05/2015

Paul Jacobsen Solo Exhibition

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:03pm

This Denver native gives high art a different meaning with a new series of still lifes depicting realistic and strangely luminous marijuana plants. Jacobsen plays with light in an innovative cinematic manner, creating both lifelike and picturesque renderings of the Mile High City’s preferred substance. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m. or by appointment. 

UnbelievaBubble! Boulder Day

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 9:59am

This one-hour pop-up festival serves as Boulder's humorous acknowledgement of its “Boulder Bubble” label. Organizers of this event use bubbles to represent a myriad of ideas including light, thoughts, and abstract concepts, which is why you'll find forms of the playful objects ranging from bubble wrap to suds to free-blowing bubbles. The line-up for the festival also includes the bubbly sounds of marimbas, rappers, musicians, slam poetry, and a quick lecture about floating up to Mars.

Taste of Highlands Ranch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:10pm

This community-oriented event features unlimited wine and spirit tastings from Davidsons Liquors as well as sumptous cuisine samples from more than 30 area restaurants, including Cranelli's Italian Restaurant, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Nicolo's Pizza. Attendees can also bid on items in a silent auction and enjoy live music from the Michael Friedman Quintet. Proceeds form the auction and a portion of ticket sales benefits the American Diabetes Association. Fri 6-9 p.m.

Face to Face

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:52pm

Punk-pop trio Face to Face has been performing for more than two decades, recording nine studio albums and garnering a cult following in the process. For these three shows, the band will play the entirety of its first three LPs—Don’t Turn Away, Big Choice, and Face to Face—incorporating B sides, outtakes, and other fan favorites throughout. Fri-Sun 7 p.m.

Family Vacation... Ughhh

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 2:29pm

If your family’s trip to Yellowstone National Park was ruined by a fuming teenager who let off more steam than the site’s renowned geysers, you’ll relate to the mini-dioramas in artist Becky Wareing Steele’s latest exhibition. Her tiny scenes of national parks each feature a comically-captioned glimpse into a family outing, shedding light on the insignificance of youthful outbursts in the scope of life. Check out this quirky opening at Lowbrow’s new location on Broadway—we’ll let you decide whether to bring your teenybopper along. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m; Sun noon-6 p.m.

Murder on the Nile

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:51pm

While cruising down the Nile River, a young honeymooner and his wealthy socialite wife find themselves pursued by an old flame of the newly wedded groom in this adaptation of Agatha Christie's whodunit novel. When a body is discovered on the steamer, all fingers point to the groom’s ex-lover. Hop on board this mystery boat to reveal the culprit. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. 

Shrine Circus

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:45am

Although your living room normally resembles a circus, it's nothing compared to the real performers. Acrobats from America's first three-ring circus will hang from their toes; tigers and lions will show off their leaps and rollovers, and an elephant named Bo will wow crowds with more than 60 tricks. The show will be performed to an original score of music from TK. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Furry Scurry

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 6:47pm

Man’s best friend tags dutifully along on your workouts; return the favor and dedicate two miles to your lovable canine. Along with the walk, this annual fund-raiser for Dumb Friends League will feature an agility course, a flea-less market, and contests with categories like the pet/person look-alike and the best tail wagger. With more than 5,000 dogs joining in on the walk in past years, Fido will likely have many tails to sniff. Sat 9 a.m.

Diva Dash

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:37pm

Leave the standard 5K to the unimaginative; this three-mile, female-dominated race requires tackling 10 to 12 quirky obstacles between sprints. Past challenges have included climbing rope structures and finding your way through a maze. Whatever you face, your strength, speed, and balance will be tested. Form a team with your favorite ladies and sport tutus, feather boas, or other accessories to add to the glam atmosphere. Sat 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo Denver

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:03pm

This May fiesta will take over downtown Denver with two days of music, dancing, food, and contests—all inspired by Mexico. Three stages throughout the park will feature performers and musicians, and low-rider car enthusiasts can check out the event's auto exhibits. Grab snacks at the food courts located on Broadway and Bannock, work up an appetite at the homemade salsa competition, or watch others chow down at the taco-eating contest.

