WEEKLY EVENTS: October 10, 2014 – October 16, 2014

pallet_up_cycle_2014Denver, this week there are activities for both you indoor and outdoor kids.  In-between the potential cleansing bouts of rain, take advantage of a Spanish language meet-up, indie rock dance parties, movie theater drinking games, cartoons with all-you-can-eat cereal, a free upcycled art fest, the waning days of farmers markets, art gallery chamber music, a civil rights mixtape event, 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, including the Fun’D Fest and a family-friendly Harvest Festival.

Friday, October 10, 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 this Friday night to have some drinks, roll your Rs, and make some new amigos.  Como se dice, “My cat’s breath smells like cat food”?  FREE.

Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 9pm: The Blue Rider and The Centennial (Secret Show) at Syntax Physic Opera

Surprise show this Friday, celebrating a lot of things.  The Centennial on first, with The Blue Rider (one of my favorite local bands) to close.  $7 at the door.  Kiss kiss.

Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 9pm – 2am: Lipgloss at the Beauty Bar

Beautiful babies of Denver, come dance it out at one of Denver’s favorite indie rock dance nights, featuring DJ HollowDJ Tower, and special guest, Fancy Matthew.  To sweeten your evening, they’ll also be handing out some tickets to see The New Pornographers, Sondre Lerche, Smallpools, Yelle, and The Presets.  Only $5 for a whole lotta magic.

Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 9pm – 2am: Durty Disco at the Deer Pile

Falcon Punch and Funk Hunk join forces with Mike Moses for an extraordinary night of heavy disco/funk!  A blend of original edits and selected favorites from the best in the game.  Vinyl sets will be scattered throughout the night by all.  Join them at this backdoor speakeasy above City O’ City to dance your ass off!  $5 suggested donation.

Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 9:30pm: Films on Tap: Jumanji at the SIE FilmCenter

You’ve played drinking games at home, now play them with the Denver Film Society!  They’ll 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, October 11 & Sunday, October 12, 2014: PalletFest at the Sculpture Park

Come join this Kickstarter-funded project, which takes the idea of “trash” and turns it on its head.  This family-friendly festival includes live music, a pallet maze, an upcycled fashion show, parkour demonstrations, art, food, beer, kids’ activities, and sustainable ideas for your home/garden.  FREE admission.  Saturday: 10am – 9pm; Sunday: 10am – 5pm.  Read more about this event here.

Saturday, October 11, 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 11, 2014 @ 10:30am: Cartoon Cereal Party: Halloween Edition at the Alamo Drafthouse

Don your creepiest PJs and plan for a sugar high as the Alamo Drafthouse presents two hours of ghoulish Saturday morning animation.  Your eyes will devour spectral superstars while your bones get rattled by special Halloween episodes of all of your favorite ‘80s and ‘90s animation obsessions!  Fun for all ages!  Tickets are just $10, and include all-you-can-eat cereal!

Saturday, October 11, 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 come enjoy live music from Kiel Grove, Anthony Ruptak, Poets Row, and Tyler Lee Holter.  RSVP now for a FREE beer.

10633267_10152717040058290_5311715261523157166_oSaturday, October 11, 2014 @ 1pm: Denver Broncos History at History Colorado

Prepare for orange Sunday a day early by learning about the Denver Broncos who formed the huddle before Peyton Manning came to town.  History Colorado’s Patrick Fraker takes fans on a journey through the museum’s Broncos collection, which includes Super Bowl memorabilia, historic programs, and Rocky Mountain News spreads.  Built, in part, from donations through the years, items include season ticket holders’ correspondence with players and rare Broncos promotional material.  Tickets are just $4 – $5.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 1pm & 3pm: Duck Duck Dupe at Buntport Theater

On the second Saturday of each month, Buntport presents you with three stories related to a theme.  This month’s theme is: Tripping the Light SNACKtastic!  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.)

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 1 – 7pm: Denver Handmade Homemade Market at the Denver Art Society

Come to the autumnal installment of the Denver Handmade Homemade Market (HAHO).  The Handmade Homemade Market (HAHO) is a place where you can find local, high-quality arts, crafts, food, and one-of-a-kind products made by your neighbors and friends here in Denver.  Event also includes live music and homemade food.  By creating a micro-business incubator that is warm, participatory and lively, the HAHO hopes to make a difference in a country of vast income inequality.  FREE.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 2 – 10pm: 2-Year Anniversary at Black Shirt Brewing Co.

