WEEKLY EVENTS: August 7, 2015 – August 13, 2015
According to Wikipedia, August 7th marks the approximate midpoint of summer. That’s it kids. After today, there will be less days of summer than there were. But don’t let that get you down; let it get you motivated! Enough relaxing and more maxing. The summer of 2015 is not yet fully defined. There are still ice cream cones to be licked! Picnics to be nicked! Veggie burgers to be flipped! Pools to be crashed! Patio beers to be swapped! Summer crushes to be met! Late-night bike rides to be ridden! Even later-night slices to be devoured! And memories to be made. Denver…let’s do this.
(In addition to the events below, be sure to check-out the West Colfax MuralFest and Cherry Creek North Food & Wine. 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 Blues & Brews on South Pearl Street and Zine Swap at Abecedarian Gallery.)
Come celebrate summer in the city with this FREE museum lawn concert. Bring a picnic or sample delicious foods from Tony Rosacci’s Fine Catering and peteybird ice cream sandwiches. Baere Brewing Company will be on hand with cold brews. Tonight’s performers are Tallgrass. Raised by wolves, taught by squirrels, and an enemy of the owl, Tallgrass sings songs of happiness and sorrow. Free music from 5:30 to 7:30pm; free museum admission from 5 to 8pm.
This First Friday visit YOUR community access television station for a live, intimate studio performance by The Still Tide and a joke-telling set by Sam Tallent. Additionally, this month there will be a community lot party with FREE food from Illegal Pete’s and cheap drinks. This event is FREE and open to the public.
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 concludes tonight with a screening of Vertigo. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Beautiful babies of Denver! Come dance it out at Denver’s favorite indie rock dance night, featuring Hollow, DJ Tower, and special guest, DJ Digg. 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 around midnight. Only $5 to dance dance dance.
Denver! You’ve already hit up a handful of First Friday events and are just buzzed up enough to start dancing…now what? Cue Guilty Pleasures – a party dedicated to cheesy awesome dance jams. (If you haven’t been before, this party is F-U-N.) When in doubt, grind it out. $5 cover; now located at the Hi-Dive!
The team behind the Horseshoe Market, Denver’s premier indie craft market, is thrilled to introduce a new market series, The Jefferson Park Farm & Flea. This hybrid farmers market/flea market will kick-off on Saturday, August 8th. There will also be food trucks, face painting, live music, urban homesteading education, and activities such as a goat milk soap-making demonstration. Future markets will be on Saturdays, September 12th and October 10th. 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.
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 and be one of the first guests to try the new silent disco arena by SoundDown Party.
Family-friendly screening of Dumb & Dumber 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 Bob’s Big Band. Free swing dance lesson at 7pm for those who wish to learn the basic steps; no partner or experience required. FREE.
One night only! Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck invites you to experience Kurt’s life, art, and mind through his own unique lens, bringing you as close to the generation-defining icon as it’s possible to get. Just like the legendary frontman of Nirvana himself, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is authentic, visceral, and unflinching. It will get into your head and stay there long after the final credits roll. Tickets run $7 – $11.
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 the kids. View the list of planned activities here. This is the last MITS of the season; don’t miss out! 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.
City Park Jazz, or “jazz in the park”, is a great weekend culmination of dogs, babies, adults, brie, blankets, vino, hand sanitizer, port-o-potties, and food trucks. And my mind is blown, because it is the last one of the season! Come check-out The Sam Mayfield Blues Revue and say farewell to this summertime tradition. FREE.
This summer, end your weekend with a familiar film, $6 cocktails, snacks, and a rad atmosphere. This week’s film is Wayne’s World. No cover.
Amuse Booze is a new(ish) monthly comedy showcase that appreciates a good, hand-crafted cocktail. Three local bartenders will compete to make their own variations of three comics favorite cocktails. One bartender will be named victorious and move forward in the competition, whilst the audience enjoys tasting and laughing at the results. Tonight’s comedians include Mara Wiles, Janae Burris, and Carey Denise. Hosted by Meghan DePonceau and Anthony Crawford. $5 cover; $5 cocktails.
Sunday, August 9, 2015 @ 7pm: The Church of Coen Presents: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? w/ musical selection by Chimney Choir 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 Chimney Choir and a screening of Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Come share your zeal and fondness for the brothers with other devotees. FREE.
You’re invited to Kitchen Table’s next open house on August 11th. Bring your friends, family, and coworkers to enjoy delicious free samples and learn more about this community cooking school. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the chef-instructors who will be demonstrating their skills at interactive stations, answering questions, and providing tastes. Plus! Guests can enter to win door prizes, including a $80 gift card for a class! No RSVP necessary; just stop by. FREE.
One night only with director Brigid Maher in-person! In recent years, the idea of a “collaborative care” practice, where doctors and midwives manage women’s care together has begun to gain traction. Research has demonstrated that collaborative care models produce better outcomes for mother and baby, including fewer C-sections. This moving and urgent film provides an intimate look at how midwives across the country are redefining how the US looks at the birthing process. Tickets run $12 – $15 and include pre-screening reception.
Come celebrate the Pope of Trash on the patio at Fort Greene (formerly 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 Cecil B. Demented. FREE and cool.
Come on out for some farm fresh produce, food, music, bounce house, arts & crafts, and fun for the whole family. 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 taste. Yuh – um.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 7pm: La Reine Bicyclette – A History Of France and Bikes at the SIE FilmCenter
Bikes have accompanied the French throughout modern times. First as a luxury, then as a wonderful way to achieve individual and political liberation, bicycles have rolled through a century of France’s social history, until reaching a new status – that of an ecological symbol. This film provides a witty and tender look at the French people and their bikes, from the late 19th century until today. Tickets run $7 – $10.
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.
Formerly known as Comics Against Civility, Uncalled Four is a hilariously inappropriate game played by four of Denver’s funniest comedians and YOU! Come watch comedians Phil Palisoul, Jordan Doll, Daniel Reskin, and Preston Tompkins as they compete to see who is the funniest/most terrible contestant. Audience prizes include free Sexy Pizza gift cards, 420 prizes (with a 21+ ID), Illegal Pete’s burritos, free drinks, awful literature, and more! Doors open at 7pm and you must arrive early to win prizes. $5 in advance; $7 at the door.