02/2017

#LarkburgerLove Day

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:06am

Burger-lovers, rejoice. Larkburger, the Colorado burger joint, is celebrating Larkburger Love Day by giving away free burgers to local organizations such as the Downtown Denver Partnership, Goodwill, and UC Health, as a gesture of appreciation for their important work. Customers who wear green before heading to any 12 Larkburger locations today will receive a free small side such as chili, truffle fries, or edamame. Can’t make it? Post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and use the hashtag #larkburgerlove to be entered for a $25 Larkburger gift card. Wed, all day

The Book of Will

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:25pm

Learn about the history behind William Shakespeare’s mentees, Henry Condell and John Heminges, who labored furiously to compile and preserve the playwright’s first Folio after his death. This stirring production inspired by a true story will have you rooting for the two loyal assistants as they fight to secure Shakepeare's iconic works for generations to come. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m. 

World Wetlands Day

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:24pm

World Wetlands Day is an international day honoring how crucial healthy wetlands are in helping humans cope with extreme weather. You and your kids can celebrate this environmentally-themed day by exploring this exclusive exhibit that uses games, educational stations, and discussions to raise awareness about the plant and animal species that thrive in wetland habitats, and about what can be done to preserve these habitats. Thu 10 a.m. 

Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:23pm

In the late 1700s, British cartoonists responded to the increasing prominence and engagement of women in society by drawing caricatures of them. Featuring a selection of prints from Yale University’s Lewis Walpole Library by artists such as Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray, this thought-provoking spread will have you considering how (and if) public treatment and portrayals of accomplished women have progressed today.  Wed, Fri, Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue and Thu 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Ghost Lights

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:22am

Get mesmerized by this Texan-turned-Denverite artist Mark Bueno’s hypnotic, abstracted designs. By using spray paint, masking tape, and stencil techniques on handmade circle wood panels, Bueno creates art that is reminiscent of the beautiful colors and shifting patterns in a kaleidoscope. Thu 6-8 p.m.

-Image courtesy of Mike Wright Gallery

Sex in the Sea

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:16am

What if HBO's hit series Sex in the City featured more than 1 million different species of Carrie Bradshaw? That's the backdrop of author Marah J. Hardt's book, Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep, which tells the lesser known story of erotica in the world's oceans. Join Hardt for an enthralling conversation on salt water reproduction, which could double as a surefire way to get in the mood for Valentine's Day (or a reservation at Jax Fish House). Thu 7 p.m.

High Arts Asia: Music and Dance of Bali

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:52am

Catch special appearances from five of the best Balinese musicians and dancers performing with the Denver-based community orchestra Gamelan Tunas Mekar in celebration of Lunar New Year. Featuring rare performances including Jagra Parwata (a 21st century composition) and the Colorado premier of the dance Sekar Jepun, this theatrical spectacular is an unforgettable way to begin your 2017.

Georgia Amar: Oils, Prints, and Studies

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 3:03pm

Denver artist Georgia Amar's latest collection of landscapes, intelligent abstracts, and studies-in-motion highlights her bold use of colors as well as the unique impact of varied lighting on her engaging compositions. The gallery employs a dimmer switch so that visitors can view the paintings in different light intensities,  appreciating how their foregrounds and backgrounds shift in response. Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-6 p.m, Fri times vary, Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m.

 

Sticky Fingers Colorado 'Cool'inary Cooking Camp

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:13am

History meets healthy eating in this day-long cooking camp for your little chefs. They'll learn about life during the Dust Bowl as they barter for and collect the ingredients for the meal on a scavenger hunt through the History Colorado Center's Keota exhibit, about the settlers of the town of Keota along the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy rail line. Then they'll put their skills to the test by whipping up their own pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter, plus 'zany' zucchini root beer cupcakes for dessert (with the help of the adult cooks in the room, of course). Fri 1-3 p.m.

Active Minds: History of Tea

Submitted by Abbey White on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 2:06pm

Get steeped in knowledge during Active Minds’ in-depth look at the historical and cultural significance of tea. Learn about how one of the world’s oldest (traced back to the fifth-century BCE) and most-consumed beverages is grown and processed as well as its important role in building colonial empires. Fri 2 p.m.

 
 

Fancy Pants Micro Market

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:35am

Ditch the roses and candy this Valentine’s Day and pick up a handcrafted gift for your sweetheart at this colorful micro market instead. Local artisans, including Crow Jane Jewelry, Lux and Luca, and The Gold Bug will be selling their distinctive one-of-a-kind wares, and Divino Wine & Spirits, Ratio Beerworks and Bear Creek Distillery will be passing out free drinks and screen-printed Valentines. Finding the perfect gift for your special someone has never been more enjoyable. 

First Friday Art Party: Bill Starr

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:26am

Kick off the month of photography by admiring these detailed images, which turn the movement of dance, theater, performance art and even Colorado’s music scenes, into still moments. See the human body in motion in a fresh way through these raw and elegant photos also available for purchase (lucky for us!) Fri 5-7:30 p.m.

-Image courtesy of Bill Starr

The Last House on the Left

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:26pm

Gentrifcation is forcing the departure of Next and the other galleries that make up the Navajo St. Arts District in northwest Denver. For Next's final exhibition, boundary-pushing artist Josh Davy has responded to the forces that brought about the art district’s demise by creating a series of mixed-media buildings in various stages of disrepair and renovation. The result is a compelling reflection into how America’s preoccupation with reinvention and “the new” comes at the expense of an appreciation of older structures. Thu-Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat noon-8 p.m., Sun noon-6 p.m.

Presence: Reflections on the Middle East

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 8:50am

During a diaspora, a large population migrates away from one cenral locaton and scatters across the world, taking their culture and memories of home with them. In this photographic exhibit, 12 artists affected by the Middle Eastern diaspora of the past 20 years express what the word means to them. Dealing with powerful themes of choice and force, remembrance and loss, home and homelessness, the artists manipulate photography to preserve identity, relationships, and personal agency as they portray their most helpless moments. Tue-Fri 11a.m.-6 p.m; Sat noon-5 p.m.

Adrian Mesa

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:48am

One of Denver’s top female comedy groups, the Pussy Bros, are thrilled to present this nationally acclaimed comedian on an alternative stage. Even though this Cuban-American hails from South Florida—and spends much of his time splitting audiences’ sides in New York City—he’s a regular at Denver’s Comedy Works and has immersed himself in the city’s thriving comedy scene. With his shows incorporating a mix of songs and stand-up, you are sure to be roaring with laughter all night long. 

Billy Elliot

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:28pm

Following the death of his mother during the UK miners’ strike of the 1980s, 11-year-old Billy gets an unexpected glimpse of the grace of ballet. Enamored, he trades in his boxing gloves for dance shoes and secretly trains for an audition to the Royal Ballet School in London. Featuring music by Elton John and lyrics by screenwriter Lee Hall, this Laurence Olivier Award-winning play is a moving tale of the powerful relationship between resistance and identity. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m. 

