09/2015

Wednesday, September 02, 2015
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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.

Punch Brothers

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:28am

With wunderkind Chris Thile at the helm, the Punch Brothers meld genres, blending traditional string instrumentation with modern classical music. The quintet's 2015 release, The Phosphorescent Blues, was produced by the legendary “T Bone” Burnett and combines intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, and spot-on executions to create a novel sound. Tue 8 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Brantley Gutierrez/Nonesuch

Growing Up: In Words and Images

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:48pm

Joe Barry Carroll—who was chosen as the NBA's first overall draft pick in 1980—is an unlikely artist. Yet he's created a series of more than 70 evocative works, ranging from acrylic and mixed media to impressionist paintings, that illustrate his childhood in the South, his move to Denver, and his time in the NBA. (They've since been compiled in a book.) Visit this exhibit to view his paintings and learn about the life of this All-Star turned artist and philanthrophist. Mon-Wed noon-8 p.m.; Tue, Thu, Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bru in Bloom

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 8:17am

Stop by this food and beer pairing to test the bouquet of Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats' Bloom Bru, a Kölsch beer hand-built with chamomile, orange blossom, passionflower, and rose hip. Beer chef and Bru founder Ian Clark created the beer, which is inspired by the Denver Art Museum’s current exhibition In Bloom, to express the beauty of flowers from a different artistic perspective.

The Mine Rush

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:54pm

Mountain biking gets a steroid boost with this five-day festival of freeriding. Choose from competitions in slopestyle, enduro, cross-country, and the highlight Race to the Core, which will take riders down a 12 percent slope through an active gold mine 800 feet below the earth—only the second time this has ever been done in the world. If you’re more of an enthusiast than a pro, take on a 15- or 30-mile fun ride or watch the Race to the Core from a live stream on a jumbo screen right outside the mine.

Summer Scream 5

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:41pm

Wouldn't amusement parks be even more fun if they weren't so busy? On this day, your wish is granted as the park is shut down to the public, so you can take laps on the go-kart track until your head spins. Argonaut Wine & Liquor and New Belgium Brewing will provide ample libations for no extra charge, but be sure to park your drink before riding the tilt-a-whirl. Proceeds support the Denver Film Society. Thu 6 p.m.

All About Hatch Green Chiles

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:53am

The smoky aroma of Hatch green chiles being roasted is a hallmark of fall on street corners all around Denver; learn to put the fiery staple to use during this instructional cooking class. Stir Cooking School founder Katy Hume will walk attendees through a variety of recipes, including Hatch chile skillet cornbread with whipped honey butter, shrimp and Hatch chile quesadillas, and Yukon gold, bacon, and Hatch green chile gratin. They'll also be schooled in how to properly store these seasonal chiles so it's easy to cook with them throughout the year. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Dave Santillanes

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:15pm

Rather than striving to produce an exact replica of an outdoor scene, Fort Collins-based artist Dave Santillanes hopes to capture the essence of each landscape he paints. He still spends hours conducting plein air observations near remote mountains and rivers in order to translate the beauty and simplicity he glimpses to the dozens of works in this solo exhibit. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

A Taste of Colorado

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:59am

This flavorful festival offers a healthy mix of entertainment (edible and otherwise) that the whole family can savor. Carnival rides and craft activities will thrill the little ones, while a fine dining area, a culinary showcase featuring demos from top chefs like Paul Reilly of Beast & Bottle and Matt Selby of Central Bistro, and meats from Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que are sure to please adults. A musical performance from rock band Kansas and an educational area featuring Navajo artisans (including a live blacksmithing exhibition) will keep everyone happy.

Zoppé Family Circus

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:50pm

Travel back in time and space to mid-1800s Italy with this family-owned circus act. Following an Old World tradition that dates back more than 160 years, this one-ring show is one of the last of its kind touring the United States. Kids can enjoy acrobatic feats, equestrian and canine showmanship, and clowning, all united by the central character, Nino the clown.

Discover Lone Tree

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:58am

Explore a Denver suburb in the course of a weekend with this locally focused celebration. Kickstart Friday evening with live disco and funk-rock jams from Colorado-based ’70s cover band Boogie Machine, then bundle up under the stars in front of the big screen for the outdoor screening of Back to the Future.

Signs & Letters

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 7:34am

It seemed that nothing good would come out of the Mile High City’s skyrocketing parking prices—until conceptual artist Peter Miles Bergman and his Institute of Sociometry turned the topic into an artistic think piece. The Denver artist’s typographic and word-based art attempts to address such issues as gentrification, code enforcement, land ownership, and the current population explosion through a five-piece exhibit. The installations span 20 years—from 1995 to 2015—and include a blend of street art, photography, and letterpress.

