09/2014

BMW Championship

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:01pm

The PGA Tour Playoffs return to the world famous Cherry Hill Country Club for the first time in nearly 30 years. The BMW Championship, formally known as the Western Open, is one of four tournamets in the playoffs and second oldest tournament in America. Both casual golfers and dedicated fans will appreciate the talent and composure of the top 70 golfers in the world, including recent Masters winner Bubba Watson. Mon-Sun, times vary.

Colors of Nature

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:51pm

Kids, pick your favorite color and learn where to find it in nature during the Early Explorers Expedition. Each week is dedicated to two different colors that your little one will learn how to create by mixing paints. Then, they can identify the hue in the unusual flora and fauna around the zoo. Recommended for ages 2-4. Tue-Wed, Sat 9-10 a.m.

Swans

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:43pm

After a lengthy hiatus from music, experimental rock group Swans is back with a pair of critically acclaimed albums. The latest, To Be Kind, has been universally acclaimed by critics, and is widely considered the most accessible outing for a band that wants to remain obscure. If you go, consider earplugs: Swans go through amplifiers like six-packs. Tue 7 p.m.

Crested Butte Ultra Enduro

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:08pm

Legend has it that mountain biking was born in the hills of Crested Butte. The sport returns to its roots with the inaugural Crested Butte Big Mountain Enduro, a five-day race reserved for only the strongest of mountain bikers. Spectators can either hike up Crested Butte's scenic trails to watch riders traverse some of the most challenging terrain in the country, or simply gaze up from the village and tour the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, located in the heart of Crested Butte. Wed-Sun, times vary.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:10pm

Colorado may not be bursting with Irish pride, but the Centennial State still plays host to one of the largest Celtic celebrations in the nation. The four-day festival's plethora of activities includes bagpipe bands, Irish dancing, a 5K race, folk music, merchant tents, a golf tournament, and professional Scottish athletes competing in stone-put, hammer toss, and caber toss. It's not required, but we hear you'll get bonus points for showing up in a kilt. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:09pm

Sometimes even the best laid plans go awry, especially when romance is involved. Love takes a series of missteps in this comedy as a woman attempts to teach her future husband's brothers the ways of courting, only for them to kidnap seven potential brides. This musical is based of the Academy Award-winning film from the 1950s, following the brothers as they attempt to navigate the ways of love and marriage with disasterous results. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Michaele Keyes and Sue Simon at Spark Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:06am

There is no standard process for Michaele Keyes' monotype prints. The painter-turned-printmaker applies inks with whatever she can find, whether that be brushes, sticks, hair combs, or her own fingers. The result is a subtle print with the deep texture of a painting. Sharing space with Keyes is Sue Simon, an artist who uses scientific ideas and mathematics in her work. Her pieces are often found in public places of research and higher learning, including the Radiological Sciences department at Colorado State and the main lobby of the Health Sciences Library at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Rocky Mountain Park 100th Anniversary Kick-off Ice Cream Social

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:38am

Celebrate 100 years of exploration, conservation, and recreation at 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park Kick-off Ice Cream Social. The park is doling out free ice cream at the Holzwarth Historic Site to start off a year of activities commemorating the park’s centennial. There will be speakers scheduled throughout the social and activities for the kids to burn off that ice cream sugar rush. Thu 1-3 p.m.

Fashion’s Night Out Downtown Boulder

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:07pm

Boulder brings out the best-dressed Coloradans to celebrate fashion for the fourth annual Fashion's NIght Out. Mini makeovers, live music, fashion shows, and in-store special events are just some of the ways stylistas can indulge at this year’s event. Thu 6 p.m.

Farm Dinner at Lone Hawk Farm

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:23pm

Dine on local, and organic creations from chef Grant Buchanan. The menu is prepared using the day’s harvest, ensuring the freshest farm-to-table dining experience. The three-course meal kicks off with a meet-and-greet for guests on the farm. Thu 6 p.m.

From East to West: City & Landscapes of the World

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:06pm

Take a trip through North America and southeast Asia in one night. Peruse photographer Jeff Perry's aerial shots of landscapes, including images from New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and more. Complimentary champagne, hors d’oevres, and even a dance floor add even more appeal to this exhibition. Five percent of proceeds benefit animal rescue shelter Paws CO. Thu 6-11 p.m.

Unwind: End of Summer

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:39pm

As the summer nears its end, wind down with food, drinks, and music. Nibble on ancho chicken and peach tostadas and imbibe a beer from Great Divide Brewing Company. Enjoy live music by Swing Je T’aime and get a swing dancing lesson from Community Minded Dance choreographer Lark Mervine. Thu 6-9 p.m.

Tiki Tiki Tiki

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:25pm

Travel to a tropical location without forking out the money. Some of Denver’s most talented bartenders—including Acorn's Chris Clewell and Haylee Ortiz from Session Kitchen—will go head to head in a competition to determine who makes the best island-inspired drinks. Expect plenty of cocktail umbrellas, cabana seating, and Caribbean-inspired bites from restaurants such as Colt & Gray and Solera. Thu 6-9 p.m.

Grace

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:35pm

A tragicomedy that explores heavy topics, Grace focuses on a young couple as they move to Florida to open a chain of Gospel motels. After they meet two "nonbelievers," all four characters’ feelings toward God, religion, and human nature develop and dwindle in this play, penned by Emmy-nominated writer Craig Wright. Days, times vary. 

Elsa Sroka Solo Exhibition at Abend Gallery Fine Art

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:10am

The blurred beauty of Colorado native Elsa Sroka’s work alone is worth taking a pass through Abend Gallery Fine Art. She's comfortable with oil, acrylic, plaster, charcoal, and ink, so it’s next to impossible to pigeonhole her work. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oh, The Places You Will Go

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 7:20pm

From Yellowstone to Thailand, Colorado artists Hari and Deepti depict the wonders of the world in their new exhibition of hand-cut backlit paper sculptures. The pieces encapsulated the joy of experiencing new cultures with light-box dioramas inspired by the artists’ travels. Look for “The Magicians Hat,” a LED-lit shadow box with a hand-cut paper motive depicting the ancient “Rabbit in the Moon” legend. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Hari & Deepti

A New Patriot

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:36pm

What makes a “new” patriot? Colorado native Jared David Paul Anderson explores the admirable characteristics of guts, glory, courage, and dreams in his new, lighthearted exhibit that includes photographs, sculptures of bison skulls, and installation work. Anderson has displayed his works in museums across the country, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Tue-Sun, noon-5 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Jared David Paul Anderson 

Catherine Carilli-Large Paintings and Inks

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:33am

Glimpse Colorado artist Catherine Carilli's geometric paintings and ink drawings. The unique work of guest artist Beatriz Pastana, which includes Intaglio (engraved) prints and lithographs, will also be on display. A Mediterranean feel pervades the pieces of both artists. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

Great Plains: Three Point Perspective

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:31pm

See American Midwest through a unique lens. Pastels and digital photo collages will be displayed along with paintings of prairie landscapes from three different artists at this month-and-a-half-long exhibit. Works from photographer Patricia Barry Levy, earthworks artist Chandler Romeo, and fine artist Reed Weimer will be on display. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat noon-4-p.m. 

