One man's trash is another man's treasure. In this resourceful and unique exhibit, the museum's artists make shapes and forms out of the old floor. Some pieces will be on the ground while others will hang on the wall, preserving the past as a new floor comes to life. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate the life of famed writer Kent Haruf with this adaptation of the last book in the Plainsong trilogy. Set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, this production delves into the meaning of war, gay rights, and religion through the lens of the protagonist's decline from cancer. Haruf himself passed away in November, leaving a rich homegrown legacy behind in print and on stage. Tue-Sun, times vary.
For the first time since 1999, the world ski championships return to the states. The best and fastest male skiers will race down the famed Birds of Prey course, while the newly designed Raptor course will host the women. An array of music, medal ceremonies, and bites and libations from local Vail restaurants will keep the entertainment level high long after the lifts shut down. Days, times vary.
Wale is the rare vocalist that fits into the world of underground rap as well as the pop music scene. The emcee gained notoriety in his hometown of Washington, D.C., years before mainstream rap took notice—but now Wale makes appearances on tracks alongside superstars like Rick Ross, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. Mon 8 p.m.
Your parents probably told you these classic stories, but they didn't have an orchestra as background music. In this production, music and storytelling blend as the Once Upon a Time ensemble of the Colorado Symphony performs fables like The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Tortoise and the Hare. Boxed lunches from Firehouse Subs are available for the later performance. Tue 9:30, 11 a.m.
Travel to a world where mice are expert dressers, fairy godmothers wave their magic wands to deliver couture ball gowns, and glass slippers are the key to a lifetime of love. Experience the magic of Roger and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning Broadway production live before watching the newest cinematic version in theaters this March. Days, times vary.
Romance and love takes to the canvas in this juried exhibit. The show is open to residents and college students 18 and older. Expressing their hearts in multiple forms of art, the aesthetics will move the cupid in you. Mon-Thu 9 a.m-8 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m.
Imagine running a 30-hour, 100-mile race without stopping. Impossible? Not for Zak Wieluns, an ultra-runner and star of 100: Head/Heart/Feet. This feature length documentary follows Wieluns as he trains for the Vermont 100 Endurance Race, which sees some of the country's most extreme athletes traversing paved streets and country roads, day and night. Only a few complete the race, which you can enjoy from the comfort of the Alamo Drafthouse, a cold beer and bottomless popcorn in hand. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Film and faith buffs alike can discuss religious reels in this month-long course. Iliff School of Theology professor Jeffrey Mahan guides the Tuesday evening sessions to determine what makes a film religious. Showings include Of Gods and Men, and, of course, The Big Lebowski. Tue 7 p.m.
Travel to a different culture and religion with this comprehensive film festival. Spanning 11 days, this festival showcases 28 films along with guest speaker Nancy Spielberg, who produced Above and Beyond, a festival entry about Jewish WWII pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. Other notable films include Of Many, a Chelsea Clinton documentary about an uncommon alliance between Muslim and Jewish religious leaders, and God's Slaves, a thriller centered around terrorist bombings of Israeli targets in the ’90s. Days, times vary.
For a child younger than six, sitting through an orchestra’s performance might be a difficult task. The solution: literally surround your tyke with the music. Tiny Tots provides an opportunity for children to sit on the floor while a 30-piece orchestra plays around them, allowing little ones to learn about the instruments and interact with the conductor and musicians. Wed 9:30, 10:45 a.m.
The town of Steamboat transforms itself into a snowsports arena. Ski racing, jumping, and skijoring for all residents and ages will take place throughout the streets and mountain village. The local high school's band will perform at the parade and fireworks will accompany the athletics. Days, times vary.
Throw on your bell bottoms and relive one of the most pivotal years in recent American history. This groovy exhibit will document the ramifications of the Vietnam War and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's assassination as well as significant pop culture events like the Broadway debut of the famed rock musical Hair. Experience the retro atmosphere first with food, cocktails, and live music at the premiere party—or splurge on VIP tickets for access to the even more exclusive pre-soiree event. Thu 6:30-11 p.m.
Formed when the members were students at the University of Buffalo, jam band Moe. has since established itself as a musical force on par with Phish—or maybe even the Grateful Dead. Its unique blend of rock and Americana has allowed this five-piece ensemble to become a staple throughout the festival circuit. Thu 9 p.m.
In this turn-of-the-century play, a black seamstress named Esther lives in a boarding house for women and finds success by sewing custom lingerie for a variety of clients. She marries a man she’s never met when she becomes lonely, but discovers a lifetime of matrimony is not what she expected. Issues of race, women’s worth, and the pursuit of dreams are depicted through Esther’s struggles. Days, times vary.
