Things to do in Denver this weekend, Jan. 19-22

Let’s do some stuff, Denver.

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A Chinese lion operated by Kung Fu students bounces up and down at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A Chinese lion operated by Kung Fu students bounces up and down at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Let’s do some stuff, Denver.

Thursday

Food & drink

Whiskey Flight Night. Three half-ounce pours to sample in the tasting room. Weekly whiskey selections vary. Law’s Whiskey House, 1420 S. Acoma St., 5-9 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party. Yes, really. Pon Pon, 2528 Walnut St. 9 p.m. Free.

KS 107.5 Snow Show featuring Machine Gun Kelly. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 7:30 p.m. $25.

John Paul White (formerly of the Civil Wars). Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15-17.

Krewe De Groove. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

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

Silver Face EP release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Canyon Collected. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. Free-$10.

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

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

Bright Factory. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

The SPINS featuring Panda Bear. Hear Vinyl Me, Please’s record of the month, Panda Bear’s “Person Pitch,” and check out VMP’s first pop-up shop. Bar Fausto, 3126 Larimer St. 8 p.m.

Storycraft. Debut show from the Storytellers Project, featuring Joe Fleenor, Laura Condi, Joshua Kraus, Erika Holmes, Andrew Curtis Forlines, AJ Pape and Colleen Leggett. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7-9 p.m.

What A Joke Fest Denver. Comedians in more than 20 cities are raising money for the ACLU around inauguration weekend. Ian Abramson, David Rodriguez, Brittany Meyer, Christie Buchele and Nathan Lund. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9-11 p.m.

Jamie Lee. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $12-34.

For families

Best bet: National Western Stock Show. The 111th annual event will wrap up this Sunday, but there’s still much to see. We’ve got your guide right here.

Popcorn story time. Have a free bag of popcorn on National Popcorn Day and listen to stories. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For your brain

Best bet: The Science Lounge: What Makes Us Human?  Take in the museum’s anthropology collections, sip on cocktail and think about humanity (if you think you’re mentally strong enough). Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15.

’80s Trivia Book Talk with Kevin Smorkler. Performer, storyteller and author Kevin Smokler will discuss ’80s movies and culture and present his new book, “Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to ’80s Teen Movies.” Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th St. 7-9 p.m. 

Sports

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

Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Ducks, 8 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

CAUTION: Fifth Anniversary Party. Release of American strong ale Camacho 2020, special tappings, music from The One and Only Jon Ham and giveaways. CAUTION: Brewing Co., 1057 S. Wadsworth Blvd. 3-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Black Sheep Friday: Public Records. Local musicians Leighton Peterson and Neil McCormick (Safe Boating is No Accident) Anna Smith (Ancient Elk) Michelle Rocqet, Harmony Rose and Brent Larson (The Milk Blossoms) Michael John McKee (Strange Americans) and Gregg R Ziemba (Rubedo) will give impromptu performances with the help of everyone who attends. Meep Records will put your live performance to wax, and you’ll leave with that record. First come, first served.MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. 6-8 p.m. Free with $5 museum admission.

Best bet: Symphonic Firsts, featuring the first symphonies from Mozart, Schubert and Brahms performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $29-89.

Railroad Earth. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $35.

Zoso (“the ultimate Led Zeppelin experience). Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Who’s Bad (“the world’s No.1 Michael Jackson tribute band). Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $15-27.

The Dustbowl Revival. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15-17.

Welshly Arms. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-15.

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

Lucha Libre & Laughs. Oriental Theatre, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

Shakedown Street & My Blue Sky (Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers tributes). Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Mile High Meltdown ft. Project Aspect, Cloud-D, Kruza Kid and more. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Code Orange. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-14.

National Western Stock Show Hoedown with Ginny Mules and High Desert. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $10.

Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14. Performed by the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, with a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St. 7:30 p.m. performance.

Roy Davis Jr. Bar Standard, 1037 Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

The Savage Blush. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Jamie Lee. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $22-42.

Friday Night Films: “Psycho.” Includes free popcorn and a drink. The Cube, 8371 E. Northfield Blvd. 6-9 p.m. $5 for Stapleton residents, $10 for non-residents.

Midnight Madness: “Donnie Darko.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

Best bet: Nice Work If You Can Get ItOpening reception for RedLine’s annual resident artist exhibition, featuring the work of 29 artists. RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe St. 6-9 p.m.

Best bet: As We May Think. Opening reception for a sort of cultural exchange through art. U.S.-based Hyperlink artists are exhibiting at Yi Dong Bai Dong Gallery inShanghai, China. The U.S. show features guest curator Di Xiao Wei and work from Yu Ai Jun, Sun Wei Hao, Zhang Zhong Ge, Zhang Xiao Wei, Chun Feng, Yang Tao, and Ge Hui. Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m.

Bigger House, Better Car, Whiter Teeth. Opening for a solo exhibition by Rick C. Riggans. Music from DJ EMC Squared and Paulie G 13. Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut St. 6-10 p.m.

Chris Oatey, Dylan Gebbia-Richards, Don Fodness. Opening receptions for a dual exhibition from Chris Oatey and Dylan Gebbia-Richards and Donald Fodness’ “Duets.” David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 Wazee St., Suite A. 6-9 p.m.

Dirty Doodles Night. Make your own art on the paper-covered tables at Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. 7 p.m.

For families

Best Bet: National Western Stock Show. The 111th annual event will wrap up this Sunday, but there’s still much to see. We’ve got your guide right here.

Free day at the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free day at the Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. First tour starts at 10 a.m., last tour starts at 3:30 p.m.

Sports

Denver hockey at St. Cloud State, 6:30 p.m.

Denver Mammoth vs. Calgary Roughnecks, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Beer & Cookie Pairing featuring cookies made with craft beer by Deb’s Traveling Bakery. Pairings: Chocolate Kicker with Princess Doug raspberry kolsch, Salty Turtle with Pretzel Assassin amber lager, Beer Biscuit with Incredible Pedal IPA, Ginger Molasses with Four Sheets Belgian quad and Chocolate Chip with Graham Cracker Porter. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20-25.

Bourbon and Bacon Fest. Local chefs and restaurants will feature  bacon dishes, accompanied by specialty bourbons and whiskey. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 3-5 p.m. $55.

CAUTION: Fifth Anniversary Party. Release of the brewery’s first Belgian citric sour ale, special tappings, music from The Amazing T Strickland and giveaways. CAUTION: Brewing Co., 1057 S. Wadsworth Blvd. 7-11 p.m.

Wine barrel-aged Belgian bottle release. Red wine barrel-aged Canticle, a Belgian dubbel, and Chardonnay barrel-aged Saleos, a Belgian golden strong. FERMÆNTRA, 1715 E. Evans Ave. 11 a.m.

Third annual Barrel-Aged Beer Festival. Fourteen rare barrel-aged beers from nine breweries. Full food menu, including brunch, until 3 p.m. Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen, 800 Lincoln St. 11 a.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Holy Ghost DJ set. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9:30 p.m. $15-35.

Railroad Earth. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $35.

Zoso (“the ultimate Led Zeppelin experience). Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Who’s Bad (“the world’s No.1 Michael Jackson tribute band). Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $15-27.

The Back Pages. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $5-8.

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

Cult of the Lost Cause. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

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

The Samples. Oriental Theatre, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $20.

JAZZ is PHSH. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Atomga and Sisters Soul. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Huey Mack. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $13-15.

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

Jamie Lee. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $22-42.

Midnight Madness: “Donnie Darko.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

For families

Best bet: National Western Stock Show. The 111th annual event will wrap up this Sunday, but there’s still much to see. We’ve got your guide right here.

Best bet: Chinese New Year Celebration – Gon Xi Fa Cai. Dragon and Lion dances, cooking demos, food samples, animal balloons, raffle and more. Park Hill Supermarket, 3770 E. 40th Ave. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Bumblebee Jamboree: Steve Weeks. Indoor music for kids ages 0-12 and their parents. Kids are invited to dress as their favorite pollinator (bees, butterflies, birds and dance) and sing along. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 10:30-11:30 p.m. Free-$12.

Sports

Colorado basketball at Washington State, 2 p.m.

Denver hockey at St. Cloud State, 6 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 7 p.m.

Colorado State basketball at Utah State, 7 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Beer & Cookie Pairing featuring cookies made with craft beer by Deb’s Traveling Bakery. Pairings: Chocolate Kicker with Princess Doug raspberry kolsch, Salty Turtle with Pretzel Assassin amber lager, Beer Biscuit with Incredible Pedal IPA, Ginger Molasses with Four Sheets Belgian quad and Chocolate Chip with Graham Cracker Porter. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20-25.

Son Of A Baptist variations tasting. Epic Brewing Co. has created 13 versions of Son Of A Baptist, focusing on 13 different coffee roasters. Taste 12 of them today. Epic Brewing Co., 3001 Walnut St. 6-8 p.m. 

Third annual Barrel-Aged Beer Festival. Fourteen rare barrel-aged beers from nine breweries. Full food menu, including brunch, until 3 p.m. Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen, 800 Lincoln St. 11 a.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Shakesbeer Presents: “The Tempest”. The actors drink throughout the entire production, and so do you. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Railroad Earth. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $35.

Georgia Motor. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

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

“The World Has No Eyedea.” Documentary about Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen, freestyle battle rapping champion, guitar player, break dancer, lead singer of a punk band, a poet and philosopher. Oriental Theatre, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $10.

Afton Showcase featuring Time Scale, Jarec Blake, Tyler Royse and more. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

For families

Best bet: National Western Stock Show. The 111th annual event will wrap today, but there’s still much to see. We’ve got your guide right here.

For your brain

Best bet: Inside Symphonic Firsts. Colorado Symphony Orchestra associate conductor Christopher Dragon will lead the orchestra a discussion about the first symphonies from Mozart, Schubert and Brahms performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1-2:30 p.m. $17-66.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves, 5 p.m.