Best Bets

Best Bets

March 2006
1. Movies in the Mountains If the 2006 Vail Film Fest is anything like last year's, get thee to the slopes for four days of feature films, documentaries, animations, and general creative genius that drew 10,000 attendees in 2005. Screenings include Kevin Noland's Americano (Dennis Hopper, Joshua Jackson) and Jason Ruscio's Laura Smiles (Jonathan Silverman, Kip Pardue). Don't miss these stellar debuts (and the last of the powder time to boot). Vail Film Festival: Mar. 30-Apr. 2, Vail Village

2. Beautiful on the Inside Ever wonder how eating your veggies and hitting the treadmill REALLY pay off? Take a peek under the skin of more than 200 preserved cadavers in a no-holds-barred display of (what used to be) the inner workings of a live body. Through an innovative process called plastination, which replaces the body's natural fluids with reactive fluid plastics, the cadavers have been preserved with enough flexibility and strength to hold realistic action poses. Any way you slice it, this exhibition is all about you. Body Worlds 2: Mar. 10-Jul. 23, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3. Creative to the Max The new retrospective exhibit of Peter Max's artistic portfolio is a gold mine of pop culture events, historical milestones, and famous faces-on mediums ranging from murals to postage stamps. But if you only view one thing here, make it the first-ever display of his "American Heroes" portrait series, immortalizing every one of the 356 firefighters who sacrificed their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11. The Creative World of Peter Max: through Apr. 23, Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs

4. The Fight for Rights It could be a friend, a stranger, a colleague, or yourself...No matter who chooses an alternative lifestyle, the ongoing struggle for civil treatment and respect is a universal one. Help fight the battle at the Human Rights Campaign dinner and auction this April Fool's. The campaign slogan says it all: "Equal Rights-No More-No Less-No Foolin.'" Annual HRC Dinner: Apr. 1, Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center Hotel

5. Get Your Sea Legs Artists from around the world present their interpretive expressions of the ocean in a contemporary 18-piece exhibit featuring marine utopias, terrifying storms, and powerful mystique. From photographs to paintings to animated DVDs, this thought-provoking display will have you seeing salt water in a whole new light. See Into Liquid: through May 28, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver