Things to do in Denver this weekend, April 27-29

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!

Kristin Bietsch (left) and Michelle Weinberger walk under an umbrella during a spring shower, April 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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From free Shakespeare, to alien talk, to fine dining at a museum, it’s going to be a weird and wild (but sometimes peaceful and polite) weekend.

Friday

Food & drink

Beer Release: Pear Saison. Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, 925 W. Eighth Ave. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Triple can release: Gamma Knife, DDH Cheat Code and Affordable Luxury. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-10 p.m.

Strawberry Wit release. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. Noon-10 p.m.

Heart Tattoo blackberry Belgian wit release. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. Noon-midnight.

Entertainment

Best bet: Lucha Libre & Laughs“Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal vs. “Limitless” Keith Lee vs. Anaya. They’re all on the poster. Comedy from Christie Buchele, Cody Spyker, and more. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $15-60.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $35-80.

“Native Gardens.” Dealing with neighbors can be thorny, especially for a young Latino couple who move into a well-established DC neighborhood. Space Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

Remembering “A Knight to Remember.” Return of the 2012 “haphazard quest disguised as play.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

“Reefer Madness: The Musical.” A tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, inspired by the 1936 film of the same name. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Vulfpeck. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $45-75.

The Brothers Comatose. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Midnight Tyrannosaurus. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $30-40.

The Solid Ocean EP release. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

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

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

Maxo Kream. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $18-50.

Rain in July and 1,000 Miles of Fire. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Ghost Tapes. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

The Savage Blush. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

The Gabriel Mervine Quartet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

FreeBear. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 p.m. Free.

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

Chris D’Elia. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7 p.m. $29.50-39.50.

Bryan Callen. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $27.

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

Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.-midnight. $12.50-15.

Art

Best bet: Untitled Final Friday this month curated by spoken word artist Suzi Q. Smith. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6-10 p.m. Free-$24.

“This thing which I cannot hold” opening reception. Immersive installation by Mari Crespin. Georgia Art Space, 952 Mariposa St. 7 p.m.-midnight.

Final Friday Art Social. This month’s featured artists include Connie Leubbert, Jose Canizares, Lev, Elsa, Ladies Fancywork Society and Madison Westfall. Hostel Fish, 1217 20th St. 6-9 p.m.

“Fowl” opening reception. Next Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax Ave., Unit B. 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

“On Edge” juried show opening. EDGE Gallery, 7001 W. Colfax Ave. 5-10 p.m.

For families

Disney’s “Aladdin.” Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-175.

Fusion Dance with Colorado Ballet. Participants will explore a variety of music and dance including hip-hop, African and Brazilian styles. Appropriate for kids in grades K-5. Anythink Perl Mack, 7611 Hilltop Circle. 3-4 p.m.

“The Velveteen Rabbit.” Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 7:30 p.m. 

For your brain

That’s My Jam: NFL Draft Trivia. Stoney’s Uptown Joint, 1035 E. 17th Ave. 7-10 p.m.

For a cause

Cervezas for Causes with Museo de las Americas. Cerveceria Colorado, 1695 Platte St. 5-7 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Seattle Mariners, 5:10 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: MCA Dinner Society: Colt & Gray x Ratio Beerworks. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7-10 p.m. $125.

Best bet: Field Day 4K. Out-and-back course in Berkeley park will feature field day obstacles. One free beer at Call to Arms Brewing Co., 4526 Tennyson St. 1-2:30 p.m. $30.

Seventh Annual Crawfish Boil. Two 16-oz. beers and a tray of crawfish, fixins and a bib. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. Noon-5 p.m. $35.

Belgian Brew Fest. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 1-4 p.m. $40-48.

Third Annual Reinheitsgewhat?! Celebration of the 502nd anniversary of the German Beer Purity Law. Limited beer releases, live music by The Polkanauts, special German menu from Pavy’s Food Truck. First 100 people get commemorative glassware. Mockery Brewing, 3501 Delgany St. Noon-6 p.m. 

Annual Maibock Release Party. Live music, traditional German food from Styria Catering and a patio reopening. Prost Brewing Company, 2540 19th St., 1 p.m.-midnight.

Wine & Cheese Pairing with The Vineyard Wine Shop at Le Creuset, 158 Fillmore St. 12:30-2 p.m.

