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Justine Marino

After making a name for herself in Los Angeles, local comedian Justine Marino is returning to the Mile High City to give two homecoming performances. The St. Mary's Academy alumna, who previously appeared on Netflix special Jenny McCarthy's Dirty, Sexy, Funny, is sure to make audiences laugh with jokes about weddings, single life, and pop…
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Snowboard on the Block

Ever wonder what Coachella for snow bros would look like? This season-launching fest may be your best chance to find out. The daylong celebration of snowboard culture features outdoor screenings of boarding-centric flicks from Snowboarder Magazine and Absinthe Films and live performances from rock bands the Vandals and the Murder City Devils. Gnarly, dude. —Photo courtesy of…


Chef Patrick Kelly offers regionally sourced, sustainably minded fare at this comfortable neighborhood restaurant. Try the lamb two ways: roasted shoulder and braised neck served with pickled Swiss chard stems.
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Mercantile Invitational

With the wealth of beer-pairing dinners throughout Denver during the week of Great American Beer Festival, it can be hard to choose which one to attend. We'll make it easy for you: Pick this one. Seven chefs—from London foodie favorite Tomos Parry and Top Chef alum John Tesar to Mercantile's own Alex Seidel—will create the…

Von Miller’s Celebrity Steak Out

Von Miller is every NFL quarterback’s worst nightmare, partly because he received proper eye care as a child. This foodie benefit for Von’s Vision, the star linebacker’s nonprofit (which provides low-income children with eye care), is an attempt to pass on the same opportunity. Cocktail hour starts with hor d'oeuvre, including mini Cubans and Colorado…


At art school exhibitions, the students’ pieces tend to be in the spotlight. This unconventional exhibit showcases the work of the educators instead. More than two dozen experienced professors from across the country , including Dan Thompson from the local Art Students League and the Da Vinci Institute’s Mandy Theis Hallenius, will converge on Denver…


At this hip-hop concert, musical icon Jay-Z will give fans a glimpse of the inner demons he’s been grappling with in what’s bound to be a highly personal show. After a four-year hiatus, the rapper released his 13th studio album, 4:44, in June, with lyrics addressing infidelity, and even the close relationship he has with…

Spicy Pickle

This revamped Denver deli specializes in gourmet panini and sandwiches made with Boar's Head meat and homemade ciabatta. For the perfect lunch break sandwich, try the Bandido panini.

The Cruise Room

This sleek art deco bar in the Oxford Hotel is Denver's oldest watering hole. Sip on the Cruise Room special cocktail, made with cognac, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, and Champagne, and nibble on the braised beef bourguignon bites.


The team behind Boulder's acclaimed Frasca Food and Wine offers the same attention to detail and hospitality at their more casual Denver restaurant. The charming space is home to dishes from across Italy and a deep wine list. Try the "pollo girarrosto," a whole rotisserie-roasted chicken for two served with potatoes and escarole.
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Taste of the Broncos: A Gourmet Tailgate for A Cause

Thanks to this charity cookout, you don't need to spend an afternoon in the kitchen to enjoy mouthwatering game day snacks. Instead, savor small plates prepared by more than 30 of Denver's top chefs, including Korean-inspired fried chicken sliders from Troy Guard and fresh Peruvian ceviche crafted by Dana Rodriguez. While you snack, meet dozens…
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Book Reading & Discussion with Tershia d’Elgin

For most, the rapid growth of the Mile High City just means more traffic during your evening commute. For author Tershia d'Elgin, who grew up on a farm in the Centennial State, the booming development inspired The Man Who Thought He Owned Water, an exploration of the strain Colorado's growing cities are putting on its…
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Lies Wide Open: The Close-Up Magic of Tyler Wilson

Thanks to this performance, you can experience the mind-bending illusions you'd see at a flashy Vegas magic show in a more intimate setting. As one of only 40 audience members, you'll be close enough to touch award-winning magician Tyler Wilson as he performs his interactive deception. By incorporating multiple opportunities for audience participation—at one point,…
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Troy Walker

Sure, T.J. Miller and the Grawlix guys may be bigger local comedy names, but are they also University of Denver-educated lawyers? This Comedy Works regular—and, seriously, licensed attorney with a degree from the Sturm College of Law—has performed (lawyer jokes included) at the Great American Comedy Festival and in the New Faces showcase at Montreal's Just for Laughs. He's…

Citizen Rail

Located in the Hotel Born, this chic eatery offers in-house dry-aged proteins and indulgent wood-fire cooking. Try the hickory smoked oxtail and rice porridge.

Urban Farmer

Executive chef Chris Starkus harvests the restaurant's honey from rooftop hives, grows Hazel Dell mushrooms in a downstairs terrarium, and sources locally raised animals for the in-house butchery and dry-aging program at this modern steak house.

Smart People

This comedy follows four Harvard intellectuals trying to understand why the lives of so many, including their own, are impaired by personal perceptions of race. No matter how much they examine the problem their own issues with self-awareness stand in the way of them understanding worldviews different than their own. Award-winning playwright Lydia R. Diamond…

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

If you prefer gifts to candy, you’re in luck: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas brings the winter holiday early this year. The full feature film will be projected onto the big screen with extra dialogue, singing, and music from the Colorado Symphony. Hear composer Danny Elfman’s dark and enticing score live at this spooktacular…

Purple Rain: The Music of Prince

Prince was one of the many influential artists to pass away in 2016, but the iconic singer-songwriter will forever live on through his music. This summer he was honored with the reissue of his seminal album, Purple Rain, which featured previously unreleased music. Now, the Colorado Symphony will join the tribute, performing “Raspberry Beret,” “Purple…

The Script

In 2001, guitarist Mark Sheehan and vocalist Danny O’Donoghue recruited Glen Power as their drummer to form a self-proclaimed “Celtic soul trio.” The band drew inspiration from a diverse range of artists including the Neptunes, Timbaland, and Van Morrison to produce global hits, open for Paul McCartney and U2, and perform across the United States.…

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is one of the most dynamic performers alive. After releasing his first full-length record in 2010, featuring the number one single, “Just the Way You Are,” Mars has dropped countless chart-toppers, performed at a Super Bowl, and won several prestigious awards—the most notable being BET’s Best Male R&B/Pop Artist this year.
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Trumpet Summit: Generations

You've heard of a meeting of the minds, but how about a huddle of the horns? Three local trumpeters with big national names form the roster for this all-brass evening, representing where the instrument has been and where it's going. Enjoy jazz tunes from Grammy nominee Shane Endsley, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra alum Greg Gisbert,…
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Walking tours: they aren't just for tourists anymore. On these mobile performance art journeys, travel just under a mile with Control Group Productions actors through the streets, parks, and rivers of downtown Denver as they use movement, poetry, sound, and the surroundings themselves to tell a story of the trials of tribulations of human migration.…
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Denver Brunchfest

Put that "Brunch So Hard" tank top in your closet to good use. Dozens of local brunch favorites—including Brazen, Telegraph, and Revelry Kitchen—will be on hand for this ode to the mid-morning meal, serving up their signature dishes alongside bloody marys and bottomless mimosas. Eat and drink your way through the restaurants' booths and rest…

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