I went to Paris when I was a wee lassie, around 13(ish).
My fam went on a religious pilgrimage (we would) with a big group of Catholics all over Europe. Guess where we went to dinner? The Hard Rock Cafe Paris. Jealous? I have the shirt to prove it.
So that means I can head to the Denver Art Museum (100 W 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver) and see more of Paris in a couple hours than I did in three days. The museum's current exhibit, "Passport to Paris," is on display until Feb. 9.
Your love affair with all things Pareeee — including Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Claude Monet and more — will all be under one roof.
Info: denverartmuseum.org; $12-$22
Cosplay and comics
The greatest superheroes started out as pen and ink. Now they bear life-sized biceps through CGI and high definition. (It's OK Adam West, you were still sexy and not enhanced. Unless you and Robin were stuffing your tights.)
Go check out a bunch of Colorado comic book artists on Friday at Wazee Union, 3501 Wazee St., Denver, for Off Panel, from 7-11 p.m.
At the First Friday event, the exhibit features the local artists' work on display as well as live drawings of burlesque models. Attendees are encouraged to dress in cosplay and there will be food trucks on hand to pad your gut.
Featured artists: T.K. Miller, Stan Yan, Karl Christian Krumpholz, Zak Kinsella, Robert Elrod, Kristina BadHand, Lonnie M'F' Allen, Cody Kuehl, Lonnie Allen, Daniel Crosier, Dan Conner, Jeff Herndon, Vincent Charles, Chad Blakely, Ted Intorcio, Alex J. Meyer, Ethan Wenberg, Mike Geiger, Gerhard Kaaihue, Anthony Salazar, Brett Nienburg and more.
Info: wazeeunion.net; free
Now that all the small children have hopefully finished harassing the animals at the Denver Zoo this holiday season, head to the Zoo Lights exhibit before it ends on Sunday.
All the wild animals will be doing jigs with holiday lights draped all over them. Not really, but that would be awesome.
The exhibit (which began in December), features acres of illuminated masterpieces, as well as more than 150 animated animal sculptures. While you're basking in the pretty lights, you can also view some of the animals up close who decide to come out at night.
Info: denverzoo.org; Friday-Sunday 5:30-9 p.m.; $12
Jammin' to M.J.
We will sadly never get to see Michael Jackson live again.
Damn drug overdoses kill the best of 'em. (Chris Farley, Mitch Hedberg, Shannon Hoon, Heath Ledger, Ol' Dirty Bastard, River Phoenix, one of the Milli Vanillis, ELVIS. Jerks.)
At least he can still live on through our moonwalks, zombies, men in the mirrors and eee-heee! Plus, there's still the Michael Jackson tribute band, Who's Bad, from North Carolina. The group, formed in 2004, cover all of the King of Pop's career, from early Jackson 5 hits all the way up to his latest releases. Who's Bad goes all out — from costumes to crotch grabs to leather gloves. See them perform Saturday night at 8 at the Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Info: ogdentheatre.com; tickets starting at $20.75
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