The 21 Best Events in Denver, October 2 Through October 8

Make all the right moves at this year’s JAAMM Fest.
Make all the right moves at this year’s JAAMM Fest. Courtesy of JAAMM Fest
For the cultured (or wannabes) among you, there's no time like the present to immerse yourself in art, film and everything in between. JAAMM Fest, a celebration of Jewish cultural phenoms, returns this week, as does the Denver Oddities & Curiosities Expo. The legendary Mel Brooks will be in Denver to discuss his classic Blazing Saddles, and the Sie FilmCenter will dive into Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman. All that and more are in this week's 21 best events calendar!

Tuesday, October 2

History buffs will have a ball at the Center of the American West’s An Evening With Ken Burns, an on-stage interview with the celebrated documentarian by the center’s main brain, Patty Limerick. Burns, this year’s CAW Wallace Stegner awardee, will discuss his contributions to the American canon through series exploring such historical subjects as the explorations of Lewis and Clark, the genesis of our national parks system and the hardships of the Dust Bowl. Learn from a master on Tuesday, October 2, at 7 p.m. in Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Tickets are $6 to $12 at

Wednesday, October 3

Start your morning with Mozart at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, where the Coffee Concerts series with pianist Jeffrey Siegel continues on Wednesday, October 3, with a program of sonatas that demonstrate Siegel’s expertise on the keys. A knowledgeable lecturer as well as a piano virtuoso, Siegel offers brief but informative introductions, giving listeners valuable context for the performances. Tickets for the 11 a.m. show are $17 and include complimentary refreshments. Aficionados can also join Siegel at 7:30 p.m. for Keyboard Conversations: Music From the Time of War 1914-1918, when he’ll perform works by Ravel, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev (tickets are $29 to $35). Visit for tickets and more information.

If the recent publication of his heartbreaking (and heartwarming) memoir, Tragedy + Time, or the full season of Those Who Can’t episodes in the can are any indication, it’s safe to say that nearly all of comedian Adam Cayton-Holland’s considerable successes have been hard won. A former Westword scribe who went on to appear on Conan, The Late Late Show With James Corden and Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents, record three standup albums and start the High Plains Comedy Festival, Cayton-Holland has been a steadfast supporter of the local comedy scene throughout his career. Support the comic who helped put Denver comedy on the map while laughing the night away when ACH headlines the Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th Street, on Wednesday, October 3, at 8 p.m. Visit to buy tickets, $15, and learn more.

Thursday, October 4

Eager for some civilized discussion of the issues in next month's election? Head to Our Lady Mother of the Church, 6690 East 72nd Avenue in Commerce City, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, for the 2018 Election Colorado IAF Assembly.The Industrial Areas Foundation, a network of congregations, unions, schools and nonprofits, is hosting the non-partisan gathering to discuss education funding, affordable housing, humane immigration, refugee policies and more; candidates for governor and attorney general have been invited and will be asked to support the CO-IAF agenda — if they appear, that is. But there's no excuse for you not to show up and get ready for November 6: Register at

click to enlarge Fly away with Birdman at the Sie FilmCenter. - FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
Fly away with Birdman at the Sie FilmCenter.
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Movies envelop viewers in the stuff of life, but we don’t always comprehend the depth of what we’re watching; sometimes a little background is necessary. With that in mind, Metropolitan State University philosophy professor Adam Graves will dig up the roots of Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman at a screening and lecture that will dive into the Raymond Carver story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” a minimalist’s take on thinking originally expounded by Plato that is central to the Academy Award-winning film's plot. The program, titled "Birdman and Philosophy: Love, Madness and Immortality," will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 4, at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue; learn more and get tickets, $12 to $15, at

click to enlarge JAAMM Fest sticks to the diversity on display in its acronym, which stands for Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music. - COURTESY OF JAAMM FEST
JAAMM Fest sticks to the diversity on display in its acronym, which stands for Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music.
Courtesy of JAAMM Fest
JAAMM Fest sticks to the diversity on display in its acronym, which stands for Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music. In 2018, JAAMM Fest goes gracefully in all those directions and more, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 4, with a keynote speech by Oscar-winning director and Denver native Bryan Fogel (Icarus, 2017) at the Elaine Wolf Theatre, 350 South Dahlia Street (tickets are $20 to $125). The lineup also includes performances by local dance troupe Wonderbound, a screening of last year's documentary about violinist Itzhak Perlman, a concert with modern klezmer innovator David Krakauer and a book talk with clips by Simpsons writer Mike Reiss — and that’s just a smattering of what’s on the roster. JAAMM Fest runs through November 18 at the Wolf Theatre and satellite locations throughout Denver. Find a complete rundown of events and ticket prices at

In a fast-growing city like Denver, developers might focus more on their bottom dollar than on the good of the community. But the team behind S*PARK — Sustainability Park, a new residential development at 25th and Lawrence streets — is forging ahead with a plan that pays homage to the plot’s original purpose as a testing ground for sustainable practices by including green amenities, with a solar community garden and a working urban farm integrated into the project. In the same vein, S*PARK will host Local Home Colorado, a showcase of local makers and businesses offering home wares, furniture, art, clothing and food products, on Thursday, October 4, through Monday, October 7, inside one of the development’s condo units. Times vary and admission is free; learn more at the Local Home Colorado Facebook page.

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