Things to do in Denver this weekend, Nov. 9-12

Looking for things to do in Denver this weekend? Here’s a big, curated list of options in arts and entertainment, food and drink, causes, sports and more!

“Sun Spot” by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan at the Denver Animal Shelter in Valverde. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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“Sun Spot” by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan at the Denver Animal Shelter in Valverde. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) public art; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; valverde;
“Sun Spot” by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan at the Denver Animal Shelter in Valverde. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s still Denver Arts Week, which means the Denver Film Festival is still in progress. Go do something artsy. Or something else. It’s your Denver.

Thursday

Food & drink

Beer and cheese pairing. Four beer samples, four cheeses from The Truffle Cheese Shop, freshly baked bread and fresh fruit. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., Suite 100. 7-8:30 p.m. $20.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Film Festival. SieFilm Center, UA Denver Pavilions, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the McNichols Building. 2:30-11 p.m. Individual ticket and package prices vary.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $20-30.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Yanni: Piano and Intimate Conversation. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 8 p.m. $39.50-250.

Spafford. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $19.99-25.

Felly. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Luca Lush. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $12-18.

Front Country. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Moonlight Bloom. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $10.

Guantanamo Baywatch. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

The Moves Collective. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

The Burial Plot and Remain and Sustain (split EP release). Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Dead Characters. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $6.

Harry Tuft And… Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 7 p.m. $10.

PterrorFractyl (album release). Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Aaron Diehl: Solo Piano. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 8:30 p.m. $25.

Bluegrass Thursday featuring Steepland String Band. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Unit 150. 7-9:30 p.m.

“Ties That Bind.” Excerpts from “Unbound Baroque” and “Memories and Well-Grounded Hopes” performed by the Wonderbound Dance Company with Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe. MACC, 350 S. Dahlia St. 7:30 p.m. $30-36.

The Good Stuff: A Dessert Platter of Comedy. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 8-11 p.m.

The SPINS. Hear Vinyl Me, Please’s record of the month, St. Vincent’s “Masseducation,” and enjoy drink specials and bring your own vinyl to spin. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 6-8:30 p.m.

The Drunken Bee. Test your spelling skills with a drink in hand at The Rosedale, 1135 E. Evans Ave. 7:30 p.m.

Art

Creating Space for “X” / Women in Art. TEDxMileHigh hosts a discussion with local women artists on using their art to invite others into experiences of transcendence, activism, identity and community. Plus: live art, food and drinks. ATC DEN, 3420 Larimer St. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Denver Arts Week at the Children’s Museum. Get creative with food,  dance, nature art and more. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10.

Storytime with Officer Robbie.  Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For your brain

Courageous Conversations: Race, Crime, & the Politics of Fear in America with Tim Wise. University of Denver Davis Auditorium, 2000 E. Asbury Ave. 6 p.m. Free.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma Thunder, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Black Sheep Friday: Cupping Express with Commonwealth Coffee Roasters and Healing Vibes Acupuncture & Wellness . Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-9 p.m. Free with $5 museum admission.

DiSTILLed: Pair. Mulled-sangria poached pears and honeyed gorgonzola yogurt dip, gruyère gougère pastries, herbed turkey with apricot-cranberry chutney and fig-and-blue-cheese savories paired with 10 wines by Wine Dispensary executive sommelier Rob MacKenzie. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 6-10 p.m. $30-40.

Alpine Dog 3rd Anniversary Weekend. Release the joint 3x3rd Anni Collaboration Triple IPA brewed with  Locavore Beer Works and FERMÆNTRA Brewing. Limited collaboration glass. Clamato Time fish taco food truck. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 3 p.m.

Saturnalia Release. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 3-10 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Film Festival. SieFilm Center, UA Denver Pavilions, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the McNichols Building. 1 p.m.- 1 a.m. Individual ticket and package prices vary.

“La Bohème.” One of opera’s most beloved stories — the original “Rent.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $20-210.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Fall Out Boy. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. $30.50-70.50.

Kid Cudi. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 9 p.m. 

Desert Dwellers and Quixotic. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Cabinet and Bill Strings. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20.75-25.

Death From Above. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $25.75-$29.75.

Slaughter Beach, Dog. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $12-14.

Paul Cauthen. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Consider the Source. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Fathers. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Homemade Spaceship. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Reel Rock 12. Five short climbing films. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 10:30 p.m. $22.

This Broken Beat. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $10-12.

Zoë Lewis. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $14.

We Still Like You: Denver #15. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-10 p.m.

The Lituation dance party.  Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Art

What a Place to Be Alive: Moving Images from Toronto. Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

Exchange: Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013. Community members, including Denverite assistant editor Erica Meltzer, participate in a fast-paced, informal discussion on the ways art helps us see contemporary issues in fresh ways. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, 6-7:30 p.m. Included with general admission.

