One man's trash is another man's treasure. In this resourceful and unique exhibit, the museum's artists make shapes and forms out of the old floor. Some pieces will be on the ground while others will hang on the wall, preserving the past as a new floor comes to life. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Calling all stout lovers! For the entire month of February, Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery and its offshoots will dedicate themselves to this dark, rich ale. Taste more than 20 of Mountain Sun’s own stouts (favorites like Girl Scout Stout and Coconut Cream Stout are back) as well as guest brews from other Colorado craft breweries. Sun-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Celebrate the life of famed writer Kent Haruf with this adaptation of the last book in the Plainsong trilogy. Set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, this production delves into the meaning of war, gay rights, and religion through the lens of the protagonist's decline from cancer. Haruf himself passed away in November, leaving a rich homegrown legacy behind in print and on stage. Tue-Sun, times vary.
For the first time since 1999, the world ski championships return to the states. The best and fastest male skiers will race down the famed Birds of Prey course, while the newly designed Raptor course will host the women. An array of music, medal ceremonies, and bites and libations from local Vail restaurants will keep the entertainment level high long after the lifts shut down. Days, times vary.
Wale is the rare vocalist that fits into the world of underground rap as well as the pop music scene. The emcee gained notoriety in his hometown of Washington, D.C., years before mainstream rap took notice—but now Wale makes appearances on tracks alongside superstars like Rick Ross, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. Mon 8 p.m.
Your parents probably told you these classic stories, but they didn't have an orchestra as background music. In this production, music and storytelling blend as the Once Upon a Time ensemble of the Colorado Symphony performs fables like The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Tortoise and the Hare. Boxed lunches from Firehouse Subs are available for the later performance. Tue 9:30, 11 a.m.
Travel to a world where mice are expert dressers, fairy godmothers wave their magic wands to deliver couture ball gowns, and glass slippers are the key to a lifetime of love. Experience the magic of Roger and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning Broadway production live before watching the newest cinematic version in theaters this March. Days, times vary.
Romance and love takes to the canvas in this juried exhibit. The show is open to residents and college students 18 and older. Expressing their hearts in multiple forms of art, the aesthetics will move the cupid in you. Mon-Thu 9 a.m-8 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m.
Imagine running a 30-hour, 100-mile race without stopping. Impossible? Not for Zak Wieluns, an ultra-runner and star of 100: Head/Heart/Feet. This feature length documentary follows Wieluns as he trains for the Vermont 100 Endurance Race, which sees some of the country's most extreme athletes traversing paved streets and country roads, day and night. Only a few complete the race, which you can enjoy from the comfort of the Alamo Drafthouse, a cold beer and bottomless popcorn in hand. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Film and faith buffs alike can discuss religious reels in this month-long course. Iliff School of Theology professor Jeffrey Mahan guides the Tuesday evening sessions to determine what makes a film religious. Showings include Of Gods and Men, and, of course, The Big Lebowski. Tue 7 p.m.
The Cinderella of the stage—insecure, hopeful, determined and ultimately triumphant—connects with all of us in this Broadway musical tour. The show is reprisal of the made-for-television musical that stared Julie Andrews with music by Rogers and Hammerstein (the duo famous for such shows as Oklahoma, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music). Cinderella features iconic songs, “In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible; It’s Possible.” Make sure you have both glass slippers before you leave your seat at the performance’s end.
Travel to a different culture and religion with this comprehensive film festival. Spanning 11 days, this festival showcases 28 films along with guest speaker Nancy Spielberg, who produced Above and Beyond, a festival entry about Jewish WWII pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. Other notable films include Of Many, a Chelsea Clinton documentary about an uncommon alliance between Muslim and Jewish religious leaders, and God's Slaves, a thriller centered around terrorist bombings of Israeli targets in the ’90s. Days, times vary.
For a child younger than six, sitting through an orchestra’s performance might be a difficult task. The solution: literally surround your tyke with the music. Tiny Tots provides an opportunity for children to sit on the floor while a 30-piece orchestra plays around them, allowing little ones to learn about the instruments and interact with the conductor and musicians. Wed 9:30, 10:45 a.m.
For Kim Dufford, sculpting is akin to storytelling. Her whimsical figurines convey amusing stories that pull the viewer into imaginative worlds. This solo exhibition showcases a variety of her recent ceramic works. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
There once was a tale of riddles and spun gold that came to a children’s theater for kids to behold. Join the performers of Heritage Square and director Rory Pierce as they tell the Brothers Grimm tale of a devious little man bargaining for the first-born child of a queen. Wed 11 a.m.; Fri 11 a.m.; Sat 1 p.m.
The town of Steamboat transforms itself into a snowsports arena. Ski racing, jumping, and skijoring for all residents and ages will take place throughout the streets and mountain village. The local high school's band will perform at the parade and fireworks will accompany the athletics. Days, times vary.
Showcasing documentaries, comedies, thrillers, and dramas by Jewish filmmakers and relating to the community’s cultural, political, and historical issues, this beloved film festival comprises 28 total screenings, most of which are Colorado premieres. Among this year’s features is a collection of short films, including one from executive producer Chelsea Clinton.
Sam is an Iraq army veteran; Amira is the niece of a former Iraqi translator. Set in New York City, Amira & Sam is the story of their love, faced with mounting obstacles and memories of a country ravaged by war. Although the subject matter of writer-director Sean Mullin’s debut is serious, the film itself is playful—as smart a romantic comedy as you'll get. Wed 6 p.m.
Dancer Elizabeth Streb flies through the air with the greatest of ease, but the 64-year-old doesn't limit herself to the trapeze. Director Catherine Gund’s film, Born to Fly, focuses on Streb’s penchant for combining dance and acrobatics over her decades-long career. Watch Streb and her troupe twist, turn, and even take on the towering London Eye Ferris wheel. Wed-Sun, times vary.
Steve Legg—or, as he prefers, s.legg—recently came out of a year of silence, watching and recording everything he encountered. View his work inspired by this mute year in this exhibit featuring sculptures, photography, and indoor installations. Stepping aside from his gender and race classification, he says he strives “to see everything and everyone from all viewpoints and contexts.” Tue-Sat Noon-6 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Steve Legg
Throw on your bell bottoms and relive one of the most pivotal years in recent American history. This groovy exhibit will document the ramifications of the Vietnam War and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's assassination as well as significant pop culture events like the Broadway debut of the famed rock musical Hair. Experience the retro atmosphere first with food, cocktails, and live music at the premiere party—or splurge on VIP tickets for access to the even more exclusive pre-soiree event. Thu 6:30-11 p.m.
