On loan from the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence, the Da Vinci Machines exhibit debuts in North America with more than 60 interactive models based on the polymath's original 500-year-old concepts. Peruse replicas of major inventions, each handcrafted by three generations of Florentine artisans, including the air screw, an early ancestor to the both the helicopter and the propeller beanie, and learn the secrets behind the mechanical lion, a robotic lion given as a gift to the king of France. Visitors young and old are fully encouraged to touch the war machines, flying machines, and nautical and hydraulic devices for insight into their functionality, and accompanying explanatory notes, illustrative panels, and computer programs help modern minds glean further understanding into Da Vinci's wide-reaching genius and favorite emoticons.
During a 75-minute, handicap-accessible walking tour, curious sports fans and massive architecture nuts will explore the inner workings of the Broncos' massive home stable as professional guides lead the half-mile journey into gridiron sectors shrouded in mystery to outsiders. After inspecting the United Club level and private party suites, where Forbes 500 members watch football games while relishing caviar hot dogs and waving Fabergé foam fingers, the pigskin pilgrimage crosses field side for a ground-level view of the 76,000 seats and brief end zone dance rehearsal before treating tourists to a backstage glimpse of the press center and visitors' locker room. Your expedition will also pass through the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, whose exhibits celebrate home-grown individuals that embody athletic excellence. Such local luminaries include women's pro golfing great "Babe" Didrickson, heavyweight Jack Dempsey, and Broncos legend John Elway, who is forever entombed in carbonite in the Ring of Fame and only released to film weekly talk shows and anti-extraterrestrial PSAs.
Kenneth Donald Rogers—an American country-music star, photographer, producer, actor, and fellow with a nice beard—has won three Grammys and more than a dozen American Music Awards for his sweet, stirring crooning. Though he won't be toting his dozens of awards, Mr. Rogers will be bringing an impressive showcase of selections from his extensive collection of country hits. To prep the crowd for the main event, The Herndon Brothers—a local act lead by Ray Herndon, a country star known for livin' the dream—will layer the crowd in hometown vibes from their wide library of inspiring and honest tracks.
The American Basketball Association has nearly 90 teams. But ever since their founding in 2010, the Colorado Kings have resided amongst the elite, leaving most of the league in their wake. During their inaugural season, the Kings made quite the impression: they went 24-1, and advanced to the ABA's Elite 8 round of the playoffs. Instead of celebrating that success by having all of its players dipped in gold, the team followed up with a record-setting effort in 2011, when it recorded an ABA-best 32 victories in a row. For as much success as the Kings have had on the court, they've also made an impact off of it. The organization's players give back to the community in a number of ways, including by running youth basketball camps and hosting charity golf tournaments.
Driven by a roster of Colorado's top fighters, Prize Fighting Championship gives MMA fans a chance to watch the area's up-and-coming talent in contests held throughout the state. PFC features both male and female brawlers from flyweight to heavyweight classes, and seeks out promising fighters to help spread the sport and protect their octagonal cages from lazy zookeepers who don't want to build their own.