Zac Brown Band

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:07am

After this good ol' country band wraps up its Great American Road Trip in late August, its members will take another quick trip back west for a two-night run at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. The feel-good Grammy award winners, who haven't released a new album since 2012, are sure to sing old favorites like "Sweet Annie" and "Chicken Fried" under the late summer night sky. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.

Save The Ales

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:33pm

Beer lovers unite to protect the air, water, and brews of Colorado. Enjoy unlimited tastings from local craft beer purveyors such as Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Epic Brewing, and River North Brewery. Proceeds benefit Conservation Colorado, a nonprofit that seeks to preserve the Centennial State's environment and quality of life. Fri 7-9:30 p.m.

All the Rage

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:45pm

Writer and native Coloradan Martin Moran, who wrote and starred in acclaimed 2004 The Tricky Part, is back with another personal tale. Follow as he deals with childhood grief and anger in a journey spanning from Manhattan to Johannesburg. The Curious Theatre is only the third theatre in the country to produce the show. Times vary.

Tough Mudder

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:43am

With a host of ultramarathons and triathlons every year, Colorado is no stranger to tough races. But how about one that burns, freezes, and electrocutes its runners? The infamous Tough Mudder, a 10 to 12 mile obstacle footrace designed by British Special Forces, returns to Colorado in Snowmass Village. Runners will leap into mud pits, scamper over slippery pyramids, scale 15-foot fences, crawl through swampy underground tunnels, and face a number of other challenges dreamed up in a boot camp nightmare.

Arvada Harvest Festival Kids Parade

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:35pm

After the annual Arvada Harvest Festival Parade marches through town in the morning, swing by McIlvoy Park Pavilion for the smaller (but cuter) Kids Parade. This year's theme is Pioneers of the American West, and the little ones are encouraged to dress up as characters of the old west or decorate their wheels (which can include bikes, trikes, wagons, or scooters) with western-themed ornaments. Trophies, ribbons, and even cash prizes will be awarded for the best of each category. Registration begins at 3 p.m. Sat 3:30 p.m.

Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:45pm

It’s almost like stumbling upon King Tut’s treasure. The Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show features 250 dealers selling their best metals, jewelry, beads, fossils, gems, and more. This year's spectacle is planned to be 30 percent bigger than last year’s event. Vendors will be spread out on both levels of the Coliseum as well as 100 additional tents outside. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

What If... Festival of Imagination and Innovation

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:42pm

Make your imagination a reality at this daylong festival of practical magic. Kids can set out on treasure hunts, practice hula hooping, and fire water balloons out of a giant slingshot while parents peruse the beer garden and listen to one of the 18 concerts taking place. Sat 9 a.m.

Wee Firefighters Educational Program

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:50pm

It's never too early to learn the ABC's of fire safety. This six-week course will teach your youngster essential protective techniques like crawling under smoke, as well as the classic stop, drop, and roll. In the last class, kids will get a chance to tour downtown's Fire Station 1 and ask real-life firefighters their burning questions. Sat 9-10 a.m.

Tour De Fat

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:36pm

The combination of bikes, brews, and beats makes for a perfect Saturday. New Belgium's annual family-friendly parade pedals back into Fort Collins this weekend to raise money for local bicycle-focused non-profits. Three stages of live music will keep the energy level high throughout the day. So put on a costume, grab a bike, and buy a beer—it'll be the most fun you've ever had raising money. Sat 9 a.m.

Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:25pm

Castle Rock provides the perfect canvas to celebrate Colorado’s art scene. With live music, food vendors, a kids' zone, and more than 170 artists, the whole family can find something to enjoy at Colorado’s 25th annual Artfest. Glimpse entertainers while you browse local jewelry, photography, and life-size sculptures. Sat 9 a.m-6.p.m.; Sun 10 a.m-5 p.m.

Urban Navigator

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:51pm

Prove you're street savvy in this Highland neighborhood footrace. Teams of two-to-four people will take their own paths around the streets, while encountering 12 challenges in this three-mile trek. Obstacles from previous years have ranged from slacklining and kayaking to riddles and memory games. With an afterparty at Rosa Linda’s and prizes for the fastest teams, you’ll be racing to the finish-line. Proceeds benefit Brent’s Place, a safe, clean home for kids and families to stay outside of the hospital when their immune systems are compromised. Sat 9 a.m.

FunFest

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:30pm

Take your child to shake paws with Clifford, The Big Red Dog at PBS's kid-centric festival. Active youngsters can scale climbing walls, participate in a tricycle safety course, and practice with the Okinawa Karate Dojo. Once they're exhausted, they can check out the on-site fire truck, take in a magic show, or do the hokey-pokey with Curious George himself. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Festival Italiano

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:26pm

Indulge in Italian culture at a festival celebrating food, libations, and arts. More than 50 purveyors of authentic Italian eats including Dolce Sicilia Bakery, Grammy’s Italian Goodies, and Boriello Brothers, will serve their best bites. Enjoy beers from the Peroni Brewery beer garden as well as wine and cocktails from many other vendors. Bring the kids for Balisteri Vineyards’ children’s grape stomp. Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

ArcAttack

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:40pm

Performance art group ArcAttack has found a new way to amp up musical performances: Tesla coils that shoot lightning into their instruments. Presented by the What If…. Festival of Innovation, this energizing show merges music with science education by exploring magnetism, voltage, electricity and more. The production has appeared in David Blaine’s stunts, and on National Geographic: Known Universe and America’s Got Talent. Sat 1, 4:30 p.m. 

Fish to Farm Dinner

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:23pm

Step outside the dining room and onto the farm for an intimate dinner. Talented chefs from Jax Fish House will incorporate freshly-picked, organic, and local produce from Isabelle Farm into a five-course menu featuring dishes like Gulf shrimp with charred garden vegetables and mahi-mahi with tabbouleh. Wine pairings are selected from wineries with organic and sustainable production practices. Sat 6-9 p.m.

An Artisan Feast

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 8:56pm

Three of Colorado's top culinary establishments—Root Down, Cappello's, and DRAM Apothecary—team up to create a gluten-free dinner menu. From grass-fed meats to local produce and wild mushrooms, the five-course dinner will feature ingredients sourced from within 250 miles of Silver Plume. Toast with cocktails made with bitters and simple syrups created by herbal alchemist and DRAM owner Shae Whitney. Sat 6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Brady Becker

Area 13.1 Half Marathon

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:35pm

Do you really think aliens would invade during the day? In this extraterrestrial-themed half marathon, runners wind their way through dark dirt trails and around the UFO-like Castle Rock after the sun has set. Glow-in-the-dark objects and clothes, encouraged for runners and spectators alike, might help ward off lurking martians. Think you can design an out-of-this-world aid station? The most creative idea gets a $250 cash prize. The night ends with a cosmic party. Sat 6:30 p.m.

Zac Brown Band

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:07am

After this good ol' country band wraps up its Great American Road Trip in late August, its members will take another quick trip back west for a two-night run at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. The feel-good Grammy award winners, who haven't released a new album since 2012, are sure to sing old favorites like "Sweet Annie" and "Chicken Fried" under the late summer night sky. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.

St. Vincent

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:11pm

After collaborating with Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne on 2012's joint album Love This Giant, the eccentric singer-songwriter St. Vincent ventured back into the studio by herself intending to make what she described as "groovy tunes." She heads to to Denver Botanic Gardens to promote this critically acclaimed self-titled album, which debuted last year. Sat 7 p.m.

