Pajama Brunch

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

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

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Oklahoma! 60th Anniversary

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:24pm

Climb into your surrey with the fringe on top and head to the cinema to watch Curly and Laurey try—and fail—to convince their Oklahoma Territory neighbors they're not falling in love. The fully-remastered, charming 1955 film will return to the big screen exclusively for this night. Sun 6 p.m.

Boulder Story Slam: "Storm"

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:45pm

This storytelling session promises an emotional and comedic evening for tellers and listeners alike. If you're inspired by the idea of storms—whether you've survived the 2013 flood or gone through a tumultuous psychological experience—add your name to the hat for a chance to take the stage and share your five-minute tale alongside featured tellers, writer Heather Campbell Grimes and body language expert Traci Brown. Plus, both tellers and audience members can enjoy a delicious meal by Shine Restaurant. Sun 7:30-10 p.m.

The Voice(s)

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 3:32pm

Upgrade your kid's hairbrush to a real microphone by enrolling your little singers in this friendly competition, a spoof of the hit NBC show. Students will learn performance techniques through games, belt their best karaoke, and give it all to impress the judges—their parents. Thankfully, Adam Levine's snark won't be in attendance. Mon 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Artist Residency: Uchay Joel Chima

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:06pm

PlatteForum's Artist Residency program seeks to support artists who examine important social issues, and few contemporary artists do that better than Uchay Joel Chima. The Nigerian multi-media artist's most recent series, "The Village Was Burnt Down," uses bits of charcoal and ash as a medium for works centered on the catastrophic arsons Boko Haram committed; the pieces attempt to reclaim the experiences by harnessing their byproduct. Take in Chima's creative process as he works live in the studio. Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Denver Film Festival Workshop

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:34pm

With more than 200 local, national, and international films to watch and analyze, this festival is a feast of inspiration for aspiring Colorado filmmakers. Shoot documentary-style interviews with visiting directors on the red carpet, then return to the studio to edit them into your own film. Make industry contacts that could last a lifetime while entertaining yourself with avant-garde movies such as dark comedy Anomalisa, which chronicles the life of a paranoid-schizophrenic motivational speaker. Dates, times vary.

WWE Monday Night Raw

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:03pm

World Wrestling Entertainment's three-hour flagship wrestling program broadcasts live from Denver this month, and it comes bearing six of the industry’s biggest stars—including celebrity fighters like John Cena and Randy Orton. You can also expect appearances from world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins and "Divas" champion Nikki Bella, the longest-tenured winner in the Divas era of women's wrestling. Mon 5:30 p.m.

All Time Low

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:09pm

Theirs is the story of a high school emo band that, nearly a decade removed from their teenage years, continues to make a living as a high school emo band. How? Reliably catchy melodic rock songs about heartbreak will never go out of style as long as there are adolsecents and nostalgic 20-somethings around to enjoy it. Mon 6 p.m.

Whiskey Dinner with Richard Betts

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:10pm

Join master sommelier Richard Betts as he presents on his new book, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All. This is the latest installment in Betts' innovative scratch-and-sniff series, which takes on an adult topic with a childlike approach. Betts will take guests through a 10-whiskey flight, highlighting the nuances of taste and smell in each. While exploring the history and varied tastes of the whiskey world, munch on customized culinary creations from the Frasca Food and Wine menu. Mon 6:30 p.m.


Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:54pm

Fans of ’80s kitsch will love this leg-warmer-filled production. The 1983 film of a steel mill worker's quest to be a professional dancer comes to the stage in this musical adaptation. The show's script was written by Tom Hedley, co-writer of the original screenplay, and its score features 16 new songs in addition to the biggest hit numbers from the movie (think: "Maniac" and "Flashdance - What a Feeling"). Tue-Wed 7:30 p.m.

Denver Film Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 10:34am

Join 55,000 fellow movie lovers for 12 days of films and discussions at the Sie FilmCenter, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and UA Denver Pavilions Multiplex. Take your pick of more than 250 movies, including documentary In Search of Kundun With Martin Scorsese, a behind-the-scenes look at Scorsese's style, and go deeper at director panels such as "Films: Based On A True Story," in which film critic Robert Denerstein leads a discussion on the dramatization of famous people and events in film.

Denver Film Festival

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:39pm

Movie buffs rejoice: It's lights, camera, action for the largest film event in the Rocky Mountain region. This cinematic extravaganza brings you a lineup of films from all around the globe but focuses on Polish films, including Gods, the story of the first cardiac surgeon to perform a successful transplant surgery in communist Poland. So grab some popcorn and get comfortable—with more than 200 movies to watch, you're going to be here a while. Days, times vary. 

Jagged Mountain Release Party

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 2:38pm

Join Jagged Mountain at a celebration of its newest limited-edition brew, the Cottonwood Organic Blueberry Mont Blue Pale Ale. This Belgian-style pale ale boasts organic hops, malt, and blueberry purée, and benefits the Cottonwood Institute, a local nonprofit that connects underserved students with the outdoors. Local food truck 5280 Sliders will be on site serving up burgers to satiate cravings. Wed 5:30-7 p.m.

It's Your World Book Signing

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 1:58pm

If your passionate youngsters are already hoping to change the world, grabbing a copy of It's Your World is a great place to start. In her debut as an author, Chelsea Clinton informs young readers about global issues such as climate change and poverty and encourages them to pursue their own philanthropic goals. If reading about 12-year-old chef Haile Thomas fighting obesity or nine-year-old activist Felix Finkbeiner planting 1 million trees doesn't inspire them, maybe meeting Clinton will. Wed 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Lion King

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 2:05pm

Simba, Timon, Pumba, Nala, and the rest of your favorites from Pride Rock are coming to town. Take your cubs to see the classic Disney film come to life as antelopes graze, elephants tromp, and giraffes tower across the stage—just be prepared for the nonstop renditions of "Hakuna Matata" that are sure to follow for weeks afterward. Wed-Sun, times vary.

—Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus

Pizzeria Locale Apertivo Hour

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:18pm

To honor the Snaidero family (flying in from Fruilli, Italy), this local favorite is hosting a prosciutto-filled happy hour party. Mirco and Gary Snaidero once helped the staff of Pizzeria Locale refurbish a VDF prosciutto slicer, a classic tool that was the first of its kind to be used here in the states. They'll be hanging out, slicing prosciutto to order, and chatting about the unique art of finding and restoring the slicers. Soak in the wisdom of these native Italians as you snack on $2 prosciutto platters and open-faced sandwiches. Thu 4-6 p.m.

Adventure Golf Holiday Lights

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:56pm

Sink a hole-in-one under more than 100,000 twinkling holiday lights. This mini-golf course is dressed up for the season, with the course's greenery and features—including its giant talking tree, erupting volcano, and Polynesian temple god structure—all wrapped in colored, flashing lights. Make sure to warm up after 54 holes with hot chocolate and s'mores. Thu-Sun 5-9 p.m.

Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:16pm

Just like the iconic Nutcracker ballet, this fundraiser promises holiday magic for all ages. Couples can enjoy a festive Friday night out with drinks, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and shopping at a kick-off cocktail party. The next day at the market, enjoy breakfast with Santa and costumed Nutcracker characters, then get a head start on your shopping. With a variety of retail and artisan vendors, you can find creative gifts for everyone on your list. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Ballet and its affiliated programs. Thu 5-9 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Confluence Tap Handle Launch Party

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:42pm

The Confluence Tap Handle program is a new movement designed to give beer aficionados the chance to drink for a charitable cause. For each pint poured out of the Confluence Tap at a given bar, $1 will be given to the bar's charity of choice. Come celebrate a successful installation of the first tap at Denver Bicycle Cafe, which, for the month of November, has chosen to donate to Trips for Kids, a local nonprofit that gives underprivileged children the chance to learn how to mountain bike. Provide funds to those little adventurers by sipping on Mockery Brewing's Rakau IPA. Thu 6-10 p.m.

Eating Insects

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:48pm

Entomophagy: a big fancy word that's defined as the process of taking an insect (or a spider or centipede), putting it in your mouth, chewing, and swallowing the creepy critter. Before you squirm, listen to Ranger Jody Morse's educational talk about this sustainable diet being embraced by chefs, farmers, and fitness gurus alike. Feeling adventurous? A few buggy snacks will be available for tasting. Thu 6-7:30 p.m.

The Sklar Brothers

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 2:44pm

If jokester twins Fred and George Weasley had a real-life equivalent, it would be Randy and Jason Sklar. The brothers have been performing as a comedy duo since 1994 and have appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, and even comedy shows on ESPN and the History Channel. The pair regularly tackles the sports world, and they come to Denver fresh off the heels of their 2014 football-inspired album turned Netflix special, What Are We Talking About? Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30, 9:45 p.m.

Welcome to Night Vale

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:37pm

Prepare to be transported to a desert town overrun with supernatural creatures as you listen to the live version of this hit podcast. Narrator Cecil Baldwin acts as the radio host for the fictional community of Night Vale, informing its residents of ghostly sightings, alien appearances, and other strange happenings—all while assuring them that these events are commonplace. Catch this satirical show before you read the novel adaptation (released last month). Thu 8 p.m. 

Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:23pm

This tale of a teenager growing up in the Lousiana Bayou is the final piece in the Brother/Sister Plays, a trilogy by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Tarell Alvin McCraney that Curious Theatre has been adapting over the course of its last season. The production—which marks the regional premiere of the work—is directed by Dee Covington, who has acted at the Denver Center for Performing Arts and directed many shows with Curious Theatre and other companies in her extensive career on the Denver stage. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.


Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 10:55am

With its warm guitar tones and heavy backbeat, this indie folk group's sound pays homage to the founding elements of country rock. Yet it's also infused with a plaintive, atmospheric twist that's at home alongside the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons. The quartet's quieter moments quiver with the feeling of restrained emotion, which is later released in satisfying, anthemic choruses. Fri 8 p.m.

First Look 1: Men Are From...

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 3:43pm

Grab a few of your bros for this informative screening at the Denver Film Festival. The unique collection of shorts weaves together work from several student filmmakers around the world to offer a look at the physical and psychological constructs of masculinity. Whether you're a fan of fist-pumping or you believe masculinity leads to violence, these stories will give you something new to ponder. Thu 9:30-11 p.m.

