Thrill seekers and endurance testers are invited to don banana suit costumes for this extreme run. For seven hours, take turns with your teammates or fly solo to get as many laps in as possible. (Beforehand, remember to collect pledges to benefit the Adaptive Sports Center, which works to improve the lives of those with disabilities through outdoor adventure.) Once your legs are sufficiently shaking, attend the award ceremony, where prizes will be given out to the team or individual that raised the most money and/or completed the most laps. Sun 8:50 a.m.
As the 70-degree days in February have shown us, you can be outside all year round in the Mile High City. RunDenver, which has provided the metro area with races for more than 30 years, took advantage of this Colorado mindset all winter long with various 5K races and will be ending its series with That Dam Run. Both the half-marathon and 5K courses lead runners over the Cherry Creek Dam Road and offer amazing views. Awards will be given to the winning male and female. Sun 10 a.m.
The collaborative spirit of folk and bluegrass music gets a 21st century update at this inaugural concert. Boulder-based troupe Grant Farm serves as the house band for an hour of performances and interviews—all set to be broadcast live online—which will be followed by an additional, in-person-only concert. The band’s rootsy sounds are joined with guest performances by other folk favorites Bill Nershi (of the String Cheese Incident), Dead Winter Carpenters, and Benny "Burle" Galloway. Can’t make it?
Arguably one of the most gifted songwriters of our time, Elvis Costello boasts a career that spans four decades, membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a distinct sound that's constantly evolving. Costello’s music is primarily pop rock delivered with a powerful punk attitude, although he’s also composed full-length orchestral work. While this show will feature the London native solo, his latest project, Wise Up Ghost, was the result of a collaboration with hip-hop band the Roots. Sun 8 p.m.
Let your tots dance their sillies out and sing along to catchy songs geared for their age group. Janet Casson of Rocky Mountain Music for Aardvarks leads a 20-to-30-minute music class that’s best for early learners (up to 4 years old). She starts each song by talking in rhyme to catch the tykes' attention before transitioning into tunes sung along to her guitar. The fun, loose format is perfect for short attention spans. Mon 10 a.m.
If you missed the X Games this year, fear not—here's another chance to see some of the world’s best compete in your backyard. Four-time Olympian Kelly Clark and X Games gold medalists Danny Davis and Chloe Kim will all be looking for titles in halfpipe and slopestyle. In addition to watching the champs face off on the slopes, enjoy entertainment ranging from free concerts to a broomball tournament on the Solaris Ice Rink. Mon-Sat, times vary.
Celebrated for his lyrical genius, singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov’s sound falls somewhere between Iron & Wine’s melancholia and the Avett Brothers’ Americana. His music is at once sparse and incredibly complex, creating a dreamscape of emotionally charged memories. Don’t miss opener Mandolin Orange, a southern folk duo known for its rich harmonies and country sensibility. Thu 8 p.m.
This contest—which will take place over the course of four days in Vail—is the longest running snowboarding event in the world. Fans can cheer on the sport's top athletes in events like halfpipe and slopestyle, enjoy product demos, and dance to three nights of live music, which will include indie pop/rock collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, electronic artist Girl Talk, and a bluegrass kickoff party with Colorado’s own Andy Thorn & Friends.
Take a break from the produce stands and professional chefs of the Colorado Local Food Summit for this 48-minute film, presented as part of the conference. The picture follows New York City’s surge in urban farming to its silliest and most serious corners. Watch as this flick raises questions concerning both the future and feasibility of urban farming. Mon 7 p.m.
Come see two classic fairy tales adapted into one play. Denver entertainer Merry-Andrew Afoot will dress up and perform a combination of a German tale ("The Fisherman and his Wife"), a Grimm Brothers story about the cost of greed, and an English fable ("The Three Wishes"), in which couple uses the three wishes they're granted too quickly. Tue 9:30, 11 a.m.
Artists Maeve Eichelberger portrays Colorado’s architectural and demographic evolution in this transient display. The exhibition in the Terminal Gallery features her layered Plexiglas compositions, each tier printed with a mix of urban and pastoral photographs. This distinctive artist acknowledges the layered experiences that inform the identity of our rapidly developing state. Sun-Mon, all day.
Former architect turned photographer Douglas Kahn teams up with artist Renee Alpert to create a collage of photographic manipulation. The two will take over both Helikon studios, with a photography exhibit in the main space and an installation in the second. Both displays will depict Spanish missions across the Southwest, from Arizona to California. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Don't miss this special four-course collaboration dinner from nationally-acclaimed chefs Steve Redzikowski of Oak at Fourteenth and Acorn and Alex Figura of Lower48 Kitchen. The pair will cook their citrus and yogurt-inspired dishes that were recently featured in Art Culinaire Magazine—think lemon-lime Peking duck breast with citrus-pickled cherries and passion fruit panna cotta with pineapple and kumquats. Tue 5-9:30 p.m.
You may not be familiar with the young comedians and vocalists at this concert, but your teenage kids are likely their biggest fans. Internet sensations like 19-year-old Sam Pottorff, a member of popular YouTube channel Our2ndLife, and 18-year-old Vine star Rickey Thompson, who has garnered more than 2 million followers, will perform their famous songs and skits live. Splurge on VIP tickets for a pre-show meet-and-greet, a limited edition poster, and a commemorative lanyard. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Bring your tots out for this storytime and arts and craft session. Kids will make dinosaur puppets using clothespins and then tour the "Trek Through Time," an indoor exhibit designed as a walkthrough of different prehistoric environments. Wed 10 a.m.
Photographer John Ambrosino refuses to pigeonhole himself into a particular style, choosing instead to capture a wide range of subjects. This exhibition lives up to its name, featuring Ambrosino’s wide range of work, such as landscapes, abstract nature images, and depictions of everyday objects through an altered perspective. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen series gives cinematic voice to the renowned Globe Theater Company’s masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity, and enlightenment. This magical performance tells the tale of an exiled duke that uses supernatural forces to exact revenge on his deceitful brother. Wed 1 p.m.
The 3hree Project, born over a year ago at Denver's KMG Studios, is an attempt to unite Colorado’s hip-hop artists. The venture—a collaboration between local rappers, producers, and singers—features 22 musicians, including Trev Rich, Pries, and Nat Soundz. The collective put out a full release this past December, which the group will perform it in its entirety during this show. Wed 8 p.m.
This four-day extravaganza features slope-side parties, pop-up bars, booze seminars, drink demonstrations, pairing dinners, and even a pub crawl. Inspired by après-ski cocktail culture, attendees are encouraged to hit the slopes between attending events like a Woody Creek Distillers pairing brunch, seminars on alpine liqueurs and coffee cocktails, and hot toddy hour at Aspen's upper gondola plaza. Thu 9 a.m.-Sun 7 p.m.
Experience international film without leaving Colorado. Named one of the 25 coolest film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, this Boulder gathering has previously screened Oscar-winning films like Big Fish and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. This year's presentation will feature Jeff Lowe's Metanoia, a film directed by Boulder native Jim Aikman about alpine climber Jeff Lowe's adventures and his battle with ALS.
Two local artists and gallery members will kick off Denver's month of photography with a collaborative show that pits realism against idealism. Myers' skills are highlighted in his photographic portraits of varied women while Fries works with wooden boards and paper to create abstract drawings, paintings, and collages. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Mingle with your favorite chefs and dine on their creations. The packed weekend schedule includes panel discussions and seminars—presented by icons like Doug Frost, one of only three people in the world to hold the title of master sommelier and master of wine—during the day and extravagant meals at night. On Friday, choose from four themed, multicourse dinners, paired with either Burgundies, local beer, Kentucky bourbon, or Italian wines.
