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  1. Margaret Coel
    7:00 p.m. September 2 - Boulder author Margaret Coel has been mining the lore of her fictional Wind River Reservation mysteries for nearly twenty years – and almost as many books. Propelled by the camaraderie between her gumshoe protagonists – Jesuit priest Father John O'Malley and Arapaho Indian attorney Vicky...
  2. Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Celebration Kickoff
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. September 3 - Today, Rocky Mountain National Park is kicking off a centennial celebration that will last 365 days. Modeled after other national parks' yearlong festivities, RMNP is throwing down with big events throughout the next twelve months, culminating with a re-dedication of the park on September 4, 2015 &n...
  3. Tour de Fat
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. September 6 - Though New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat travels to several cities each year, it still feels especially Denver-centric in a town where cyclists of every ilk ride side by side every day on miles of city streets and greenway trails. And that’s what makes the crazy, costume-friendly ...
  4. Westword DISH
    11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. September 7 - Join us and over forty restaurants as we enjoy a beautiful Denver Sunday in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. 11 to 12:30 p.m. VIP access; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. general admission. DISH is a 21 and over event....
  5. Peter May
    7:00 p.m. September 8 - In The Lewis Man, set on the forbidding shores of Lewis Isle in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Detective Inspector Fin Macleod, a native islander who’s come back, becomes engulfed in the mystery of a body found preserved in a peat bog, which turns out to be not 2,000 years old, ...
  6. M. Butterfly
    7:30 p.m. September 4 - 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...
  7. Oh, The Places You Will Go!
    Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from September 5 until September 30 - When viewers walk into the Black Book Gallery this month, they’ll enter a space where all of the lights have been shut off except for the stark, backlit, magical imagery of husband-and-wife duo Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair. “Our paper-cut lightbox art pieces are intricate hand-cut paper...
  8. So Denver Retrospective 1985-1995: Photographs by Kim Allen
    Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from September 9 until September 27 - Lower downtown has changed a lot over the past three decades — and photographer Kim Allen, a Denver native, has been there to document it all. He was shooting photographs of Denver’s decrepit viaducts and gritty warehouses before the area was nicknamed LoDo, before it became an official ...
  9. DocuWest
    Daily from September 10 until September 15 - There are plenty of documentary festivals east of the Mississippi, which is why it’s so important that DocuWest has carved out space for nonfiction films in our region. “What we want to do is make DocuWest and Denver a hub for documentary filmmakers, documentary film lovers and th...
  10. Swans
    8:00 p.m. September 2 - Without the spirit of experimentation and uncompromising artistic vision that informs Swans, much of the industrial and post-rock that has come along since 1982 would sound very different. The band moved from tortured, aggressive and unsettling songs to more nuanced sounds in 1986, when Jarboe joine...
  11. Buddy Guy
    7:30 p.m. September 3 - Buddy guys is a blues-guitar innovator and impassioned, underrated vocalist who can still make a righteous noise despite being a few years shy of his eightieth birthday. Last year's Rhythm and Blues, was number one of Billboard's Blues chart and showed he's not shy about either patting himsel...
  12. Found Footage Festival
    7:30 p.m. September 5 - The Found Footage Festival has been bringing the gospel of weird-ass VHS footage -- from how-to-cybersex videos to vintage home-shopping insanity -- to the masses for an entire decade. And yet it doesn’t look like the fest is going to run out of new material. The latest iteration of the...
  13. Vivienne Vavoom"s Burlesque As It Was
    9:00 p.m. September 6 - Vivienne VaVoom (aka Michelle Baldwin) has made a brand out of the “Burlesque As It Was” concept. Indeed, if burlesque has become a runaway train of popularity in recent years, VaVoom was the woman who drove that locomotive into Denver. And after earning accolades for her old-timey style...
  14. Oddball Comedy Festival
    5:00 p.m. September 7 - The iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre inspires wonder in visitors and performers alike, but with its open skies and arena seating, it doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for a comedy venue. Comedy, like most fungi, tends to grow in darkened basements, but the 2014 programming calendar at Red Rocks...
  15. Midge Ure
    8:00 p.m. September 9 - Throughout the '70s and '80s, Midge Ure performed with Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy and Visage but he's probably best known as the frontman of Ultravox. While Ultravox released some successful disc in the early '80s and released its final album in 1985, the same year Ure set on a solo career. He'...
  16. Drake and Lil Wayne
    7:00 p.m. September 10 - While both Drake and Lil Wayne get along famously, rap fans have contested who of the two is better for a number of years now, and the playful "VS" in the title of the show adds a further element of rivalry to the debate. The sheer amount of street team work, parodying the logo for fighting video ga...
  17. Martin Sexton
    7:00 p.m. September 3 - Martin Sexton is a singer's singer. Whereas most male vocalists are tethered by timbre to a particular style, Sexton bends his voice with the fluid flexibility of a skilled instrumentalist, adapting to fit his frequent stylistic tangents with aplomb. An instrumental analogy is apt, as Sexton is equa...
  18. Matt Busch and Landon Meier
    6:00 p.m. September 5 - Geeks love art, even if the art they love is more often found on vintage film posters and in comics than on gallery walls. Of course, there’s no real reason that entertainment art like this can’t hang on gallery walls, as Hall of Justice owner Zac Conley will tell you.

    “I really...

  19. Reverend Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour -- The Movie
    7:00 p.m. September 6 - “The higher the hair, the closer to God,” says Reverend Yolanda, the campy, drag-queen star of the new documentary Reverend Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour — The Movie, billed as the Rocky Horror Picture Show of country gospel music. “Yolanda and Dolly Parton keep the wi...
  20. Denver's Worldwide Festival
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. September 7 - In 1948, Denver’s partnership with its first-ever sister city, Brest, France, proved to be ahead of the curve. It wasn’t until eight years later that then-president Eisenhower established America’s sister-cities initiative. Denver’s Worldwide Festival, happening today ...
  21. Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga in the Gardens
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. every Tue., Thu. until September 18 - Sunrise yoga sounds like such a healthy thing to do for your mind, body and spirit — but not everyone has the discipline to get up early and stretch all on their own. Thankfully, the Denver Botanic Gardens has offered Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga for the past three years, and it’s back ag...
  22. A Steady Rain
    8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until September 28 - For Terry Dodd, who's currently directing A Steady Rain for the Edge Theatre Company, news of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, is resonant. The play “begins and ends with a gunshot,” he says, and places the audience in “a cop car doing ninety down an alley at night i...
  23. The Tricky Part
    7:00 p.m. September 10 - When Martin Moran’s The Tricky Part, an Obie-winning, autobiographical one-man show about his brush with sexual abuse as a boy, played at Curious Theatre ten years ago, it left Westword theater critic Juliet Wittman feeling uncomfortable — not because of the subject ...
  24. Arctic Monkeys
    8:00 p.m. September 4 - The gradual shift in musical sensibility for Arctic Monkeys can be traced through the guys' aesthetic: They wear sunglasses a lot now. They wear them in music videos and on stage, and sometimes when it's not really sunny enough to merit protecting their corneas. As their urban grit has widened into ...
  25. Hornbuckle
    8:00 p.m. September 4 - Michael Hornbuckle was twelve years old the first time he shared the stage with his father, legendary Denver bluesman Bobby Hornbuckle, and at thirteen he was playing weekends with his dad. While he was getting an education on stage, he was also schooling himself in blues guitar by listening to the ...