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Ignite!Nite: Story

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This event is focused on what makes our favorite narratives stand the test of time. In conjunction with the museum's Backstory exhibition on the context of great works of Western art, this adults-only evening features museum tours, arts and crafts, and programming from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, all themed around what makes a good story.…

Cut Copy

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Lighthearted disco-inspired tunes from the famous electro-pop Australian quartet are sure to keep you grooving at this concert. The band—famous for hit singles such as “Lights and Music” and “Hearts on Fire”—released a new album in September called Haiku from Zero. During the show, enter psychedelic bliss as lead vocalist Dan Whitford’s rhythmic vocals are…
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Ben Folds

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At this unconventional musical performance, audience participation isn't limited to applause. After electro-folk duo Tall Heights takes the stage to play tracks combining soft vocal harmonies and cello-driven melodies, award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Folds will share piano-driven ballads and pop hits from his ten-plus-year-long career. If you're hoping to hear your favorite tune, you're in luck:…

Element Kitchen & Cocktail

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Enjoy elevated cuisine curated by James Beard nominee and Top Chef contestant John Tesar. Share the bacon board with Tender Belly bacon, bacon jam, and lavash crackers, or aim for a locally sourced filet served with pepper-cream sauce.

Pixies

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This late '80s alternative rock band is known for its inventive sound, which features intense guitar solos, male-female harmonies, and eccentric lyrics. The band’s music has influenced iconic artists such as Radiohead, the Strokes, and Nirvana, whose members famously admitted to copying the Pixies in its own songs. Decades later, members have come and gone,…

Randy Newman

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Singer-songwriter Randy Newman is well known for his Oscar-nominated song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” but his musical impact began decades before his Toy Story fame. Newman was an anomaly among his early-’70s counterparts for his choice to invent stories and characters in his songs, rather than mimicking his peers’ confessional songwriting. The unique style…
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Colorado Day

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If your kids thought you were old when you turned 35, just wait 'til they see this birthday party—the Centennial State's 141st. Visitors to this celebration can enjoy performances from Native American dancers and West African drummers, watch blacksmith demonstrations, and even chow down on birthday cake with Governor Hickenlooper. When you've polished off your…

Botanical Illustration in Pencil 1

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Whether you have lofty dreams of drawing flowers like a Dutch master, or simply have an interest in plant anatomy, this weekend class for beginners will help cultivate your artistic abilities. Learn basic techniques to render the shading, perspective, and texture of plants with technical accuracy. All are invited in to stop and sketch the…

Dale’s Pale Ale 16oz. Can Launch Party

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If you consider yourself a craft-brew aficionado (or just a beer-fan at best), chances are you’ve had yourself at least one or two Dale’s Pale Ales. Recognizable by its red, silver and blue can, this Colorado original is getting a funky facelift—and you can celebrate it. Revamped for its fifteenth year of existence, Dale’s Pale…

Conor Oberst with Tim Kasher

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Conor Oberst’s trembling voice, acoustic guitar, and honest approach to lyricism shaped indie rock’s intimate side from the late ‘90s to today. He is known best for founding the band Bright Eyes but will be performing solo at this concert with opening act, Tim Kasher, whose rock music rounds out the powerful performance. Oberst partnered…

Play: Works by Pattie Lee Baker

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Denver artist Pattie Lee Becker shows off her energetic and emotional pieces, which blur the line between real life and the abstract. In ink-and-colored-pencil drawings as well as sculptures, she offers playful, stylized interpretations of plants, tornadoes, and other elements of the natural world.
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Craft Beer and Cheese Pairing

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At this hoppier alternative to a wine and cheese party, pair four brews from Denver's Alpine Dog Brewing Company—a grapefruit IPA, a Belgian golden, a Belgian dubbel, and a cherry chili chocolate stout —with savory offerings from the Truffle Cheese Shop, such as a fleur de maquis French sheep's milk cheese and a Gorgonzola from Italy.…

Run for the Door 5K

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Your entire family can hit the pavement at this 5K, which takes place on an easy paved loop around Cheesman Park. After crossing the finish line, Centennial-based Flippin’ Flapjacks will serve pancakes and the Denver Bean Machine will provide free coffee for all participants. Proceeds benefit Open Door Ministries, an organization that provides food and education programs for Denver’s…

Miniature Garden Family Workshop: Journey to Japan

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Budding botanists will adore this hands-on workshop about a traditional Japanese custom. On a guided tour led by Botanic Gardens staffers, they’ll learn about Bonsai trees as well as common symbols and color schemes found in Japanese gardens. Then families will create their own miniature Japanese gardens using sand, bark, rock, and pinecones.