Turn the technology off and leave your flashlights at home. This guided hike will take you through Bear Lake Park under the cover of darkness. A park naturalist will direct you down the path and point out the beautiful scenery. Thu 8-10 p.m.
Indulge in gluttony you can feel good about. Enjoy wine and beer tastings from local restaurants and breweries, a silent auction, and a special cooking demonstration from Panzano executive chef Elise Wiggins. Proceeds benefit orphans and pregnant women in crisis in places such as Kenya and Nepal. Thu 6-9 p.m.
All-American country singer Brad Paisley is known for his vivid descriptions of Southern living. This relatable charm has helped garner many awards over the course of his 15-year career, including three Grammys and two American Music Awards. Thu 7:45 p.m.
Try your best to keep things straight as you hear the tangled story of Victoria, a defeated, starving soprano living in 1930s Paris. She is saved by Toddy, a gay cabaret performer when he decides she needs a gimmick: She’ll pretend to be a man playing a woman. Victoria becomes the toast of Paris, until things get tricky when a famous Chicago gangster falls in love with her/him. Days, times vary.
Gather on the downtown streets to glimpse unusual athletes in this winter spectacle. Watch the ancient art of ski joring, in which a horse and rider pull skiers over jumps and obstacles. A winter mountain bike race, paintball match, and Nordic racing round out the weekend. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Snowshoe for the cure with this beginner-friendly event to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Participants can test their abilities in a 3K timed race or traverse the flat course during a 3K or 5K walk. A free pancake breakfast will be served before the race at the Nordic Center, while opportunities to win gear and prizes will be available afterward. Fri 7:30 a.m.-noon.
After a two-month residency at PlatteForum, Cole Bee Wilson is looking to answer this question: “What is the difference between music and noise?” Wilson debuts his exhibition—the primary focus being an interactive bowed piano—with an opening night of live performances and music. Fri 5:30-8 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Cole Bee Wilson
Wendy Harriman’s macramé wall hangings integrate timber with knotted fibers, suede, and even feathers. This bohemian exhibition features one-of-a-kind modern works, which each begin with the discovery of a piece of driftwood that informs each piece's aesthetic. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
Swing by 2015's first installment of this quarterly Lighthouse Writers Workshop talk, which lets aspiring writers and other artists pick the brains of their successful counterparts. This go-around will feature Rachel Sturtz, a Denver-based freelance journalist with clips in magazines like Esquire and Outside; the co-founders of Winter Session, a local company that makes leather goods by hand; and Garrett Ammon, artistic director of Denver dance company Wonderbound. It’s a must-attend for any creative type wondering how to achieve success in his or her field. Fri 6 p.m.
Comedian Katie Rubin uses hysterical impressions and impeccable accents to lightheartedly poke fun at humanity and create awareness of the spiritual journey. Her keen observations on addiction, dating, and her own quirky life (among other topics) create a sassy comic experience. Fri 8 p.m.
Electronic music and hip-hop lovers will enjoy Datsik, the stage name of Canadian musician Tory Beetles. A longtime rap fan, Datsik’s style is pure dubstep, relying on heavy drums, bass, and robotic samples to create an aggressive sound. Fri 9 p.m.
Don your favorite crazy costume and join the folks at New Belgium for a wild mountain adventure in support of a good cause. You and your team will embark on a scavenger hunt for the elusive Bigfoot, all while solving riddles and skiing the slopes. Proceeds benefit the High Country Conservation Coalition, which seeks to maintain the health and beauty of Colorado's mountain areas. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
All aboard—it's time for the largest toy train show west of the Mississippi. Peruse more than 600 tables of toy trains for sale or attend one of the 20 workshops within this two-and-half-acre showcase. Pay attention to the hourly door raffles, which will feature toy train merchandise. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Daffy Duck on the big screen, giant anvils falling on the Wile E. Coyote and the cool phrases of Bugs Bunny—sounds like the recipe for a perfect Saturday morning. How about unlimited sugary cereal, Doc? Take the whole family to watch the classic Chuck Jones cartoons and introduce the kids to Porky Pig and Marvin the Martian. Wear your PJs and load up on your favorite sugary breakfast during 100 minutes of road running action. Sat 10 a.m.
—Photo Credit: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Moms and moms-to-be save 50 to 90 percent off retail prices at this mega-sale. The largest nonprofit consignment sale in the Rocky Mountain Region includes more than $100,000 worth of gently loved children’s merchandise ready for purchase, ranging from toys to clothes to furniture. (Remember to bring a laundry basket to carry all your goodies.) A portion of the proceeds supports the Mothers Of Multiples Society's Community Outreach program, which helps support low-income families with twins or other multiples. Sat 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ditch the peaceful studio and flow through your yoga practice with 200 of your closest friends. Kindness Yoga instructor Jen Hicks will walk you through a 75-minute class while Boulder-based electro-soul DJ Mr. Gettdowne pumps Colorado’s largest indoor venue full of music. Your blood will be flowing just as much as your body during this inaugural event. Sat 10 a.m.
Don't wait until high school computer science to expose your little ones to coding. During this two-hour session, expert mentors will teach the basics of coding and developing apps to your kids, who will be able to work on their own projects in the final hour. This session will focus on the use of programming cublets (computerized Legos) to make different kinds of robots. Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Explore Italian culture through the lens of film. Denver-based critic Robert Denerstein leads a lecture on Italian films made in the postwar period that focus on the impoverished and oppressed. Directors discussed include Luchino Visconti and Roberto Rossellini. Sat 1 p.m.
You won't want to miss this performance of iconic entertainers on the hardwood. Their skills jump off the court as they incorporate audience participation, stunning adults and children alike with their ball-handling wizardry. Sat 1 p.m.
See China without spending a day getting there. World-renowned wildlife filmmaker Dale Johnson—whose resume includes work with major TV networks, stints with NASA and National Geographic, and awards from outlets like the New York City International Film Festival—will narrate live during this screening of his extensively filmed travelogue. This documentary takes viewers to the country’s most iconic landmarks such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall to its breathtaking countryside and dizzying metropolises.
Man's role in the Wild West is an oft-told tale, one that Rodgers Naylor expresses through oil paint in his most recent exhibition. Combining elements of the sublime, realist, and expressionist artistic legacies, Naylor’s dramatic landscapes use light and dark colors paired with unassuming human elements to reveal the westerner’s harmonious union with nature. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Support Colorado films (and their makers) at this weekend festival. Watch shorts like Phase Me Up and Popsy (based on the Stephen King short story of the same name), as well as others across genres like science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Filmmakers, actors, and crew members from each movie will be in attendance, including Adrian Bishop and Richard Fleming. Sat 4 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.
Sit back and enjoy this beloved musical (in both the film format and live audio) as the Colorado Symphony plays the movie’s musical score live while West Side Story plays in the background. The newest installment of the popular symphony series will feature three large screens for optimum viewing of the film from any angle. Resident Conductor Scott O’Neil will orchestrate the Romeo and Juliet recreation. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Devo will be reincarnated in Denver at this comprehensive event. Celebrate Mark Mothersbaugh’s hybrid creativity when the Devo founder himself performs, followed by an eclectic mix of local bands, including Tennis, Mr. Pacman, and DJ Gonda. The multimedia event will include a VIP reception at 7 p.m., a screening of Hardcore Devo Live, limited edition audio postcards by Meep Records, and a photobooth. Sat 8 p.m.
