Things to do in Denver this weekend, Feb. 18-19

Whenever you’re ready to go inside…

Bruz Beers' Summerfield Saison illuminated on the bar during the brewery's soft open in Twin Lakes on June 9, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)beer; brewery; bruz; twin lakes; denver; colorado; food; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Bruz Beers' Summerfield Saison illuminated on the bar during the brewery's soft open in Twin Lakes on June 9, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) beer; brewery; bruz; twin lakes; denver; colorado; food; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Bruz Beers’ Summerfield Saison illuminated on the bar during the brewery’s soft open in Twin Lakes on June 9, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Whenever you’re ready to go inside…

Saturday

Food & drink

The World of Belgian Beers. An overview and guided tasting of the 15 major categories of Belgian beers. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $25.

Fifth anniversary party. Tickets guarantee you two bottles of Anniversary 5, their first American DIPA, one crowler of Anniversary 5 1/4, their first hazy IPA, and one full pour of either. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. Noon-close. $24.

Cheers to Two Years. Special releases, live music and food trucks. Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St. Noon-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: “Motown The Musical.” You only have this weekend to check out this touring production of the story of Motown, featuring hits like “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-115.

Best bet: “The Happiest Song Plays Last.” It’s closing weekend for this show. Yaz, a community organizer and “reluctant matriarch,” ends up as the voice of her struggling community in North Philadelphia. Her movie-star cousin Elliot struggling with war nightmares in Jordan. Live Puerto Rican music throughout. Curious Theater Company, 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-34.

Best bet: Don’t Panic! Punk Fest, featuring Mean Jeans, Dirty Few, Poison Rites, The Ghoulies, Pueblo Escobar, Sophisticated Boom Boom. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway (and other South Broadway venues). 7 p.m. $8-10. $12 per show. $25 day pass.

The Great Make. ReCreative Denver’s grand opening celebration. Tours, screen sprinting, sip and paint, live music, dancing and more. Plus hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and craft cocktails. ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive. 11 a.m.-midnight. 

Mozart & Stravinsky conducted by deRidder. Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 in C major, Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka and Nico Muhly’s Viola Concerto. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $29-89.

Ballet MasterWorks. Including “Firebird,” choreographed Yuri Possokhov and music by Igor Stravinsky and “Serenade” choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-90.

“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.

“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.

“The Christians.” A New York Times Critics’ Pick. “Pastor Paul inspires faith in the members of his growing congregation through his preaching. But when he brings up unexpected questions during a sermon, his changing perspective may ask too much of his followers.” Stage Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

“Two Degrees.” Emma, a scientist studying climate change in Greenland, is coping with the unexpected death of her husband as she shares her findings at a Senate hearing. The Jones, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

Lotus. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $34.50.

Savoy. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $28-35.

Hippo Campus. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $16-18.

Futurebirds. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $16-30.

SIR. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Giant Panda Guerrila Dub Squad. Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $18-20.

Praang. Cervantes’ Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Los Lobos. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $50-70.

Chris Daniels and the Kings and The Hazel Miller Band. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $18.

Seasons After. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-15.

Spinscott. Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $10-30.

The Parlor Pickers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

N’awlins Swing Jam. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 9 p.m.-midnight.

Bowling Alley grand opening and customer appreciation party. From 6-7 p.m.: Kill a Keg and a limited open bar selection featuring Kahlua and White Russains. From 7-8 p.m.: bowling contest. At 8 p.m. “The Big Lebowski” and drinking White Russians bath robes, plus a costume contest. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 6-11 p.m.

Art

Teen Wake & Make: Tea & Terrariums. Sip tea, snack on toast and build a terrarium. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

For families

The Great Make. ReCreative Denver’s grand opening celebration. Family-friendly portions include free drop-in crafting from 10 a.m.-noon and a song writing workshop from 5-6 p.m. ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive.

Black History Live: Harriet Tubman. National Humanities and Chautauqua scholar Becky Stone will portray Harriet Tubman, former slave, scout, spy and nurse who led hundreds of slaves to freedom by the Underground Railroad. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 2:30-4 p.m.

