WEEKLY EVENTS: April 10, 2015 – April 16, 2015


Enjoy two pop-up events this weekend at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox!

Denver!  I just got back from a shoot in the Arizona desert.  I was interviewing a couple of Native American tribes about clean energy projects that they have created on their reservations.  It was an eye-opening and very humbling experience.

And now I am rushing to catch-up on this week’s events post.  Here is a smattering of stuff going on this week with more to be added!  Have fun and be safe, xoxo.

(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 Adam Cayton-Holland’s Album Release Party at the Hi-Dive, Feminism & Co. Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at the MCA Denver, and Gadgets & Gizmos Steampunk Dance Party at Tracks.)

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 4 – 7pm: CultureFest at Driscoll Ballroom – University of Denver

CultureFest is a DU tradition that celebrates the cultural diversity at the University of Denver through performances, food, videos, and interactive booths.  CultureFest is FREE and open to the public, and is a fun event for all ages.

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 6pm: Cut of Your Jib Release at Grandma’s House

Starting at 6pm, join the folks of Grandma’s House when they tap Cut of Your Jib, the first sake beer produced in Colorado!  Produced in collaboration with the sake party people from Gaijin 24886, this beer combines the crisp flavor and subdued hop presence of a Munich Helles and the light fruit and dryness of a ginjo sake.  They love the cut of this beer’s jib and they think you will too.

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 6pm – 12am: Friday Night Bazaar at 3530 Brighton Boulevard

From the folks that brought you TheBigWonderful comes the all-new Friday Night Bazaar.  And if you haven’t been, you are seriously missing out.  Imagine a festive farmhouse (at least that’s how it feels to me), filled with twinkling lights, delicious homemade food, craft beer and cocktails, artisan vendors, soulful music, swing dancing, and a food truck garden.  Come shop, sip, and eat.  No cover; great way to start your weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 6pm – 12am: 100 on 100 Art Show at Love Gallery

Music + food + art!  The 5th annual 100 on 100 event showcases 100 art pieces on the 100th day of the year.  This event also includes a pop-up ramen stand, runway hair show with Pangea Salon, music from DJ Jester, DJ Unison, Rocketsauce, Ian Cooke, and Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

Friday, April 10, 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, “Spring has sprung, bitches”?  FREE.

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 8pm: Lipgloss Pop-Up Party at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Be amongst the first to check-out one of Denver’s most intriguing new venues and enjoy Denver’s longest-running indie dance party, Lipgloss, at this thrilling one-time-only event.  Be amongst the first to christen Ophelia’s with your sexy dance moves.  No cover.

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 10pm: Films on Tap: They Live 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, April 11 & Sunday, April 12, 2015The Sugar Plum Bazaar at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Voted Best of Westword, the Sugar Plum Bazaar takes place in the heart of Denver at the McNichols Building.  Over 80 of the best local artisans and merchants will creatively display their wares in this beautiful historic building.  There will also be a full bar and food trucks on-site!  The event is handicap accessible and strollers are allowed.  Parking is recommended at the Denver Post building one block away at 1516 Cleveland Place for a $5 flat rate.  Bazaar is open on Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.  There is a $5 suggested donation, which will go to the Colorado Ballet.

Saturday, April 11, 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 Spring Fever!  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, April 11, 2015 @ 4 – 6pm: Billie Holiday Centennial Celebration at Union Station

Denver has its own tradition of jazz and Billie Holiday was once a part of it.  Along with many greats of her era, she performed in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood at The Rossonian Hotel.  This Saturday, come experience a Billie Holiday tribute led by Venus Cruz and some of Denver’s finest jazz musicians.   This once-in-a-lifetime event, set in the stately new public space of Denver Union Station’s Great Hall, will also deliver a few surprises.  This event corresponds with what would have been Holiday’s 100th birthday on April 7th.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 4 – 7pm: Ladies Spring Swap at the Deer Pile

Lovely ladies of Denver, come swap-out clothes, shoes, and accessories with your nearest and dearest friends (enemies are welcome too, as long as they have cool shit to swap).  FREE.

