Friday, January 25

this weekend: sexy geeks, hostages, latin rock, and wannabe idols

The Chronicle's own Associate Publisher/Editor Josh Johnson will be delivering the first round of questions for the second annual Geeks Who Drink-sponsored Geek Bowl, in Denver Saturday night. The event, emceed by the very sexy master of crass and Westword correspondent Adam Cayton Holland, is sold out, but if you're lucky you might be able to catch the geeks at their rumored after party.

Also this weekend:

Managing Editor Marti Stephens recommends: Bas Bleu’s production Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me opens tonight at 7:30 at 401 Pine St., in Fort Collins.

Staged as a hostage situation in Lebanon, Irish playwright Frank McGuinness deftly skirts the mundane historical specifics in favor of taking a closer look at the humans behind the headline. The play is based on hostage-survivor Brian Keenan’s experience, and many Northern Coloradans will recognize the story. Keenan was held, at times, with Fort Collins resident Tom Sutherland. The play runs through March 2. Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students.

Arts and Entertainment Editor Elliott Johnston recommends: The Mars Volta (pictured) at a rare, smaller-venue Colorado show tonight at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., in Boulder. Show starts at 9 p.m. and is open to all ages. Tickets are $28.

Since forming — out of the ashes of At the Drive-In — in 2001, The Mars Volta have established themselves as one of the most challenging and unique hard-rock groups around. The principal members, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala et al, unleash a chaotically beautiful, Latin-infused rock that melds the Olympian, instrumental calisthenics and high concepts of prog-rock with the animal intensity of punk and the spacey intonations of psychedelia.
Their latest release, The Bedlam of Goliath, seeks, if only a smidge, to rein their ten-minute-plus songs into something slightly more intelligible. But don’t expect their legendary live show, complete with top-notch spazz dancing and Cedric’s helium-huffing falsetto, to suffer a bit.

From Chronicle Presents: Also tonight, the Chronicle is co-sponsoring the start of the International Karaoke Contest at Chipper's Lanes on North College Avenue.

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