Pippin

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:12pm

An acrobatic performance troupe leads the audience through a story about a young and unhappy prince, Pippin, who embarks on a dangerous adventure to find meaning in life. Created by Godspell’s Stephen Schwartz, the Denver shows will kickoff the U.S. tour of the Broadway hit that won four Tonys in 2013, including Best Musical Revival. Days, times vary. 

Porter Robinson

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:37am

Bursting onto the scene in 2011 as an 18 year old college student from North Carolina, Porter Robinson has slowly solidified himself as one of the world's most popular DJs. Now 22 year, Robinson has gained a loyal following with his complex arrangement of bass-heavy house music, yet his newest album, Worlds, is a softer blend of thoughtful electronic music. It's a departure in style for the producer, and he has hinted that his usually bright live show will evolve to match for this nationwide fall tour. Sat 8 p.m.

Tough Mudder

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:43am

With a host of ultramarathons and triathlons every year, Colorado is no stranger to tough races. But how about one that burns, freezes, and electrocutes its runners? The infamous Tough Mudder, a 10 to 12 mile obstacle footrace designed by British Special Forces, returns to Colorado in Snowmass Village. Runners will leap into mud pits, scamper over slippery pyramids, scale 15-foot fences, crawl through swampy underground tunnels, and face a number of other challenges dreamed up in a boot camp nightmare.

Denver Trail Half Marathon and 10K

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 1:06pm

Kids, running novices, and trail experts can all find a race that suits them at this year's Denver Trail Half Marathon and 10K. Cherry Creek Reservoir's miles of winding single tracks, bike paths, and dirt roads will host three seperate races: a half marathon, 10K and a kids half-mile dash. Runners looking for a relaxed end-of-summer endurance test will thrive on the flat course. Sun 8 a.m.

Denver NF Walk

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:25pm

Feel even better about your morning walk with this fundraiser for neurofibromatosis, a disease that creates tumors on nerves throughout the body and affects one in 3,000 people. After the event wraps up, stay for food and entertainment, including a silent auction and a kids' carnival. Sun 9 a.m. 

Downtown Denver Public Art Biking Tour

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:13am

Cruise through three miles of downtown Denver on a guided bike tour featuring the city’s best public art. The biggies include artwork at the Denver Skate Park, Commons Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Colorado Convention Center. Bring snacks and water to keep you energized throughout the two-hour tour. Sun 10 a.m.-noon.

Big Chili Cook-Off Music & Arts Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:31pm

Cook, compete, or just chow down on some chili at this annual festival in Evergreen. More than 100 cooks will show off their best recipes to event-goers. Beyond the bowls of chili, enjoy art, live music, and cheer on firefighters donned in full gear as they take on an obstacle course. Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit local mountain fire departments.  Sun 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Elway's Tailgate Party

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:32pm

Football season is upon us, so kick things off Elway’s style with a tailgate party and game viewing. Pregame festivities include live music from the Samples and a new brunch menu including a Palisade peach barbecue brisket sandwich and beef chorizo breakfast tacos. Enjoy beer, wine, or cocktails inside the lounge while you watch the Denver Broncos win their first game of the season (hopefully). Sun 12 p.m.

Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:40pm

Colorado's most famous venue is sidestepping music for a day of laughs. Red Rocks hosts more than 10 all-star comedians—including Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K, and Sarah Silverman—congregating America's funniest people for a single evening. Don't miss the Cut Throat Freak Show, a separate attraction that will feature a “roaming troupe of misfit performers" before the show. Sun 5 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival

The Mask Project

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:18pm

Even adults get excited about arts and crafts. Look at hundreds of handmade clay masks created by artists, community leaders, and celebrities—this year’s contributors include Celine Dion, Jim Belushi, and local artist Daniel Sprick, whose solo exhibition is currently on display at the Denver Art Museum. Bid online to purchase one (last year, masks sold for an average of $150-$250). The monthlong showcase kicks off with a luncheon featuring bestselling author and retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, who served as the inspiration for the 2013 film Lone Survivor.

Memphis

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:23am

From the underground music clubs of Tennesseee, popular musical Memphis returns to Denver for another round. Directed by the Arvada Center's Rod Lansberry, The Tony Award-winning show tells the story of white DJ Huey Calhoun's dangerous affair with black singer Felicia Ferrell as their careers and ambitions rise. Times, prices vary.

R5

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:51pm

Summer may have just ended, but that doesn't mean the good vibes have gone away. Upbeat pop-rock band R5, which makes music perfect for driving with your top down, will play a few of its catchy favorites like "Pass Me By" and "Loud" off award-winning album Louder. Tue 6:30 p.m.

American Gangsters: The Road to Corleone

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:36pm

Taught by Robert Denerstein, former film critic at the Rocky Mountain News, this four-week film course will look at the most iconic gangsters in film history including the Godfather's Michael Corleone. Explore why the American culture is attracted to the tough-guy outlaw, how gangsters have endured in film history, and the directors and actors who have shaped the gangster character. Tue 7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Denver Film Society

Mexico vs. Bolivia

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:03am

Don’t miss your chance to watch international fùtbol without leaving the state. This friendly match marks Mexico’s third visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and their first return since defeating Bolivia 5-1 in 2009. The two teams have met a total of 10 times, with Mexico holding the overall advantage 8-1-1. Tue 8 p.m. 

Dine Out for CASA

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:55am

Support a good cause by dining on delicious food. Drop by Mexican eatery Las Delicias for lunch or dinner and enjoy classic dishes like shrimp fajitas and tacos al carbon. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a nonprofit that gives a voice to children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Wed 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Overdue: Beer, Books, & Bands

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:21am

Celebrate Denver Public Library's 125th birthday with a party long overdue. Listen to live music and fill up with beer samples from local brewers, food truck fare, and cupcakes from Cake Crumbs Bakery. Get a sneak peek of the library's latest endeavor—Volume Denver, an online collection of local music. All proceeds benefit Denver Public Library. Thu 5:30 p.m.

Mia Mulvey and Amanda Small

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:17am

Whether it’s a ceramic sculpture of a Green Sea Turtle’s skeleton or a diorama of trees and brush, Mia Mulvey's work showcases the natural beauty of the world. Mulvey’s art will be on display along with fellow natural sculpture artist Amanda Small, whose colorful (and fairly trippy) installations use technology to recreate the processes of nature. Tue-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat 1-4 p.m.

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - "A Place at the Table"

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:38pm

The three Americans struggling with food insecurity in A Place at the Table represent the 5 million people in the U.S. who don’t know where they will get their next meal. The first screening of the Sustainable Food Film Series, the event will include free dinner from Chipotle and a post-film panel discussion featuring leaders of three anti-hunger organizations in Colorado. Thu 6 p.m. 

Skanks

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:12am

Skanks follows the quirky ensemble of a small community theater in Birmingham, Alabama as its members break state conventions with a drag performance. The film chronicles the musical's rehearsal process while also diving into the homes of performers to examine life in the Bible Belt. The event will end with a Q&A session featuring filmmaker David McMahon. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Grounded

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 1:22pm

An unplanned pregnancy reroutes a star fighter pilot's path to a windowless trailer where she manages drone strikes and hunts terrorists. This one-woman show is the winner of the National New Play Network’s 2012 Smith Prize and one of the Guardian’s Top 10 London Plays of 2013. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m. 

