Things to do in Denver Nov. 3-6: The big weekend list

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Eat, drink, dance, mosh, cheer, listen and learn your way through the weekend.

Thursday

Food & drink

2016 Denver International Wine Festival. The Westin Denver International Airport, 8300 Pena Blvd. 6-9 p.m. $120.

2nd Annual Holiday Meal Tasting. Sample special holiday items and order holiday meals and/or pies for 10 percent off. Kitchen Table: BBQ & Comfort Food, 1426 E. 22nd Ave. 5-8 p.m. Free.

Whiskey Flight Night. Three half-ounce pours and Thursday Night Football on the TV. Laws Whiskey House, 1420 S. Acoma St. 5-9 p.m. $10.

Entertainment

Denver Film Fest is offering an almost non-stop schedule of film screenings through Nov. 12.

Rae Sremmurd. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $34.50-40.

Prayers. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25-27.

Nik Turner. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Throttlebomb. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Codename: Carter. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

MunimulA. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 8:45 p.m. $5.

Williams Fitzsimmons. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $26.

Bluegrass Thursday Featuring Turkeyfoot. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St. 7-10 p.m.

Globe Hall One Year Anniversary Week/End. Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. Free.

The Mystery Lights. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Astronaulalis. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $15-18.

Art

Gameplay: A Tribute to Video Games. Opening reception for an exhibit inspired by the influence, history and current state of video games. Helikon Gallery & Studios, 3675 Wynkoop St. 6-10 p.m.

For your brain

Dr. Cornel West on race, democracy and the humanities. Tivoli Turnhalle, 900 Auraria Parkway. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free and open to the public.

The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters. Award-winning author and biologist Sean Carroll will discuss how life operates on different scales. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 7-9 p.m. $12-19.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves. 6 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks. 6:30 p.m.

Colorado football vs. UCLA. 7 p.m. Tickets.

Friday

Food & drink

2016 Denver International Wine Festival. The Westin Denver International Airport, 8300 Pena Blvd. 6-9 p.m. $95.

Telluride Brewing tap takeover with free samples and other giveaways at The District, 1320 E. 17th Ave. 7-10 p.m.

Avery Tap Takeover at Park & Co., 439 E. 17th Ave. 3 p.m.

Riga Doms barrel release. A brandy barrel-aged Baltic porter. Beryl’s Beer Co., 3120 Blake St. 3-11 p.m.

Free Wine First Friday. Local wine experts will give out samples and guide you through a tasting. Charcoal, 43 W. 9th Ave. 5 p.m. until wine runs out.

Entertainment

Denver Film Fest is offering an almost non-stop schedule of film screenings through Nov. 12.

First Denver Anything. Raconteur Denver presents Morgan Hartley, Kirsten Lewis and Jack Wefso telling stories about Denver. When they’re done, the mic opens up to anyone else who wants to tell a “first something” story about the city. Leon, 1112 E. 17the Ave. 7-9 p.m.

Sweater Beats. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-17.

Saul Hernandez. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Rising Appalachia. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $23-28.

High Plains Comedy Presents: Sean Patton & Bryan Cook. High Plains Comedy’s first non-festival show will feature comedians Sean Patton and Bryan Cook, with support from Denver’s own Aaron Urist and some “very special guests.” Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $10.

David Ramirez. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $18-20.

The Jekylls final performance.  3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $5.

Globe Hall One Year Anniversary Week/End. Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $25-65.

Guilty Pleasures. Spinning anything and everything that will make you blush. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Jumbo Catfish. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Amos Lee. Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 8 p.m. $39.95-59.95.

Sturgill Simpson. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $35.

Comedy night at Zephyr Brewing Co., 1421 26th St. 8 p.m. Free.

K.Flay. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $13-15.

The Del Griffiths. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. $6.

La Pompe Jazz at Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 11 p.m.

Art

First Friday. Galleries in the Santa Fe Art District will have special exhibits, artist receptions, music or just some free wine and beer this evening. Santa Fe Drive between Alameda and 12th avenues. 5:30-9:30 p.m.

For families

Free “Nutcracker” First Friday. See costumes on display and short live demonstrations of iconic dances from “The Nutcracker.” Students from the Colorado Ballet Academy will also perform winter-themed dances. Colorado Ballet, 1075 Santa Fe Drive. 6:30-8 p.m.

Teen Art Show reception. Failure Lab invites high school artists to submit work for an art show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delganey St. 6-9 p.m. Free for teens. $5 for adults.

Free day at the Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Second Star to the Right two-year celebration. A sing-along, raffles, giveaways and cake. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 6:30-9 p.m.

Deck the Mall. An open-air holiday festival with shopping, live entertainment, free hot chocolate, a charity gift exchange and other fun. 16th Street Mall. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

For a cause

”Why Just One?” screening. Sea Sherphard Denver presents this documentary about sea turtle endangerment. Two-item purchase required. Donations accepted. Proceeds go to the Operation Jairo campaign to save the sea turtles. RSVP in advance. Blackbird Public House, 305 S. Downing St. 8-11 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Fermæntra ænniversary party. The brewery is celebrating two years today with giveaways, bottle releases, tappings, live art and more. Fermæntra, 1715 E. Evans Ave. Noon.

