05/2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron Premiere

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:28pm

See the latest film in this superhero series, directed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Joss Whedon. The flick follows the crew as Tony Stark reactivates defunct peacekeeping software in the hopes of cutting down on a recent boon in crime. In true action movie fashion, all goes awry and our heroes must fight back against dangerous technology. Check out showings at a variety of Denver theaters, and consider catching the action in 3D. Fri, times vary.

Paul Jacobsen Solo Exhibition

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:03pm

This Denver native gives high art a different meaning with a new series of still lifes depicting realistic and strangely luminous marijuana plants. Jacobsen plays with light in an innovative cinematic manner, creating both lifelike and picturesque renderings of the Mile High City’s preferred substance. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m. or by appointment. 

UnbelievaBubble! Boulder Day

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 9:59am

This one-hour pop-up festival serves as Boulder's humorous acknowledgement of its “Boulder Bubble” label. Organizers of this event use bubbles to represent a myriad of ideas including light, thoughts, and abstract concepts, which is why you'll find forms of the playful objects ranging from bubble wrap to suds to free-blowing bubbles. The line-up for the festival also includes the bubbly sounds of marimbas, rappers, musicians, slam poetry, and a quick lecture about floating up to Mars.

Taste of Highlands Ranch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:10pm

This community-oriented event features unlimited wine and spirit tastings from Davidsons Liquors as well as sumptous cuisine samples from more than 30 area restaurants, including Cranelli's Italian Restaurant, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Nicolo's Pizza. Attendees can also bid on items in a silent auction and enjoy live music from the Michael Friedman Quintet. Proceeds form the auction and a portion of ticket sales benefits the American Diabetes Association. Fri 6-9 p.m.

This Cruel Fate

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:57am

Modernity is pushing us closer to oversaturation by allowing less time for reflection. Fiber artist Allison Sheldon explores this dynamic by finding solace in the repetition of embroidery, a detailed, deliberate craft that challenges today's fast-paced society. Her new works combine beading and stitch work to focus on the natural and botanical world, with subjects like moths, wolves, and rabbits. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.

Family Vacation... Ughhh

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 2:29pm

If your family’s trip to Yellowstone National Park was ruined by a fuming teenager who let off more steam than the site’s renowned geysers, you’ll relate to the mini-dioramas in artist Becky Wareing Steele’s latest exhibition. Her tiny scenes of national parks each feature a comically-captioned glimpse into a family outing, shedding light on the insignificance of youthful outbursts in the scope of life. Check out this quirky opening at Lowbrow’s new location on Broadway—we’ll let you decide whether to bring your teenybopper along. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m; Sun noon-6 p.m.

Brooklyn Collage Collective

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:54am

This 11-person collective of collage artists from Brooklyn features works on paper from cut-and-pasters Lizzie Gill, Morgan Lappin, Jay Riggio, and others. Embrace the eclectic and energetic style of this troupe as they explore the bounds of a versatile medium from coast-to-coast. Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

Face to Face

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:52pm

Punk-pop trio Face to Face has been performing for more than two decades, recording nine studio albums and garnering a cult following in the process. For these three shows, the band will play the entirety of its first three LPs—Don’t Turn Away, Big Choice, and Face to Face—incorporating B sides, outtakes, and other fan favorites throughout. Fri-Sun 7 p.m.

Tom Segura

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:30pm

Prepare for some lewd humor courtesy of this comedian, who has performed with similarly smutty acts like Bob Saget and Sarah Silverman. Get in the mood for giggles beforehand by checking out Segura’s podcast, "Your Mom’s House," or his Netflix special, Completely Normal. Multiple show times means plenty of chances to see Segura in action and get a good weekend laugh. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Murder on the Nile

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:51pm

While cruising down the Nile River, a young honeymooner and his wealthy socialite wife find themselves pursued by an old flame of the newly wedded groom in this adaptation of Agatha Christie's whodunit novel. When a body is discovered on the steamer, all fingers point to the groom’s ex-lover. Hop on board this mystery boat to reveal the culprit. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. 

Shrine Circus

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:45am

Although your living room normally resembles a circus, it's nothing compared to the real performers. Acrobats from America's first three-ring circus will hang from their toes; tigers and lions will show off their leaps and rollovers, and an elephant named Bo will wow crowds with more than 60 tricks. The show will be performed to an original score of music from TK. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Frames

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:24am

In an exploration of perspective, Frames takes the audience through many different kinds of viewpoints. The show combines classical piano with theater and dance to celebrate the difference in performance disciplines. One of the stories presented is that of a marriage; from first meeting to the children leaving the nest, performers act out the different spousal points of views. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.

Wish of a Lifetime Gala

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:26pm

This fund-raiser is all about celebrating seniors through an organization that funds their bucket list wishes. Think of it as Make-A-Wish for the over-65 set, allowing seniors to experience activities they may need a little assistance tackling. Indulge in cocktails, dancing, and an auction hosted by former Bronco Reggie Rivers. Be sure to snap some pictures in the gala photobooth before dinner when seniors will share their wish stories. Proceeds go toward seniors’ lifetime wishes, making it easier than ever to respect (and reward) your elders. Sat 6:30-11 p.m.

Tour De Pants

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:17am

Trek back in time on this hybrid of a historical tour and a bike trip. Riders will stop everywhere from the Medina Family Cemetery to the Loveland Museum and Gallery, where they can learn about past residents like trapper and trader Mariano Medina. This year’s event is being held in honor of police marshal Frank Peak who was killed on duty 100 years ago, and remains the only Loveland officer to die while on the job. Following the bike ride is a Historic Preservation festival, at which you can learn more about Loveland history. Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Furry Scurry

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 6:47pm

Man’s best friend tags dutifully along on your workouts; return the favor and dedicate two miles to your lovable canine. Along with the walk, this annual fund-raiser for Dumb Friends League will feature an agility course, a flea-less market, and contests with categories like the pet/person look-alike and the best tail wagger. With more than 5,000 dogs joining in on the walk in past years, Fido will likely have many tails to sniff. Sat 9 a.m.

Diva Dash

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:37pm

Leave the standard 5K to the unimaginative; this three-mile, female-dominated race requires tackling 10 to 12 quirky obstacles between sprints. Past challenges have included climbing rope structures and finding your way through a maze. Whatever you face, your strength, speed, and balance will be tested. Form a team with your favorite ladies and sport tutus, feather boas, or other accessories to add to the glam atmosphere. Sat 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo Denver

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:03pm

This May fiesta will take over downtown Denver with two days of music, dancing, food, and contests—all inspired by Mexico. Three stages throughout the park will feature performers and musicians, and low-rider car enthusiasts can check out the event's auto exhibits. Grab snacks at the food courts located on Broadway and Bannock, work up an appetite at the homemade salsa competition, or watch others chow down at the taco-eating contest.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Rapunzel

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:59pm

This one-hour musical retelling of the classic fairy tale features a paranoid, witchy mother, a tentative young prince, and, of course, the girl with the braid that hangs all the way to the ground. With all the witty, tongue-in-cheek dialogue, your kid won't even know she's learning about the challenges of growing up and navigating relationships with her parents. Post-show, your little one will have a chance to meet Rapunzel, her prince, and other characters during a chat about the production. Sat 1 p.m.

Derby Party

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:14pm

Denver morphs into Churchill Downs during this popular Kentucky Derby bash, reputed to be the biggest outside the actual race. Don your best pastels as you mingle among DJs and the Goonies 80s Cover Band and dine on Southern-inspired cuisine and mint juleps, then try your luck in the requisite Best Hat Contest (as any Derby fan knows, the bigger, the better). Throughout the event, a Jumbotron and more than 30 high-definition TVs will display the classic horse race in all its thrilling action.

South Denver Beer Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:25pm

Enjoy unlimited tastings of 120 beers, spirits, and meads at this outdoor festival. Quaff beers from 80 different breweries, including Denver Brewing Company, J Wells Brewery, and Sanitas Brewing Company, then head to the beer education area to learn about fermented beverages from brewers and beer educators. Bonus: The festival provides free shuttle service to and from the Littleton-Downtown lightrail station. Sat-Sun 2-5 p.m.

Jockeys, Juleps and Jazz

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:58pm

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style at this jamboree. Live and silent auctions (hosted by auctioneer and former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers) include a catered dinner for 10 with former Nuggets coach George Karl. Stick around for the complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, and mint juleps—and don’t forget your derby for the hat contest. Proceeds benefit MyLifeLine, an organization that provides free websites to cancer patients so they’re able to update loved ones on their prognosis. Sat 2-6 p.m.

