Things to do in Denver this weekend, Jan. 25-28

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!

Bailey, the dog who walks herself. Washington Park, Jan. 19, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Bailey, the dog who walks herself. Washington Park, Jan. 19, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Thursday

Food & drink

East vs. West Beer Dinner. Blackbird Public House, 305 S. Downing St. 7 p.m. $55.

Beer and Cheese with Odd13 Brewing. Denver Bicyle Café, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 7 p.m. $20-25.

Entertainment

Best bet: House of Vans: “Landline” world premier with Dinosaur Jr. and Thurston MooreOgden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. Free with RSVP.

“Detroit ’67.” 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. $20-30.

“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.

“Zoey’s Perfect Wedding.” Disaster after disaster follow one unfortunate bride down the aisle in this comedy. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 6:30 p.m. $20-65.

“Steal a Pencil for Me.” Premiere of an opera that tells the love story of two Dutch Jews in a concentration camp at the end of World War II. 7:30 p.m. $50-125.

One Flew West. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 7;30 p.m. $10.

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

Freddy Rule. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10.

Victim Culture. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $8-12.

Thunder & Rain. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 7 p.m. $15-20.

Vatican Vamps (album release). Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Rapidgrass. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Summer Camp On The Road. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $10.

Good Riddance. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $20-22.

“Hot Lead, Hard Fury” film premiere. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. $11.

Sam Williams Quartet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $7.

Bill Childs. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6 p.m. $15-35.

Copper Leaf. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. 

Intuit. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $12-27.

Married A Dead Man. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Somatoast. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Steve Rannazzisi. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $28.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. Reception at 5:30 p.m., film at 7 p.m. $14-15.

Hello Denver? Ep3: Do local elections matter? Live podcast recording with candidates for local office. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks, 7 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues, 6 p.m.

Friday

Entertainment

“Detroit ’67.” 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. $230-36.

“American Mariachi.” Lucha and Boli are ready to start their own all-female mariachi band, but they’ll have to fight a male-dominated music genre and pressure from their families to get it done. Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-65.

“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.

“Zoey’s Perfect Wedding.” Disaster after disaster follow one unfortunate bride down the aisle in this comedy. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $20-65.

Mozart Happy Hour. A one-hour performance from the Colorado Symphony. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 6:30 p.m. $15-89.

Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks featuring Rick Ross. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5 p.m. $45.75-65.75.

Michal Menert and Breaking Biscuits. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $19.75.

DubSkin. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-10.

SolSatellite. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

One Way Ride. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-12.

Poor Bodhi. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $8-12.

Jeff Austin Band. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $17-20.

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

SF1: A Nite of Outkast. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $14.

Silverstein and Tonight Alive. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $18-20.

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $12-15.

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

Ken Walker Sextet. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10-20.

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

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $24.

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

Seth Walker. Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $10-15.

Steve Rannazzisi. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $30.

Sexpot Comedy presents Caleb Synan. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $7.

“Lineage” film tour. Iconic female skier Ingrid Back­strom sets out to ski the top 25 lift-accessed ski runs in North America, with her husband, new-born baby and parents in tow. Screening followed by a Q&A with Backstrom. Evo, 860 Broadway. 6-8 p.m.

Art

Best bet: Untitled with choreographer Laura Ann Samuelson and composer Nathan Hall. 6-10 p.m. Free with museum admission.

Ai Weiwei “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads”  tour. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 1-2 p.mFree.

“We Are Here “ opening reception. Core New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Best Bet: “Seussical.” Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7 p.m. $12-15.

For a cause

Best bet: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Benefit featuring Ned Garthe Explosion and Colfax Speed Queen. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Saturday

Food & drink

Grand opening of Bang Up To The Elephant with live music from Los Mocochetes. Bang Up To The Elephant, 1310 Pearl St. 5 p.m. (music at 9 p.m.)

Brunch with Jen Korte as LADY GANG. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Saturday morning cartoons at Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway Noon-4 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: RaekwonSummit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Best bet: STRFKRGothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $22.

Best bet: 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. 

“Detroit ’67.” 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. $30-36.

“American Mariachi.” Lucha and Boli are ready to start their own all-female mariachi band, but they’ll have to fight a male-dominated music genre and pressure from their families to get it done. Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-65.

“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.

“Zoey’s Perfect Wedding.” Disaster after disaster follow one unfortunate bride down the aisle in this comedy. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $20-65.

“Steal a Pencil for Me.” Premiere of an opera that tells the love story of two Dutch Jews in a concentration camp at the end of World War II. 7:30 p.m. $50-125.

RJD2. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-27.

Yung Lean and Sad Boys. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Circuit des Yeux. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12.50-14.

Card Catalog. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Bias & Beats. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

The Funk Hunters. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $17-20.

Dave Watts & Friends. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Sulphurensis. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Jinkx Monsoon. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $32-48.

Denver Jazz Orchestra. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 8:30 p.m.

Julie Geller, Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe. Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Chemical X. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Steve Rannazzisi. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 9:45 p.m. $30.

For families

Best Bet: “Seussical.” Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7 p.m. $12-15.

Paws and Read Storytime. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tea Party in Space. Seats for tea have all been reserved, but related drop-in activities are still open. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 1-3 pm.

For your brain

Ian Neligh: “Gold.” Author and editor Ian Neligh will discuss and sign “Gold!: Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado Rockies.” Tattered Cover, 1628 16th St. 7 p.m.

For a cause

45s Against 45 all ’80s edition. Benefiting the ACLU. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Third-Annual Chili Cook-OffCategories are: Red, Green and I’m Special (unusual). Winners will be determined by a People’s Choice vote. Best in Show winner will receive a free growler fill every month for a year Little Machine Beer, 2924 W. 20th Ave. 12:30-4 p.m.

Entertainment

“Detroit ’67.” 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. 2 p.m. $20-30.

“American Mariachi.” Lucha and Boli are ready to start their own all-female mariachi band, but they’ll have to fight a male-dominated music genre and pressure from their families to get it done. Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. $20-65.

“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.

“Zoey’s Perfect Wedding.” Disaster after disaster follow one unfortunate bride down the aisle in this comedy. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 1:30 p.m. $20-65.

“Steal a Pencil for Me.” Premiere of an opera that tells the love story of two Dutch Jews in a concentration camp at the end of World War II. 2 p.m. $50-125.

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

Funeral Skull. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Suzanne Santo of HONEYHONEY. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $14-16.

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

Furtunato. Dazzle, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $10-20.

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: “Seussical.” Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 2 p.m. $12-15.

Art Barn at the Park. Students will be creating mixed media birds on canvas using decoupage, newsprint, twigs, wire, fabric and buttons. Ages 4-13. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. 10 a.m.-noon. $40.


Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Here’s a link to Meetups near Denver. Or you might try MileHighOnTheCheap.com‘s calendar.

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 is happy that Kanye seems happy. She dreams of someday holding the title of Nightlife Mayor. Find her at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.