jones. The groups competing vary from horn funk supergroup Analog Son to Denver-based blues guitar virtuoso Michael Hornbuckle to jammy roots act Union Driftwood.

Craft Spirits Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:12pm

This one-day-only festival celebrates Colorado's premier farm-to-bottle spirits. Sample whiskeys, gins, vodkas, and liqueurs from Laws Whiskey House, Dancing Pines Distillery, and Woody Creek Distillers. The knowledgeable distillers will help attendees grasp the intracacies of the "grain to glass" process by engaging in spirited conversation. After you've whet your whistle, order tacos, tortas, and tostadas from Comida Cantina's food truck. Sat 1-5 p.m.

The Mountains Revenge

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:04pm

The mountains don't care about you or your seared legs, mechanical problems, poison ivy, etc.—and now it's time to exact your revenge. This 24-hour, self-supported mountain biking event is as bare bones as it gets. No aid stations, no amenities, no marked trails—just you and the generations of old singletrack around Montezuma. There's also no finish line; the male and female that ride the furthest distance win the day. With no medical support, it may seem like the mountains don't want you to survive, but as the adage goes, revenge is the best medicine. Sat 2 p.m.

Bow Wow Film Festival

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:54am

It’s no secret that Coloradans love their pups. Whether you own a pooch yourself, or are just a fan of animals, celebrate all things canine at this traveling film festival. Attendees can catch short films about the lives of our four-legged friends—such as Denali, a tribute to a dog who helped his owner through cancer treatments—and go home knowing that they contributed to a good cause: Proceeds benefit the Denver-based animal nonprofits Colorado Pet Pantry and PawsCo. Sat 2:30 p.m.

Art Feast

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:46pm

Wander Cherry Creek North to peruse some of the district’s finest art collections and sample wines and bites from area eateries. Eleven galleries and eight restaurants have teamed up to provide an afternoon of art, food, and drink, with pairings such as Luca Décor with Blue Island Oyster Bar and Gallerie Rouge with Bombay Clay Oven. This free event is the perfect preview for the seventh annual Food & Wine festival the following weekend, which will feature dishes from the same restaurants (but won’t be free). Sat 3-6 p.m.

Governor’s Cup Wine Tasting

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:50am

What better way to spend Colorado Day than sipping a selection of the state’s finest vino? Get in touch with the Centennial State’s roots (and vines) by tasting the 16 winners from this year’s statewide Governor’s Cup wine competition. Drawn from 37 local wineries' 241 entries, the selections were judged by a panel of sommeliers, winemakers, writers, and wine experts. And with small plate pairings featuring local ingredients from six noted Colorado chefs, your palette is sure to be pleased. Sat 7:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Colorado Wine

Carney Magic – Laughter and Astonishment

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:21am

Forget the gimmicky tropes of the magic shows you know: You’ll find no tigers, dancing girls, or sawed-in-half magician’s assistants here. Instead, this award-winning magician-cum-comedian delights audiences with the humor of his acts and the mind-bending simplicity of his illusions. And despite John Carney’s aptitude for surprising spectators, one mainstay of traditional magic shows remains: plenty of audience participation. Sat-Sun 8 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.

TEI Workshops on the Vans Warped Tour

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:13pm

Although you'll be jumping with excitement during the Vans Warped Tour shows, you'll have to take a seat for these behind-the-scenes workshops with select artists. The Entertainment Institute's sponsored sessions feature lessons from photographers, entrepreneurs, vocalists, musicians, and songwriters, including music photographer Adam Elmakias, who will show you how to start shooting the stars, Transit lead singer Joe Boynton, who will share vocal and songwriting techniques, and Bryan Stars, who will demonstrate how he made a living off of his YouTube presence.

Mountain Melodies Music Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:01pm

Pack a picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy the Rocky Mountain scenery during this free Americana music festival on scenic Lookout Mounain. The lineup includes Gunnison-based folk quartet the Honey, old time Appalachian band Goosefoot Revival, and honky-tonk country troupe Dustin Devine and the Real Deal. Sun noon. 

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.

Tattered Cover Classic: Stranger Than Paradise

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:12am

With retro cinematography and little dialogue, this film is best described by New York Times media critic Vincent Canby, who said of it, "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." The 1984 flick tells the story of a New York City resident, Willie (John Lurie), whose cousin, Eva (Eszter Balint) is moving to America from Eastern Europe and needs to stay with him. Hilarity ensues when Willie is tasked with explaining standard elements of American culture, like eating TV dinners (but not being able to afford an actual TV).

Jack's Benevolent Bash

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:17am

For many developmentally challenged kids in Colorado, there aren't enough opportunities to enjoy the carefree delights of childhood. This fund-raiser is helping to change that: Ticket sales and donations benefit the Autism Society of Boulder and the Jack Ferrigno Send a Kid to Camp Grant, which sponsors summer camp experiences for local children. The afternoon event features tacos from La Revolucion Taqueria and fresh fruits from Blackbelly Market, pints from the Post Brewing Company and Avery Brewing Company, and instrumental jazz music by the Adam Bodine Trio. Feeling lucky?

Rockin' Tailgate Party

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:23pm

Colorado sports legends will play host at this tailgate located in one of Colorado's largest outlet malls. Stars such as former Broncos Ebenezer Ekuban, Billy Thompson, and Ron Egloff will meet fans and sign merchandise throughout the day. The stars will compete at the MCPN Celebrity Golf Classic the following day at the Ridge at Castle Pines North, where proceeds benefit Metro Community Providers Network, a nonprofit clinic serving the Denver metro area. Sun 1 p.m.

Las Ramblas

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:38am

Named in honor of Barcelona’s most famous street—a pedestrian thoroughfare filled with buskers and leisurely cafes—this event will bring a little bit of Spain to a mile high. Morocco-born flamenco guitarist Tito Malaga will be performing during this free outdoor event on Pearl Street, which will also feature Spanish tapas, wines (sangria!), and cocktails at the adjacent Rialto Cafe. Sun 2-4 p.m.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:36am

Even if you’re not a hardcore Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, you’ve likely heard the group’s greatest hits: “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man,” and “Free Bird.” The definition of a Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd formed in 1965, combining elements of blues and country with honest, skillful lyrics. Three original band members—including lead vocalist and songwriter Ronnie Van Zant—were killed in a 1977 plane crash, but the outfit has endured by adding the late singer's younger brother Johnny Van Zant and churning out new material (Last of a Dyin’ Breed was released in 2012).

Henry VI, Part 1

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:31pm

As King Henry strategizes to quash a rebellion in this Shakespearean play, his wayward son Harry passes the time with criminals in taverns. Right after he pulls a prank on his felonious friend Falstaff, Harry is summoned to the royal court to help his father, at which point he renounces his old ways and joins the king in an epic civil war. Sun, Wed 7:30 p.m.

Natalie Cressman

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:35am

The daughter of Sandy, a jazz vocalist, and Jeff, a longtime trombonist in the Latin rock band Santana, Natalie Cressman was constantly surrounded by music while growing up in the Bay Area. A trombonist, composer, and vocalist, Cressman is best known for her work with the Trey Anastasio Band, making her a familiar name among Phish fans. Despite her jamband acumen, Cressman embraces her background in jazz and Brazilian music (as well as a love of indie and electronica) in Turn the Sea, her latest album. Sun 8 p.m.

Classic Film Series: Summer of Hitch, Vertigo

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:20am

Spend your Friday night at the library; don't worry, you won't be holed up in the stacks. Instead, you'll sprawl out on a blanket while Hitchcock's premier thriller—voted as the greatest film of all time by the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound poll— is cast on an exterior wall. The film follows the story of a retired police detective (James Stewart) who must overcome acrophobia and vertigo thanks to an incident in the line of duty. Fri 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.

Take a Child to the Opera

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:30am

Your grandparents may be more fond of opera than your rambunctious toddler, but now she can enjoy the classic music form, too. Before this matinee showing of famed Italian production La Traviata, families can enjoy activites such as interactive theatrical games, a tour of the Gilpin History Museum (which provides rich ancedotes about Central City's past), and a bring-your-own picnic in the Opera House Gardens. Post-production, head to the Opera Patio for a meet-and-greet with cast members. Tue 11:30 a.m.

Flatirons Food Film Festival Benefit

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:03pm

Small plates, short films, local beer, and riveting opera are all on tap at this tantalizing fundraising event. Nosh on small plates made by Kelly Whitaker of Basta, Kyle Mendenhall of the Kitchen, and John Platt of Riffs. Then, settle in with a Great Divide IPA as you're treated to modern tunes from Opera on Tap and foodie documentaries from award-winning web serires the Perennial Plate. Proceeds benefit the Flatiron Food Film Festival in October, a multi-day celebration of culinary cinema and sustainable food. Tue 6:30-9 p.m.

Chet Faker

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:46am

Chet Faker—who takes his name from jazz legend Chet Baker—writes, records, and performs all his downtempo electronic indie music himself. The Australian-born, Brooklyn-based musician came to prominence in 2012 with a cover of Blackstreet's “No Diggity,” and his debut album, Built on Glass, was released last year to critical acclaim.

Custom Crush: Grape to Glass Course

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:02pm

It's time for your libations to join the farm-to-table trend. You'll be an expert in the winemaking process after this grape-to-glass tutorial, during which winemakers Adam Magnuson and Katrina Cegledi will teach you how to transform raw grapes (which travel to Oxbow Urban Winery from California, Washington, and western Colorado) into complex, opulent vino.

Michelle Chamuel

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:43pm

If you're a fan of reality TV singing competition The Voice, get your spinning chairs ready for this intimate performance. Michelle Chamuel, runner-up of the show's fourth season, is the latest artist to perform in Denver as a part of the Live At Aloft Hotels tour. Chamuel impressed audiences and Voice judges with her soulful covers of pop hits like Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Rolling Stone dubbed her the the "little indie rocker that could" by the end of the season.

Emily's D+Evolution by Esperanza Spalding

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:50am

Vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Esperanza Spalding specializes in the acoustic bass and a jazz fusion style, incorporating elements of soul, R&B, bossa nova, pop, and hip-hop. The first jazz musician to win the Grammy Award for best new artist (her first of three Grammys), this tour will debut Emily's D+Evolution, Spalding’s latest project. The performance will weave theater, poetry, and movement into a set of new material, with Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Avenue, bringing a taste of Crescent City R&B. Wed 8 p.m.

Douglas County Fair and Rodeo

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:19pm

You don’t have to grab the bull by the horns yourself, but you can watch someone else take on the challenge at this four-day festival. Three different rodeos (one to honor veterans, another to celebrate the ProRodeo Hall of Fame's new inductees, and one to raise awareness of breast cancer) will feature everything from barrel racing to bull riding to steer wrestling while a special one will include only bull-related events for the hardcore heifer lovers.

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.

Denver Burger Battle

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:03am

All bets are off when Denver’s leading patty peddlers come together for a test of taste and tenderness. Sample 13 of Colorado’s best burgers in one night and add your vote to the esteemed roster of judges, which includes Aniedra Nichols of Elway’s, Tom Ryan of Smashburger, and Pete Marczyk of Marczyk Fine Foods. If you’re not too stuffed, enjoy boozy beverages from establishments such as Upslope Brewing Company and sweets from local vendors Sugarmill and Happy Bakeshop. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Image courtesy of Denver Burger Battle

Lego Bricks Preview Night

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 7:09am

The Denver Zoo just adopted a fresh flock, but these animals don’t bite. Created by professional artist Sean Kenney, this caravan includes more than 35 life-size (and even larger) Lego sculptures. From a hummingbird with an eight-foot wingspan to a 400-pound bumblebee, the award-winning artist’s exhibit, “Nature Connects Art with Lego Bricks,” magnifies creatures from around the world. In addition to a meet-and-greet with the artist himself, the evening includes talks given by the flamingo and zebra keepers as well as playful interactions with elephants and sea lions.

