Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Wave: Light + Water + Sound

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 2:32pm

Denver's already known for its public art (we're looking at you, glob of kidney beans otherwise known as "National Velvet"), but Breckenridge is the first city in the Centennial State to host a festival devoted to public art. Six artists have created pieces themed around light, water, and sound, including "The Pool" (pictured), Boulder-based sculptor Jen Lewin's series of colored platforms that create patterns of light when touched.

Ice Cream Social

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:22pm

Give your kids a sugar rush on the city's ticket. After licking cones from Boulder Ice Cream, they'll let out their excess energy across City Park’s 330 acres and keep entertained with face painting and a concert from the Denver Municipal Band. Thu 6 p.m.

Hammer 'n' Ale

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 1:14pm

Usher in Anheuser-Busch's newly renovated biergarten at this outdoor tasting event. You'll sip on a variety of malt beverages, including Goose Island IPAs and Lime-a-Ritas, and munch on treats from Fort Collins–based eateries such as Pablo's Pizza and Suehiro Japanese Restaurant. Proceeds benefit the Fort Collins chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Lyons Outdoor Games

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:10pm

In a celebration of outdoor adventure, professional athletes and recreational enthusiasts alike gather for this weekend-long festival. Try out the renowned mountain biking and hiking trails in the mountains around Lyons and enjoy spectating at professional freestyle kayaking, slack line, and BMX and dirt biking competitions in town. More than 50 Colorado microbreweries will serve their craft libations at the beer garden and a dedicated kids' activity area will include climbing walls, a kayak pool, and bouncy houses. Fri-Sat, times vary.  

Dateline 026

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:49pm

Artists Justin James Sehorn, Joe Addison, and Jared David Paul Anderson will encourage you to explore your relationship to technology in this interactive, installation-driven exhibition. Admire Addison's contour drawings and complex 3-D wave renderings; play with an old brick phone—or rather, an actual brick painted in a mobile phone’s likeness—or watch a totem made of ice melt, (a representation of technological innovations' ephemeral nature) during the opening of this new show. By appointment. 

Colorado Rails & Cocktails

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:28pm

Trade History Channel documentaries for a dynamic lecture, during which you can travel back to the early days of the Centennial State. As you sip on a custom mule or martini, curator Elizabeth Nosek will share the riveting tale of the American railroad's history and its role in shaping the West. With 15 acres of railyard to explore after the talk and two drinks included in the ticket price, you'll be glad you found such an interactive classroom. Fri 5:30-8 p.m.

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra's Eurotrip

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:01pm

The final concert of the orchestra's season will take the audience on a musical trip around the world. The voyage begins in France with César Franck’s Symphony in D Minor and George Gershwin’s suite, An American in Paris. The performance of Fritz Kreisler’s Viennese dance, Liebesleid, as well as Vittorio Monti’s Hungarian folksong, Czárdás will feature conductor Lawerence Golan as a violinist.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:11am

Victor Hugo’s timeless masterpiece will be transformed into a semi-contemporary ballet in Colorado for the first time. When a deformed bell ringer, who dreams of the world outside his 13th-century prison, is ordered to capture the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, he becomes entangled in murderous plots. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:18am

This summer's celebration of Shakespeare’s works and influences in modern culture will showcase the famous playwright’s well-known works, including The Comedy of Errors and Henry VI, as well as lesser-known pieces such as Troilus and Cressida and Cymbeline. The University of Colorado Boulder's theater company aims to highlight the plays' enduring relevance 400 years after Shakespeare's death. Days, times vary.

Hard as Nails Obstacle Mud Run

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:15pm

Test your grit as you crawl through mud, climb over walls, and jump over ditches in this race hosted by Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides, a Boulder-based outdoor adventure company. The obstacles on the 5K adult course (think: river crossings, sand dunes, and scaffolding climbs) require teamwork while the 2.7K youth course will challenge your little one—although the giant slip-and-slide is sure to be the highlight.

