Anthony Jeselnik at the Paramount Theatre
One of the most unique talents in standup comedy today, Anthony Jeselnik has carved out a space for himself with a brand of humor that treats wildly taboo and offensive topics with a penchant for unexpected shocks in his stoically deadpan delivery. It’s the kind of act where you’ll leave, shaking your head, muttering to yourself, “I can’t believe I laughed at that,” and also knowing you’ll never be able to deliver one of his jokes at the office water cooler because you simply won’t pull it off like he does — and as such, you’d earn yourself a trip to your HR department for a reprimand. But Jeselnik really does find the funny in the places none of us would ever think to look, and that’s something that takes a true genius. See him live at the Paramount Theatre on Oct. 19 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35, visit ComedyWorks.com for more info.
You Enjoy Myself at Dairy Center for the Arts
When an Instagram post directs six strangers to a secluded Vermont farmhouse, a magical night full of camaraderie and shared emotions takes place — as does a quirky, feel-good piece of theater making its debut in Boulder. Thanks to Local Theater Company, you can catch You Enjoy Myself, a premiere play written by Topher Payne and directed by Betty Hart. The story is explores the cyclical nature of love — the beginning, end and renewal. Sept. 23 through Oct. 13 at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Tickets range from $15 to $45 at www.TheDairy.org.
Million Dollar Quartet at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
The hit Broadway jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet is coming to Candlelight Dinner Playhouse from Sept. 21 through Nov. 12. This Tony Award-nominated musical tells the story of when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley came together at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest jam sessions to ever take place. It’s a legendary December night filled with a poignant story of promises, secrets and betrayal. This smash-hit musical includes such hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog” and so much more. Tickets range from $40 to $72.50 and include dinner. Visit ColoradoCandlelight.com for more info.
Neuron Forest at Dairy Center for the Arts
Local artist Katie Caron is the Chair of Studio Art and Head of Ceramics and 3D Design at Arapahoe Community College. She’s also showing a compelling new exhibit at the Dairy Center for the Arts titled Neuron Forest. This multi-dimensional visual collection is inspired by the neurons in human brains. From the artist statement: “I am struck by their visual movement, how they creep as they change form and communicate through neural pathways. These neural circuits interconnect to one another to form a large-scale brain network, creating human consciousness, identity, life as we know it.” Her work is on display through Nov. 11. Admission is free. Visit TheDairy.org for more info.
Frame of Reference at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Another local artist showcasing an impressive collection is Boulder-based Amy Metier, whose new exhibit, Frame of Reference will be on display at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art at Frasier through Nov. 29. Metier is a painter and former art professor at Metro State University. Her abstract paintings have been displayed in the Denver Art Museum, Ballinglen Museum of Art in Ireland, as well as private collections throughout the United States and Europe. This is just one stop on her exhibition tour that includes upcoming stops in Ireland and the William Havu Gallery in Denver. But you can catch this work first in Boulder. Admission is just $2; always free on Saturdays. Visit www.bmoca.org for more info.