04/2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Brent Hollingsead

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 2:59pm

Lyons-based artist Brent Hollingsead is a graphic designer, but this exhibition will feature impressionist paintings of nature and landscapes, such as mountain paths, aspen trees, and a painting of the Flat Irons. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Rotie Cellars Wine Dinner

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 4:42pm

Session Kitchen, the edgy South Pearl eatery that artfully combines upscale comfort food and, well, art, hosts Sean Boyd, winemaker of Washington's celebrated Rotie Winery for a five-course pairing dinner. Rotie's wines will be partnered on this night with plates like barramundi tacos and duck-ham steak cured with pecan shells. Tue 7 p.m.

Taste of Vail

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:45am

Taste of Vail tmay be held in a village full of European charm, but this event is pure Colorado. Spend a weekend sampling fare from more 30 iconic mountain eateries—think Flame, La Tour, and Juniper among others—and attending special events such as a Colorado lamb cook-off, wine tasting seminars, and a mountain-top picnic. Wed-Sat, times vary.

Muppets Most Wanted

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:31pm

In the eighth Muppets movie, Kermit faces his greatest nemesis yet: himself. Evil mastermind and Kermit look-alike Constantine switches places with the friendly green frog to fool the Muppets into helping realize his sinister plans. Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and many other celebs guest star. Multiple locations, times vary.

Miniature Workshop

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:52pm

Welcome to wee craft projects for your wee ones. Kids will create one of three categories of miniatures each day to take home and play with: gnomes and fairies, dioramas, and finger puppets. Wed-Fri 11 a.m.

 

Chris Botti

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:59pm

Trumpet aficionado Chris Botti has studied classical, jazz, and latin music. Three of his albums—featuring Sinatra classics, smooth tangos, and more—have topped Billboard's jazz charts. With his warm sound, wide range, and mastery of diverse genres, Botti exemplifies brass at its best. Fri 7:30 p.m.

The Black Lips

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:17pm

Self-described as "flower punk," this group of four Atlanta-born hell raisers have a history of provocative live performances. The garage-rockers' past on-stage antics include nudity, fireworks, and flaming guitars. Hear rowdy tracks from the band's 2011 album, Arabia Mountain. Wed 8 p.m.

XicanIndie Film Fest

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:34pm

Celebrate local Latino filmmakers at this flick festival. This year's films center around the Chicano civil rights movement, including After Joaqin, a documentary about Denver's 1966 Chicano civil rights group, Crusade for Justice. Buy a festival pass and stay after the film credits for receptions with filmmakers and documentary subjects. Thu-Sun times vary.

Damn Yankees

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:05pm

With losses piling up and his patience dwindling, an aging baseball fanatic makes a drastic move to give his team the slugger it needs. All it costs is his soul. This Tony-winning musical could be the blueprint for Mile High baseball bliss. Thu-Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m.

Damn Yankees

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:14pm

With losses piling up and his patience dwindling, an aging baseball fanatic makes a drastic move to give his team the slugger it needs. All it costs is his soul. This Tony-winning musical could be the blueprint for Mile High baseball bliss. Thu-Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m.

The Life of Rachmaninoff: From Tragedy to Triumph

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:29pm

Russian pianist Natasha Paremski pays tribute to classical music great Sergei Rachmaninoff—a man who perservered in the face of poverty to become one of the most famous early early-20th-century Russian composers. Thu 7:30 p.m.

The Cradle of Storms

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:45pm

We've watched surfers take on epic waves in Hawaii, but ride the waters of Alaska? Follow surfers Josh Mulcoy and Pete Devries as they take their boards to the whitecaps surrounding the Aleutian Islands in this film highlighting the southern tail of Alaska commonly defined by fast changing weather. All we can say is brrr. Thu 8 p.m.

—Photo by Chris Burkard

Snowball Music Festival

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:53pm

Since 2011, the Snowball Music Festival has brought in big-name bands for a weekend party. Electro-pop artists Pretty Lights, Knife Party, and Griz will headline this year's event. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Snowball Music Festival

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:50pm

Since 2011, the Snowball Music Festival has brought in big-name bands for a weekend party. Electro-pop artists Pretty Lights, Knife Party, and Griz will headline this year's event. Fri-Sun, times vary.

LUMA

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:19pm

Gone West

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:10pm

Fly-fishing gear, tents, and grass rugs set the stage for this artistic exploration of the West and beyond. Contemporary dance troupe Wonderbound, Denver musician Ian Cooke, and local poet Michael J. Henry worked together to create a production that focuses on the relationship between humans and nature. Cooke's 10 original songs and Henry's 11 new poems provide the "soundtrack" for dancers to portray both the beauty and the harshness of the outdoors.

Animal Crackers

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:06pm

A dinner party and a stolen painting serve as the premise for a series of gags, one-liners, and musical numbers in this Marx Brothers slapstick classic. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.

Gone West

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:09pm

Fly-fishing gear, tents, and grass rugs set the stage for this artistic exploration of the West and beyond. Contemporary dance troupe Wonderbound, Denver musician Ian Cooke, and local poet Michael J. Henry worked together to create a production that focuses on the relationship between humans and nature. Cooke's 10 original songs and Henry's 11 new poems provide the "soundtrack" for dancers to portray both the beauty and the harshness of the outdoors. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. 

Animal Crackers

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:51am

A dinner party and a stolen painting serve as the premise for a series of gags, one-liners, and musical numbers in this Marx Brothers slapstick classic. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.

Kathleen Madigan

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:08pm

Kathleen Madigan is a rare creature: a star of stand-up comedy with no sitcom ambitions. Through three decades behind the mic, her biting wit and unpretentious style have earned her a reputation as the funniest woman in America. She has the awards to prove it. Fri 8 p.m.

Pink Vail 2014

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:24pm

Gather your ski friends and think pink for the world's biggest ski day to conquer breast cancer. Participants dressed head-to-toe in pink costumes will hit the slopes. Enjoy a costume contest, spirit rally, and aprés-ski festivities. All proceeds benefit patient care at Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Sat 8:30 a.m.

