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Friday, November 28, 2014
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Puppy Up! Denver Walk and Festival

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:47am

A slow stroll for you and your pet will help raise money to save humans and dogs alike. This two-mile walk will be full of four-legged friends plus music, art, and food. Proceeds benefit the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, a charity seeking to find the common link between human and canine cancers through oncology research. Sat 8 a.m-2:45 p.m. 

Home for the Holidays 5K & Family Fun Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:26am

Run with the whole family and raise money for anti-homelessness efforts. Enter a contest for best family costume as well as top race finishers in each gender and age category. Prizes include Pizza Fusion pizza parties, unlimited classes at Gravity Dance Collective, season tickets to Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, and Nike sneakers. Proceeds benefit Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Sat 9 a.m. 

Greyhound Centennial Tour

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:57pm

Who knew you could time travel by bus? This mobile museum tour is hitting Colorado to celebrate 100 years of service and take you back to the begininng of its reign. Vintage uniforms, memorabilia, and a wall of history allow guests and passengers to see the transformation of a company that has traveled across the entire country. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Spice Demonstration with Chef Zieg

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:17am

Learn how to mix spices at this special demonstration from chef Tim Ziegler. The educational walkthrough teaches attendees how to to create flavorful and balanced combinations. You can take home some of chef Ziegler’s specialty blends from Mondo Market or watch him create your own custom spice blend based on what you like to cook. Sat 1-4 p.m. 

Communing with Nature

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:49pm

Having grown up in the outdoors of rural Utah, Keith Bond has an innate ability to capture the beauty of Western landscapes. His realistic oil paintings depict some of Colorado’s most recognizable natural gems, including Aspen trees, the Yampa River, Crater Lake, and the Never Summer Mountains. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m 

Calavera Ball: ¡Viva la Muerte!

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:04am

Centuries-old Día de los Muertos meets modern cocktail party at this inaugural bash. The Mexican holiday, celebrated November 1-2 every year to remember the dearly departed, is the inspiration for this spirited shindig topped with Mexican-inspired food and drinks amid live music. We’re most excited, though, to peruse the elaborate memorial altars—the centerpiece of Día de los Muertos—given a contemporary spin by pro artists.

South Pacific

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:31am

A rotating cast of student performers and a 34-person orchestra bring this classic tale of love and war to life all weekend long. Set on a tropical island near the end of World War II, South Pacific has been a hit since it first debuted on Broadway in 1949. While most nights are already sold out, Friday night (Halloween) still has great seats available. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Bob Dylan and His Band

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:05pm

He may be 73, but Bob Dylan hasn't slowed down one bit. He was in classic form during the Australian leg of his tour earlier this fall and will keep the energy rolling throughout the winter as he travels around North America, including a stop in the Mile High City. Sat 8 p.m.

Paranormal Palace

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:53am

While some might consider a night trick-or-treating an ideal Halloween, others prefer a more livel- celebration like Paranormal Palace. The annual 15,000-person party will feature DJs, dancers, and circus performers. It's not all self-indulgence, though: proceeds benefit Denver Civic Center Conservancy. Sat 9 p.m.

Denver Gorilla Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:49pm

Last year, this rampage of a race set a record for the largest gathering of people dressed as gorillas. Adorn your primate suit (included in your entry fee) with anything from tutus to park ranger uniforms and enter to win best costume prizes. Registration guarantees free entry into the zoo the rest of the day and an afterparty hosted by Silverback Pale Ale. The biggest perk of all: You get to take home your gorilla suit for future monkey business. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conversation Fund. Sun 9 a.m. 

South Pacific

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:31am

A rotating cast of student performers and a 34-person orchestra bring this classic tale of love and war to life all weekend long. Set on a tropical island near the end of World War II, South Pacific has been a hit since it first debuted on Broadway in 1949. While most nights are already sold out, Friday night (Halloween) still has great seats available. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Lucinda Williams

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:45am

Very rarely do you come across an artist whose music makes you think, smile, and dance simultaneously. Critics, fans, and fellow musicians have consistently praised singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams’s for her eclectic music over the course of her 35-year career. Her newest album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, was released in September. Sun 8 p.m.

Truffle Dinner

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:27pm

Put a truffle on anything, and it’s likely to turn out delicious. Put a truffle on eight courses of modern Piemontese cuisine, and you’ve got a masterpiece. Chef Darrel Truett will present eight dishes featuring black and white truffles at this annual dinner, each course expertly paired with wine. Mon 6 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Barolo Grill 

Sherlock Holmes and the Masters of Crime

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:04am

Whodunit? Sherlock Holmes is back to figure out just that, but he can’t do it alone. After being attacked by unknown thugs in London, he enlists the help of young detectives to get the job done. This the world premiere of the fourth original Sherlock play written by C.P. Stancich and produced by Theater Company of Lafayette. Dates, times vary. 

Interstellar in 35mm

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:35am

Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan is once again producing thought-provoking content. His latest film centers on a team of space travelers who journey through a wormhole to find another habitable planet. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine star in this sci-fi masterpiece. Dates, times vary. 

Interstellar

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:41pm

After Earth is decimated by climate change and famine, a team of astronauts is sent to explore a newly discovered wormhole in the outer reaches of the solar system. Their mission: scope out potential new settlements for mankind—and leave behind everything they know back home. Acclaimed Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan commands an A-list cast that includes Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in this sci-fi epic. Bonus: Alamo Drafthouse is showing the film in a rare, film geek-approved 35mm format in advance of its official opening on Friday. Daily, times vary.

Holiday Exhibition

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:49pm

Get in the holiday spirit while perusing Christmas paintings and winter scenes at this annual show. Bring home the holiday as all work will be for sale. Artists such as Denver based artist Deborah McAllister will showcase their studio and plein air paintings. The exhibit will be full of snow covered sidewalks and barren trees on canvas. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m-4 p.m.

CSU-Pueblo's Got Talent

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:51pm

Howard Stern won’t be a judge — but who says that’s a bad thing. Modeled after the hit TV show America’s Got Talent, this event showcases talented (or not talented) CSU-Pueblo students, who test skills like singing and stand-up comedy on the stage. The top three contestants will recieve a cash prize. Wed 7 p.m.

Mary Lambert

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:19am

While she's best known for her inspirational chorus on Macklemore's Grammy-nominated track "Same Love," Seattle-based singer/songwriter Mary Lambert has a powerful and impressive body of solo work. Growing up as a proud lesbian in a Christian household, Lambert used music as an outlet for her frustrations, and this raw emotion seeps out of every track. Her debut album, Heart On My Sleeve, was released last month. Wed 8 p.m.

