12/2016

Fine Art Market and Show

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:34pm

Browse handmade jewelry, abstract watercolors, intricate mosaics and more at this annual art show and sale.  Check out handmade pieces from more than 100 local artists working in 14 different mediums, including printmaking, mixed media, ceramics, photography, pastels, and glass. Proceeds benefit the Arvada Center galleries in addition to the participating artists. Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sun-Mon 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Tue-Thu 12-7 p.m.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 4:55pm

Relive one of your favorite Christmas tales in this musical staging of A Christmas Story. All Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. However, his simple but desperate desire to acquire it is rebuffed with the now iconic refrain, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Audiences will love watching their favorite 1940s kid hero as he devises a new set of schemes and plots to earn his coveted BB gun. Refreshments available before and after the show, as well as during the 15-minute intermission.

Words Beyond Bars Presents: First Degree

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:33pm

Jermaine Archer's mother dreamed her son would go to college—until he was sentenced to 22 years to life at New York's Sing Sing Correctional Facility for second-degree murder. This compelling documentary follows Archer and his fellow inmates in their quests to earn college educations while behind bars. Ticket prices includes a cocktail and appetizer reception before the film plus a post-screening panel discussion with Words Beyond Bars, a nonprofit that works to transform the lives of Colorado prison inmates through education.

Shrek: The Musical

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:27pm

Nominated for nine Tony Awards, this musical stage adaptation of the hit DreamWorks film heightens the fairytale story with new tunes from songwriter Jeanine Tesori. You and your family can follow the comedic journey of an ogre and his loudmouthed donkey as they set off to save a missing princess with a dark secret. If your young ones want more at the theater, check out the pre-show Sunday day camp that creates an extended experience with a cast meet-and-greet, dance lesson, and a look behind the stage set.

Merry & Gay

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:20pm

Join the 35th anniversary celebration of the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus during the holiday spectacular concert as old as the group itself. The show’s selection of seasonal songs will span everything from traditional carols to nonsensical antics at Santa’s workshop. Get into the holiday spirit with this community-building extravaganza. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Greensky Bluegrass

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:45pm

The acoustic stomp of a string band and the rebellious enthusiasm of rock n’ roll come together with this five-piece ensemble from Michigan. They’ll be celebrating with tracks from their latest release, Shouted, Written Down, and Quoted, that continue the unique take on rock-infused bluegrass they’ve crafted for more than 15 years. You can expect two sets of music per night with a fantastic light show. Thu-Sat, 8 p.m.

Image courtesy of Chris Monaghan

Holiday Chocolate Festival

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:00am

There are 100,000 reasons to put this festival on your holiday calendar—and they all come in the form of delicious chocolate samples. Owing to its immense popularity, this event has stretched into two days for the first time in eight years. Take advantage of the extra day to shop for the holidays, listen to the Original Dickens Carolers, and maybe even partake in the Chocolate Pudding Eating Contest. Adults can cheers with chocolate martinis and kids can enjoy a traditional visit from Santa. Fri-Sat, times vary.

Emerging Vision

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:46pm

At this open-themed show, visitors can acquaint themselves with the works of 28 promising young photographers—talented artists, including Emma Sobel, Justin Alber, and Yong Chen, who have been tapped as standard-bearers and innovators of the photographic world. Chosen from a national pool of hundreds of submissions, the undergraduate and MFA students included in the show represent a wide array of backgrounds and artistic inspirations. Expect the photographs to address the personal, the intimate, and the meditative through urban scenes, rural landscapes, portraits, and still lifes.

The Work of George Strasburger

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 1:56pm

This latest series of works from figurative artist George Strasburger confronts notions of modern masculinity through depictions of various relationships. This exhibit will showcase Strasburger's trademark large-scale oil pieces alongside his figurative sketches and drawings, offering a lens into Strasburger's creative process and classical style. Sun-Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

HOME

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:57am

Consider the at-once highly personal and distinctly universal concept of home in this photography exhibit examining many versions of domesticity in the modern world. The images run the gamut from serene displays of comfort and security to rougher views of life on society’s margins. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Center for Fine Art Photography, 400 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, 970-224-1010, www.c4fap.org. Free. 

