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  1. Offensively Delicious: A Craft Beer Comedy Show
    6:00 p.m. October 1 - Presented by Renegade Brewing and Sexpot Comedy, the inaugural Offensively Delicious will give Denverites the opportunity to kick off the Great American Beer Festival with a laugh. And laugh they will with this lineup, which includes local chuckle merchants Andy Juett, Jordan Doll and Adam Ca...
  2. Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
    8:00 p.m. October 4 - Robert Plant, the golden god of rock and roll, returns to Denver for his first show with his relatively new backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters. You know about the former Led Zeppelin frontman, whose recent forays include a collaboration with Alison Krauss and another with former partner Pa...
  3. The 13th Floor/Asylum Haunted House Family Night
    7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. October 5 - The scariest time of the year is here, and what better way to celebrate than by giving your loved ones the gift of terror? Denver’s premier haunted houses are making that easy to do with Family Night at The Asylum and The 13th Floor. For one night, you can treat the whole family ...
  4. First Person Cinema: Karen Yasinsky
    7:00 p.m. October 6 - With a background in painting, Karen Yasinsky wanted to make movies without crews. So she set up an animation stand at her Baltimore studio and started shooting short films with puppets and archival materials. “It made sense to make my own actors,” she says.

    Her solitary proce...

  5. NewCo Boulder
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. October 8 - Proving that Boulder has some cachet in the entrepreneurial world, NewCo -- a one-day event that gathers together businesspeople and investors with innovative companies in cities here and abroad -- has added the foothill republic to its 2014 itinerary, which also spreads as far afield as New ...
  6. Month of Modern
    Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until October 30 - Colorado isn't always recognized for its design and architecture, but the Month of Modern is working intently on changing that attitude. Beginning today and running through October 30, Modern in Denver magazine, HMH Architecture + Interiors and Annabel Media have come together to celeb...
  7. Chihuly Nights
    5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. from October 3 until November 30 - Some people say that you haven't really seen the continuing Chihuly outdoor exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens until you've seen it at night, when the nature-inspired, site-specific glass installations are illuminated with spotlights (and from within using neon tubes, in the case of one sp...
  8. Cruel Autumn Horror Film Series
    9:00 p.m. October 7 - Romance and mad science make for strange bedfellows, but what else would you expect from David Cronenberg? When he remade a schlocky, '50s B-movie The Fly into a modern masterpiece, he put his own spin on both the terrors of science and the relationship at the movie’s center, wit...
  9. Gala Fashion Show
    6:00 p.m. October 2 - Expanding on its ongoing photographic exhibition, Fashion/Culture, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center is hosting a Gala Fashion Show tonight at the McNichols Building. The gala is based on the same inspiration as its photo exhibit -- to raise awareness of CPAC and its many offerings...
  10. Chuck Roy's Spaghetti Western Hunts the Ghost Killers of Cheesman Park
    7:00 p.m. October 4 - Chuck Roy's Spaghetti Western Comedy Show returns to Jake’s Food and Spirits this month with a fittingly spooky theme for the season, a new monthly guest star, and a generous servings of giggles and meatballs. The unique brainchild of Denver comic Chuck Roy, the show combines a spaghett...
  11. Hot Chocolate 15/5K
    7:00 a.m. October 5 - The Hot Chocolate 15/5K Series, dubbed "America's sweetest race," kicks off in Denver today before continuing to fourteen other cities. While the race offers runners the opportunity to raise money for Ronald McDonald Charities and goodie bags complete with fleece-lined zip hoodies, Hot Chocol...
  12. Prong
    7:00 p.m. October 7 - Over the course of nearly three decades, nine studio albums and one live offering, Prong has shared musicians with Swans, Danzig, Ministry, Killing Joke and, uh, Madonna. While copping to backing that last artist is probably a confession best left to the dance floor, consider that former bassist Mon...
  13. Matisyahu
    7:00 p.m. October 8 - Matthew Paul Miller, otherwise known as Matisyahu (translated to "Gift of God" in Hebrew), has been putting out his blend of traditional Jewish themes, reggae, beatboxing, alternative, and slightly psychedelic rock since 2004. From the beginning, he was known for his signature beard and Hasidic garb...
  14. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    7:30 p.m. October 1 - Tom Petty's status as a rock icon may be subject to debate -- his voice is an acquired taste that doesn't suit every palate. But regardless of his scratchy, mildly twangy intonation, there's no doubt that he's one of the great songwriters of the past 35 years. From his beginnings with the Heartbreak...
  15. Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
    8:00 p.m. October 3 - In a post-apocalyptic world, what remains from the past as a new culture begins to form among the survivors? That's the question answered in Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, a gently hilarious look at a world obsessed with Britney Spears and The Simpsons. Amanda ...
  16. FarmFest 2014
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. October 4 - Cosplay goes country at FarmFest, the Urban Farm at Stapleton’s fifth annual benefit, featuring an historical reenactment about the mounted soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Drill Team.