Consume & Create Mural Project Open House

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:45am

Join this Denver-based graphic design studio to celebrate the latest mural in its Mural Project, “Kim and Jesse.” Artist Jason Thielke’s abstract-influenced wall-art depicts a couple locked in embrace, characterized by distinctive lines and fluid contours. Take this opportunity to buy limited edition prints and celebrate with pizza, whiskey, beer, and music. Sat 4-8 p.m.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep 10th Anniversary Gala and Silent Auction

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:21pm

Join nonprofit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep in celebrating a decade of providing free commemorative professional photographs for parents dealing with the loss of an infant. The “Under the Stars”-themed gala will feature dancing and dueling pianos, as well as a silent auction. Items up for bid include custom-made diamonds, cleats authographed by DeMarcus Ware, and four dozen photography-related prizes, such as themed shoots and one-on-one lessons. Sat 6-10:30 p.m.

Rumble in the Rockies

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:49pm

Prepare for a wild ride during this night of raging action. Thirty-five riders will each take on a bull and try to hold on for as long as they can—eight seconds is the goal. Contestants gain points that help determine who becomes the Professional Bull Riding world champion, and get to take home a share of the total $140,000 worth of winnings. Fans can stick around Saturday night and watch the best in bovine athletes compete in a bucking battle when the top 15 riders take on the top 15 bulls for extra championship points and a chance for a little more cash. Sat-Sun, times vary.

The Magic Flute

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:56pm

This production of Mozart's last opera puts the power of music to the test. A high priest takes an ancient Egyptian queen’s daughter to a temple to free her from her mother’s control, while a prince hoping to rescue her from his clutches follows in close pursuit (armed with a magic flute). Wait until the very end to determine who's good and evil—and who ends up with the princess. Tue 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Home Run for the Homeless

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:04pm

Go to bat for your community with this 5K. The whole family can raise money for the local homeless population by running or walking the downtown course, which culminates at the warning track on Coors Field. Tykes can take part in a just-for-fun 1K at the end. Stick around afterward for food, alcoholic beverages, and raffles. Each adult will also be given two complimentary tickets to a Rockies game. Sun 8 a.m.

Star Wars at the Hangar

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:46am

Make sure your little one’s lightsaber is ready for battle when Wings Over the Rockies honors Star Wars for a day. Young Jedis can hang out with costumed characters, test their aim while blasting troopers in a game, and live out Star Wars scenes on a green screen. If the creative force is with your tyke, he can learn to draw his favorite character or create his very own Star Wars creature. Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Blue Roses: A Festival of Plays by Tennessee Williams

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:06am

Denver Academy of Dramatic Arts celebrates the works of late playwright Tennessee Williams with this monthlong festival. Catch a full performance of Williams' famed melancholy drama The Glass Menagerie, or attend a production of one of his more obscure one-act plays, like the broody Portrait of a Madonna. Multiple locations, times vary. 

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Seusstacular Celebration

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:38pm

Celebrate Dr. Seuss as part of Children’s Book Week. Professional storyteller Denise Gard and her Border collie, Sienna, will act out classic tongue-twisting stories like Horton Hatches the Egg and Gertrude McFuzz. Kids can then act out the scenes themselves, create a mystery Dr. Seuss-themed craft, and nibble on a special treat that's shaped like the Cat in the Hat. Sat 1:30-2:20 p.m.

Solar System Stomp

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:57pm

Help your kid spot five planets in one night during this unique half-mile hike. If you can't see them with your naked eye, head to the historic William Baehr Observatory, which will be open for a special night of celestial viewing. We recommend dressing warmly, wearing good walking shoes, and bringing water and a flashlight. Sat 8 p.m.

May The 4th Be With You

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:29am

Session Kitchen has created an unforgettable evening for fans of the epic George Lucas film series. The force will be with you as you enjoy chef Scott Parker's Star Wars-inspired menu, including cavatelli from the Mustafar pasta bar and a Death Star croquembouche. Wear your best Star Wars costume for prizes, and make sure to snap a commemorative picture in the fan photo booth. Mon 6 p.m.

Calypso Cares

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:37am

Take spring cleaning to a charitable level with this clothing initiative by luxury clothier Calypso St. Barth and online consignment shop Fashion Project. Donate your gently used duds to a St. Barth’s boutique (or make a cash donation online if you’re not ready to part with your wardrobe) for a 20 percent discount on your next purchase. Fashion Project will then re-sell the pieces, with proceeds benefitting She’s The First, an organization that helps girls in low-income countries break the cycle of poverty. Tue-Mon, times vary.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Matt and Kim

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:44pm

Keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino are also known as Matt & Kim, a fiery couple who promotes a dance-like-no-one-is-watching atmosphere. The duo creates simple, melodic tunes, drawing influence from punk, indie rock, hip-hop, and even electronic music. Expect tracks off the pair's latest album, New Glow. Tue 9 p.m.

Story Time

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:23am

Your tyke can head into History Colorado before it’s officially open for an extra special story time. Two- to five-year-olds can listen to a staff member read a story book in the Destination Colorado exhibit. After learning about the state’s farms, cowboys, and animals, little ones will have the chance to play in the exhibit. Wed 9:30-10 a.m.

Gods and Dandies

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:07pm

What do gods and dandies have in common? Find out at Danyl Cook’s solo show, when he translates his fascination with Greek legends and hipster culture into one-of-a-kind acrylic paintings and pastel drawings. View more than 20 of his colorful, Caribbean-influenced artworks, many rife with handlebar mustaches and mythological symbolism. Wed 4-7 p.m.; Thu 4-9 p.m.; Fri 4-8:30 p.m.; Sat noon-6 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

Crystallography

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:53pm

This two week crystal-themed exhibit will feature a variety of mediums, ranging from glasswork to jewelry. Contributing artists and organizations include Carver B Glass, Jason Burruss Designs, David Holsapple Designs, Chris Lawrie Lapidary Art, and Olive Love. The exhibit will also feature unreleased collaborations as well as a crystal display provided by Dexter Morriso of Proper Gems.

Czech That Film

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:31am

Take a trip to Eastern Europe with the quartet of Czech films featured in this annual series. Director Andrea Sedlácková, who was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards, will be in attendance to show her nominated film, Fair Play. And, of course, “Czech” out Clownwise, Krasno, and Icing, which round out this Slavic showing. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sew Many Stories

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:19pm

This fashion-centric event aims to not just feature attire, but to inspire future designs. Keynote guest Tamara Banks—a Denver-based, Emmy Award-winning journalist who has covered conflicts in Rwanda and Sudan for outlets like CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera America—will host an evening that showcases beautiful creations (and courageous stories) hand-sewn by local refugee women as part of the African Community Center’s We Made This program, which helps participants develop sewing and entrepreneurial skills.

Primus and Beats Antique

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:40pm

Bassist Les Claypool’s playing drives Primus, a rock band with funk, metal, and pop sensibilities that formed in San Francisco nearly three decades ago. Last year, the group recorded a version of the 1971 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory soundtrack in its entirety, and have since taken the eerie, weird, and completely genius album on the road.

Earth, Water & Sky

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:11pm

Landscapes depicting everything from yellow aspens in the fall to mountain skylines at twilight will be represented at this exhibit, which features the works of artists James Pringle Cook, Jivan Lee, and David Warner. Their stunning landscapes, inspired by Colorado and the greater Southwest, showcase the area's natural beauty. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Colorado Chocolate Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:11pm

Get your fill of chocolate at this two-day sweet-fest. Culinary professionals will host baking demonstrations and compete in contests like best wedding cake and truffle trifecta. Attendees can wander from booth to booth, sampling confections like fudge, cookies, and truffles. Make sure to stop by the Mother's Day market for gifts and other, less sugary treats. Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The GrowHaus' También Spring Dinner

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:37am

Denver nonprofit farm GrowHaus has brought Denver's Bakin' Bakery Food Truck on board for this pop-up spring dinner. Guests will enjoy dishes like "devils on horseback," featuring lemon herb goat cheese, Western Daughters bacon, and Farmer Tim's linden honey at the GrowHaus' indoor farm. Proceeds benefit the GrowHaus' efforts to catalyze a neighborhood-based food system. Fri 6-10 p.m.

Dancing Pines Spirits Dinner Benefitting Partners Mentoring Youth

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 11:25am

Local craft distiller Dancing Pines has paired its artisan spirits with four courses from Loveland's Rocky River Bar and Grille for an unforgettable gourmet evening. Savor dishes like bourbon-braised short ribs alongside cocktails, including a barrel-aged black pearl made with Dancing Pines vodka, black walnut liqueur, and cask rum. Proceeds benefit Partners Mentoring Youth, a northern Colorado-based organization that gives at-risk youth the chance to work one-on-one with mentors. Fri 6-10 p.m..