Rachmaninoff performed by Olga Kern

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:48am

The Colorado Symphony presents world-renowned Rachmaninoff master Olga Kern conducted by Andrew Litton. Hear the composer’s classic “Piano Concerto No. 1,” written when he was just a teenager. Kern will also perform the work of another Russian composer, closing the show with Shostakovich's WWII-inspired Symphony No. 7.  Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

 
 

Devendra Banhart

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:43pm

This Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter’s languid ballads are just the cure for the winter blues. Banhart’s music draws on psychedelic and avant-garde influences crafted through the free associative form. Expect tracks from his September album, Ape in Pink Marble, along with other indie tunes spanning his 14-year career. Fri 8 p.m. 

Gratitude Twenty17

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:35am

Spend a day in thoughtful meditation and yoga practice for a good cause. Fifteen unique classes ranging from Vinyasa flow yoga to metta meditation will keep participants relaxed throughout the day. All proceeds benefit Heart & Hand, which works to empower underprivileged youth through after-school and summer programs. Sat 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grand Mesa Summit Challenge Sled Dog Race

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:20pm

It may not be the Iditarod, but this dog sled competition (consisting of four, six, or eight-mile-races), sees more than 35 mushers and their huskies or pointers traversing wintry trails across the largest flattop mountain in the world. Racers and their dogs also reach elevations of up to 10,800 feet, making this the highest dog sled race in North America. First through fourth place winners in each event will receive cash prizes. Sat 8 a.m.-Sun 2 p.m.

Colorado Garden & Home Show

Submitted by Abbey White on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 2:48pm

Bring the Rocky Mountains’ unique ecological diversity into your own plot with the region’s largest garden and home show. Attendees can chat with 650 companies, such as Aurora’s Canyon Creek Landscape, about garden accessories, landscape design, and exterior renovations. Tip: Make time to wander through the acre of professionally landscaped grounds. Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Wine Certification in Denver

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:45am

This one-day class covering wine tasting, wine and food pairing, characteristics of major grape varieties, grape growing and winemaking, and an overview of local wines, is your first step toward becoming a certified sommelier. After passing the exit exam administered at the end of the day, you'll receive your Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 1 certificate which will send you on your sommelier-bound way. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

A Chocolate Affair

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:11am

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this chocolate adventure in Olde Town Arvada. Samples will include scrumptious treats such as eclairs from Rheinlander’s Bakery, Petit Fours from La Patisserie Francaise, chocolate wine from Silver Vines, and chocolate whiskey from School House Kitchen and Libations. Take part in the Chocolate Treasure Hunt or venture to the Arvada Library, Rising Church, Arvada Historical Society, and other locations to try these sweet treats. Proceeds will benefit the Ralston House, a child abuse prevention and support program. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

OJ: Made in America

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:32am

Don’t miss this one-time screening of the award-winning documentary that examines O.J. Simpson’s 1995 trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. The authentic scenes and cast allow for a deeper look  into the tragedy, through the lens of the history of race relations in Los Angeles. Sat noon-9 p.m.

 
 

Immersive Dance Story Time with Sonder Dance Collective

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:42am

This dance-centric story time workshop will get your tykes excited about art and movement. At each station, kids will read a book and learn a dance move with a member of the independent dance collective. At the end of the event, your little dancers will put all their moves together in a group performance and show off their newfound artistic skills by painting an individual small canvas. Sat 2 p.m.   

 
 

Spontaneous Combustion Community Bonfire

Submitted by Abbey White on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 2:03pm

Warm up alongside  your family, friends, and neighbors at this community bonfire fueled by recycled Christmas trees, with food and beverage sales benefiting the Summit Nordic Ski Club. Hundreds of donated trees will be ceremoniously burned over the course of the night. Enjoy homemade chilis and soups made by Nordic Ski Club, plus beer and nonalcoholic options for the younger ones. The evening will be topped off with a 15-minute fireworks show following the bonfire. Sat 6 p.m.

 

The Divine Direction

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 9:39am

Contemporary movement meets storytelling at this high-energy dance performance by Los Angeles–based nonprofit troupe MusEffect. Always with an eye on social commentary, the group combines genres of dance to create an ethereal, athletic performance. Beyond plot and artifice, attendees can also enjoy the dancers' high levels of technical skill. Sat 7 p.m.

—Image courtesy of MusEffect

An Iliad

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:31pm

Witness the horrors and heroism of war in this contemporary retelling of Homer’s classic tale. Watch as the minimalist, one-man performance brings the mighty scope of the ancient Greek philosopher’s poetry and humor to life, scaling the conflict of one of history’s most expansive wars into a 90-minute look at our capacities for good and evil. Tue 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Galactic

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:45am

Groove to the sounds of the bayou with this soulful New Orleans jam band. With their mix of rock, funk, and classic jazz riffs, you’ll feel like you’re strolling down Bourbon Street. Known for their high energy live shows that often include special guests and surprise covers, the band brings more than 20 years worth of songs to the stage on their lively winter tour. Sat. 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Tavern Downtown Super Bowl Party

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:38am

This classic watch party offers three projector screens so you won’t miss a single play. Indulge in all-you-can-eat sliders, wings, and pizza, plus Bud Light drafts. Throw your name in the raffle for a chance to walk out with a new 48-inch television. Sun 3:30 p.m.

 
 

Fruition Restaurant 10th Anniversary Dinner

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:20am

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fruition, an authentic farm-to-table restaurant concept by Chef Alex Seidel. Former and current chefs will collaborate to create a seven-course communal dinner, which will begin with a champagne toast and appetizers such as a seeded pistachio crisp. Main courses include Nantucket Bay scallops with sea urchin custard and preserved apple and duck with blood orange, celery root, and pomegranate. Tickets are $150, with an optional $75 wine pairing. Portions of proceeds benefit the Culinary Quick Start Program at Emily Griffith Technical College.

Nasty Woman: The Bigamist

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:06am

During the 1950s, a female director was determined to show Hollywood that women deserved roles in front of and behind the camera. To prove it, Ida Lupino directed and acted in the 1953 drama noir, The Bigamist. The movie tells the story of Phyllis, the secret wife of a businessman (played by well-known character actor Edmond O'Brien), who attempts to hide her and her child from his first spouse. Celebrate Lupino's legacy at this special 35mm screening; a portion of proceeds benefits Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Mon 7:30 p.m.

Wayne's World 25th Anniversary

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:14pm

Party on with Wayne and Garth in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary when it returns to theaters for a special screening.

Seedlings: Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:26pm

This interactive workshop led by musician Katherine Dines, best known for her award-winning series of 11 Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta albums, will get your children singing and dancing along with the music. The workshop teaches self-expression through movement, sign language, sing-alongs, percussion, and props. Tip: Purchase tickets in advance to score $7 boxed lunches from Firehouse Subs. Tue 9:30, 11 a.m. 

Winter Glow Flow Silent Disco

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:28am

Participants at this 60-minute silent yoga session are led by Claire Ewing, a certified instructor at CorePower Yoga, who will direct the tranquil class through personal headphones supplied to each student. After the class, yogis can enjoy dinner from Viewhouse Eatery, Bar and Rooftop. Tue 7-10 p.m. 

