From an exhilarating adventure film festival to a battle of the bands featuring a symphony orchestra, here are five can't-miss events in the metro area this week.
Grab a sword and head to the Mayan for the premiere of season six of your favorite HBO show.
Adam Buehler , April 20
Celebrate spring by discovering an emerging local artist: Denver's own Adam Buehler, a graduate student in architecture at University of Colorado Denver. Buehler's canvases burst with color, light, and movement—embodying the optimism of the season and showcasing a talent that belies the artist's age. To top off the evening, attendees of the opening can toast the artist and his work with free-flowing champagne and Baur's signature hors d'oeuvre. Wed 4-6 p.m. Baur's Restaurant & Listening Lounge, 1512 Curtis St., 303-615-4000. Free.
5Point Adventure Film Festival , April 21-April 24
Already mapping out your summer summits? Find inspiration through the lens—and on the trails. This adventure-packed festival delivers four days of world premieres, including The Coldest Crossing, the story of the first people to try to cross Iceland unsupported in winter. Away from the screens, the gatherings continue with activities such as a Roaring Fork River cleanup, 555 (a beer-speaker pairing dinner), a rally with more than 35 tiny house–style vehicles, and a hike led by Dirtbag Diaries author Brendan Leonard. Plus, you shouldn't miss the countless guest speakers, including Adventure Journal editor Steve Casimiro and professional climbers Emily Harrington and Cedar Wright. Thu-Sun, times vary. Multiple locations, Carbondale, 970-510-5523. Ticket prices vary.
Chefs Up Front , April 24
At this feel-good charity dinner, try a new take on culinary pairing. Guests kick off the night with a cocktail hour that includes a charcuterie station, a raw oyster bar, and signature libations concocted by eight of Denver’s finest bartenders. Attendees can rank their top three choices from a list of more than 30 of Denver's most renowned chefs (including Darrel Truett of Barolo Grill and the Populist's Jonathan Power), and will be paired with a chef for the seated dinner portion of the evening based on these preferences. After enjoying a luxurious four-course meal, diners close the evening with desserts from Food Network celebrity chef Keegan Gerhard and his team. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength Colorado, a nonprofit seeking to supply food to the state's hungry children. Sun 5 p.m. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., 303-548-4159. $500.
Colorado Symphony Ball , April 23
A traditional battle of the bands would feature exclusively rock ’n’ roll groups—but this extravaganza adds symphonic music to the mix. Denver's premier orchestra takes on rock bands Tracksuit Wedding and DaVita Blues All Stars in this epic musical competition, during which attendees will text their votes in real time (each vote costs $1). Vote early and often or go all in on a $100 raffle ticket to win a new Honda Pilot; proceeds benefit the Colorado Symphony. Sat 6 p.m. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., 303-308-2495. Ticket prices vary.
Game of Thrones Viewing Party, April 24
If you've had separation anxiety since Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Tyrion Lannister went off the air, this Game of Thrones season six, episode one screening is just the cure. Costumed attendees can participate in a 10-round trivia session to win prizes like helmet replicas and a Game of Thrones–themed version of Risk. Guests receive a complimentary voucher for a drink and popcorn, so RSVP with HBO to enjoy the premiere with hundreds of Denver's biggest GoT fans. Sun 5:30 p.m. Mayan Theatre 110 Broadway, 303-744-6799. Ticket prices vary.