By Elisabeth Monaghan
In addition to box office hits playing around the country, the Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., offers its usual selection of unusual films. Later this month, it will host the Denver Jewish Film Festival’s presentation of “The Last Band in Lebanon” (July 26, 7 p.m.). Director Penelope Spheeris will be on hand for a screening of the 1992 film “Wayne’s World,” starring Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey (July 28, 9 p.m.) Join the Colorado Railroad Museum for a screening of “Murder on the Orient Express.” For this event, the ticket purchase also includes a cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage (July 29, 7 p.m.)
In August the Alamo Drafthouse Denver hosts the three-day Batsu Japanese Film Festival, a celebration of Japanese film that hopes to bring an eclectic mix of classics and newly released titles to the Denver area (Aug. 2 through 5, see website for show times).
Among the films the Alamo will screen as part of its “KNOCKOUTS: A Month of Ballers, Brawlers, Skaters and Fighters” series are “Thrashin’” (Aug. 7, 9 p.m.) “Talladega Nights” (Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.) and “The Karate Kid” (Aug. 12, 2 p.m.).
In Partnership with Rainbow Alley, the Alamo Drafthouse presents BPM (Beats per Minute). Rainbow Alley is a “safe and brave space supporting LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 11 to 21.” (Aug. 11, 12 p.m.). Additional films scheduled are the 1987 film “Over the Top,” starring Sylvester Stallone (Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.) and “West Side Story,” which will be a sing-along (Aug. 20, 7 p.m.)
For a complete schedule of films playing at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver, visit www.drafthouse.com/denver.
Benchmark Takes over the Edge
With Edge Theater owners Rick and Patty Yaconis moving to Chicago, the Benchmark Theatre will take over the 1560 Teller Street space full-time. Benchmark produced its first show at the Edge earlier this year. Currently Jacquelyn Goldfinger’s “The Arsonists” is playing at Benchmark Theatre through July 21.
To learn about the theatre and its upcoming performances, visit www.benchmarktheatre.com.
Rodents of Unusual Size Laugh it up for S*P*A*R*K
On Aug. 4, the Rodents of Unusual Size will perform their “Comedy for a Cause” show to benefit S*P*A*R*K. S*P*A*R*K is a group dedicated to making a difference in the community through Service, Performance, and Acts of Random Kindness. The show, which takes place at the Grange in Wheat Ridge, 3850 High Court, begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. (Families with three or more pay only $15 total.)
For more information, visit www.coloradoimprov.com.