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Scene: Editor’s Picks


TJ Miller

If you aren’t familiar with the comedy genius of T.J. Miller, you need to peel that “native” bumper sticker off of your Subaru Forester right now. The Colorado native graduated from Denver East High School and has appeared in a slew of movies and TV shows, including regular appearances on Chelsea Lately. He lent his voice to the role of Tuffnut in How To Train Your Dragon, narrated the action throughout Cloverfield and starred in the TV comedy The Goodwin Games. And his standup act is nothing short of hysterical. Catch him live at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, on Feb. 26 at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $20. foxtheatre.com

The Mountains Win Again

When it comes to exploring the majesty and magic found in every mountain range on the planet, few things match up to the wonder you’ll find in the slate of films at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. From the chronicles of the adventures of Kayakers in Canada to skiers in Dubai, if it can be accomplished in the rocky crags of the world’s mountains and filmed, you’ll find it here. Get your $15 tickets now for the 2-day event at the Boulder Theater on Feb. 25, 2032 14th St., Boulder. bouldertheater.com

Skank and Bubble

The Jamaican-born precursor to reggae, ska blends all the soul of American-bred R&B with the offbeat punch of Latin-influenced island styles like calypso. If you’re looking to experience it, the Mile High International Ska Fest at the Gothic Theatre in Denver is exactly what you need. The bill is an undeniable best-of in the scene: Judge Roughneck, the 15-piece Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra, the Dendrites, the A-OKs and the Brixton Guns. Feb. 22, $10, all-ages, gothictheatre.com.

Keb and the Blues

Finding something new in a genre as old as the blues can be an exercise in futility. But once in a while, someone comes along who delivers that delta-pure authenticity while demonstrating a uniqueness that stands out from the long line of predecessors. Such is Keb Mo’, the three-time Grammy winner who broke out with his eponymous sophomore outing in the mid-’90s, and has continued to deliver a southern-drenched blues that reflects both his love of the standards and nod to the evolution of pop music in America over the last 50 years. March 1 at 7 pm at the Boulder Theater. Tickets are $30.

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