WEEKLY EVENTS: March 14, 2014 – March 20, 2014


Happy Pi Day!

As mentioned in this week’s Local List, the Denver Film Society will be kicking off the fourth annual Women + Film VOICES Film Festival from Tuesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 23, 2014.  Ladies, this is where you’ll want to go for a good healthy dose of inspiration.  Dudes, this is where you’ll want to go to learn how to stop being such a dude all of the time.  The festival also includes salon discussions, a number of in-person guests, and receptions to further celebrate the thought-provoking, inspirational stories of women from around the world.  Tickets can be purchased individually for each film online, or you can go all-in for a festival pass.

And speaking of movies, the new Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens today at the Esquire Theater!  You know I be hitting that up tonight.

(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend.)

Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 6 – 11pm: What if….Berlin-Denver at Hinterland

What if… reflects on the “call and response” nature of the artistic process, where the artist initiates a work by manipulating material and then influenced by the material, follows through accordingly.  This dance is repeated in a series of steps until completion. Often times the unknown variables in this process are what excites or motivates an artist.  This project ensures unknown variables by pairing a Denver artist with an artist from Berlin and asking each artist to initiate a work via the linguistic question, “What if…?”  DJ Sarah Grace will be providing sound effects to this opening reception from 7 – 10pm.  GroundSwell Gallery will be a participating venue for this event as well.  FREE!

Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 7 – 10pm: Por Fin Es Friday at Hooked on Colfax

Do you speak Spanish or kind of speak Spanish?  Have you been looking for an opportunity to practice?  Then dust off those tildas and head on over to Hooked on Colfax to have some drinks, roll your Rs, and make some new amigos.  Como se dice, “Thank god it’s emmer effer Friday”?  FREE!

Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 8 – 10:30pm: My Teenage Angst at the Deer Pile

At my mother’s house in Springfield, PA, there are stacks of dusty journals, chronicling my journey of trying to “figure shit out” when I was a teen.  Since then, the world has become much more public and although 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 old journals?  Email reader@myteenageangst.com and be a part of the show.

Friday, March 14, 2014, doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm: Chimney Choir | Spirits of the Red City | Clouds & Mountains at Leon

Just when you think you’ll never make it out of an endless winter, and cabin fever has taken hold, this kind of gathering takes place that warms the soul.  Hometown favorites, Clouds & Mountains, will spark the groove of the evening followed by the touring & amazingly talented, Spirits of the Red City.  The crazy eclectic kids of Chimney Choir will bring it all home, wrapping up an evening chock full of shock and awe.  Come on out for an incredible night of music, friends and libations!  Presented by Mountain to Sound.  $8 advance tickets; $10 day of show.


Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 12pm: Batch #1 Barleywine Bottle Release Party at Breckenridge Brewery

Batch #1, Breckenridge Brewery’s first barley wine, will be released to the public in a limited run of 22 oz., wax-topped bottles on Saturday, March 15th from 12 – 2pm at the Brewery’s Tasting Room at 471 Kalamath Street in Denver.  Cold conditioned for three months and barrel-aged in fresh American Oak barrels for another six, this beer comes in at 10.1% ABV.  Come join the festivities, including live music and a live broadcast from American Craft Beer Radio.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 6 – 10pm: Max Kauffman’s Aether Ceremony at Black Book Gallery

This new body of work explores Max Kauffman’s continuing themes of making the most of what you have.  Living everyday through magic, sacred, and powerful experiences.  Working with a loose narrative approach, there is no forced story, rather a subdued and familiar framework to let others fill in their own struggles and victories.  Opening reception with artist in attendance; FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 6:30pm: Stan Brakhage: An Adventure in Perception at Counterpath

Counterpath welcomes film scholar Suranjan Ganguly for a celebration of Stan Brakhage’s work.  Ganguly will screen key films and take part in a Q&A following the screening.  FREE.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 7:30 – 10:30pm: PhotoBall! It’s Your Spotlight at Spacecraft

This party doubles as a live photo-shoot where you and your friends can get your picture taken in front of Spacecraft’s handmade, reused material backdrops and fine art murals.  Dress to EXPRESS and they will provide the props – wigs, mustaches, masks, and more!  After the ball your photos will be posted to their Facebook page as a memento of the night!  Make-up artist, photographer, and DJ provided.  Your $10 cover supports the Spacecraft Reuse Store and Space-to-Craft and their mission of sustainability and youth empowerment!  Read more about this cool new organization in this week’s Westword.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 11am – 3pm: Neat Market Vegan Shop-Up + Brunch + Clothing Swap at the Horse Barn