Best of Santa Fe

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:31pm

This celebratory exhibition puts the best works from the Santa Fe Arts District on display. Any artist who presented work at one of the region's galleries from August 2014 to October could enter for a shot at being included; jurors from the Colorado art world will ultimately choose the final selection. An awards ceremony honoring the overall Best in Show will cap the exhibition's run. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Jacob Dhein

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 1:53pm

In an art scene where modern and abstract are often one and the same, this exhibit gives you the chance to see one of the most exciting realist painters at work today. Jacob Dhein has presented work in group shows at Abend Gallery in the past, but this display marks his first solo show in Colorado. Examine his city scenes, landscapes, and portraits for realism blended with a slight impressionist edge. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Gloria Shanstrom

Fifteen Decades: 150 Years of Art in the American West

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 2:01pm

The Wild West of the 1860s is a very different concept from the 21st-century West—or is it? While trends within Western art have come in and out of vogue, much of its heart has stayed consistent through the decades. This display features artwork inspired by the American West created from 1860 to 2010 and explores how the landscapes, people, and legends of the frontier have impacted artists in different ways over the region's history. Look for works from Denver's own Vance Kirkland and Sushe Felix and other prominent Western painters, including Maynard Dixon. Tue-Sat 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

As One

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 1:58pm

How a person interacts with his or her environment can say a lot. Do you play off of your background to become a strong center of attention, or do you use your environment as a tool to blend in? The artists in this display do both. British painter Ed Fairburn creates striking portraits on top of natural scenes and maps whereas the California-based John Wentz, inspired by the anonymity of people in crowds, blends his subjects in with their surroundings. Both artists depict people and their environments as one—whether at the expense of the subject's features or to enhance them. 

Greenscapes: A Survey of Sound Art by Jim Green

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:39pm

If you think art is produced to be seen and not heard, this exhibition will prove you hilariously wrong. Local artist Jim Green works in the medium of sound, creating installations that speak to you and invite viewer and listener participation. The display expands beyond the gallery space walls, expanding to the entryway, the front gate, and even the bathrooms. Feeling particularly brave? Pick up the receiver on the red courtesy phone installation to call the artist directly and chat with him about the exhibition. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Say Cheese!

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 1:40pm

Cheese has a long and gooey history, one that extends back to 6000 BCE. Dig into the past of this creamy delicacy with Active Minds, a local nonprofit that raises awareness of mental health. Guests will learn about the many varieties (there are thousands) and the basic principles of cheese-making, as well as a few controversial topics that have baffled cheese aficionados over the centuries. Fri 11 a.m.-noon. 

Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:06pm

If you can’t wait until the last week of the month to head to the slopes, this celebration of the impending ski season might be enough to tide you over. Outfitters will be in Denver selling the latest and greatest in ski and snowboard equipment as well as heavily discounted gear from last season. Once you've stocked up, move on to even more activities, including the beer garden, miniature practice slopes, and mechanical bull. Fri noon; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.

The Chocolate Eat Gallery

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:32pm

Chocolate, wine, and art meet at this festive gathering to celebrate the holiday season. In addition to sampling the Chocolate Crisis Center's decadent Belgian chocolate flavor combinations, guests are invited to "be part of the art" as they meander through cleverly accessible displays and sip on award-winning whites and reds from Boulder's What We Love Winery. The event will offer a chance to get a jump on your holiday shopping or to stock your own pantry with wine and chocolate (we're not judging). Fri 5-9 p.m.

The Ice Palace Experience

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 5:53am

Santa’s elves are busy already: They've been building the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome that's outfitted with life-size graphics of Peanuts characters in celebration of The Peanuts Movie (in theaters Friday).

Unearthed Gallery Opening

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 10:52am

Local graphic designers Casey and Shea Ferrell acquired this new gallery space in 2014, and after a year of planning, they're officially open for business. The inaugural exhibit features fine art by the two brothers with a vintage, industrial feel to match the gallery itself—the rustic building in the Santa Fe Arts District started its life as a 19th-century grocery store. Enjoy the artwork, sip on complimentary beer and wine, and network with fellow members of the Denver creative community in one of the city's newest artistic venues. Fri 7-11 p.m.

Bold Voices: A Benefit Concert for Women and Girls of Colorado

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:33pm

Join three acclaimed female vocalists for a night of musical empowerment. Funky songstress Liz Barnez, acoustic rocker Rebecca Folsom, and soulful legend Hazel Miller (pictured) bring their talents to the stage to show their love for the Centennial State and share their commitment to helping young women. Upgrade to a VIP ticket for an extra performance by Boulder-based singer-songwriter Lisa Bell. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Fri 7-9 p.m. 

—Photo courtesy of Hazel Miller

Coohills' Fourth Anniversary Franciscan Wine Dinner

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 2:06pm

Toast to the fourth anniversary of Coohills with a glass (or five) of wine from Napa. Winemaker Marla Caroll, hailing from Franciscan Estate Winery, will speak about her decade of experience in the industry before sharing a curated selection of sippers that range from Sauvignon Blanc to Cabernet. The wines will accompany a five-course meal from chef Tom Coohill that includes dishes such as blue crab cake in a champagne and dijon sauce with tarragon and scallions, and coq au vin made with Boulder organic chicken, pomme purée, bacon, pearl onions, red wine, and parsley. Fri 7 p.m.

Fiddler on the Roof

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 2:51pm

Get ready for "If I Were a Rich Man" to be stuck in your head. Bock and Harnick's musical tale of Tevye and his daughters won nine Tony Awards upon its debut in 1964 and three Oscars for its 1971 film adaptation. The production's director (and the university's 2015 to 2016 theatre artist in residence), Gary John La Rosa, knows a thing or two about this musical theater classic: He appeared in its 1990 revival cast on Broadway. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Denver Ice Hockey vs. Colorado College

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:14am

The weather is finally starting to turn this week, just in time to remind us that hockey season is in full swing. The Pioneers will take on rival Colorado College in a televised matchup in Denver before heading to Colorado Springs on Saturday to complete the double-header. The series is the first leg of the yearly best-of-four battle for the Gold Pan trophy, which Denver currently holds. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Rusted Root

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:13pm

This feel-good band’s ’90s heyday might be over, but its hit single “Send Me On My Way” lives on as peppy background music for movies and commercials. The rest of the group's happy-go-lucky discography includes upbeat rhythms, uplifting lyrics, and Latin and African influences that combine to make the music a foolproof day-brightener. Fri 8 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:27am

Chow down on scrumptious egg strata, bacon, and French toast muffins with Nutcracker ballerinas and the big man himself. Santa and the little ones will decorate cookies and ornaments together before the children head out with their families to explore the Nutcracker Market, a tented fair filled with upscale retail pieces, artisan finds, and high-end crafts. Sat-Sun 9-11 a.m.

Home for the Holidays 5K

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:15pm

The arrival of colder weather prompts many of us to think about rounding up the family, preparing a special meal, and generally getting cozy. Choosing to brave the chilly air for this flat, pet-friendly 5K through City Park could help those living in poverty or without homes enjoy these holiday staples as well. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers and the best-costumed. Proceeds benefit quality-of-life services at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Sat 9 a.m.

Chance to Dance

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:27pm

Get ready to brush up on your Irish jigs and your hip-hop pops and locks; this Denver Arts Week event can teach you those dance techniques and more. In the morning, amateur dancers young and old can hone their skills (or learn new ones) in two classes by teachers from eight local studios, including such diverse names as the Bboy Factory and the Colorado Ballet. Mingle with the instructors over lunch before settling in for an afternoon session featuring a youth dance competition and performances by a selection of professional companies including Swingin' Denver and Spoke N Motion.

Collections Surréaliste

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 2:55pm

What do the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center have in common? For the next few weeks, they all play host to paintings by surrealist master René Magritte. Three of the Belgian artist's works come to the Centennial State for this once-in-a-lifetime display, along with a collection of works on paper by other famous names in surrealism, from Joan Miró to Salvador Dalí. In a concurrent exhibit, Springs Surreal, you can find modern paintings inspired by these early 20th-century pioneers.

Diego Rodriguez-Warner & Matthew J. Mahoney

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:50pm

Prepare for a sensory overload at this boundary-pushing display of contemporary art from two local artists: Nicaragua-born Diego Rodriguez-Warner and fellow Rhode Island School of Design graduate Matthew J. Mahoney. The exhibit is loosely inspired by the idea of an art museum's back room and, through its bright colors and crowded display format, seeks to deconstruct the viewer's preconceived notions of what art can be. Wed-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. 

Rock-A-Belly Festival

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 1:28am

With local foodie favorites and brews from across the state, this charitable festival should be on your weekend itinerary. Small bites from Little Man Ice Cream, Snooze, Stueben’s, Grateful Bread and many more await hungry festival-goers, while local breweries and distilleries like Aspen Brewing Company and Backcountry Brewery provide the libations.

Puttin' on the Max: Pawpurrazzi

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:43pm

Don your most dazzling movie star costume and take a stroll down the red carpet at this glamorous charity event. After savoring a three-course meal catered by the Brown Palace banquet team, watch CBS weather anchor Ed Greene emcee an evening of entertainment, featuring comedian-veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald and a dapper pet parade. Don't miss the silent and live auctions—a vacation in Maui, tickets to see the Who in concert, and seats at the Broncos-Raiders game are all up for grabs. Proceeds benefit MaxFund, one of Denver's no-kill animal shelters. Sat 5:30-10 p.m.

Magic Beyond Belief

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Viewers of all ages will delight in this dazzling combination of magic and comedy. The show will feature 12 magicians, including local talent Jeff Jensen and Chad Wonder, as well as Las Vegas musician John T. Sheets and emcee Matthew Brandt. Don't miss your chance to see a few tricks up close in the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Proceeds benefit the Mile High Magicians' Society. Sat 7-9:30 p.m.

