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The 21 Best Events in Denver, February 5 Through February 11

HOME — where dance lives is a pair of programs that shine a light on the work of Wild Heart Dance, the Life/Art Dance Ensemble, Art as Action, Mary Lynn Lewark and Other Rooms.
HOME — where dance lives is a pair of programs that shine a light on the work of Wild Heart Dance, the Life/Art Dance Ensemble, Art as Action, Mary Lynn Lewark and Other Rooms. Courtesy of Control Group Productions
It might be February, but in China it's the start of a new year — so celebrate the Year of the Pig accordingly at the Far East Center. Another celebration on tap: the Denver Mac & Cheese Festival, which will ooze all kinds of goodness at Number 38. Those are far from the only happenings going down this week, which include the start of the Denver Jewish Film Festival, monster trucks, a Neal Cassady birthday bash and so much more. Keep reading for all the best events in Denver through February 11!

Tuesday, February 5

After decades of playing the leading man in goofy comedies and the odd art-house darling, Adam Sandler has returned to the stage with an acoustic guitar, an accompanying pianist, and an arsenal of silly new songs for 100% Fresher, a national tour in support of his recent Netflix special, 100% Fresh. Though the tour's title refers to the sometimes-justified scorn heaped upon Sandler's filmography, his tone on the road is jovial rather than embittered, and evokes the playfully caustic material that first endeared him to audiences on Saturday Night Live and classic albums like They're All Gonna Laugh at You. While the special is just a few clicks away for Netflix subscribers, they shouldn't sleep on the chance to see the Sandman live at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, at the Bellco Theatre, 700 14th Street; visit axs.com for tickets, $49.50 to $250, and more details.

Wednesday, February 6

The Denver Jewish Film Festival will continue its run of more than twenty years with a brand-new slate of contemporary Israeli and Jewish-themed cinema over two big weeks, starting on opening night with The Last Suit, a 2017 post-Holocaust dramedy filmed in Spain and Argentina and backed by a lively klezmer score that screens at 7:30 p.m. (a VIP celebration starts at 6) on Wednesday, February 6, at the Elaine Wolf Theatre in the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 South Dahlia Street. The fest unfolds with more screenings at the Wolf Theatre, Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake and Sie FilmCenter through February 18. Individual film admission is $12 to $14, and multi-film passes range from $105 to $270; a $55 opening-night VIP package is also available. Find a complete schedule and tickets at jccdenver.org.


As Westword’s longtime theater critic, Juliet Wittman is accustomed to reviewing shows. But starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, she’ll be putting on one of her own, as she reads from her novel Stocker’s Kitchen. “Stocker is short, loud and profane, a passionate sensualist and a bully,” she reports, “yet despite his manifest flaws, brilliantly clean and delectable flavors emerge from his greasy kitchen.” An enchanting story emerges, too. Wittman will discuss Stocker and other characters in her creation at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder; vouchers to attend are $5, but good for $5 off the book or other purchases that day. For more information, call 303-447-2074 or go to boulderbookstore.net.

The popular Buntport live serial sitcom Magnets on the Fridge made a comeback last year after a long hiatus, regaining its hit status right out of the gate. The updated version is back for a second season of Magnets on the Fridge #NewDenver, a mashup of current events in Denver and the “Old Denver” holdovers who must learn to navigate the city’s newfangled ways. It’s a topical blast, no matter which side you’re on; catch the opening episode on Wednesday, February 6, and every first Wednesday of the month from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street. Find tickets, $10, at buntport.com.

Thursday, February 7

Art & Soul 2019 is a major fundraiser and art auction for the Art Students League of Denver, a stalwart local art school offering year-round classes and art exhibitions. But it’s also a gala that invites participation: In addition to the central auction of donated works by Colorado artists, the party throws in artist demos and a monoprint workshop with ASLD faculty member Victoria Eubanks. Mystery bags of $100 worth of goodies are also an option, with food, live music and a cash bar to augment the fun. Attend Art & Soul from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, February 7, at the ASLD, 200 Grant Street. Tickets are available on two levels: $75 for general admission ($100 at the door), and $125 for a VIP experience with an artist meet-and-greet and early entry from 6 to 7 p.m. Find more information at asld.org.

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