Tuesday, February 6
One of the most distinctive voices to emerge from the Odd Future collective, Tyler, the Creator writes music that courts controversy, confounds expectations, and delights hip-hop heads hungering for a new sound. Tyler's most recent album, Flower Boy, is replete with bangers, but it's drawn the most attention for its lyrical revelations about the rapper's sexuality and verses that complicate both Tyler's public image and the outcry that surrounded previous records Goblin and Bastard. Tyler's coming to the 1ST BANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield, on Tuesday, February 6, with Vince Staples, one of the game's sharpest rhyme-writers and a headliner in his own right, and international artist Taco. Doors open at 7 p.m.; visit axs.com to buy tickets, $39.95 to $45, and learn more.
Wednesday, February 7
It’s a great time to get down with the chosen people. You can do it together in a darkened theater and celebrate Jewish culture in expansive detail at the 22nd annual Denver Jewish Film Festival, a mixed bag of films with Judaic themes, from biopics of Sammy Davis Jr., Hedy Lamar and David Ben Gurion to the unexpected Shalom Bollywood, which explores the Indian Jewish community through performances in Bollywood film clips. The fest opens on Wednesday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of the post-WWII drama Bye Bye Germany, then runs through February 19 at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 South Dahlia Street. Tickets start at $10 to $13 for individual screenings and go up to the $255 festival pass; learn more at maccjcc.org/film.
Get in the swing on February 7 when Wednesday Night Hop relaunches with a free night of dance at VFW Lodge No. 1, 841 Santa Fe Drive. Take a beginner swing lesson from 7:30 to 8 p.m., then strut your stuff to music from the Jeremy Mohney Band from 8 to 11 p.m. on the smoothest wooden dance floor in Denver. Through it all, there will be Colorado-made non-alcoholic beverages and giveways. Wednesday Night Hop will continue on the first and third Wednesdays of every month; find out more at swingindenver.com or the event's Facebook page.
With substantial snow on the ground, it's starting to feel a little more like winter. Celebrate accordingly at Winter's Glow, a celebration of all things cold, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, in Curtis Park, 2323 East Orchard Road in Greenwood Village. Bring the kids and enjoy everything from live ice carving to fire dancers, inflatable sculptures, interactive light displays and tasty treats befitting a winter event. The event is free; find more information at greenwoodvillage.com.
Any recounting of urban Chicano lore would be incomplete without mention of the zoot-suit era of the 1940s, a youth movement defined by street-smart Mexican-Americans who defied old stereotypes with a fiery new culture of high fashion, lowriding cruisers and street slang. Of course the Museo de las Americas does it right with Pachucos y Sirenas, a new exhibit that explores the imagery, style, pride and influence of the movement with art festooning the galleries and programming that includes a fashion show and a lowrider demonstration, among other things. Pachucos y Sirenas opens on Thursday, February 8, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Museo, 861 Santa Fe Drive, and runs through May 26; a Conversación Contacto artist talk follows on February 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Find more information and a schedule of ongoing related events at museo.org.
Friday, February 9
Lunar New Year isn't until February 16, but why wait to celebrate the Year of the Dog (obviously the best year)? The Nathan Yip Foundation, which funds educational projects for children in rural Colorado and China, is putting on the dog at the biggest Chinese New Year bash in town on Friday, February 9. From 6 to 11 p.m., three floors of the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, will be transformed into a Chinese night market; from the traditional (lion dancers, calligraphers, fortune tellers) to the modern (silent disco, karaoke), revelers will be treated to pawsome entertainment while wining and dining at mastiff food stations and enjoying the open bar(k). Tickets are $100 for those 35 and under ("young professionals" tickets) and $225 for everyone else; fetch yours at nathanyipfoundation.org and get ready to party your tail off.
The Colorado Symphony pays tuneful tribute to one of the country's most revered composers at John Williams: An American Journey, a pair of weekend concerts celebrating the film scores that have made Williams the most frequently nominated living person in Oscar history (he received his 51st nod this year). In addition to the obligatory selections from Williams's iconic Star Wars themes, the program includes the composer's less-touted but equally rousing works from Schindler's List, The Terminal and JFK, as well as fanfares he wrote for the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. While the concerts — which begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10, in Boettcher Concert Hall — are a fitting showcase for the music behind some of our most cherished movie memories, the performances also highlight the world-class musicianship of the symphony players. With soloist spotlights for principal trumpeter Justin Bartels, principal clarinetist Jason Shafer and concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams, An American Journey is sure to be a stirring symphonic experience you won't soon forget. Boettcher Hall is in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; get tickets, $20 to $99, at the Colorado Symphony box-office page.
wonderbound.com for more information and links to tickets at each venue.
Is there any better Colorado destination for Valentine’s Day pre-gaming than Loveland? Each year, at the Fire & Ice Festival, families flood downtown to enjoy carriage rides, ice and fire sculptures and live music, all while relishing treats and drinks from local restaurants, breweries and wineries. There will be fireworks, first-responder vehicles to tour, and a boatload of wandering performers to keep you entertained. The free festival starts at 5 p.m. Friday, February 9, and goes until 8 p.m. Sunday, February 11, on 4th Street between North Jefferson and North Garfield avenues. For details, go to lovelandfireandice.com.