Things to do in Denver Jan. 7-8: Weekend edition

The 2017 National Western Stock Show kicks off Saturday in Denver. (Courtesy of the National Western Stock Show)
The 2017 National Western Stock Show kicks off Saturday in Denver. (Courtesy of the National Western Stock Show)

Saturday

Food & drink

Take your date or BFFs to 12@Madison. The new restaurant — a reincarnation of Jeff Osaka’s old Twelve — opened last month. It’s relaxed spot to share a small feast.

Entertainment

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“Sons + Daughters” – A New Musical. The story of America in the aftermath of 9/11. RedLine Contemporary Arts Center, 2350 Arapahoe St. 7 p.m. $10-20.

Midnight Madness: “My Neighbor Totoro”

Subtitled version of the beautiful Miyazaki classic. (Aren’t they all?) Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Desert Dwellers and Kayla Scintilla. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Rob Drabkin. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-17.

Paradise Theater (Styx Tribute). Oriental Theatre, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7:30 p.m. $14.

Khemmis. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

The Couch Bombs. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $5-8.

Dressy Bessy

Joined by Wheelchair Sports Camp and SPELLS for what should be a very, very fun show. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12-15.

The Swallow Hill Teacher Feature. Reviving a tradition from the ’80s, Swallow Hill instructors will perform together. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $20.

Rubber Souls, Little Creatures, Jocko Homo. Beatles, Talking Heads and DEVO tribute bands. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 8 p.m. $15.

Faceman. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

The Bluegrass Generals. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Art

Penny Admission for Colorado Residents at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Sweet Dreams closing reception. Music, food, art and activities. Spectra Art Space, 1836 S. Broadway. 2 p.m.-midnight. 21+ after 8 p.m. Free before 8 p.m., $5 donation after.

Artist talk: Stanley Bell. Coffee, a tour and discussion of Stanley Bell’s latest work in “From the Ground Up.” Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive. 11 a.m.-noon.

For families

Family history resources workshop. Explore family history resources with the help of reference librarian. History Colorado, 1200 Broadway. 10:15-11:15 a.m. $4-5.

National Western Stock Show

The 111th annual event starts this weekend and runs through Jan. 22. We’ve got your guide right here.

Mythology Misadventures. Explore and learn about Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology through activities, crafts, and more. Children’s Library at Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders, 7 p.m.

Denver hockey vs. Arizona State, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday

Entertainment

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

Üfer. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Echoes in Reverie. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-8.

The Bluegrass Generals. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Golden Globes Watch Party

Sure, you could watch at home, but why not watch Hollywood’s booziest awards ceremony on the big screen (and with a bar). Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m. Free. First-come, first-served.

Paperbark. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8-11 p.m.

Gypsy Swing Revue “I Love Paris” CD release. Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

For families
National Western Stock Show

The 111th annual event starts this weekend and runs through Jan. 22. We’ve got your guide right here.

Luchador Masks. Chicano Humanities and Arts Council will host a workshop. Learn about the luchador and make a mask. Children’s Library at Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

For your brain

Silent Reading Happy Hour. Read silently for an hour and get half off any drink. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 6-7 p.m. 

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.