Pink Vail

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:23pm

Gather your ski friends and think pink for the world's biggest ski day to conquer breast cancer. Participants dressed head-to-toe in pink costumes will hit the slopes. Enjoy a costume contest, spirit rally, and aprés-ski festivities. All proceeds benefit patient care at Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Sat 8:30 a.m.

Moving Towards a Cure

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:48am

Brain tumors are the number one cause of solid tumor cancer deaths in children. Help family and friends of those battling brain tumors move toward a cure by moving your feet in this 5K run and walk. All proceeds go to the Miles for Hope Brain Tumor Foundation. Sat 9 a.m.

Slush Huck

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:58pm

They say you should make your last run count. See off the snow season by watching oddly clad contestants attempt to skim over two ponds on ski and board. Sat 10 a.m.

 

Easter Breads Class

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 2:57pm

Just in time for Easter, learn to make old-world style European Breads with the Denver Public Library's resident cooking instructor, Monica Kadillak. Kadillak's fresh take on these traditional bread recipes like braided challah, hot cross buns, and Povitica—a sweet, nut filled roll—will have you rushing to your home kitchen to experiment. Sat 2 p.m.

Red Bull Schlittentag

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:30pm

Although it's the German word for "sledding day," this schlittentag takes it to the extreme. Trios try to build the wildest, fastest sleds, which are judged on creativity, fastest time, and the distance they go off a jump. Sat 2 p.m.

Red Bull Schlittentag

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:36pm

Although it's the German word for "sledding day," this schlittentag takes it to the extreme. Trios try to build the wildest, fastest sleds, which are judged on creativity, fastest time, and the distance they go off a jump. Sat 2 p.m.

Men Who Cook

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:57pm

“Manning” the kitchen just got a whole new meaning. Four professional chefs and five amateur “dad chefs” will prepare bites for multiple tasting stations, each paired with local microbrews, wines, and whiskey. Stick around after the eats for silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit St. John’s School and Early Learning Center. Sat 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Color Me Badd

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:47pm

Don't let Color Me Badd's name fool you—they're anything but. The a capella hip-hop group topped the charts in the '90s before splitting ways to work with artists like Celine Dion and Kelly Clarkson. They've reconvened to bring back their smooth R&B hits like "I Wanna Sex You Up" and "I Adore Mi Amor." Sat 7 p.m.

Czech That Film

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:39pm

From a wedding day gone awry to an attempt to escape Auschwitz, this film festival brings stories of the Czech Republic's newest flicks close to home. Take your pick from four titles such as Honeymoon and Colette, or watch them all in four consecutive nights. Sat-Tue 7 p.m.

George Strait

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:44pm

King George is riding into the sunset. The country singer's 26-city farewell tour is the culmination of a career that spans more than three decades and 39 studio albums. And he's going out on top: Strait has more number one hits than any other artist. (Yes, he beat out Elvis Presley and the Beatles.) Tickets will be hard to come by, but seeing the country great one last time will be worth the effort. Fellow country legends Merle Haggard and Leanne Womack open. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Broadway's Next Hit Musical

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:56am

Here's your chance to see a show unlike any you—or anyone—have seen before. In this improvised musical, four randomly selected audience suggestions inspire the first act. The favorite of those four becomes the basis for act two. Sat 7:30 p.m.

George Strait

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:24pm

King George is riding into the sunset. The country singer's 26-city farewell tour is the culmination of a career that spans more than three decades and 39 studio albums. And he's going out on top: Strait has more number one hits than any other artist. (Yes, he beat out Elvis Presley and the Beatles.) Tickets will be hard to come by, but seeing the country great one last time will be worth the effort. Fellow country legends Merle Haggard and Leanne Womack open. Sat 7:30 p.m.

bRUNch

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:39pm

If you're going to go to brunch anyways, why not kick it off with refreshing run. Combine these two Sunday morning pastimes in a run and reward fashion. Run your choice of a 5K or 10K before jogging back to Linger to indulge in a special menu. Sun 9:15 a.m.

U.S. Womens National Soccer Team vs. China PR

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:27pm

The best women soccer players in the world are kicking the Colorado rapids off the field—but just for a day. The U.S. Women's National Team, currently ranked number one by FIFA, will face off against China PR (ranked 18th). The Americans hold a decided advantage over China, with a 30-8-12 all-time record. Both teams will use the match to stake claims on a World Cup spot next year in Canada.

U.S. Womens National Soccer Team vs. China PR

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:43pm

The best women soccer players in the world are kicking the Colorado rapids off the field—but just for a day. The U.S. Women's National Team, currently ranked number one by FIFA, will face off against China PR (ranked 18th). The Americans hold a decided advantage over China, with a 30-8-12 all-time record. Both teams will use the match to stake claims on a World Cup spot next year in Canada. So get out your patriotic scarf and cheer for team favorites Abby Wambach and Hope Solo. Sun 3 p.m.

Chefs Up Front

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:15am

Catch your favorite restaurant chefs in action as local maestros (including James Beard-nominated Jeff Osaka of Twelve, Acorn's Amos Watts, and Alexander Figuera from Lower 48) make and serve an exclusive five-course meal tableside. Proceeds benefit Cooking Matters, a program that helps low-income families prepare healthy meals. Sun 5:30 p.m.

Chefs Up Front

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:08pm

Catch your favorite restaurant chefs in action as local maestros (including James Beard-nominated Jeff Osaka of Twelve, Acorn's Amos Watts, and Alexander Figuera from Lower 48) make and serve an exclusive five-course meal tableside. Proceeds benefit Cooking Matters, a program that helps low-income families prepare healthy meals. Sun 5:30 p.m.

