Things to do in Denver Oct. 22-23: Your guide to the weekend

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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.