From an obstacle course designed by American Ninja Warrior contestants to a live performance by an integrated dance troupe, here are five can't-miss events across the Front Range this week.
Diehard art lovers and newbies to the contemporary art scene can both find an exhibit, lecture, or VIP after-party they'll love during a weeklong artistic exploration of corruption hosted by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. —Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Moveable Feast , May 13 to May 15
In order to make some of the best dishes in Colorado, Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision owner Alex Seidel uses the highest quality ingredients he can find in the state. Learn about his process and technique in a small group culinary demonstration that features Friday night reception with the chef and a Saturday field trip to Fruition Farms Dairy and Creamery, where guests will sample Seidel's line of sheep's milk cheeses. A tutorial on making healthy juices and cocktails and a dinner at Natural Epicurean round out Saturday night—but you'll want to stick around for the epic Sunday brunch to close out a delectable weekend. Fri 6 p.m., The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, 855-634-7711. Ticket prices vary.
Wolfpack Ninja Day , May 14
Families are invited to join the Wolfpack Ninjas—four American Ninja Warrior athletes that are also extreme rock climbers—for a full day of obstacle course fun. Three waves of competitors will try their hands (and feet) at conquering a youth or adult course (both of which increase in difficulty as you progress through them) throughout the day; the quickest contestants will receive prizes. Shirts, stickers, posters, and other Wolfpack-themed gear will be on sale, and the Ninjas will be available for photo ops and questions—like who's going to take home the show's trophy this year? Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, 1800 Heath Pkwy., Fort Collins, 970-221-5000. $50.
Unveil , May 14 to May 15
Challenge what you know about movement and dance at this mind-expanding event. Colorado's only fully integrated dance troupe brings dancers with and without disabilities onstage. Each dancer uses his or her own range of motion to complement the ensemble, creating a stunning group performance that redefines typical narratives of disability and art. Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. The Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Dr., 720-580-1554. $25.
Youth on Record Album Release Party , May 15
Denver's very own school of rock is having a block party to celebrate its album release—and the city's most promising young musicians need your support for their record to gain attention. This mini-festival features live performances by the music students featured on the album, Y.O.R. Sessions Vol. 1, as well as interactive studio jam sessions and poetry readings by local literary arts organization Minor Disturbance. Don't miss the eats from pizza joint Infinitus Pie and Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato of Denver. Sun noon-6 p.m. Youth on Record's Youth Media Studio, 1301 W. 10th Ave., 303-993-5226. Free.
MediaLive: Corruption , May 16 to May 22
At this weeklong symposium, attendees have a choice between a dip or a dive into the world of contemporary art. The most promising minds in contemporary art come together for a host of activities, many of them free to the public, like the Crowdsourced Intelligence Agency exhibit by New York-based installation artists Derek Curry and Jennifer Gradecki. True enthusiasts, however, can purchase VIP tickets, which gain admission into smaller events, like an intimate barbecue dinner with MediaLive artists and curators. Mon-Sun, times vary. Locations vary. Ticket prices vary.