Denver Burger Battle

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:36am

Consider the Denver Burger Battle an antidote to those unappetizing McDonald's quarter pounders of yesteryear. Thirteen of the Mile High City's eateries will put their most outrageous burger forward as they compete to win the title of Denver's ground beef master. The formidable contenders include the Squeaky Bean, Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, and TAG Burger Bar, all of whom will be grilling to impress knowledgeable judges such as Solera's Goose Sorenson and Smashburger's Tom Ryan. Guests will also sample each burger with the opportunity to pick their favorites. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:20pm

The three-day Arise Festival in Loveland will surely wow listeners with its eclectic tunes and workshops, but you can get a taste of the line-up right in the heart of Five Points. This seven-piece rock band, self-described as a "hard soul collective," will headline a more intimate series of performances before they head to the mountain extravaganza. The show also features folk duo the Shook Twins, bluegrass quintent Old Salt Union, and several others who can be found in the line-up at Arise. Thu 8 p.m.

Midnight Madness: Friday

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:14am

For best friends Craig Jones and Smokey, a series of misfortunes makes Friday seem more like Monday. In this street-savvy comedy by director F. Gary Gray, Craig (Ice Cube) is fired for stealing cardboard boxes, and Smokey is tasked with repaying a local drug dealer with money he doesn't yet have. Hilarity ensues in a series of urban ordeals that keep Craig and Smokey on their toes and moviegoers laughing all the way to the credits. Fri 12 a.m.

 

Arise Music Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:11am

Located just over an hour from Denver, this picturesque three-day festival features yoga, art, workshops, and more than 100 artists across six stages. Headliners include indie-folk-rock ensemble Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, electronic artist the Polish Ambassador, and the incredible Grateful Dead cover band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Yet the lineup encompasses everything from funk to folk; fans of the latter won’t want to miss sister bands Rising Appalachia or the Shook Twins, along with prolific guitarist Larry Keel’s tribute to Old and in the Way. Fri 6 a.m.; Sat-Sun 7 a.m.

Nature Connects, Art with Lego® Bricks

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:42am

Tired of stepping on Lego bricks in the living room? Take your kid to the Denver Zoo, where she can still get her building block fix. Designed by New York-based artist Sean Kenney, this traveling exhibit (made of more than 1.6 million Lego pieces) features dozens of animal and plant sculptures, including a 400-pound bumblebee, a life-size African lion, and a hummingbird with a wingspan bigger than your own. In between the sculptures, of course, visitors can catch a glimpse of real-life flora and fauna as well. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Edge of Realism

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:04pm

Examine the realm between reality and abstraction in this exhibition of works by more than two dozen local and national artists, such as Maine's Meghan Howland and Massachusetts-based Britt Snyder. The group has created a multitude of unusual but perceptive mixed media works that blur images, distort faces, and manipulate light to explore their human and object subjects. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bound

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:09pm

Although words like “cocoon” and “shadow” don’t often connote spirituality, Colorado native Jennifer Davey has employed them in her pursuit to understand the relationship between the soul and the human body. She selects words that relate to her own personal experiences, using oil paint, chalk, and pencil to stencil the letters into her canvas works and urging viewers to think about their layered meanings. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

A New Fine Line: Contemporary Ink Painting from China

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:38pm

Nine contemporary Chinese artists have created works filled with detail and steeped in art history for this cultural exhibition. The painters, including Hang Chunhui and Jin Sha, employed gongbi, a method that peaked in popularity during the Tang dynasty (from the seventh to the 10th centuries), when artists glued rice paper sketches onto their drawing boards and then applied layers of ink with meticulous brushstrokes. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Summer of Reading Program: The Super Ann Show

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:14pm

With just a top hat, a bunny rabbit, and a straightjacket, Ann Lincoln has been amazing Colorado kids with her comedic magic routines for more than 25 years. Young guests can watch Super Ann juggle, swallow fire, and commit surprising feats of strength. Along with her obligatory magician’s rabbit, Super Ann will also wow children with her time-tested jokes, guaranteed to elicit giggles. Fri 11 a.m.-noon.

Bootstrapped Brews

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:37pm

Attendees of this unique beer festival can benefit from all three ingredients that make Colorado great: entrepreneurship, beer, and philanthropy. As much of a networking opportunity as it is an amateur food competition, attendees sample beer made by teams from local start-up businesses while they chat about entrepreneurship in the Centennial State. A jury will name the top three best home brews, and a People’s Choice award will be given to the lager with the most votes from the crowd.

Bennett Onsager

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:34pm

Local artist Bennett Onsager creates surrealist ceramic sculptures of random body parts entwined with conduit tubes and circuitry as a form of eerie social commentary. His figures—including one with a foot and a hand attached by a forearm and tangled in electrical wire—speak to the ways in which society is connected to digital technology. The sculptures are made entirely of clay, and coated with different colors he creates using various chemicals and glazes during the double-firing process. Fri 5-10 p.m.; Sat noon-8 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

The Nickel's One-Year Anniversary Party

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:59pm

In honor of its first anniversary, the Nickel is celebrating with a special three-course prix fixe dinner. The meal focuses on honoring the local purveyors who have made the Nickel's delicious success possible. Expect dishes like Cheese Importers cheeses with charcuterie and pickles and Western Daughter's dry-aged beef tartare with salt-cured egg yolk. Fri 5 p.m.

The Ancient Art of Fermentation Workshop

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:42pm

Denver artist Laura Krudener (of the popular Among the Colors blog) and fermented foods company Haiku Foods have teamed up to offer an interactive class on lacto-fermentation that will turn even the inexperienced into a fermento pro. Not only will attendees get schooled in the history and health benefits of lacto-fermentation, they'll also be able to take home their own vegetable ferment, made during the class with their choice of organic spices. Fri 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The Legend of Robin Hood

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:24am

The classic tale of the poor’s defender gets a revamp with the world debut of this musical version. The new production brings back all the usual suspects, including the Sheriff of Nottingham, Lady Marian, and the lead outlaw himself—but adds original songs such as “You’ve Stolen My Heart,” a duet between Robin and Marian, and “Don the Hood,” which serves as Robin’s call to battle, as well as live archery, an orchestra of local musicians (including a lutist), and custom-made leather armor.

Pretty Lights

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:00am

While growing up in Fort Collins, Derek Vincent Smith became fascinated by old school hip-hop, eventually dropping out of the University of Colorado Boulder to pursue music full-time and adopting the Pretty Lights moniker shortly afterward. Smith's project is wholeheartedly electronic, defined by layers of unusual samples that add texture and juxtapose well with the more modern sounds omnipresent in modern electronic dance music.

The Travelin’ McCourys

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:56am

In the world of bluegrass, the McCoury name is akin to royalty, thanks to legend Del, the family’s patriarch. The Travelin’ McCourys are made up of his two sons, Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), along with fiddle whiz Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram. Lightning fast pickin’, world-class harmonies, and a progressive sound define the band, which has collaborated with everyone from the Allman Brothers to Phish. Fri 8 p.m.

San Fermin

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:35am

Hot on on the heels of the late April release of its LP Jackrabbit, San Fermin graces the stage with its twist on baroque pop (think: angsty indie rock meets catchy pop with a dash of classical). The title track from the recent record blends trumpet, piano, guitar, violin, and an eerie harmony of vocals to produce the unique, genre-bending sound. Fri 9 p.m.

Red Rocks Century

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:54pm

On this challenging cycling course—which claims to be the toughest and most scenic in the Colorado Front Range—your biggest competition is yourself. With no official start time and no awards for finishing first, riders will tackle the 100-mile course (and its 12,000 feet of elevation gain) with an eye on the finish line, not their watches. Those still working up to the full century experience can choose between two abbreviated courses: the 62-mile metric century or the 30-mile challenge. Post-ride, cyclists can enjoy a complimentary lunch as they bask in their victory. Sat 5 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Colorado 54

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:01pm

Summit all 54 of Colorado’s Fourteeners in one day, with a little help from more than 500 friends. This group-climbing effort invites each participant to pick one mountain, so all peaks are conquered simultaneously. Whether you choose an easier hike like Mt. Bierstadt or a tough trek like Pyramid Peak, you'll get to celebrate at base camp once you're done, with awards ranging from "Best Dance Moves Above 14,000 Feet" to "Biggest Fundraiser" and prizes such as T-shirts, new cameras, and even a roundtrip flight for two to Nicaragua.

Stone Fruit Festival

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:44pm

James and his giant peach would have been a sensation at the first local festival focused on stone fruit, but the bonanza will offer more than enough entertainment without them. The summer-y fest will feature cooking demonstrations with the Kitchen, a peach poetry contest, a stone fruit bake-off, kids' activities such as face painting and yard games, and specialty dishes by vendors such as food stand Orange Tent and ice pop-maker Big Top Pops.

Jefferson Park Farm & Flea

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:51pm

At this new marketplace, shoppers will find a mecca of handmade and vintage products alongside farm-fresh produce and regionally made artisan goods. Stock up on kitchen staples from Potter Highlands Produce, Little Peaks Bakeshop, and Modern Gingham Preserves, then score vintage finds from local shops like Nomad Vinyl, Vogel Haus Vintage, and Hidden Gnome Woodworking. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Holy Cow Trail Stampede

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:30pm

Put on ‘yer war bonnets and ‘yer boots, because it’s time to go whole hog at this Old Western-themed 5K and 10K race. The dog- and stroller-friendly event is only as competitive as you want it to be, but keep in mind that there’s a special treat for the speed demons at the front of the pack: In lieu of a bike lead, first-place runners get to trot alongside a horse.

Denver Arts Festival

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:07pm

Shop for juried pieces by more than 75 artists—such as local painter Dianka Pocop and Florida-based jewelry maker Lisa Davin—at this lakeside festival. Then, groove to live music, including a sunset concert by Rail Ramblers, and munch on bites by Denver eateries, including sandwich truck Pavy’s. Bring along the kiddos for a visit to the Creation Station, which includes coloring and face painting activities. Sat 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Dinosaur Discovery Day: Reptile and Bird Day

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:23pm

Your kids might find dinosaurs fascinating, but they probably don't know that some of T-Rex’s distant cousins are right in our backyard. Dino lovers can learn about the relationship (and surprising similarities) between the big lizards of long ago and their still-living reptilian and avian descendants. Wild Wings Environmental Education will bring live raptors—hawks, falcons, and owls—so that kids can get a close look at the birds of prey alongside snakes, lizards, and turtles from the Denver Zoo.

Nature Discovery Day: The Buzz about Bees

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:45am

Bees do more than just buzz, as kids will learn at this apian walk-around. Young nature explorers ages five to 10 will learn about the important environmental role of bees and other pollinators, and will even have the chance to look inside a real hive. Bonus: A snack of locally made honey awaits the fuutre beekeepers at the end of this sweet adventure. Sat 10 a.m.

Burns Park Public Art Tour

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:38pm

Denver International Airport public art coordinator Mandy Renaud will lead visitors through the historic Burns Park, narrating its past and explaining its resident pieces of art. Learn about the land that was donated to the city by the family of Donald C. Burns as a tribute to the impact he had on Denver. Examine the six pieces of art in the park, including four that were created for an art symposium in the summer of 1968. Sat 10 a.m.

Colorado Photography Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:27pm

Calling all shutterbugs: If you head to this festival, you'll leave with more advanced skills to capture the world around you. Spend six days with 10 of Colorado’s best photographers, who will provide both classroom and field instruction on how to shoot landscapes, nighttime scenes, macro images, and portraits, as well as how to edit your shots with Adobe Lightroom. Eager to test your newfound skills? Don't miss photographer Jason J. Hatfield's three-night workshop, where you'll hike through Rocky Mountain National Park during the Perseids meteor shower. Sat 10:30 a.m.

The Throwdown: A Charity Cornhole Tournament

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:22pm

Even if you're not triathlon-ready, you can still test your mettle against cornhole's backyard heroes at this charitable event. The round robin setup guarantees each two-person team a minimum of three games, with the top team from each group advancing to the winners' bracket. There may be just one champion, but with an entry fee that includes beer from Living The Dream Brewing Company, sandwiches from Snarf's, and slices from Pizza Fusion, there’s no shame in second place.

