Thursday, March 13
If you still haven't checked out Red Reel, Rock Island's unique monthly independent film screening, here's your chance to do so: Tonight the LoDo club will screen Last Call, a film by first-time director and Denver native David C. Riley. An acoustic set by Sirens Project will follow the viewing, and a painting installation by five local artists will be on display. Doors open at 8; the screening starts at 8:30. Red Reel costs only $5, cheaper than hitting your favorite multiplex -- but you must be at least 21 to get in (sorry, kiddies, but it's a school night). Rock Island is located at 1614 15th Street; visit www.rockislandclub.com for details.
Soar into spring this weekend with a performance of the explosive Brazil Live! by the Cleo Parker Robinson dance troupe. A celebration of the world premiere of Divinities, a piece choreographed by former Cleo Parker Robinson principal dancer Carlos Dos Santos Jr., Brazil Live! combines live music with capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial-arts practice known for its powerful, high-flying kicks. The performance begins tonight at 6:30, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30, and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Champa Streets. For tickets, $15 to $35, call 303-893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.
Friday, March 14
Ready to get your groove on? Well, then, get thee up to Boulder, where the Jimmy Smith Quintet will play its famous blend of soulful blues, gospel and R&B beginning at 8 p.m. at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street. Known as "Mr. B-3" for his revolutionary playing of the Hammond B-3 organ, Smith has recorded more than seventy albums in his fifty-year-plus jazz career; this weekend marks his first Colorado performance in more than five years. Tickets are $22 for the all-ages show; call 303-786-7030 or log on to www.bouldertheater.com. Welcome back, Jimmy.
Not just a bunch of dogs playing poker: Pismo Contemporary Art Glass, at 235 Fillmore Street in Cherry Creek North, opens a new exhibit, Friends for Life!, tonight with a reception from 6 to 8. The show, which focuses on our four-legged pals, features paintings of cats, dogs and sheep by New Mexico artist Lori Faye Bock, mixed-media sculptures by Denver's Dede LaRue, and whimsical glass animals by Martha Wolf of Oregon. A percentage of all proceeds from works sold goes directly to the Denver Dumb Friends League. Friends for Life! runs through April 4; call 303-333-2879 or log on to www.pismoglass.com for further information.
Saturday, March 15
Celebrate the fabled trade route connecting Europe and Asia at tonight's Silk Road Soiree, an eclectic event benefiting upcoming arts and culture programs in the Denver-Boulder community. Sponsored by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Golden Sun Foundation for World Culture, the international gala includes a fashion show of Silk Road-inspired clothing, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations by artist Harrison Tu, traditional Japanese, Uzbekistani and Middle Eastern dance performances, live music, and a dinner of exotic foods. Get away from it all from 6 to midnight at BMoCa, 1750 13th Street, Boulder. Tickets, $35, may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 303-443-2122.
Act locally: Over 42 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS. What can you do to help? Don a red ribbon and attend tonight's Art AIDS 03, the eighth annual art auction benefiting the Boulder County AIDS Project. Featuring more than 125 original pieces of art, the silent auction begins at 6 p.m.; a live auction starts at 8. All proceeds go directly to BCAP's HIV/AIDS prevention and care services. The auctions will be held in the Canyon Gallery at the Boulder Public Library, 1000 Canyon Boulevard; tickets are $30 in advance/$40 at the door and are available at several Boulder locations. Check out www.bcap.org or call 303-444-6121 for details.
Should you happen to partake in a few too many green beers today at one of LoDo's numerous St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Yellow Cab is offering its holiday SoberRide program, with free cab rides from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. All you have to do is make it to Union Station, 17th and Wynkoop Streets, and they'll take you anywhere you want to go, up to a $50 fare. That should get you home -- unless you happen to live in Omaha.
Sunday, March 14
While Denver boasts the largest St. Patrick's Day parade west of the Mississippi, Boulder lays claim to having the world's shortest version: We'd call it more of a stroll. The parade, which covers only two city blocks -- Walnut Street, between Ninth and 11th -- kicks off at 11 a.m. Call the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau at 303-442-2911 with any questions, but don't blink -- you might miss it.
If you're looking to celebrate Ireland's patron saint in a healthy manner, pull on your sneakers for the 15th annual Runnin' of the Green, a lucky 7K run and two-mile run/walk. The starting line is at 17th and Wazee streets in LoDo; the gun goes off at 10:15 a.m. Call 303-694-2030 or go to www.bkbltd to register; fees are $20 in advance/$25 race day.
Monday, March 17
Start your St. Patrick's Day in style at Fadó's St. Patrick's Day Celebration, where they'll be serving a mouth-watering traditional Irish breakfast complete with sausages, eggs, fried tomatoes, beans and black-and-white pudding from 6 to 10 a.m. Starting at 11, your Irish eyes will be kept smiling with live entertainment by the likes of Brian Clancy, the Indulgers, the Reals and the Irish Chancers, as well as the fast feet of St. Brandon's Irish Dance Group and the Wick School of Irish Dance. Fadó is next to Coors Field, at 1735 19th Street; call 303-297-0066 or visit www.fadoirishpub.com for details.
But if you're too exhausted from the weekend's revelries to spend another minute at a bar, take it down a notch tonight with a reading of enchanting Irish lore by Carolyn E. Green, co-author of Meeting the Other Crowd. Green will be at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, at 7:30 p.m.; call 303-447-2074.
Tuesday, March 18
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Coming-out party: Ellen DeGeneres, the successful standup comedian who just happened to announce that she was gay on her hit television sitcom, will entertain Denver with her biting wit tonight at 8 at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Champa Streets. Tickets range from $28.50 to $38.59; purchase yours by calling 303-830-TIXS or by loggin on to www.ticketmaster.com.
Wednesday, March 19
In his twenty-plus years as an avid outdoor and wildlife enthusiast, Montana-based artist Parks Reece has had run-ins with everything from wild bears to cacti. For those who prefer their wildlife in a more mellow setting, he has compiled 144 of his most celebrated nature lithographs, prints and paintings in a new book titled Call of the Wild. Reece will be sharing his artwork and animal adventures at a book signing and lecture tonight at 7 at the Virginia Village Branch of the Denver Public Library, 1500 South Dahlia Street. Call 303-757-6662 or visit www.parksreece.com for further information.