Natalie Merchant: Three Decades of Song

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At this outdoor concert, alt-folk rocker and former lead singer of ’80s rock band 10,000 Maniacs will perform songs from her three decade–long career. Her solo material, which features sparse instrumentation and thought-provoking lyrics, reflects her liberal political views. A portion of the proceeds from this concert benefits Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C.–based…

Wanderlust 108

Instead of toning your body with a standard run-bike-swim combo, this mindful triathlon gives you a chance to focus on your mental wellness. The event features three main components (a group 5K run, an outdoor yoga class, and a meditation session), but you’ll have the option to customize your experience by adding other activities in…

Beyond Burger Traveling Pop-Up

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Thanks to this pop-up burger bar, you can count on eating at least one plant-based meal this weekend. Boulder husband-and-wife chefs Ryan and Lindsay Cunningham will serve a healthy lunch of Beyond Meat vegan burgers, RollingGreens millet tots, and Health-Ade carrot-blood orange kombucha ($8). Proceeds benefit Metro Caring, a Denver nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief to low-income…
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Flogging Molly

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At a crowd-pleasing concert, this seven-piece Celtic punk band will share songs from Life is Good, its first studio album since 2011. With the new release (which debuts in June), the group members uphold their reputation as the creators of socially conscious rock—the lyrics take a critical look at poverty and unemployment in America.

The Spring Flea

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We know you don't need a reminder that Mother’s Day is Sunday—but if you are still searching for the perfect gift for Mom, you're sure to find a treasure among the 200-plus local vendors at this two-day flea market. Shop for unique home decor from Denver-based Hygge Life or cozy handmade accessories (think: scarves and socks) made…

Jamey Johnson

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After years of writing songs for fellow Nashville crooners such as George Strait and Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson is finally stepping into the spotlight himself with tunes inspired by his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama. At this show, the Grammy Award–winner will forego a setlist and choose songs while on stage, making the performance a spontaneous experience for the audience.

Bar Wars

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Hosted by drag queens Gabriella But’zin and Lala Shearz, this contest gives bartenders from local watering holes five rounds to wow the judges. Competitors will battle to craft, you guessed it, the most creative shot during the “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” round. Between drinks, attendees can refuel with classic American fare from Hamburger…

PJ Harvey

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This British singer-songwriter, who shared strong opinions on her 2011 record Let England Shake, will direct her ire across the pond for this performance. She’ll play tracks off of her political new release, The Hope Six Demolition Project, in which she criticizes America’s interference in foreign conflicts.

Pancakes and Booze

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Art lovers, musicians, and pancake enthusiasts alike are welcome at this upbeat show. Work from more than 75 local emerging artists—including Ash Sivils and Mikala M. Ford—will be on display, and visitors can snack on flapjacks and local craft brews while they browse the gallery. Afterward, jam to tunes spun by Denver DJs Drumsum and Konflict and check…

Fit & Fold Community Workout

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At this 75-minute fitness event, you can break a sweat two ways. Bring a friend so you can motivate each other during this community-focused class that combines conditioning with yoga. After you burn some calories, mingle with other participants while sampling homemade energy balls from Lorissa's Kitchen or shopping for yoga supplies from Aurora-based Pogamat.

The Disco Biscuits

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This Philadelphia jam band known for its entrancing laser-filled shows will take a break from the festival circuit for a pair of intimate Mile High performances. Known for its funky brand of electronica, which includes live tracks stretching up to 30 minutes long, the far-out group will appeal to fans of Phish and Umphrey’s McGee.

F. U. ALS

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At this charity performance, guitarist and keyboard player Luke Miller of Denver-based electro-funk band Lotus will man the DJ booth under his stage name Luke the Knife. To achieve his goal of bringing funk and disco to the world of EDM, the composer incorporates live drums, guitars, and saxophone into his remixes. At this show, he'll…

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