Colorado Symphony: All Beethoven Feat. Symphony No. 7

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:49pm

Spend an evening basking in the musical power and passion of one of the world’s most revered composers: Ludwig van Beethoven. This year’s annual weekend celebration features the overture for Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s Coriolan, followed by Piano Concerto No. 3 with British soloist Stephen Hough and Symphony No. 7. Arrive an hour early to join an insightful prelude discussion led by classical music author and historian Betsy Schwarm. Fri-Sun, 1, 7:30 p.m.

Image courtesy of Colorado Symphony 

Holiday Flea

Submitted by Abbey White on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:18pm

Get all your Christmas necessities—from  art and antiques to pet products and baby supplies— at this flourishing pop-up marketplace. Now in its third year, the three-day event will kick off Friday night with a ticketed opening night party that will serve up bottomless speciality beverages like New Belgium beer, while giving you first dibs on goods from around 200 vendors.

Bubbles & Oysters, Oh My!

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:11pm

It's time to pop the bubbly and shoot some oysters to get the holiday season started. At this classy event, Marczyk Fine Foods will serve up the oysters and Infinite Monkey Theorem will provide the champagne. Only purchase as much as you desire while enjoying the creative stylings of abstract visual artist Robert Bell and music from DJ Eljay. Fri 5-10 p.m.  

Channel 93.3's Not So Silent Night

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:24pm

Australian electro-dance duo Empire of the Sun will be headlining this powerhouse night of international acts spanning diverse sub-genres of modern rock. The night will be packed with opening sets from Icelandic alt-rock group Kaleo, Canadian folk rock band the Strumbellas, indie pop duo JR JR from Detroit, and Denver-based, alt-electro ensemble 888. With new releases this year from every act, there’ll be plenty of fresh tracks to rock out to. Fri 6:30 p.m.

NaNoWriMo Open Mic NIght

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:04pm

Aspiring authors can round-up favorite passages of their own writing from November’s National Novel Writing Month and share them at BookBar’s Open Mic night. Didn’t have time to pick up the pen? Then hop on-stage and read a passage from a work of literature that motivates you to write. Be sure to gain some liquid courage (and inspiration!) in the form of BookBar’s signature Writer’s Block Sangria. Fri 7-9 p.m.

The Sea

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:51pm

The ocean—endlessly powerful, constantly moving, and inextricably tied to human migration and history—is the inspiration for this evocative show. Provocative contemporary dance group 3rd Law and artistic co-directors Jim LaVita and Katie Elliott bring together aspects of theater, music, and literature to create a multi-sensory dance performance that explores all the ways the sea has influenced humanity. Split into three parts, the show will touch upon nature, migration, and perseverance as major themes, with a unifying original score by Boulder's Paul Fowler.

Mission to Hope Community Walk

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:49pm

Walk with members of the Fort Collins community to help those in need. Walkers will wind their way from Catholic Charities Mission to the Murphy Center for Hope, a more than 3/4 mile route tread by many of Fort Collins’s homeless every day. Afterward, attend the Murphy Center's open house and enjoy deli sandwiches alongside some of the people the center serves. Proceeds benefit the Murphy Center for Hope, a resource center for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Larimer County. Sat 8:15-11 a.m.

Winter Market

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:26pm

Join more than 70 local food growers and more than 60 Colorado artisans as they gather for one of the last markets of the year. Offerings include root vegetables, winter squash, specialty cuts of lamb, beef, and pork, fresh eggs, preserved fruits and vegetables, wine, coffee, and baked goods. Sat-Sun, times vary. 

Mini Comic Con

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:37pm

Gear up for next summer’s Denver Comic Con with this all-day event featuring over 20 comic book artists. No element of the con experience goes overlooked as cosplayers, comic book fans, gamers, and comic artist aficionados all converge to celebrate the local and national fandom and comic communities. Attend panels, pick up new comics, get your face painted, participate in a costume contest, and visit Artist’s Alley as you get your geek (unapologetically) on. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

 

Holiday Cheese & Soap Extravaganza

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:42pm

Learn how to make (and taste!) delicious, easy-to-mature cheeses like chèvre, fromage blanc, feta, ricotta, mozzarella, and queso fresco before exploring creative ways to package them for gift-giving. If you’re less into edibles, come ready to make several varieties of your own handmade, milk-based soaps and go home with a variety of three different, sample-sized creations. Lunch for day one will be catered and on-site, while day two attendees can expect to celebrate their creations at Cheese Importers.