Denver Chalk Art Festival

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 1:54pm

Nearly 200 pounds of fine pastel chalk will be transformed into masterpieces using the pavement of Larimer Square as a canvas. More than 200 chalk artists, including Stephen DeOrio and Dawn Morrison Wagner, will (re)create classic paintings and perspective-bending original works on blocked-off streets. Enjoy the vivid artworks while you nosh on treats from Grammy's Goodies and enjoy a crisp Blue Moon (available for purchase). Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 2:01pm

Travel along with this fairy tale retelling that will suit your child's short attention span. The innovative show invites you to take a moderate hike through the park while the curious Goldilocks explores the winding trails of Boulder Open Space surrounding her (and you) and gets into some trouble with a family of bears. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.; 2 p.m.

Starlight Movie: Inside Out

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:24pm

As adolescent Riley moves across the country, viewers get a front row seat to her emotional reactions. When she accidentally loses some core traits, can personified emotions Joy and Sadness embrace one another's differences and save her from making a huge mistake? Join the entertaining characters from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out for an outdoor screening that will kick your Joy into overdrive. Sat 6 p.m.

Parallel Pairings: Beer

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 1:29pm

Pair up for this family-style dinner out on the veranda. Highlands Ranch–based Grist Brewing Company's libations will be paired with chef Paul Huddleson's culinary creations, including rainbow kale salad and grilled buffalo flank steak served with Brussels sprouts and a stuffed sweet potato. After the dinner, wander the museum and art galleries—crowd free. Sat 6-8:30 p.m.

The Taming of the Shrew

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:22am

In this uproarious comedy, an affluent merchant announces that no one can claim the hand of his delightful daughter Bianca until her stubborn, bad-tempered sister Katharine is wed first. When an audacious newcomer is warned of Katharina’s seething nature, he sets off on a hilarious quest to attempt to get Katharina down the aisle—even if he has to drag her. Fri-Sun 7 p.m.

The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:01pm

British comedic duo Dan and Phil travel to the Mile High City for a taste of American life. Their quirky show will be filled with eccentric sketches, hilarious quotidian anecdotes, and takes on video games, pop culture, and cats. Sun 7:30 p.m.

Old 97's

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:05pm

Credited with spearheading the alternative country movement, this Southern rock group emerged from Dallas 20 years ago with a unique sound that blended traditional country melodies with punk rock grit. The tell-it-like-it-is lyric tradition of the band has given its tracks (think: “Let’s Get Drunk And Get It On” and “Intervention”) staying power through the ’90s and into today. Sun 8 p.m.

Merlin Camp

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 2:04pm

Your little sorcerer will kick off her enchanted summer with local author and wizard expert T.A. Barron, who penned the fantasy series The Merlin Saga. Barron will help out at this magical camp, during which your wee wizard will craft her own charmed musical instrument (and learns a bewitching song to play on it), build an iconic staff, and even concoct natural potions that will help her on her quest to appreciate nature's raw materials. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gwen Laine, Jeff Baldus, and Mereditch Nemirov

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:36pm

To create her expansive new photo-based series, artist Gwen Laine didn’t travel farther than Denver’s Washington Park; in fact, she stuck to a 20-foot radius within the park's 157 acres. There, she shot 35mm images of tree branches and digitally manipulated the negatives to painstakingly map the positive and negative spaces created by the trees’ limbs. Her work is complemented by Jeff Baldus’ sculptures made from branches cast in aluminum, bronze, and steel and Meredith Nemirov’s charcoal, gouache, graphite, and ink renditions of, you guessed it, trees. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Flowers from Little Sprouts

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:41pm

Foster your child’s green thumb through this short gardening class. They’ll learn how to care for different types of flowers, how to relocate blooms, and how to keep up their own garden. The session will culminate in your little sprouts cultivating their own shoots to take home. Tue 4:30 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:02pm

This tale as old as time returns to Denver, bringing along grand costumes, memorable songs, and a touching plot that reveals the true meaning of beauty. The hit Broadway musical tells the story of the beautiful yet peculiar Belle who goes on a harrowing adventure to save her father’s life from a bad-tempered beast—and discovers that he's not who he appears to be. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:09pm

Released in April, this duo’s first collaborative album, Love Letter for Fireis a collection of love songs that range in genre from pop to folk to acoustic Americana. Beam, who released his first album in 2001 as Iron & Wine, departs from his whispery solo style to produce soulful and hopeful melodies that complement Hoop's gentle vocal strength. Tue 8 p.m.