‘Tis the season for comfort foods, and this class delivers with hearty Italian classics. Learn how to bring the warm, bold flavors of Italy into your kitchen with a range of techniques and authentic ingredients. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you prepare dishes like pan-seared calamari, homemade tortelloni, and pizza rustica. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Rock band Bush has been bringing its British-bred grunge to U.S. audiences since 1992. The latest incarnation of the band reformed in 2011 and features original drummer Robin Goodridge and vocalist Gavin Rossdale, whom you may recognize from his 2014 appearance on The Voice alongside wife Gwen Stefani. Bush’s 2014 album, Man on the Run, oscillates between electronic sounds and melodic metal, embracing the garage band sound fans have come to love. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Formed when the members were students at the University of Buffalo, jam band Moe. has since established itself as a musical force on par with Phish—or maybe even the Grateful Dead. Its unique blend of rock and Americana has allowed this five-piece ensemble to become a staple throughout the festival circuit. Thu 9 p.m.
In this turn-of-the-century play, a black seamstress named Esther lives in a boarding house for women and finds success by sewing custom lingerie for a variety of clients. She marries a man she’s never met when she becomes lonely, but discovers a lifetime of matrimony is not what she expected. Issues of race, women’s worth, and the pursuit of dreams are depicted through Esther’s struggles. Days, times vary.
African artists join forces to explore society through photography. Their work displays the political forces changing the cultural and physical landscape of Africa, including the interplay of corporations and government. Featured artists include Sammy Baloji from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Algeria's Bruno Hadjih, and Mario Macilau of Mozambique. Tue-Fri 1-6 p.m; Sat noon-5 p.m.
What could be more Coloradan than a pub crawl in Crested Butte on skis? Take advantage of Elk Avenue being shut down for the Nordic Marathon and ski between participating bars. You and your group can play games, answer a trivia question, or wear a creative costume to receive points—if you have the largest tally at the end of the night, you could win a special (secret) prize. Fri 5 p.m.
Slip on your dancing shoes and grab the whole family for a night of twists, turns, and smiles. This family dance night comes complete with live music, refreshments, and instruction for routines such as square and line dances. All levels of ability are welcome. Fri 6 p.m.
Learn the art of partying with this creative celebration. Art of Winter’s free social celebrates the show’s works and contributors. Attendees can view two Art of Winter snow-themed exhibits, along with nearby First Friday pieces. Fri 6-10 p.m.
Dance with that special girl in your life. Boogie on the dance floor at this Valentine's Day event and then participate in a raffle, games, and arts and crafts. Fri 6-9 p.m.
Gather your family together for a larger-than-life night full of monster trucks. This thrilling show features the biggest names in monster truck,s including Grave Digger, Blue Thunder, and Captain’s Curse. Don’t miss the chance to visit the pits and meet the drivers before the engines start roaring. Days, times vary.
Absorb the quirky darkness of Tim Burton through his films' soundtracks, as played by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Composed by his longtime friend Danny Elfman, who has scored all but two of Burton's major releases, the songs range from comical (Edward Scissorhands) to twisted (The Nightmare before Christmas). In the background, projections of video clips along with Burton's original drawings and story boards will provide archival context for Elfman's mournful melodies. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:30 p.m.
Free form jazz meets funk in this enormously respected trio. For nearly 25 years, the group has only used a keyboard, a drum set, and a bass to create a uniquely improvised sound that has been dubbed "avant-groove." Twenty-member chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound will accompany the band at this particular show. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Shimmy, shake, and samba at this South American celebration. Enjoy the open bar or sip caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, while you take in the festivities. Fire dancers and cigar rolling complement the night’s silent auction, which features hotel packages and dance lessons. Proceeds benefit at-risk youth through Denver Kids Inc. Fri 8 p.m.-midnight.
It would be a crime to miss this Sie FilmCenter showing of 2008’s Bronson. This biopic follows the life of convict Charles Bronson, né Michael Peterson, as he transforms into Britain’s most dangerous prisoner. Tom Hardy, known for his roles in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, gives a memorable portrayal as Bronson—even the real jailbird had the highest praise for Hardy’s performance. Fri 9:30 p.m.
Warm up from the inside at this whiskey-themed event. Sip Colorado libations from a number of local distilleries while attending live seminars that discuss a variety of topics related to brown spirits, ranging from flavor and aroma to styles and production methods. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Learn the secrets behind elaborate gardens and homes. Enjoy floral scents while strolling through one of the 14 professionally trimmed gardens at this convention and get ideas for your own plot. After learning about the outdoors, take some time for the interior: Attend educational seminars to learn about everything from interior decorating to cake decorations. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Celebrate wildlife and its wilderness backdrop at this day-long festival. Check out the snow sculptures sponsored by local businesses and participate in the make-your-own sled competition. The night culminates in fireworks and a winter carnival ball that will feature the Acme Tribute Band, which only plays top five hits from the last seven decades. Mon 9:30 a.m.-midnight.
This informational event will hopefully keeps your kids from playing with fire. Firefighters will teach tots about the dangers of flames in conjunction with Burn Awareness Week. The event includes a tour of the fire safety trailer with a demonstration of the different ways to prevent house fires, and an obstacle course that illustrates how to exit a burning home. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
If you’re looking for a sweet way to spend your Saturday, search no further than this day filled with all kinds of chocolate. Taste confections from four chocolatiers, enter the baking contest, or embark on a reasure hunt, searching for clues in Olde Town businesses with a prize for the winner. Little ones can enjoy story time and activities at the Arvada Library as well as carriage rides. Proceeds benefit Ralston House Child Advocacy Center. Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dive into the icy Aurora Reservoir and feel good about the goose bumps you’ll get. Start or join a team to fundraise for more than 15,000 Special Olympics athletes—when you explain to your friends and family that you're going to freeze for charity, you’ll raise the required $75 in no time. Sat 11 a.m.
Throw on your red and pink undies and ditch your other clothes for this fun run. Keep spreading the love once you're raced out with an awards ceremony and a late night party. Proceeds benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation. Sat noon.
With a mountain view and a glass of wine, you'll master—or at least understand—the tricks behind acrylics. This casual art class is led by friendly, experienced instructors from Ready Paint Fire art studio who will take you through the steps while you sip. Set below Keystone Mountain, this art center is the perfect spot to inspire the painter within you. Sat 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Mardi Gras without leaving Colorado. Don your colorful mask and enjoy traditional Cajun cuisine like shrimp and grits, jambalaya, and king cake, a cinnamon-filled confection. Afterward, bid on travel packages and enjoy live music from the University of Colorado at Boulder Jazz Band. Proceeds benefit the Boulder Ballet. Sat 5:30-11 p.m.