56th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market

Submitted by Abbey White on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 5:30pm

Stop by one of the region’s most celebrated annual holiday markets for one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and treats. Styled like an outdoor European Marketplace with traditional old world European festivities centered around a town square, the event will feature hot roasted chestnuts, sausage, and pastries for purchase, horse-drawn wagon rides, sleigh rides throughout the town, and tours of the Christmas Museum. If that isn’t enough, stop for high tea at Grace Hall before watching the Santa Lucia Children’s Procession and saying hello to St. Nicholas himself.

Living Saints

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:46am

Discover the vibrant lives and cultures of northern New Mexico’s rural Hispanic communities at this exhibition of images from North Carolina-based photographer Alex Harris. Beginning in 1972, Harris spent 20 years living in New Mexico’s Sangre De Cristo mountains and documenting the customs of the area. These photos examine the integral role devotional religious objects, such as Virgin Mary figurines and delicate rosaries hung from door handles, play in the religious traditions of the region.

Astellas Aspen Summit for Life

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:43pm

Race participants will climb 3,266 feet–more than 2.5 miles–up Aspen Mountain's snowy terrain, guided only by the light of headlamps. Don't fret too much about the cold conditions though, as you'll  be welcomed at the summit with a post-race banquet complete with a lasagna dinner from the Little Nell, live music from the soulful John Truscelli Band, and an award ceremony honoring the top three finishers and fundraisers (past prizes include free ski poles!). Proceeds benefit the Chris Klug Foundation, which raises awareness and advocates for organ and tissue donation. Sat 5 p.m.

Make Your Own Ornament Workshop

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:46pm

Learn about the ancient craft of glasswork at this hands-on workshop open to students as young as five-years-old. Expert glassblowers from The Furnace will help participants choose and apply a color to molten glass. Then, they'll shape that glass into an ornament just in time to trim the tree. Additional glass art will be available for purchase with 10% of proceeds donated to the art program at Denver Public Schools' Brown International Academy. Sat 5:45-6 p.m., Sun 4:15-4:30 p.m and 5:45-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of The Furnace, a glassworks

Oxford Hotel Dolls' Tea Party

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:39am

This fanciful family tea is made for you and your tykes—and their favorite dolls are invited, too. Your kiddos will snack on hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, and sweet treats as they enjoy a special ballet performance, which tells the story of a young girl who wishes for her dolls to come alive and play with her, from the Arvada Center Dance Theatre. After the show, the whole family is invited for a complimentary holiday photo-op in the Oxford Hotel's lobby. Sun 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of the Oxford Hotel

Home Alone Pizza Party

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:59am

Enjoy a Christmas classic and grab a bite to eat at this film-screening. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, a precocious 8-year-old who must defend his home from burglars after his family forgets him on their way to France. Moviegoers will receive party favors in the form of some of Kevin McCallister’s favorite items, such as a kazoo and a toothbrush, as well as his favorite food: cheese pizza. Sun 12:30-2:30 p.m.

A Taste of Flamenco

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:02pm

Join award-winning guitarist Rene Heredia and his Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theater for an evening packed with enchanting music and dance. This special performance features authentic Gypsy flamenco choreography alongside Heredia sharing stories that span the legends of the dance culture. Watch as Heredia’s stories come to life as you learn about the history, culture, and rhythms of the flamenco tradition in this family-friendly show. Sun 3-6 p.m.

Soup Cup Classic

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:42pm

Whether you prefer a brothy stew or a hearty chowder, there's no disputing the comfort of warm soup on a chilled winter day. And at this competition, the comfort is endless as local restaurants and amateur chefs bring their best bouillon game. While sampling multiple soups—and sipping on two complimentary New Belgium brews—you will act as judge and cast a final vote in both professional and amateur categories. Bonus: end the day with two hours of unlimited tubing. Sun 4-6 p.m. 

