It's graduation season, and most of us are up to our eyeballs in motivational and/or inspirational advice, quotes and (cough) bullshit at this point. Do me the honor of listening to one more such tidbit, these linking quotations by the beloved Kurt Vonnegut:
"To be is to do." -Socrates
"To do is to be." -Sartre
"Do be do be do." -Sinatra
The message is clear, you see? This weekend y'all need to step away from the bright future unfolding before you ("Dare to dream!" "Road not taken!") to hear some do-be-do-be-doing as well as wailing saxes, drum solos, hands clapping and toes tapping at the Five Points Jazz Festival.
The free event runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday along Welton Street in Denver's Five Points neighborhood, which was apparently once known as the Harlem of the West. Seven stages will feature a total of 23 bands playing classic and modern jazz, swing, funk, salsa and more. The only things that cost cash money are the art and food vendors.
So relax, hep cat, and enjoy the music. Dare I say it? There might even be some "Doobie? Doobie. Do!" in the crowd. Wouldn't papa Vonnegut be so proud?
More info and tickets at artsandvenuesdenver.com/events-programs/five-points-jazz-festival.
The touch, the feel of polyester...
Tonight, though, boogie down like they did back in time at Roll's Polyester Roller Disco Party at the EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St. It's a skate party like those of your childhood, except this time with alcoholic beverages in sippy cups. Bask in the brilliance of this idea.
Expect classic tunes like "YMCA" as well as live music from DJ PopAlot, all accompanied by a disco ball, lights and — let's face it — probably a few wipe outs. They'll even call couples and reverse skate. Doors open at 9 p.m. and you'll get in free until 10 p.m., after which admission is just $5. Skate rental is $5 additional either way unless you can still snag advance tickets on the website: rolldenver.com.
Dub Royalty at Red Rocks
I'm going to assume that Krewella and the other acts headlining the Global Dub Festival at Red Rocks tonight are the royalty of modern dub music, because Krewella at least is mentioned in the Wikipedia entry about the genre. (Yes, I had to look up dubstep on the Interwebs, because the only thing I know about such music is that their artists are fond of band names with Ks, Xs and double-letter combinations.)
Other than Krewella, the festival includes Datsik, Crizzly, DotEXE and Basscrooks. (See what I mean?) Doors at 6 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $55, though you'll pay $70 if you wait to buy onsite. Tickets and more info at globaldubfestival.com.
One word: Morrissey
You love him. You hate him. Or maybe you think you've never heard him? You have, even if "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" makes you miserable. Whatever your stance, it's pretty damn cool that the solo artist and former front man of the Smiths will be playing for one night only at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver. Tickets to see Morrissey — and we're assured he'll be playing old hits as well as new songs — are $42-$210 before fees and charges. Info and tickets at denver-theater.com.
"once" once made me cry
True story. The 2006 movie "once," upon which the stage version playing this weekend is based, caused me to tear up, then sniffle, then heave the big ugly sobs of bittersweet romance. It's the story of a cute guitarist with a sexy Irish accent and a helpful musician/Czech immigrant who meet and fall in love, all accompanied by some truly amazing original music.
The Tony Award-winning show plays at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday, as well as at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Buell Theatre, 950 13th St. Tickets before fees are $35-$105, and more info and tickets are at denver-theater.com.
Last Sunday's Cinema double feature
Starting at noon on Sunday inside the McNichols Civic Center Building (144 West Colfax), which was recently revamped into an events center, watch two uber-violent, cowboy-behatted films back to back: "True Grit" and "Django Unchained."
This is great first-date material if I've ever seen it. One, see if you share the same tastes in Western revenge movies, which eHarmony says is super important for compatibility. Two, running until about 4 p.m., you can catch a bite if it's going well, or catch a ride home if not. Lastly, it's cheap at $7/adult or $15/family for both movies. (Seriously? Do NOT bring your children to Tarantino.) Beers sold inside are also only $3.
Even cheaper: Bring three cans of food for Food Bank of the Rockies and get in absolutely free Info at facebook.com/lastsundayscinema.
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