West Colfax MuralFest

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:25am

West Colfax is getting a new paint job, but these designs aren't illegal. Critically acclaimed muralists like Daniel Chavez and Victoriano Rivera will spend the week before the event creating vibrant murals on select buildings in the 40 West Arts District, where the festival will later highlight the masterpieces. Reggae group Irie Still and salsa band Conjunto Colores provide the audio, while Rocky Mountain Snowflakes supplies the snowcones. Feeling the urge to tag something?

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..

Blues & Brews

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:25pm

With a solid line-up of local and national blues bands and breweries, this music-fueled beer festival is the perfect way to dance and sip your Saturday away. Blues-y tunes from the Delta Sonics, Markus James, and Selwyn Birchwood complement bold brews from 17 breweries, including 4 Noses Brewing Company, Alpine Dog Brewing Company, and Platt Park Brewing Company. Sat 1-10 p.m.

Freakin' Fourth Anniversary

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:33pm

This outdoor gathering will remind you of an old-school block party—but with better beer. Enjoy live music all day (including a performance from Denver bluegrass-rock band Oakhurst) and grab some pizza from Basic Kneads and jerk chicken sliders from Kuechos food truck. Denver Beer Company will be pouring its eclectic beers (like the Graham Cracker Porter or Incredible Pedal IPA) all day. Sat 2-10 p.m.

Altered Reality

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:53am

What is reality? That's the question 12 national and international artists—all participating in the Musuem of Outdoor Arts' Design and Build program for university students—asked themselves when creating these site-specific installation pieces. Allow their works to play with your mind as optical illusion twists perception, disrupts expectation, and upends certainty. Also displayed will be original art by Design and Build instructor Cory Gilstrap, who specializes in soft sculpture and puppet making. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Centennial Under the Stars

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:18pm

Kids can go wild at this outdoor music bash, which takes the bright lights of an EDM festival and makes it a little more family-friendly. Two Fort Collins-based bands, Americana rock group the Patti Fiasco and folk group sister act SHEL, will kick off the night, followed by Las Vegas' ’80s tribute band, Love Shack. Between sets, families can sample fare from 10 food trucks, including Funnels and Fat Sully’s Pizza. And if dancing through the night isn’t enough to tire the kids out, a quick romp in the bounce house might do the trick.

Flash Mob America

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:11am

Don't get left on the sidelines when this flash mob hits the streets of Denver. Because these crowd-focused events appear seemingly out of nowhere (like flash floods, or the aptly-named Marvel Comics superhero, "Flash"), we can't disclose the location before the event. What we can tell you is that the gratuitous gesticulation will surprise a nonprofit that supports wounded veterans. To strike a pose for a good cause, register at the link below. Sat 6 p.m.

Dinner in White

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:28am

Denver’s take on Paris' traditional Dîner en Blanc, this classy soirée will add a shade of mystery to your weekend. Keep an eye on social media feeds or your email an hour before the event when the organizers will share the secret outdoor location. Once in, drinks and dancing await a sea of white-clad partygoers. Pack a picnic or spring for a VIP ticket, which includes a catered dinner set in a Parisian-style marketplace.

So Long, Shakespeare

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:14pm

The Bard of Avon, arguably the master of dramatic partings, will be given proper tribute in this compilation of his epic goodbye scenes. The night will include more than a dozen scenes from six plays, including All’s Well That Ends Well and Hamlet, as well as four songs performed by Ophelia, the Danish noblewoman and wife of Prince Hamlet. Thu-Sun 7:30 p.m.

The Chick Sings Frank

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:35pm

The renowned Frank Sinatra will come alive again in the form of the songs and stories that best defined him. Singer Lannie Garrett, accompanied by the Errand Boys of Rhythm quintet, will belt his hits and recount the tales of his career, his affairs, and his rise to become an American legend. Expect classics such as “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)” and “That’s Life.” Sat 8 p.m.

Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:14pm

This ride up America’s Mountain will take your breath away (and keep it for a while, too). The fully-supported event offers a competitive 20-kilometer hill climb for the ambitious, and a series of shorter Gran Fondo timed rides for the mere mortals. Share the quad-searing effort with friends in the three-person relay for a total of 33 kilometers. Pro tip: Order the Famous Dave's BBQ lunch combo available at registration (an extra $15) for a much-needed protein boost post-ride. Sun 6 a.m.

Drop Your Drawers and Run Wild 5K

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:09pm

Run yourself clear out of your underwear (just kidding, keep them on) at this 5K. The race raises money for Underwearness, a nonprofit that works to ensure every child has access to undergarments. After your cross the finish line, head to the Denver Zoo for a light breakfast, two free drinks, an underwear toss, and access to the real wild things for the rest of the day. Sun 8:30 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.

Skullduggery

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:51am

Skeletons are usually seen haunting the halls at Halloween, but bones don't have to be spooky. In this hands-on adventure, wanna-be archaeologists can learn how to identify an animal (including humans) by the distinct shape of its skull. Topics of discussion will include adaptation, evolution, and mammal classification. The trek through the woods is recommended for junior scientists ages eight to 12. Sun 9:30 a.m.

Castiglione: Lost Genius

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:30am

You’ve likely heard of the 17th-century painters Rembrandt, but the work of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione has gone mostly unnoticed for several hundred years. In conjunction with the Queen of England’s Royal Collection Trust, the curators of this precious exhibit have collected 90 of the Italian Baroque artist’s drawings, etchings, and monotypes (a type of print invented by Castiglione himself) to display in America for the first time.

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.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen Fifth Anniversary

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:13pm

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen is celebrating its fifth birthday in style at this decadent dinner, featuring beers from Trve Brewing Company and tipples from A.D. Laws Whiskey House. Chef Jake Grant has prepared a five-course menu that includes dishes like buffalo tongue French dip and butter poached halibut, each paired with a Trve brew (like the American black ale, Black Cascade) or bourbon from A.D. Laws. Sun 4 p.m.

Bill Vielehr Program Screening

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:30am

This tribute event is comprised of several short, pre-recorded interviews with the late Denver sculptor Bill Vielehr on his life's work in the modern art scene. Vielehr's pieces can be found on display in numerous public locations around Denver; his "Reflective Urban Quilt" sits outside Fire Station No. 1 in Aurora, and "Metal Response" is part of the outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities. His widow, Kitty Nicholason, presents the program, and attendees can look forward to drinks and discussion at St. Julien Hotel & Spa across the street afterward.

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.

Ballpark Plates

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:54pm

Food and drink lovers can cover all the bases at this restaurant and bar crawl through the Ballpark neighborhood. Work your way from the Lobby and Zi South, the designated "home base" locations, to 25 other establishments for three hours' worth of free samples. Don't miss Scandinavian spot Trillium, named one of Denver's ten best by USA Today, and the award-winning sandwiches at Snarf's. Tue 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Nicki Minaj

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:14am

With her bombshell curves, no-nonsense attitude, and freestyling prowess, Nicki Minaj had no problem garnering the attention of rapper and label boss Lil Wayne after her MySpace page went viral around 2006. A contemporary of Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim, Minaj is known for her costumes and theatrics, along with catchy tunes defined by unexpected hooks and guest appearances. This show, part of the "Pinkprint Tour,” lives up to that standard with performances by special guests like Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, and Dej Loaf. Tue 7 p.m.

The Book of Mormon

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:40pm

What, might you ask, do the creators of South Park and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have in common? The originators of the sitcom went on to produce the satirical, vulgar musical that tells the story of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda, only one of whom has actually read the scriptures in question. Since opening on Broadway in 2011, the show has received nine Tony Awards and a Grammy Award, hurling the Mormon Church into a spotlight rife with sacrilege, rough language, and feces-themed jokes. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

Idina Menzel

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:44am

Over the years, Idina Menzel has racked up plenty of accolades for her singing roles in Broadway musicals, including a Tony nomination for her portrayal of eccentric performance artist Maureen in Rent and a Tony Award for her role as Elphaba in Wicked. Yet she didn’t make history until she voiced the snow queen Elsa in the smash animated movie Frozen and her song “Let It Go” made her the first person to have garnered both a Tony Award and a Billboard Top 10 hit.

Colorado Connections

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:51pm

Denver Public Library historian Brian Trembath will transport you back to the Wild West during this 90-minute history lesson. As you walk through the American Museum of Western Art, Trembath will regale you with the stories behind the 19th-century artwork on the walls. Learn about the lives of Colorado legends like Buffalo Bill and famed writer Isabella Bird, whose exploits give context to more than 300 dramatic scenes that line the walls of the museum. Wed 3 p.m.

Diana Krall

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:40pm

After canceling her 2014 US tour and delaying the release of her long-awaited album Wallflower due to a severe case of pneumonia, the five-time Grammy winner is back on stage at last. Since the release of her debut album in 1993, Krall’s soulful contralto has become a signature of her musical style, alongside soft jazz piano solos. Concertgoers can look forward to a peek at the jazz musician’s newest work, which includes covers of songs by Bob Dylan, the Eagles, and Elton John. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Video Vortex: Blood Massacre

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:05pm

For just a single Washington, you can let Baltimore director Don Dohler scare your pants off. This film tells the story of the deranged Charlie Rizzo (George Stover), a Vietnam veteran who hasn't yet abandoned his killing ways upon his stateside return. Rizzo murders two bar patrons and a video store employee (ironic, because the film is being shown on VHS) seemingly without reason, in the manner of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The terror of the killing spree will make you glad that the genre has moved away from such carefree violence since 1991. Wed 10 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.

A Memorial Retrospective Exhibit of Joe Ardourel's Artwork

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:20am

Honor the life and work of Boulder native and accomplished contemporary artist Joe Ardourel, who died in May and was known for his woodcuts, silk screen prints, and embossings, at this one-night-only memorial retrospective exhibit. Ardourel's works have been shown at such prominent locations as the Smithsonian Institution, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, and the Boston Public Library. Thu 5-7 p.m.

Gearapalooza: The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:37am

If you don’t already own enough hand-me-down baby toys, head to this tot-themed extravaganza for the latest trendy gear. Snag everything from activity gyms to specially designed mittens for newborns at exclusive marked-down prices and enter giveaways for the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. Or, just splurge on the platinum ticket option that comes comlete with a Beco baby carrier.

Wild In the Street Bottle Release

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 2:39pm

With a name like "Wild in the Streets," you know Ratio Beerworks' new brew is bound to exceed expectations. The first release in the RiNo brewery's artisan bottle series, this farmhouse wheat ale has spent five months fermenting in red wine barrels with various strains of wild yeast. The resulting flavor is earthy, yet bursting with tropical fruits. Sample the brew yourself at this release party, where attendees can purchase a variety of package options and extra goodies, including special edition glasses, bottles, and just-tapped pours. Thu 6-11 p.m.

Project C.U.R.E.'s Poolside with a Purpose

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:48pm

Don your finest summer cocktail attire and sidle up to the bar at this poolside charity event. Swankier than a pool party, but just as fun, Denver’s do-gooders can take to the third floor terrace for an evening of luxe libations concocted by Edge bartenders. Proceeds benefit the Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment (Project C.U.R.E.), a Centennial-based nonprofit that sends medical supplies to developing countries. Thu 6 p.m.

Caffeine Crawl

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:40am

This adventure designed for roaming java junkies offers the chance to get over-caffeinated by way of bicycle all weekend. The guided coffee shop tour brings its expertise to Colorado Springs on Friday, with featured shops including the Coffee Exchange, Fifty Fifty Coffeehouse, and Switchback Coffee Roasters. Saturday's festivities will take you to trusted Denver roasters including Thump Coffee, Boxcar Coffee Roasters, and Corvus Coffee. Each stop includes a packet of goodies, as well as samples and an educational presentation. Prepare for the buzz of a lifetime.

Craig Robinson

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:25am

Craig Robinson is a man of many talents. Formerly a music teacher in Chicago, he's famous for his role as warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin in Emmy Award-winning TV series The Office, in which he made guest appearances until being promoted to a starring role in its fourth season, as well as his piano playing in the Nasty Delicious Band. Expect a display of his musical talents during his stand-up routine, complete with musical jokes and audience sing-a-longs. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

Rhiannon Giddens

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:20am

Best known as the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Southern folk troupe the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens released her first solo effort, Tomorrow Is My Turn, in February. That album, produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, features songs made famous by artists as varied as Dolly Parton and Nina Simone. Having studied opera at the Oberlin Conservatory, Giddens moves easily between school-learned and front-porch styles, incorporating gospel, jazz, blues, country, Celtic, and old-time music into her live show.