Discover Colorado Wildflowers

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:41pm

This summer, take some time to get to know your garden. During a hands-on excursion, naturalist Alicia Vermilye from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center will lead you through a crash course on Colorado's colorful flora. Savor the sunshine while you learn how to identify common species of flowers and the plant families they belong to, then head home to add your favorites to your own flower bed. Wed 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Miniature Landscape Family Workshop

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:43pm

Let your kids make their own dioramas for once. They may be on a break from school, but learning about scaling, design, and problem solving will keep them sharp throughout the summer. Even better, they'll create whatever artistic miniature nature scene they can imagine out of natural materials (think: sand and moss) and professional landscape supplies to take home. Wed 1 p.m.

Hot Rocks Griller Challenge

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 1:45pm

There's nothing better than a summer barbecue—until 16 of Denver's best chefs show up to grill. Local culinary artisans, including Troy Guard of TAG and Guard and Grace, Jorel Pierce of Stoic & Genuine, and Paul Reilly of Beast & Bottle, will sling sliders and sides for guests to judge. Proceeds benefit men's health programs at Denver Health. Wed 6-9 p.m.

Hanuman Festival

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:18pm

Nourish your yogi spirit during this weekend of yoga classes, workshops, live music, and wellness activities. Practices will be led by world-renowned teachers such as Richard Freeman, a mysore-style ashtanga specialist and founder of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, and Amy Ippoliti, a modern yogi who's been featured in Yoga Journal, New York Magazine, and Prana Life. Plus, enjoy the unique opportunity to enhance your practice with guided hiking and rock-climbing ventures. Thu-Sun, times vary.


Submitted by Carson Kohler on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 2:22pm

This traveling event's stop in Denver will feature bites from local chefs such as Justin Bruson and Casey Taylor of Old Major and Hosea Rosenburg of Blackbelly Market. With a plate in hand, light up premium stogies from Diamond Crown. Over at the bar, local cocktail connoisseurs, including Alex Fulle of Prohibition and Austin Carson of Mizuna, will sling custom creations.

Cripple Creek Top of the World Rodeo

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:24pm

Sitting at 9,640 feet above sea level, the historic mining town of Cripple Creek hosts the highest elevation rodeo in the country. Although most people attend this three-day event for the bucking broncos, bull riders, and cow ropers, it’s the adorable junior mutton busters who always steal the show. Fri-Sun, times vary. 

Drink Pink Vino International Rosé Wine Festival

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 2:36pm

According to Vanity Fair, rosé is now a "thing"—and just in time. This Colorado-born, double-blind competition invites guests to sip samples of rosé, including yet-to-be-announced releases. Bites from the Oceanaire Seafood Room and Westminster-based Big Mac and Little Lu’s Seafood will pair nicely with the vino and the New Orleans–style jazz playing in the background. Fri 6-9 p.m.

Bakersfield Mist

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:09pm

An abrasive middle-age bartender buys an ugly painting from a thrift store as a gag gift. Once she gets a closer look at the work, however, she becomes convinced that it's a genuine Jackson Pollock piece worth millions. This endearing and thought-provoking dramedy questions the authenticity of not only art, but also people. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6:30 p.m.

