WEEKLY EVENTS: November 7, 2014 – November 13, 2014

10712817_10202696133350295_3724677836007557974_nDenver!  Last night I went to the Starz Denver Film Festival Kick-off Party at Cirro and it was gobs of fun.  In addition to boatloads of booze and hott people, SoundDown Party – Denver’s Silent Disco Company was also on-site, bringing the F-U-N.  If you’ve never tried a silent disco before, it basically makes you feel like when those crazy kids in Footloose are finally allowed to dance.  I highly recommend it.  (And my apologies to Cirro for completely destroying their [dance] floor.)  The night ended with late-night pizza from Cart Driver, which was also amazeballs.  Mamma mia, I heart you Denver #weedsauna

The cold is a comin’ people, so check the list below for fun stuffs to do around town and as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend, which includes Denver Arts Week and a Bluegrass Brunch at Station 26 Brewing.

Friday, November 7 – Sunday, November 9, 2014: Anniversary Weekend at the Hi-Dive

Although the party technically started last night, there are still beaucoup bands to see this weekend, including The Legendary River Drifters (reunion), Hollow Talk (reunion), Brainhammer (reunion), and Jermaine and the Sex Party.  Tickets are just $10 – $12 each night.

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 3 – 10pm: Grand Opening at Mockery Brewery

Before you hit up First Friday in RiNo, come check-out the neighborhood’s newest brewery – Mockery Brewery!  Mockery will open with 9 beers on tap: Blonde Ale, Peach Blonde Ale, Vanilla Bourbon Porter, Oaked Southern Hemisphere Ale, Rye Saison, Red Session IPA, Black IPA, Salted Scotch Ale, and a Pumpkin Ale.  Mestizos Food Truck will be on-site serving up some Mexican fusion, while Gamma Acosta will also be doing some live painting.

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 5pm: RiNo Epicurean Market at the Chocolate Crisis Center

Experience “art for the taste buds” in Denver’s RiNo Arts District.  The RiNo Epicurean Market is a foodie’s paradise, featuring local food vendors offering tasty products and special deals for the holidays.  Attendees will enjoy delicious samples, chocolate therapy, music, and complimentary cocktails.  Visit the site for more information.  FREE.

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 6 – 8pm: & at Share Denver

Cagney & Lacy, Peanut butter & Jelly, Gin & Tonic, Mine & Yours – Share Denver is celebrating their favorite combinations with a mixer night craft happening.  Bring your favorite mash-ups to share (Beer & Pretzels? Rice & Beans?) and bring a friend!  You’ll be making ampersand (&) marquee lights to decorate, take home, and display.  $10 gets you in the door and one ampersand kit.  BOOM.

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 6 – 9pm:The Way Fair at Converge Denver

The Way Fair is a First Friday art show and fundraiser benefiting The Wayfaring Band.  Modeled after the World’s Fair from days gone by, this family-friendly event will feature art, live music by Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, delicious barbecue, and adult bevvies.  With hands-on activities, dancing, and a bustling silent auction, the Way Fair promises to be an inclusive event that will delight the whole family.  The food, drink, and entertainment are FREE, but plan on spending some loot at the art sale and auction!

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 6 – 10pm: First Friday Art Walk at Cabal Enterprises

Fresh new work from Cabal Enterprises members Joshua Finley, Girr Patrick McGirr, Jesse Frazier, Mar Williams, Fanny Fitztightlee, and Vincent Charles, as well as Charly Fasano’s artwork from his new multimedia book, Retrospect/ed.  FREE.

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 6pm – 12am: Roots Beneath the Tree: One Night Only at The Bakery

Enjoy an evening of art, readings, live music, and FREE drinks!  This is a promo event for Sparrowtree‘s Synchronicity: Five Short Plays.  The night will include musical performances by The Silver Spaceman, Sisters of Sound, Carly Howard, and Open to the Hound; readings by Matthew Van Deventer, Maggie Craig, and Gina Tron; treats by New Rise Sourdough Bakery; a group art show; discount Synchronicity tickets; and FREE beer and wine to wash it all down.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 7pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: Comics Against Civility 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 Bear Quattlebaum, Matt Wayman, Jill Tasei, and Deacon Gray!  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.

997074_842601399104996_5304622163473937606_nFriday, November 7, 2014 @ 7pm: First Friday Party at Mid-Mod Mall

If you haven’t been, this place is essentially like a warehouse for retired sets of Mad Men – very cool!  Live music, art, drinks, and munchies.  Goes late; FREE.