Rhythm

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:37am

Contemporary artist Lyudmila Agrich uses the canvas as a visual diary, working with a palette knife to create energetic oil paintings from her Denver studio. The Ukrainian painter's newest body of work ranges from lively cityscapes to peaceful nature scenes, capturing the rhythm and movement inherent in each. Don't miss the gallery opening on Friday, May 8 from 6-9 p.m. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Mirada Fine Art Gallery

Terence Blanchard E-Collective

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:43pm

Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard has more than 29 albums and a slew of Grammy Awards and nominations to his name, but it's his work composing music for film that’s made him famous: He’s scored all of Spike Lee’s films since 1991. Live—specifically when he performs with this electric collective—Blanchard combines elements of jazz, funk, and R&B to create a sound that’s at once honors his New Orleans home and improvises on its standard notes. In addition to Blanchard’s trumpeting, the quintet features piano, guitar, bass, and drums. Fri-Sun 7 p.m.

Orchestral Lunacy

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 3:17pm

Lakewood Symphony teams up with former Broadway show performer Tomáš Kubínek for a night of classical music and comedic brilliance. Kubínek's usual one-man show is a mix of theater, music hall, and comedic acts. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Fermata

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 11:48am

Playwright Maria Cheng explores the politics of creating art, the purpose of music, and the triumph of following one's authentic self in Fermata, her sixth play. This dramedy focuses on three generations of brilliant musicians who gather to celebrate their grandmother's birthday. The characters grapple with lost dreams and entertain future hopes, their struggles and joys punctuated by the sounds of Beethoven, Bach, and Chinese folk music. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Unmarried in America

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:48pm

Informed by interviews with people who have been affected by gay marriage bans in the United States, this play’s collage of vignettes explores the individual consequences of a controversial national debate. Peek into America’s homes, schools, and public spaces, where emotional confrontations navigate the gray area of this dispute. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Cult Following

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:57pm

Unrehearsed and unscripted, the ongoing theater series Cult Following features some of the Mile High City’s best improv performers, known for their for wit, special effects, and lewd jokes. This performance is pirate-themed, and the audience is encouraged to participate alongside the swashbuckling cast. The ticket price includes two free beers and popcorn, and those who want to pay $12 more can join the actors for improv lessons and dinner beforehand. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Philharmonic "Disney Fantasia"

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:57am

Your tyke can take in the magic of Disney without heading to an amusement park. In a kid-friendly orchestra performance, clips of the original Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will be shown in HD while the musicians perform all the music from the movies live. Moments of the films may be slightly scary for little ones, but the unicorns, winged horses, and Mickey Mouse will enchant your tot more often thatn not. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.

The New Mastersounds

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:59pm

The New Mastersounds combine R&B, jazz, and electronic music to create a Soul Train-esque dance party, which feels more like it's set in New Orleans than the band’s British home. The quartet’s ninth studio album, Therapy, isn’t a departure from its signature funk sound—and that’s a good thing. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.

Paul van Dyk

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:40pm

Producer and Grammy Award-nominated DJ Paul van Dyk is an electronic dance music veteran, having helped grow the genre throughout the ’90s with his experimental mixes and techno-trance tunes. Two decades into his career and van Dyk continues to tour regularly, circling the globe roughly 16 times each year and making some 3 million fans dance along the way. Fri 9 p.m.

Den-Ex Film Fest

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:36am

The inaugural installation of this experimental festival kicks off with more than a dozen locally made short flicks. Local filmmaker Johnny Morehouse will host the event in addition to presenting his own project, The Breakup Kiss. Den-Ex is part Bug Theatre’s larger Emerging Filmmakers Project, which highlights Denver independent films. Fri 8 p.m.

12 Hours of Mesa Verde

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:17pm

In this rock ’n’ roll-themed cycling endurance race, costumed riders loop the 17-mile trail through the Mesa Verde trails, beginning with a quarter-mile run to their bikes. Tackle the long day of pedaling by yourself, or split the work and team up with some friends. Stick around post-race for awards and free swag. Don’t forget to pack an extra pillow to soothe your posterior during the car ride home. Sat 7 a.m.

Lung Force Walk

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:36pm

Take a deep breath and help raise awareness of lung cancer with this charity walk. Founded by Janet Freeman-Daily, a former engineer who has been fighting lung cancer since 2011, the event raises money for research, advocacy, and education. Participants can choose between two length options (a quarter-mile or half-mile loop), both of which end at an expo that includes vendors like Evol Foods and Yogurtland as well as games for kids. Sat 9-11 a.m.

Park Quest: A Kid's Urban Adventure

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:54am

Introduce your family to the excitement of adventure scavenger hunts within the safe boundaries of the Stapleton neighborhood. Each group will receive a passport and a map to complete various challenges in the area. With varied tasks that include scoring a soccer goal, throwing water balloons, dancing competitions, and more, children will become explorers for the day. The two-hour race culminates in a picnic lunch and medal ceremony for the kids.

—Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Mother's Tea

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:09pm

Treat mom to a classy cuppa with Ability Connection’s multi-faceted luncheon. Enjoy a fashion show, spa package giveaway, and even chocolate therapy—“chocolate therapist” Julie Pech will educate attendees on the healthy and nutritious qualities of cocoa while you indulge in sweet treats. Proceeds benefit Ability Connection’s Statewide Family Support Services, which includes organizations like Empower Colorado and Hayley House. Sat 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Adel Chefridi Trunk Show

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:17pm

Woodstock-based gemologist Adel Chefridi draws inspiration from his Tunisian roots, crafting intricate and lightweight necklaces, rings, and earrings out of precious gemstones and metals. This trunk show features his fine jewelry line, an extensive collection of his sterling silver pieces, and his ornate bridal work. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

New Brew Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 11:10am

With the wealth of craft breweries located in Colorado, sometimes it's hard to know what you should be sipping. New Brew Fest is here to help, bringing 30 Boulder County breweries together so you can get to know your local brewers and their beers. Participating breweries include Bootstrap Brewing Company, Gravity Brewing, and Wild Woods Brewery. Sat 1-6 p.m.

In Search of Synergy: Pairing Wine with Spice

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:24pm

Spices can overpower or wreak havoc on wine, making pairings a challenge for anyone. This savory event provides an in-depth look at choosing the right spices to complement wine from the experts at Savory Spice Shop, as well as tastings of Settembre Cellars' Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Full glasses and flights of Settembre Cellars' wines will be available for purchase. Sat 2-6 p.m.

Martin Whatson and Hama Woods

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:13pm

Take to the streets—or have them brought to you by a pair of Norwegian stencil artists in this edgy exhibition. Graffiti artists Martin Whatson and Hama Woods work in grey base tones and add vibrant touches to pieces that explore the intersection of life and decay in both urban and natural environments. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or by appointment. 

All Time Low

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:46pm

Fans of Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and other Warped Tour-approved artists will appreciate All Time Low’s indie-pop tunes. Melodic and emo, the quartet has released seven albums since 2007, the latest of which, Future Hearts, debuted in April. That record, which features guest appearances by Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, captures the band’s knack for infectious, high-energy pop songs you can dance or mosh to. Sat 6 p.m.

Camp

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:47am

Gear up for the summer season by checking out this landscape-inspired exhibit. Denverite Rene Farkass incorporates outdoorsy images with his trademark emphasis on the human figure. Expect clean lines, cohesive color schemes and, of course, a love for all things nature. Sat 7-11 p.m.

The Bug Theatre's 21st Anniversary Celebration

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:39pm

While most bugs' lifespan lasts mere days or even hours, this upstart is celebrating its 21-year anniversary this month. Gary Culif will return as Crumpet from David Sedaris’ beloved one-man Santaland Diaries, while short films from the Emerging Filmmakers Project and performances from the monthly hit Freak Train will also make appearances. In addition, you can enjoy comedy from Deacon Gray, Sam Tallent, and Christie Buchele as well as a sneak peak of Equinox Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Urinetown.

