WEEKLY EVENTS: July 10, 2015 – July 16, 2015
Hiiiiiiiiiii. I hope that everyone had a powerful week. The weather at the beginning was definitely kind of weird/kind of emo. I think I cried 3 times without really knowing why. Once was on the bus, while listening to this podcast. What the heck?
And if you missed the ka-booms last week, find a rooftop this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to watch the fireworks from Coors Field.
(In addition to the events below, be sure to check-out The Bluebird District Music Festival and the Biennial of the Americas. 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 Colorado Black Arts Festival at City Park and a Sci-Fi Extravaganza at the Mutiny Information Cafe.)
After a few days of rain, we are all probably ready for the beach. Throw on some neon zinc and head down to IMT’s 80’s-themed beach party, complete with wine slushies, flash tattoos, pizza slices, and beats from DJ Low Key. Come in costume for your chance to win some sweet ass giveaways. No cover.
Come celebrate summer in the city with this FREE museum lawn concert. Bring a picnic or sample delicious foods from Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs and peteybird ice cream sandwiches. Baere Brewing Company will be on hand with cold brews. Tonight’s performers are Na’an Stop, who craft a smooth blend of reggae/rock music, perfect for sum-sum-summatime. Free music from 5:30 to 7:30pm; free museum admission from 5 to 8pm. [Rain or shine! If it rains, this ish will move inside the museum.]
Tonight the Denver Film Society is busting out the Christmas tree, decking the halls, and screening the holiday classic, Christmas Vacation. They’ll have a yule log (on TV), eggnog (if they can find some), and maybe if you’re nice, the big guy himself will pay a visit. The screening starts at 7pm with a holiday party to follow. Bring a toy for the toy drive (no joke, they are doing a toy drive) and wear your ugliest holiday sweater/tank dress. Tickets run $7 – $11.
Do you speak Spanish or kind of speak Spanish? Have you been looking for an opportunity to practice? Then dust off thosetildas 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, “That’s why I found you don’t play around with the Funky Cold Medina”? FREE.
This summer, the Denver Public Library is taking Hitchcock outside and projecting his best films on the side of the library. Seating will be provided, but you can bring pillows, blankets and yoga mats if you’d like to sit on the plaza or nearby lawn. The series kicks off with a screening of The Birds [insert a whole bunch of screeching bird noises here]. This event is FREE and open to the public.
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 are 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.
Beautiful babies of Denver! Come dance it out at Denver’s favorite indie rock dance night, featuring Hollow, DJ Tower, and special guest, DJ Fancy Matthew of Weird Touch notoriety. This is the only event where you can lose it to Neil Diamond, Bloc Party, Queen, The Supremes, and LCD Soundsystem all in one night. They’ll be serving up $2 PBRs + $4 vodka/gin drink specials, and giving away tickets to see Empire of the Sun with St. Lucia and Holy Ghost! Free before 10pm, only $5 afterwards. Life is short; go to Lipgloss.
It’s been a long time (long time)…We shouldn’t have left you (left you)…Without a dope beat to step to, step to, step to, step to, step to, step to…freaky freaky. Welcome to Guilty Pleasures – a party dedicated to cheesy awesome dance jams. (If you haven’t been before, this party is FUN.) When in doubt, grind it out. $5 suggested donation.
The Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market is a seasonal, open-air market where emerging and experienced artists, crafters, and antique/vintage collectors can sell their wares and meet their customers. This season’s market includes 130+ vendors, limited-edition Horseshoe swag bags for the first 50 customers, live music from the Highland Ramblers, food trucks, a misting tent with summer treats, a DIY booth from Share Denver, mobile boutiques, and a collaborative local beer & spirits fest across the street at Local 46. Hooray for community fun! FREE admission.
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.
FARMCAD is a summer market for the West Colfax community taking place on the 2nd Saturday of the month on the beautiful and historic campus of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. This event features food trucks, pop-up arts & crafts boutiques, farm-fresh produce, face painting, corn hole, chalk art, yoga, and a whole slew of additional activities–all just one block north of West Colfax in Lakewood’s 40 West Arts District.
The Dikeou Family Workshops are a great way for people of all ages to learn more about contemporary art and experiment with new creative processes. This month’s workshop will highlight artist Momoyo Torimitsu’s Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable installation, as featured at the Dikeou Collection. Participants will choose from a variety of prompts to illustate a storyboard and then perform their sequence in front of a camera with simple props. Final videos will be uploaded to the Dikeou Collection’s YouTube account. This project takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours to complete and is FREE to all attendees; drop-in anytime. Light refreshments will be provided.
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. View the musical line-up here.