Four friends from Staten Island—Sal, Joe, Murr, and Q—formed the live improv and sketch comedy troupe the Tenderloins in 1999, which led to a hit show on truTV. Now you can see them live as they deliver new laughs and never-before-seen footage as the same loveable jokers. Sat 8 p.m.
Your budding Broadway star can learn new skills and perfect what she's already learned with this sampling of youth classes. The Denver Center for the Perfoming Arts' third floor studios become stations where your tyke can interact with teachers while she tests out activities like juggling, dramatically acting out a line from Shakespeare, or working on movement and balance on stage. When your little one successfully completes a skill, she'll receive a token exchangable for fun trinkets or a face painting session. Sun noon-2 p.m.
Dunk over hardship with this charitable event. Watch former Nugget Bill Hanzlik, former Bronco Tom Nalen, and other local celebrities show off their basketball skills as they participate in a game, free throw contest, and even a dance-off. Proceeds benefit Adam's Camp, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with special needs. Sun 1-3 p.m.
Classic film buffs can enjoy one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most celebrated pictures. The 1958 flick, shown as part of Alamo Drafthouse’s Big Screen Classics series, follows James Stewart as detective Scottie Ferguson, working out the convoluted mystery behind the apparent suicide of his friend’s wife. Vertigo was a groundbreaking release in its time, and the twisted storyline (combined with Alamo’s selection of local beers and liquors) is sure to make your head spin. Sun 2 p.m.
Five chefs, five pigs, one winner. So it goes at Cochon 555, where five Denver chefs will use a whole hog to prepare a maximum of six dishes. Look for Rich Byers of the Corner Office and Kelly Whitaker of Basta to duke it out to win the approval of both attendees and judges with their creations. Along with these tastes, guests will also get to sample wine, cured meats, and whiskey at pop-up culinary experiences. Sun 5 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Cochon 555
Competitors as young as six years old can take on this alternative to the typical distance-gauged triathlon. Separated from the unpredictable elements of the outdoors, athletes swim, bike, and run as far as they can for 10, 30, and 15 minutes, respectively. Each participant receives a swim cap and race shirt, and medals and plaques will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. Sun 7 p.m.
Feeling superstitious? Test your luck at Alamo Drafthouse’s Friday the 13th event, featuring a pre-screening Skype Q&A with Victor Miller, the co-creator and original screenwriter for the iconic Jason slasher series. Tickets for the screening, put on by Mile High Horror Film Festival, include dinner, beers, and dessert. Keep your fingers crossed that the curse of Camp Crystal Lake doesn’t extend to Colorado. Fri 6:30 p.m.
Stop and smell the giant irises: Colorado Springs is temporarily home to Myron Wood’s celebrated photographs of iconic flower painter Georgia O'Keefe. View 25 shots of and her and her New Mexico home in an exhibition that captures her expressive character. Sun-Thu, Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Pop-rock sextet MisterWives is a relatively young band, having formed in 2012 and released its debut album, Our Own House, just last month. Led by vocalist and keyboardist Mandy Lee, the troupe manages to create indie dance music while still garnering industry buzz. This show is part of the band’s first headlining tour, and what MisterWives lacks in experience, its members will make up for in feel-good beats. Mon 8 p.m.
This bivalve-centric event might make you forget that Colorado is landlocked. Enjoy drink specials and favorites from Jax Fish House like oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat shrimp, chicken and crawfish gumbo, and spicy tuna poke as you listen to tunes from Denver DJ Styles Davis. Don't miss the entertaining oyster shucking and eating competitions. Proceeds benefit There With Care, a charity that supports those in medical crises. Tue 6-9 p.m.
From the depths of the Black Sea to ancient cities along the Silk Road, Fredrik Hiebert has been collecting artifacts and stories for more than 20 years. Listen to the tales of the Harvard graduate and National Geographic Society fellow as he recounts discoveries like a famously lost trove of gold from the extinct settlement of Bactria. When Hiebert's finished, check out the museum's Traveling the Silk Road, on-exhibit until May 3. Tue 7 p.m.
Enjoy the ride as the Lamont Symphony Orchestra features Mason Bates’ work, “Mothership." The orchestra docks with several soloists throughout the work as they offer virtuosic riffs on the thematic material. The orchestra will also feature two works by Richard Strauss, a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Think “music superstar” and an opera singer probably doesn’t come to mind. But, Nathan Gunn has carved out a rarefied niche as just that. The Grammy Award-winning baritone’s thunderous voice has brought life to starring roles in dozens of iconic operas like Hamlet and The Barber of Seville, as well as rousing audiences in classical music capitals like London, Paris, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Catch Gunn’s stunning vocals during his Denver-area debut, which features accompaniment from his wife Julie Jordan Gunn, an accomplished pianist in her own right. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel wrote this tragic farce in 1979 about a fictitious trial in which God is the defendant. Wiesel is said to have based the events within the story on his own experiences as a teenager in Auschwitz. As such, the play’s overarching question is: How can God be just and good if there is so much pain and suffering in the world? Days, times vary.
Navigating Denver’s myriad breweries is daunting enough, let alone learning about (and, well, drinking) the dozens of beer varieties in our city. Fortunately, this ongoing event is making that a little bit easier. Four of the Mile High City’s top suds makers—Breckenridge Brewery, Denver Beer Co., Epic Brewing Company, and Our Mutual Friend—are offering up not just sips of their most popular and limited-edition brews, but the stories behind each one. Sip four petite samplers and two full pours as you discover the unique histories behind brew.
The Chautauqua Dining Hall thanks the community with this intimate winter soirée. RSVP for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and happy hour pricing on drinks all evening. Experience live music and a festive atmosphere beneath the stunning Flatirons. Thu 5-7 p.m.
Learn more about pairing food and vino from Oregon vintner Andrew Rich. Denver wine blogger and sommelier Kendra Anderson will host this reception, which features bites like goat cheese tart, andouille sausage with cherry mostarda, and wood-grilled lamb from the Nickel's executive chef, Chris Thompson. Each dish will be paired with one of Rich's handcrafted wines. Thu 6 p.m.
The Junior League of Denver is hard at work to eradicate illiteracy in the city, and it needs your help. This fund-raiser features former Bronco Reggie Rivers as the auctioneer, offering prizes like a stay at Telluride’s Bear Creek Lodge and a package of sports goodies and concert tickets. In addition, tennis legend and nine-time Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova will take the stage as the keynote speaker.
Embrace your inner child while maintaining that facade of adult sophistication as Denver dance company Wonderbound pays homage to the dark and humorous aesthetic of prolific children’s book writer and illustrator Edward Gorey. The ticket price also includes libations and appetizers—as well as mandatory audience participation. Thu 6-8 p.m.
Beauty can be found just below the surface. Artist Cheryl Pope demonstrates this with more than 3,400 prints depicting a museum’s floor in black ink on black paper. Part of BMoCA’s running exhibition Substrate, the piece is a representation of the muted stories of Boulder Valley’s native people, with each print containing two quotes on the back attributed to Chief Niwot and Ava Hamilton, a descendent of Chief Niwot. Both contain a plea for the protection of the area's natural beauty. Thu 6-7:30 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Cheryl Pope
While much of the photography world has gone digital, some artists are pushing back against this transition. This Month of Photography exhibition features a diverse range of works created through alternative processing (using a variety of chemicals to develop film and consequently achieve unique visual results). Jeff Klapperich, Bill Adams, Joe Addison, Keith Brenner, Carol Golemboski, Galina Kurlat, and Ted Preuss convene to demonstrate the breadth of photographic possibilities sans Photoshop. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Take a gastronomic journey around the globe at this multi-cultural smorgasbord. Sample everything from South American empanadas and Middle Eastern kabobs to German beers and Italian wines. International dance and music performances round out the evening's entertainment. Thu 7-10 p.m.
