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January 2011

 

Comedy: Daniel Tosh

He’s funny, he’s smart, and he’s not afraid to dress like a sorority girl. What more can you ask for in a comedian? Daniel Tosh has been making waves since Tosh.0, his weekly Comedy Central show, premiered in 2009. His acerbic commentary and hilarious sketches about all things online are a tech-savvy version of The Soup. And he’s got a good heart: Tosh helps unfortunate YouTube victims—folks who end up as the butt of worldwide jokes due to notorious viral videos—redeem themselves by coming on the show. Lucky for Denver, he’s doing back-to-back performances on the same night, doubling your chance to catch his zingers. January 15, Wells Fargo Theater

 

 

Sports: Harlem Globetrotters

For more than 80 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining families and basketball enthusiasts with a thrilling routine of trick shots, monstrous slam dunks, and flashy dribbling techniques. Get a front-row seat to watch this group of talented goofs—whose all-time roster includes greats like Wilt Chamberlain and Fred “Curly” Neal—show off with alley-oops and swishes from past half court. Even with more than 25,000 games on team record, the organization can still throw down some surprises. If you’ve never seen someone spin a ball on his nose, now’s the time. January 8, 1st Bank Center and January 9, Pepsi Center

 

 

Benefit: A Dinner of Unconditional Love

Dr. Rick Hodes has spent two decades helping sick kids in Ethiopia, from treating cancer patients to arranging surgeries for those with debilitating spinal conditions. In 1999, the doc realized he couldn’t help two suffering children with the available resources, so he adopted them and headed to Texas for surgery. In honor of Hodes’ efforts, Noel Cunningham, owner of Strings Restaurant and a renowned humanitarian, is hosting a benefit to raise awareness and collect $500,000 in donations. Expect some familiar faces—like former Governor Bill Ritter and Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll—to lend a hand. January 13, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

 

 

Art: Warhol in Colorado

Mention the name Andy Warhol, and images of soup cans and Marilyn Monroe spring to mind. But the celebrated creator of Pop Art was about much more than bright colors and repetitive style. Warhol regularly visited the Centennial State and, two years ago, a selection of his work landed at three local universities. See Warhol from a Colorado point of view during this homage to his career, which includes screen prints, posters, album covers, and pictures of Warhol from the 1980s, taken by local photographers. Be sure to check out the famed Mao screen prints. Want an exclusive look? Swing by on opening night for a VIP preview. January 20—March 13, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver