Operas can sometimes be difficult to follow, but Rusalka—with a plot based on mythology and a story line akin to the The Little Mermaid—is a show for all audiences. The fairy tale opera follows Rusalka, a water sprite who yearns to become human because she’s in love with a mortal man. When her wish is granted by a witch (because there’s always a witch), it results in tragic consequences. Themes of love, betrayal, and sacrifice render the tale timeless. Bonus: The performance is part of Czech Point Denver, the city’s two-month celebration of Czech culture. Art institutions such as the Denver Art Museum and the Buntport Theater Company will host events (theater, film, and visual arts) in collaboration with Opera Colorado. February 12, 15, 18, and 20, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
People: An Evening with Marvin Hamlisch
This guy's got some serious cred: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, three Golden Globes, a Pulitzer Prise, and a spot in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If you don't recognize his name, you'll certainly recognize Marvin Hamlisch's work. He composed the scores for A Chorus Line and The Way We Were, and arranged Barbra Streisand's 1994 concert tour. Get the story behind the man as the legend himself plays tunes on a Steinway, interjecting stories about his life and the history of his music. Here's a fun fact to get you started: Hamlisch was the youngest person ever to be accepted to The Juilliard School-at age seven. February 2, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.
Food: Salute to Escoffier
Each year, the Broadmoor honors French chef and restaurateur Auguste Escoffier with a gourmet weekend. Escoffier is credited with popularizing French cuisine, coining the first à la carte menu, and crafting the 10-course meal that was served to first-class passengers aboard the Titanic on its final night. The celebration includes cooking demos, a wine luncheon, and an interactive cocktail class. But if you only go to one affair, make it the grand buffet. This is no lazy Sunday brunch; it’s a foodie extravaganza with seven courses and more than 100 delicacies (think crêpes, king crab legs, and more) served over six hours. Get your ticket soon: Attendance is capped at 250 people. February 4–6, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
Expo: Colorado Garden & Home Show
Sure, it’s still frosty outside, but it’s never too early to start planning for spring. You’ll find plenty of ideas for your living space, both indoors and out, at this annual convention of all things home and garden. Discover the latest trends and products across 400,000 square feet of space filled with vendors—and get advice from more than 600 landscaping gurus. You can peruse 14 professionally landscaped gardens so you can envision the outcome of all your brainstorming. If you’re looking for some how-to pointers, attend one of the free seminars or demos, such as Greening the Home. Plus, organizers are making it easy: For just $5 you can park at Coors Field and take a free shuttle to the venue. February 12–20, Colorado Convention Center