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The 21 Best Events in Denver, January 29 Through February 4

Will 2019's Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks live up to last year's?
Brandon Marshall
Will 2019's Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks live up to last year's?
Denver does winter well, whether we're outside or indoors. This week, chefs are cranking out feasts that'll make your winter blues disappear, Red Rocks comes to life for Winter on the Rocks, the Wizard of Oz takes the yellow brick road to town, and artist Jordan Casteel comes home for her first major exhibit. All that and more in this week's 21 best events!

Tuesday, January 29

Wonderbound will celebrate the upcoming month of love by paying tribute to everyone's favorite little valentine. The contemporary ballet company's Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman collaborated with the Colorado Symphony for Cupid's Playground, what they're calling "a rambunctious journey exploring love’s many nefarious facets." Learn more about at Teaser Episode #18, a tempting look at some of the show’s costumes, with excerpts of the full production and a Q&A with the artists, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, at Wonderbound, 2535 East 40th Avenue. The $30 price of admission includes bites and libations; find out more at wounderbound.com.
COURTESY OF SUSHI DEN
Courtesy of Sushi Den
Wednesday, January 30

Forget crockpots, cheese balls and a jug of Carlo Rossi — we have a progressive dinner for you that won't transport you back to 1977. On Wednesday, January 30, Den Corner (Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo, 1487 and 1501 South Pearl Street) will be the site of a five-course progressive meal that will transport your tastebuds much farther than half a Denver city block. Start at Sushi Den with two sushi courses and sake pairings before continuing to Ototo, where you'll nibble on binchotan skewers of wagyu beef, foie gras, duck and unagi along with craft beer. The night winds down at Izakaya Den with dessert and an after-dinner drink, coffee or tea. At $350 per couple, tickets aren't cheap for this rare opportunity, but miraculously, as of this writing they're still available for both the 6 and 7:45 p.m. seating. And if you need some time to save your pennies, plan ahead for the next installment on Wednesday, February 20 (surely your honey won't mind delaying your Valentine's Day celebration a few more days once they see what's up your sleeve). Visit sushiden.net to score your seats.

Among the most unforgettable members of Saturday Night Live's cast of Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Julia Sweeney still made one of the program's rare leaps beyond the small screen with It's Pat!, a goofy, gender-bending cinematic outing. In recent years, Sweeney has re-embraced her roots as a comedic monologist, reckoning with religion, parenthood and a cancer diagnosis in one-woman shows such as God Said Ha!, In the Family Way and Letting Go of God. Say "amen" to the gospel of laughter on Wednesday, January 30, when Sweeney brings her Older and Wider tour through town for a one-night-only engagement at Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; visit comedyworks.com to buy tickets, $20, and learn more.

Thursday, January 31

Mexican painter and sculptor Jorge Marín believes in art that people can interact with. Between 2016 and 2017, he brought his "Wings of the City" sculptures to Commons Park as a temporary installation in collaboration with the Riverfront Community Foundation, Outdoor Downtown and Denver Parks and Recreation. The winged figures were so popular with passersby, who liked taking photos with them, that the Riverfront Park Community Foundation will install a permanent version of Marín's work, called "Luz de Denver" (Light of Denver), in the plaza on the west side of Millennium Bridge. The installation takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 31; find more information at rfpcommunityfoundation.org/luz-de-denver.


You’ve walked all over the work of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Twenty-five years ago, she and Ken Iwamasa were commissioned to create inlays in the floor of the Great Hall at Denver International Airport — public art that will disappear as the terminal is renovated. You can see more of her work in Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors, a show that continues through February 10 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which is turning 100 this year. As part of the special events marking that celebration, Smith will share a survey of her activist work and painting in Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: A Survey of Contemporary Native American Art. The free talk begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 31, in the Celeste Theatre of Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Center in Colorado Springs; find out more about Smith's appearance and other programs at 719-634-5581 or on the Events page at csfineartscenter.org/visit/events.

Named for the century- and continent-spanning trade route that fostered some of the ancient world's most important cross-cultural exchanges, the Silkroad Ensemble forges global unity through sound rather than commerce. Founded in 1998 by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and made up of musicians who hail from the Asian, African and European countries connected by the historic routes, the ensemble has recorded seven albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Sing Me Home. The group's unparalleled ability to communicate in the universal language of music has driven international demand for its concerts, so performances in Colorado are a rare boon for local classical-music aficionados. The tour will stop at the University of Colorado's Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant Street in Boulder, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 31 (tickets are $29 to $56 via cupresents.org), and at the University of Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 1 (tickets are $55 to $75 at newmancenterpresents.com).