The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in November -- and a Bonus

As the holiday season approaches, the entertainment calendar for November has plenty of comic delights for giggle gobblers. Sidling up to a table richly dressed with top-notch performers, local comedy fans will be heartily stuffed and belly-sore by the month's end. With options including a Denver comedy institution celebrating its fourth anniversary, two of The Daily Show's most accomplished correspondents dropping in for grand theater shows, club sets from movie stars and comic heroes alike, as well as a truly exceptional month of programming from both Comedy Works locations, it's a moveable feast of funny all November long. Keep reading for our top ten comedy events, in chronological order, with a rescheduled bonus at the end.

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Skanks Documents a Community Drag Musical in Birmingham, Alabama

Skanks plays tonight, as part of DocuWest, at the SIE FilmCenter.
Even in the most conservative areas, theater provides a home for the misfits, the oddballs, the outcasts and the rebels. In his new documentary, Skanks, David McMahon follows a group of performers as they prepare to perform Billy Ray Brewton's raunchy drag musical Skanks in a One Horse Town, in Birmingham, Alabama. Skanks plays tonight at the DocuWest International Film Festival; to learn more about the production, we spoke with David McMahon.

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iKE ALLEN on Tonight's Premiere of Reverend Yolanda's Old-Time Gospel Hour: The Movie

Reverend Yolanda brings her drag persona into her work as an interfaith minister.
Boulder filmmaker iKE ALLEN told friends that he was hoping to make The Rocky Horror Picture Show of country music. Days later, he got a call from Reverend Yolanda, a New York City-based drag queen and minister who was using her campy performances to spread the word of the Lord. Yolanda was interested in starring in a documentary, she said, and without hesitation, ALLEN bit. Now, a year later, he will premiere his film Reverend Yolanda's Old Time Gospel: The Movie at Boulder's First Congregational Church tonight, with another showing tomorrow at Denver's Center for Spiritual Living. In advance of the premiere, we caught up with iKE ALLEN to talk about the movie and his trouble booking venues.

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Photos: Taking Steps Against HIV/AIDS at the 2014 Colorado AIDS Walk

Thousands of runners, walkers, mutts and whole families hit the streets around Cheesman Park Saturday for the annual AIDS Walk Colorado, before celebrating their stamina in hot and sunny conditions with a festival in the park. Side events included a volleyball tournament and the Diva Dash Stiletto Fun Run for high-heeled contestants; Ken Hamblin caught all the action in the following AIDS Walk images.

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The ten best comedy events in Denver this August

By the time August rolls around, summer seems to have lost some of its luster. We've sweltered through weeks of muggy heat and unexpected downpours, Hollywood has already burned through its popcorniest blockbusters, and attractions close down as schools prepare to open. It falls to comedy, then, to entertain browbeaten Denverites -- and fortunately, the area is replete with giggles this month. With two showcases in Boulder's rapidly growing comedy market, a Red Rocks birthday celebration with an increasingly less reclusive comedy icon, and a homegrown comedy festival, there are enough great shows to keep you laughing until autumn.

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Catherine Opie talks selfies, AIDS and her shift from representation to abstraction

Categories: GLBTQ, Photography

Catherine Opie
"Untitled #5 (Inauguration Portrait), 2009"
Catherine Opie began shooting photographs at the height of the AIDS crisis. Her portraits of LGBTQ people were born from the urgency of the moment: She was watching her friends die. Over the years, her work has evolved from documentary portraiture and landscapes toward greater abstraction and a study of her internal self. In advance of her artists' talk at Anderson Ranch, Opie spoke with Westword about shifts in her work and the LGBTQ community, and the purpose of photography in the age of the selfie.

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Adam Sank on Last Comic Standing and performing at nudist retreats

Michael Martin

This show has been postponed until September 24: Adam Sank is a nationally renowned comedian who has appeared on Last Comic Standing and VH1's Best Week Ever. In June, he debuted his one-man cabaret show Mama, I Want to Sing Showtunes: A One 'Mo Show to sell-out crowds. Sank is coming to the Denver Improv on Wednesday, July 30 in September. Westword caught up with Sank to talk about everything from transcending an audience's labels to performing at nudist retreats.

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Tom Miller's Limited Partnership chronicles a forty-year same-sex marriage sealed in Colorado

Courtesy of Tom Miller
Tom Miller's documentary Limited Partnership follows the forty-year marriage of Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan.
Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall continues to defy legal threats and issue same-sex marriage licenses -- just as Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Clela Rorex did four decades ago. In his documentary Limited Partnership, the closing night film at this year's Cinema Q film festival, filmmaker Tom Miller follows the forty-year relationship of a couple Rorex married. Using a wealth of archival footage, the film shows how the ban on same-sex marriage and immigration law have impacted the lives of Filipino-American Richard Adams and Australian immigrant Tony Sullivan. In advance of the July 27 program, Westword spoke with Miller about his movie, the equal rights marriage debate and the couple's fight to have their marriage license honored by immigration services.

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Kelly Shortandqueer on zines, storytelling and his transgender insurance-claim victory

Categories: GLBTQ

Courtesy of Kelly Shortandqueer
Kelly Shortandqueer has been a staple in Denver's creative community for over a decade. As a co-founder of the Denver Zine Library, a square dancer with the Rocky Mountain Rainbeaus, a victims' advocate for the Colorado Anti-Violence Program and, most recently, an award-winning drag queen, he has no shortage of ambitious projects under his belt. But using Colorado nondiscrimination law to win insurance coverage for his April 2013 chest surgery has been a landmark victory in equal rights-access for transgender people across the state. In advance of Shortandqueer's free July 23 workshop on his win at the Colorado Anti-Violence Program, Westword caught up with him to discuss the Denver Zine Library's move, storytelling and the future of transgender health access.

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Cinema Q will chronicle Boulder's forty-year legacy of same-sex marriage

Limited Partnership
Despite all the hoopla about Hillary Hall issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder, marriage equality is not a new concept in that town. As Westword has reported, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Clela Rorex issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in the country in the mid-1970s. Although the effort was short-lived, the results of Rorex's pioneering activism have been chronicled in Limited Partnership, the closing-night documentary at Cinema Q, the SIE FilmCenter's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival.

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