Dogsledding 101, the Boulder Film Fest and more to do in Denver

Global focus, Colorado love

Thursday-March 5. The 19th Boulder International Film Festival will roar to life during its official opening party on Friday, March 3 (which will set you back a cool $95), but screenings technically begin on Thursday, March 2.

Why not peruse the schedule now? This year’s 66 films, spanning 20 countries, and with 45 filmmakers and subjects in attendance, are joined by the Adventure Film Pavilion, the CineCHEF food competition, and a live recording of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast with Scott Feinberg. A few of the docs, narrative features, shorts and other selections will also be available to stream via “BIFF at Home” from March 6 to 19.

Various screenings — and a quartet of fresh Sundance titles, plus 13 Colorado films — are at the Century Boulder, Boulder Theater, Commons Church and other venues in Boulder and Longmont. Tickets: $16-$18 per regular screening; $25 for closing night screening and awards ceremony (March 5). See for the full schedule, live music, parties and others special events.

Also this weekend: The Colorado Environmental Film Festival, through Sunday, Feb. 26 at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St. in Golden. See the schedule and more details at — John Wenzel

Planes, Trains and Dog Sleds

Saturday-Sunday. The Denver Travel & Adventure Show lands at the Colorado Convention Center Saturday, Feb. 25, and Sunday, Feb. 26, with more than 250 destinations from around the world represented. Well-known travel experts Pauline Frommer, Brian Kelly and Peter Greenberg headline a long list of speakers.

A “Planes, Trains and Dog Sleds” presentation about Alaska travel looks especially intriguing. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 700 14th St. in downtown Denver. Adult tickets are $12.10 online through Attendees 16 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult. — John Meyer

The Mystery Dance

Through March 12. Although it’s close to selling out, Wonderbound’s “Reckoning at the Red Herring Tavern” run doesn’t begin until Thursday, March 2, which offers time to look for tickets to these intimate performances at Wonderbound’s temporary, Northeast Denver performance space.

As with most of their pieces, it’s a world premiere contemporary ballet and score, with choreography by artistic director Garrett Ammon and “cinematic chamber folk” by Tom Hagerman, of Denver’s hypnotic and Grammy-nominated DeVotchKa. “Nothing is at is seems,” as you might guess from the title of the company’s third ballet of the season. Go on now.

Various performances through Sunday, March 12, at 3865 Grape St, Unit #2. Tickets for the 50-minute performances are $65 each. Call 303-292-4700 or visit — John Wenzel

Small shows, big sounds

Friday. Denver’s music scene continues to offer small, affordable shows that contrast with the ridiculously expensive tickets at mid-to-large sized venues. This weekend offers too many to count, but we like the Coastless Creatives show at the Roxy on Broadway, which features the musically diverse Nicki Walters and Friends (including Winston Williams, iies) in an all-ages concert on Friday, Feb. 24. 554 S. Broadway in Denver. Doors at 9 p.m. $15-$18.

Hyperpop — a maximalist musical scavenger hunt — continues to assert itself in Denver with the debut of the new Hyperpop Night from record label Stoner Pop. Founder Sam Bart has curated the DIY label’s candy-colored concert with Abrii, F1 Shifty, Melvin, Destino, and Joshua Day. It takes place Thursday, March 2, at Your Mom’s House, 608 E. 13th Ave. in Denver. $20. — John Wenzel

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