Colorado Playwright's New Play Showcase: Stage Fright

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:52pm

Terms like glossophobia, nyctophobia, and gamophobia may induce hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (fear of long words), but they're only a selection of the anxieties addressed in Colorado playwright Lauren Woodbury’s rambunctious five-person musical. This new production explores the challenges of facing and conquering fear. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

Victor Wooten: Concerto for Electric Bass

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:23pm

Best known for his role in the all-star quartet Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten is a bass virtuoso, composer, and producer. A five-time Grammy Award-winner, Wooten will join the Colorado Symphony in presenting four pieces, the last of which he composed with renowned violinist Conni Ellisor. Dance company Wonderbound will perform alongside the musicians. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

Detroit

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:27pm

Now that the nation has (mostly) recovered from the recession, we can reflect on how the economic downturn rattled our collective psyche. This Pulitzer Prize finalist does just that, examining the interactions of a seemingly stable suburban couple and their off-kilter neighbors. The facade holding up the pairs’ relationship crumbles as they face their fears about what the American Dream truly means. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mother's Day Race

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:31pm

What Mom really wants on her special day is enough peace to enjoy her morning workout. Ladies can run, walk, or stroll through this 5K race while ASH Fitness and Endorphin offer kids' fitness and yoga classes to keep your little ones entertained. Post-race, participants can nosh on bites like cinnamon scones, egg casserole, and salad. Sun 9 a.m.

Mother's Day Brunch at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:54pm

Spoil mom with a decadent Mother's Day brunch in a regal setting. The historic Highlands Ranch Mansion is the perfect backdrop to enjoy breakfast treats from the omelet station and waffle bar, or as well as oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat shrimp, and carved-to-order prime rib. Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Mom and Me Wild Night

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 4:50pm

Let someone else take care of the cooking and cleaning for a night while you sit back and enjoy your time with your little monkeys. A pizza party will kick off the night, followed by an evening tour of the zoo showcasing animals that aren’t as active during the daytime hours. After wishing the beasts sweet dreams, kids will snuggle into their sleeping bags and adults can rent cots. A continental breakfast means you can enjoy another duty-free meal while your little one takes one more spin around the zoo. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Benson Movie Interruption: Junior

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:39am

The latest in this live comedy series, which features jokester Doug Benson riffing on cheesy films, draws fodder from 1994 comedy Junior. Follow Arnold Schwarzenegger as he and fellow fertility scientist Danny DeVito deal with the hilarity surrounding Schwarzenegger’s impregnation. Celebrated comedian and noted marijuana enthusiast Benson returns to punctuate the flick with off-the-cuff jokes. Don’t worry if you can’t make this standup installment; just like Arnold, Benson will be back. Sun 8 p.m.

David Sedaris

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:43am

Get ready to explore freaky French taxidermy, diabetes with owls, and all manner of other hilarious (and odd) topics from this celebrated humor essayist. David Sedaris, known for his collections and contributions to NPR, will bring his witty, dry humor to the stage. Didn’t snag tickets to the almost-sold-out show? Check out Sedaris’s "This American Life" segments or pick up one of his essay collections for similarly gut-busting material. Mon 7:30 p.m.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:49pm

This scottish quintet formed in 1984 and quickly became a success in the United States and abroad among the post punk set. Blending noise-rock and distortion with hypnotic melodies and down-tempo vocals, the band often draws comparisons to its biggest influence, the Velvet Underground. This show is part of a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of Psychocandy, the group’s seminal pop album. Mon 8 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dine & Dash 5K

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:49pm

Run along the shores of Boulder Reservoir as the sun sets, and feel free to bring Fido along for some exercise. As part of the Dine & Dash 5K six race series, this race can be used as a BolderBoulder qualifier. Be sure to reward yourself with an extra hot dog at the post-race cookout. Tue 6:30 p.m.

Lana Del Rey

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:24pm

With her husky crooner's voice and 1960s Beverly Hills aesthetic, Lana Del Rey has carved a distinctively noir niche in the pop world. The singer-songwriter's Endless Summer tour showcases her trademark sound: a blend of catchy, melancholy pop and lyrics that contrast sunny California life with the bittersweet side effects of fame. Expect hits like "West Coast" and "Shades of Cool" from her latest chart-topping release, last year's Ultraviolence, and possibly new tunes from the upcoming Honeymoon. Bonus: Rock legend Courtney Love is set to open the show. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Mixed Bag: Marijuana in the Highlands

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:00pm

This timely exhibit features the work of three photographers (two are Denver-based) who work on the front lines of the marijuana "green rush." From Ben Rasmussen's behind-the-scenes portraits of industrial grow houses and retail stores in Colorado to H. Lee's shots of cannabis culture in Humboldt County, California, these pot-centric images are sure to spark interest and conversation. The exhibit also includes an opening reception with the artists, a fireside chat on Colorado's pot industry, and a closing reception and conversation with the artist.

Jessie J

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:20pm

English singer-songwriter Jessica Cornish overcame a series of health problems, as well as a career being pigeon-holed exclusively as a songwriter, to become Jessie J, a pop star in her own right. With a sensational voice that moves easily between soul and hip hop, an ear for crafting catchy beats, and a roster of famous collaborators—her most recent album, Sweet Talker, featured Diplo, 2 Chainz, Pharrell, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj—Jessie J delivers contemporary hits with energetic flair. Wed 8 p.m.

Get Growing! With Ollin Farms

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:07pm

Your little one can lend a helping hand at the WOW! Children’s museum’s summer garden. Working with staff from Ollin Farms, a Longmont farm focused on producing sustainable agriculture, tykes will learn to pull weeds, till the soil, and help settle transplanted plants in their new home. Thu 11-11:30 a.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Critical Focus: Monique Crine

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:14pm

NFL players may have put away their cleats for the season, but Monique Crine’s striking paintings bring the sport back into the spotlight. For this series, the Germany-born, Denver-based artist worked from photographs to produce depictions of professional football players as both idols (kids everywhere want to be them) and tragic figures (think: the national conversation around concussions). These vivid portraits convey the tensions between reality and fantasy that the athletes face every day. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

A Boutique Bridal Affair

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:37pm

Tie up all your loose ends at this one-stop wedding planning expo—before tying the knot. Sample big day dishes and desserts, indulge in makeup and hair demonstrations, and browse the latest in bridal gown fashions. Don’t leave the dudes at home: The show features a grooms' lounge for cigar and whiskey sampling, as well as bow-tie tips from experts. Bonus: Bringing your honey puts you in the running for a five-day honeymoon in Aruba, flights included. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Jason Karolak, Deborah Zlotsky, Ted Larsen, and Don Voisine

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:24pm

Embrace geometric patterns that are far more appealing than those in your high school math class. Lose yourself in the colorful angles of oil painters Jason Karolak, Deborah Zlotsky, and Don Voisine, and witness the paint seemingly morph into a third dimension in the form of Ted Larsen’s salvaged sculptures. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.

DU Vin Festival Wine Pairing Dinner

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:50am

Chef and restaurateur Frank Bonanno is heading back to his alma mater (University of Denver) for an Italian-inspired feast. The local celebrity and a team of DU students will prepare a delectable five-course meal, including burrata ravioli, brick chicken with panzanella salad, and peanut butter caramel bundino with chocolate ganache, all paired with fine wines. The evening, which is part of the yearly DU Vin Festival, has been planned entirely by Daniels College of Business students and benefits student scholarship programs for the hospitality management program. Thu 6-9 p.m.

Mind Reading 101 with David Miller

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:26pm

Add "mind reading" to your bag of tricks at this enchanting event. Sleight of hand artist David Miller and his assistant will teach attendees techniques to pick up on others’ subconscious reactions and notice movements that reveal fibbing or nervousness. The duo will also give step-by-step instruction for fun tricks you can use to fool your friends into thinking you really are peering in on their thoughts. Thu 7-8 p.m.

Cameron Esposito

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:35am

Los Angeles-based comic Cameron Esposito brings her brand of stand-up to Denver for three nights of laughs. Called "the future of comedy" by Jay Leno, Esposito has also appeared on Late Late with Craig Ferguson, Conan, and Last Call with Carson Daly, and her recent album, Same Sex Symbol, debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts last October. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri 7:30, 9:45 p.m.; Sat 7:30, 9:45 p.m.

Imagine 2020: Interactive Series on Public Art

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:49pm

See what’s in store for Denver’s creative future at this daylong collection of discussions and workshops. Mayor Michael B. Hancock will speak about Imagine 2020, the cultural plan for Denver’s future public art installations and their effect on everything from tourism to the economy. Nine Dot Arts’ Martha Weidmann will then lead local artists in a discussion on the transition of art from the studio to the sidewalk, and local arts administrators will give aspiring public artists tips on how to show their stuff, including how to craft an application and present the perfect jury pitch.