Tensions run high in this modern rewrite of Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Playwright Aaron Posner interjects comedy into the romantic conflicts of the famed production's four main characters, who are all trying to find the true meaning of love and art. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Dairy Center for the Arts
This play tells the story of a young autistic girl whose world and community have been shaken by a school shooting that left three people dead, including her brother. The compassionate adaptation of Kathryn Erskine’s award-winning novel explores closure and self-discovery in the aftermath of tragedy. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1, 7:30 p.m.
Playwright Aaron Posner gives us the regional premiere and “sort-of” adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull with this tale of Russian writers, actors, and doctors searching for the true meaning of love and art. Adding in a touch of unrequited love and lots of bird-based metaphors, the comedy showcases the struggle between young and old, past and present. Days, times vary.
Frontman Nahko Bear often illicits comparisons to Bob Marley, thanks to his laidback ethos and honest manner. His musical collective operates with a mission: inspire good will, take social action, build community, and live in harmony with Mother Nature. As part of a four-date run through the Rocky Mountain region, the band will bring its percussion heavy, spoken word, soul-stirring tunes to Denver, Boulder, Steamboat Springs, and Aspen. Thu 8:30 p.m.
Septet the Revivalists have been a fixture of the New Orleans music scene for years, but have only recently begun to make waves nationally. Their sound is part blues, part funky grooves, and all rock ‘n’ roll. Vocalist/guitarist David Shaw’s stage presence, along with relentless touring, has ensured the band’s live show brings all the energy their name implies. Thu 9 p.m.
Make the most of the frigid weather by paying tribute to Bredo Morstoel, a Norwegian man whose body has been cryogenically stored in Nederland since 1993. This quirky three-day festival includes all manner of morbid activities, such as coffin racing, a parade of hearses, and even a look-alike contest for those hoping to emulate “Grandpa” Morstoel. Check out free music performances throughout the weekend, including local act Caribou Mountain Collective. Fri-Sun, times vary.
If you missed the 1980 release of Alien, you’re in luck. The classic science fiction flick is back on the big screen for two midnight showings in Denver this weekend. Experience the thrill of the series' first installment as the crew of the Nostromo battles terrifying aliens in the extended director’s cut. Fri-Sat midnight.
This event was made for horsing around. Adopt a horse, or opt for cheaper alternatives like attending conferences about trail riding or browsing the market, where you can search for that new saddle or some Western wear. Fri-Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
FirstBank has partnered with Never Summer and Icelantic to design the Fresh Cut Series snowboards and skis. To get your hands on the limited-edition gear, watch for clues put out on Twitter and Facebook, which will hopefully lead you to one of seven orange FirstBank cubes hidden around Copper Mountain. If you stumble upon a cube, take it to the FirstBank tent in the Village Center to claim your free prize. Fri-Sat.
Let your high school theater geek side run wild with this immersive festival of new plays. Attend professionally staged readings of scripts from award-winning playwrights like Brian Watkins and Meredith Friedman, then discuss the productions with renowned Roundabout Theatre Company literary manager Jill Rafson. Rafson will also hold a master playwriting class on the final day of the weekend-long event. Fri 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat 6-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bookcliff Vineyards teams up with Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy to host a locavore's dream event in Boulder. Learn about what makes wine and cheese go so well together while enjoying appetizers like La Quercia prosciutto and Olympic Provisions salami. Then, indulge in six wine and cheese pairings, while Haystack's house cheesemonger imparts tips on serving delicacies like the professionals. Fri 6:30 p.m.
Described as TEDTalk meets Shark Tank, this on-stage competition features mostly local Kickstarter projects. The creators will live pitch to the audience in hopes of winning their donation (the cost of their ticket) for the night. Enjoy an adult libation as the offbeat competition ramps up. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Walt Disney’s final days may not have been as magical as one would imagine. This performance artistically looks at the final days of the animation and theme park visionary. Interactions between Disney, his brother, and his daughter give a darker look into the life of this lauded cinematic legend, replacing the twinkling man we envision with a hard and calculating businessman. Days and times vary.
—Photo Courtesy of An Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney
Look up at the sky—it’s the moon, it’s a plane, it’s Jupiter! Bundle up and head out with the folks from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center for a kid-focused introduction to the night sky. From Orion’s Belt to the Nebula, learn how to identify celestial bodies with star maps and binoculars. Recommended for kids age six and up; families are advised to bring red light flashlights, binoculars, telescopes, chairs, and warm drinks. Registration Required.
—Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock
Clad yourself in green and pedal faster than a leprechaun for this 50K St. Patrick’s Day celebration. According to typical ski hill ratings, participants will find a green course for families, a blue 23.5-mile ride for intermediates, and a challenging black diamond run that involves the steepest climbs. Post-race, join in the other festivities of the day, including the beloved St. Patty’s Day parade. Sat 8:30 a.m.
Hang out on the Emerald Mile along Blake Street (renamed Tooley Street for the nation's largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration west of the Mississippi). The best spot for watching the performances and floats is at the end of Blake Street, but this is a popular area for bystanders—many arrive as early as 6 a.m. to stake out their spot. University of Colorado Denver professor Tom "Dr. Colorado" Noel is this year’s Grand Marshal. Sat 9:30 a.m.
This exhibition explores the provocative and idiosyncratic definitions of beauty. Featured photographers from across the country, including locals Libby Barbee and Laura Shill, express personal interpretations that range from conceptual to humorous to dark. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Colorado native and multimedia artist Ravi Zupa kicks off the opening of Black Book Gallery’s new space with this diverse exhibit. Zupa, who specializes in using recycled materials, will showcase his “Mightier Than” series of machine gun sculptures made from office supplies like typewriters, pens, and staplers as well as original prints and works on canvas and wood. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Calling all royalty: All are invited to a special enchanted tea in the regal Food Court. Your little princess will be crowned with her very own tiara before being introduced to Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, and Miss Colorado (Stacey Cook.) Royal attire, such as ball gowns and princess heels, is encouraged for all noble attendees. Sat 4-5 p.m.
Running in the snow can be tiring and slippery. Throw on your green gear and strap into provided snowshoes to trudge through the Vail powder instead. This 5K course circles the base of the resort and finishes with a post-race party at the Nordic Center in the Gore Creek Grill. Sat 4 p.m.
Men get the chance to show off their culinary skills at this foodie event. Top Denver chefs like Simon Purvis of Edge at the Four Seasons and Matt Mine of Atticus will prepare dishes like pan-seared scallops, cured salmon in honey-crusted lavash, and smoked kielbasa with warm potato salad, all of which will be paired with a tasting of beer or wine. Take a break from all the eating and drinking to bid on Broncos tickets and vacation packages at the live auction. Proceeds benefit St. John's School and Early Learning Center. Sat 6-9 p.m.
Oregon native Mat Kearney discovered his passion for music in the star-studded town of Nashville and never looked back. Now, five albums later, Kearney pays tribute to his childhood with his newest album Just Kids, which dropped last month. His songs have been featured in many TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy, and his 2011 album, Young Love, ranked at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. Sat 8 p.m.
