From a romantic screening of the Princess Bride to a wine dinner crafted by expert sommeliers from Frasca Food and Wine, here are five can't-miss events across the Front Range this week.
Explore the oceans with two National Geographic photographers and admire their stunning work at a lecture on Friday. —Image courtesy of Jennifer Hayes.
Explore the depths of the ocean and experience marine wildlife from a diver's-eye view at this larger-than-life photographic presentation. Famed National Geographic photographer David Doubilet and his wife, aquatic biologist and photojournalist Jennifer Hayes, present their life's work on a stage-sized screen and talk about their experience shooting underwater. (Doubilet jokes he's spent more waking hours below the surface than on dry land). Interested guests can stick around for a post-presentation Q&A with Doubilet and Hayes. Fri 8 p.m. Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, 720-509-1000. Ticket prices vary.
Movie and a Martini: The Princess Bride , April 8
This lavish screening of the perfect cinematic love story is Denver's date night of the week (although there's plenty to love for singles, too). The show offers five dinner options—including roasted turkey legs and a seafood medley ceviche—and two martinis made by Western Spirits Beverage Company. For the full movie experience, splurge for the hotel package: a king bedroom at the Hampton Inn & Suites with a date night gift pack and complimentary shuttle transportation to the film. Fri 5:30-9 p.m. Liniger Building at CU South Denver, 10035 Peoria St., Parker, 720-488-3300. Ticket prices vary.
Nexus , April 8 to May 7
At this group exhibit, explore the intersection of two art forms that don't often occupy the same spaces: paintings and tattoos. As different as the audiences of these mediums have traditionally been, the show's curators encourage attendees to consider the similarities between the two ancient genres as they adapt to new technologies and cultural trends. With work from more than 30 artists on display—including some who have been influenced by tattoo culture and several who have successfully pursued a dual career in both mediums—spectators are invited to ponder the interplay of culture and subculture, the role of the art establishment, and the dynamic landscape of the art world in the 21st century. Fri 6-9 p.m. for the opening reception; Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Abend Gallery Fine Art, 2260 E. Colfax Ave., 303-355-0950. Free.
Do you love to craft but don’t know where to start? Take the lead from artist Margaret Lee at this kid-friendly workshop. At the Dikeou Collection, Lee’s installation, "Think About Tomorrow or Don’t," is a scaled-down wood monument inspired by the Wright Brothers National Memorial that commemorates the first 1903 sustained flight of the pioneering aviation duo. Learn how to create a wood replica of your favorite monument—or invent one—using wood, glue, and paint. Sat noon-4 p.m. The Dikeou Collection, 1615 California St., Ste. 515, 303-623-2001. Free.
Sommelier's Choice Wine Dinner , April 11
Allow yourself to be treated to the full sommelier experience at one of the most elegant restaurants in Boulder. Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and sommeliers Carlin Karr and Matthew Mather—who make up the restaurant's James Beard Foundation Award–winning wine team—will each hand-pick one of the evening's wines. The sommeliers will then work with the kitchen to design the accompanying dinner course, leaving attendees to be the judge of which sommelier created the best pairing. Don't fret if you're not a wine expert yourself; you don't have to own a vineyard to enjoy the evening. Mon 5:30-9 p.m. Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-6966. $50-$100.