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  1. Oh No Variety Show Vs. Faded Freakshow
    9:00 p.m. September 19 - In a battle of sideshow acts, only one can be crowned the weirdest in the world. And regardless of who that turns out to be, it’s the audience that will really win at tonight’s Oh No Variety Show Vs. Faded Freakshow: A Stunt Show to the Death. No matter how you like your freaks, t...
  2. The Denver Flea at TheBigWonderful
    12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. September 20 - In May, the inaugural Denver Flea drew thousands for a flea-market shopping spree in City Park. But for today’s fall installment, the event’s organizers are trying something a little different by teaming up with TheBigWonderful outdoor food market for a shared experience in Curtis...
  3. Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. September 22 - From hundred-year-old photographs of Colorado’s early beginnings to political materials from elections gone by, the History Colorado Center has a collection of artifacts that chronicle the state’s past from the perspective of those who lived it. During today’s Behind-the-Scenes ...
  4. Sound + Vision: David Bowie Is
    7:00 p.m. September 23 - David Bowie’s fifty-year career has been full of twists and turns, so for David Bowie Is, a retrospective, the multifaceted musician provided items from his personal archive, including clothing, photographs and writing. To coincide with the traveling exhibition’s opening at the Mu...
  5. Odysseo by Cavalia
    8:00 p.m. September 19 - “There’s one thing I never do, and that’s oversell my shows,” says Normand Latourelle, founder of Cavalia and artistic director of Odysseo, the equestrian-and-acrobatic extravaganza that’s taken over the Pepsi Center parking lot. “But I can tell you ...
  6. Enrique's Journey
    7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 4 - Denver’s Chicano cultural-arts group El Centro Su Teatro is just a year shy of celebrating a silver anniversary as a cohesive center, and while artistic director Tony Garcia is planning new work for that big occasion, he’s decided to celebrate the past first, by bringing back a whole sea...
  7. Rian Johnson at Alamo Drafthouse
    Daily from September 21 until September 23 - Jaws dropped when it was announced that up-and-coming filmmaker Rian Johnson would direct episodes VIII and IX of the Star Wars series. Sure, Johnson has created beloved genre films like The Brothers Bloom, but doesn’t Star Wars warrant a bigger name? Keith Garcia, ...
  8. Robocop
    7:00 p.m. September 18 - Most action movies barely work as brainless entertainment, so when you come across the rare example that works on multiple levels, it’s important to cherish it. Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 masterpiece, RoboCop, is one such film.

    RoboCop is a lot of things,”...

  9. Pinback
    8:00 p.m. September 23 - Pinback has spent the last fifteen years writing hypnotic songs powered by the inventive playing of multi-instrumentalists Zach Smith and Rob Crow. "Loro," from the band's 1999 debut, remains its infinitely replayable peak. More recent efforts, however, prove that the group is capable of surprises, ...
  10. Boulder International Fringe Festival
    Daily until September 28 - What happens when a festival throws out the gatekeepers and unleashes a torrent of pure creative expression on a city? For the tenth year in a row, the Boulder International Fringe Festival is experimenting with the answer to this question. The fest “brings artists from all over the cou...
  11. First Annual StapletOM Yoga and Music Festival
    6:30 p.m. September 19 - Every morning when yoga instructor Jeannene Levinson leaves her Stapleton apartment, she sees the area there known as The Green. “I kept thinking that it would be the perfect place to have a yoga festival. It was in my head every time I saw the space,” she says.

    So she partnered up wi...

  12. Joel Swanson: XYZ
    Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from September 20 until October 11 - The David B. Smith Gallery will be loaded with talent tonight as it unveils Joel Swanson’s XYZ, which explores the artist’s continuing fascination with the art and symbolism of text. Swanson’s obsessive drawings of endless ampersands — similar to the entire wall...
  13. The Zero Theorem
    7:30 p.m. September 19 - Terry Gilliam’s career has been marked by films that are both difficult and brilliant. His best work offers glimpses of strange worlds that seem fantastical but upon further inspection are simply twisted reflections of reality. His latest, The Zero Theorem, about a computer progr...
  14. Vine Street Uptown Neighborhood Block Party and Brewer's Olympics
    1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. September 20 - There are many easy reasons to spend an afternoon and evening drinking beer and listening to free music with your neighbors, but Paul Nashak of Mountain Sun says the fourth annual Vine Street Uptown Neighborhood Block Party and Brewer’s Olympics is about more than that.

