Denver Jewish Movie Pageant, Neal Cassady Birthday Bash and different Denver occasions

Do you fancy a quiet disco? Meet the Nathan Yip Foundation’s The Year of the Rat party this weekend. (Provided by the Nathan Yip Foundation)

Denver Jewish Film Festival

Until February 19th. During this year 24th Denver Jewish Film Festival is sure to address the alarming rise of American anti-Semitism since the last issue, that is not its only focus. The different points of view of the event, which will last until February 19, are seldom limited to politics and religion. Starting February 5, this year’s entries include coming-of-age dramas (“Fig Tree”, “Leona”), comedies (Billy Crystals “Standing Up, Falling Down,” February 8 with director Matt Ratner) and the Nature documentary “Picture of his Life” (February 10th with the writer / director Dani Menkin), the Aulcie Perry basketball doc “Aulcie” (February 15th and 19th) and many more. Events in JCC Mizel arts and culture center, 350 S. Dahlia Street in the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center and other venues. $ 12 to $ 14 per screening; $ 330 festival pass. 303-316-6360. jccdenver.org/film

Detour’s DIY art guide

Tuesday. Aside from his distinctive street art, which has been seen around the world thanks to high profile appearances like painting Jay-Z’s portrait, the artist is from Denver detour (Thomas Evans) attracted attention with ambitious multimedia events like “The 5 Pointers” in November. Golden-based Fulcrum Publishing is celebrating the first book by the self-made artist “Be the Artist: The Interactive Guide to A Lasting Career” with a party on February 11 Meadowlark kitchen. The free signing and launch party at 7 p.m. will be followed by other events in downtown Tattered Cover (February 20), the RedLine Gallery (February 21), the Boulder Bookstore (February 25) and the Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins (February 20) 26) before moving to universities and even art stores in March. (Full disclosure: Speck Press, a previous Fulcrum reprint, published my first book in 2008). iamdetour.com/store

Neal Cassady Birthday Bash

Friday. The Neal Cassady Birthday BashCelebrating the Denver-based Beat Generation and the muse of the psychedelic era (see the works of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, etc.), plays a fine line in Cassady’s myth He Documented the explosion of art and culture and helped detonate. Given Cassady’s Denver roots, there are few things more hometown than celebrating his birthday in the strange, welcoming, and wonderfully independent country Mercury Cafe on February 7th. Celebrations at the 11th annual event include live jazz by renowned composers David Amram, an appearance by Cassady’s son John Allen Cassady, Poetry, Art, Food and Drink. The upstairs event at 8 p.m. is preceded by a free tour of Cassady’s meeting points, which starts at 3 p.m. at the Merc. Email [email protected] for details. 2199 California St. Tickets: $ 25. nealcassadybirthdaybash.com

Year of the rat

Saturday. Nathan Yip Foundation supports real community service like a San Luis Valley project where teachers can visit family homes to help the students. Help yourself by checking out the foundation’s annual lunar new year fundraiser – this time it’s time Year of the rat – from 5.30 p.m. February 8 in Grand Hyatt Denver. The 17th annual event features a full Chinese dinner, live entertainment (hello, acrobats), a silent disco, calligraphers, fortune tellers, a Chinese market, and colorful fun. All proceeds support K-12 education projects in rural Colorado and China. Tickets: $ 150- $ 250. Nathanyipfoundation.org

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