Denver Jewish Film Festival

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:26pm

Explore a variety of award-winning movies addressing Jewish culture and history at this nearly two-week-long festival featuring 32 films. Audiences can enjoy cinematic experiences ranging from For the Love of Spock, an analysis of Leonard Nimoy and his enduring portrayal of perhaps the most famous Star Trek character, to Atomic Falafel, a satirical tale of generations clashing to prevent a Middle Eastern nuclear crisis. Including comedy, drama, narrative, short films, and documentaries, this sensational festival will connect with audiences of all backgrounds.

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 1:46pm

The entire family can find something to enjoy at this five-day sports event celebrating the winter season. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages can strategically navigate the grooves, bumps and troughs of a family-oriented dual mogul course, while advanced athletes can register for the mountain bike ride down Howelsen Hill or the 100-meter nordic sprint. Wed 5:30 p.m., Thu 5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m., Sat. 8 a.m., Sun 9 a.m.

Winter's Glow

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:00pm

Fire and ice collide at this festive event, which will feature ice sculptures, fire dancers, jugglers, and s’mores. After you check out the five ice sculptures (including the flame-shooting centerpiece), head into the Curtis Center for some champagne tasting (and hot cocoa for the little ones). Wed 6:30-8 p.m.

I (Heart) Bikes

Submitted by EmmaMurray on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 2:03pm

Live music? Check. Beer? Check. Food? Check. Giveaways and a silent auction? Check. This isn’t your average bicycle-friendly meet up. Stop by Blue Moon Brewing Company for Denver Cruiser Ride’s mid-winter bike party, where you’ll have the chance to win a trendy new bike, make new friends and maybe take a spin around the block. The six-time I (Heart) Bikes campaign is DCR’s “fun-raiser,” which aims to connect as many local bike groups as possible and stoke mobility awareness around the city. Wed. 7 p.m. 

Second City’s ‘We’re All In This Room Together'

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:33pm

See the sketch comedy group that launched the careers of everyone from Steve Carell to Tina Fey perform material from the historic Second City club’s legendary archives. Expect bold, improvised skits inspired by current events as the troupe’s in-the-moment sketches remind you that communal laughter is a salve for tumultuous times. Wed 8 p.m.

El Tornaviaje/The Return Route

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:18pm

Explore the remarkable—and often unheralded—Asian influence on the development of Latin America’s identity at this exhibition of panels and artifacts. Check out the 21 infographic panels documenting the Spanish journey into Asia in search of spices before you examine historic galleon coins, pineapple cloth shawls, Talavera pottery and other Latin American artifacts that reflect the impact of Asian culture on the region. Tue-Sat noon-5 p.m.

Cooking with Cupid

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:12pm

Want to try something new this Valentine’s Day instead of the traditional “wine-and-dine?” Prepare a special dinner with your significant other with the help of the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts. Chef de Cuisine Cada Fabian will lead a Cooking with Cupid class that kicks off with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and antipasti follow by a five-course meal (think: oysters with rose champagne mignonette and surf-and-turf lobster salpicon with sous vide short ribs). Tip: Wear comfy shoes in the kitchen as you'll be on your feet for the duration of the class.

One Man Star Wars

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:37pm

Join Canadian actor and self-described “uber-geek” Charles Ross for a whirlwind reenactment of the original Star Wars trilogy. Sans props, sets, and costumes, Ross will bring your favorite characters from one of the big screen’s most epic universes to life, using only his body and his voice to deliver spot-on impressions, music, and fight sequences in just 60 minutes. Thu 7:30 p.m.

Angel Olsen

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:45pm

The retro grooves of the 1960s and ‘70s’ folk-rock era are ever-present in the music of this St. Louis singer-songwriter, who pairs dark, introspective lyrics with sparse indie-rock guitar and percussion. Collaborations with members from Cap'n Jazz and Wilco and the September release of her third solo album, My Woman, have officially earned her name recognition. 8 p.m. 

Valentine's Dinner

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 9:03am

Sumptuous, fresh ingredients give this Valentine's Day dinner that little extra spark. The evening kicks off with the most classic of aphrodisiacs—oysters—served on a half shell alongside a mignonette granita, or with smoked and grilled octopus with candied Fresno peppers and blood orange. For the main course, star-crossed dinner guests can choose between buffalo strip steak with spot prawns and a black truffle potato puree or Merguez sausage and roasted Colorado lamb chops with chèvre grits. Round out the meal with passionfruit, served three ways. Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m., Sun-Tue 5-10 p.m.

Music and Movement

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:28pm

Join Emma Shubin of Integral Steps, a Colorado nonprofit that focuses on integrative learning, for this high-energy educational program. Your kids will get moving as they dance and play through this workshop’s theme of love, which will be explored through music performances, Spanish language exercises, and an expressive art-related craft. Fri 1 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Integral Steps

Full Moon Snowshoe Tour

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:27pm

Explore Breckenridge’s mile-long walking trails beneath a moonlit sky. Led by guides from the Gold Run Nordic Center, snowshoers will tour backcountry trails as they trek toward an abandoned mining mill outside town. Post-walk, participants can munch on sandwiches and cookies at the Gold Run Nordic Center’s clubhouse. Fri 5-7 p.m.

Beer Dinners with Local Relic

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:11pm

Common Cause Catering and Local Relic are partnering with Catholic Charities to bring you another night of delicious food and beer pairings. This five-course meal benefits Catholic Charities' Life Skills & Career Development Center, which helps people in need of work find employment opportunities. Fri 5:30-10 p.m.

Harmony Diorama

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:09pm

Denver artist Barbara Baer takes inspiration from two iconic twentieth-century paintings, Henri Rousseau’s “The Dream” and Henri Matisse’s “Red Room,” to examine the idea of harmony as a mental and physical state. Her installation uses plastic steel and fabric to form a walk-in setting inside which viewers may meditate. Fri 6-9 p.m.

Catapult

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:40pm

Don’t miss this dynamic dance performance choreographed by promising candidates of the University of Colorado Boulder’s BFA program. Dance students Ellen Reynerson, Emma Scholz, Gabrielle Whitcomb, and Heather Woolley will use their chosen medium of movement to explore the Renaissance period’s relationship to the female body and anxiety’s impact on perception. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.

Dawes

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:49pm

Reinvention isn’t new to this dynamic rock quartet from California. Following its switch from post-punk to folk-rock just after they formed in 2009, Dawes once again shifted aesthetics with the September 2016 release, We’re All Gonna Die, which features a new R&B and funk sound teamed with upbeat lyrics. Fri 9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Dawes

J Boog

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:31pm

J Boog mixes his love of reggae with his Samoan heritage to create a unique, island-inspired sound that crosses cultures and genres. Fresh off his new release “Wash House Ting,” the R&B-influenced singer says his goal is to spread positive messages through his music. Soak up the good vibes with hits like “Brighter Days” and “Rose Petals.” Fri 9 p.m.

Hatha and Hops Yoga

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 11:51am

You don't have to be an expert yogi or a craft beer aficionado to reap the benefits of this customizable workout class. After getting your zen on with instructor Samantha Lieurance of Yay Life Yoga, you can enjoy a medium cold brew from Zwei Brewing Company. Proceeds from the class benefit the Animal House, a shelter in Fort Collins that also offers grooming services. Sat 9-10 a.m

Blisters and Chafing and Lytes, Oh My! A Workshop for Women Runners

Submitted by EmmaMurray on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 2:07pm

Whether you’re already crushing marathons or lacing up for your first trail run, this two-hour endurance running workshop will help manifest any goals teasing your horizon. Geared specifically for female runners, the workshop will cover topics ranging from basic nutrition for diverse weather conditions to how to prevent and relieve chafing and blisters (with a live demonstration and materials provided).

Museum Family Day: Darwin's Voyage

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:27pm

From tuskless elephants to rattleless rattlesnakes, see the ways humans are forcing the evolution of other species in this interactive family day event. Celebrate Charles Darwin’s 208th birthday with a cake while you and your kids learn about antibiotic resistant bacteria through bowling and explore the domestication of animals with live goats and chickens. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Arrowhead Club Poker Run

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:32pm

Rev your engines and test your luck at this unorthodox snowmobile race. Riders cruise through trails in Gunnison National Forest and draw from a deck of cards at each checkpoint in order to put together a strong hand. The rider that crosses the finish line with the best hand gets to stuff her wallet with a cash prize. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

What Is It Worth?

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 1:49pm

Find out whether you’ve been harboring a rare treasure or a run-of-the-mill trinket during this informative antique roadshow. Three respected evaluation experts—including a gemologist—will determine the market value of your attic treasures. Attendees can also learn about industry trends from antique experts such as Daniel Geary, owner of Lone Tree Antiques and Fine Art in Eaton. Proceeds benefit the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

In Store Pop-Up With Craftbelly

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:18pm

Shop for a cause at this pop-up selling brands such as Kendra Scott and Scout and Molly. Artisans from local Craftbelly Paper and Pattern will be in-house, custom-creating dainty home decor, stationery, and journals just for you. A percentage of proceeds benefit Safehouse, Denver’s only emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors. Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

How the West Was Sung

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:18pm

Have you ever wondered how the West was won? Toss the textbooks aside and let the Central City Opera to immerse you in grand stories of the past at this musical spectacular. Held in the historic home of one of the most famous figures to stake her claim in the American West, this dazzling show will leave your mind expanded and your toes tapping. Bonus: A guided tour of the legendary residence is included in the price of your ticket.

Sip N' Cycle

Submitted by EmmaMurray on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 1:45pm

Put your newest work-out to go-out athleisure outfits to the test by joining 38 State Brewing Company for their inaugural Sip N’ Cycle event: a 25-minute cycling class held in the brewery and taught by a CycleBar instructor followed by rounds of buy-one-get-one-free craft beers for each participant. Proceeds benefit Rachel’s Challenge, an organization creating safer, more connected living and school environments for children. Sat. 11:15 a.m.-noon.

 

Baby Doe Tabor Cupcake Decorating

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:29pm

Sugar Bake Shop is teaming up with History Colorado Center to make recipes from Baby Doe Tabor, the wife of 19th-century Colorado prospector and businessman Horace Tabor. Your kids will learn about the history of baking and the significance of Tabor’s recipes as they turn old-fashioned dessert recipes into current-day treats. Sat 1:30 p.m. 

—Image courtesy of History Colorado

 

 

Bryon Stripling What A Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:33pm

Celebrate the sounds of one of America’s greatest musicians with this nationally renowned tribute from trumpet-master and vocalist Byron Stripling. You’ll be transported back to the golden age of music with classics like “What a Wonderful World” and “Hello Dolly.” Carnegie Hall alumnus Stripling will keep the sounds of the Big Easy rolling all night, and he’ll close out the show with Armstrong’s signature: “When the Saint’s Go Marching In.”  Sat 7:30 p.m.

 

Shaken, Not Stirred Martini Party

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:19pm

Whether you like it dirty, dry, or straight up, the search for Denver’s best martini is on as 16 local bars and restaurants battle it out for the best cocktail. Expect food, drinks, and live music from funk band the Tent Show Kings. Roadhouse Hospitality will be serving food such as meatballs in Sriracha peach barbecue sauce, sweet potato ravioli in a thyme brown butter sauce, and barbecue short rib sliders topped with Gruyere and pickled carrot slaw. Proceeds will benefit the Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado, a program that funds college tuitions for at-risk teens. Sat 7:30-10:30 p.m.

L'Electrique Dollhouse Circus

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 1:10pm

Moth Poetic Circus incorporates the high-flying, adrenaline-pumping acts of the big top into a high-octane performance that also includes dance, art, and audience interaction. Live music, DJs, and colorful cocktails are also on hand to transport you to a raucous alternate universe straight out of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting. Sat 8 p.m.

Image courtesy of Moth Poetic Circus

Old Man Winter Rally

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:42pm

Mountain trails, back country roads, and free beer await all runners and cyclists at this multi-faceted race. Cyclists will cruise through either 50km or 100km courses while runners will tackle a five-mile path that incorporates parts of Lyons’s Picture Rock Trail. Refuel post-race with a craft brew courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery. Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Family Workshop: Chocolate Treats

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:24pm

Did you know chocolate actually grows on trees? The cocoa pods hold the cocoa beans that give chocolate its rich flavor. Head to the Denver Botanic Gardens with your little ones to discover how a chocolate turns from seed to sweet. Family and Children’s Manager Melissa Gula will then hold tastings of different chocolates before helping you create a batch of your own confections to take home. Sun 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m.

50+ Winter Games

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 7:34am

Age is just a number at this Olympic-style winter sports competition. Gold medals await winners in competitions ranging from figure skating on Keystone Lake, slalom skiing down Dercum Mountain, and even a snowball tossing competition at the Frisco Nordic Center. Proceeds benefit the Summit County Senior Citizens nonprofit. 

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:32pm

Celebrate this holiday of love with the little ones you cherish most. Each child will receive a dozen heart-shaped cookies to decorate with frostings, sprinkles, candies, and more, while adults can personalize a gift box to carry the cookies home. Everyone can then toast the experience and each other with a special “love potion.”  Sun 1 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Children’s Museum of Denver

Peter and the Wolf

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:33pm

Expose your young ones to the magic of live orchestral music at this family-friendly concert. Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s tale of Peter and a group of meadow animals in danger of a hunting wolf is brought to life with the moving arrangements of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Arrive an hour early for Half Notes’ pre-concert activities, during which kids can meet the conductor Christopher Dragon and learn about the different instruments. Sun 1 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Colorado Symphony

The Black Homesteader Experience

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 1:52pm

In this one-hour lecture, historian Priscilla Marshall will explain how the Homestead Act of 1862, which granted 160 acres of free land to anyone in exchange for an $18 filing fee, encouraged throngs of black Americans to move west during the period of Reconstruction. Learn about how this new generation of Americans staked claims to land in some of the country’s harshest climates. Sun 2-3:30 p.m

Valentine's Day Calligraphy Workshop

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 9:07am

In our digital world, there's something especially romantic about making gifts by hand. This Valentine's Day, crafters of all skill levels can learn the ancient art form from a master calligrapher. The introductory course will cover all the basics of calligraphy: dipping the pen in ink, managing ink flow and pressure, and practicing the entire alphabet in uppercase and lowercase—all while sipping on cocktails and munching from a charcuterie and cheese board. Sun 2-4 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Ink and Root

An Animal's Carnival

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:09am

Join the Aurora Symphony for a fun introduction to classical music. Your future maestros will get the chance to touch classical instruments and enjoy animal-themed musical compositions such as "The Carnival of Animals." Led by Aurora poet laureate Assetou Xango, the event also features stories, face painting, and intricate balloon animals. Sun 3 p.m.