The Magic of Realism

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:27pm

Don't worry; the realistic scenes in this wide-ranging exhibit are actually works of art. Ten different painters have contributed close to 30 oil and egg tempera paintings, culminating in predominantly figurative work. View still lifes, daily scenes, and animals from realists like William Acheff, Michael Arcieri, Gregory Block, and Colorado native Andrea Kemp. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A Goldyn Fashion Luncheon

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:28am

Trendy fashions and fine foods combine at this luncheon, which will feature the spring 2015 collection from Denver-based boutique Goldyn and four courses from the Four Seasons' Edge Restaurant and Bar. Enjoy an informal fashion show as you nosh on spring dishes like shaved asparagus salad and seared Alaskan halibut with sweet pea puree. Fri noon.

Leading Ladies: Creators, Influencers and Changemakers

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 6:28pm

Central City Opera is bringing together four (mostly local) game-changing women to share insight on how they broke barriers in their careers and society—and how other women can do the same. Gather inspiration from the guests of honor, which include Westword co-founder and editor Patricia Calhoun, Emmy Award-winning writer Susan Griffin, religious leader Rev. Dr. Melanie Rosa, and engineer-entrepreneur Lisa Goodbee. Acclaimed journalist and 7News Denver anchor Theresa Marchetta is set to moderate the discussion.

Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:01pm

Whiskey on ice cubes and donuts with icing, these are few of my favorite things. Partake in whiskey and doughnut varieties from local vendors like Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, Lamar’s Donuts, Mile High Spirits, VooDoo Doughnuts, and Glazed and Confused Donuts as part of the inaugural Colorado Whiskey Week. Proceeds from the event benefit Minds Matter of Denver, a nonprofit mentorship program for high-achieving high schoolers from low-income families. Fri 6 p.m.

Hypnagogia

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:47pm

In this exhibit, you'll be at a loss for words—although Pard Morrison, a local artist who was born in Colorado Springs, says his work has recognizable shapes and a familiar material, he explains that they display attributes that are somewhat unnamable and non-specific. His work will be on display through June, showing depictions of systems in flux. Fri 6-9 p.m.

'Night Mother

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:28am

Marsha Norman's disturbing Pulitzer Prize-winning drama delves into the bleak world of an aging mother and her suicidal daughter, Jessie. Directed by Billie McBride, the performance revolves around suspenseful dialogue, which escalates as Jessie reveals her macabre plans to her mother. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Young Frankenstein

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:55pm

Mel Brooks' monstrous musical comedy follows the bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather's past work and revive a corpse. Together with his peculiar helper, his curvaceous lab assistant, and in spite of his self-absorbed fiancé, Frankenstein does manage to create a monster—but not without frightening (and comical) difficulties. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Youth Fishing Summer Day Camp

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:56pm

Your child can become a fishing master at this daylong camp, where experts will teach all the basics from fly tying to rod handling to how to cast with proper angling techniques. A picnic lunch, fly box with flies, and T-shirt, so all you have to worry about is containing your kids' excitement. Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Colfax Marathon

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 9:01pm

For the 10th consecutive year, athletically gifted Coloradans will line up to complete a 26.2-mile run in the Mile High City. This bucket list-worthy urban run takes participants through Sports Authority Field at Mile High and Denver Fire Station #1 as well as past seven miles of rivers and lakes. If a marathon is a bit lengthy for you, stretch your legs in one of the many other races offered over the weekend, from a team relay to a 5K option. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Valverde Bazaar Pop-Up Outdoor Market

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:37am

This pop-up market features some of Denver's best small businesses, artisans, and food trucks all in one place. Pick up gifts or pantry staples to take home from local vendors like the Real Dill or Helliemae's Handcrafted Caramels, then fill your tummy with eclectic eats from one of the many food trucks, including Maria Empanada and Peteybird Ice Cream Sandwiches. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Pet Expo

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:21pm

Bring Fido along with you when you check out this pet-friendly day. Dogs of all sizes will be strutting their stuff during a fashion show; canines will show off their best tricks in a speical performance; and your furry best friend could win the cutest pet contest. Check out the vendors for information on all things pet-related, including veterinery clinics, pet food, and adoption services. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tesoro Annual Indian Market and Powwow

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:16pm

Join premier Native American artists and performers from across the country at this annual festival dedicated to native culture. View pieces from artists like Karen-Lyne Hill of the Onondaga Nation Snipe Clan and Ronnie-Leigh Goeman of the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy, and snack on fare such as buffalo burgers and chile chocolate bourbon cupcakes. Sunday’s events will include a ceremony to honor Vietnam Army veteran Bob Iron, who will perform at the powwow with drum group Pawnee Spotted Horse. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Xplore Denver

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:40pm

This amped-up neighborhood scavenger hunt will take you on an adventurous race through downtown Denver. Teams can travel by whatever means they prefer as they scurry around busy streets to solve clues and complete challenges. Make sure someone on your team is able to snap a selfie, shoot a video, and send off emails and text messages. Sat noon.

EPIC Arts Spring 2015 Youth Exhibition

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:09pm

This unique art exhibition celebrates the work of Denver-area K-12 students and serves as a culmination of RedLine’s Educational Partnership Initiative for the Creative (EPIC) Arts. The program, which takes place during the fall and spring semesters, offers a platform for RedLine resident artists to work collaboratively with children, eventually creating a body of artwork around the motif of social justice. Seven schools, including Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy and Thornton High School, will be represented at the show, which will open with a reception on May 16. Sat-Sun 1 p.m.

Five Points Jazz Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:43pm

Billed by Denver Arts & Venues as “one of the most culturally diverse lineups to date,” the 12th session of this Five Points fest spans the jazz gamut, featuring Latin, blues, funk, and even youth-focused programming. A celebration of the historically black neighborhood and Denver jazz hub as well as a musical happening, the event features food, art, eight stages, and more than 30 bands, including Big Swing Trio, the Five Points Heritage Band, and the U.S. Air Force Falconaires with special guest Ernie Andrews. Sat 1 p.m.

NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals

Submitted by Photo Intern on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:23pm

While this weekend's high-stakes NCAA lacrosse matches will make noise as the furthest west quarterfinals in the history of the sport, they'll also play host to the third-seeded University of Denver Pioneers, who extended their home-win streak to 16 games last weekend and advanced to this stage for the fifth consecutive year. DU will go up against unseeded Ohio State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. while the Fighting Irish (Notre Dame) and Great Danes (Albany) will play at 1 p.m.

Skate Deck Art Show

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:33am

You’ll flip (err, ollie? kickflip?) over the designs at this exhibit, featured exclusively on skateboard decks. The show, hosted at the MegaFauna artist collective's retail store, includes works from more than 30 area artists, as well as a block party on Blake Street. Kick things off at Beryl’s Beer Company with in-house sips and snacks, as well as specials from El Carte 303 food truck and live music. Proceeds benefit the Stronghold Society, a local nonprofit that fosters healthy lifestyles and creativity amid Native American youth. Sat 2-10 p.m.

Rope

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:58pm

Is there a way to execute the perfect murder? Find out in this unnerving thriller that influenced the Hitchcock film of the same name, in which two university students murder a classmate to prove their intellectual superiority. After stowing their victim in a chest, the accomplices host a dinner party that may prove to be their downfall. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Mutts & Models

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:13pm

Local celebrities and their canine companions strike a pose at this annual PetAid fund-raiser. Local media personalities Vanessa Bernal, Chris Jose, Issa Lopez, and Danielle Grant are among those who will take to the runway 1920s-inspired fashions from White House Black Market and Ted’s Clothiers (to fit with the "Great Barksby" theme). More than 100 items are up for auction before the show, including doggie accessories and spa days and a package of date opportunities for the human counterparts.

Bobby McFerrin

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:55pm

Eighties icon Bobby McFerrin is celebrated for his distinct vocal style, which jumps octaves and embraces improvisation, moving effortlessly between jazz, pop, and classical music. In the past, McFerrin has collaborated with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and even Robin Williams, though he’s most famous for his 1988 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” During this concert, McFerrin will perform his interpretation of influential composers George and Ira Gershwin’s music. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Apocalypse WOW!: Mad Max

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:44pm

Prepare for the Tom Hardy update of this futuristic apocalypse series by reliving the original. Mel Gibson stars as Max Rockatansky, a fed-up cop on a mission to avenge his murdered family by taking on a group of bloodthirsty Australian gangsters. What this 1979 action flick lacks in plot line and budget it makes up for in souped-up autos and nail-biting stunts. It’s the perfect kick-off for a marathon of the five-part series, culminating in a weekend showing of Fury Road.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hard As Nails Obstacle-Mud Race

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:34pm

Teamwork is essential for this muddy 5K designed by Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides. With more than 15 different obstacles, including a slip ’n’ slide, a dumpster dive, and a river crawl, this race will test your ability to adapt to many different situations. Don’t expect to see electricity, barbed wire, or fire, though; safety is key for these creators (who are experts in risk management). Sun 9:30 a.m.

