More than two dozen flat-screen TVs line the walls of Cleatz Sports Bar & Grille, casting a glow across an arsenal of pool tables, poker games, and decadent fare created by the kitchen’s veteran chef. As the wait staff shuffle around deep-fried mushrooms, catfish poboys, and buffalo wings drenched in a spectrum of sauces—from sweet molasses to XXX hot—a DJ spins live tunes before the munching and swaying crowd. On Friday nights, live jazz music replaces the electronic beats, and musicians welcome locals on stage to jam with the band or turn their middle-school diary into a new song. As for every other night of the week, the bar hosts a range of events, such as pool leagues, poker tournaments, and karaoke.
From basement beginnings to their own bona fide theatre space, the Bovine Metropolis Theater has nourished the improv community of Denver for over a decade. Co-owner and artistic director Eric Farone, who cut his comedic chops at famed Chicago institutions such as Second City and iO, and his cohort Denise Maes, have trained over 700 actors in the art of improvisation. Now with seven different shows and up to eight performances per week, the Bovine Metropolis Theater ensures that Denver never has a drought of quick-witted, off-the-cuff talent.
The Fillmore Auditorium?founded in 1907 as the Mammoth Roller Rink and renovated in 1999 to evoke the famous Fillmore in San Francisco?has hosted numerous stars and dignitaries on its stage. Although everyone from Marilyn Manson to James Blunt has packed the concert schedule, the space remains an especially popular site for jam bands; Phish mastermind Trey Anastasio christened the revamped venue in 1999 by performing a marathon set.
Herman's Hideaway has lured music lovers with an action-packed slate of performers for more than 25 years. Before the show, guests can chat up a bartender over a draft beer or vodka tonic. Instead of hosting an all-polka lineup, Herman's Hideaway dabbles in many musical genres, welcoming rock bands, jazz combos, and reggae collectives from nearby neighborhoods and far-flung nation-states. On August 22, MC Frontalot will use song to explain how nerdcore hip-hop emerged from a bizarre accident involving an apple, a candy factory, and an optometrist's office. Local math-metal quartet Seris will launch a tour from Herman's stage on August 27, and 13-piece funk band Funkiphino will spawn a dance party with soulful rhythms and come-hither nostril flares on September 9.
The Colorado Symphony’s new Inside the Score series gives concert-goers a full behind-the-music experience. Discover the fascinating history of the pieces and delve into the musical mind-matter of renowned composers all while being entertained with extra audio, visuals, and spoken word. Grab a seat for one of the most popular pieces of orchestral music composed, Dvorak’s From The New World, or discover the origin and distinctive orchestral language and secret Morse code haikus of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique , helmed by principal guest conductor Douglas Boyd. The Classical Top 40 concert brings together a smorgasbord of favorites such as Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro Overture," Wagner’s "The Ride of the Valkyries," Rossini’s "William Tell Overture," and Pachelbel’s Canon, while the final Inside the Score performance in May features Stravinsky's The Firebird from the fairytale ballet about a young prince searching for the most beautiful non-platypus egg-layer in the world.
Buntport Theater Company is a lively group of six collaborators writing, directing, and performing original, creative pieces for the Denver community. Typically containing eccentric humor and unusual adaptations, Buntport's calendar is brimming with innovative work throughout the 2010–2011 season. Take in a twist on a classic with Moby Dick Unread or engage yourself in the quirky Kafka on Ice. Bring along a date or a friend to share the laughs, discussions, and quizzical looks that often result from Buntport's witty and engrossing plays. Call ahead or book online for reservations.