    At FarmFest, you’ll get more than a mere slice of country life. In no particular order, there wi...

  17. Mystical as Fak Tour
    8:30 p.m. October 5 - Finding success in signing with Skrillex's OWSLA record label, Kill the Noise has grown into one of the heaviest producers currently touring. Jake Stanczak, the brains behind the operation, has been developing Kill the Noise's sound for years. His powerhouse club bangers melt with melodic pianos and...
  18. Of Montreal
    8:00 p.m. October 8 - Among the most popular and successful of the bands associated with the Elephant 6 collective, Of Montreal started off as a sort of indie pop band with an experimental edge. Instead of sticking to a strict formula, however, the band evolved dramatically across several records, fearlessly exploring ly...
  19. Spirits & Sworded Treks
    7:30 p.m. every Fri., Sat., Sun. from October 3 until October 19 - Actor, dancer, playwright and t'ai chi ch'uan master Maria Cheng of Theatre Esprit Asia performed her one-woman show Spirits and Sworded Treks all over the world before landing in Denver and helping to found TEA, the region's only strictly Asian-American company. The tour de force open...
  20. Earth
    9:00 p.m. October 1 - Founded in 1989, Earth is a drone-metal pioneer. Guitarist Dylan Carlson, who today is the band's sole original member, coined the term "ambient metal" when discussing Earth's landmark 1993 debut full-length, Earth 2: Special Low-Frequency Version. While Earth's sound is clearly built on a fo...
  21. Carbon Leaf
    8:00 p.m. October 2 - After two decades together, Carbon Leaf has effectively created its own brand of accessible bluegrass. But the Virginia natives can't be pinned to a single genre -- the band has an ostensible pop side, one that best translates live through Carbon Leaf's varying stringed instrumentation....
  22. George Thorogood & the Destroyers
    8:00 p.m. October 2 - Beauty may be only skin deep, but bad goes straight to the bone -- for George Thorogood, anyway. But the slide-guitar guru wasn't exactly "Born to Be Bad." Before he started playing the blues, Thorogood played minor-league baseball -- and if not for a pivotal concert by John Hammond in 1970, he migh...
  23. The Kooks
    8:00 p.m. October 2 - With scant few exceptions, musicians from this country who feign a British accent end up sounding like utter dipshits. Brits, meanwhile, who legitimately possess a Cockney inflection by birthright, often sound middle-American when they sing. It's a truly puzzling phenomenon. You have to listen reall...
  24. Warpaint
    8:00 p.m. October 2 - When Warpaint formed in 2004, a minor wave of neo-shoegaze and dream pop was already moving across the U.S. What has always set Warpaint apart from its peers in those genres is the way it incorporates unexpected sources such as hip-hop when creating its songs. The band developed its gossamer-texture...
  25. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
    9:00 p.m. October 3 - Karl Denson is hard to pin down. The saxophonist and bandleader may have strong roots in the traditional jazz of giants like John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, but that hasn't stopped him from exploring funk, R&B, hip-hop and myriad other genres in his two-decade-plus career. Starting as a member of L...