This quartet takes us back to a bygone era with four part songs from the Jackson 5, the Temptations, the Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye. The group will also groove to more current hits in the Motown style like tunes from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Sat 8 p.m.
Celebrate and explore Jewish history in this series of moving films. The festival’s lineup includes documentaries like Because I Was a Painter (featuring clandestine Holocaust art), narratives such as Bethlehem, and an Israeli musical comedy called Cupcakes. Thursday night marks the BJFF’s centerpiece, a screening of Above and Beyond, which depicts Jewish World War II fighter pilots in Israel's War of Independence.
Grab a partner and try to conquer as many bowls as you can on skis or boards. The first 150 to sign up will receive a free Helly Hansen base layer, and all competitors have access to an afterparty at the Highlands Ale House. The first-place ski team will earn a pair of Head Skis while the victorious snowboard team receives a Smith Optics package full of goggles and soft goods. Sun 9:15 a.m.
Work off calories before you drink them at this St. Patrick’s Day-themed 7K. Grab your little ones and bring along Fido (the race is both pet and stroller friendly.) Then head to Fado’s Premier Irish Pub for live music, corned beef and bagels, Irish dancers, and Killian’s beer. Sun 10:15 a.m.
This day of workshops fosters Jewish sisterhood through female expression and offers spiritual and hands-on guidance in chanting, meditation, and spirituality. The museum also offers a catered dinner after the sessions are finished. Sun 2:30 p.m.
Trade a life on Earth for a few hours in space thanks to this educational event. Learn about advances in moon exploration since the end of Nasa's Apollo missions, including the discovery of ice in lunar craters. University of Colorado Boulder professor Jack O. Burns will discuss a new radio telescope that allows scientists to investigate the birth of the first stars and galaxies in the universe. Mon 7 p.m.
Gear up for some girl power with these feminist film screenings and events. Focused around empowerment for women, the five-day festival centers around movies produced, directed by, and starring ladies. View flicks like Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood (about a French girl gang) and Nicole Boxer’s How I Got Over (which profiles female homelessness), among others. In addition, attend seminars on topics like “Producing Women” and “Women and Government.” Tue-Sun, times vary.
Run headlong into the spring season in this multi-option race. Designed with all ability levels in mind, this race allows participants to choose a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon course, all of which hug the shore of Blunn Reservoir and offer spectacular mountain views. Along with a race T-shirt, bibs, and raffle prizes, attendees will receive a free post-race meal that includes fruit, bagels, breakfast burritos, and chocolate milk. Sun 9 a.m.-noon.
Relive the legendary tale of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Queen Guinevere as the city of Camelot oscillates between peaceful and chaotic throughout the king’s rule. The Broadway show won four Tonys, inspired several revivals, and bred the 1967 film of the same name. Tue-Wed 7:30 p.m.
Musicians don’t get much more legendary than Stevie Wonder. Celebrate the R&B crooner’s 50-plus years in the biz at this special concert, during which Wonder will perform his landmark album Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety. Since its release in 1976, the album went on to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and produce classics including “I Wish” and “Sir Duke.” Tue 8 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Eddie Wolfl
Navigating a restaurant menu can be a challenge when you have dietary restrictions. To solve that problem, Lower48 Kitchen has teamed up with Kim & Jake's Cakes for an evening of entirely gluten-free dining, with every item available for a la carte purchase. Kim & Jake's Cakes will set up a mini market in the restaurant to sell their gluten-free baked goods, including scrumptious cookies, cakes, and pies. Wed 5-9:30 p.m.
Three Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame inductees make up the panel for this celebration of outstanding women: Rockies co-owner and construction company president Linda Alvarado, civil rights activist Carlotta Walls LaNier, and autoimmune disease researcher Philippa Marrack. Jill Tietjen, CEO of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, will moderate the event, co-sponsored by the CWHF and NWHF. Close the evening with a piano performance by composer Lisa Downing. Wed 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Looking to impress your guests at your next dinner party? Central Bistro and Bar executive chef Matt Selby will teach some of the recipes and techniques that have brought him success for more than 15 years in the kitchen. The class, limited to 10 people and utilizing hands-on instruction, will ensure you know exactly how to make these recipes a reality. Wed 6-8 p.m.
Denverites have been waiting nearly two decades for Garth Brooks to return to the Mile High City, but the anticipation has been worth it: This week, the country megastar will end his hiatus with not just one, but nine arena shows in the area. Expect tunes from Brooks’ latest release, last year’s Man Against Machine (his first new album in 13 years), as well as a dose of nostalgia from the singer’s nearly 30-year career of classic country hits. Bonus: Fellow country icon and Brooks’ wife, Trisha Yearwood, is set to perform, too. Wed-Tue, times vary.
What happens when photography goes beyond capturing truth to construct an alternate reality? Step into a dream with this Month of Photography exhibition, featuring fantastical photos as well as photo-based work by Kahn & Selesnick, Halim Al Karim, Maria Friberg, Ruud van Empel, Christine Buchsbaum, David Zimmer, Chi Peng, and Wang Ningde. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
This double header kicks off with a screening of Divergent, the first movie in the trilogy of the same name based on best-selling novels from Veronica Roth. After you've brushed up on the dangers heroine Tris faces in her dark, dystopian version of Chicago, enjoy the premiere of the second movie in the series, Insurgent. Thu 4:40 p.m.
Whether you're planning on attending Collaboration Fest or not, this must-attend class offers an exciting and in-depth look at the unique beers brewed just for the event. Attendees will taste these collaborative beers and learn about their backstory from expert Scott Kerkmans—professional brewer, GABF judge, and one of the world's first five Certified Cicerones. Panelists from Trve Brewing Company, Call to Arms Brewing Company, and Avery Brewing Company will also tell their stories and guide tastings. Thu 6-8 p.m.
The best-selling children’s book written by Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon has been transformed into this musical. Follow scheming Tilly and her talking dog’s escapades as they cause trouble for everyone around them. Only when Tilly is affected by someone else's tricks does she consider changing her mischievous ways. Days, times vary.
Experience multiple facet of local art at this exclusive bash. New Mexico-based musician DJ Hex will provide electronic tunes in the background while you take in a fashion show, browse the art gallery with pieces from creators like Brandon Arment and Robbie Ruhaak, and watch a film screening. Use the event’s “RAWDENVER” Lyft code to get home if you’ve indulged in cocktails. Thu 7-11 p.m.
Get all the inspiration, information, and price negotiation you need for your very own extreme home makeover at this expo. Exhibitors run the gamut from interior design and remodeling to landscaping and other exterior needs. Gain ideas from Bath Crashers’ Matt Muenster, who will speak each day of the expo. If DIY projects are your passion, you’ll feel right at home. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Headlining painter Monroe Hodder layers vibrant colors to create bold abstract paintings that play with the notion of identity. Works from painters Amy Metier and Joanne Kerrihard and sculptor Robert Delaney will also be on display. Tue–Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
High school, high art, and high country coincide in this exhibition featuring works from mountainous high schools—Evergreen High School, Conifer High School, Clear Creek High School, and Platte Canyon High School. View more than 60 pieces hand selected by the schools' art teachers in ceramic, acrylic, oil, mixed media, ink, jewelry, digital photography, and graphite. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Children’s Hospital Colorado teams up with the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome and national Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome for an annual educational event. Catch up on global and local advancements in Down syndrome research and care, while recognizing community leaders with awards. Enjoy live performances, which have featured musicians like the Ransom Notes and Down syndrome advocate organizations Dare to Play Football, Dare to Cheer, and Be Beautiful Be Yourself, in the past. Fri 2-4:30 p.m.
