Things to do in Denver this weekend, May 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!

The Wit Theatre Company performed "Much A Brew About Nothing" at Fiction Beer Company. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
The Wit Theatre Company performed "Much A Brew About Nothing" at Fiction Beer Company. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Shakesbeer. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

This weekend in Weird Denver: drunk Shakespeare, gallery tours from teens, lucha libre and comedy, two ways to see “Rocky Horror” and more.

Thursday

Food & drink

Chicken Fight. Chicken and craft cocktail festival. The River North Festival Grounds, 3715 Chestnut Place. $35-65.

Pilot Brew Thursday. Tapping of a limited, small-batch experimental beer. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. 5-6 p.m.

Culture on the Divide. Three cheeses paired with three beers. Great Divide Barrel Bar, 1812 35th St. 5-8 p.m. $15.

Entertainment

Best bet: Feminism & Co. WeekendElissa Auther and Gillian Silverman reflect on the past decade of feminism and how the movement has gone from being a malediction to a popular phenomenon. Plus, a dance performance by Lauren Beale, Ondine Geary, Brooke McNamara and Kate Speer. Women & Culture: 10 Years of Fem & Co. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7-8:30 p.m. $5-10.

Best bet: Cartoons & Comedy 50th Show SpectacularThe Pussy Bros are taking over with Geoff tate (The High Court, Getting Doug w/High). Comedy Room Room, 2104 Larimer St. 10 p.m.-midnight.

“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.

“The Luckiest People.” A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere commissioned by Curious Theatre Company about a man whose difficult father moves in with him and his partner after the death of his mother. Curious Theater Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-$44.

Top Flite Empire. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $12-15.

The River Arkansas. Lost-Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

The Ghost of Joseph Buck. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

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

Coal Town Reunion & Monocle Band. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

The Birthday Massacre. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-30.

Jean-Luc Davis’ Alternative Reality. Alt-rock classics reimagined through modern jazz. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7:45 p.m. $5.

Mumdance. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Noise Nomads, Data Rainbow and Page 27. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. 

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

Bluegrass Thursday featuring Still Stompers. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Unit 150. 7-9:30 p.m.

“When in Rome.” Denver Philharmonic Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien,” Mendelssohn:’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, and Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome” and “Pines of Rome.” Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St. 7:30 p.m.

Art

Best bet: Moontasia: An Audio Visual Night. Performers will be working with short clips and will either improvise or play composed music to the films of their choice. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

“Ephemeral” opening reception. Weekly performances, kinetic sculptures and still images that evoke movement. Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St. 5-8 p.m.

For your brain

Chuck Klosterman will read from and sign his latest book “Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century” at Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave. 7-9 p.m.

Reimagining a Classic Style. Horticulturist Joseph Tychonievich shares images of rock gardens for inspiration, along with basic design and maintenance principles. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 6:30-8 p.m. $15-20.

For a cause

Hops For Homes Pint Night. Cerebral Brewing Co. $1 of every pint of beer will go to Habitat Denver’s 2017 House that Beer Built. 4-10 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies, 11:05 a.m.

Friday

Entertainment

Best bet: Feminism & Co. WeekendOpening of Jenny Morgan’s “SKINDEEP” and Derrick Velasquez’s “Obstructed View.” Plus musical performances. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 6-9 p.m. Free for members, $5 for non-members. RSVP required.

Best bet: Lucha Libre & Laughs. Stand-up comedy and wrestling with commentary from local comedians. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th St. 8 p.m. $10.

“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.

“The Luckiest People.” A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere commissioned by Curious Theatre Company about a man whose difficult father moves in with him and his partner after the death of his mother. Curious Theater Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-$44.

Justin Townes Earl. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $23-25.

No More Excuses. Lost-Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-12.

Tinsley Ellis: Blues is Dead. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

The Shaloms. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $10.

Whiskeyfolk. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:15 p.m. $10-15.

Digable Planets. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $30-35.

Memorial Weekend Jump Off featuring Palomino Street and Stoic. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8:30 p.m. $30-65.

Destruction. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $17-20.

Ryan Chrys & Rough Cuts and Lauren Michaels album release party. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. p.m. $7.