Rapunzel

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:59pm

This one-hour musical retelling of the classic fairy tale features a paranoid, witchy mother, a tentative young prince, and, of course, the girl with the braid that hangs all the way to the ground. With all the witty, tongue-in-cheek dialogue, your kid won't even know she's learning about the challenges of growing up and navigating relationships with her parents. Post-show, your little one will have a chance to meet Rapunzel, her prince, and other characters during a chat about the production. Sat 1 p.m.

Derby Party

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:14pm

Denver morphs into Churchill Downs during this popular Kentucky Derby bash, reputed to be the biggest outside the actual race. Don your best pastels as you mingle among DJs and the Goonies 80s Cover Band and dine on Southern-inspired cuisine and mint juleps, then try your luck in the requisite Best Hat Contest (as any Derby fan knows, the bigger, the better). Throughout the event, a Jumbotron and more than 30 high-definition TVs will display the classic horse race in all its thrilling action.

Jockeys, Juleps and Jazz

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:58pm

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style at this jamboree. Live and silent auctions (hosted by auctioneer and former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers) include a catered dinner for 10 with former Nuggets coach George Karl. Stick around for the complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, and mint juleps—and don’t forget your derby for the hat contest. Proceeds benefit MyLifeLine, an organization that provides free websites to cancer patients so they’re able to update loved ones on their prognosis. Sat 2-6 p.m.

South Denver Beer Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:25pm

Enjoy unlimited tastings of 120 beers, spirits, and meads at this outdoor festival. Quaff beers from 80 different breweries, including Denver Brewing Company, J Wells Brewery, and Sanitas Brewing Company, then head to the beer education area to learn about fermented beverages from brewers and beer educators. Bonus: The festival provides free shuttle service to and from the Littleton-Downtown lightrail station. Sat-Sun 2-5 p.m.

Rumble in the Rockies

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:49pm

Prepare for a wild ride during this night of raging action. Thirty-five riders will each take on a bull and try to hold on for as long as they can—eight seconds is the goal. Contestants gain points that help determine who becomes the Professional Bull Riding world champion, and get to take home a share of the total $140,000 worth of winnings. Fans can stick around Saturday night and watch the best in bovine athletes compete in a bucking battle when the top 15 riders take on the top 15 bulls for extra championship points and a chance for a little more cash. Sat-Sun, times vary.

The Magic Flute

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:56pm

This production of Mozart's last opera puts the power of music to the test. A high priest takes an ancient Egyptian queen’s daughter to a temple to free her from her mother’s control, while a prince hoping to rescue her from his clutches follows in close pursuit (armed with a magic flute). Wait until the very end to determine who's good and evil—and who ends up with the princess. Tue 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Home Run for the Homeless

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:04pm

Go to bat for your community with this 5K. The whole family can raise money for the local homeless population by running or walking the downtown course, which culminates at the warning track on Coors Field. Tykes can take part in a just-for-fun 1K at the end. Stick around afterward for food, alcoholic beverages, and raffles. Each adult will also be given two complimentary tickets to a Rockies game. Sun 8 a.m.

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Matt and Kim

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:44pm

Keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino are also known as Matt & Kim, a fiery couple who promotes a dance-like-no-one-is-watching atmosphere. The duo creates simple, melodic tunes, drawing influence from punk, indie rock, hip-hop, and even electronic music. Expect tracks off the pair's latest album, New Glow. Tue 9 p.m.

Story Time

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:23am

Your tyke can head into History Colorado before it’s officially open for an extra special story time. Two- to five-year-olds can listen to a staff member read a story book in the Destination Colorado exhibit. After learning about the state’s farms, cowboys, and animals, little ones will have the chance to play in the exhibit. Wed 9:30-10 a.m.

Gods and Dandies

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:07pm

What do gods and dandies have in common? Find out at Danyl Cook’s solo show, when he translates his fascination with Greek legends and hipster culture into one-of-a-kind acrylic paintings and pastel drawings. View more than 20 of his colorful, Caribbean-influenced artworks, many rife with handlebar mustaches and mythological symbolism. Wed 4-7 p.m.; Thu 4-9 p.m.; Fri 4-8:30 p.m.; Sat noon-6 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

Sew Many Stories

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:19pm

This fashion-centric event aims to not just feature attire, but to inspire future designs. Keynote guest Tamara Banks—a Denver-based, Emmy Award-winning journalist who has covered conflicts in Rwanda and Sudan for outlets like CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera America—will host an evening that showcases beautiful creations (and courageous stories) hand-sewn by local refugee women as part of the African Community Center’s We Made This program, which helps participants develop sewing and entrepreneurial skills.

