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February 2017
Welcome to our February  Newsletter! Don't miss some fabulous events going on around town this month.  Mark your calendars for  the hottest event of the year, ICON Awards on Friday, March 3rd. See you there! 

Super Bowl Sunday at Shanahan's!
Join family and friends on February 5 for Super Bowl Sunday at Shanahan's Steakhouse! For dinner, select from $49 or $59 prix fixe Sunday menu features or order from the full a la carte dinner menu. Enjoy happy hour pricing for drinks and appetizers all evening in the lounge, and take photos with the Broncos '98 and '99 Lombardi trophies too! Reserve one of Shanahan's three private rooms for 10 guests or more, with no food or beverage minimum, and watch the game on 55" flat screen TVs. For reservations call 303-770-7300 or visit www.shanahanssteakhouse.com.

Hyatt Hotels Valentine's Day Packages
The Hyatt Hotels in Denver Downtown, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center and Grand Hyatt Denver, present their Denver Valentine's hotel packages that are valid throughout the month of February. In addition to an overnight stay in newly refreshed accommodations with free WiFi, the hotels' respective packages include:
Hyatt Regency Denver's Valentine's Package:
* Two cocktails in the 27th floor Peaks Lounge overlooking the Colorado Rocky Mountains
* Complimentary hotel parking for one car.
Grand Hyatt Denver's Grand Valentine's Getaway:
* Two cocktails in Fireside | The Bar, with its linear stacked fireplaces
* Hotel valet parking for one car.
These Denver hotel packages start as low as $174 per room. For reservations visit the Offers page at www.denver.grand.hyatt.com or www.denver.regency.hyatt.com or by calling toll-free 1-800-233-1234. 

Get Ready for the ICON Awards Gala on March 3!
This year's theme of Six Senses is sure to inspire a unique, engaging evening at the Grand Hyatt Denver. If you've attended in previous years, you know what a fabulous affair this is, so mark your calendars, put together a table of friends to join you, and get your tickets soon. Remember, this event always sells out! You can find this year's finalists for the Judges' Awards and People's Choice Awards in Confetti magazine. Congratulations to all the finalists...and we'll see you at ICON!
To purchase tickets, call 303-694-1289 or visit www.coloradoexpression.com.

Curious Theatre Auctions Rare Buffalo Trace Bourbon
For the second time in its history, Buffalo Trace Distillery (BTD) has partnered with national nonprofit organizations to raise funds, and Denver's own Curious Theatre Company has been chosen as a 2016 recipient for this second fundraiser. This BTD release, the first vintages of O.F.C. Bourbon Whiskey, is comprised of only 200 bottles; all releases are vintage dated according to the specific year in which the bourbon was distilled, and each lead-free, hand-cut and polished crystal bottle features the vintage year on the label. Curious Theatre is holding an online auction for the bourbon through February 18. To place a bid and support Curious Theatre visit www.curioustheatre.org/bourbon. Funds raised will support Curious' community engagement activities, transformative education programming, and unwavering commitment to producing important, socially conscious, diverse works of theatre. For the complete list of all Colorado and national nonprofit organizations who will receive bottles for auction visit http://ofcvintages.com/charities

Girl Scout Cookies are on Sale!
Beginning January 29 and running through March 12, Girl Scout Cookies are on sale across Colorado. How do you satisfy your Girl Scout Cookie craving? There are several ways! You can get cookies at a Girl Scout Cookie booth in your community by entering your zip code in the "Find Cookies!" tool at www.girlscouts.org or download the Cookie Finder mobile app for your  iOS® or  Android® phone or tablet. Or-and this is pretty exciting-a girl you know can invite you to buy your cookies online with the  Digital Cookie platform, now in its third year! Remember to check out this year's  cookie lineup (including new Girl Scout S'mores™), see how  girls benefit from your purchase and where the money goes, brush up on 100 years of  Girl Scout Cookie history, and find easy-to-make  recipes using delicious Girl Scout Cookies, and help power amazing adventures for girls!

