Best Bets

Best Bets

October 2010

Music: Straight No Chaser

Forget navy blazers and khaki pants—there’s nothing stuffy about Straight No Chaser, an all-male a cappella group with personality. These guys take their music seriously, but whether they’re serenading the crowd with a classic like “Stand By Me” or borrowing some of Beyoncé’s moves to juice up their rendition of “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” it’s all about having fun. With a lively repertoire that includes soul, pop, and rock ’n’ roll, the 10-member group can get anyone to boogie. Their pitch-perfect harmonies—and uncanny ability to mimic instrumentals with just their vocal cords—shine in some of their latest recordings: a big-band version of ’80s hit “Tainted Love” and a mashup of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” with The Wizard of Oz favorite, “Over the Rainbow.” October 23, Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre

Benefit: A Saucey Affair

Discover which Denver restaurants will reign as Boss of the Sauce at a tasty, one-of-a-kind benefit. EatDenver, an independent association of local restaurants, is joining forces with 9Health Fair, Colorado’s largest nonprofit health fair (which provides low-cost medical screenings), to host the battle. Seventeen restaurants (think Encore on Colfax, Vesta Dipping Grill, and Jonesy’s EatBar) will compete to see who can make the most delectable sauce to pair with an original small plate. Cast your People’s Choice vote for Best of Show, and see if the panel of celebrity judges agrees. The ubiquitous Colorado diva Hazel Miller will entertain the crowd while Wynkoop Brewing Company slings the drinks. Bonus: It’s a zero-waste affair, so all the cookware (plates, napkins, utensils) will be composted. October 21, Infinity Park Event Center, Glendale

Art: From the Earth

Ten artists from the American Southwest are joining forces for the ultimate tribute to the power of nature. Each created pieces using materials, processes, and disciplines directly connected to Mother Earth, right down to their stone tools. View the traditional clay pottery of Juan Quezada; the vivid imagery of Eppie Archuleta’s animal-hair weavings; and the intricately carved details on Manuel Chavarria Denet’s wooden katsina dolls. In keeping with the museum’s goal to educate people about Latin American art and culture, seven public lectures will accompany the exhibit. Swing by to hear the artists discuss their techniques—and how the planet inspires their art. Opens October 14, Museo de las Americas

Theater: Dead Man’s Cell Phone

It’s no secret that plenty of people store their entire lives—their private lives—on their cell phones. What would happen if that lifeline fell into someone else’s hands? Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s tale follows a woman who answers a stranger’s cell phone after realizing the man is dead. As she delves into his life and meets his family, she feels compelled to provide closure to his relationships—and finds herself creating her own connections, particularly with the deceased’s brother. Ruhl’s poetic, quirky style comes through in a provocative show that is both humorous and tender, and leaves you wondering what you’d do if you found a stranger’s phone—and what someone would do if they found yours. Through October 16, Curious Theatre