—Image courtesy of the Aurora Symphony

Mike Doughty

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:50pm

Since leaving the jazz group Soul Coughing in 2000, this Memphis writer and musician has released a total of 18 studio albums, live albums, and EPs. His unique style blends alternative rock with beats from the hip-hop, downtempo, and breakbeat percussion genres, plus quirkily humorous lyrics. The October release of The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns sees his sound and tone steadily maturing. Sun 8 p.m. 

Black History Live: Harriet Tubman

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 1:00pm

Celebrate Black History Month by attending this historically accurate live portrayal of the iconic Civil War heroine. National Humanities and Chautauqua scholar Becky Stone performs Tubman's role, which takes audiences through her transformation from Undergound Railroad abolitionist to inspiring humanitarian. Don't miss the entertaining opportunity to learn more about one of humanity's greatest patriots. Mon 10 a.m.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Art of Communication

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:32pm

Is the message you’re communicating to your coworkers with your body language the same message your brain wanted you to express? Hilary Blair’s interactive presentation will provide “chiropractic communication” tips by aligning your thoughts and your actions to become clearer and more authentic. This CEO and Lead Coach has worked extensively with employees of American Express, Liberty Global, Staples, and Hunter Douglas—training high achievers to reach their full communication potential. 

Valen-Thai & Fly

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:53pm

This Valentine’s Day yoga class will introduce couples to the therapeutic side of acro-yoga, a form of yoga that centers around partner poses. Instructor Jen Cameron, a certified yoga teacher since 2010, will lead participants through various therapeutic full-body poses. Cameron will also be teaching the ins-and-outs of Thai massage therapy, which has the masseur incorporating hands, feet, and elbows. Tue 7-9 p.m.

Sting

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:03pm

Let the smooth voice of England’s most iconic new wave vocalist set the mood for your Valentine’s Day celebrations. His 2016 album, 57th & 9th,  features rock-heavy tracks and collaborations with Diego Navaira of the Last Bandoleros, who, along with singer-songwriter Joe Sumner, will join Sting on his global tour. Tue 8 p.m. 

Symposium on Gray Wolf Conservation

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 9:22am

Explore the world of the gray wolf by learning about their ecological importance and about the science-based initiative to reintroduce them to Colorado at this daylong educational gathering. Presenters, including Yellowstone National Park senior wildlife biologist Douglas W.

Egypt's Secret Side

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 1:56pm

This revealing documentary from talented filmmaker Karin Muller shines a light on Egypt’s forgotten or overlooked inhabitants. Watch as Muller documents the lives of Cairo garbage collectors, Nile River fishermen, and Bedouin nomads; gains unprecedented access to a wild and remote Muslim festival; and follows an entire village living among the tombs of Cairo’s largest cemetery. Wed 10:30 a.m.

Unspoken

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:10am

Love and fear are opposing forces in this powerful drama written by Kevin Crowe and directed by Gina Braswell.

Early Literacy Night

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:49am

Led by staff from local learning nonprofit If Not You, Who?, this educational game night teaches kiddos five-years-old-and-under to read, write, play, sing, and communicate—all skills they'll need to know for kindergarten. Kids will engage in hands-on activities such as magnetic fishing and puppet making while parents will learn how to recreate the activities at home in order to continue the preparation momentum for their child's first year of school. Wed 4-6 p.m.

—Image courtesy of If Not You, Who?

Visits to the Interior/Neshama

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:36pm

Though known for her stylized impressions of flowers and landscapes, Sarah Van Beckum’s newest body of work is an intriguing foray into abstraction. Lori Dresner’s colorful and abstract clay sculptures, which represent intuitive expressions of emotional states, provide a fitting compliment for Beckum’s raw, highly instinctive pieces consisting of rich colors and vibrant brush strokes. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m., Fri noon- 9 p.m., Sun 2-5 p.m.

Claw Caucus Panel Discussion

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:41am

Join fellow wildlife lovers at this important forum for animal protection. Legislators will participate in a discussion about the disputed predator control experiment recently approved by Colorado wildlife commissioners, which will allow for the widespread killing of mountain lions and bears in a bid to increase Colorado’s deer population. The panel will also feature speakers from Colorado State University and staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Thu Noon-1:30 p.m.

Shelter of Desire

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:15am

These whimsical paintings are some of the most recent creations of Chinese artist Xi Zhang from his ongoing series, “Metallic Leaf Garden,” which began in 2014. In these works, vivid brushstrokes depict scenes of nature as the artist explores the idea that our subconscious “paints” the colors of our reality. Celebrate Zhang at an opening reception, which will include statements from both the curator and the artist himself. Thu 4:30-7:00 p.m.

 

Art and Sip: Wine Glass and Charms

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:19pm

Sip in style by designing your own personalized wine glasses. Artists of all skill levels can use their imagination to paint their own wine glasses (or learn how to paint fancy designs such as peacock feathers if they're out of ideas). Participants will end the night by making a wine charm bracelet so they'll never lose a glass again. Bonus: Drinks will be available for purchase at the Atrium Bar, and the ticket price includes access to movies and galleries at the museum. Thu 7-9 p.m.

Paula Poundstone

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:41pm

Paula Poundstone brings her signature blend of disarming yet artful improv to Denver for this spontaneous night of unscripted comedy. Fans will see the author, actress, and panelist for NPR’s weekly quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me riff on everything from her time working at IHOP to her stint as a bicycle messenger. Expect sharp observations and underlying wisdom from this doyenne of the standup scene. Thu 7:30 p.m.

Portraits

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 8:20am

While the word 'portrait' might evoke stuffy images of European aristocracy, attendees of the opening reception for this juried exhibition will find none of that in these contemporary, emotive works. Presented by juror Karen Marks, director of the Howard Greenberg Gallery, the selected photographs span the breadth of contemporary styles and subjects. And with artists from all over the globe—including Russia, China, and Texas—the international show takes on a decidedly humanist feel. Fri 6-8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Yuliya Artemyeva

Bridget Everett

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:43pm

You won’t want to miss Everett’s trademark outrageous and gut-wrenching humor in this sexy and off-beat punk rock cabaret-esque show. During this rescheduled tour stop, the comedian and Lady Dynamite actress will put her powerhouse voice on full display as she presents music from her debut album Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments . Fri 7 p.m.

