WEEKLY EVENTS: June 26, 2015 – July 2, 2015
Although I hate to leave ya, I am definitely looking forward to unplugging for a few days, enjoying some drinks (read: 47), and existing solely on island time (or at least on peninsula time).
But I leave you in good hands! The hands of our fair city. So get out there and enjoy yourselves and let’s swap stories when I get back (with an awkward sunburn, I am guessing). XOXO.
(In addition to the events below, be sure to check-out the Denver Zine Fest, the South Platte RiverFest and the Cherry Blossom Festival. And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend.)
B-Side Music Fridays is a live music series where guests can enjoy an intimate performance by Denver’s top indie musicians while sipping on crafted cocktails and taking in some of the sweetest views in town. Tonight’s performers are The Horse Latitudes and Dugout Canoe. Happy hour from 5 – 7pm; live performances from 6 – 8pm. Free for MCA members; $5 for regular people.
If you are a fan of TED talks, the Discovery Channel, Wikipedia binges, and drinking alcohol, Nerd Nite is the show for you! And this month, Nerd Nite is turning one! In this extra celebratory show, they’ll take a closer look at Schrödinger, horned dinosaurs will reveal their secrets, and financial concepts will add a new dimension to the economics of exercise. Plus, a special treat! Renowned nerd rock band, H2Awesome!, will be in the house to ROCK. YOUR. FACE. OFF. This show is also a double feature with the sometimes shocking local comedy competition, Uncalled Four, starting at 9pm. Get a discount on BOTH shows when you buy your tickets online in advance.
All films are shown on the lawn in front of the theatre. Gate opens at 7pm with live music and the film starts at 8:30pm. Sandwiches for purchase provided by Heidi’s Deli. Admission is $5/person suggested donation and children 6 and under are free. This event is rain or shine so dress accordingly.
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 7:30pm & 10pm: Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation at the SIE FilmCenter
One night only! Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation returns to Denver with a brand new 2015 lineup of monocle spinning and grossed out toons, ready to blow your mind. Featured this year are over 20 films from 7 different countries, boiled down from over 500 submissions. These are not your cutesy fairy tale cartoons and definitely not for the faint of heart. Featured are zombie claymations from Japan, banned European public service announcements, Australian music videos featuring baboons taking over a city, and so much more. Free your mind! Tickets for this film run $7 – $11.
This season’s Flea will take place in a parking garage of awesomeness. In addition to 200+ vendors, cocktails, a signature beer, and a whole slew of food trucks, new features include live music on the rooftop, corn hole and ping-pong tournaments, a VW test track, pop-up lounges, and FREE rooftop yoga on Sunday. RSVP in advance for a FREE brew and a chance to win a New Belgium cruiser bike. This event is FREE.
Le Jardin Secret is not your average summer market. At this French-inspired chefs’ market, foodies can shop for dairy, meat, bread, produce, and other goods – all with a mimosa in hand. Free parking is available on the top levels of the Larimer Square Garage (14th and Market Streets) during market hours to the first 40 customers. Customers must ask for a validation pass from the Mile High Business Alliance representative at the Le Jardin Secret welcome booth. FREE.
A community celebration of bikes! BikeLove is a free, all-ages outdoor festival in the heart of Denver that seeks to bring together the people, organizations, and businesses that make Denver a great cycling community. Attendees can enjoy bike performers, bike art, free clinics, gourmet food, craft beer, and more! Attendees are encouraged to ride bikes to the event, as there will be both bike valet and self-park. FREE.
It’s back! TheBigWonderful returns to bring you another season of live music, local food, craft beer + cocktails, beach volleyball, yard games, and even a play areas for the kiddos. And this year, it is bigger and better! Admission is FREE and it’s the perfect place to meet-up with friends/family for a casually fun Saturday. And this week, take part in TheBigWonderful cornhole tournament! View details here.
Ratio Beerworks is excited to announce the release of their new summer seasonal, a Strawberry Berliner Weisse named New Wave, along with the official unveiling of their new 4,000-square foot patio, which includes custom tables, games, and landscaping. Live music will be provided by Andy Thomas and Scooter James in the late afternoon + Matt’s Snack Shack will be out front serving up the wings, grilled cheese, and more! No cover.
Get funky on the last Saturday of each month at Grandma’s House, with your host Mara Wiles. This month, enjoy the cracked-out comedic stylings of Steve Vanderploeg, Cody Spyker, Ben Bryant, and Janae Burris. Euro Crepes will be serving up the grub and DJ Couch will be providing the beats – all whilst the sun is still out. Come get some! No cover.
Ice cream, live music, dance lessons, and you. Tonight’s live music will be provided by Odessa Rose. Free swing dance lesson at 7pm for those who wish to learn the basic steps; no partner or experience required. FREE.
Family-friendly screening of Hook in downtown’s Skyline Park. Come early to snag the best seats and to enjoy some musical entertainment before the screening. Bring your own blankets, picnics, and drinks. FREE.