RAC

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:31pm

Remix Artist Collective originally gained notoriety as an ensemble that created upbeat remixes, but has now transitioned into the solo project of André Allen Anjos. The renamed RAC has won over fans of nearly all genres with original hits like "Let Go" and "Hollywood." The show will open with electro duo the Knocks. Wed 8 p.m.

Couture for CASA

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:41pm

Shop couture for a cause at this evening benefitting Denver CASA—a child advocacy program that represents abused and neglected children in court. A live auction will be followed by a “fashion face-off,” where stylists from A Line Boutique will battle different looks against one another on the runway. Stick around for the opportunity to shop a variety of locally made products. Thu 6-10 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of A Line Boutique 

Water of Life Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:49am

Each November, a festival takes place in Cambodia to observe the Tonie Sap River as it reverses the direction of its current (the only river in the world to do so). Now, we're bringing the celebration westward with the Water of Life Festival. Bid in the silent or live auction and participate at action stations, which include a wine wall game in guests can pay $20 to randomly pick from a wine selection with costs ranging from $15 to $100. When you've won your prize, fill your stomach with roasted chicken and chili rellenos or stop by the dessert bar.

National Theater Live: Skylight

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:07am

For two nights only, Denverites can be transported to London to watch the West End performance of Skylight. Part of the National Theatre Live series, the play will be recorded live and shown with a delay on the big screen. In the production, Carrey Mulligan and Bill Nighy depict two former lovers who try to rekindle their previous passion but find their different ideologies get in the way. Thu, Sun 7 p.m. 

Gaelic Storm

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:52am

For more than 15 years, Gaelic Storm has bridged the gap between traditional Irish music and American pop sensibilities. While its sound is authentically Celtic, the Santa Monica-based band infuses a toe-tapping, sing-along vibe into its music that gets everyone within earshot up on their feet and dancing. Interestingly, the first time many people saw Gaelic Storm was as the steerage band performing "An Irish Party in Third Class" in 1997's Titanic. Thu 7:30 p.m.

The Playground

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:59am

If you love to people watch, this is the show for you. Some of Denver’s most honored female playwrights—Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, Leslie C. Lewis, Nina Alice Miller, and Carrie Printz—laced together their individual stories to show the events and people a playground sees from dusk to dawn. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m. 

Colorado Symphony with Pinchas Zukerman: Mozart's Requiem

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:46pm

Famed Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman joins the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus to perform Mozart’s final masterpiece. While Zukerman will conduct the majority of the show, the 21-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner will step off the podium for a few choice songs. The night will also include "Mozart’s Requiem," one of the most impressive pieces in this chorus' repertoire. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

Ancient and Tremulous

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:53pm

Installation artist Ashley Williams brings to life fascinating geological forms like caves and other rock formations. A cloudy palette of grays, and dark, earthy greens, browns and reds portray our planet's history. Sculptures, oil paintings, and video works combine to reveal the history and beauty of nature's structures. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

 

 

Ski & Snowboard Expo

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:12pm

Skiers and snowboarders' wallets can seem empty during the winter. At this annual sale, though, you can purchase everything from boots to jackets at lower prices. Buy your Epic Local Pass and other multi-mountain passes thanks to event-only specials. A kid's learn-to-ride center and slopestyle course will lend itself to indoor practice before the snow comes, and an olympic freestyle aerial demonstration will inspire viewers. Fri 1-10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Ullr Fest

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:07pm

Use Breckenridge's tribute to Ullr, the Norse God of snow, as an excuse to dress up like a viking. Wear a horned helmet while you march in the parade, and then participate in the Ullympics, which will feature competitions like group skiing and a frying pan toss. If you'd rather sit the Ullympics out, come back for the town bonfire on Thursday or comedy night on Friday. Sun-Sat, times vary.  

Denver Arts Week

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:09pm

Everything from visual arts and theater to music and dance will flourish in this week-long celebration of the city’s art and culture scene. Kick off the week with a special First Friday art walk, then enjoy free museum admissions as well as workshops and meet-and-greets. Days, times vary. 

Farm to Table Art Banquet

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:39am

As children, we were scolded for playing with our food. Now it's time to celebrate the art of just that. Live sculptures made from ingredients like cabbage, kale, and Jello will be on display. Edible material is depicted in almost every medium, from paintings to jewelry to textiles.Feast your eyes on that. Fri 4-7 p.m.

Secret Chefs

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:14pm

Engage in an evening of fine foods and expertly paired wines. Sip and sample your way through multiple serving stations and chat with the secret chef of the evening about each pairing. Proceeds benefit Project PAVE, a nonprofit that seeks to empower youth to end relationship violence. Fri 6-9:30 p.m.

Momentum

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:55am

Three of the West Coast's most renowned contemporary artists join forces for a vibrant exhibition. Mars-1, Oliver Vernon, and Damon Soule combine abstract futuristic pieces and street art for this unconventional show. Works done with paint, bronze, pen, ink, and collage will be on display. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Holidays on the Prairie

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:07pm

Enjoy the 1800s without the hard work. Sign up to go on a wagon ride, taste hot apple cider, and eat molasses cookies. You'll be transported back in time, as all the buildings are lit with oil lamps and decorated with authentic ornaments. As you party like it's 1867, guides will provide lessons on the holiday traditions of homesteaders. Fri 6-8 p.m. 

Retreat to the Rainforest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:44am

Enjoy the Butterfly Pavilion's final food and cocktail tasting of the year. The adults-only event provides tropical tastes with exotically-inspired libations and sumptuous samples of island-style bites from Jules Gourmet Catering and MouCo Cheese Company. Stroll through the pavilion's indoor rainforest while sipping a cocktail and enjoying the feeling of summer. Fri 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:17am

Only 16 percent of directors, producers, writers, and editors in the film industry are women. The longest continuous women’s film festival seeks to combat that statistic with its annual festival featuring films with women in central production roles or scripts that focus on female storylines. About 35 films will be screened over three days accompanied by special events like a panel discussion on Saturday and a roundtable luncheon, with filmmakers rotating to a different table every 15 minutes, on Sunday.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:05pm

The idea that women sometimes make poor choices when it comes to love isn’t a new one. Combine those mistakes with a hysterical comedy that brings 1980s Madrid to life, and you have the musical adaption of the Oscar-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. This will be the regional premiere of the high-energy show. Days, times vary. 

Wanderer

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:33pm

When soldiers return from war, emotions are scattered. From the relief of reconnecting with family to the pain of post-traumatic stress disorder, coming home is still a struggle. In this combination of dance, video, and spoken word, this narrative follows the trek back to life in the United States from the Middle East.

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Days of My Youth

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:00pm

After two years in the making, this Red Bull Media and MSP Films documentary examines athletes' affinities for skiing. Tracking the lives of skiers—from the youth to the experienced competing everywhere from crowded local resorts to the ghostly peaks of South America—the footage and narration combine to make this film a testament to the sport. Fri 8 p.m. 