Brass Ring Luncheon & Fashion Show
Calling all fashionistas! Denver's premiere fashion event, the 2017 Brass Ring Luncheon & Fashion Show, will feature designs by fashion designer Marc Bouwer. From New York to Hollywood, Bouwer's designs are reflective of timeless elegance. In addition, Susie Hummel will be honored for her twenty years of service. Held on March 24 at the Denver Marriott City Center, all proceeds benefit research and programs at the Barbara Davis Center and The Guild of the Children's Diabetes Foundation. Tickets are $100. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org or call 303-863-1200.

Enjoy Nordic Nirvana at Devil's Thumb Ranch
With 85 km of groomed and tracked trails amid 6,000 acres of privately owned wilderness, Devil's Thumb Ranch is renowned as one of the premier Nordic centers in the region. A designated trail system as well as a 12km for skijoring (skiing with your dog) along with snowshoeing trails provide a variety of outlets for beginners to racers. Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is just 65 miles west of Denver, and is ranked among the top eco-friendly hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine. www.devilsthumbranch.com

Colorado Business Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees
Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce have announced the 2017 inductees into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame. These laureates, selected for their innovative professional contributions to Colorado, their inspirational and philanthropic endeavors, were inducted in January at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. They are: Sue Anschutz-Rogers, Joe Blake, Terry Considine, Curtis Fentress, George & David Griffith, and Ronald Moore. www.jacolorado.org

Nataki Garrett Named Associate Artistic Director at DCPA
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) announces that Nataki Garrett will assume the role of Associate Artistic Director. Currently serving in the same capacity at CalArts Center for New Performance as well as Associate Dean and the Co-Head of Undergraduate Acting for CalArts School of Theater, Garrett is praised by Kent Thompson, producing artistic director, for the Theater Company. "Nataki Garrett is an exceptional theatre artist with a proven dedication to fostering new and diverse voices in the American theatre," he states. www.dcpa.org

Jewish Family Service Receives $200,000 Grant
The Colorado Health Foundation awarded a two-year $200,000 grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) to continue its Colorado Senior Connections (CSC) program in Wheat Ridge. The program, which began in 2013, is a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) project, serving adults 60 and older in Wheat Ridge and surrounding communities. Significant numbers of seniors have chosen NORCs to live and age in place, as these communities promote self-sufficiency, reduce health care costs, and allow the elderly to maintain social networks. Since 2013, CSC has helped more than 1,000 seniors get the care and resources they need.

New Winter Offerings at Snowmass

Moonlit Treks - Back by popular demand, Moonlit Treks includes snowshoeing/cross-country skiing on a 1.2-mile cross country course, with stations along the way for selfie breaks and cocoa with firefighters and more, as well as live music and a pasta dinner from the Snowmass Club at the Black Saddle Bar and Grille. Events take place on or near to full moon nights on Saturdays: February 11 and March 11. Reservations required. Contact the Snowmass Club at 970-923-0929.

Very Important Kids (V.I.K.) - Growing by leaps and bounds (and giggles and high-fives), V.I.K. is specifically designed to provide activity options for families once the lifts close, with daily programming, such as crafts and magic shows, for children.

On the Mountain - The ever-popular Gwyn's has undergone an extensive remodel, highlights include a "market" setup that will improve diners' access to food and drink, expanded seating, a new bar with a large wood-burning fireplace and big-screen televisions. The quaint Lynn Britt Cabin, located mid-mountain will throw lively après parties featuring $6 Woody Creek Distillers Cocktails alongside après food specials starting at $5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through April 2. Dining- Sake in the former Bia Hoi space features Pan-Asian dishes, sushi and a sake bar. The New Belgium Ranger Station, located just steps from the slopes of Fanny Hill, is serving grab and go breakfast between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. In addition, Crepes 'N' Juice will serve up homemade crepes, fresh juices, smoothies, yogurt bowls and espresso, in t he little caboose (formerly Venga Venga Express) on the Snowmass Village Mall. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit www.gosnowmass.com .

