John Wenzel, The Denver Post

John Wenzel

The Denver Post

Denver, CO, United States

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Denver Zoo’s Asian-American fest, marimba maniacs, Salida Film Fest and more to do this weekend

Best Bets in Denver for this week: A new Asian American festival at the Denver Zoo, Marimba madness at Levitt, Professor Phelyx and the Salida Film Fest are our Best Bets for this week → Read More

The UMS 2022 lineup has dropped: Audrey Nuna, The Knocks, Faye Webster, The Beths and dozens more

Acclaimed indie acts Audrey Nuna, The Knocks, Faye Webster, Jawny, Sudan Archives, The Beths, Kooze, Brasstracks and at least 100 more will play the 22nd Underground Music Showcase, organizers announced on Thursday, May 12. → Read More

Essay: Denver city-slickers are paying big bucks to shoot, smash the things country kids do for free

Paying big bucks to shoot and smash things in a bar setting seems like a joke compared to the country kids who grew up doing that for free → Read More

The ax from “The Shining” will soon take up residence at the Stanley Hotel

One of the fake axes used in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic “The Shining” has been donated to Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel for its new movie-memorabilia museum. → Read More

Ukefest, Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo and more things to do in Denver this weekend

Welcome to another packed weekend in Denver with the big return of Derby Day parties, Cinco de Mayo events, Ukefest, and the Governor’s Art Show in Loveland. → Read More

Review: “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a bonkers, flawed Sam Raimi film

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" is as bonkers as it's billed, at least compared to most Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. It's a roller coaster of sorcery and witchcraft that spends more time on disorienting images than plot. The best parts are thanks to director Sam Raimi. → Read More

Denver's Lakeside Amusement Park is a treasure. Here's why we love and you should, too

Each year, my son wonders when Lakeside Amusement Park is going to open. This year’s it’s May 14, so here’s an appreciation for the smudged Denver jewel. → Read More

An adventure and travel expo, Elitch Gardens’ reopening and more things to do in Denver this weekend

The best arts and culture in Denver for this week includes the Denver Travel & Adventure show at Colorado Convention Center, Elitch Gardens' 2022 season reopening, and ongoing programming from History Colorado that celebrates LGBTQ and Asian culture → Read More

Pueblo native Jeff Valdez on his HBO Max series “The Garcias,” and Latino representation in TV

Growing up in Pueblo, Jeff Valdez rose early every morning before middle and high school to clean the Mesa Drive-in Theater, a job that brought him "as close to Hollywood as I ever thought I was going to get." Now he's got another show for HBO Max, "The Garcias." → Read More

Denver's Vinyl Me, Please will build a 14,000-square-foot "audiophile" record plant by Mission Ballroom in RiNo

Denver-based record company Vinyl Me, Please will build a state-of-the-art, 14,000-square-foot record pressing plant in the River North Art District to meet soaring demand in the $1 billion vinyl industry, officials announced Monday. → Read More

Holographic art and gaming pods aim to hook Denverites into Colorado’s metaverse with serious fun

From NFT galleries to augmented-reality gaming pods and high-tech theater shows: the metaverse has arrived in Denver, but for a price. → Read More

Denver drag queen Willow Pill is the new champion of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

For the second time since 2019, a Denver drag queen has won the "RuPaul's Drag Race" competition, the most prestigious and visible drag-queen event in the U.S. Find out more about Season 14 winner Willow Pill. → Read More

Free Earth Day concert, Feist in-the-round, Denver Bicycle Lobby rides again, and more things to do this weekend

Denver's best activities for this week include free Earth Day music and eco-justice activism, Canadian indie artist Feist going in-the-round at the Buell, Denver Bike Lobby dives into routes, and The Native American Spring Craft Sale returns → Read More

The Flaming Lips, Saint Motel to play 2022 Westword Music Showcase in RiNo, with dozens of local sets

Westword’s 2022 Music Showcase lineup: The Flaming Lips, Saint Motel to headline, Sept. 9-10, with dozens of local sets in RiNo. Here’s how to get tickets before they go up in price. → Read More

From big openings to returning festivals, summer 2022 is poised to be Denver’s big comeback

This summer looks to be the most "normal" one we've had since 2019 -- normal being a relative, and relatively meaningless, term in 2022. Here are some tips to keep in mind for your affordable, family friendly and downtown Denver vacations. → Read More

David Byrne's "Theater of the Mind," Camp Christmas, and world-premiere dramas will lead Denver Center Theatre Co.'s 2022-23 shows

Denver Center Theatre Company on Friday announced a dozen new shows for its 2022-2023 artistic season, including world premieres, holiday art installations and a visit from Talking Heads founder David Byrne. Here's the full, 2022-2023 lineup. → Read More

Denver is getting a new mural, music and art festival this fall: Art RiNo

The River North Art District, which was founded to rebrand and promote one of Denver's fastest-growing urban areas, is putting the art back in its name with a week-long mural festival this summer. → Read More

110th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking, Rodeo All-Star Weekend and more things to do in Denver this weekend

Rodeo All-Star Weekend at National Western Center, Mattiel at Globe Hall, and the 110th anniversary of the Titanic sinking of the Molly Brown House and Museum, from Historic Denver → Read More

10 of the biggest, best Denver concerts of 2022: The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Shawn Mendes and more

Check out our picks for the top 10 biggest, best shows of the Denver metro area summer 2022 concert calendar, including Shawn Mendes, Imagine Dragons, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Dead & Company, and more shows at Red Rocks, Ball Arena and Fiddler's. → Read More

Denver 420 guide: How to celebrate legal cannabis in 2022 with music, comedy and more

Some of this spring's greenest sprouts belong to 420 parties, which herald the return of public cannabis culture in a way not seen since early 2019. Here's a handy guide to the biggest concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Civic Center, as well as comedy and fashion shows. → Read More