WEEKLY EVENTS: November 4, 2016 – November 10, 2016


Oscar-nominated actor Demián Bichir on the red carpet of Opening Night [photo by james dimagiba]

Hey Denver, it is day 3 of this year’s star-studded Denver Film Festival and so far it’s been impressive! Tickets still remain for a number of films, with Programmers Picks being posted on the regs to help you navigate the schedule. Follow me on Twitter for my own film recommendations + observations #DFF39

Peep the options below for some F-U-N times this week and for even more options this weekend, consider the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo at the Colorado Convention Center, the 2016 Teen Art Show at the MCA Denver, Uganda Snap Some Photos at The Curtis Club, First Friday at Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge, Beer Brunch at Black Shirt Brewing Co., and Chance to Dance at the McNichols Civic Center Building.

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Friday, November 4 – Saturday, November 12, 2016Denver Arts Week

Denver Arts Week celebrates The Mile High City’s arts and culture scene with hundreds of events around the city. For nine straight days, explore vibrant art districts, check out museum exhibitions + outdoor sculptures, experience the performing arts, be inspired at film and literary events, and even buy some art of your own!

Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 13, 2016: 39th Annual Denver Film Festival

The 39th annual Denver Film Festival is just underway and it wants you to come party. Click here for festival-going tips, package deals, and more #DFF39

Friday, November 4, 2016 @ 5 – 8pm: First Friday Micro-Market at Ink Lounge

Join Ink Lounge for their November First Friday micro-market, which will help prepare you for the holiday entertaining season. Local makers to include Red Camper, The Real Dill, Backyard Soda, and K-Sauce. FREE libations from Bear Creek Distillery, Divino Wine, and Ratio Beerworks. Screenprint your own flour sack tea towel while supplies last. This event is FREE.

Friday, November 4, 2016, doors at 5pm, show at 6pm: Sean Patton + Brian Cook at the Larimer Lounge

High Plains Comedy Festival is proud to present their first-ever non-festival show! They’ll be producing a limited number of world-class comedy shows year-round and their first one is a doozy. Join them as they welcome Festival favorites Sean Patton + Bryan Cook for a special early evening show. Denver’s own Aaron Urist will be the opener and some *very* special guests will be dropping by. Don’t miss this one! Tickets are $10.

Friday, November 4, 2016, doors at 6pm, performances at 6:30pm: Nutcracker First Friday at the Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet will offer a FREE Nutcracker First Friday event to kick off Denver Arts Week at its home at 11th and Santa Fe. Come see dazzling costumes on display and see live demonstrations of some of The Nutcracker’s iconic dances by Company and Academy dancers before the production opens on November 26, 2016. Brief demonstrations will take place every 20 minutes between 6:30 – 8pm. FREE.

Friday, November 4, 2016, film at 6:45pm, party at 9:30pm: Reel Social Club Screening + Party at the Sie FilmCenter

Reel Social Club (RSC) is Denver Film Society’s young professionals’ group, aimed at fostering the next generation of cinema lovers. They’ve been known to throw some pretty sweet events, including the epic Summer Scream at Lakeside Amusement Park. Whether you’re a current RSC member, or just curious, all are welcome at the RSC Screening + Party. This year’s film selection is Folk Hero & Funny Guy and will include a post-film Q+A with one of the film’s stars, Alex Karpovsky (best known as Ray from Girls), at the Friday night screening. The evening continues with the RSC Party at The Bottling Hall at Great Divide Brewing Co., which includes complimentary food + drink (and eye candy).

Friday, November 4, 2016 @ 7pm: Pussy Bros. Present Chris Charpentier at the Comedy RoomRoom

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means Pussy Bros. are putting on another awesome show. Guest comedians include Jose McCall, Joe Messina, Haley Driscoll, and headliner, Chris Charpentier. The show is FREE (donations are accepted) and the laughs are aplenty.

Friday, November 4, 2016 @ 7 – 9:30pm: Open Music Sessions at Denver Open Media (DOM)

This First Friday, visit YOUR community access television station for a live, intimate studio performance by Hang Rounders and a joke-telling set by Timmi Lasley. Additionally, the DOM crew will be interviewing filmmakers from the 39th Denver Film Festival upstairs in the lounge, so come get the inside scoop on what’s good at this year’s fest. Guests can also enjoy FREE food from Illegal Pete’s and Sexy Pizza, as well as cheap craft brews. Haaaaaaaaaay.

Friday, November 4, 2016, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Mortified Live: Denver Debut at The Oriental Theater

Witness a night of adults telling stories through their most mortifying childhood artifacts (e.g., diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, home movies) in front of total strangers. An 80s/90s cover band, crimped-hair contest, and palatable camaraderie will round out the evening. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door.

