WEEKLY EVENTS: July 4 – July 10, 2013

Happy 4th of July Denver!   Altho I have been filling my schedule with acting like a big drunk baby and running away from my boyfriend (crying) down the 16th Street Mall (sorry again Nibo), I hope you and I are able to free up some time to check-out these freedom-lovin’ events.  Highlights include: vegetarian-friendly drag, a vegan nacho party, outdoor movies, a slut walk and a whole lotta teenage angst.  Keep it festive, y’all.

Thursday, July 4, 2013doors at 9pm, show at 10pmBling! Fabulous Queens & Fabulous Food at eden

Starting Thursday, July 4th and monthly after that, eden will be hosting a special event called Bling!, presented by Veruca Salt.  Each show will feature fabulous queens in the community, and will be accompanied by fabulous foods from eden’s veggie-friendly menu. You get dinner and a show and this month, there is no cover!  USA!  USA!

July’s line-up is an all-star cast with Janessa Befierce, Scarlett Red, Dazza Saks, Victoria Sexton, IzzyDead MotherEffer and of course, Veruca Salt!

Friday, July 5, 2013 @ 5 – 7pm: Vegan nacho party and pop-up vegan clothing shop at Nooch | Vegan Market

A photo of vegan nachos.

Vegan-approved fun

It’s another helluva Friday night, which will make you want to clone yourself just so you can check-out all of these sweet events.

When the hell was the last time you went to a good old fashioned vegan nacho party?  Well, you’re in luck because your friendly neighborhood vegan grocer, Nooch | Vegan Market is nice enough to throw one for you.  Featuring music from MoetavationMUSIC and a pop-up vegan clothing shop by Herbivore Clothing Company, this VNP will be one for the books.

Nacho options will include: Upton’s Seitan (BTW have you tried this shit yet?  It is amazeballs), Teese vegan cheese, Beanfields chips and jalapeños.  Nachos will cost $5, $4 of which will go to Peaceful Prairie.

Friday, July 5, 2013 @ 5 – 8pm: Pool Party at Taxi

A $5 entrance fee gets you access to free beer, free cocktails, pizza, burgers, a DJ, and a higher quality of life.

Friday, July 5, 2013, doors at 6pm, show at 7pm: Esme Patterson at Denver Open Media

On the first Friday of most months, Denver Open Media (DOM), located at 700 Kalamath Street, holds a FREE community event that spotlights local performance groups, musical acts, and nonprofit organizations. These events are broadcast live on Comcast channel 57 and re-broadcast on channels 56, 57 and 219.  This month, DOM will be featuring music by the lovely Esme Patterson of Paperbird, as well as an interview with Comic Book Classroom, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that provides free comic book-based curriculum.  Food from Illegal Pete’s and adult beverages will also be available for your oral mouth pleasure.

Wet Hot American Denver.

Friday, July 5, 2013 @ 7pm: Wet Hot American Denver at Indy Ink

I think you should go to this event, solely because of the event poster.  New works from artists camp counselors Axel Geittmann, Josh Shively and Nigel Penhale. Short shorts, long hugs, and refreshments will be served.

Friday, July 5, 2013 @ 8pm: My Teenage Angst at the Deer Pile

At my mother’s house in Springfield, PA, there are stacks of dusty journals, chronicling me trying to figure stuff out when I was a teen.  Since then, the world has become more public and altho I no longer keep a journal per say, I am compulsed to share what I am thinking at any given time via Facebook and the Tweeter, usually whilst riding the bus.

Luckily there is an event which celebrates the old-fashioned way of processing the world around us, and it’s called My Teenage Angst.  Still have access to your journals?  Email reader@myteenageangst.com and be a part of the show.  $2 suggested donation; any therapeutic results are free.

Saturday, July 6, 2013 @ 12 – 4pm:  SlutWalk Denver at Civic Center Park

SlutWalk Denver aims to to provide a safe space for survivors and allies to come together to voice their collective anger, share stories, build a community, and become empowered to continue to change the conversation around sexual assault.  Join this rally to end sexual violence and stop victim blaming.  Dress how you are comfortable.

Saturday, July 6, 2013 @ 12 – 4pm:  Free Family Workshop at the Dikeou Collection

Join the Dikeou Collection for the fourth installment of the Free Family Workshop on Saturday, July 6th. This month’s project focuses on the work of New York artist, Lucky DeBellevue, and his use of chenille stems (AKA pipe cleaners) to create fantastic web-like sculptures. DeBellevue’s use of this common yet nontraditional material enables him to make works that range from large and interactive, to small and decorative. Participants of all ages will twist and weave colorful chenille stems to create their own Lucky-inspired artwork. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and music from our vinyl record archive will be available to spark your artistic energy.

Photo of Achille Lauro.

Achille Lauro

Saturday, July 6, 2013 @ 7pm:  Achille Lauro Farewell Show at the Walnut Room

All great things must come to an end?  I guess so.  Say au revoir to one of Denver’s sweetest offerings, Achille Lauro, this Saturday at the Walnut Room.  Additional performances by The Morning Clouds, Vitamins, Land Lines.  Ticket price is $15.  Read this great Westword story on why the band is calling it quits and start trying to figure out how you’re gonna say goodbye.

Saturday, July 6, 2013 @ 9pm: Bike-In Movies at the Blake Street Tavern

Bring your blankets, chairs, Pirate’s Booty, and someone you wanna sit close to to this week’s outdoor screening of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead – double feature bay-bee!  A $5 suggested donation benefits the Young Filmmakers Workshops, a program put on by the Denver Film Society to engage young adults with movie making.  Sun out make-out!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 @ 4:30 – 7:30pm: #twEATDrink at Vesper Lounge

#twEATDrink is teaming up with the Denver Passport to celebrate its two year anniversary.  If for some strange reason you have yet to buy a passport, now is your chance.  There will be happy hour snacks to those who buy one at the event.  And seriously, why have you not bought a passport yet?  These things start saving you mad money after only two uses and are guaranteed to make your summer more awesome.  All are welcome at this event, even if you aren’t on the Tweeter.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 @ dark: Screening of Crumb at Crash 45

The first time I saw the film Crumb, it blew my mind.  I was volunteering in Santa Rosa, California in the year 2000, and my four housemates and I rented it on VHS from Video Droid.  The movie is funny, lovely, awkward, inspiring and sad.  Could be just what you need on a Tuesday night…especially since there is no cover.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 7am: Opening Day at Sprouts

If like me, you have been taunted by the construction of the new East Colfax Sprouts,  suffer no longer.  Starting this Wednesday at 7am, Denver will have another neighborhood grocery option.  Opening day events include:  free shopping bags filled with treats to the first 200 shoppers who make a purchase, exclusive coupons, free samples, free reusable bags with purchase, educational opportunities and more!  Good stuff.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 5pm – 9pm: Broadway Farmers Market at South Broadway Christian Church

It’s a very exciting day for Denver in terms of produce.  We have a brand new farmers market – come celebrate its first night!  This hipster-flavored market features organic produce, flowers, local wares, live music and food trucks.  Held on the lawn of the South Broadway Christian Church at 23 Lincoln Street.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 7pm: Sci-Fi Film Series at SIE FilmCenter

Science fiction feeds the imagination and helps us to explore possible futures, our hopes and fears, and the unfolding of technologies. Join Museum scientists and Vincent Piturro, English and film professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver, as they screen famous sci-fi films and lead discussions to break down the science behind these alternative possibilities, and separate fact from fiction.  This week’s screening features the film District 9, with a discussion led by anthropologist Michele Koons.

A work by Lucky Debellevue.

A work by Lucky Debellevue.