WEEKLY EVENTS: May 30, 2014 – June 5, 2014

1962640_302259606587715_700696487_nDenver.  We did it.  We made it through another week.  Together.  Forever.  I love you.  So much.  I just haven’t been able to tell you.  Until now.  No, I’m not drunk.  Well maybe just a little.  But it’s cool.  I’m working from home tomorrow.  I can sleep in a bit.  No, let’s just stay up late and keep talking.  I’ll make you a sandwich.  Wait, I’m actually trying to cut down on carbs, so I don’t have any bread.  Or cheese for that matter.  (Tryna cut down on dairy too.)  How about a hard-boiled egg?  Ew, gross.  Forget I said that.  You’re better than that.  Let’s order a pizza.  My treat.  OK…let’s do this.

(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, May 30 & Saturday, May 31, 2014Giro D’Italia at The Source

Cycle enthusiasts – gear up!  Starting at 5pm today The Source will be showing the Giro d’Italia on the big screen and serving up drinks from The Proper Pour, all to benefit Denver B-cycle.  FREE.

Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 6 – 9pm: City Park Ice-Cream Social at the City Park Pavilion and Bandshell

The 2014 Ice Cream Social will include: free ice cream provided by Boulder Ice Cream, The Denver Municipal Band playing a concert to the Electric Fountain show, face painting, entertainers, and historical costumes.  Ice cream will be served starting right at 6pm.  The Denver Municipal Jazz Combo takes the stage at 6:30pm, followed by the larger Denver Municipal Band at 7:45pm.  Random prizes will be provided to those who dress in historical costume.  FREE.

Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 6 – 9pm: The Forum Stories at Converge Denver

The Forum Stories is a strong believer in the power of simple, old-fashioned storytelling to spark each other’s creative fires and their live events reflect that laid back approach to discovery.  Come on out for an evening of storytelling, music, local coffee, beer, and conversation.  The evening will focus around three, on-stage interviews with fascinating folks who blur the line between artist and entrepreneur.  However, you’ll also have plenty of time to explore the beautiful creative space of Converge Denver, to taste and learn about roasting small batch coffee with Huckleberry Roasters, and to swap a story or two with the gents of Breckenridge Brewery.  This event is FREE, however space is limited so RSVP ASAP!

Friday, May 30, 2014, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Sexpot American Summer featuring Andy Kindler at the Oriental Theater

Andy Kindler joins Chuck Roy, Bobby Crane, Christy Buchele, and Mara Wiles for an amazeballs night of comedy.  Hosted by Jordan Doll.  Tickets are $20.

Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 8 – 11pm: Lake Mary Cassette Release Show with special guests The Horse Latitudes at Leon

Leon is honored to host the cassette release for Lake Mary, along with special guests, The Horse Latitudes.  Come check-out these ethereal bands in an ethereal space and create an ethereal night for yourselves.  Doors at 8pm; $10 suggested donation.

Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 8pm: 2014 Denver Comic Con Beer Release Party at The 1up – Colfax

For the third year in a row, Breckenridge Brewery has teamed up with Denver Comic Con to craft a super beer for the masses.  The fan-voted name of “Brews Wayne“, the official 2014 Denver Comic Con beer, will be unveiled on Friday, May 30th, at The 1up – Colfax.  Breckenridge Brewery will provide samples of Brews Wayne to attendees and have their infamous photo booth on hand to capture every moment.  The kick-off party will feature performances by Total GhostSundown Social, and Ginger Perry.  The first 200 fans to arrive will receive one of the limited edition pint glasses.  This event is FREE for 21+ and $5 for 18+.

Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1, 2014Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square

The Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square is a FREE two-day street-painting festival.  More than 200 artists spend hours that weekend turning the streets of Larimer Square into a museum of chalk art.  Artists, sponsors and spectators find it difficult to describe in words the splendid experience that Denver Chalk Art Festival creates.  Visitors can also enjoy live music, beer/wine tents, kids’ activities, and more.  The Denver Chalk Art Festival is happening from 10am – 10pm on Saturday, and from 10am – 7pm on Sunday.  FREE.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 9:30am – 1:30pm: Le Jardin Secret at Bistro Vendome

Le Jardin Secret is not your average summer market.  At this French-inspired chefs’ market, foodies can shop for dairy, meat, bread, produce and other goods – all with a mimosa in hand.  Think perfect tomatoes, French cheeses, grass-fed tenderloins, and artisanal bread.  Carefully selected vendors like Grateful Bread Company, Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, the Truffle Cheese Shop, Sugarmill, and Blooming Fool will sell a variety of ingredients, specifically curated for the home chef.  FREE.

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Free PBR from 9 – 10pm at Lucha Rama!

Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 9pm: The Fine Gentleman’s Club Presents at the Meadowlark

Third Saturday of the month, starting at 9pm; FREE.  Another night of comedy paired with music, in the intimate basement of the Meadowlark.  Tonight’s show features a performance by Pizza Time.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 9pm: Lucha Rama: Spring Edition at the Beauty Bar

It’s the Lucha Rama Spring Edition, complete with music from Mike Disco, DJ Wushu, and Deejay Diabolic; free PBR from 9 -10pm; jello wrestling, live Mexican luchador wrestling, a photobooth, and PBR swag giveaways!  Your hosts for the evening are Sid Pink and Miggy Camacho, and your ref is Tiffany Rozinski.  FREE until 10pm!

Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 10pm: Epilogue Comedy at the Mutiny Information Cafe

Take a break from smashing PBRs with the bros and pop into Mutiny Information Cafe this Saturday night to grab a latte, hear some jokes, and peruse some vinyl.  This month’s comics include headliner Ben Roy, Ryan de la Garza, Haley M. Driscoll, David Glasspool, and hosting services by Timmi Lasley.  Come early to grab a seat as shit gets real, real quick!  FREE.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 10pm: Channel Z Presents: Maniac at the Alamo Drafthouse

This Saturday, Channel Z will be presenting a 35mm print of Maniac at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver.  Maniac features Joe Spinell staring in this relentless horror film as Frank Zito.  Frank is an embittered loser who talks to himself and his dead mother, stalks a pretty model (Caroline Munro), and spends his spare time brutally murdering women.  He then scalps his victims and puts the trophies on mannequins, which he takes to bed with him at night.  Fun!  Hosted and curated by Keith Garcia & Theresa Mercado.  Tickets are $11.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 @ 7pm: Game Night at the Denver Bicycle Cafe

Bring your own games or play some of the ones available in-house.  Meet new people, get a little competitive.  $12 pitchers of select drafts.

Monday, June 2, 2014 @ 5 – 7:30pm: Beginning Knitting and Crochet at Denver Public Library (DPL) – Central

Every Monday night, DPL will accept walk-in students who’d like to learn how to knit or crochet.  Their teacher will host up to six beginning students in either discipline, first-come, first-served.  No materials, tools, nor registration needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return on successive Monday nights until they are capable of knitting/crocheting on their own.  FREE.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 @ 12:15pm: Brown Bag Mysteries – Storytime for Adults at the Denver Public Library (DPL) – Central

Grab some grub at Civic Center Eats or bring your own brown bag from home then join DPL for lunch and an adult storytime every Tuesday in the Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery, at the Central Library.  Each week, they’ll read some of the greatest short stories, old and new – stories of suspense, thrills, and dark humor.  Readings will begin at 12:15pm and will last approximately 30 minutes, so guests have time to enjoy their lunch and a story without taking too much time from their j-o-b.  Plus, Whole Foods Market will provide a variety of sweet desserts for each event.  Come break-up your day people!  FREE.

ZOMBIE Silver Ferox Design (6) copyTuesday, June 3, 2014, doors at 8pm, movie at 9pm: Cruel Summer Horror Film Series at Crash 45

Enjoy classic horror flicks under the stars on the patio of Crash 45, along with movie-themed drink specials, and fun souvenirs to take home!  All films start around 9pm, but come earlier for a seat and/or to order food.  This month’s film is Zombie (1979) – Strangers looking for a woman’s father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.  FREE.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 6pm: Evening Yoga at Denver Botanic Gardens

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.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 7pm: Chomp: BBQ at the Posner Center for International Development

Come celebrate BBQ weather with a vegan BBQ at this month’s Chomp!  For just an $8 – $10 donation, enjoy a heaping plate of delicious vegan food, based on the chosen monthly theme.  (This month’s menu will feature vegan bratwursts, veggie kabobs, jicama slaw, and jello cake!)  Feel free to BYOB.  This monthly community vegan dinner is open to all; you don’t need to be a card-carrying vegan to attend.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014  @ 7 – 9pm: Sunday School for Atheists at Buntport Theater

What is it that makes a liveable, affordable community – one where everyone, regardless of what they do for a living, the neighborhood they choose to live in, their age or race – can prosper and be happy?  Is Denver such a place?  And if not, why not?  And what are the concrete things do we need to do to organize and make our city that kind of place?  Come join the discussion!  FREE.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 8pm: Yeah Right! at the Beauty Bar

FREE comedy show, hosted by real life best friends, Nathan Lund and Kristin Rand!  This month they’ll be offering up to the laugh gods the comedic stylings of Troy WalkerShayna FermByron F. Graham, and Harrison Rains.  Come support best friendship…for FREE!

Thursday, June 5, 2014 @ 6 – 8pm: Nest Pop-Up Shop at Goldyn

Celebrate the opening of the Nest pop-up shop at Goldyn.  Shop Nest’s curated selection of whimsical children’s clothing and unique gifts.   It’s the perfect opportunity for moms and moms-to-be to pick up goodies for their little ones, and ideal for those who need to shop for gifts.  Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided.  FREE.