Sabrina Fair

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:08am

Let your Valentine's day festivities carry into the weekend with a performance bound to warm your heart and make you laugh. This adaptation of the classic romantic comedy, directed by Denver’s Rachel Bouchard,, is set on Long Island in the 1950s and tells the story of a girl falling in love with both sons of a wealthy family, leading to hilarious complications.  Fri 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Ballet: Ballet Masterworks

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:46pm

Choreographed by Yuri Possokhov and scored by Igor Stravinsky, the evening will kick off with a classical performance of Firebird, which tells the tale of a magical creature who assists a prince on his quest to save a beautiful maiden. Audiences will then be treated to Petite Mort, a piece choreographed by Kylián with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that was created for the Salzburg Festival on the second centenary of Mozart’s death.

Kicker Arenacross Series

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:57pm

Expect death-defying stunts at this high-octane motocross race and rally. More than 150 truckloads of dirt will form a racetrack of high-banking grooves and curves that are sure to test the mettle of professional riders as they compete for the $5,000-dollar purse. Freestyle rider Geoff Gaskins will cap off the event by landing a front flip on his motorcycle. Fri 3-7:30 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Jazz: Phröntrange

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:06pm

This group of Denver jazz artists led by trombonist Steve Wiest is known for its fusion of funk and jazz music. With members culled from esteemed outfits Trombone Shorty and the Yellowjackets, the group’s melodic frontline of trombone, guitar, and an electronic wind instrument melds with a soulful rhythm section for lively shows. Expect tracks off its April release The High Road, an album of five Wiest originals plus covers of Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island" and Fred Rogers’ “Please Don't Think It's Funny.” Fri 7:30 p.m. 

Migrant Series

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:12am

Meet the people who play pivotal roles in putting the food on your table. Colorado artist Don Coen has created a magnificent collection of 15 large-scale portraits of migrant farm workers, painted over the course of two decades (beginning in 1992). Coen seeks to raise awareness of this overlooked yet vital part of our society and to express timely gratitude for America's migrant workers through these raw, personal portraits. Sat 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m

 

Bumblebee Jamboree

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:38am

Take flight with your tykes at this exciting dance-along gathering. . Dress them up like bees, butterflies, or birds to learn about pollinators with the music of acclaimed children’s composer Dr. Noize. Known for his lively multi-media performances, the Dr. will have your little insects buzzing along to songs about the power of music, friendship, and creativity. Sat 10-11:30 a.m.

Front Row Center

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:45pm

If you want to relive your crowd-surfing glory days (or witness the ones you were born too late to have), then head to Colorado Springs for this photographic trip through the history of rock ’n’ roll. Enjoy intimate, one-of-a-kind shots of classic performances by musicians such as Willie Nelson, David Bowie, Carlos Santana, all captured through the lens of celebrated photographer Larry Hulst. Sat-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet Book Launch Party

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 1:58pm

Join food writer and soul food scholar Adrian E. Miller as he and several prominent guests (including former presidential chefs) discuss the powerful history and influence of black Americans in the White House kitchen. Chat with historical reenactors, enjoy live music featuring an occasional campaign song, and sip on presidential-themed cocktails and dishes made from real White House recipes. Sat 4-7 p.m.

Hippo Campus

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:35am

This Minnesota group’s newest single is called “Boyish” — which is an apt description of its members, who are barely past drinking age. Mixing the pulsing beats of Two Door Cinema Club with the upbeat, fizzy vocals of Vampire Weekend, the foursome has garnered attention for their reflections on youth culture and critiques of social media. Catch the band on its marathon cross-country tour before the release of its debut studio album Landmark, dropping Feb. 24. Sat 8 p.m.

Praang

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:10pm

These four improvisational musicians bring diverse backgrounds and skillsets to create some of the most distinctive musical innovation on stage today. The band layers ancient instruments, such as the hammered dulcimer, with modern technology to create a mix of electronic and jam-band styles. With members from the String Cheese Incident and EOTO, the band delivers a musical experience that’s unique to each performance. Sat 9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Praang

Savoy

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:41am

Lose yourself in the lasers of this energetic electronic dance show while dancing to the band's catchy single "Mo Lasers Mo Problems" at the same time. This Colorado trio has come a long way from their jam-band roots as students at the University of Colorado at Boulder—they're now playing top venues all over the nation. Sat 9 p.m.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:41pm

For this multidisciplinary exhibition, Latino artists (including two Denver artists Jaime Carrejo and Dmitri Obergell), created pieces representative of life in the comtemporary American west. The result is a collection of mixed-media, digital animation, and sculptural installations that examine diverse narratives of migration through the lens of labor, nostalgia, memory, visibility, and displacement. Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Flavors Without Borders—An ACLU Benefit Dinner

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:24pm

Take a journey to the Middle East with the help of this collaboratively compiled menu. Chef Kyle Mendenhall of Arcana and Chef Dakota Soifer of Cafe Aion have joined forces to create a delicious four-course dinner with dishes inspired by the seven countries of President Trump’s immigration ban. Start with Sharbat cocktails and sambusa plus savory beef pastries as an appetizer before indulging in Iranian ash soup, braised lamb, and mint tea. Proceeds benefit the ACLU, an organization that protects civil rights. Sun 6 p.m.

La Loma Tequila Dinner

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:34pm

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, four: Join La Loma at its new location for a four-course Mexican dinner with cocktails made with 1530 Codigo Tequila. Start off with a build-your-own cocktail and your choice of chicken tortilla soup or grilled shrimp salad. Don’t miss the family-style fajitas or mini chicken flautas main courses, before rounding out the meal with fried ice cream in churro bowls. Tue 6 p.m.

René Marie

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:13pm

It took nearly two decades for this songwriter and jazz vocalist to release her first all-original album, Sound of Red, in April. Her clever arrangements and sensual vocal delivery has defined her work—inspired by her idols Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington—from the start. Tue-Wed 6, 8 p.m. 

The Web of Life: Humans Amid Complex Ecological Networks

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 9:26am

Learn about surprising shared characteristics found in profoundly different environments and species at this enlightening presentation. Ecologist and vice president for science at the Santa Fe Institute Jennifer Dunne will use scientific patterns appearing across time that show how humans and other species interact. She’ll then explain how this evidence can help us catch a glimpse of future ecosystems. 

Outdoor Storytelling Mic Night

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:57am

Remember that time you almost fell off the face of a fourteener? Or that time you rolled your kayak in class four rapids? Now, it's storytime: This open mic night gives you and other Denver daredevils the chance to share outdoor adventure tales that run the gamut from stupidity to heroism. Proceeds benefit Big City Mountaineers, an organization that offers underserved Denver children outdoor mentoring experiences. Tue 7 p.m.

Image courtesy of Feral Mountain Company

Two Films and One New Opera

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 9:30am

Join the journeys of various relatable and compelling transgender characters during these two provocative film screenings. Spend a year’s worth of Tuesday afternoons with 16-year-old Billie as her mother transitions in 52 Weeks and experience the raw tale of a family coming to grips with its past and present circumstances in Prodigal Sons. Then, accompany Hannah on her journey to find inner peace and clarity in a unique chamber opera, As One, with a baritone and a mezzo-soprano both giving her a voice.