African artists join forces to explore society through photography. Their work displays the political forces changing the cultural and physical landscape of Africa, including the interplay of corporations and government. Featured artists include Sammy Baloji from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Algeria's Bruno Hadjih, and Mario Macilau of Mozambique. Tue-Fri 1-6 p.m; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Dance with that special girl in your life. Boogie on the dance floor at this Valentine's Day event and then participate in a raffle, games, and arts and crafts. Fri 6-9 p.m.
Absorb the quirky darkness of Tim Burton through his films' soundtracks, as played by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Composed by his longtime friend Danny Elfman, who has scored all but two of Burton's major releases, the songs range from comical (Edward Scissorhands) to twisted (The Nightmare before Christmas). In the background, projections of video clips along with Burton's original drawings and story boards will provide archival context for Elfman's mournful melodies. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:30 p.m.
Free form jazz meets funk in this enormously respected trio. For nearly 25 years, the group has only used a keyboard, a drum set, and a bass to create a uniquely improvised sound that has been dubbed "avant-groove." Twenty-member chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound will accompany the band at this particular show. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Warm up from the inside at this whiskey-themed event. Sip Colorado libations from a number of local distilleries while attending live seminars that discuss a variety of topics related to brown spirits, ranging from flavor and aroma to styles and production methods. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Learn the secrets behind elaborate gardens and homes. Enjoy floral scents while strolling through one of the 14 professionally trimmed gardens at this convention and get ideas for your own plot. After learning about the outdoors, take some time for the interior: Attend educational seminars to learn about everything from interior decorating to cake decorations. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Celebrate wildlife and its wilderness backdrop at this day-long festival. Check out the snow sculptures sponsored by local businesses and participate in the make-your-own sled competition. The night culminates in fireworks and a winter carnival ball that will feature the Acme Tribute Band, which only plays top five hits from the last seven decades. Mon 9:30 a.m.-midnight.
This informational event will hopefully keeps your kids from playing with fire. Firefighters will teach tots about the dangers of flames in conjunction with Burn Awareness Week. The event includes a tour of the fire safety trailer with a demonstration of the different ways to prevent house fires, and an obstacle course that illustrates how to exit a burning home. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Throw on your red and pink undies and ditch your other clothes for this fun run. Keep spreading the love once you're raced out with an awards ceremony and a late night party. Proceeds benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation. Sat noon.
With a mountain view and a glass of wine, you'll master—or at least understand—the tricks behind acrylics. This casual art class is led by friendly, experienced instructors from Ready Paint Fire art studio who will take you through the steps while you sip. Set below Keystone Mountain, this art center is the perfect spot to inspire the painter within you. Sat 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Mardi Gras without leaving Colorado. Don your colorful mask and enjoy traditional Cajun cuisine like shrimp and grits, jambalaya, and king cake, a cinnamon-filled confection. Afterward, bid on travel packages and enjoy live music from the University of Colorado at Boulder Jazz Band. Proceeds benefit the Boulder Ballet. Sat 5:30-11 p.m.
Hear how some of the brightest minds in the country want to change the way health is viewed. Wellness expert Dr. Frank Lipman, award-winning chef Seamus Mullen, and author Robyn O'Brien come together for a panel discussing the causes and solutions for chronic illness in children while guests enjoy braised bone-in-beef short rib or a smoked wild mushroom potato cake. Hip-hop group Michael Franti and Spearhead will perform after the conversation.
On its first Colorado tour in two years, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will play eight dates in the state, with locations ranging from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. The Rochester, New York, quintet has been steadily merging roots reggae with various genres—from folk to psychedelia—for 14 years, and its latest album, Steady, debuted at number one on the Billboard reggae chart. Live, the band is known for its extended jams—think Slightly Stoopid rather than the Grateful Dead. Sat 8 p.m.
While most DJs and electronic producers are trying to create a bigger, louder sound, Texas-born Matthew Dear has made a career out of doing the opposite. He creates rhythms composed of delicately balanced layers and loaded with minutiae—yet his tunes are always catch enough to dance to. Sat 9 p.m.
Engage in a class led by 34° Crisps chef Elizabeth Buckingham as you learn how South American Theobroma cacao is grown, harvested, and finally processed into the chocolate treats we know and love. Discuss the aphrodisiac and healthful qualities of chocolate. After the class, take home handmade chocolates for your Valentine. Sun noon-2 p.m.
You'll have to use your imagination at this complex performance. The Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, and composer Gregory Smith come together for this special show, which features an energetic score and a narrator but no visuals. The audience imagines the play while the symphony performs and the narrator describes the adventures of the main character, a playful ferret. Sun 1 p.m.
In the early ’80s, the MTV-watching masses were introduced to a blond English punk who sang with razor sharpness and exuded rebelliousness. It was one of the first instances when alternative television introduced a pop star to the public, and the man in question, Billy Idol, soon captured the world's attention with hits like "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding." Mon 9 p.m.
