09/2016

Pete Davidson

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:08pm

As the first ’90s-born cast member of Saturday Night Live, this groundbreaking comedian knows how to appeal to an audience of millennials. The 22 year-old actor and stand-up comic from New York, who has appeared on Comedy Central and in the movie Trainwreck, will crack jokes about drugs, sex, and politics during this stop on his Prehab tour. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri 7:30, 9:45 p.m.; Sat 7:30, 9:45 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Comedy Works

A Taste of Colorado

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 9:17am

Celebrate the best of Colorado cuisine by tasting old favorites alongside dishes from fresh new restaurants. New bites featured in this year's spread include baby back ribs and pulled pork from Souza's Smokin BBQ as well as chicken tikka masala from India's Restaurant. Enjoy samples of appetizers, entrees, and desserts as you jive along to the sounds of jazz and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and blues-rock group the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Fri-Mon, times vary. 

Creating Crumbling Cosmos

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:39pm

Colorado Springs multimedia artist Evan Mann's installations and videos combine a monochromatic palette with formal structures that echo objects such as clouds and bones. Inspired by cosmic forms and biological architecture, this retrospective solo exhibition features a diverse display of videos, installations, and set pieces from previous film projects. Be sure to stick around after viewing the films for a Q&A with the artistFri 7-10 p.m.

Toughest Monster Truck Tour

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:58pm

Your car-loving kiddos will be revved up to witness these colossal trucks speeding around an arena. Don't miss the demolition derby or thrilling side-by-side races, two monster-size competitions featuring dozens of colorful racers such as Avenger and Equalizer. Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 1 p.m.

Get Growing! with Ollin Farms

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:09pm

Your kids may get their hands dirty, but it's worth it if they learn how to grow vegetables in the process. Kena Guttridge, teacher at Ollin Farms, will teach kids and parents how to harvest end-of-summer vegetables and how to prepare and weed the garden before fall produce arrives. Fri 9 a.m. 

—Image courtesy of WOW! Children’s Museum

On the Periphery

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:34am

This multifaceted exhibit will showcase the work of three very different, but equally unconventional artists, all of whom are considered groundbreaking within the contemporary art scene. Discover Michigan painter Felicia Forte’s vividly colored depictions of everyday objects, such as sandwiches and televisions, which provide an intriguing contrast to Lindsey Kustusch’s dour paintings of gritty, lived-in streets in her native San Francisco.

Riot Fest

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:17am

You're sure to find the sound that matches your style at this massive music festival, which features alternative, indie, and psychedelic rock bands. Jam at a performance by Los Angeles–based rockers Jane's Addiction, sway along to sad lyrics and soft melodies by post-punk group Death Cab for Cutie, or head bang your way through a show by horror band the Misfits. Fri-Sun 11 a.m.

Pueblo Creative Corridor Art Walk

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:13pm

If hearing "Pueblo" makes you think of steel rather than art, maybe this showcase of the city's burgeoning creative corridor will leave you with a pleasant new impression. Don’t miss the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center’s exhibition of John Suhay photographs, which depict everyday life in contemporary Pueblo, or new watercolor and acrylic works from award-winning painters Kay Bauman, Shirley Meyer and Joann Faulk.

Elsa Sroka Solo Exhibition

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:58am

Elsa Sroka's method of painting—laying down foundational colors then scraping some of the paint away—is not the only unconventional element of the artist's work. At this solo exhibition, you can admire Sroka's unconventional cow series, which includes paintings of bovines in odd locations as well as intimate portraits of the animals. By juxtaposing elements of abstraction with realism in her works, Sroka creates playful tension. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Lit Crawl Denver

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:45pm

You don't have to travel to Paris or Rome to get cultured—there are plenty of high-brow authors right here in the Mile High City. More than 30 Denver-based writers, including BK Loren, Khadijah Queen, and Manuel Ramos, will be stationed along Tennyson Street to share excerpts of their latest and greatest works. After hearing several stellar readings, continue the word-themed fun at the Fu*%ing Fabulous Fiction Fest, where you can try your luck in a combination spelling bee-drinking game or dance to live music from indie rock duo High Fiction. Fri 6-11 p.m.

The Money Shot

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:41pm

At this comedy directed by Denver native Warren Sherill, limits will be tested in a hilarious way. The play, which was written by Neil LaBute, centers on two rundown Hollywood stars. When these has-beens are offered an opportunity to take a gig and regain their fame, they (and their significant others) have to decide how much they're willing to give up for a second chance at stardom. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 7:30 p.m.

Middle-Aged People Sitting in Boxes

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:07am

After watching this unconventional comedy, you might find yourself laughing at your daily errands. Inspired by a This American Life episode about boredom, the actors at Buntport Theater Company wrote this hit play, which features four middle-age performers engaged in mundane everyday tasks, like folding laundry and being on hold with customer support, inside Plexiglass boxes. As the 40-somethings meditate on the absurdity of the middle years of their lives, it'll be easy for you to find hilarity in the ordinary. Thu-Sat 8 p.m. Sun 3 p.m.

SHEL

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:48pm

During this innovative concert, four sisters from Fort Collins will show off their peculiar blend of ethereal vocal harmonies and electronic rhythms. With influences from a wide variety of genres, including ’60s rock and classical symphonies from the 18th century, their tracks are an experiment in self-exploration, both lyrically and musically. Thanks to their family teamwork, the quartet blends beatboxing, synthesizer, mandolin, and fiddle into an intriguing, collaborative sound. Fri 8 p.m. 

—Image courtesy of SHEL

Labor Day Lift Off

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 4:26pm

Take flight in one of more than 65 hot air balloons at the start of this weekend-long extravaganza. After returning to the ground, glimpse demonstrations by Wings of Blue, the U.S. Air Force parachuting team, then join in the Saturday sports exposition, during which you can try everything from ultimate frisbee to "zorb" soccer, a game in which you wear a giant inflatable orb and bounce off fellow players. Sat-Mon, times vary.

Labor Day Lift Off

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 8:26am

At this colorful festival, glimpse more than 50 unique hot air balloons on their ascent into the morning sky—or sign up to take a ride in one yourself. After your flight, catch a thrilling aerial performance by the Wings of Blue Demonstration Team, the U.S. Air Force's skydiving stunt troupe, or rent a paddleboard and spend the day gliding across Prospect Lake. Then finish a high-adrenaline day with a cold Budweiser, a lively performance by Suga Bear and the Showtime Band, and a blues show by the Austin Young Band. Sat 6 a.m.

—Image courtesy of Labor Day Lift Off

Wild West Air Fest

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:19pm

Start your long weekend with a day of dynamic aerobatic performances. Check out a demonstration by the seven-plane air team Rocky Mountain Renegades and professional air showman Bob Freeman in his single-seat 330SC plane. Then have your own aerial adventure by taking a ride in a T-6 Warbird. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Wee Firefighters Safety Class

Submitted by Molly Longman on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:38pm

Stop, drop, and learn at this interactive six-week fire safety seminar. With a little help from the experts, your child will learn how to crawl low under smoke, put out flames on his body, and feel doors to see if they're too hot to open. Bonus: the kiddos will love climbing inside real fire engines during a museum tour. Sat 9-10 a.m.

