In the ’90s, the rave scene was the story-du-jour for media looking for the latest “corrupted youth” angle. Horror stories of roofies and general miscreant-ivity centered around a dance culture that was, in truth, far less dangerous. Now, events are sponsored by energy drinks and held in legally zoned venues. The 11th Annual Caffeine Music and Arts Festival is an example, featuring music from more than 40 of the worlds hottest DJs spinning the best drum and bass, house, electronic and dubstep. March 26, 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, caffeinefestival.com
A Picture of Health
Wellness therapy isn’t a cottage industry anymore. Nowhere is that more evident than in Colorado. The 15th Annual Taste of Therapy Wellness Fair is a great chance for the unindoctrinated to expose themselves to new modes of thinking when it comes to general health and wellness. Practitioners of every mode will be in attendance hosting sessions. Chair massages, nutritional consultations and physical therapy are some of what awaits. April 9, 9am–3pm, St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303.651.8394
Pirates. Ninjas. Pirate ninjas. These are universally agreed upon to be the only things as cool as or cooler than robots (if you’ve got a robotic pirate ninja, you are the coolest person in the universe). Robots are awesome, and the Theater Company of Lafayette dedicated March to exploring the topic. They’ll perform seven shows that celebrate the 90th anniversary of the coining of the term “robot.” Catch both performances to see all seven shows: March 25–26, 7:30pm, Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, tclstage.org
There’s more to Asia than weird cartoons, awesome foods and microtonal music (and yes, we’re talking about the continent, not the ’80s prog rock group). The 10th Annual Asia Day festival explores all sorts of nooks and crannies of the Asian cultures with sessions on martial arts, socio-economic growth, dance, theater, calligraphy, cuisine, film and even agriculture. March 12, CU-Boulder Center for Asian Studies, 366 UCB, Boulder, colorado.edu/cas/asiaday.html
In honor of March’s St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday Americans happily turned into an excuse for binge drinking and parades, here are five moments that shaped Irish history.
1) Beginner’s Luck: 432: St. Patrick arrives on his mission to convert the Gaels.
2) Stroke of Luck: 795: The Vikings land in Ireland.
3) Pure Luck: 1475: The invention of shepherd’s pie.
4) Better Luck: 1769: The first barrels of Guinness were shipped to England.
5) Rotten Luck: 1845-49: The Great Famine results in the Irish mass emigration to the U.S.