It’s Mardi Gras, one mile higher than normal. This fundraiser commemorates Fat Tuesday with some of New Orleans’ most famous exports through a jambalaya cook-off and full spread of Cajun cuisine. Live jazz music from local favorites the Hazel Miller Band and a parade will help cultivate the Big Easy vibe, as well.
Hear how some of the brightest minds in the country want to change the way health is viewed. Wellness expert Dr. Frank Lipman, award-winning chef Seamus Mullen, and author Robyn O'Brien come together for a panel discussing the causes and solutions for chronic illness in children while guests enjoy braised bone-in-beef short rib or a smoked wild mushroom potato cake. Hip-hop group Michael Franti and Spearhead will perform after the conversation.
On its first Colorado tour in two years, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will play eight dates in the state, with locations ranging from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. The Rochester, New York, quintet has been steadily merging roots reggae with various genres—from folk to psychedelia—for 14 years, and its latest album, Steady, debuted at number one on the Billboard reggae chart. Live, the band is known for its extended jams—think Slightly Stoopid rather than the Grateful Dead. Sat 8 p.m.
While most DJs and electronic producers are trying to create a bigger, louder sound, Texas-born Matthew Dear has made a career out of doing the opposite. He creates rhythms composed of delicately balanced layers and loaded with minutiae—yet his tunes are always catch enough to dance to. Sat 9 p.m.
Engage in a class led by 34° Crisps chef Elizabeth Buckingham as you learn how South American Theobroma cacao is grown, harvested, and finally processed into the chocolate treats we know and love. Discuss the aphrodisiac and healthful qualities of chocolate. After the class, take home handmade chocolates for your Valentine. Sun noon-2 p.m.
You'll have to use your imagination at this complex performance. The Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, and composer Gregory Smith come together for this special show, which features an energetic score and a narrator but no visuals. The audience imagines the play while the symphony performs and the narrator describes the adventures of the main character, a playful ferret. Sun 1 p.m.
It’s not over ‘til the Rocky Mountain Region sings. Join some of the best opera singers west of the Mississippi for the Rocky Mountain Regional Finals, where they'll compete to then audition in New York City. Don't miss this chance to view top-tier opera for the atypically low price of zero buckaroos. Seating is first come, first serve. Sun 1:30 p.m.
Test out the warm spring air with a game of kickball. Form a team with at least 10 co-eds and play your way to victory. You can even bring beers to celebrate your hard work (glass bottles and kegs are prohibited). Games take place on Wednesday or Thursday nights at City Park and Congress Park. Days, times vary.
Sometimes, getting lost in the woods isn’t a bad thing—especially if there’s beer involved. Colorado’s own New Belgium Brewery will showcase four cellar-aged brews at this event hosted at Terminal Bar in the newly renovated Union Station. Appetizers will accompany the beer tastings with music from Rapidgrass Quintet and a Boxwood Pinball tournament. Sun 6-10 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Imbibe Denver
In the early ’80s, the MTV-watching masses were introduced to a blond English punk who sang with razor sharpness and exuded rebelliousness. It was one of the first instances when alternative television introduced a pop star to the public, and the man in question, Billy Idol, soon captured the world's attention with hits like "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding." Mon 9 p.m.
For indie-rock band Cursive, 2003 was a pinnacle year: The Ugly Organ, the band's fifth album, elevated its status as emo heartthrobs and prompted openings for heavyweights like the Cure. On this tour, the band celebrates the 2014 reissue of that album, bringing in a cellist to add more depth as well as culling from its entire discography to create each night’s setlist. Tue 8 p.m.
Forget about chocolate this Valentine’s Day. 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda M. Faison and Ellen Daehnick from Helliemae’s Handcrafted Caramels team up to explore the complexities of caramel with Bitter, a book by Jennifer McLagan, as a guide. Attendees enjoy a cooking demonstration and samples from the book. Wed 6 p.m.
The civil rights story frequently told in schools lauds brave protesters and their accomplishments by showing videos of inspirational marches and speeches. History class doesn’t always relay the vicious backlash that devastated these same communities. The continuing aftershocks of the civil rights struggle are revealed in NAACP Image Award-winner Dare Not Walk Alone, a documentary that's both chilling and illuminating. Wed 7 p.m.
It's hard to think of anything that shock-rocker Marilyn Mason has done without producing controversy. But through it all, the Florida-born musician, whose music is actually more melodic than one might think, has garnered a passionate following. His 10th studio album, The Pale Emperor, hit shelves in January. Wed 7 p.m.
Opera isn’t just for the aged and erudite anymore. Join Opera Colorado’s Young Artists for a two-act performance, beginning with a selection of opera’s greatest arias and ending with an abridged version of Romeo & Juliet. Embrace this ageless art form as it passes into the hands of a younger generation. Wed 7:30 p.m.
See the future of ski racing at this weekend of speedy youth ages eight to 15. The west's best young alpine skiers will compete in slalom and giant slalom on the steep pitches of Hughes and Lower Hughes. Spectator viewing is prime from the Balcony House at the base of the race course. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Never underestimate the enduring power of children’s literature. In Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White spins the tale of an unlikely friendship between “some pig” that just wants to be loved and a spider with a penchant for writing. This moving theatrical adaptation of the beloved children’s classic portrays friendship, hardship, and teamwork in a production that is enjoyable for adults and children alike. Tue-Fri 10 a.m., noon; Sat 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Jump into spring fashion with a South American-inspired line by Nicole Miller. Die-hard fans can purchase exclusive pieces at the show, many of which reflect the vibrancy of the last World Cup in Brazil. This show is open to all, but appointments are recommended for those hoping to try on samples. Thu noon-6 p.m.
In 2012, filmmaker Genevieve Bailey connected coming-of-age stories around the world. Her documentary, I Am Eleven, chronicles tweens from all walks of life—from East Asian orphanages to the inner cities of Australia—as they grapple with growing up. Multiple showings allow ample time to check out this intellectual flick. Expect to laugh, learn, and think a little more deeply. Thu 2 p.m.; Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 6:30 p.m.
This shindig is sure to be the bee’s knees. Party like it’s the Roaring ’20s (and ’30s and ’40s) to tunes by local company Advanced Mobile Disc Jockeys. Enjoy themed art, music, and munchies and dress in appropriate attire, like flapper dresses and suspenders, for a chance to win the costume contest. Thu 5:30-7:30 p.m.
This retrospective, which celebrates the art and political expressions of the 1970s Chicano movement, discards ethnic stereotypes in exchange for real stories told by real people. Chicano artists such as Carlos Fresquez, Delilah Montoya, Daniel Salazar, and Francisco Zamora present works in a variety of mediums, including oil and mixed media. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jazz guitarist Bobby Broom has been performing live for three decades now—as a sideman to the likes of Sonny Rollins and Dr. John, but also as a celebrated solo artist in his own right. His latest album, My Shining Hour, delves deep into the Americana songbook, creating an album that’s both melodic and complicated. Thu-Fri 7 p.m.
Carrie Brownstein is now known for her roles on the satirical IFC show Portlandia, but to hordes of fans in the ’90s and early aughts, she was the guitarist in the indie-rock band Sleater-Kinney. The all-female trio was part of the larger feminist riot grrrl movement, which managed to be considered cool in underground circles and praised by the mainstream media. In honor of its latest album, No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney has embarked on its first tour in nine years, promising a healthy dose of new wave pop and raw punk energy. Thu 8 p.m.
Guitar lovers won't want to miss an evening with Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, whose skillful playing oscillates between rock, jazz, and blues. Johnson is a six-string wizard, drawing the occasional comparison to Jimi Hendrix, while Stern is a jazz master, having played with the likes of Miles Davis. The two teamed up to record Eclectic last year; this tour celebrates that album and the magic the duo produces in their live shows. Thu 8 p.m.
Debbie is a high school cheerleading captain with dreams of going pro as a Texas Cowgirl cheerleader. The only problem: She doesn’t have enough money for bus fare to Dallas, where the auditions take place. Her teammates work together to pool the funds so Debbie can have the chance to prove herself. Days, times vary.
Held in the nation's sweetheart city, this celebration is the perfect Valentine's Day getaway. Nationally renowned snow and ice sculptors will carve figures on Fourth Street, while Colorado bands play music in the street. Each night will be capped with fireworks and a spectacular music and lights show. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Support a good cause and indulge your inner chocoholic this Valentine's eve. Enjoy confections from local, regional, and national chocolatiers, as well as coffee and wine tastings and cooking demonstrations. Proceeds benefit a variety of nonprofits, including americanmilitaryfamily.org and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation. Fri 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Skip the crowds and head out the night before Valentine's Day, leaving your kids to learn the language of love. Children will listen to a French Valentine's Day story, learn a French song, and make a card for their parents, and. Fri 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Absurdist artist Nick Musaelian might add a stuffed gorilla to a piece or give his subject green hands if the painting calls for it. His first Colorado exhibition reveals a survey of unique woodcuts, oil, and egg tempera (pigment mixed with egg yolk and water) paintings. Explore his eclectic and masterful renderings of Playmobil pieces and his oddball coworkers. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join seasoned improv performers for a night of off-the-cuff humor. Settle in with complimentary beers and popcorn and watch the entertainers as they try to prompt laughs on a moment’s notice. The troupe plays off the audience’s ideas, so come prepared to contribute to the night’s theme: Secrets & Confessions. Fri 7:30-11 p.m.
Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day by enjoying a night of classical music from pianist Jeffrey LaDeur and the Denver Philharmonic. LaDeur will play two of Tchaikovsky's works: the suspenseful Piano Concerto No.1 and the more romantic Symphony No. 1 Winter Reveries.
In his first script as the lone writer, acclaimed auteur Wes Anderson chronicles the story of Grand Budapest Hotel workers Gustave and Moustafa. Throughout the comedy the duo navigates their opulent setting, becoming involved in a murder, the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting, and the battle over a substantial inheritance.
Denver’s cow-town heritage comes alive for this western-themed fundraiser. Throw on some boots and tap toes to live music from local country band Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts (then learn to do it properly during a two-step lesson). Colorado beers, wine, and spirits pair with small bites from Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, and a raffle will tout prizes from local purveyors of food, drink, accessories, and more. The event benefits Re:Vision International, a local nonprofit that helps underprivileged neighborhoods thrive by creating sustainable, fresh food systems. Fri 8 p.m.
Human-and-vampire romances are frequently the subject of teen novels, but this chilling coming-of-age story uproots vampire story conventions for an experience that is as different from Twilight as possible. Swedish film Let The Right One In tells a dark and tender story of an introverted boy whose unlikely friendship with a pale, serious girl helps him fight against his school tormentors. Fri-Sat 11:59 p.m.
Share a special meal with your special someone at this downtown steakhouse. The Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu features selections such as lobster bisque with whiskey crème and pan-seared diver scallops. Make a night of it and opt for one of the Four Seasons Hotel’s supplementary packages. Sat, times vary.
Breckenridge is all about girl power next week. Lessons designed specifically for women will be offered, and a gear demo will be held so you can try new gear specific to your riding or skiing style without buying it first. Days, times vary.
Looking for a way to spend your Saturday after your kids have found all their hidden Easter eggs? Head to the Estes Park Center YMCA for a day of engaging, healthy activities. Trek down the quarter mile Fitness Trail, which leads you to 12 different workout stations where you can practice pull ups and chair dips in the main field. Then, create your own trail mix while learning about healthy food choices. No sign-ups are required for any of the activities, which means sidetracks like temper tantrums and potty breaks won't put you behind schedule. Sat, times vary.
Before you gorge on specialty chocolates, get some exercise in with your loved one. This 5K will take you and your partner through the scenic rock formations of Fruita. Receive free disease screenings, medical samples, and information at the health expo that will take place throughout the duration of the race and grab some drinks at the post race party sponsored by Copper Club Brewing. Sat 10 a.m.
Globalization brings with it a range of transformations for every country, including shifts in religious traditions and cultural identification. Tibetan artists from around the world, who choose to remain unnamed, use their works to reflect on the changing landscape of Himalayan arts from anonymous Buddhist works to paintings, sculpture, and installations. Videos accompany the exhibit and look at various themes including identity and censored imagery. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
—Photograph courtesy of Kesang Landark
Valentine’s Day is about spending time with the ones you love—so why not let your tyke dedicate a day to her beloved stuffed animal? Tea will be served along with snacks such as mini corndogs and candy bracelets. Afterward, you and your little one can head to the dance floor with Colorado Dance Center as its instructors teach everyone a few dance moves. Sat 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Turn downtown Denver into the French Quarter for a night of Fat Tuesday festivities. Masks, beads, and traditional Mardi Gras trinkets abound as partiers drink their way through six participating watering holes, like Society: Sports & Spirits, Blake Street Tavern, and the Pour House Pub. Be sure to check in before 4 p.m., or the party will leave you behind. Sat 2-8 p.m.
Spend the night in Paris (or pretend to) at this Moulin Rouge-inspired event. Escoffier School executive chef Graham Mitchell will provide a gourmet French menu, with desserts from Guillaume’s European Catering. Sip on Sophia sparkling wine, take in a screening of 5 to 7, a French film, and slip on your dancing shoes for a performance from local gypsy jazz group Swing Je T’aime. Sat 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Ditch the typical dinner and a movie this Valentine's Day and grab some Nordic skis instead. Enjoy the groomed trails that lead to the beautiful Magic Meadows Yurt. Before enjoying a five-course meal crafted by Crested Butte private chef Josephine Kellett, cozy up to the fire and take in a gorgeous view of the star-studded Milky Way. Sat 6-11 p.m.
Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday for restraint, so why not go big with this five-course dinner? Kingman Estates Winery has teamed up with Connie Ruel, acclaimed chef and author of Passions of a Restauranteur, to produce this romantic dinner. Nosh on exotic dishes like duck confit spring rolls with blueberry and violet gastrique, and spice rubbed sous vide tri tip. All dishes are paired with a wine from Kingman Estates, which uses grapes grown near Palisade. Fri 6 p.m.
Make no mistake: This “anti-Valentine’s Day party” is far from a gathering of depressed singles. On the contrary, this shindig offers an ex-boyfriend cocktail (a punchy blend of vanilla vodka and X-rated Fusion Liqueur) and other drink specials, interactive "love sucks" games, and dueling piano players churning out a soundtrack of unromantic tunes to get your feet moving. Get in free before 10 p.m. if you bring a mutilated photo of your ex. Fri 6 p.m.
Enjoy a three-course meal with that special someone this Valentine's Day while listening to the Brazilian-inspired music of the Chico Meira Trio. The menu includes selections such as roasted squash soup, beef tenderloin au poivre, and gluten-free chocolate lava cake. Make a night of it with Hotel Boulderado's Valentine's Day specials. Sat 6:30-8 p.m.
Get your groove on to the jazzy jams of Eddie Roberts’ West Coast Sounds at this funk-themed party. Enjoy unlimited tastings of craft cocktails, beers, and fine local foods along with the music at this 1970s throwback Single? Sign up for a live version of The Dating Game and find your supercool soulmate.
Is there anything Jane Lynch can’t do? The Glee star and Broadway actress comes to Denver to show everyone that, no, there is not. Lynch will incorporate her signature wit and singing abilities for a night of musical comedy, deftly displaying how she earned both Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Sat 8 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Jane Lynch
His most recent album, Pom Pom, turned Ariel Pink into a blogger's darling, but the Los Angeles-based singer was making music for nearly 20 years before his rise to fame. Riding this recent wave of success, he'll stop in Denver to perform his signature style of lo-fi indie rock. Wed 9 p.m.
For the last two weeks, the skiing world centered on Colorado. Witness the exciting conclusion to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships featuring United States’ skier Ted Ligety looking to take gold in the men’s slalom race. Following the skiing, stay and watch the closing ceremonies as Vail and Beaver Creek pass the hosting duties of event to the 2017 location, St. Moritz, Switzerland. Events include the lowering of the flag, giveaways, and more.
Photo Credit: Logan Robertson/Alpine World Ski Championships
Work off that box of chocolates by participating in Winter Park’s first four-mile snowshoe race. Shush through the trails in the Idlewild system as the racecourse leads you through the old ski area and back to Hideaway Park to cross the finish line. Bonus: You can even rent snowshoes for free from participating stores like Alpine Ski or Christy Sports. Sun 10 a.m.
This musical event doesn't involve animals playing instruments, but it's just as entertaining. The afternoon program features street dancers, jazz bands from local high schools, and Colorado State University. To try your own hand at music-making, head to the "petting zoo," where audience members can play an instrument of their choosing. Finish the night by taking in a performance from the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. Sun 2:30-5:30 p.m.
What if your little ones could travel back in time? At History Colorado, kids head back to the world of 1968, a year that saw U.S. Olympic victory, the launching of Apollo 8, and distinctive fashion like floral shift dresses and bell-bottoms. Children will engage in arts and crafts and get jazzed on a century of flower children, macramé, and Beatles tunes. Extended care is offered before or after the program for $10. Mon 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Come in from the cold and warm yourself with the best soups in the city. More than 20 chefs from famed local restaurants such as Barolo Grill, Fruition, and Lower48 Kitchen will provide hearty broths and appetizers for the 15th anniversary celebration of the Soup for the Soul program. A cash bar and a chance to bid on rare artwork in the silent auction will also be available. Proceeds benefit Porter Hospice, St. Anthony Hospice, and the Butterfly Program, which provides pediatric care to severely ill patients. Mon 5:30-9 p.m.
Never heard of Vivian Maier? You’re not alone: Although she snapped more than 100,000 photographs in her lifetime, no one saw a single one until after her death, when an amateur historian bought them in an auction. This compelling, Oscar-nominated documentary delves into the strange, private obsession of one of the century’s greatest street photographers, as told through her art and interviews with her acquaintances. Sun 7 p.m.
This famous southern festival has been shortened to a day, but the Colorado will be just as memorable. Breckenridge's Main Street will be closed and filled with life size puppets and fire dancers. Enjoy a performance from Chris Daniels and the Kings, a Denver-based R&B band, and watch for beer specials. Tue 2-5 p.m.
In 2007, singer-songwriter Kina Grannis was one of the first artists to become independently famous thanks to a video she posted on YouTube. Her devout online following helped garner a record contract, which she later declined in order to retain creative control. At times saccharine, at others melancholic, Grannis has the soothing, reflective style of a humble star. Tue 8 p.m.
Ride down your favorite run on brand new Burton gear for free or test your luck and compete at Keystone’s Area 51 during the last stop on Burton’s Mountain Festival Tour. Granted, the free gear is only part of a demo provided by the company’s representatives, so you can’t keep the new board, boots, and bindings you try out, but you can test them in the new snowboarding event, Party in Your Park. Teams will cycle through the specially designed course and the best individual riders will be invited to participate in the series' West Coast finals. Fri-Sun, times vary.
See things in black and white with this 16mm grayscale film from Boston-based director Alexandre Rockwell. A brother and sister’s trip to set their goldfish free in the ocean involves some unexpected challenges along the way. The 2014 flick is shown alongside Boneshaker, a 12-minute short featuring Quvenzhané Wallis (of 12 Years a Slave fame), making for a combo that’s anything but colorless. Days, times vary.
In this culinary face-off, poultry reigns supreme. Five chefs from Harman’s Eat & Drink and its sister restaurants—including the maestros behind renowned mountain eateries Phat Thai, Town, and the Pullman—will each bring their kitchen stylings to one dish that stars the bird as its main ingredient. Among the internationally tinged menu’s highlights are green curry chicken, hot-fried quail with brioche and gravy, and marsala-braised duck legs. Bonus: Each dish arrives with a wine, beer, or cocktail pairing. Wed 7 p.m.
