WEEKLY EVENTS: July 22, 2016 – July 28, 2016

Denver! This past weekend I bought a denim smock dress at TJ MAXX. I wore it to work on Monday (sans belt) and by noon, the feeling that I looked like a pregnant blueberry was overwhelming. I then made this online purchase from my desk.

FINAL-BikeDown-Poster-page-001_(1)You guys, what’s wrong with me? I feel like I am turning into an awkward Mormon (cat) mom.

Thank god, the weekend is here. Let’s party, y’all.

Peep the list below to help keep boredom at bay and for even more options this weekend, consider the Denver International Fest at Civic Centre Park, FutureFest at City Hall, VegFest Colorado at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, and Our Sustainable World Film Festival at the Oriental Theater.

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Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24, 2016: CinemaQ Film Festival at the SIE FilmCenter

The CinemaQ Film Festival, first established in 2009, celebrates the best in recent and important films about the LGBTQ experience. The festival aims to shine a spotlight on entertaining + emotional stories, spark conversations on important cultural + political issues, and enlighten audiences of all identities. View the schedule and purchase tickets online.

Friday, July 22, 2016doors at 7pm: Astronomy on Tap at Leon

Science is even better with beer! Leon Gallery will be hosting three star-studded presenters (see what I did there?) for a well-rounded evening of science & suds, astronomy & alcohol, black holes & booze, galaxies & glow sticks. This means FREE astronomy lectures and FREE pours of delicious, local beer.

Friday, July 22, 2016 @ 7 – 9pm: Video Dialogue: Juan Gomez at the Dikeou Collection

Video Dialogue is a screening series that focuses on one artwork/artist in the Dikeou Collection and uses videos to explore tangential connections to expand the conversation around the selected piece/individual. Tonight’s event will feature the raw works of Juan Gomez. Audience members are encouraged to bring video requests that explore relationships and personal expression. (Think raw/awesome/cringe-worthy/weirdly sexual videos that deal with human expression.) This event is FREE and open to the public; pizza + beer will be provided.

Friday, July 22, 2016, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: My Teenage Angst – Queer Edition at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret

Are you a girl that kissed a girl and liked it? Did you have a crush on the head cheerleader AND the head quarterback? Then, this show is for you! Presenting, My Teenage Angst – The Queer Edition with very special guest host, Nuclia Waste! This show is dedicated to those pre-out of the closet stories that only your little locked diary would hold. Do you have teenage journals filled with thinly veiled queer desire? Sign up to read on their siteTickets are $20.

Friday, July 22, 2016, doors + live music at 7pm, screening at dusk: Outdoor Summer Screening: Hairspray (2007) at Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre

Come enjoy a re-invented classic under the stars. Admission is $5 per person; children 6 and under are free. Guests can enjoy live music before the film, which will begin at dusk. Food and drink will be available for purchase and all proceeds from concession sales support the continued restoration of the historic theatre.

Friday, July 22, 2016 @ 8pm: Guest List at The Bakery

In search of a new comedic experience? Look no further! This comedy nouveau show features Denver’s best stand-up/sketch comedy, filled to the brim with special guests, characters, live sketch + videos. Tonight’s show features Ryan Nowell, Sean Cummings, Zac Maas, Jacob Rupp, Christie Buchele, Nathan Lund and several drop-in guests. Stop in to get your LOLS on and for a cool $5 you can say you were there when it all began.

Friday, July 22, 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!

Saturday, July 23 & Sunday, July 24, 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 interval training, a climbing wall, live music, live performances, the Inaugural Downtown Denver Prototyping Festival, and a whole slew of activities for kids. This event runs from 11am – 6pm each day. FREE.

Saturday, July 23, 2016, cereal bar at 10am, movie at 10:30am: James and the Giant Peach 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 23, 2016 @ 12 – 7pm: Arvada on Tap at Ralston Recreation Area

This 2nd annual event includes access to over 25 craft breweries, BBQ competition, live music, giveaways, community vendors + food booths. $5 entry fee; food/beer tickets sold separately.

Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 2 – 7pm: Brighton BikeDown at Great Divide Barrel Bar

Come celebrate all that’s good about biking culture at the inaugural Brighton BikeDown. Guests can enjoy access to local breweries, local bike shops + builders, food trucks, live music, and good people all in one place! Tickets are $5 in advance; $10 at the door and include a can of Great Divide Beer. This event is a fundraiser for BikeDenver.

Saturday, July 23, 2016, doors at 7pm, movie at dusk: Outdoor Movie Night: Labyrinth at The Green at Palazzo Verdi

Hop on the light rail for a FREE outdoor screening of Labyrinth. Bring a picnic and enjoy the movie on the lawn. Beer, wine, and snow cones will be available for purchase. Register online to ensure entry.

Sunday, July 24, 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 versatile sounds of SuperCollider. Come see and be seen; rain or shine. FREE.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 @ 9pm: Pan Astral at The Garner Galleria Theatre

Denver’s very own indie-electro pioneers, Pan Astral, will be performing a rare FREE concert this Sunday. Unveiling a live spectacle that combines music performance with projection mapping, Pan Astral will perform all original compositions, including the entirety of their new album “Suburban Blues,” in front of custom animation. FREE.

Monday, July 25, 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.

makeshiftMonday, July 25, 2016 @ 6 – 10pm: Make/Shift Monday: Cameraless Filming at RedLine

In this FREE workshop, attendees will learn about the rich history of filmmaking without a camera and then put the techniques into practice. Everyone will have the opportunity to draw, scratch, manipulate, + experiment with their own sections of 16mm film before viewing their collective creations on the big screen! FREE and open to the public; BYOB.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 5:30 – 8:30pm: Tasty Colfax along East Colfax

Sample the rich and varied cuisine along one of America’s most colorful byways. Tickets are $25 and provide access to a diverse selection of the most tantalizing East Colfax eateries, including To the Wind Bistro, Fat Sully’s, The Humble Pie Store, Denver Biscuit Company, and more. This extended block party fuses urban energy with small town community, and includes live street music and fine + urban art along “the longest, wickedest street in America”.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 6 – 9pm: Cider + Pie at Stem Ciders

Plan on stopping by Stem Ciders as they pair four mini pies from The Long I Pie Shop with four ciders, for only $20. View the full line-up here. Yuh – um.

Tuesday, July 26, 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 26, 2016, comedy at 8:30pm, movie at dusk: Films on the Fax: 500 Days of Summer at Illegal Pete’s – Colfax

Sweet ass patio, comedy by Jordan Wieleba, and a FREE screening of 500 Days of Summer. The first 25 people after 7:30pm to mention Film on the Fax will receive a free draft from Ratio Beerworks.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 2 – 10pm: Fresh Fruit Cask Month ~ Peach Cranberry Belgian Table Beer at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

As part of their Fresh Fruit Cask Month, Copper Kettle will be offering a Peach Cranberry Belgian Table Beer, a light bodied, slightly malty ale with hints of peach and cranberry and garnished with fresh fruit. 4.4% ABV, 16 IBUs. Saj Mediterranean Grill will also be onsite, serving up some tasty Mediterranean dishes.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 4:45 – 6:15pm: 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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 7pm: Sci-Fi Film Series: The Martian 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 Matt Damon in The Martian. Tickets run $12 – $15.

Thursday, July 28, 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 28, 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 Famethrowah + Roka Hueka. Happy hour from 5 – 7pm; live music from 6 – 8pm. Free for MCA members; $5 for regular people.

Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31, 2016: Underground Music Showcase in the Baker neighborhood

From the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) website, “Like that old friend you only see once a year, The UMS will wreck your house, get you drunk and ultimately save your life in one sweaty blur, leaving you reeling and exhausted and a few days away from wishing it would come back again already.” View the schedule and purchase tickets online.