Things to do in Denver Oct. 20-23: The big weekend list

Mercury Cafe. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Mercury Cafe. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Thursday

Food & drink

Bottle release of Shirtless Putin Nuzzling with Dolphins (a Baltic porter) at Call to Arms Brewing Co., 4526 Tennyson St. 3-10 p.m.

Tapping of Born Yesterday (a fresh hop ale) at Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Entertainment

“Frankenstein.” Given life from a man with a troubled heart, a creature assembled from corpses sets out into the unforgiving world to discover his humanity. As he uncovers both kindness and cruelty, he seeks out the doctor who created him to demand answers about his troubled existence. Stage Theater, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Bluegrass Thursday with Steepland String Band at Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., 7-9:30 p.m. No cover.

2016 Pray for Snow Bash. This is possibly the most Colorado event you’re likely to find this weekend. It features Free beer from Upslope Brewery, live ’80s music from The Goonies, three-day lift pass giveaway from Steamboat, the world premiere of Powder Magazine’s “Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks” (with the stars of the film), winter season’s fortunes from Old Lady Winter, locally sourced artisanal corn dogs, the first REI Outdoor Programs Raspberry Bacon Rail Jam and launching Twinkies from a catapult. Where your best ’80s gear. REI, 1416 Platte St. 5:30-9 p.m. Free. RSVP through the link.

The Spins. Vinyl Me, Please will host this vinyl listening event featuring the music of Beck and an exclusive reissue of “Odelay.” The night will also include a vinyl set from DJ Details. Bar Fausto, 3126 Larimer St. 8-11:30 p.m.

The Emerging Filmmakers Project. Showcase of local independent filmmakers. This month: October Lineup: “Devil in the White City” by Rion Smith, “Killer Ink” by Lewis Leslie, a secret special short by Midian Crosby and Shannon Smith, “Trickster” by Jamon Tolbert, “Serial” by Jordan Spalding and “Decline and Fall” by David Higgins. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8-11 p.m. $5 at the door.

Film on the Fly. Free screening of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on the airport’s open-air plaza and a conspiracy-themed costume party. No full masks or weapons, real or fake. Denver International Airport, 8500 Pena Blvd. 5-9 p.m.

Glow at the Gardens. “Luminaria-­lined pathways” light the way to pumpkin displays, live music, face painting, Halloween bingo, a costume contest, a scavenger hunt, crafts, magician Chad Wonder, LED circus performers and seasonal food and beverages. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 6-9:30 p.m. $8-14.

Luther Dickinson and Rich Robinson. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Happy hour bingo. Win tickets to: The Faint, Good Charlotte, The Sword, The Motet, Bad Suns, Sounds, Boxer Rebellion, Moon Hooch, Hiss Golden Messenger, Prayers. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 6 p.m. Free.

Hard Proof. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

For your brain

Nerd Nite: Taxidermy and Board Games.
Tish Gance will talk about using gameplay to help small businesses with their customer outreach and marketing and Brant MacDuff talks about taxidermy, followed by powerpoint karaoke.

The Science Lounge: So, You’re Dead. Where your undead best to have some cocktails explore the Extreme Mammals and Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs exhibits at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 6:30-9:30 p.m. 21+. $15.

For a cause

Free Concert for Amendment 69. Performances by Natalie Tate and Strawberry Runners and DeVotchKa merch giveaways in support of ColoradoCare. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 7:30-10 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Bites ‘N’ Brews. Class that combines the basics of cooking with beer with a menu meant to complement craft breer.  A local breweries will take lead guided tasting of beers. Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, 1937 Market St. 6-9:30 p.m. $99.

Wicked Weed Tapping. 2016 GABF Silver Medal Winner Lunatic (Belgian-style blonde ale) and four other beers. Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

These are the seven biggest beer selections in Denver.

Entertainment

Colorism” by Kenya Fashaw. Explore the lives and experience of people of color dealing with discrimination based on skin tone within their own race. Aurora Cultural Arts District, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora. 7 p.m. $20.

“Frankenstein.” Given life from a man with a troubled heart, a creature assembled from corpses sets out into the unforgiving world to discover his humanity. As he uncovers both kindness and cruelty, he seeks out the doctor who created him to demand answers about his troubled existence. Stage Theater, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Fruition. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Esme Patterson. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $5-14.

The Felice Brothers. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $20-22.

Khemmis “Hunted” album release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $10.

Top Flite Empire. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 7:30 p.m. $10.

Shpongle. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 7 p.m. 

I’ll Have Another. Straight No Chaser’s 20th anniversary world tour. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $34.50.

Freaky Friday Flicks & Ghost Stories. “Hotel Transylvania” at 7 p.m.
“Psycho” at 8:30 p.m. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St.

“La Bohème.” Semi-staged production with the Colorado Symphony. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $29-89.

Sunnyside Brewhaha. Comedy from Mallory Wallace, Jack Comstock, Tyrel Hartman, Timmi Lasley and Adam Cayton-Holland. Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. 8-10 p.m.