Miss Witherspoon

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 1:58pm

Known for his criticism of contemporary culture, acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang is back with the thoughtful story of Veronica, a woman who unintentionally launches herself into a loop of reincarnations after dying by suicide.

Phish

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Wed, 07/08/2015 - 5:14pm

Thousands of Phish fans will gather on Labor Day weekend for the fifth consecutive year of the band’s three-night residency. More than a jamband, Phish is among the most innovative and technically expert groups currently touring, combining elements of jazz, bluegrass, reggae, and pop to create original tunes and quirky covers. Three decades in and the quartet is as fun (and weird) as ever, still riding the wave of Fuego, released last year, and motivating thousands to travel for the chance to see them live. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.

Native American Day

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:10pm

Explore the Native American communities that existed before the pioneers arrived in Colorado. Kids can enjoy performances by the Seven Falls Dancers and partake in lessons about the importance of Rocky Mountain wildlife to Native American heritage. Thanks to regional food like Native American fry bread offered by Wally’s Tamales and Lorenzo Tsosie Indian Tacos, attendees can also take a (very cultured) snack break. Sat 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:38pm

Kids have plenty of time to listen to lectures when they’re older; right now, they want to touch everything they learn about. This innovative festival lets them do so, with activities ranging from creating their own silk-screen T-shirts and wearing an Oculus rift virtual reality headset to programming computer code and racing drones. Educational classrooms will also host lessons on everything from crocheting to producing video games, while the main stage will feature music, comedy, and theater. Wrap up the fun-filled weekend with the massive Sunday night dance party.

German Day in Colorado

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:58pm

Pull on your lederhosen and grab your stein for this two-day festival that emphasizes culture from the Rhineland. Learn how to yodel and indulge in smoked bratwurst with kraut while you sip beer from Warsteiner and take in the accordian tunes of Rick Borger & The Average German Band. (Listen for "Ein Prosit," the international anthem of Oktoberfest.) If you don't know the tune, just wait until the end, raise your hoppy beverage and shout "Hoy! Hoy! Hoy! Prost!" (German for "cheers!"). Sat 12 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..

Taylor Swift

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Wed, 07/08/2015 - 5:18pm

Known for her songwriting ability and vocal chops, Taylor Swift is a seven-time Grammy Award winner and tabloid sensation, not mention the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female ever) to log six or more weeks at number one in U.S. sales with three consecutive studio albums. Swift's influences range from country to electronic, making for modern pop tunes that are catchy and personal, and a live show filled with anecdotes, theatrics, and infectious energy. Sat-Sun 7 p.m.

The Flick

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:17pm

In a reflection on the bonds of friendship amid monotonous small-town life, this drama follows three low-wage movie theater workers stuck with duties such as sweeping up popcorn and cleaning toilets. As Sam, Rose, and Avery go about their tedious work, they come to know and care about each another more than they ever expected. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:30pm

There's nothing sheepish about this premier canine competition. Dog and handler teams from the United States and Canada endure five days of high-stakes herding, but the first three days of preliminary runs will narrow the field of 130 teams to just 30. Come Sunday for the tense 12-dog finals—you'll want to be early for the pancake breakfast anyway—and enjoy agility demonstrations, a lamb cook-off, a concert by cowboy performer Gary McMahan, and more. Tue 3 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Toby Smith

Emelie Forsberg

Submitted by Dan Roe on Sun, 08/30/2015 - 9:38pm

Get inspired to hit the trails this fall with one of the world's premier ultra runners—and reward yourself for miles past with free spirited indulgences. Three-time Ultra Distance Sky Running world champion Emelie Forsberg will share her experences of living and training in Chamonix, France, with plenty of motivational words to help you lace 'em up and get out the door. Cocktails and house-made sodas will accompany the speech, and each guest will head home with a custom pint mug. Tue 6:30 p.m.

Denver Food and Wine

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:06am

Seasoned gourmands and budding foodies alike will be happy to sip and savor at this culinary extravaganza. The four-day festival features special events like a wine dinner for which Rick Tramonto (winner of a James Beard Award and Top Chef Masters) will team up with Panzano chef Elise Wiggins for five stunning courses (all paired with wine). At the flagship tasting, attendees can sample 700 different wines and spirits and bites from 40 area restaurants, including the Barolo Grill, Trillium, and Humboldt. Wed-Sat, times vary. 