Bumblebee Jamboree: Dr. Noize. Kids are invited to dress as a favorite pollinator (bees, butterflies, birds) and dance and sing along with the musical guest. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. $5-12.

Helmet Safety Story Time. Pedalheads will host storytime and a fun presentation about the importance of wearing a bike helmet. Kids get a bike bell, sticker and “Helmet Safety Certificate.” Second Start to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Scott Bergstrom: “The Cruelty.” Bergstrom will read from his YA novel, participate in a Q&A and sign copies. Second Start to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 3-4 p.m.

For your brain

“The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” book launch party. The story of the African Americans who fed presidents from the Washingtons to the Obamas. History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. 5:30-7 p.m. Free.

Meet your Muslim Neighbors. Learn about Islam and meet your Muslim neighbors. Enjoy desserts and get a free hennah tattoo. Masjid AnNur, 2124 S. Birch St. 2:30-5:30 p.m.

For a cause

Defend Our Constitution March. Speakers will kick things off, followed by a march. The route will not be posted ahead of time. Civic Center Park Amphitheater, 150 W. 14th Ave. 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Leukemia and lymphoma fundraiser. Local barbers and stylists will be donating their time. For a $20 donation, you get you a haircut, a beer and raffle ticket. For a $15 donation, you get a beard trim, a beer and a raffle ticket. If you have long hair that you’re willing to donate, it’s free and you’ll get priority with the barbers and stylists. Hair will be donated to Wigs for Kids, or you can donate it to another organization. Baere Brewing Co., 320 Broadway, Suite E. Noon-5 p.m.

Noenemies: Movement Choir practice. The protest music series created by Flobots continues. Youth On Record, 1301 W. 10th Ave. 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Sports

Colorado basketball at Oregon, 1 p.m.

Denver hockey at Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m.

Denver Mammoth at Saskatchewan Rush, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday

Entertainment

Best bet: “Motown The Musical.” You only have this weekend to check out this touring production of the story of Motown, featuring hits like “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-115.

Best bet: Ballet MasterWorks. Including “Firebird,” choreographed Yuri Possokhov and music by Igor Stravinsky and “Serenade” choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-90.

Best bet: Ben Roy. Former Denverite, Grawlix member and co-star of “Those Who Can’t.” Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $12.

“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. 6:30 p.m. $35.

“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.

“The Christians.” A New York Times Critics’ Pick. “Pastor Paul inspires faith in the members of his growing congregation through his preaching. But when he brings up unexpected questions during a sermon, his changing perspective may ask too much of his followers.” Stage Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 6:30 p.m. $30-65.

“Two Degrees.” Emma, a scientist studying climate change in Greenland, is coping with the unexpected death of her husband as she shares her findings at a Senate hearing. The Jones, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 6:30 p.m. $30.

The Hip Abduction. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

PARTYBABY and Potty Mouth. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $12-15.

Great American Canyon Band. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Pkew Pkew Pkew. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $12.

Ratio Sessions: Pkew Pkew Pkew. The band stops by Ratio to talk with the Mostly Harmless Podcast, drink beer and play some songs. Fee-free and discounted tickets to the Hi-Dive show will be sold. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 3-5 p.m.

Sammy Adams. Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Born of Osiris. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $10-20.

You Blew It! Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5-14.

RipRats. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $6.

Matinee Metal featuring Skinned and Tierkrieger. Black Sky Brewery, 90 Santa Fe Drive. 2-5 p.m. Free.

My Bloody Violent-tine Film Festival. Horror films made by locals, live music, prizes and more. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. $10 per person or $15 per couple.

Art

Foul-Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays. Get crafty and do some cross-stitching. All materials provided with purchase. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon-9 p.m.

For families

The Music Train, featuring Honeycomb Funk. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 6 p.m. $4-8.

Indoor Block Party. Free food, games and fun for the people of Green Valley Ranch and Northeast Denver. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, 19535 E. 46th Ave. 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

For a cause

Impact: Sack lunches for the homeless. Pitch in $10-20 and help prepare and hand sack lunches. Cervantes Masterpiece, 2635 Welton St. 12:30-2:30 p.m. $10 per person, $20 per family.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 6 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.