The Airborne Toxic Event

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:08am

Formed in 2006 after frontman Mikel Jollett decided to take a break from his career as a novelist, the Airborne Toxic Event balance alternative indie rock with discerning lyrics that only a former writer could pen. While best known for its 2008 single "Sometime Around Midnight," the LA-based ensemble has put out a stream of challenging, thoughtful music over the last decade. The group's latest album, Such Hot Blood, was released last year. Fri 8:30 p.m.

Tennis

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:23am

After graduating from University of Colorado Denver, husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore took the indie music world by storm with Tennis, their two-person band that combines modern lo-fi with a feel-good surf-pop sound. Tennis' debut album, Cape Dory, was praised by fans and critics alike, and the couple has built on that success with two more records and worldwide tours. Riley and Moore, who still live in Denver, are currently promoting their newest release, Ritual in Repeat, which was released in September. Fri 9 p.m.

Veteran's Day Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:27pm

Run or walk the Cherry Creek bike path to Civic Center Park in this 5K/10K to commemorate our fallen soldiers. Stick around post-race for a remembrance ceremony, parade, and festival—and don’t forget to wear red, white, and blue to show your patriotism. Proceeds benefit the Russell B. Rippetoe Foundation and Denver Army ROTC. Sat 7 a.m.

Denver Veterans Day

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 9:15pm

Celebrate and pay homage to veterans during this day-long event. The day-long commemoration kicks off with a 5K and 10K race before a remembrance​ ceremony of Coloradans killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. After the ceremony, watch the parade, which will be broken into different stages for each conflict, like the Civil War and WWII. To finish the day, check out the festival and listen live music from Colorado-raised country singer and American Idol contestant Matt Buckstein. Sat 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bighorn Sheep Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:50pm

Spot these sheep from a distance so you don’t get rammed. This festival, which celebrates Colorado's state mammal, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, gives you the opportunity to scope out the creatures with binoculars. After spying on some sheep, enjoy a hike, live music or wildilife education lessons from trained volunteers. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Elemental Exchanges

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:25pm

Peruse the bright and bold paintings of home-grown abstract artist Doug Kacena. Kacena’s works, inspired by both physical and human nature, display vibrant colors, purposeful strokes, and unique shapes. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

The Source One Year Anniversary Party

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:31am

Celebrate the one year anniversary of Denver’s artisan food market. The party kicks off with a corn roasting at Comida followed by live music from DJs such as Rogerthat and Black Amex. Other festivities include a photo booth by Jennifer Olson Photography, a local food tasting from Slow Food Denver, and the Tiki Tiki Tiki cocktail party hosted by Heroes Like Us. Sat noon-10 p.m.

Kelly Berger

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:36pm

Known for her vibrant use of color and light, Kelly Berger's fomer homes have inspired a variety of themes in her artwork. Her schooling in Nebraska and Iowa is reflected in her paintings of rural plains, while years in New York depict an urban feel. Now, her love for the mountains surfaces in ski and resort art. All three contrasting settings display Berger's color scheme. Sat 5-7 p.m.

Celebrate the Harvest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:38am

Engage in an educational culinary experience that you can share with the community. Attendees will prepare Colorado-inspired dishes using locally sourced ingredients from purveyors including Ekar Farm, Grant Family Farms, and Denver Yard Harvest. Bring your own bottles of wine or beer to enjoy with the shared five-course dinner. Sat 5-8 p.m.

Night at the Museums

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:53pm

Does the Snowmastodon at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science come alive at night? Bring the entire family—from tykes to teenagers—to find out. This Denver Arts Week's event offers the opportunity to explore exhibits from the Bubbles Playscape at the Children’s Museum of Denver to the World War II exhibit at the Clyfford Still Museum with free shuttles between the destinations. All you need to do is decide where to start. Sat 5 p.m.

Photograph cour Katarina Lewis

Magic! Beyond Belief!

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:56am

A magician never reveals his secrets, but you can still be amazed at his skills. This ninth annual show brings together magicians capable of weaving together comedy, mystery, and wonder into an entertaining family friendly event. Watch as local and national talent, including Jeff Jenson, Mysto the Magi, and John T. Sheets, work their magic on the stage. Sat 7 p.m. 

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Lewis Black

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:11pm

You'll get clenched jaws and scolding fingers from Lewis Black at this always-on-the-brink-of-insanity comedy show. The actor, author, and Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian once described his humor as "being on the Titanic every single day and being the only person who knows what is going to happen." Hop aboard, if you dare. Sat 8 p.m.

Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:06pm

This is not your average road race. This one's for all you rugged Coloradans. Race through the Douglas county trail on this single loop race where the route is 95% dirt and crushed gravel. The scenery will take your breath away (though remmeber to keep breathing), and push you to keep at it. Don't forget to dress accordingly.  It's November, you might be in snow or mud.  Sat 9 a.m.

The Great Candy Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:11pm

Satisfy your sweet tooth and your exercise quota in this 5K around the park while your kids run the Gumdrop Fun Run. When your adrenaline and sugar have reached an all-time high, enjoy the retro sounds of an ’80s cover band, face painting, and balloon artists. The candy aid station replaces your typical refuel and rehydrate post-race stand with a more exciting mix of treats. Proceeds benefit the Fetal Health Foundation. Sun 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bastille

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:01pm

After exploding into the cultural consciousness in 2013 with its hit "Pompeii," British rock band Bastille has enjoyed two years of sold-out shows and award nominations. The group brings its excitable strand of indie pop to Denver this month to play hits off its platinum record Bad Blood. Mon 8 p.m.

Bastille

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:31pm

Britain's Bastille stormed onto American music scene earlier this year with its breakout hit “Pompeii,” a soaring anthem tailor-made for sing-alongs and fist pumps. Now that the the indie pop-rock quartet successfully made the leap across the pond, it is inching closer toward the big leagues thanks to a pair of nominations at this month’s American Music Awards. Expect sweeping guitar riffs and throbbing drums as the band plays from its BRIT Award-nominated debut album, Bad Bloods. Mon 8 p.m.

Free Veterans Day Documentary

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:09am

Take some time this Veterans Day to gain some insight into the lives of those who protect our country. This 2012 documentary, V-Day 11.11.11, profiles male and female soldiers all across the U.S. to reveal the reasons they decided to join the military. The documentary will play on a continuous loop at History Colorado Center. Tue, all day. 

School's Out Safari

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:39am

Drop your kids off at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and they can participate in a grand exploration of the mammal exhibits. Tue 9 a.m. 