Straight Outta Compton

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:06pm

Take a trip back to 1986 in this flick, which documents the rise of West Coast rap stars Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube and the formation of hip hop group N.W.A.. The dramatic film explores the character's gritty lives, their rise to fame as they signed to Priority Records, and eventual tensions with the FBI over the explicit and controversial content of their lyrics. Don't miss this in-depth look at one of the most influential periods in the rise of hip-hop. Thu 8:30 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:27am

Folks Festival is a community gathering (hence the name “Folks” rather than “Folk”) best known for blurring genres and showcasing a healthy mix of legends and up-and-comers. Headliners include critically acclaimed crooner Sufjan Stevens, Southern troubadour Jason Isbell, and roots music revivalist Gillian Welch. Don’t miss roots trio the Wood Brothers, alt-country troupe Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, orchestral indie-rock septet the Family Crest, or Sunday’s special 25th Anniversary Gospel Set. Fri-Sun 10 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of Benko Photographics

The Governors Cup Benefiting Jiminy Wicket

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:12am

Join the crowd of Jazz Age-attired ladies and gents as a four-court croquet tournament takes over Union Station. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate, so grab a partner and your finest 1920s threads for an afternoon of English-inspired sport, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails from the open bar. Don't feel like picking up a mallet? Spectator tickets are available as well. Proceeds benefit Jiminy Wicket, a local nonprofit that uses croquet to bring together teens and Alzheimer's patients for companionship and low-impact athletic fun. Fri 4 p.m. 

Skyline and Cocktails

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:24am

Listen to the sounds of world-class jazz musicians and watch the sun set over the Front Range from this rooftop benefit concert. Guests will enjoy a live performance by jazz-funk supergroup Mo-Funk, a collaboration between Eddie Roberts and Pete Shand of the New Mastersounds, Robert Walter of the Grey Boy All-Stars, and a host of other musicians and special guests. While you're listening to the sultry sounds (and an opening set by DJ Logic), munch on bites from Snarf's and Marco's Pizza and take advantage of the open bar, featuring signature drinks made with Pressery juices.

Terracotta Warriors 3D

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:57am

Gather for this vibrant mix of traditional Chinese opera and Broadway theater to learn the story of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who ruled from the central Chinese city of Xian and united much of China in 221 BC. Written and produced by Denverite Dennis Law, this show has worked its way through Beijing and Hong Kong to finally make its U.S. debut this weekend. Watch 50 performing artists from China plus select Denver dancers and singers perform acrobatic dances and martial arts in front of a high-definition 3-D cinema backdrop. Fri 6 p.m.

Art & Ale Brew Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:42pm

As any good Coloradan knows, craft brewers have elevated beer to an art form. That will be expliclity recognized at this creative festival, where attendees will celebrate the Centennial State's tastiest brews as well as fine art made locally. Taste unlimited samples from breweries such as Blue Spruce Brewing and Strange Craft Beer Company, then challenge your friends to games of corn hole. You can also watch as artists create masterpieces live, or make your own work of art by personalizing a commemorative tasting mug in the craft area.

Rocky Mountain Metro Airshow

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:34am

Let the kiddos learn about military history while being entertained during this exhilarating display of acrobatic feats. The airshow will feature vintage warbirds and trick-heavy performances from specially designed planes as well as a presentation from the first female commercial airline pilot, Captain Emily Warner. Plus, families can step into the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit, a 53-foot mobile theater with a dynamic 160-degree screen, which creates the sensation of soaring in a P-51C Mustang (a World War II aircraft that will also perform live at the show).

La Cage aux Folles

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:58am

Drag club owner Georges and his partner Albin are caught in a bind when Georges’ son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to a woman whose father is the head of the “Tradition, Family and Morality Party.” That conservative patriarch and his wife want to meet Jean-Michel’s parents, and hilarious antics ensue in this musical that garnered six Tony Awards when it opened in 1983 and the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for each of its successive revivals in 2004 and 2010.

Ron White

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:47pm

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White—along with his trusty companions, cigars and scotch—will recount the tales of his childhood in rural Texas and his rise to celebrity. The joker has earned three Grammy Award nominations, produced a CD that topped the Billboard comedy charts, and even penned a New York Times bestselling book: I Had the Right to Remain Silent…But I Didn’t Have the Ability. Splurge on the “200 Proof” VIP package to meet “Tater Salad” himself. Fri 8 p.m.

Waka Flocka Flame

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:43pm

On April 20 this year—yes, that’s 4/20—Waka Flocka Flame came through on a promise he'd made to his Twitter fans three years prior: He was going to run for President of the United States. In his campaign announcement, the rapper talked about legalizing marijuana, the need to eliminate formal wear in Washington D.C., and the necessity for a higher minimum wage, all while rolling a blunt.

Films on Tap: Sharknado

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:19am

Cult classic Sharknado answers the age-old question of what would happen if you combined a tornado with a school of sharks. Havoc ensues as the film's titular storm ravages Los Angeles, and the Denver Film Society has the perfect pairing for watching it: a drinking game. With rules like "drink every time you see ominous shark fins," you may want to take an Uber to this screening. Fri 10 p.m.

Akira

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:18pm

Set in a post-apocalyptic neo-Tokyo, this animated science fiction film explores a society overrun by motorcycle gangs, ruthless villains, and senseless violence. Based off the graphic novel Steamboy by Katsuhiro Otomo, it was the most expensive anime film ever made at the time of its production in 1988. Don't miss the chance to see the game-changing visuals and special effects on the big screen. Fri-Sat 11:59 p.m.

USA Pro Challenge Opening Weekend Festival

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:38pm

This opening weekend festival is for cycling enthusiasts, sports fans, and athletes who haven’t gone pro (yet). Riders can take their pick of several races throughout the weekend, like the Steamboat Stinger 50-mile mountain bike race, the Steamboat Triathalon, and the 28- or 54-mile Go Ride Challenge (the only Colorado event in which recreational riders can start and finish under official USA Pro Challenge banners).

Wipeout Run

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:20pm

You'll get knocked down, but you'll (hopefully) get up again and again during this 5K filled with spills and thrills. The treacherous course from the hit TV show Wipeout will be replicated in the Mile High City, where you can test your strength against 12 inflatable obstacles, like the Door Knocker and the Fence Flapper, bent on sweeping you off your feet. A four-story inflatable water slide will usher you across the finish line, but you won't be truly done until you visit the merchandise booth for a souvenir—or make one yourself with a photograph in front of the zany backdrops.

Go Ride Steamboat

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:11pm

If you've ever dreamt of bumping shoulders with the pros in the peloton of the USA Pro Challenge, then this weekend ride is for you. Start from underneath the official race truss, and ride the 28- or 54-mile courses (there's no shame in daydreaming of mass crowds, cheering, and cowbells), before finishing to the reward of two beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and a post-ride lunch from Smashburger.

AIDS Walk Colorado

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:33pm

Join thousands of individuals in the Rocky Mountain Region’s oldest one-day HIV and AIDS fundraising event. After walking or running the 5K course, participants can take in the Celebration of Life festival, where they can view panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, enjoy a volleyball tournament held by the Colorado Gay Volleyball Association, or don some sky-high stilettos for a comical 0.5K Diva Dash. Sat 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lafayette Peach Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:09pm

Celebrate summer's sweetest fruit during the the harvest of fresh peaches from the Palisade orchards. You'll find a selection of fresh-baked peach pies and cobblers from Louisville-based cafe and bakery the Huckleberry, smoothies blended by Lafayette officials, and 30,000 pounds of organic peaches available for purchase from Western Slope growers. After you've gotten your fill of the juicy treat, browse antiques and art from close to 175 Front Range vendors, and enjoy live music from the Boulder Friends of Jazz Club. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Warrior Dash

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:49pm

With all the thrills of a Marine Corps boot camp (but none of the drill sergeants) this obstacle race promises to keep you on your toes—and hands, knees, and torso. You'll swing through high-tension ropes, sift through muddy trenches, climb the vertical wall, and defeat nine other challenging features throughout the 3.1-mile course. For your effort, you'll receive a commemorative medal and helmet, beer from Shocktop, and photos that you'll use to prove your toughness to everyone at the office on Monday. Sat 9 a.m.

Elk Run 5K

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:28pm

With breathtaking wildlife and scenery, this is one 5K you'll want to take by the antlers. Admire the elk and wild turkey, as well as the historic estates and rolling foothills that comprise the course, and stay refreshed thanks to water and Gatorade stations along the way. Speedsters can cherish the medals awarded for top male and female finisher, but anyone can collect the commemorative T-shirt while guzzling down beer from Elk Mountain Brewing Inc. Sat 9 a.m.

FARMCAD Food, Art & Craft Market

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:41pm

This locally-focused market brings together food vendors, local artists, and farmers for a multi-faceted shopping experience unique for the Mile High City. Peruse the stalls of artisan food merchants including Dead Dog Chocolate, Sweet Macarons, and Kettle Head Popcorn; pick up farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from Denver urban farm Potter Highlands Produce, or stock up on fashions from Whorl on Wheels and Blue Spruce Vintage. Students from the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design will provide pieces fine art for purchase as well.

Just For Kicks!

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:39pm

Ready to take your fifth grade recess skills to the next level? This team kickball tournament is the perfect chance to throw it back to your days of adolescent athleticism, or maybe just peg your friends with a rubber ball. Enter your team of at least nine members (all participants must be at least 18 years old), and play your hearts out to be crowned the champions of Sloan's Lake Park.

Cowboy Poetry

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:45pm

In between soulful folk tunes, men and women of the Old West would tell tall tales to one another, embellishing their adventures and perfecting the art of pioneer storytelling. Now, all of these cowboy art forms—music, poetry, and storytelling—are highlighted at this unique cultural event. Gather ‘round to listen to tales from cowboy poet Al “Doc” Mehl or folk tunes from Front Range musicians like Jimmy Lee Robbins. More than just a step back in time, this showcase is also a reminder that Colorado’s artistic heritage of long ago remains relevant today. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

FARMCAD (Food, Art & Craft Market)

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:20am

In Colorado, you can have never have too many artisan festivals, but this new market provides more than your average local bazaar. Get your fill of freshly cut steaks from Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, giant pizza slices from the beloved Fat Sully’s, and vegan frozen treats from Ba-Nom-a-Nom before browsing Sweet Georgia Sugar’s natural skin care products, Colorado’s first mobile antique store (La Lovely Vintage), and works from several Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design students, including Amber Walkowiak and Julie Kitzes.

Golden Fine Arts Festival

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:31am

Colorado artist Sandy Marvin, whose colorful pastel works depict Colorado landscapes and still lifes, is among more than 100 participating artists in this local, artsy festival. Spend the weekend perusing their juried work, munching on bites by local vendors Colorado Buffalo Grill and Em’s Ice Cream, and sipping on beer from Golden City Brewery and wine from Aspen Peak Wine Cellars, all while bands perform and horses pull carriages through the historic downtown streets.

Meet Linda St. Clair

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:31pm

Watch the movements of New Mexico-based artist Linda St. Clair as barnyard paintings spring to life under her hands. Starting in April, she began creating a vibrant series of oil-on-wood paintings entitled "Back Road Barn" and will add to the series during this event. She'll also take pictures of dogs for commissioned works, so Fido is welcome to come as long as he stays outside. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Spirits in the Wind Gallery

FutureVet with Banfield Pet Hospital

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:54am

Does your kid ask more questions than you when you take Fluffy to the vet? If so, she's ready for this crash course in animal medicine, during which licensed veterinarian will explain what vets look for when they examine their furry patients as well as how to check if owners are treating their pets with care. After “graduating” from the program, children will receive a diploma and a stethoscope, which we’re sure they’ll put to good use at home. Sat 11 a.m.