Metaphor materializes in this Month of Photography exhibition featuring Anne Arden McDonald, Susan Kae Grant, Zelda Zinn, and Bonny Lhotka. This all-female exhibition showcases visual metaphors for everyday struggles, shadowy portrayals of childhood imaginings, depictions of the layers of time, and surreal landscapes. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Your little one will create her own rainbow mobile in this family-friendly art class. With your help, your kid can learn basic hand stitching to create a felt project or avoid needle prickes with no-sew glue instead. All materials and instruction are provided, making it one of the few no-hassle evenings you experience. Fri 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Life isn't black and white, but this Month of Photography exhibition is. Explore the atmospheric potential of monochromatic photography with pieces by 17 artists, including Denver photographers Jody Akers, Mark Dolce, Ashlae Shepler, and Leah Gose. View street, landscape, portrait, and abstract photographs, each with an underlying figurative element. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat 1-3 p.m. or by appointment.
Peggy McGivern’s solo exhibition pulls back the iron curtain for a peek into the modern day life of Eastern Europe, post-Soviet occupation. Influenced by folk art and the Bay Area figurative movement, the prolific oil painter captures 39 scenes from her travels in Romania, Croatia, and Serbia. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
As the second best-selling solo artist of all time, the American-country singer has done more than enough to cement himself as a Country Music Hall of Famer and musical icon. Yet he continues to build his fan base with his latest tour and new album, Man Against Machine—his first in 13 years. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.
Following his historic win against heavyweight champ Sonny Liston in 1964, Cassius Clay headed back to a hotel to celebrate with his friends Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. The conversation between the boxer, the activist, the singer, and the football player that night is reimagined in this thought-provoking dramedy, as the men describe what it was like to be black in America during the civil rights movement. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.; Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of DCPA
In the world of blues, Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond stand out as talented musicians: Both sing and play harmonica and guitar, specializing in country blues and rock ’n’ roll of both the electric and acoustic variety. The two wunderkinds are participating in the Blues Hall of Fame Tour, which celebrates legends that have advanced blues history. Fri 8 p.m.
This mixer gives guests the chance to sample honey wines from all over the world (and learn more about the nectar in a tasting class). You'll find Colorado favorites like Redstone Meadery and Meadery of the Rockies in attendance alongside out-of-state meaderies like Pirtle Winery and Meridian Hive Meadery. Gourmet bites like bacon-wrapped dates with blue cheese, chorizo and potato empanadas, and chocolate truffles complement the tasting experience. Proceeds benefit Community Food Share, an organization that helps feed the needy in Boulder and Broomfield. Fri 8-10 p.m.
Beer aficionados rejoice! The Colorado Brewers Guild is now in charge of this beer-infused celebration. The nine-day event features local craft brewers, pubs, and restaurants putting their wares on display for all to enjoy. Dozens of events will educate beer lovers on their favorite beverage and the unique beer community in Colorado. Sat-Sun, times vary.
People in other states run or walk to raise awareness for breast cancer, but here in Colorado, skiing is the fund-raising sport of choice. Deck yourself head-to-toe in pink and join the daylong party, where you can write the name of a loved one who has fought a battle with cancer on a banner on top of the mountain, participate in activities like geocaching, and down free beer. The day will end with skiing a final run called Celebration Ski Down, where you can end your descent in a zone full of cheering supporters. Sat 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Clean up your act and make soap from scratch. This morning lecture will teach you how to make soap with natural glycerin instead of harmful preservatives. Take home a bottle of fragrance oil and a packet of soap pigments along with the bar you created during the class. Sat 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Pretend to be a pilot for the day. Climb aboard select aircrafts at the Wings Over the Rockies museum, where you can push the buttons and play with the controls. If you don't feel ready for take-off just yet, talk to the museum's flight experts about various aspects of the planes. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Take an in-depth look at the fascinating life and work of entrepreneur Dean Kamen in this inspiring documentary, which explores his global crusade for clean water. Though Kamen is perhaps best-known as the creator of the Segway, he has spent the last 15 years inventing and perfecting the Slingshot, a revolutionary water purification system. This event supports the work of future scientists; all proceeds benefit George Washington High School's robotics team. Sat 3-5:33 p.m.
As the adage goes, two is better than one—and that's certainly the case when breweries start to brainstorm. As part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, Collaboration Fest returns for its second year, featuring more than 20 different beers created by Colorado breweries and out-of-state partners. Local stalwarts like Breckenridge Brewery and Crooked Stave matched wits with alehouses as far away as London to produce these unique, one-time-only brews, ranging from stouts to Belgian quads—all available for unlimited tastings. Sat 3-7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Collaboration Fest
“Man is a reasoning animal. Such is the claim,” states Tony and Emmy Award-winner Hal Holbrook in his impeccable portrayal of Mark Twain, which he's honed since this one-man comedy’s Broadway premiere in 1966. In this version of the production, hear an array of Mark Twain quotes discussing religion, Congress, and a snippet from Huckleberry Finn in the longest-running show in American theater history. Sat 7 p.m.
The Arapahoe Philharmonic is suiting up for a performance of contrasts. Become acquainted with the euphonium (a tuba-like brass instrument) at the hands of T. Gordon Parks Collegiate Concerto Competition winner and University of Colorado Boulder graduate Steve Vaughn before reveling in the lights and darks of Gustav Mahler’s Sympony No. 7 in E minor. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Sculptures rarely seen outside of Europe will be on display to celebrate one of Spain's most creative minds. The exhibit will feature pieces from Joan Miró's last two decades of work, which included many bronze installations. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Looking to tie up all your loose ends before tying the knot? Find all manner of wedding décor, local venues, dress options, and planning advice while you snack on appetizers like mini Monte Cristos and lobster fritters courtesy of chefs Michael Wright, David Lewis, and Daniel Strum. Enter to win prizes, including photo sessions or a Brown Palace complimentary ceremony, after sipping Dom Perignon and indulging in the build-your-own mimosa bar.
Taste unique brews while surrounded by fellow hop heads. Breweries from around the world, including the London-based Beavertown Brewery as well as locals like Crooked Stave and Trve Brewing, will partner up to produce more than 40 craft beers only available at this one-day event. Sat 3-7 p.m.
Introduce your little ones to dance with this casual version of a famous French ballet. Presented by Denver-based Ballet Ariel, Coppélia tells the story of a toymaker who falls in love with his creation. This special showing of the classic production features an abbreviated one-hour version, followed by a tea party with the cast. Sun 3 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Ballet Ariel
Singer Jazmine Sullivan made her national television debut at age 11, on the legendary Showtime at the Apollo. It wasn’t until her 2008 R&B single “Need U Bad,” though, that her deep voice and talent as a songwriter brought her mainstream success. After a four-year hiatus from the music industry, Sullivan released Reality Show—filled with slow jams and neo-soul—this year. Sun 8 p.m.
This retrospective spans cult-favorite director and writer Noah Baumbach’s filmography, highlighting three of his most acclaimed works: Kicking & Screaming, Frances Ha, and The Squid and the Whale, the last of which garnered Baumbach an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The mini-film fest culminates in Thursday’s free preview of Baumbach’s upcoming release While We’re Young, a star-studded tale of a couple who grapples with middle age, told in the auteur’s signature dramedy style.