Kites in the Park

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:42pm

Touch the clouds (or try) at this kite-flying festival. Little ones can decorate their own kite to keep and watch demonstrations like a kite ballet. The festival takes an international turn this year: Two kite experts from China will teach your family about the significant kite culture across the ocean. Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Rock the Food Co-op II

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:41pm

Northeast Community Co-op celebrates another year of successful community-based food markets with this smorgasbord of food and libations. This year’s theme is "Bluegrass and Brews," featuring tunes from Americana outfits That Damn Sasquatch and Modern Whiskey Market and ales from Mu Brewery and Station 26 Brewing Co. Lawn games and food trucks (including Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs and Bombo’s Rocky Mountain Shave Ice) make this the neighborhood cookout to attend. Sun 3-7 p.m.

Luxure

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:01pm

Join Her Dance Company for this full-length production inspired by classic burlesque shows as well as jazz and contemporary works. The all-female local dance troupe celebrates the beauty of a woman's form through movement in an experience that is both glamorous and sensual. Sun 8 p.m.

One Thousand Buddhas

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 6:08pm

Learn about ancient Far East history right here in modern-day Denver. This exhibit—presented by local history and cultural preservation group Choki—will showcase dozens of intricate paintings that illustrate sacred teachings, traditions, and texts from the devoutly spiritual Himalayan nation of Bhutan as well as its neighbors in Tibet and northern India. The star of the show is its namesake piece of artwork, an eight foot-by-eight foot painting that took over a year to complete by artists in a meditative state.

Work-Life Thrive Summit

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:19am

A woman’s work is never done, but this summit will help working wives and mothers balance those elements of their lives a bit better. Ladies can listen in on seminars like “A Mindful Life: From Surviving to Thriving” and “Am I Where I Should Be?” Speakers include Women in the Mix founders Cindy Chang Mahlberg and Nicole Elias Seawell, and Aimee Cohen, author of bestseller Woman Up!. Take home a gift bag with goodies, including ladies’ yoga gear from Soybu and beauty products from Arbonne. Tue 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Craft Dinner: Big Trouble in Little China with Mockery Brewing

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:47pm

Alamo Drafthouse’s dinner-and-a-movie series features its first partnership with Denver’s Mockery Brewing for this lowbrow flick. Snack on Chinese-themed sweet and sour pork and scallion pancakes while watching Big Trouble in Little China, a 1980s Kurt Russell action flick. The film, heralded by some as a classic akin to Ghostbusters, follows Russell’s macho character through fights against a variety of mythical monsters. A trio of Mockery brews, including Japanese Extra Pale Ale, round out the Asian-inspired showing. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Purity Ring

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:57pm

Canadian musicians Corin Roddick and Megan James were on tour with an indie rock band when they were inspired to form “future pop” outfit Purity Ring. Drawing heavily from contemporary hip-hop, the duo’s sound also incorporates rock and electronic music to create a distinct late-night vibe. When Rolling Stone reviewed the band's sophomore album—Another Eternity, released in March—its writer described the sound as “creepy and alluring.” Tue 8 p.m.

Jamie XX

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:02am

One third of popular indie group the XX, London-based Jamie Smith also works as a producer and performs as a DJ under the name Jamie XX. Smith has done work for artists like Florence & the Machine and Adele, although he’s been steadily toiling away on his own debut—In Colour, released last month—for more than three years. Joyful soundscapes, precise samples, and danceable pulsations define its deliberate sound. Tue 9 p.m.

Marie's Story

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:19am

This emotional film tells the true story of Marie Heurtin, a deaf and blind woman born in France in the 1800s. Heurtin’s family sent her to a Catholic school for deaf girls, where a determined nun taught her sign language. Although Heurtin’s story is bound to draw comparisons to Helen Keller’s, don’t write this film off as The Miracle Worker with a French twist: Marie’s Story boasts a unique set of challenges and heart-wrenching obstacles that are worth the watch. Wed-Sat, times vary.

Introduction To Federico Fellini

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 5:54pm

Pioneering Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini's body of work is too complex to cover in one class. (It spans nearly half a century and includes dozens of films known for their distinct dreamlike quality.) This course, however, provides a solid foundation for cinephiles and budding auteurs. Metropolitan State University of Denver film professor Dr. Vincent Piturro, a Fellini expert, will lead an exploration of the late writer and director's style, legacy, and greatest films, such as the 1963 masterpiece 8 1/2, which earned Fellini two of his 12 Academy Award nominations.

Dan Naturman Stand Up Comedy

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:04pm

“You know what amazes me most about kids? How easy it is to make one.” Expect this kind of snarky one-liner from the America's Got Talent semifinalist. His quick wit and wry New York persona have earned him appearances on David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Wed-Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

Nick Guerra

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:20pm

Catch young comedian Nick Guerra for four nights in Denver. After making his debut on Gabriel Iglesias' Stand Up Revolution, Guerra has become an audience favorite on Last Comic Standing and won this year's 2015 StandUp NBC comedy showcase. His off-color musings on relationships and everyday life are sure to leave your sides in stitches. Wed-Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30, 9:45 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m.

Kirsten Easthope, Mitch O’Connell, and Shaunna Peterson

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:32am

Expect bright colors and bold images at this exhibit, which features pieces from three artists. Colorado natives Kirsten Easthope and Mitch O’Connell (who now lives in Chicago) reunite after exhibiting together a decade ago at Easthope’s first show. Add in Californian Shaunna Peterson and you've got a wealth of works reminiscent of tattoo flash (think bold lines and pin-up imagery). Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Five Points/Wrapped Around My Soul

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:51pm

This a capella performance will take you on a auditory journey through the classic tunes of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. The Source Theatre Company's a capella group will perform uplifting renditions of feel-good songs from days gone by like "My Girl" and Smokey Robinson's "Ooo Baby Baby," dazzling attendees with their vocal talents. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Colorado Corks and Cuisine

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:17pm

Welcome summer with a smattering of local food and boozy beverages. Nosh on free samples from restaurants such as Yaffa’s Savory Mediterranean Culinaria and sip spirits from Black Canyon Distillery while listening to entertainment from Swallow Hill Music. Proceeds benefit the education initiatives and preservation of Four Mile Historic Park. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Poltergeist Double Feature with Oliver Robins

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:23am

Prepare to sleep with the lights on after this horror movie two-for-one. Oliver Robins, known for his role as Robbie in the original 1982 film Poltergeist, will host a Q&A prior to the screening of the flick, which is accompanied by a dinner of split pea soup and sips from Breckenridge Brewery. If that’s not enough of a fright for you, stick around for the 9:30 showing of this year’s Poltergeist remake the night before it premieres in theaters. Thu 6 p.m.

RAW Denver: Sensory

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:40am

Featuring photographers, visual artists, musicians, fashion designers, makeup artists, and hair stylists from across the country, this event is dedicated to showcasing artists that are part of the RAW collective. RAW currently operates in nearly 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada, and England, and strives to spotlight and support young artists in the first decade of their careers. A frenzy of creativity, every RAW event is slightly different, although all provide a taste of different artistic mediums while cultivating a party-like atmosphere. Thu 7-11 p.m.

Far Beyond Rubies

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:46pm

This new musical from playwright Oscar Sladek reimagines the biblical story of Esther and Mordecai. Set in the dark and mysterious ancient state of Persia, the couple must navigate love amid the turmoil of the times. Directed by Matthew Rumsey, this performance's dramatic flourishes and spellbinding songs are sure to wow. Thu 7:30 p.m.

Guys & Dolls

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:09pm

Intrigue never sleeps in this musical set in 1920s New York. Capturing the confluence of gangsters, floating craps games, and missionaries of a lost era, this story tells the tale of a gambler that is challenged to take a cold female evangelist to Havana. This deceivingly simple task is complicated by an unanticipated romance. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Umami

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:36am

This art exhibit and musical event will kick off on May 21 (art will be on display until June 1), offering a “taste of Japan” with work from glass artists Rose Roads, Tomomi Handa, Yoshinori Kondo, Takao Miyaki, Akio, and Maki Kawabe. Jason Burruss Designs will also be showcasing silver and gemstone collaborations, while America-based trance-electronic artists Wu Wei, ChirU, and Hypha will provide mood music. The event will also feature special dance performances courtesy of Fractal Tribe. Thu 8 p.m.

