Things to do in Denver this weekend, April 27-30

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!

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A silhouette at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Have the best weekend anyone has ever had. I know you can.

Thursday

Food & drink

Great Divide beer and cheese pairing. Three 4-ounce pours and three meat and cheese pairings. Great Divide Barrel Bar, 1812 35th St. 5-8 p.m. 

Ratio beer and cheese pairing. Gourmet cheeses and 5-ounce pours from Ratio Beerworks. Denver Bicycle Café, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 7-9 p.m. $25.

The Park Tavern just reopened. It’s completely different now, and it has the only rooftop patio in the neighborhood. Happy hour? Park Tavern, 931 E. 11th Ave. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Movie at the Symphony featuring “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” The Colorado Symphony plays the score live with the movie. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $29-89.

“Disgraced.” A 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man who spends his adulthood downplaying his upbringing, but finds misconceptions about his culture too much to bear after a high-profile court case and his wife’s Islam-inspired art show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $35.

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 6:30 p.m. $35-75.

No Ceilings. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $9-18.

Sounds Like Words. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Teacup Gorilla video release. Lost Lake Lounge, 3026 E. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m. $8-10.

SIR. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $10.

Fundraiser for the Letterpress Depot featuring Chimney Choir. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 6 p.m. Free.

Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds. Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

The Phantom Circus. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10-20.

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

Matt Woods. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. $5.

Kim Boekbinder. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8.

Chris Dismuke. Illegal Pete’s LoDo, 1530 16th St. 9 p.m. Free.

“Fishpeople.” Premiere of Keith Malloy’s new film about people who lead lives dedicated to the sea –surfers, spearfishers, a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids in San Francisco. Patagonia, 1431 15th St. 7-10 p.m.

Art

Iconoclasm’s Aftermath. Sara Ryu, honorary scholar in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at Washington University will deliver a lecture on the re-use of pre-Columbian sculpture in colonial Mexico City. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free for Alianza de las Artes Americanas members or with student ID. $5 for DAM members. $10 for non-members.

For families

Poetry story time. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals, 1:10 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Tapping: Island of Conclusions IPA. New tropical and juicy imperial IPA double dry-hopped with Citra and El Dorado hops. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 2-11 p.m.

The Park Tavern just reopened. It’s completely different now, and it has the only rooftop patio in the neighborhood. Happy hour? Park Tavern, 931 E. 11th Ave. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: ETown live radio taping with Mavis Staples and Ani DiFranco. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7 p.m. $28-45.

Best bet: Brent Cowles EP release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12-15.

“Disgraced.” A 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man who spends his adulthood downplaying his upbringing, but finds misconceptions about his culture too much to bear after a high-profile court case and his wife’s Islam-inspired art show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7:30 p.m. $35-75.

Killswitch Engage and Anthrax. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 7 p.m. $29.50.

Wood & Wire and Rapidgrass. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $15-18.

Viretta playing the songs of Radiohead. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10.

Inanimate Existence and Aethere. Lost Lake Lounge, 3026 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-13.

Foxfeather. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 6 p.m. $5-10.

Ultraversary 7. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $25.

The Unified Field – A Sonic Bloom Pre-Party. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $20-25.

The Cold Hard Cash Show. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $18.

Mod Sun. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $18-20.

Wovenhand. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Wow Signal. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. Free.

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

300 Days and Masontown. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Anilyst and Slo Pain. The Roxy Theatre, 2549 Welton St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Unit E at The Aztlan: Fed Rez. Aztlan Theatre, 974 Santa Fe Drive. 9 p.m. $5.

Slam Nuba team selection featuring Vatic Kuumba. Crossroads Denver Theater, 2590 Washington St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

Best bet: Untitled: Talk BackGlamour shots with Denver drag queens, “caraoke,” a slam battle with Denver Youth Poetry champions, musical interpretations of Clyfford Still paintings and more. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6-10 p.m. Regular museum admission.

Best bet: The Pancakes & Booze Art ShowWork from more than 80 emerging artists, live body painting, live music, live art and free pancake bar. City Hall, 1144 Broadway. 8 p.m. $5-12.

Lecture: Calder from Miniature Circus to Monumental Sculpture. Alfred Pacquement, guest curator of the “Calder: Monumental” exhibit, will discuss the life and career of American sculptor Alexander Calder. Denver Botantic Gardens, 1007 York St. 6-7 p.m. $20-25.

“Traces.” One-night pop-up exhibit from Megan Gafford. David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 Wazee St., Suite A. 7-9 p.m.

“Metaphors” opening reception. Exhibit featuring work by Meagen Svendsen, Peter Illig, Patricia Finley, Ana Zanic, Farida Hughes and Andrew Marcus. Walker Fine Art Gallery, 300 W. 11th Ave., Unit A. 5-9 p.m.

Eric Blum: New Paintings reception. Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Mammoth vs. Saskatchewan Rush, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Oyster and Stout Festival. Try the new Blue Island Oyster Stout — brewed with live Blue Island No. 9 Oysters from Picnic Bay, New York — with Oysters from both coasts. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. Noon-5 p.m. $30. 12 extra oysters for an additional $20.

Belgian Brew Fest. Belgian-style beers from 10 Colorado breweries, food trucks and music from Velvet Compass and The Goonies. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. 1-5 p.m. Free-$48.