Primus and Beats Antique

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:40pm

Bassist Les Claypool’s playing drives Primus, a rock band with funk, metal, and pop sensibilities that formed in San Francisco nearly three decades ago. Last year, the group recorded a version of the 1971 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory soundtrack in its entirety, and have since taken the eerie, weird, and completely genius album on the road.

Colorado Chocolate Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:11pm

Get your fill of chocolate at this two-day sweet-fest. Culinary professionals will host baking demonstrations and compete in contests like best wedding cake and truffle trifecta. Attendees can wander from booth to booth, sampling confections like fudge, cookies, and truffles. Make sure to stop by the Mother's Day market for gifts and other, less sugary treats. Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Rhythm

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:37am

Contemporary artist Lyudmila Agrich uses the canvas as a visual diary, working with a palette knife to create energetic oil paintings from her Denver studio. The Ukrainian painter's newest body of work ranges from lively cityscapes to peaceful nature scenes, capturing the rhythm and movement inherent in each. Don't miss the gallery opening on Friday, May 8 from 6-9 p.m. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Mirada Fine Art Gallery

Unmarried in America

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:48pm

Informed by interviews with people who have been affected by gay marriage bans in the United States, this play’s collage of vignettes explores the individual consequences of a controversial national debate. Peek into America’s homes, schools, and public spaces, where emotional confrontations navigate the gray area of this dispute. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Philharmonic "Disney Fantasia"

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:57am

Your tyke can take in the magic of Disney without heading to an amusement park. In a kid-friendly orchestra performance, clips of the original Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will be shown in HD while the musicians perform all the music from the movies live. Moments of the films may be slightly scary for little ones, but the unicorns, winged horses, and Mickey Mouse will enchant your tot more often thatn not. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.

The New Mastersounds

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:59pm

The New Mastersounds combine R&B, jazz, and electronic music to create a Soul Train-esque dance party, which feels more like it's set in New Orleans than the band’s British home. The quartet’s ninth studio album, Therapy, isn’t a departure from its signature funk sound—and that’s a good thing. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.

12 Hours of Mesa Verde

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:17pm

In this rock ’n’ roll-themed cycling endurance race, costumed riders loop the 17-mile trail through the Mesa Verde trails, beginning with a quarter-mile run to their bikes. Tackle the long day of pedaling by yourself, or split the work and team up with some friends. Stick around post-race for awards and free swag. Don’t forget to pack an extra pillow to soothe your posterior during the car ride home. Sat 7 a.m.

Park Quest: A Kid's Urban Adventure

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:54am

Introduce your family to the excitement of adventure scavenger hunts within the safe boundaries of the Stapleton neighborhood. Each group will receive a passport and a map to complete various challenges in the area. With varied tasks that include scoring a soccer goal, throwing water balloons, dancing competitions, and more, children will become explorers for the day. The two-hour race culminates in a picnic lunch and medal ceremony for the kids.

—Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Mother's Tea

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:09pm

Treat mom to a classy cuppa with Ability Connection’s multi-faceted luncheon. Enjoy a fashion show, spa package giveaway, and even chocolate therapy—“chocolate therapist” Julie Pech will educate attendees on the healthy and nutritious qualities of cocoa while you indulge in sweet treats. Proceeds benefit Ability Connection’s Statewide Family Support Services, which includes organizations like Empower Colorado and Hayley House. Sat 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Adel Chefridi Trunk Show

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:17pm

Woodstock-based gemologist Adel Chefridi draws inspiration from his Tunisian roots, crafting intricate and lightweight necklaces, rings, and earrings out of precious gemstones and metals. This trunk show features his fine jewelry line, an extensive collection of his sterling silver pieces, and his ornate bridal work. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

In Search of Synergy: Pairing Wine with Spice

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:24pm

Spices can overpower or wreak havoc on wine, making pairings a challenge for anyone. This savory event provides an in-depth look at choosing the right spices to complement wine from the experts at Savory Spice Shop, as well as tastings of Settembre Cellars' Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Full glasses and flights of Settembre Cellars' wines will be available for purchase. Sat 2-6 p.m.

