Mario vs. Mozart
Some musically inclined videogame fanatics decided to take the monophonic soundtracks of our childhood to the next level: songs from your favorite games, including classics like Zelda and Donkey Kong, as well as more recent ones like Halo and Splinter Cell, performed by a full orchestra and choir. Did we mention there's a laser show?
Video Games Live: Sept. 1, Universal Lending Pavilion
Boys! Boys! Boys!
"Tonight you finally get what you paid for/Tonight you will see what our bodies are made for/Why even bother to make a fuss/When it's obvious/You're here to see gratuitous nudity." A sampling of lyrics from Naked Boys Singing, the off-Broadway musical comedy celebrating the male form. Ladies, get a front-row seat for this one.
Naked Boys Singing: Sept. 22-Dec. 17, Theater on Broadway
Long before Dorothy came flying in from Kansas, two unlikely friends met in the Land of Oz. One was blonde and beautiful, the other green and fiery. You see where this is headed; we love our prequels in this country. Check out the Broadway blockbuster musical Wicked as it rolls through Denver for two wickedly fantastic weeks.
Wicked: Sept. 16-Oct. 2, Denver Performing Arts center
Oktoberfest strikes again, turning Larimer Square into a lederhosen-wearing, stein-carrying, bratwurst-feasting square block of German-style debauchery. Seriously, is there anything better than a German gal with pigtails carrying around enormous steins of Paulaner Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest: Sept. 9-11 and 16-18, Larimer Square
Cherry Creek philanthropists and Golden Triangle bohemians come together for a good cause this month as Abend Gallery hosts its annual art auction and fund-raiser. Proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart, an organization that brings meals to Denverites living with HIV/AIDS and cancer. Earn yourself a halo by picking up paintings and sculpture by Michelle Torrez, Jill Soukup, and Quang Ho, among others.
Art for Life 2005: Sept. 9, Abend Gallery