All that and more is in this week's 21 best events calendar!
Monday, November 11
Food is universal — but tastes aren't. Sometimes preferences are simply that, but just as often, food reveals prejudices. As much as our culinary preferences can reveal our biases, though, they can also serve as a bridge between cultures. If we're curious about trying new flavors, perhaps we can be as interested in the people who create them and the cultures they come from. On Monday, November 11, put this theory to the test at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer Street, when it hosts A Taste of Curiosity dinner, a conversation facilitated by food and drink. Chef Jesusio Silva (Misaki) will provide the Japanese food, and folks from Breaking the Bias will be on hand to keep dinner from devolving into a food fight (perhaps literally). Tickets, $65, are available at theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com; get yours and feed your brain as well as your body.
Few bands are as committed to their respective gimmicks as the Aquabats. Superheroes of ska who maintain a rabid fan base well over two decades after the genre's heyday, these be-masked musicians have survived a constantly shifting membership, thanks to the stewardship of lead singer and founding member MC Bat Commander, who's been leading the skank-happy squad since 1994. Following a Kickstarter-funded effort to revive their delightfully wacky television show — The Aquabats! Super Show! —and its accompanying soundtrack album, the ’Bats are back on the road with a reinvigorated fury. The Aquabats land at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway in Englewood, at 7p.m. Monday, November 11, for an all-ages show; get tickets, $25 to $28, at axs.com, and visit theaquabats.com to learn more.
Tuesday, November 12
All hail Big Freedia, the reigning Queen Diva of New Orleans bounce. After pioneering the Big Easy's signature hip-hop sound in the ’90s, Freedia has finally broken through to a mainstream international audience, thanks to high-profile collaborations with Drake and Lizzo and a banger-packed EP, Third Ward Bounce. An accomplished drag queen and former backup dancer for bounce music foremother Katey Red, Freedia fell in love with the thumping bass lines and hypnotic hooks of the subgenre, perfecting her sui generis flow just in time for radio rap to tune into Crescent City sounds. Almost single-handedly responsible for making the hip-hop world more inclusive for gender non-conforming performers, Big Freedia will appear at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway in Englewood, on Tuesday, November 12, along with opening act Low Cut Connie. Doors open at 7 for the 8 p.m. concert; visit axs.com to find tickets, $25.75 to $30, and bigfreedia.com to find out more.
Wednesday, November 13
Colorado, the first album from Neil Young and Crazy Horse in seven years, is a polemical defense of the Earth, a rallying cry against climate change that is at once personal, angry and utterly compelling — especially the nearly fourteen-minute “She Showed Me Love." That song is about how white men like Young have ravaged Mother Earth, but she's showed them love nonetheless...and he repeats the message again and again and again. The documentary Mountaintop, which chronicles the making of the album and shows Young in all his pissy creative glory, will screen at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder. Tickets, $8, are available at bouldertheater.com.
Actor James O’Hagan Murphy is returning from New York for a brief visit — and to reprise his role in Jack Holmes’s one-man play, RFK: A Portrait of Robert Kennedy. Mounted by Vintage Theatre in 2013 and directed by the much-missed Terry Dodd, the play was a smash hit, winning a Best of Denver award for Dodd and universal praise for O’Hagan, who conveyed a perfect mixture of anger, self-interest, gallant idealism and piercing grief over the loss of an adored and admired older brother. The new run of RFK starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton Street in Aurora, where it continues through November 21. Tickets, $16 to $32, benefit the Terry Dodd scholarship fund; purchase yours at 303-856-7830 or vintagetheatre.com.
Thursday, November 14
Horse lovers, head to the Sterling Event Space, 1261 Delaware Street, at 5 p.m. Thursday, November 14, for the Art to the Rescue 2019 Art Auction. The auction supports the mission of Drifter's Hearts of Hope, a Franktown-based nonprofit that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes at-risk horses, and will feature nationally and internationally acclaimed artists known for landscape and equine-themed work. While you peruse and bid, dig into heavy appetizers, an open bar, and the good feeling of knowing that all proceeds go directly to the organization. Find tickets, $50, and more information at driftersheartsofhope.org.
Wonderbound is more than a dance company; it’s a greenhouse for expression through movement, where creative individualism is encouraged and celebrated. To truly appreciate what that means, the troupe will showcase its in-house incubator, Wonderlab, through a series of performances in the intimate, limited-seating surroundings of its home base. Four choreographers, including ballet master Sarah Tallman, and dancers Henry Maximillian McCall, Deanna Lefton and Morgan Sicklick will share the limelight at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, November 14, through Saturday, November 16, at Wonderbound Studios, 2535 East 40th Avenue. Tickets, $27 to $35, will go quickly, so get yours now at wonderbound.com.
Warren Miller started his career making ski films back in 1949, and although he passed away in 2018, his company continues his work. Warren Miller Entertainment looks back at seven decades of winter sports documentaries with its seventieth production, Timeless, a blend of old and new ski footage. Screenings, which will include conversations with some of the pro athletes in the doc, take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 6 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, November 15, and 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. Find tickets, $21.50 to $26.50, at altitudetickets.com.