The Yoga Expo

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:49am

At this diverse festival, both beginners and expert yogis can strengthen their practice (and core). More than 50 local studios, including Samyama Yoga Center and Hot Chakras Yoga, will teach innovative classes and workshops on subjects such as meditation and mind awareness. After trying out some new poses, browse vendors such as Athleta and Lärabar to find yoga apparel and gear as well as vegan culinary delights. Bonus: Don't miss a presentation by lifestyle and diet guru Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram of FullyRaw. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Juvenile Corrections

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:34pm

At a time when flaws in the criminal justice system are becoming more and more apparent, this visceral photography exhibition provides a stark look at American juvenile corrections. California-based photographer Richard Ross documents the treatment of youth in prisons across the country, while Zora Murff is inspired by his experience working as a tracker for convicted young adults in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Richard Ross

Block Party

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:32am

Witness a return to hip hop's roots during this street-inspired dance competition. These epic onstage battles will feature crews from across the country, including Utah-based group Underground Crew and Vegas dancers the Body Poets, as well as troupes hailing from as far as Spain, Germany, and Russia. Between battles, attendees can enjoy performances from contemporary dance outfit Backbone Dance Company and local hip-hop crew Academy of Raw. Sat-Sun 1-10 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Rain Duran

Broncos Back to Football 7K

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:26pm

Celebrate the return of football season by throwing on your favorite Broncos jersey and joining other die-hard fans for this fun run. Joggers will follow a route through Sloan’s Lake Park before returning to the stadium for a quick sprint across the field. After you've broken a sweat, check out the post-race health and fitness expo, which will include a photo shoot with Broncos cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot, as well as family-friendly relays and football drills. Sun 8:30 a.m.

Mishawaka 100-Year Harvest Dinner

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:25am

By indulging in a five-course, farm-to-table meal, you'll be doing more to support local agriculture than just eating it. Savor summer risotto, roasted pork, and a sweet corn salad made by Chef Brent Jackson from the Kitchen alongside brews from from Horse & Dragon Brewing Company or cider from Summit Hard Cider, while folksy duo Last Call Romance gives a live musical performance. Proceeds benefit the Kitchen Community in its project to build a garden at Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins. Sun 5-9 p.m. 

Gregory Alan Isakov

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:27pm

Hear the contemporary indie folk harmonies of Gregory Alan Isakov accompanied by the sounds of a full symphony orchestra during this collaborative concert. To celebrate their recent joint project—an 11-track album—the singer will perform his South African's travel-inspired melodies alongside the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Bonus: Feminist folk singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco is set to open with tracks from her newest album, Allergic to Water. Sun 7 p.m. 

—Image courtesy of Blue Caleel

Doug Loves Movies

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:40am

Comedian Doug Benson, who you might remember from Comedy Central’s Last Comic Standing or the comedic documentary Super High Me, is taking his hilarious film-centric podcast on tour. Attendees can expect their favorite moments from the podcast in the live performance—including local comedians as surprise special guests and funny movie trivia games—which will be taped to broadcast in a future episode. Mon 4:20 p.m.

Denver Food & Wine Festival

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 10:18am

This six-day culinary extravaganza explores all that the Mile High City's elite food and wine scene has to offer—and it offers plenty. Gaze at a beautiful night sky during the new Dinner Under the Stars event, during which acclaimed chefs such as Paul Reilly of Beast & Bottle and Alex Seidel of Mercantile Dining and Provision will create a five-course meal. Then sample small bites and sips from more than 40 award-winning chefs, mixologists, and wine professionals at local restaurants, such as the Nickel and Leña, during a large-scale tasting event. Tue-Sun, times vary. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:41pm

Familiar red boulders blend into the desert landscape of a faraway planet at this intergalactic installment of Film on the Rocks. Watch as heroine Rey and former Stormtrooper Finn join forces with the Resistance to topple the totalitarian First Order. Before the screening, Denver electro-pop band Rose Quartz will delight you with a stellar live jams. Tue 7 p.m.

Denver Broncos Kickoff Party

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 9:45am

Welcome the 2016 world champion Denver Broncos with a two-day party in the heart of the Mile High City. After you take photos with the Broncos cheerleaders, test your skills on a football-themed obstacle course and snag autographs from legendary players such as former safety Steve Atwater and former cornerback Champ Bailey. Then get pumped for the opening night game with a lively musical performance by Denver-based indie rock group One Republic and country singer Dierks Bentley. Wed 3-8 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Food Fight

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:06pm

Trade Chopped reruns for Denver chefs battling live at this charitable competition. After local culinary celebrities, including Beast & Bottle's Jodi Poulson and Dan Kane from Del Frisco's Grille, craft five delectable courses, you can sample small plates and cast your vote for the most delicious entries. Proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation, an organization that funds research on the autoimmune disease systemic scleroderma. Wed 6-9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of the Scleroderma Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter

Prophets of Rage

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:02am

This American supergroup, which includes members of alternative bands Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy, formed to make a political statement. By drawing influences from genres such as punk, rap, and metal, they've created their own innovative sound to broadcast their liberal messages. During this politically charged show, expect to hear their self-titled breakout hit. Wed 7 p.m.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:09pm

At this cultural celebration, take a trip to the Emerald Isle or the Scottish Highlands without ever leaving the Centennial State. Enjoy performances by a variety of Celtic artists, including Irish singer and comedian Seamus Kennedy, Toronto-based rock group Enter the Haggis, and Scottish folk singer Ed Miller. Then competitive visitors can mount a trusty steed and take a stab at jousting or put their footwork to the test in the Irish Feis Dancing contest. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 9:45am

Celebrate one of northwest Colorado's most majestic creatures during this avian-themed festival. At sunrise, take a guided bird walk to glimpse flocks of greater sandhill cranes, then learn more about the long-legged birds in talks by international bird experts, including veterinarian Barry Hartup and Mongolian conservationist Nyambayar Batbayar. If you're feeling inspired by the graceful creatures, you can even attend a photography workshop or a sketching class to create your own souvenirs. Thu 4-8:15 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5:45 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 5:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Ali Wong

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:15pm

You might recognize this writer-actress-comedian from her Netflix special, Ali Wong: Baby Cobra—but then again, you might not. When the stand-up genius recorded her routine, she delivered raunchy, straight-forward jokes about sex and sexism while seven months pregnant. At this irreverent show, her belly is gone, but this "Best Comedian of 2009" winner will still use her non-nonsense sense of humor to question conventional ideas about motherhood and feminism. Thu 10 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Ron Luba

Mindfulness in the Mountains

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:01pm

Relax your body and calm your mind during this serene mountain escape. Vail Mountain Guides will lead you on an hour-long hike into the backcountry, where you’ll engage in daily Vinyasa Flow and restorative yoga and meditation with Mariah Schuette, co-founder of yoda studio In Your Element. When you aren’t honoring your practice, enjoy the view of the San Isabel National Forest while you discuss strategies for finding inner peace with your companions. Fri-Sun, times vary.

—Photo courtesy of Kim Fuller

Colorado Fall Home Show

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 3:54pm

With a few design tips from the pros at this convention, you can create a cozy new space. Attend free seminars with remodeling experts such as Kimberly Johnson of Envy Interiors, who will walk you through 2016 trends, as well as Leslie A. Kazmierczak of Level10 Interiors, who has advice for adding more colors and patterns into your home. Then head to the showroom market to snag a statement rug from Azari Rug Gallery or a bed frame from Rocky Mountain Hideaways. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Unbridled Brews

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:54am

Forget Pokemon Go—it's time to test your Mario Kart skills. At RiNo's first annual beer and cider festival, Colorado brews and grub will be served with a side of arcade games. Local food trucks such as El Carte 303 and California Wrap Runner will provide food, and local breweries such as Great Divide Brewing Co. and C Squared Ciders will provide beer and cider.

Bye Bye Birdie

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:45am

This musical satire set in the 1950s promises a night of family fun. When beloved rock-and-roll star Conrad Birdie is drafted to the army, his agent puts on a final publicity stunt to give one lucky fan a special goodbye—kiss and serenade included—before he is shipped overseas. His arrival turns a small Ohio town upside down, and he soon finds himself reconsidering his celebrity career as he gets wrapped up in the local drama. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Clint Black

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:47am

During this twangy performance, this Texan's country hits will take you back to the late ’80s with his distinctive baritone voice. The singer-songwriter will croon about love, loss, and coping with alcohol in hits such as "Killin' Time" and "A Better Man." Fri 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Anime Film Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:09am

Even if you missed comic con, you can still geek out at Colorado's inaugural cinematic festival dedicated to Japanese cartoons. Catch 10 classic anime films, including a 10th anniversary 35mm screening of Paprika, a science-fiction story about a psychiatrist who can enter her patients' minds, and Studio Ghibli's folktale The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Plus, meet voice actors Kyle Hebert and Laura Post during Q&A panels after the films. Fri-Sun, times vary.