Hope Floats

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:44am

Make a splash for your fellow Coloradans at this derby race with 5,000 rubber ducks as its competitors. Egg on your bird as it careens down the stream; the owner of the fastest duck goes home $1,500 richer while second and third place finishes receive smaller prizes. Denver-based tribute group That Eighties Band will provide the tunes for the event, which benefits the Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, an organization that sponsors care and peer support for mental illness and substance abuse patients. Sat 11 a.m.

 

The Big Wonderful

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

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

Kidz Bop “Make Some Noise” Tour

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:57am

Your little ones may sing along to the tunes on the radio, but now they can see kids their own age performing the biggest hits. This concert, created by kids for kids, offers fresh renditions of popular songs, including current chart-toppers like Pharrell’s “Happy” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk." Splurge on the VIP package for a meet-and-greet photo session and autographed card. Sat 4 p.m.

Celebrating Julia Child

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:24pm

Known for her exuberant efforts to bring French cuisine to the states, Julia Child was more than just a chef—she was an inspiration to generations of American cooks. Celebrate the birthday of the late legend at this class, where attendees will cook some of Child's most ubiquitous recipes, including a cheese quiche, souffléed potatoes, coq au vin, and chocolate roulade. Expect simple yet decadent French fare—and plenty of butter. Sat 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Larimer Square 50th Anniversary Celebration

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:04am

Larimer Square was the site where Denver began, but the historic block narrowly dodged the wrecking ball of the Urban Renewal Authority in 1965. The Larimer Square Assocation's preservationist victory is now 50 years old, and a block party celebration is in order. The event features riotous activities like giant beer pong and a graffiti wall, and the bluegrass nouveau group the Whitfields and In Tandem will keep the party rockin' until midnight. Keep cool at the beer garden, goof around at the photobooth, and make sure you stay 'til the end for the special surprise. Sat 8 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.

Incredible, Edible Gluten-Free Fair

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 2:47pm

This food fair aims to make gluten-free living easy as pie (wheatless, of course). Celiacs and the gluten-intolerant—and those who are just curious about the diet—can sample everything from bread to pasta to beer—all of it completely free of that pesky protein. In addition to tasting delicious goods like cookies and breads from Boulder-based company Glutino or muffins and cakes from Littleton's Cheatin' Wheat, there will also be a free Q&A panel for parents of children with celiac disease. Sun 10 a.m.-3 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.

Ghost Light

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:45am

Lay down, close your eyes, and immerse yourself in a truly unique musical experience—don't worry, the amazing acoustics will keep you from dozing off. Colorado composer Nathan Hall tailored the music specifically to Boettcher Concert Hall for maximum effect, collaborating with Denver indie band Land Lines, classical quintet Playground Ensemble, and Pittsburgh experimental musician Dave Bernabo, to offer sounds like you've never heard before. From classical orchestra tunes to electronic beats, there's something (and room) for everyone on stage. Sun 2 p.m.

Rise Against, Killswitch Engage, & Letlive

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:36am

Start warming up now for a full night of headbanging. This melodic hardcore foursome has been on the punk scene since the late ’90s and recently released its seventh studio album, The Black Market. Catch the bandmates before they head off on the European leg of their world tour. Metal rockers Killswitch Engage and Letlive will open. Sun 6:30 p.m.

Westerns: The Golden Years: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 2:55pm

Legendary director Sam Peckinpah's final Western tells the story of outlaw Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) and his showdown with lawman Pat Garrett (Ames Coburn) in the wild landscape of New Mexico, circa 1881. Expect an action-packed flick that bursts with the genre's signature bravado, including cattle rustling, theatrical escapes, and of course, explosive shootouts. Sun 6:30 p.m.

Foo Fighters

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:32am

It’s rare that a band’s frontman is also its drummer, but then again, few drummers can write and sing like the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, who initially came to fame as a member of Nirvana. The Foo Fighters were one of many alternative-rock bands to emerge in the ’90s, but few have endured as well (or racked up 11 Grammy Awards). The making of the band’s 2014 release, Sonic Highways—recorded in the eight great American rock ’n’ roll cities—is documented in an HBO mini-series of the same name, which premiered last fall. Joining the rockers for this show is British duo Royal Blood.

Helen Frankenthaler

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:37am

Iconic abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler is the next subject of the American Museum of Western Art’s “Artful Insights” series, which offers small groups of visitors the chance to meet with a museum guide and have an intimate experience with the art. The National Medal of Arts winner diluted oil paints with turpentine and poured the mixture onto unprimed canvasses, pioneering a “soak stain” method that gained her worldwide fame and inspired a generation of artists.

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.

Creepoid with Special Guest Plum and Sunboy

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:44am

If sludge metal and psychedelia are your scene, you can't miss this quartet. Creepoid, a Philadelphia-based grunge outfit, joins local psychedelic bands Sunboy and Plum for a one-night show. Creepoid comes to Colorado fresh off the summer release of its third album, Cemetery Highrise Slum, described by Pitchfork as "devot[ed] to disorientation." Tue 8 p.m.

Within Range: Paintings by Theodore Waddell

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:52pm

In the capable hands of Theodore Waddell, art and cattle herding have become fused. A working rancher himself, Waddell has created sculptures and large-scale, abstract paintings of the sprawling Western landscapes and the animals that populate them in order to tell their stories from a modernist point of view. Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stories from the Square

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:17am

Travel back to the 1960s, when a young woman and a brilliant idea stood between Denver's original main street and a demolition crew. Enjoy a lively discussion with that brave lady (preservationist Dana Crawford), local historian Tom Noel, Larimer Square owner Jeff Hermanson, and media personality Patty Calhoun about the transformation of Larimer Square in its 50th-anniversary year. Expect Crawford to touch on her visionary redevelopment plan and how it helped save a piece of Denver’s history. Wed 4:30-6:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Larimer Square

Slipknot

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:44pm

Let the headbanging commence: The Grammy Award-winning heavy metal rockers of Slipknot are passing through the Centennial State on their coast-to-coast “This Summer’s Last Stand” tour. Featuring gravelly vocals layered atop gritty, syncopated guitar riffs and raucous drumming, Slipknot isn’t one for sentimental ballads; the band’s many hits include such tracks as "Wait and Bleed,” "Left Behind," and “My Plague.” Between the group’s aggressive lyrics and nightmarish masks, this concert won’t be an easy one to forget. Wed 6:15 p.m.

Science Friction: HACKERS 20th Anniversary Screening

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:37am

Denver Comic Con cofounder Frank Romero and The A.V. Club senior writer Jason Heller will introduce this cult thriller as part of the Alamo Drafthouse’s sci-fi film series. Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie star as young hackers trying to stop an evil virus and avoid the Secret Service. Bonus: before the screening, Heller will show his exclusive Skype interview with film director Iain Softley. Wed 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Campfire at the Cabin: From Past to Present

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 9:54am

Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can spend the evening under the stars during this multi-part event. Hike a marked one-mile trail through the Coyote Ridge Natural Area, then gather around the campfire for an hour and a half of s’mores and stories about local history. Don’t forget to wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight for the trek back. Wed 7:30-9 p.m.

Free Fab'rik

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:33pm

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but the folks at this thoughtful boutique believe in the free shopping spree. This charitable event connects underprivileged girls with high fashion items, sans the high fashion pricetags. Each girl will be paired with a volunteer stylist, who will help her put together a head-to-toe outfit. After a quick pep talk, the newly minted models can strut their stuff on the runway in a grand celebration of self-confidence and femininity. Sat 10 a.m.

—Image courtesy of Fab'rik

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.

Beyond Language

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:26pm

Is communication possible outside our conventional ideas of language? Multimedia artists Nirmal Raja and Nina Ghanbarzadeh seek to answer that question in this exhibit of boundary-pushing works, inspired by their origins in India and Iran, respecitvely. The pieces, including wall stencils and video installations alongside prints and nontraditional mixed-media pieces, explores language through themes of displacement, migration, and the negotiation of new cultures. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Sabin Aell

Fat Wrecked for 25 Years Ft. NOFX

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 5:00pm

Fat Wreck Chords—pronounced "records," if you're wondering—is turning 25 this year, and its bands are hitting the road to celebrate. The record label has produced some of the country's best punk rock since its inception in 1990, and this birthday tour brings together some of its best acts. Punk quartet NOFX will headline, and a slew of punk acts such as Lagwagon, the Flatliners, and a series of secret guests fill out the lineup. Thu 2 p.m. 

New Works Festival

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 9:50am

Thanks to a $425,000 interior renovation, the 124-year-old Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre will play host to new works for the first time in a quarter century. Audience members can choose the top two productions from six readings of scripts such as John Morogiello's World War II comedy The Consul, The Tramp and America’s Sweetheart, Siegmund Fuchs' coming-of-age piece In the Closet, and Steven Cole Hughes' historical drama A Good Indian.

Beer Class at Golden City Brewery

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:57pm

Golden City Brewery head brewer Mike George and brew master Charlie Sturdavant will school you on all things IPA during this in-depth class. Students will enjoy a pint of Evolution IPA (as well as beers from other local brewers) as they learn about grain composition, hops, color, and taste. A small class size ensures that participants can truly interact with the expert brewers and gain a comprehensive understanding of their brews' subtle nuances. Thu 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Azar Nafisi

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:46pm

Bestselling author Azar Nafisi knows the value of fiction: In her home country of Iran, she taught her students about classic novels like The Great Gatsby, risking persecution—and sometimes execution— by the country’s morality squads. The book that was born from this experience, Reading Lolita in Tehran, sold more than 1 million copies and sparked international discussion about the importance of fiction in democratic society. Now, Nafisi discusses her newest book, The Republic of Imagination, which applies this same topic to the United States.

Mile High Sci-Fi vs. DEEP BLUE SEA

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:22pm

If your idea of a stellar movie night involves watching comedians crack jokes, improvise sound effects, and play their own soundtracks over old sci-fi films, you're in luck. At this one-of-a-kind event, live comedy is set to the backdrop of Deep Blue Sea, a 1999 film about scientists who must fight for their lives after creating ultra-intelligent Mako sharks in an attempt to further their Alzheimer's research. The comedy is intended for a mature audience, which means bringing small children isn't

High Point: The Horses, Wildlife, and Landscape of Colorado

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 5:03pm

The worlds of fine art and wild horses collide in this Colorado-centric exhibition. Visual artists and avid horsewomen Cheri Isgreen and Barb Haynie have brought this collection of equine- and other nature-inspired art on tour throughout the Centennial State, adding new works for display in their latest installation. With media ranging from painting to sculpture to origami, this exhibit promises to engage even the least experienced equestrian. Before Labor Day: Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. After Labor Day: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Juanita Canzoneri

Unfurl

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:57pm

For this exhibition, guest curator and Italian-educated artist Mia Bergeron selected a group of 25 artists, including local painter Daniel Sprick and award-winning still-life and portrait painters from around the world. The premise: Use your creative freedon to make something that you wouldn't produce for commercial benefit. The resulting installation features pieces that are wildly different from each artist's most well-known works and promises viewers an inside look at the creators' private ideas. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Connor Serr

Unfurl

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:13pm

As its name suggests, this exhibit emboldens more than 20 established artists to break through the real or perceived boundaries they face professionally. For example, Rose Frantzen—whose portrait installation spent eight months at the Smithsonian’s Naitonal Portrait Gallery—created a striking three-dimensional painting with a young woman’s face on one side and an old woman’s face on the other, framed by natural objects cast in resin. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Breath Exchange

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:54pm

You've likely never thought about the process of breathing in and out quite like this. Artist Diane Christiansen explores respiration, symbiosis, and synthesis of growth and decay in this immersive multimedia exhibition. Explore Christiansen's art from all angles as you walk amid paintings suspended from the ceiling and view stop-motion animations projected on the gallery walls, inspired by everything from Buddhist spirituality to the rainforests of Costa Rica. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Rachel Beitz

Greek Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:39pm

The Greeks created the Valley of the Temples, the Golden Mean, and the Parthenon, but you can’t eat any of those things (we looked it up). Fortunately, you can eat delicious things like gyros, ouzo, and lamb at this three-day Greek Orthodox festival. Stay for the Greek dancing, and splurge on imported Greek T-shirts, jewelry, and paintings. Just don’t be surprised if “Opa!” becomes a part of your daily vocabulary by the end of this celebration. Fri 4 p.m.