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:32am

The classic story of one of Colorado's most famous women returns to the stage, directed by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. The musical follows R.M.S. Titanic survivor Molly Brown through her rise from small town girl to Denver's high society. Broadway actress and Colorado native Beth Malone plays the local legend. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Once On This Island

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:36am

The tale of Romeo and Juliet gets a makeover. In this story, peasant girl TiMoune tries to prove her love for Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. TiMoune and Daniel must face the challenges of prejudice, class, and even fate in their fight to be together. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:27am

Life would be easier with a manual, as aspiring businessman J. Pierrepont Finch proves as he rises from window washer to corporate executive with the help of a handbook. The 1967 film comes to life in this play directed by Henry Award winner Bob Wells of Boulder. Times, prices vary.

Imposition by Evan Anderman

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:29pm

When Denverite Evan Anderman says his photography explores the relationship between human development and the natural world, he means it (he’s a geologist after all). During his flyovers over the plains of Colorado, Anderman documents what happened to the land, whether its a natural occurrence or a man made topography. Times by appointment.

 

Bonny Lhotka and Norman Epp at Walker Fine Art

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:32am

Daguerreotype, a photographic process dating back to 1839, has quite the history. Though it requires a subject to sit still for 10 minutes, the photos produce precious quirks and rich textures inherent in the antiquated development. Bonny Lhotka is fascinated with repurposing alternative photographic processes in both technique and subject matter, resulting in layered portraits and still lifes. Sharing the space is Norman Epp, a Denver-based conceptual realist sculptor. Epp manipulates the earth’s natural materials like stone, wood, and steel to produce his abstract pieces.

Flash Point

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:00pm

Coloradans are no stranger to wildfires, yet only a few have found beauty in what is otherwise so destructive. Anna Kaye uses her scientific background (she has a degree in geology) to study Colorado wildfires in this multimedia show. Look for “300 in Celsius,” a charcoal drawing depicting the ghostly quality of a blaze, and time-lapse videos and films from the artist. Tue-Fri noon-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Anna Kaye

2014 Pork N Hops Challenge

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:36pm

Grab a napkin, snag a beer, and get ready for two days of smoked and grilled meats. Sample signature ribs and more from 48 professional teams while enjoying Colorado craft beer. An amateur category will feature backyard barbecue aficionados for some fun and flavorful competition. Don’t miss live music from Jo Dee Messina and Charlie Worsham. Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat noon-10 p.m.

Girls' Nite Out!

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:30pm

Is your husband glued to the Broncos game? Let him have a night to himself while you and your girlfriends head to Caché's special one-day event. Stop by any location to receive 30 percent off regular priced items, refreshments from Godiva, a free gift with a purchase, and the chance to win a $150 gift card. It would almost be a waste not to shop. Fri 5-9 p.m. 

Anna Kaye and Virginia Folkestad at The Sandra Phillips Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:28am

Recreating smoke ain’t easy. But Denver artist Anna Kaye made it look like it had been photographed in her charcoal drawing of the 2011 Indian Gulch wildfire near Golden.  Back with a series of new pieces, Kaye is joined by sculpture artist Virginia Folkestad. Folkestad, who has received nearly universal praise from Denver media, will be showing one of her provocative, thoughtful installations. Tue-Fri noon-5 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.

 

A Red Carpet Adventure

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 7:25pm

What do the director of Mad Men and the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants have in common? Both entertainers will lend their talents to emcee an annual fundraising event benefitting There With Care, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping family members of critically ill children in their time of need. Guests enjoy a coursed dinner accompanied by musical acts from a jazz pianist, singer/songwriter, youth string quartet, and more. Fri-Sat, 5:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of There With Care 

Faith Williams at Edge Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:20am

Faith Williams’ detailed drawings, paintings, and multimedia work focus on expressiveness of everyday people. Her colorful cityscapes depict Denver standbys including the Assembly House, summer tubing on the Platte River, and jazz in City Park. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m.

 

Brew at the Zoo

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:55am

Kick off the weekend with a celebration of beers and bites. Enjoy unlimited four-ounce tastes from 40 Colorado breweries such as Black Shirt Brewing Co., River North Brewery, and more with food from eateries including Cherry Cricket and Biscuit Bus. The evening of fun, food, and brews also features live music from artists such as Americana singer-songwriter Coles Whalen and jazz vocalist Kelsey Shiba. Purchase a preview ticket and beat the crowds to taste the best beers in Colorado. Fri 7-10 p.m.

Music for a Bright Tomorrow

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:19pm

Don't miss a night of classical music from Katie Mahan, one of the most promising piano players in the world, as she teams up with Ayre Acoustics for Music for a Bright Tomorrow. After Ayre Acoustic's founder Charles Hansen suffered a spinal cord injury in 2006, he became very familiar with the work being done by former University of Colorado-Denver professor Dr. Stephen Davies, a leader in spinal cord injury research. All proceeds from Music for a Bright Tomorrow benefit Dr. Stephen Davies and his team who are advancing one of the most daunting areas in medical science.

Seth Meyers

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:46am

After hosting this year's Emmy Awards, Seth Meyers stops by Denver. Meyers has worked as a screenwriter, actor, producer, and comedian. He gained fame through his work as a writer on Saturday Night Live and recently took over as host of The Late Show. Sat 8 p.m.

Day Out With Thomas

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:40pm

Sixty-five years later, this choo-choo hasn't lost a step. The Little Engine That Could makes his triumphant return to Colorado railways with a full day of fun for your little conductor. Kids will ride the rails with Thomas and hear him speak via voiceover for the first time in the program's history when they depart and arrive in the station. After they detrain, they can sing along to Thomas' theme song, play with bunnies in the petting zoo, and watch them disappear at the magic show.  Sat-Sun 4:45 p.m.

Snowboard on the Block Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:47pm

Leave the real slope-shredding to the pros. The world’s best snowboard production companies head to downtown Denver to celebrate the release of their annual videos. Riders will also compete live in the rail jam contest on 25 tons of real snow. Music from 12 bands, including hip-hop duo Mobb Deep and punk group Misfits, will blast from three stages throughout the day. Make sure to stop by the gear sale, where equipment and clothing will be marked down up to 75 percent. Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 

—Photograph courtesy of Jerry Ratzlaff

Golden Frontier Olympics

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:44am

Want to showcase that trivial skill you secretly consider cool? Display these little-used talents in these Olympics-style games dating from the 1880s. Compete in a pie-eating contest, tug-of-war showdown, Gold Rush relay, or another frontier-themed event. Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

End of the World Pub Crawl

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:59am

Walk, crawl, and drink your way to safety when zombies take over Larimer Street. In a game similar to capture the flag, you will try to reach five bars including Armoury, the Ginn Mill, and Retro Room while avoiding the undead creatures trying to take your flags (which double as lives). Participants can win prizes at the end of the crawl based on how many lives they have left over—if any. Proceeds benefit Hope for Young Adults with Cancer. Sat 1-5 p.m.

Ridgefest

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:36am

It takes a community to put on this festival. Ridgefest mixes local food trucks and artisan markets with family activities like face painting and a bike rodeo, all to celebrate the town of Wheat Ridge. The festival wraps up with back-to-back bluegrass concerts. Sat 3-9:30 p.m.

