WEEKLY EVENTS: May 9, 2014 – MAY 15, 2014
This weekend is Mother’s Day – bless their hearts. Seriously, I am surprised that my mom still even talks to me. What a little bitch I was growing up. And now I see my friends becoming new moms and the figurative weight that they carry around on a daily basis is tremendous.
So here’s a shout-out to all of the moms – YOU ARE AWESOME. And probably under-appreciated and over-worked. You are mentally and emotionally stronger than anyone, really. Even Mr. T knows it. I hope you get to enjoy your weekend a bit – even (or especially) if that looks like locking yourself in the bathroom with a half-bottle of old wine and your Kindle for 45 minutes. Or if you get the luxury of Mom’s Day brunch, check-out these suggestions from 5280 Magazine and Denver Eater.
(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend.)
Add some color to your home the easy way with the Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual plant sale. No matter what you’re in search of—herbs, topiaries, roses, perennials, containers already planted with a decorative mix of annuals, and more—the hundreds of options at the plant sale are all you need to create the perfect summer landscape. FREE.
Don’t miss out on this barn burner of a beer fest! This event is full of craft beer, BBQ, live country music, and western fashions. It will also coincide with the McNichols’ new art exhibit: The New West – Contemporary Perspectives of the Rocky Mountain Region. And for a mere $10, your ticket gets you entry into the shindig, three tokens for 12oz craft beers, some delicious BBQ, and killer music. Dare I say, yeehaw?
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, “Pass the tissues, we all got issues”? FREE.
Come check-out Denver’s largest underground art show, with over 75 artists reprezenting. $5 gains you access to the art show, live music and multiple DJ sets, live body painting, booze, and all-u-can-eat pancakes. Haaaaaaaay. Want more info? Read this recent preview from Crave Magazine.
The Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market is a seasonal open-air market where emerging, undiscovered, and experienced artists, crafters, and antique/vintage collectors in Denver can set-up their own shop and meet their customers. It’s a rare and wonderful shopping destination where customers can engage with and buy directly from local makers, creators and collectors. You’re sure to stumble upon some pretty awesome, lucky finds! Come for the kitty cat creamer, stay for the food trucks and the treats.
Sample some rare craft beers from breweries such as Epic Brewing, Brewery Rickoli, City Star Brewing, Avery Brewing, Odell Brewing, and Fate Brewing. The $20 ticket includes a taster mug with unlimited samples from all six breweries, each of which will showcase two to three different brews. Tickets available at the door day of the event.
Enjoy an afternoon with film and stage actress, Rutanya Alda, who played the long-suffering maid, Carol Ann, to Faye Dunaway’s Joan Crawford in the camp cult classic, Mommie Dearest. Before the film, Whole Foods Market will be serving up Mom’s Day realness with a brunch fit for Hollywood royalty, while after the film Ms. Alda will be dishing up the dirt. Come on out for what is sure to be the most economical and cinematic Mother’s Day brunch in town. Tickets for the film run $12 – $15.
On the second Saturday of each month, Buntport presents you with three stories related to a theme. This month’s theme is: Animals Outta Control! Two of these tales are true, but one of them is nothing but a fib. Can you figure out which one is baloney? Fun for all ages (seriously grown-ups, this is an event that both you and your kids will enjoy), cute contests, and prizes to boot. Tickets are just $6 – $8, with $1 off if you dress as a duck, or something pretending to be a duck. (So in other words, whatever you were planning to wear that day anyway.)
OH UM AH is nonsense;
a fumbling of words.
it’s both a feeling and an anxiety and wonder.
it’s losing your head and feeling good about it.
Performing classic tracks from his prolific repertoire, this now legendary concert celebrates 25 years of Morrissey as a solo artist in front of only 1,800 devoted fans. The film is honest and intimate, displaying Morrissey in a moment in time as never before. After the screening, Tyler Jacobson (Mile High Soul Club & Casual) & Hollow (Lipgloss) will throw a Morrissey-inspired dance party in the lobby of the Sie FilmCenter. There is a full bar, so feel free to have some drinks and cut the rug in the name of Moz. Tickets for the film run $12 – $15, however the dance party is free for everyone, whether attending the film or not.
One screening only! Based on Truman Capote’s nonfiction novel of the same name, and filmed in the house where the real-life incident occurred, this chilling tale follows two drifters (Robert Blake and Scott Wilson) who allegedly murder a rich Kansas family and flee to Mexico. Nominated for four Oscars, this disturbing black-and-white movie paints a compassionate portrait of the Clutter family … and their killers. Tickets run $10 – $12.
Lucha Libre & Laughs, which brings together the best of Denver comedy and pro-wrestling, is celebrating its one year anniversary! The show will feature the comedy stylings of Chuck Roy, Kristin Rand, Aaron Urist, and Greg Baumhauer. The wrestling main event will feature international superstar Colt Cabana, who tours the US, Europe, Japan, and Mexico non-stop, and is well known for his podcast, The Art Of Wrestling. Tickets cost $10. The party then moves to El Charrito for a comedy show in which Colt Cabana, Nate Balding, and Jordan Doll provide mocking comedic commentary for bad wrestling videos, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style. Tickets for the El Charrito event are $5.
Mountain to Sound presents: BYOM – Bring/Be Your Own Mom. Bring your mom, buddies, or just yourself for some music, fun, and friends! $5 suggested donation. Love to all moms!
Are you a hacker, a maker, a tinkerer, and/or a do-it-yourselfer? Looking for a local hackerspace to explore your ideas and possibly meet others? Then drop by The Concoctory’s weekly open-house hack night, where they aim to create and nurture an environment for sharing, exploring, and playing. FREE.
The Greater Than Social Club is THE place to be on the second Tuesday of every month. 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 Ben Kronberg and Mara Wiles, music by Ark Life and Kyle James Hauser, and hosting services provided by Kristin Rand. Annnnnnnd, the entire show will be over by 10pm, so quit your hemming and hawing and just buy a ticket already, geez. $5.
Looking for a new environment to practice your yoga skills this spring? Well how about amongst the natural setting of the Denver Botanic Gardens? The Denver Botanic Gardens is now hosting a weekly Vinyasa yoga class, taught by Blake Burger. Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. All levels are welcome; please bring a mat, a towel and water. $10 members, $12 non-members. Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.
Celebrate the opening of the Ruby + George pop-up shop at Goldyn. Shop Ruby + George’s curated selection of antique and vintage finds from the American West for your home and self, including covet-worthy rugs, jewelry, one-of-a-kind furniture and more. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided. FREE.
Starting at 6pm, come join the honky tonk happy hour with board games and open line dancing. From 7 – 10pm there will be live music with some more dancing and lessons. No experience necessary; no one is required to dance. No dress code or partner needed. Anyone can dance with anyone regardless of gender. There will be a sliding scale of $4 to $8 to dance/listen to the bands. If you just want to jam, it’s free.
Karaoke madness featuring all of your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s. FREE.