—Image courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Colorado Through the Seasons

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:22pm

Celebrate the places that make Colorado so colorful at this exhibition of Drew Sarka's seasonal landscapes. Each of the 20 works on display was inspired by the Aurora-based doctor's travels across the state. After you browse through his oil paintings, listen to the artist give a talk about his creative process and enjoy an acoustic rock performance by guitarist Greg Young. Sat 9 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of Angela Shugarts and Drew Sarka

Day Out With Thomas

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:37pm

Your children's favorite characters will come to life during this real-life ride on Thomas the Tank Engine. Kids and parents alike will enjoy a ride through scenic North Table Mountain Park with favorite characters such as Sir Topham Hatt. After spending time on the train, take a turn around museum exhibits and visit a petting zoo. Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Doggie Plunge

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:21pm

Don't let the final dog days of summer slip by without spending a day with your pooch. More than 400 pets and service dogs will take part in one of three two-hour swim sessions, during which pups can try out life jackets and water toys from Outward Hounds. Be sure to snap a photo with your four-legged pal at the dog kissing booth, and grab a PawBender frozen custard treat from Good Times for your pup to enjoy.

Tour de Fat

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:38am

You might have to wait a month for Halloween, but you can show off your costume now, thanks to this eccentric cycling-focused festival. Burn some calories during a colorful bike parade, then dance along to a live performance by space blues band Kolars and bluegrass musician Ben Solle as you sip on a New Belgium brew. Before you leave, be sure to enter a raffle for a chance to win a new two-wheeler. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Urban Homestead Tour

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 11:14am

At this self-guided tour, even city slickers can learn all they need to know to start an urban homestead in their own backyards. On a bike or in your car, venture to 10 urban homesteads throughout the Denver metro area, where you'll get advice on composting, gardening, and beekeeping. Then head over to the Jefferson Park Farm & Flea, where you'll find more 50 vendors, such as Naked Goat Farm and WornRaw selling their DIY wares. Sat 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Erin Bird

 

Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:52pm

During this block party, you and your family can celebrate 20 years of public television. Kids can hop around in a bounce house, jump rope, or spend the day interacting with their favorite television characters including Caillou, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Daniel Tiger. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Inherent Intent

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:43pm

Creating art often takes careful planning and preparation, but this diverse group exhibition is all about impulse. Using a minimal color palette, six artists from around the world explore the role of spontaneity in their own personal processes. Stone-carver Vanessa Clarke allows her material to guide her, watching the stone naturally transform with each cut, and Udo Nöger’s paintings incorporate translucent substances, allowing light to enter each work and affect its appearance. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Walker Fine Art Gallery

High Elevation Rock Festival

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 11:46am

Show off your head banging skills at this hardcore music festival. Sixteen heavy metal and alternative rock bands, including metal mainstay Avenged Sevenfold and Grammy-nominated metalcore band Killswitch Engage, will shred throughout the day on two different stages. Make sure you have the energy to mosh for hours by refueling at food trucks such as Wheels on Fire Pizza, Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, and North of the Border Grill. Sat noon-11 p.m.

Denver Chili Fest

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:05pm

At this heat lover's contest, sample six different chili dishes alongside a cheese quasadilla, then cast your votes to choose the $100 winners in each category. While you're there, be sure to try an unconventional twist on the spicy favorite: Sweet Action Ice Cream's Roasted Green Chile flavor. Proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies, a local nonprofit that distributes meals to impoverished individuals. Sat noon-6 p.m. 

Lafayette Brew Fest

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 10:43am

At this booze-lover's festival, more than 25 local breweries and cideries will quench your thirst. Sample four-ounce pours from a wide variety of local beermakers, including Avery Brewing Company, Boulder Beer, and Eddyline Brewery, or indulge in a refreshing, gluten-free glass of cider from Firestone-based Wild Cider. Throughout the day, satisfy your hunger by snacking on grub from Butcher and the Blonde, Lowco, and Miller's Bar and Grille. Sat 2-7 p.m.

James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 11:39am

Join chef Bradford Heap from Wild Standard as he works with other top chefs in Denver to craft a meal for particularly refined palettes. The multicourse menu includes hand-rolled cavatelli by Alex Seidel of Mercantile Dining & Provision as well as a Colorado-sourced lamb dish by Boulder chef Dave Query. Each course will be complemented with wine pairings selected by sommelier Brett Zimmerman and cocktails created by mixologist Bryan Dayton.

Denver Monologue Slam

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:35am

This theatrical event is the first of its kind in the Mile High City and your chance to get an intimate look at talented local actors. It will be an evening full of surprises, as performance slots are first-come, first-serve, but attendees can expect to hear monolouges of all genres, including published plays, television shows, films, and original work. The winner of the slam will be awarded a cash prize—so you may even want to consider preparing a three-minute piece and hopping up on stage yourself. Sat 6:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of David Carroll

Maria Bamford

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:22pm

Known for her impressive impersonations and self-deprecating humor, Maria Bamford uses comedy to delve into some pretty serious topics, including bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and suicide. These are all problems she’s faced herself, and she’s not shying away from them. From silly songs about anxiety to darkly funny bits about Joy-Whac-A-Mole—a "game" in which your family members try to squash all of your good news—Bamford shows her audiences that any topic can be funny. Sat 8 p.m.

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:45pm

Paris might be the fashion capitol of the world today, but French fashionistas once took their inspiration from Japan. This historical exhibition features works by six prominent Japanese designers and celebrates the style revolution they started in Paris during the 1980s. Issey Miyake’s designs incorporate an inventive approach to pleating, while Yohji Yamamoto showcases avant-garde oversized silhouettes.  Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rise and Dine

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 2:10pm

Satisfy your a.m. cravings at this inaugural breakfast smorgasbord, which is part of the Denver Food and Wine Festival. More than 15 local eateries, including Denver staple Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, will be serving up tasty brunch favorites alongside a Bloody Mary bar with a world-record 57 garnishes. The best part: you're told to show up in your pajamas. Sun 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Four Whales and a Dolphin

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 11:38am

At this unconventional exhibition of paintings, Denver artist Sierra Barela will showcase a collection of images that juxtapose innocent subjects—such as Disney princesses and dolphins—and more adult themes. Her works, which are reminiscent of collages, are intriguing not only because they contain peculiar combinations of images, but also because she uses a wide variety of techniques, including abstraction and figuration, to create them. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Helikon Gallery and Sierra Barela

Torah Scroll Dedication and 9/11 Memorial

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:36am

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, but for the Jewish community in South Metro Denver, it also calls for a long-awaited celebration. At this ceremony, an expert ritual scribe will present the authentic Torah scroll he completed after a year and a half of meticulous work, while a cantor leads a traditional memorial prayer for those lost in 9/11. After the memorial, enjoy light refreshments by LaVie Kosher Catering and dance to live music by a local Jewish klezmer band. Sun 1 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Eliyahu Yosef Parypa/Chabad.org

Colorado Remembers 9/11 Tribute Concert

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:03pm

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, help commemorate our nation's first responders and service members during this memorial and live concert. The starting ceremony will feature a procession led by the Colorado National Guard and a special display of steel recovered from the World Trade Center. After watching the parade, meet local police and fire department members, and grab a snack at one of 15 food trucks, including California Wrap Runner, Maine Street Barbeque, and Sweet Cow Ice Cream.

Art Outdoors! The MOA Sculpture Hike

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Fri, 09/09/2016 - 4:31pm

During this tour, admire a collection of engaging installations and get some fresh air at the same time. Start Greenwood Village's Marjorie Park, which is home to Wiedenblum, an 18-foot living willow sculpture as well as a series of bronze sculptures depicting scenes from Alice in Wonderland, then make your way to Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre to see the concert venue's 30-feet-tall living flower walls, which consist of more than 25,000 plants.

Heads Up Fore Cancer Golf Tournament

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:37pm

Put your putting skills to the test at this philanthropic tournament. After chowing down on a barbecue lunch from the Hyland Hills Clubhouse, your team will visit 18 holes and try their luck at winning the trophy. Proceeds benefit the Diane Dawson Foundation, an organization that provides aid for children and families who have lost a loved one to cancer. Mon 12:30 p.m.

Farm-To-Table Pop-Up Dinner

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:47am

Before you indulge in this five-course meal, get a behind-the-scenes look at the origins of your dinner. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of a working goat farm, then settle in to enjoy a seasonal supper featuring locally grown ingredients. Jeff Deakyne from the Plimoth and GrowHaus' aquaponic farm manager Marielle D'Onofrio will collaborate to create dishes such as corn soup, wild mushroom tagliatelle, and Colorado lamb tartare. Mon 5:30 p.m. 

Chasing Dragons

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:49pm

Building on one of his previous bodies of work in which adult magazine covers were cut and inlaid together, Aspen-based artist Robert Brinker's latest solo exhibition features large-scale cut paper dragons. The reptilian representations are crafted from the scanned collages, which were then pared down to the shape of the scaly mythical creatures, some as big as 60 inches in length. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Michael Warren Contemporary

Uniquely Colorado

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 5:10pm

At this philanthropic celebration of the Centennial State, enjoy a show by Boulder-based bluegrass band Mayhem Gulch and savor a brew from Avery Brewing Company. Patty Limerick, co-founder of the Center of the American West, will speak about the critically dynamic relationship between our state’s growing population and the preservation of its cultural and natural resources as Cater Rendezvous serves a Colorado-themed menu alongside local beer and wine.  Proceeds benefit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a statewide nonprofit that helps maintain Colorado’s trails, parks and open spaces.

Avery Brewing Co. Beer Dinner

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:28am

Say goodbye to summer with multiple cold beers and a fall-inspired meal curated by chefs Alex Schuler and Sven Hedenas from Arugula Bar e Ristorante. Avery Brewing Co. will offer seasonal brews, including El Gose, a German-style sour ale, and Salvation, a Belgian-style Golden ale to complement the five-course meal, which will include a Caprese risotto, butter-and-beer-poached crawfish, and vanilla pound cake. Tue 6:30 p.m. 

Maná: Latino Power Tour

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:29am

This Guadalajaran rock band will deliver jubilant jams and rhythmic refrains during this energetic performance. The Grammy– and Billboard Award–winning quartet, which has previously been called "the U2 of Spanish rock," is known for its unique reggae-inspired sound. Wed 8 p.m.

Reel Rock Film Tour

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:41pm

Adrenaline junkies will enjoy a hefty dose of adventure at this climbing-focused festival. Find inspiration in a handful of action flicks, including a documentary of 15-year-old climber Ashima Shiraishi's V15 ascent of Mount Hiel in Japan, then try your luck at a climbing competition at Movement Climbing & Fitness Denver. After you've scaled a few walls, browse vendors such as the North Face, Gore-Tex, and Sterling Rope for sick new gear. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Unclassified Site Museum

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:51pm

Shift your view from a skyline of cranes and new development projects and glimpse a vestige of the Mile High City's past at this Black Cube pop-up art installation. Created by Sangree, an artistic collaboration between Mexico City artists René Godínez Pozas and Carlos Lara, the installation includes glass cubes that function as an above-ground minimalist sculpture and as viewing windows for the subterranean remnants of a building owned by some of Denver's earliest residents. Wed-Fri noon-4 p.m.

Breckenridge Wine Classic

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:25pm

At this vino lover's extravaganza, take in a breathtaking mountain view with a wine glass in hand. Sample a five-course, farm-to-table dinner by Sevens' executive chef Tristan Guger and don't miss the Wine on the Mountain Grand Tasting, during which attendees have the opportunity to sample small bites and wines from eateries including Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon, Ember Restaurant, Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria. Thu-Sun, times vary. 

Fort Collins Fringe Festival

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:40am

A beloved Scottish tradition is making its way to Northern Colorado in the form of this diverse performing arts festival. The lineup or artists isn't juried—meaning any kind of performance is welcome—so attendees can expect to see traditional theater to belly dancing to stand-up comedy. Be sure to check out acts from the Comedy Brewers improvisation troupe, a Fort Collins–based group that creates an entire 30-minute play on the spot using suggestions from the audience, and a spoken word performance from local slam poetry collective Slamogadro. Thu-Sat, times vary.

McNichols Grand Re-Opening

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:05pm

Celebrate the grand re-opening of one of Denver's preeminent arts spaces with two new exhibits. Photographer Rich Clarkson's portraits of iconic athletes, including Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, are the highlights of his sports-focused exhibition while a variety of local artists, including designer Rick Griffith and installation artist Rebecca Vaughan, will show off their cycling-themed works in I've Got A Bike. After browsing the galleries, enter the raffle to win tickets to a Red Rocks concert or a show at the Buell Theatre. Thu 5:30 p.m.

Rainforest Yoga for Families

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:04am

During this new family-friendly class, you and your little yogis can have a relaxing bonding session together. The workshop, led by Melissa Studenski of Golden Yoga & Healing Arts, will cover the basics of vinyasa yoga, a style that involves linking movements with breath. As you and your child try a variety of easy poses and sequences, be sure to admire the tropical butterflies gliding around you in the rainforest conservatory. Thu 5:30-6:15 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Butterfly Pavilion

Looking Backward/Moving Forward

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:05pm

Experience four decades of the Arvada Center’s most popular exhibitions, as well as works from new artists, at this anniversary retrospective. In the "Looking Back" gallery, don't miss Denver painter Sushe Felix’s Southwestern landscape acrylics and Trine Bullimer’s oil paintings of nature. Then discover Boulder-based contemporary artist Dylan Gebbia-Richards' intensely colorful encaustic wax works in the "Moving Forward" section. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m; Sat 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Sushe Felix

 

 

Reel Rock Film Festival

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:09pm

Thanks to this adventure film extravaganza, you don't have to climb a fourteener to get your adrenaline fix this weekend. During screenings of five different films, admire feats accomplished by world-class climbers, such as Ashima Shiraishi and Kai Lightner, the teenage stars of Young Guns who scale the Flatanger cave in Norway. Enjoy your adventurous movie night with a cold pale ale or stout from Upslope Brewing Company and a snack from the Skratch Labs food truck. Thu-Fri 6-10 p.m.

The Spins: National Vinyl Listening Party

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:24am

At this party, you don't have to choose between the gritty sound of a vinyl record and the thrill of a live performance. As you sip on a pineapple saison from Black Shirt Brewing Co., listen to the bright and poppy Glass Animals album How to Be a Human Being, which includes a collection of songs told from different characters' points of view. Then stick around for a live set by Denver-based, indie psych-pop group Sunboy, during which you have the chance to win a copy of the Glass Animals LP. Thu 6:30-10 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Ashlee Newman

This Is Modern Art

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 3:42pm

At this spoken word reading and book launch party, celebrate hip-hip culture's contributions to the art world. After you listen to an engaging reading of This Is Modern Art, the story of a group of street taggers in Chicago striving to redefine art with their graffiti, meet playwrights Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin during a Q&A session. Then snag a copy of the script and enjoy a hip-hop courtesy of Denver's DJ Chonz. Thu 7-9 p.m. 

The Mowgli's

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:59am

Make the most of your last week of summer by soaking up some positive vibes at a concert featuring a sunny West Coast pop band. The Mowgli's will play tracks from their junior album, Where'd Your Weekend Go?, which features love-centric, uplifting lyrics—like those in their previous hit “San Francisco"—and folk-infused harmonies. Before the headliners take the stage, catch indie rocker groups Colony House and Dreamers playing a colorful blend of 1970s punk and power pop. Thu 8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Photo Finish Records

Wet Mountain Western Pilgrimage

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:41am

Don your cowboy hat for this Southwestern extravaganza, during which you’ll celebrate Colorado's ranching heritage. After learning how to train horses at Music Meadows Ranch and taking tours of old railroad cars at railway museum All Aboard Westcliffe, you’ll be an expert on the West. Finish the weekend with a screening of Western flick Cat Ballou at the old Jones Theater, then indulge in a dinner featuring classic recipes from the valley’s centennial and old-times ranchers. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:16pm

This autumn-themed outdoor party returns with a handmade twist. Browse more than 120 vendors selling artisan wares, including jewelry from Alison Blair Studio and leather accessories from By Elke, while the kiddos enjoy a variety of classic carnival games. Before you leave, be sure to stop by the beer garden for a White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company or a refreshing Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant margarita. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Pedal the Plains

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 12:46pm

Hop on your bike for a weekend-long celebration of cycling culture. The tour will stop in Ordway, Fowler, and La Junta, and cyclists will have an opportunity to check out attractions along the way, including the Olney War Memorial and the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway, before settling in to sleep at an indoor or outdoor campsite. If you want to add a few more miles, the 100-mile Century Ride and 5-mile Family Fun Ride will both take place on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Denver Post Community Foundation, which distributes money to Colorado nonprofits. Fri 10 a.m.- Sun 3 p.m.

No Go Home

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:26pm

This heady exhibition examines the still-evolving legacy of Drop City, the nation's first countercultural art commune, which took root near Trinidad in 1965. In this show curated by Los Angeles-based writer Jan Tumlir, glimpse paintings by the commune's founder, Clark Richert, alongside works by younger artists who have been inspired by the Drop City legacy, such as collage artist David H. Bailey.

Artists' Book Cornucopia

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:53pm

Books aren’t just literary works of art—their pages can become canvases, collages, and even sculptures. This bibliophilic group exhibition features 50 works from international artists highlighting the diversity of the book arts genre. Featured artist Karen Hardy, the recipient of the 2015 Abecedarian Gallery Director’s Exhibition Award, channels a curiosity about materials into her works, which are composed of handmade paper. Thu-Fri 1-6 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m. 

—Photo courtesy of Abecedarian Gallery

Girls Night Out Tapas and Sangria

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:56am

If you prefer your wine chilled and adorned with fruit, this educational girls night workshop is perfect for you. As you sip on refreshing sangria, chef Chris Herrington will teach you and your gal pals how to cook up Spanish-inspired small bites, including gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), lamb meatballs, and chocolate-dipped churros with a chocolate dipping sauce. Then enjoy your delicious creations during a family-style dinner. Fri 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Artmix

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:37am

Bid on experimental masterpieces at this silent auction featuring more than 110 contemporary artworks by local, national and international artists. The diverse mix of compositions will include pieces from several Front Range artists, such as Scott Young's neon signage photograph "Wish You Were Here" and Xochi Solis’ abstract painting “We Were Meant to be Side by Side.” Come for the offbeat art and stay for the Oak-Aged Imperial Stout from Boulder's Finkle & Garf Brewing Company alongside hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Cured. Fri 6:30-9 p.m.

Flick Fridays – Kung Fu Panda III

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:07pm

Little ones will be treated to Little Man ice cream with a side of cartoon martial arts during this family-friendly movie night. Kids will slurp down Banana Chip or Cheesecake Brownie as a cone as they watch Po the Panda embark on another adventure tracking down his biological dad, finding missing Kung Fu masters, and discovering an ethereal golden pond in which he meets turtle Master Oogway. Fri 7 p.m.

Gloria Steinem

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 4:46pm

Meet one of the most prominent voices of the American women's rights movement at this engaging talk and book signing. Listen to feminist icon Gloria Steinem discuss her recently published book, My Life on the Road, which chronicles her personal growth and travels during her life of activism, and take home a signed copy to read yourself.

Yael Naim

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:01am

This Parisian indie folk goddess is known for her acoustic melodies and profound lyrics about finding joy in a strange world. During this intimate show, the Victoires de la Musique–award winner will delight you with songs such as her 2008 hit single "New Soul," a lighthearted tune about discovering your path in life. Fri 8 p.m.

Lake Street Union Yoga Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:33am

Unwind after a stressful week at this relaxing day-long yoga retreat. Ten instructors from Colorado studios, including Vail's In Your Element and Avon-based Revolution Power Yoga, will offer 11 workshops catering to both beginners and experienced yogis. Newbies can learn about guided meditation or practice poses with their pups during a dog-a bonding session, while pros can test their balancing skills while SUP-ing on Nottingham Lake.

Colorado Crush

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:18am

Instead of visiting a gallery, experience art on the street during this community-focused event. Drop by during the two-day festival—which features street artists from across the country and around the world—to watch as sweeping graffiti creations and inventive street sculptures are made right before your eyes. Gamma’s large-scale spray-painted street murals are known for their photorealistic quality, while the Ladies Fancywork Society crafts crocheted pieces to adorn statues and fences. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Teddy Bear Clinic

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:54am

The kids can bring their favorite stuffed animals into the zoo for a check up at this educational event. Volunteers from Children’s Hospital Colorado will educate young ones about medical procedures they can try on their furry friends, such as measuring heart rates. In addition, Denver Zoo mascot Elbert the bear will be there to meet little doctors and help them treat their fluffy patients. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 3:02pm

Explore the history of the Red Rocks Territory and the longstanding Hispanic communities who lived there at this art market and cultural celebration. The family-friendly event will feature blacksmithing and rope making demonstrations, a display of santos (folk artwork inspired by saints), and a fashion show focused on buckskin attire. Attendees also have the chance to meet Chicano Humanities and Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award–winner Carlos Santistevan, a folk artist from the Centennial State. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 
 

Adventure Fest

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 2:26pm

Skip the I-70 gridlock and enjoy your mountain pastimes in the heart of the Mile High City. Climbers can race up a mobile wall, cyclists can try out fat bikes and compete in fix-a-flat contests, and campers can learn hacks for primitive cooking. But our favorite station is one that requires you to exert no energy at all: the Thirsty Village, which will pour beers from four local breweries as well as fresh batches of kombucha. Sat 10 a.m.

Second Anniversary Celebration and Pumpnik Pie-Eyed Release

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:47am

Forget pumpkin spice lattes—we'd rather satisfy our craving with a pumpkin-flavored brew. In honor of its second anniversary, Lost Highway Brewing Company will release its new Pumpnik Pied-Eyed brew alongside barbecue from the Ol' Skool Que food truck and small "bundtinis" from Nothing Bundt Cakes. In addition to the tasty treats, celebrate the brewery's birthday with a full day of activities including a yoga class, a pumpkin carving contest, and live music by indie group the Dollhouse Thieves. Sat 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Cocktails 101: Essential Classic Cocktails

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:50pm

After this hands-on workshop, you'll never need to leave your house for a well-crafted drink. Katy Foster, the chef and owner of Stir, will teach you all the tools and skills you'll need, such as muddling and straining, to craft perfect martinis, mojitos, and margaritas. Sat noon-3 p.m. 

Steuben's Ice Cream Social

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:59am

Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo ice cream until next year. Join the executive pastry chef of Steuben's, Nadine Donovan, as she showcases four frosty flavors: Cracker Jack, strawberry malt, banana cream pie, and graham cracker chocolate porter. Grab a cone from the Ace Bar Bus, then challenge your friends to a free game of ping pong on the patio. Sat 12-3 p.m. 