Urban Arts Fund Mural Tour

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:35am

Denver is home to more than 350 pieces of public art found along streets, over bridges, and on buildings. This walking tour takes participants through the west alleyway of Larimer Street between 26th and 28th streets. See the once drab and dark alley transformed into a colorful art walk featuring the work of national and local street artists. Sat 3 p.m.

Red Rocks on a High Note

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:44pm

For the first time in three years, the entire 80-piece Colorado Symphony will come together for one of the most eclectic performances of the year. Red Rocks on a High Note will blend pieces ranging from Beethoven's 5th Symphony to John William's iconic E.T. score to the haunting suite from There Will Be Blood. The greatest hits-esque show should last about 90 minutes and provide entertainment for the whole family. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Brew Runs: BRU Boulder

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:33pm

Running is a lot easier when you know a delicious craft beer is waiting for you at the finish line. As part of the year-long, 10-stop Rocky Mountain Brew Runs, East Boulder gastropub BRU hosts a 5K that culminates with ice-cold beer, a delicious pub lunch, and an all-day party. Sun 10 a.m.

Cyncie Winter and Pam Fortner at Sync Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:34pm

When painter Cyncie Winter begins an abstract piece, she starts with scenes of the natural world. She channels the shape of the clouds, the flicker of grass in the wind, the rush of water, and the interplay of darkness and light. Then she begins to makes the image her own. Winter will share space at the Sync Gallery with fellow painter Pam Fortner, whose abstract art is strongly influenced by Asian brushwork. Fortner, however, doesn’t limit herself to just brushes.

The Slaughter

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:55am

Treat your palate to unique craft beers and inventive eats at this thoughtfully-planned dinner. Trve Brewing Company and Bad Apple team up to produce a sumptuous four-course meal featuring duck rillettes paired with a dry-hopped pale ale and lamb with crispy bone marrow alonsgside a sour brown ale. Two seatings are scheduled to ensure you enjoy the innovative meal. Sun 5:30-11 p.m.

Boulder Phil Opening Night: Scheherazade

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:17am

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off their season with music written by self-proclaimed "adventurer-composer" Stephen Lias. The world premiere of Gates of the Arctic honors the 50th anniversary of America's Wilderness Act with up-tempo pieces accompanied by images of the Alaskan backcountry. Guest artist and pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform Saint Saens' "Paino Concerto No. 2," and Boulder Phil's new concertmaster, Charles Wetherbee, will close out the night with Rimsky-Korsakov's exotic "Scheherezade."

—Photo courtesy Glenn Ross Photography

Tim and Eric with Dr. Steve Brule

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:50am

Funny men Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim join up with actor John C. Reilly (Dr. Steve Brule) for a show featuring singing, dancing and the absurdist comedy the group is well-known for. Known collectively as Tim & Eric, the duo is recognized for their Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job on Adult Swimwhile Reilly created spin-off Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule. The trio creates a force designed to be hilarious. Mon 8 p.m.

Odysseo

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Sun, 08/17/2014 - 9:38pm

Horse lovers will be wowed by Cavalia’s new show, which celebrates interactions between horse and man with a large-scale performance on a Hollywood-style movie set. Acrobatic feats by 45 performers and 64 horses are complemented by graphic backdrops displayed on a massive screen by 18 projectors, transporting viewers around the world from the 125-foot White Big Top where the show is held. Days, times vary.

Boulder International Fringe Festival

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:05pm

Twelve days, 300 artists, and more than 200 events will come together to make up Boulder’s 10th year of honoring creativity and culture. Dance parties, beer and wine gardens, theater and musical performances, and comedy shows are just some of the activities you can see and participate in during this performing arts smorgasbord. The festival supports local businesses, and last year brought approximately $750,000 in revenue to the city and the state of Colorado. Days, times vary.

 

Newman Awards

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:44am

Architecture is the functional art that truly gives a region its character. Celebrate the 2014 winners of the Annual Newman Awards, presented by the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. The night praises traditional design in the area while offering hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and music. A portion of each ticket benefits student programs at the University of Colorado Denver's College of Architecture and Planning and the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program of Colorado. Wed 6-10 p.m.

Tab Benoit

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:49pm

The word "rest" is not in Tab Benoit's vocabulary. This 46-year-old American blues guitarist has 18 albums under his belt and has shown mastery in nearly every blues subgenre, from swampy acoustic to soulful electric and high-energy rock and roll. He'll bring his one-of-a-kind talents to The Gothic Theater to play a range of hits. Wed 8 p.m.

Telluride Work Out Weekend Festival

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:57pm

With more than 15 special speakers and dozens of workshops, the Telluride Work Out Weekend Festival is one of the nation's leading fitness conventions. Unparalleled mountain biking, trail running, cycling, hiking, and yoga opportunities make Telluride a serene setting for this 4-day festival. Professional instructors, experienced athletes, and beginners alike can take their fitness regimen to the next level. Speakers include Tony Horton, creator of P90X, and celebrated performace coach Todd Durkin. Daily, times vary.

Love, Loss & What I Wore

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:40am

Love may come and go, but good fashion is always in style. Five women give monologues on love and relationships, told through the memory of what they wore. Both women and men can enjoy the hilarity and sometimes heartbreak that comes form the women's scrapbook memories. Times, prices vary.

Dr. Drew

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:22pm

The doctor will see you now—Dr. Drew, that is. The internist, who became famous for hosting Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, brings his medical knowledge to the stage during the Arapahoe House Luncheon, an event he helped jump-start five years ago as the keynote speaker. If you’ve still got a healthy batch of questions after his lecture, stick around for a book signing and meet-and-greet. Thu noon-1:15 p.m.

Taste of Greenwood Village

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:14am

Savor the flavors of Greenwood Village at this one-day event. Restaurants such as the Bent Noodle, Ivy at the Glenn, and Season's 52 Grill offer samples of their signature dishes that you can enjoy with sips from wineries including Antucura, Manifesto Wines, and more. Get the VIP experience that includes exclusive wine pairings and culinary tastings at Zink Kitchen & Bar, Jing, and Del Frisco's. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Robocop

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:34pm

Tap into your brawn at a Tough Guy Cinema event. In RoboCop, Alex Murphy, a policeman in futuristic, crime-ridden Detroit, is murdered by a gang of criminals and then revived by a massive, unethical organization as a superhuman law enforcer. The film deals with heavy themes such as capitalism, greed, human nature, and more. Thu 7 p.m. 

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:27am

The Colorado Symphony's season begins this weekend with one of Beethoven's most recognized and beloved works. Music Director Andrew Litton and his orchestra will be accompanied by the Colorado Symphony Chorus, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Shrek the Musical

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:58pm

Break free from traditional fairy tales to find a unique world of magic. Based off the Oscar-winning film, Shrek the Musical fills the stage with a feisty princess, a talkative donkey, and a lovable ogre. But more importantly, this musical will reveal the meaning of true love and internal beauty. Days, times vary.

 

Jeff the Brotherhood

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:11am

Taking a page out of the Black Keys' playbook, this indie duo creates garage rock that is as catchy as it is soulful. In addition to playing originals off its seven studio albums, Jeff the Brotherhood is bound to perform covers of the Pixies, Beck, My Bloody Valentine, and more tunes featured on its new EP, Dig The Classics. Thu 8 p.m.

