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  1. Sesh Fest
    3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. August 2 - In the beer-obsessed state of Colorado, a brewer has to try hard to make something really different. And the Lovibond series, a trio of sudsy events hosted this year by Imbibe Denver and the Colorado Brewers Guild, definitely qualifies. The second in this string of taste-fests-with-a-twist, Sesh ...
  2. Westword DISH
    11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. September 7 - Join us and over forty restaurants as we enjoy a beautiful Denver Sunday in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. 11 to 12:30 p.m. VIP access; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. general admission. DISH is a 21 and over event....
  3. SLAB
    8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 16 - “How do you move forward when you’ve lost everything?” That’s what many people asked after last September’s floods in Boulder, recalls Emily K. Harrison of Square Product Theatre. The ensemble’s new production, SLAB, explores the same question but in...
  4. Denver County Fair
    Daily from August 1 until August 3 - In its fourth year, the ultra-urban Denver County Fair has edged a lot closer to becoming world-famous, and with good reason: Organizers Dana Cain, Tracy Weil and Andrew Novick work hard to constantly reinvent and improve the overall event while hanging on tightly to what’s tried and tr...
  5. The Internet Cat Video Festival
    7:30 p.m. August 1 - If there’s one thing the Internet loves (besides porn), it’s cat videos — whether those cats are playing keyboards, chasing lasers or contorting themselves into absurd shapes to fit into tiny boxes. Now you can get a concentrated dose of cat madness with the Internet Cat Video F...
  6. Quentin Tarantino's Bad-Ass Broads
    7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. every Mon. from August 4 until August 25 - Quentin Tarantino’s movies push the limits of cinematic violence and remix cult genre films into works of artistic rigor. Female characters lead many of his stories, and his depiction of women suggests a shift in the cultural fantasies of our era, says Denver Post film critic Lisa Kenne...
  7. Matt O'Neill
    8:00 p.m. August 5 - When you’re a veteran of the Front Range scene, there’s plenty of “been there, done that” to contend with while continuing to pursue your art. But Matt O’Neill, who just wrapped up a big painting show at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, has learned how to keep thi...
  8. Monty Python Live (Mostly)
    7:00 p.m. August 6 - When the remaining members of the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe announced they would be performing together one more time, there was much rejoicing. But local fans were bitter last month when Monty Python Live (Mostly) was performed in London and simulcast to select cities in th...
  9. Vans Warped Tour
    11:00 a.m. August 3 - Warped Tour has evolved plenty over the years. The onetime strictly skate-punk festival now features handy color-coded dots below each artist listed on its website indicating genre. The dots range from maroon for metal to light blue for folk. Yet even with its newfound broad spectrum, Warped Tour ha...
  10. Matt Barton: I Think I Feel Something
    Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until October 5 - In Colorado Springs artist Matt Barton’s world, a place where foxes talk and treehouses sprout up indoors, viewers are asked to suspend their disbelief — even if just for a moment, says MCA Denver’s Adam Lerner. He knows that’s difficult in a modern society too often driven b...
  11. Vail International Dance Festival
    7:30 p.m. daily until August 9 - Superlatives are handed out way too often in the arts, but you can’t avoid them when describing the Vail International Dance Festival, which every year stages two weeks of dance ranging from classical ballet to contemporary to performances by artists from such shows as Dancing With t...
  12. The Amazing Acro-Cats
    Every Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until August 10 - Cat trainer Samantha Martin, who travels the nation with her Amazing Acro-Cats trained-cat act, is the first to admit that there’s truth to the cliché about herding cats: “The cats, they’ll mess with you a little bit,” she told Westword before a 2011 perf...
  13. Colorado Brazil Festival
    Daily until August 3 - “When you say you’re drumming on Pearl Street, people think it’s a bunch of hippies in a circle — but it isn’t like that at all. We’re more like an army,” says musician Dan Curtiss, organizer of this year’s Colorado Brazil Fest. But it is an army in f...
  14. Prophetia Vetitum Mundi
    8:00 p.m. August 2 - Adam Stone doesn’t want to reveal much about the art installation at the center of Screw Tooth’s Prophetia Vetitum Mundi (or Prophecy of the Forbidden World), other than to say that it’s fairly massive and really absurd, every inch of it is covered with tiny pi...
  15. Lonnie MF Allen
    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. August 1 - Deep within the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe, you’ll find a home for the kind of art that’s usually displayed behind lurid four-color covers and on the funny pages. If you prefer that to yet another wall of abstract swirls, Zac Conley’s Hall of Justice comic and entertainm...
  16. Chris Isaak
    6:30 p.m. August 3 - Because Chris Isaak's pompadoured mug might as well be the picture of eternal California youth, it's a little discomfiting to realize that the Golden State singer-songwriter is now five years past his fiftieth birthday — and that it's been almost twenty years since his black-and-white beach ro...
  17. Chromeo and Cut Copy
    6:30 p.m. August 5 - Since Chromeo's formation almost a decade ago, the band has become a leader in dance music with its innovative, modern take on funk. Most notably, the group's third album, 2010's Business Casual, released hits like "Hot Mess" and "Don't Turn the Lights On." Chromeo's fourth studio album, W...
  18. Rocky Mountain Tea Festival
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. August 2 - “We want the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse to offer people the opportunity to explore tea in all its different forms and ways that it’s embraced around the world,” says Sarah Martinelli, who operates the exotic venue for the City of Boulder. “The teahouse is such a big, vibrant, ...
  19. HARD Red Rocks
    5:00 p.m. July 31 - With a crossover-friendly take on dubstep, Nero has been one of the hotter acts in the genre to come out the UK. Boasting a background in drum 'n' bass, the pair has a special skill for infusing dubstep's slower tempos with kinetic energy. Unabashedly arena-reaching synth washes and frequent, vaguel...
  20. Lisa Fischer
    7:00 p.m. July 31 - If you've seen the Rolling Stones live any time over the last 25 years, chance are good that Lisa Fischer was singing back-up vocals. She's also shared the stage with other heavies like Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Sting and Nine Inch Nails. More recently, Fischer was featured in last year's Oscar ...
  21. Black Flag
    8:00 p.m. July 31 - Had Black Flag merely been the first American hardcore band, its place in history would have been assured. Informed by jazz and early heavy metal as much as punk, the band's music captured urban angst and provided a musical catharsis like little else that had come before it. But Flag and its label, ...
  22. James McMurtry
    8:00 p.m. July 31 - The sons of famous fathers start out several rungs higher on life's ladder than do the rest of us, but this head start doesn't guarantee superstardom, as the career of James McMurtry demonstrates. The singer-songwriter's 1989 debut, Too Long in the Wasteland, appeared on a major label thanks largely...
  23. Kacey Musgraves
    9:00 p.m. July 31 - More a pop-music genre-bender than a full-on country crossover, Kacey Musgraves stands out in the sea of her overly patriotic, good-ol'-party-boy contemporaries. The plucking banjo accompaniment that wanders through 2013's Same Trailer Different Park signaled that she was very much a Nashvill...
  24. Snarky Puppy
    9:00 p.m. August 3 - This instrumental fusion collective, which was started out of the spirited musical enclave of Denton, Texas, takes jazz and adds world music instruments and sounds to create an experience that is refreshing and lifts the weight off your shoulders. With nearly forty musicians at its service, the band...
  25. Denver Black Sky II
    2:30 p.m. August 2 - Last year, Sherwood Webber of Skinless put together a festival with a meticulous curatorial eye for aggressive music and no patience for gimmickry of any kind. The result was Denver Black Sky, which we named the best metal fest last month. The Fest returns this August with two days of bands likely t...