The 21 Best Events in Denver, April 24-30

"Burning a J Outside Pete's Kitchen," an oil on canvas by Mario Acevedo, will be in Neon From the Curbside: The Art of Colfax.
"Burning a J Outside Pete's Kitchen," an oil on canvas by Mario Acevedo, will be in Neon From the Curbside: The Art of Colfax. Courtesy Mario Acevedo
Another week, another round of great events in Denver. And there are some truly Denver-centric things to do, including an art show that will highlight the neon signage of Colfax; beer, weed and food events galore; the Colorado Book Awards; and the Denver Silent Film Festival. Keep reading for more of the week's best happenings!

Tuesday, April 24

Look up and blast off into the hyperspace of modern physics and scientific theory without taking a step when Gates Planetarium presents The Man From the 9 Dimensions, a mind-blowing full-dome show from Japanese horror-film director Takashi Shimizu. The film is a fictional story of scientists on the hunt for the elusive Theory of Everything as they travel through good ol' space and time. And don’t worry if you feel confused when it’s over: Denver Museum of Nature & Science curator of space science Ka Chun Yu will set your spinning mind straight when he speaks after the show. See The Man From the 9 Dimensions at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the museum at 2001 Colorado Boulevard; learn more and get tickets, $12 to $15, at

Wednesday, April 25

Did you ever study a tall, cool one at the bar and wonder where the heck beer came from in the first place? Eh, maybe not, but it’s an interesting story, one that travels back in time from ancient Egypt to Greece and Rome. Travis Rupp, who lives a double life as an instructor of classics at the University of Colorado Boulder and head “beer archaeologist” at Avery Brewing Company, will approach that tale from both historical and developmental standpoints during a lecture titled "The Archaeology of Beer" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Phipps Theater at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard. And he’s bringing his Avery Ales of Antiquity collection along with him. Belly up: Admission is $15 to $18 at

Despite being constantly told to make sandwiches, women who work in professional kitchens often aren't given the credit they deserve. But on Wednesday, April 25, it's a different story as women's work is celebrated at the Female F&B All-Star Dinner at Old Major. From 5 to 9 p.m., twelve bad-ass broads will be commandeering the kitchen and bar at 3316 Tejon Street for a seven-course dinner. Chefs and bartenders from Old Major, Work & Class, Annette, RiNo Yacht Club, Bar Helix and more will put on a lavish spread for $55 ($80 with wine pairings). Find the complete chef's lineup on the restaurant's Facebook page, then call 720-420-0622 for reservations. And, boys, count yourself lucky if any of the ladies in charge make you that sandwich — it'll be the best damn sandwich you've ever had.

Thursday, April 26

The 24th annual Dining Out for Life is just around the corner. On Thursday, April 26, more than 230 Denver and Boulder restaurants and breweries will donate 25 percent of their earnings to Project Angel Heart, an organization that prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses, so you can enjoy a great meal while doing a good deed. Plan ahead by making a reservation at one of the participating eateries, some of which will donate a percentage of bar sales as well. Visit for a list of all restaurants taking part.

Colorado is looking at one hot, dry Colorado State University is taking a long, hard look at this region's liquid assets. The inaugural Water in the West Symposium will bring more than thirty experts — including Governor John Hickenlooper, CSU president Tony Frank, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack — to the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27. Want to soak up some knowledge? Find out more at

The Tony Award-winning tale of a young man who eschews his conventional Baptist upbringing to pursue a musical path to self-discovery through Europe, Passing Strange is a bouncy tale packed with catchy songs. Co-written by Heidi Rodewald and the enigmatic songwriter Stew — also the play's protagonist — a new production of the widely acclaimed musical made its debut at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue in Aurora, on April 13; the run continues every weekend (including Thursday, April 26, through Sunday, April 29) through May 13. Directed by Nick Sugar and Donna Debrecini, whose recent production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch bowed to wide acclaim, the show stars Trent Armand Kendall, who narrates Stew's meandering and eye-opening quest to discover "the real." Visit the Aurora Fox box-office page for tickets, $26 to $37, and more information.

Heartbreak has always fueled great music, and that's certainly the case for George Frideric Handel's swoony opera Ariodante. The University of Colorado Boulder's Eklund Opera Program is presenting a new production of Handel's tale of obsession, betrayal and a royal betrothal torn apart by rivalry. Performances run Thursday, April 26, through Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., and conclude Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. Sung in Italian with English subtitles, the intimate performances will be staged in the cozy Music Theatre in CU's Imig Music Building, 1020 18th Street in Boulder. The opera's grown-up themes are not suitable for young children; visit for tickets, $20 to $30, and more details.

Colorado State University-Pueblo started its Institute of Cannabis Research in 2015, and it's going to share some of the research generated by the institute during the second annual ICR Conference, held Thursday, April 26, through Saturday, April 28, at CSU Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Boulevard in Pueblo. The conference will cover the scientific, medical, industrial, legal, economic and social elements of cannabis research, with talks given by CSU professors and leading scholars and researchers in the field. Registration is $350 on until April 26, when it goes up to $400, but veterans, active military personnel and students with appropriate ID can get in for $99. Admission on Thursday, April 26, is free for everyone, as part of the university's community appreciation event.

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