Matilda the Musical

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:21pm

Be inspired by this musical based on the classic Roald Dahl novel that tells the story of precocious five-year-old Matilda, a modern-day Cinderella defending herself against abusive parents and a child-hating principal. Instead of seeking out a Prince Charming to save her, Matilda fights to overcome evil forces with the help of books and a dedicated teacher. Tue-Wed, Fri 7:30 p.m.; Thu, Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dog Sees God

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:24pm

Discard your ideas about adorable Charlie Brown and crew as they were originally imagined in the comic strip "Peanuts." This dramatic (and unauthorized) rendition of the children as teenagers follows protagonist “CB” as he grapples with the death of his dog, questions his sexuality, and interacts with classmates who are dealing with their own demons. As the play progresses, he ponders on what, if anything, exists after death and what it means to fit in with the crowd. 

Food Fight!

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 1:08pm

Fans of the popular cooking show Chopped will enjoy this similar culinary showdown. Attendees will watch as eight Denver chefs battle for the best dish in three categories: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Contenders include local talents like Jeremy Kittelson of Ophelia's, Jax Fish House's Sheila Lucero, and Ian Kleinman from the Inventing Room. After tasting dishes, attendees can bid on jewelry, wine, and vacation packages in the silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Scleroderma Foundation, which funds research and support for victims of this rare autoimmune disease.

Seed: The Future of Food

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:14am

What do the organic tomatoes in your marinara, the heirloom carrots in your salad, and the non-GMO corn in your polenta all have in common? Before they made their way to your table, they all began as tiny—but all-important—seeds. At this educational event presented by Slow Food Denver, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance exective director Bill McDorman will talk about the necessity of seed-saving for the future of sustainable food.

Caring Fore Community

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:47pm

Stoke your competitive spirit with this charity golf tournament set at the highly rated Fossil Trace Golf Club. The playful four-man scramble format means that you'll be relying on the strengths of three teammates throughout the game (so don't be the member to chip one into the sand trap). Admire the 64 million-year-old Triceratops footprints adjacent to the 12th green while you wait your turn. Proceeds benefit Veteran’s Passport to Hope (VP2H), a nonprofit that raises awareness for Iraq and Afghanistan vets in Colorado.

New Works

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:14pm

Artists Heather Patterson and Barbara Sorensen are linked by their desire to capture energy in its many forms. Patterson creates layered, acrylic paintings, employing imagery from natural disasters, weather charts, topographical maps, and blueprints. Sorensen crafts colored wire sculptures that represent expanding bundles of pure energy and urge viewers to think about the interaction of their bodies and spirits. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Buddy Holly Story

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:30pm

Before his untimely death in a plane crash at the age of 22, Buddy Holly jettisoned into the international spotlight, cemented himself as a key player in rock ’n’ roll, and left a lasting legacy that led to his posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Watch his life unfold in this play-as-memoir as he plays at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, begins recording in New York City, and marries record label receptionist Maria Elena Santiago.

James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:42am

Rub elbows with culinary stars from near and far at this star-studded dinner. Locals Justin Brunson of Old Major, Jeff Cleary of Grateful Bread Company, and Infinite Monkey Theorem winemaker Ben Parsons will join forces with Stephen Gerike of the National Pork Board and Adam Sappington of Portland's Country Cat to create an unforgettable night of gourmet food and drink. This dinner will focus specifically on pork and foie gras dishes (sorry, vegetarians) paired with IMT's eclectic wines.

Sound Tribe Sector 9

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:38am

Sound Tribe Sector 9 formed in Atlanta more than 15 years ago, spearheading the jamtronica movement. With a live band that features guitar, keyboards, percussion, drums, and new bassist Alana Rocklin, STS9 creates dub-influenced psychedelic rock, emphasizing improvisation and incorporating elements of jazz, funk, and even hip-hop. STS9 is currently touring with its largest production rig ever, complete with one of the most visually stunning light shows you’ll see all year. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Split Lip Rayfield

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:29am

This Kansas-based alt-country band plays a lot of incredibly fast songs, defined by a post-punk progressive bluegrass sound that’s always acoustic. Founding member Kirk Rundstrom (guitar, dobro) passed away in 2007, and Split Lip’s latest album—2009’s I’ll Be Around—and its title track were written in his honor. The trio’s prowess for pickin’—not to mention Jeff Eaton’s homemade gas tank bass—is alone worth the price of admission. Fri 9 p.m.