What is Crush City? Each month, comedians Aaron Urist and Jordan Doll assemble an A-Team of comedic superheroes, visionaries, madmen, and crushers from Denver and beyond, to create a magical night of stand-up perfection and comedic destruction. The second episode in this series features Zach Reinert, Scott Losse, Christie Buchele, Sam Tallent, Andy Sandford, and David Gborie. Tickets are $7 at the door.
Ditch the limelight, forego the scene, and explore the delightfully dimly lit corners of your city. Weird Touch is a new(ish) all-vinyl dance party collaboration offering an eclectic, yet cohesive mix of darkly tinged nu-disco, indie dance, and weird house. With DJs Fancy Matthew and Tyler Snow, it’s only $5 to dance dance dance. Read more about this event here!
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.
Do your best college-freshman-on-the-weekend impersonation and stumble on down to the Infinite Monkey Theorem for a pop-up brunch, featuring Masterpiece Deli. Two words: Breakfast. Sammy. More info on this event here.
Around the world, cities are temporarily closing busy streets to vehicles for a day of free, healthy activities that promote community. Meet in the Street is a program launched by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District that encourages people to get outside, walk, bike, eat, and enjoy the 16th Street Mall in a new and different way. This month’s event will feature live music, art, expanded patio seating, and a whole slew of activities for kids. View the schedule here. FREE.
Come join this urban beach party, which features 10,000 square feet of sand, a giant swimming pool, music, drink specials, vendors, and awesome schwag. No cover; all-day bloody mary bar + $7 bottomless mimosas from 12 – 2pm. Get your vitamin C on, son!
Sample some cheese and meet the new baby goats at this animal rescue farm, located just 15-minutes from downtown Denver. A little cheese, a lot of goats, and tons of love. FREE. [This event is contingent upon the weather, so do check the link for updates.]
FREE comedy show on the last Sunday of every month, featuring local and national talent in the coolest comedy club you’ve probably ever been to. Pick-up a FREE Sexy Pizza slice card on your way out and end your night with some delicious East Coast-style pizza. This month’s comics include Adam Newman, Andy Sandford, David Gborie, and Scott Losse. Hosting services provided by Matt Monroe. Plus, enjoy FREE street parking on Sundays!
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!
One night only! 1,200 feature films were made in Germany’s Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these were blatant Nazi propaganda. Nearly 70 years after the end of the Nazi regime, more than 40 of these films remain under lock and key. Director Felix Moeller interviews German film historians, archivists and filmgoers in an investigation of the power, and potential danger, of cinema when used for ideological purposes. Tickets for this film run $7 – $11.
FREE screening, FREE popcorn, drink specials, and cozy couches #SaveFerris
One night only! Disaster Playground investigates future outer space catastrophes and the procedures in place to manage, assess, and minimize the risks. The film follows the scientists leading the monitoring and deflection of hazardous near-Earth objects and the real-life procedures in place in the event of an asteroid collision. Tickets for this film run $7 – $11.
Come celebrate the Pope of Trash on the patio at Fort Greene (previously Crash 45), a beautiful new space that the King of Bad Taste would be happy to drink a martini in or do some poppers at. This week’s film is Desperate Living. FREE and cool.
Get over the hump-day-slump and enjoy an evening of vinyasa in the BSB backyard, along with your favorite red ales. $15 gets you in the class PLUS a glass of beer (or Happy Leaf Kombucha) AND a $5 credit to use towards a very delicious vegetarian meal from WongWayVeg! Please bring your own yoga mat and towel.
One night only! This captivating new film tells the fascinating story behind the most prestigious name in luxury: Fabergé. Enjoying unprecedented access to the most esteemed private collections, insights from world experts and interviews with the descendants of the Fabergé family, this is a rare opportunity to discover the genius of the family behind the finest objects ever created. Tickets for this film run $7 – $11.
Sam Tallent is the ultimate DIY stand-up comedian. Easily one of the hardest working comics in Denver, Sam has built a following that many comics strive to have. Member of The Fine Gentleman’s Club, host of Film On The Rocks, a regular at all of the Denver comedy clubs, Sam has solidified himself as a staple in the Denver comedy scene as well as a nationally touring comedian. Come learn what makes this dude tick, with the opportunity to ask questions. FREE.
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 comedians for your enjoyment. FREE show, cash bar, cool shit.
Party people of Denver! Come dance it out with DJs Maladjusted and Caramello at their new home at the Goosetown Tavern. Kitchen open until midnight; drink specials all night. No cover.
Come on out for an evening of deception, confession, and hilarity! Comedians will compete with each other and the audience to see who can tell the most convincing lie. Featuring JordanWieleba, Timmi Lasley, Janae Burris, and Alan Bromwell; hosted by Kira MagCalen. FREE.
Karaoke madness featuring all of your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s. FREE.