Things to do in Denver this weekend, Jan. 12-15

From the dive bar to the symphony, the stock show to the Clyfford Still museum.

Boettcher Concert Hall. (Courtesy of the CSO)
Boettcher Concert Hall. (Courtesy of the CSO)
Boettcher Concert Hall. (Courtesy of the CSO)

From the dive bar to the symphony, the stock show to the Clyfford Still museum — these are some great ways to have a good time in Denver.

Thursday

Food & drink

Tapped Event with Renegade Brewing. A five-course meal paired with beers from Renegade. The Rosedale, 1135 E. Evans Ave. 7 p.m. $35.

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. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“Fun Home”

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the critically acclaimed musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir is in town through Jan. 22. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-105.

Basta. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $80.

Doyle Bramhall II. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20.

Mom’s Kitchen (Widespread Panic tribute). Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15.

Highway 50 featuring Al Laughlin of the Samples. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $5-8.

The Munsens ‘Abbey Rose’ tour kickoff. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Ben Kronberg. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

SkullkiD. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

“Metropolis” screening with live accompaniment

The 1927 sci-fi classic will be accompanied by Morlox, Church Fire
Mirror Fears, Fitzpatrick.Knecht.Wherry.Trio and Night Grinder. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. Free.

Harlem Quartet presented by Friends of Chamber Music. Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 7:30 p.m. $10-25.

The Scones. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $18.

Bluegrass Thursday featuring Alex Thoele. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St. 7 p.m. Free.

Art

“Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal” opening reception. Featuring work by Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Dzama, Tony Cragg and much more. Music by DJ Set-Set. Catering by Brian Hubner at 2Taste. Vicki Myhren Gallery, 2121 E. Asbury Ave. 5-8 p.m.

For families

Free day at the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

National Western Stock Show

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

Happier Hour Story Time: “Poles Apart.” Half-off wine and kids’ meals start at 4 p.m. Stories and cookies at 4:30 p.m. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St.

For your brain
Letter Writing Night: “Speak Out”

A multi-part workshop on letter writing presented by Warm Cookies of the Revolution. Write a letter to someone you love, someone you hate or yourself. Read inspiring, strange and beautiful letters from history. Write a letter to the president and record it with the Narrators. Hear from a city councilman Jolon Clark’s aide Anita Bañuelos and Westword editor Patricia Calhoun. Learn how you can write letters to people in prison. Meet organizations working on immigration, the environment, homelessness and aging economics. Cookies and childcare provided. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-8 p.m.

Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet. Using photographs, maps and commentary from the world’s top planetary scientists, award-winning space journalist Leonard David explore the science behind a mission to Mars and the challenges of inhabiting the planet. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 7-8:30 p.m. $15.

Free women’s avalanche awareness classroom. Covers identifying hazards, observing weather, terrain and snowfall, self-rescue and more. Wilderness Exchange Unlimited, 2401 15th St., # 100. 8-10 p.m. Free. No registration required.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks, 7 p.m.

Colorado basketball vs. UCLA, 9 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Ski Wax Party. $15 for a ski/snowboard wax and a pint while you wait. Platt Park Brewing Co., 1875 S. Pearl St. 4-8 p.m.

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. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“Fun Home”

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the critically acclaimed musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir is in town through Jan. 22. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-105.

“The Book of Will.” The story of Henry Condell and John Heminges, friends and mentees of Williams Shakespere, who fought to preserve his work after his death. Ricketson Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“True West” staged reading. The finalist for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize in drama explores alternatives that might spring out of the California landscape. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 7:30 p.m.

Drive-By Truckers. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $30-57.

Rally ‘Round the Family (Rage Against the Machine Tribute). Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-15.

BadBadNotGood. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

The Lollygags. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Everyone Orchestra featuring Michael Travis (SCI), Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Mihali Savoulidis (Twiddle), Chuck Jones & Eli Winderman (Dopapod), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz) & Matt Butler (Conducting). Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $17-20.

DJ Qbert and Chris Karns. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20

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

PiKziL. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $10-30.

Kane Brown. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $10-90.

The Coast is Ours EP release. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Lucy Kaplansky. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $20.

Run The Jewels 3 listening party. Hear the new album, out today, and enter to win a Run The Jewels T-shirt, poster or Marvel Comic book, or tickets to Feb. 11 show at the Fillmore. Twist & Shout Records, 2508 E. Colfax Ave. 3 p.m. 

Midnight Madness: “The Shining.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

“Stunt Rock.” Grant Page stars in this movie about an Australian stuntman who goes to Los Angeles to work on a television series and in his spare time helps rock band, Sorcery, whose act features duels between the King of the Wizards and the Prince of Darkness. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 10 p.m. $7-11.

Art
Free evening and Music at the Galleries

Altius Quartet performs Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. Free admission from 5-8 p.m. Music from 6-7 p.m.

Opening reception for new exhibitions by Spark member artists. Featuring work by Lydia Brokaw and Mary Mackey. Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Free day at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. Noon-4 p.m.

