WEEKLY EVENTS: May 6, 2016 – May 12, 2016
Denver! My fingertips have literally [not really] been worn down to bloody nubs from trying to share all of the cool events this week…there is so much to do! Moms, mint juleps, plants, pop-up markets, rooftop concerts, dance parties, short films, storytelling, and pregnancy scares. Peep the list below for all of the funs to be had and if you are looking for more ideas for celebrating Mom, check the plethora of suggestions from The Denver Ear.
And for additional free/low-cost events this weekend, check out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog, which includes Free Comic Book Day at Mutiny Information Cafe, Denver Punk Rock Flea Market at The Glitter Dome, The People Vs. Voting at History Colorado, and Get Yeti: Denver Premiere at Leon.
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Add some color to your home the easy way with the Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual plant sale. With more than 10 different plant divisions (veggies, annuals, perennials, etc.) offering quality flora and expert advice, this sale is the best way to start your spring gardening season. Please bring your own wagons, carts, wheelbarrows, or recycled boxes to transport plants. Sale runs from 8am – 5pm each day. FREE.
I had the privilege of attending the opening night of Grease last night with my sister, my two nephews, and my Chilean arm candy. To say it was endearing would be an understatement; you seriously could not slap the smiles off of our faces. If you are looking for something a little different/nostalgic to do this weekend, I would definitely consider this event. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased either online or at the door. Shows start at 7pm on Friday and 6pm on Saturday. Support your local schools!
The short film format allows greater freedom for fresh voices to share their creativity. This inaugural festival will feature music videos, narratives, documentaries, animation, genre films, webisodes, and festive events spanning the two days. Tickets run $12 -$15 per shorts package; $30 – $40 for an all-access pass.
It’s back! 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! This weekend’s three-day opening celebration includes 75+ vendors, live music, a beer garden, derby flair, and a celebration of moms. Tickets start at $5 and include a FREE beer!
Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 5 – 7pm: Cone Zone Prints, A Collection from the 2016 RMCAD Steamroller Print Event at 40 West Arts District
Celebrate the art of printmaking at 40 West Arts Gallery this Friday at the opening reception of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s Steamroller Print event. This one-week show features large-scale works created by using a two-ton steamroller, woodcut printing blocks, and fabric. Join them as they kick-off the weekend with art, FREE beer + wine, and community! No cover.
Don’t miss the first installment of the Denver Tool Library’s Summer Concert Series & Bazaar. This extra-festive kickoff event will include live music from The Outfit, FaceMan, and U.S. Tygers! Comedy from Nathan Lund and Zach Reinert! Plus, live screenprinting, food trucks, and vendors! Free for everyone until 8pm; afterwards it’s free for members, $5 for errybody else.
It’s the first Friday of the month, which means… Pussy Bros— Christie Buchele, Janae Burris, Rachel Weeks, and Jordan Wieleba—are putting on another awesome show! Featuring some of the funniest cats in town, this showcase will be nothing short of a (pussy) riot. Don’t miss Denver Comedy Champion and headliner Nathan Lund along with local crushers, Zac Maas and Timmi Lasley. The show is FREE (donations are accepted), and the laughs will be huge.
Join the crew at Lipgloss as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Cure’s singles collection, Standing On A Beach. They’ll be playing lots of The Cure, their contemporaries, and music influenced by them. They’ll also be giving away three pairs of tickets to see their June 5th show in Denver, a couple of framed posters, Standing On A Beach on vinyl, and more! No cover before 10pm, $5 afterwards.
Celebrate the arrival of the 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.
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 Dikeou Collection’s Family Saturday Workshops are a great way for people of all ages to learn more about contemporary art and experiment with new creative processes. This month’s project is an abstract art series inspired by the work of Joshua Abelow. This workshop is FREE to all attendees; drop-in anytime. Light refreshments will be provided.
Come celebrate Prince on the big screen with a FREE screening of two of his films. Purple Rain will be shown at 6pm and 10pm and Graffiti Bridge will be shown at 8pm.
The warmer weather is a-comin’…can you feel it? This month, DJs Tyler Jacobson, Dogboy, and Steve Cervantes will be doing their thang alongside of special guest, Jason Heller! They’ll be playing the best soul, funk, and R&B so strap on those dancing shoes and come shake what your mama gave you…only 5 bucks!
One night only! Bare breasts, disgruntled taxi drivers with disintegrators in the back of their cabs, metal from Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult—Heavy Metal is an early ’80s adolescent boy’s fever dream. Tickets run $7 – $11; come early for a happy hour with TRVE Brewing Company.
Hopefully, you have at least a penny to spend on your poor mom. Museum admission is only 1¢ for all mothers and once inside, the café will be serving up momosas all day to be enjoyed on the rooftop patio.
Family and dog-friendly fun! Beer, live music from Jay & The Chain Gang, donuts from Glazed & Confuzed, and barbecue from Rolling Smoke BBQ. No cover!
Are you a lady who loves craft beer? Well then come join the social educational club, Women for Delicious Beer! Even if you don’t know the difference between ABV and IBUs, all are welcome to join this FREE event.
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 the Persephone Quartet. Don’t miss this exciting new way to enjoy the museum. Free with museum admission ($6 – $10).
Lucha Libre & Laughs is a monthly event that combines Mexican lucha libre pro-wrestling, stand up comedy, and live comedic color commentary from Nathan Lund and Sam Tallent. And this month, LLL turns three! Come celebrate with a stacked show, guaranteed to make Monday more bearable. Tickets are $10, but the bragging rights are free. 18+
Start your week off right by connecting to yourself and your community! This FREE all-levels yoga class will get your body moving and breath flowing while enjoying Denver’s beautiful warm-weather nights. This class is supportive to beginners and creative enough for more experienced practitioners. Please bring your own yoga mat and check any weather-related changes via their FB page.
Monday, May 9, 2016 @ 7pm: Making The Indie Feature: The Stanford Prison Experiment at the Sie FilmCenter
Join the Denver Film Society and the creative team behind the Stanford Prison Experiment for a three-part conversation on what it takes to make a successful independent film. Tickets run $12 – $15.
Going through a tough time? Telling our stories can often help us process our life experiences and find new paths. Come on out for a safe and supportive creative writing workshop that’s FREE and open to all. Writing prompts, tools, and refreshments will be provided. No registration or experience required; sharing is not mandatory. Hosted by Jane Thatcher of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.
Get excited, Dead Dog Chocolate is back this month for another delicious chocolate and cider pairing! For $20, enjoy four pours of cider paired with four specialty chocolates. No need to make a reservation, just come by the taproom anytime between 6 – 9pm! View the full menu here.
Raconteur Denver combines the joy of exploring new locations, meeting new people, and hearing stories from Denver’s vast communities. Three pre-selected storytellers get the night moving but then the stage opens up to YOU! Audience members will have two minutes each to share their stories on the selected topic. The topic this month is “First Adventure Away from Home”. FREE.
Just like granny used to play, only swap out the bingo hall for a brewery and prune juice for craft beer. Each beer purchased gets you a bingo card and prizes include pints, howlers, growlers, and other swag. No cover.
A roomful of “grown-ups” sharing their diaries, yearbooks, journals, and notes from when they were tweens and teens? 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!
Jordan Wieleba has not only been entertaining crowds with her quick wit but she’s also been an inspiration to so many people. Come learn what makes this gal tick with the opportunity to ask questions at this FREE live podcast, hosted by Anthony Crawford.
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.