Forget about chocolate this Valentine’s Day. 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda M. Faison and Ellen Daehnick from Helliemae’s Handcrafted Caramels team up to explore the complexities of caramel with Bitter, a book by Jennifer McLagan, as a guide. Attendees enjoy a cooking demonstration and samples from the book. Wed 6 p.m.
It's hard to think of anything that shock-rocker Marilyn Mason has done without producing controversy. But through it all, the Florida-born musician, whose music is actually more melodic than one might think, has garnered a passionate following. His 10th studio album, The Pale Emperor, hit shelves in January. Wed 7 p.m.
See the future of ski racing at this weekend of speedy youth ages eight to 15. The west's best young alpine skiers will compete in slalom and giant slalom on the steep pitches of Hughes and Lower Hughes. Spectator viewing is prime from the Balcony House at the base of the race course. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Debbie is a high school cheerleading captain with dreams of going pro as a Texas Cowgirl cheerleader. The only problem: She doesn’t have enough money for bus fare to Dallas, where the auditions take place. Her teammates work together to pool the funds so Debbie can have the chance to prove herself. Days, times vary.
Support a good cause and indulge your inner chocoholic this Valentine's eve. Enjoy confections from local, regional, and national chocolatiers, as well as coffee and wine tastings and cooking demonstrations. Proceeds benefit a variety of nonprofits, including americanmilitaryfamily.org and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation. Fri 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Skip the crowds and head out the night before Valentine's Day, leaving your kids to learn the language of love. Children will listen to a French Valentine's Day story, learn a French song, and make a card for their parents, and. Fri 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Share a special meal with your special someone at this downtown steakhouse. The Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu features selections such as lobster bisque with whiskey crème and pan-seared diver scallops. Make a night of it and opt for one of the Four Seasons Hotel’s supplementary packages. Sat, times vary.
Held in the nation's sweetheart city, this celebration is the perfect Valentine's Day getaway. Nationally renowned snow and ice sculptors will carve figures on Fourth Street, while Colorado bands play music in the street. Each night will be capped with fireworks and a spectacular music and lights show. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Before you gorge on specialty chocolates, get some exercise in with your loved one. This 5K will take you and your partner through the scenic rock formations of Fruita. Receive free disease screenings, medical samples, and information at the health expo that will take place throughout the duration of the race and grab some drinks at the post race party sponsored by Copper Club Brewing. Sat 10 a.m.
Enjoy a three-course meal with that special someone this Valentine's Day while listening to the Brazilian-inspired music of the Chico Meira Trio. The menu includes selections such as roasted squash soup, beef tenderloin au poivre, and gluten-free chocolate lava cake. Make a night of it with Hotel Boulderado's Valentine's Day specials. Sat 6:30-8 p.m.
His most recent album, Pom Pom, turned Ariel Pink into a blogger's darling, but the Los Angeles-based singer was making music for nearly 20 years before his rise to fame. Riding this recent wave of success, he'll stop in Denver to perform his signature style of lo-fi indie rock. Wed 9 p.m.
This musical event doesn't involve animals playing instruments, but it's just as entertaining. The afternoon program features street dancers, jazz bands from local high schools, and Colorado State University. To try your own hand at music-making, head to the "petting zoo," where audience members can play an instrument of their choosing. Finish the night by taking in a performance from the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. Sun 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Come in from the cold and warm yourself with the best soups in the city. More than 20 chefs from famed local restaurants such as Barolo Grill, Fruition, and Lower48 Kitchen will provide hearty broths and appetizers for the 15th anniversary celebration of the Soup for the Soul program. A cash bar and a chance to bid on rare artwork in the silent auction will also be available. Proceeds benefit Porter Hospice, St. Anthony Hospice, and the Butterfly Program, which provides pediatric care to severely ill patients. Mon 5:30-9 p.m.
This famous southern festival has been shortened to a day, but the Colorado will be just as memorable. Breckenridge's Main Street will be closed and filled with life size puppets and fire dancers. Enjoy a performance from Chris Daniels and the Kings, a Denver-based R&B band, and watch for beer specials. Tue 2-5 p.m.
It's rare to find a singer/songwriter with lyrics that read like poetry, a sound reminiscent of soul gospel music, and a voice that calls to mind blues legends. When that musician turns out to be a spry 24-year-old, the world takes notice. Ireland's Hozier captured the public's attention last year on Saturday Night Live when he performed his hit "Take Me To Church." Wed 8:30 p.m.
This Chicago comedian adds a new dimension to the term "jack of all trades." He's had short stints writing for both Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, acts in The Eric Andre Show, Broad City, and the comedy Neighbors, and appears regularly on late-night talk shows. Experience his original claim to fame—stand-up—during his Comedy Camisado tour. Thu 8 p.m.