Explore the past in a nontraditional way. As part of this four-day trip, you'll ski from the historic World War II military training camp through the mountains along a comparable route to what troops endured during the infamous "D" Series winter war games. With each mile traversed, you'll encounter historic locations like the legendary Machine Gun Ridge, learn about men from the 10th Mountain Division, and test your ski skills. Tue-Fri, times vary.
Your tyke can celebrate all things small while learning about science and engineering. As part of a nationwide festival of educational programs, little ones can participate in hands-on activities, learning how to make objects "invisible" and launch nano particles from an air cannon. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Multi-instrumentalist Seth Avett (of folk band the Avett Brothers) and singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield are touring in support of their latest album, Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith. As the name suggests, the record is a cover album of the late Elliott Smith, whose sad, distinct indie sound propelled him to popularity in the late ’90s and early aughts. Avett and Mayfield—whose own country-rock sound is often somber—have done a fine job of capturing Smith’s sparse and haunting essence. Tue 7:30 p.m.
This New Jersey-based punk rock band adds notes of Motown, southern soul, and even Bruce Springsteen to create a more melodic sound than you would expect. Get Hurt, released last year, is the band’s most unique album to date, trading in the heartland rock of previous records for a more ’70s tone. Tue 8 p.m.
Ditch the ski lift and find your way up the mountain the hard way. Participants can use any means to ascend Peak 10, including Nordic skis, snowshoes, or AT setups, with divisions split into heavy and lightweight. Keep in mind that no matter what method you chose to get up, skis or a snowboard are required to get back down. Wed 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Fuss Off is the Colorado Brewers Guild's response to Budweiser's much-maligned Super Bowl ad depicting beer geeks fussing over craft brews. The mysterious event—both the location and the beers will remain a secret until the day of—promises to showcase the fanciest local craft brews alongside light snacks. Attendees are encouraged to adhere to the fussy or hipster formal dress code at this cheeky Colorado Craft Beer Week celebration, which features music from the Tom Hagerman Band and a mustache and beard contest. Perhaps you'll even get to swill some pumpkin peach ale. Wed 6 p.m.
Having released the album Talking is Hard this past December, pop quartet Walk the Moon are now in the midst of an international tour with only one stop in Colorado. Sometimes classified as indie, at other times as dance-rock, the band is undeniably high energy, with choruses that demand you sing along and a vibe that encourages playfulness. Wed 6 p.m.
Glimpse your favorite animated characters as they move their acts from the television screen to the ice skating rink. Classic stars like Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell will make appearances along with the cast from Toy Story and Pixar's Cars. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Don’t you forget about this showing of the John Hughes ’80s cult classic. Catch the flick on the big screen and relive the story of a brain, an athlete, a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal. This special viewing includes extra content, including interviews with the cast and filmmakers in a retrospective featurette. Thu 7:30 p.m.
When the clock strikes midnight, skiers will take off from Crested Butte to climb more than 7,800 vertical feet and traverse 40 miles into Aspen. This backcountry race requires that all skiers carry mandatory safety gear and travel in teams of two. Spectators can cheer on the athletes from the deck of Butte 66 Roadhouse. Thu-Sat, times vary.
Local abstract artist Frederic Pinchon will lead a lecture, discussion, and Q&A on Lascaux, a historic site of caves in southwestern France. Revisit this setting of ancient art, famous for its paleolithic paintings. Thu 6-7:30 p.m.
Geek out at the latest installment of this monthly lecture series that combines learning and laughs. Discover all kinds of bizarre facts about teeth from local dentist Alexandra Bassett, and explore the importance of anatomical patterns via computer grids with physician Brian Hanson. Got nerd knowledge of your own to impart? You could help close out the night with one of two five-minute impromptu presentations, with speakers chosen at random from the audience. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Now in its 12th year, the venerable Vail Film Festival returns with another round of hotly anticipated screenings, galas, and special events. On the lineup for 2015 are two world premieres, 25 features comprising both narratives and documentaries, and 49 other short films, animated works, and student creations.
No, the infamous boy band is not coming to Denver—but you can expect plenty of ’80s jams at this Imbibe event. Celebrate Colorado Craft Beer Week with 20 different breweries, all under two years old, tasting unlimited samples from the likes of Ratio Beerworks, Mockery Brewing, and Fiction Beer Company. Attendees are encouraged to hit the dance floor in their best ’80s costumes; the best ones will win beer-related prizes. Thu 7:30-10:30 p.m..
Denver’s own Trout Steak Revival has been impressing audiences with its indie-grass-folk tunes since 2008, but it wasn’t until last year, when the group won the Telluride Bluegrass band competition, that it began receiving the national attention it deserves. The five-piece string band is known for its quick-picking, complex harmonies, and general embodiment of Rocky Mountain bluegrass. This show will double as the album release party for Brighter Every Day. Thu 8 p.m.
In a Louisiana town suspended between myth and reality, a young track star must choose between her big dreams and caring for her ailing mother. This theatrical poem (part dance, part song, part story) is a seductive and intoxicating tale of womanhood and navigating life’s murky waters. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Experimental indie-rockers TV on the Radio have reaped critical acclaim since the band’s inception in 2001, and their latest album, Seeds, is no exception. Unique to the core, the quartet writes melodic tunes that mesh electronic music with trippy, atmospheric sounds. Danceable beats and a creative visual component make for a can’t-miss live show. Thu 9 p.m.
Get your heart racing with this indie thriller. Jay, a teen girl, ends a sleepy summer with a pursuit of paranormal thrills. Director David Robert Mitchell is sure to frighten viewers with teasing camerawork and an eerie soundtrack. Check out one of the opening day showings or save the scares for later in the weekend. Fri, times vary.
While Rob Schneider is best known for his longtime friendship with Adam Sandler and role as the "Richmeister” on Saturday Night Live, the Emmy Award winner has much more to offer as a writer, director, and producer. In 2009, he returned to standup after 20 years to create his first comedy album, Registered Offender. Now, he's released a second album with brand-new material for his tour. Days, times vary.
In its second year, this weeklong event celebrates the Boulder community's artistic and cultural offerings. Experience First Friday showcases, exhibits, dance performances, and symposia that range from contemporary ballet classes to Dark Star Orchestra concerts. Don't miss meet-and-greets with local artists such as Raina Gentry and Sammy Lee. Days, times vary.
Top amateur athletes compete for the national title in snowboarding and freeskiing at the largest contest for non-professionals. Regional leaders in slalom, giant slalom, slopestyle and railjam events show off their speed and skills in this two-week action-packed event. Days, times vary.
Explore stunning architecture, ritzy retail, and foamy beer through this Mile High City shutterbug's lens. Join Rich Grant via Instagram for a filtered tour of Denver in conjunction with Doors Open Denver. Use the hashtag #DOD2015 to interact with the artist as he snaps all over Denver. Fri, all day.
Nature is anything but natural in Jason DeMarte’s Confected, a Month of Photography show that explores a commercial version of nature. DeMarte’s staged "nature" photos move into a hyperreal space that does more to separate us from reality than to unite us with it. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.
For some, the Wild West is a distant fantasy; for the artists in this exhibition, it's their reality and source of inspiration. Featuring the contemporary paintings of Laurie Justus Pace, Dominique Samyn, Bruce Marion, Larisa Aukon, and others, this show sheds light on the prairies and cityscapes as well as the philosophies behind our rugged land. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.