Feb. 4 | The formal event of the year for the Komen Colorado Foundation is The Pink Tie Affair, with silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and casino games at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.  303-744-2088 * www.komencolorado.org
Feb. 8 | The Denver Art Museum, Ponti Hall, is the location of the 2017 Anti-Defamation League's Award Luncheon, honoring those leaders in Colorado who make our state a more equitable place.
303-830-7177 * www.denver.adl.org
Feb.11-12 | Two-thirds of the funding for the Patient and Family Assistance Fund comes from Kaleidoscope 2017, held at The Ritz Carlton, Denver. The event benefits children served through the programs of the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation.
303-839-6782 *   www.rmchildren.org
Feb. 23 | The Colorado Ballet performs a new work, Arrow, Five Years Out, composed by Scott O'Neil at the Firebird Gala, held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Cocktails, entertainment and auctions are on the playlist during this fundraising benefit for the Colorado Ballet.  303-837-8888 * www.coloradoballet.org/gala
Feb. 24-26 | The longest running professional ski race in the country takes place in Winter Park. The 42nd annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup is a signature fundraiser for the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
303-316-1518 * http://nscd.org
Feb. 25 | The 20th anniversary Beaux Arts Freedom Ball, presented by the Morgridge Family Foundation and held at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, raises over $2 million each year in support of National Jewish Health. 303-728-6546 *   www.nationaljewish.org
Feb. 25 | The Governor's Residence is the venue for the annual Impact Makers Table gala. The organization brings data and donors together, increasing the effectiveness of charitable contributions to make a maximum difference per dollar. www.impactmakerstable.com
Feb. 25 | A special night, Nibbles and Sips, An Evening of Raising the Roof to Prevent Homelessness and Hunger is a gala event to support Inter-Faith Community Services Homeless & Hunger Prevention Programs, held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.
303-789-0501 * www.ifcs.org
Feb. 25 | This year the Polar Plunge takes place at the Denver Zoo, while the 5K race/walk heads to Denver's City Park. Plunge into a pool, or do the 5K, or do both to benefit Special Olympics.
720-359-3100 * www.specialolympicsco.org

Social Calendar covers formal fundraising events for nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado. If you wish to have an event listed, please contact us 303-694-1289 or
In Town

Through Feb. 5
Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs, 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Get a rare look at these ancient mummies from Peru and Egypt, many on public display for the first time.  303-370-6000 * www.dmns.org
Through Feb. 12
Glory of Venice, Denver Art Museum
Experience the extraordinary creativity of Venice from the mid-1400s to early 1500s when artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian.  720-913-0130 * www.denverartmuseum.org      
Through Feb. 26
The Book of Will, The Ricketson Theatre
Without two of Shakespeare's friends, we might not have his marvelous plays... as told in this hilarious, heartfelt story of the characters we know so well.
303-893-4100 * www.denvercenter.org 
Through April 2
Star Wars and the Power of Costume, Denver Art Museum
Journey into this fantastic universe as characters come to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes featured in all seven films of the series.
720-913-0130 * www.denverartmuseum.org
Feb. 3-March 12
Two Degrees, The Jones Theatre
Emma, a climate change scientist, is invited to share her findings at a Senate hearing that could define her career and her cause.
303-893-4100 * www.denvercenter.org 
Feb. 6
Anthony Doerr, Newman Center
The Denver Post presents Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, author of the very popular All The Light We Cannot See as part of the Pen & Podium series.  303-954-2972 * www.penandpodium.com  
Feb. 14
Sting, Fillmore Auditorium
This tour is in support of Sting's new album, "57th & 9th,"and features longtime guitarist Dominc Miller, drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Rufus Miller.  303-837-1482 * www.fillmoreauditorium.org
Feb. 15-19
Motown The Musical, Buell Theatre
The true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from boxer to music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and more.
303-893-4100 * www.denvercenter.org 
Feb. 17-19, 24-26
Ballet Masterworks, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Colorado Ballet presents a collection of three master ballet works, including Firebird, by choreographer Yuri Possokhov from the San Francisco Ballet, and music by Igor Stravinsky.
303-837-8888 * www.coloradoballet.org
Feb. 21-26
Circus 1903, The Golden Age of Circus, Buell Theatre
Sensational puppetry as never seen before with a cast of amazing and dangerous circus acts from strong men to contortionists, musicians, knife throwers, high wire and more.
303-893-4100 * www.denvercenter.org
Feb. 24-April 15
Bus Stop, Arvada Center
An ageless play by Pulitzer Prize-winning William Inge mixes comedy and tenderness to explore the nuances of love and longing.
720-898-7200 * www.arvadacenter.org
Feb. 25
Lisa Lampanelli, Paramount Theatre
Lampanelli is called Comedy's Loveable Queen of Mean, a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen.
303-623-0106 * www.paramountdenver.com 
Out of Town