Evil Dead: The Musical

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:07pm

This hilarious parody of the ’80s cult classic film returns to Denver after sold-out showings in 2013. When an ancient demonic spirit is accidentally unleashed in the woods around an abandoned cabin, the five college students vacationing there begin turning into murderous demons who break into comical songs, including such hilariously named tunes as “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Canadian Demons." Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson Park Farm & Flea

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:44pm

If you're a locavore by nature, make sure to mark this combination flea and farmers' market on your calendar. More than 40 local vendors will sell artisan home goods and vintage decor, including whimsical cutting boards and wooden tables from Hidden Gnome WoodWorks and repurposed antique furniture from Black Door Mercantile. Plus, Denver-area farmers will offer a bounty of veggies, fruits, and herbs as well as free workshops on how to care for chickens and goats happy in an urban environment. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Denver Mini Maker Faire

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:51pm

Relive the excitement of your school science fair at this hands-on inventors' convention. More than 20 tinkerers and scientists will show off their clever ideas, including an interactive installation by Serenity Forge that lets visitors play music by simply waving their arms. From admiring homemade robots to learning how to repair home gadgets, you'll find an activity to satisfy your mechanically inclined mind. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

bRUNch Snowmass Trail Run

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 2:47pm

The popular running-brunching hybrid series heads to the mountains for its first-ever trail run. As a reward for racing through the town of Snowmass in this 5K or 10K (two laps of the 5K course), you'll indulge in a brunch buffet from Venga Venga, one of Richard Sandoval's notable Mexican restaurants. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Colorado Brewers Guild. Sat 9:30 a.m.


Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Let your little ones run rampant at this kid-centric fest in Aurora. The Municipal Center lawn will transform into a wonderland dedicated to entertaining your kids, with activities ranging from face painting to a petting zoo and pony rides to bounce houses. Sat 10 a.m.

Xplore Urban Adventure Race

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:27pm

If you're a recent Denver transplant or a hardy local, this Amazing Race–style scavenger hunt is the perfect way to explore the city. Solve clues that point you toward city landmarks and document your journey with photos and video to progress to your next destination on bike, on foot, or via public transportation. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first finishers. Sat 12 p.m.

Zikr Dance Ensemble Presents "Samsara"

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:16pm

Join this contemporary dance group for a world premiere performance complete with aerial dancers. Named after the Sanskirt word for reincarnation, the show will feature movements inspired by early Indian cultures but is set to the psychedelic and progressive rock music of the 1970s. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Marlon Wayans: Scandal-less

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:13pm

This hilarious parodist is known more for his work in the Scary Movie series and cult classic White Chicks than for his stand-up. Let the popular actor and filmmaker showcase his comic chops this month, taking on race, politics, and current events with a candid sense of humor. Sat 8 p.m.

Women of Abstract Expressionism

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:06pm

They were wild in their strokes, pioneering in their processes, and expert in their use of form, contrast, and color. Celebrate the female painters of the mid-20th century who championed the abstract expressionist movement at a time when being both a woman and a groundbreaking painter was far from unusal, to say the least. This new exhibit features more than 50 works from women abstract expressionist heavyweights ranging from Elaine de Kooning to Lee Krasner to Ethel Schwabacher. Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:15pm

This famed duo, known for hits like “Love is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” is one of the most successful partnerships in rock ’n’ roll history. Together, they earned four consecutive Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards for their collaborative first album, In the Heat of the Night, released in 1979. The couple's 2016 summer tour "Live for Love" pays tribute to their 35-year wedding anniversary. Tue 8 p.m.

Party Like It's 1986

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 2:50pm

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is turning 30 this month, and it's celebrating the significant birthday in almost as many ways. On June 15, all seven locations of the eatery will feature items that were on the original menu in 1986—for the original prices. Three days later, a block party will take over Old Town Fort Collins, promising dangerous margaritas (including "the Triple," a limited-edition drink made with Jose Cuervo and aged in Odell Brewing Co. barrels) and life music from multiple bands, including five-time Grammy Award–winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy. Wed, times vary.

Caravan Palace

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:13pm

The unique electro-swing sound of this Parisian collective pulls the big band tradition into the 21st century. The seven members of the eclectic group include vocalists, stringed instrumentalists, brass players, and masters of computer-generated beats who are inspired as much by the Gorillaz' contemporary take on hip-hop as ’40s swing jazz artists like Fletcher Henderson. Wed 8 p.m.