Pikes Peak Winter Wilderness Survival Skills

Submitted by EmmaMurray on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:43pm

This class, led by Eric Hunter and Dan Anderson from the Colorado Mountain Club, will prepare you for the worst-case scenario of spending an unexpected night in the wilderness. In this adventure survival course, you’ll learn how to stay warm by using day-trip gear to build emergency winter shelters. Then, you’ll spend a night outdoors, putting the concepts to the test. Wed 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m; Sat-Sun.

Cochino National Margarita Day

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:39am

You know what would make this beautiful sunny day better? Sitting on a patio with a cold, sweet margarita in your hand. It’s National Margarita Day and Cochino Taco is celebrating with house margarita specials ($4 dollars for lunch/$5 dollars for dinner). Pair your tequila cocktail with fresh ceviche or pork shank. Wed 11 a.m.-close 

Elusive: Works by Andrew Roberts Gray

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:30pm

Occupying a place between painterly abstraction and sculptural space, Andrew Roberts-Gray’s newest installations are as mesmerizing as they are indecipherable. The reflective surfaces and drips of paint interact with the gallery’s unique combination of ambient and natural light to produce halos and reflections that change and shift depending on the angle from which you view them. Tue-Thu, Fi 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bar Necklace Class

Submitted by NatalieLampert on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:25am

Conquer that mid-week slump with some spirit-lifting crafting: DIY art shop Upstairs Circus is partnering with American Cultures Kombucha Taproom to host a night of personalized necklace-making. Choose a silver or gold bar necklace, then add your own stamps. Tickets include a glass or flight of kombucha. Wed 6-8 p.m.

Image courtesy of Upstairs Circus

Erika Krouse: Contenders

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:04pm

Listen to Paterson Fiction Award–winning author Erika Krouse discuss her bestselling novel Contenders during this cozy literary gathering. Nina Black isn’t just any thief and street fighter—she’s a good one. But things take a wrong turn when one of her marks, a Denver cop and MMA contender, wants what she stole back. Krouse will read a passage from the book and discuss the challenges of writing characters outside of fictional norms before taking questions from the audience. Wed 7 p.m.

The Sporting Affair: Make-A-Wish Colorado Gala

Submitted by NatalieLampert on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 7:21am

Celebrate with Make-A-Wish Colorado as the nonprofit reveals the names of several children—all with life-threatening diseases. Amelia Earhart, a 9News broadcaster, will emcee the evening’s program, which includes a live auction with available items ranging from a four-night vacation in Costa Rica to bottle of Pappy Van Winkle's 20-year-old bourbon and Stranahan's Crestone Peak Snowflake whiskey.

The Berenstain Bears in Family Matters, the Musical

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:35pm

Awaken your nostalgia for one of the most iconic children’s book series, first published in 1962, as your kids fall in love with the loveable bear family for the first time. In this story, Brother Bear is struggling with school; Sister Bear can’t seem to make new friends; Papa Bear can’t stop eating junk food; and Mama Bear is there to hold it all together. The heartfelt production will hold laughs and lessons for the entire brood. Thu 6 p.m. 

—Image courtesy of Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center

Colorado Ballet Firebird Gala

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:08pm

Support The Colorado Ballet during this dressy event featuring live music, drinks, dinner and a silent auction. Start the evening with a selection of cocktails before watching a performance by The Colorado Ballet set to the overture of ARROW Electronics' Five Years Out symphony, which was commissioned by ARROW and choreographed by Colorado Ballet Mistress Sandra Brown. Bid in the paddle auction for items including a two-night weekend stay at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.

Dov Davidoff

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:07am

Always an audience favorite, this energetic comedian is famous for his high intensity standup and for his comedy album, The Point Is…., which was voted one of the top ten comedy albums of the year in Punchline magazine. You might also recognize the versatile entertainer from Invincible with Mark Wahlberg and from shows such as The League, Whitney, and Chappelle’s Show. You won’t want to miss the Denver stops on this hilariously dynamic tour soon to be a part of his one-hour comedy special. Thu-Sat, showtimes vary. 

Dada

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:17pm

This California trio quickly garnered a steadfast fanbase at its start in the 1990s with its progressive rock sound, distinctive vocal harmonies, and psychedelic influences. Even after an extended hiatus in the early 2000s and frequent halts in touring and recording, the band has never struggled to retain devoted fans (the generous three-hour concerts might have something to do with it). Thu 8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Dada

Denver Restaurant Week

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 9:59am

The caliber of Denver's dining scene is at an all-time high, which makes the anticipation for this year's restaurant week even greater. Take the time to explore more than 150 of Denver's top restaurants as they offer multi-course dinners at appealing prices. More than 150 establishments have put their restaurant week menus online, which means diners can peruse options and plan their threee-meals-a-day in advance. Daily, times vary. 

Dawg Nation Pond Hockey Tournament

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:49pm

Sharpen your skates for this charitable pond hockey tournament and bid for a chance to play with a pro. Teams of four compete in a round-robin style tournament, but some teams will get a boost from former NHL? players like Aaron McKenzie and Milan Hejduk, who will play for the team who bids the highest. Proceeds benefit Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation, which provides funds for hockey players and their families during medical crises. Fri 8 a.m.-Sun noon.

Rough Art Show

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:38am

This interactive one-night-only show for art in-progress, hosted by quirky Denver author and comedian Mimi Hayes,  encourages community feedback and interaction with art. See the rough work of 13 artists, including painters, writers, quilters, and ceramicists. Input from the audience will then shape the artists’ final pieces for a second show in June. Fri 5-10 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Rough Art Show

Sight Unseen

Submitted by SamanthaHarris on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:41am

This sensory exhibition, curated by international artist Alia El Bermani and presented in collaboration with PoetsArtists, a Denver publication of poems and art, will feature more than 75 artists. Through paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the varied works explore emotions and the human spirit. Fri 6-9 p.m.

Junie B. Jones: The Musical

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:36pm

The beloved character of Junie B. Jones has been chronicled in more than 30 best-selling books and several play adaptations since the early 1990s. This earnest production combines four of original author Barbara Park’s books and uses song, dance, and new characters to let the audience witness Jones’ first day of first grade. Its visual and verbal humor will entertain kids and adults alike. Fri 8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Takács Quartet

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:19pm

In 1975, four students formed the original quartet in a classroom at Budapest’s Music Academy. Their intention? To reinterpret famous works by Bartók, Beethoven, Smetana, and Borodin with youthful energy and modern stylings. Now, the Boulder-based, award-winning ensemble enters its 42nd season with the same energetic approach to making traditional works feel radical. Fri 8 p.m. 

Lil Wayne

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:56pm

Fresh off the release of his book Gone ‘Til November, a journal from his time in prison, Weezy is back to headline the Mile High Smoke Out show. Just in time for Mardi Gras, the New Orleans-born rapper brings the spirit of his beloved hometown to the Rockies. Hear the veteran MC trade verses with hip-hop newcomers A Boogie and Marc E Bassy. Fri 8 p.m.