Kazuo Ishiguro has reached some of the highest peaks of the literary world (and beyond). The Japanese-born scribe’s many achievements include a prestigious Man Booker Prize for his beloved novel The Remains of the Day and an Order of the British Empire from his adopted home country. Fresh off the release of The Buried Giant—his first novel in 10 years—Ishiguro is stopping by Denver to discuss his craft.
Could we ever find the Colorado Symphony a bore? Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.” Colorado Symphony principal timpanist William Hill partners with the Colorado Symphony Chorus for the world premiere of an homage to Edgar Allen Poe’s famously haunting poem, “The Raven.” Oboist Peter Cooper will open the show with the concerto Down a River of Time followed by an orchestra performance of the suite from Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird before Hill closes the evening. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Inspired by people who spend life on the road, Hurray for the Riff Raff singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra set out to hitchhike across the country at age 17, eventually settling in New Orleans. There, she learned to play the banjo, founded her Americana musical collective, and was inspired to write many of the bluesy, folksy songs on her latest album, Small Town Heroes. Fri 9 p.m.
This scaly event is as cool as the name sounds. Visit the fairgrounds to check out reptiles like snakes, salamanders, and iguanas. Sit in on one of the presentations, which cover topics such as basic reptile care. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
This comedian, best known for his work in the Rush Hour series, returns to his stand-up roots. Expect laughs and throwbacks to Tucker’s time as a comedian on Def Comedy Jam in this hour-and-a-half performance. Rave reviews of the show have noted Tucker’s commitment to impersonations and physical comedy (pantomiming bits and bringing the whole stage into his routine), proving he’ll do just about anything for a laugh. Sat 8 p.m.
Celebrating 30 years of snowboarding at Breckenridge, professional snowboarders will face off in the snow. In the morning, men and women will throw down in the Superpipe at the top of the Freeway terrain park. After lunch, competitors can whip out their best tricks on a six-foot mini-pipe that's an exact replica of the first one built at the ski resort in 1985. Sat, times vary.
You may be used to enjoying some of the best powder in the country, but you've had to debulk before dining—until now. Sample some of the best local fare, like Tivoli Brewing's beers or Montanya distillers' spirits, at the resort after a few downhill runs. Sat noon.
Take a break from the slopes and continue the adventure in town with this obstacle course. Complete as many tasks—such as sledding races, food challenges, and puzzle-solving competitions—as possible in three hours, walking or busing your way around the route. Each participant receives cowbells, party beads, and a buy one, get one free lift ticket, along with two hours of free tubing at the Colorado Adventure Park once the contest is over. Sat noon.
Roaring Fork Beer Company celebrates its first annivarsary in style. Expect live music from Afro-country duo Wink and the Signal, all-day happy hour, birthday cake, tours, and raffle prizes. RFBC will pour limited-release seasonal beers, even tapping its one-and-done Wine Barrel Aged Trippel and Firkin (a cask-aged, naturally carbonated ale). Sat 2-10 p.m.
Prepare for your big day the right way. This showcase includes up-and-coming bridal styles in a fashion show featuring Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare makeup and hair. Even the guys can get in on the action with menswear from local boutique Sully & Co. Finish out the event by bidding on rare wedding items in the silent auction, with proceeds benefitting Brides Against Breast Cancer. Sat 6-10 p.m.
Revisit Mardi Gras at this Fat Tuesday bash, where you can channel New Orleans with a Cajun buffet, palm readers, and a masquerade ball. Funk eight-piece Ron Ivory and the Miles Apart Band will offer entertainment between silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Colorado. Sat 6-11 p.m.
In Spring, a young American leaves his troubles at home and decides to backpack along the Mediterranean coast. He soon makes a romantic connection with an enigmatic Italian, but the film shifts from a romantic mood to sci-fi thriller when he discovers she has an inhuman, gruesome secret. This showing of the 2014 film will feature a menu of Italian dishes created by chef Seth Rexroad—such as braised rabbit with roasted artichoke hearts—paired with Italian wines. Sat 7 p.m.
This year’s spring concert will feature solo percussionist Dave Alcorn as he performs Remembrance, a piece created by composer-in-residence Michael Udow in memory of his father. Also featured are arrangements of Reformation Symphony by Felix Mendelssohn of the Romantic period and Music for the Royal Fireworks by Baroque composer George Frideric Handel. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
In 2014, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy teamed up with his 19-year-old son Spencer to form the logically named duo, Tweedy. Spencer plays the drums while his father sings and plays guitar, creating an intimate sound that isn’t too far from what Wilco fans love, if slightly more sparse. The Denver show will be staged in at least two parts: Tweedy will perform material from its 20-track debut album, Sukierae, and Jeff will also play solo acoustic from his Wilco and Uncle Tupelo catalogs. Sat 8 p.m.
Presented by Openstage Theatre and set in post-Civil War Missouri, this revered tale of star-crossed love finds an intimate niche within American culture. The children of two warring houses become pawns for power and greed in this gritty reimagining of Shakespeare’s influential tragedy. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Pretend that you're a National Geographic photographer with this instructive opportunity. Attend a lecture Thursday night on wildlife photography. Then, on Sunday morning, put your skills to the test and take pictures of lions, buffalos, and birds at the Denver Zoo. On the Monday and Tuesday nights following the photo shoot, come back to local camera retailer Mike's Camera for a critique session. Days, times vary.
Forget your traditional running playlist—for this race, you’ll be rocking out to (and racing against) Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Participants are encouraged to finish before the 33-minute symphony ends, essentially “beating” Beethoven. The overall male and female winners will receive two season tickets to the Fort Collins Symphony’s 2015-2016 shows. Sun 9 a.m.
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In honor of National Developmental Disability Awareness Month, the fourth annual Achieve With Us Film Festival raises awareness by providing a platform for films about people living with everything from autism to Down syndrome. The festival will feature 10 short films with a total running time of 84 minutes and is organized by the Arc of Colorado, a private not-for-profit dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sun 1, 3:30, 7 p.m.
You and your little one can laugh together at this family friendly comedy show. John Crist, an award-winning comedian, will be tackling topics even tykes can understand, such as the age-old question of which is better, the kids' or adults' table as well as his parents' disciplinary techniques and his chaotic childhood alongside seven siblings. After hearing his stories, your tyke may be less likely to question your methods. Sun 2:30 p.m.
Kids will build spring break excitement brick by brick during this amusement park-themed week. They'll construct rides—from Ferris Wheels to carousel swings—out of Lego bricks and watch them come to life with a motor. Each day features carnival-themed games, model building, and their own custom Lego character to explore the new theme park. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.
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Looking to enhance your meatless Mondays? Learn how to cook flavorful vegetarian dishes with the help of one key ingredient: wine. This class focuses on adding variety and depth to seasonal produce with dishes such as roasted vegetables with white wine risotto. Tue 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Schramsberg Vineyards (one of America's premier sparkling wine producers) celebrates its 50th anniversary at Italian restaurant Arugula with this elegant five-course dinner. Each course from chef Alec Schuler will be paired with a Schramsberg wine, while sommelier William Davis of Wilson Daniels Fine Wine Importers leads the evening with his tasting notes. Courses include mouthwatering dishes like seared wild boar torchon with truffled shoe string potatoes, duck breast with cherry-lavender sauce, and elderflower poached pears. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Pop-soul singer Andy Grammer draws on his own experiences to write catchy tunes; he penned the popular song “Keep Your Head Up” after spending the day performing on the street. Expect to hear the ditty and other songs off his latest album Magazines or Novels when he stops in Denver. Wed 8 p.m.