WEEKLY EVENTS: July 17, 2015 – July 23, 2015
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(In addition to the events below, be sure to check-out the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, the Biennial of the Americas, and the Underground Music Showcase. 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 Kitty-Cat: A Cat themed Alley Cat Race at the Denver Bicycle Cafe and a Table Read of Raising Arizona at the Bug Theatre.)
A $10 entrance fee gets you access to free beer, free cocktails, food, pool times, Nat Select DJ set, napkins, unicorns, and magic.
Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 6 – 8pm: B-Side Music Fridays w/ Leighton Peterson + Glowing House at the MCA Denver
B-Side Music Fridays is a live music series where guests can enjoy an intimate rooftop performance by Denver’s top indie musicians with craft cocktail in hand. Tonight’s performers are Leighton Peterson (from Safe Boating is No Accident) + Glowing House. Happy hour from 5 – 7pm; live performances from 6 – 8pm. Free for MCA members; $5 for regular people.
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 continues tonight with a screening of North by Northwest. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Roll is a monthly themed, old school roller skating party, complete with flashing lights, music, karaoke, sippy cup drinks, dancing, and ping-pong! This month’s theme is Welcome to the Thunderdome – you’ve been warned. This event is 21+. FREE admission between 9 – 10pm and $5 afterwards (or get advance tickets, which include skate rental). This event is 21+; sign your waiver ahead of time and avoid the line!
Beautiful babies of Denver! Come dance it out at Denver’s favorite indie rock dance night, featuring Hollow and DJ Tower. 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! $5 for a whole lotta fun. Life is short; go to Lipgloss.
Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 10pm: Bootleg Theater presents Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story at SIE FilmCenter
One night only! Bootleg Theater presents the best (worst?) unauthorized, unavailable, and/or unreleased films. This avant-garde, experimental short presents an unusual take on the life and tragic death of singer Karen Carpenter. Barbie and Ken dolls are used to portray Karen and her brother Richard, and Karen’s descent into deadly anorexia is intercut with 1970s television shows and news footage. The film was withdrawn from circulation in 1990 after director Todd Haynes lost a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Karen’s brother and musical collaborator, Richard Carpenter. Come see this cult classic on the big screen! Tickets run $7 – $11.
Come sample delicious homemade cuisine from Russia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Eritrea, Greece, and Mexico. Then plan to stay to enjoy FREE live music & dance entertainment, craft & gift booths, art displays, children’s activities, an iconography exhibit, and tours of the historic Orthodox church. There will also be a full-service bar to wash down all of that pirozhok. This event is FREE and is happening on Saturday from 11am – 9:30pm and on Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Come see community in action!
Summer is officially here and so is the summer #sourcepopup market. Sticking to the principle of good artisanship, the #sourcepopup is a curated market composed of vendors showcasing their talents. On Saturday and Sunday, July 18th and 19th from 10am to 4 pm, come explore and take home goods from vendors such as Primary Ties, Colleen Heineman, Fig & fawn, Fancy Tiger Clothing, Bag Supply, Kirstin Childs, Long I Pie, Ironwood, and more. FREE entry.
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.
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.
Family-friendly screening of Big Hero 6 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 DinosAurchestra from New Orleans. Free swing dance lesson at 7pm for those who wish to learn the basic steps; no partner or experience required. FREE.
Saturday, July 18, 2015, doors at 8pm, show at 9pm: Sexpot Comedy presents: The High Plains Premonition at the 3 King’s Tavern
Just one month before the High Plains Comedy Festival takes over Denver, Sexpot Comedy gives you an early opportunity to enjoy jokes from some of the 2015 HPCF performers. Sean White will be in the house (and on the stage), along with Rob Gleeson, James Draper, Carey Denise, Ben Bryant, and Joe Tullar! Hosted by High Plains and Sexpot Comedy co-founder Andy Juett, with pre-show hijinks from Jim Hickox. Best part is that this LOL party is only $10. See yous there.
It’s another So What! pop-up party to give you some summer relief. This month they’ll ease into The Living Room with the So What! blend of new and old classic sounds. Chill out on a couch, recharge by the fire pit, or have a dance on the intimate dance floor. This will be a classic summer evening, with a laid-back summer vibe. Don’t front, this one is FREE.
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 (and visiting) talent that Denver has to offer. Hosted by Eric Henderson and Cory Helie. FREE.
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 list of planned activities 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 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 Sunday kicks off the first of RiNo Yacht Club’s Movie Nights, with a screening of Dumb and Dumber. Come end your weekend with a familiar film, $6 cocktails, snacks, and a rad atmosphere. No cover.
Give the middle finger to Monday and come on out for some quality laughs and some quality brews. Debates this month include Apples vs Oranges, Pools vs Ponds, MP3s vs Vinyl, This vs That, and the headlining debate, Johnny Walker vs Johnny Appleseed. FREE.
Chocolate and cider lovers rejoice! Stem Ciders will pair 4 types of chocolate from the Chocolate Crisis Center with 4 ciders, for only $20. Yee-haw.
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 Mara Wiles and Miriam Moreno, music by PrettyMouth and in/PLANES, 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.
The Great Debate pits teams of non-experts head-to-head, toe-to-toe, and often dumb-to-dumber in lively debates of the inconsequential. Mundane topics are brought to life by ordinary, but opinionated folks. You’re bound to be a flip-flopper after listening to compelling arguments on things that never mattered. This month’s theme? WWF vs. WWJD. Box office opens at 7:30pm, and the feud starts at 8pm. $5 – $8, depending on your luck, or reserve your spot ahead of time.
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 J Depp’s Cry Baby. 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 jazz-Americana duo, Max Hatt/Edda Glass. 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.
This summer, The Long I Pie Shop will be paying a visit to BSB each month to bring you pie. $20 will get you 4 pie tastings (3 sweet, 1 savory), as well as 4 complementary beer tasters. No need to sign up ahead of time, just show-up between 6pm and 9pm to participate. Yuh – um.
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, Interstellar. Tickets run $8 – $15.
New Belgium Brewing Company is teaming up with REI to bring you a couple of bike-in movies this summer. This week’s screening is E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Canned beer and eats from food trucks will be available for purchase. Entry is $10 at the door. All ticket and beer sales will benefit BikeDenver. Bring a low back chair or a blanket to sit on. Doors at 6:45pm, live music at 7pm, movie at dusk.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 7:30pm: CinemaQ Opening Night: Back on Board w/ Greg Louganis at SIE FilmCenter
Greg Louganis was the most extraordinary Olympic diver of all time, a beloved American hero, and a pioneer in breaking barriers when he came out as gay and having AIDS two decades ago—a time when openly gay athletes were exceedingly rare and AIDS was still a highly stigmatized and almost uniformly fatal disease. Back on Board is a feature documentary that chronicles Louganis’ thrilling rise from lonely, abused child to universally acclaimed superstar athlete, drawing on never-before-seen archival footage that reminds viewers of what made Greg Louganis a singular and cherished figure in the history of Olympic sports. This thoroughly engaging film offers an intimate portrait of a still vital athlete who is forced to reevaluate his life, his choices, his relationships, and his career as he ultimately re-emerges on the world stage with legendary grace to combat prejudice, promote respect, and to mentor a new generation of young athletes. Tickets run $20 – $25 and include post-film reception and Q&A with Louganis and filmmakers.
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.
Cartoons & Comedy is a nostalgic comedy show, created by Christopher Baker, that features comedians riffing on your favorite cartoons and commercials from the 80s and 90s. This particular show will feature Deacon Gray, Adrian Mesa, and Jordan Doll. The show is FREE and there will be cereal and beer available by donation, hooray!