Friday, November 4, 2016 @ 10pm: Guilty Pleasures at Hi-Dive

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.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 9am – 3pm: Día de los Muertos at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican celebration in which death is recognized as a natural part of the life cycle. Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of Central and North America. On this day, people create altars in their homes, they clean and decorate the gravesites of lost loved ones, and prepare special foods. They attend mass and come together to sing, dance, and eat, all in remembrance of those who have left this earth. Bring your friends and family to celebrate this day at the Gardens. Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged. Non-member admission run $9.50 – $12.50; view the schedule of activities here.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 11am – 2pm: Bagels + Brews at The Source

James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal is coming from Chicago for a one-day-only brunch pop-up at The Source, in partnership with New Belgium Brewing and RiNo Yacht Club. Tickets are $30 and include Chef Segal’s bagel toasts, doughnuts, cookies and hot chocolate, as well as three taster-sized and two full-sized beverage pairings, with a choice of New Belgium’s beers and cocktails by RiNo Yacht Club. View the menu highlights here #yas

Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 5 – 10pm: Free Night at the Museums at participating museums

Denver’s best museums are open late and admission is FREE between 5 and 10pm. FREE shuttles make it even easier to explore all evening! #oolala

Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 9pm: Mile High Soul Club at Syntax Physic Opera

The weather may be cooling down but the dance floor will be heating up with Mile High Soul Club this Saturday night! This month, soul daddies Tyler Jacobson, Steve Cervantes, and Jason Heller will be doing their thang and making you move. 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!

Sunday, November 6, 2016 @ noon: Foul-Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays at Grandma’s House

You’ve likely never heard Grandma utter even the slightest of bad words, but that’s because she got it out of her system with her embroidery needles. The brewery will be providing all of the materials, just grab a couple pints, settle in, and stitch to your black heart’s content. FREE.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 @ 2 – 3pm: Read It (Or Not!): Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh at the Denver Central Library

Read It (Or Not!) is a new collaboration between Warm Cookies of the Revolution volunteers and the Denver Public Library. This Sunday, they’ll be chatting about the book “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” and the idea of a home. They’ll also feature a multimedia show from the Changing Denver podcast about finding a home away from home and talk with neighborhood activists about how it feels when all those things that make home safe and familiar start to disappear. FREE.

Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 7 – 10pm: Forbidden Bingo at Marion Street Tavern

Come play Forbidden Bingo with DJ Rockstar Aaron and Rich every Monday night in the heart of Capitol Hill. Win prizes from Romantix, gourmet cupcakes, free drinks, bar tabs, limo service, haunted house tix, and more. FREE to play!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 @ 5 – 11pm: Election Night Party at The Source

Come toast to the end of 6 months of election anxiety with food and booze specials, music, games, a costume contest, and more. If you voted, your first drink of the night is on the house. Election results will show on the big screen in the RiNo Yacht Club. Come dressed as your favorite political character for a costume contest at 8pm. No cover.election-invite-headlines-1024x512

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 @ 6 – 10pm: Denverite’s Election Night Party at Galvanize – Golden Triangle

Come watch the presidential election results roll in with the Denverite team! They’ll have drinks and food, plus you’ll get live updates on local races from their editors/reporters and play election games with your fellow Denverites. The price of your ticket ($6) includes a drink and appetizers. Plus, the first 50 people to register will get a second drink for FREE courtesy of Denverite.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 @ 6 – 9pm: Cider + Chocolate at Stem Ciders

Get excited, Cultura Craft Chocolate (formerly 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! More info here.

Tuesday, November 8, 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, November 8, 2016 @ 8pm: Songwriters Open Mic at Syntax Physic Opera

I’ve heard really great things about this mic. Hosted by Rachael Pollard and Anthony Ruptak; sign-up begins at 7:30pm, mic begins at 8pm. No cover.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 6pm: Vinyasa Yoga at Denver Botanic Gardens

Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings. Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Cost is $10 for members; $12 for non-members.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 9pm – midnight: Punk Rock Karaoke at Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge

Come down to Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge for Punk Rock Karaoke in the lounge. A live punk rock band will play your favorite punk songs as you take the mic. Tons of songs to choose from and plenty of whiskey for everyone. No cover.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 7 – 9:30pm: Going For It: Stories of Success, Failure, and Everything In Between at Ratio Beerworks

Going For It: Stories of Success, Failure, and Everywhere In Between is an event that features four speakers, sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly from the design world, as well as successes, funny anecdotes, and overall learning experiences. View the line-up here; tickets run $10 – $15.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 7 – 9:30pm: Bluegrass Thursday at Stem Ciders

This Thursday, sip on some cider while listening to the sounds of the Kevin Smithwick Band in Stem’s RiNo taproom. Happy Friday eve!