Things to do in Denver this weekend, Jan. 28-29

Otters at the Denver Zoo, Jan. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)otters; denver zoo; animals; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Otters at the Denver Zoo, Jan. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) otters; denver zoo; animals; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Otters at the Denver Zoo, Jan. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Be like this otter. Eat, play, sleep, repeat.

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 families

Visit the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., where you might catch a fun and adorable otter training session. (Or just normal fun and adorable otter stuff.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $9-13.

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.

Visit the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., where you might catch a fun and adorable otter training session. (Or just normal fun and adorable otter stuff.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $9-13.

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.