Martin Whatson and Hama Woods

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:13pm

Take to the streets—or have them brought to you by a pair of Norwegian stencil artists in this edgy exhibition. Graffiti artists Martin Whatson and Hama Woods work in grey base tones and add vibrant touches to pieces that explore the intersection of life and decay in both urban and natural environments. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or by appointment. 

Colorado Playwright's New Play Showcase: Stage Fright

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:52pm

Terms like glossophobia, nyctophobia, and gamophobia may induce hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (fear of long words), but they're only a selection of the anxieties addressed in Colorado playwright Lauren Woodbury’s rambunctious five-person musical. This new production explores the challenges of facing and conquering fear. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

Victor Wooten: Concerto for Electric Bass

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:23pm

Best known for his role in the all-star quartet Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten is a bass virtuoso, composer, and producer. A five-time Grammy Award-winner, Wooten will join the Colorado Symphony in presenting four pieces, the last of which he composed with renowned violinist Conni Ellisor. Dance company Wonderbound will perform alongside the musicians. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

The Bug Theatre's 21st Anniversary Celebration

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:39pm

While most bugs' lifespan lasts mere days or even hours, this upstart is celebrating its 21-year anniversary this month. Gary Culif will return as Crumpet from David Sedaris’ beloved one-man Santaland Diaries, while short films from the Emerging Filmmakers Project and performances from the monthly hit Freak Train will also make appearances. In addition, you can enjoy comedy from Deacon Gray, Sam Tallent, and Christie Buchele as well as a sneak peak of Equinox Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Urinetown.

Detroit

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:27pm

Now that the nation has (mostly) recovered from the recession, we can reflect on how the economic downturn rattled our collective psyche. This Pulitzer Prize finalist does just that, examining the interactions of a seemingly stable suburban couple and their off-kilter neighbors. The facade holding up the pairs’ relationship crumbles as they face their fears about what the American Dream truly means. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Mother's Day Brunch at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:54pm

Spoil mom with a decadent Mother's Day brunch in a regal setting. The historic Highlands Ranch Mansion is the perfect backdrop to enjoy breakfast treats from the omelet station and waffle bar, or as well as oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat shrimp, and carved-to-order prime rib. Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Mother's Day Race

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:31pm

What Mom really wants on her special day is enough peace to enjoy her morning workout. Ladies can run, walk, or stroll through this 5K race while ASH Fitness and Endorphin offer kids' fitness and yoga classes to keep your little ones entertained. Post-race, participants can nosh on bites like cinnamon scones, egg casserole, and salad. Sun 9 a.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Mom and Me Wild Night

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 4:50pm

Let someone else take care of the cooking and cleaning for a night while you sit back and enjoy your time with your little monkeys. A pizza party will kick off the night, followed by an evening tour of the zoo showcasing animals that aren’t as active during the daytime hours. After wishing the beasts sweet dreams, kids will snuggle into their sleeping bags and adults can rent cots. A continental breakfast means you can enjoy another duty-free meal while your little one takes one more spin around the zoo. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Lana Del Rey

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:24pm

With her husky crooner's voice and 1960s Beverly Hills aesthetic, Lana Del Rey has carved a distinctively noir niche in the pop world. The singer-songwriter's Endless Summer tour showcases her trademark sound: a blend of catchy, melancholy pop and lyrics that contrast sunny California life with the bittersweet side effects of fame. Expect hits like "West Coast" and "Shades of Cool" from her latest chart-topping release, last year's Ultraviolence, and possibly new tunes from the upcoming Honeymoon. Bonus: Rock legend Courtney Love is set to open the show. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Critical Focus: Monique Crine

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:14pm

NFL players may have put away their cleats for the season, but Monique Crine’s striking paintings bring the sport back into the spotlight. For this series, the Germany-born, Denver-based artist worked from photographs to produce depictions of professional football players as both idols (kids everywhere want to be them) and tragic figures (think: the national conversation around concussions). These vivid portraits convey the tensions between reality and fantasy that the athletes face every day. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

DU Vin Festival Wine Pairing Dinner

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:50am

Chef and restaurateur Frank Bonanno is heading back to his alma mater (University of Denver) for an Italian-inspired feast. The local celebrity and a team of DU students will prepare a delectable five-course meal, including burrata ravioli, brick chicken with panzanella salad, and peanut butter caramel bundino with chocolate ganache, all paired with fine wines. The evening, which is part of the yearly DU Vin Festival, has been planned entirely by Daniels College of Business students and benefits student scholarship programs for the hospitality management program. Thu 6-9 p.m.

