WEEKLY EVENTS: July 15, 2016 – July 21, 2016
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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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+
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.