Celebrated author and playwright David Sedaris brings his sardonic comedic perspective and fresh material to the Buell this month to remind us how truly humorous the human condition can be. At the age of 33, he made a life-altering decision: to become a full-time elf for SantaLand at Macy's in New York. His stint at the department store morphed into the basis for his witty one-man play, The SantaLand Diaries, which launched his writing career when it was first broadcast on National Public Radio in 1992. He has since written such humorist classics as Naked, Holidays on Ice, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. As one of the most sought-after and incisive voices in the country, he's appeared everywhere from Letterman to NPR's This American Life.
David Sedaris: Oct. 30, Buell Theatre
In a weeklong celebration of cultural identity, the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management combines art, dance, music, and sports to promote the importance of Native American heritage. Film selections highlight traditional cultures spanning Alaska to Hawaii and across the globe, including The Ballad of Peter LaFarge, Games of the North, The Fighting Cholitas, and more. Special to the festival is singer/songwriter/performer Andrea Menard (pictured above), whose versatile voice blends jazz, blues, and folk for a powerful performance. Catch her in the one-woman, self-written stage play The Velvet Devil (Wednesday) or in concert at Dazzle Jazz Club (Thursday).
Indigenous Film & Arts Festival: Oct. 9-14, Denver, Venues Vary
The Colorado Ballet opens its 47th season with Le Corsaire ("The Pirate"), which fuses Eldar Aliev's exciting choreography, impressive athleticism, and a dashingly romantic plot threaded with the lure of the high seas. Based on the 1814 Lord Byron poem "The Corsair," the three-act show is set to 19th-century music by Adolphe Adam and sparkles with vibrantly costumed characters: burly pirates, scantily clad maidens in distress, and conniving villains. Swashbuckling and tutus may seem an unlikely combo, but the adventurous tone of the show and grace of the dancers complement each other for a stunning performance.
Le Corsaire: Oct. 5-14, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Terry Real, family therapist and best-selling author of The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work, offers a one-day workshop on how to succeed in a 21st-century marriage. Real introduces both couples and marriage counselors to his relationship approach, which he's dubbed "Full Respect Living." The theory? Being assertive and loving simultaneously will empower both partners and allow more intimacy, communication, and, ultimately, peace in your relationship. Real's ideas on couples' therapy and relational issues have appeared on the Today show, 20/20, and Oprah, as well as in the New York Times. The workshop benefits People House, a Denver-based nonprofit fostering spiritual development for individuals in crisis.
Making Love Work: A Day with Terry Real: Oct. 13, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities