This spring the Denver-based Telling Stories troupe, led by writer, percussionist, and 5280 contributor Jennie Dorris, is taking the fourth season of its live shows—installments of original essays combined with classical and experimental music—to a new level of cool. The group, which includes writers and musicians from all over the Front Range, alternates chamber music pieces with humorous essays, and is adding visual performers such as graffiti artists to its repertoire. Tack on a pint of 90 Shilling and a gourmet pizza at the group’s venue, D-note in Arvada, and you’ve got yourself a kickin’ Saturday night.

Next up March 20: Sounds of Silence; May 22: Fortissimo.