Art Feast

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 5:01pm

Food and art collide during this interactive walking tour of 10 galleries and art-focused shops. Start by visiting Fascination St. Fine Art, where impressionist artist Michael Flohr will discuss and sign prints from his exhibition Cityscapes from Around the World. Then peruse the unique American historical prints and maps at Philadelphia Print Shop West, which houses a five foot tall wall map of Colorado, before learning to make your own prints during a demonstration at Tam O'Neil Fine Art.

Family Fun Night: Campfire Tales

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:35am

At this seasonal celebration, you and your family can enjoy a picnic dinner as well as dessert around the campfire. After snacking on the supper you brought, storyteller Cliff Davidson will tell family-friendly tales from India, Angola, and the United States as you and the little ones snack on s'mores. Bonus: Before you leave, the kids can pick out a potted house plant to use in your fall decor. Sat 5:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

Inspire4

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:52am

Gain unique insight into the life of cyclist Greg LeMond, a three-time Tour de France winner, at this documentary screening. The thrilling film tracks the renowned road racer's life up until his first Tour de France win in 1986. After the show, meet the 1989 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in person as he answers audience questions about his life and the filming process. Proceeds benefit the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project, an organization that provides mentors and scholarships for Colorado youth. Sat 6 p.m.

SausageFest: An Oktoberfest Celebration

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:53am

You don't have to travel to Munich this fall to sample a delicious spread of German fare. At this Oktoberfest bash, fill your stein with a frosty beer, such as a malty Märzen or a citrusy Weissbier, from Prost Brewing and snack on a roasted bratwurst from Denver's Continental Sausage. Show up before the noshing for live music that starts at 6:30 p.m. — clap along to a live polka performance by the Polkanauts and a selection of European-inspired tunes by the costumed Frisco-based group the Lederhosers. Sat 7 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Pixabay

Ruin and Rose

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:17am

In this unconventional ski movie, director Ben Sturgulewski juxtaposes scenes of a dystopian future with real footage of the world's top skiers. As you alternate between the story of a group of wandering children attempting to escape their sandy apocalyptic home and live shots of athletes flying down the slopes at Whistler-Blackcomb and completing jumps in Les Arcs in France, consider the effects of our changing climate on one of Coloradans' favorite winter pastimes.

Harvest Moon Long Course Festival

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:57pm

During this cardio-focused day of activity, take your pick of three heart-pumping competitions: a half-triathlon, a duathlon (running and biking), or aquabike (swimming and biking). All swims will take place in Boulder Reservoir, all biking will be on the rolling paved roads of Boulder County, and all races will conclude with a Slip ’N Slide finish, even those that didn't involve running. After you've burned some calories, Wahoo’s Fish Taco will be serving up a Mexican buffet for the perfect recovery meal. Sun 7:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

Denver Kidney Walk

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:06am

During this Sunday morning stroll, you can raise money for the fight against kidney disease. Sign up to run in the 5K and burn some calories or register for a more relaxing 1.5-mile walk around Anschutz Medical Campus. Feel free to bring your four-legged friends, and be sure to grab breakfast from Bruegger's Bagels and a morning dose of caffeine from Copper Door Coffee Roasters. Proceeds benefit the National Kidney Foundation, an organization that funds research to find a cure for kidney disease. Sun 8-11:30 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of Kendra Burrell

Hop, Skip, & A Jump Start

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:47am

Introduce your little one to good habits during this day of kid-friendly exercise.  Little ones will get their heart rate up during the toddler trot or infant crawl-off, or you can grab the stroller and burn some calories during a 5K.  After you've done some cardio together, they can explore the museum and refuel with healthy snacks. Sun 9 a.m.

Stories on Stage: Dogs vs. Cats

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 5:25pm

During this engaging performance, viewers will hear both sides of the age-old battle between dog and cat lovers. Storytellers will share three humorous, poignant short stories about topics such as cats' personality quirks and life from the perspective of a dog. After both performances, attendees can chat with the cast while enjoying cookies and milk. Bonus: Before the show, you can adopt your own furry companion from the Denver Animal Shelter. Sun 1:30, 6:30 p.m.

Sowing the Seeds at Acres Farm

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:19pm

Join some of Denver's top chefs, including Blake Edmunds from Bar Dough and Andrew Van Stee from Cart Driver, as they craft a meal using organic produce grown by Josh Olsen from the Squeaky Bean Farm & Table. This seven-course menu will include farmed rabbit served with summer squash as well as vadouvan-seasoned duck served with carrots and walnuts. As you nosh, enjoy non-alcoholic drinks, such as pressed cider with tarragon and cherry soda, and finish the evening with a slice of zucchini cake, pumpkin beignets, or peach parfait. Sun 5 p.m. 

Celebrate the Fall Harvest

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:36am

Your child will be excited to eat fruits at veggies at this garden brimming with peppers, zucchini, and onions. Kids can explore the plot, craft garden-themed sculptures, and go on a hunt for bugs. Then young gardeners will use a juice press and solar cooker to cultivate their culinary skills and transform fresh produce into tasty treats, including pressed cider, apple salsa, and kale chips. Mon 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Switchfoot and Relient K: Looking for America Tour

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 5:08pm

Two alternative rock bands coming together on stage means twice as many riffs and gut-wrenching lyrics. The collaborative show will include songs from Switchfoot's new record, Where the Light Shines Through, which features lively tunes such as "Bull in a China Shop," as well as older slow jams from both groups such as “Your Love is a Song” and “ Be my Escape.” Mon 7:30 p.m.

Burlesque is Coming

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:42am

Thanks to this sensual comedic performance, you can experience King's Landing without waiting for the Game of Thrones premiere next April. Burlesque dancers from across the country, including Cherie Sweetbottom from Washington, D.C. as well as Denver's Maggie Missiles, will show off their sexy adaptations of your favorite characters from the series, including Danaerys Targaryen and the Lannister siblings. Between their routines, fans will also appreciate Richmond-based comedian Ray Bullock's hilarious riffs on the story. Mon 8-10 p.m.

ATV Historical Color Tour

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:14am

Explore the fall colors of Buena Vista on this self-guided, off-road adventure. The scenic routes, including the easy Hagermann Pass and the difficult Chinaman Gulch trail, will take you past old abandoned mines and through ancient forests as you take in the view of Huron Peak, Missouri Mountain, and Mount Belford Belford. Proceeds benefit Buena Vista Heritage, which seeks to preserve the history and the natural beauty of the mountain town. Tues-Sat, times vary.

The Skatalites

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:40pm

This Jamaican ska group is known for its reggae feel and upbeat rhythms. The reformed ’60s ensemble’s performance will includes tracks from their 2012 album, Walk With Me, which is full of optimistic tunes like “Dessert Ska” and “Hot Flash.” Tue 8:30 p.m.

Aspen Film Festival

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 4:15pm

With both regional and U.S. premieres in the lineup, you're sure to find your new favorite movie at this massive festival. Check out more than 20 feature-length films, including the Colorado premiere of Sundance Festival favorite Certain Women, which stars Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart and follows four Montana residents whose lives between strangely intertwined. Between screenings, you can also attend panel discussions on the challenges of creating autobiographical films as well as the benefits of using film as a tool for achieving social justice. Wed-Sun, times vary. 

Tegan and Sara

Submitted by Molly Longman on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 5:03pm

This Grammy-nominated indie pop duo combines folk music and synthetic pop into their own unique sound. During this show, expect to hear the twins show off their signature sultry vocals with hits from their eighth studio album, Love You to Death. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Yoga Journal Live! Colorado

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:19am

Roll out your yoga mat for this four-day festival featuring a wide variety classes and workshops taught by instructors from around the world. You can hike up into the Rockies for a meditation session during a meditation and flow workshop with Gina Caputo, founder of the Colorado School of Yoga, or take notes in a yoga business class taught by Karen Mozes, co-founder of the Yoga Business Retreat. At the yoga market, you’ll find food vendors like Natural Epicurean and Gaia Herbs selling healthy snacks and clothing companies Karma Collective and Teeki.

