WEEKLY EVENTS: August 21, 2015 – August 27, 2015

11872049_1115151808498166_4285992690664728446_oDenver! This weekend I am going to be knee-deep in the High Plains Comedy Festival and if you are in need of a good laugh, I would suggest you do the same. This weekend is PACKED with local and national comics, with an additional party/good-time vibe. But perhaps you aren’t familiar with all of the comics and/or you aren’t sure which show to buy tickets for. The good news is that each showcase has been hand-picked by a team of experts to ensure a full set of LOLs, no matter which one you attend. Pick up your tickets now and brag about it later #HPCF

(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 7th Annual Fiesta Cookout at Chaffee Park, Loops 7-Year Anniversary Bike Race + Party at Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, and the USA Pro Challenge – Denver: Stage 7 Finish at Civic Center Park.)

Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 5pm: Let’s Talk About Firkins at Ratio Beerworks

Two firkins (Grapefruit Gose and Orange + Ginger Repeater) will be tapped at 5pm. Every pour purchased from the firkins will result in a raffle ticket for a chance to win a pair of 3-day passes to Riot Fest, a $20 Ratio Beerworks gift card + growler glass with fill, and/or a Ratio Beerworks t-shirt. Come try these limited releases and maybe even get lucky!

Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 5 – 9pm: Night and Day Vintage Grand Re-Opening at SEWN

Come toast Night and Vintage in their new South Broadway home at SEWN. There will be live music from The Midnight Movers and the entire shop will be on sale. All are welcome.

Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 6 – 8pm: B-Side Music Fridays w/Adam Baumeister + Lascivus 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, craft cocktail in hand. Tonight’s performers are Adam Baumeister + Lascivus. Happy hour from 5 – 7pm; live performances from 6 – 8pm. Free for MCA members; $5 for regular people.

Friday, August 21, 2015, doors at 8pm, music at 9pm: Kitty Crimes at Black Shirt Brewing Co.

Come check-out Black Shirt’s new(ish) outdoor stage, sip on some red brews, and enjoy the soulful melodies of Kitty CrimesBaba & Pop’s Kitchen will also be on-site to keep you from getting hungry. Tickets are only $5 so get yours now!

Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 9pm – 1:30am: Roll: Saved By The Bell 90s Skate Party at the Exdo Event Center

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 Saved By the Bell 90s Skate Party. Guests will be taken back to the 90s with an epic roller-skating party filled with neon colors, oversized shirts, and unstrapped overalls. 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!

Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 9pm – 2am: Lipgloss at Syntax Physic Opera

Beautiful babies of Denver! Come dance it out at Denver’s favorite indie rock dance night. 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 and The Tallest Man On Earth around midnight. Only $5 to dance dance dance.

Saturday, August 22 & Sunday, August 23, 2015: Third Annual Polish Food Festival at Saint Joseph’s Polish Church

You say pierogi and I say pass the sour cream! Come on out to the historic Globeville neighborhood to partake in the Third Annual Polish Food Festival. (There is not even an Facebook event for this jammy jam, so you know it’s legit.) Homemade pierogis, gołąbki, potato pancakes, grilled kielbasa, Polish beer, ice cream, and more. Plus there will be live music, dancing, and kids’ activities to boot, so plan on making a day/night of it! FREE admission. Saturday: 12 – 9pm; Sunday: 12 – 7pm.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 10am – 1:30pm (or until goods run out): Le Jardin Secret at Bistro Vendome

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.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 10am – 2pm: Great American Water Balloon Fight at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Don’t miss out on the biggest water balloon fight in the city! The 2nd annual Denver Great American Water Balloon Fight is the “coolest” event this summer (get it?) Doors open at 11:30am with a beer garden, kids activities, lawn games, and food trucks. Water balloon fight(s) start at 1pm. Tickets run $10 – $30. Proceeds benefit Team Tassy.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 11am – 12pm: Yoga at Ratio Beerworks

This isn’t your mama’s yoga class. Participants will be flowing to the tunes of Hot Water Music and Fugazi to name a few so come ready to party. Registration costs $15 and includes one brew. Please bring your own yoga mat and towel. 21+


The Great American Water Balloon Fight. Photo credit: Gwen Titley

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 12 – 7:30pm: TheBigWonderful + Farmer’s Market at Sustainability Park

TheBigWonderful returns to bring you yet another season of live music, local food, craft beer + cocktails, beach volleyball, yard games, and even a play area for the kiddos. And this year, it is bigger and better! Admission is FREE and it is the perfect place to meet-up with friends/family for a casually fun Saturday. View the musical line-up here and this week enjoy an additional pop-up market + silent auction from the folks at the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District and the kids from the Gilpin Montessori Public School Summer Garden Program.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 2:30 – 4:30pm: High Plains Comedy Festival: Mara Wiles and the Funky Brunch at the Mutiny Information Cafe

