Lauren Lovette and Chase Finlay, pictured here dancing in "Soirée Musicale," are among the featured dancers performing at the Vail International Dance Festival.

(Photo: Courtesy of Erin Baiano)
Vail International Dance Festival
July 27 - Aug. 9
Vilar Performing Arts Center and Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
This annual dance festival, now in its 26th season, features many different dance forms and brings in artists from the Far East, South America, Europe, Asia and the United States. This year, the Pennsylvania Ballet will present works by George Balanchine, widely considered the father of American ballet. 
 
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, Morrison
July 25, 6:30 p.m.
This Grammy Award-winning, 11-piece blues and rock ensemble formed by husband-and-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will be joined by Texas-blues guitarist and singer Gary Clark Jr. at Red Rocks.
 

"Autumn on the Ranch" by Barbara Churchley

(Photo: Courtesy of Barbara Churchley)
10th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition
July 14 - Aug. 30
Vida Ellison Art Gallery, Denver Central Library
This juried exhibition features 100 pastel paintings, including a series by the event's 10 previous jurors -- all of whom are award-winning pastel artists -- and this year's juror, Albert Handell.
 
July 24 - 27
Sie FilmCenter, Denver
The Sie FilmCenter celebrates queer cinema with a variety of films celebrating LGBTQ culture. The lineup includes an opening night screening of “Appropriate Behavior,” a comedic film about a bisexual Persian girl trying to find her identity in Brooklyn, and the Australian drag classic “The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert.”
 
July 24 – Sept. 6
Robischon Gallery, Denver
Artists in this group exhibition investigate the natural world, employing mediums ranging from photography to sculpture to video in unexpected ways.
 
July 25 – Oct. 5
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
Colorado Springs artist Matt Barton combines audio, video and found and made objects that relate to his experience with New Age art practices. Installations include color and crystal therapy and pineal gland activation stations, a water feature and a communal structure for stimulating the chakras.
 
July 24 - Aug. 16
Ice Cube Gallery, Denver
Denver artist Jen Burdess delves deep into the phenomena of physical memory in this mixed media show featuring textiles, drawings and text in an investigation of memory and its decay.
 
July 25 - Aug. 3
PACE Center, Parker
The PACE Center and Parker Theatre Productions team up to present “Guys and Dolls,” the classic Broadway musical that tells the story of Nathan Detroit, a shady gambler, and Sarah Brown, a fervent Salvation Army do-gooder.
 
July 24 - 27
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Denver
This annual celebration of Chicano music and art features California-based band Cuatro con Tres, music from the play “Chicanos Sing the Blues,” Colorado Chicano ensembles and an art auction.
 
July 24, 8:00 p.m.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, Morrison
Marking the 40th anniversary of Swedish pop group ABBA’s first hit, “Waterloo,” this ABBA tribute show recreates the appearance of the original stars, including costumes, dance numbers and music, live on stage.