Mar 13, 2019 05:04PM
● By Stephanie Wilson
If you’ve been hibernating, now is the time to shake it off and come out to play. Denver and Boulder are humming this month with an array of stimulating activities designed to feed your soul and whet your appetite for the good times to come.
With new exhibitions opening or on display at the area’s top institutions, more dining and drinking events than any stomach could possibly handle (especially given the proximity of bathing suit season), and a lineup of all sorts of creative pursuits to keep you occupied almost every night of the week, March is our new favorite month of the year.
Here are some of the highlights just a taste of the fun festivities you could get into this month.
OPENING MARCH 1
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius Exhibition
Denver Museum of Nature & Science // DMNS.ORG
Inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor, philosopher: Leonardo da Vinci is the definition of a Renaissance man. The first day of March is your first opportunity to see the this immersive exhibition, on view through August 25, featuring nearly 70 of his machine inventions, built using detailed concepts from his famous notebooks.
Brighton Boulevard, RiNo // SIDESTORIESCOLORADO.COM
It’s billed as “8 Nights of Cinematic Art on the Urban Exterior.” What that translates to, in non marketing speak, is a large-format outdoor film installation featuring digital works from eight Colorado artists, projected onto exterior walls throughout the RiNo Arts District. The result: a walkable art experience. Restaurants, bars, and shops are offering special deals throughout the event, and there’s an interactive map and audio tour offering block-by-block suggestions about where to stop for a drink, a bite, or to indulge in some retail therapy.
Mile High Beer Fest
Number 38 // MILEHIGHBEERFESTIVAL.COM
In the heart of RiNo, this always-sold-out event celebrates Colorado craft beer culture, with 40+ breweries, food trucks, vendors, and live music. It’s good, laidback fun for three full hours (four for VIP) during both the afternoon and evening sessions. Tickets start at $37.
Junk in the Trunk: DIY Trash Journal & Activity Book
Grandma’s House // $10 // FB.COM/GRANDMASBEERCO
If you’ve got a drawer or box filled with concert ticket stubs, photo strips, and other mementos you’ve totally been meaning to do something with, now’s your chance. Or you could use the time to make an enemies list. That’s one of the official suggestions on the event page for this handmade journal and activity book making at the hipster hangout on Broadway. Another suggestion: garnish your pages with stickers and sequins, provided by the host Shawn Bowman, author of Beer Crafts: Making the most out of your empties and what to do with those 99 bottles still on the wall.
Music in the Galleries: Violamore Duo
Clyfford Still Museum // CLYFFORDSTILLMUSEUM.ORG/EVENT/MUSIC-IN-THE-GALLERIES/
This special evening features the husband-wife Violamore Duo, with violists Koko Dyulgerski and Leah Kovach. The Music in the Galleries series is part of a partnership with the museum and Swallow Hill Music, created to showcase Still’s appreciation for music. The series is said to be “as exciting and eclectic as the record collection of Clyfford Still that inspires it.” The live performances take place every second Sunday of the month, giving art lovers an opportunity to experience his work through both sight and sound. Free with museum admission.
Garnish Games Championship
Pony Up Denver // 6 p.m. // GARNISHGAMES.COM
Last month, a group of Denver’s finest bartenders competed to see who could create the most spectacular cocktail garnish, and the results are stunning displays of sheer creativity. Drink slingers from the likes of B&GC Speakeasy, Citizen Rail, Izakaya Ronin, Mercantile, Big Trouble, Colt and Gray, Green Russel, Mizu Izakaya, Nocturne, Tatarian, Poka Lola, Pony Up, and other top locales created elaborately accessorized concoctions in hopes of garnering votes from thirsty Denverites who visit the website in the weeks leading up to the big reveal at Pony Up. The free event features gratis drink samples and a chance to help the organizers choose this year’s winner. Regardless of whether you make it to the event, you’ve got to check out the gallery of the finalists. TJ Vong of Mizu Isakaya created a Star Wars-inspired cocktail topped with an edible smoke bubble and “vegetation submerged like the roots of trees swimming through a swamp.”
No Man’s Land Film Festival
The Oriental Theater // NOMANSLANDFILMFESTIVAL.ORG
Join FERAL and Women’s Wilderness for the second consecutive film screening of No Man’s Land Film Festival in Denver. This all-woman adventure film festival based out of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado meets a need and desire to highlight and connect “women in pursuit of the radical.” The night will be a celebration of women creating adventure in the Front Range and beyond. Doors open at 6 p.m., with a pre-screening panel discussion kicking off at 7 p.m. You don’t want to miss it, regardless of your identified gender.
Fiesta for All: Celebrating Hispanic and Latin Music & Dance
Ellie Caulkins Opera House // AXS.COM
The Rocky Mountain Arts Association presents the Denver Gay Men’s Choir spring concert. Featuring the rhythms and dances of Mexico, Latin, and South America, and Spain, including well-known hits from the likes of Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Selena, and music from the movie Coco. Tickets start at $20.
Denver Fashion Week Spring ’19
Various Venues // DENVERFASHIONWEEK.COM
Brought to you by 303 Magazine, this is the Mile High’s largest fashion showcase, featuring emerging designers, national designers, local boutiques, hair stylists, makeup artists, and models. Throughout the month, a Best of Denver Fashion Week exhibit showcasing highlights from the past 10 years is on display at McNichols Building. During the final week of the month, the catwalks at Wings Over the Rockies welcome strutting models during shows such as Fashion X Art, The Hair Show, National Designers, and Denver Originals. There are also workshops, discussions, and other festivities throughout the week.