Food, Glorious Food

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:53pm

Who needs dinner and a show when you can have a show about dinner? Local theater group One Night Stand will enact multiple culinary-inspired plays and stories in this one night only event. Performances include readings of two original poems, "Burrito" and "A Midnight Lunch," and a play about a Key West cookout. Sun 7 p.m.

Hubcap Art Class

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:19pm

Some rusty hubcaps (and the West Colfax neighborhood) are about to get a whole lot prettier. 40 West Arts is offering a three-session workshop for community members to create unique pieces of art from the repurposed material. Taught by 40 West’s Artist in Residence Ryan Mathews, the finished collection will become an outdoor installation in two locations for the month of June. Sat 2-4 p.m.

Seedlings: Be A Bee

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:56pm

There's a lot more to bees than honey and stringers. Teach your toddler all about the unsung heroes of our ecosystem, including an interactive lesson on the dance they use to communicate with one another. Tue-Thu 9:30 a.m.

Landscape

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:32am

Colorado's mighty blue peaks and everchanging aspens make for some of the most dramatic scenes of landscape art in the country. This showcase gathers works on the subject from local artists like expressive colorist Jean Shom, Colorado landscape/still life painter Marin Dobson, and many others. Look for Bruce A. Gomez's striking renderings of the Colorado wilderness. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Picasso to Pollock Lecture Series

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:13am

Break out the pencils and notebooks—class is in session. Explore the works of 20th century art icons including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Jackson Pollock in this seven-week lecture series taught by Karen Lindsay. After learning about cubism, surrealiasm, pop art, and minimalism, bring the lessons to life with field trips to the Denver Art and Clifford Still museums. Tue 1-3:30 p.m.

The Lunch Box

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:05am

Director Ritesh Batra puts a new spin on the childhood tradition of passing notes. Ila, a housewife in Mumbai, puts notes in her neglectful husband's lunchbox, hoping to gain his attention. When the lunchbox is delivered to the wrong person, Ila begins a friendship and finds comfort in correspondence with a stranger. Mon-Thu 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:20 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:20 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

Marchesi di Gresy Wine Dinner

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:25pm

Italy's Piedmont region produces some of the world's most coveted wines, especially the historic Marchesi di Gresy winery's renowned Nebbiolo and Barbaresco wines. Guided by Therese Campbell of Classic Wines, sip on the favored wine as you dine on a five-course pairing menu highlighted by seared duck in a cherry reduction sauce and lime leaf poached pears. Tue 6:30 p.m. 

Aspen Shortsfest

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:43pm

This short film festival lives up to the adage that good things come in small packages. Running between three and 27 minutes long, the 2014 Shortsfest features 14 programs packed with a wide array of comedic, dramatic, and thought-provoking mini-movies. Before the evening showings on the big screen, spend your lunch break at talkback sessions with short filmmakers from around the world. Days, times vary.

Okkervil River

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:02pm

Imagine going back to your childhood hometown, collecting the memories, and sharing them on an 11-track album. That's exactly what Will Sheff did. The lead singer of Okkervil River captures his personal story along with characteristics from the 1986 in the band's seventh album, The Silver Gymnasium. Listen for tracks from the 2013 release which touts a blend of modern folk with infectious ’80s pop. Hundred Visions opens. Tue 8 p.m.

Learn to Climb Class

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:48pm

Learn the basics of rock climbing in a beginner-friendly class on REI's indoor rock wall. Instructors share tips on selecting the right kind of gear, putting on a harness, belaying, and climbing in order to build confidence and safety on the mountains. 13 and up. Wed 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Odell Brewery Beer Dinner

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:51am

Lucky Pie Pizza is collaborating with the beer masters at Odell to brew a special Schwartzbeir, which was crafted specifically for six use in this six-course beer lovers' dinner. Taste the German-style dark lager in the scallops (thanks to hop oil) and in the hopped buerre blanc. Wed 6 p.m.

Odell Brewery Beer Dinner

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:17pm

Lucky Pie Pizza is collaborating with the beer masters at Odell to brew a special Schwartzbeir, which was crafted specifically for six use in this six-course beer lovers' dinner. Taste the German-style dark lager in the scallops (thanks to hop oil) and in the hopped buerre blanc. Wed 6 p.m.

Scrounge: An Earth Day Celebration

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:46am

One man’s trash can be made into another’s masterpiece. In honor of Earth Day, this installation celebrates art cobbled together from discarded ephemera. Don't miss Salida via New Orleans re-constructionist Jimmy Descant's rocket ship-inspired sculptures. Catch Denver-based dance troupe Community-Minded Dance, who’ll perform to mark the gallery’s opening day. Daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Senga Nengudi: The Material Body

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 7:42am

Since 1975, Senga Nengudi has created sculptures portraying the elasticity and durability of the human body by utilizing materials like pantyhose and sand. Her work is in the permanent collections in the Museum of Modern Art and the Carnegie Museum. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Amber Waves

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:03am

When the art of crafting beer and crafting art converge, the result is creative culture. Imbibe on amber beer samples from more than 25 breweries including local favorites like Strange Brewing and Oskar Blues. Pair the brews with artisan pretzels and buffalo wings while bidding on a new piece of art. Thu 5 p.m.

Glass Half Full: A Greenhouse Scholars Experience

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:28pm

Now in its sixth year, Glass Half Full will feature food from TAG, Sushi Hai, Root Down, Linger, and Pinche Taqueria with drinks from the Infinite Monkey Theorem, Leopold Brothers, Breckenridge Distillery, and Liquor Mart, as well as live and silent auctions. The evening benefits Greenhouse Scholars, which supports high-performing, under-resourced college students. Thu 6-9:30 p.m.

Global Domination With Extra Cheese

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 2:14pm

Pizza is one of the world's most popular foods. Using the ubiquitous dish as a starting point, University of Denver history professor and food author Carol Helstosky traces the evolution of the American diet--and how the country's processed and industrialized foods have spread worldwide. Thu 1:30-3 p.m.