Saturday, April 11, 2015, comedy at 7:30pm, karaoke at 9pm: Saturday Evening Live w/Justine Moreno 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 Cody Spyker, Steve Vanderploeg, Joey Devine, and headliner, Justine Moreno.  Hosted by Timmi Lasley.  $5 suggested donation with drink specials all night.  Plus!  Stick around afterwards for some karaoke, starting at 9pm.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 8pm: Vegan Prom at the Mercury Cafe

Nooch | Vegan Market + Watercourse present the 4th annual Vegan Prom!  Featuring live music, cash bar, photos, raffles, vegan finger foods, DJ, dancing, dancing, and more dancing.  Music by The Gin Doctors and DJ Brian Polk.  Dressing nice is encouraged but not required.  Tickets are just $10 in advance; $15 the day of.  100% of the proceeds go to Peaceful Prairie Animal Sanctuary.  21+

10996442_814768631892524_7064485308130797094_oSaturday, April 11, 2015 @ 8pm: Mile High Soul Club Pop-Up Party at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Come celebrate one of Denver’s newest + sexiest venues!  Soul daddies Tyler Jacobson, Dogboy, and Steven Cervantes bring you the top selections of Northern soul, rhythm & blues, and funk!  No cover.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 12am: Midnights at the 3 King’s Tavern

Ever wake-up from a monster nap on a Saturday night and think, oh great now what?  This FREE comedy showcase takes place every Saturday at midnight in the basement of 3 King’s Tavern and delivers some of the best local talent that Denver has to offer.  Hosted by Eric Henderson and Cory Helie.  FREE.

Sunday, April 12, 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, April 12, 2015 @ 6pm: Game of Thrones Premiere Watch Party at the Armoury

Come on out for drink specials, raffle prizes, a Game of Thrones house band, and lots of other fun and surprises.  This event is FREE, but be sure to show-up early for a good seat!

Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 7pm: The Church of Coen Presents: Barton Fink w/ musical selection by Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart at Syntax Physic Opera

Every month, hosts Theresa Mercado and Ian O’Dougherty will be showing a film by Joel & Ethan Coen (in order of theatrical release), preceded by a short musical selection performed by a local musician celebrating the magnificence, importance, and variety of music from that film.  This week’s show includes musical selections by Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart and a screening of Barton Fink.  Come share your zeal and fondness for the brothers with other devotees.  FREE.

Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 6 – 7pm: Civic Center Moves at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Got a case of the Mondays?  A FREE all-levels vinyasa yoga class in a historic building may just be what the doctor ordered.  Open your heart, unlock your emotional hips, and get the blood moving through every fiber of your body as you mentally prepare for the rest of your week.  This class is held every Monday evening; please bring your own yoga mat.  FREE.

Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 7 – 10pm: Forbidden Bingo at Maloney’s Tavern

Come play Forbidden Bingo with DJ Rockstar Aaron and Rich every Monday night downtown.  Win prizes from Romantix, concert tickets, cupcakes, free drinks, bar tabs, and more.  $5 menu items, two-for-one drink specials, and FREE to play!

Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 7:30 – 9:30pm: The Return of Monday Music & Movie Trivia at the SIE FilmCenter

It’s back!  Bigger, better, and more horrifying than ever!  Well – it’s back anyway, and that’s a great thing, right?  Join the Denver Film Society this Monday with your host Ryan O. as he re-kindles this weekly gathering of challenging pop culture questions, boozy trivia, prizes galore, and other goofy antics!  Invite your friends; FREE.

Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 8 – 10pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: Open Mic Comedy Night at the Goosetown Tavern

FREE open mic comedy hosted by Jeff M. Albright in an all-new location.  This is also a Sexpot Comedy/Denver Relief show, which means FREE schwag.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Greater Than Social Club at 3 Kings Tavern

The Greater Than Social Club is THE place to be on the second Tuesday of every month.  Combining music and comedy in one of Denver’s coolest hoods, this event will make you straight-up pumped to be a Denverite.  This month’s line-up includes comedy by Matt Monroe and Timmy Lasley, music by Porlolo and Brent Coles of You Me & Apollo, and hosting services provided by Ian Douglas Terry.  Annnnnnnd, the entire show will be over by 10pm, so quit your hemming and hawing and just buy a ticket already, geez.  $6; all ages.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, doors at 5:30pm, program at 6pm: How to Become a Data Scientist at Galvanize