Left Ajar

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 8:58am

At this long-awaited dual exhibition, viewers participate in a visual cacophony of Technicolor artifacts, effigies, and paintings. The bright pops of color from the canvases of Nicaraguan multimedia artist Diego Rodriguez-Warner dialogue easily with the Technicolor sculptures of San Diego native Matthew J. Mahoney. Severed heads, severed images, horses, babies, goats, nudes, and gods make up the subject material for this exhibition, which wavers between playful and sinister. Sat 7-10 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Leon Gallery


Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:09am

Best known for its breakout hit "Sail," this Aaron Bruno solo project has been the grunge-rocker's outlet for experimental and genre-bending tracks, drawing comparisons to Beck for its rhythmic layering of electronic and live instrumental textures. Run, the project's latest release, sounds somewhat cobbled together, but earnestly so; Bruno seems to be grappling with too many feelings to stick to a single set of sounds. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:00am

Like many chamber orchestras, this 22-member group aims to replicate the sound produced by the smaller ensembles of the baroque and classical eras. Haydn's Symphony No. 49 will prime the audience for the meat of the concert, when featured cellist István Vardái joins the group for cello concertos by Haydn and C.P.E. Bach. The night will be capped off with a cheeky flourish—an avant-garde Bartok composition for strings. Sat 6:30 p.m. 

Dumb and Dumber: Opening Day Ceremony

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 2:48pm

Get jazzed about your favorite time of year with your two favorite things—comedy and beer—at this film screening. Sip on a Breckenridge beer and laugh at the antics of Harry and Lloyd, two friends who try to return a briefcase to a beautiful woman but find themselves running from trained killers. Bonus: One lucky raffle winner will be able to hit the slopes in style with a new artist series snowboard from Never Summer, but everyone can get their boards waxed by 7Twenty Boardshop for free. Sat 7:30-10 p.m.

Sublime with Rome

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:05am

Sublime lives! Well, kind of. Legal challenges from the estate of late frontman Bradley Nowell resulted in a 2009 name change to reflect the arrival of his replacement, Rome Ramirez. This incarnation has since produced two LPs worth of original material, though it continues to revisit the original Sublime catalog at live shows. Ramirez's chops are undeniably solid, although hardcore fans will likely vary in their assessment of his faithfulness to the originals. Sat 9 p.m.

Animal Liberation Orchestra

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:11am

If winter's onset gives you pangs of anxiety, close your eyes and let these West Coast vibes wash over you. The laid-back tunes from this California group typically deal with problems no more controversial than what one ought to do with a lazy Sunday afternoon. That's not to say they're insubstantial—just intensely appreciative of life's most basic pleasures. Sat 9 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:04pm

Father and son Andrew and Jamie Wyeth were two of the 20th century's foremost realist painters, and this exhibit explores their personal and artistic connections on a scale that has never been attempted before. The display features more than 100 works in diverse media ranging from pen and ink to tempera. The works head to Madrid's Museo Thyssen after their run in the Centennial State, so experience them while you can. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

From Trash to Treasures

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:37am

Before upcycling was trendy, it was neccessary. Ration last year's holiday cards into fashionable World War II-era gift tags, gift boxes, and greeting cards during this crafty class, while living history interpreter Priscilla Marshall teaches a lesson on the origins of western Christmas traditions. Sun 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Denver Bacon and Beer Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:25pm

Satiate all your vices at this hog-meets-hops festival, where more than 50 restaurants and breweries—including the Lobby, Argyll Whisky Beer, Denver Beer Co., and Great Divide Brewing Company—will create mouthwatering pairings. And they hope you’ll return for seconds: Whichever restaurant and brewery wins the people’s choice award will earn a $750 donation to the charity of its choice. Sun 2:30-5 p.m. 

Juan Gabriel

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:17pm

This music of latin pop's elder statesman tends toward the melodramatic, but it never fails to charm. After nearly 45 years of recording and performing, his fan base spans the generations. Few artists are as likely to appeal to the entire family—grandparents included. Wed 7 p.m.

Art Tour of the Byers-Evans House Museum

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:12pm

You've always been able to learn about Colorado history from the exhibits at the Byers-Evans House, but this new tour puts a different side of the museum on display: its art. From portraits of the home's former famous residents to paintings and sculptures the families acquired over time, the refurbished home contains an impressive selection of both national and local works. Keep an eye out for pieces by Ann Evans, who not only lived in the house but painted in it while working with the Denver Artists' Club, the organization that founded the Denver Art Museum. Mon noon. 

Rob Thomas

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:19pm

The Matchbox Twenty frontman has successfully avoided becoming an artifact of the early 2000s by occasionally striking out on his own as a singer-songwriter. His first solo album in six years, The Great Unknown, came out in August, and it’s as satisfyingly smooth as any of his previous work, if a touch more danceable. Note: This show is rescheduled from a June 24 cancellation—tickets purchased for that date will be honored at this one. Mon 7 p.m.


Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 3:49pm

At this world premiere screening, step inside the talented shoes of professional footballer Christiano Ronaldo. From the makers of the Oscar Award–winning film Senna, this documentary provides an intimate look at the challenges, triumphs, and family life of the three-time Ballon d'Or winner. Thanks to 14 months of personal interviews and never-before-seen footage, watching this film will be just as exciting as a Real Madrid match—even if you aren't a soccer fan. Mon 7-9 p.m.

Chicano Teatro: Stereotypes, Icons, and Other Contradictions

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 4:00pm

Come to this interactive Chicano theater experience ready for more than just entertainment. The first of two acts is a performance of Los Vendidos, a short play by Luis Valdez about Mexican-American stereotypes in the 1960s. Chicano Teatro's own Tony Garcia wrote the second play, I think I'm Turning Mexican, in which the introduction of Mexican culture to a man's neighborhood changes his perspective.


Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:38am

See one of the most popular romance films of all time on the silver screen. In that iconic gin joint, old lovers Rick Blaine and Ilsa rekindle their spark while World War II wages in the background. Despite our best judgment, we still hold our breath when the pair is standing on the tarmac. Wed 2, 7 p.m.

Ironoia: The Mistrust of Things

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:20pm

Between the Onion, sarcasm, Shakespeare, and that frustrating song, irony is a part of our lives whether we like it our not. Game designer, author, and media studies professor Ian Bogost will describe the history of society's relationship with irony and then redefine the term in relation to the objects around us. So whether you tend to roll your eyes at hipsters or rejoice in postmodern satire, this lecture will give you something new to ponder. Wed 7 p.m.

Bru Beer Dinner

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:49am

Drive up to Boulder for a six-course dining experience centered on Colorado's favorite hoppy beverage. The meal, a collaboration between chef Ian Clark of Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats and chef Jensen Cummings from Brewed Food, will feature dishes such as mackerel en escabeche, a moo shoo pork "burrito," and honey-lacquered pork belly roulade paired with innovative craft beers from Bru. The night will feature a new Imperial Stout (also a collaboration between the two forces), amped up with flavors like honey, spruce, and vanilla. Wed 7 p.m. 

Nosh & Posh

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 9:27am

Denver’s style gurus and foodies can find common ground at this fashionable food truck event. Throughout fall and winter, the city’s favorite trucks—including the Biscuit Bus, Quiero Arepas, Sweet Cow MooMobile, and Crock Spot—will set up shop next to some less conventional four-wheeled vendors. On-the-go boutiques like Tour de Fashion, Denver Fashion Truck, and Evey K Fashionliner, will be parked nearby, allowing lunchers to browse local gems as they dine. Thu 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Ken Lund

The Polar Express Train Ride

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 4:23pm

Bundle up in your coziest pajamas and take a trip to the North Pole on a real train. Experience the classic Christmas tale as the steaming engine pushes north, where Santa himself will present the First Gift of Christmas—a bell from his sleigh—to the storybook's hero. Passengers who still believe in the magic of Christmas will meet Santa and receive their own sleighbell. Thu-Wed, times vary. 

—Photo Courtesy of Colorado Railroad Museum

Margery Hirschey Trunk Show

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 10:32am

Meet a local jewelry celebrity and get a head start on your holiday shopping at this unique sale. Visit with Fashion Group International Rising Star winner Margery Hirschey, who combines ancient techniques with modern influences in all her handmade pieces, then browse a collection of one-of-a-kind gemstones set in 18-karat and 22-karat gold. Since all attendees will receive a 10 percent discount on merchandise, you'll be able to buy a gift for yourself and everyone on your list. Thu 5-8 p.m.

Fifth Year Anniversary Party at Green Russell

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 12:27pm

This local favorite is turning five, and nothing says "birthday" quite like specialty cocktails and snacks. Come chow down at this dining extravaganza, where just $5 can snag you a sipper or a savory appetizer from the regular menu. Plus, for one night only, the bartenders will revive their favorite cocktails from the past five years. Thu 5 p.m. 

Brews with Building a Better Colorado

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:09am

It's no secret the Centennial State is going through some major growth spurts. Whether you vote red or blue or consider yourself purple, you can brainstorm a few solutions with this nonpartisan group. Attendees will share ideas on how to solve Colorado's unique set of political and social problems, then unwind with a few free Coors beers and Comida tacos. Thu 5-8 p.m.

The Grapes of Southeast France

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:54pm

The French grape is among the most coveted for wine makers and tasters alike, but the vineyards in Southeast France are often overshadowed by cabernets from Bordeaux or chardonnays from Burgundy. Join Alliance Francaise's sommelier, Ashley Vaughters, as she guides your palate through six wines, including a grenache and a syrah, and unravels the flavors and traditions of the south. Thu 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Double Eagle Steakhouse Neyers Wine Dinner

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:44am

Sip and swill wines from an acclaimed California vineyard over a four-course meal prepared by chef Mario Hernandez. The wine, created by Neyers Vineyards, is made using French techniques, without yeast or additives, and grapes that are pressed, not crushed. The result is smooth, flavorful, and balanced. Each glass will be paired with dishes designed around the wine's flavors, including a grilled watermelon and feta salad paired with a Pinot Noir, and an Alaskan king crab-stuffed filet paired with a Syrah and a Cabernet. Thu 7 p.m. 

Brian Posehn

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:11pm

If you have eclectic taste in entertainment, you'll probably enjoy this prolific funnyman. The comedian has appeared on TV shows from Friends to Adventure Time, collaborating with everyone from Rob Zombie and Judd Apatow to Sarah Silverman and Arrested Development's David Cross. His next project? A comedy-metal album with the guitarist from Anthrax. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30, 9:45 p.m.

