WEEKLY EVENTS: May 13, 2016 – May 19, 2016


Spokane, WA

Greetings from Spokane, Washington!

I have been here the greater part of the week, attending the Energy OutWest conference. While I’ve spent a lot of time indoors filming interviews, I’ve also gotten a chance to see some of the town, which is quite charming. Lots of bridges, walkways, rolling hills, hidden watering holes, breweries, and a median housing price of $153K – who knew?!? Tonight, I’m going to see Damien Jurado perform at The Bartlett and tomorrow, I will be back in your loving arms, xoxo.

Peep the list below for the funs and for additional free/low-cost events this weekend, check out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog, which includes SMASH at the EXDO Events Center, Farewell For Now at Pearl’s, and Ratio Sessions: Red City Radio at Ratio Beerworks.

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Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 7 – 9pm: Power Middle at El Charrito

Come on out for a night of LOLs as 3 awesome comedians, Matt Cobos, Georgia Rae and Byron F. Graham, bring their best 20 minutes! Hosted by Christie Buchele in the Comedy Room Room of El Charrito. Show is FREE; karaoke to follow #party

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 7 – 10pm: Por Fin Es Friday at Hooked on Colfax

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.

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 7pm – 11pm: Blondes, Brunettes, and Bubbly at the Field House

Start your weekend by looking good and feeling good. This is an excuse to bust out your fancy dress clothes and support a great cause – the Young Professionals Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado (YPAAC). They’ll have live music from The Atomic, red carpet photo opportunities, door prizes, a silent auction, apps + desserts, and dranks! Tickets are $40 in advance; $45 at the door and proceeds support the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 9pm: Lipgloss at Bar Standard

This week, Lipgloss hosts the official afterparty for Pandemic Collective’s immersive experience, K: The Rise and Fall of the New York Club Kids. Catch the show and walk upstairs afterward to enjoy one of Denver’s longest running dance parties. They’ll also be giving away tickets to Lucius and Florence + The Machine around midnight! No cover before 10pm, $5 afterwards.

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 9:45pm: DocuWest 2016: We Will Rock You ­- The Queen Sing­Along Party at the Sie FilmCenter

A master of constant reinvention, Freddie Mercury made opera cool, mustaches a necessity, and full­-length microphone stands excessive. And that is why DocuWest is paying tribute to the man with the pipes of gold. It’s time to bust out your best catsuit, slap on your complimentary mustache, and prepare to take your voice on a four­-octave journey of non­stop rock. Tickets run $11 – $12.

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 10pm: Films on Tap: The Rock at the Sie FilmCenter

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, May 14, 2016 @ 9am – 2pm: Jefferson Park Farm & Flea in the Jefferson Park Business District

Come on out for this FREE community event, featuring local farmers, seedlings + plants, specialty food vendors, refreshing drinks, food trucks, and handmade/vintage goods for your home and garden. Face painting, live music, chickens, and baby goats will round out the afternoon. FREE.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 9am – 4pm: Valverde Bazaar at Eron Johnson Antiques

This is not your traditional flea market. This pop-up mart brings together 90+ emerging artisans and small independent Colorado businesses, selling a diverse mix of vintage, antique, and hip handmade products. This is your opportunity to shop, snack, and socialize while surrounded by garden and architectural antiques. Top off your afternoon with a visit to the MaxFund Animal Mobile Adoption Center for some puppy love! FREE entry.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 11am: Brewery Bootcamp at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

What better way to start your Saturday than with a workout and a beer? Join Strength Train 4 Life for a total body workout, followed by a happy hour hosted by Copper Kettle. Workout is designed for people of all fitness levels and limitations can be accommodated if needed. Admission is $10 and gets you an hour workout followed by drink specials. Please arrive around 10:45am to register.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 2 – 8pm: TheBigWonderful 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! Tickets start at $10 and it is the perfect place to meet-up with friends/family for a casually fun Saturday. View more information here.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 6:30pm: Opera on Tap – We Heart Mozart at Syntax Physic Opera

Opera on Tap Colorado brings opera to unexpected venues throughout the state, offering audiences exceptional music by outstanding singers, and giving professional singers the opportunity to sing regularly in a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. Casual and even rawkus, Opera on Tap presents themed opera shows, performed by top-notch performers, singing music from actual operas – often with a drink in hand! Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 7:20pm & 9:40pm: Belladonna of Sadness at the Sie FilmCenter

Never seen before in the US! One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show; not for the faint-hearted! Tickets run $7 – $11.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 8:30pm: The Purple Party: A Tribute to Prince at Beryl’s Beer Co.

