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May 2010

Art: Moore Inspired: Contemporary Responses to Henry Moore

Inspired by nature and the human form, internationally renowned 20th-century British sculptor Henry Moore was recognized for abstract pieces that left interpretation up to the viewer. Now, the Denver Botanic Gardens is giving contemporary Colorado artists the chance to use the curved and twisted forms in Moore's work as the basis for their own. Look for a variety of pieces, such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and small 3-D artwork, to be on display in Gates Garden Court, some for purchase. Afterward, take a stroll through the gardens to catch spring in full bloom. Opens May 29, Denver Botanic Gardens

Dance: 7dancers Art

Denver-based nonprofit dance company 7dancers has explored themes such as travel and the generational impact of music this season. In their final show, the performers tackle the different ways individuals perceive art. Hip-hop, jazz, tap, and classical ballet merge in four scenes, each arranged by a different choreographer, including at least one big name: Mandy Moore, nominated for an Emmy for her work on the show So You Think You Can Dance, adds her lyrical style to the performance. The innovative choreography and mix of dance genres will breathe life into inanimate art: Watch as a sculpture awakens and a painting becomes inspiration for a dance. May 28-30, Ricketson Theatre

Culinary: Colorado Chocolate Festival

Milk, dark, fruit-filled—you'll find chocolate every which way at this bonanza of sweet. Get in on the contests (how much pudding can you eat?) and free samples from more than 100 vendors in 30,000 square feet of cacao heaven. Ladies, stop by on Saturday to compete for the title of Colorado Chocolate Queen. Plus, everyone's favorite childhood chocoholic—Denise Nickerson, from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory—will be signing autographs. Bonus: great last-minute finds for Mother's Day. As if you need an excuse.... May 7-8, Denver Merchandise Mart

Sports: 71st Senior PGA Championship

Get to the green to watch the country's best senior golfers drive for the coveted title. Players scheduled to hit the 7,467-yard course include Fred Couples, Greg Norman, and Mark Wiebe (of Highlands Ranch). Colorado is hosting the prestigious tourney for the first time. May 25-30, Colorado Golf Club