Beta Nightclub’s Seven-Year Anniversary

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:23pm

Voted the No. 1 club in America in 2013 by Rolling Stone, Beta is known for being ahead of the curb, reliably bringing the latest in production and electronic music to the Denver community. This weekend marks the seventh anniversary of the club, and will feature five days of music, as well as a Memorial Day BBQ with drinks and free food from 6 p.m. to sundown. Musical acts include drum and bass DJ Sub Focus, DJs Simon Shackleton and Joris Voorn, and dubstep and electro artist Feed Me. Thu-Mon 9 p.m.

MountainFilm

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:30pm

Telluride plays host to flicks and filmmakers as this touring film festival makes its way to Colorado. Check out local and national indie flicks and keep tabs on which wins honors like the Audience Choice and Festival Director's awards. This year’s festival symposium, Moving Mountains, focuses on Afghanistan and will feature special guests Massoud Hossaini and Farzana Wahidy (both Afghan photographers). Fri-Mon, times vary.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:26am

Boldly go back in time to 1982 (when this sci-fi cult classic was released) and watch Captain Kirk and company face off against Khan. The exiled villain blames William Shatner’s Kirk for the death of his wife, leading to a space battle of epic proportions. Longtime fans will love reliving the film in theaters, while newer Trekkies can check out the original cast (including the late Leonard Nimoy) on the big screen for the first time. Fri-Sat, midnight.

The Denver Passport

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:03pm

This pocket-sized book of two-for-one drink tickets is your passport to imbibing in Denver—complete with satisfying stamps from each of the 64 participating venues. Through Labor Day, discover new spots to drink craft beer and specialty cocktails throughout the Mile High City, with vendors like Stem Ciders, Ste. Ellie, Syntax Physic Opera, Argyll Whisky Beer, Renegade Brewing Company, and others. Daily, times vary. 

Image courtesy of the Passport Program

On the Land

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:08pm

Although the owners of this gallery are still getting the lay of the land, so to speak, they’re entirely at ease with our precious terra firma itself. Located on 22 acres in a refurbished farmhouse, this Loveland establishment presents its first exhibition. Featuring 12 regional artists across a variety of mediums including sculpture, collage, and installation, this exhibition explores environmental themes such as human oil dependency and homesteading with works by Rachael Davis, Laura Grossett, Scott Laumann, Doug Sink, and others.

The Nature of Spirit

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:36pm

Brandon Gellis’ interactive installation explores sexual politics and counterculture as they relate to art and technology. His colorful new media works combine sensors, coding, and creativity to invite viewer participation through touch and movement. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m or by appointment.

PaddleFest

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 9:12pm

Reap nature's benefits at this weekend-long celebration. From bike and raft races to SUP yoga and pilates clinics, you'll find plenty of activities to ramp up your adrenaline. If you need to catch your breath, watch the pros compete in events like freestyle kayaking or chat with companies about the demo gear on display. Don’t forget to stick around after sunset for extra events like Paddles & Pints, during which you'll be treated to drinks, food, live music, and arts and crafts. Fri-Mon, times vary.

Downtown Denver Art Festival

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:34pm

Skip the crowded mall and head to this nationally-rated art festival featuring more than 140 artists. Teeming with the work of everyone from photographers and fiber artists to wood workers and ceramacists, the 17th iteration of this historically well-attended art fest offers shopping sans mass produced merchandise. Fri 4-8 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Downtown Denver Arts Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:31am

Billed as a fine art and fine craft exhibition, this three-day event showcases the work of more than 100 Colorado artists as well as select national ones, featuring everything from mixed media and metalwork to furniture and photography. More than 125,000 people are expected to attend the showcase, which is ideal for folks looking to shop as well as browse. Fri 4-8 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Campout for the Cause

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:33pm

Spend your weekend 40 minutes outside Vail, where you can perfect your yoga practice with Boulder-based instructor Gina Caputo, take lifestyle workshops with health educator Heath Perry, and watch performances by circus art collective Fractal Tribe. Or, focus your attention on the stage, where 19 bands, including local Elephant Revival and Gregory Alan Isakov, will perform throughout the weekend. The first 300 ticket buyers can set up camp a night early and take part in a fireside family cookout and acoustic jam session. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:41pm

The first play in Neil Simon's Eugene trilogy, Brighton Beach Memoirs delves into the mind of 15-year-old Eugene Jerome. Set in Brooklyn in 1937, Jerome's life revolves around baseball, sex, and witty interactions with his family members. The semi-biographical play received awards from both the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Drama Desk for its humorous and spirited portrayal of Jerome and his family. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:43pm

Born on the 75th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, renowned artist Deborah Butterfield has been captivated by horses since birth. Art critics have praised her distinctive equine sculptures since she started making them in the mid-1970s. See how more than a dozen of her bronze and salvaged metal pieces interact with the varied landscape of the Botanic Gardens. Sun-Sat 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Denver Comic Con

Submitted by Photo Intern on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:11pm

With the rise of super heroes and sci-fi on the big screen and in video games, comic-centric conventions have gone from niche gatherings to colossal pop culture celebrations. Year three of the Denver Comic Con fits that trend, delivering more than 400 hours of activities such as celebrity panels; seminars with creators, actors, and artists; and the DCC's Reel Heroes Independent Filmmakers Series.

ArtStir Denver

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:39pm

Stirring up the art scene in Denver for the third year in a row, this festival showcases more work and demonstrations from more than 200 local and regional artists in a mix of mediums, including oil painting, photography, and textiles. Don’t miss the newly introduced Colorado Craft Pavilion for local libations and bites. Twenty percent of all sponsor money benefits VSA Colorado, a nonprofit that engages people with disabilities in creative and educational opportunities. Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

The Denver Day of Rock

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:33pm

Since its inception in 2009, the Denver Day of Rock has blossomed from a single band and 1,500 attendees into the five-stage Memorial Day extravaganza it is today. More than 100,000 are expected to show up for a full day of rock variations from 25 different bands, many of which are local. Don't miss the folky Shook Twins, funky octet Orgone, or neo-soul group Caught a Ghost, and remember to bring cash: Donations to Amp the Cause (formerly Concerts for Kids) support more than 50 family-focused nonprofits in the Denver area.

Soul Food Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:52am

This festival offers soulful tunes and food to match. Enjoy music from Salt-N-Pepa and The Whispers and join the cast from the popular sitcom Good Times at their reunion booth. Chefs Robert Roberts and Amadeus (winner of Food Network's Extreme Chef) will make appearances,  and there will even be an authentic soul food competition with categories like best greens, fried chicken, and sweet potato pie. Sat 4 p.m.

Boulder Creek Festival

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:17am

This Boulder nature festival is home to all kinds of family-friendly activities—even for the littlest members of your family. Children can play outdoors at an area designed just for them called Kids' Place, engage in hands-on activities and games from vendors, or go on carnival-style rides. Teens can head to the Teen Creek Fest, where they can enjoy a battle of the bands competition organized by students from the surrounding schools. On Monday, send off a rubber ducky to race down the river with 10,000 others. Fri-Mon, times vary.

FaceMan’s Journey to the Sun

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:45pm

Quirky local rockers FaceMan are inviting 44 of their fellow Colorado musicians to play at this inaugural sonic extravaganza. Covering everything from rootsy folk to experimental rock, each act on the lineup gets about 30 minutes on the stage, resulting in 24 hours of music. Don’t miss local faves Strange Americans or the edgier rock of the Outfit. Bonus: Throughout the festivities, catch original, large-scale art installations, including the centerpiece (and what may be the festival’s inspiration)—a giant spaceship made from cardboard. Sat-Sun 1 p.m.-2 a.m.

Fruition

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:28pm

A rock ’n’ roll band for those who love string music, Fruition combines inventive covers with original material to create a sound all its own. The Oregon troupe has found a second home in Colorado, frequently collaborating with Front Range musicians and putting its own spin on Rocky Mountain folk. The quintet’s latest EP, Meeting on the Mountain—a joint venture with Boulder-based band Grant Farm—serves as a love letter to the Centennial State. Sat 9 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Festival of the Brewpubs in Arapahoe Basin

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:39am

Ski season might be coming to a close, but there's no shortage of fun to be had in the high country. Attendees at this mountain festival will receive commemorative mugs to fill with unlimited samples from Tivoli Brewing Company, Twisted Pine Brewing Company, Dillon Dam Brewery, and Pug Ryan's Brewing Company in between runs. The bluegrass stylings of Fort Collins-based band Whitewater Ramble round out the day's entertainment. Sun noon-4 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Illegal Pete's Burrito Eating Competition

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:07pm

Illegal Pete's has teamed up with the Mile High City's professional Major League Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws, for this burrito-eating competition. After the game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks, you'll watch 12 of the top competitive eaters in the world (including champion Joey Chestnut) eat as many Illegal Pete's burritos as they can to win up to $5,000 in prizes. Spectators will also be treated to a fireworks show once the victor is crowned. Sun 9:30 p.m.