According to a recent report by McKinsey, the United States faces a shortage of 140,000 – 190,000 data scientists to manage the growing amount of data.  With an average starting salary of $114K, why wouldn’t you want to learn how to become a data scientist?  Attend tonight’s event to find out more.  This event is FREE but attendees are asked to RSVP.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 6 – 8pm: Tax Day Carnival at the McNichols Civic Center Building

This Tax Day, come celebrate/commiserate with the Warm Cookies of the Revolution!  Bring the whole family to see acrobats, escape artists, belly dancers, and circus freaks.   Also, get your face painted, eat some cotton candy and/or popcorn while learning a thing or two about taxation.  Why do we have taxes?  What sort of choices do we make when we pay them?  Learn about where local tax money goes, who makes those decisions, tax resistance, and take part in the “penny poll” to decide where our tax priorities should be.  And no tax carnival is complete without a live ice sculpture, I mean am I right?!?  This event is FREE and family-friendly.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 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 “The Flame″.  Admission is FREE, plus there is cheap can beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 9 – 10:30pm: 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 Zach Welch, James Draper, Chris Carlton, Aristotle Georgeson, Matt Monroe, and headliner, Nathan Lund!  Hooray!

a1425046814_2Thursday, April 16, 2015, reception at 6:30pm, movie at 7:30pm: DocNight: Hairy Who And The Chicago Imagists at the SIE FilmCenter

In the mid-1960s, the city of Chicago was an incubator for an iconoclastic group of young artists.  Collectively known as the Imagists, they participated in successive waves of exhibitions with monikers that might have been psychedelic rock bands of the era – Hairy Who, Nonplussed Some, False Image, Marriage Chicago Style.  This film brings to life the milieu of Chicago in the 1960s and also showcases the legacy of the Imagists’ work in contemporary art production today, from Jeff Koons to Chris Ware.  Producer Brian Ashby will be in attendance!   Free reception preceding the film at 6:30pm in Henderson’s Lounge.  Tickets run $12 – $15.

Thursday, April 16, 2015, doors @ 7:30pm, screenings @ 8pm: Emerging Filmmakers Project at the Bug Theatre

The Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP) has been showcasing the best of Denver’s indie film scene since 2002.  Held the third Thursday of every month and hosted by local filmmaker Patrick Sheridan, the EFP is a great place to screen your work, network with other creatives in town, and support your fellow indie filmmakers.  A spirited talkback with each filmmaker follows their movie where you, the audience, gets to tell the filmmaker exactly what you think of their work!  Peep the Facebook events page to view the line-up.  $5 admission includes free keg beer.  Cheers!

Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 8pm: My Teenage Angst at the Deer Pile

At my mother’s house in Springfield, PA, there are stacks of dusty journals, chronicling my journey of trying to “figure shit out” while growing up.  Since then, the world has become much more public and although I no longer keep a journal per say, I am compulsed to share what I am thinking at any given time via Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat/texting with friends.  Luckily there is an event that celebrates the old-fashioned way of processing the world around us, and it’s called My Teenage Angst.  Still have access to your old journals?  Email reader@myteenageangst.com to be a part of the show or just show-up and listen.  FREE (but bring some cash for cheap cans-o-beer).

Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 8pm: Cool Shit at the 3 King’s Tavern

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 a whole slew of local comics for your enjoyment.  FREE show, cash bar, cool shit.

Thursday, April 16, 2015, doors at 8pm, music at 9pm: Haiti Benefit at Syntax Physic Opera

After living in Haiti for two years following the earthquake of 2010, Wynn Walent relocated to Denver to raise his two adopted Haitian sons.  He still returns to Haiti every two months and works with St. Luke’s Hospital in Port au Prince.  Wynn recently released his latest record, With Friends from Here and There, which was recorded both in Brooklyn and Haiti.  The record is a benefit, with all donations going straight to St. Luke’s Hospital in Haiti.  To date it has raised more than $5,000.  Performances by Chris Rippey and Sound Rabbit will round-out this special evening.  This event costs $7 and all proceeds will go towards St. Luke’s.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 9pm: Motown Thursdays at the Goosetown Tavern

Party people of Denver!  Come dance it out with DJs Maladjusted and Caramello and special guest DJ Gabby Loks from LA at their new home at the Goosetown Tavern.  Kitchen open until midnight; drink specials all night.  No cover.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 10pm: Karaoke with DJ Rockstar Aaron at Barricuda’s

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