Mockery Brewing block party and anniversary. Mockery is also celebrating two years tonight with giveaways, limited releases, tappings, live music, food trucks, live screen printing and more. Mockery Brewing, 3501 Delganey St. Noon-11 p.m.

Denver Bacon & Beer. Bacon dishes from 15 restaurants and beer from 23 breweries. Proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart and Metro Caring. Glitter Dome, 3600 Wynkoop St. 2-5:30 p.m. $50-$70.

Learn to homebrew. Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E. 38th Ave. Noon-6 p.m.

Entertainment

Denver Film Fest is offering an almost non-stop schedule of film screenings through Nov. 12.

Ivory Circle. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10.

Marvel Years and Artifakts. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $22-25.

Super Diamond. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Sunflower Bean. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12.

Steel City Jug Slammers and Saddle of Southern Darkness. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. $5.

Globe Hall One Year Anniversary Week/End. Open stage featuring members of Hang Rounder, Jimbo Darville and Clay Rose. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. Free.

Eldren. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $10-12.

Balance and Composure. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $17.50-20.

Sturgill Simpson. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $35.

Amy Schumer. Bellco Theater, 10 p.m. Few tickets left starting at $203.

Breck Brew x Never Summer opening day party. Live music from MF Ruckus and a screening of the Never Summer film “25.” Get your skis or snowboard wax and play games to win a Breckenridge Brewery board. Punch Bowl Social, 65 Broadway. 6-10 p.m. Free.

Kathy Mattea. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $30-32.

Azizi Gibson. Cervantes Otherside, 2635 Welton St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

Nicolas Jaar. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $30-35.

For Today: The Farewell Tour. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $18-20.

Art

Free day at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Wish You Were Here” artist talk and closing party. Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive. 3-5 p.m.

Crossover opening reception. Abstract expressionist Doug Kacena will be painting over completed works by 12 Colorado painters, and allowing them to do the same. Mike Wright Gallery, 1412 Wazee St. 6-9 p.m.

Penny admission to the Museum of Contemporary, 1485 Delgany art all throughout Denver Arts week (Nov. 5-12).

Paint “Moonlit Cat.” Sip (coffee, tea and hot chocolate) and paint at the Denver Cat Company, 3929 Tennyson St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $30.

For families

Night at the Museum. As part of Denver Arts Week, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will open its doors for free for the evening. 5-10 p.m.

Picture Book Presidential Election. Two picture books, “Duck for President” and “President Squid,” go head to head in the polls. Children’s Library at the Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For your brain

Frank Talk: The Science! of Cannabis. A talk on cannabis DUI laws, workplace drug testing and the current state of legalization. Herman’s Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway. 1 p.m. Free.

For a cause

Rock-A-Belly. Eat and drink courtesy of local restaurants and breweries and enjoy live music from Chris Daniels and the Kings and the Hazel Miller Band. 100 percent of proceeds go to Food For Thought’s work feeding hungry children in Denver Public Schools. Turnhalle Ballroom at the Tivoli, 900 Auraria Parkway. 5-9 p.m. $50.

PuppyUp Denver Walk. Two-mile walk around Stapleton Central Park to benefit the PuppyUp Foundation, followed by vendors, food and human and canine entertainment. Stapleton Center Park, 8801 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sports

Air Force football at Army. 10 a.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild. 1 p.m. Tickets.

Colorado State football vs. Fresno State. 1:30 p.m. Tickets.

Denver Nuggets at Detroit Pistons. 5 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Salsa competition. It’s free and anyone can enter. Just show up with a big bowl of your salsa. Chips and the Broncos game will be provided. Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W. Colfax Ave. 6:30 p.m.

Entertainment

Denver Film Fest is offering an almost non-stop schedule of film screenings through Nov. 12.

Jason Kelly & Friends. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8.

Lydia. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $17-20.

Sales. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $14-16.

Vektor. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12.

Afton Showcase. Cervantes Masterpiece, 2635 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

Niykee Heaton. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Sunday Night Swing-a-Rama. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 8-11 p.m. $10.

Kung Fu Sunday and “Walking Dead” watch party. Season 7, episode 2 viewing party with free “zombie shots” if a character dies, followed by Kung Fu movies and vinyl selections of proto punk, glitter rock and rock ‘n’ roll. Pearl’s, 608 E. 13th Ave. 7 p.m.

For families

The Spectrum of Dis/Connect. MSU Denver Dance Program students perform original choreography inspired by the spectrum of human connection possible in the age of technology. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave. West. 5:30-8 p.m. $10.

For your brain

Read It (Or Not!): Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. Warm Cookies of the Revolution presents a discussion about the book “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” and the idea of a home. The event will also feature a multimedia presentation from the Changing Denver podcast and a talk with neighborhood activists. Plus: games and cookies. Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

For a cause

Hunger and homeless awareness dinner. Ten percent of all food and drink sales benefit Aurora Warms the Night. Trattoria Stella, 3201 E. Colfax Ave. 6-10 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rapids vs. Lox Angeles Galaxy. Noon. Tickets.

Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues. 3 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Boston Celtics. 5:30 p.m.

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders. 6:30 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.