WEEKLY EVENTS: January 9, 2015 – January 15, 2015

10888758_10152959156185140_467626750797041744_nDenver!  We’ve been living in an icy tundra these past couple of days (except when it’s been a balmy 55 degrees).  You know, just your typical schizophrenic winter in the mile high.  Hope you’re staying warm and catching up on your mending.  But if you need to get out of the house, peep the below list of things to do.  And oh yeah, GO BRONCOS!

(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 the Industrial Design Show at DADA Art Bar and Swearfest at Quixote’s True Blue.)

Friday, January 9, 2015 @ 6 – 10pm: Art Opening at Cabal Enterprises

Featuring works from David Sands, Doug Spencer (of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake), and all Cabal members.  Sponsored by Sailor Jerry.  FREE.

Friday, January 9, 2015 @ 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, “Pass the tissues, we all got issues”?  FREE.

Friday, January 9, 2015 @ 8pm: Comedy Night at Chain Reaction Brewing Company

Local laughs + local brews.  Enjoy a plethora of comedy from Christie Buchele, Andy Sell, Brett Hiker, Kristin Rand and your headliner, Sam Tallent, along with 16 handcrafted brews.  Hosted by Steve Vanderploeg.  No cover!

Friday, January 9, 2015 @ 8pm: Pizza Time + Future Single Mom +IZE + Obtuse at the Lion’s Lair

Rock out with your TGIF out.  $6 cover includes a FREE Yo No Fui cassingle!

Friday, January 9, 2015 @ 9pm – 2am: Lipgloss at the Beauty Bar

Happy 2015!  Beautiful babies of Denver, come dance it out at one of Denver’s favorite indie rock dance nights, featuring hollow and DJ Tower.  To sweeten your evening, there will be $1 PBRs and $3 wells from 10 – 11pm.  Otherwise, it’s only $5 for a whole lotta magic.  Life is short; go to Lipgloss.

Friday, January 9, 2015 @ 9:30pm: Films on Tap: The Transporter 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, January 10, 2015 @ 1 – 3pm: Tinker Club at The Craftsman & Apprentice

Drop your child off to tinker the afternoon away.  Kids will have access to tools, materials, and art supplies to build and play to their little heart’s content while you get your errands done run.  Participants will learn the basics of tool safety and workshop etiquette under the supervision of a licensed art teacher and momma of two little makers.  Appropriate for ages 4+; kids ages 2 – 3 years may attend with an adult.  $25 per session.  Space is limited to 8 participants each week; pre-pay online to reserve your spot.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ 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: Bad Ideas!  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, January 10, 2015 @ 2 – 4pm: Art and Flow at the Freyja Project

Cultivate your creative spirit through yoga and art by making a portable intention card using watercolors and colored pencil in this workshop combining asana and artistry.   Registration costs $35 and includes all materials.  Just bring your own yoga mat.

Saturday, January 10, 2015  @ 3 – 7pm: EFFERVESCENT FOLK POETRY Release Party at 310 Elati Street

Start off 2015 brightly!  Come join artist Omar Rodriguez Lavandero as he celebrates the release of EFFERVESCENT FOLK POETRY.  There will be two sets of readings, along with original musical collaborations.  Appetizers, desserts, and refreshments will also be provided (donations accepted).  This event is FREE.

Saturday, January 10, 2015  @ 7pm: A Special Evening with Glowing House at Black Shirt Brewing Co.

Expect a completely rearranged taproom, floor-pillow seating, and a special Glowing House/BSB collaboration beer on tap.  For those who don’t know, Glowing House is a folk/rock band anchored by the local married duo Steve Varney and Jess Parsons.  Their beautiful original sound is often referred to as “hauntingly hopeful” and “enlighteningly sad”.  The collaboration beer is a blend of barrel-aged red ales, along with 6-year old Cab Franc and 7-year old Merlot.  The concert is FREE but seating will be limited so be sure to come in early to secure a spot.  This is a night not to miss!

Saturday, January 10, 2015, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Queerbots Improv at Hamburger Mary’s

Hardwired for improv and here to blow your circuits!  This sell-out comedy invasion is back for 2015.  Come on out for a wild night of unscripted comedy, with Denver’s only GLBT improv troupe.  Using your suggestions, they explore everything from gay marriage to parenthood, lesbian sports to queer movies.  Heck, they may even turn your life into a musical.  Tickets are $10.

Saturday, January 10, 2015, comedy at 7:30pm, karaoke at 9pm: Saturday Evening Live w/ Nathan Lund at El Charrito 

Dinner, drinks, comedy, and karaoke = best date ever.  Come check-out this new(ish) monthly showcase at Denver’s only 5-star dive-bar.  This month’s show includes funny people James Draper, Brett Hiker, and headliner, Nathan Lund.  Hosted by Timmi Lasley.  $5 suggested donation with dinner specials to make it extra nice.  Stick around afterwards for some karaoke, starting at 9pm.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ 8 – 11pmOne-Year Anniversary at Stem Ciders

It’s Saturday night and what better way to spend it than with cider and bluegrass?  Come help Stem Ciders celebrate their 1st anniversary with a FREE concert by Modern Whiskey Market and $1 off of all ciders!  Plus there are rumours of a new seasonal cider being released.  Yeehaw!

Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ 12am: Midnights at the 3 King’s Basement

Start mainlining those Red Bulls!  This new FREE comedy showcase takes place every Saturday at midnight in the basement of 3 King’s Tavern.  This week’s show will feature the likes of Stephen Agyei, Kristin Rand, Matt Wayman, Corey Rhoads, Preston Tompkins, and Jeff Albright!  Hosted by Eric Henderson and Cory Helie.

Sunday, January 11, 2015 @ 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.