Jason Karolak, Deborah Zlotsky, Ted Larsen, and Don Voisine

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:24pm

Embrace geometric patterns that are far more appealing than those in your high school math class. Lose yourself in the colorful angles of oil painters Jason Karolak, Deborah Zlotsky, and Don Voisine, and witness the paint seemingly morph into a third dimension in the form of Ted Larsen’s salvaged sculptures. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.

Mind Reading 101 with David Miller

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:26pm

Add "mind reading" to your bag of tricks at this enchanting event. Sleight of hand artist David Miller and his assistant will teach attendees techniques to pick up on others’ subconscious reactions and notice movements that reveal fibbing or nervousness. The duo will also give step-by-step instruction for fun tricks you can use to fool your friends into thinking you really are peering in on their thoughts. Thu 7-8 p.m.

The Magic of Realism

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:27pm

Don't worry; the realistic scenes in this wide-ranging exhibit are actually works of art. Ten different painters have contributed close to 30 oil and egg tempera paintings, culminating in predominantly figurative work. View still lifes, daily scenes, and animals from realists like William Acheff, Michael Arcieri, Gregory Block, and Colorado native Andrea Kemp. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Young Frankenstein

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:55pm

Mel Brooks' monstrous musical comedy follows the bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather's past work and revive a corpse. Together with his peculiar helper, his curvaceous lab assistant, and in spite of his self-absorbed fiancé, Frankenstein does manage to create a monster—but not without frightening (and comical) difficulties. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Youth Fishing Summer Day Camp

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:56pm

Your child can become a fishing master at this daylong camp, where experts will teach all the basics from fly tying to rod handling to how to cast with proper angling techniques. A picnic lunch, fly box with flies, and T-shirt, so all you have to worry about is containing your kids' excitement. Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Colfax Marathon

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 9:01pm

For the 10th consecutive year, athletically gifted Coloradans will line up to complete a 26.2-mile run in the Mile High City. This bucket list-worthy urban run takes participants through Sports Authority Field at Mile High and Denver Fire Station #1 as well as past seven miles of rivers and lakes. If a marathon is a bit lengthy for you, stretch your legs in one of the many other races offered over the weekend, from a team relay to a 5K option. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Tesoro Annual Indian Market and Powwow

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:16pm

Join premier Native American artists and performers from across the country at this annual festival dedicated to native culture. View pieces from artists like Karen-Lyne Hill of the Onondaga Nation Snipe Clan and Ronnie-Leigh Goeman of the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy, and snack on fare such as buffalo burgers and chile chocolate bourbon cupcakes. Sunday’s events will include a ceremony to honor Vietnam Army veteran Bob Iron, who will perform at the powwow with drum group Pawnee Spotted Horse. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Xplore Denver

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:40pm

This amped-up neighborhood scavenger hunt will take you on an adventurous race through downtown Denver. Teams can travel by whatever means they prefer as they scurry around busy streets to solve clues and complete challenges. Make sure someone on your team is able to snap a selfie, shoot a video, and send off emails and text messages. Sat noon.

Mutts & Models

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:13pm

Local celebrities and their canine companions strike a pose at this annual PetAid fund-raiser. Local media personalities Vanessa Bernal, Chris Jose, Issa Lopez, and Danielle Grant are among those who will take to the runway 1920s-inspired fashions from White House Black Market and Ted’s Clothiers (to fit with the "Great Barksby" theme). More than 100 items are up for auction before the show, including doggie accessories and spa days and a package of date opportunities for the human counterparts.

Rope

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:58pm

Is there a way to execute the perfect murder? Find out in this unnerving thriller that influenced the Hitchcock film of the same name, in which two university students murder a classmate to prove their intellectual superiority. After stowing their victim in a chest, the accomplices host a dinner party that may prove to be their downfall. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Kites in the Park

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:42pm

Touch the clouds (or try) at this kite-flying festival. Little ones can decorate their own kite to keep and watch demonstrations like a kite ballet. The festival takes an international turn this year: Two kite experts from China will teach your family about the significant kite culture across the ocean. Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Luxure

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:01pm

Join Her Dance Company for this full-length production inspired by classic burlesque shows as well as jazz and contemporary works. The all-female local dance troupe celebrates the beauty of a woman's form through movement in an experience that is both glamorous and sensual. Sun 8 p.m.

