From a new play by a Girls writer to jazzy covers of the Beatles' greatest hits, here are five can't-miss activities in (or near) the Mile High City this week.
Visit Goldyn this week for a collection of surreal collages by Denver artist Mario Zoots. —Image courtesy of Courtney Parker
Preschool Nature Nuts: Rascally Raccoons, March 9
Let the little ones learn about (and play like) a curious woodland creature with the guidance of naturalist Heidi Skiba. Kids ages three to five years old will craft a raccoon mask, hear animal-themed tales, and play interactive games to understand how to identify a raccoon, the importance of keeping trash stowed in its habitat, and the body parts that help it to survive. Wed 10:15-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon; Lookout Mountain Nature Center, 910 Colorow Road, Golden; free.
Mario Zoots, March 10
For Denver-based artist Mario Zoots, collage is all about altering reality. Snipping, pasting, and recreating bodies and forms, Zoots creates works that are both geometrically structured and subversively messy—dripping with paint, splattered, whitewashed, or blotted out. At this opening, take in an exclusive collection of Zoots' surreal work, which brings together the dark romanticism of old Hollywood stills and the artist's own photography. Thu 6-8 p.m.; Goldyn, 3040 W. 30th Ave.; free.
Great Chefs of the West, March 10
With too many of Denver's favorite chefs, winemakers, and brewers to count, this indulgent night is sure to keep even the most discerning taste buds satisfied. Sample morsels from the cooks at ChoLon, Osaka Ramen, Il Posto, and more—plus beer by Avery Brewing Co., spirits by Hanger 1 Vodka and Maestro Dobel Tequila, and the musical stylings of local rock group Rob Drabkin. Proceeds benefit the National Kidney Foundation, an organization dedicated to the treatment and prevention of kidney disease. Thu 6 p.m.; Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St.; ticket prices vary.
Tigers Be Still, March 11 to April 2
From Kim Rosenstock, writer for HBO's hit series Girls, comes this witty new comedy about Sherry Wickman, a young woman who has recently earned her masters degree in art therapy, only to find herself unemployed and moving back into her childhood home. After dozens of job applications, a gig finally comes through, and Sherry feels things are going her way at last—if she can only get her mother to come downstairs, her sister to get off the couch, and her therapy patient to cooperate. P.S. There's also a tiger on the loose. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave.; $13.50-$27.50.
A Taste of Jazz, March 12
Do something nice for your eardrums (and your taste buds) at this afternoon full of jazz orchestra and artisanal beer and wine. The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra will perform "Big Band Beatles," featuring Beatles hits such as "A Hard Day's Night" and "Hey Jude" with an urban jazz twist. Come early for discounted beer and wine flights from Epic Brewing Company and Mile High Winery, which pair perfectly with a killer trumpet solo. Sat 2:30 p.m.; Historic Grant Avenue, 216 S. Grant St.; ticket prices vary.