John Buck

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:55pm

John Buck’s kinetic wooden sculptures are unique whirring structures that stand up to 20 feet tall. In this solo exhibition he uses his peculiar medium of choice to address American politics and the unconventional drama of the 2016 presidential campaign. The gallery show includes wall relief panels, bronze sculptures, and large-scale paper works that express the artist’s discontent with corruption, demagoguery, and the loss of American ideals. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Robischon Gallery

Evita

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:25pm

Immortalizing the story of former First Lady of Argentina Eva “Evita” Péron, this rags-to-riches musical is the winner of three Tony awards. The tale spans more than 20 years, depicting Evita’s rise from a poor but driven young girl to a powerful political figure, and features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, including the long-time fan favorite "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina." Thu-Fri 6 p.m.; Sat noon, 6 p.m.; Sun noon

CineLatino MiniFest

Submitted by Abbey White on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:06pm

Celebrate Latino filmmakers' contributions to the cinematic world at this engaging four-day festival. The event includes 15 features and documentaries, including spiritual drama The Vessel, the story of a man who rebuilds a new structure from the remains of a fire-destroyed elementary school, and documentary short Clever. In addition attendees can see free screenings of Jack Black’s Nacho Libre and Willie Velazquez: Your Vote is Your Voice, a eponymous documentary about the Latino grassroots activist. Thurs-Sun, times vary. 

Shear Madness: The Hilarious Whodunit

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:44am

It’s finally your chance to play detective during this uproarious regional premiere. Set in a Colorado Springs hair salon, the play follows colorful local characters, including a flamboyant hairdresser and a mysterious old man who calls himself a used antiques dealer, as they attempt to discover the culprit who killed the landlady upstairs. Audience members question the suspects throughout the show, and at the end of the night, you decide who’s guilty—so dust off your deerstalker now. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Oktoberfest

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:18pm

Don your lederhosen and snack on a salty pretzel during this massive cultural celebration. After you’ve hoisted the heaviest steins in a weight-lifting competition or challenged your friends to a game of keg bowling, fill your glass with a German brew, such as a Franziskaner Weissbier. While you sip, musical acts such as folk band Poet’s Row and alternative group Ancient Elk will give live performances. Fri-Sun, times vary. 

Extreme Mammals

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:57pm

When you hear "mammal," you might think of dogs or chimpanzees—but this class of warm-bloodied animals is quite a bit more varied. With more than 5,000 species of creatures, including unfamiliar ones such as scaly pangolins and egg-laying echidnas, there’s more to Mammalia than what you'd find in a zoo. This large-scale exhibition celebrates the diversity of Earth’s vertebrate beasts with reconstructions, such as a diorama showing the Earth's foliage 50 million years ago, as well as interactive demonstrations that focus on the ancestry of these strange hairy critters.

Unwrap: Women of the Cypher

Submitted by Abbey White on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:37pm

In an effort to highlight hip-hop's often-overlooked female scholars and artists, this educational performance will explore every aspect of the culture, from graffiti art and breaking to DJing and emceeing. Attend an engaging panel discussion focusing on gender, discrimination, and misconceptions within and about the creative community with some of the sharpest and most renowned minds in hip-hop dance, music and performance.

Food Truck Safari: Nautical Nibbles

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:52am

Denver might be landlocked, but the zoo offers more than one way to consider marine animals this weekend. Grab a seafood bite from one of 10 food trucks, including ahi tuna burritos from Chuey Fu’s Latin-Asian Grub or sustainable eel rolls from Roll It Up Sushi Truck. Then Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the artist behind Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, will answer questions about her conservation-focused exhibit featuring large-scale sculptures made from sea-salvaged refuse, which will debut at the zoo this weekend. Fri 6:30-9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Denver Zoo

Confluence: A Musical Journey

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:00am

Honor the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service with an engaging film and musical performance inspired by nature. The documentary follows indie folk band the Infamous Flapjack Affair as its members travel through four national parks in the Colorado River basin (including our own Rocky Mountain National Park and Arches National Park near Moab) and interview individuals whose livelihoods depend on the mighty river. After the movie, sip on a brew from Finkel & Garf Brewing Company as the band plays tunes it wrote on its journey. Fri 7-11 p.m.

The DSTILL Showcase

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 9:49am

Join some of America's top artisan booze makers, including 808 Distillery and Downslope Distilling, as they gather for a night that highlights the American small-batch spirits scene. With your complimentary commemorative glass, sample dozens of spirits as well as cocktails prepared by the Colorado Bartenders Guild, such as an Old Tom Mule and a Fancy Baby Old Fashioned. On-site restaurants, including Bar Dough and Vital Root, will provide small plates, including Italian cold cut sliders and a small plate with dates, goat cheese, and a walnut-chili oil. Fri 7-10 p.m. 

Belong Tour

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:20pm

When you fill an arena with women of all backgrounds striving to make a difference, the right guidance and motivation can spark awe-inspiring change. An impressive group of artists, authors, and leaders—including political activist Angela Davis, author Jen Hatmaker, and singer Sharon Irving—will lead this all-female event featuring educational presentations and community-building discussions. Join this two-day program to develop strategies for nurturing greater relationships and living with purpose. Fri 7-10 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

—Image courtesy of 2016 Belong Tour

44 Plays for 44 Presidents

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:09pm

Escape from the current election season with a play that highlights the light-hearted absurdity in the lives of our former commanders-in-chief. During this lightning-round summary of American history, you'll watch 44 two-minute vignettes that cover each of the former presidencies, from our nation's idealistic founders to the men that navigated economic hardship after the Great Depression.

Jaipur Literature Festival

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:22pm

This massive book lover's faire, which was established in India a decade ago, features 100 authors and personalities from around the globe. Guest speakers will include Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, and Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, Queen Mother of Bhutan. Sat-Sun, times vary.

—Photo courtesy of [email protected]

The Four–Twenty Games

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:54am

If you view of cannabis users as stoners confined to the basement, this event might encourage you to rethink your position. Gather at Berkeley Lake Park for a scenic 4.2-mile run and don't be shocked if you get lapped by former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, since the former University of Colorado running back will join runners on the track.

Out of the Darkness Walk

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:37am

At this charitable event, join thousands of fellow Denverites in creating a supportive community for those whose lives have been affected by suicide. Before the 2.9-mile walk around the concourse of Coors Field, stop by the resource fair to visit with organizations like the Denver Family Institute and the Second Wind Fund, which are committed to suicide prevention. You can also put in a bid at the silent auction for items such as a Broncos jersey signed by running back C.J. Anderson.

Pumpkin Festival and Weigh Off

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:15pm

Your kids might have seen the Great Pumpkin from Charlie Brown last Halloween, but they can glimpse giants gourds up close at this seasonal celebration. Nearly 100 farmers have brought their biggest pumpkins in hopes of breaking the 1,478-pound record set in 2013, so little visitors have plenty of produce to see. They can also race across an obstacle course, play water balloon games, and snack on hot dogs and shaved ice. Sat 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Jared Nursery Gift and Garden Center

Pioneer Living Day

Submitted by Molly Longman on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:26am

Journey 100 years into the past with your son or daughter and learn to a life without modern technology. Your child will spend the day milking wooden cows, scrubbing clothes on an old-fashioned washboard, and even watching a blacksmithing demonstration. After they've worked hard, they'll have the chance to indulge in homemade ice cream and lemonade. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Three Concurrent Solos

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:54pm

Discover and compare unique approaches to perspective and composition at this exhibition featuring three aesthetically distinct contemporary artists. Check out Anna Charney’s abstract digital environments, which she makes by airbrushing and stenciling, before you contemplate Adam Vinson’s tricky still-life works, which often look like mixed media pieces but are actually oil paintings. Then don't miss Boulder artist Bill Snider’s industrial, abstract paintings, which consist of graphics, numbers, shapes and dynamic marks that look more like two-dimensional sculptures than paintings.