5Point Adventure Film Festival. Shift Bannock, 1001 Bannock St. 7-9 p.m. Free with RSVP.

The Allied Witches Presidential Election Convention. Halloween play performed by the Allied Witches. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 7:30 p.m. $10.

Anna Rose, Loch Lomond and Lillian. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m.

Caroline Smith, Callie and Kitty Crimes. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m.

John Gorka. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $25-27.

Jubilingo. Quixote’s True Blue, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m.

Happy Hour Chamber Concert. Boulder Bach Festival Artistic Director Zachary Carrettin will be joined by Boulder Bach artists Greta Parks and Keith Barnhart for an evening of music by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, including a performance on the cello da spalla.  Epiphany Lutheran Church Elca, 790 S. Corona St. 6 p.m.

Art

Day of the Dead celebration. Art and costume contests with cash prizes,
traditional Day of the Dead refreshments, music and vendors. Urban Gipsie Gallery, 3603 W. Colfax Ave. 5-10 p.m. 

Third Friday and artist reception. Work by W. Max Thomason. Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive. 6-8 p.m.

Opening reception. Work by Gina Caswell and Kim Putnam. Core New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Pumpkin Party. For 4- to 9-year-olds. Read pumpkin stories, decorate pumpkins and watch the “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Pizza dinner and halloween treat provided. Costumes encouraged. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 6-8 p.m. $15.

Cool Science: Owl Pellets. Dissect an owl pellet, attempt to identify the bones inside it and reassemble animal skeletons. Best for kids in third grade and up. Smiley Branch Library, 4501 W. 46th Ave. 4-5 p.m.

Glow in the dark storytime. Good for all ages. Smiley Branch Library, 4501 W. 46th Ave. 10:30-11 a.m.

Here are all the fun fall activities you could want — festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7 p.m. Tickets here.

Saturday

Food & drink

Dry Dock Brewing Co. 11th anniversary party. Unlimited pours of 28 rare, vintage and specialty beers, and samples of the Signature Series Raspberry Imperial Stout debuting at the party. Live music by Chris Dismuke Music and food from the Mile High Cajun Food Truck. Dry Dock Brewing Co., 2801 Tower Road, Aurora. Noon-5 p.m. $35.

American Cheese Tasting Bar: Wisconsin. Cheese + Provisions, 2432 W. 44th Ave. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

Brewability Lab opening party. Food trucks: Johno’s Food Truck and Spooked Rabbit Waffles. Music from The One And Only Jon Ham, Rick Newell’s band, @p-Nuckle. Brewability Lab, 12445 E. 39th Ave. 2-10 p.m.

These are the seven biggest beer selections in Denver.

Entertainment

Colorism” by Kenya Fashaw. Explore the lives and experience of people of color dealing with discrimination based on skin tone within their own race. Aurora Cultural Arts District, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora. 7 p.m. $20.

“Frankenstein.” Given life from a man with a troubled heart, a creature assembled from corpses sets out into the unforgiving world to discover his humanity. As he uncovers both kindness and cruelty, he seeks out the doctor who created him to demand answers about his troubled existence. Stage Theater, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Elle King. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $30-35.

JOHNNYSWIM. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $18-20.

True Widow. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Karl Blua. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Bridging The Music Presents: Colorado Solo Artists. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 6 p.m. $10.

Chris Lane. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m.

“La Bohème.” Semi-staged production with the Colorado Symphony. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $29-89.

Colorado Association of the Deaf Oktoberfest. RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe St. 4-10 p.m. $40.

Denver Zombie Crawl. Skyline Park, 1600 Arapahoe St. Noon-6 p.m.

Suspect Press issue 12 release party. With music from Anna Smith (Ancient Elk) and Adam Baumeister (Bad Weather California), and readings by Josiah Hesse, Daniel Landes, Charlie “City Mouse” Fasano and Suzie Q. Smith. Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 8-11 p.m.

“YOUR BAND SUCKS” book event. Author Jon Fine will read from and discuss his acclaimed punk rock memoir. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 3-6 p.m. 

Day of the Dead LGBT family celebration. Intergenerational celebration of our ancestors accompanied by traditional food, art and music. GLBT Community Center of Colorado, 1301 E. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Final performance of “Swan Lake.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. 

The Patient Zeros, North by North, Granny Tweed and The Beeves. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.

Art

Jack Jensen: Los Dia de Los Muertos. Meet the Mutiny Artist Jack Jensen, see new works, talk about old Denvoid. All  Jensen pieces are $60. Mutiny Information Café 2 S. Broadway. 5-9 p.m.

Paint “Day of the Dead Cat.” Includes a visit to the cat cafe, a free coffee, tea or hot chocolate, all painting supplies and step-by-step guidance from an art instructor. Denver Cat Company, 3929 Tennyson St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $30.

Student and teacher art show and sale. Students and teachers from DPR’s Arts & Culture program will showcase their work, including pottery, jewelry, watercolors, oil paintings and more. Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek S. Drive. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rehashed. Paintings and prints by Gabe Wells. Fort Greene, 321 E. 45th Ave. 7-10 p.m.

