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April 2011

Culture: Doors Open Denver

Let’s face it: We all zone out and look at the sidewalk while we’re going from points A to B. The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs aims to change that by encouraging everyone to look up—at the buildings and architecture that surround them. The free event series covers more than 70 sites around the city that typify modern architecture from the ’50s onward (look for steel, glass, and curved forms). Take a self-guided tour, or tag along with an architect or historian (buy tickets at Union Station the day of). Don’t miss Saturday’s 16th Street Mall tours with local author Mark Barnhouse as he explores downtown’s history; you’ll visit some of the landmarks featured in his book, Denver’s Sixteenth Street. April 16–17, various locations

Drink: Colorado Beer Week

Hey, hop heads: Don’t wait until September’s Great American Beer Festival to celebrate what you love. Colorado Beer Week has arrived, with nine days of events to quench your thirst. The organizers have left no tap unopened, with everything from new-release brew tastings and educational seminars to a beer and golf tournament for you active types. Friday’s kickoff event includes a keg tapping with dozens of local breweries, plus food-pairing stations for each. This week not only honors ales and lagers (and more), but it’s also a tribute to our city’s beer-and-food culture. Check out beer dinners around town, and don’t miss Thursday’s cruiser pub crawl in downtown Denver. Cheers. April 8–16, various locations

Fashion: Denver Style Expo

The Mile High style scene is exploding on the street and on TV, and we’ve got three local reality stars—Mondo Guerra (Project Runway), Nina Flowers (RuPaul’s Drag Race), and Charlie Price (Shear Genius)—to prove it. The trio is headlining the inaugural style expo, which will offer more than 100 exhibitor booths (everything from handbags to wigs), hourly runway shows, and style and beauty makeovers. Walk the red carpet entrance before Friday’s Denver Style Awards—honoring the best in clothing, jewelry, and more—and Saturday’s Top 10 Fashion Show. A portion of ticket sales benefits the Colorado AIDS Project. April 1–2, Denver Merchandise Mart

Ideas: TEDxMileHigh

The nonprofit TED (technology, entertainment, design) brings together brilliant minds to talk about “ideas worth spreading.” This month, TEDx—an offshoot that facilitates local, independent TED events—is coming to Denver. More than 20 innovators—from advertising giant Alex Bogusky (who will emcee) to Hunter Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute—will expound on new ideas and celebrate creativity. It’s a rare chance to hear how these forward-thinking Coloradans want to improve our world—and how you can, too. April 7, Ellie Caulkins Opera House