WEEKLY EVENTS: February 12, 2016 – February 18, 2016
Dear Denver, I choo-choo-choose you!
Whether you are pro or anti-Valentine’s Day, our city has a plethora of ways to celebrate this weekend (and beyond).
Plus! Check-out all of the additional options in this week’s Beer Me post.
Exes and ohs.
(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 underAware: Unmentionables Costume Party and Show at Syntax Physic Opera, the Skyhigh Opening Reception at Black Book Gallery, and My Bloody Violent-tine Film Festival at the Bug Theater.)
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. Happy hour from 2 – 6pm and 10pm – close. No cover and a great way to start your weekend!
Come on down to South Broadway for the opening of Plantish, an event that features new watercolor and ceramics by local artist Evan Lorenzen. This opening celebration will also include alcoholic beverages, music, and a floral pop-up shop by Sacred Thistle. FREE.
Come on out for a night of LOLs as 3 awesome comedians, Jordan Wieleba, James Draper, and William Montgomery, bring their best 20 minutes! Hosted by Christie Buchele in the Comedy Room Room of El Charrito. Show is FREE; karaoke to follow #party
Come celebrate the artistic genius of our favorite Starman and his vast loves and influences. Local creatives, from painters to musicians to performance artists, will ponder what David Bowie means to them and their own creativity. Artist Cristofer Lix will premiere a new David Bowie performance piece, local band Firstimers will perform tributes, and there will be lots of dancing + celebrating throughout the night. Free face-painting and photobooth! Inspired fashion strongly encouraged; takeaways for all who participate! Cover is a $5 donation to LINK.
Start your Valentine’s Day weekend with dancing + drinks! Ready Set Go will be spinning the best in Soul, Go-Go, Surf, Oldies, 60’s, Rock, and more! No cover.
Beautiful babies of Denver, come dance it out at Denver’s favorite indie rock dance night with DJs Hollow and DJ Tower. They’ve even got 10 pairs of tickets for METRIC at the Fillmore to giveaway. No cover + FREE PBR before 10pm, so come early! ($5 after 10pm.)
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.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 @ 12:30 – 7pm: Cupid Crawl in Downtown Denver
Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, come on out for a ridiculous bar crawl in downtown Denver while supporting the Autism Society of Colorado. Check-in runs from 12:30 – 2:00pm at The Ginn Mill. From there, crawlers will set off in teams of 3 – 8 people to a number of bars downtown, complete with an after-party (live music + costume contest) from 5 – 7pm. Tickets are $35 in advance/$40 at the door and include beers at each bar.
The Denver Library’s Anti-Valentine’s Day parties are legendary, with everything from zombie love stories to a Xanadu disco inferno. This year, they’ll be serving up some love reality with a screening of Muriel’s Wedding. And to sweeten the day, a number of happy couples will be getting married at the event! Will there be cake, you ask? Yes, there will be cake! Local sweet shop, Cake Crumbs, has created fabulous confections for the brides, grooms, and guests to enjoy. FREE.
Show your disdain for V-day by getting drunk off of wine and banging a stranger! Just kidding (maybe). Marczyk’s will be shucking oysters, bubbly will be flowing, and a “love stinks” mix tape will be blaring. No cover + raffles throughout the night! Both singles and non-singles are welcome.
Come celebrate community, local art, love, and fashion! New work by Minus the Dart and Your Street Heart, plus perfume by DSH Perfumes. Enjoy bubbles + sweets, plus meet the participating artists! FREE.
Scream Screen, your home for horror, is back on a new night with a collection of films to make you want to bite and scratch your way into the theater! This week’s film is George Romero’s Monkey Shines. Special guest DJ Tanner will be playing a “When Weird Animal Songs Attack!” mix in the lounge at 8:30pm to get you in the mood, so come early to grab a drink and listen to some untamed tunes! Tickets run $7 – $11.
It’s the date you either love or hate…Denvertainment and Deny Boredom are teaming up with The District to bring you the most hoppin’ V-Day party in town. The “stop light” theme will be in effect for those willing to play – wear green if single and ready to mingle, yellow if you’re proceeding with caution, red if you’re in a relationship…and blue if you have blue balls? Drink specials, happy hour all night, DJ, photobooth, and giveaways. No cover.
End your weekend with a familiar film, $6 cocktails, snacks, and a rad atmosphere. This week, guests can enjoy a screening of High Fidelity, in addition to a special Valentine-themed menu. No cover.
Every month, hosts Theresa Mercado and Ian O’Dougherty screen 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 Megan Fong and a screening of A Serious Man. Come share your zeal and fondness for the brothers with other devotees. FREE.
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 Greg Baumhauer (N/A), Preston Tompkins (White Russians), Derrick Rush (Mai Tais), and Sam Tallent (Daiquiris). Hosted by Meghan DePonceau and Anthony Crawford. $5 cover; $5 cocktails.
This Tuesday, Little Peaks Bakeshop is headed to Stem Ciders’ taproom for an evening of macaron and cider pairings. This $20 gluten-free pairing includes four French macarons, expertly paired with four ciders. No tickets necessary; stop by the taproom anytime between 6 – 9pm to enjoy. View the delicious offerings here.
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? On-Again, Off-Again Relationships vs. Grover Cleveland. Box office opens at 7:30pm, and the feud starts at 8pm. $6 – $8, depending on your luck, or reserve your spot ahead of time.
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 DIY or Die. Admission is FREE, plus there is cheap beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.
Enjoy a sneak preview of locally-produced, Rolling Papers, a film that had its premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Director Mitch Dickman will be in attendance; film officially opens on Friday, February 19th. Tickets run $7 – $11 #puffpuffpass
The Doom Room returns to Denver at a new location and with new hosts, Ian Douglas Terry and Matt Monroe, as well as Andrew Bueno in a featured starring role. Come experience a night of insane comedy as comedians take turns creating sets from whatever pops up on the SCREEN OF DOOM. Free beer courtesy of Ratio Beerworks! Always wild, always a party. $5 cover.
New monthly comedy show, hosted by Nathan Lund. This week’s line-up includes Meaghan Shaha, James Draper, and Mallory Wallace, and headliner, Jordan Doll. Come support your local funny people! 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.