White Out Stout on Snow Peak can release. 14er Brewing Company, 2801 Walnut St. 1-4 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Parquet CourtsGothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Best bet: Denver Silent Film Festival including early Disney animation accompanied by live piano and Russell Merritt. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 10:15 a.m.-8:30 p.m. $13 per film.

Best bet: Extra>Terrestrial: Alien Places Here on EarthDr. Graham Lau and Julia DeMarines share their research and experiences in planetary analogs here on Earth. Plus: space raps from Jamie Diaz. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 8-10 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-80.

“Native Gardens.” Dealing with neighbors can be thorny, especially for a young Latino couple who move into a well-established DC neighborhood. Space Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

Remembering “A Knight to Remember.” Return of the 2012 “haphazard quest disguised as play.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

“Reefer Madness: The Musical.” A tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana inspired by the 1936 film of the same name. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Las Arpías. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $48-90.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $12-15.

Last Chance Texaco. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Angelic Desolation. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Of Feather and Bone album release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

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

phAb5. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Valiomierda. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. Free.

Crystal Collins Quintet: Billie and Beyond. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

Smirk. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 p.m. $7.

Glenn Phillips. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $24.

State Drugs. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $7.

The Comedy Get Down. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. 7 p.m. $49-113.

Bryan Callen. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 9:45 p.m. $27.

Comedy Saved the Video Star. Comedians do standup, then play their favorite music video, which everyone discusses afterward. Night starts with a half hour of TRL (they’ll take your music video requests). Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. 

Weird Touch dance party. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

For families

Best bet: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot double feature: “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Riverfront Park, 1610 Little Raven St. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Blair-Caldwell Library 15th Anniversary CelebrationRefreshments, guided museum tours and a special program highlighting the purpose an archive plays in preserving the history and culture of a community. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Disney’s “Aladdin.” Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-175.

“Alice in Wonderland: A Circus Adventure.” Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 7:30 p.m. $28.50-48.50.

For your brain

An Exploration of Navajo Weaving. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 10-11:30 a.m. $10.

For a cause

Totally Tennyson ’70s, ’80s and ’90s themed street crawl to benefit local public schools. 6 Million Dollar Band closes out the night at the Oriental Theater. 6 p.m. $25-65.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Seattle Mariners, 5:10 p.m.

Colorado Mammoth vs. Toronto Rock, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Ramble On Rosé Wine DinnerPairing five rosés to five seasonal courses (by chef Charles Haughton) with the music of The Grateful Dead and other vintage rock and roll (by the Adam Bodine Trio). Co-owner and sommelier Scott Mattson will talk winemaking methods, terroir and what makes rosé one of the fastest growing categories in wine today. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 5 p.m. $89.

Brunch with El Javi. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Jazz Dinner with David Thomas Bailey Trio. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 6 p.m. No cover.

Entertainment

Best bet: Uncalled Four: A Comedy Game Show. Hosted by Zac Maas. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $14.

Best bet: Denver Silent Film Festival. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $13 per film.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 1:30 p.m. $35-80.

“Native Gardens.” Dealing with neighbors can be thorny, especially for a young Latino couple who move into a well-established DC neighborhood. Space Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 1:30 p.m. $30-65.

Twisted Pine. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

Afton Showcase featuring Skylar Autumn, Fathom All the Animals and more. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

Indigenous. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $20-27.

Chaos and Carnage Tour. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 3 p.m. $20-25.

Some Kind of Nightmare. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $5.

Brett Mitchell/Claude Sim/Susan Cahill. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 8 p.m. $15-35.

The Ghoulies. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $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-10 p.m. Cross-stitching class available for $10 from 1-4 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Día del Niño 2018Free performances, art-making activities and museum tours at the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Public Library, the Byers-Evans House Museum and the History Colorado Center.

“Alice in Wonderland: A Circus Adventure.” Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 2 p.m. $28.50-48.50.

For your brain

“Before It All Vanishes” book release party with poet Lois Levinson,. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 5-8 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Seattle Mariners, 11:10 a.m.


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Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean is the assistant editor and culture reporter for Denverite. 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 bourbon straight and dreams of someday holding the title of Nightlife Mayor. Find her at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.