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  1. Best of the Interwebs on the Big Screen
    7:30 p.m. April 20 - The Internet has enabled a new era of fascinating filmmaking. From bizarre, artistic short films to videos of guys getting hit in the nuts, there’s always something to look at on your monitor, phone or device. The only thing that could make it better would be putting these wonders on the big s...
  2. Kat Duff
    7:30 p.m. April 21 - Author, researcher and counselor Kat Duff says she’s always loved sleep, but she didn’t start delving into the topic seriously until about a decade ago. “I started to notice that many of the clients who came to me as a counselor were not sleeping well,” she says. “And w...
  3. CityBuild CityMixer Volume 2: A Love Affair with Denver
    5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. April 22 - The Downtown Denver Partnership launched its CityBuild program last year with the intent of helping to pave the way for future urban movers and shakers in the new millennium. CityBuild's CityMixer series is designed to aid that directive by providing a meeting ground where young and old can network ...
  4. Stripped
    7:00 p.m. April 23 - Cathy. Luann. Hi & Lois. Calvin & Hobbes. Zippy The Pinhead. All are familiar names that readers have come to know and love through the tangible art of the comic strip. But it’s a medium that has lost valuable print space in an increasingly paperless world. W...
  5. Paco Peña and Eliot Fisk
    7:30 p.m. April 26 - In 2011, world-renown classical guitarist Eliot Fisk teamed up with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell for a night of stellar music by Frisell, Luciano Berio, Robert Beaser, Stephen Foster and J.S. Bach. Tonight Fisk, who studied with the legendary Andrés Segovia, returns to the Newman Center with P...
  6. Flame 2014: A Colorado Queer Music & Art Festival
    12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. April 27 - Raising money isn’t easy, which is why Brent Heinze, the organizer of Flame 2014: Colorado Queer Music & Art Festival, tried to think of creative ways to get people to donate money to LGBTQ youth programs. “I wanted to do something that related to the gay community, and there&rsqu...
  7. Dee Williams
    7:30 p.m. April 28 - “Leaving a pair of pants out can be a tripping hazard; shoes could cause you to fall and chip a tooth,” says Dee Williams. That’s not true in most places, but in the limited space of the 84-square-foot house Williams built and currently resides in, every loose item of clothing need...
  8. Double Rainbow Plans
    Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from April 25 until May 31 - Somewhere in the midst of becoming a painter, Mark Penner Howell discovered the human figure. And if there’s anything especially new and interesting about the works going on display tonight for his solo show Double Rainbow Plans: Paintings by Mark Penner Howell at Walker Fine Art...
  9. The Stanley Film Festival
    Daily from April 24 until April 27 - The Stanley Film Festival is back for its second year, with no sign of sophomore slump. The fest, which takes place at the historic Stanley Hotel, kicks off with the Colorado premiere of Alexandre Philippe’s Doc of the Dead, a comprehensive look at the zombie phenomenon in pop cu...
  10. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
    7:30 p.m. April 20 - It's no secret that April 20 is a big day around here, and this year at Red Rocks, it's going to be celebrated by some of ganja's biggest advocates, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. Both cats are obviously no stranger to the herb, so it only makes sense that they'll be on hand to help commemorate the big...
  11. Franz Ferdinand
    8:00 p.m. April 21 - In the post-Britpop era, Franz Ferdinand was once neck and neck with Arctic Monkeys for the title of the British Isles' top alt-rock export. Debut single "Take Me Out" seemed to take out everything else on the airwaves upon its 2004 release, welding jangly guitars to a ramrod-stiff bass-and-drums ba...
  12. Mary Roach
    7:30 p.m. April 22 - “Sometimes people are like, ‘Ew, I don't want to read a book about digestive health,’ and I’m like, ‘No, this is not about digestive health,’” explains Mary Roach, the author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. “It's an unconvent...