Lifetree Film Fest

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:06am

Spend an uplifting weekend with films that focus on the human condition and people "doing good." Attendees will be doing good as well. Proceeds benefit House of Neighborly Service fund-raising effort for a new Community Life Center. Thu-Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cult Following: The Live Movie

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:03pm

No film is safe when Off Center's group of six razor-sharp improvs send-up cinema’s most famous movies like Forest Gump and The Exorcist. Those aren't spoilers, though—the show is different every month. Thu 8:30 p.m.

The Big Lebowski

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:05am

In this Coen brothers' cult classic, a Los Angeles slacker is mistaken for a millionaire and forced to help recover his kidnapped wife. The Dude takes on the task of delivering the ransom money to free Jeffrey Lebowski's wife, but when every person involved has a different motive nothing goes as planned. Fri-Sat midnight.

Jazz Celebration ft. Jose Madera

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:10pm

Listen to a free concert of smooth brass and percussion jazz by MSU Denver's Big Band. This year's jazz celebration includes a performance by Jose Madera, musical director of the Tito Puente Orchestra, a 66-year-old Latin music sensation. Madera has written arrangements for many commercial Latin artists as well as TV show soundtracks including The Simpsons. Fri 1 p.m.

Monty Python's Spamalot

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:25pm

Inspired by Monty Python's classic Arthurian parody, this musical packs enough silliness to fill all the seats at that famed round table. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Spring Awakening

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:30pm

Since its Broadway debut in 2006, the rock musical Spring Awakening has challenged audiences with its frank and honest portrayal of the teenage experience. The Tony Award-winning musical explores the transition between the innocence of childhood and the sometimes overwhelming realities of adulthood. Henry Award-winning Nick Sugar directs. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

-Photo courtesy of Michael Ensminger

Chelsea Handler

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 1:09pm

Chelsea Handler brought her raucous comedy to Africa—and now she wants to tell you about the experience. This tour, which is based on essays from her new book, centers on personal stories amassed from her worldly travels. Fri 8 p.m.

Doors Open Denver

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:32am

Become a tourist in your own city by exploring more than 60 buildings with self-guided and expert tours. During this two-day event, buildings in neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill, Five Points, and Santa Fe will open their doors to the public for a lesson in Denver's rich history and architecture. Get a behind-the-scenes look at sites such as the Historic Sugar Building and the Paramount Theater. Sat-Sun times vary.

Doors Open Denver

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:09pm

Stroll through 70 Denver buildings, including The Governer’s Residence and Zang Mansion, as the city opens the doors of its most notable landmarks to the public for tours. Sat-Sun, all day.

 

Boulder Farmers Market Fine Art & Fine Craft Fair

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:56am

After picking up farm-fresh produce and baked goods at the Boulder Farmers' Market, peruse a wide selection of art, jewelry, and textiles handcrafted by Colorado residents. Starting in April, the monthly Fine Art & Fine Craft Fair brings high quality, locally-sourced gifts and decorations to Boulder Central Park at this one-stop destination. Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Zoologist For A Day

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:02pm

In this day-in-the-life experience, your pre-teen will discover how a zoologist cares for their animals. From feeding to training, participants will learn about the day-to-day management of Sumatran tigers, river otters, parrots, and other critters in the aquarium's mammal and bird collection. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Easter Brunch Class

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:23am

Celebrate the fresh new season with a how-to lesson on serving up brunch. By the classes end, you'll know the keys to producing a perfect day-starting meal of mimosas, baked eggs and bacon in tomato Parmesan sauce; house-made pork sausage with apple, sage, and fennel, and banana Fromage Blanc grilled cheese sandwiches. Sat 10:30 a.m.

 

 

Leadville's Gingerbread and Gaslights

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:06pm

Mark Leadville History Month with a tour of some of the town’s iconic homes, like the Guggenheim Home and the Governor's Mansion. Tickets include a Cornish hen dinner at the Golden Burro, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Sat 11 a.m.

 

Urban Party Adventure

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:12am

Leave your inhibitions at home. This inaugural scavenger hunt and bar crawl challenges teams to run around town completing wild tasks ranging from hula-hooping to public dance battles. The party on the move will be easy to spot as participants are encouraged to don their finest animal print apparel. Proceeds benefit the Denver Dumb Friends League. Sat 1 p.m.

Cook & Paint with DiFranco's

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:48am

You'll leave this event with three things: a new recipe, a full belly, and a fresh piece of art. Start with a hands-on Italian cooking lesson from chef Ryan DiFranco on how to make potato gnocchi in basil pesto sauce. Taste your culinary creation before you pick up a glass of wine and a paintbrush in a guided, still-life painting class. Sat 4 p.m.

Putting on the Ritz Titanic Dinner

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:56pm

This is your chance to act like high society. On the anniversary of the Titanic's ill-fated sinking, visit legendary passenger Molly Brown's house for an eight-course dining event based on a real menu (by the famed César Ritz) served in the ship's finest dinning room, the Ritz. From the deviled crab croquettes and butternut squash soup to chocolate mousse with éclair, you've never eaten French delicacies quite like this. Ages 16+. Sat 6 p.m.

 

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:05am

This documentary takes a closer look at Stones Throw Records, the Los Angeles-based record label behind artists like Aloe Blacc and J Rocc. Incorporating concert footage, home videos, and in-depth interviews with artists like Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, and Questlove, it's no wonder this film generated plenty of positive press at 2013 film festivals worldwide. Sat 7 p.m.

Wayne Brady

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:25am

Wayne Brady has sent audiences into fits of laughter in every way imaginable, and the malleable, Emmy-winning actor, comedian, and daytime TV host will once more use the everchanging material of improv in his new show. Finally, an answer to the question puzzling comedy fans for more than a decade: It's his line. Sat 8 p.m.

Race for Open Space 5K

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:35pm

Give back to Mother Nature by supporting local open space nonprofits Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership and Bluff Lake Nature Center. Challenge yourself to a 5K, 10K, or half marathon course along Sand Creek and Bluff Lake. Proceeds benefit a $40,000 goal to fund natural areas in Denver, environmental education programs, and land restoration projects. Sun 8 a.m.

