Gorillas in the mist? Try gorillas in LoDo-hundreds of them. No, you're not seeing things. It's the 2nd Annual Denver Gorilla Run, where, as part of the registration fee, you're provided with a head-to-toe gorilla suit. Run, walk, or crawl on all fours for 5K to benefit Dian Fossey's Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.
Denver Gorilla Run: Oct. 22
2. Poetry in Motion
The way the dog trots out the front door/every morning/without a hat or an umbrella/without any money/or the keys to her doghouse/never fails to fill the saucer of my heart/with milky admiration. -From "Dharma," a poem by best-selling U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Early this month he offers readings and Q&A to Colorado's verse-loving masses.
Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003): Oct. 1, Rialto Theater, Loveland
3. Engross Yourself
Nine-year-old boys everywhere are rejoicing. This new exhibit at the Museum of Nature and Science is sure to shatter any prim and proper perceptions of the human body: Touch, hear, see, and smell your way through a 3-D digestive system and play "Gas Attack Pinball" or "Urine: The Game," all in the name of science, of course.
Grossology-The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body: Oct. 7-Jan. 1, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
4. Dial S for Suspense
"There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it," said Alfred Hitchcock. The Denver Art Museum Cinema is paying tribute to the famed director this month with screenings of Notorious, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds. On the drive over, just be sure to keep your eye on those suspicious-looking crows lining the telephone wire.
Alfred Hitchcock Movie Series: Oct. 4-25, Starz Film Center at Tivoli
5. Couples Therapy
Honey, have you seen my paintbrush? A new exhibit of 15 Colorado artist-couples, "pARTners," shows what happens when your lover is not only your muse, but also your roommate. Featured artistic pairs include Skip and Lisbeth Kohloff, Tracy and Sushe Felix, and Sylvia Montero and Tony Ortega.
pARTners: Couples Making Art: Oct. 1-26, Republic Plaza Lobby