For more than 15 years, Rufus Wainwright’s enchanting voice has brought life to Oscar-winning movies, a dozen albums, and some of the world’s most prestigious stages (he once released an album recorded live at Carnegie Hall). The acclaimed singer, songwriter, pianist, and occasional opera composer crafts orchestral, dramatic pop songs with hints of blues and folk—an ideal musical match for the grandeur of the Colorado Symphony. Expect the company to add sweeping backup to Wainwright’s emotive tunes, which often focus on familial relationships, pop culture themes, and sordid love affairs.
It's rare to find a singer/songwriter with lyrics that read like poetry, a sound reminiscent of soul gospel music, and a voice that calls to mind blues legends. When that musician turns out to be a spry 24-year-old, the world takes notice. Ireland's Hozier captured the public's attention last year on Saturday Night Live when he performed his hit "Take Me To Church." Wed 8:30 p.m.
Kick off the start of a new art series with the Light Years Launch Party. Check out current McNichols exhibits like Culture Catalyst, which celebrates 20 years of art at DIA, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and a trio of complimentary drinks (including selections from local breweries Station 26 and Jagged Mountain) to the tunes of jazz ensemble Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles. This event may not be for the faint of heart: Prepare for some surprises. Thu 6-10 p.m.
Ring in the Year of the Sheep with this hands-on class, which will teach you how to prepare classic Chinese celebration dishes. Learn to cook pork dumplings, scallion pancakes with crispy duck, dan dan noodles, and fortune cookies with green tea ice cream. Enjoy the meal you created with a glass of wine at the end of the session. Thu 6-9:30 p.m.
Local winemaker Guy Drew is about to take over Colorado with three events including a marquee dinner at Spruce Farm & Fish. From his winery in the McElmo Canyon, southwest of Cortez, vinos will accompany a four-course menu highlighted by steelhead trout and wild caught sea scallop served at a community table. Along with interacting with fellow guests, diners can chat will the culinary team from Spruce Farm & Fish, along with Drew. Thu 7-9 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Spruce Farm & Fish
This Chicago comedian adds a new dimension to the term "jack of all trades." He's had short stints writing for both Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, acts in The Eric Andre Show, Broad City, and the comedy Neighbors, and appears regularly on late-night talk shows. Experience his original claim to fame—stand-up—during his Comedy Camisado tour. Thu 8 p.m.
Fort Collins’ own Stelth Ulvang is a multi-instrumentalist, best known for his piano playing in indie folk band the Lumineers. In addition to the piano, Ulvang sings and plays 11 other instruments, including the accordion, banjo, and trombone. His solo work oscillates between melodic storytelling and high-energy rock, delivering an emotional intimacy that speaks to his skills as a troubadour. Thu 8 p.m.
It’s the most wonderful time (to dine) of the year. Denver Restaurant Week brings food lovers the opportunity to enjoy some of the city's top dining establishments, including Coohills, Euclid Hall, and Vesta Dipping Grill, for an affordable price. Three-course prix fixe menus showcase each restaurant’s signature style. Days, times vary.
When the falling snow and squealing wind have got you feeling chilly, call to mind a warmer place with the sound of feel-good bluegrass. This 30th annual festival will feature groups like Nothin' Fancy, Kathy Kallick Band, and Claire Lynch Band, which will perform country-inspired holiday classics. Stop by the vendors' fair, where regional artisans will display instruments, art, and jewelry. Fri 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
If you’ve seen the Cartier exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, you know that jewelry design is nothing to be scoffed at. Up your brilliance and join Denver jeweller John Atencio as he shares the joys and challenges of working with precious metals, insight into his 40-year career, and the inside scoop on the contemporary jewelry industry. Fri 5:30 p.m.
Expose yourself to Chinese culture at this New Year celebration. Attendees will enjoy a performance from Joyous Chinese Cultural Center, including elaborately costumed dancers, an erhu soloist from China’s 12 Girls Band, and a traditional Chinese instrumental ensemble. Authentic Chinese foods and snacks will also be available for purchase at the event. Fri 6 p.m.
Scott Barman’s photographs are more than mere nudie pics. His intimate portraiture explores humanity at its most vulnerable—both physically and emotionally. This controversial title of this exhibition references frequent misinterpretations of his work as pornography, which begs the question: What exactly is art? Tue-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Choirs from Arvada West, Bear Creek, and Cherry Creek High Schools join together in harmonious spirit this weekend. The groups will showcase classical choral work such as “Sicut locutus est” (from JS Bach's Magnificat) to “Tshotsholoza,” a traditional South African freedom song. The groups will perform individually before uniting for the finale. Fri 7:30 p.m.
What’s better than watching an innovative ballet created by masters of music and dance? Seeing three in one night. The Colorado Ballet will demonstrate its talent through performances of Concerto Barocco, Fancy Free, and In Pieces alongside live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Days, times vary.
You won't feel bad about being inside during these film screenings. The festival kicks off with guest speaker Boyd Norton, a professional wildlife photographer, and keeps rolling with nine of the best short films from past celebrations. Don't miss GMO OMG, a documentary about a father who examines the relationship between his children and genetically modified food. Fri 6 p.m; Sat noon.
The television show Dr. Who first aired on BBC in 1963 and ran until it was suspended in 1989; the show returned in 2005 and has reached new levels of fame with a global viewership and zealous fanbase. This 1965 science fiction film, Dr. Who and the Daleks, is based on the show and chronicles the odd inventor and his companions as they travel through time to battle evil alien mutants. Fri-Sat 11:59 p.m.
Ever wondered what it would be like to climb up the ski run instead of sitting comfortably on a lift? Challenge Aspen, a nonprofit that provides recreational activities to those faced with mental or physical challenges, gives you a chance to find out with this mild-grade race. Tackle the 1,380-foot vertical climb up Snowmass Mountain using snowshoes, stabilizers, or telemark skis. Then, indulge in pancakes post-race while the top male and female racers receive awards. Sat 7:30 a.m.
Aspiring filmmakers should snag a seat at this workshop with industry insider Tom Busch. The five-hour seminar includes breakdowns of line producer and production manager responsibilities, as well as tips for navigating relationships with unions and studios. Busch’s extensive résumé includes almost four decades in filmmaking, as well as a laundry list of titles and genres, making him a great resource for anyone hoping to break into the biz. Sat 10 a.m.