Community Drumming Circle

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:56pm

And you thought drum circles were only for hippies. Join this community event and learn how to find a beat. Guided lessons will teach freestyle drumming, guided imagery—where drummers play along to a rhythmic telling of a story—and basic, traditional rhythms. Bring your own drums or rent some for $3. Tue 6-8 p.m.

Starz Denver Film Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:47am

Sponsored by the cable station Starz, this film festival is Denver's biggest and most diverse. They'll be more than 200 films and 150 industry guests attending this year's event. In addition to the films, you can attend parties and panels, which let you listen to some of your favorite directors talk about their movies. Past films include Oscar-winners Annie Hall, The Lives of Others, and Silver Linings Playbook. Days, times vary.

Spring Awakening

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:34am

Set in late-19th century Germany, this rock musical features a group of adolescents discovering their sexuality. Tragedy strikes the teenagers as they perform modern Broadway classics, such as “Mama Who Bore Me” and “The Word of Your Body.” The original Broadway show won eight Tony awards, including best musical. Days, times vary. 

One Painting at a Time

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:19am

Sometimes, sensory overload can ruin an experience. When Colorado artist and teacher Judy Anderson leads a talk on a painting chosen from The War Begins exhibit, which focuses on World War II, she'll harp on singular focus. Participants will discuss the deeper reflection beyond a first impression of an artwork. Later, when it's time for variety, delve into any of the museum's 825 paintings. Wed 1 p.m.

Beer Release Party

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:04am

Join Wynkoop Brewing Company in celebrating the release of its latest limited-edition beer, the Cottonwood Organic Pumpkin Porter. RSVP to be entered in a drawing for prizes such as Über ride credits, OtterBox phone cases, and growlers of Wynkoop brews. One dollar from each pint benefits Cottonwood Institute, a nonprofit that connects underserved students with their community and environment. Wed 5:30-7 p.m.

5280: The Cookbook Signing and Q&A with Amanda M. Faison

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:00pm

Get an inside perspective of the work that went into creating 5280 The Cookbook. The book—compiled and curated by food editor Amanda M. Faison—features recipes from Denver and Boulder's best chefs. Now, take the opportunity to have your copy of the book autographed. Watch a live Q&A session with Faison and Ryan Warner from Colorado Public Radio as well as chefs who are featured in the book. Wed 7-9 p.m.

Bleachers

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:27pm

What did artist and songwriter Jack Antonoff do after his Grammy-winning band Fun skyrocketed to success? Take a short hiatus for a solo endeavor. While his latest project, Bleachers, is only temporary, that hasn't stopped Antonoff from churning out hits: The band's poppy first single, "I Wanna Get Better", shot to number one on the Billboard Alternative chart. Wed 8 p.m.

37th Starz Denver Film Festival

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 1:22pm

More than 250 films will light up Denver’s screens for this beloved annual celebration of cinema. In its 37th year, the festival will continue to focus on indie features, documentaries, and other media from more than 40 countries (don’t miss the 14 films from Brazil, this year’s featured country). Among the many other highlights: gala presentations of likely Oscar contenders Wild and Foxcatcher, workshops for aspiring filmmakers, and a spotlight on films made by women, the LGBT community, and, of course, Coloradans.

Meet Dr. Scott

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:18pm

Your kids have probably watched his PBS show, Dinosaur Train, but now they’ll have the chance to meet him in person. He’ll bring that same charisma showcased on TV to the stage, as he talks his field work in Utah and what it's like to be a paleontologist. The program will only last 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about you little ones getting too antsy. After educating the audience, Dr. Scott will be available for autographs and photos.     

Taste of Arvada

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:19pm

Sample and sip your way through more than 60 restaurants, wineries, and craft breweries in Arvada. Enjoy food from restaurants including 3 Sons Italian and Bennett’s BBQ while imbibing beer from Arvada Beer Company or a glass of wine from Silver Vines Winery. Beat the crowds and nab a VIP ticket for early entry and an extra hour of tastings. Thu 5-8 p.m.

Educational Wine Tasting

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:27am

Send your palate around the world at this educational tasting. A selection of six French-influenced wines chosen by sommelier Ashley Vaughters are paired with cheeses picked by Whole Foods Market Cherry Creek cheese expert Devin Lamma to inspire your senses. Don't miss this learning opportunity as Vaughters and Lamma work together to explain the complexities, regions, and vintners of your favorite wines and cheeses.

Chaircuterie

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:54am

Pull up a chair and wish a happy birthday to professional design association AIGA—but make sure to glance down before you sit. One hundred artists, including Metropolitan State University of Denver adjunct design professor Andrew Hoffman, have created chairs (or images featuring the furniture) in honor of AIGA’s 100th anniversary. Buy a VIP ticket for early admission to the event, a meet-and-greet with the designers, and a chance to buy select artwork before the rest of the attendees get their hands (or rather, rears) on the pieces. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Wild

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:46am

Catch director Jean-Mark Vallee’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club before it hits theaters in December with the Starz Denver Film Festival’s showing.  The death of her mother, her divorce, and heroine abuse leads Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, to walk the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail alone and inexperienced so that she may finally heal in this true biographical drama. Thu 7:30 p.m. 

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Imagine Dragons

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 1:06pm

Chart-topping rock band Imagine Dragons is used to performing in front of thousands with elaborate staging and lights. This all-acoustic set, however, strips away all that in favor of more intimate digs. The cozy, unplugged ambiance will let the quartet’s poignant lyrics resonate amid simple guitars and drums. Bonus: The show will benefit and feature backup by students from Youth on Record, a local nonprofit that empowers at-risk young people through music education. Thu 8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Chuffmedia

The Black Keys

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:48pm

The thunderous, raw energy of the Black Keys blasts back into Denver for the first time since 2012 to promote Turn Blue, the newest album from this Ohio-based duo. Hits like "Fever" and "Gotta Get Away" embody the catchy, minimalistic rock vibe that we've come to expect from the last true rags-to-riches garage band. Thu 8 p.m.

Boulder Restaurant Week

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:42pm

Get your forks (and appetites) ready for this week of prix fixe dinners from some of Boulder’s best restaurants. More than 50 of the city’s top purveyors of culinary excellence, including Basta, Salt, and Fate Brewing Company, offer special three-course meals that spotlight their signature cuisine. Don’t miss this opportunity to dine at restaurants that have established Boulder as a top-notch culinary destination. Fri-Sat, times vary. 

Hamlet: A Gypsy Tale

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:42am

The Betsy Stage took the adage "To thine ownself be true" to heart when the founders created a company to turn classic Shakespeare into stories for the modern stage. This time around, the company chose a gypsy camp in Eastern Europe as the setting for its adaption of Hamlet. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. 