Have you not been to this pop-up market yet?  Are you scared because everything is vegan and you think it will be gross/weird/pretentious?  Well check all of that at the door because you is missing out.  This pop-up market is the coolest, even if you aren’t permanently riding the vegan train.  Swing on by to pick-up some fresh pasta, chocolate, ice-cream, jerky, confectionaries, seasoned seitan, tamales, and tons of baked goods.  Nothing not vegan, son.  To participate in the clothing swap, just bring your stuff to the Plants & Animals table, then pick out whatever you like from the racks!  Blackheart Creations will be also serving up a vegan brunch, starting at 11am.  Yum!

Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 10pm: Arguments & Grievances at the Vine Street Pub

Comedians debating what doesn’t really matter.  Give the middle finger to Monday by attending this FREE Sunday night LOL fest.  Debates this month include Chips vs. Dip, Magicians vs. Ventriloquists, Gambling vs. Playing It Safe, Postcards vs. Email, and the headlining event, Beer vs. Whiskey.

Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 9pm: Goth Night at the Hi-Dive

Keep your St. Patrick’s Day goth.  $2 PBRs, no cover.

Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 9pm: Manic Monday Mary-Oke at Hamburger Mary’s

Wanna get your week started off right with some karaoke?  Well come check-out Manic Mondays with Meowllison!  The fun starts with happy hour pricing all day long – $3 wells and $4 calls.  Also, all of their martinis, margaritas, and Moscow Mules are only $5.  Plus there is a $5 burger & fries deal starting at 8pm.  Drink, eat, sing, and be Mary (aka call out of work on Tuesday!)

1661330_603843099695371_185478997_nTuesday, March 18, 2014, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Greater Than Social Club at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret

The Greater Than Social Club is back!  On a new night, with new sponsors, more acts, and at half the price!  Combining music and comedy in Lannie’s basement cabaret setting, this event will make you straight-up pumped to be a Denverite.  This month’s line-up includes comedy by Adam Cayton-Holland and Christie Buchele, music by The Blue Rider and Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds, and hosting services provided by Kristin Rand.  Twice the entertainment y’all!  The entire show will be over by 10pm, so quit your hemming and hawing and just buy a ticket already, geez. $5.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm: Magnets on the Fridge at Buntport Theater

Magnets on the Fridge was Buntport Theater’s regular live sitcom starting in 2001, a way to fill the warehouse on a regular basis while they wrote and rehearsed their bigger shows.  It related the adventures of five friends, who form the most pathetic excuse for a book club ever.  Each episode adopted the theme of a book selected at random from audience suggestions.  Two weeks to conceive, write, and rehearse a show; a recipe for high art.  This week features the Restoration Comedy episode.  $6, $7 or $8 admission.  Reservations available online.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 6 – 10pm: 4th Annual Sprout Down at the Mercury Cafe

Come join Sprout City Farms for their annual spring kickoff fundraising event at the Mercury Cafe!  Celebrate the last day of winter with tasty bites from local chefs, a raffle, a live and silent auction, local music, your favorite farmer friends, magic, and fun for the whole family!  Sprout City will be raising funds for a brand new community farm – help them reach their goal!  $7 – $15 suggested at the door, includes 2 food tickets.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 8pm: Delusions of Randeur at the Beauty Bar

Denver comedy fans!  Especially those on a budget!  Come check-out this FREE monthly funny ha ha show at the Beauty Bar.  This month’s lineup includes Heather SnowChris Charpentier and Elliot Woolsey.  And as always Randy M. Washington will be joining Kristin Rand onstage for the hottest comedy chemistry since your mom and your dad!

Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 5:30pm: Creative Collective 8 at the SIE FilmCenter

The Creative Collective is a professional networking collaborative for the creative industry, focused on sharing innovative ideas and making valuable connections.  Their next event will be hosted in association with the Women+Film VOICES Film Festival.  Stick around past 7pm to mingle and/or watch one of the festival’s featured films at a discounted rate.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 8pm: The Narrators at the Deer Pile

If you haven’t been to The Narrators before, it is gold.  It’s essentially like This American Life unfolding right in front of your beautiful smiling face.  One of the best things to do in Denver, hands down.  This month’s theme is “Slapstick”.  Admission is FREE.  (Plus there is cheap can beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.)