That’s right folks, one of my favorite (if not my favorite) breweries in town is turning two!  Enjoy special beer tappings, BSB merch & beer giveaways every hour, live music from The Longest Day Of The Year from 8 – 9pm, Jessie’s Smokin’ NOLA Food Truck, and a two-year anniversary exclusive art print from TiredPirate.  Bring your friends, bring your kids, and bring your dog! #redale

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 7pm: Saturday Evening Live w/ Chris Charpentier at El Charrito 

Come check-out this new monthly showcase at the only 5-star dive-bar in Denver.  This month’s show includes funny funsters Corey Rhoads, Kristin Rand, and Chris Charpentier.  $5 suggested donation with drink specials to make it extra festive.  Stick around afterwards for some karaoke, starting at 9pm.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 7:30pm: 4th Annual Harvest Party at 3139 Larimer Street

After a summer of outdoor movies on the Tortilla Factory wall, it’s time to say goodbye to warm weather and hello to the cold.  Bring something from your garden, bring a blanket or a lawn chair and come enjoy an evening of music, food, and drink.  There will be fire pits going to keep warm and dreamy music to keep happy.  A suggested donation of $3 will benefit the musicians, but no one will be turned away (Bethlehem-style).  Musical lineup includes Joshua Novak, Kate Warner, and VooDoo Boyfriend.  Videography by Nathan Hall and Adam Stone.  Please RSVP if you can.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 8 – 9pm: Eat, Drink & BE _?__ at TheBigWonderful

A fireside chat with self-starters who have changed their careers and built a business in Denver’s food & beverage industry.  If you are in the process of, interested in, or thinking about starting your own food or beverage business, or you just like to hear stories about people within your community, then come learn how these individuals made the leap.  The talks will begin at 8pm, but feel free to come early and grab some food and drink beforehand.  Panelists include James and Sarah Howat of Former Future Brewing Company, Katharine Lee of Modern Gingham Preserves, and Patricia Chapman of Veree Chocolate.  The event is FREE, but please RSVP here.

Sunday, October 12, 2014, doors at 5pm, show at 5:30pmBaroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado at Leon

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is very excited to perform for the first time at Leon!  This concert is part of the Baroque Out of Bounds series, featuring musical explorations and conversation in inviting spaces.  The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado brings to audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries.  The orchestra has quickly established itself as a unique and vital presence in Colorado’s performing-arts scene, and was named Ensemble of the Year by the Denver Post.  Tickets are $20; $5 for students.


Baroque Back Mountain Orchestra

Monday, October 13, 2014, doors at 6pm, show at 7pm: Inspire! at the Bluebird Theater

Whether your child aspires to be a doctor, a professional athlete, or a Pulitzer Prize winner, pursuing a passion is key to a happy life.  Presented by the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative—which introduces youth to educational enrichment programs—this family-friendly event features inspiring visual presentations by five professional athletes.  Listen to presentations by pro-skiers Jess McMillan, Mike Douglas, Ingrid Backstrom, Chris Davenport, and Colorado’s own Chris Anthony.  Tickets start at $20.

Monday, October 13, 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 13, 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 14, 2014, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Greater Than Social Club at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret

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 Ian Douglas Terry and Stephen Agyei, music by Bud Bronson and the Good Timers and Dirty Few, with 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; all ages.

Tuesday, October 14, 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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 5:30 – 9pm: Collaboration Celebration at the Posner Center for International Development

The Posner Center for International Development has been open for one year and they’re throwing a Collaboration Celebration on October 15th to mark the occasion.  Join them for an open house-style evening, featuring stories of partnerships and impact between their tenants and members.  They’ll also provide food, drink, music, games, and an update on what’s to come for this dynamic organization.  Tickets start at $10.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 8pm: The Narrators at Buntport Theater

If you haven’t been to The Narrators before, it is pure gold.  It is 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 “Number 2”.  Admission is FREE, plus there is cheap can beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.

10511426_911217808908150_8647664032344255677_oThursday, October 16, 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 16, 2014 @ 5 – 9pm: Open House and Studio Party at Image Brew

What’s the point of moving into a new production space if there isn’t going to be a party?  Join Image Brew as they officially break in their brand new studio the Image Brew way – with brews and food.  Stop by after work to say hi, or come with your friends and stay a while.  RSVP to help them make sure they have enough beer and food for a great night.  FREE.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 5 – 9pm: BARE Trunk Show at Goldyn

You are cordially invited to Goldyn’s upcoming trunk show with BARE, a collection of artisan handbags and accessories based out of Denver.  Recently featured in Vogue Magazine, BARE brings together sustainable fashion, art, and innovative design.  Come meet the designers and artists behind BARE while shopping their collection.  This event is FREE and open to the public; complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 6 – 8pm: Intergenerational Show and Tell Mixtape: Civil Rights at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Since before our country was formed and up until this very moment, groups of people on this continent have been striving for civil rights: Native Americans, women, Chicanos, African-Americans, LGBTQ folks, youth, disabled individuals, immigrants, and others.  In fact, everyone is impacted by the struggle for civil rights.  This event will help share those stories.  Your mission (if you choose to accept it):  Help make the world’s largest musical mixtape!  1.  Pick a song or object that holds special meaning for you in regards to the theme.  2. Come share your stories and listen to the intergenerational panel sharing stories about their own song, object, and perspective.  FREE.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 10pm: Karaoke with DJ Rockstar Aaron at Barricuda’s

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