Magic Show

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:32pm

Not every magic show has to feature card tricks and rabbits pulled out of hats. This exhibit, featuring eight local and national artists, is designed to wake viewers up and excite the senses that have been dulled by gray skies and winter chill. Look for bright colors and whimsical designs that evoke magical themes, including technicolor nature scenes from Berthoud's Zoa Ace and psychedelic space-scapes from Denver-based painter Louis Recchia. Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Chelese Hawkins

Mile High Holiday Mart

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:14pm

Since 1980, this market has offered a chance to beat the holiday shopping rush and support a good cause. You can find Colorado-made gifts for your entire family thanks to more than 100 artisan sellers, including Naked Goat Farm and My Favorite Bows. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Denver, a women's philanthropic organization currently focusing on increasing literacy rates in the Denver area. Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:22pm

Making art from vessels and containers is hardly a new concept—just ask the pottery-bound Muses from Disney's Hercules. Yet Florida-born artist Brigan Gresh turns that ancient medium on its head in this exhibit, the latest installment of her "Vessels" series. In these abstract paintings, Gresh focuses on the symbolic elements we carry in different vessels throughout life, from the childhood memories caught up in the buckets and pails of sandcastle-making to the cultural heritage inherent in ethnic pottery. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Renaissance of Realism

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:18pm

When you think of contemporary art, you probably visualize Pollack-style abstract expression, but this exhibit will challenge your notions. American art has seen a resurgence in realistic painting in recent years, and this display by master artists and "rising stars" places that method at the forefront. Some of the country's most prominent painters—including early-career names such as 19-year-old Daliah Ammar—are included in the exhibition, alongside local artists such as Quang Ho and Gregory Block. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

International Gem & Jewelry Show

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:22pm

At this sparkling exhibition, all that glitters is not gold—it might be diamond or emerald or topaz. The combination showcase-market displays gemstones from different regions across the country: Browse 80 vendors' booths, including Juno Jewelry out of Los Angeles and Denver-based Pierret Designs, to find a unique holiday present for your special someone. Or, even better, just treat yourself. Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

First Bite Boulder

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:10am

This week, celebrate Boulder's highly regarded dining scene by tucking into a three-course meal (or a few of them). More than 40 Boulder restaurants, including Wild Standard, the Kitchen, and Arugula, will offer a prixe fixe menu for the entire week. Take the challenge: How many can you hit? Daily, times vary. 

Holiday Arts Market

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:35pm

Locally made gifts are always a hit at the holidays, but tracking down all the items on your list can be tricky when you forego the big box stores for the wares of individual makers. This market solves that problem with products from more than 100 Colorado artists, ranging from ceramics and paintings to jewelry and woodworks. Whatever your budget and your intended recipient, you're likely to find something that suits your needs at this one-stop shop for Colorado-made presents. Mon-Sun 6-8 p.m.

Let's Kill the Whistleblower!

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:43pm

With casino games, a multi-course dinner, cocktails, and live entertainment all on the schedule at this Victorian-era mansion's soirée, you'll feel like you're in a Bond film–especially once it gets to the intrigue and murder. Actors will lead an interactive murder mystery play revolving around a lethal charity gala while musicians and dancers like Stephanie Bruce and Sara Kerlin perform live throughout the evening. Dinner, a drink, and $1000 worth of casino chips are included in your ticket so you can either sit back and relax or get in on the high-rolling action. Fri-Sat 6 p.m.

Spiders & Spirits

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:04pm

Halloween might be over, but that doesn't mean the spirits have disappeared. In this year's final installment of the Butterfly Pavilion Tasting Series, enjoy spooky craft cocktails prepared by Leopold Bros., Geek Spirits, and Black Canyon Distillery paired with tasty bites from Tiller's Kitchen & Bar. With such a delicious menu, you'll actually be quite lucky on Friday the 13th. Fri 6:30-9 p.m.

Un | covering me

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:39pm

Get ready for an important discussion on identity, race, and the body, in which no member of the conversation speaks a single word. This showcase features Amanda Benzin and Samantha Salters, two candidates in the MFA dance program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Benzin's portion of the show, mixing styles such as tap and contemporary dance, explores how a person's body impacts his or her sense of self. Salters' step- and Afro-Cuban-heavy presentation turns the focus to mainstream culture's consumption and judgments of African-American bodies through history.

A Tuna Christmas

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:36pm

In Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas, disaster has struck the annual Christmas celebrations. A self-declared "Christmas Phantom" plagues the yard decorations contest and an unpaid electric bill shuts down a much-beloved performance of A Christmas Carol. Caught up in it all are the town's 20 most rambunctious citizens, ranging from Tastee Kreme employees Inita and Helen to Didi Snavely, the used weapons store owner—all of whom are portrayed by local actors Christian Mast and Seth Maisel. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Margaret Cho: The Psycho Tour

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:46pm

There’s no "i" in team, but there is a “Cho” in psycho. That’s the tagline for the controversial comedian’s latest tour, in which she tackles hot-button issues such as police brutality and violence against women through the lens of her in-your-face standup routine. Fri 8 p.m.

Dr. Harlan's Amazing Bluegrass Tonic

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:34am

This string band places its trust in the tried-and-true qualities of good bluegrass and performs them with enthusiasm, allowing the personality of its musicians to shine through on old standards and new compositions alike. Voice, guitar, banjo, and mandolin engage in playful repartée, managing to skillfully complement one another without drowning anyone out. Fri 8 p.m.

Big K.R.I.T.

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:22pm

Ask any hip-hop fan to name a Southern artist at the top of his or her game, and this will likely be among the first names you'll hear. The Mississippi-born rapper’s rhymes are self-consciously regional in both delivery and subject matter as he describes the beauty, pride and devastation of life as a black man in the Deep South. Fri 9 p.m.

The Motet Presents: Hometown Hustle

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:43am

Denver's favorite American funk and afrobeat band broke its tradition of celebrating Halloween in Denver this year, but the members are going to make it up to you: Dave Watts and the crew will host a two-night concert series, featuring special guest the Main Squeeze on Friday night. Come back Saturday for an encore with songs from the group's new set, "Mixtape 1977." Fri 9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Boulder Theater

Super Diamond

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:26am

Frontman Randy Cordero, who goes by "Surreal Neil," sings with a gravelly voice and a more melodramatic affect than Neil Diamond himself. But that's in keeping with the group's name, which reflects its generally outsize, hard-rocking approach to honoring Diamond's music—an approach best illustrated by its frankly genius "Sweet Caroline" and "Sweet Child Of Mine" mashup. Fri 9 p.m.

Mustache Dache

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:29pm

In honor of Movember, the bristly, month-long celebration of men's health, this race invites you to participate while sporting the most dashing of upper-lip accessories. Real mustaches are appreciated, but so are those of the drawn or glued-on variety. Enjoy a variety of post-race festivities, including a costume contest and plenty of food. Proceeds benefit the Movember Foundation, which is dedicated chiefly to fighting testicular and prostate cancer. Sat 9 a.m.

Adventure to Santa

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:29pm

Your kids may have sat on Santa’s lap before, but this 4-D virtual experience takes them on an adventurous sleigh ride all the way to the North Pole. With the help of Santa’s magical friends, Shrek and Donkey, they’ll spend 15 minutes on the interactive ride before they meet Kris Kringle in the flesh—and head home even more excited for the holidays than they already were. (Sorry, Mom and Dad.) Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

—Photo courtesy of Southwest Plaza

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair Holiday Show

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:19pm

The holidays will be here before you know it—and so will the holiday shopping crowds at the mall. Avoid the mania this year with a stop at this artisan craft fair. More than 200 vendors—most of them Colorado-based—will sell their wares, ranging from clothing and jewelry to fine art and plant cultivating supplies, through Jackalope this weekend. You can even get in on the crafting yourself with a card-making workshop organized by Share Denver. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Gorilla Run

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:41am

Has running in gym shorts become too run-of-the-mill? Then throw on a gorilla suit for this low-key 5K. Banana costumes (new this year!) are also available. Your choice of the two is provided free with registration, although returning runners receive a registration discount if they bring an old suit. And don't worry, the silly costumes and all the sweating you'll do in them serve a higher purpose: Proceeds benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. Sat 10:30 a.m.

Photo courtesy of the Denver Gorilla Run

Red Riding Hood

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 09/14/2015 - 3:16pm

When counting sheep fails siblings Bridget and Stephen, the pair crawl out of bed and begin acting out their favorite bedtime story. Using costumes and props they discover in their grandmother's attic, reality and make-believe blur together, and soon the duo is lost in the dark woods—with the big, bad wolf hot on their tails. Sat 1, 4 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

The Pickle Party

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:23am

Raise a glass to everyone's favorite veggie at this pickle palooza. Sip on some pickle-flavored beer from Finkel & Garf while enjoying free pickle and beer pairings and a variety of beer-brined vegetables from Ozuke. From where we stand, this party looks like kind of a big dill. Sat 2-5 p.m. 

Oh, The Music You'll Hear!

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 8:17am

Let your child relive the Dr. Seuss books you read to her in a different format: music. The Littleton Symphony Orchestra's whimsical performance will weave the tale of the Sneetches, a community of yellow creatures that's separated into two groups based on their features. Moral lessons of class and prejudice are woven throughout the musical storyline, narrated by musician Big Jim Conder, and will be topped off with a unique solo marimba performance. Sat 2:30-3:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Whiskey War

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 3:35pm

Winter and its chilly temps are coming, so warm up with a whiskey jacket at this tasting event. Chow down on authentic Irish food from the Celtic Tavern as you sample whiskey from local and national distilleries, then relax with a custom-rolled cigar at Delaney's Cigar Bar & Lounge. Proceeds benefit the Semper Fi Fund and its America's Fund program, which provides resources for wounded, critically ill, and injured members of the military. Sat 6-10 p.m.

Spreading Wings Gala

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:59pm

Not everyone can have an adventure in space, but you can at least hear a firsthand account of one at this black-tie event. Listen to the original three-man crew and flight director of Apollo XIII tell the story of their lunar collapse: When an oxygen tank exploded, dwindling resources threatened their safety, but that didn’t stop them from piloting the spacecraft back to Earth. Spend an evening honoring the crew’s spirit of courage 45 years later. Sat 6-11 p.m. 