Art Denver

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:34am

Take home a piece of Denver Art week at this closing bash. Peruse work produced by 135 artists in 13 categories, from glass to metalworks to photography, during this three-day exhibit. Twenty-five Colorado vendors will be on site with handmade goods, food, and beverages. Eveything will be for sale, including remnants and leftover fabrics from local fashion shows and trunk show pieces. A portion of the proceeds benefits year-round art education in Colorado schools. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

ArtDenver Opening Night Party and Fashion Show

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:31pm

Clothing and art collide in the kickoff event for ArtDenver, a juried art show featuring 135 artists from around the country and 13 different mediums. Designers Justin LeBlanc and Geoffrey Mac will lend their talents to the fashion show, which will also include designs from Michael Costello and Mondo Guerra, winner of the reality show Project Runway Under the Gun. As an added perk, a portion of ticket sales will benefit art education in Colorado schools. Fri 7-10 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of ArtDenver

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Denver Philharmonic: A Tale of Three Symphonies

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 2:09pm

The Denver Philharmonic will travel through time as they play contrasting pieces from three different centuries: Haydn's 1792 Sinfonia, Dvorak’s cheerful Symphony No. 8, and Britten’s somber Sinfonia da Requiem. Denver’s own renowned soloists Kimberly Brody, Kenneth Greenwald, Katherine Thayer, and Bryan Scafuri will join the Lawrence Golan-conducted orchestra. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Legally Blonde Jr.

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:05am

The spunky Elle Woods is back in PG-rated form. Follow her antics in this toned-down show—which still contains the classic “bend and snap” scene—as she proves she can keep up with the more academically-inclined students at Harvard Law School despite her girly persona. The award-winning musical is based on the popular 2001 film but features an original score with songs like “Ireland” and “Chip on My Shoulder.” Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 2:25pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra has made a career out of turning humdrum Christmas classics into rock ballads fit for arenas. In just under two decades, the Paul O'Neill-founded ensemble has sold more than 10 million concert tickets and more than 10 million albums. On this winter tour, the group is debuting a new show titled The Christmas Attic, and will be playing both an afternoon and night show in Denver. Sat 3, 8 p.m.

Pumpkin Pie 5K/10K

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:28pm

Denver's newest turkey trot-style race gives runners a way to celebrate the upcoming holiday season while giving back to the community. When you finish the race, you'll receive a piece of pumpkin pie along with a T-shirt and other goodies. When you're running this much, there's no need to count calories. Sat 9 a.m. 

Jewelry Making

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:09pm

You'll have a new accessory to show off after this workshop with artist Kirsten Denbow. Denbow has constructed objects out of metal since she was young, and now she'll teach you how to have the same fun. Make and take home your own watercolor painted and metal plated pendant. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Thanksgiving Puppet Show

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:13am

All those conversations that your children act out with their stuffed animals will finally be put to use. At this Thanksgiving-themed event, tykes can make a paper turkey puppet and use it to perform on a makeshift stage. Kids will then work with professional puppeteer Cathy Kasey to hone their productions. Sat 1:30 p.m. 

To the Lighthouse

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:38am

This performance of Stories on Stage honors the nonprofit Lighthouse Writers Workshop. The literary center provides instruction on fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, and more. Actors Geoffrey Kent, Jessica Austgen, and Gabriella Cavallero will perform original works from three Lighthouse writers. Sat 1:30, 7:30 p.m. 

 

America’s Hot Spots: Our Volcanic Legacy

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:49am

Fly around America to experience the beauty of natural wonders through Gray Warriner’s independent travelogue. The film shows formations such as geysers, hot springs, and thermal pools at Yellowstone National Park and lava flow in Hawaii. Warriner has 35 years of experience as a professional filmmaker and has won more than 100 awards over the span of his career. Sat 2 p.m. 

Nitro Fest

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:35pm

It’s a circus at this inaugural event celebrating nitrogenated beer, a creamy beverage that contains about 70 percent nitrogen and 30 percent carbon dioxide. More than 21 craft breweries from around the nation will offer samples of their nitro craft beers, to be accompanied by bites from Longmont establishments like Haystack Goat Cheese and Happy Cakes. The big top theme won’t disappoint with entertainment including fire spinners, jugglers, contortionists, and aerial dancers. Sat 3-7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Left Hand Brewing

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music is Awesome!

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:06am

These costumed characters and their signature DJ, Lance Rock, return with the coolest rock concert for little ones. This new show will mark the fifth anniversary of the group's live tour. Standard Yo Gabba Gabba bands like the Aquabats and Majestic are slated to perform, as is rapper Biz Markie, who toured with the act last year. Sat 4:30 p.m. 

Teen Art Show

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:47pm

Take your kids out to an event that they could be featured in one day. At this diverse art show, teens from Denver area high schools put their best work on display. There will be an arrary of 2-D and 3-D art, with everything from paintings to sculptures. In between browsing, stop for free snacks and refreshments. Sat 6-9 p.m. 

Forces of Flight: 2014 Spreading Wings Gala

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:53am

Celebrate the power of flight at this gala honoring Sean D. Tucker, a National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee and one of America's premier pilots. Before Tucker speaks, watch a show from the Flying Drummers, who will perform a concert while they're suspended by harnesses. To participate in aeronautics yourself, hop in the gyroscope ride, which creates G-force thrusts as it twists and turns. Tue 6-10 p.m.

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:01pm

Awards and acclaim can’t hide even the most successful Broadway shows from the roast that is Forbidden Broadway. Five actors and actresses reenact recent musicals in this Tony-award winning production, riffing on both the highs and lows of the shows with impressions and song rewrites. No performance is safe–spoofs include riffs on Anything Goes, Spiderman, The Book of Mormon, and Death of a Salesman. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Terry Shapiro 

Legally Blonde Jr.

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:05am

The spunky Elle Woods is back in PG-rated form. Follow her antics in this toned-down show—which still contains the classic “bend and snap” scene—as she proves she can keep up with the more academically-inclined students at Harvard Law School despite her girly persona. The award-winning musical is based on the popular 2001 film but features an original score with songs like “Ireland” and “Chip on My Shoulder.” Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Madama Butterfly

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:19pm

Tragic and beautiful at the same time, Opera Colorado is taking on the timeless Giacomo Puccini piece about a U.S. Naval Officer who buys a large house on a hill in 20th century Nagasaki and takes a geisha named Butterfly as his wife. Butterfly devotes herself to the man, only to be betrayed by him. This tragedy addresses both culture and sacrifice through music. Days, times vary.

The Nutcracker Tea

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:36pm

In this afternoon of high etiquette, young participants learn the value of traditional English tea and are introduced to the story of the Nutcracker with excerpts performed by the Colorado Conservatory of Dance. Children attending the event have the opportunity to dance themselves with performers at the end of the show. The menu includes traditional English treats and Celestial Seasonings tea. Sun 11 a.m.