Feel the Energy 5K

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:05pm

Gather your friends, kids, and pets for a 5K fun run around beautiful City Park. Benefitting Freedom Service Dogs and Family HomeStead, run registration includes a T-shirt, live music, a post-race beer garden, and kid-friendly activities such as face painting. Sun 9 a.m.

Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:22pm

Healthy kids are happy kids. Olympic gold medalist in long-distance running Frank Shorter invites the whole family to take part in an indoor arena 5K run benefitting Healthy Learning Paths. Don't forget the little ones—there will be a Diaper Dash for children less than two years old. Enjoy a hot breakfast and goodie bags at the finish line. Sun 9 a.m.

Robotics at the Hanger

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:11pm

The sci-fi robots of yesteryear are ancient technology now. Uncover the nuts and bolts of robotics from engineers, enthusiasts, and the machines themselves. Local robotics companies will be on-site to introduce you to the abilities of their programmed helpers. Sun 10 a.m.

Robotics at the Hangar

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:30am

From exploring the solar system to performing surgeries, robots have become modern day heroes. Learn more about the thriving field of robotics with live demonstrations, meet and greets with roboticists and inventors, and an up-close look at one of the robots used by the Denver Bomb Squad. Sun noon-5 p.m.

Alice Open Rehearsal

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:43am

Head down the rabbit hole in this unique presentation of a nontraditional play. Culled from the Tom Waits–inspired adaptation of Lewis Carrol's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, these selected works represent the culmination of five weeks of intense theatrical study. A pre-show tea party features refreshments from Nova Catering—no hatters involved. Sun 6 p.m.

Temple Micah’s Community Passover Seder

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:32am

The Haggadah, the sacred Jewish text used as a guide to the Passover Seder, states “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” Celebrate the Jews’ liberation from Egyptian slavery and enjoy a sumptuous buffet including herb-roasted chicken, roasted balsalmic vegetables, and matzo ball soup along with live music from Hal Aqua at this family-friendly event. Mon 6 p.m.

 

Community Cinema: Medora

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:32am

Medora tells the true story of a hapless American town through the influence of its high school basketball team. Four boys from the Indiana community embrace the team as a distraction from a home decaying from poverty, drug abuse, and a dwindling population. But the Hornets’ track record isn’t better than Medora itself—last place in the state. Tue 8 pm. 

—Image courtesy of PBS and Beachside Films

Infinite Monkey Theorem Dinner at Zeal Restaurant

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:18am

Chef Arik Marcus is behind the conscious cusine served at Zeal, and for one night, the "food for enthusiasts" and the famed local wines of Infinite Monkey Theorum together. Indulge in a five-course pairing menu, ranging from a vegetable pakora accompanied by a pear cider to a bison short rib with a 2012 100th Monkey. Wed 5 p.m.

Norwegian Spring Lamb Dinner

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:53am

Ryan Leinonen is reviving his popular Scandinavian Dinner Series with this Norwegian Spring Lamb Dinner. The springtime four-course meal includes amuse-bouche, a palate cleanser, and beer, wine, and cocktail pairings. Wed 5 p.m.

Glam Bomb 4

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:00pm

Admire accessories from 21 jewelry lines by independent designers like Cynthia Rybakoff, Lindsay Bloom, and more, all carefully curated by Cindy Ollig of the Perfect Petal. Enjoy cocktails and music from a DJ while shopping, or head to a rooftop reception for cigars and whiskey. All ticket sales benefit First Descents, a nonprofit that provides free empowering outdoor adventures for people with cancer. The location of Glam Bomb is always a secret until the day of the event, so be sure to check on Wednesday to discover the venue. Wed 5 p.m.

Il Divo: A Musical Affair

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:30am

Simon Cowell's brainchild quartet puts distinctive touches on Broadway tunes, classic operas, and contemporary pop songs. songs during live performances. Some of our favorite from the Brits: "Ave Maria" and "Nella Fantasia." Wed 7:30 p.m.

MOPS Chops featuring Melissa D'Arabian

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:38am

Join Food Network star and former MOPS mom Melissa d'Arabian as she shares her personal story and demonstrates dishes from her book, Ten-Dollar Dinners. Indulge in dishes from the book's recipes like spinach chicken with escarole, orzo, and double chocolate poundcake with ganache. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Rodeo All-Star Weekend

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:49pm

In the premiere spring cowboy event, competitors saddle up for cash and glory in bareback riding, barrel racing, and bull riding. With parties, fashion shows, and the chance to meet athletes, this is the perfect occasion to break out your cowboy boots and hats. Thu-Sat times vary.

Flume

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:19pm

This Australian DJ’s synthesizer-heavy music flows over and around you like water. The 23-years-old came on the music scene in 2011 and won four Australian Recording Industry Association Awards—including best male artist—just two years later. Lucky for us, Flume is considering Denver close enough to Southern California to fly out to see us in between his Friday night sets at Coachella. 

—Image courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR

Josh Wolf

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:11am

Stand-up comic, best-selling author, and single dad Josh Wolf has seen his star rise in recent years. He's become a regular on E!'s Chelsea Lately, and he made waves with It Takes Balls, an anecdote-packed recounting of the challenges he faced raising kids as a comic. With an act filled with autobiographical and celebrity-mocking material, he's easily relatable and always hilarious. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Snow White and the Dwarves of Dweedlebury

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:07pm

We all know the story of Snow White, but what about the dwarves? This kid-geared reworking of the classic fairy tale strikes out against the type-casts of the princess's little friends, which makes us wonder: Should we really judge a dwarf by its nickname? Wed-Fri 10 a.m.