Studio Colfax is turning 1! Come help them celebrate courtyard-style with DJs, an art photo booth, and a fashion preview. The neighboring Cafe Max will be offering happy hour prices all night to support the event. FREE.
Family-friendly screening of Hancock in downtown’s Skyline Park. Come early to snag the best seats and to enjoy some musical entertainment before the film. Bring your own blankets, picnics, and drinks. FREE.
Ice cream, live music, dance lessons, and you. Tonight’s live music will be provided by Andrew Vogt. Free swing dance lesson at 7pm for those who wish to learn the basic steps; no partner or experience required. FREE.
Looking for a unique night out? Exhibit M delivers a sassy portrayal of fantasies in a visual delight. A little naughty and a lot of fun, Exhibit M features an incredible cast of Denver singers, poets and dancers. High-energy and super-steamy numbers are set to top songs in a variety of genres, perfect for both a male and female audiences. Tickets start at $25 and include an after-party with the cast, starting at 11:30pm.
The summer is almost halfway over, have you found that summer romance yet? If not, what better place to do so than on the dance floor? DJs Tyler Jacobson, Steve Cervantes, and Dogboy will be your hosts for the evening, playing the soundtrack to your summer of love. Get your dancing shoes ready and come shake what your mama gave you. Only 3 bucks!
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.
Move your yoga practice outdoors and enjoy the relaxed vibe of summertime with FREE yoga on Union Station’s patio. If the weather is lame, the class will be held in the studio at The Oxford Club, located at 1616 17th Street. Please bring your own mat, towel, and water. This event is FREE and open to the public.
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. Plus! This week enjoy the addition of Flip Cup Slip & Slide! Haaaaaaaaay.
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.
Watch Keira Knightley before she got unbearable. Movie attendees are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase food from on-site gourmet food trucks, starting at 6pm. Arriving by bicycle is highly encouraged! FREE.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 8pm: The Church of Coen Presents: The Big Lebowski w/ musical selection by Jesse Elliott 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 Jesse Elliott of Ark Life and a screening of The Big Lebowski. Come share your zeal and fondness for the brothers with other devotees. FREE.
One night only! A quick Google search will reveal several websites calling The Kingdom of Little People one of the world’s “most offensive” theme parks. The park, located in China, is home to over a hundred performers, all of whom have dwarfism and put on elaborate shows for snapshot-happy tourists. Director Matthew Salton takes his cameras to China to meet with the people living there, as well as with the park’s creator and manager, to get a real feel about how those that actually rely on the park for their livelihood feel about the potentially exploitative attraction. Q&A with Director Matthew Salton to follow the film. Tickets are just $5.
Come celebrate Ooh La La’s 8-year anniversary! What’s going to happen is anyone’s guess, but it’s sure to be a night full of sexy craziness! $5 cover + FREE shot if you come out in your panties, manties, undies, or fundies!
Sample the rich and varied cuisine along one of America’s most colorful byways. Purchase a $25 ticket ($30 day of the event) and go from restaurant to restaurant, sampling a diverse selection of the most tantalizing East Colfax eateries, including To the Wind Bistro, Fat Sully’s, The Humble Pie Store, Southside Kitchen, and more. This extended block party fuses urban energy with small town community, and includes live street music, fine and urban art along “the longest, wickedest street in America”.
One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk. This film will show viewers what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: seeds. While the price of gold and oil skyrockets, the fate of our most priceless commodity is ignored. Seeds provide the basis for everything, from fabric to food to fuels. They are as essential to life as the air we breathe and water we drink…but given far less attention. Come learn more about this topic at this community screening/discussion. $5 suggested donation.
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 the trash classic, Pink Flamingos. FREE and cool.
Unwind after work at Summer on the Plaza, a free outdoor concert series at 1801 California, presented by Arts Brookfield. This week, enjoy the symphonic-folk-meets-mountain-music sound of Covenhoven. Concertgoers can also enjoy happy hour specials at Guard and Grace, adjacent to the plaza – a great way to get over the hump. This event is FREE.
Science fiction feeds the imagination and helps us to explore possible futures, our hopes and fears, and the unfolding of technologies. Join scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Metropolitan University film professor, Vincent Piturro, as they screen famous sci-fi films and lead discussions to break down the science behind these alternative possibilities. This week’s screening features the neo-classic film, Her. Tickets run $8 – $15.
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 “Take a Hike″. Admission is FREE, plus there is cheap can beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.
Come enjoy local brews, local eats, and unlimited photo booth action. Hosted by Indaba + Interstellar.
Planet or no planet, Pluto needs a party! Peer through telescopes, learn what makes a celestial bod, and raise a glass to this petite being. Tickets are $10 for members, $12 for non-members; ages 21+ only.
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.