10 Things to Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend (Six Free!), January 30-February 1

Categories: Things To Do

Danielle Lirette
It's Super Bowl weekend, which is cool, except for the fact that our boys in orange and blue won't be there. And after last year's Super Bowl, taking in a game featuring the Seattle Seahawks is like watching your ex-girlfriend go on a bunch of Tinder dates. To take your mind off of that image, we've found plenty of things to do, including getting drunk on timeless beer, dancing with international divas and breaking the ice, just to name a few. If we forgot anything, let us know in the comments section, and make sure to check the Westword calendar, so you don't miss anything.

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Review: DU's Faculty Triennial Shows How Vital Teachers Are to Colorado's Art Scene

Categories: Art Review

Vicki Myhren Gallery
"Battle of the Little Big Horn, Finale," by Edie Winograde, color photo.

2015 Faculty Triennial
Vicki Myhren Gallery
2121 East Asbury Avenue

Over the past decade, Dan Jacobs, the director of the University of Denver's Vicki Myhren Gallery, has built an impressive exhibition roster and presented one interesting show after another. In his related if distinct role as the curator of DU's art collection, Jacobs has also endeavored to document the various ways in which this private institution has been a key force in the art world around here.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Lauren A. Wright

Courtesy of Lauren Wright
Lauren Wright exploring Mark Mothersbaugh's postcard sketches at MCA Denver.
#39: Lauren A. Wright

Though 2015 Biennial of the Americas artistic director Lauren A. Wright is a hometown girl, she spent nearly a decade abroad in the United Kingdom, where she explored international trends in art as a curator for Turner Contemporary and also worked on special projects for Tate Modern and other respected overseas institutions. She's returned to Denver with a double-edged purpose: to bring both a global spectrum and a hometown sense of community involvement to the Biennial. We asked Wright to introduce herself to Denver by answering the 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Five Russ Meyer Movies to See Before Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Screens Friday

Categories: Film and TV

Filmmaker Russ Meyer helped millions of moviegoers untangle their tingle.
When filmmaker/breast enthusiast Russ Meyer passed away in 2004, he left two simple statements on his gravestone: "King of the Nudies" and "I Was Glad to Do It." Indeed, Meyer infused such joy into the taboo world of exploitation films that every one of his titles seems less like work and more like filmed celebrations of sex, buxom women and the clumsy dopes who love them. His inspiration came from being raised by a bold, busty single mother, and that's reflected in his depiction of women not just as sex objects but as fully formed, bright characters deserving of their own pleasure in a cold, male world. For Meyer, making an exploitation film was not about producing porn -- an industry he hated and called "mechanical and joyless" -- but about creating a thrilling portrait of life without hangups, celebrating the female form and all of its dimensions.

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Love the '80s? Robusto Room's Peter Roth Does, and He's Throwing a Party Saturday

Categories: Dance, Events

All photos courtesy of Robusto Room
The 1980s may have been over for more than three decades, but the nostalgia for excessive decadence remains. This Saturday you can relive the '80s at Robusto Room, Lone Tree's cigar bar and cocktail lounge, at Fast Times at Robusto -- a bash named in honor of the classic '80s comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The '80s-themed event will feature DJ Hollow (of Lipgloss fame), along with DJ Rockstar Aaron. In advance of the party, we spoke with Peter Roth, owner of the Robusto Room, to find out what he loves about the '80s.

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I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost(busters Remake)

Categories: Geek Speak
Ghostbusters reboot was revealed earlier this week. Predictably, the Internet lost its collective mind at the news. Plenty of people were excited, but a much louder, much more obnoxious contingent took to every troll-friendly platform available to declare this new take on the busting of ghosts to be a travesty on every possible level. For the past few days, my Facebook, Twitter feed and half the subreddits I subscribe to have been a nonstop parade of shit-talking and doomsaying, before anyone has seen anything more than the casting announcement. To all of those who are losing their shit, on any level, I have a message: chill the fuck out.

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Review: Beets Brings World War II Home to Colorado

Categories: Theater

Andrew Uhlenhopp and Drew Hirschboek in Beets.
Read and Rant Productions
Aurora Fox

My mother grew up in what is now Slovakia, and she used to tell a story about one of the Russian prisoners who'd been sent to work on her family's farm during World War I, when she was still a little girl. It seemed their bull had escaped, and when she wandered unsuspecting into the field, it charged her. She remembered running for her life, desperate because she knew there was no way to outrun the huge, raging creature -- and then the sounds behind her stopped. She turned and saw that the prisoner had leapt in front of the bull at great risk to his own life, caught the animal by the horns and turned its head, at which point the bull simply walked away. Yes, she assured me, taking the bull by the horns is not just a metaphor -- though it requires intense strength, both mental and physical. What my mother wanted to convey to me was her overwhelming gratitude, mixed with her bewildered understanding that the man who had saved her life was universally despised as the enemy.

Beets, a thoughtful, historical play by local writer Rick Padden, is set in Berthoud, Colorado, during World War II, when German prisoners were sent to this country and many ended up working in American fields. Although nothing in it exactly parallels my mother's story, you learn a lot from the script about prisoners of war and the mixed feelings of the local people who deal with them. And there is one eerie similarity to my mother's experience.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Cosmos, Comedians and His Live Show

Categories: Events

Photograph by Delvinhair Productions
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
What will audience members experience at "An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson" at the Buell this weekend that they wouldn't get from Tyson in another medium? "There's so much of me that's out there, one could wonder, what are you going to get seeing me in person?" he acknowledges. We recently caught up with the science guy to learn more about the mysteries of the cosmos -- and Cosmos.

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Playbill: Three New Plays in Denver for January 28-February 1

Categories: Theater

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
Casey Andree and John Jurcheck as Jasper and KJ in BETC's The Aliens.
While the Denver Center Theatre Company premiere of Benediction, the final installment of a Kent Haruf trilogy adapted for the stage by Eric Schmiedl, might be the biggest news on local stages this weekend, regional companies big and small will also be powering up for February with a blend of classics and offbeat dramas. Here are a few to get you started.

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Review: Hat's Off to The Motherfucker With the Hat

Categories: Theater

Rachel D Graham / RDGPhotography
Kurt Randell and Karen Slack in The Motherfucker With the Hat.
The Motherfucker With the Hat
Edge Theater

The glory of The Motherfucker With the Hat, now receiving its regional premiere at Edge Theater, lies in author Stephen Adly Guirgis's dialogue, which is swift, surprising, inventive, aggressive and often staccato, and boasts a fling-about, take-no-prisoners energy. Despite the tough title, the streams of profanity, the constant hints of violence, and the tendency of the protagonists to hop into bed with just about anyone at any moment -- all claims of love and loyalty be damned -- the play is, at its core, a love story, a sort of Puerto Rican, edge-of-society Romeo and Juliet (no, not at all like West Side Story!) and with a heart as dewy-tender as a May morning.

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