Things to do in Denver this weekend, Jan. 26-29

Concerts, beer releases, art openings and more than one chili cook-off at a brewery.

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Concerts, beer releases, art openings and more than one chili cook-off at a brewery.

Thursday

Food & drink

You don’t have to live in Denver for very long to learn one important thing: If you want good Asian and Mexican food, go to Federal Boulevard. We’ve got your guide to the best grub on the street.

Beer and Cheese with Wonderland. Gourmet cheeses hand-picked to match a selection of beer from Wonderland Brewing Company, and knowledge from cheese expert Nate Cougill. Denver Bicycle Café, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 7-9 p.m. $25.

Beer Release: Imperial IPA. Plus food from Rocky Mountain Cheesery. Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W. Colfax Ave. 5 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Dine-In Movie – “Anchorman.” First come, first served. Wear a mustache and get a $5 scotch. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. Doors at 8 p.m., movie at 9 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Cartoons & Comedy fourth anniversary party. Featuring Rachel Weeks, Zach Reinert and a secret special guest. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 10 p.m.

Agent Orange and The Yawpers. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-20.

The Wailers. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-29.

The McLovins. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $12-15.

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

Motherwell. Lion’s Lair 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Pulp Fiction watch party, plus a costume contest. Denver Deep Dish LoHi, 1200 W. 38th Ave. 9 p.m.

Art

Best bet: I’m An Artist relaunch party. The MCA Denver is the first museum in Colorado to get funding to underwrite memberships for working artists. It provided 1,000 free memberships to local artists in the first year and is now opening applications for another 800 members. The party will feature the “time decoration with ambient music and sound” performance from Vules Jerne. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-9 p.m. Penny admission.

For families

An Evening with John James Audubon. Historic actor Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays John James Audubon through Audubon’s journals, essays, and letters. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 6-7:30 p.m. $18.

Dissect owl pellets, identify the bones inside and reassemble the skeletons. Good for third-graders and up. Virginia Village Branch Library, 1500 S. Dahlia St. 4-5 p.m.

For a cause

Spinster. A “feminist hang night” and fundraiser for the Colorado Chapter of 9to5, an organization dedicated to working women’s issues. Music from DJ Babygrand and Rio DJneiro, and the original “Nine to Five” will be playing on the screen. The Overland, 1967 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado basketball vs. Oregon State, 6:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns, 7 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Letters&Numbers and Forever Awake release. LETTERS&NUMBERS: XJA2/436 is part of an IPA series showcasing new and experimental hop varietals. Forever Awake is an imperial coffee stout brewed in collaboration with the Lula Rose General Store. Burgerchief will be grilling from 3-10 p.m. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-11 p.m.

First annual cellar drain. Clearing out the cellar one keg at a time. See the event page for a full schedule and list of beers. Fresh Craft, 1530 Blake St., Unit A. 5 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Propaganda! Featuring Adam Cayton-Holland, Nathan Lund, Rachel Weeks and Ian Douglas Terry. The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. First Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

Best bet: Agent Orange and The Yawpers. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Best bet: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Plus: Kevin Puts’ Symphony No. 2. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $44-104.

Drag Nation: Idols. Hosted by Nina Flowers, featuring Detox (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 and All Stars Season 2). Music by DJ MarkieTracks. 3500 Walnut St. 9 p.m. $10.

Steel Panther. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St. 8 p.m. 

Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Ogden Theatre, 935 Ogden St. 9 p.m. $10-22.

Analog Son. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8:45 p.m. $12-20.

Gun Street Ghost. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $20.

Mayhem. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Michael Hornbuckle and The Austin Young Band. Oriental Theater, 4335 E. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $14.

Passafire. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Cut Chemist. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $20-45.

Chasing Apollo. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

King Dub album release. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-10.

5 & Dimers. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $14.

The Parlor Pickers. Illegal Pete’s, 270 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Art

Best bet: Untitled Final Friday. The DAM’s monthly late-night program features workshops, performances and tours. This month’s themes are power, rebellion and epic empires (so, yes, some of this involves the Star Wars exhibit). Denver Museum of Art, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6-10 p.m. Free with $18-24 museum admission.

Best bet: Button Mashers. An encore opening party for the Art of Video Games, featuring artist Kym Bloom, a playable art-cade game by Matthew Bethancourt and new game-inspired work. Cabal Gallery, 1875 S. Broadway. 6-10 p.m.

Small Works. Opening reception for a group exhibition of works spanning multiple genres. Gallery 1261, 1261 Delaware St. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Birding with John James Audubon. Historic actor Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays John James Audubon through Audubon’s journals, essays, and letters. He’ll lead a bird watching tour inside the museum. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 7:30-8:45 a.m. $33. Registration required.

For your brain

Book readings and signings with Tiphanie Yanique and Candace Kearns Read. Yanique will be reading and signing her new poetry collection, “Wife,” winner of Forward Prize’s Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. Kearns Read will be reading and signing her memoir, “The Rope Swing.” BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 5:30-6:45 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., respectively.