Feb. 4
Jake Shimabukuro with the Boulder Philharmonic, 
Macky Auditorium,
Ukulele wizard Shimabukuro has been declared a musical hero by Rolling Stone, and has wowed audiences on TV shows like "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and "The Today Show."
303-449-1343 * www.boulderphil.org  
Feb. 17-19
Stepping Out 2017, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder
An evening of world premiere contemporary works are performed by Boulder Ballet's professional company.
303-443-0028 * www.boulderballet.org 
Feb. 18
Deborah Voigt, Macky Auditorium
This world-renowned operatic soprano tells her moving story about successes and struggles in this performance that's part recital and part one-woman show.  303-492-8008 * www.cupresents.org
Feb. 21-25
Aspen Laugh Festival, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen
Margaret Cho and Adam Divine make appearances at this high-energy comedy event.  970-920-5770 * www.wheeleroperahouse.com 
Feb. 25-26
CarniVail, Vail
Enjoy Mardi Gras merriment with cajun fixins' from a crawfish boil to live music and parties galore in the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration at 8,150 feet.  www.vail.com
Feb. 28
Mardi Gras, Breckenridge
Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge with masks, boas, beads, music and revelry.
For The Kids

Through Feb. 28
Coyote Tales, Denver Puppet Theater
Three tales of silly old tricky Coyote-fun and entertaining stories from our southwestern heritage.  303-458-6446 * www.denverpuppettheater.com
Feb. 2-May 19
A Year With Frog and Toad, Arvada Center
The story tells of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. The musical broke new ground by bringing professional children's theatre to Broadway and was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  720-898-7200 * www.arvadacenter.org
Through June 2
One World, One Sky, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
A spectacle of light and color, One World, One Sky follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China.  303-370-6000 * www.dmns.org
Feb. 4
Family Day at the Opera, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Tickets are free, but reservations required (starting Jan. 16) for this fun-filled day of activities and refreshments, plus the music of The Barber of Seville.  303-468-2030 * www.operacolorado.org
Feb. 10-12
Monster Jam, Pepsi Center
Kids love big trucks, and Monster Jam is the world's largest and most famous truck tour, with the biggest names in monster trucks.
303-405-1111 * www.pepsicenter.com 
Feb. 12
Peter and the Wolf, Boettcher Concert Hall
A family-favorite, Prokofiev's tale and a myriad of unruly animals are brought to life by the instruments of the orchestra to tell a tale in which good triumphs over evil.
303-623-7876 * www.coloradosymphony.org
Feb. 24-March 26
Junie B. Jones the Musical, Fine Arts Center Colorado Springs
A delightful adaptation of this best-selling children's book series brought to life. It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her.  719-634-5581 * www.csfineartscenter.org

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Colorado Expression
February Issue
The largest nonprofit theater organization in the country welcomes a new president and CEO.
Código 1530 is tequila that deserves a fine, cut crystal snifter.
The storybook main street in the town of Parker has a variety of tasty restaurants.
Colorado Enterprise Fund works to support small business in their efforts to create successful communities.
Wyoming native Todd Schieck parlayed a career as a stockbroker into a successful aviation business.
Entrepreneur Katie Bluher uses her HR skills to help others achieve their career goals with Resume Yeti.