Eagle Mushroom & Wild Foraged Food Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:17pm

Mushroom forays, wine pairings, and informational classes are just a few of the ways that attendees can become better acquainted with wild food at this weekend-long festival. With guest speakers such as Graham Steinruck (of Denver's Hunt & Gather), Eugenia Bone (author of Mycophilia and the Kitchen Ecosystem), and Katrina Blair (founder of Durango's Turtle Lake Refuge), this opportunity lets you learn how to identify and consume mushrooms and other forest-grown foods.

Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, and Fruition

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 3:24pm

Yonder Mountain String Band has roots in progressive Colorado "new grass," two fresh members in fiddler Allie Kral and mandolinist Jacob Joliff, and a new album, Black Sheep, released this past June. Three of Greensky Bluegrass’ members now call Denver home, and the quintet's sound is just as influenced by classic rock and various jambands as it is by Bill Monroe. Fruition is a Portland-based rock ’n’ roll band, although the group still embraces folk and plays well with string instruments.

BYOB Denver: Hypernatural Disaster

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 9:31am

This international art exhibition will light up the Mile High City when it invites local digital artists to bring their own beamers. Join 16 Denver-based digital and sonic artists, including Justin Beard, Zac Binary, Derrick Bozich, Eric Davis, and Redline's own Ashley Frazier, as they create a collaborative spectacle of moving light and sound using projectors and sound devices. Stop by the nonprofit gallery to see Denver’s interpretation of a series that has produced ad hoc installations and spontaneous performances in other cites around the world. Fri 7 p.m.

Relatively Speaking

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:51pm

This darkly comedic play follows the lives of working girl Ginny and her naïve boyfriend Greg. Greg mistakenly asks Ginny’s other lover for her hand in marriage, thinking that the man and his wife are Ginny’s parents. Confusion ensues, and the quartet is forced to navigate deep misunderstandings and breakdowns in their sordid relationships. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.

Sanity's Edge

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 5:01pm

Whether stuck in traffic or dealing with that pesky broken copy machine, we've all known the feeling of teetering on the edge of sanity. This death metal quintet has simply set that emotion to music. The thrash-influenced outfit is based in Denver but has gained national acclaim since its creation in 2008. The band's juxtaposition of heavy-metal screams, powerful vocals, and melodic riffs has been called "harmonic brutality." Fri 8 p.m.

Bootleg Theater: The Fantastic Four

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:55pm

Contractually obligated to release something (or else he'd lose the rights to the movie), legend has it that producer Bernd Eichinger, who did eventually made the better-known 2005 film, threw together this adaptation of The Fantastic Four in the early 1990s. Skip the newest Hollywood remake and see this deliciously campy, low-budget film instead—the special effects alone make it worthwhile. Clobbering time is one night only. Fri 10 p.m.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:27pm

Rising 'toon star Roger Rabbit suspects his sultry wife, Jessica Rabbit, is playing pattycake with another man. But she's not deceiving him—she's just drawn that way. Private detective Eddie Valiant is on the case in this half-animated, half-live action ’80s film. Sat-Sun midnight.

Sleep Tight Colorado’s 5K Pajama Jog

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:47am

During this charitable 5K, ditch your Nikes for a pair of bunny slippers and get hopping. Roll out of bed as you are, or don a wacky outfit for the pre-race costume contest. After you cross the finish line, the fastest and best-dressed runners will receive prizes, including gear from Exxel Outdoors and Ouray Sportswear, and gift cards for massages or meals around town. Proceeds benefit Sleep Tight Colorado, a local nonprofit that has donated nearly 1,100 sleeping bags to homeless shelters across the state. Sat 8-10 a.m.

Insanity Mud Run

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:14pm

Crawl, climb, and run through one of the roughest mud races around (or stay clean and watch from the sidelines). Choose from a five- or seven-mile course, but both will feature more than 20 obstacles—rocks, nets, ropes, bars—that force you to use your creativity and strength to cross the finish line. Don't worry, the effort will be worth it: All finishers will receive a military-style dog tag and a cold brew from Sapporo. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.

Denver Pet Expo

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:54am

Celebrate all things canine at this super-sized dog event. Adopt a furry friend or bring your current pal with you to participate in the festivities, which range from practical services such as discounted microchipping and deworming to entertaining games and contests like a four-legged costume competition. Newly released pet products and treats will be on display from vendors, including local favorites like Big Bark, Bone Apawtit' Royal Kuisine, and Dognizant. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Yogathon Denver

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:09am

Join practitioners from 50 cities in 10 different countries to complete 108 sun salutations in 90 minutes—for one unified cause. The morning’s guided meditation and communal rise will raise awareness for children’s education and attempt to help break the cycle of poverty. Post-shavasana, catch the evening’s Kirtan chanting (a musical form of mediatation), songs from the Escuela Tlatelolco elementary school choir, and a dance performance choreographed by Bollywood Dhamaka owner Renu Rawat.

How It Works: An Inside Look at TV's One-Hour Drama

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:26am

Calling all Law & Order and Judging Amy fans: Meet the woman behind the plot twists, cliffhangers, and dramatic "dun duns" that keep us captivated on weeknights. Sibyl Gardner is a television writer with more than 20 years of experience penning one-hour dramas, and she wants to show you what it takes to bring millions of people to the edges of their sofas. You'll learn about everything from script language techniques to production schedules, and a box lunch will be provided for when you're hungry for more than just knowledge.  Sat 10 a.m.

Castle Rock Freedom Fest

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:54am

A benefit motorcycle ride with Rusty Coones from Sons of Anarchy and Paul Teutel Sr. of Orange County Choppers fame is just the start of this family-friendly charity event. Between a live musical performance by the Led Zeppelin Experience, a motorcycle stunt demo by Unknown Industries, speeches from U.S. service members ,and a wide variety of food options (such as sandwiches from Dickey's Barbeque Pit), event-goers will be entertained all day.

Cinderella

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:51am

The story of Cinderella hasn’t always been kid-friendly—at least, not by today’s standards. But in this rendition, written by Jésus Perez and Paige Coffman of the Chicago Kids Company, the age-old fable sways more Disney than Brothers Grimm. And with a run time of just under an hour, this interactive musical adaptation is designed specifically for the attention spans of young theater patrons. Sat 11 a.m., 2 p.m.

Manny the Frenchie U.S. Tour

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:03pm

For dog lovers and their furry companions, this will be one star-studded charity event. Dogs 30 pounds or lighter can explore the unique animal resort, complete with a puppy play area and bone-shaped pool, while humans snap selfies with canine Internet sensation Manny the Frenchie. Pet parents can also do a little shopping at I and Love and You, a Boulder-based company that produces all-natural grain-free pet food and treats. Proceeds benefit MaxFund, Denver's no kill animal shelter. Sat 12-1:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Jon Huang and Amber Chavez

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..

Scavenger Dash

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:39pm

Attention, Amazing Race fans: It's time to test your own riddle-solving, clue-finding, challenge-winning skills. Grab a friend to help you track down hidden items and complete various challenges throughout the city during this race, which riffs off the well-known CBS show. Unfortunately, there's no million dollar prize waiting at the finish line, but the five- to seven-mile race is still a great workout. Sat noon.

Party in the Park

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:41pm

Celebrate the waning days of summer at this massive community festival. Attendees can nosh on free food from Great Scott’s and Cakes by Karen, and participate in both a silent auction and a giveaway for the chance to win gift cards to local bars, restaurants, and museums. Kids can romp in any of the festival’s three bounce castles, or try their hands at tricycle races, ping pong, or giant checkers. Celebrity guests include Batman (with his Batmobile, naturally) and a whole host of Disney favorites from the princesses-for-hire at Royal Princess Parties. Sat 1-5 p.m.

Boulder Craft Beer Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:21pm

Support the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) as you enjoy craft brews at this locally focused beer festival. Guests will quaff samples from 20 Boulder County breweries, including Asher Brewing Company, Wild Woods Brewing Company, and Odd13 Brewing. Between sips, attendees can challenge their friends to a ping-pong game or play a few rounds of corn hole. Or, they can simply grab some eats from Suburban Weiner (or one of the other food truck vendors) and listen to high-energy bluegrass tunes from the Railsplitters.

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:44pm

The only drag at this tobacco-touting festival is from the end of a freshly cut Cuban. The price of each ticket includes a bag with more than 20 sample cigars, a cutter, and a lighter—but the hand-rolled stogies are just the beginning. Make sure to sample libations from Asher Brewing Co., Avanti Winery, and Black Canyon Distillery, as well as browse the guns and exotic cars on display betwen puffs. Just remember to leave the Ferraris and firearms at home. Sat 1 p.m.

Downtown Aquarium Wine Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:51pm

Rub elbows with top Pacific Northwest vintners and get an up-close look at exotic sea creatures during this splashy wine tasting. Participants will sample vinos from various wineries, including Columbia Winery, Browne Family Vineyards, and Amavi Cellars; they'll also enjoy tasty appetizers from Morton's the Steakhouse, Oceanaire, and McCormick's Fish House.If you're feeling adventurous, you can even participate in a on-site grape stomp, after which you'll receive a commemorative T-shirt for your efforts. Sat 1-4 p.m.

Mac and Cheese Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:06pm

Colorado hosts plenty of chili cook-offs and burger battles, but this mac and cheese fest takes food-centric celebrations to a whole new, ridiculously cheesy level. Local Summit County restaurants like Copper Red Hots and Jack's Slopeside Grill and Bar will put their meltiest, most indulgent macaroni and cheese dishes forward in this artery-clogging competition. Guests can sample to their heart's delight, participate in an eating contest, or simply boogie to live rock tunes from the John Truscelli Band or Hot Lunch. Sat 2-4:45 p.m.

Brewer's Alley

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:32pm

Back alley hooch gets a whole new meaning at this urban beer festival. Local craft brewers such as Diebolt Brewing Company, Ska Brewing Company, and Prost Brewing Company will set up shop in the alley on 16th Street between Curtis and Champa streets. There, participants can sip and sample brews and appetizers from the nearby Rialto Cafe and listen to high-energy bluegrass from That Damn Sasquatch. A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Heart Association. Sat 4-8 p.m.

Mirada's Fine Wine & Art Summer Gala

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:52pm

Would you prefer a 2012 Chardonnay or a nice Napa Valley red with your fine art? These and many more award-winning wines will be on hand for this evening filled with vino, music, and works by local artists. Browse the gallery's paintings and take in the creation of a new one, as Bruce Marion paints live in the space all evening long. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a selection of wines curated by Evergreen-based wine expert Greg Thomas, and live tunes from acoustic alternative singer (and X Factor alumnus) Jeff Brinkman. Sat 4-7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Steve Sonnen

Mountain Strong Denver Grand Opening Party

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:18pm

Grab a free pint and celebrate the opening of Denver's newest climbing-meets-crossfit gym. Throughout the evening, treat yourself to dinner from local food trucks such as Hamburghini and beer from Ratio Beerworks and Wonderland Brewing Company. Watch a crossfit demonstration and a bouldering competition while you check out the new workout space.

Urban Nights Fashion Show

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:06pm

At this charity fashion event, watch as models stride down Denver’s longest runway to display the works of talented Front Range designers such as Amy Cabrera, Stephanie O, Mona Lucero, and Karen Holloway. CBS4’s Vic Lombardi will preside as master of ceremonies, and attendees can partake in a pre-show silent auction and hors d’oeuvres from the food artists at Three Tomatoes Catering. Proceeds benefit Urban Peak, a nonprofit that serves homeless youth in Colorado. Sat 6:30 p.m.

