Iliza Shlesinger, October 14
Snarky and sardonic, Iliza Shlesinger is the star of not one, but two recent Netflix comedy specials: Freezing Hot and Confirmed Kills. Her 2013 debut, War Paint—a one-hour iTunes special—topped the charts and landed her on Esquire’s list of America’s top working comedians. A frequent guest on late-night television and, recently, a performer for U.S. troops abroad on the Joint Chiefs’ USO Tour, Shlesinger now takes to the stage in Denver as a part of her Confirmed Kills tour. Expect wacky impressions, wild gesticulations, and a whole lot of sass. Fri 9:45 p.m. Comedy Works South at the Landmark, 5345 Greenwood Village Pl., Greenwood Village. 720-274-6800. $32.
Victorian Horrors, October 14-15
Step into the nightmarish world of Edgar Allen Poe and a host of other dead Victorian authors at this haunted Capitol Hill mansion. At this environmental theater, you’ll move between five third-floor rooms, hearing the horrifying stories of Poe, H.G. Wells, Gaston Leroux, Charlotte Perkins Gillman and Sarah Orne Jewitt—portrayed by notable Denver actors and actresses. The hour-long ordeal will leave you breathless and ready to bring your gothic literature A-game to your next book club meeting. Fri 6 p.m. Molly Brown House 1340 Pennsylvania St. 303-832-4092. $16-$19.
Processed Views, October 15
Two midwestern photographers, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, team up in this exhibit to explore the most quintessentially American product: processed foods. Landscapes are made in miniature out of Fruit Loops, Coca-Cola, white bread, neon popsicles, deli meat, marshmallows, and other bits of unnatural grub. Rendered as otherworldly dreamscapes, the scenery depicted in the photographs (which have attracted attention from The New Yorker, BBC, and CNN), are as unnerving as they are alluring. Sat 6-9 p.m. Colorado Photographic Arts Center 3636 Chestnut Pl. 303-837-1341. Free.
Harvest Week , October 16-20
For five nights, five different chefs from a multitude of legendary Denver eateries such as Steuben’s, The Kitchen, Snooze, and more team up to serve a gourmet meal from Spanish, Italian, Southeast Asia, French, and Southern cultures. Sample unique dishes such as Sunday’s Galician octopus a la plancha and Tuesday’s foraged mushroom larb, and wash it all down with beer by Ratio Beerworks, Winc Wines, and a variety of other libations. This pop-up gastro party benefits EatDenver, a local restaurant conglomerate designed to advance the Mile High dining scene. Sun 6 p.m. The Growhaus 4571 York St. 720-515-4751. Ticket prices vary.
Bryan Cranston, October 17
If you’re still mourning the end of Breaking Bad, you’re in luck—the actor that brought you Walter White is making a stop in the Mile High City. The Tony and Emmy Award winner will discuss his new memoir, My Life in Parts, which reflects on his career and his own coming-of-age. Following the talk, you’ll get the chance to attend a screening of Cranston’s latest film, The Infiltrator, the harrowing tale of a federal agent’s undercover search for Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Mon 7 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Unit 850, Littleton. 720-588-4107. Ticket prices vary.