 

A V Day Massacre

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 9:54am

Put a killer spin on the traditional holiday of love during this murderously fun cocktail party game. Guests will be stalked and murdered left and right, and its up to you to find the killer and end the bloodshed. But don’t take too long, because you could be next! Fri-Sat 8 p.m.

Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering

Submitted by EmmaMurray on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:47pm

Teams of two will race over 24 miles—gaining over 10,000 vertical feet—as they cross all four of Aspen’s mountains, starting in Snowmass Village, traversing to West Buttermilk, the Aspen Highlands, and finishing at Aspen Mountain’s gondola plaza. An aid station about a third of the way through will refuel participants with electrolyte drinks and Clif Bars. Not up for all four mountains? Try the Power of Two division, which starts half way through the course at the Aspen Highlands Base Village. Sat 6 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Walks on Water Ice Fishing Tournament Series

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:44pm

Anglers in this second-year tournament will stake out their own spot on the ice, with a $500 pay-out for the heaviest fish caught in Georgetown Lake, which boasts both brown and rainbow trout. Participants who leave the ice empty-handed can still reel in some goodies like coffee or kettle corn from Megan’s Mountain Kettle Corn. Sat 8 a.m.-noon.

Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter Party

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:39pm

From the newest Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them viewers to longtime JK Rowling fans, kids of all ages can jump into the magical world of Harry Potter and get acquainted with its legendary creatures. All young wizards and witches will be armed with plenty of crafts and supplies to create their favorite beasts from the book and movie franchise on paper. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Sat 11 a.m.

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Winter Craft Beer Festival

Submitted by NatalieLampert on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:20pm

This boozy feast returns to Boulder with more than 50 breweries ready to pour, pour, and pour some more. Fan favorites, such as Wibby Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., and Upslope Brewing Company, will make any beer lover giddy—just make sure you stay sober enough to vote for the winner of the People's Choice Award.

Yolk'n Around

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 9:40am

At this seven-hour affair held at Longmont’s St. Vrain Cidery, breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day—or at least the most delicious. Stop by for a full day of morning specialties, such as French toast, breakfast nachos, and steak-n-eggs, paired with various spiced and hopped ciders. Sat 2-9 p.m. 

Winter Craft Beer Festival

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Thu, 12/22/2016 - 1:33pm

If you're looking for an event to honor the explosive craft beer scene in Denver, you've found it at this boozy Boulder festival. There will be a wide-range of brew styles—IPAs, porters, stouts, and hard ciders—to fit any palate from around 50 different breweries. Sip tipples from locals including Upslope Brewing Company, Pug Ryan's Brewing Company, and Four Noses Brewing Company before casting your vote for the coveted People's Choice award. Sat 2-6 p.m.

A Little Cinderella with Tea Party

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:00pm

Ballerinas-to-be will delight in seeing this classic princess tale brought to the stage by Ballet Ariel. This shorter version of the full-length production is designed to captivate youngsters with intricately choreographed waltzes, beautiful costumes, and plenty of magic. After the show, little ones can join Cinderella, Prince Charming, and other cast members on stage for a special tea party. Sat and Sun 3 p.m.

Storylight: A Festival of Fairytale

Submitted by NatalieLampert on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:07pm

Fairytales are thought of as a medium for children, but this magical festival makes the age-old story form accessible to all ages. Boulder-based organization Stories with Spirit will present three performances greared toward different demographics—Family, Young Adult, and Adult—but all will include enchanting tales from seasoned storytellers as well as musicians, poets, comedians, and even a magician.

Sips, Sights, and Sounds

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 9:56am

With more than 200 bottles of wine from around the world and multiple local restaurants, art galleries, and concerts, the entertainment options at this festival are endless. The 21-and-up-event is happening rain or shine, so don't let a little weather stop you from sipping, tasting, and enjoying local and global delicacies. 

Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage

Submitted by NatalieLampert on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 6:58pm

Adventure theater group the Catamounts are back with another immersive theatrical experience: a gypsy-punk musical version of the Old English epic poem "Beowulf." The show will explore themes of violence and loneliness in a strange land, all set to Broadway composer Dave Malloy’s original score performed by a live band..

Celebrating Black Composers

Submitted by EmilyWilliams on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:58pm

Honor the contributions of African-American composers to the American Songbook at this jazzy Black History Month celebration. The Parker Symphony Orchestra will perform pieces from black composers ranging from the 1700s to the mid-20th-century, featuring the works of Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, and more. Sat 7:30 p.m.

 

A Clockwork Orange

Submitted by AbbieMitchell on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 9:42am

Celebrate author Anthony Burgess’ 100th birthday with this special screening of his hit novel, adapted for film by legendary director Stanley Kubrick, on 35mm film. Although the work was already a cult classic, the 1971 film helped elevate it to its now widely known infamy. Put your film and literary knowledge to the test in a game of trivia as you enjoy an evening steeped in one of this literary personality’s most compelling works. Sat 10 p.m.

Ski to Defeat ALS

Submitted by EmmaMurray on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:46pm

Help Rocky Mountain’s ALS Association chapter raise money and awareness to support research on the neurodegenerative disease. Join their one-day ski event, pledge at least $150 to their fundraising campaign, and spend the day shredding with a purpose. Coffee, fruit and bagels will be provided at the start, and lunch will be served throughout the day. You’ll win a prize, such as ALS Association aviator sunglasses or a hoodie, when you exceed the fundraising goal. (Last year’s event raised over $21,000.) Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

La La Land Awards Viewing Party

Submitted by Claire Lardizabal on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 2:25pm

Watch the Oscars live from Denver at this swanky cocktail party hosted by the RiNo Yacht Club and Interscope Records. Live like the stars and order oysters and caviar. Check out their jazzy cocktail list and try Another Day of Rum (based off the track “Another Day of Sun”), made of Appleton Reserve, Campari, sherry, and allspice. Interscope Records will be providing tunes from the La La Land soundtrack, a photo backdrop, and freebie movie merchandise. Sun 5-9 p.m.

Be a Botanist

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:40pm

This day-long workshop will teach kids with an interest in the natural world what it means to be a botanist. They’ll work together to examine vascular plant specimens (read: land plants with lignified tissues for conducting water and minerals), from the Botanic Gardens’ Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium of Vascular Plants and they'll learn how to protect rare species such as the Pagosa skyrocket. Mon 10 a.m. 

Shaolin Warriors

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:48pm

For the last 16 years, this group of Kung Fu masters has amazed audiences with their spectacular feats and awe-inspiring demonstrations. In this stimulating performance, the group will draw on 18 traditional weapons—plus stunning scenery, music, lighting, and costumes—to stage one child’s journey from initiation to full-fledged warrior. Mon 7:30 p.m. 

River Run Gumbo Cook-Off

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 9:44am

Bring your appetite to this Louisiana Bayou—inspired cook-off featuring some of the best gumbo in the Centennial State. Enter your dish for the chance to win an award (all entrants are provided with a tent, two tables, linens, tasting cups, spoons, and napkins), and prepare your gumbo as you listen to live music by the jazz ensemble Funky Johnson. Non-chefs can simply enjoy the prime seafood, chicken, and sausage gumbo samples before casting a vote for the People’s Choice award. Tue 2:30-5 p.m.