Artists & Models Ball

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 9:30am

The RiNo Art District is turning 10 this year, so don your eccentric attire and celebrate in style. Enjoy a selection of hors d'ouvre from Japanese eatery Tengu and Mexican kitchen Comida as you admire a performance by the Moth Poetic Circus, then dance along to a wild mix by DJ Rick Griffith of Matter. Bonus: If you're one of the first 100 guests, you'll snag a free cocktail. Sat 6:30-10 p.m.

Hops for Honduras

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:33am

Craft beer is no doubt a staple of the Centennial State, and now is your chance to sip limitless samples of the hoppy beverage, all for a good cause. Guests will enjoy unlimited pourings from more than a dozen local breweries (including Broken Compass Brewing, Mockery Brewing, and Factotum Brewhouse), and the chance to win big in a silent auction with prizes such as a whitewater rafting excursion and a dinner package from Blue Pan Pizza. Proceeds benefit efforts to improve water sanitation and education in the rural communities of Honduras. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Harvest Moon Barn Party

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Sat, 10/10/2015 - 5:53pm

The harvest landscape of Chatfield Farms sets the scene for an old-fashioned barn party. Enjoy a lively musical show by the Remus Tucker band along with local food and handcrafted Colorado brews donated by supporters. Proceeds benefit Veterans to Farmers, a nonprofit that helps veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan learn farming skills that might help them jumpstart a career in agriculture. Sat 7-11 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Athena Festival

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 3:22pm

Take some time to focus on yourself at this festival celebrating inner power. Visit one of 20 talented local psychics and tarot readers for understanding about your current life path or browse more than 80 vendors to find healing products, including DoTerra essential oils and Satchi fudge. For extra inspiration, don't miss the keynote speech by Dawn Todd, who explains how creative ideas and feminine energy can be used to create a successful business. Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Godfather: Double Feature Feast

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:56am

Two Godfather films and six courses make up a feast fit for Don Corleone himself. Dine on caprese panzanella during the opening sequence, and antipasto during the Corleone family fued of part one (the third course of lasagna will make Marlon Brando's near-death experience a bit easier to swallow). Then, savor pasta bolognese while Robert De Niro savors a newfound lust for organized crime. Dessert is as Peter Clemenza says after Rocco Lampone shoots Paulie Gatto: "Leave the gun—take the cannoli." Sun noon.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

The Pairings Project Closing Reception

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 9:36am

Combining the award-winning pastels of Westminster-based artist Kathy Imel with prose created by the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, local students, and elderly residents at the Thornton Senior Center, this art exhibit is all about community engagement. As visitors peruse the artwork and read the prose it inspired, three groups of student musicians from the Denver School of the Arts—led by Colorado Chamber Players executive director Barbara Hamilton—will perform musical accompaniments, with tunes ranging from classical to contemporary. Sun 2-4 p.m.

Chance the Rapper

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:23pm

At just 22 years old, he’s the standard-bearer for the continuing excellence of Chicago’s hip-hop scene. Why? He's put together a discography full of enough snappy rhymes and poppy instrumentals to largely bypass “promising youngster” territory and land squarely in the top tiers of his art. A broad range of instrumental influences—jazz, soul, reggae, blues—and lyrical patterns keep each track sounding fresh. Mon 6:30 p.m.

Pen & Podium: James McBride

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:06pm

You'll never get the chance to meet Mark Twain—but you can meet the man the New York Times calls his modern-day counterpart. James McBride, the author of bestselling memoir The Color of Water and 2013 National Book Award–winning novel The Good Lord Bird, will share his life story and literary expertise at this installment of the Pen and Podium lecture series. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the talk, so don't forget to bring your copies of McBride's tomes. Mon 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Michael Charron: Pictorial Essays from Colorado Journeys 2015

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:42am

Spending time outdoors in the summer is hardly a new concept, but local artist Michael Charron's take on it is. He spent the summer of 2015 riding llamas through the backcountry of northwest Colorado's Zirkel Wilderness, stopping occasionally to set up an easel and paint the off-the-beaten-track landscapes that surrounded him. The works he created during these treks appear in this exhibit alongside larger paintings he later produced in the studio based on photos from his journeys. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Snow Much Fun

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:57am

It isn't a game day, but you can still get your football fix at this festive park lighting. Take photos with the Broncos cheerleaders and snag a couple of autographs at a meet-and-greet with two active Broncos stars, then kick off the holiday season with a stroll in the newly lit park. Thanks to free chai or hot chocolate from the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse plus inflatables for the kids, the evening promises as much fun as a trip to Mile High Stadium. Tue 5 p.m.

Tour of Europe: Pre-Holiday Wine Party

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:10am

Peruse local artists' work in Rialto Cafe's gallery, sip a glass of fine wine, and shop for holiday gifts at this swanky soirée. Forty varieties of wine and spirits will be available for tasting, with experts in attendance to help you understand the nuances of your drink, whether it's from Italy, France, Germany, or Portugal. A portion of ticket sales benefits Sense of Security, an organization that supports breast cancer patients. Sat 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Pie Crust Workshop with Long i Pie

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:04pm

The holiday season often produces heavily laden tables, but we all know that no meal is truly complete without a pie. This year, in lieu of buying a pre-frozen crust, learn to make a perfect butter crust that will cradle any filling from pumpkin to pecan. The class will be taught by the seasoned professionals of Long i Pie, who believe that making the scrumptious treat is a mixture of art and science. Guests will leave with two crusts, an illustrated recipe, and a full belly from pie consumed in class. Tue 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Nitro Circus Live

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:04pm

When the Wright brothers conquered powered flight in 1903, they could have scarcely imagined that there'd still be a demand to see people take to the air, albeit in more dangerous ways. This extreme sports reality show, led by NASCAR driver Travis Pastrana, satisfies that need. Watch daredevils somersault off huge ramps and soar over impossible gaps using bikes, trikes, tiny cars—even wheelchairs. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Gangs of New York

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:41am

Irish immigrants might have had it rough in 1860s-era Lower Manhattan, but they sure knew how to eat. Watch the 2002 Martin Scorsese film and indulge with its bold characters as a themed five-course meal—including Guinness-braised rabbit, Boxty potato pancakes, and New York Apple Whisky upside-down cake—is served throughout the showing. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Robert DeLong

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:37am

This Seattle-raised electronica artist doesn't just make you want to dance—his tender vocals are just as likely to evoke a sense of thoughtful melancholy. There's a chameleon-like quality to his songs, one that makes you begin to think, "Hey, this sounds like..." before the moment passes and it begins to remind you of something or someone else. Tue 8 p.m.

Young the Giant

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:25am

It's hard to go wrong with atmospheric reverb and soaring vocals layered over sparkling guitar riffs and pounding drums. This California group manages to go a step further and harness those elements without the result sounding like a contrived Two Door Cinema Club rip-off. Its best-known hit, "Cough Syrup," admittedly draws directly from the playbook of modern rock anthems but sounds catchy and fresh nonetheless. Tue 8 p.m.


Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:03am

The pictures in this exhibit are certainly worth a thousand words—they just might require a bit more translation than the realistic snaps you're used to. Arizona-based artist Claire A. Warden manipulated the photos in this series by manually interrupting the development process (and even mixing saliva with the darkroom chemicals) to create otherworldly images more reminiscent of outer space than a standard Nikon ad. By forcing viewers to wonder what her photos might depict, Warden reflects on the idea that identity is often much more complicated than what can be seen at first glance.


Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:16pm

These days, using canvas as your artistic surface could be considered old-school. For this modern show, local artist and curator Mark Bueno asked more than 40 creatives to turn to skateboards as a backdrop instead.

A Mile High Ode to Star Wars Toys

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:25pm

In addition to billions of dollars in ticket sales and a massive worldwide fanbase, the Star Wars franchise has also created lots and lots of toys. One of the largest projects in the museum's history, this exhibit spans two floors and includes Star Wars-inspired items from 10 local collectors with a passion for the "plastic galaxy" far, far away. Look for everything from the full set of original action figures produced in 1978 to toys released just weeks ago to accompany next month's Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m. 

The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 3:34pm

Cannabis isn't just a smokin' hot conversation topic—it's also becoming a desirable menu item for home cooks and professional chefs alike. Come hear from author Robyn Griggs Lawrence and photographer Povy Kendal Atchison as they discuss and sign their latest culinary read, The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook: Feel-Good Food for Home Cooks. The book, which hit shelves in September, features a collection of recipes and advice from America's top cannabis chefs, who will teach you how to safely prepare and imbibe the plant. Wed 7 p.m. 

America's Got Talent Live!: All-Stars Tour!

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:23pm

If the last time you saw a variety show was at summer camp, let this tour introduce you to an exciting new age of talent competitions. Fan-favorite contestants from 10 seasons of NBC's hit show will stun and amaze you at this performance for spectators of all ages. Catch captivating acts by season eight comedian Taylor Williamson, vocal powerhouse Emily West from season nine, and junk rock band Recycled Percussion from season four, and celebrate this milestone year for the show. Wed 7:30-9 p.m.

Cheese 101 at the Fox & the Crow

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Mon, 09/14/2015 - 1:52pm

Tina Mooney, co-proprieter of Fort Collins cheese shop and bistro the Fox & the Crow, shares her love of cheese in this 15-person tasting class. Sip on your choice of wine or beer as you indulge in 10 ounces of various cheeses with pairings and crackers. Participants will leave with a larger dairy vocabulary, a full stomach, and a take-home cheat sheet. Call to register. Wed 7:30 p.m.

RAC and Big Data

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:02am

These two synthpop acts, solo projects of André Allen Anjos and Alan Wilkis, respectively, are on tour to celebrate the release of their latest joint EP, Fair Trade, in which they swap covers of one another's songs. Neither artist is a stranger to such partnerships: Elsewhere, Wilkis has teamed up with band Joywave for last year's hit "Dangerous," and Anjos began RAC as a collaborative effort with several other DJs before it became his own project. Wed 8 p.m.