Pikes Peak Downhill Skateboard Race

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:49pm

Pikes Peak is home to some of the most famous hill climbs in the world, but these adrenaline junkies prefer to careen down the mountain. Watch the skateboarders tuck, drift, and jockey for position at speeds exceeding 60 mph over the course of 1.9 miles. The high stakes action occurs on Sunday, when two riders are eliminated out of each four-person heat until the final matchup. The eventual winner will receive points toward becoming the International Downhill Federation world champion.

Beautyfool

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 1:49pm

In a society obsessed with beauty and youth, the fear of aging can become overwhelmingly strong, to the point that it outweighs fear of death itself. Berlin-based French artist Jaybo Monk has created sculptures and paintings to understand this anxiety as related to bodily transformation. In his works, he forms collages in which the subject and the background become fused so that he can work outside the confines of traditional settings. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-noon. 

Radical Reptiles

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:21pm

Cold-blooded critters can be just as cuddly as Fido and Fluffy, as animal lovers will learn during this hands-on presentation. Trained staff from Aurora-based nonprofit educational wildlife program Nature's Educators will discuss snakes, tortoises, lizards, and other kinds of scaled creatures. Attendees should bring cameras to photograph the real reptiles that will be available to meet and touch. Sat 10-11 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..

Snowboard on the Block Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:05pm

The September forecast in RiNo may not call for snow, but there will still be some shredding going on. Musical performances by crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies and hip hop artist Talib Kweli will provide the backdrop for the showing of this year's biggest snowboarding films, like Think Tank's Methods of Prediction. Stick around for the live rail jam, during which the pros will ride the rails on a man-made hill—and if you're feeling really adventurous, get a free tattoo. Sat 12 p.m.

 

Sacred Fest

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:29pm

An escape from your busy schedule is only a few hours away, thanks to this family-friendly wellness event. Start your reboot with a yoga class or acupuncture session with trained True Nature staff members, while your kids sample dairy-free ice cream and pick out a henna tattoo. Then tune in to the transformational power of song by joining spiritual artists such as Pushpams and Ajeet Kaur in interactive performances of kirtan, the call-and-response-based music inspired by Sanskrit chants.

Fermentation Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:29am

Discover a place where you can create (and consume) beer, kimchi, cheese, and chocolate in one place at this festival. Expect preserved creations from local vendors like Happy Leaf Kombucha, as well as classes on how to make water kefir, wine, lacto-fermented vegetables, and more. Don't miss the pickle toss, in which participants aim to lob the vinegary cucumbers into their teammates' mouths from varying distances. (Winners receive a gallon of pickles.) Sat-Sun 3:30-6 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Tour la Fête

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:49pm

This all-female event fulfills your exercise quota, satiates your appetite, and provides homegrown entertainment in the beautiful St. Vrain Valley. Set out on a 15- to 20-mile bike ride that leads you to the picturesque River Bend property, where you can indulge in a four-course menu featuring dishes from local catering companies Dale Lamb Catering and Eat.

The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and Jeff Austin Band

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:42am

Composed of mandolin legend David Grisman along with four Bay Area-based musicians (including Grisman’s son Samson), this bluegrass super group used to only play local shows. The release of 2006’s self-titled album, however, expanded the group’s fanbase, and this show will be one of three dates the quintet will play in Colorado this September. One-of-a-kind showman Jeff Austin (formerly of Yonder Mountain String Band) and his progressive roots band will open up the show. Sun 6 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday Night Fever

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:35pm

Disco shot to popularity after an era of turmoil that included civil unrest and the controversial Vietnam War. Its soaring vocals and electric bass lines were memorialized in the 1977 film on which this show was based.

The Newman Awards

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 1:13pm

Denver's best and brightest will shimmer at this prestigious ceremony hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Rocky Mountain Chapter. The awards will celebrate architectural excellence in the areas of interior design, history and journalism, artisanship, and academics. Local students submit their best work for judging, and the winner takes home a $2,500 scholarship. Enjoy engaging conversation with local architects and other patrons of the arts at the pre-awards cocktail hour. Tue 6 p.m.

Cork and Pork

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:55am

Attendees will enjoy a nose-to-tail pork tasting and a smattering of fine wines from around the world at this pairing event. Local chef Daniel E. Barrett will prepare bites made from hogs raised by Douglas County Future Farmers of America, while Grapes Wine Market will pour expertly matched samples of vino, including Melville Pinot Noir and Decoy Winery's Sauvignon Blanc. A live auction features the chance to bid on a whole hog as well as a cooler of mystery wines.

Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:49am

The plotline of Paradise Lost is reborn in this musical horror flick. In his second iteration of the Devil's Carnival series, director Darren Lynn Bousman sets the scene in Heaven, where a typically posh facade gives way to an oppressive reality. You'll try hard to keep from sympathizing with Lucifer, the unlikely protagonist that launches a coup d'état against God's regime. Unexpected cameos by David Hasselhoff and hip-hop artist Tech N9ne keep you on your toes—just don't feel bad if you catch yourself rooting for the bad guys. Wed 8:30 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Water Marks

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:36pm

As the essence of life, water has a profound impact on society. Lithuania-born artist Regina Benson has set out to explore its effect, dyeing white polyester, nylon, and silk fabrics with hues of blue, rusty white, and brown. She then lays the pieces on surfaces such as grass, rocks, and plants and uses rubbing alcohol and water to make additional markings, finishing with abstract representations of streams, dry river beds, jellyfish, and other water-related subjects.

Grapes Against Wrath

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:00pm

Foodies will find plenty to love (and eat and drink) at this gourmet fundraising event. Constellation Brands and the Vineyard Wine Shop will provide wines from around the world for tasting, and the Magnolia Hotel will cook up a dazzling array of bites, like seared Ahi tuna on a wonton chip and tomato-basil bruschetta. Attendees can also craft their own DIY plates at Intertactive pasta and slider stations. Proceeds benefit FACES, an organization that advocates against child abuse, neglect, and family violence. Wed 6 p.m.

Pedal the Plains

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:01pm

Explore the beautiful expanses of northeastern Colorado at this three-day cycling event. Part bike ride, part history lesson, the tour educates riders on plains topics like pellet mills and the Pony Express, with stops in Julesburg, Holyoke, Sterling, and even Nebraska. With prairie views that would put Buffalo Bill to shame, you won't miss the Front Range for a minute. Fri 10 a.m.

Jaipur Literature Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:12pm

The world's largest free literary festival is coming stateside for the first time, in a celebration of South Asian heritage. Speakers include award-winning poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra—author of Collected Poems 1969-2014, an anthology of Prakrit love poetry—and Denverite Ausma Zehanat Khan, editor in chief of Muslim Girl magazine.

Repeat/Recreate: Clyfford Still’s “Replicas”

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:33pm

Clyfford Still was one of the founders of abstract expressionism back in the post-World War II era, but he’s still shedding new light on the movement, thanks to a new exhibit featuring groupings of works. The brilliant artist created many pairs and trios, in mediums ranging from paint to etchings, that resemble each other but for a change in color or size.

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:40pm

This traveling retrospective exhibit features more than 25 paintings, three videos, and several photographs produced by acclaimed New York-based artist Marilyn Minter, who has analyzed feminism, sexuality, and pornography's place in American culture for more than 40 years. The exhibit explores her evolution from a young artist in the ’60s, when she produced a photo series that depicted her mother's relationship with drugs, to a modern-day producer that both participates in and critiques our culture. Tue-Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Corn Maze at Chatfield

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:32pm

Help Farmer Green find his lost animals at this entertaining maze. Kids can wind their way through eight acres of corn and discover life-size animal cutouts along the way. Visitors ages nine and under can enjoy a size-adjusted mini-maze; when the whole family has made it out, a free hayride awaits. Fall-themed vittles like funnel cake, hot dogs, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and kettle corn turn this outdoor event into a tasty autumn festival. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Artmix

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:12pm

A variety of artists, including locals Stephen Batura and Kristen Hatgi Sink, have donated more than 100 works of art for your viewing (and bidding) pleasure. As you're ogling your new purchase from the silent auction, munch on bites from famed chef Hosea Rosenberg and his Blackbelly Catering Crew and sip on drinks from the open bar. Pro tip: Splurge on the VIP ticket to start bidding an hour early. Proceeds benefit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Fri 6:30.

