Five things to do in Denver and Boulder
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George Carlin is as close to a living god as a stand-up comic can get, and for good reason: Ever since his famous “seven dirty words” routine, he’s both defined and walked the tightrope between profane and brilliant. Even as he moves into his golden years, Carlin retains his razor-sharp observational wit in his routines, which provide more laughs per minute than any other comic septuagenarian comic around. He’s one of comedy’s last surviving greats, and this is your chance to catch him live, funny, and dirty as ever.
What: George Carlin performs stand-up.
Where: Buell Theatre, Denver.
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Info: http://www.ticketmaster.com or call 303-830-8497.
Industrial metal classics Ministry probably got you in trouble when you were in junior high with their abrasive sonics and sacrilegious lyrics (“Psalm 69,” anyone?). But even though they traffic in a somewhat dated genre, the fact that this is their last tour before breaking up has to bring a tear to the eyes of anyone who spent a couple months wearing too much black. This is your last chance to party in the dark. Swedish math-metal conquerors Meshuggah also perform, and seeing their technical wizardry and brick-crushing sound should go some distance toward soothing the passing of Ministry.
What: Ministry performs last local show ever; Meshuggah supports.
Where: Ogden Theatre.
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
It’s hard to believe, but Denver celebrates 150 years of existence this year. A few original structures from back then remain, and “150 Years of Denver Architecture” is the theme of this year’s Doors Open Denver event, which features tours and behind-the-scenes peeks at the citie’s most fascinating buildings ” old and new. The citywide open house will enable history buffs and architecture fans to check out the remaining 1850s-era buildings near Four Mile Park as well as explore contemporary gems like the Frank Gehry-designed Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver. You can choose to visit on your own or join special guided tours. Best of all, every Doors Open Denver event is free.
What: Doors Open Denver presents “150 Years of Denver Architecture.”
Where: Locations all over Denver.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Info: http://www.denvergov.org/doorsopendenver or call 303-282-5073.
Metal fans have a tough choice this week: Pay tribute to past kings by seeing Ministry and Meshuggah, or salute their heirs by seeing four bands who will rule the future? Converge specialize in a brand of particularly efficient and brutal metal-hardcore that remains technically dazzling and crushingly fun. Baroness take classic metal, sludge it up with doom and a bit of southern-rock, and slash it up like it’s never been done before; think Mastodon if they had been raised in a cabin on a swamp. Genghis Tron live up to their kickass name by delivering something truly original: Electro-synth metal that doesn’t suck. Devoid of NIN-style histrionics, Genghis Tron cuts the crybaby crap and gets down to rocking hard ” they just do it with samplers, synths and beats in addition to the huge guitars.
What: Converge, Baroness and Genghis Tron perform.
Where: Marquis Theatre.
When: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Info: 303-292-0805 or http://www.sodajerkpresents.com.
Fans of cutting-edge hip-hop have marching orders this week: Get thee to Cervantes in Denver to catch three of the most intense and innovative hip-hop artists in the country. RJD2 creates bouncy, soulful instrumental hip-hop breaks, though he reportedly sings and plays instruments on his latest. Mike Relm toured as a DJ with Blue Man Group and got major YouTube play for his audiovisual DVD scratching. But the truly amazing tag belongs to openers Dalek, who somehow craft dystopian, Blade Runner-esque soundscapes in the frame of rap music. They’re like the My Bloody Valentine of hip-hop, and they’re incredible both on record and live.
What: Mike Relm, RJD2 and Dalek perform.
Where: Cervantes Ballroom, Denver.
When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Info: 303-297-1772 or http://cervantesmasterpiece.com.
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