Ironwood x Goldyn Holiday Pop-Up Shop Kick-Off Party

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:20pm

Local boutiques Goldyn and Ironwood are pairing up to create one of Denver's more unique pop-up shops. Be the first to nab a few of the store's chic crystals, celestial skulls, and succulents at this opening party, which will feature music by DJ James Cromwell Holden as well as wine, beer, and champagne. Thu 5-8 p.m.

Guys' Night Out

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:44pm

Join the Carson J Spencer Foundation to raise awareness of and discuss mental health issues among men, who, between the ages of 25 and 64, account for the majority of suicide deaths. An array of manly events, including a football-throwing contest, cornhole, and a moustache-off, will highlight the role of camaraderie among men as a key deterrent to suicide. KOA host Stephan Tubbs will host the evening's event, which follows an afternoon forum starting at 2:15 p.m.

Beaujolais and Beyond Festival

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:12pm

Drawing in food and wine enthusiasts from around the Rocky Mountain region, this festival will feaure a smorgasbord of French flavors. Culinary experts from venues such as Rougié, La Cave, and Zink Kitchen & Bar will serve signature dishes paired with wines that are sourced from Colorado to France. After tasting to your heart's content (and voting for your favorites), enjoy a live acrobatic performance from Erie-based troupe Imagination Circus Arts.

Fade to Winter

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 8:50pm

For the skiers and snowboarders in this Matchstick Productions film, the summer season spells a lost identity. Whether they're dealt a thick snow pack or grassy patches, renowned athletes like Bobby Brown and Mark Abma make the most of the transition from summer to winter in a series of stunning big mountain and backcountry shots. Show up early for free admission to the American Mountaineering Museum and brews from Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery. Thu 6 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Matchstick Productions

AIGA Colorado Speaker Series: Lucille Tenazas

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 8:10pm

Become captivated by the exploits of a nationally acclaimed graphic designer and world traveler at this three-hour lecture. Enjoy a cash bar and light hors d'oeuvre during the opening reception, and listen close as Tenazas discusses her theory of designers as travelers across cultures. As Tenazas, the one-time president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts says of her program: "Design is a way of looking at the world." Thu 6 p.m.

—Image courtesy of AIGA Colorado

Ranchlands' 16th Annual Art Exhibition

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:22am

Throwing a group of painters, sculptors, and photographers together to live and work (in the field and the studio) on a fully functioning ranch sounds like the premise for a wacky reality TV show. In reality, though, that's what Ranchlands—a Colorado Springs–based organization dedicated to responsible land management and preservation of ranching culture—does for a few days each year. This exhibition, featuring works from local artists including Sophy Brown and Duke Beardsley, showcases the art produced during its creators' time out on the range. By appointment. 

Nerd Nite: Polaroids, Vampires, and Nerd Jams

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:36pm

Whether you're an amateur photographer, a vampire enthusiast, or simply a curious consumer of art, these nerdy speakers have knowledge to impart. Camera collector Brian Stevenson will discuss how the invention of Polaroid made photography more accessible before writing duo Allan Harris and Jason Gray share the benefits of in-person research when working on books. After the talk, geek worlds collide in a rock performance by the Stubby Shillelaghs, who draw inspiration from tabletop roleplaying games, Star Wars, and Firefly for their songs. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Chef & Brew Festival

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:30pm

The ultimate celebration of beer and food will feature the flavors of 25 top local chefs and more than 25 local craft breweries, all of whom will try to create the perfect bite-meets-beer combination. Acclaimed Colorado chefs such as Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall, Jeffrey Samoska of Pub 17, and Dustin Brafford of Opus Cherry Creek will whip up their best dishes to be judged alongside the craft creations of local breweries including Wit's End Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company. Enjoy unlimited tastings before voting for the best dish, the best beer, and the best pairing.

Chris Young

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:56am

Listen to any country station for more than an hour, and you'll likely hear this Tennessee-bred crooner's "I'm Coming Over," an anthem about reckless romance. His sound isn't especially new or ground-breaking, but his adherence to the country-rock playbook is supremely executed. The former Nashville Star winner's silky baritone is beautifully punctuated with a classic gutteral pick-up, and he transitions solidly between a low, rumbling drawl during the verses and earnest, high-flying choruses. Thu 7:30 p.m.


Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:10am

A staple of the Los Angeles DJ scene, this former classical pianist applies her training to her beats, which hum with the energy of well-crafted keyboard lines and solid percussive layering. The Flying Lotus protogé's hip-hop-infused style has brought a new wrinkle to the EDM world, and her disregard for genre distinctions allows listeners to enjoy themselves without getting bogged down in the more esoteric aspects of her genius. Thu 8 p.m.

Children's Museum Grand Reopening

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:34pm

Grab the kids and (finally) head back to the newly renovated Children's Museum. The bigger and better museum boasts six new exhibits—including Altitude (where little explorers can climb a three-story mountain for a breathtaking view of the Rockies) and the Box Canyon (where they can boulder and practice steering a kid-sized kayak). With more than 40 percent more play space, the little ones are sure to find a new favorite activity area in no time. Fri 9 a.m.

Miniature Masterpieces

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:17am

This exhibit of tiny art solves a potential problem for art collectors during the holidays: How can I buy a new painting for my loved one and still fit it under the Christmas tree? More than 50 artists from Colorado and beyond contributed pieces to the collection, and every piece measures 120 square inches or smaller. Look for portraits and florals from Denver's Quang Ho, landscapes from Evergreen's Pem Dunn, and works from nationally recognized artists like Dave Santillanes and Kim English. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Doug Kacena 

Hey Diddle Diddle

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:54am

Be on the lookout for cows jumping over the moon when you pay this exhibit a visit. Nearly two dozen local artists, including Victoria Eubanks and Charles Luna, contributed their interpretations of childhood nursery rhymes to the whimsical display. Many pieces reflect the traditionally fun nature of these childhood poems, but others play on the stories' darker side. Expect media ranging from acrylic painting to sculpture and even papier mâché. Wed-Fri 1-5 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m.

Luminary Tree Lighting

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 1:18pm

Usher in the holiday season when Mayor Michael Hancock lights a giant luminary tree on the 16th Street Mall. The inaugural tree, a 25-foot metal structure that glows from the inside, was designed by local companies Impromptu and Silo Workshop. Catch performances by Denver Brass as well as the Mistletone's a capella singers while you watch the mayor clap his hands and send festive light pouring out of the tree and down the Mall. Fri 5-6 p.m.

Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:50pm

As a new generation of Star Wars fans gears up for the December premiere of The Force Awakens, you can reflect on the beginning of the series and the toys that made it come to life. This documentary follows Kenner Products employees who created the themed plastic miniatures and the fans with massive toy collections. If you're lusting over a particular spaceship you never got as a kid, check out the silent auction before the film—you might just find a tiny Millennium Falcon there. Proceeds benefit the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys. Fri 5:30-8:30 p.m.

James Beard Foundation Dinner

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:11pm

Head up to Winter Park for an exquisite dinner made by seven of Colorado's top chefs in a scenic ranch setting. The meal will feature items such as sheepskyr sorbet with foie gras and mission figs from Fruition's Alex Seidel, cacciatore sausage with late fall vegetables from Old Major's Justin Brunson, and steaming ramen with braised pork belly, egg yolk, and hazelnut from Osaka Ramen's Jeff Osaka. Between bites, sip pairings from acclaimed Napa vineyard Niner Wine Estates.

Stache Bash

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:30pm

This party is the perfect chance to show off the results of no-shave November. After modeling your 'stache—or free faux facial hair—in the photo booth, grab a Guinness and try your luck at bar games from the social sports league Play Mile High or dance along to a lively mix of tunes by DJ Denco. Plus, get your game day fix by meeting the Denver Broncos cheerleaders. Event organizers will collect donations benefiting the Movember Foundation USA, an organization working to raise awareness about men's health issues. Fri 6-10 p.m.


Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:10am

At this boozy dining event, discerning tongues can taste 17 craft cocktails and 17 one-bite dishes made by the movers and (drink) shakers of Colorado’s culinary community. Fine-tuned pairings are the focus of the night, with cocktails like the “Plane to Spain” (blue corn bourbon, sherry, contratto and lemon) and small bites like Cafe Aion’s braised local goat. Food lovers get the rare chance to sample the works of the finest distillers and chefs in the Centennial State, including the folks from Mile High Spirits, Roaming Bull Brasserie, the Kitchen, and Downslope Distilling.

The Dream of Now: Paintings by James Bohling and Cyncie Winter

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:51am

The literary and visual arts were melded into one for this dreamy show. Local artists James Bohling and Cyncie Winter drew inspiration for the exhibit from mid-century American poet William Stafford's "The Dream of Now" and its discussion of the "little fire" of inspiration that leads us through our lives. Bohling explores the theme through landscapes and farm scenes while Winter opts for abstract forms painted in the earthy colors of forests and mountains. Thu-Fri 1-4 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

Re:Cover Nepal Launch Party

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:54am

Support this local recovery effort aiming to rebuild 100 homes in Nepal in light of this spring's devastating earthquakes. In celebration of the initiative, which also teaches locals how to make their homes more structurally sound for future quakes, jazz quartet Gypsy Swing Revue will play live among the gallery's fine art collection, including the current Muses III exhibition. Thu 6-10 p.m.

Women's WOD and Wine

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:07pm

Rather than unwinding with a nice meal, a good book or a nap, take advantage of a slightly more badass after-work offering. CrossFit Eminence's WOD and Wine series—WOD stands for “workout of the day” in CrossFit parlance—aims to bring women together for an introduction to CrossFit, capped off with a potluck-style array of wine and snacks. Attendees will be eligible for prizes, including workout gear and free classes. Leave the kids and husbands at home—this is a ladies-only event. Fri 6:30 p.m


Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:13am

For a brief time only, art lovers can catch a glimpse of the eccentric works of installation artist Donald Fodness. The sculptures—often unsettling, occasionally hilarious, and always complex—mix bits of the pseudo-biological (faux hair, fake teeth, hot pink clay for gums) with abstract, sometimes alien, forms. Fodness’ pieces beg for a second (or third or fourth) look, making this small exhibit a rich adventure for contemporary art connoisseurs. Fri 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 —Photo courtesy of Donald Fodness

Oskar Blues' 13th CANiversary

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:05am

When a brewery has a birthday, there's only one way to celebrate: with beer. Come celebrate the 13th year of this Colorado favorite with a few specialty canned brews and live music from country-bluegrass act Musketeer Gripweed and Boulder's own Hot Soup. Of course, all of your favorite Oskar Blues classics will be on tap, so order a Dale's Pale Ale and raise your glass to another great year of beer. Fri 7 p.m. 