Crawfish boil with live music from Vinal. Monkey Barrel, 4401 Tejon St. 1-4 p.m.

The Kitchen Next Door is now open in Stapleton at 10155 E. 29th Drive, Suite 160. It opens at 11 a.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: “Divisions.”  Wonderbound dance company and the Flobots collaborated on a performance confronting the struggles between personal identity, community, individual freedom and collective power. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 7:30 p.m. $22-50.

Best bet: Comedy Saved The Video StarComedians do standup, hen 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. 

Best bet: Totally TennysonSeventh annual ’70s-, ’80s- and ’90s-themed street crawl of the bars, restaurants, shops and more along Tennyson between 35th and 46th avenues. 4-10 p.m. $35-75.

The Colorado Symphony Ball: Rock and Roll Royalty. Performances from the Colorado Symphony and Tracksuit Wedding and, at some ticket levels, dinner. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 6 p.m. $150-1,000.

“Disgraced.” A 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man who spends his adulthood downplaying his upbringing, but finds misconceptions about his culture too much to bear after a high-profile court case and his wife’s Islam-inspired art show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-75.

Hyper Future Tour featuring Eptic Music Die and Gentlemen’s Club. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-35.

Red Bull Sound Select presents: Masego & the Traphouse Jazz Band. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Potato Pirates and The Bunny Gang. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 7:30 p.m. $5-18.

Master Ferocious. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

The Dirty Circuits EP release. Lost Lake Lounge, 3026 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-12.

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

Brothers Comatose. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

The Unified Field – A Sonic Bloom Pre-Party. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $20-25.

6 Million Dollar Band (for Totally Tennyson). Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $35-75.

Peter Hook & The Light. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $25-45.

Avec Sans. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-15.

Anisha Rush Quartet: Original Compositions (final night). Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $10.

Silent disco. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 8-11 p.m. Free.

For families

Independent Bookstore Day. A read-a-thon featuring staff members dressed as their favorite characters, face painting, book fairies and more. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Take a trip to the Butterfly Pavilion. At any given moment, Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion is home to 16,000 fluttering beauties, with new specimens added every week. But this simulated rainforest is more than a pretty sight. It’s a place for lepidopterists — or butterfly scientists — to explain how fragile creatures contribute to ecosystems everywhere. Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$11.

For your brain

Best bet: Doors Open DenverTake self-guided or expert-guided tours of high-profile, historic and otherwise significant spaces in Denver that are not normally open to the public. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Independent Bookstore Day at Tattered Cover. Activities will include “blind dates” with a book, literary stencil making, make-your-own Golden Books and more. Tattered Cover, 1628 16th St. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Independent Bookstore Day at BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

If These Wall Could Talk: Architecture Stories with Sam Pike. Sit for a five-minute session with Pike to record a audio story about your favorite building in Denver. The stories will later be released online. Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For a cause

People’s Climate March on Denver. One of nearly 300 marches coinciding with the national People’s Climate March on D.C. Civic Center Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rapids vs. Orlando City, 2 p.m.

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 6:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Puppy Playtime & Brunch. Donate $5 or more to play with adoptable puppies from a no-kill Colorado shelter and enjoy a complimentary cocktail or mocktail from The Nickel. Hotel Teatro, 1100 14th St. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Last weekend, we mistakenly listed this event. It’s really happening this weekend, we promise.)

The Kitchen Next Door is now open in Stapleton at 10155 E. 29th Drive, Suite 160. It opens at 11 a.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Synthesizer Sunday, a Union of Architecture and Sound. Open-air performance by five musicians taking turns playing synthesizers, inspired by the distinctive glass roof of the Galleria. Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1400 Curtis St. Noon-3 p.m. 

Best bet: “Divisions.”  Wonderbound dance company and the Flobots collaborated on a performance confronting the struggles between personal identity, community, individual freedom and collective power. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 2 p.m. $22-50.

“Disgraced.” A 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man who spends his adulthood downplaying his upbringing, but finds misconceptions about his culture too much to bear after a high-profile court case and his wife’s Islam-inspired art show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $35.

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. $35-75.

Joe Pug and Anais Mitchell. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $17-20.

Hello, Mountain. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Compliments to the One. Lost Lake Lounge, 3026 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Sadistik. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $13-16.

New Language. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Le Pompe and Keeping the Groove for Gypsy Jazz. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 11 a.m. $27.

Art

Best bet: The Art of Brunch. Gallery hopping and complimentary brunch bites at more than 30 galleries and business in the Art District on Santa Fe. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For families

DMNS Dia del Niño free day, with special performances, music and activities. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

DAM Dia del Niño free day. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For your brain

Best bet: Doors Open DenverTake self-guided or expert-guided tours of high-profile, historic and otherwise significant spaces in Denver that are not normally open to the public. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Then & Now: A Retrospective on Art, Politics and Summer of Love. An intergenerational panel discussion with artists, writers and scholars on similarities and differences in the political situation in 1967 and 2017. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 3:30-6:30 p.m.

For a cause

Impact: clothing and hygiene items for the homeless. Help hand out clothes and other necessities to people in need. Cervantes Masterpiece, 2635 Welton St. 12:30-3 p.m. $10 per person, $20 per family.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 2:10 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.