Pedal The Plains

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:35pm

Taking in the rolling countryside and endless grasslands of the Eastern Plains is best done by bike. Cyclists of all ages and abilities ride for 3 days in a non-competitive bicycling event from Wiggins to Sterling and back again. The 173 mile route—ranging from 30 to 80 miles per day—will pass bluffs, hills, reservoirs and museums, which riders are allowed to stop and explore. Those who prefer fun to fitness can sign up for just one of the days or saddle up for the family fun ride in Sterling. Daily, times vary.

Riot Fest

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:00am

Take a breather from today's omnipresent EDM and hip-hop and enjoy some good ol' fashion rock. Created in Chicago in 2005, the annual Riot Fest expands to Denver this year for three days of heavy-hitting live music with headliners like Weezer, the Cure, and the National. Fri-Sun, times vary.

I do! I do!

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:59am

The words "I do" mark the beginning of a whole new journey. In this case, it's one told mostly in the bedroom of married couple Agnes and Michael Snow, spanning more than 50 years. This minimalist musical features music written by famous singers and performers Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Colorado Fall Home Show

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:01pm

Remodel, refresh, and renew you home with more than 300 vendors and experts at the Colorado Fall Home Show. The Colorado chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers will be on-site hosting presentations on topics such as kitchen redesign, remodeling tips, and accessorizing ideas. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit horticulture grants and scholarships across Colorado. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Gregory Block Solo Exhibition at Gallery 1261

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:27pm

Fine Art Today has callled Gregory Block “one of the most promising young artists in the representational art world,”--and he's only in his late 20s. His still lifes, while beautiful, convey a sadness and dynamism beyond his years. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Celebrate Fashion in Cherry Creek North

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:56pm

Get your shop on while supporting women’s health programs at Denver Health. Fashion night at Cherry Creek North will feature in-store events and specials at retailers throughout the shopping district. Then don your hautest threads for the runway fashion show on Fillmore Plaza complete with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Doors open on Fillmore Plaza at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Fri 4-9:30 p.m.

 

Corn Maze

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:00pm

Not all who wander are lost—unless it's in a corn maze. Grab a map and your little one's hand and try to find your way through this six-acre maze. After they escape, kids can grab some kettle corn and lemonade for a hayride around the field, or make their way up to one of the bridges and watch their friends tackle the maze below. Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sat noon-9 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.

Chile & Frijoles Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:40pm

The savory aroma of roasting chile fills the air and reminds you to enjoy summer while it lasts. Pueblo County farmers bring their best chile and bean crops for festivalgoers to sample and purchase. Festival activities include cooking competitions, Native American dancing, and a jalapeño eating competition — if you can stomach it. Fri 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oktoberfest Denver

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:10pm

Keg bowling; authentic German bratwurst, sausage, and sauerkraut; live music from bands like the Polka Mates and DJ Chronz; and of course, stein after stein of your favorite German beers. It could only be Oktoberfest Denver. Celebrate with 350,000 of your closest friends at what USA Today called one of the country’s biggest and longest-running traditions. Dates and times vary.

 

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:05pm

There’s nothing better than fall weather. Celebrate the crisp air and the changing colors with your best Boulder buds at Downtown Boulder Fall Fest. The three-day autumn fest features local food, microbrews, music, 30 artisan booths, and even a carnival for the kids. Fri 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Steamboat OktoberWest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:20am

Celebrate the beginning of fall at a festival of food, craft beer, and entertainment. Start off with the Suds n' Grubs stroll down main street along Yampa River to sample brews and bites from restaurants including Aurum Food & Wine, Cantina of Steamboat, and more. Events throughout the weekend include a beef cookoff and tasting, beer gardens, and gondola rides. Don't miss a live performance by Grammy-nominated blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland. Fri 5-11 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Family Fun Night: Campfire Tales

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:47pm

Experience fire-side stories in a more beautiful place than your backyard. At the Denver Botanic Gardens Family Fun Night, you can make s’mores, explore the garden as it transitions to fall, and pick up a house plant to take home. The night will wrap up with family-friendly campfire tales told by local storyteller Jonathan Knox. Fri 5:30 p.m.

Greenway's Foundations After Party

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:33pm

Dance and imbibe over the South Platte River and improve Denver at the same time. The celebration, which features DJ Chuck Lepley and Colorado folk band Paper Bird, raises funds for improvements to the South Platte River, Cherry Creek, and the surrounding parks and trails. Fri 6 p.m.

Lighthouse Presents: Making the Mountain

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:47am

Join three local leaders from different fields as they share their inspiration for their work. Featured speakers include Victoria Eastburn, Director of Education & Programs at the Clyfford Still Museum, Kaitlin Skilken, chef at Vert Kitchen, and Ryan Warner, Radio Host of "Colorado Matters," on CPR.  Free drinks will be available an hour before the discussion starts. Fri 6 p.m.

Artmix

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:07pm

Get your paddle ready for action at this auction-packed event. A silent art auction will feature contemporary artwork from regional and international artists, while a live auction gives you a chance to win exclusive vacation packages. Help raise funds for BmoCa's art education program while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and music. Fri 6:30-10 p.m.

StapletOM Yoga and Music Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:01pm

Channel your inner guru with this two-day yoga festival. Ten teachers from studios such as Outlaw Yoga, Endorphin, and Pura Vida will help you master that shoulder stand you just can’t grasp. Head to Friday's late-night yoga session, then imbibe as you listen to tunes from blues rock outfit Gent Treadly. Saturday offers 10 hours of yoga classes representing a variety of styles plus more music from Denver acoustic duo 2 miles apart and local DJ Jeremy Wolf. Food trucks and local artisans will be on-hand to complete the om-tastic experience. Fri 6:30-10 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Step Afrika!

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:54pm

African dance has a long history of fostering community and teaching social values. Get a glimpse at this vibrant culture as Step Afrika!, the world's first professional step company, performs traditional African dances and routines associated with historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Clap along to the beat as the Washington, D.C.-based dancers engage in the South African Gumboot, in which they wear Wellington boots that stomp on the ground. Audience volunteers can learn a basic step during a mini-workshop at the end of the performance. Fri 7:30 p.m. 

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:27am

The Colorado Symphony's season begins this weekend with one of Beethoven's most recognized and beloved works. Music Director Andrew Litton and his orchestra will be accompanied by the Colorado Symphony Chorus, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Yonder Mountain String Band's Kinfolk Celebration

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:52am

Since its inception in 2002, Yonder Mountain String Band's annual Kinfolk Celebration has brought hoards of bluegrass fans together for a weekend of community, camping, and musical mania. Usually hosted in a different state every year, the Nederland-based group brings Kinfolk back to its home in Lyons for two nights of foot-stompin' fun that will feature guest musicians Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury, Allie Kral, Jake Jolliff, and John Bell. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

The Zero Theorem

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:11pm

Everything comes from nothing. At least that’s what Qohen, a computer genius played by Christoph Waltz, must prove for his boss within this flick's high-tech world. Not one to shy away from tricky subjects, director Terry Gilliam will wrap up his dystopian satire trilogy (which began in 1985) with this final science-fiction film. Fri 7:30 p.m. 