Tee Off for Kids with Cancer

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:29pm

Bring your golf buddy with the best aim to this four-person scramble style tournament (the team tees off from the best-placed shot). A barbecue lunch, raffle, and live auction will follow the golf games. Proceeds benefit the Shining Stars Foundation, an organization that creates opportunities for children and families affected by cancer to engage in adaptive outdoor recreation and animal-based therapy. Thu 7 a.m.

Do at The Zoo

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 2:48pm

Let's do it like they do it on the Discovery Channel—and graze on fresh cuts (from more than 60 Denver feeding stables, including Beatrice & Woodsley, Linger, and Osteria Marco). Then, make your way to the watering hole for unlimited libations from local breweries such as Epic Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Company. You can dress the part with animal prints and safari khakis, although cocktail attire is appropriate, too. Proceeds benefit the Denver Zoo. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Denver Comic Con

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:02pm

You better start making your Princess Leia costume now—you'll want to look convincing when you meet Carrie Fisher in person at this wide-reaching nerdy convention. After snagging autographs from Fisher and former Marvel Comics president Stan Lee, chat with a variety of local artists, game sellers, and comic vendors and attend panels on pop culture, including a discussion of queer themes in comics and young adult literature. Geeky couples also have the unique opportunity to say "I do" in Klingon at a themed group wedding on Sunday. Fri-Sun, times vary

King of the Mountain Volleyball

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:33pm

As Colorado’s largest outdoor volleyball tournament, this Father’s Day weekend event plays host to more than 3,500 players across all levels of competition, including masters, men’s and women’s professional open, and co-ed recreational divisions. Sign up for Misty May's outdoor clinic on Friday and register for the special father-son and father-daughter tourney on Sunday. Fri-Sun, times vary. 

Twilight in the Barn: A Gaucho Grill Farm Dinner

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:15pm

Slip on your cowboy boots and hop on a hayride for the start of this indulgent feast. On the shores of Snow Creek Larkspur's pond, you'll sip a fruit-forward caipirinha cocktail and say "hay" to the farm animals or simply relax in the mountain air. Meanwhile, Chef Laurie Adams of the Roving Rooster will prepare a seasonal menu, featuring a mix of elegant and rustic dishes such as a hearts of palm bisque and wood-fired Snow Creek Ranch guacho steak, in the barn.


Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:20pm

The electronica sound of this Slovenian Brooklynite bears more resemblance to laid-back R&B than to hard-partying house music. He expertly weaves and melds blues, funk, and soul with new age electro beats to produce beautiful hybrids that expand the definition of the EDM genre. Fri 6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Gramatik

Denver Arts Festival

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:40pm

In an ever-more-crowded city, even the arts festivals are feeling claustrophobic. To wit: This year, the Denver Arts Festival (formerly the Downtown Denver Arts Festival) has migrated away from downtown. You can still catch more than 140 artists, though—the majority still from Colorado—at the two-day festival now located a bit farther north. Check out artists such as abstract painter Stefan Geissbühler and found-object re-purposer Carlos Montanaro. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:09pm

Enjoy live performances, taste authentic eats, and admire beautiful decor at this celebration of Japanese culture. You'll be delighted with Denver Taiko's entertaining drum show as well as bonsai exhibits and ikebana (flower arrangements) at the Denver Buddhist Temple. Before you leave, grab a plate of teriyaki chicken at the temple's buffet and try Jagged Mountain Brewery's special summery cherry wheat Sakura Matsuri at the beer garden. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Observing (A)trophy Life: Celebrating Our Luxury of Social, Personal, and Political Addiction

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:22pm

From his home in the border town of McCallen, Texas artist David Freeman has watched popular acceptance of the destruction wreaked by Mexican drug cartels with a critical eye. His new exhibit satirizes that normalization and celebration of violence, addiction, and patron saints of Mexico’s drug war. The show features golden trophies crafted from assembled and painted objects that he gathered in Mexico as well as life-size piñatas made in the image of border patrol guards. Wed-Fri noon-7p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

G'Knight Ride

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:36pm

This cycling celebration ride named for Gordon Knight, the man who inspired Oskar Blues' imperial red ale, kicks off the summer biking season with a one, three, or 13-mile ride through the streets and greenways of Longmont. Bicycle Longmont, a nonprofit dedicated to bike safety and advocacy, will host the event to inspire Coloradans to get outside and play on their bikes. Stay for live music by local bluegrass band Whitewater Ramble, an Oskar Blues Brewery beer garden, and food trucks. Sat 2-10 p.m. 