An Evening Under the Stars

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:55pm

This amalgamation of works by the Colorado Ballet is sure to leave you star struck. Outside under the night sky, dancers will perform excerpts from both contemporary and classical productions, including In Pieces by Val Caniparoli, an internationally renowned choreographer and the principal character dancer for the San Francisco Ballet. The night will give you a peek into past and upcoming productions by the company. Sat 7 p.m.

Colorado Pole Championship

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:00pm

Watch talented dancers compete without the grime of the strip club to detract from their performances. The state's foremost pole artists, including defending champion Kira Nguyen, will put on a dazzling display of strength, elegance, and theatrics. Although men, women, and couples will be competing, the winner of the female competition will move on to the grand championship at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Sat 8 p.m.

Zoso (The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience)

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:56am

Travel back in time to the golden age of rock ’n’ roll—and rockin' hairdos. One of the longest-touring and most revered Led Zeppelin tribute bands will bring vintage instruments to the Mile High City, channeling the energetic stage persona and distinct sound of the legendary rockers. Now's your chance to show off those sick air guitar skills. Sat 9 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.

Snowbank Brew Run

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:33pm

If you prefer an ice-cold pint to a finisher’s medal, this informal 5K is for you. Racers can look forward to a free beer and a commemorative pint glass from Snowbank Brewing on the other side of the finish line. Send the frothy fun into overtime by joining the beer Olympics, which includes events such as the keg haul and beer balance relays. Sun 10 a.m.

—Image courtesy of Snowbank Brewing Co

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.

USA Pro Challenge

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:26pm

Forget about The Tour de France across the pond; you can watch world class cycling right in your backyard. Line the streets of downtown Denver to watch the nation’s top cyclists sprint to the finish of this popular seven-stage race, which will have already taken riders everywhere from Steamboat Springs to Aspen to Golden. The entire event will be televised on NBC Sports, but it’s best experienced in person, so you can ring your cowbell and ask champion cyclist Tyler Farrar to autograph your favorite jersey. Sun 1 p.m.

"Weird Al" Yankovic

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:25am

The well-known spoof artist comes to town to perform his latest parodies—and the party is mandatory. Expect the Mandatory World Tour show to be packed with accordion medleys, smart riffs, and Al's signature antics. Make sure you catch the satirical master in advance of his Comedy Bang! Bang! episode, which premieres on September 10. Sun 4 p.m.

Three Mile

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:10pm

Follow New York-based Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop on a cross-country adventure to Utah, where they will test their driving talents on the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats in this exhiliarating documentary. Watch the story unfold as drivers break down, break records, and show off their racing skills. Filmmaker Brian Darwas will be in attendance for this 60-minute screening. Sun 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion: America the Beautiful

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:36am

Garrison Keillor's radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," was first broadcast in 1974 and has since become an American institution. Over the years the variety show has been broadcast in almost all 50 states, as well as internationally, and today reaches 4 million people a week on more than 600 public radio stations.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:56am

George Clinton hasn’t given up on the big hair and Technicolor garb of the 1980s. The 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, whom many call the King of Funk, has been playing his psychedelic soul tunes for more than 40 years now. With hits such as “Atomic Dog” and “Do Fries Go With That Shake,” Clinton’s tunes (and neon garb) harken back to a different era of music, but one that still lives on today in the hearts of its fans. Sun 9 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.

Summer Beer Dinner with Arugula and Finkel & Garf Brewing Co.

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:42pm

Arugula's first beer pairing dinner features fine craft brews from Boulder's Finkel & Garf Brewing Co. Chefs Alec Schuler and Sven Hedenas will treat diners to five delicious courses, including charred Western Slope peaches with Anaheim pepper-basil salsa and spiced mascarpone cheese and coffee-and-spice roasted prime rib with crispy roasted potatoes. Alongside each course, you'll sip delightfully paired brews, such as Finkel & Garf's wheat ale brewed with peach puree and a Rye Saison Ale. Tue 6:30 p.m.

Bonnie Brae Wine & Liquor Presents: Sake & Sherry with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:08pm

Part of the Wednesdays in the Park with Bonnie Brae series, this lakeside shindig features appetizers such as seared scallops, gazpacho, and smoked duck from Catering by Design, paired with a selection of sakes and sherries (as well as other wines and beers from Bonnie Brae Wine & Liquor). Guests can also sample booze-free treats like Backyard Soda Co. snow cones, Happy Leaf kombucha, Not Your Father's Root Beer, and Bonnie Brae ice cream. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, whose ensemble will perform at the event. Wed 5 p.m.

Go Fish

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 9:48am

Get hooked on sustainability with this sea-savvy dinner.  With dishes prepared by chefs from Seafood Watch’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, including Dory Ford and Robert Grant of Baur’s, Sheila Lucero of Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar, and Kelly Whitaker of Cart & Driver as well as other prominent culinary artists this meal is bound to make a splash. Seafood donated by Seattle Fish Co. plus gourmet beer, wine and cocktails add to the star(fish)-studded event. Wed 6:30-9 p.m.

Image courtesy of Baur's Restuarant and Listening Lounge

Film On The Rocks: The Breakfast Club

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 7:56pm

Trade in your megaplex ticket for a seat in Denver's favorite amphitheatre during this screening of a cult classic. The 1985 comedy traces the pathways of five high school delinquents who eventually meet at an ill-supervised Saturday detention, and the natural acoustics will make you feel like you're in the principle's office with them. Be sure to get there on time for live music by Jen Korte & the Loss with the Dirty Femmes, or go all-in on the VIP experience ($42 or more) to start the night with food and drinks at Blake Street Tavern and a ride in the Sunset Limo. Wed 7 p.m.

The Tallest Man on Earth

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:11pm

At just 5 feet and 7 inches, Kristian Matsson, aka the Tallest Man On Earth, is probably closer to being the Most Earnest Man on Earth. He's now on tour with his fourth album, Dark Bird is Home, which continues to develop his piercingly vulnerable style. In a departure from his one-man beginnings, Tallest Man brings a band with him these days, but you can still expect to hear the same virtuosic finger-picking and ride the same haunting vocal roller coaster. Wed 9 p.m.

JCC Sports Hall of Fame Breakfast

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 9:58am

If you're both an early bird and a fan of the Elway-era Broncos, take advantage of this breakfast rendez-vous with the beloved quarterback while the rest of us are still trying to wake up. Denver's Jewish Community Center is celebrating the opening of its Sports Hall of Fame with a gourmet breakfast and a conversation with John Elway about what promises to be an interesting season for the Broncos. Denver sports maven and broadcaster Irv Brown will be the Hall's inaugural inductee. Proceeds benefit the JCC's scholarship and youth programs.

Painted Paper

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:21pm

You probably attempted a collage in a grade school art class once; now's your chance to see two professionals' take on the form. Cecelia Feld blends digital photos, acrylic paint, and existing prints to form her collages, while Ania Gola Kumor's combine paper products—from stamps to newspaper clippings—to create darker, abstract works. This exhibition is presented by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art off-site at CU Boulder. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 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.

Robert St John and Heidi Neubauer Winterburn

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:03pm

Finding objects and repurposing them may sound more like a DIY lover's hobby than a path to fine art, but this exhibit proves otherwise. The works of Robert St John's exhibition, The "Sanitized..." Project, take existing, "found" images that the artist has encountered and reimagines them in new media, pattern, and form. Heidi Neubauer Winterburn's exhibit, "Do your teeth miss the taste of the sky..." also repurposes found objects, ranging from mylar inflatables to bones, by embellishing them with traditional craft supplies like yarn and pastels.

Esprit de She 5K/10K Run

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:57pm

Run like a girl and eat like a queen at this poolside night of exercise and eats. After a 5K or a 10K course, participants can replenish their fluids at Life Time Fitness' Bubbly Bar and refuel with tapas and tunes. Plus, you can choose from a complimentary massage, manicure, blowout, or hair braiding at the in-house beauty bar. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of the Rockies, an organization that supports physical activity and life skills for local girls. Thu 4 p.m.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinner at Berry Patch Farms

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:03am

Although Berry Patch Farms is just over 20 miles from Denver, its pastoral setting takes visitors far away from the bustle of city life. To wit, attendees at this al fresco dinner will enjoy an apéritif as they meet the farm's free-ranging chickens, ducks, and pot-bellied pig and take a tour of the sprawling 40 acres of organic vegetables, orchards, and farm market (housed in a beautiful red barn). Then, they'll sit down to a field-fresh meal featuring the day's harvest—expect plenty of peppers, berries, melons, and tomatoes. Thu 5:30 p.m.

Namlo International Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:28pm

Nonprofit Namlo International just moved to Lakewood, and its staff are ready to celebrate with the community. Stop by the ribbon cutting ceremony to learn more about supporting economic development in Nepal and Nicaragua, try locally catered Nepalese food, and potentially win door prizes such as Nicaraguan coffee. Then browse through the organization's store, where you can buy handcrafted textiles, jewelry, and pottery made by Nepalese women's collectives. Thu 5:30-8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Namlo International

Shining Lights of Hope Gala

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:25am

Sergeant Kevin Briggs is known as the Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge for good reason—since 1994, he's brought more than 200 people back from the ledge. Courage like his is the subject of this gala, which celebrates the individuals and organizations that make a difference in suicide prevention efforts. Governor John Hickenlooper will provide the opening remarks, followed by cocktails, gourmet dishes, and an auction that includes vacation packages to Costa Rica, Sonoma, and Cabo San Lucas. Thu 5:30 p.m.

bRUNch at Night

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:02pm

The concept of breakfast for dinner will be taken to a new level for the first ever bRUNch at night. After a scenic 5k or 10k run along the Cherry Creek trail, participants can refuel guilt-free with endless mimosas and Snooze's own pineapple upside-down pancakes. The menu will also feature cold brews from Great Divide Brewery and other items from the beloved brunch spot, such as tacos, sandwiches, and, of course, bacon. Thu 6-9 p.m.

Near and Far

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:17pm

The industrial locales of Germany and Japan look a little different from the vibrant landscapes of Western Colorado—and this exhibit will show you just how much they vary. Local fiber artist Jean Herman blends the familiar (or "near") visuals of the Centennial State with the foreign (or "far) sights that the artist encountered in her travels to Europe and Asia. The medium of this collection may be textiles, but these aren't your grandmother's quilts and cross-stitches. Thu 6-9 p.m.; by appointment. 

—Photo courtesy of Carol Ann Waugh

Beet It: Beet Cookery and Michael Jackson Jams

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:48pm

Learn how to cook five tasty, beet-based dishes while listening to the classic tunes of Michael Jackson. Katy Foster, owner and chef at Stir Cooking School, has planned a menu that is sure to “thrill” the taste buds, including spiced beet dip, rigatoni, flank steak, salad, and beet risotto. Come hungry and be ready to boogie. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Save the Ales

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:56am

Save water; drink beer. Conservation Colorado will give you the chance to do both with unlimited tastings from 40 different breweries (including a beer created exclusively for the event by Crazy Mountain Brewery) and an inside look at water conservation efforts in the Centennial State. Additionally, attendees can enjoy tasty selections from food trucks such as Sons of Scullery, Wong Way Veg, and Amore Pizza while listening to live bluegrass music performed by Wichita Run and Razza Rukus. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Bright Ideas

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:27pm

What would you do to get your child into the city's best preschool? That's the question facing suburban couple Joshua and Genevra in this Macbeth-inspired dark comedy—and their answer is just one lethal dinner party away. This production marks local director Pat Payne's debut at the Avenue Theater, and the script has Centennial State street cred, too: its author, Eric Coble, is an alumnus of Durango's Fort Lewis College. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Bright Ideas

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:44pm

In this dark comedic nod to Shakespeare's Macbeth, Joshua and Genevra Bradley become the ultimate helicopter parents in their three-year-old son's bid for acceptance into the Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy. They want so desperately for their son to move from the waiting list to the roster that they invite the mother of a current student over for dinner—and poison the pesto. They don't stop there, despite a ghostly sighting of a floating mortar and pestle. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Riot Fest & Rodeo

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:41am

This three-day festival trades tents for hotels, with plenty of amenities you wouldn’t get if the festival were more remote (think lockers and cell phone charging stations). Although the majority of the vast lineup skews rock-punk-pop—Andrew W.K., Rancid, Alkaline Trio, OK Go, Thrice, the list goes on—there’s also a fair amount of indie bands and hip hop artists in the mix, such as Nada Surf, Yelawolf, and De La Soul. We haven't even mentioned the can't-miss headliners: indie-rock mainstays Modest Mouse and the Pixies, rock god Iggy Pop, and legendary rap artists Snoop Dogg and Run DMC.