My Wild Journey: An Evening with Author Cheryl Strayed

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:13pm

In her New York Times bestselling memoir, Wild, Cheryl Strayed recounts her three-month, 1,100-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. Before the movie adaptation of the book starring Reese Witherspoon—which premiered at Telluride Film Festival last month—hits the big screen in December, listen to the author speak about her journey, her battle with grief, and how she survived nature. Stick around after the talk for a Q&A session and book signing. Fri 8 p.m.

Dinosuar Discovery Day: Geohazards and Prepardness, Dinosuar Ridge

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:06pm

This weekend's Dinosaur Discovery Day, which includes gold panning, fossil sifting, metal detecting and dinosaur track painting, is sure to leave your budding paleontologist in prehistoric wonder. But this family event isn't only about dinosaurs: There will also be interactive informational booths on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, radiation, floods, and wildfires—not to mention hiking opportunities around Dinosaur Ridge. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Crazed Corn Field Maze Opening Day

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:46am

Looking to take your mind off your daily responsibilities? Come out to this maze, which spans 20 acres and requires a minimum of 40 minutes to complete. If that’s too much of a commitment for your young ones, there’s a mini maze for kids that only takes 20 to 25 minutes. Post-maze, families can enjoy one of the many side events, which include hay rides, pumpkin patches, petting zoos, and more. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music Festival

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:25am

Unwind and sip wine in a historic and beautiful town amid the San Juan Mountains. Enjoy food from regional purveyors such as Lake City Bakery and Haugen's Mountain Grown Lamb while listening to live Americana tunes from acts such as Russ Chapman and Rosewood Drive. Sat 10 a.m.

Annual Shopping Extravaganza

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:14pm

Shop, save, and support the cause at the Outlets at Castle Rock’s annual Shopping Extravaganza. Get access to exclusive sales while raising money for area nonprofits. In addition to the sale prices, ticket entry comes with a catered lunch and dessert bar accompanied by live music and entertainment. Not to mention all attendees are entered to win prize drawings with more than $70,000 in store gift cards and merchandise up for grabs. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Loveland Oktoberfest

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:15am

This is an Oktoberfest you can bring the kids to. Fun family events like a coloring contest and pretzel necklace making kick off the event, but it also features brews from Loveland Brewing, the Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, and other Colorado beers. The festival ends with music from The Epilogues, Flobots, and Proverbial. Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Denver Flea

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:08am

Ditch the high-priced shopping mall and to this eclectic flea market for a treasure trove of knick-knacks. This second installment (the inaugural event in May saw 8,000 visitors) promises more than 70 Colorado-based antique and handmade goods vendors, like Knotty Tie Company and Vaux Vintage. In between browsing the stalls, munch on local food and brews and listen to live music. Those who RSVP online will receive a free craft beer or locally roasted coffee. Sat noon-9 p.m. 

Vine Street Uptown Neighborhood Block Party

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:54am

Spend the day in Uptown enjoying Colorado craft beers, games, and live music on Vine Street. The fourth annual block party features a beer garden with breweries such as River North Brewery, Boulder Beer Company, and more with live music from Americana quintet Drunken Hearts. Don't miss the brewer's olympics with events including tricycle races and the yeast-filled water balloon toss. Sat 1-9 p.m.

Yonder Mountain String Band's Kinfolk Celebration

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:52am

Since its inception in 2002, Yonder Mountain String Band's annual Kinfolk Celebration has brought hoards of bluegrass fans together for a weekend of community, camping, and musical mania. Usually hosted in a different state every year, the Nederland-based group brings Kinfolk back to its home in Lyons for two nights of foot-stompin' fun that will feature guest musicians Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury, Allie Kral, Jake Jolliff, and John Bell. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Elton John

Submitted by Michelle Johnson on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:06pm

In five decades, Sir Elton John’s tally of approximately 250 million albums sold is only surpassed by Elvis Presley and the Beatles. The superstar and Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame legend returns to Denver for the 19th time on his All the Hits tour. Listen to chart-toppers such as "Rocket Man" and "Bennie and the Jets," as well as songs off the remastered album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, released earlier this year in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Sat 8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Elton John

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Elton John is one of the last true showmen. For five decades, the legendary performer, sporting his iconic ostrich feathers and rhinestone glasses, has sold out stadiums across the world. For his 19th show in Denver and fourth at the Pepsi Center, he promises to play classic tracks spanning the entirety of his 31-album career. Sat 8 p.m.

Hop, Skip & A Jump Start

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:44pm

Tykes, take your mark. No matter the age, there’s a race here for you and your little ones along the South Platte River. Kids five and up can take on the quarter-mile course, toddlers will trot the eighth-mile track, and infants will match speeds in the 10-foot crawl. There’s also a stroller-friendly 5K should parents want to join in the fun. Swallow Hill Music is bringing their instrument petting zoo to the festivities, offering little ones a chance to play ukuleles, guitars, drums, and more. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of Denver. Sun 9 a.m. 

Burgundy/White Avalanche Game

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:33pm

Take a break from football and go see the Avalanche before the season begins. The annual intra-squad scrimmage will return to Denver University for the first time in eight years. Regardless of the score after three periods, the teams will compete in a shootout so fans can see the fancy stick work of your favorite players. Sun 11 a.m. 

Autumn Equinox Sunrise Program

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:18am

See the sunrise of the autumnal equinox over the ancient ruins of Chimney Rock. Enter the national monument in the darkness of pre-dawn and explore two of the mesa’s most timeless wonders. First is Sun Rock, an unexcavated ruin that offers a perfect vantage point to watch the sun rise over the San Juan Mountains. Then a stone circle carved into the bedrock near the Great House Pueblo gives a second opportunity to view early morning rays. Throughout the walk, learn the history of Chimney Rock from a trained volunteer program leader.

Get Outside Club Fall Equinox

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:45pm

This guided hike is perfect for the family to see foliage, explore the woods, and crunch on leaves. A naturalist will take you through activities, games, and nature hunts so you can learn and play at the same time. Tue 10 a.m. 

 

September Wine Dinner

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:37am

Treat your tastebuds to a four-course dinner of Mateo chef-owner Matthew Jansen's favorite Provencal-inspired dishes. The eclectic prix fixe meal includes sommelier-selected wine pairings to complement cuisine such as pan-seared pork belly with cognac apple sauce, pickled figs, and pine nuts. Savor the sweet and exquisite flavors of this carefully-curated gastronomic experience. Tue 6 p.m. 

Sound + Vision: David Bowie Is

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:05pm

Explore all the things that David Bowie is in this documentary film detailing an exhibition from the Victoria and Alber Museum of the musician’s photographs, stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, and more. Also included are interviews with Japanese fashion designer Yamamoto and British singer Jarvis Cocker. Tue 7 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of “David Bowie Is”

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:35pm

They may not be Young, but Crosby, Stills & Nash still know how to rock. The trio, which has been inducted into the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has produced one of the most iconic and enduring collaborations in all of music. After embarking on a nationwide, 38-stop tour earlier in the summer, the legendary group will play in the nation's most beautiful venue. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Cooking Class with Justin Cucci

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:45pm

Learn your way around the kitchen in group class from Justin Cucci, chef-owner of Root Down and Linger. Work with natural, organic, and local ingredients as you whip up some of Cucci’s famous, flavorful dishes. All ticket sales benefit Work Options for Women. Wed 6-8 p.m

Crested Butte Film Festival

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:04pm

Crsted Butte transforms into Hollywood for four days, with more than 100 films presented at multiple venues around the town. Filmmaker Jesse Zwick, whose father had a house in Colorado when Zwick was growing up, brings his debut feature About Alex, starring Aubrey Plaza and Jason Ritter, to the festival for the Colorado premiere of the movie. The fest also features 20 visiting directors and actors (with some from as far away as Buenos Aires), bike parades, and nightly parties around town. A free children's film program is included. Times, locations vary.