Artists' Book Cornucopia V

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 8:00am

Love books? Then check out this exhibit of contemporary art made with paper and bindings that originally contained stories. The repurposed pieces include sculptures, wall art, handmade books, and more. Be sure to visit an unrelated solo exhibition by artist Michelle Ray in the Reading Room. Thu-Fri 1-6 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

Post-Hot

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:48am

View the latest work from the guys of Totally Totally Collective—Xavian Lahey, Alex Page, and Riley Doyle. The artists will examine tangible and intangible concepts through psychedlic pencil sketches and mixed media projects. Grab a drink, peruse the gallery, and listen to live music from local surf rock group the Kinky Fingers. Fri 6-10 p.m.

The Minimalists

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:18am

Take spring cleaning to a whole new level by learning about simplifying life with The Minimalists: Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. In 2010, the duo abandoned corporate careers to focus on a life with less. They write about their experiences online, and are now touring to promote their new book, Everything That Remains. They'll cover topics like why "find your passion" is bad advice and how to de-clutter your life. Fri 7 p.m.

Grey Gardens

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:48pm

A cat lady can be anyone. This unique musical unravels the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter (the aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy, respectively) and the pair's downward spiral into a severe case of animal hoarding. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

RFK

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:43pm

Bobby, Robert, or RFK: No matter what he was called, Robert Kennedy remained a fixture in American households until his untimely death in 1968. Returning to Denver for a second run, this one-man production examines Kennedy through his speeches and an imagined dialogue. Director Terry Dodd and actor James O’Hagan Murphy explore both the man and his historical impact in this award-winning play. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

A Round-Heeled Woman

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:30pm

When retirement leaves a void in her life, Jane turns to magazine personal ads to fill it. Responses came by the dozens, almost matching her age. Her subsequent encounters lead to a touching story about love, empowerment, and, of course, sex. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

Sleeper Agent

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:36am

Less than a month after the release of their sophomore album, About Last Night, this Kentucky-based group is bringing their energetic alt-rock on tour. They cite influences like the Pixies and Cage the Elephant (they toured with the latter). With more mainstream pop elements on their new album, they've been compared to Of Monsters and Men and Grouplove. Fri 8 p.m.

Bunny Express Train

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:13pm

Get your kids in the Easter spirit and hop on the Bunny Express. After the ride, grab a picture of the Easter Bunny with the little ones and sneak off to buy treats to stock your kids’ baskets before the holiday. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Kitchen Chemistry

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:10pm

It's time for your kids to don white coats and lab goggles. They'll discover how to turn your kitchen into a makeshift lab for fun—and safe—experiments. Kids will observe chemical reactions and conduct tests with common foods like salt, lemon juice, and candy to create a lab-made snack or two. Sat noon-2 p.m.  

 

Coyote

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:58pm

The coyote wears many masks in Native American mythology; the creature is at once reviled and loved. This American animal's numerous stories come together in a drama inspired by Navajo tales. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

The Color Run

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 2:07pm

Leave your clean-freak tendencies at the starting line; this colorful run is all about getting messy. As the Color Run's first 5K on snow-packed trails, this chilly jaunt douses runners in neon powder at every kilometer marker. Watch as your white running gear turns to tie-dye by the time you hit the finish line. Sat 1 p.m.

Central Smokedown

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:22am

Celebrate the "holiday" by getting your smoke on at Central's 2nd annual Smokedown. With $4.20 drink specials all day long, spend the afternoon sipping cocktails on the porch and grubbing on pulled pork with all the sides and fixin's. Enjoy live music from the Mike Maurer band. Sat 2 p.m.-close.

Ubuntu African Festival

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:14pm

Celebrate “ubuntu,” a Zulu word for the virtues of humanity and compassion. Don't miss University of Colorado instructor Nii Armah Sowah's seminar on traditional African storytelling, sing, and dance. Sat 2 p.m.

Phil Denny

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:48am

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, so head to Jazz@Jack's for some smooth jazz courtesy of saxophonist Phil Denny. He's been ranked on jazz charts, appeared at festivals worldwide, and played alongside Stevie Wonder—impressive for someone whose critically-acclaimed debut album, "Crossover," was just released in 2012. Sat 5 p.m.

Slightly Stoopid

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:44am

For almost 20 years, Slightly Stoopid has toured consistently, bringing a fusion of reggae, funk, and blues to the stage. Opening acts include Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller and punk group Mariachi El Bronx. Sat 7 p.m.

Guitarama!

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:57am

Listen to guitar techniques across a wide variety of genres like rock, flamenco, and manouche (Gypsy jazz). Enjoy a slew of guitar gurus as well as "Iceland's Guitar Hero," Bjorn Thoroddsen, who has performed jazz guitar at festivals worldwide. Sat 8 p.m.

Hippity Hop Easter Trot

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:21am

Take a jog before helping the kids dig into their Easter candy. 5Ks and 10Ks are open for adults, while kids can stroll through the one mile course at their leisure free of charge. Sat 9 a.m.

Golden Bunny Classic

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:16pm

Whether your kids are speed demons, bunny hill riders, or just candy fanatics, they'll love this Easter-themed day on the mountain. Youngsters can hunt for treats with or without skis while children under 10 compete in the traditional Bunny Race down Lower Village Way trail. Sun 11 a.m.

 

Root40 MusicFest

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:03am

Celebrate a tradition of music on Colfax Avenue with a week of performances, presentations, and parties. Bands include the Glitch Mob, the Wanted, CHVRCHES, and more. Various establishments along Colfax will offer specials during the festival. The festival seeks to give back to the community, too, with a food drive for Denver Urban Ministries. Daily, times vary.

Franz Ferdinand

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:06am

Famed for the 2004 hit "Take Me Out" from its debut album, Scottish group Franz Ferdinand quickly became a pioneer of the decade's post-punk revival. The dance-rock band spent the past three years working on its latest album release, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions. Mon 8 p.m.

