Things to do in Denver this weekend, Jan. 28-29

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Otters at the Denver Zoo, Jan. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  otters; denver zoo; animals; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;

Otters at the Denver Zoo, Jan. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Be like this otter. Eat, play, sleep, repeat.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Chinese New Year Dinner. Seven-course sharing menu and traditional Chinese lion and dragon dances. Zengo, 1610 Little Raven St. 4-10 p.m. Reservations: 720-904-0965.

Best bet: 10 Barrel Grand Opening Block Party. Beer, food, giveaways and a rail jam, plus live music from Dragondeer, Brent Cowles and Rapidgrass. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 2620 Walnut St. 4-10 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Cool Beans Beer & Coffee Festival. Ratio Beerworks and Novo Coffee will showcase beer, coffee and coffee beers. Ticket price includes tasters of every coffee beer, a full pour of Ratio beer, a snack from The Real Dill, pour-over coffee from Novo, doughnuts from Glazed N Confuzed, a breakfast burrito from Illegal Pete’s, bacon from Bacon Social House and a commemorative tasting glass. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 11 a.m. $25.

She’s My Cherry π Pairing. Three versions of She’s My Cherry π beer with three cheese pairings. Tivoli Brewing Co., 900 Auraria Parkway. 4-6 p.m. $20-30.

Barrel Blonde returns. Limited release of this brewers’ favorite Belgian blonde aged in whiskey and cocktail barrels. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. Noon-9 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Plus: Kevin Puts’ Symphony No. 2. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $44-104.

Best bet: Comedy Saved The Video Star. Comedians will do a stand up set, then introduce their favorite music video, which everyone will then discuss. Featuring Silas Coursón, Aaron Maslow, Mara Wiles and Adam Cayton-Holland. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 10 p.m.

Superstar Saturdays featuring Lil Jon. The one and only Lil Jon will be DJing at Beta, 1909 Blake St. 9 p.m. $30.

RJD2. Ogden Theatre, 935 Ogden St. 9 p.m. $20-40.

Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash tribute). Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Plaid & The Bee. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Denver Country Fest 2017. Oriental Theater, 4335 E. 44th Ave. 6:30 p.m. $14.

Jeff Austin Band. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Dave Watts & Friends. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Red Fang. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $20.

Enemy In I. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

American Wrestlers. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $11-13.

Chris Dismuke. Illegal Pete’s, 270 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

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

Black Dots. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $6.

Sista Soul CD release. Jazz at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320. 6-8:30 p.m. $10-20.

Stoney’s ’80s Ski SIA After Party. Live ’80s rock from the Champions, an Oskar Blues Tap Take Over, Icelantic Ski givaways and an ’80s costume contest. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 8 p.m. 

“The Shopkeeper” film screening and Q&A. The documentary tells the story of Mark Hallman, an Austin-based producer who has recorded Carole King, Ani DiFranco and more, and the fight to stay afloat in the age of Spotify. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

For families

Visit the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., where you might catch a fun and adorable otter training session. (Or just normal fun and adorable otter stuff.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $9-13.

For a cause

Best bet: Denver Brewfest. More than 40 breweries and live music to benefit the Swallow Hill Music Association. Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave. 7-10 p.m. $35-45.

Sports

Colorado State basketball at San Diego State, 4 p.m.

Denver hockey vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7 p.m.

Colorado Mammoth vs. Calgary Roughnecks, 7 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

You don’t have to live in Denver for very long to learn one important thing: If you want good Asian and Mexican food, go to Federal Boulevard. We’ve got your guide to the best grub on the street.

Second annual Little Machine Chili Cook-Off. (At capacity for entries.) Little Machine Beer, 2924 W. 20th Ave. 12:30-4 p.m. 

Copper Kettle Chili Cook-Off. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., #100. Noon-3 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Talib KweliGothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $25-32.

Best bet: Shakesbeer presents “The Tempest.”  A performance of a Shakespeare play, with the actors drinking throughout. Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 1700 Vine St. 7-9 p.m.

Dan Layus. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $20-22.

Bear Redmon. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-8.

Wyte-Out Showcase. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 5:30 p.m. $10-15.

The Color Canvas EP release. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Montropo. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-8.

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

The Music Train Family Concert featuring Irie Still. Accepting donations of hats, gloves, socks, long underwear, coats and hand-warmers. Portion of sales will go to the Denver Rescue Mission. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 4-6 p.m. $4-8.

Visit the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., where you might catch a fun and adorable otter training session. (Or just normal fun and adorable otter stuff.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $9-13.

For a cause

Sunday School For Atheists: “Resistance and Revolution.” Civil resistance scholar Erica Chenoweth will talk about when and how resistance movements succeed and fail. Plus: a call and response song from Dee Galloway of the Spirituals Project, live painting from Jolt of Guerilla Garden and a No Enemies song from Jonny 5 of Flobots. Spanish translation and child care available. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.