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 8 – 10pm: Full Moon Women’s Meet-Up at The Craftsman & Apprentice

Meet-up with other women who think, make, and do for this monthly community get together.  Bring something to work on or don’t.  Drinks and food by donation or potluck.  FREE.

Friday, November 7, 2014, doors at 8pm, show at 9pm: OpenAir’s Third Year Celebration at the Oriental Theater

Help OpenAir commemorate their first three years as Colorado’s resource for new music with a night of live performances from Wheelchair Sports Camp, Other Black, Rubedo, and Keva.  Tickets are just 10 bucks #party

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 9pm – 2am: Lipgloss Flashback at the Beauty Bar

Beautiful babies of Denver, come dance it out at one of Denver’s favorite indie rock dance nights, featuring DJ Hollow and original Lipgloss co-founder DJ Tyler Jacobson.  It’s been five years since these two were at the Lipgloss helm; come party like you were five years younger.  And to sweeten your evening, they’ll also be handing out some tickets to see The Murder City Devils and Deltron 3030.  Only $5 for a whole lotta magic.  Life is short; go to Lipgloss.

Friday, November 7, 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, November 8 & Sunday November 9, 2014 @ 9am – 4pm: Paris Holiday Market at the Denver Central Library

This fourth annual Franco-inspired market gets bigger and better every year!  Experience the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the holidays in Paris.  Sample some amuse-bouches (French nibbles) while enjoying warm cider or a rich cup of coffee — all with a backdrop of Paris cafe music.  And start your holiday shopping early with great gifts from local creatives.  FREE.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 12 – 5pm: Beers & Speers at the Denver Beer Co.

Beers & Spears is back!  It was such a blast last time, The Real Dill and Denver Beer Co. are teaming up again to bring you this award-winning combination.  (Please note: this combination has never actually won an award.)  There will be $10 beer & pickle flights and a spicy pickle eating contest – winner takes home a DBC growler & a jar of pickles!

Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 12 – 11pm: One Year Anniversary Party at The Source

Come help The Source celebrate its one year anniversary with lots-o-activities, including music, DJs, raffles, free samples, demos, and DIY buttons!  FREE.  (And while you are in the hood, head across the street to Denver’s newest brewery, Mockery Brewery.)

Saturday, November 8, 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: The Great Pretenders!  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, November 8, 2014 @ 5 – 8pm: Second Saturday: Minerals + Gems at Studio Colfax

Presentation is everything, especially for the holidays.  Give every dish it’s deserved stage.  New original pottery by Thea and Lele Malferrari out of Boulder.  Studio Colfax’s co-owner Marguerite Specht will also be unveiling new work from vintage pearl pieces to stones for those November birthdays.  Plus!  The neighboring Cafe Max will be offering happy hour prices to support the event.  FREE.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 7pm: Saturday Evening Live w/ Anthony Crawford 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 Haley M. Driscoll, Aaron Urist, and Anthony Crawford.  $5 suggested donation with drink specials to make it extra festive.  Stick around afterwards for some karaoke, starting at 9pm.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 8pm & 10pm: Bike Smut 8 at Velowood Cyclery

Bike Smut is an international touring film festival, celebrating human-powered transportation and sex-positive culture.  Each year they ask the public to share their views on bikes and sex through the medium of film.  They then share these films in front of live audiences around the world.  These movies are inspired by the joy and liberation of sex and cycling!  Shows at 8pm & 10pm.  $8, BYOB, dance party to follow the screenings.  Haaaaaaaaay…

10350333_10152477173386733_9202516311874867546_nSunday, November 9, 2014 @ 10am – 2pm: Tennyson Tailgate with the Biscuit Bus at 4275 Tennyson Street

The news rings true!  The Atomic Cowboy will be opening a third location in the Highlands.  And to celebrate this milestone, they are hosting a biscuit bus tailgate before the Denver Broncos game on November 9th!  Bring the whole family and enjoy FREE biscuits, drinks, balloons, and face painting for the kiddos.  Score.

