Things to do in Denver before T-Day |

Things to do in Denver before T-Day

Ted AlvarezVail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/ Courtesy of the American FedNumber 18, 1951, by Mark Rothko. Oil on canvas; 81-1/2 x 69-7/8 in. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, N.Y. (53.216) 2006 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

DENVER, COLORADO Before we all pack ourselves into planes, trains and automobiles to head on cross-country jaunts in search of turkey, take a trip to the Front Range. A unique slate of comedy, dance, art and culture awaits this weekend. Even better, theyre all conversation starters and the perfect antidote for all the family chatter youll endure in the coming days. Youll thank me when Uncle Chester starts talking about his pyramid schemes again.

Maybe youve seen him in the stand-up comedy tour film Comedians of Comedy, or maybe youve seen him cavorting on a farm during the music video for Kanye Wests Cant Tell Me Nothing. Perhaps youve even seen his dramatic work on the canceled series Tru Calling — just dont tell him. Offbeat comic Zach Galifianakis combines awkward, wry observations with tinkly piano music and razor-sharp wit perfect for cutting down hecklers. Weird? Maybe. Hilarious? Definitely. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Boulder Theater, and tickets are $25. For more info, visit

Color as Field, now at the Denver Art Museum, showcases another side of abstract expressionism, one in which single colors dominate the view and small bits of concentrated color explore our subconscious. Most of these explorations are represented across sprawling spaces on mega-canvases, where the color has room to move, breathe and suck the watcher in. Forty works are on view, including paintings by Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler and predecessors Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb and Robert Motherwell. The works are on display Nov. 9 through Feb. 3. Visit for more information.

Who doesnt need a little Jane Austen now and then? A classic combination of romance and a comedy of manners, Pride follows Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy as they fall in and out of love amidst family and cultural madness. This Jon Jory stage adaptation begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and runs through Nov. 22. Tickets are $31 and $36. For more information, visit

Holidays get too much reverence, if you ask us. For a totally demented holiday performance (and as an antidote to all the Christmas songs were about to hear at every mall and store,) check out the bearded ladies in Demented Divas: The Buttcracker at Lannies Clocktower Cabaret. The dudes in drag promise to rag on all faiths and celebrations with songs like I Want a Boob Job for Christmas, Walking Round in Womens Underwear and The Twelve Drinks of Christmas. Tickets are $15, and show runs through Dec. 19. For more info, visit

Choreographer Angie Simmons dissects the human body in candid, poignant and sometimes humorous ways with Flawless. Simmons combines movement with film, props and an interesting score by Amy Shelley to tackle body perfections and imperfections, the gendered and transgendered body, the political body, societys view of the body, and changing the body. A Q&A with Simmons and the dancers follows every performance, and the show features some partial nudity. Show runs Nov. 16, 17, 30 and Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit

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