WEEKLY EVENTS: February 5, 2016 – February 11, 2016
Dear Denver, if I ever left you, it would be for a town called New Orleans. But don’t worry, she is very friendly and hospitable and I think that ultimately we could all be friends.
Well, I am back from the Big Easy and with the liver damage to prove it. Actually, this trip was not as college-esque as our last one and turned out to be a healthy mixture of biking, walking, canoeing, and eating + drinking.
That city makes me smile. And it’s the type of place that you can just walk out the door without a plan and end up seeing a great band on the corner, stumbling into a cozy coffee shop, coming across some cool street art, and/or discovering your new favorite bar. Some of the highlights from this last trip include brunch + bloodies at St. Roch Market; music at the Ooh Poo Pah Doo (shout-out to Ms. Judy, one of Treme’s finest!); brunch + bloodies at Paladar 511; the Chewbacchus parade (seriously, you probably want to check this out at some point in your life); music, wine, and food in the backyard of Bacchanal; City Park (especially the Sculpture Garden); beers at Second Line Brewing; African food at Bennachin; paddling down the bayou with Canoe & Trail Adventures (saw my first alligator!); renting bikes from A Bicycle Names Desire and riding 45+ miles across the city; and just the friendly folks that we met all over town.
But now I am back, reunited with my cat, and ready to watch Peyton effing Manning take on the Panthers in this Sunday’s game #GoBroncos (Oh, and if I didn’t already tell you, I am a closet bro…punch it in.)
(And for more free/low-cost events this weekend, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog, which includes The Skylark Remembers David Bowie at Skylark Lounge, Artist Discussion with Joel Swanson at Museum of Outdoor Arts, and the Walk Of Shame Dating Game Valentine’s Edition at El Charrito.)
More pop-up goodness in RiNo! From The Denver Ear, “The RiNo Flea-Tique is a public shopping experience that is a flea market, while also resembling a boutique. The RiNo Flea-Tique will feature antique dealers, vintage dealers, painters, music lovers, photographers, jewelry designers, clothing designers and more. Expect everything from small home furnishing and decor to apparel and jewelry.” Friday night’s Launch Party runs 5 – 7pm with Saturday’s grand opening running 10am – 3pm. No cover.
From the folks that brought you TheBigWonderful comes the new and improved Night Bazaar! This time around, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade food, craft beer and cocktails, artisan vendors, soulful music, and a food truck garden on both Friday and Saturday nights. Come shop, sip, and eat. No cover and a great way to start your weekend.
Stop by Ink Lounge and screenprint a Valentine card for your sweetie! Paper and envelopes will be provided along with some beverages for kids and adults. Various designs to choose from. Plus, the shop will be open and chock full of items for gift giving – perfect to go under the fancy card you just printed. FREE.
Comedy and tequila? Why not? This week’s show features Cory Helie, Katie Bowman, Timmi Lasley, Walter Booth, and your host Matt Cobos! Cheap drinks, FREE comedy, and karaoke to follow – Friday night is covered!
This First Friday, visit YOUR community access television station for a live, intimate studio performance by Natalie Tate and a joke-telling set by Mara Wiles. Additionally, there will be FREE food from Illegal Pete’s and cheap drinks. Haaaaaaaaay. This event is FREE and located along the Santa Fe First Friday Art Walk.
Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 9pm: Lipgloss | Official Design After Dark: AMASS Afterparty at Bar Standard
This Friday, Lipgloss is excited to be the official after-party for Design After Dark | AMASS. If you’re attending the event, just show your Design After Dark bid card and waltz on in for FREE! They’ll also have local DJ Cinaed in the DJ booth to round out the sound from their already spectacular DJ set. Entrance is FREE before 10pm (+ FREE PBR) and $5 afterwards.
Celebrate the life of the wonderful, odd, and amazing David Bowie with the Denver Film Society’s Bowie Weekend. Friday night at 9:30pm, the actor Bowie takes center stage as they screen his film debut, The Man Who Fell to Earth. Tickets for the film run $7 – $11 with a full bar available for guests.
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.
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+
One night only! Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker focuses his lens on a 1973 concert by David Bowie, who performs under the moniker Ziggy Stardust with his glam-rock backing band, the Spiders From Mars. While some backstage footage of the theatrical singer-songwriter is featured, the majority of the film is devoted to the music played onstage, which includes hits, album cuts, and covers of Rolling Stones and Velvet Underground songs. Tickets to this show are FREE and include a DJ set with DJ Hollow afterwards. Come early (and in costume) to experience the fun!
