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Five things to do in Denver

Special to the DailyMartin Shorts stand-up routines remain the stuff of legend, and for good reason: They combine rapier wit, social commentary, wacky characters and inventive storytelling to entertain everyone from teen to grandpa. He performs at the Paramount Theatre in Denver on Saturday.

Pirates! Thanks in part to a series of movies starring Johnny Depp, buccaneers of old are experiencing a cultural resurgence of sorts kind of like ninjas in the 80s. Now, they have their own holiday something not even ninjas can boast. International Talk Like A Pirate Day commences Friday, and with it comes plenty of drinkin, dancin, fightin, and hooliganery courtesy of the Denver Buccaneer Bash, held at Red & Jerrys in Denver. Youll get your yaaars out with like-minded wannabe pirates and pirettes, and the Bash includes healthy servings of grog, wenches, pirate songs, games, vendors and trivia. A costume contest will ensure which pirate owns the best pantaloons, so wear your top-notch breeches and skivvies. A charity auction benefits the restoration of the actual Cutty Sark clipper ship a fine reason for a pirate to part with his gold if ever there was one. Pirates dont care about taxes, of course, but all donations are tax deductible. Yeaaaar!What: Denver Buccaneer Bash Pirate Party.Where: Red & Jerrys, 1840 W. Oxford Ave.When: Friday, 6 p.m.Cost: $10 advance, $15 day of.Info:

Once taboo, now it often seems that the new tattoo is not getting a tattoo. But just because the art has moved toward the mainstream doesnt mean skin art doesnt have the power to shock and awe: Witness the Denver Tattoo Convention, which invites both the ink-enthusiast and merely-ink curious to check in on the mediums greatest artists, latest styles and deep history. In addition to appearances by local and national artists and shops, guest speakers include Lyle Tuttle, who tattooed Janis Joplin, and Friday Jones, who tattooed Angelina Jolie among others. The convention also celebrates the release of The Tattoo Sourcebook, a Bible of tattoo flash (designs) for both those who have tattoos and those who are planning on getting their first one. Other attractions include seminars on everything from portraiture to sleeves, contests for best male and female tattoos, and live performances from DJ Mada and the Electric Acid Theatre circus, band, and freak show. What: Denver Tattoo Convention.When: Today-Sunday, 2 to 10 p.m.Where: Sheraton Hotel, 155 Court Place.Cost: $10.Info:

The climate change debate has inspired fierce debate: While scientists have largely declared man-made climate change real, deniers and believers continue to engage in a war of words in order to figure out, well, what to do. Climate and Energy Action Heroes Forum brings reps from both sides to duke it out in a public forum and perhaps even find some common ground. Hosted by Kim Kunstler, journalist, author of The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, and climate change alarmist, the panel will include talks by politicians Hank Brown and Gary Hart. Talks include forums on Changing the Climate, Power of and for the People and The Future of Food. But its not all brain-talk: Food and drink will be served, including a blow-out barbecue from Texado. In addition to raising awareness, ticket proceeds will help fund solutions to climate-change problems. We may not know what climate change will bring in the next couple of decades, but getting in on the debate sure cant hurt.What: Climate and Energy Action Heroes Forum.Where: Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder.When: Saturday, 10 a.m.Cost: $5.Info:

While his movies might be hit or miss affairs, Martin Shorts stand-up routines remain the stuff of legend, and for good reason: They combine rapier wit, social commentary, wacky characters and inventive storytelling to entertain everyone from teen to grandpa. The SCTV and SNL legend comes to Denver yet again, and he brings his comedic genius with him. Long-running goofball characters like Ed Grimley and Jiminy Glick are sure to make appearances, but Short reserves the right to change his performance to suit his mood, and the mood of the audience. While he may nominally be performing comedic stand-up, what Short actually crafts is much more akin to a one-man theater show with exceptional comedic highlights. In a day and age when actors don fat suits and heavy makeup to craft characters, Short outsells them all with his gestures, voice and sheer inventiveness. Forget recent misfires on the big and small screen; Short stands tallest in a live venue, and youll be laughing all the way home.What: Martin Short performs.Where: Paramount Theatre, Denver.When: Saturday, 8 p.m.Cost: $44-$64.Info: 303-595-3637 or

Pop music comes in many forms and with many toppings, but skewed pop is the best. Seattles The Dead Science specialize in taking catchy pop nuggets and twisting them into strange pieces of candy sweetly catchy, but with a sour bite. Guitarist and singer Sam Mickens possesses a tweaky falsetto, not unlike Prince, if he were a nervous and depressed nerd instead of purple sex fiend. Meanwhile, the rest of the band uses intense jazz training to create jumpy, off-kilter arrangements that complement Mickens stilted lyrics. The result comes off like glitchy electro-rock reminiscent of pals in Xiu Xiu, but endlessly more accessible. Their latest, Villainaire, finds them in fine-if-nervous style, creating a jittery and irresistible bop in the midst of awkwardness, and the lo-fi, bedroom production values give the disc a worn-in feel that takes off the rougher edges and makes them more listenable without being more, well, pop. Thats a good thing: The Dead Science make music to geek out and freak out to, alone and out in public.What: The Dead Science performs.Where: Hi-Dive, Denver.When: Sunday, 8 p.m.Cost: $12.Info:

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