What: Hollywood’s obsession with Spain continues with two recently released Oscar-worthy films: Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, about an illicit vacation to Barcelona, and Elegy, which is based on Philip Roth’s novel The Dying Animal.

Why: Be one of the few Denverites with a non-DNC-related conversation starter.

Bonus: The movies feature some of L.A.’s biggest stars. Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson star in Allen’s flick, Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson share the screen in Elegy, and Penélope Cruz is in both.

Details: Elegy: Opens Fri, times vary. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St., 303-733-9939, $9.75.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Playing at multiple local theaters, including United Artists Denver Pavilions, 501 16th St., #310, 800-326-3264.


What: The usually sleepy Five Points neighborhood comes to life during the annual After 5 Jazz and Blues Festival–a showcase of Latin jazz, blues, African jazz, and old school.

Why: You’d have to visit Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge for weeks to hear this variety of music.

Bonus: L.A.-based saxophonist Gerald Albright and Latin jazz master Poncho Sanchez are only a couple of the established names you’ll see live.

Details: Aug 23-29. Times vary. 26th and Welton streets. $59-$119. For more information, call 303-296-2701 or visit