Curtains

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:43pm

In this theatrical whodunit, diva and lead in the fake musical Robbin’ Hood! Jessica Cranshaw collapses just as the curtains close on the opening night of the show. All the members of the cast and crew are regarded as suspects in her mysterious death, and it falls to police detective Lt. Frank Cioffi to solve the murder. As a diehard fan of musical theater, the officer has a strong incentive to find the killer. Mon, Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

[UN]W.R.A.P.: Undoing Writing, Research, and Performance

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:46pm

Acclaimed dancer and University of Colorado Boulder assistant professor Gesel Mason takes the sentiment behind #blacklivesmatter to the stage, examining the evolution of African-American dance in this deconstructive performance. Mason's piece features work from prominent choreographers such as Robert Battle, Bebe Miller, and Andrea Woods. Don’t miss the week of lectures, panel discussions, and master classes that precedes this culminating show. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

John Hiatt & the Combo and Taj Mahal Trio

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:48am

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt began his solo career four decades ago, settling on a rootsy style that combines elements of country, folk, blues, rock ’n’ roll, and even new wave pop. Over the years Haitt’s songs have been covered by a long list of musicians—including Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Iggy Pop, and Mandy Moore—meaning even unfamiliar listeners will likely recognize some tunes. Haitt’s 22nd studio album, the bluesy Terms of My Surrender, was released last year and is well suited to his gravelly voice and the opening act: blues legend Taj Mahal. Fri 8 p.m.

Distillery School

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:20pm

You might need to do more than talk booze with your local bartender to enroll in this class for serious distillers in the making. Over the course of two days, participants will gain hands-on experience crafting rum, whiskey, gin, vodka, and more from beginning to end. Knowledgeable instructors from Downslope Distilling will cover everything from pre-production (water quality, enzymes, and yeasts) to distilling (types of stills and infrastructure) and post-production (filtration and infusion)—and that's just day one.

Teddy Bear Clinic

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:52pm

Your kids may have had their annual check-ups, but their teddy bear friends probably stayed home. At this educational event, children can bring their stuffed animals to receive medical treatment at multiple stations. While Teddy has his vitals taken, volunteer staff from Children’s Hospital Colorado will talk to young caretakers about healthy habits like hand washing and eating healthy. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Chalk Art Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:28pm

Expert chalk artists have created masterpieces on the streets of Denver for 13 years, but now they're bringing their talents to Centennial for the first time. More than 200 urban sketchers, including Italian Renaissance specialist Genna Panzarella and international street painting champion Julie Kirk, will construct weather-sensitive works over a period of two days. Stick around to meet the artists, enjoy live music by Denver guitarist Owen Kortz, and cool off with a selection of beers from Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Radiance

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:50pm

When she first arrived in the United States, Latvia native Larisa Aukon was mesmerized by the rich, vibrant colors that popped from the Southwestern landscape. Her critically acclaimed oil paintings—filled with bold strokes, thick layers, and that unique regional palette—convey her passion for nature and the inner pulse that beats from it. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

What IF... Festival

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:44pm

Bring your little artists and entrepreneurs to this festival honoring the creative Colorado spirit. Children can enjoy live music as they explore six city blocks of sidewalk chalk drawings, life-sized forts, DIY demonstrations, and scientific activities like thermal camera portraits and 3-D printer creations. Even the youngest innovators can use their imaginations in new ways. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

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

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

5K Run Dead

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:04pm

This undead event resembles the playground game Sharks and Minnows—but the sharks are zombies, and they want to eat your brains (they'll settle for a flag from your belt, though). Each competitor in this obstacle-filled 5K starts with five flags that represent "health." If you don't make it to the finsih line with at least one flag, you'll become one of the zombies and receive a transformation by professional makeup artists. The survivors with the most flags remaining and the zombies with the most flags stolen will receive prizes, which will be announced at the awards ceremony.

TVP Gala for Tibet

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:22pm

Did you forget the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday? The best gift would be your attendance at this gala, where you can sip on Chang (Tibet's chief beer-like alcoholic beverage) while tattoo artist and musician Tamding Tsetan plays the flute. Buddhist monk Lama Sonam is slated to lead an offerings chant before dinner, and Tsetan will bring everyone together for a circle dance afterward. Proceeds benefit the Tibetan Village Project, a nonprofit that helps Tibetan students attend college. Sat 5 p.m.

Colorado Rockies BBQ Invitational

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:11pm

While the Colorado Rockies take on the San Diego Padres, their fans will get the chance to scarf barbecue from many of the country's best pit masters at this double-header event. Before taking their seats for the game, attendees will receive access to the cook's area, where they'll sample pulled pork, ribs, and other smoky delights from award-winning teams like Pellet Envy, Pork Patrol BBQ, and Simply Marvelous BBQ. The top five meat maestros will take home a total of $4,000 in prize money. Fri 6:10 p.m.

Grace Potter

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:55am

Grace Potter—the singer-songwriter and organist best known for her work with bluesy roots band, the Nocturnals—released her second solo album, Midnight, last month. Potter’s first solo record, Original Soul (released in 2004), had a distinct folk sound, while Midnight veers more mainstream pop. With a voice that evokes Bonnie Raitt and a vibe that’s more Stevie Nicks, the Vermont-bred Potter traffics in country, indie, and high-energy rock ’n’ roll. Sat 6:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Big Hassle Publicity

The New Deal

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:52am

Canadian trio the New Deal was among the first to fuse live improvisation with electronic music, making fans out of jamband fanatics and ravers alike. With jazz roots and a knack for getting audience members to dance, the group garnered a varied American fanbase before calling it quits in 2011. In 2014, however, the band reunited and has since released singles “Mercury Switch” and “Sabotage the System,” with a full studio album set for fall. Sat 9 p.m.

Littlefoot Triathlon

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:08pm

Squeeze in one last triathlon before the summer racing season ends at stunning Bear Creek Lake Park. The multisport event kicks off with a 750-meter swim in Soda Lake, where water temperatures are projected to be a balmy 70 degrees. Once the 15K bike and 5K run are in the books, you’ll have earned a full stack from FlippinO Flapjacks. Sun 5:30 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.

Hop, Skip, and a Jump Start

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 4:00pm

With races ranging from a stroller-friendly 5K to a hands-and-knees infant crawl, little legs can still work up a sweat at this active event. Kids who have outgrown the stroller (but can't quite run a 5K) can enjoy a quarter-mile kid course, while toddlers trot their way across the finish line of a 1/8-mile race. Afterward, children can enjoy healthy snacks and museum admission—if they have enough energy to keep moving Sun 9 a.m.

Pugs in the Park

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:31pm

Bring your squished-nose pal out to play at this pugnacious event, where proud owners congregate to celebrate their love of pups. The event consists of a variety of social activities for both species, from the face fold wash (for the dogs), to the hot-dog eating contest (for the humans). Whisper your bid at the silent auction guilt-free: Proceeds benefit the Colorado Pug Rescue, a no-kill shelter that cares for these compact creatures. Sun 11 a.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.

5280 Dines

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:07am

Join 5280 staff for the magazine's annual celebration of the 25 Best Restaurants issue. This outdoor evening soiree supporting the Morgan Adams Foundation will feature an exclusive pop-up, farm-style dinner, wine and cocktails, a live performance from Rob Drabkin, and the company of the best local chefs. Buy your tickets today. Sun 5-8 p.m. 

The Moth Mainstage: High Anxiety

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:47pm

When he was growing up, poet and acclaimed novelist George Dawes Green spent summer evenings in Georgia, spinning tales while moths fluttered through the beat-up porch screen. Using his memories as inspiration, Dawes Green founded the Moth, a nonprofit dedicated to storytelling, which has presented thousands of true stories to audiences around the world since its creation in 1997.

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.

Kraftwerk 3D Concert

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:40pm

Electronic music has now crossed into the mainstream world, but computerized songs were unheard of when Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider first formed Kraftwerk in 1970. More than 40 years later, the German group is considered a pioneer—and is still performing, albeit with slightly more hi-tech instruments than the homemade synthesizer and electronic drum kit it used in its early days: The band (now a quartet that’s gone through many different lineups) will break out 3D projections to accompany its robotic lyrics and minimalistic melodies during this quirky show. Wed 8 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Claustrum

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:02pm

Claustrum is the Latin word for "cloister," as well as the scientific term for the part of the brain where consciousness likely resides. University of Colorado Boulder professor and artist Kim Dickey has explored this term and its varied meanings by creating ceramic sculptures of animals such as camels and bats, covering them in foliage, and positioning them atop columns. The exhibit will also feature a wall installation that recreates a 15th-century tapestry of a rabbit hunt, all alluding to ideas about consciousness and that which is unknown. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m. 

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:00am

Progressive Americana singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell joined forces in 2013 to create Old Yellow Moon, taking home a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. The duo’s second duets album, The Traveling Kind, debuted this past May, and again merges folk ballads with country harmonies, creating timeless tunes in the process. Thu 7:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of David McClister / Nonesuch

The Glass Menagerie

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:52pm

Warehouse worker and aspiring poet Tom Wingfield reflects on his struggling family in this nostalgic production that was Tennessee Williams’ first major success as a playwright. While reminiscing, the protagonist dwells on his father's abandonment of the family, leaving him to work a taxing job and help care for his resentful mother and his socially isolated sister. Tom then recounts the painful series of events that prompted him to follow in his father's footsteps. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Peak Flavors Fest

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:36pm

Culinary festivals abound in Colorado, but most highlight dishes that our waistlines later regret. Not so at this healthy eating and living festival, during which you’ll learn how to turn local produce into Spanish tapas with Café Aion chef/owner Dakota Soifer, watch a Vitamix tutorial by former Top Chef competitor Candice Kumai, and get books signed like food writer Dayna Macy’s Ravenous: A Food Lover’s Journey from Obsession to Freedom and Emmy-nominated chef Nathan Lyon’s Great Food Starts Fresh.