Unit E at The Aztlan featuring The Alex Trujillo Trio. The Aztlan Theatre, 974 Santa Fe Drive. 9 p.m. $5.

Gravity Fridays featuring RL Grime. Beta, 1909 Blake St. 9 p.m. $40.

Slam Nuba featuring Rodzilla the Blackademic. Crossroads Denver Theater, 2590 Washington St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

U.S. Air Guitar Championships official qualifier event. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $15.

For families

DMNS Presents: Forensics: Who Done It? Analyze blood samples, fingerprints and unknown powders, and learn how CSI agents use the scientific process to solve crimes. Ideal for ages 8-12. Virginia Village Branch Library, 1500 S. Dahlia St. 3:30-4:45 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 6:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Ripping Through Dimensions release. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-10:30 p.m.

Peacemaker bottle release. Part of an experimental series, with flavors of wine, bourbon, and tart acidity. Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, 1290 S. Broadway, A51. Noon-3 p.m. 

Make your own coffee beer. Epic Brewing Co., 3001 Walnut St. 10 a.m.-noon. $65.

Yakima Nectar west coast IPA release. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 10 a.m.-midnight.

Maui Express release party luau. The coconut IPA will be released in cans for the first time. Hawaiian dress if you want. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Feminism & Co. WeekendFem & Co. Festival with music from Tacocat, Wheelchair Sports Camp and more. Plus a burlesque cereal bar, a nail bar by Tootsies The Nail Shoppe, free tacos from Illegal Pete’s and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  All ages. $10 for members, $15 for non-members, free for 18 and younger. No ticket required. Then: a dance party, Pussy Bros comedy hour, late-night tarot reading and more. 7 p.m.-midnight. 21+. $10-15. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St.

Best bet: Denver Day of Rock. Five stages of live music to benefit Amp the Cause. 16th Street Mall between Welton and Arapahoe streets. 2:30-9:30 p.m. Free.

“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.

“The Luckiest People.” A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere commissioned by Curious Theatre Company about a man whose difficult father moves in with him and his partner after the death of his mother. Curious Theater Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-$44.

“The Rocky Horror Show.” Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Tellerpalooza featuring Sur Ellz, Thunder and Rain and more. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 4:30 p.m. $15-20.

Malaa. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. $20-30.

Matthew Logan Vasquez. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15.

Black Marble. Lost-Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-14.

Digg. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $10.

Lost Walks. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $12.

MONTU and Telemetry. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

Decadon. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

BJ Barham. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5-18.

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. 

SNAP! 90s Dance Prom at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Midnight Madness: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

For families

Best bet: South Gaylord Memorial Weekend Festival. Live music from Tiffany Christopher, Coral Creek and The Congress. Old South Gaylord St. 4-10 p.m. 

Amelia Earhart lecture. Historical actress Leslie Goddard performs as Amelia Earhart. Forney Museum of Transportation, 4303 Brighton Blvd. Noon-2 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting KC, 6 p.m. 

Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Crawfish boil. All you can eat and two free drinks with donation to Colorado Water Trust. The Way Back, 4132 W. 38th Ave. 3-7 p.m. $45.

Entertainment

Best bet: Shakesbeer Presents: “A Midsummer Night’s Dram.” Shakespeare, but with drinking actors. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 7:30-9 p.m. Free.

“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 6:30 p.m. $35-75.

“The Luckiest People.” A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere commissioned by Curious Theatre Company about a man whose difficult father moves in with him and his partner after the death of his mother. Curious Theater Co., 1080 Acoma St. 2 p.m. $24-$44.

The Doppelgängers. Lost-Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Chess at Breakfast. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Merchandise. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $12-14.

Zebbler Encanti Experience. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8:15 p.m. $15-18.

International Bob Dylan Tribute Festival. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $15.

Depths of Dementia. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

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

Best bet: South Gaylord Memorial Weekend Festival. Live music from the McKay Brothers and Johnny and the Mongrels, with food, local vendors and more. Old South Gaylord St. 4-10 p.m. 

Pete’s Cool Cat Boogie. Kids learn the dance steps to go along with the new “Pete the Cat” book. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 3-4 p.m. $8.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 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.