Things to do in Denver this weekend, Jan. 11-14

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!

CMSA Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition. National Western Stock Show. Jan. 8, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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CMSA Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition. National Western Stock Show. Jan. 8, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Thursday

Food & drink

Whiskey tasting. Cheese, charcuterie and bread course, then whiskey and steak (or mushroom) flights of four. The Preservery, 3040 Blake St. 6:30-8 p.m. $35.

Entertainment

“Detroit ’67.” (Preview.) Chelle and Lank run an unlicensed bar in their Detroit basement as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank offers shelter to an injured white woman, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $18.

“The King and I.” This classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set in 1860s Bangkok tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. 7:30 p.m. $30-125.

“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.

Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 6:30 p.m. $32.75.

Pandas & People. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Exit Liberty. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Poets & Wolves. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

The Lollygags. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $8.

The New Mastersounds. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Hotel Bar / False Report dual album release. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

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

Joe K. Walsh and friends. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 7:30 p.m. $12.

Erica Brown. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. $10-15.

Sunny Sweeney. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $13-23.

Ari Hest. Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

The SPINS. Hear Vinyl Me, Please’s record of the month, Moby’s “Play,” and enjoy drink specials and bring your own vinyl to spin. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 6:30-9 p.m.

“Numinous” ski film screening with Ambassador Kye Petersen. Patagonia, 1431 15th St. 7-10 p.m.

For families

Best bet: National Western Stock ShowEvents kick off today with The World Rodeo. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Doggie Storytime. Dog-themed stories and cuddles from Magnum the service dog from Pet Partners. Half-off wine and kids’ meals starting at 4 p.m. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 4-5 p.m. 

For your brain

Reading and Signing with Alex Lemon, author of “Feverland: A Memoir in Shards.” BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 6-7:30 p.m.

The Drunken Bee. Test your spelling skills with a drink in hand at The Rosedale, 1135 E. Evans Ave. 7-10 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Kiwi IPL small batch release. Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. 3-10 p.m.

New Year, New Beer. Triple can release of Rare Trait, Plate Tectonics and Schedule Conflict, and bottle release of Under the Stars. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-11 p.m.

Entertainment

“Detroit ’67.” (Preview.) Chelle and Lank run an unlicensed bar in their Detroit basement as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank offers shelter to an injured white woman, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $18.

“The King and I.” This classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set in 1860s Bangkok tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. 7:30 p.m. $30-125.

“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.

Typhoon. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20-23.

Take Shape. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-12.

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

Shane Smith & the Saints. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-17.

Grayson County Burn Ban album release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Motel Radio. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

The New Mastersounds. Cervantes Masterpiece, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $22-25.

The Austin Young Band. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

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

Annie Booth Trio: The Beatles Uncovered. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

Ginga. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $10-25.

John Adam Smith. Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $10-15.

Grammar School. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

Motherwell release show. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $7.

“Waking the Sleeping Giant.” A documentary about the 2016 presidential election and the effort to build a re-energized progressive political movement. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7 p.m. $8-10.

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

Art

Best bet: “On the Street with Bill Cunningham” opening reception with special guest Tiina Loite, New York Times photo editor. Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock St. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Zach Reini: “A Leaden Stride To Nowhere” opening. Gildar Gallery, 82 S. Broadway. 6-9 p.m.

“Sangre Colorado” opening reception. Work spanning 40 years from Denver’s own Carlos Frésquez. Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver, 965 Santa Fe Drive. 6-8 p.m.

For families

Best bet: National Western Stock ShowEvents kick off today with The World Rodeo. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

For your brain

Exchange. A discussion about contemporary social issues and art. January’s theme is free speech, using the exhibition “Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie” as a starting point. Featuring comic Janae Burris, poet Jen Harris, Sarah Magnatta from the University of Denver and Jim Walsh, founder of the Romero Theater Troupe. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6-7:30 p.m. Included in cost of general admission.

For a cause

SafeHouse Denver presents Warren Miller’s “Line of Decent.” 100 percent of ticket sales will go to SafeHouse. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Licoln St. 6-8 p.m. $25.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m. 

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: MCA Dinner Society: Bambu Sushi. Pop-up rooftop dinner event combining culinary artistry with visual arts. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7-10 p.m. $125.

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

Entertainment

Best bet: A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston PopsThe Colorado Symphony celebrates the tradition of the Boston Pops with a mix of light classics and popular hits made famous by the incomparable Arthur Fiedler. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $30-104.

Best bet: Change the Rules: Civic Board Games. Warm Cookies of the Revolutions asks: Can playing games help us think differently about how we act in our community? McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 4-7 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

“The King and I.” This classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set in 1860s Bangkok tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-125.

“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. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Penny Savers.” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $15-28.

The Green. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Too Many Humans. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Today’s Paramount. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Bouncing Souls afterparty. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 11:15 p.m. $15-17.

Shane Smith & the Saints. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-17.

Benefit for Rob featuring The Dirty Few. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Octave Cat. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

DJ Z-Trip. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $25-30.

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

Tom Gershwin Quartet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

Nelson Rangell Quartet. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6 p.m. $20.

Mr. Atomic. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Mayhem. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Emilie Brandt. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9:30 p.m. $10-12.

Grand opening of The Black Buzzard featuring People’s Blues of Richmond. Oskar Blues Black Buzzard, 1624 Market St. 9 p.m. $6-15.

Boulder Philharmonic: Bach Transformed. Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave. 7:30 p.m. $15-25.

Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party Pt. 2. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12.50-15.

Battle of the Bonds. Bracket-style N64 007 tournament with live music. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 5 p.m. $10-15.

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

For families

Best bet: National Western Stock ShowEvents kick off today with The World Rodeo. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Family Book Club. Read and discuss a new book. Followed by games, crafts, and snacks. Recommended for grades K-2. Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St. 2-3 p.m. 

Odessa Rose West. Children’s concert series ideal for ages 0-12.Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 11 a.m.-noon. Free.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at San Antonio Spurs, 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars, 7 p.m.

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

Sunday

Food & drink

Brunch with Leon and The Revival. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Entertainment

“The King and I.” This classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set in 1860s Bangkok tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-125.

“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. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

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

’90s Til Dawn. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $8-10.

Beyond Bridges. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Afton Showcase featuring The RMXKNG. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

Colorado Symphony Chamber Series with William Hill. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 6 p.m. $20.

Boulder Philharmonic: Bach Transformed. Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave. 2 p.m. $15-25.

Jessimae Paluso. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $20.

Art

Best bet: Music in the Galleries: Ivy Street EnsembleClyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 2-3 p.m. Free with museum admission.

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: National Western Stock ShowEvents kick off today with The World Rodeo. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

School of Rock Littleton: Indie Rock. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 1 p.m. $10.

School of Rock Littleton: Aerosmith vs. Guns N’ Roses. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 4 p.m. $10.

Box violin workshop. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m. Free.

For a cause

Chiapas Esencia Artesanal. A fashion and performance show to help survivors of the 2017 earthquake in Chiapas, Mexico. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 5-7 p.m. 

Sign-making for the Women’s March. Supplies will be provided. Hooked on Colfax, 3213 E. Colfax Ave.


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Ashley Dean

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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.