—Photograph courtesy of Misha Photography

First Aid Kit

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:10pm

First Aid Kit creates acoustic, foot-tapping music that has a distinct Americana feel, yet the band consists of two Swedish sisters. The duo, who has been writing and recording music together since childhood, will draw from influences such as Fleetwood Mac and Leonard Cohen during an intimate performance. Tue 8 p.m.

Denver International Wine Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:27am

Oenophiles convene for three days of wine tasting and education. The festival's events include a cooking and wine pairing demonstration by former Good Morning America on-air food editor and celebrity chef Sara Moulton and a grand tasting featuring more than 400 wines, beers, and spirits. The rest of the schedule includes seminars, winery tours, vintner dinners, and more to sate the tastebuds of every wine lover. Wed-Fri, times vary. 

Avery Barrel-Aged Beer Dinner

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:20am

Avery Brewing joins forces with Oak at Fourteenth for an evening of beer pairing that will be hard to top. Ten beers from Avery Brewing Co. president and head brewer Adam Avery’s personal cellar will be presented alongside the seasonally-inspired work of Oak chef/owner Steven Redzikowski. The six-course dinner includes items such as an appetizer of fried pickles with Green Goddess aioli, an elk loin tartare, and a pumpkin cheesecake, paired with brews like White Rascal, Rumpkin Pumpkin Sour, and Pumpkyn Porter. 

Denver Snowball 2014

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:22pm

Meet some of your favorite winter athletes at this mixer. Staged like a cocktail party, you’ll get the opportunity to chat up members of the U.S. Ski, Snowboarding, and Freeskiing teams. Not only will you get to interact with players, but you are also eligible for signed memorabilia and ski passes, depending on the ticket you buy. Proceeds benefit the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, which has to develop current athletes and plan for future ones. Wed 6:30-11:30 p.m. 

David Bowie is

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:54pm

This documentary showcases the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibit David Bowie is. Featuring an impressive collection of photographs, stage costumes, and rare possessions, the film utilizes special guests, such as Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, to tell the stories behind some of Bowie’s most significant possessions. Thu 7 p.m.  

John Oliver

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:24pm

Glimpse Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver when he brings his British brand of political satire to the Mile High City. The Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning writer has been a correspondent and guest host on The Daily Show with John Stewart since 2006 and has appeared in a number of TV shows and movies. Watch as Oliver reignites passion with his first love, stand-up, on stage this fall. Wed 8 p.m. 

Ina Garten - The Barefoot Contessa

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:28pm

Food Network star and cookbook author Ina Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa) takes the stage to promote her ninth book, Make It Ahead. Special guest host and 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda M. Faison interviews Garten to give an in-depth perspective on the cookbook creation process. Come prepared with questions for an audience Q&A session that immediately follows the interview. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Judas Priest

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:53am

Although iconic British rock band Judas Priest, which was instrumental in establishing the heavy metal genre, has been touring for 45 years, the band is still head-banging. Its 2008 album Nostradamus was the highest charting album of its career. Wed 7:30 p.m.

“This is How it Was: Reports From The Front”

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:22am

During World War II and the Vietnam War, some men were armed with pens and paper instead of guns and tanks. They risked their lives for their country, but they weren't soldiers—they were journalists. Part of the Dairy Center's "Veterans Speak" series, this original production will consist of readings from 12 war correspondents' reports, including John Steinbeck, James Agee, and Ernie Pyle. Wed 7:30 p.m.

DWPC Jewelry Sale

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 1:47pm

The Denver Woman’s Press Club is hosting its eighth annual jewelry sale to benefit students studying writing and journalism. Last year, the sale raised more than $10,000 for scholarships. Pearls, silver, costume jewelry, men’s accessories, and more will up be up for purchase. Dates, times vary.

 

The Hunger Games Marathon

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:50pm

Determination and perserverance is required in this arena. Re-experience the first two Hunger Games flicks before continuing the story with the newest installment, Mockingjay Part 1. Or, experience all three for the first time to discover why so many are obessed with this trilogy. Thu 2:30 p.m. 

Beaujolais & Beyond Wine & Food Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:20pm

Enjoy a night of libations and culinary competition in celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau wine. More than 20 Colorado chefs from restaurants including Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar and La Cour will showcase French-inspired dishes paired with the newly-released wine. Guests will vote on the people’s choice award for the best chef of the evening. Thu 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Chef & Brew Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:03am

Denver's best chefs team up with Colorado craft brewers to go head to head in a competition of food and beer pairings. Chefs such as Jensen Cummings of B-Side and John Broening of Argyll Whisky Beer will work with breweries including River North Brewery and Epic Brewing Company to prepare unique food and beer samples. Attendees vote to decide the winners in this culinary battle. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Silent Move

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:21pm

Old time black-and-white films meets Louis Vitton, Facebook, and the non-stop news cycle in the first performance of one of Denver’s newest dance companies. Projekt Move’s dance production portrays the intersecting stories of five different women on a train as they navigate through the difficulty of connecting in a digital age. Expect classic costumes and movement inspired by Vaudeville shows. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Heather Gray

Denver Christkindl Market

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:39am

No, it’s not a Christmas market for Kindle tablets. This authentic German event gives you the opportunity to eat tasty foods that you can’t pronounce and drink Gluhwein, a German hot mulled wine recipe including wine, lemon, and cinnamon. In addition to the food, authentic German bands, like the Rheinlanders as well as Rick Borger and the Average German Band will serenade passersby. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

 

Friday Arts Class

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:23pm

Learn how to make the projects you see on Pinterest. Art therapist Katie Haczaryk will lead the class and teach students artistic techniques to create pieces like felted animals, glass candle holders, and tile pendants. Fri 4:45-6:15 p.m.

Burgundy Wine Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:38pm

Experience one of the top Burgundy wine festivals in the country. The weekend-long event features tastings, brunches, and seminars centered on one of the most popular varieties of French wine. Don't miss the weekend's grand tasting of more than 200 Burgundy wines from the world's top producers. Fri-Sun, times vary. 

Denver Holiday Food and Gift Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:43pm

For the first year ever, you can now get your holiday shopping done before Christmas Eve. With more than 400 vendors, you should be able to find the gifts on your list, from toys to jewelry. After you’ve shopped, explore the gourmet food area, which includes chili, pasta, and Christmas favorites like toffee. Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

Traveling the Silk Road

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:41pm

Siri wasn't there to help navigate merchants on the Silk Road. Take a tour through the trade route that connected the east and the west at this exhibit full of gems, astronomical tools, and scrolls. Browse exotic fabrics, aromatic spices, camel saddlebags, and even set your eyes on live silkworms at work while you travel from 2nd Century AD to the present. Sun-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

The Polar Express

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:25am

Punch your train ticket to Santa’s workshop aboard the Polar Express. Pajama-clad children hop on the train and are treated to the classic picture book’s characters and scenes which spring to life during the locomotive's journey. Sip hot chocolate with your little ones as the conductor reads the Christmas tale before Santa Claus presents a special gift to each child. All aboard.