The Perpetual Pantry

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:49pm

Change the way you look at the food you buy, prepare, and discard. James Beard Award-nominated author Eugenia Bone discusses how to cook sustainably at home and make the most out of what is in your pantry. Don’t miss a tasting inspired by recipes from Bone’s books. Thu 6-9 p.m.

Lord of the Flies

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:50am

Most people read this classic book in high school; now see it come to life on stage in ths adapted performance. Exploring human nature and dystopia, this production follows a group of boys stranded on an island that turns to brutality and hostility in a struggle for power. 

Our Town

Submitted by Sarah Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:55am

The simplicity of everyday life leads to larger truths in this play following a small town as its citizens experience love, death, loss, and joy. This unique performance forgoes the use of sets or props, leaving the actors as the focus piece of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning story of life in the early 1900s. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Handmade in Colorado Expo

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:18pm

Support your local craftsman at the annual Handmade in Colorado Expo taking place on the 16th Street mall. More than 120 exhibitors, from metal workers and painters to food artisans and jewelers, will be in attendance. See who wins best of show and and pick up a trinket or two to take home. Sat, Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

Doll Sale

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 9:58am

Grab Raggedy Ann and finally get her that eye she's needed for so long. Talk to enthusiasts and browse a selection of antique and modern dolls, accessories and collectibles. Attendees will receive a special shopping bag with admission. Fri 1 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fruita Fall Festival

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:47am

For 100 years, the Fruita Fall Festival has marked the beginning of autumn. Celebrate its centennial with 50,000 of your friends and neighbors at this free, three-day event. Enter your kids in the youth talent show, lace up your tennies for the 5K Stampede, get your frisbee on at the Frisbee Golf Tournament, and check out the more than 150 vendors selling food, arts, and crafts.

 

Melanye Levin at Next Gallery

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:25pm

A third generation artist, Melanye Levin began painting at an early age. The Coloradan has experimented with watercolors, pastels, chalk, acrylic, and oil. She uses all of them to create soothing skyscapes that do justice to the wonder and beauty of the Rocky Mountain sky. Fri 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat, Sun noon-5 p.m.

Animaniacs Live

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:07pm

Ditch the tuxedos and grab a costume—things are about to get wacky at the Colorado Symphony. As the orchestra plays an entire show inspired by the Animaniacs, two giant overhead screens will display scenes from this beloved children's cartoon. Voice actors, including Rob Paulsen from the original show, will provide endless laughs and even integrate themselves into the music, making for a one-of-a-kind symphony experience. Children are encouraged to put together their best Animaniacs costume. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Girls Gone Rx

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21pm

Push your best friends to their breaking point in an all-female CrossFit team competition. CrossFit is a grueling workout in which participants push themselves to their physical and mental limit. Girls Gone Rx pits three-person teams against each other in a wide range of CrossFit workouts where communication and teamwork is key. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, the most creative outfit, and the top fundraising team. Sat 8 a.m.

Morrison Ciderfest

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:38pm

Enjoy a day of ciders, car shows, and live music with the family. Get the hands-on experience of pressing your own apple cider. Nosh on bites from the Blue Cow, Moe's BBQ, and more. Rockabilly tunes from Tommy Price and the Stilettos headline the all-day event. Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m.  

Challenger Learning Center

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:09pm

What are all those lights in the night sky, anyway? Kids will find out when they step into the Stellar Partial Planetarium for a guided tour of our solar system and beyond. The centerpiece film will be "We Choose Space!," a look at the history of the world's space programs, including an in-depth examination of the International Space Station and what lies ahead in a possible moon colony.  Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Stapleton Artists Open Studios Tour

Submitted by Drew Grossman on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:04pm

A lot goes into making the beautiful artwork we admire. Get a look at how it's done at the Stapleton Artists Open Studios Tour. The self-guided tour lets you admire a variety of artistic methods, from oil and acrylics to photography and glasswork, plus many more. Once you're done browsing, take the opportunity to meet 20 of Stapleton’s most talented artists, including Ansley Young, Aundra Howard, and David Gardner. Maybe you’ll leave inspired to make something beautiful of your own. (If not, everything on display is for sale). Sat, Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Scout Night

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:55am

Earn a Scout Night patch with this special after-hours event at the Denver Zoo. Kids will learn about the zoo's conservation efforts and the minagerie of fascinating creatures around them. As the sun sets, they'll take carousel rides and make animal-related crafts. Later, night vision scopes will help them observe nocturnal animals as they start their day on a schedule kids can only dream of. Sat 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Colorado International Tattoo

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:51pm

You know a tattoo as an ink drawing on the skin, but it's also the name for a large musical performance involving military groups. The term dates back to a Dutch tradition called "Doe Den Tap Toe," in which a bugler and drummer would play to alert soldiers it wasn't time for bed. Come to Colorado's first "tattoo," where hundreds of Irish dancers, bagpipe players, choirs, military bands, and more will perform in a patriotic feast. Proceeds benefit the epoynmous nonprofit, Colorado International Tattoo, a component of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Twin Shadow

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:36pm

Listen to either one of Twin Shadow's albums, filled with heavy synth tones and hints of pop, and you'll think you've uncovered a relic from the '80s. The band, though, is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based George Lewis Jr., who channels the likes of The Cure and Tears For Fears to create his unique strand of critically acclaimed rock. His live shows are rare, so don't miss this stop on the summer-long Eclipse Tour. Sat 8 p.m.

Sustainable Food Summit

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:27pm

Putting food on the table doesn’t need to starve the planet. Hundreds of chefs and culinary experts will gather to discuss the importance of sustainable cooking at this three-day event sponsored by food education nonprofit Chefs Collaborative. Attend film screenings, lunches, and seminars all around Boulder, with introductions by James Beard food writing award winner and New York Times Atlanta bureau chief Kim Severson.

Eating Words

Submitted by Dylan Owens on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:14pm

Your little art patrons will learn while they laugh at this original production by local Bunport Theatre. The play follows a freelance fortune cookie writer who's handed down a magical pen. The pen's powers transport her to a fantastical kingdom where she must use her vocabulary to escape. Intended for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. Sun 3 p.m.; Mon-Thu 10 a.m.

Lorde

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:13pm

In just over a year, 17-year-old Lorde has taken the world by storm with her deep voice that croons over catchy, minimalist rhythms. The New Zealander found herself in the global spotlight overnight, but with a stellar debut album and a nonstop worldwide tour, she has proved it's right where she belongs. Lorde will make her second appearance in Denver for what is sure to be one of the most hyped shows of the concert season. Sun 8 p.m.

Phantogram

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:52pm

This New York-based indie-pop duo creates addictive, sample-based electronic music—and does it well. Over the past few years, the band, who have been friends since junior high, have gone from playing basement shows in Brooklyn to performing on the Late Show with David Letterman in March. They released their second album, Voices, earlier this year and will be promoting it on tour late into the fall. Mon 8 p.m.