Gavin DeGraw

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:27am

Gavin DeGraw rose to fame in 2003 when "I Don't Want to Be" was picked up as the theme song for primetime TV drama One Tree Hill. The singer-songwriter crafts a contemporary country and blues sound thanks to the combination of acoustic guitar and piano. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Pigs N Pints Dinner & Disassembly

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:39pm

Pork takes its rightful place in the spotlight when Prost Brewing Company, Blackbelly Catering, and Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg team up for this multi-course meal, which pairs pork dishes with Prost’s German-style beer. If that’s not enough hog for you, featured butcher Jason Nauert—of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat—will demonstrate a pig disassembly of a Blackbelly heritage pig to educate guests on the best cuts, curing meats, and making bacon at home. Wed 6-9 p.m.

Modern Mexican Flavors Cooking Class

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:44pm

Mexican cuisine today is simply an updated riff on traditional ingredients. Learn to whip up plates of chayote salad, duck in dulce de leche sauce, and quail in escabeche with Laramie-based chef Cathy Harakopis, who brings cooking skills honed in Mexico stateside. Wed 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Slam Nuba Slam Poetry Performance

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:18am

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a spoken-word throwdown. Trading ubiquitous red roses, blue violets, and yellow woods for emotional gut punches, these poets won't ask for quiet reflection; it's a visceral reaction they're after. A panel of judges will determine the winner. Wed 7 p.m.

Arcade Fire

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:58am

Grammy-winning indie rock band Arcade Fire goes beyond the limitations of typical rock genres by incorporating instruments such as mandolin, accordion, xylophone, and synth into their music. The Canadian group's latest album Reflektor was inspired by Haitian street music and includes a variety of exotic dance hits such as "Here Comes the Nighttime." Wed 7:30 p.m.

Dining Out For Life

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:39am

Eat at your favorite restaurants, from Avenue Grill to Zengo, and go home with a full belly—and a full heart.

Stanley Film Festival

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:20pm

We can't think of a better spot for a horror film festival than the hotel that inspired The Shining. Don't miss Doc of the Dead—a documentary by local filmmaker Alexandre O. Phillipe—that features clips from the Denver Zombie Crawl.  With slashers, buckets of blood, and jittery scores, local and international filmmakers will make their cases for keeping your nightlight on. Thu-Sun times vary. 

 

//the_Art_of_DATA

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 5:09pm

This exhibition shows data in a new way: as art. Participating artists include Casey Reas, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Siebren Verteeg, and R. Luke DuBois, who specializes in time-lapse photography and matrix data. For example, his piece “Kiss” took 50 iconic movie kisses and assigned them vector points before creating a compilation. The result resembles constellations in motion. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate Educate!

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:53am

Colorado-based Educate! provides additional programming about entrepreneurship and leadership to students in Ugandan schools. Join in to support Educate! at this evening of local beers and wines, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction will help provide scholarships for the program's budding entrepreneurs. Notable alumni include Lillian Aero Olok, who helped create the Circle of Hands bead company benefitting Ugandan women whose families were affected by AIDS. Thu 5:30 p.m.

Dixie's Never Wear A Tube Top While Riding A Mechanical Bull

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:29am

The affable plastics purveyor is back, but Dixie isn't selling Tupperware this time. The Alabama woman instead is peddling knowledge. Tapping into lessons learned from nights of heavy drinking at country bars, she shares 16 jewels of wisdom you didn't even knew you needed to know. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:01pm

Mark Twain's quintessential American story captures the hypocrisy of an era long-since passed and remains a singular definition of our collective spirit today. This musical adaptation retains all the independence and adventure that make it great. Wed 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.

Memphis

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Sun, 04/20/2014 - 9:10pm

Four Tony Awards (including Best Musical) don’t lie. Inspired by real events, this Broadway winner tells the tale of a Memphis DJ in the 1950s shaking things up when he starts to play the music of an African American singer on the radio. Zippy tunes and a talented cast had the New York Post proclaim the production’s “embrace of old-fashioned pleasures is immensely gratifying.” Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:30, 7:30 p.m.

Chvrches

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:12pm

For some bands, getting noticed can take years, or even decades. For the bass-heavy, synthpop group Chvrches, the journey from obscurity to a spot on the SXSW lineup took mere months. Watch the trio, including a powerful female lead vocalist, play tracks from their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. Thu 8 p.m.

Ed Fairburn

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 7:52am

Who uses maps these days when navigation is as easy as a few clicks on your smartphone? Welsh artist Ed Fairburn does. He uses landscapes to help shape faces by drawing portraits on maps. Fairburn will be in the Mile High City to debut new pieces, several of which are Colorado focused. Don't miss his pencil drawing of a woman's visage on a geological map of the Centennial State, one of the gallery's best-selling prints. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Double Rainbow Plans

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:42pm

Mark Penner Howell's decades in commercial graphic design shine through in the conceptual pop art he now paints. This show, named after one of the featured pieces, explores the concept of internal dualities and the idea of self as social construct. Heather Patterson and Danny Williams, two artists with a pop aesthetic, will also show paintings and mixed media panels. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Presumed Guilty: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenet Ramsey

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:22am

Super sleuths intrigued by unsolved murder mysteries are probably familiar with the still-unsolved 1996 case of JonBenet Ramsey, a child found dead in her parents' Boulder mansion. Stephen Singular of The New York Times and his wife, journalist Joyce Jacques Singular, never stopped trying to crack the case. Now the pair will discuss their leads and theories on the murder for all the amateur Agatha Christies out there. Fri 6:30 p.m.

Manchester Orchestra

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:26pm

This alt-rock band combines cathartic vocals with raw, edgy guitar riffs. Listen to new tracks from the group's fourth full-length album, Cope, which was released earlier this month. Fri 7 p.m.