1940s WWII Ball

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:15pm

Whether you're nostalgic for the real 1940s or the Casablanca version of the era, don your fedora and head to Boulder for an unforgettable trip back in time. Swing dance to big band tunes by the Jeremy Mohney Swing Band and a crooning Sinatra impersonator (Derek Evilsizor) or try your luck at a roulette table inside a hangar decked out as Rick's Café Americain from the classic film starring Humphrey Bogart. After a late-night confetti drop and a radio announcement heralding the end of WWII, you'll be ready to party like it's 1945. Sat 5 p.m.-1 a.m.

Rio Three-O Block Party

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 2:52pm

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is turning 30 this month, and it's celebrating the significant birthday in almost as many ways. On June 15, all seven locations of the eatery will feature items that were on the original menu in 1986—for the original prices. Three days later, a block party will take over Old Town Fort Collins, promising dangerous margaritas (including "the Triple," a limited-edition drink made with Jose Cuervo and aged in Odell Brewing Co. barrels) and life music from multiple bands, including five-time Grammy Award–winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy. Sat 5 p.m.

Estes Park Marathon

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:40pm

Get ready for a day full of scenic running races, including 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon courses. The half-marathon and marathon routes skirt the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park and are certified by USA Track & Field, so finishers with qualifying times can enter their bids for touted races like the Boston Marathon. Bonus: Stop by the nearby Bond Park the day before the runs for interactive programs with park rangers and the Rocky Mountain conservation teams. Sun, times vary. 

Joshua Trinidad Trio

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:24pm

This University of Colorado professor and Colorado native became a household name with the advent of “The Jazz Odyssey,” a radio program he developed with Jazz89.3 FM KUVO that's devoted to showcasing everything from jazz standards to contemporary compositions. The trumpeter's latest venture is an album (released in June of 2012), in which each of the tracks is inspired by Chris Buck’s photographic portraits of celebrities such as Björk and Robert Kennedy Jr. Sun 10:30 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of Joshua Trinidad

Filmmaker Focus: Intro to Screenwriting

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:17pm

Thanks to this local workshop, you don't need to attend the New York Film Academy to perfect your filmmaking skills. Writer Sibyl Gardner, who penned episodes of Law and Order and Nashville, will share her insight into crafting intriguing screenplays. After hearing her tips, collaborate with your fellow students and brainstorm how to turn your story idea into a killer script. Mon 7-9 p.m.

Make Music Denver

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 2:37pm

Each year on the summer solstice, more than 800 cities across the world—including Denver—host free concerts and musical workshops. The local lineup includes interactive activities such as a ukulele strum-along, a drum circle, and an introductory harmonica lesson. It all culminates in a nighttime concert featuring diverse musicians, including locals Dan Treanor & His Afrosippi Allstars with Erica Brown. Tue 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

John Carpenter: Live Retrospective

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:26pm

Most well-known for directing and scoring classic horror movies like Halloween and Christine, this film director, screenwriter, and composer finally lets his music take center stage. He released his second solo album, Lost Themes II, in April, which includes the addition of acoustic and electric guitar to his signature minimal synth. Tue 8 p.m.

SeriesFest, Season Two

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 2:41pm

After a star-filled inaugural year, this television-focused festival is back with a whole new round of pilots. Although the full schedule hasn't been announced yet, the opening night program is eough to ramp up the anticipation: Tickets will earn you a look at the North American premiere of BBC America's documentary series The Hunt, which follows hunters across the globe, as well as a special performance by Australian pop singer Sia. Wed-Sun, times vary.


Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:43pm

Street artist Edgar Ross, a.k.a Saner, explores identity within Latino culture with his at times whimsical, at times haunting images of people and creatures behind human and animal masks. Although his body of work is generally reminiscent of the cartoonish work of Brazilian street art duo Os Gemêos, the graffiti artist’s use of brush strokes lends a distinctly more painterly quality to his vibrant paintings. Mingle with him at a Community Paint Out on June 25 from noon to 2 p.m. Tue-Sat noon-5 p.m.

Top Taco

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:03pm

Take part in unlimited tastes of tequila cocktails and vote for your favorites at this popular smorgasbord of Mexican eats. Of the 40-plus taco joints with booths, make sure to find that of El Camino Community Tavern, Mezcal, and Los Tacos. Bonus: This year's new location allows ample room for, well, more tacos. Proceeds benefit Colorado ProStart, a culinary program offered in high schools across the state. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Intendence Film Festival

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:21pm

This weekend-long film festival focuses on the most creative filmmakers who call the Centennial State home. Watch dozens of films, including shorts, documentaries, animations, and music videos; strut down the red carpet at a Friday night opening party; and savor Sunday brunch during the closing awards ceremony. Fri-Sun, times vary


Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:29pm

With a sound that evokes nostalgia for the 1970s and ’80s, this classic band’s tracks have become standards of the rock genre. The Bean Town–native group has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, garnering the most attention for the hits “Don’t Look Back” and “More Than a Feeling.” Fri 7:30 p.m.

Vintage Baseball Game

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:54pm

Bring your sports fan to a baseball game like she's never seen before—played with 1864-inspired rules and uniforms. Take photographs with the old-school players and tour the farm's museum for a glimpse of antique vehicles on show. Don't forget chairs and blankets to best enjoy this classic day in the sun. Sat 10 a.m.

TEDxMileHigh: Make & Believe

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:25pm

This full day of inspiring talks and innovative ideas is an ideal escape from your daily routine. Local scientists, writers, performers, and activists will take the stage to share their experiences and insight. After the show, be sure to stop by the cocktail reception for a Breckenridge Brewery beer and a chance to chat with your favorite speakers. Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour

Submitted by Carson Kohler on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:41pm

With thousands of pounds of bacon and gallons of alcohol, this weekend-long festival is perfect for satisfying your indulgent side. Taste bacon and bacon-inspired dishes, which pair well with a bacon-topped Bloody Mary or cucumber vodka lemonade. While you're munching, rock bands such as the Banditos, Dirty Bourbon River Show, and Hell's Belles will take the stage. Fri-Sat 1-6 p.m.

Superhero and Comics Camp

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:58pm

Unleash your little one’s inner superhero with this themed, arts-and-crafts-filled week. Your kid will get decked out in superhero gear (think: masks and capes) she makes herself before writing and illustrating her own comic book. Bonus: Teen participants' comic books will be submitted to a publisher for consideration after the ruckus dies down. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.

Blitzen Trapper

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:31pm

This Oregon band’s 15-year career has yielded seven full-length studio albums that feature folk and bluegrass riffs alongside psychedelic rock and garage metal. The group’s latest album, All Across This Land (released in October), explores the American landscape through hard-rocking tracks and introspective acoustic numbers. Tue 8:30 p.m.

Clay Hawkley

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:31pm

Last year, Boulder resident Clay Hawkley hitched a trailer to the back of his car, strapped found objects to a white wall displayed on the rig, and towed the contraption around town as he went about his daily life. In an effort to push against the boundaries of what's considered art, Hawkley is continuing his found-object work indoors this month. See his scavenged items and renditions of them in many mediums (some sketched, one encased in a covering made from wood glue) at this offbeat show. Wed-Sun noon-5 p.m.

The Archivist

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:17pm

Playwright, actor, and director Denver native Thaddeus Phillips returns to the Mile High City with an original piece. His drama discusses cinema’s profound impact on humanity and how the way we've told stories has changed since the advent of film. The abstract piece focuses on the sometimes-skewed filmic records of history we preserve and what they say about our modern culture. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.