Your little one's eyes will grow wide as she watches radio-controlled planes perform aerial maneuvers right in front of her. The miniature planes (and their pilots) will show off tricks like torque rolls, loops, and spins. After watching the demonstration, your child can make her own model planes to replicate the gravity-defying spins she just witnessed: Tykes can snap together a plastic model to take home or assemble a wooden plane and unleash their creativity by painting it. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mary may have had a little lamb, but the Denver Zoo’s sheep come in many sizes. To celebrate the start of the Chinese Year of the Sheep, your tykes can head to an education station by the sheep exhibit, where volunteers will discuss different species that live there. Little ones can touch parts of a sheep, such as a big horned sheep’s horn, or listen to a zookeeper talk about his daily routine. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ring in the Year of the Sheep without traveling to the Far East. The Denver Chinese School offers a variety of authentic eats and entertainment at this event, including kung fu and Chinese opera. Take in acrobatics routines, lion dances (performed in an extravagant multi-person lion costume), and musical presentations given by local performers. With something for everyone, there’s no way you’ll feel like the black sheep. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
For once, your little ones are allowed to get distracted when you shop. This expo has all the products tykes need, like car seats, strollers, and diapers. While you browse, tots can visit the petting zoo or take a ride on the miniature train. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy three courses of tea and snacks at this special screening of Topsy-Turvy, the Academy Award-winning film that explores the lives of Victorian-era opera composers Gilbert and Sullivan. Expect a Victorian-themed costume contest and surprise guest appearances. Attendees will receive discounted tickets to the May/June performances by local musical theatre group Empire Lyric Players. Proceeds benefit the Empire Lyric Players' full orchestral production of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, The Mikado.
The Mile High City's primary purveyor of handmade and homemade gifts opens this year with an updated community market. Denver Handmade Homemade (HAHO) showcases a variety of local crafters, like Broken Revolt jewelry and Creek Gypsy soaps, as well as art from galleries in the area. This installation also serves as the launch of the market’s Kickstarter campaign, which would allow permanent space for local “makers.” Sat noon-6 p.m.
As a contemporary of Fall Out Boy, Relient K, and the All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack plays music for the Warped Tour set. Its 2015 tour commemorates the 10th anniversary or Commit This to Memory, the group’s sophomore album produced by Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. As pop-punk luminaries, Motion City Soundtrack easily shifts gears between house party rock band and melodic radio regulars. Sat 8 p.m.
Vintage cinema meets contemporary entertainment at this special screening of legendary German film, Pandora’s Box. Telling the tragic story of a socialite at the center of a violent love triangle, this melodrama became a cult classic decades after its 1929 release. But, it is perhaps best known for its breakthrough performance by Old Hollywood icon Louise Brooks. The silent film won’t stay quiet this time, though as local musician Paul Buscarello performs an original score—designed to complement the movie’s many mood shifts.
Jock Bartley, of Firefall fame, shows off a spectrum of creative works in his native Boulder. The musician, best known for his band’s 1970s rock hits, will play rarely heard acoustic tunes alongside his own displays of fine art and photography. Channel fashion from Firefall’s heyday with ’70s country rock attire and snack on munchies from local eateries like Bistro Boys Catering and Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar. Proceeds benefit Boulder art spaces Open Studios and Clementine Studio. Sat 5:15-9:30 p.m.
Support survivors of sex trafficking at this fund-raiser. Participate in the silent auction and bid on prizes like Broncos and Nuggets tickets as well as mountain travel packages. If you get famished, stop by the oyster bar and sip on mocktails. Proceeds benefit Sarah's Home, a haven that shelters minors who are survivors of sex trafficking and helps them restart their lives. Sat 5:30-9 p.m.
Help combat human trafficking with this country-themed silent auction event. Bid on items like Denver Nuggets tickets to help fund a safe house for underage girls rescued from the sex trade. Bison sliders, an oyster bar, and mini desserts complement moving accounts from an anonymous survivor. Think cowboy-meets-cocktail when you're choosing your wardrobe. Sat 5:30-10 p.m.
If the steamy scenes and daring dialogue in the best-selling novel made your inner goddess LOL, then this Fifty Shades of Grey parody will have you cackling in your seat. Pre-show cocktails and the chance to meet the cast make this musical the perfect choice for your girls' night out. Sat 7 p.m.
Showcasing the community's best talents as well as up-and-coming local artists, this day chock-full of art is sure to awaken the senses. Viewers will move through installations—curated by public artist Jolt of Guerrilla Garden—that each draw on a different sense: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. After your sense have awakened, head down the rabbit hole for an Alice in Wonderland-themed fashion show featuring seven local designers. Fri 7 p.m.
Two cities with thriving arts communities unite to produce this innovative and critically acclaimed ballet performance. The troupe's eclectic repertoire and cutting edge costume design make for an unforgettable celebration of the American West. This weekend's performance will include classical and contemporary numbers by influential choreographers Cayetano Soto, Jirí Kylián, and Nicolo Fonte. Fri 2 p.m.; Sat 7:30 p.m.
Though he’s classically trained, pianist Jim Brickman specializes in uplifting pop and adult contemporary music. Brickman exudes charm, having released 27 Top 40 singles and collaborated with the likes of Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum over the course of his two-decade career. For this performance, the crowd pleaser will perform new music alongside his classic romantic hits, featuring special guests Anne Cochran and Tracy Silverman. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture for a night and prepare to view a performance from one of the premier Spanish dance companies, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. In celebration of its 30th anniversary season, the company promises a traditional Flamenco show that includes singing, dancing, and handclapping. Sat 7:30 p.m.
With Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show still fresh in our memory, it’s easy to wonder where the next generation of funny people will come from. Look local in the sixth live season of Denver Improv Star. In this series of competitive improvisation shows, 16 players will be judged on creativity, comedy skills, stage presence, and timing while performing a variety of games and skits for the audience. One contestant will be eliminated each week, concluding in the crowning of this year’s star. Sat 8 p.m.
Combing indie rock with electronic sounds, Florida band Hundred Waters traverses the ever-popular space between organic instrumentation and danceable samples. Signed to mega-DJ Skrillex’s label in 2012, the group thwarts genres and creates effervescent sounds with its live show in mind. Haunting vocals, mish-mashed jams, and heavy beats evoke an otherworldly setting in the vein of Grimes, Alt-J or the XX. Sat 9 p.m.
Support these special olympians whose pursuit to succeed under any circumstances will inspire and awe. The athletes train for six to eight weeks for their chosen discipline and compete at the state level in four different sporting events. Skiing, snowboarding, cross crountry skiing, and snowshoeing will take place over the course of day with multiple spectator sites at each event. Sun, times vary.
Work up a sweat at this “vertical road race” benefit for the American Lung Association. Individuals and teams will climb all up 56 floors worth of stairs at Republic Plaza, the tallest building in the Rocky Mountain West. Challenge yourself and race for speed, or participate in an active day and meet new friends—while fighting lung disease in the process. After you make it to the top floor, take the elevator down for food, fun, and refreshments at nearby Marlowe's Restaurant. Sun 8 a.m.
