Thursday, January 17, 7 to 8 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
Apart from correcting typos on social-media posts, grown-up wordsmiths have few opportunities to show off their phonetic smarts. Luckily, Syntax Physic Opera is here to reward know-it-alls with the Adult Spelling Bee, a fun-filled, booze-soaked throwback to scholastic competitions. After testing the mettle of your mental dictionary, hang around the bar for a concert with Spirettes, Sydney Clapp, Rowan Kerrick and Lava Lava. On-site registration begins at 6:15 p.m. and space for competitors is limited, so don't hesitate. Find out more on the Denver Public Library events calendar.
Emerging Filmmakers Project
Thursday, January 17, 8 to 11 p.m.
Despite Denver's comparatively meagre production industry, the Queen City of the Plains nurtures a robust creative community, and the Emerging Filmmakers Project has served as one of its longest-running gatherings. Established over a decade ago by the late Patrick Sheridan, the show continues with more screenings of locally produced short films followed by lively discussions with the audience. January's roster includes Antoine M. Dillard's "Captain Powerful," Guillermo Roques's "El Javi - Recuerdo a Paco," "Reliquary: A Mugging," by Lindsay Morrison and Michael La Breche, and a trailer for the Bug's upcoming production of I Love, You're Perfect, Now Change. Visit the Emerging Filmmakers Project Facebook events page for more details.
January 17 to 19, 7 p.m.
Arts at Cabrini
The People’s Building
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
$5 to $10
The Denver Art Song Project waxes quixotic with its first full-fledged theatrical production, Don Quixote in Music, a tuneful interpretation of the Miguel de Cervantes-penned classic of the Spanish Golden Age. The production retells the misadventures of the self-anointed knight, whose repeated chivalric failures are aided by Sancho Panza — arguably the most notable sidekick in the literary canon. With his velvety vocals, bass-baritone Robert Osborne will perform in the titular role. Don Quixote in Music is a testament to the enduring legacy and protean adaptability of the windmill-titling tale. Enjoy a trio of performances at venues across town this weekend; visit the Denver Art Song Project box-office page to buy tickets, $5 to $10, and learn more.
Friday, January 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Collins Museum of Art
The Fort Collins Museum of Art's Contemporary Native American Series continues with Intricate Form, a joint exhibition from Brenda Mallory of the Cherokee Nation and Sydney Pursel, who hails from the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. Honorees of the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists, Pursel and Mallory vary in style, yet both offer bold new visions of a future forced to reckon with the past. Pursel herself will be in attendance at the installation's opening reception on Friday, January 18, and the works will remain on display through March 17. Discover more on the Fort Collins Museum of Art events calendar.