Holiday Beer Dinner

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 11/28/2016 - 9:38am

Indulge in an early holiday meal of local craft beer and decadent fare. Executive Chef Mario Hernandez's four-course dinner will include shrimp ceviche paired with Avery Brewing Company’s popular White Rascal ale, confit duck tacos and a Raja Double IPA, and pork chops and sweet potato puree complimented by an Old Jubilation Winter Ale. Avery's Tweak Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee Stout will match perfectly with a rich dessert of triple chocolate cookie skillet and espresso ice cream. Sun 7 p.m.

Sara Watkins

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:47pm

You may know her from the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek or indie folk band the Decembrists, but this singer-songwriter and fiddler has her own body of work to share. Following her June release of Young In All the Wrong Ways, she will be performing tracks that progress from wistful guitar pickings to pop-rock tantrums backed by a full string band. Her blend of bluegrass, folk, pop, and country has shaped a sound all her own. Sun 8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Red Light Management

A Good Trip

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:09pm

Psychedelics meet stand-up in this crossover stage show about the history, stigma, laws, and science of psychedelics. Award-winning comedian (Best Stand-Up at the HBO U.S. Comedy Festival) comedian Shane Mauss, a self-proclaimed “psychonaut”—or a person who explores spirituality and the human condition through intentionally altered states of consciousness—is turning the traditional comedy show on its head with a 45-minute set that’s part stand-up, part storytelling and part Ted talk.

Holiday on the Rocks Cocktail Class

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:57pm

Slip a few new tricks up your sleeve just in time for a month of holiday parties. With the help of the Crimson Room's bartender, learn how to mix and shake two vodka-based, holiday-themed tipples that would rival the creations of even the most seasoned mixologist. Tue, times vary. 

Learn to Ski and Ride

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:09pm

Combat winter stir-craziness by getting your kids out of the house and up Winter Park’s historic mountains at this invigorating day-long ski and snowboard camp. Instructors from Winter Park Resort will coach camp-goers (ages 4-18) on the ins and outs of skiing and snowboarding, with all equipment and lift tickets provided. Denver Parks and Recreation will shuttle the little learners to and from the slopes. Tue 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:15pm

Shelve the overplayed holiday radio tunes in favor of the Centennial State's most interesting wintertime concert. Dozens of expert ukulele artists take to the stage for an unforgettable setlist of pop favorites, including Lady Gaga hits, as well as unique renditions of festive classics. Guests can refuel during intermission with Village Roaster sweets, coffee, and booze, and the musically talented are welcome to bring their own ukuleles to strum along with the orchestra (just make sure your uke is tuned beforehand). Tue 7:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Gary Jugert

Home Free: A Country Christmas

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:51pm

This country a cappella band may have gotten its big break on NBC’s The Sing-Off in December 2013, but its five vocalists from Minnesota have had a long history of performing for audiences big and small. This year, the barbershop quartet shares its holiday-themed tunes from its 2014 album Full of Cheer—expect harmonious takes on “White Christmas,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Tues 7:30 p.m.

Natural Epicurean Fall Harvest

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 1:07pm

As part of the Mountaintop Dinner Series, this locally sourced meal will feature fare grown at the Broadmoor farms. With produce that highlights the flavors of the season, such as acorn squash, carrots, zucchini, and heirloom tomatoes, the feast will end a bountiful fall season. Wed 6 p.m. 

Robert Crifasi: A Land Made from Water

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:45pm

Join author Robert Crifasi for a discussion of his 2015 book, A Land Made From Water, which explores the ways the development of water and riparian resources in Colorado changed the face of the Front Range. Discover the events of nineteenth-century Boulder that helped set the stage for water development through the American West. This in-depth conversation will include how settlers planned and constructed irrigation systems, used the court system to establish the appropriation doctrine, and instigated a war against the Native American population to gain control of water resources.

John Waters Christmas

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:17pm

Join legendary Hollywood heavyweight John Waters for his annual Christmas show tour. During his one-man show, watch as Waters puts the X in X-Mas with his rapid-fire monologue that explores and explodes the archetypes of the holiday season. This 90-minute show will see the raconteur tackle such material as his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, his fanaticism for Santa Claus, and hs fascintation with holiday true crime stories. During the show, attendees can bring in BBQ (with vegetarian options) from The Ghost next door. Wed 8 p.m. 

 

Dew Tour: Breckenridge

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:52pm

Some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world will make their way to the Centennial State for the tenth annual Dew to show off their scintillating airborne maneuvers. Danny Davis, who took first place in the superpipe at the 2008 Dew Tour, will be competing, as will slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who won a silver medal in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Get the full weekend experience by taking in various live music sets guaranteed to keep your snowy spirits high throughout the weekend. Thurs 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

This is Spark

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 4:59pm

No matter how much you love art, there never seems to be enough time to make it to all the exhibitions around town. That’s why we love group shows like this one, which will feature pieces from each of the gallery’s 29 current member artists. While the fun comes in getting a taste of everything, be sure to check out Susan Rubin’s richly textured close-up oil paintings of flowers and plants and Deborah Byron’s colorful abstract reinterpretations of alchemical images. Thu 12-5 p.m., Fri 12-9 p.m., Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m.

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:16pm

Give the movie reruns a break and round up your family to witness the imagination of Disney stories like never before. A team of costumed professional skaters will get the audience dancing with a special preshow warm-up performance featuring Mickey Mouse. Then get ready to hear the classic songs and see your favorite characters from The Little Mermaid, Cars, Toy Story, and Frozen as you all travel from under the sea to the wintery landscape of Arendelle. Thu-Sun, times vary.

—Image courtesy of Disney on Ice

Holiday Sparklers and Cheese

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 1:15pm

Take your holiday entertaining to the next level by matching the ideal sparkling wine to your whey of choice. Come with an empty stomach, as chef Steve Duty will walk you through an extensive tasting experience with more than five cheese and beverage pairings. Thu 7-8:30

Elephant Revival

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:53pm

For ten years now, this neo-acoustic folk group from Nederland has been building a dedicated fan base for its self-proclaimed “transcendental folk” style. Hear the progressive blend of bluegrass, indie rock, and Celtic songcraft in tracks from the quintet’s April release, Petals. Bonus: Gipsy Moon opens the show with dance-worthy tunes of rhythmic indie folk. Thu 8:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Angie Barnes

Survival Standard

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:57pm

This five-day course prepares students for outdoor survival in the rough Colorado wilderness by teaching them basic skills like how to build a sturdy shelter, how to forage for food and water, and how to construct a fire that won’t fizzle out. Students are in good hands with instructor Robert Allen, a U.S. Army veteran and founder of the Sigma 3 Survival School, which offers a wide array of outdoor survival training sessions. Fri 8 a.m.

Three-Person Exhibition: Greg Gandy, Jeremy Mann, and Timothy P. Wilson

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 2:24pm

Viewed together, the oil paintings of artists Greg Gandy, Jeremy Mann, and Timothy P. Wilson present a study of the continuum of realism to abstraction. Wilson's rich abstracted figures, Mann's cityscapes, and Gandy's hyperrealistic San Francisco street scenes give rise to a visual treat—a collection of paintings replete with lush colors and details. Tue-Sat 11.a.m.-6 p.m.

Season's Fleetings

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:09pm

Add a little eccentricity to your holiday season at this non-traditional art show. Faith Williams’s nativity scene, made out of pieces of cut-up credit cards and Christmas ornaments inspired by Google searches (including one comparing the differences between dinosaur species), will infuse your holiday celebrations with idiosyncrasy. Susan Hazaleus’ unconventional electronic pieces, which include a talking hat, sparkling magic wand, and blinking superhero capes, are just what you need after another year of ho-hum seasonal displays.

Mike Super: Magic & Illusion

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:21pm

This all-ages show will see award-winning magician Mike Super deliver a performance that has been known to leave millions baffled and astonished. Audiences will see magic redefined as the magician uses state-of-the-art theatrical elements, including an interactive UV stage set, video projection, cutting edge magic and illusions, dramatic lighting, and energetic, digital music to wow his audiences. We guarantee you’ll walk away with a new appreciation for the art form of magic. Fri 7:30 p.m. 

 

Family Gingerbread Workshop

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:22pm

Kids are sure to know the colorful candy and frosting décor of the gingerbread house, but it’s time to get to know the plants that make up that spicy cinnamon drywall. Learn how ginger, cloves, and nutmeg distinguish this iconic holiday treat, and then taste those seasonings with some cookies samples. Each child will create a gingerbread house of his or her own to take home and enjoy. Sat-Sun, 10 a.m., 2 p.m.    

—Image courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 1:44pm

There might be no finer pairing than the holiday season and an abundance of sweet treats. With the help of Escoffier's professional chefs, learn the art of crafting Christmas brittle, classic toffee, peppermint bark, and rocky road fudge. Your holiday guests will thank you. Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Jackalope: An Indie Artisan Market

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:49pm

Discover must-haves you didn’t know you needed at this weekend-long artisanal market. Over 150 indie vendors, including Boulder fashion store Rainbow Feather, Bjorn’s Colorado Honey, and Two Ravens Soap Company, will be in attendance to help you find the perfect ways to treat your friends and family (and yourself!) this holiday season. In addition to the wide selection of original fashion and jewelry, ceramics and papers goods, and home decor and housewares, ticket holders can learn how to design their own jewelry and candles in a series of on-site workshops. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ink On Your Shirt: Kids Fabric Screenprint Workshop

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:20pm

If every inch of your fridge is covered with your children’s artistic creations, it’s time to discover a new way to display their work. This workshop will teach ages six and older how to transpose their drawings onto T-shirts, hoodies, pillowcases, tote bags, and other flat fabric items with the shop’s printing presses. You’ll need to bring up to eight of your own items to adorn (or buy some at the Ink Lounge retail shop), but Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, and Kool-Aid refreshments will be provided. Sat 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

—Image courtesy of Stu Alden, Ink Lounge

Jingle Bell Run

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:02pm

It's not all about the (jingle) bells and whistles at this annual holiday fun run. Sport your holiday best for a shot at the "Best Costume" title (there's also an award for most festive four-legged friends), and get ready for a smooth 5K course that runs from South High School to Washington Park. The top three finishers in each age group will receive medals, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arthritis Foundation, which provides funding for research, educational classes, and resources for those affected by arthritis. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Making Merry

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:30pm

Be reminded of all that is good, bad, and ugly about the holiday season in this short-story meets stage-story Christmas show. Watch as three actors and artists deliver their own renditions of classic Christmas tales as they epitomize the spirit of one of the world’s biggest holidays. The show will feature works translated for the stage by Truman Capote, Anne Roiphe, Paul Rudnick, and Pat Frank. Original music from Gary Grundei will accompany the spate of performances. Sat 2 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. 

Yana! A Farewell Celebration

Submitted by Abbey White on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 5:34pm

Honor Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) president and CEO Yana Vishnitsky’s 38 years of service at this evening gala. Vishnitsky, a Russian immigrant resettled by JFS in 1978, was hired first as a translator and case manager before attending Colorado State University and Smith College. She then rose through the ranks of the organization to become CEO in 2000. During the celebration, attendees will enjoy cocktails, musical entertainment, dinner, and dancing—all in tribute to Vishnitsky’s decades-long contributions to the JFC’s programming, capital, and infrastructure. Sat.

Cirque Musica

Submitted by Abbey White on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 6:19pm

This holiday show delivers an electrifying mash-up of live orchestra, traditional holiday tunes, and the entrancing moves of the Cirque Musica cast. This concert and visual experience takes audiences on a journey through the world of high-flying acrobatics as aerialists deliver a mind-bending combination of hijinks, grace, and dare-devil levels of athleticism. The Denver Pops Orchestra will serve as holiday-themed soundtrack to this high-flying event, which you can enjoy along with festive refreshments. Sun 7:30 p.m.

 

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:55pm

This three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and his 19-piece orchestra will arrive with plenty of hits to spread the retro holiday cheer. The group’s 16th annual Christmas tour with enthusiastic takes on seasonal classics like “Boogie Woogie Santa,” “Nutcracker Suite,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Take the night of fun as an early Christmas present—with guitar solos galore. Tue 8 p.m.

Colorado State Snow Sculpting Competition

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 1:43pm

In January, Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships will again attract snow artists from around the world, but you don’t have to wait until then to get a look at local artists’ cool creations. This year, Colorado carvers will host their own festival, the Colorado State Snow Sculpting Competition, just a month earlier as part of the inaugural Berthoud Snowfest.

Skadi: Vail's Women Ski Fest

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:06pm

This three-day retreat named after the Norse goddess of winter offers participants more than just slope time. Ease into each day with a morning yoga session before hitting Vail's world-renowned ski slopes with a guide who will provide the best tips and tricks to ensure your skiing skills are in peak condition. End each night with a signature event, including a wine and cheese party and the premiere of Between, a ski film featuring Olympians Julie Mancuso and Janina Kuzma. Wed 5-8 p.m.; Thur 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Otherworldly: a Pop-Up Dinner

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 1:54pm

This four-course, vegan meal will start with a seafood-inspired appetizer with oysters on the half shell and assorted vegan caviar and continue with a hearty portion of truffled mac and cheese, wild mushrooms, and micro greens. While finishing your meal with warm chamomile tea and dessert, enjoy the musical stylings of multiple bands including synth pop group French Kettle Station. Proceeds benefit the Denver Noise Fest, an experimental music festival in Denver.

Lupe Fiasco

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:57pm

Given that this Chicago-based hip-hop artist announced in 2015 that his three recent releases would be his last, there’s no better time to see him perform than now. He’ll have plenty of material to pull from his 16-year career, but most will stem from his trio of 2016 albums, DROGAS Light, DROGAS, and SKULLS. It might be the last time to hear the avant-garde emcee live. Thu 7 p.m.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:25pm

Experience the holiday magic of the 1964 stop-motion TV special like never before as a live-action musical. Embellished costumes, colorful sets, and the movie’s classic songs will transport all ages to the North Pole to watch as Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius visit the Island of Misfit Toys and take on the Abominable Snowman. It's an 80-minute program, with a 20-minute intermission. Fri-Sun, 2, 5, 7:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Kidtopia Mountain Spectacular

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:28pm

Make sure your kids are bundled up before you hit the slopes because they might want to stay at this mountaintop celebration all day. Get going with free snow tubing and bigfoot adventure walks, warm up with hot cocoa and fireside stories with Santa, and commemorate the moment with a snow cat photo. It all ramps up to nightly firework displays, a torchlight ski parade, and a special lighting ceremony of the world’s largest snow fort. Fri-Sun, noon-8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Jack Affleck, Keystone Resort

PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:31pm

These six rescue dogs and their tech-savvy human leader can truly take on any job to protect their community, even off-screen. See the beloved furry characters from the Nickelodeon animated series be brought to life for the first time through bunraku, a type of costuming worn by actors that uses intricate puppetry elements. You and your kids will help them search for Mayor Goodway when she goes missing on the day of the Great Race during this interactive play. Sat-Sun, 10 a.m.

—Image courtesy of Spin Master PAW Productions

Beer Festivus

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:06pm

This craft beer festivus designated for the rest of us—aka Denverites—offers brews from more than 50 local breweries including the Great Divide Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewery, and Black Shirt Brewing Co. Taking place in a picturesque airplane hangar, this boozy event acts as an ode to Colorado's thriving beer scene. 

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:59pm

Mix crunching guitar riffs, Southern-tinged witty lyrics, unadulterated rock n’ roll, and plenty of tequila, and you’re at a live show by this Tempe-based quartet. The band formed in 1998 after several members left the Refreshments, known for the theme song to King of the Hill, but have since put out ten studio albums of their own mix of alternative rock, Americana, and reggae. Get ready for a night of four-part harmonies, thought-provoking lyrics, and guitar-driven rock. Sat 9 p.m. 