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show. More than 75 artists, free pancakes, live body painting, DJs and more. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $10.

For families

Denver Arts Week at the Children’s Museum. Get creative with food,  dance, nature, art and more. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $10.

Free day at Four Mile Historic Park, with Hay Bales & Tall Tales story time from 12-1 p.m. 715 S. Forest St. Noon-4 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottowa Senators (in Sweden), noon.

Saturday

Food & drink

Denver Mac and Cheese Beerfest. Vinyl Events Center, 1082 Broadway. 6-10 p.m. $35-50.

Alpine Dog 3rd Anniversary Weekend. 2nd Anniversary Brett finished Wild BA Imperial Stout bomber release. 3rd Anniversary Wild IPA release.  Bourbon barrel aged Old Liquid Debauchery barley wine release.
Anniversary Rastal Balloon glasses for the first 200 people. MGJ’s Burgers food truck. 
Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 11 a.m.

FERMÆNTRA 3rd Anniversary Party. Commemorative glasses, crowler and bottle releases, tappings. Quiero Arepas for lunch and Skadi’s for dinner. FERMÆNTRA, 1715 E. Evans Ave. Noon-11 p.m. 

Barrel Aged Avarice Release Party. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. Noon-9 p.m.

The World of Belgian Beers workshop. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $25.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Film Festival. SieFilm Center, UA Denver Pavilions, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the McNichols Building. 10:40 a.m.- 12:30 a.m. Individual ticket and package prices vary.

Best bet: Lucha Libre & LaughsLonnie Valdez vs Mike Sydal vs Matt Cross, and comedians Mike Stanley and Byron Graham. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Demetri Martin. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $37.50.

SunSquabi. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m. $40.

Cabinet and Bill Strings. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20.75-25.

Giraffage. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $17-20.

Jacob Banks. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $16-18.

Cold Specks. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $13-15.

Spafford. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $99.

Jean-Baptiste Le Cessna (Slim Cessna solo). Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. $10.

Perpetual Groove. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Second Annual Corduroy Classic featuring Anders Beck. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Bass Control. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $25-40.

Ghostemane. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $12-40.

Cécile McLorin Salvant. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 p.m. $20-60.

Franksgiving with Little Fyodor & Babushka. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.

“On the Couch.” Funny and moving stories about therapy by well-known authors Steve Almond, Amy Bloom and Stephen McCauley. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 1:30 p.m. 

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. $29.50-39.50. 10 p.m.

Veterans Collective Dinner & Movie Night with a screening “Soldiers of the Vine” Spectra Art Space, 1836 S Broadway.  4-11 p.m. $10 donation, free for veterans and their families.

“Almost Sunrise” screening and panel discussion. Colorado Public Television, 2900 Welton. 5:30 p.m. 

Midnight Madness: “The Lost Boys.”  Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

For families

Denver Arts Week at the Children’s Museum. Get creative with food, dance, nature, art and more. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $10.

For your brain

SciFi Reading: Carrie Vaughn, Laurence MacNaughton. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 7-9 p.m.

For a cause

Paws & Pints. Dogs and puppies adoption, raffle, dog supplies drive. La Rola Urban Colombian food truck. Brewability Lab, 12445 E. 39th Ave. #314. 1-4 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Orland Magic, 7 p.m. 

Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottowa Senators (in Sweden), 11 a.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Alpine Dog 3rd Anniversary Weekend. Yoga at the brewery. Bourbon barrel-aged barleywine bomber release. Coffee Tipsy Cairn brown ale release with an Alpine Dog Mug for the first 100. Brunch by the Basted Egg food truck.
Humble Monster Screen Printed Goods will be onsite to help you create a custom Alpine Dog Shirt. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 11 a.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Film Festival. SieFilm Center, UA Denver Pavilions, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the McNichols Building. 10 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Individual ticket and package prices vary.

Best bet: Kishi BashiBluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $20-22.

Best bet: Billy Strings and The Whiskey Shivers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $22-25.

Best bet: Matt Bellasi: Everything is Awful. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $40.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“La Bohème.” One of opera’s most beloved stories — the original “Rent.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 2 p.m. $20-210.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 2 p.m. $20-30.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. $30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 3 p.m. $15-18.

Bad Suns. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 7:30 p.m. $20.70-25.

WifisFuneral. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

The California Harvest Tour. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Afton Showcase featuring Awaximus. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m.

Our Lady Peace. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 9 p.m. $15-155.

Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $16-18.

Ophelia’s Sunday Peepshow. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 8 p.m. $17.

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

Drag Queen Storytime. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. Noon-1 p.m. $10 per family.

Sun Catchers and Poetry with the Clyfford Still Museum. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

For a cause

Bloody Maria Callas Brunch to support Opera on Tap. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $20.

Sports

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots, 6:30 p.m.


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Ashley Dean covers culture 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.