Deirdre of the Sorrows

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:49pm

This classic Irish play tells the mythological story of Deirdre, a headstrong young maiden who faces trouble at the hands of an arranged marriage and a fateful prophecy. Catch this production from the Upstart Crow Theatre Company to brush up on your dramatic literature—and your knowledge of obscure Gaelic names. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Chris Potter Trio

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:25pm

Listen to one of the modern era’s premier saxophonists over dinner or drinks from the comfort of an authentic jazz club. In this stripped-down and intimate engagement, he’ll play over a sparse drum-and-bass rhythm section, all but guaranteeing his sound will be at its most expansive. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Panicking Poultry Turkey Trot 5K

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:54pm

Staying healthy is all about balance, so hit the pavement on a USATF-approved course before you eat two slices of pie next Thursday. The speediest man and woman will each win $150 cash prizes, and everyone has the chance to qualify for the Bolder Boulder 10K. Bonus: If Junior is a burgeoning young athlete as well, she'll love crossing the finish line on the kids' one-mile track. Sat 7:30-11 a.m.

Vintage Jewelry Sale

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:45pm

Dress up your winter wardrobe with a few new accessories from this benefit sale. Browse member-donated pieces to find the perfect holiday party necklace for you or a unique brooch for your grandmother's Christmas gift. Proceeds benefit scholarships given by the Denver Women's Press Club to women pursuing journalism or creative writing at a college level. Sat 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

STEAM-a-Palooza: Junkyard Challenge

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:54pm

Cherry Creek students of all ages can show off their STEAM—that's science, technology, engineering, art, and math—skills during this day of experiments, contests, and creative exploration. Kids can build their own toys, including an air-powered rocket and a race car, then head outside to see pumpkins catapulted through the air or check out the Arapahoe Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad's remote-controlled robot. Who said school on a Saturday couldn't be fun? Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pumpkin Pie 5K/10K

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:11pm

You’ve probably heard of Turkey Trots, or maybe even run a few. But this decadent alternative to the Thanksgiving Day classic invites you to chow down on dessert almost a week before digging into the bird. Participants will complete a 5- or 10-kilometer course through Denver’s City Park before receiving their delicious, autumnal reward at the finish line. Sat 9 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Reptile Expo

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:41pm

A caravan of captive creepy crawlies is rolling into town—complete with slithering snakes, croaking frogs, and terrifying tarantulas. Adventurous kiddos can get to know hundreds of the scaled tetrapods during this fair, but be warned: your little ones' pleas for a puppy could be replaced with begs for a giant Boa constrictor. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Firefly Handmade

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:27am

Don't bother browsing Etsy for gifts this weekend—this Boulder-based market has all the crafters you could need. Grab a drink from the Vapor Distillery lounge, then start shopping from more than 100 handmade artisans selling a wide variety of products, from Canopy Skincare's soaps and scrubs to Teakoe's Trailhead Chai. Not only will you get some holiday shopping done early, but you'll also feel good about supporting Colorado artists. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Day of Darks

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:40am

"No shave November" is a month for moustaches, so go ahead and don your beer foam 'stache for this charitable event. Wynkoop Brewing Company will showcase a collection of dark beers from more than 30 local breweries, including Alpine Dog Brewing, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, and Left Hand Brewing Company, for your tasting pleasure. Between sips, scarf down chocolate to complement the heavy brews. Proceeds benefit the Movember Foundation, a national nonprofit that strives to raise health awareness in men and encourages the growth of moustaches through the month of November. Sat noon-4 p.m.

Red, White & Blue 5K

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 1:01pm

Veterans Day might be over, but you can still show support for the military at this patriotic run. Get some exercise while splashing your fellow runners with red, white, and blue colored powder, or save up your patriotic hues to throw once you've crossed the finish line. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Post Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Association, a nonprofit that provides services to active soldiers, veterans, and their families. Sat 10 a.m.-noon

The Story of the Nutcracker

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Fri, 11/13/2015 - 8:39am

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s beloved gift—the Nutcracker—shatters to pieces. Yet this tragedy simply marks the beginning of a beautiful story. Watch the Nutcracker come back to life and stir Christmas magic across the stage in director Rory Pierce's adapted performance of this E.T.A. Hoffmann classic. Sat 1-2:10 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Cody Schuyler

The Addams Family

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:37pm

If you've ever wanted to watch Morticia Addams dance a tango while you eat your dinner, now's your chance. This musical adaptation of the grim but beloved TV series met wide acclaim when it was released on Broadway in 2010, thanks largely to its casting of superstars Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as the parents Addams. Enjoy a three-course meal and watch hijinx unfold as daughter Wednesday does the unthinkable—fall in love. Mon-Wed 5:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri 6:15 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon, 6:15 p.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:28pm

There are quite a few ways to mark the beginning of the holiday season—one of them is whenever you first hear this hard-rocking orchestra’s version of “Carol of the Bells.” If church and handbell choirs aren’t giving you that warm holiday glow anymore, electric guitars and a heavy-metal approach to your favorite carols might be loud enough to awaken your dormant festive spirit. Sat 3, 8 p.m.

Steppe Plants: Botanical Illustrations Featuring Plant Select

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:30pm

The Gates Garden Court Gallery turns its illustrative focus to a new class of botanic creations. The Botanic Gardens' Plant Select initiative has cultivated new varieties of plants designed for arid, high-altitude environments, such as those found in the Centennial State, and students in the gardens' School of Botanical Art and Illustration have created drawings that depict those varietals. Come back in May to purchase some of the plants at the gardens' spring sale. Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Snow Glow: A Colorado Holiday Celebration

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:17pm

There's no better place to celebrate the holidays than in the "Christmas Capital of the World." Bring the family to watch as a storyteller—with the help of singers, dancers, and Santa himself—shares a festive tale set right here in Denver. Audience members are encouraged to sing along with their favorite tunes as they listen to the story of one local father who refused to let his sick little boy miss Christmas. Sun 1:30, 7 p.m.

Fall Break Camp

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:40pm

With some local public schools out all week for Thanksgiving, encourage your youngsters to spend as much time exploring nature as they do eating pumpkin pie. Kids will hike near the river, learn to track wildlife—such as deer, coyotes, beavers, and raccoons—and try to spot the park's majestic bald eagles. If it gets too chilly, they'll keep busy making nature frames, bird houses, and ornaments—giving you some time to work on Thursday's big dinner. Mon-Wed 9 a.m.-noon.


Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:29pm

Like a creature from one of its horror-punk songs, this band has never stayed dead for too long. Its original six-year run from 1977 to 1983 was notable enough for its fans to flock back more than a decade later when the group reformed. These days, bassist and lead vocalist Jerry Only is the current incarnation’s sole tie to the original outfit, but its theatrical punk-rock aesthetic has remained intact. Tue 7 p.m.

White Christmas

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:52pm

Join prolific local director Gavin Mayer in his production of this holiday classic. Watch as two army vets fall in love with a pair of showbiz sisters and work together to save their old commanding general's new career as an innkeeper. The title song may be the show’s (and one of the 20th century’s) most popular, but keep an ear out for the other tunes you may recognize from the Irving Berlin score, including “Sisters” and “Blue Skies.”  Tue, Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Wed 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Kevin Farley

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:14am

When your big brother is the late comic great Chris Farley, it's easy to be overshadowed—but Kevin Farley has made a name for himself all on his own. The stand-up comedian got his start in the 1998 Adam Sandler film The Waterboy and has since appeared in several movies and on television shows from That ’70s Show to Curb Your Enthusiasm. He currently hosts "Farley Bros Radio" on iTunes Radio with his other brother, John. Tue-Wed 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

Allen Stone

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:11am

This 28-year-old's expressive tenor is perfectly suited for the soul and R&B tradition he's aligned himself with. The Washington native also has an enviable knack for knowing when to bring things down, when to make them funky, and when to really let loose. Sprinkled among this self-described "hippie with soul's" Motown tracks—in his rendition of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," for example—are acoustic reggae sounds that hint at his West Coast origins. Tue 8 p.m.

ArtReach Festival of Trees

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:35pm

For more than 25 years, thousands of onlookers came to this festive gathering to ogle (and purchase) the exquisitely designed Christmas trees.

Punch Bowl Social's Third Anniversary Party

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:16am

Wish a happy anniversary to this Denver bar by doing what its patrons do best—partying. DJ Tommy will spin a mix of tunes while you enjoy appetizers and cocktails and play games such as cornhole, bocce ball, or ping-pong. Proceeds benefit local animal shelter the Dumb Friends League. Wed 7-10 p.m.

Harvesting Hope 5K

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:40pm

A year ago, two Stapleton moms of kids diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome (the leading genetic cause of childhood obesity) started brainstorming about how to raise awareness. Their efforts produced this community-focused race, which takes participants through a flat 5K course before they enjoy music from Elite Entertainment and balloon art by local Gary Maes. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. Thu 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Earth-to-Table Thanksgiving

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:22pm

Celebrate the true roots of the Thanksgiving meal at this native foods event. Each of the four courses uses local ingredients to create items like tequila carnitas with chopped onion, cowboy beans, and cilantro. The centerpiece of the meal is a Red Bird Farms achiote-brined turkey, served with pan gravy, although guests will also have the choice of a smoked prime rib or a tender belly pork loin, both house-made and stuffed with chorizo. To conclude the festivities, guests can sample from a dessert board of miniature sweets such as pumpkin pie, chocolate cola cake, and apple crisp.

Gentle Thanksgiving

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 2:36pm

Thanksgiving is a day of love and togetherness; as such, it should be celebrated with food that's good for the body and for the soul. This holiday, come feast on a completely vegan menu featuring savory items such as tofu turkey with stuffing, orange maple-glazed sweet potatoes, and green beans almondine. Between bites, sip on warm beverages such as hibiscus tea and chai. Thu noon-5 p.m.

