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Richard Kelly crafted a cult hit with his brooding, mysterious “Donnie Darko,” but when he returned to Cannes over a year ago with “Southland Tales,” the intensely visual director’s follow-up was met with boos and hisses. In the months since, fanboys and critics alike have praised his post-apocalyptic opus alternately as a work of genius or a complete disaster. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as an amnesiac boxer who shacks up with a porn star (Sarah Michelle Gellar), and Justin Timberlake breaks out into song in the midst of futuristic action sequences. Here’s your rare chance to catch one of the strangest, most intriguing movies of the year.
What: Screening of “Southland Tales”
Where: Starz FilmCenter, Denver
When: Daily beginning today through Jan. 24.
Cost: $5.75 – $8.75
She may be the little sister of famed classical guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad, but little Badi has carved a reputation as an innovative classical guitarist who weaves traditional structures of her Brazilian homeland with original guitar licks. Known for her lilting, beautiful voice as much as her classical chops, Assad rips nimble classical guitar runs while humming and clicking the rhythms simultaneously. She mixes Brazilian classics with wholly remade covers from the likes of Bjork and U2. For classical guitar fans, this is a must.
What: Badi Assad, classical Brazilian guitarist
Where: Newman Center for the Performing Arts
When: Sat., January 19, 7:30 p.m.
Info: http://www.ticketmaster.com or call 303-357-ARTS
The Dominican Republic isn’t necessarily an easy place to live, but it’s got loads of indigenous culture ” the two things necessary to create rip-roaring blues. The Dominican Republic’s Puerto Plata represents the foundation of his country’s blues scene, and this 84-year-old sings and plays guitar with a weathered ferocity that betrays his elder-statesman status. Blending Afro-Cuban rhythms with Iberian guitar work, Plata’s heady blues is now known as “bachata.” Plata plays with rock/folk musician Shawn Mullins, who has collaborated with contemporaries Pete Droge and Matthew Sweet.
What: Puerto Plata and Shawn Mullins perform
Where: Boulder Theatre
When: Sun., January 20, 7 p.m.
Info: http://www.bouldertheater.com or 303-786-7030.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once called Denver home, and she returns to speak and sign copies of her latest book, “Memo to the President Elect.” Though she’s publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton, whoever wins in November would do well to listen to her advice on how to handle rising Asian superpowers, Middle East madness and the continuing debacle in Iraq. We regular folks can get a look inside the mind of one of the greater tactical political minds of our time this Monday in LoDo.
What: Madeleine Albright speaks.
Where: Tattered Cover, LoDo
When: Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Info: 303-436-1070 or http://www.tatteredcover.com
Whether you’re a kid or an adult, face it: Dinosaurs freaking rule. Kids of all ages and adults who are really kids inside can thrill to dinosaurs brought to life through the miracle of animatronics at “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Live Experience,” inspired and based on the award-winning BBC miniseries (it airs on the Discovery Channel in the U.S.). You’ll see Tyrannosaurs, brachiosaurus, and triceratops moving in realistic fashion as you learn about their lives, ecosystems and compatriots, all the way up to their extinction in the late Cretaceous period. Just don’t scream too loud when you hear T. Rex roar: He can hear your fear.
What: “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Live Experience” animatronic dinosaur show
Where: World Arena, Denver
When: Jan. 23, 24, 25, 7 p.m.; Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 27, 1 and 6 p.m.
Info: http://www.dinosaurlive.com or call 719-520-7469.