For families

Spooktacular! Spooktacular! This year’s theme: Spooky in Space. Plus: the Bizarre Bazaar, featuring a costume shop and spooky snacks. The family-friendly matinee bazaar will also feature face painting and a kid’s costume contest. The adult-oriented evening show will include spooky libations. Grant Avenue Community Center and Historic Theater, 216 S. Grant St. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $3-15.

Pumpkin carving and costume contest. Costume contest includes cat and dog categories. Prizes for winners include a custom long-board from BOARDLife, a free ice cream sundae party, gift certificates and more. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 2-5 p.m.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Bring sleeping bags. Free popcorn and other refreshments. Green Valley Ranch Amphitheater, 5050 N. Argonne St. 6-9 p.m. Movie starts at dusk.

Family sugar skull workshop. Learn about sugar skulls and their significance on Day of the Dead, and make your own. Chac Gallery, 772/774 Santa Fe Drive. 12:30-2:30 p.m. $5 per skull.

Costume Lab. Recycled materials, tools and tutorials to whip up a costume from scratch. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Here are all the fun fall activities you could want — festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more.

For your brain

Victorian Horrors. Hear stories from Poe, Wells and Lovecraft in a spooky setting. Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. 6-9 p.m. $16-19.

For a cause

March For Humanity Denver. The march/rally represents a solidarity movement between people of all races, genders, cultures and beliefs. Starts at City Park, 17th Ave. and Josephine St. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fall Harvest. Benefit Smile Train, a nonprofit funding cleft lip and palate surgeries for kids in developing countries. All-you-can-drink beer, raffle prizes, a kids’ costume party, a pumpkin patch, face painting. Prost Brewing Co., 2540 19th St. Noon-3 p.m. $30.

Beer Bust. All-you-can-drink beer. A portion of proceeds go to a local group. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive. 3:30-7:30 p.m. $8.

Sports

Saturday: Colorado Avalanche at Florida Panthers, 5 p.m.

Colorado football at Stanford, 1 p.m.

Colorado State football at UNLV, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

The Bloody Mary Festival. A three-hour tasting of Bloody Mary drinks from the Denver area, with food trucks and a DJ. EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St. 1-4 p.m. $40-75.

Sunday FUNday Drag Brunch. M Uptown, 700 E. 17th Ave. Noon-2 p.m.

American Cheese Tasting Bar: Wisconsin. Cheese + Provisions, 2432 W. 44th Ave. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

Chili cook off. Joy Wine & Spirits, 1302 E. Sixth Ave. Noon-9 p.m. $15-20.

These are the seven biggest beer selections in Denver.

Entertainment

Colorism” by Kenya Fashaw. Explore the lives and experience of people of color dealing with discrimination based on skin tone within their own race. Aurora Cultural Arts District, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora. 1:30 p.m. $20.

“Frankenstein.” Given life from a man with a troubled heart, a creature assembled from corpses sets out into the unforgiving world to discover his humanity. As he uncovers both kindness and cruelty, he seeks out the doctor who created him to demand answers about his troubled existence. Stage Theater, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Schoolboy Q. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m.

DreamGirls: Drag Murder Mystery. An interactive drag show that resembles the board game Clue. M Uptown, 700 E. 17th Ave. 10 p.m.

Matinee Metal. Denver Heavy Metal Society presents Pletys Mografia and Chemically Crippled. Black Sky Brewery, 490 Santa Fe Drive. 2-5 p.m.

Trash Talk. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $18-20.

“La Bohème.” Semi-staged production with the Colorado Symphony. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $29-89.

Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 6 p.m. $40.75.

Hillary Susz, Ryan Hutchens and Rubyfruit. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.

Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 7-10 p.m. $31-33.

Art

Foul-mouthed cross-stitching. Grandma’s House, 1701 S. Broadway. Noon-9 p.m.

For families

Harvest Festival. Highlands Square, 3599 W. 32nd Ave. 2-5 p.m.

Monster Mile Fun Run. Wear a Halloween costume for this short fun run. Prizes for individual and group costumes. Pets (especially those in costume) are welcome. Competitive runners also welcome. Proceeds benefit SAME Café. Cheeseman Park Pavillion. 9 a.m.-noon. $20-25.

Here are all the fun fall activities you could want — festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more.

For your brain

Islam 101 Class. For new Muslims and non-Muslims. Denver Islamic Society, 2124 S. Birch St. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free.

For a cause

Pet Patio Costume Party. A portion of the day’s sales will be given to The Dumb Friends League. Latigo, 2229 Blake St. 3-10 p.m.

Beer Bust. Drink to benefit the Front Range Bears. Wrangler, 3090 Downing St. 4-8 p.m.

Beer bust and sticky velco wall. Jump on (at?) the wall and compete for best poses and  enjoy all-you-can-drink Budlight and Shocktop, plus burgers and hot dogs. 4 p.m. $8.

Sports

Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo, 2 p.m. Tickets here.

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.