Land, Sea and City

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:43pm

There are no lanterns to signal which paintings in this comprehensive exhibit depict land and which represent the sea, but we think you'll be able to tell for yourself. The 18 participating artists, who hail from New Mexico (land), the East Coast (sea), and beyond, provide a glimpse into the country’s shifting landscapes through their varied paintings.

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:08pm

What’s enormous, fire truck red, and everyone’s best friend? Answer: a family icon. Clifford the Big Red Dog will be strolling through the Outlets at Castle Rock to brighten and entertain back-to-school shoppers. Kiddos under 10 years old can dress in their best red garb and pose for a snapshot with Clifford, who will then give them a $5 gift card to use at any store in the mall. Don't miss the face painting and coloring stations that will help illustrate the canine's impact. Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come Dig the Essence

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:58pm

Fresh off his ambassadorship to Mexico City in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, local artist Matt Scobey returns to Denver with this new collection of sculptures. Each of these monocast works is one-of-a-kind and many, including light installations and pieces blending concrete and light, were created specifically for the space. The exhibition is a continuation of Scobey's previous experimental works and utilizes varying forms to create objects that are simultaneously foreign yet familiar. Wed-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

Culture on the Green

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:13pm

Enjoy the fresh air and a free concert as the Colorado Wind Ensemble performs its season highlights and a few traditional tunes. Conducted by David Kish, the lively symphony of 40 woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments will create a great soundtrack for a picnic. Fri 6:30-8 p.m.

Foodie Cinema

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:33am

Instead of just making dinner while you watch TV, now you can mix up the culinary confections seen on TV (or in the theater). The films used as inspiration range from beloved classics (Babette's Feast) to new releases (Chef), but all feature mouthwatering eats.

Historic Elitch Theatre Indoor Classic Film Series: Spaceballs

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 4:30pm

An improvisational comedy show with Radio Voodoo and a talkback with Spaceballs star Jim J. Bullock (Price Valium) are just the bookends of this kick-off event. In between the shows, munch on some popcorn and watch Elitch Theatre alumnus Dick Van Pattan as King Roland, a doting father who calls on the help of Lone Starr and Barf to rescue his planet and his daughter, Princess Vespa, from the clutches of the evil Dark Helmet.

No Escape

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:40am

Enjoy the adrenaline rush of the chase from the comfort of your cushy seat during this action-packed thriller. Owen Wilson stars as a businessman and father caught in a life-or-death struggle when a rebellion breaks out in his new Southeast Asian home. Fortunately, your only struggle will be deciding which cocktail you should try at the Landmark Theatre bar. Fri 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Three Days Grace

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:32pm

These Canadian alt-metal veterans are making their way to Denver to promote their latest album, Human. It's the first Three Days Grace album of the Matt Walst era, and the first in Colorado since Walst replaced Adam Gontier as lead vocalist. Casual fans of the genre can rest assured that the band, though perhaps entering "aging rocker" territory, still packs a punch. Fri 8 p.m.

Ghost World

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:50am

Bring your best eyeroll and snarky one-liners to this showing—Enid and Rebecca certainly have theirs down as they navigate post-high school life. No extroverted, obnoxious, pseudo-bohemian losers allowed. Fri 10 p.m.

The Room

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:11am

It's routinely described as "the worst movie ever" by critics and fans alike, but the unresolved plot lines, overly dramatic music and fantasically cheesy dialogue have only elevated the adoration of Tommy Wiseau's 2003 cult classic. Experience the film, often complete with Rocky Horror-esque audience participation, for one night only. Fri 11:59 p.m.

The Great Train Robbery

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:31pm

Hop on the train and travel back to the 1880s, complete with thieving outlaws, vigilant lawmen, and legendary ladies. Professional actors will stage train robberies and shoot-outs, argue over damsels, and tell tall tales about the Wild West. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Food Rescue Ride

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:32am

Halloween isn’t for another two months, but participants in this produce-themed bike ride will don threads resembling their favorite fruit or vegetable to benefit local nonprofit Denver Food Rescue. Cyclists will take different routes, choosing between 15-, 30-, or 60-mile courses, but will end up back at the post-ride party, where lunch will be served while awards such as highest fundraiser, best individual and team costume, and trailer pull winner will be given out.

Denver Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:54am

Entering its second decade, this annual ride through beautiful Highlands Ranch offers 14-, 49- and 65-mile routes, beginning at the Rock Wood Fired Kitchen on Centennial Boulevard. Participants will have plenty of time after the event to raise the $200 minimum, but those who manage the sum before Saturday receive an event T-shirt. Organizers have their sights set on raising a total of $150,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Sat 7 a.m.

—Photos courtesy of Colorado Cycle for Life

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Garage Sale

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:49pm

The alley behind the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum will transform into a crafting bazaar for this eclectic event. Shoppers can expect to find a variety of donated supplies and handicrafts, ranging in price from 25 cents to $100. Avid quilters can start their next project with bargain kits and fabrics, while less crafty individuals can snag completed quilts to brighten their homes. Proceeds benefit the museum. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue 5K

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:19am

Like most 5Ks, this one requires a registration fee—for humans, that is. Dogs run free, although they'll have to share the complimentary race T-shirt with their owners. The relatively flat course, which begins and ends near the park's Ponderosa Pavillion, mirrors the event's easy-going tone. Proceeds benefit the dogs served by the Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue, some of which will be available for adoption at the event. Sat 9 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of RMLR

Redefining Possible

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 9:19am

For those with spinal cord or brain injuries, accomplishing the goals they'd set before catastrophic injuries or illness is difficult to say the least. Yet Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Barry Gutierrez—in partnership with Craig Hospital—has created a striking photographic series that proves survivors of traumatic events can exceed their own expectations. The Denver-based photographer portrays people such as Erica Dueger, a World Health Organization epidemiologist who was injured in a bike accident; after relearning how to talk and eat, she's back at work.

PalletFest

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 7:26pm

Thousands of discarded shipping pallets are saved from the landfill and upcycled as the framework for this innovative festival. Glimpse the wooden pieces everywhere, from the giant pallet maze to the obstacles for the parkour demonstration to the live build-off competition. Bring some cash to shop from 40 recycling-oriented artists and vendors, and stick around for musical performances by ’80s cover band the Goonies and Denver-based funk group Rowdy Shadehouse.

Fall for Burros Fun-Raiser

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:46am

This donkey rescue and rehoming shelter's first fall fête will feature donkey rides, a silent auction, crafts for kids—and even an 11 a.m. pig performance by Franktown-based porcine entertainment company Top Hogs.

Slide The City: Castle Rock

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:05am

You’d usually tell your child not to run on slick surfaces, but this watery celebration is the rare exception. Kids can sprint to their hearts’ content in the 1,000-foot-long slip and slide’s exclusive family lane. Bonus: Bring your water buckets to Colorado Springs on August 15 to hit this slippery festival twice. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cinderella

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:51am

The story of Cinderella hasn’t always been kid-friendly—at least, not by today’s standards. But in this rendition, written by Jésus Perez and Paige Coffman of the Chicago Kids Company, the age-old fable sways more Disney than Brothers Grimm. And with a run time of just under an hour, this interactive musical adaptation is designed specifically for the attention spans of young theater patrons. Sat 11 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..

Oktober Fest Season Kick-off

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:14pm

Ready your livers—it's time for Oktoberfest again. Opening weekend for the quintessential festival will feature authentic German food, brews from Prost Brewing and Andechs, and German music and folk dance. Sat noon-11 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

Green Beer Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:19am

This environmentally-conscious beer festival features unlimited samples from local breweries (including Asher Brewing Company), live music from Dan Treanor's Afrosippi featuring Erica Brown and Foxfeather, and even a silent disco. But what really sets this celebration apart is its commitment to benefit the Colorado Ocean Coalition, a Boulder-based nonprofit working to promote ocean advocacy and environmental stewardship right here in our landlocked state. Sat 2-10 p.m.

Kraftskiva: A Traditional Swedish Crayfish Boil and Buffet

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:44pm

Stockholm native Patrik Landberg brings a little piece of his home to Denver with a traditional Swedish crayfish celebration. Kraftskiva is an end-of-summer festival that typically includes eating, drinking, paper hats, and camaraderie. The Mile High version will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet with freshly boiled crayfish and hearty Swedish appetizers. And yes, bibs will be provided. Sat 5-10 p.m.

Mo Mandel Netflix Taping

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:30pm

If you've ever wanted to log onto Netflix and see yourself on screen, this may be your chance. Comedian Mo Mandel has appeared on Conan and Chelsea Lately, served as the host of truTV's Barmageddon, and toured nationally as a stand-up artist. This performance is being recorded by Netflix for production as a one-hour comedy special, and you can attend for free by RSVPing here. Sat 7 p.m.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:09pm

The lives of middle-aged sisters Vanya and Sonia plod along until the sudden arrival of their movie star sister, Masha, and her handsome but foolish lover, Spike. This Tony Award-winning production derived elements such as setting and theme from works by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, exploring the ideas of home, delusions, and self-pity. Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Pedal the Moon

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:01pm

Howl (or at least smile) at the full moon as you coast through downtown Castle Rock on two wheels during this six-mile ride. Front and rear bike lights are required, but excessive illumination is highly encouraged (think: christmas lights), making for a shimmering show as the group navigates along the East Plum Creek Bike Trail. Prize drawings include three new cruiser bikes, but the post-ride snack is perhaps the sweetest: Every participants gets a MoonPie. Sat 7:30 p.m.

The Dog Days of Summer 5K/10K & 1 Mile Doggy Dash

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:06pm

Your four-legged friend will spend this mixed breed road race panting happily. Pooches will be privy to their own provisions and prizes: dog water bowls at aid stations, doggy treats at the start and finish, and awards for quickness, costumes, and overall awesomeness. Their owners aren't left out either; human participants will receive Nuun electrolyte water and breakfast burritos to recover, and a commemorative T-shirt, a goody bag, and the option to take free pictures with their tuckered-out pup. Sun 7:30 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.

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.

Lawrence of Arabia

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:35pm

See this Academy Award-winning film as it was originally presented at a rare director's cut screening. Get swept up in the adventure as British officer T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) and Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish (Omar Sharif) join forces to lead Arabia in a rebellion against the Turks and unwittingly become Ally pawns during World War I. The film will be shown with an overture, a 15-minute intermission, and exit music, just as it was was in 1962. Sun 1-5 p.m.

Mad Decent Block Party

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:56am

There's a time and place for the quiet, contemplative appreciation of music, but this isn't it. 2 Chainz heads an energetic eight-artist bill alongside names such as Major Lazer and Grandtheft. If you want to make a night of it, head to the Gothic Theatre in Englewood for a 16-and-up afterparty. Sun 3 p.m.

50 Years of the Rolling Stones by Beast & Bottle

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:53pm

You can’t always get what you want, but you just might find you get what you need at Beast & Bottle’s next "musical chairs" installment. With a locally sourced and carefully crafted four-course menu inspired by the hits of the Rolling Stones, including Gimme Shelter (a chorizo cooked beef brisket with sea snails and tomato gnocchi), and Paint it Black (a lemon pepper semifreddo with blackberry meringue), Beast & Bottle is sure to bring you satisfaction. Sun 5 p.m. 

An Evening with Ken Burns: Film Screening of The Civil War

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:50pm

For Civil War buffs and documentary lovers, this will be a movie night to remember. Join filmmaker Ken Burns for a screening of his acclaimed historical series—specifically episode five, which focuses on the infamous Battle of Gettysburg. After the show, pick up your own copy of The Civil War from Between the Covers bookstore or get your beloved Prohibition DVD signed by Burns himself. Sun 6-9 p.m.