It’s the most wonderful time (to dine) of the year. Denver Restaurant Week brings food lovers the opportunity to enjoy some of the city's top dining establishments, including Coohills, Euclid Hall, and Vesta Dipping Grill, for an affordable price. Three-course prix fixe menus showcase each restaurant’s signature style. Days, times vary.
When the falling snow and squealing wind have got you feeling chilly, call to mind a warmer place with the sound of feel-good bluegrass. This 30th annual festival will feature groups like Nothin' Fancy, Kathy Kallick Band, and Claire Lynch Band, which will perform country-inspired holiday classics. Stop by the vendors' fair, where regional artisans will display instruments, art, and jewelry. Fri 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
What’s better than watching an innovative ballet created by masters of music and dance? Seeing three in one night. The Colorado Ballet will demonstrate its talent through performances of Concerto Barocco, Fancy Free, and In Pieces alongside live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Days, times vary.
You won't feel bad about being inside during these film screenings. The festival kicks off with guest speaker Boyd Norton, a professional wildlife photographer, and keeps rolling with nine of the best short films from past celebrations. Don't miss GMO OMG, a documentary about a father who examines the relationship between his children and genetically modified food. Fri 6 p.m; Sat noon.
For once, your little ones are allowed to get distracted when you shop. This expo has all the products tykes need, like car seats, strollers, and diapers. While you browse, tots can visit the petting zoo or take a ride on the miniature train. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Support survivors of sexual trafficking at this fundraiser. Participate in the silent auction and bid on prizes like Broncos and Nuggets tickets as well as mountain travel packages. If you get famished, stop by the oyster bar and sip on mocktails. Proceeds benefit Sarah's Home, a haven that shelters survivors of sexual trafficking. Sat 5:30-9 p.m.
Showcasing the community's best talents as well as up-and-coming local artists, this day chock-full of art is sure to awaken the senses. Viewers will move through installations—curated by public artist Jolt of Guerrilla Garden—that each draw on a different sense: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. After your sense have awakened, head down the rabbit hole for an Alice in Wonderland-themed fashion show featuring seven local designers. Fri 7 p.m.
If the steamy scenes and daring dialogue in the best-selling novel made your inner goddess LOL, then this Fifty Shades of Grey parody will have you cackling in your seat. Pre-show cocktails and the chance to meet the cast make this musical the perfect choice for your girls' night out. Sat 7 p.m.
Support these special olympians whose pursuit to succeed under any circumstances will inspire and awe. The athletes train for six to eight weeks for their chosen discipline and compete at the state level in four different sporting events. Skiing, snowboarding, cross crountry skiing, and snowshoeing will take place over the course of day with multiple spectator sites at each event. Sun, times vary.
Listen to local children and teen musicians perform everything from early Bach to his classic symphonies. Maybe your little ones will get insspired by the musicians, which range from kindergarten through high school. Instruments used include pianos, violins, flutes, and cello. Sun 2-4 p.m.
The celebrities shouldn’t get to have all the fun on Oscar day. At this soiree, don a glamorous gown, stroll down the rainbow carpet, indulge in award show-worthy drinks and appetizers, and watch the streaming show with some of Denver’s favorite Queens. Proceeds benefit Off-Center, a theatrical testing center to development off-beat theater. Sun 5 p.m.
Once the back-up band for legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, the Wailers have since established themselves as one of the most prominent forces in modern Jamaican music. This nine-member ensemble hasn't released a new album in more than a decade, but that hasn’t stopped the group from touring the globe and spreading good vibes. Sun 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the World War II home front at this informative event. Author Nancy Peterson will discuss her book Not to be Forgiven, which explores the emotions of school children during the war. The presentation includes a display of WWII artifacts. Mon 2-3:30 p.m.
It’s easy to fall in love with Dr. Seuss’ fantastical books, especially when they're combined into a play. As one of the most performed shows in America, this magical musical brings together Horton, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and Jojo to reveal the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Days, times vary.
This best-selling novel sparked a major film in 2003; now it will appear on the stage. The regional premiere tells the riveting story of Edward Bloom and his larger-than-life tales. His son, expecting a child of his own, is determined to hear the truth from his father. In the end, they learn to understand each other's takes on the world. Days, times vary.
Add a new dimension to your winter fitness regimen with this daylong partner race. Ski, skin, and hike nearly 12,000 feet of vertical gain through all four Aspen Snowmass ski areas with a teammate to egg you on. Or, tackle the recreational option, which includes trekking 15 miles over two mountains. Don't miss the afterparty at the Limelight Hotel for beer, food, and an award ceremony. Sat 6 a.m.-8 p.m.