Sunday, November 9, 2014, pre-show at 11am, movie at 11:30am: Vampire Brunch: Only Lovers Left Alive at the Alamo Drafthouse

This Sunday, cure your weekend regrets with the Alamo’s Vampire Brunch, featuring Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.  This event features a vampire-inspired brunch menu (duh), 2-for-1 mimosas, and a special in-theater musical performance starting at 11am.  Tickets cost $12.50.  Vampire Brunch occurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 @ 1 – 3pm: Bingo Brunch at the Squeaky Bean

Forget about that embarrassing thing you did this weekend, by eating well and winning big at bingo!  Hosted by comedian Nathan Lund, you will be shame-free for at least 30+ minutes.

Monday, November 10, 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, November 10, 2014 @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: November DIY Networking Event at Share Denver

Please join Chapter Be and Share Denver for their November DIY Networking event…Do.Share.Be.  This event is for anyone and everyone who has started a small business or is in the beginning stages/exploring the idea of starting one.  Come meet others who are in the same position and learn from shared experiences.  There will be a DIY component of the night, so you can expect to leave with a piece of insipration.  Please RSVP for this event so the organizers know how many people to expect.  FREE.

Monday, November 10, 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, November 11, 2014, pizza buffet at 5:30pm, discussion at 6:30pmUptown Parking Discussion at Tony P’s

Parking is tough in Denver (compared to how it’s been in the past – not compared to other large urban areas). And, it’s not going to get any easier. Another 100,000 people will be moving into the area in the next 5 years and many people are choosing to live in vibrant urban environments with few parking spaces.Councilman Brooks will moderate a panel to talk about alternatives to driving and what is needed to help mitigate parking tensions in Uptown Denver.Car2Go, ZipCar, and eGo car share companies will waive their membership fees for everyone who signs up at the Nov 11 Neighborhood Assembly. They will also provide free minutes of driving.  Tony P’s is graciously providing a buffet for attendees.  RSVP here.

Tuesday, November 11, 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, November 12, 2014 @ 7 – 9pm: PeaceJam’s 6th Annual Hero Awards Celebration at the Denver Center for Performing Arts

The legacy of PeaceJam continues and you can support their amazing work by joining them for this exciting and inspiring evening.  This event will feature two Hero Award Honorees, Cleo Parker Robinson and Dennis Gallagher, and the Colorado premiere of Children of the Light.  Children of the Light is the first film to tell the life story of Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu, one of the fathers of modern-day South Africa.  $15 for general admission with additional ticketing options.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 8pm: Opening Night of the Starz Denver Film Festival at the Buell Theatre

Looking for a reason to rock that new dress?  Well come on out for the opening night of the Starz Denver Film Festival!  Opening film is 5 to 7, a movie that has already generated a fair amount of buzz.  Tickets start at $35 with options to include an after-party and dinner on Larimer Square.  If you’ve never been – this event is a Denver must!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 9pm: Teez Me Pleaze Me at the Beauty Bar

Come check-out the Beauty Bar’s new weekly, Teez Me Pleaze Me.  All the hits from the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and today!  From Prince to Little Dragon, from Madonna to Rhianna, from Cindy Lauper to Miley Cyrus  – all your guilty pleasures.  Baby it’s cold outside, so come get warm on the dance floor!  $15 martini/manicure all night long, $3 well drinks for ladies, plus buy any shot and get a free PBR!  No cover.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 6pm: The Mayor’s Design Awards at The Studio Loft

At a time when both commercial and residential development is booming, the Mayor’s Design Awards shine a light on work that not only meets the needs of the marketplace, but also adds to the rich and unique visual fabric of our city.  The award ceremony, which is FREE and open to the public, will begin at 6pm with a reception to follow.  No tickets are required; view the award categories here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 6:30pm: Yoga by the Barrels at the Infinite Monkey Theorem

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 with the registration fee).  Admission runs $20 – $25.  Please bring your own yoga mat.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 6:30pm: Hope & Thanks and the Unforgiving Literary Series at Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax

This event will feature readings from Dan Beachy-Quick, Carolina Ebeid, and Eric Baus.  Denver author Hanna Andrews is the organizer of this recently renewed series.  This event is FREE and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, November 13, 2014doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm: The Other Side Live at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

Come on out for a night of jokes and awkward conversation.  Kristin Rand, Elliot Woolsey, and Greg Baumhauer will be in the house, telling jokes, and recording a live podcast.  Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask questions and win prizes from Sexy Pizza and Sexpot Comedy.  FREE.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 10pm: Karaoke with DJ Rockstar Aaron at Barricuda’s

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