—Photo Courtesy of the Cahoots Communications

Film Screening: The New York School

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:52pm

In the 1940s and ’50s, a group of New York painters were tired of imitating European styles. The artists wanted to express their own values by emphasizing large canvases and broad brushwork. The result was Abstract Expressionism, arguably the first important modern movement within the American art world. The 1972 documentary was directed by Michael Blackwood and includes critiques by Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg. Fri 6:30 p.m. 

Current: Raw Natural Born Artists

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:18pm

Not all art requires a canvas. RAW—a national indie arts organization—recognizes this with a showcase of film, fashion, hairstyling and makeup artistry from 40-plus local artists. Each artist has less than 10 years of professional experience, and receives support from RAW in the form of tools, resources, and exposure. Fri 7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of RAW

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Broad City Live

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:33pm

A live stage has never been more of a hot mess thanks to the Comedy Central hit surrounding two broke best friends in New York City. The performance will likely be packaged with just as many cringe-worthy moments as the upcoming second season of the critically acclaimed show, which boasts Amy Poehler as its executive producer. Fri 8,10:30 p.m. 

Geek Out

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:24pm

Geek out with the Bovine School of Improv as an "expert" teaches the audience and actors about an episode in pop culture. The actors will then improvise a show based off the anecdote. This weekend's focus is Orange is the New Black on Friday and Titanic on Saturday. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. 

The Last Waltz Revisited

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

In 1978, famed director Martin Scorsese released a film chronicling rock group the Band’s last concert, which featured greats such as Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and more. It was known as “The Last Waltz,” and the Chicago Tribune called it “the greatest rock concert movie ever made.” Yet it didn’t fade into obscurity: this year marks the 10th reproduction of the show by Denver-based jam band Polytoxic. The six-piece Denver Horns and 40 other guest musicians join the traditional concert to honor the legendary rockers.

The Snow Queen

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:18am

If you're tired of watching people act, give these puppets a chance. This performance centers on an evil snow queen who has coaxed a child back to her frozen domain. Before or after the show, kids can play with more than 100 puppets, create their own souvenir ticket, or peruse the gift shop. Days, times vary.

Colorado Days

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:24am

Weather experts are forecasting record snowfalls this season. If you're still skiing on anything with less than a 100 underfoot, this season might be the time to upgrade to something a little fatter.  At Colorado Days, home-grown skis will be available for demo, along with local bands, food and brew. Liberty, Wagner, and Icelantic will be among the many innovative companies who use things like bamboo or wood from beetle-kill pine to craft their skis. Test out these locally engineered products and chat with reps to get a discounted pair. Sat-Sun, times vary. 

Santa Train - North Pole Adventure!

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:20am

This train doesn’t actually make the long trip to the North Pole, but it does provide a new way to meet Santa. From inside a heated train car, enjoy the scenery of the Rocky Mountain Pathway and glimpse panoramic views as you pass over Devil's Gate High Bridge. Munch on festive foods like chocolate, cookies, and candy canes and remember to take home a jingle bell as a souvenir. Days, times vary.

2014 Front Range Fly Fishing Rendezvous

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:46am

Gain fishing knowledge and buy gear at the same time. This gathering includes multiple vendors, like The Bug Guy and Accent Fly Fishing, and speakers every hour. The presentations will cover topics such as fishing on the Platte River and fishing Alaska on a budget. After you peruse the products, participate in a silent auction. Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Mustache Dache 5K

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:57am

Whether you boast a Tom Selleck, a Ron Burgundy, or just a milk mustache, join in the fun and run with style. All participants will receive a metal in the form of a mustache necklace, so your jewelry will match your facial hair. A photo booth, a costume contest, and food will all be available post-race. Proceeds benefit Movember, a global men's health charity that combats prostate and testicular cancer. Sat 9 a.m. 

Turkey Trot Predict

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:08am

Think you know how fast you can run a 5K? Runners guess their finish times, and winning predictions recieve a free turkey. Staggered start times ensure that if everyone has a perfect prediction, they all finish at the same time. Of course, the chances of that are slim, but the grand prize won't be. Sat 10 a.m. 

Date*

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:09am

For a single man or woman, the struggles of online dating can seem like a problem only he or she faces. Yet Denver-based actress and writer Luciann Lajoie reveals the stories of more than 100 fellow love-seekers in her play, Date*. Though Lajoie actually interviewed all these people, she recorded local actors giving interpretations of the online daters’ experiences, creating a multimedia experience sure to question your idea of true love. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Legally Blonde Jr.

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:05am

The spunky Elle Woods is back in PG-rated form. Follow her antics in this toned-down show—which still contains the classic “bend and snap” scene—as she proves she can keep up with the more academically-inclined students at Harvard Law School despite her girly persona. The award-winning musical is based on the popular 2001 film but features an original score with songs like “Ireland” and “Chip on My Shoulder.” Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Strange Americans

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:39pm

Channel your hipster side and see homegrown rock band Strange Americans before its members grab the country's attention. Combining a unique strand of alternative rock with toe-tapping acoustic elements, the Denver-based ensemble defines its sound as "Colorado rock 'n' roll." Sat 8 p.m.

Flying Lotus

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:26pm

Eclectic producer Flying Lotus pushes the boundary of electronic music, hip-hop, and live performance simultaneously. After his newsworthy concert at Red Rocks with rappers Nas and SchoolBoy Q this summer (a gunman fired on a car in the parking lot), the beatmaker returns to put on a solo show at a different—and hopefully less exciting—venue. Sat 8 p.m.

Drawn from Nature

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:35am

At this three-week long exhibit, textbook accuracy mingles with Georgia O'Keeffe beauty. Selections from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration will mirror the flora that surrounds you when walking outside. These student drawings, will be eventually used for scientific record, are so detailed and true to life that you won't know you ever stepped away from the garden. Mon-Fri 9 a.m-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m-8 p.m.

Smoaked Pop-Up

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:46pm

Barbecue season may be over, but you can still enjoy a backyard-style pop-up lunch at Acorn. Unlike most other pop-ups, diners aren't restricted to a prix fixe menu. Instead, individual menu items including Carolina-style pulled pork sandwiches, baby back ribs, and other oak-smoked selections are available to order at your leisure. Don't miss this opportunity to get one last taste of summer. Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

BITE special "All Options" performance

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:37pm

Anything could happen during this choose-your-own-adventure farce. The show plays all of November up until this final, special performance when the cast will act out each option the audience gives them. Get settled in to watch the horseplay unfold. Sun 3 p.m.

