Thursday, November 17
It isn't the first Denver-centric board game to hit the market, but Denver on Board, a property-trading amusement that retails for $34.99, has good in its corner: A portion of the profits will benefit SafeHouse Denver, which aids victims of domestic violence. Sneak peeks of the game will be the order of the evening at a fundraiser starring funny guy Costaki Economopoulos beginning this evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street. (The game officially goes on sale at all Tattered Cover locations and Zelda's, 4321 Tennyson Street, the day after Thanksgiving.) For tickets to the fundraiser, $25, call 303-595-3637; for more about SafeHouse and Denver on Board, go to www.denveronboard.org.
Friday, November 18
Local humanitarian and photographer Tory Read traveled from coast to coast to photograph and record the stories of fifteen community activists at work doing what they do best: helping people. She then blew up the resulting portraits into 24-inch-by-36-inch black-and-white digital pigment prints, which will appear side by side in the exhibit Faces of Change, opening tonight at Read's Highland studio/gallery, 1955 West 35th Avenue, with a reception and live music from 6 to 9 p.m. The show continues, by appointment only, through December 15; call 303-477-5393 or log on to www.toryread.com.
Not far from Read's gallery, humanitarianism of another sort gets a push-start from the community at the Rosa Linda's Thanksgiving Feast Benefit Art Sale. Chicano artist Stevon Lucero sells his paintings and signed prints each year to help fund the annual Thanksgiving feast for the needy hosted by Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe. Gather at the restaurant, 2005 West 33rd Avenue, tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. for poetry, live music and a chance to pick up original local art at affordable prices. For details, call 303-455-0608 or visit www.stevonlucero.com.
Wear your art on your sleeve: With the gift-giving season upon us, no one wants to be caught wrapping up uncool offerings. And what hipster wouldn't be proud to tear the paper off a limited-edition T-shirt bearing modish graphics by a local underground artist? More than thirty artists -- including Boulder mover and shaker Scot LeFavor (late of Gallery Sovereign), Andenken Gallery honcho Ryan Thomas Riss, and Ildae Ben Lim and Ray Young Chu of the Yummies (known for their fun yet stylin' graphics) -- will offer their printed wares at INDYINK, 84 South Broadway, through the weekend, beginning with an opening reception tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. Load up! For information, call 720-937-9722 or go to www.indyink.com.
Saturday, November 19
In keeping with the "Be Your Own Critic" theme at this year's Starz Denver International Film Festival, youngsters are invited to lend a critical eye. The Kids First! Film Festival, a DIFF offshoot designed specifically for kids ages eight to eighteen, takes place today and tomorrow at Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway, and other downtown locations. What's in the package? All the right stuff for any rewarding film-fest experience: red-carpet arrivals, special screenings (including Blue Butterfly, starring William Hurt, and the U.S. premiere of The Snow Queen), awards and, to top it off, a big ice cream social at the Children's Museum of Denver. For a complete schedule and tickets, call 303-534-1339 or go to either www.kidsfirst.org or www.denverfilm.org.
Girls will be girls, so look out: There should be no end of hair-pulling, bitchy name-calling, vicious elbowing and general duking it out when the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, Denver's only all-girl, flat-track roller-derby league, meet for an explosive round-robin match between reigning champs the Sugar Kill Gang, the Red Ridin' Hoods and the league's newest lineup of she-devils, the Varsity Bruise. After a 6:30 p.m. start at Bladium Sports Club, 8797 Montview Boulevard, DJ Michael Trundle will spin tournament tunes, and the Swayback will rock live at half-time. For tickets, $11 in advance ($13 at the door), call 303-320-3033. And for the latest Rollergirls dish, visit www.rmrollergirls.com.
Sunday, November 20
Country music doesn't have any better poster girl than Terri Clark, a healthy, glamour-less Canadian-born cowgirl with a penchant for songwriting and guitar-picking and a confident, in-your-face delivery that's truly country. Rednecked women such as Gretchen Wilson might come and go, but the confidently talented Clark, who climbed her way up the ladder working Nashville honky-tonks, is clearly a keeper. She brings her hit machine to the Grizzly Rose, 5450 North Valley Highway, tonight and tomorrow at 10 p.m. For tickets, $25, call 303-830-TIXS; for information, call 303-295-1330 or log on to www.grizzlyrose.com.
Monday, November 21
Fangs for the memories: Vampire mythologist Ann Rice, risen from ill health and a brush with death, carries the cross these days, so don't expect anything to pop up out of a casket in her latest novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. The tome is just what it seems: a fictionalized interpretation of the gospels of the New Testament, focusing on Jesus as a young boy. And don't think it's a passing fancy. The sequel is already in the can, and others are projected. Rice will sign copies of the book tonight at 6 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Cherry Creek, 2955 East First Avenue; tickets for a place in line will be handed out at 5 p.m. For details, call 303-322-7727.
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Tuesday, November 22
Cinema verité invades fictional action in the locally produced indy film ?, the work of moviemaking duo Alex Harz and Tom Kennedy of PureFilm, who used hidden-camera footage of real-life situations to help tell their story of unlikely friends. Catch the film, followed by a montage of spins by DJ Golden B and selected shorts from PureFilm's Lamb TV compilation, beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax Avenue. For tickets, $6, call 303-322-2308 or visit www.nipp.com.
Wednesday, November 23
How does Mick Jagger do it? Though the aging-but-buff pop star does his own prancing and mugging on stage, he (along with the rest of the still-performing Rolling Stones, of whom only drummer Charlie Watts seems to be aging gracefully) has an entire entourage up there with him so polished that the shine takes the edge off any huffing and puffing the Midnight Rambler might have to do during costume changes. That group would include saxophonist Tim Ries, who, when he's not touring all the way to Timbuktu and back with the Stones, keeps himself busy with the Rolling Stones Project, a jazz-inflected Stones cover band. Okay, so you're left without tickets to tomorrow night's blast at the Pepsi Center? Enjoy the tunes tonight -- up close, personal and quieted down -- when Ries brings backup vocalist Michael Davis and trombonist Bernard Fowler along for two sets at 8 and 10 p.m. at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln Street. Admission is $15; call 303-839-5100 or go to www.dazzlejazz.com.