WEEKLY EVENTS: October 3, 2014 – October 9, 2014

10696229_10152461702132620_7090761635514292091_nDenver!  Unless you’ve been living under a rock (shout-out to all my subterranean readers!), you probs know that the Great American Beer Festival is happening in town this weekend.  And you’re either going or you’re not.  (I’ll be there Saturday – pretzel necklace deep in saison, y’all!)  But the good news is that even if you are not attending the official event at the Colorado Convention Center, you can still partake in the beery goodness all around town, through a number of beer brunches, beer dinners, special tappings, tap takeovers, and even beer yoga.  To peep the latest happenings, check-out this comprehensive list of events from the nice folks at PorchDrinking.com.

And if hops and yeast ain’t quite your thang, make a point to check out the Reimagine Your Downtown event that is happening today and tomorrow.  During this event, downtown parks will turn into dance studios, parking lots to works of art, and alleyways into gathering places.  Denverites and visitors alike are invited to experience pop-up events throughout the downtown area and it is free for all ages to enjoy.  Sweet.

And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend, including The Launch by Chimney Choir, the Gay vs Straight Improv Comedy Show and the Pumpkin Harvest Festival.

Friday, October 3, 2014 @ 12 – 5pm: Kenny Lagers Yacht Rock Recovery Day at The BSide Denver

OK, this event wins for its name.  And its concept.  The BSide Denver and New Belgium Brewing Company will be hosting a lagers only, fried chicken fueled, yacht rockin’ afternoon jammy jam.  Highway to the PARTY ZONE.  They will be making custom Kenny Lagers hats and games will be aplenty.  Put on your Sperry Topsiders, slacks with anchors and crabs on them, tie a sweater around your neck, and get ready to be serenaded by the soothing sounds of Christopher Cross.

Friday, October 3, 2014 @ 2:20pm, 4:50pm, 7:20pm, and 9:50pm: 20,000 Days on Earth at the SIE FilmCenter

Calling all Nick Cave fans: Today marks the opening day of 20,000 Days On Earth!  This film is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity, featuring musician and cultural icon Nick Cave.  Fusing drama and reality by weaving the journey of a fictional day in Cave’s life, the film is an intimate portrayal of the artistic process.  The film made its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded both Best Directing and Best Editing awards in the World Cinema Documentary category.  Tickets are $7 – $10.

Friday, October 3, 2014 @ 4 – 10pm: Beers on Blake at Beryl’s Beer Co.

Beryl’s Beer Co. is celebrating the best beer week in Colorado with their neighbors at Smirk!  They’ll have ping-pong and corn hole tournaments with awesome prizes, amazing food from Buck Creek BBQ, beer specials, and a Colorado Beer tee-shirt sale!  Come partake at one of my favorite new breweries and celebrate Denver’s great beer culture.

Friday, October 3, 2014 @ 6 – 9pm: Ian Cochrane Opening at City Salon

Labels are confining, but if one is needed then “abstract illusionism” best captures the essence of Cochrane’s work.  He favors a bold palette.  His works are not planned, rather they are guided by intuition, as if the product of a zen-like meditation.  His pieces engage the viewer; they invite participation – to solve the puzzle, to imagine and to discover.  His works invoke a sense of cloud gazing; everyone sees something different.  His art has been displayed both in Colorado and abroad.  Drinks + 3-D glasses provided!  FREE.

Friday, October 3, 2014 @ 6 – 9pm: Fall Is Here, Let’s Get Weird at Fancy Tiger Clothing

Come prepare for Fall with the nice folks at Fancy Tiger Clothing during their late night First Friday shopping event.  They’ve also invited the DJs from Denver’s newest dance party collaboration, Weird Touch, to curate the soundtrack for the evening and make it weird.  Beverages will be available from Breckenridge Brewery and Pabst Blue Ribbon to ease you into the shopping experience.  FREE.