Dan Naturman Stand Up Comedy

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:04pm

“You know what amazes me most about kids? How easy it is to make one.” Expect this kind of snarky one-liner from the America's Got Talent semifinalist. His quick wit and wry New York persona have earned him appearances on David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Wed-Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

Colorado Corks and Cuisine

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:17pm

Welcome summer with a smattering of local food and boozy beverages. Nosh on free samples from restaurants such as Yaffa’s Savory Mediterranean Culinaria and sip spirits from Black Canyon Distillery while listening to entertainment from Swallow Hill Music. Proceeds benefit the education initiatives and preservation of Four Mile Historic Park. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Colorado Corks and Cuisine

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:05pm

Welcome summertime as you taste a smattering of local food and boozy beverages. Nosh on free samples from Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar Glendale, Yaffa's Savory Mediterranean Culinaria, Redstone Meadery, and Black Canyon Distillery and buy full pours of wines, beers, and spirits while listening to entertainment from Swallow Hill Music. Proceeds benefit the education initiatives and preservation of Four Mile Historic Park. Thu 5:30-8 p.m.

Guys & Dolls

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:09pm

Intrigue never sleeps in this musical set in 1920s New York. Capturing the confluence of gangsters, floating craps games, and missionaries of a lost era, this story tells the tale of a gambler that is challenged to take a cold female evangelist to Havana. This deceivingly simple task is complicated by an unanticipated romance. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

MountainFilm

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:30pm

Telluride plays host to flicks and filmmakers as this touring film festival makes its way to Colorado. Check out local and national indie flicks and keep tabs on which wins honors like the Audience Choice and Festival Director's awards. This year’s festival symposium, Moving Mountains, focuses on Afghanistan and will feature special guests Massoud Hossaini and Farzana Wahidy (both Afghan photographers). Fri-Mon, times vary.

Denver Comic Con

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:24pm

Let your geeky side out at this convention dedicated to all things fandom. Peruse merchandise from dozens of exhibitors and vendors, including Homestuck gear and Legend of Zelda-inspired ocarinas from Denver-based Planet Toys. Special guests from television, video game, and animation fame, such as The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes and Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, will appear, along with illustrators from Marvel and DC Comics. Fri-Mon, times vary.

PaddleFest

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 9:12pm

Reap nature's benefits at this weekend-long celebration. From bike and raft races to SUP yoga and pilates clinics, you'll find plenty of activities to ramp up your adrenaline. If you need to catch your breath, watch the pros compete in events like freestyle kayaking or chat with companies about the demo gear on display. Don’t forget to stick around after sunset for extra events like Paddles & Pints, during which you'll be treated to drinks, food, live music, and arts and crafts. Fri-Mon, times vary.

The Nature of Spirit

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:36pm

Brandon Gellis’ interactive installation explores sexual politics and counterculture as they relate to art and technology. His colorful new media works combine sensors, coding, and creativity to invite viewer participation through touch and movement. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m or by appointment.

Campout for the Cause

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:33pm

Spend your weekend 40 minutes outside Vail, where you can perfect your yoga practice with Boulder-based instructor Gina Caputo, take lifestyle workshops with health educator Heath Perry, and watch performances by circus art collective Fractal Tribe. Or, focus your attention on the stage, where 19 bands, including local Elephant Revival and Gregory Alan Isakov, will perform throughout the weekend. The first 300 ticket buyers can set up camp a night early and take part in a fireside family cookout and acoustic jam session. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Downtown Denver Art Festival

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:34pm

Skip the crowded mall and head to this nationally-rated art festival featuring more than 140 artists. Teeming with the work of everyone from photographers and fiber artists to wood workers and ceramacists, the 17th iteration of this historically well-attended art fest offers shopping sans mass produced merchandise. Fri 4-8 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:43pm

Born on the 75th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, renowned artist Deborah Butterfield has been captivated by horses since birth. Art critics have praised her distinctive equine sculptures since she started making them in the mid-1970s. See how more than a dozen of her bronze and salvaged metal pieces interact with the varied landscape of the Botanic Gardens. Sun-Sat 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