This night of Prince will benefit The Heart and Hand Center for Youth and their Families. Entry is $10 if you wear purple; $15 if you do not.

Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 9am – 3pm: Morey Spring Market at Morey Middle School 

Flea Market! Yard sale! Plant sale! Food trucks! Local vendors! Get your shop on while supporting Cap Hill’s Morey Middle School. No entry fee!

Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 12 – 6pm: Album Release Block Party at Youth On Record

This event will bring together 500+ community members for a day-long outdoor mini-festival, complete with live music from Youth on Record students, poetry readings from Denver’s Minor Disturbance, interactive “jam sessions”, neighborhood tours of the award-winning La Mariposa project, block party activities, and food + drinks for the entire family. This event is FREE.

Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 7:15pm: DocuWest 2016 Closing Night: Life, Animated at the Sie FilmCenter

Sundance 2016: Winner U.S. Documentary Award for Best Director. A coming of age story about an autistic boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship, and brotherhood. Tickets run $11 – $12.

Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 10pm: Arguments & Grievances at Vine Street Pub

Give the middle finger to Monday and come on out for some quality laughs and some quality brews. Debates this month include NRA vs. NWA, Straight vs. Bent, Pomp vs. Circumstance, Edward Snowden vs. Being Snowed-In, and the headlining debate, Naked vs. Afraid. FREE.

Monday, May 16, 2016 @ 6 – 7pm: Civic Center Moves at Civic Center Park

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 16, 2016, ride at 6pm, movie at 8pm: Bike-in Movie Night at BackSpace

Backspace is happy to present the first bike-in movie night of the season, featuring Purple Rain and The Craft! There will be snacks and refreshments but feel free to bring your own. There will also be a group bike ride beforehand starting at 6pm, returning in time for the movie. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged; FREE.

Monday, May 16, 2016 @ 8pm: Amuse Booze at El Charrito

Amuse Booze is a 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 Corey Quattlebaum, Robert Abbott, Jordan Wieleba, and Chuck Roy. Hosted by Meghan DePonceau and Anthony Crawford. $5 cover; $5 cocktails.

original-d787a2fde1f968b1Monday, May 16, 2016 @ 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, May 17, 2016 @ 3 – 5pm: Hard Times Writing Workshop at the Denver Central Library

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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 6 – 9pm: Macaron Tasting at Stem Ciders

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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 7pm: Bingo Night at Grandma’s House

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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm: The Great Debate at Buntport Theater

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? Sesame Street vs. everything bagels. 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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 8pm: The Narrators at Buntport Theater

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 Tongues. Admission is FREE, plus there is cheap beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 8pm: Riot Fest Date Night at Ratio Beerworks

Come get stoked for Riot Fest with a FREE night of comedy, featuring Matt Monroe, Katie Parks, Ian Douglas Terry, headliner Sam Tallent, and more! And yes there will be giveaways!

 Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 7pm: FckUp Nights Denver Vol. 2 at Globe Hall

Success is never final; failure is never fatal. 7 minutes, 10 images, 1 failure. Join your fellow creators as they celebrate failure with Denver’s most transparent people in business and beyond. Tickets are $10.

 Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 7pm: Dearly Beloved: A Bowie / Prince Tribute at Club Vinyl

An evening dedicated to two of the greatest artists in the last 50 years. Raise your glasses and bring life to the dance floor, giving thanks for the memories and inspiration David Bowie and Prince provided. Tickets run $10 – $20.

 Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 9pm: Motown Thursdays at Pearl’s

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.