  13. Christopher Moore
    7:30 p.m. April 25 - Christopher Moore is one of those rare authors who could charm people who don’t particularly enjoy reading. His whimsical, irreverent style has been applied to vampires and demon lizards and even the story of Jesus Christ. In fact, one of Moore’s signature traits is his ability to take a...
  14. 17 Women Who Shook the World
    1:00 p.m. April 26 - When author Preethi Burkholder was at a low point in her life, she turned to the library for comfort — and she found it. “I started reading about some of the most amazing women of our time, because I felt I needed to get out of my rut,” says Burkholder. “Once I started readin...
  15. Teresa Albor: 100 Paintings in 24 Hours
    7:00 p.m. April 28 - Teresa Albor has a way of turning all expectations of the art world upside down by asking bold questions about what art is — and, in turn, what an artist is — and who it really serves. That’s part of the motive behind her 100 Paintings in 24 Hours performance, which i...
  16. Andrew Elijah Edwards
    Daily until May 2 - Over the past year, Andrew Elijah Edwards wandered Denver with his smartphone, snapping images of what he describes as “natural spaces void of humans…the nooks and crannies where the rawness of nature and reality is still living.” These photographs became the ingredients for Edwar...
  17. Teased, Torn, Coddled & Pampered
    Every Fri., Sat., Sun. until May 4 - Ceramics artist Jean Smith chose the enigmatic title Teased, Torn, Coddled & Pampered for her annual showcase at Zip 37 Gallery, but her explanation makes sense: "It's how I work with the clay," she says. "Sometimes I kinda tease it, and then you have to coddle and pamper it as you wor...
  18. Never Wear A Tube Top While Riding A Mechanical Bull...
    7:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from April 24 until May 11 - Dixie Longate is best known for her Dixie’s Tupperware Party, which recently closed a long run. But she’s not stopping there. In her new show, Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (and 16 Other Things I Learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursday), a w...
  19. The Waldos Music Fest
    7:00 p.m. April 20 - It's difficult to separate the spiritual and musical journeys of Matisyahu. The artist's religious life has played into his stage persona since 2004, when his debut album Shake Off the Dust...Arise introduced audiences to the rapping Orthodox Jew who also had a knack for reggae and alternativ...
  20. These Things Matter: 100th Episode
    8:00 p.m. April 24 - Two years ago, friends Taylor Gonda and Kevin O’Brien realized that they didn’t just enjoy discussing popular culture, but that they also reveled in the High Fidelity spirit of connecting it to personal experiences. Thus the These Things Matter podcast was born, and ...
  21. Unbound: The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe
    7:00 p.m. April 26 - “The moment I saw one of the rehearsals of the Romero troupe, I knew it was a project I wanted to be involved with,” says anthropologist Michael Kilman, director of the feature documentary film Unbound: The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe, which premieres tonight at Su T...
  22. Beth
    8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until May 24 - Shakespeare's famously bloody play Macbeth will get a shot of estrogen starting tonight in the Betsy Stage's original new adaptation. Beth takes the classic tragedy and places it in 1920s Paris, imagining the title character as a female painter toiling in the male-dominated art ...
  23. Captured in Film
    7:30 p.m. April 25 - “How can we get people to engage with great music with fresh energy? How can we present this so that we can leave our prejudices and the stigma of classical music behind and get people engaged in listening and really having a good time?” asks David Rutherford, music director and conducto...
  24. 'til Death
    8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 26 - Seasoned Denver actress, playwright and comedian Edith Weiss has been on many stages in her lifetime, but none of them have been quite like those overseen by local director Adam Stone, a bright enigma whose experimental work is unlike anything anyone’s ever seen before. Weiss returns tonight i...
  25. Monkey Town 4
    6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until June 1 - Colorado native Montgomery Knott began the first incarnation of Monkey Town more than ten years ago in a Williamsburg loft in Brooklyn, but his dream to take the immersive film-and-food experience on the road will bring him back to Denver for a three-month stand that he says is a testing ground for ...