ArtStir Denver

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:39pm

Stirring up the art scene in Denver for the third year in a row, this festival showcases more work and demonstrations from more than 200 local and regional artists in a mix of mediums, including oil painting, photography, and textiles. Don’t miss the newly introduced Colorado Craft Pavilion for local libations and bites. Twenty percent of all sponsor money benefits VSA Colorado, a nonprofit that engages people with disabilities in creative and educational opportunities. Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Denver Day of Rock

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:33pm

Since its inception in 2009, the Denver Day of Rock has blossomed from a single band and 1,500 attendees into the five-stage Memorial Day extravaganza it is today. More than 100,000 are expected to show up for a full day of rock variations from 25 different bands, many of which are local. Don't miss the folky Shook Twins, funky octet Orgone, or neo-soul group Caught a Ghost, and remember to bring cash: Donations to Amp the Cause (formerly Concerts for Kids) support more than 50 family-focused nonprofits in the Denver area.

Soul Food Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:52am

This festival offers soulful tunes and food to match. Enjoy music from Salt-N-Pepa and The Whispers and join the cast from the popular sitcom Good Times at their reunion booth. Chefs Robert Roberts and Amadeus (winner of Food Network's Extreme Chef) will make appearances,  and there will even be an authentic soul food competition with categories like best greens, fried chicken, and sweet potato pie. Sat 4 p.m.

Boulder Creek Festival

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:17am

This Boulder nature festival is home to all kinds of family-friendly activities—even for the littlest members of your family. Children can play outdoors at an area designed just for them called Kids' Place, engage in hands-on activities and games from vendors, or go on carnival-style rides. Teens can head to the Teen Creek Fest, where they can enjoy a battle of the bands competition organized by students from the surrounding schools. On Monday, send off a rubber ducky to race down the river with 10,000 others. Fri-Mon, times vary.

Fruition

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:28pm

A rock ’n’ roll band for those who love string music, Fruition combines inventive covers with original material to create a sound all its own. The Oregon troupe has found a second home in Colorado, frequently collaborating with Front Range musicians and putting its own spin on Rocky Mountain folk. The quintet’s latest EP, Meeting on the Mountain—a joint venture with Boulder-based band Grant Farm—serves as a love letter to the Centennial State. Sat 9 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Festival of the Brewpubs in Arapahoe Basin

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:39am

Ski season might be coming to a close, but there's no shortage of fun to be had in the high country. Attendees at this mountain festival will receive commemorative mugs to fill with unlimited samples from Tivoli Brewing Company, Twisted Pine Brewing Company, Dillon Dam Brewery, and Pug Ryan's Brewing Company in between runs. The bluegrass stylings of Fort Collins-based band Whitewater Ramble round out the day's entertainment. Sun noon-4 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

BolderBoulder

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:59am

Run into the University of Colorado Boulder football stadium to the cheers of 50,000 supporters after being motivated by 30 bands along the course in this 10K celebration. After you’ve enjoyed your moment of fame, load up on goodies from 75 companies, including Skechers and Powerbar, at the RaceDayExpo. Wrap up the day with even more fanfare as skydivers carry flags from each military branch to honor local military heroes in a Memorial Day Tribute. Mon 6:50 a.m.

Passion Pit

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:49pm

Pop outfit Passion Pit combines elements of indie rock and electronica to create meticulously produced dance music. Fronted by singer-songwriter Michael Angelakos and known for a playful, high-energy live show, the group released its third album, Kindred, last month. Tue 9 p.m.

Laurie Dodd

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:45pm

This mixed media artist is all about the negative—space, that is. Laurie Dodd uses dye, paint, wax, fiber, and ink beneath layers of wax, a technique know as encaustic. She employs plenty of empty space in her compositions to give the eye time to rest after it absorbs sharp graphic lines and flowing curves. Fri 6-9 p.m. or by appointment. 