Listen to local children and teen musicians perform everything from early Bach to his classic symphonies. Maybe your little ones will get insspired by the musicians, which range from kindergarten through high school. Instruments used include pianos, violins, flutes, and cello. Sun 2-4 p.m.
The celebrities shouldn’t get to have all the fun on Oscar day. At this soiree, don a glamorous gown, stroll down the rainbow carpet, indulge in award show-worthy drinks and appetizers, and watch the streaming show with some of Denver’s favorite Queens. Proceeds benefit Off-Center, a theatrical testing center to development off-beat theater. Sun 5 p.m.
Although you may have caught one of Celtic Thunder’s many concert specials for PBS, there’s nothing quite like the band’s live show, complete with elaborate set pieces, visual effects, and notable choreography. The Irish group, composed of five male vocalists and backed by the Celtic Thunder Band, gives traditional Irish folk a heavy pop sheen. More theatrical performance than typical concert, Celtic Thunder's current tour celebrates the band’s greatest hits and will feature special guest Damian McGinty of Glee fame. Sun 7:30 p.m.
Once the back-up band for legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, the Wailers have since established themselves as one of the most prominent forces in modern Jamaican music. This nine-member ensemble hasn't released a new album in more than a decade, but that hasn’t stopped the group from touring the globe and spreading good vibes. Sun 7:30 p.m.
Journey back in time to experience Colorado in the late 19th century, when the young state’s identity was being formed by a wild cast of characters. From the Buntport Theater Company, the show is ideal for children from 2nd to 6th grade. The story follows a pair of turn-of-the-century characters eager to take the audience on a journey back in our state's timeline. Listen up fro stories yanked straight from newspaper headlines introducing Colorado’s most historic figures like conman Soapy Smith and socialite Molly Brown, before she became unsinkable.
Learn about the World War II home front at this informative event. Author Nancy Peterson will discuss her book Not to be Forgiven, which explores the emotions of school children during the war. The presentation includes a display of WWII artifacts. Mon 2-3:30 p.m.
Impress your party guests at your next gathering with foolproof recipes from this two-and-a-half-hour class. Learn how to whip up quick, crowd-pleasing appetizers like Tuscan chicken skewers with chumichurri, smoked salmon bites, hummus, and tapenade. Wed 5:30-8 p.m.
As producer, music executive, and musician, Steve Aoki has his hands in nearly every aspect of the electronic music scene. Known for his collaborations and remixes, Aoki works rap and pop alike into his repertoire to create dance music for dubstep lovers. The DJ’s latest record, Neon Future, Vol. 1, strikes a chord between drug-fueled rave and polished club staple. Wed 8:30 p.m.
Coloradans are no strangers to the extreme sports in our own backyard, but this traveling film festival exposes adrenaline rushes beyond our borders. Nearly 30 short documentaries—a curated selection of entries from the acclaimed main festival last year in Canada—transport viewers to the rugged, breathtaking landscapes of active hubs including Argentina, Scotland, Afghanistan, China, and more. After watching on-screen daredevils climb snowy peaks or row across the Indian Ocean, you’ll be itching to get out of your seat and into the outdoors yourself. Thu-Fri 7 p.m.
Take a journey during this night celebrating one of Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s temporary exhibits, Traveling the Silk Road. Guests will be treated to a mélange of experiences like shopping a night market for different spices, creating your own spice mix, and an exclusive exhibit tour with an archaeologist. Culinary demonstrations and guided tastings will also help give you a taste of this exciting period in history. Thu 7 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Looking for a great introduction to musical theater for kids, with recognizable childhood characters like Horton and the Cat in the Hat? Dr. Seuss’s books come alive in the Metro State University of Denver theater production of the beloved Broadway musical. One of the most performed shows in the country, the musical covers important themes for children such as friendship, loyalty and community. Attendees will love the familiarity of lyrics to songs like “The Grinch Carved the Roast Beast” and “Green Eggs and Ham."
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Made up of 28 large-scale aerial photographs, this exhibition captures the wonder of looking down on a natural landscape from a plane—without the expense and trepidation of flying. Commissioned by cultural initiative Arts Brookfield, this award-winning photographer’s striking works emphasize the increasing importance of protecting nature from environmental threats. Mon-Sun 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
This best-selling novel sparked a major film in 2003; now it will appear on the stage. The regional premiere tells the riveting story of Edward Bloom and his larger-than-life tales. His son, expecting a child of his own, is determined to hear the truth from his father. In the end, they learn to understand each other's takes on the world. Days, times vary.
Brush up on your French and music history at this two-for-one event. Begin with a screening of a documentary on Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, a French organ builder known for revolutionizing his instrument. Phillippe Marse, of Alliance Française de Denver, offers insight on French culture, and organists Joseph Galema, Frank Perko III, and Cindy Lindeen-Martin bring the film alive with their own performances. Round out the night at the informal closing reception. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Chicago isn’t exactly known as a mecca for first-rate bluegrass, although the Henhouse Prowlers could convince you otherwise. The four-piece string band is known for its high-energy live shows, where fast pickin’ melds with perfect harmonies to make a dance hall out of any venue. Although the band has plenty of original material in its repertoire, expect traditional tunes and contemporary covers to round out the setlist. Fri 8 p.m.
Singer Pieta Brown performs effortlessly on the piano, guitar, and banjo, creating folk music you can immerse yourself in. A contemporary of Neko Case, Shannon McNally, and Gillian Welch, Brown’s music is beautiful, but it’s her unusual poetry—in the vein of fellow Midwesterner John Prine—that really sets her apart.
Add a new dimension to your winter fitness regimen with this daylong partner race. Ski, skin, and hike nearly 12,000 feet of vertical gain through all four Aspen Snowmass ski areas with a teammate to egg you on. Or, tackle the recreational option, which includes trekking 15 miles over two mountains. Don't miss the afterparty at the Limelight Hotel for beer, food, and an award ceremony. Sat 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Join female R&B quartet Uphoric for an evening of soulful tunes, original arrangements, and powerful vocals in the intimate Dazzle showroom. This Colorado group will serenade you with its spin on classic love songs while you enjoy classic drinks like Moscow mules and Sidecars and eats like crab-stuffed button mushrooms and apple and Brie grilled pizza. Sat 7 p.m.
This unique festival serves as the Colorado Symphony’s own celebration of artists that have “created, perfected, and expanded the American idiom in symphonic music.” The first part will feature former principal clarinetist Bil Jackson and celebrate the work of Kevin Puts and Leonard Bernstein. As part of Soundings Live, the symphony’s new streaming service, the entire performance will be webcast for free. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.