Switch on the Holidays

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:21am

Hey, who turned on the lights? In this case, it's the Boulder County Courthouse Pearl Street Mall, which will be illuminated at this dazzling event. The Boulder Chorale will play music leading up to the lighting of the buildings, and kids can visit with Santa once Boulder has been brightened. Tue 5 p.m. 

Fierce in the City

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:26pm

Fashionistas and music lovers converge for Fierce in the City. This inaugural hybrid fashion show-concert features a full roster of musicians and designers. American Idol alum Vincent Powell (pictured) tops the musical lineup that includes three other acts ranging from pop-rock to opera. As the live tunes blast, models will strut the catwalk clad in pieces from Denver designer Salwa Owens and three other local boutiques, showcasing both men’s’ and women’s’ fashion. See something you like? Attendees can shop the looks straight off the runway after the show. Sun 6-10:30 p.m.

A Night With Chrissie Hynde

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:34am

After selling more than 25 million records as the driving creative force behind the Pretenders, singer/songwriter Chrissie Hynde has decided to venture into solo territory. Stockholm, the first album in her 30-year career that bears her own name, was released to rave reviews in June. She's promoting it on a worldwide tour that stops in the Mile High City. Sun 7 p.m.

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:31am

Break out the blades for some frigid fun. This Denver rink resides in the heart of downtown and features the skyline in the background. Free ice skating classes will be held on Wednesday and Saturday for those who want to work on their skills. Mon-Sun, times vary.  

100 Men Who Cook Black Tie Fundraiser

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:00am

The men take over the kitchen for a few nights to support several charities. More than 100 male community leaders, ranging from Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to R&B artist Ron Ivory, will produce dishes as diverse as oxtail soup and red velvet cake on four separate occasions. Dance to the tunes of TKmusician, and bid on TKitem in the silent auction. Proceeds benefit anti-poverty nonprofit Struggle of Love Foundation, the Colorado Starlites Drum and Drill Team, and music education organization the Jazz C.A.F.E. Tue-Sat 6-11:30 p.m.V

She Loves Me

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:45pm

This classic romantic comedy surrounds two clerks in the 1930s who fall in love with one another through anonymous letters. Ironically, they constantly butt heads in person. A dash of the holidays in the storyline makes this the perfect play to put you in a jolly Christmas mood. Days, times vary.

Kids' Thanksgiving Event

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:29am

With time-machine technology still shaky, this is the best way for your kids to experience the 1920s and 40s. While testing out traditional ranch life, your kids will also (finally) contribute to Thanksgiving dinner this year by making pinecone turkeys and roasted pumpkin seeds. Wed 3-4 p.m.

Har Mar Superstar & The Pizza Underground

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:40pm

This odd pairing of a tongue-in-cheek cover band and a soulful funk singer will likely be the most unique show in town this month. Almost anything can happen when underwear-clad Har Mar Superstar joins forces with Macaulay Culkin's comedic rock band The Pizza Underground, a riff on The Velvet Underground. Wed 8 p.m.

Catch the Glow Parade & Celebration

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:25am

This festival celebrates the beginning of the holidays with an assortment of festivities. Your kid can visit Santa as you listen to the carolers roaming downtown or choose between a hay ride and a pony ride. At dusk, the parade starts with thousands of twinkling lights on the streets and marching bands playing Christmas favorites, followed by floats, angels, and snowmen. Fri-Sat, times vary.

Rope the Rockies Colorado Fall Championships

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:19am

Saddle up for some champion steer-roping. Gold saddles and gist buckles and knives worth $160,000 in total are up for grabs in the fall championships, which feature 10 different events over three days. On Saturday, kids can participate in a dummy roping contest with belt buckles for the winners. Food will be available at the concessions stand as well as the stalls of independent vendors. Fri 1-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Touch the Wall

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:47pm

Discover just how a Colorado sports legend is made. This documentary chronicles the meteoric rise of Centennial’s swimming wunderkind and four-time Olympic gold medalist, Missy Franklin. While the teenage Franklin’s star just getting notices, the Olympic career of her seasoned teammate Kara Lynn Joyce was winding down—creating a perfect and poignant opportunity for one swimming great to hand over her know-how to the next. The film made a splash at the Starz Denver Film Festival earlier this month, now you can catch the victory lap. Daily, times vary.

The Santaland Diaries

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:51pm

Santa’s little helper won’t be making toys for all the boys and girls or spreading the holiday spirit—at least not the one featured in this non-conventional Christmas play. Based off David Sedaris’ essay about his real-life gig as a Macy’s elf, the show packs a lot of snark into this one-man-one-act performance that’s certain to shine amid the traditional holiday cheer. Days, times vary. 

The Black Market

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:23am

Do you shudder at the thought of Black Friday? Ditch the 4 a.m. wake-up call and head to this inaugural pre-holiday arts and crafts shopping fest. Denver-based jewelry maker Moon(lab) will host an array of fellow locals doling out handmade clothes, accessories, and goodies. We’re eyeing the wood-burned illustrations from Melanie Steinway and tiny terrariums by Bella Calla. Each featured artisan will donate one item for a raffle with proceeds benefiting the MaxFund, a local no-kill animal shelter. Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Ashley Scalia

Woodward Remix

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:26am

The Barn, Woodward's indoor skate facility at the base of the mountain, will be open to the public for a free session. Get your last days on wheels in before you strap into your snowboard bindings. Then make the transition to the snow with the GoPro YamJam session, where all ages can take their turn at park moves. Sat, times vary. 

The Nutcracker

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:55pm

When the weather turns frosty, expect gingerbread soldiers to battle mice and the Sugarplum Fairy to introduce the Land of Sweets. The Colorado Ballet presents the 54th annual production of this holiday classic show that typically accounts for the majority of ticket sales at American ballet dance companies. Days, times vary. 

Holiday Tree Lighting

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:49am

Dropping temperatures won’t keep you away from the Highland’s favorite ice cream stop. And, a holiday kickoff party is the cherry on top. Join Santa Claus, his reindeer, and holiday carolers as the famous Little Man Ice Cream milk jug is lit for the first time this season. Take a hay ride before grabbing free bites from Highland Tap and Burger and Tony P’s. No matter how many chestnuts you roast, save room for a sweet and savory cone. Sat 5:30 p.m.

Legally Blonde Jr.

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:05am

The spunky Elle Woods is back in PG-rated form. Follow her antics in this toned-down show—which still contains the classic “bend and snap” scene—as she proves she can keep up with the more academically-inclined students at Harvard Law School despite her girly persona. The award-winning musical is based on the popular 2001 film but features an original score with songs like “Ireland” and “Chip on My Shoulder.” Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.