The Art of Flowers

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:57pm

Let your little one stop and smell the flowers (literally) at this day camp. The class, which is designed to keep your kids busy on Memorial Day, will head to a meditation center to see Japanese Ikebana flower arrangements, an art form that highlights the natural shapes and graceful lines of the blooms. The kids will then get the chance to create their own designs as well as a clay pinch pot. Ages three to nine. Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Thunder Valley National

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:37am

The best in motocross face off in the Colorado dirt to compete for points in the season-long Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Watch your favorite riders like Trey Canard and Ryan Dungey soar around the mountainside track and visit the dirt bike, clothing, and food vendors scattered around the track in between races. Bring an umbrella to shade your lawn chair so the sun doesn’t burn you as much as the track does these riders. Fri-Sat, times vary. 

Children's Museum of Denver 42nd Birthday Bash

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:33pm

This adults-only fund-raiser benefits the Children’s Museum through a night of auctions and raffles. The grand prize is a trip to the Cayman Islands with a four-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton, while other pickings include tickets to the Great American Beer Festival and a candy basket from Lola’s Sugar Rush. Take in the Shel Silvertstein-themed décor, dance to That Eighties Band, and munch on a variety of hors d'oeuvres provided by Gourmet Fine Catering after you see what you've won.

Bassnectar

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:38pm

Lorin Ashton, who performs under the stage name Bassnectar, makes electronic music in order to promote a sense of community and further social justice causes. His music falls under the umbrella of intelligent dance music, a style of electronica grounded in experimentation and variance (in both mood and tempo). The prominent DJ is known for his live shows, thanks to unparalleled energy and state-of-the-art lighting. Fri-Sun 7 p.m.

A Weekend of Star Wars

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:25pm

May the force be with you as you geek out during this Star Wars–themed extravaganza. The Colorado Symphony will play tunes from every film in the classic series, including the title theme song and the epic “Duel of the Fates.” Don’t miss the chance to take photos with Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion Mountain Garrison costume group. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Poudre RiverFest

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:40pm

Educate, restore, and celebrate with the second installment of this conservation-focused festival. Nature walks and a hands-on cleanup project fill the morning, along with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory’s bird banding session (fitting the critters’ legs with small metal bands for tracking purposes). Then, check out 40 exhibitors associated with the Poudre River as well as performances by Fort Collins-based musicians Justin Ross, the Burroughs, and 12 Cents for Marvin. Adults can unwind in the New Belgium beer garden while kiddos check out activities in the Kids’ Corner.

Community Campout

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:20pm

Test out tent camping before you head to the mountains during this family-oriented night under the stars. You and your little ones can enjoy a horse-drawn hayride, embrace your inner Katniss and try out archery, or explore nature on hikes around the Backcountry Wilderness Area before dark. A small breakfast will be available in the morning (bagels, coffee, and doughnuts), but make sure to bring your own tent, sleeping bags, and dinner supplies. Sat 1 p.m.-Sun 10 a.m.

End of the World Pub Crawl

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:48am

Imagine bar-hopping during a zombie apocalypse, and you'll have this thrilling bar crawl. Flag belt-strapped participants are challenged to make it from bar to bar (participating venues include the Armoury, Herb's, and Scruffy Murphy's) as they dodge the small army of flesh-eating zombies roaming the "dead zone," a.k.a. Larimer Street in between 20th and 21st streets. All participants will recieve beverages, a T-shirt, and sunglasess. Make it through the crawl without losing any flags, and you'll be eligible to win additional prizes. Sat 1-5 p.m.

Miró, Magic & Night

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:12pm

Get starry-eyed over Joan Miró in this family-friendly play that tells the story of the Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist in conjunction with the Instinct & Imagination exhibition (on display through June 28). Follow this prolific artist’s life from start to finish, and discover the origins of his mysticism, inventive forms, and whimsical illustrations with Buntport Theater Company's portrayals. Sat 10 a.m.

Speedy Ortiz

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:35pm

Indie quartet Speedy Ortiz first formed in 2011, although its angst-laden melodies would easily feel at home in the grunge-filled ’90s. Singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis evokes other venerable female vocalists, from Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis to Rainer Maria’s Caithlin De Marrais. The group's latest album (Foil Deer) was released last month and toes the line between radio-friendly alternative rock and noise pop. Sat 9 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Neil Diamond

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:40pm

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is an American legend: He’s been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has sold upwards of 125 million records over the course of his five-decade career. Diamond is still creating music at 74 years old (Melody Road was released just last year), but he's sure to play hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “I’m a Believer" along with more recent tracks. Sun 8 p.m.