Friday, October 3, 2014, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Open Music Sessions with Dirty Few at Denver Open Media (DOM)

This First Friday visit YOUR community access television station for a live studio performance by Denver’s regurgitating darlings, Dirty Few.  Additionally, there will be FREE food from Illegal Pete’s and cheap drinks.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

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The Blue Rider wants to party with you

Friday, October 3, 2014 @ 7pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: Comics Against Civility Round 3 at the Armoury

Listen up!  If you are a fan of Cards Against Humanity, then this is a show for you.  This week’s contestants include Carey Denise, Matt Monroe, Brian Hocker, and Hippieman.  Comics will be playing for a spot in the finals, where the title of Denver’s Least Civil Comedian will be bestowed.  Audience members win prizes by submitting questions that the contestants will answer during the show.  Prizes this week include free Sexy Pizza gift cards, 420 prizes (with a 21+ ID), free drinks, awful literature, and more!  Doors open at 7pm; YOU MUST ARRIVE EARLY TO WIN PRIZES!  FREE.

Friday, October 3, 2014doors at 9pm, show at 10pm: Hi-Dive Beer Party 2 at the Hi-Dive

Hey Denver, the Hi-Dive Beer Party is back for another round.  This year they will have Perennial Artisan Ales in the house, along with music from The Blue Rider and Bud Bronson & The Good Timers.  Tickets are just $5; memories are 4-eva.

Friday, October 3, 2014 @ 10pm: Guilty Pleasures at Sputnik

Denver!  You’ve already hit up a handful of First Friday events and are just buzzed up enough to start dancing…now what?  Cue Guilty Pleasures – a party dedicated to cheesy awesome dance jams, which is one of my personal favorites.  When in doubt, grind it out.  $5 suggested donation.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 9am – 1pm: Highland Farmers Market on Boulder Street, between 15th and 16th Streets

Looking for an open-hearted, neighborly farmer’s market with a friendly atmosphere and a variety of vendors and activities?  Look no further than the Highland Farmer’s Market!  Marking its sixth year, this market offers local, fresh farm produce, preserved and ready-made foods, baked goods, cheeses, gourmet oils and magnificent, garden-fresh cut flowers.  Not to mention, a mimosa garden and an exceptional mix of merchants lining the street!   The ideal place to grab a bite, or get encouraged to whip up a new recipe, listen to live music, participate in children’s activities, and unite with the community.  Bring your own bag(s) if possible!  FREE.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 9am – 4pm: Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market at 4345 West 46th Avenue

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.  FREE admission.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 11am – dusk: TheBigWonderful at Sustainability Park

This Saturday, find the time to come celebrate the TheBigWonderful, Denver’s newest pop-up food festival/farmers market/craft beer tasting/urban farm.  This weekly community festival is focused on local tastes, local beers/booze (check-out this cool pop-up bar!), and local music.  Admission is FREE and it’s the perfect place to try new flavors with family and friends.  Plus!  This week they will be partaking in the GABF festivities with a Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project tap takeover and live music from DeadPhish Orchestra and Thunder and Rain.  RSVP now for a FREE beer.

Saturday, October 4, 2014, spaghetti dinner at 7pm, show at 8pm: Chuck Roy’s Spaghetti Western Comedy Show at Jake’s Food & Spirits

“The Spaghetti Western Comedy Show is unlike any other comedy show running in town,” says local standup Jordan Wieleba, who also narrates the show in fine radio-play fashion. I n the starring role of cowboy comedian Bear, Ben Roy heads up a regular cast of quick-draw joke slingers that includes Mona Lott, Bradley Haltom and Jill Tasei.  This month’s episode, “The Ghost Killers at Cheesman Park,” also features October special guest star Timmi Lasley.   “You have stand-up comedians doing a live, half-scripted, half-improv, old-timey radio show with an Old West theme, and every month you still don’t know what you’re going to get,” Wieleba explains.  “It’s always a fun show with some great comedic talent.  And there are cap guns!”  Tickets for the comedy/radio theater show are $10, with a 2-drink minimum.  If you are hungry, come at 7pm for a spaghetti dinner too.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 9pm: Mile High Soul Club at the Beauty Bar 

Soul daddies Tyler Jacobson, Dogboy, and Steven Cervantes bring you the top selections of Northern soul, rhythm & blues, and funk!  Doors at 9pm; free before 10pm, $3 after.  Free parking at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington Street.

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The McNichols Civic Center Building: Your newest yoga hot spot

Sunday, October 5, 2014 @ 4:30pm: Pay 2 Play at the Mercury Cafe

Pay 2 Play follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury — through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation.  Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make.  Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.  Come on out for the Colorado premiere of this film.  $5 suggested donation, but no one turned away.

Monday, October 6, 2014 @ 11am – 11pm: Social Justic BOGO Pizza at Pizza Fusion

Recover from your weekend at Pizza Fusion by buying any size pizza and getting a pizza of equal or lesser value for FREE!  Free rhymes with me!  Pizza Fusion offers a wide-selection of omnivorous, vegetarian, and vegan options untainted by artificial additives, preservatives, growth hormones, pesticides, nitrates and trans fats.  Additionally, you’ll be supporting this big-hearted restaurant, which also serves as a job training site for transitioning homeless individuals.

Monday, October 6, 2014 @ 6 – 7pm: Civic Center Moves at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Move, sweat, and loosen up to an all-levels vinyasa yoga class that is sequenced to open your bold heart, unlock your emotional hips, and get your blood moving through every fiber of your body.  At the end of class, wind down and relax with soothing stretches and a moment of quiet reflection.  Please bring your own yoga mat.  FREE.

Monday, October 6, 2014 @ 9pm: Manic Monday Mary-oke at Hamburger Mary’s

Is your Monday night your weekend?  Well then come check-out Manic Mondays Mary-oke 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!)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: October DIY Networking Event at Share Denver

Please join Chapter Be and Share Denver for their October DIY Networking event…Do.Share.Be.  This event is for anyone who has started a small business or is in the beginning stages/exploring the idea of starting a small business.  Come meet others who are in the same position and share what you are doing.  There will be a DIY component of the night, so you can expect to leave with a product to help you along the road to success.  Please RSVP for this event so the organizers know how many people to anticipate.  FREE.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, doors at 7pm, movie at 8pm: Cruel Autumn Horror Film Series at Crash 45

Enjoy classic horror flicks inside the bike-themed interior of Crash 45, along with movie-themed drink specials and fun souvenirs to take home!  All films start around 7pm, but come earlier for a seat and/or to order food.  This month’s film is The Fly (1986) – A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.  Truth: This is by far one of my favorite movies from childhood.  FREE.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 @ 9pm: Mark Star Karaoke at the Beauty Bar

Mark Star Karaoke may just be the funnest karaoke in town.  Plus with $2 Olympia beer, $2 tequila, and free tacos from Mezcal starting at 10pm, how could you say no?  FREE; happens every Tuesday.

79-elgWednesday, October 8, 2014 @ 8pm: Channel Z Presents: Fright Night at the Alamo Drafthouse

This Wednesday, Channel Z will be presenting Fright Night (1985) at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver.  In this classic film, a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, but no one will believe him.  Zoinks!  Hosted and curated by Keith Garcia & Theresa Mercado.  Plus!  Enjoy the reduced ticket price of $7.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 11am – 2pm: Public Coffee Dialogues at the Posner Center for International Development

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, October 9, 2014 @ 3 – 6pm: Horse Barn Farmers Market at the Posner Center for International Development

Join Denver Urban Gardens for their Horse Barn Farmers Market!  Featuring produce sourced from local farms such as DeLaney Community Farm and The Growhaus, they are excited to offer a selection of fresh, local produce.   The market is able to accept credit cards, cash, and SNAP benefits, as well as offer double value SNAP benefits, where $1 of SNAP equals $2 of vegetables and fruits.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, doors at 8:30pm, show at 9:30pm: Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz, and Accordion Crimes at the Hi-Dive

Party party party.  The weekend starts NOW.  Tickets are just $12 – 15.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 10pm: Karaoke with DJ Rockstar Aaron at Barricuda’s

Karaoke madness featuring all of your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s.  FREE.