Renegade Craft Fair

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 1:56pm

Nearly 100 artisans will show off their wares during this large independent craft fair. Browse local goods, such as Colorado-themed graphic tees from Bozz Prints or large gemstone rings from Adina Mills. After perusing a wide variety of crafts and wearable items, satisfy your sweet tooth with a puffed amaranth or espresso & sea salt chocolate bar from Dead Dog Chocolate or an iced chai from the Sophisticate's Tea. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair

 

Richard Schmid: A Retrospective Exhibition

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 2:17pm

Painter Richard Schmid, one of the most well-known contemporary American realists will showcase decades of his work at this exhibit. The show will include new paintings as well as several older works from private collections that haven't been shown to the public in many years. Don’t miss his impressionistic, expertly lit landscapes or "Nancy & Friends," a richly colored composition of a woman relaxing on a couch with her two cats.  Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Gallery 1261

Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:35pm

This charity festival will appeal to you whether you're a history buff or simply a fan of tasty burgers. Sip on cold beverages from 25 brewers including Smiling Toad Brewery, Fossil Brewing Company, and Eddyline Brewing while enjoying pizza and burgers from local restaurants and tapping your toes to a live performance by bluegrass band the Ruxton Railsplitters. Proceeds benefit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center Museum. Sat noon-5 p.m. 

Great American Beard and Moustache Championship

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 2:47am

Whether you're sporting your own impressive beard or you simply appreciate a snazzy pair of whiskers, this quirky competition is the perfect time to get your facial hair fix. This hairy showcase features gentlemen competing in more than 20 different categories, from best Dali moustache to most creative full beard. Even clean shaven attendees can participate by crafting their own clever beard-moustache combinations out of household materials. Proceeds benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides low-cost housing for veterans, and the Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance. Sat 3:30 p.m.

Supernova

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:04am

Supersize your screentime at this digital animation festival, which will be displaying motion-art pieces from around the world on three different screens. Short form digital media experts and guest jurors Claudia Maté, Jonathan Monaghan, and Morehshin Allahyari will be awarding cash prizes to the most impressive creations. Don't miss British graphic designer Keiichi Matsuda's Hyper-reality, which mixes live footage with digital elements to create a sense of virtual reality. Sat 4-11 p.m.

Back the Truck Up: Food Truck Fundraiser

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:05am

Catch some of your favorite meals on wheels, including barbecue truck Chibby Wibbitz and the Mac Shack, before prime food truck season ends. As DJ Sawn Green plays live tribal and house music, you can nosh and sip on an IPA, pale ale, or saison provided by Black Shirt Brewing Co. or wine from Molly's Spirits. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District's back-to-school initiatives to provide backpacks and vaccinations to children. Sat 4-9 p.m. 

Jazz on the Patio

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:18pm

Get hoppin’ to the steps of the jitterbug at this 40-minute swing dance lesson taught by Swingin’ Denver’s Jessica Nelson and Wiley Skewes. Then put your new moves to the test as Denver-based La Pompe Jazz plays gypsy folk tunes and Odessa Rose West performs Americana swing and jazz favorites. When you’re ready to take a break, the night’s specials have you covered—snack on a picnic pack, which includes a tangy mustard-covered pulled pork sandwich on a pretzel bun with coleslaw and German potato salad, and wash it down with a Headybrah Oktoberfest brew. Sat 4:20-8 p.m.

Washed Ashore Beach Party

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:10pm

Bring your young sea explorers to get their faces painted, visit costumed mermaids, and meet Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the artist behind the new traveling 15-sculpture exhibit made almost entirely from collected beach debris. Ocean enthusiasts of all ages can learn about their favorite sea creatures from the Ocean First Institute, a nonprofit promoting protection of marine environments.

The Second City Guide to the Symphony

Submitted by Abbey White on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:20pm

After a raving debut in 2014, famed comedy troupe Second City will bring its signature mash-up of side-splitting comedy and symphony music back to the Mile High City. In a series of performances, attendees will enjoy improvisational skits celebrating our love for the symphony, including "First Date," during which a man attempts to bluff his way through his date with a classical music lover. During this satirical revue, comedians will poke fun at instrumentalists, composers, and symphony-goers to a soundtrack of pieces by Mozart and Mahler. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Tails and Trails Scavenger Hunt Hike & Party

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:08am

Instead of taking your pup on the same walk around your neighborhood, treat him to a pet-friendly scavenger hunt. With both two- and four-legged friends, head out on the Ken Caryl Trail and try to photograph yourself performing as many tasks on the list as you can, including forming a human pyramid or pretending to row a canoe, within the two-and-a-half-hour time limit. When you return, treat yourself to a Stubborn Monk Belgian Dubbel from Living the Dream Brewing, while your pooch competes in a dock-diving contest with other dogs. Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Spill Canvas: Requestour

Submitted by Molly Longman on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:52pm

During an interactive tour, this alternative, acoustic rock band will let their audiences select a set of hypnotic harmonies for them. The group, which was influenced by early 2000s rock bands Buckcherry and Jimmy Eat World, is sure to play fan favorite "Our Song," which focuses on movie-themed clichés and relationships.  Sun 8 p.m.

Miscast

Submitted by Abbey White on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 1:52pm

The Drunken Bachelor Talk Show host Eric Mather and Curious Theatre Company visiting actor Damon Guerrasio will co-host this unconventional comedic show, during which more than 30 of the Mile High City's best performers will play the roles they would never be cast in. (Last year that included an aging male Annie and a pair of female Book of Mormon elders.) Guests can also get up on stage themselves and participate in several hilarious improv games.

Mask Project Luncheon

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:46pm

At this charity meal, you can meet your favorite and make a difference at the same time. Savor a light lunch of salad with grilled chicken, pretzel rolls, and Parisian macarons as New York Times best-selling author Mitch Albom delivers a keynote speech on his book Tuesdays With Morrie, a story that explores the challenging, fulfilling experience of growing old. Proceeds benefit the Denver Hospice, an organization that strives to provide a comfortable home for those near the end of their lives. Wed 11:30 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of Mitch Albom

Momix: Opus Cactus

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:51am

Contemporary dance meets theatrical illusion in this inventive celebration of movement. Inspired by the American Southwest, this performance consists of complex visual scenes, during which dancers contort and connect their bodies to depict the native flora and fauna of the desert, including slithering lizards and regal cactuses. Stunning lighting effects complete the image as the stage is flooded with bright color. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.

Manitou Springs Waterfest

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:39am

Work up a sweat and cool down at this water-focused weekend retreat. During the Friday welcome reception, participate in an aqua-yoga class or soak and chat in SunWater Spa. On Saturday, the action starts at 8 a.m. with the Mayor's Cup Run 5K and continues with bike rides through Garden of the Gods led by guides from Manitou Spokes. Proceeds benefit the Mineral Springs Foundation, which aims to restore and preserve natural mineral springs. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Music District Grand Opening

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:42pm

Come celebrate the opening of Fort Collins' newest musical contribution to its growing music scene. The 57,000-square-foot complex will house everything from cheap-to-rent practice rooms and performance areas to music-related stores and apartments for resident musicians. During the grand opening, take tours of the inventive new campus, nosh on refreshments, and dance as local DJs spin some tracks. Fri 7-11 p.m.

The Stinky Cheese Man

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 08/05/2016 - 12:18pm

Childhood classics get a satirical twist during this live musical interpretation of your favorite storybook fables. Kids will delight in seeing the protagonist from Jack and the Beanstalk narrate modified tales about barnyard animals and fumbling giants. In these unconventional version, characters like Chicken Little and the Gingerbread ignore traditional plots and even call the president to help them deal with their troubles. Fri-Sun, times vary.