From an evening celebrating failure with Denver business owners to a concert by award-winning children's musician Laurie Berkner, here are five can't-miss events in the metro area this week.
See stunning aerial landscape photography at Sync Gallery this week.
—Image courtesy of Steve Keating.
Dos Casas , April 13
Thirteen local chefs, six unique courses, and 50 bottles of wine will lure you to this culinary extravaganza—but eating for a cause is the true draw. Jamey Fader of Lola Mexican Fish House commands a cadre of talented chefs from well-known restaurants, including Paul C. Reilly of Beast & Bottle and Alex Seidel of Mercantile Dining & Provision, to prepare oxtail tamales, Gulf snapper, Big Cove oysters, and other edible masterpieces. Stay for music by local rock ’n’ roll outfit the Congress and bid on silent auction prizes like a South African safari guilt-free—proceeds benefit Brent's Place, Denver's only free long-term housing option for the families of children undergoing cancer treatment. Wed 5:30 p.m. Lola Mexican Fish House, 1575 Boulder St., 720-570-8686. $186.
F*ckUp Nights , April 14
Tired of personal success kits, 10-step books, and nauseatingly positive entrepreneurship conferences? Enter this spirited celebration of failures, flops, and fiascos. Denver chef-extraordinaire Justin Cucci (chef-owner of Linger, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox, and Root Down) kicks off proceedings with a riotous yarn about his previous life as a tie-dyed T-shirt entrepreneur, followed up by more fail-tales from members of greeting card company Craft Boner and animation studio Legwork. Grab your complimentary Pabst Blue Ribbon at the door and bask in the misery of failure—all in good company. Thu 7 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. $10.
Prime: The Fruit of the Stone , April 14
After being presented in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, this experimental performance piece has finally made its way to the Rockies. Co-produced by New York– and Dubai-based Loom Ensemble and the Italian-Californian group the Art Monastery Project, this two-person dance is the collaborative effort of 10 artists. Performed by Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks, the piece explores powerful, universal themes of communication, cohabitation, and the nature of human relationships, all wound around the motif of natural elements. Thu 8 p.m. Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington St., 720-526-2467. $16.82
Meander , April 15
At this multimedia exhibit, viewers can take in the impressionistic landscapes of painter Faye Crowe and photographer Steve Keating. While Crowe's brushstrokes create vibrant movement, emotion, and energy all grounded in the earth, Keating takes to the sky, photographing landscapes from an aerial camera 300 feet in the air. Both artists' work are a study in the intimacy that comes from familiar surroundings. opening artist reception Fri 6-9 p.m. Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Dr. Free.
Laurie Berkner , April 16
Award-winning children's musician and former preschool teacher Laurie Berkner has appeared on Nick Jr. and Sprout shows for years, but now the kids can see her take the stage live. Berkner, who's been a key artist in the “kindie rock” movement, will play a set that includes tunes from her greatest hits albums, The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band and The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection.Bonus: Some songs, such as "Drive My Car," "Bottle Caps," and "Telephone," will include hand motions and a cappella music. Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland, 970-962-2120. $30-$60.