Things to do in Denver this weekend, Nov. 2-5

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!

Red carpet shenanigans at the opening night of the Denver Film Festival at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Nov. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Red carpet shenanigans at the opening night of the Denver Film Festival at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Nov. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s Denver Arts Weeks, ladies and gents. There’s a lot going on in celebration, including the Denver Film Festival, a hip-hop arts show and the usual First Friday stuff. It’s scattered throughout below, but you can also find it in one place right here.

Happy arts-ing!

Thursday

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Film Festival. SieFilm Center, UA Denver Pavilions, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the McNichols Building. 3:45-11:30 p.m. Individual ticket and package prices vary.

Best bet: Three Things, Any Three Things: Senior Dogs, Exoplanets and the Drums. Three things smashed together, no connections made. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7-8:30 p.m. $10-40.

Best bet: “The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $18.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.” “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 9:30 p.m. Pay what you can.

Mandolin Orange. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Haley Reinhart. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $23-28.

Pop Punk Cover Night. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Tommy Freed & The Sound. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-13.

Edison. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

Cody Canada and the Departed. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $22-32.

Rumpke Mountain Boys. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $12-15.

The Bloody Beetroots. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $10-40.

A Benefit for the Las Vegas First Responders Thank You Fund feat. Chasing Apollo. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

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

Dana Landry Trio plays Ahmad Jamal. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $7.

Queen City Companion 2. An all-false storytelling show hosted by Christie Buchele. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. Free, donations accepted.

XicanIndie First Thursdays presents “Vamonos Con Pancho Villa!” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 6:30 p.m. $5.

Art

“For the Record” closing reception. Spectra Art Space, 1836 S. Broadway. 6-10 p.m.

For families

Concert at The Cube: Hazel Miller. The Cube Stapleton, 8371 Northfield Blvd. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10.

For your brain

Afterhours: The Genius of Birds. Science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman will share stories and photos and demonstrate how birds make and use their own tools, teach each other new skills, count, exercise their knack for memory and even pass along cultural traditions. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 7 p.m. $12-15.

MeToo, Now What? Discussion about harassment, discrimination and power in the workplace and beyond, moderated by Denver Post editor Lee Ann Colaccioppo. Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place. 5:30-8 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat, 7 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Delectable Desserts for Your Holiday Table. Sugar Bake Shop hosts a demonstration of cookie and cupcake decorating and simple yet festive dessert presentations. Take-home recipes and samples of top holiday treats. Ross-Broadway Branch Library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave. 6-7 p.m. Space is limited. Arrive early.

Día de los Muertos Party. Co-hosted by Museo de las Americas. Learn about the Museo and celebrate Día de los Muertos with horchata milk stout and mango habanero pilsner, local guest taps, Chibby Wibbitz Sliderz n Bitez food truck and live music. The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, 925 W. Eighth Ave. 11 a.m.-midnight.

Mockery Brewing Anniversary Beer and Cookie Pairing. A percentage of every pairing goes to Foundation for Foster Children. Mockery Brewing, 3501 Delgany St. 6-8 p.m. $12.

“The Don” Release. Live music from The Notecrackers. Beryl’s Beer Co., 3120 Blake St. Noon-close. 

2017 Well Bred Release. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., Suite 100. 2 p.m.-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Film Festival. SieFilm Center, UA Denver Pavilions, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the McNichols Building. 3:45-11:30 p.m. Individual ticket and package prices vary.

Best bet: Open Music Sessions featuring Wildermiss, local comedian Rion Evans and Nonprofit Navigation. Free drinks and food from Sexy Pizza. Open Media Foundation, 700 Kalamath St. 7-10 p.m. Free.

Best bet: “The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $18.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 9:30 p.m. $15-18.

Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $25-99.

The Motet: Mixtape. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $32-35.

Rally ‘Round the Family (Rage Against the Machine tribute). Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Louis Futon. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $18-25.

The Stone Foxes. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15-17.

Paul DeHaven (of Paperbird). Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Ookay. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $22.50-25.

Bob The Drag Queen – “A Queen for the People” A Stand-Up Comedy Special. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $28-45.

Philsh. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Dumpstaphunk. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $17-20.

The Jesus and Mary Chain. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $26.10-37.

Swingin’ Utters. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $15.

Guilty Pleasures dance party. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Young American Son. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Matt Smiley Quartet: Homage To Mr. Mingus. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

Pale Sun. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

14er Film Fest. Five Denver action and adventure films, work by local artists and local beer. 14er Brewing Co., 2801 Walnut St. 7-10 p.m. $20.

Pussy Bros present Mike Stanley. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-9 p.m.

Midnight Madness: Princess Mononoke (Subtitled). Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Lipgloss: Cold Cave DJ set. Milk Bar, alley entrance behind 1037 Broadway. 9 p.m. 

Art

Best bet: First Friday Art Walk. The galleries and studios in Denver’s art districts will leave their doors open after-hours to welcome the curious with wine, beer, special exhibits, demonstrations and music. Your options:

Santa Fe Art District, along Santa Fe drive from Alameda to 12th Avenue.

River North Art District. This one is more spread out. Here’s a gallery list.

Tennyson Street Cultural District, along Tennyson Street from 39th to 45th Avenue. Here’s a map.

Teen Exhibition Opening. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 6-9 p.m. Free for teens, regular admission for adults.

For families

Community Appreciation Celebration with Colorado State University’s The Little Shop of Physics, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, History Colorado, National Western Stock Show rodeo queens and other special guests, CSU Extension River North Art District artists and more. Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St. 5:309-7:30 p.m. Free with RSVP to nationalwestern@denvergov.org.

Denver Arts Week at the Children’s Museum. Get creative with food,  dance, nature art and more. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $10.

Saturday

Food & drink

Descent into Darkness. Tapping of 10 dark beers and a mac ‘n’ cheese competition. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 5-8 p.m. Free.

Mockery Brewing 3rd Anniversary Block Party. Live music, corn hole, bocce, live screen printing, food trucks, 20+ beers on tap, specialty bottle releases, face painting and henna. Mockery Brewing, 3501 Delgany St. Noon-11 p.m.

Nightmare on Brett sour cherry release. Crooked Stave, 3350 Brighton Blvd. Noon-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Film Festival. SieFilm Center, UA Denver Pavilions, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the McNichols Building. 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Individual ticket and package prices vary.

Best bet: “Breaking Convention.” Free activities and performances including live DJs, workshops, free demonstrations and performances from 1-5 p.m. Performances from world champion b-boy crews and street dance companies, dance workshops, graffiti, DJs, and freestyle sessions. 7:30 p.m. $20-40. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St.

Best bet: “The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $18.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. $30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 9:30 p.m. $15-18.

Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $25-99.

Third Eye Blind. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m.

The Motet. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $32-35.

Yheti. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Green Hit. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Walker Lukens. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-12.

The Way Down Wanderers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Dreadnought. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $8.

Tommy Castro and the Pain Killers. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $24.

Sonic Blossom. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $20-25.

Turnover. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $17-20.

Witt Lowry. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $15-65.

Badda Boom Day of the Dead Bash. Thin Man Tavern, 2015 E. 17th Ave. 9 p.m.

Midnight Madness: Princess Mononoke (Subtitled). Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

Best bet: Bless the Dead, Praise the LoweredAn exhibit featuring new works from photographers Armando Geneyro, Jose El Miguelito Domingo and Juan Fuentes, sounds from Abel Raytard Gonzalez and Manny Madrid, a lowrider show/meet-up, a Día de Los Muertos portrait event, the release of Mateo Rodriguez’s latest zine, a Best Pair of Nike Cortez competition and more. Proceeds will be donated to earthquake relief efforts in Mexico. FICE Gallery, 2654 Walnut St. 2-6 p.m.

“Luminous” opening reception. An exhibition inspired by the glow of neon light. Abend Gallery, 1412 Wazee St. 6-10 p.m.

Penny admission for Colorado residents at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St.

For families

Best bet: Free night at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. with special events for Denver Arts Week. 5-10 p.m.

Best bet: Dia de Los Muertos Festival. Mariachi, Calavera costume contest, community altar project, kids crafts and more. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. Noon-8 p.m. Free-$12.50.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $10.

Tinker Lab: Electronics Extravaganza. Program and control Sphero, create your own robots with LittleBits and Lego Wedo and more. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St. 1-4 p.m.

For your brain

RADA Book Discussion: “How to Kill A City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood, by Peter Moskowitz.” Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 2-3:30 p.m.

Celebrating Twain: A National Read-a-Thon. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 1-3 p.m.

Youth screening and discussion of “I Am Not Your Negro.” Grades 9-12 only. Manual High School, 1700 E. 28th Ave. Noon-2 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors, 7 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at Philadelphia Flyers, 5 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

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

Entertainment

Best bet: Jay-ZPepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 8 p.m. $29.50-175.50.

Best bet: Denver Film Festival. SieFilm Center, UA Denver Pavilions, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the McNichols Building. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Individual ticket and package prices vary.

Best bet: “Breaking Convention.” Performances from world champion b-boy crews and street dance companies, dance workshops, graffiti, DJs, and freestyle sessions. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 3 p.m. $20-40.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. $30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 3 p.m. $15-18.

Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $25-99.

Will Hoge. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Mild High Club. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Hazel English. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Ne Obliviscaris. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 7:30 p.m. $15-17.

Roar. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Carnage The Executioner. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $12.

The Underachievers. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Diarrhea Planet. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5-12.

Art

Coffee with the artists for the final day of the exhibit with Susan Rubin, Barbara Carpenter, and Patricia Miller. Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 1-4 p.m.

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

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. $10.

For a cause

MeToo Leadership Event/Rally. Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave. 3-6 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at New York Islanders, 4 p.m. 

Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles, 11 a.m.


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 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.