Host Mara Wiles brings together some of the top comedians for a unique showcase-meets-improv extravaganza. Performers start with their normal sets, but then must contend with the improv stylings of the Funky Brunch players and/or a task they must accomplish as they finish their set. This special HPCF edition will feature Steven Brody Stevens, Noah Gardenswartz, Josh Androsky, Sammy Arechar, Kate Willett, Sean Jordan, and Kristin Rand. Accompanied by a ’70s-hits-spinning DJ and a food truck for your brunching pleasure, this show is the perfect way for you to start off the final day of High Plains with a bang. This show is FREE but seating is limited, so get there early.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 3 – 5pm: High Plains Comedy Festival: Cartoons & Comedy at the Mutiny Information Cafe

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 special High Plains edition will feature Power Violence (Whitmer Thomas, Budd Diaz, and Clay Tatum) and one of my absolute faves, Sean Patton! As always, the show is FREE and there will be loads of cereal for everyone. Get ready for a sugar high and all of the laughs.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 4 – 8pm: 3rd Annual Brewer’s Alley at Rialto Cafe

This Saturday, the alley between Curtis and Champa on the 16th Street Mall will be taken over by 10 craft brewers, live music, appetizers, and lawn games. Come enjoy tastings from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Rockyard Brewing Company, Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, Upslope Brewing Company, Kokopelli Beer Company, Prost Brewing, and more. Entertainment provided by That Damn Sasquatch. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 4 – 10pm: Grand Opening at Tivoli Brewery

Come celebrate this momentous occasion as Tivoli Brewery re-opens its doors after 46 years. The festivities will include brewery tours, great beers, bites, and live music from Edison, Seth Evans Music, and Robby Peoples. Read more about this historical brewery here #hellesyeah

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 7pm: Clueless + Empire Records at the Sie FilmCenter

Two neo-classic movies for the price of one! Tickets run $7 – $11.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 7 – 10pm: Swingin’ Under the Stars at Little Man Ice Cream

Ice cream, live music, dance lessons, and you. Tonight’s live music will be provided by Jeremy Mohney. Free swing dance lesson at 7pm for those who wish to learn the basic steps; no partner or experience required. FREE.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 9pm: Weird Touch One-Year Anniversary Party at Syntax Physic Opera

Weird Touch is celebrating its one-year anniversary! DJs Fancy Matthew, Tyler Snow, and Shannon von Kelly will be spinning an eclectic, yet cohesive mix of darkly tinged nu-disco, indie dance, and weird house – come show them that dance routine you’ve been working on all summer long! Only $5 to feel sexy and free. Read more about this event here.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 @ 10:30 – 11:30am: Brewhouse Yoga at Alpine Dog Brewing Company

Balance on your mat, then get tipsy at the bar. Class costs $15 and includes one brew. All participants will receive $1 off each additional beer. Please bring your own yoga mat and towel. 21+

Sunday, August 23, 2015 @ 12 – 6pm: RiNo Beach Club at the Exdo Event Center

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!

Sunday, August 23, 2015 @ 9:30pm: Open Mic at The Denver Bicycle Cafe

Did the High Plains Comedy Festival inspire you to try some material of your own? Come to this brand-new open mic, hosted by James Xiong and Roger Haak. $3 craft beer tallboys; $2 New Belgium Shift cans. Sign-up at 9pm; show at 9:30pm #LOL

11807340_926172934095449_5927555474676918093_oMonday, August 22, 2015 @ 7:30pm: Stray Dog at the Sie FilmCenter

One night only! Ron “Stray Dog” Hall lives in Southern Missouri where he owns and operates the At Ease RV Park. After seven years of living with four small dogs as his only companions, he is adjusting to life with his wife, Alicia, who is newly arrived from Mexico. Anchored by his small dogs and big bikes, Stray Dog seeks to strike a balance between his commitment to his family, neighbors, biker brotherhood, and fellow veterans. Tickets are $7 – $11.

Monday, August 22, 2015 @ 8 – 10pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: Open Mic Comedy Night at the Goosetown Tavern

FREE open mic comedy hosted by Jeff M. Albright. This is also a Sexpot Comedy/Denver Relief show, which means FREE schwag.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 8:30pm: We Are Blood at the Paramount Theatre

We Are Blood is a modern-day skate epic featuring Paul Rodriguez and other top skateboarders as they travel the globe pushing the limits of what’s possible on a board, while celebrating the unconditional bond created by the simple act of skateboarding. Directed by Ty Evans, We Are Blood is filmed using state-of-the-art cameras to creatively capture the most cutting-edge, progressive skating experience imaginable. Tickets are $12.50.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 9pm: Dirty & Divine: A Weekly John Waters Movie Night at Fort Greene

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 Pecker. FREE and cool.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 7:20pm: Tangerine at the Sie FilmCenter

According to Rolling Stone, Tangerine is “a groundbreaking film that leaves you in stitches while quietly breaking your heart.” If you love movies, but have been craving something new, go see this film. Tickets run $7 – $11.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 5:30pm: Kegs with Legs: Make Noise at Karsh Hagan

Come join your local creatives for a night of beer and live music, featuring Winehouse, an 11-member Amy Winehouse tribute band. FREE.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 8pm: Cool Shit at the 3 King’s Tavern

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.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 9pm: Motown Thursdays at the Goosetown Tavern

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.