Five things to do in Denver
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Uber-stoner Tommy Chong might be approaching 70, but that hasn’t slowed him down one bit. For the last 15 years, he’s toured the stand-up circuit relentlessly, peppering his trademark stoner humor with observational bits of improv comedy. His personal life remains good joke fodder: Chong spent nine months in jail during 2003 and 2004 for his involvement in a glass pipe company. Instead of touring with Cheech Marin, Chong’s got a new stage partner ” his wife Shelby. For a portion of the show, they’ll do stand-up together, but Chong’s slow, stoner delivery remains the big draw. Expect the staunch libertarian to take a dig at modern politics as well. Once a hippie, always a hippie.
What: Tommy Chong of “Cheech and chong” fame performs stand-up comedy.
Where: Denver Improv Comedy Club, 8246 E. 49th Ave.
When: Today and Saturday, 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.
Info: Call 303-307-1777 or visit http://www.symfonee.com/improv/denver/home/index.aspx.
Denverites can count on plenty of bars for late-night shenanigans, but what about when you want to hang out minus the alcohol or drunken fools? Tran and Josh Wills came up with a solution in The Shoppe, a cereal bar/pastry shop/coffee house that mixes art, movies, live music and other entertainment late into the night. Abundant crafts mean you can even make your own art while sipping a cup of coffee or eating one of The Shoppe’s trademark cupcakes. The Shoppe opens on Saturday with a party featuring works by Denver artists Rick Griffith and Hyland Mather, music by DJ DSRN and a screening of the typography doc “Helvetica.”
What: The Shoppe Grand Opening party
Where: 3103 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m.
Most bands seem tight when playing together after years of practice, but what happens when you take some of Denver’s best local bands and force them to mix and match in a rock n’ roll battle royale? We’ll find out at Stand By Your Band II, where hot Denver bands Born in the Flood, Hot IQs, d.biddle, Mothership, Everything Absent or Distorted and Machine Gun Blues get traded and sorted into brand new supergroups. Each group then plays one song by the bands that lent a member plus three covers. Expect hilarious trainwrecks, silly surprises, and the occasional inspired moment of music genius. All ticket sales benefit Denver Public Schools music programs, so it’s even for a good cause.
What: Stand by Your Band II
Where: The Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Too many art exhibits require that you look, but not touch. Multimedia artist Jen Lewin actually wants you to do just the opposite with her artworks: She’s created three giant silk moths that sense your touch electronically and flap their wings in response. The longer you toch the moths, the more intense and personal their movement becomes. They’re currently on display at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s ATLAS Center for Arts, Media and Performance, where they await your touch to come alive. Get down there quick ” these moths can’t fly without you.
What: Artist Jen Lewin’s interactive MOTH exhibit.
Where: University of Colorado at Boulder’s ATLAS Center for Arts, Media and Performance.
When: Daily until Feb. 15.
Few one-man bands really deliver, but Rahzel’s got the goods: The beatboxing madman perfectly mimicked both samples and turntable scratches while in The Roots, and since his departure he’s collaborated with other luminaries like Mike Patton and Bjork. Through his vocal squawks, chirps and noises he can take a listener through a virtual tour of hip-hop’s storied history, vibrant present and exciting future. Rahzel is on tour in support of his latest disc, Greatest Knockouts Vol. 2, but see him live, because on the stage he really shines.
What: Beatboxing maestro Rahzel performs.
Where: Fox Theatre, Boulder.
When: Saturday, 9 p.m.
Info: 303-447-0095 or http://www.foxtheatre.com