For a cause

Concert for Cash. Ninth annual celebration of Cash Scanlon Phillips and the Cash Scanlon Phillips Foundation, featuring  Judge Roughneck and DJ Savior Breath, live and silent auctions and a Texas-style barbecue buffet. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 5:30 p.m. $35.

Right to Rest Fest 2017. Support the Homeless Bill of Rights in the state legislature with music, art, public comment, presentations and food. Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave. 2-5 p.m.

Sports

Denver hockey vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Chinese New Year Dinner. Seven-course sharing menu and traditional Chinese lion and dragon dances. Zengo, 1610 Little Raven St. 4-10 p.m. Reservations: 720-904-0965.

Best bet: 10 Barrel Grand Opening Block Party. Beer, food, giveaways and a rail jam, plus live music from Dragondeer, Brent Cowles and Rapidgrass. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 2620 Walnut St. 4-10 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Cool Beans Beer & Coffee Festival. Ratio Beerworks and Novo Coffee will showcase beer, coffee and coffee beers. Ticket price includes tasters of every coffee beer, a full pour of Ratio beer, a snack from The Real Dill, pour-over coffee from Novo, doughnuts from Glazed N Confuzed, a breakfast burrito from Illegal Pete’s, bacon from Bacon Social House and a commemorative tasting glass. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 11 a.m. $25.

She’s My Cherry π Pairing. Three versions of She’s My Cherry π beer with three cheese pairings. Tivoli Brewing Co., 900 Auraria Parkway. 4-6 p.m. $20-30.

Barrel Blonde returns. Limited release of this brewers’ favorite Belgian blonde aged in whiskey and cocktail barrels. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. Noon-9 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Plus: Kevin Puts’ Symphony No. 2. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $44-104.

Best bet: Comedy Saved The Video Star. Comedians will do a stand up set, then introduce their favorite music video, which everyone will then discuss. Featuring Silas Coursón, Aaron Maslow, Mara Wiles and Adam Cayton-Holland. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 10 p.m.

Superstar Saturdays featuring Lil Jon. The one and only Lil Jon will be DJing at Beta, 1909 Blake St. 9 p.m. $30.

RJD2. Ogden Theatre, 935 Ogden St. 9 p.m. $20-40.

Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash tribute). Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Plaid & The Bee. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Denver Country Fest 2017. Oriental Theater, 4335 E. 44th Ave. 6:30 p.m. $14.

Jeff Austin Band. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Dave Watts & Friends. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Red Fang. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $20.

Enemy In I. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

American Wrestlers. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $11-13.

Chris Dismuke. Illegal Pete’s, 270 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

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

Black Dots. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $6.

Sista Soul CD release. Jazz at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320. 6-8:30 p.m. $10-20.

Stoney’s ’80s Ski SIA After Party. Live ’80s rock from the Champions, an Oskar Blues Tap Take Over, Icelantic Ski givaways and an ’80s costume contest. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 8 p.m. 

“The Shopkeeper” film screening and Q&A. The documentary tells the story of Mark Hallman, an Austin-based producer who has recorded Carole King, Ani DiFranco and more, and the fight to stay afloat in the age of Spotify. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

For a cause

Best bet: Denver Brewfest. More than 40 breweries and live music to benefit the Swallow Hill Music Association. Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave. 7-10 p.m. $35-45.

Sports

Colorado State basketball at San Diego State, 4 p.m.

Denver hockey vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7 p.m.

Colorado Mammoth vs. Calgary Roughnecks, 7 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

You don’t have to live in Denver for very long to learn one important thing: If you want good Asian and Mexican food, go to Federal Boulevard. We’ve got your guide to the best grub on the street.

Second annual Little Machine Chili Cook-Off. (At capacity for entries.) Little Machine Beer, 2924 W. 20th Ave. 12:30-4 p.m. 

Copper Kettle Chili Cook-Off. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., #100. Noon-3 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Talib KweliGothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $25-32.

Best bet: Shakesbeer presents “The Tempest.”  A performance of a Shakespeare play, with the actors drinking throughout. Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 1700 Vine St. 7-9 p.m.

Dan Layus. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $20-22.

Bear Redmon. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-8.

Wyte-Out Showcase. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 5:30 p.m. $10-15.

The Color Canvas EP release. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Montropo. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-8.

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 Family Concert featuring Irie Still. Accepting donations of hats, gloves, socks, long underwear, coats and hand-warmers. Portion of sales will go to the Denver Rescue Mission. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 4-6 p.m. $4-8.

For a cause

Sunday School For Atheists: “Resistance and Revolution.” Civil resistance scholar Erica Chenoweth will talk about when and how resistance movements succeed and fail. Plus: a call and response song from Dee Galloway of the Spirituals Project, live painting from Jolt of Guerilla Garden and a No Enemies song from Jonny 5 of Flobots. Spanish translation and child care available. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-1 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.