Five things to do in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs
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Not too long ago, high-end restaurants reveled in their ability to showcase exotic ingredients from faraway places as the centerpiece of a meal; the more distant an ingredient, the better, or so the thinking went. Thankfully, the locavore movement has changed all that: Now, top chefs realize the importance of featuring fresh, local food items, and diners have followed suit. Locally produced food means fresher, tastier dishes and a better planet, since we’re not wasting resources to trek bass from Chile. The Cook Street Cooking School in Denver celebrates this with their Rocky Mountain Bushels and Bottles, which pairs local produce with high-end wines and beers for a delectable, multi-course taste of the Rocky Mountain region. Green beans, beef, potatoes, chicken and apple sausage, chard, and of course lamb from Colorado will make gourmet appearances on your plate, and they’ll be complemented with entirely local wines and beers. All proceeds benefit Slow Food Denver, an organization that encourages local eating and slow savoring.
What: Rocky Mountain Bushels and Bottles dinner.
Where: Cook Street School of fine Cooking, Denver.
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Info:www.cookstreet.com or 303-308-9300.
When it comes to live performance, you’d think nothing is worse than watching a couple of dudes standing behind laptops, faces lit blue-white while they cue clips into the PA. Los Angeles’ Glitch Mob challenges this notion, as they chop and slash hip-hop, electro, and even rock beats with sampled rap lyrics on the fly to create a high-wire, exciting live act. Oh, and it’s great for shaking your booty, too. Where else will you hear Jay-Z rapping over Dr. Dre’s “California Love,” with a dash of Curtis Mayfield guitar to soul things up? And that’s just if they feel like that mix that night. Glitch Mob is made up of four producers, who go by Boreta, edIT, Kraddy and Ooah; individually, they might not be enough to inspire much, but synchronously blending and slicing hundreds of tracks together, they create a mighty dance force. You may not know where all those sounds are coming from, but your body will know what to do.
What: Glitch Mob performs.
Where: Fox Theatre, Boulder.
When: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Here’s two words you never thought you’d see in the same sentence: hipster metal. Since when was metal hip? Well, since fashionable fixie riders started wearing Iron Maiden shirts, I guess. But metal’s ubiquitous resurgence has spawned a few bands that cater to a crowd that considers itself more highbrow than high life. Two of the genre’s standouts ” one old-schooler band and a brash up-and-comer ” join forces to display the best the subgenre has to offer. Washington, D.C.’s Clutch have been around for more than 12 years, and they’ve leavened their medal assault with heavy dollops of bluesy crunch, sludgy stoner rock, and a flair for precision likely born out of the D.C. post-punk scene that bred them. Meanwhile, Austin’s comparatively young The Sword carve impressive chunks of tech metal, riffing about dragons and outer space with utter sincerity. Clutch has toiled in the underground for years and it’s paid off, while The Sword is about to tour the U.S. with Metallica ” catch them together while you can.
What: Clutch and The Sword perform.
Where: Black Sheep, Colorado Springs.
When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.
If there’s a godhead writer for comic nerds, goths, creepy kids, sci-fi nuts, horror fans and fantasy freaks alike, it’s probably Neil Gaiman. Since his landmark work on D.C. comics “Sandman” series, he’s inspired a legendary following. These ardent fans followed him into the realm of pure fiction, where Gaiman now owns a critically-acclaimed body of work, including “American Gods.” His latest, “The Graveyard Book,” follows a boy who grows up in a graveyard after the murder of his entire family. The dead watch over the boy and try to protect him from the murderer, who still lurks about in Gaiman’s twilight world. Ghoulish sounding, to be sure, but Gaiman always injects wry humor and keen insight into even his most morbid endeavors. There’s no better way to hear Gaiman’s gothically twisted prose than to hear it from the man himself; he’ll read from “The Graveyard Book” at Unity Church in Boulder as part of the Boulder Book Store’s 35th anniversary celebrations. Black attire is encouraged, but not required.
What: Author Neil Gaiman reads from “The Graveyard Book.”
Where: Unity Church of Boulder.
When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Info: 303-447-2074 or http://www.boulderbookstore.com.
Though they might have a name that inspires thoughts of blood-metal carnage, in practice A Place To Bury Strangers (my fingers hurt ” let’s go with APTBS) cull more from seminal shoegaze rock bands like My Bloody Valentine or the Jesus and Mary Chain. Mixed with the aural scrapings of Suicide and the somnolent vocals and pulsing bass of Joy Division, Brooklyn’s APTBS are said to pull off mind-meltingly loud guitar effects without drowning out the haunting melodies or subtle shifts in tone. And like their ’80s predecessors, the tunes off of their latest self-released album are eminently danceable. This type of music has been catnip for gloomy hipsters for nearly 30 years for a good reason, and APTBS does the genre justice and goes one better by adding their own sonic mania to the mix. This is “Donnie Darko” music at its finest ” catch them now before they play to even bigger rooms of gloomy hipsters.
What: A Place To Bury Strangers performs.
Where: Larimer Lounge, Denver.
When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.
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