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Attend a screening (or several) of one of the more than 200 films being shown at the Denver Film Festival. —Photo courtesy of the Denver Film Festival

What to do in Denver (and Beyond): November 2 to November 8

From the state's largest film festival to a uniquely Coloradoan take on a classic opera, here are five can't miss events in and around the Mile High City this week. 

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Denver Film Festival, November 2 to November 13

The Mile High City’s premier film festival is back for the 38th year with more than 200 films plus exclusive parties. Don’t miss the opening night screening of director Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, a musical romance featuring Emma Stone, who will be in attendance along with Chazelle. Check the festival calendar for a full list of flicks, and break up your binge-watching with culinary and boozy events such as the awards brunch, starring Bloody Marys and mimosas. Wed 8 p.m. Assorted venues. 303-595-3456. Ticket prices vary

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Accessory (A Gun Fad), November 4 to December 4

This thoughtful group exhibition examines the issue of gun violence in America. Featuring eight artists working across multiple mediums, the display interrogates contemporary views of gun violence by examining personal experiences, international relations, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Browse the gallery to view photographs, sculptures, and textile and ceramic works all offering different interpretations of our modern-day gun culture. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Redline 2350 Arapahoe St. 303-296-4448. Free.

Amy Schumer, November 5

The boundary-pushing comedian-actress-writer-producer brings all her talents to the table in her popular Comedy Central television series, Inside Amy Schumer. The Train Wreck star’s provocative—and often wicked—wit is on display again in her standup tour as she explores her usual cadre of topics: sex, relationships, love, and the weirdness of being an adult(ish) person right now. Sat 7, 10 p.m. Bellco Theatre 700 14th St. 303-228-800. $43-$113.

Fly Fishing Rendezvous, November 5 to November 6

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Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a greenhorn fisherman, Denver’s top fly-fishing event has the classes and gear to help you catch more fish and spend less time getting soggy in your waders. Learn how to fish for trophy trout with professional guide Adam Beede, and take fly-making lessons from a panel of nine professional tyers. In addition, 34 vendors, such as the Zen Fly Fishing Gear and 5280 Angler, will display their wares, so take the opportunity to shop for the fish fan on your list. Sat 8:30 a.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden. 303-271-6600. $8.

La Fanicuella Del West, November 5 to November 13

The famed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini reportedly believed this opera to be his best work. Now spun in a new direction, this retelling of Girl of The Golden West places the story’s heroine, Millie, in the middle of an 1850s Gold Rush town right here in Colorado. Fun-loving, saloon-owning Millie, played by soprano Melissa Citro, still falls for a mysterious newcomer, and antics (including poker games, visits from the Pony Express, and plenty of tussles with bandits) ensue. Tue, Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. Ellie Caulkins Opera House 1385 Curtis St. 303-468-2030. Ticket prices vary.

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