National Western Stock Show

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

For a cause

10th annual Warren Miller film screening to benefit SafeHouse Denver. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln Ave. 6-10 p.m. $25.

Sports

Denver hockey at Western Michigan, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Cupcakes + Beer Flights: The Ultimate Mouth Party. Three Ratio beers paired with three Church of Cupcakes confections. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 1-4 p.m. $16.

Coffee Science. Learn about the chemical reactions in your cup, how different coffee processing methods affect taste, coffee’s effects on health and more, and sample a few experimental drinks. Copper Door Coffee Roasters, 932 Jersey St. 11 a.m.-noon. $6-10.

2017 River Norther Society and dual bottle release. Membership to the River Norther Society goes on sale today for $99, and there are a lot of perks. They’ll also release Mr. Sandman, an American imperial stout aged in a single Kentucky straight bourbon barrel, and J. Marie, a classic imperial saison aged in whiskey barrels. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. Noon-9 p.m.

Diebolt bottle release and tapping. Four different barrel aged versions of our Imperial French Saison (bourbon, brandy, cabernet and rye whiskey) available in 22-ounce bottles and on tap. Food from The French Twist food truck. Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. Noon-10 p.m.

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.

“Fun Home”

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the critically acclaimed musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir is in town through Jan. 22. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-105.

“The Book of Will.” The story of Henry Condell and John Heminges, friends and mentees of Williams Shakespere, who fought to preserve his work after his death. Ricketson Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. 7:30 p.m. $35.

A Night of Pops: Tribute to Leroy Anderson

His classics include “Sleigh Ride,” “Blue Tango,” “The Typewriter” and “Bugler’s Holiday.” Here those pieces and more at Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $29-89.

Drive-By Truckers. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $30-57.

Pandas & People. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Cold Cave. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Prof. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $17-20.

Back to the ’90s with DJ Bryan Matthew and a costume contest. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Bonnie & the Clydes. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

The Expendables. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-28.50.

Dyrty-Congryss Orchestra. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $10.

The Burial Plot. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

Bison Bone. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $5.

The Good Lovelies. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $20.

Tom Gershwin Sextet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7:30-11 p.m. Reservations recommended.

Midnight Madness: “The Shining.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

For families

Craft Bonanza. Crafting supplies will be available for kids to explore different art forms. Children’s Library at Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Western Stock Show

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

Daddy-Daughter Night. Have a beer or two and learn tricks to styling your daughter’s hair. Three Cutters, 485 S. Pearl St. 5-7 p.m. RSVP at 303-733-0845.

Nian Monster story time with author Andrea Wang. “The Nian Monster” is a Chinese New Year folktale retold in modern-day Shanghai. Wang will read the book and lead kids in a craft.  Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

For a cause

Heavy Homeless Benefit Show featuring In The Company Of Serpents, Of Feather and Bone and more. All proceeds from this event will go directly to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Urban Peak. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $15.

Rhinoceropolis/GLOB benefit. Music from Many Blessings, Petite Garçon and more. Art from Molly Bounds, Esther Hz and more. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 8 p.m.

Sports

Colorado State basketball vs. New Mexico, noon

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators, 1 p.m.

Denver hockey at Western Michigan, 5 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Beryl’s annual chili cook-off. Bring your best chili and the rest will be provided. Prizes for best green, red and vegetarian chili. RSVP with what you’re bringing. Beryl’s Beer Co., 3120 Blake St. 1-4 p.m.

Grow to Table: An Interactive Beer Dinner Experience

Ratio Beerworks are joining foreces for this event benefitting GrowHaus. Attendees will meet at Ratio and go by shuttle the Growhaus greenhouse. There, they’ll have a glass of wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem, learn about the urban farm and market program and pick vegetables that will be used in the first course of the dinner. After returning to ratio, attendees will make a salad course that will also be packaged and sent back to Growhaus to feed families in need. The beer dinner itself will feature a four-course meal from The Regional paired with Ratio beers. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 3 p.m. $75.

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.

“Fun Home”

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the critically acclaimed musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir is in town through Jan. 22. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-105.

“The Book of Will.” The story of Henry Condell and John Heminges, friends and mentees of Williams Shakespere, who fought to preserve his work after his death. Ricketson Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. 1:30 p.m. $35.

Infected Mushroom. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

WinterJam featuring DJ Brooklyn2Bigg, Johnny Paparazzi and more. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

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

Televangelist. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

Phishcast on the big screen, live from Mexico. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 5 p.m. Free.

Winter Warm Up featuring Half Past Midnight, Hijacking Fiction and more. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St. 5 p.m. $10-15.

For families
National Western Stock Show

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

For a cause

Polar Bear 5K. Just run the 5K, or sign up to run the 5K and then stand in a bucket of ice water or plunge into an ice bath. All donations during the challenge (minimum $5) will support Girls on the Run and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Washington Park, 1000 S. Downing St. 9 a.m. $25-45.

Sports

Colorado basketball vs. USC, 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.