Hundreds of Denver young professionals will descend upon History Colorado to celebrate the 14th annual Shaken, Not Stirred Martini Party; an elegant night of tasteful martinis, superb networking, and a fantastic silent auction to benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado. Trendy Denver bars, beloved restaurants, and local celebrity personalities converge for a fun-filled evening where local young professionals dress to impress, mingle, and network. Local clubs and bars will serve their signature martinis in the competition to be named “Best Martini”, while Denver’s top restaurants will serve their finest appetizers to guests. Tickets are $70 at the door.
FREE and cool show at Denver’s new vinyl emporium. Come check it out.
Come warm up on the dance floor of Syntax! DJs Tyler Jacobson, Steve Cervantes, and special guest DJ, Reed Wolf will be spinning all killer, no filler soul, funk, and R&B burners for your dancing pleasure. Get your dancing shoes ready and come shake what your mama gave you. Only 5 bucks!
Nothing captures the emotional rollercoaster that is Valentine’s Day quite like the music of The Smiths. Oscillate wildly with the Disco 2000 crew as they play their favorite Smiths cuts along with the best in brit-pop and 80’s indie. All vinyl. All rubbish. FREE.
Bring in your favorite vinyl for a spin on Sundays. It’s a dollar off full pours all day and the Denver Kush Club will be giving out free joint cards for those who partake. As always, delicious snacks will be available at ZIVIX Five Points.
Three stories, all involving music and people, unspool in Memphis. It’s eccentric, like all good Jim Jarmusch films, and unexpected elements come together, as in all good Jim Jarmusch films. Hosted by Denver film critic, Howie Movshovitz, tickets to this classic film are only $1! And afterwards, stick around to watch the Broncos beat the Panthers on the big screen for FREE.
This winter, the Clyfford Still Museum is partnering with the Friends of Chamber Music and Swallow Hill Music to present live music in the galleries. The series continues on Sunday with a performance by Alla Prima Quartet. This new group features Colorado Symphony musicians Dorian Kincaid (violin), Phillip Stevens (viola), Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa (violin), and Evan Orman (cello). Inspired by Still’s own record collection, the group will perform works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Mozart during their hour-long performance in the galleries. Don’t miss this exciting new way to enjoy the museum (and relax your mind before the big game!) Free with museum admission ($6 – $10).
Sunday, February 7, 2016 @ 4:30pm: Go Broncos!
There are a butt load of places to watch the game this Sunday, view some of the options here. Hail Peyton!
Come play Forbidden Bingo with DJ Rockstar Aaron and Rich every Monday night downtown. Win prizes from Romantix, concert tickets, cupcakes, free drinks, bar tabs, and more. $5 menu items, two-for-one drink specials, and FREE to play!
Join Denver Food and Wine and the Denver Film Society for a special Denver Food and Wine sneak peek reception + screening, featuring Somm: Inside the Bottle at the Sie FilmCenter. Following the success of the original film, this film takes a peek behind the curtain at the seldom seen world that surrounds the wine we drink. Tickets run $40 – $50 and include a pre-film wine pairing + reception and a post-film Q&A. [Re-scheduled from February 2, 2016, due to extreme weather.]
Get excited. Dead Dog Chocolate is back this month for a delicious chocolate and cider pairing! For $20, enjoy four pours of ciders paired with four specialty chocolates. No need to make a reservation, just come by the taproom anytime between 6 – 9pm! View the full selection here #mouthgasm
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 at the Sie FilmCenter. Following each screening, there will be a high-definition interview with the directors and actors via simulcast. Come check out February’s selection, Tumbledown, starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis. Tickets run $10 – $12.
Benefiting the National Sports Center for the Disabled, this special evening will include a screening of Sierra Quitiquit’s How Did I Get Here, a silent auction + raffle, food, cash bar, and music. Tickets are $22, 21+.
Forget your day job, your morning commute, your reoccurring migraines, and overcooked eggs…come work The Nightshift – all vinyl – all night – disco, post-punk, new wave, and synth pop. Featuring synth-lord French Kettle Station aka Duke Luke Thinnes. FREE.
This Thursday night, enjoy some Motown jams served up with chicken & waffles (free with a purchase of a drank) with DJs Maladjusted and Caramello. No cover all night; $4 Breckenridge brews + Deep Eddy Vodka.