Charcoal Thanksgiving

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 1:54pm

Want to enjoy an elegant Thanksgiving meal without laboring for hours in the kitchen? Step into Charcoal's dining room, where executive chef Patrik Landberg has planned a four-course menu that stands up to Turkey Day tradition. Nibble on selections such as turkey French onion soup gratine, fried apple pie, and roasted turkey breast roulade with savory bread pudding and mashed potatoes—no cleanup necessary. Thu 3-8:45 p.m.

Charles Kelley

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:51pm

Best known as one third of country-rock group Lady Antebellum, this singer-guitarist is using the band’s hiatus to develop some of his own music. So far he’s released a lone but promising single, “The Driver,” but a more complete offering is in the works. If the single is anything to go by, expect Kelley's solo work to be slightly more intimate than his work with his more famous outfit. Tue 7 p.m.

DaVinci & Michelangelo: Titans Side by Side

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:13pm

Two of humanity's greatest thinkers converge in this immersive "museum theater” performance. Interact directly with the inventions, machines, paintings, and sculptures of DaVinci and Michelangelo before the show begins. In the theater, Mark Rodgers, director of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo exhibitions from the permanent museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, guides the show in all its multimedia glory. Through movies, 3-D animations, images, and words, Rodgers tells the story of the Italian Renaissance and the two men whose competition drove society forward.

Friday After Thanksgiving

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:47am

A true appreciation for the arts can take years to master, so it's pretty tough to develop if you're a kid. With the art museum's Family Backpack Program, though, young art enthusiasts can get their hands on gallery-inspired games, crafts, and puzzles that allow them to interact with pieces without breaking the "don't touch the art" rule. Instead of tip-toeing around the Pre-Columbian Art gallery for instance, tiny art enthusiasts can put together a puzzle, play and seek-and-find game, and create a monkey mask. Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Auto Show

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:13pm

If cars are your passion, your Thanksgiving weekend will be even sweeter than Thursday's pumpkin pie. Millions of dollars worth of custom creations, mint-condition original models, and excellent restorations will be on display at this revvin' indoor auto show. Admire the metal beauties or enter your own car in a competition for the $5,000 Crème de la Chrome grand prize. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

St. Nick on the Bricks

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:10pm

As the calendar creeps toward Christmas, be sure to carve out some time to visit the big guy himself. Santa will be taking present requests on Pearl Street during the weeks leading up to his busiest day of the year. All ages are welcome—so feel free to ask the jolly elf for a few gifts for yourselves, Mom and Dad. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Asleep at the Wheel

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:14am

Yes, we know the turkey's still warm, but it's never too early to welcome the holiday season with a cowboy-themed set of yuletide tunes. This Texas-based ensemble has been defined by its revolving door of musicians over the years (more than 80), although frontman Ray Benson has been its one constant. His "Swingin' Silent Night" makes Christmas on the range sound like an inviting prospect, even if you'll have to make do with a cactus or sagebrush in lieu of a tree. Fri 2, 7:30 p.m.

Trail of Lights

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:07pm

Whether you explore them by car or by hayride, these colorful holiday lights are sure to wow. Meander along trails decked with elaborately lit trees, watch music-sychronized light shows, and explore the glowing Green Farm Barn before heading to the fire pit and cozying up to some hot cocoa. If you want to up the ante on the dazzle factor, buy some 3-D HoloSpex glasses at the door. Fri-Sat 5:30-9 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

Blossoms of Light

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:37pm

Bright colors at the Denver Botanic Gardens are to be expected, but the electric blues and pinks of this exhibit are a little different from the gardens' more natural shades. Christmas lights take over the gardens each evening for the wintry display, illuminating the flowers of the O'Fallon Perennial Walk, the ponderosa pines of the Japanese Garden, and more.

Funny Girl

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 9:32am

Lovers of Barbra Streisand, unite. This beloved musical is known for its famous songs and for its gaggle of honors (including Tony and Academy Awards), but it's best known for launching the career of the Babs. Catch "Don't Rain on My Parade" and "People" on stage in the final production of this theater company's season. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:42pm

Sure, you may have A Muppet Christmas Carol on VHS somewhere in your attic, but this performance gives you a chance to see the iconic holiday story in an even better way: live on stage. Watch as Ebenezer Scrooge—aided by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and yet to come—sheds his miserly ways and embraces the Christmas spirit in this musical theater adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic book. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 6:30 p.m.

Little Women

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:54pm

Bring the whole family to this heartwarming musical adaptation of this literary classic. Louisa May Alcott's classic tale follows the three March sisters as they grow up in Civil War-era New England and has been adapted for stage and screen countless times since its 19th-century release. Bev Newcomb Madden, a veteran of the Denver theater scene with more than 50 years of experience, directs the play, which has never been performed in the Rocky Mountain region—until now. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Horseshoe Holiday Market

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:36pm

To find post-Thanksgiving deals without Black Friday stress, head down to this festive bazaar. The flea market will host more than 85 crafty vendors from the Denver area. After you sample wintry jams from Modern Gingham Preserves and browse the Uka Market vintage rack, be sure to take a family photo—the historic venue makes a lovely backdrop for your annual holiday card. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gingerbread Tea

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Mon, 10/12/2015 - 3:36pm

'Tis the season for hot beverages and gingerbread decoration. Come celebrate in the lavish St Julien, where you can sip on a selection of more than 20 teas from Tea Forté (or a house-made gingerbread martini) while nibbling on bites hot from the kitchen such as finger sandwiches, ginger scones, and petit fours (kids can snack on PB&J). The head pastry chef will then walk you through the decoration of a gingerbread cookie that you can take home, and a photographer will be present to capture warm moments.

Holiday Lights

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:42pm

Indulge in a cold treat as Denver's favorite ice cream spot welcomes the wintry holiday season. Santa, his reindeer, and a few Clydesdale horses will stop by the extravaganza, which will also boast carolers, free cups of hot cider, and actual chestnuts roasting by an open fire. Sat 5:30 p.m.

Prototype Market

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:52am

Your craftsy friend will love one of the knick-knacks, one-offs, and hand-crafted goodies you pick out for her Christmas gift at this unique marketplace. Shop artisanal pottery from Veak Ceramics, jewelry by Blade & Knoll, and hand-made wooden bows by Tony Deland, all while enjoying live music from Two Tone Wolf Pack. Even artisan beverage-makers are involved; don't miss free coffee from Huckleberry Roasters and craft cocktails by Dram Apothecary. Sat 6 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Jenn Elrod

Big Band Christmas with the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:48pm

Add a little swing to your holiday with this jazzy performance. The sixteen-piece Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, led by Grammy Award–nominated trombonist Steve Wiest, will perform blues-y holiday standards such as Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker Suite" and Maynard Ferguson's "Music for Moderns." Denver-born vocalist Heidi Schmidt will accompany the group. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Drums of the World

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:04am

Grab your passport and open your ears for a rhythmic adventure around the globe. The Colorado Symphony percussionists will play instruments from Latin America, East Asia, Europe, and other far-off lands as well as some unconventional ones made closer to home. Expect to hear snare drums, xylophones, and tambourines, but don't rule out the occasional aluminum trash can. Sun 1 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Colorado Symphony

Drums of the World

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:58pm

This show highlights the skill of the Colorado Symphony's timekeepers while introducing the audience to a wide array of percussive traditions from around the world. Performances in past years have featured men in tuxedos yelling and banging on trashcans, so if you’re prone to thinking of classical musicians as buttoned-up or constricted by tradition, consider this an opportunity to correct yourself. Sun 1 p.m.

Farolito Lighting & Pinecone Ceremony

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:30am

Take a journey back to the 19th century for this unique holiday celebration. Keep your hands warm with hot cider or Mexican hot chocolate as sixth generation Coloradan and ESL teacher Esther Mary Anaya de Luben lights the farolitos (festive lanterns made from paper bags) to the sound of carols from the 1830s and ’40s. Then send a message to your loved ones who have passed on by writing a note, tucking it inside a pinecone, and burning it so the words can travel to the heavens. Sun 4:30-6 p.m.

—Image courtesy of the Tesoro Cultural Center

Red Ball

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:04pm

If you're craving couture but can't jet off to Paris or Milan, this charity fashion event is your best bet. The wild runway show pairs 14 local designers and salons, who work together to create avant-garde looks. And if a particular design catches your eye, you're in luck—original designer items will be on sale at the live and silect auctions, along with vacation stays and autographed celebrity memorabilia.

Allan Harris: Nat King Cole Christmas

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:17am

Throughout his career, this jazz crooner has drawn comparisons to Nat King Cole. It makes sense, then, that the Harlem-raised musician is taking advantage of his soundalike status to pay homage to some of the legendary vocalist's holiday standards. His Christmas renditions benefit from a heartwarmingly classic sound, although the rest of his catalog features a funky edge that's equally enjoyable. Sun 7:30 p.m.

Bighorn Hike

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:16pm

This ranger-guided hike through Waterford Canyon will take place just as the area’s bighorn sheep enter peak rutting season, when males lock horns with one another to win mates. These animals are masters of camouflage, so sightings might be fleeting, but the cacophony of their head-to-head encounters will likely reverberate through the canyon even if they occur out of sight. Rangers will take yearly variations in herd location into account when determining the hike's route and length, but they don't expect it to be too demanding. Mon 8 a.m.

Kid Cudi

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:20am

This rapper rose to prominence as an independent artist in the late 2000s with pop-y earworms like "Pursuit of Happiness" and "Day 'N' Night," both of which featured the kind of emotional authenticity that made his brand of hip-hop accessible to fans outside the genre. Since then, the Cleveland-born artist has taken a more experimental direction with his music, releasing a series of space-themed concept albums and forming a rock band, WZRD, in 2010. Mon 7 p.m.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:36pm

The little ones will be in awe during this holiday extravaganza as elves fly through the air, penguins perform balancing acts, and reindeer dance across stage. With some of the most daring perfomers around—think spinning acrobats with little regard for the law of gravity—adults will likely find themselves floored, too. Mon 7:30 p.m.