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..

Fashion's Night Downtown Boulder

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:34pm

Boulder boutiques play host to a series of struts that would make Derek Zoolander proud. Every participating retailer will send at least one model to the 44-foot catwalk to kick off the fall fashion event, after which the models will return to the stores to greet you. Whether you munch brownies at the designer jewelry trunk show at Chelsea, receive a mini-makeover at Barbara & Company, or sip cocktails while you decorate your dome at Goorin Bros., you'll be surrounded by style at this fashionable function.

Campfire Tales

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 4:29pm

Now that summer has come to a close, children can draw closer to the campfire at this cozy event. Kids can welcome the new season by roasting marshmallows for s’mores and examining the Children’s Garden to find early signs of autumn. As little ones enjoy their gooey snacks, fireside stories told by youth librarian Cliff Davidson will make the experience even sweeter. Sat 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Blue Jean Bash

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:41am

Nobody is too cool for school, but some Denver students could use your help to show up fresh on the first day. This fund-raiser features silent and live auctions, which CBS 4 anchor Rick Sallinger will MC, awarding prizes like an all-expenses-paid trip to Napa, California. The Soul Patch Brothers will serenade you with bluegrass melodies, while you enjoy finger-licking barbecue from Smokin' Timbers BBQ and bites from the chef at Balistreri Vineyards. Proceeds benefit Clothes to Kids of Denver, an organization that donates clothing to local students in need. Sat 6:30 p.m.

Fallfest 5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathon

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:18pm

Run until you don’t feel like running anymore—just like Forrest Gump—on this choose-your-own-distance course. No matter how far the sojourn, all paths will provide a breathtaking view of the Flatirons as you navigate the Big Dry Creek Trail. Fruit, bagels, breakfast burritos, and chocolate milk will be available at the finish line, so 5K runners can taunt the marathoners with their bounty. Bonus: A fast time in this USATF-certified marathon can qualify you for the 2016 or 2017 Boston Marathon. Sat 7 a.m.

Colorado Springs Half Marathon & 5K

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:24pm

Channel your inner Usain Bolt as you run by the Olympic Training Center during this popular road race. You could opt for the 5K, but only those who finish the half marathon take home medals. Get refreshed after the race with Gatorade, fresh fruit, pretzels, (and to sweeten the deal), Skittles. Proceeds benefit the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation for healthy Colorado communities. Sun 7:30 a.m.

Colorado Tattoo Convention & Expo

Submitted by Dan Roe on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:40pm

Whether you’re interested in a full sleeve or just window shopping, you'll find plenty of body art to go around at this edgy expo. The event hinges on a competition that pits artists from local shops like Aztek and Owl & Orchid against national juggernauts like Enigma, during which live tattooing and an accompanying portfolio will determine the victor.

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.

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.

Purity Ring

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:12am

Canadian musicians Corin Roddick and Megan James were on tour with indie rock band Gobble Gobble when the couple became fascinated with contemporary R&B, and were in turn inspired to form “future pop” outfit Purity Ring. Drawing heavily from contemporary hip-hop, the duo’s sound also incorporates rock and electronic music to create a distinct late-night vibe. When Rolling Stone reviewed the band's sophomore album—Another Eternity, released in March—its writer described the sound as “creepy and alluring.” Tue-Wed 8 p.m.

Fall Harvest Celebration

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 4:43pm

Charlie Brown may be familiar with the great pumpkin, but even he isn't prepared for this massive harvest festival. At this gourd-centric festival, kids can choose the perfect future jack-o'-lantern for their doorstep, and then enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, and a romp in a bubble machine. The whole clan can nosh on food truck fare from Wheel & Whisk, and enjoy lawn games on the farm. Wed 4-7 p.m.

The Lone Bellow

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:16am

Southern-born, Brooklyn-based trio the Lone Bellow released its sophomore album, Then Came the Morning, this past January. Produced by the National’s Aaron Dessner, that record encapsulates the band’s soulful live show, which highlights powerful gospel-esque vocals, spot-on folk harmonies, and a particularly hip brand of acoustic-based Americana. Wed 8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of the Paradigm Talent Agency