Confetti Magazine 2017

The ICON Awards Gala, now in its 18th year is one of Denver's most unique and extravagant events. This year's event on March 3 will dazzle guests with a theme of the Six Senses.
ICON 2017 Judges and People's Choice Finalists

Confetti is filled with exceptional events put on by the best of the brightest in the Colorado event planning industry. From Hard Rock to carnival, under water mitzvahs, Rocky Mountain weddings and a birthday party that will make you want to turn two again, the pages of this year's Confetti magazine are filled with ideas and events that are bold and bright, elegant and sophisticated, and everything in between. Take a stroll through Confetti and see what ideas you can come up with for your next big event! 

Check out our Pinterest boards for event inspiration!

Architecture & Design of the West 
Architecture & 
Design of the West 

This trendy development features residences, workspaces and retail all set against stunning Colorado views



Our Food Column 
For Our Food Lovers


Although our beloved Denver Broncos aren't in the Super Bowl this year, we love an excuse to get together over good food and football (or maybe just the Super Bowl commercials!)

Check out these Super Bowl Happenings Around Town!

Come down for a Super Bowl celebration at  Postino WineCafé (2715 17th St. - 
www.postinowinecafe.com) or call 303-433-6363 and visit  postinowinecafe.com/catering to place your order or learn more.
Steuben's Arvada 
(7355 Ralston Rd., Arvada -  www.steubens.com/arvada) has you covered. Order an 8-piece or 12-piece bucket of fried or roast chicken-complete with mashed potatoes and biscuits, Texas toast or veggies-and get ready to become a Hall-of-Famer amongst your hungry friends and family. Steuben's has a TV in the bar area.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House (8100 E. Orchard Road -  www.delfriscos.com) will be serving up the Super Bowl Sunday Prime Pair. For $59, football fans can choose from a perfectly prepared 8-oz Filet, Manhattan-Cut New York Strip, or Seared Salmon Fillet paired with a signature Crab Cake, plus a salad and side. This all pairs perfectly with your favorite wine, beer or cocktail while watching the Falcons take on the Patriots (broadcasted in every dining room throughout the restaurant).
Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1747 Wynkoop St. -  www.hopdoddy.com) is known as a gathering place to cheer on the home team, but when you've got a beer and a burger this good, any team will do. Grab your friends on Super Bowl Sunday and share a "Craft Your Own Bucket" of 5 local canned and bottled brews for just $5. 
Ace Eat Serve (501 E. 17th Ave. - www.aceeatserve.com) in Uptown on Super Bowl Sunday for free pingpong and happy hour menu all night. The game will be on the big screen in the expansive pingpong hall. Ace opens at 4 p.m., just in time for pre-game fun. Be sure to call 303-800-7705 for reservations. 
On February 5th, join the all-day party at  Punch Bowl Social (65 Broadway -  punchbowlsocial.com) with shareable punches such as the featured February concoction. No need to crowd around one TV at home when Punch Bowl Social has 16 TVs to enjoy Super Bowl 51. Call 303-765-2695 for reservations. .
Del Frisco's Grille 
(100 St. Paul St. - www.delfriscosgrille.com/cherry-creek), the upscale casual outpost known for modern takes on classic comfort food.  On Super Bowl Sunday, the Grille is offering Happy Hour All Day from open to close. Perfect for watching the game, the commercials or just the crowd at the hoppin' Cherry Creek North hotspot.




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