    “One th...

  15. M. Butterfly
    7:30 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until September 28 - In only its second season, Theatre Esprit Asia is on the rise; as TEA co-director Tria Xiong notes, the pan-Asian company was the toast of last month’s Colorado Theatre Festival, winning six of nine categories for which it was nominated and getting a standing ovation for its repeat performance...
  16. Dmitri Matheny (CD release)
    7:00 p.m. September 18 - The deft, warm-toned flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny, a protégé of the great Art Farmer, stops at Dazzle tonight to celebrate the release of his tenth disc, Sagebrush Rebellion, which features new originals, renderings of Ellington's "Warm Valley" and Johnny Burke's "It Could...
  17. Jeff the Brotherhood
    8:00 p.m. September 18 - While the garage-rocking, surf-infused punks in JEFF the Brotherhood have been around for quite a few years (many spent in the Nashville DIY scene), they've finally gotten some well-deserved attention of late. And they've responded to the hype in a perfectly punk manner -- by ignoring the pressure a...
  18. Brother Ali
    8:30 p.m. September 18 - If the idea of an albino Muslim rapper sounds like the start of a bad and potentially offensive joke, you haven't met Brother Ali, an MC with skills that render all biographical trivia irrelevant. Though the Minneapolis wordsmith's introspective and occasionally self-loathing lyrics have much in com...
  19. Brother Ali
    September 19 - If the idea of an albino Muslim rapper sounds like the start of a bad and potentially offensive joke, you haven't met Brother Ali, an MC with skills that render all biographical trivia irrelevant. Though the Minneapolis wordsmith's introspective and occasionally self-loathing lyrics have much in com...
  20. Lotus
    7:30 p.m. September 19 - Genre-defying five-piece dance and jam band Lotus will be playing its annual Red Rocks show on September 19. The set was originally targeted to support of the band's most recent album Gilded Age, but after the group debuted a successful new Talking Heads tribute set, featuring Gabriel Otto of...
  21. Rose's Pawn Shop
    9:30 p.m. September 19 - Rose's Pawn Shop may forever attract cheap punchlines about the aptness of its name; after all, the group sports more instruments than the back room of a run-down secondhand shop. But a fair listen to the music should put a dead stop to any assholery. Amid the banjo, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, ...
  22. Cloak & Dagger Music Festival
    September 20 - The Hundred, one of Denver's most prominent event promoters and show producers, hosts one-day festival called Cloak and Dagger at City Hall and Vinyl, on Saturday, September 20. The lineup looks promising, and given that it's spread across four stages in the Golden Triangle, this new style of show c...
  23. Skylab XX
    September 20 - It's easy for EDM snobs to hate on Tiësto. The Dutch DJ-producer's house and trance records are nuggets of music easily consumed by the masses. They aren't always risky or forward-thinking, but they seem to get the job done and, more important, make a lot of people happy. Tonight, he headlines ...
  24. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
    6:30 p.m. September 20 - A hippy love child from Vermont, Grace Potter's gone her own way and found substantial success in the process. Her crisp sonorous voice recalls Sheryl Crow, only bluesier. Though first embraced by the roots-jam crowd for the loose folk-funk of their 2005 debut Nothing But Water, Potter's neve...
  25. Buckwheat Zydeco
    8:00 p.m. September 20 - The best performers of all time combine a mastery of their chosen style with the kind of charisma that makes the specific type of music they are playing almost (but not quite) irrelevant. So it has been with Buckwheat Zydeco, once Stanley Dural Jr., who has literally become synonymous with that furi...