Sunday, January 11, 2015doors at 1:30pm, game at 2:40pm: Broncos Playoff Game at The Oriental Theater

Looking for someplace to watch the game that isn’t a broed-out sports bar.  Well, come watch the Broncos take on the Colts on a giant screen at the Oriental Theater, while enjoying drink specials and free shots with every Broncos touchdown.  FREE.

Sunday, January 11, 2015 @ 5pm: Sunday Night Picture Show: Dumb & Dumber at Black Shirt Brewing Co.

What could be better than spending Sunday evenings this winter cozying up to watch a classic movie with a red ale in hand?  This week’s film is Dumb & Dumber.  Be sure to come early to secure a spot.  FREE.

Sunday, January 11, 2015 @ 7pm: The Church of Coen Presents: Blood Simple with Musical Selection by Nathaniel Rateliff at Syntax Physic Opera

Every month hosts Theresa Mercado and Ian O’Dougherty will be showing a moving picture by filmmakers Joel & Ethan Coen on the big screen (in order of theatrical release), preceded by a short musical selection performed by a local musician celebrating the magnificence, importance and variety of the music from that film.  This week’s inaugural show includes musical selections by Nathaniel Rateliff and a screening of Blood Simple.  Come share your zeal and fondness with other devotees!  FREE.


Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 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, January 12, 2015 @ 8 – 10pm: Open Mic Comedy at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

Open mic comedy hosted by Jeff M. Albright.  FREE comedy, FREE Sexy Pizza (while supplies last).

Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 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, January 13, 2015 @ 7:30pm: MLK Tribute Concert with the Colorado Symphony and Flobots at Boettcher Concert Hall

Now in its 25th year, this community concert recognizes individuals and organizations who embody King’s dream of equality, peace, service, and social justice.  New this year, the Colorado Symphony will be joined by Denver’s Flobots, a hip-hop ensemble that uses music as a tool to ignite awareness, action, and positive change.  This is a FREE community concert, but a ticket is required for admission.  Free community tickets available through the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library and the Colorado Symphony Box Office.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 @ 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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 @ 9pm: Drag Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s

Come on out every Tuesday night for OUTrageous Drag Bingo!  Your host Sasha Andrews and her weekly sidekick will have you in stitches all night long.  With tons of prizes, including gift certificates and a cake from Denver’s gayest baked goods store, Le Bakery Sensual, this is an event not to be missed!  The balls drop at 9pm so come early and get a seat as it tends to get busy.  Grand prize winner will receive bottle service for the following week’s bingo sponsored by ABSOLUT Vodka.  Haaaaaaaaay.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 @ 7:30am: Community Yoga at the Posner Center for International Development

Build strength, increase flexibility, and aid balance while draining tension and increasing vitality.  Expect to breathe deeply, move mindfully, focus and cultivate presence by connecting movement with breath.  These weekly classes are accessible and beneficial for beginners, as well as more advanced practitioners.  Be sure to bring a yoga mat!  $5 – $10 suggested donation strongly encouraged.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 @ 4 – 6pm: Communication for Global Social Change at the Posner Center for International Development

Interested in learning more about how communication affects global social change?  Join The Posner Center, and University of Denver’s (DU) International and Intercultural Communication (IIC) graduate program to have a dialogue about global communication, and to share information about Posner’s work and DU’s IIC program.  This event is FREE and open to the public; RSVP today.  (PS This is the program I graduated from and look at me now!)

10923774_10205820950141545_8230083312005373872_oWednesday, January 14, 2015 @ 7:30pm: The Reclamation of the Musical or How to Stop Worrying and Love the Dance at Cafe Max

Although musicals have been a permanent part of the lexicon since near the beginning of cinema, amongst film buffs and cinephiles the genre often gets generalized and left out in the cold.  In this new film series, participants will watch a wide variety of musicals from a few different countries, highlighting how the musical evolves to fit a culture’s needs at the time.  This week’s film is 8 Femmes.  Come early to take advantage of food and drink specials!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 @ 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, January 15, 2015 @ 4pm: New Brews on the Block at Lucky Pie LoDo

If you’ve not been able to keep up with the exploding beer scene here in Colorado, then this is the event for you!  New Brews On The Block is a 10-tap takeover, featuring Colorado’s best new breweries.  Pump up your Air Jordans, slip on your overalls, make your hair look ugly, and head down to Lucky Pie LoDo for a ‪craft beer-fueled flashback to the 90s.  Great grub, bangin’ ‪‎brews‬, and mad good music.  Prizes for the best dressed! #therightstuff

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 7 – 9pm: Hope & Thanks and the Unforgiving Literary Series at The Dikeou Collection

This event will feature readings from Ginger Ko, Reagan Louise, Danielle Pafunda, and Brandi Homan.  This event is FREE and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 8 – 10pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: The Wild Geese of Goosetown at the Goosetown Tavern

FREE monthly comedy show, featuring some of Denver’s best.  This month’s show includes Patrick Scott, Cody Spyker, Aaron Urist, Stephen Agyei, Jordan Doll and headliner, Kristin Rand!  FREE goodies will be provided by Twist & Shout and Sexy Pizza!

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 8pm: Cool Shit at the 3 King’s Basement

Cool Shit is the newest comedy drug that all the cool kids are doing (and that one kid’s dad).  This week’s show will feature Mara Wiles, Bobby Crane, Byron Graham and others in addition to headliner, Andrew Orvedahl.  FREE show, cash bar, cool shit.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 9pm: Motown Thursday at the Beauty Bar

Happy new year – now it’s time to dance!  This Thursday night, enjoy some Motown jams served up with chicken & waffles (free with a purchase of a drank) with DJs Maladjusted and Caramello.  No cover all night; $4 Breckenridge brews.