The Great Gatsby

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 1:04pm

In a life of excess and reinvention, Jay Gatsby yearns for something different. But has the life this self-made socialite desires already passed him by? Tue 7:30 p.m.; Wed-Thu 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Fri 7;30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Microbreweries for the Environment

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:08pm

Mother Earth should be honored more than one day each year. You can do so by enjoying one of nature’s greatest by-products at the annual Microbreweries for the Environment. Imbibe on samples from 19 different Colorado microbreweries, for just $2 a pint. The event benefits local nonprofits with an environmental focus. Boulder-based band the Drunken Hearts and Fort Collins-based music group Euforquestra (pictured) will play throughout the evening.

Rock of Ages

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:37pm

Rock of Ages tells the story of a Los Angeles rocker and a small-town girl who fall in love to the tune of arena anthems. The Tony-nominated musical features songs by a number of '80s rock gods, including Journey, Twisted Sister, and Poison. Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Team SuperFit Denver

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 2:24pm

Team up with your fittest friend and put your time with CrossFit to the test. Incorporating a variety of skill sets and levels of athletic ability, teams will participate in three rounds including running, burpees, squats, and rowing challenges. Games are open to all athletes 16 and older. Sat 7 a.m.

Fast and the Furriest

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:28am

Bring your two-legged and four-legged kids on this 5K run and one-mile fun run. Cross the finish line and then check out the dog demos, face painting, and live music. Proceeds benefit programs at the Colorado State University's Veterinary Medicine School that provide critical animal care for owners who need financial assistance. Sat 9 a.m.

Firefly Handmade Spring Market

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:29am

You won't find these artisan goods at the mall, so head to Boulder to check out more than 80 Colorado vendors at this weekend-long shopping extravaganza. Whether you're in need of pottery, jewelry, jam, paper products, or laundry detergent, there's some handmade item for everyone. All-day shoppers can refuel at food trucks, and kids can make their own art at the creation station hosted by Clementine Studio. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bee Earth Day Celebration

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 2:26pm

As our world begins to wake-up from a long winter, let your little ones explore the wonders of its spring bounty. In celebration of Earth Day, kids will plant starter seeds to take home, step into a beekeeper suit, learn about the worm composting system, and more. Make sure they take a turn in the obstacle and agility course through garden mazes. Feeling creative? Garden-themed costumes are encouraged for all. Sat 10 a.m.

Open World Learning Tech Fair

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Sun, 04/20/2014 - 9:17pm

Browse elementary and middle school student’s tech projects before catching the live tech and robotic Lego challenges. Before the family heads home, let your kids get all of their energy out at the included YMCA Healthy Kids Day event, which includes a soccer tournament. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Base Camp Bash

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:51pm

Support the Cottonwood Institute, a Denver nonprofit aiming to connect students to the outdoors, at its main fundraising event of the year. Eat food from Snooze, drink beer from Great Divide and margaritas from Coyote Gold, listen to live music, and bid on vacations and date nights during a silent auction. Sat 7-10 p.m.

Grace's Race

Submitted by Natasha Gardner on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:31pm

In December 2010, 10-year-old Grace beat a malignant brain tumor by enduring a year of chemotherapy treatment. Grace is now a healthy 13-year-old, and with the help of her Girl Scout troop, is ready to give back with this 5K run/walk to benefit the Morgan Adams Foundation, which funds pediatric cancer research. Sun 9 a.m.

Closing Day Luau

Submitted by Rebecca Caro on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:27am

Celebrate closing day at Breckenridge like they do on the island. Don your favorite tropical shirt, sip umbrella drinks, and enjoy a Hawaiian-style pig roast. Grass skirts, leis, and sunglasses are provided to wear while you participate in lawn games and relax in the sun between the final ski runs of the season. Sun noon.

Family Fun Forum

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:22pm

Inspire your munchkin's inner thespian with a lesson in performing arts. April’s Earth Day-themed iteration features dancing and producing kid-made commercials. The can't-miss seminar of the day: pool noodle sword fighting. Sun noon.

 

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:20pm

Introduce your munchkins to the mythical Tulip Fairy and greet the newly-budded flowers on the mall. While you’re there, catch a free kid-centric musical performance and toss some glitter at the arts-and-crafts table. Sun 1 p.m.

Takács Quartet

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:48pm

Listen to this masterful Grammy-winning chamber quartet perform three classic pieces from Beethoven, Bartók, and Brahms. The Boulder-based string group will be joined by pianist Robert McDonald for both virtuosic performances. Sun 4 p.m.; Mon 7:30 p.m.

Anthony Jeselnik

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:58am

Making light of the darkest subjects is commonplace for this connoisseur of all things tasteless. The abrasive comic's no-holds-barred style of offense makes it OK—almost—to laugh, even when you know you shouldn't. Sun 7 p.m.

Bombay Bicycle Club

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 04/20/2014 - 9:22pm

Combining electronic samples with classic instruments, such as flute and horns, Bombay Bicycle Club's latest release, So Long, See You Tomorrow, is influenced by frontman Jack Steadman's travel through India, Japan, and Turkey. Listen to indie-pop tracks from the album such as "Luna" and "It's Alright Now" during the Centennial State stop on the group's worldwide tour. Sun 8 p.m.

Stephen Marley

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:49pm

The best of reggae will be right here in Colorado for the next few weeks.

Inside the Orchestra's Tiny Tots Performance

Submitted by Jesse Bishop on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:29am

Have a little Mozart at home? Introduce your budding virtuoso to the finer points of orchestra at this kid-centric performance. With selections from their favorite cartoons and classic composers and foot-stomping participatory performances, this unique event will have just about any kid eager to pick up an instrument and play. Wed 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.

Kairos

Submitted by Teresa Klassen on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:43pm

Three Colorado artists focused on the concept of a perfect moment to create new pieces for this show. Patricia J. Finley's paintings use acrylic paint mixed with resin and swirled on hardwood panels, resulting in a blend of soft lines and gradients. Her new pieces feature walnut ink, which adds extra texture. Emily Pramik's handmade bronze and copper jewelry pieces are eclectic and intricate, with hidden details like engravings on the undersides of bangles. Brian Popp's vibrant paintings on glass present an abstract look at nature. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.