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  1. Mile High United Way Turkey Trot
    10:00 a.m. November 27 - Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that you can always come home to and expect everything to be pretty much the same: the Macy’s parade, the football, the turkey, the stuffing, the pumpkin pie. The faces around the table might change from year to year, but the sentiments do not: We give tha...
  2. Downtown Denver Grand Illumination
    6:00 p.m. November 28 - There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than by touring a city aglow with shimmering lights, and the Grand Illumination, which takes place at multiple venues downtown, is Denver's biggest synchronized lighting event. Beginning tonight at 6 p.m, the city will switch on more...
  3. Sand Creek Massacre 150th Anniversary Observance
    November 29 - Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, and there will be ceremonies and programs for much of the day at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in southeastern Colorado, just outside of Eads. Monument Hill will be closed to the public in the morning while tribal ...
  4. Vincent Grenier and Amy Letter Q&A
    7:00 p.m. November 30 - Experimental filmmaker Vincent Grenier’s work resists the idea of pristine, untarnished nature — something that, in any case, is difficult to find.

    “Nature has been almost totally mediated by human interventions,” Grenier notes. “All the forests in the Northea...

  5. Cary Elwes
    7:00 p.m. December 1 - The R.O.U.S. (Rodents of Unusual Size) in The Princess Bride are little people in ridiculous rubber costumes. Andre the Giant really could drink a small pond’s worth of alcohol without falling down or even stumbling. And author William Goldman, who wrote the book on which the movie is b...
  6. Jenny Lewis
    8:00 p.m. December 2 - On her newest record, The Voyager, Jenny Lewis sings songs about doing mushrooms, breaking up because of 9/11, the consequences of infidelity, and the small, sad realizations that come with getting older. Mixing pop with swirling '60s melodies and a hint of her old Rilo Kiley sounds, Lewis mi...
  7. Cowboy Christmas with Sons and Brothers and Waddie Mitchell
    7:30 p.m. December 3 - Waddie Mitchell grew up in the rarefied atmosphere of the Nevada ranchlands near Elko and spent years wrangling — and sitting around many a campfire, listening to stories — before finally hanging up his boots to become a bona fide cowboy poet in the ’80s. That’s when he helpe...
  8. Greater Than the Sum: National Collage Society Exhibition
    Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until January 24 - If you’re already tired of the holidays, Greater Than the Sum: National Collage Society Exhibition, a collaborative national show that opens today at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Center for Visual Arts, will give your eyes a fresh outlook. Curated by local folk...
  9. Small Business Saturday Artisan Market
    11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. November 29 - For anyone looking to stuff stockings with affordable handmade jewelry and pet treats, the second annual Small Business Saturday Artisan’s Market at Wazee Union has got you covered. More than forty local small businesses and artisans will come together in the heart of the River North Ar...
  10. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
    7:30 p.m. December 1 - It took sixteen years for John Cougar Mellencamp, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett to launch Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which lead actress Gina Gershon describes as “a Southern, rock, gothic, supernatural ghost story.” The musical follows Joe McCandless, whose older ...
  11. Cruel Autumn Film Series: Possession
    7:00 p.m. December 2 - The end of a relationship is never fun, but Andrzej Zulawski’s film Possession takes the concept of “bad breakup” to some very strange places.

    “One partner is moving on with their life; the other partner can’t accept that and demands to know why,&rdquo...

  12. The SantaLand Diaries
    Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. from November 28 until December 24 - “If David Sedaris had known then what we know now about how commercial the holidays have become, we would have thought he was a prophet when he wrote this,” says the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s Stephen Weitz, director of The Santaland Diaries.

    Opening tonigh...

  13. Traveling the Silk Road
    Daily until May 3 - The Silk Road was a trade route, but if you’re picturing a simple line from one point to another, then you’re vastly underestimating its scope. Traveling the Silk Road, a special exhibit that opens today at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, “focuses on a time fra...
  14. Los Lobos: Disconnected
    7:30 p.m. November 29 - Is any band in America more revered or respected than East Los Angeles roots vatos Los Lobos? The core members of this American musical treasure — David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Steve Berlin, Louis Perez and Conrad Lozano — have produced nineteen albums and played everywhere from an Angelen...
  15. Great Union Day
    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. December 1 - In conjunction with Defaced, its exhibition on contemporary Romanian painters, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art sought to connect visitors with Colorado’s own vibrant Romanian community. The result is today’s celebration of Great Union Day, a Romanian holiday marking ...
  16. Usher
    7:30 p.m. December 2 - Before discovering Justin Bieber, Usher was a kid crooner himself. Though the singer began releasing music in 1993, when he was just fifteen, it wasn't until 1997 that he found his audience with My Way. That album solidified his place as a master of entrancing tales of love, lust and scandal ...
  17. Rocky Mountain Auto Show
    Daily from November 28 until November 30 - There are lots of ways to spend the Thanksgiving weekend in Denver, but many families end up at the annual Rocky Mountain Auto Show, which kicks off the official holiday season with a welcome distraction from Black Friday shoppers and fleeing skiers. Billed as the “Crème de la Ch...
  18. The Widow's Bane
    November 28 - Falling somewhere between Tom Waits and the Misfits (with a generous helping of classic seafaring work-song influence), the debut album from Boulder zombie folk-punkers the Widow's Bane is arresting and addictive....
  19. SP Double
    8:00 p.m. November 28 - SP Double just wants to keep it moving. The MC (aka Adrian Perlman) has endured his share of personal travails and had enough beef with other rappers to fill a warehouse. But all of that's in the rearview now; he'd rather focus on what's ahead. Just the same, he's smart enough to know that the road ...
  20. Johnny Marr
    9:00 p.m. November 28 - Johnny Marr is best known as the Smiths' influential and inventive guitarist. Since the band's split in 1987, Marr has kept himself busy playing with some of the more high-profile acts of the modern era, like Modest Mouse. Marr's clean playing style and simple yet intricate melodies have made him a ...
  21. Caspa and The Others
    November 29 - U.K. producer/DJ Caspa is one of the premier names in dubstep, and a quick spin through his body of work makes it easy to understand why. His Dub Police label has been home to not only a slew of his original productions, but some excellent tracks from artists such as Rusko, the Others and L-Wiz, as ...
  22. Downtown Littleton Elf Crawl
    7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. November 29 - Forget about Santa for a moment: Tonight’s Downtown Littleton Elf Crawl is focused on the unsung heroes of Christmas, Santa’s little helpers.

    The inaugural event includes ten different stores within walking distance of each other; anyone who registers gets three tickets that ca...

  23. Common
    9:00 p.m. November 29 - Common has long been thought of as hip-hop's shining example of what an MC should be (which is what made it so hilarious when Fox went after Obama for inviting him to the White House), but he does have teeth, and he's not afraid to make himself heard, even when his opinion is not necessarily ...
  24. Johnny Marr
    9:30 p.m. November 29 - Johnny Marr is best known as the Smiths' influential and inventive guitarist. Since the band's split in 1987, Marr has kept himself busy playing with some of the more high-profile acts of the modern era, like Modest Mouse. Marr's clean playing style and simple yet intricate melodies have made him a ...
  25. Animal/Object
    November 30 - Musician and visual artist Kurt Bauer has been involved in Denver's avant-garde-music world since at least the '80s. Bauer's aesthetic is characterized by a free-spirited excellence; he designed the cover for the 2012 Thinking Plague album, Decline and Fall, and he is a dedicated documentarian of lo...