11/2014

Puppy Up! Denver Walk and Festival

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

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

Home for the Holidays 5K & Family Fun Run

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

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

Greyhound Centennial Tour

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

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

Spice Demonstration with Chef Zieg

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

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

Calavera Ball: ¡Viva la Muerte!

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

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

South Pacific

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

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

Bob Dylan and His Band

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

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

Paranormal Palace

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

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

Denver Gorilla Run

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

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

South Pacific

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

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

Lucinda Williams

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

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

Truffle Dinner

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

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

—Photo Courtesy of Barolo Grill 

Interstellar in 35mm

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

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

Holiday Exhibition

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

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

CSU-Pueblo's Got Talent

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

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

RAC

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

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

Water of Life Festival

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

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

Colorado Symphony with Pinchas Zukerman: Mozart's Requiem

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

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

Ancient and Tremulous

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

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

 

 

 

Ski & Snowboard Expo

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

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

Farm to Table Art Banquet

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

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

Holidays on the Prairie

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

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

Secret Chefs

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

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

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

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

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

Retreat to the Rainforest

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

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

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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

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

Date*

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

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

Bighorn Sheep Festival

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

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

Celebrate the Harvest

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

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

Kelly Berger

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

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

Date*

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

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

Lewis Black

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

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

Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon

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

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

The Great Candy Run

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

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

Bastille

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

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

School's Out Safari

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

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

Starz Denver Film Festival

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

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

One Painting at a Time

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

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

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

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

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

Bleachers

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

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

Meet Dr. Scott

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

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

Educational Wine Tasting

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

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

Chaircuterie

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

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

Date*

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

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

The Black Keys

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

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

Art Denver

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

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

 

Date*

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

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

Legally Blonde Jr.

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

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

Pumpkin Pie 5K/10K

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

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

Jewelry Making

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

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

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music is Awesome!

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

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

Teen Art Show

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

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

Date*

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

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

Madama Butterfly

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

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

Legally Blonde Jr.

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

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

First Aid Kit

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

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

Denver International Wine Festival

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

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

Denver Snowball 2014

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

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

John Oliver

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

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

Beaujolais & Beyond Wine & Food Festival

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

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

Chef & Brew Festival

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

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

Date*

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

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

Denver Christkindl Market

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

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

 

Burgundy Wine Festival

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

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

Denver Holiday Food and Gift Festival

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

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

 

Traveling the Silk Road

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

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

Date*

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

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

Broad City Live

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

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

The Last Waltz Revisited

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

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

The Snow Queen

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

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

Santa Train - North Pole Adventure!

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

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

Colorado Days

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

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

Turkey Trot Predict

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

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

Legally Blonde Jr.

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

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

Date*

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

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

Flying Lotus

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

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

Drawn from Nature

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

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

BITE special "All Options" performance

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

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

100 Men Who Cook Black Tie Fundraiser

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

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

She Loves Me

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

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

Kids' Thanksgiving Event

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

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

Har Mar Superstar & The Pizza Underground

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

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

Catch the Glow Parade & Celebration

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

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

Rope the Rockies Colorado Fall Championships

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

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

The Santaland Diaries

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

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

Woodward Remix

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

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

The Nutcracker

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

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

Legally Blonde Jr.

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

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