WEEKLY EVENTS: August 14, 2015 – August 20, 2015
Dear Denver, I have been in a period of inquiry for quite some time now. Wondering what’s next, if I am fulfilled, and if not, how can I be?
In the midst of all that, I have been trying to buy a house, be present in my day job, not spend every dollar I make, hang out with the people I love, manage my student debt, exercise, resist the lure of pizza more often than I give in, get enough sleep, quit being so self-absorbed, and continue developing this blog.
No revelations provided here; I just wanted to acknowledge where I am at. I feel pretty fortunate to have the “challenges” that I do; I am just trying to figure out how to muster enough courage to not leave anything on the table, so to speak. Maybe we can all be courageous together?
The good news is that the weekend is here. XOXO.
(In addition to the events below, be sure to check-out the AIDS Walk Colorado and the Second Annual YPAAC Cornhole Tournament. 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 Infinity Unmade Almighty at Buntport Theater and the Cherry Creek Trail Mural Tour at Confluence Park.)
B-Side Music Fridays is a live music series where guests can enjoy an intimate rooftop performance by Denver’s top indie musicians, craft cocktail in hand. Tonight’s performer is Bluebook. Happy hour from 5 – 7pm; live performances from 6 – 8pm. Free for MCA members; $5 for regular people.
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. FREE.
Mario Zoots is one of the leading artists in modern photographic collage and appropriation. Employing vintage photographs and old Hollywood film stills with a mixture of his own photography, Zoots creates seductive and fascinating collages that bear qualities of Surrealism and Dada. Repetition, displacement, and the role of reimagination are recurring themes in his work. This opening celebration will also include music from by Dj PooLs!De. FREE.
Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, Hoosiers chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past and the town’s basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory. Movie attendees are able to bring picnics or purchase food from on-site gourmet food trucks, starting at 6pm. Arriving by bicycle is highly encouraged; FREE.
Local laughs + local brews. Come check-out Westword’s Best New Comedy Show of 2015, hosted by Steve Vanderploeg. No cover.
Science is even better with beer! Leon Gallery will be hosting a number of star-studded presenters (see what I did there?) for a well-rounded evening of science & suds, astronomy & alcohol, black holes & booze, galaxies & glow sticks. This means FREE astronomy lectures and FREE pours of some amazing, Colorado-sourced beer. FREE.
Beautiful babies of Denver! Come dance it out at Denver’s favorite indie rock dance night, featuring Hollow 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, The Zombies, and CHVRCHES around midnight. Only $5 to dance dance dance.
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 – $11. Please drink and watch responsibly; only guests 21 and over will be allowed to attend Films on Tap screenings.
Held from 9am to 2pm rain or shine every third Saturday of the month, the Denver Street Flea Market is a secondhand-only market, featuring merchandise from independent sellers, as well as local shops and vendors from around Denver. Live entertainment, food specials from the 25th & Larimer tenants, and food trucks will round out the offerings for guests. No entry fee.
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. No entry fee.
Located on the 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. No entry fee.
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.
Come check-out Black Shirt’s new(ish) outdoor stage, sip on some red brews, and enjoy the melodies of local faves, Two Tone Wolf Pack and The Blue Rider. WongWayVeg and Barbed Wire Reef will also be on-site to keep you from getting hungry; no cover!
Ice cream, live music, dance lessons, and you. Tonight’s live music will be provided by Mr. David Booker. 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 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 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.
The urban renaissance happening along Colfax means more and more places to visit, but it doesn’t always feel safe or comfortable to walk or bike there. The Re-imagine West Colfax event on August 16th will test out creative redesigns that would make Colfax more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, including enhanced crosswalks, median refuges, wider sidewalks, small pop-up parks, and several types of bike lanes for riders to experience. All of these features will be paired with food trucks, music, art, and beer – hooray! No entry fee.
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.
Come join PawsCo for a fun afternoon of yoga and face licking at The Infinite Monkey Theorem. Participants will first participate in a 1-hour vinyasa flow yoga class, followed by a 45-minute restorative class before heading out to the patio. From 4 – 6pm, guests can enjoy wine and meet some adorable and adoptable dogs. Down Dog Snacks will also be on-site with their healthy, yummy dog treats and White Whale will be serving up their delicious ice cream sandwiches. Bring some cash, as the yoga classes are donation-based.
When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out. FREE.
Give the middle finger to Monday and come on out for some quality laughs and some quality brews. Debates this month include Weddings vs Funerals, Earth vs Wind vs Fire, Bernie Sanders vs Colonel Sanders, and the headlining debate, Security vs Insecurity. FREE.
Come on out to Marquis Pizza for $10 all-you-can-eat vegan pizza and live performances by ROAC, GetYourGoing, and Lithe! All ages, FREE show, bomb ass pizza. Everyone is welcome.
Feel more empowered on your bike after you learn how to change a flat from the bike techs at Two-Wheel Feel. Bring your bike to get tips on your specific bicycle. If you have tools to change a flat, bring them as well and get pointers from the pros. At the end of the class, all students will enjoy a complimentary beer from Hooked On Colfax. Be sure to purchase your $15 ticket in advance from Share Denver, as the class size is limited.
Rasslin’, jokez, and beerz. Come see this highly acclaimed social event for yourself. View list of performers here. FREE.
One night only! When tribal feuds ignite a firestorm of violence, three surgeons unite for peace. Filmmakers in attendance for post-screening Q&A. Tickets run $7 – $11.
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. You’re bound to be a flip-flopper after listening to compelling arguments on things that never mattered. This month’s theme? Olivia Newton John vs. Fig Newtons. 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 of 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 Hairspray. FREE and cool.
Each month, The New York Film Critics Series will premiere one of the hottest new independent films days or even weeks before it is available anywhere else. Following each screening, there will be a high-definition interview with the directors and actors via simulcast. Come check out the inaugural film of the series, Digging for Fire. Tickets run $12 – $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 “Crushed″ and includes an all-comedian line-up in honor of the High Plains Comedy Festival. Admission is FREE, plus there is cheap beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.
Thursday, August 20 – Saturday, August 22, 2015: High Plains Comedy Festival
The High Plains Comedy Festival kicks off tonight with a stacked line-up of national and local crushers. Full passes are still on-sale or pick and choose your poison with individual tickets #highplains
Dabble in toxins and dangerous concoctions during this evening devoted to poison. Summon your courage to venture into the exhibition, The Power of Poison, and make surprising discoveries at every turn. Beware of stings and bites—but an elixir awaits! Guests can sample an antidotal brew created by Great Divide Brewing Company, specifically for the exhibit! Tickets are $10 for members, $12 for non-members; ages 21+ only.
A roomful of “grown-ups” sharing their diaries, yearbooks, journals, and notes from when they were younger? Yes, please! This is an event you don’t want to miss. You’ll laugh, cringe, and commiserate that he never did call when he said he would. Still have access to your old journals? Visit the site to be a part of the show and share your angst with others! Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of.
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.