Last Chance Gift Fest

Submitted by Abbey White on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 5:42pm

This market makes buying last-minute gifts for your special someone a stress-free, enjoyable experience. 165 different vendors and exhibitors will be offering their finest selections of holiday-themed foods and wares, including one-of-a-kind vintage home decor items, birdhouses, fine and metal art, as well as quilts, soaps, and jewelry. Admission, parking, live music, and hot chocolate are all free, so relax and enjoy vocals from Denver-based singer-songwriter Kenny Lee Young as you shop. Sun 10 a.m.

Finding Neverland

Submitted by Abbey White on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:15am

Discover the origins and magic of one of literature’s greats in this ten-day run of J.M. Barries Finding Neverland. Based on the critically acclaimed and Academy Award nominated 2004 film, London playwright Barrie struggles to find creative inspiration unti he meets a group of four young boys and their widowed mother. Entranced by their boyish dreams and make-believe adventures, Barrie drums up a story that he believes will astound London theatergoers. The Dec. 21 evening performance will include a 15 minute post-show talkback with the cast, while the Dec.

Frosty & Frozen

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:32pm

Get your whole family into the holiday spirit with a concert hall sing-along for all ages. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will provide the backing as you sing classic winter tunes like "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Come dressed in your most comfortable sleigh apparel, or, better yet, as your favorite character from Disney’s Frozen for the special reprise of “Let it Go.” Wed 6:30 p.m.

Art-O-Palooza Camp

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:37pm

It may be winter break, but that doesn’t mean your children’s creativity should take a vacation, too. These morning, afternoon, or daylong workshops will encourage kids to channel their cabin fever energy into painting, sculpting, weaving, and mixed media. Full-day registration includes care during the lunch hour, but kids should bring their own lunches. Tue-Fri, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m.

Adventure League Go

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:35pm

Tell your kids to get their phones charged and the Pokemon Go app ready for this two-mile quest through Boulder. Group leaders will put their agility skills to the test with mini challenges along the way, such as beanbag grabs, while kids look for chances to catch more Pokemon. Costumes—Pokemon or otherwise—are encouraged, and the best costume will earn points to use for Adventure Quest characters. Tue 6:15-8:15 p.m.

The String Cheese Incident

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:01pm

Telluride’s and Crested Butte’s own six-part bluegrass group has become a leader in grassroots band development since its formation in 1993. Known for elements of rock, electronica, calypso, country, reggae, and jazz, SCI pairs its original music with equally impressive stage productions and effects, including psychedelic light shows and videos. Check out the band’s ongoing commitments to touring with green practices and giving back to the communities that they visit. Thu-Sat, 8 p.m.

Kusha: Denver

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:08pm

Ring in 2017 at this three-day yoga and cannabis workshop. Under the guidance of yoga instructor and KUSHA owner Harleigh Reynolds, you'll discover the role cannabis can play in your yoga practice both physically and mentally. You'll practice several yoga styles over multiple sessions, including Yin and Vinyasa, and pair each with a different form of cannabis. End each day with a soothing CBD oil massage from massage therapist and yoga instructor Jen Hilman. Fri 1-9:30 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-midnight; Sun 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Mon 9 a.m.-noon

Nahko and Medicine for the People

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:05pm

Few musical collectives have carried out a mission of love and self-healing as clear and dedicated as that of Nahko and Medicine for the People. The five-member group continues its message through a worldly mix of rock, hip-hop, and alternative folk with songs from the June release of its third studio album Hoka. Bonus: Colorado-native Flobots opens with environmentally focused rock and hip-hop tracks. Fri-Sat, 8 & 9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Big Hassle

The Beach Boys

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:02pm

It may be snowing outside, but you can escape with the beach-themed “good vibrations” of this more than 50-year-old iconic rock band. Mike Love will lead in showcasing the group's decades-long repertoire of summery pop tunes like “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” The band continues to deliver the same bold imagination and distinctive style that made them stars half a century ago. Fri 8 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:39pm

If you’re not there to see the celebration on the museum plaza this New Year’s Day, then you’ll definitely hear it. Kids armed with party horns, noisemakers, and festive masks of their own creation will gear up to ring in 2017 with a noon countdown, when they'll stomp on a 40-by-20-foot sheet of bubble wrap as the ball drops. Then party through the afternoon with hot cocoa, food truck eats, and family-friendly entertainment. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Children's Museum of Denver