BolderBoulder

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:59am

Run into the University of Colorado Boulder football stadium to the cheers of 50,000 supporters after being motivated by 30 bands along the course in this 10K celebration. After you’ve enjoyed your moment of fame, load up on goodies from 75 companies, including Skechers and Powerbar, at the RaceDayExpo. Wrap up the day with even more fanfare as skydivers carry flags from each military branch to honor local military heroes in a Memorial Day Tribute. Mon 6:50 a.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Mountain Goats

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:18am

John Darnielle, a New York Times bestselling author and singer-songwriter, forms the crux of the Mountain Goats, his musical outfit with multi-instrumentalist Peter Hughes and drummer Jon Wurster. Lo-fi, anecdotal, and humorous, the Mountain Goats have been around for more than two decades now, keeping an indie-rock-folk-pop sound through various lineups and 15 albums. Keeping with the group's comical vibe, the trio’s latest record (Beat the Champ, released last month) is a collection of 13 tracks about professional wrestling. Tue 8 p.m.

Passion Pit

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:49pm

Pop outfit Passion Pit combines elements of indie rock and electronica to create meticulously produced dance music. Fronted by singer-songwriter Michael Angelakos and known for a playful, high-energy live show, the group released its third album, Kindred, last month. Tue 9 p.m.

The Empowerment Project

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:40am

Filmmakers Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook asked women across the country what they would do if they weren’t afraid to fail, resulting in this inspiring documentary. Join Denver chef Mary Nguyen, one of the film’s stars and a chef at Parallel Seventeen, for a showing of this feminist flick. Learn about strong ladies from dozens of professional fields and celebrate overcoming workplace obstacles for women. Wed 5-8:30 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Laurie Dodd

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:45pm

This mixed media artist is all about the negative—space, that is. Laurie Dodd uses dye, paint, wax, fiber, and ink beneath layers of wax, a technique know as encaustic. She employs plenty of empty space in her compositions to give the eye time to rest after it absorbs sharp graphic lines and flowing curves. Fri 6-9 p.m. or by appointment. 

Bianca Del Rio’s Rolodex of Hate

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/25/2015 - 8:49pm

Bianca Del Rio conquered the last season of the massively popular reality TV competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, earning the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and amassing a devoted cult following. The performer has garnered comparisons to the late Joan Rivers, thanks to her over-the-top appearance and bawdy, brutally honest style of humor that rips deep into her targets. During the drag queen’s stand-up act, expect fiendishly hilarious skewerings of celebrities, pop culture icons, and quite possibly the audience member sitting next to you. Thu 8 p.m.

Thunder Valley National

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:37am

The best in motocross face off in the Colorado dirt to compete for points in the season-long Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Watch your favorite riders like Trey Canard and Ryan Dungey soar around the mountainside track and visit the dirt bike, clothing, and food vendors scattered around the track in between races. Bring an umbrella to shade your lawn chair so the sun doesn’t burn you as much as the track does these riders. Fri-Sat, times vary. 

The Art of Flowers

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:57pm

Let your little one stop and smell the flowers (literally) at this day camp. The class, which is designed to keep your kids busy on Memorial Day, will head to a meditation center to see Japanese Ikebana flower arrangements, an art form that highlights the natural shapes and graceful lines of the blooms. The kids will then get the chance to create their own designs as well as a clay pinch pot. Ages three to nine. Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Summer Reading Launch Party & Celebrity Read-a-Thon

Submitted by Photo Intern on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:15pm

To avoid a learning lull during the summer break, Jefferson County Public Library is challenging kids to read for more than 1 million minutes, starting at this launch party. Local celebrities, ranging from congressmen and women to media personalities, will read excerpts from their favorite books during storytimes scheduled every half hour.

Children's Museum of Denver 42nd Birthday Bash

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:33pm

This adults-only fund-raiser benefits the Children’s Museum through a night of auctions and raffles. The grand prize is a trip to the Cayman Islands with a four-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton, while other pickings include tickets to the Great American Beer Festival and a candy basket from Lola’s Sugar Rush. Take in the Shel Silvertstein-themed décor, dance to That Eighties Band, and munch on a variety of hors d'oeuvres provided by Gourmet Fine Catering after you see what you've won.

Bassnectar

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:38pm

Lorin Ashton, who performs under the stage name Bassnectar, makes electronic music in order to promote a sense of community and further social justice causes. His music falls under the umbrella of intelligent dance music, a style of electronica grounded in experimentation and variance (in both mood and tempo). The prominent DJ is known for his live shows, thanks to unparalleled energy and state-of-the-art lighting. Fri-Sun 7 p.m.

A Weekend of Star Wars

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:25pm

May the force be with you as you geek out during this Star Wars–themed extravaganza. The Colorado Symphony will play tunes from every film in the classic series, including the title theme song and the epic “Duel of the Fates.” Don’t miss the chance to take photos with Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion Mountain Garrison costume group. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Poudre RiverFest

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:40pm

Educate, restore, and celebrate with the second installment of this conservation-focused festival. Nature walks and a hands-on cleanup project fill the morning, along with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory’s bird banding session (fitting the critters’ legs with small metal bands for tracking purposes). Then, check out 40 exhibitors associated with the Poudre River as well as performances by Fort Collins-based musicians Justin Ross, the Burroughs, and 12 Cents for Marvin. Adults can unwind in the New Belgium beer garden while kiddos check out activities in the Kids’ Corner.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Community Campout

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:20pm

Test out tent camping before you head to the mountains during this family-oriented night under the stars. You and your little ones can enjoy a horse-drawn hayride, embrace your inner Katniss and try out archery, or explore nature on hikes around the Backcountry Wilderness Area before dark. A small breakfast will be available in the morning (bagels, coffee, and doughnuts), but make sure to bring your own tent, sleeping bags, and dinner supplies. Sat 1 p.m.-Sun 10 a.m.

End of the World Pub Crawl

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:48am

Imagine bar-hopping during a zombie apocalypse, and you'll have this thrilling bar crawl. Flag belt-strapped participants are challenged to make it from bar to bar (participating venues include the Armoury, Herb's, and Scruffy Murphy's) as they dodge the small army of flesh-eating zombies roaming the "dead zone," a.k.a. Larimer Street in between 20th and 21st streets. All participants will recieve beverages, a T-shirt, and sunglasess. Make it through the crawl without losing any flags, and you'll be eligible to win additional prizes. Sat 1-5 p.m.

Miró, Magic & Night

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:12pm

Get starry-eyed over Joan Miró in this family-friendly play that tells the story of the Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist in conjunction with the Instinct & Imagination exhibition (on display through June 28). Follow this prolific artist’s life from start to finish, and discover the origins of his mysticism, inventive forms, and whimsical illustrations with Buntport Theater Company's portrayals. Sat 10 a.m.

Murmuration

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:59am

These local performers from diverse stylistic backgrounds are ready to dance like everyone is watching. Join the Colorado Hip Hop Collective and the Denver Theatre District for a night of odd pairings—from break-dancers accompanied by harpists and classical violinists to an Indian ensemble performing alongside hip-hop dancers. Now in its fourth year, this moving production of more than 200 dancers and musicians embodies the essence of unity and collaboration. Sat 7 p.m.

Image courtesy of Murmuration

Speedy Ortiz

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:35pm

Indie quartet Speedy Ortiz first formed in 2011, although its angst-laden melodies would easily feel at home in the grunge-filled ’90s. Singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis evokes other venerable female vocalists, from Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis to Rainer Maria’s Caithlin De Marrais. The group's latest album (Foil Deer) was released last month and toes the line between radio-friendly alternative rock and noise pop. Sat 9 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Meat Matters Denver

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:20am

Carnivores convene for a celebration of all things mouthwateringly meaty. Join seven of your favorite Denver chefs, including Justin Brunson from Old Major, Alex Figura of Lower48, and Jen Jasinski and Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall, Rioja, and Stoic & Genuine as they cook up five sausage varieties. (Stay for dessert from Cart Driver’s Kelly Whitaker.) Also on the roster: Beer from Prost Brewing, a live DJ, and VIP sausage making and whisky tasting with Western Daughters and RiNo Yacht Club. May the meat-eating merriment commence. Sun 2 p.m.

Neil Diamond

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:40pm

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is an American legend: He’s been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has sold upwards of 125 million records over the course of his five-decade career. Diamond is still creating music at 74 years old (Melody Road was released just last year), but he's sure to play hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “I’m a Believer" along with more recent tracks. Sun 8 p.m.