WEEKLY EVENTS: July 15, 2016 – July 21, 2016


The Underground Music Showcase Press Party at the Museum of Outdoor Arts

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the press kick-off event for the forthcoming Underground Music Showcase.

As is customary, the honorable Kendall Smith gave a rundown of what to expect at this year’s fest and expressed his gratitude for the community’s ongoing support of this ever-evolving South Broadway shindig.

Afterwards, guests were treated to musical performances and witty banter, courtesy of Erin Roberts, Anthony Ruptak, and Jacob Miller. Needless to say, the excitement for this year’s event was palpable by the end of the evening. Stay tuned for future coverage of this year’s UMS and if for some gosh darn reason you haven’t bought your ticket yet, well what the hell are you waiting for?

For this week, peep the list below to help keep boredom at bay and for even more options this weekend, consider the Union Station Buskerfest, the Denver Deluxe Music Festival at Park Burger RiNo, #dancelab at the Denver Art Museum, and Brunchlesque Pajama Party at El Charrito.

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Friday, July 15, 2016 @ 4 – 10pm: Summer Opening Celebration at the MCA Denver

It’s a party – come celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions: Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible; Guido Ignatti: Setup; and Critical Focus: Molly Bounds. Additional mini festival in the alley with drinks, music, food trucks, and more. $2 admission.

Friday, July 15, 2016 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm: Free Summer Lawn Concert: Pandas & People at the Clyfford Still Museum

Come celebrate summer in the city with this FREE museum lawn concert. Bring a picnic or purchase on-site deliciousness from Biker Jim’s and/or peteybird ice cream sandwiches. Baere Brewing Company will also be selling some cold brews. Tonight’s performer is Pandas & People. Free music from 5:30 to 7:30pm; free museum admission from 5 to 8pm.

Friday, July 15, 2016 @ 7 – 9pm: Story Time! at El Charrito

Welcome to another edition of Story Time! Denver’s only one liner show. Comedians this month include Jose Macall, Allison Rose, Jay Gillespie, Nolawee Firesauce Mengist, Zach Welch, David Glasspool, and headliner, Heath Arthur. Hosted by James Draper. $3 suggested donation and you should probably plan on sticking around for karaoke afterwards.

Friday, July 15, 2016 @ 9pm: Lipgloss at Bar Standard

Get your Lipgloss fix with an added bonus of Denver Disco providing additional grooves on the patio. No cover before 10pm; $5 afterwards. Cheap libations + impeccable grooves all night long. Plus! Be on the floor around midnight for your chance to win tickets to see Phantogram!

Friday, July 15, 2016 @ 9pm: Roll: Secret Agent 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, ping-pong, and even more games in the parking lots! This month, get inspired by your favorite spy and unleash the secrecy + your best dance moves. If you choose to accept this mission, you can skate, dance, and sing all night! 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!

Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17, 2016Meet in the Street at the 16th Street Mall

Around the world, cities are temporarily closing busy streets for a day of free, healthy activities that promote community. Meet in the Street is a program launched by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District that encourages people to get outside and walk, bike, eat, and enjoy the 16th Street Mall in a new and different way. This week’s event will feature yoga, a bootcamp, live music, live performances, expanded patio seating, and a whole slew of activities for kids. This event runs from 11am – 6pm each day. FREE.

Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17, 2016Orthodox Food Festival & Old Globeville Days at Argo Park

Come sample delicious homemade cuisine from Russia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Eritrea, Greece, and Mexico. Then plan on staying to enjoy FREE live music & dance entertainment, craft & gift booths, art displays, children’s activities, an iconography exhibit, and tours of the historic Orthodox church. There will also be a full-service bar to wash down all of that pirozhok. This event is FREE and is happening on Saturday from 11am – 9:30pm and on Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Come see community in action!

Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 9am – 2pm: Jefferson Park Farm & Flea in the Jefferson Park Business District

Come on out for this FREE community event, featuring 50+ local vendors including fresh flowers, baked goods, specialty foods, local produce, handmade + vintage goods, live music, food trucks, and more! Plus! This month, it’s all about the bees. Come play games, sample honey, get educated, and enter to win prizes with the Mile High Bee Club.

Saturday, July 16, 2016, cereal bar at 10am, movie at 10:30am: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Sie FilmCenter

The Denver Film Society is proud to launch family programming with a retrospective of films written by or based on novels by beloved author, Roald Dahl. Tickets are $5 (children under 6 are free) and admission includes an all-you-can-eat cereal bar!

Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 10am – 2pm: FARMCAD at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Once a month, RMCAD transforms its beautiful, 23-acre campus into a summertime festival for all ages. Check out goods from local vendors, including vintage clothing and accessories, flowers and succulents, paper goods and skin care products, and many more. Grab some food and drinks from a variety of food trucks and vendors and hang out in the grass to listen to live music. Let your kids explore the Kid’s Zone and enjoy a beautiful summer day with family and friends.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 10:30am – 12:30pm: Backyard Brunch at The Preservery

Saturday morning brunch with the Colorado Symphony, surrounded by eye candy? Sounds like a sweet deal to me. Sponsored by REMIX, this event is one of many that encourages young professionals to enjoy the symphony through happy hours, contemporary performances, and other social outings. Backyard Brunch is $35 for REMIX members; $45 for non-members and includes one drink, a brunch buffet, and the performance.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 12 – 9pm: Super Awesome Anniversary FunFest at Call to Arms Brewing Co.

Help Call to Arms celebrate one year on Tennyson Street with live music, BBQ, carnival games + prizes, special anniversary beer releases, local vendors, and more!

Sunday, July 17, 2016 @ 6 – 8pm: City Park Jazz at City Park

City Park Jazz, or “jazz in the park”, is a great weekend culmination of dogs, babies, adults, brie, blankets, vino, hand sanitizer, port-o- potties, and food trucks. This week features the soulful sounds of Selina Albright. Come see and be seen; rain FREE.

Sunday, July 17, 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 Carry Out vs. Delivery, Unicorns vs. Rainbows, Buy vs. Trade, and the headlining debate, Gambling vs. Rambling. FREE.

Monday, July 18, 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.

Tuesday, July 19, 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, July 19, 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, July 19, 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? People’s Court vs. food courts! 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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, comedy at 8:30pm, movie at dusk: Films on the Fax: The Usual Suspects at Illegal Pete’s – Colfax

Sweet ass patio, local comedy, and a FREE screening of The Usual Suspects. The first 25 people after 7:30pm to mention Film on the Fax will receive a free draft from Ratio Beerworks.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 2 – 10pm: Fresh Fruit Cask Month ~ Cherry Lime Belgian Wit at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

As part of their Fresh Fruit Cask Month, Copper Kettle will be offering a Cherry Lime Belgian Wit, a refreshing, moderate strength wheat-based ale with cherry and lime accents and a dry, tart finish, garnished with fresh fruit. 5.0% ABV, 21 IBUs. Ol’ Skool Que will also be onsite, serving up some BBQ.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 4:30 – 5:30pm: Live at Light Rail at Lakewood-Wadsworth Light Rail Station

Live at Light Rail performances will take place most Wednesdays during the warmer months and will showcase local bands, choirs, ensembles, and school groups, who will greet light rail patrons with a variety of creative performances. The program will draw from a range of live performers of all ages and specialties, from high school ensembles and undergrad percussionists to adult choir groups and drum circles.


Strike a Pose at the Opening Night of the CinemaQ Film Festival

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 7pm: Sci-Fi Film Series: 2030 at SIE FilmCenter

Science fiction feeds the imagination and helps us to explore possible futures, our hopes and fears, and the unfolding of technologies. Join scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Metropolitan University film professor, Vincent Piturro, as they screen famous sci-fi films and lead discussions to break down the science behind these alternative possibilities. This week’s screening features the Vietnamese film, 2030. Tickets run $12 – $15.

Wednesday, July 20, 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 Pop! Admission is FREE, plus there is cheap beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 4:30 – 8:30pm: 40 West Farmers Market at Lamar Station Plaza

This #westside community market features organic produce, food trucks, baked goods Colorado honey, local historians, an opening ceremony, and close proximity to WestFax Brewing Company. Just a 10 minute walk from the Lamar Street Station!

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 6 – 8pm: B-Side Music Thursdays at the MCA Denver

B-Side Music Thursday 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 performance will feature Rubedo. Happy hour from 5 – 7pm; live music from 6 – 8pm. Free for MCA members; $5 for regular people.

Thursday, July 21, 2016, doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm: Nerd Nite: Peeps on Trial and Movie Magic at the Oriental Theater

If you are a fan of TED talks, the Discovery Channel, Wikipedia binges, and drinking alcohol, Nerd Nite is the show for you. View the line-up here. Be there and be square! Tickets are $6 in advance; $9 at the door. 18+

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 7pm: CinemaQ Opening Night: Strike a Pose at the Sie FilmCenter

In 1990, seven young male dancers – 6 gay, 1 straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after that experience. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are. Tickets run $20 – $25 and include a post-screening party.