WEEKLY EVENTS: July 11, 2014 – July 17, 2014
Denver! I am feeling s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d. Work is cray; this summer is passing by at a breakneck speed; I am desperately in need of some blackout curtains for my bedroom; I keep finding myself making little mistakes here and there; and I feel like I have been neglecting friends and family because I can barely keep up with it all – SERENITY NOW!
OK. I feel a little bit better. This week there’s a lot on tap, including an out-of-town German biergarten festival, art openings, a Spanish-language meet-up, a rooftop party, a cinematic drinking game, the running/rolling of the bulls, open-air markets, outdoor movies, karaoke, winery yoga, and so much more!
(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend.)
Looking to get out of town, but not too far out of town? Check out this festive celebration featuring authentic German food, music, dancing, and beer in the beautiful setting of Morrison, Coloradical. Bring your friends, bring your kids, bring your new boyfriend’s kids – it’s a good time for all. The festival is happening Friday from 4- 10pm; Saturday 11am – 10pm; and Sunday 10am – 5pm. Cost runs $5 – $7 (with a $1 early bird special on Sunday from 10am – noon); kids under 12 are free. There will be three ATMS on-site, but feel free to bring cash to streamline the eating and drinking process.
Come on out to see some beautiful, weird, inspiring, pretty, and perhaps some intentionally not so pretty things. On July 11th, 2014 the leadership at Gildar Gallery will relinquish its curatorial responsibilities to Charlie James of Los Angeles-based Charlie James Gallery. This bloodless Takeover will result in an exhibition displaying objects created by a group of nine artists, exploring the idea of power. FREE.
Governor Jack is one of the longest running and most celebrated improv comedy and sketch comedy groups in Denver. They were twice featured at the Del Close Marathon (NYC) and were selected to be profiled in the Upright Citizens Brigade’s feature length documentary. Each month, the performers of Governor Jack interview a nationally renowned improviser live on stage and create hilarious improvised scenes based off their responses. This month’s show features Anne Lane, repping the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (LA) and The Wait List. Tickets run $8 – $10; full bar, no drink minimum.
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 this Friday night to have some drinks, roll your Rs, and make some new amigos. Como se dice, “Pants off, dance off”? FREE.
Tonight’s museum rooftop party includes live music from Erin Roberts with Adam Baumeister and some of the sweetest views in town. If you haven’t been to this rooftop yet, you seriously need to change that – NOW! It’s a summertime must. $5 admission.
You’ve played drinking games at home, now play them with the Denver Film Society! They give you the rules and thanks to Breckenridge Brewery, the first 50 guests get their first drink on the house! Drink specials run all night long, with a bar in the theater so you won’t miss a second of the movie (thank god). Tickets run $7 – $10. Please drink and watch responsibly; only guests 21 and over will be allowed to attend Films on Tap screenings.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 9am: 4th Annual Highland Running of the Bulls
Inspired by the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain come check-out the 4th Annual Highland Running of the Bulls, where you will attempt to outrun members of the Rocky Mountain RollerGirls team wielding whiffle ball bats. It will be a day of celebration for those who are able to escape the onslaught of the Rocky Mountain RollerGirls, and the event will raise money for Tennyson Center for Children, whose aim is to “work with children, youth, and their families to overcome a variety of life crises, including abuse and neglect.” Be sure to dress in all white and wear a red accent, just like they do in Pamplona. Post-race festivities will include music, food, drinks, dancing, and general celebration. Registration is $40. Peep last year’s video here.
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.
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, grassfed tenderloins, and artisanal bread. Free parking is available on the top levels of the Larimer Square Garage (14th and Market Streets) during market hours to the first 40 Le Jardin Secret customers. Customers must ask for a validation pass from the Mile High Business Alliance representative at the Le Jardin Secret welcome booth. FREE.
This Saturday, find the time to come celebrate the launch of TheBigWonderful. This FREE weekly community festival is focused on local tastes from vendors like Moontower Tacos and East Coast Joe’s Food Truck, craft beverages from partners like Great Divide Brewing Co. and Breckenridge Distillery, and great music provided by Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. Plus, check-out this cool pop-up bar! Admission is FREE and it’s the perfect place to try new flavors with family and friends. Music will be happening from noon to dusk.
The Dikeou Family Workshops are a great way for people of all ages to learn more about contemporary art and experiment with new creative processes. This month’s workshop will focus on British artist Sarah Staton’s anti-paintings and gauche studies. Staton’s canvas for “Endless Column (apple core)” is not white, but rather dark blue denim where she uses bleach to remove the dye from the canvas. This is how she creates her “anti-paintings.” In this month’s workshop, participants will create their own anti-paintings not with bleach, but with stencils and paper cut-outs, which will be painted over to create areas of negative space. This workshop is FREE to attend and no RSVP is required; drop-in any time to participate. Light refreshments will be provided.
This Saturday, the fashionistas of Goldyn will be bringing a unique shopping experience to LoHi, this time via the Blackbird and the Snow trunk show. Blackbird and the Snow fine jewelry is an ode to the natural world; the pieces express a connection to the wilderness and a desire to immortalize elements – birds, insects, wings, stars, moons – that serve as the living, elemental poetry of our world. The use of recycled metal and ethically sourced stones puts this environmentally focused philosophy into action.
Come on out for Buntport’s all-ages original Greek myth comedy! Dive into the twists and transformations of 3 Greek myths: Arachne and Athena, Argus and Io, Echo and Narcissus. These myths come to you live, with comedy and rivalry intact. This production is as shape-changing as the myths it depicts, glorying in the sparking relationships among mortals, beasts, and their gods. Tickets cost $10.
Y’all Scream presents a community event, centered around homemade cream soda and grapefruit soft serve at Our Mutual Friend; floats cost $5 with a $1 going towards the RiNo Arts District. Come talk community and meet some peeps!
Enjoy food catered from the Protein Bar from 6:30 – 8:30pm, followed by a screening of Zoolander on the big screen at 8:30pm. Feel free to bring drinks, blankets, chairs, pillows, and friends! FREE.
Family-friendly screening of Monsters University in the downtown Skyline Park. Bring your own blankets, picnics, and drinks. FREE.
OhHeckYeah has transformed the Denver Theatre District into a first-of-its-kind immersive street arcade. Join them on the street to play CATCHY, BIG BLUE’S HOOD SLAM and TINKER BOT – all original OhHeckYeah video games. PLUS this Saturday evening, the CU Denver Mobile Device Ensemble, a group of four students plus director Todd Reid, will lay down a mix of electronica, experimental vibes and edgy dance grooves to keep you moving through OhHeckYeah’s arcade. FREE.
Too hot to eat? Well the Nectar House is pulling out all the stops this Sunday at their raw vegan brunch. Come check-out this unique full-service cafe and elixir bar, specializing in day to night nourishment and vitality, located in Kindness Yoga on South Broadway. Peep this week’s brunch menu here – yum!
Sunday, July 13, 2014 @ 7pm: SummerTunes on the Plaza: Trout Steak Revival on the Creek at Fillmore Plaza
Swallow Hill Music presents the Emmy award winning band Trout Steak Revival. Touted as hard-driving bluegrass inspired mountain music, Trout Steak Revival just won the band competition at the 41st annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The five-member band’s sound has been heard at music festivals throughout Colorado, and outdoor concerts at the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum. Beverages and snacks will be sold on the Plaza. FREE.
Enjoy great music and comedy, while helping to help support the Nix Bros Films 48 Hour Film Project team raise funds by buying a raffle ticket for some awesome giveaways. Comedy by Andrew Orvedahl, Nathan Lund, and Kristin Rand. Music by Varlet and Total Ghost. Party party party party. Tickets cost just $8.
Every Monday, the Interstate will try their take on classic game shows. Come down and play for a chance to win drinks, food, prizes, and fame! This week features the game Family Feud! FREE.
Have some crafty ish you’ve been having some difficulty carving out time for? Well that bikini ain’t going to crochet itself. Stop by Fancy Tiger this Tuesday (and any other Tuesday for that matter) to give yourself some hard-to-come-by me time and get your craft on friend. FREE to the public; music and inspiration provided to boot.
The Great Debate pits teams of non-experts head-to-head, toe-to-toe, and often dumb-to-dumber in lively debates of the inconsequential. Mundane topics are brought to life by ordinary, but opinionated folks. You’re bound to be a flip-flopper after listening to compelling arguments on things that never mattered. This month’s theme? Mermaids vs. Red Lobster, featuring star debaters Josh Blue, Hannah Duggan, Tim Messenger, Adam Mordecai, Kristin Rand, Lisa Rimmert, Evan Weissman, and Jordan Wieleba. Box office opens at 7:30pm, and the feud starts at 8pm. $5 – $8, depending on your luck, or reserve your spot ahead of time.
This hipster-flavored market features organic produce, flowers, local wares, live music, and food trucks. Come celebrate their second year, which features even MORE vendors than last. Held on the lawn of the South Broadway Christian Church at 23 Lincoln Street.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 7pm: Sci-Fi Film Series: Journey to the Center of the Earth 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 classic film, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Tickets run $12 – $15.
Public Coffee, a mobile coffee organization that looks to use coffee to facilitate meaningful conversation, will be at the Posner Center for International Development every Thursday throughout the summer. They use a pay-what-you-can and pay-it-forward system, so perhaps you could even pay for a new friend to have a cup with you and start some great conversation!
Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 6 – 9pm: The Printed Square: International Fashion Scarves Dressing Up a War at the McNichols Civic Center Building
Come check-out a special reception with the collectors and lenders to the exhibition, The Printed Square: International Fashion Scarves Dressing Up a War. The exhibition includes more than 40 fashion scarves designed by international artists and manufactured by the renowned and innovative Ascher Company of London during World War II. Refreshments include unique food and wine pairings with wines provided by Infinite Monkey Theorem. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Balance on your mat, then get tipsy at the bar. Every first and third Thursday of each month, The Yoga Mat will be hosting an hour-long yoga class surrounded by wine barrels and vino at the Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery. Following the class, they’ll move the party into the Wine Lab for a glass of wine (included in the ticket price). Tickets are $20 if purchased online, or $25 cash at the door. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Karaoke madness featuring all of your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s. FREE.