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

The big, curated list of the best things to do in Denver this weekend.

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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: The Who’s “Tommy.” Rock ‘n’ roll musical about that “deaf, dumb and blind” kid who “sure plays a mean pinball.” The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“The Book of Will.” The story of Henry Condell and John Heminges, friends and mentees of Williams Shakespere, who fought to preserve his work after his death. Ricketson Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. 6:30 p.m. $35.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“The Christians.” A New York Times Critics’ Pick. “Pastor Paul inspires faith in the members of his growing congregation through his preaching. But when he brings up unexpected questions during a sermon, his changing perspective may ask too much of his followers.” Stage Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 6:30 p.m. $30-65.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $27-30.

Basecamp. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Extra Kool vinyl release show. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $5-10.

Patrick Dethlefs album release show. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

WhiteWater Ramble “Pickin’ On Jerry Garcia.” Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Summer Camp Festival: On The Road feat. Good Touch, The Copper Children and more. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10.

Trapdoor Social. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Floating Teeth album release show. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

Chuck Roy headlining the Highlands Comedy Show. Sushi Hai, 3600 W. 32nd Ave. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10.

“Dogtown and Z-Boys.” Screening of the award-winning documentary about the Zephyr skateboard team and the evolution of skateboarding in the ’70s. Streets of London Pub, 1501 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. Free.

“Groundhog Day.” They’ll be showing the movie at North Gate Tap House, 3880 S. Lowell Blvd., Suite 200. 6:30-10 p.m.

The Drunken Bee. Test your spelling skills with a drink in hand at The Rosedale, 1135 E. Evans Ave. 7 p.m.

Euchre Tournament. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. 7-10 p.m. Free.

Art

Best bet: DenVR. Virtual reality art show in which artists will explore the theme of water with live painting in VR. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $7.

“To Denver, With Love” opening reception. Pop-up exhibit hosted by the Art District on Santa Fe in celebration of a growing creative community. All sales go directly to the artists. ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive. 6-8 p.m.

“Ghost Lights” reception. Exhibit features a new series of painted wood panels by Colorado artist Mark Bueno. Mike Wright Gallery, 1412 Wazee St. 6-8 p.m. 

For families

Lightwire: The Show. “The story begins with an outcast young bird trying to come to terms with a strange new power he’s been given. Banished from his tribe for being different, he wanders his planet where danger lurks everywhere. A chance encounter with a warrior cat creates an unlikely friendship and together they have the potential to save their world from an alien species seeking to destroy it.” Buell Theatre,1350 Curtis St. 7-9:30 p.m. $4-15.50.

For your brain

Sex in the Sea. Marah J. Hardt, scientist, storyteller and author of “Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica” will talk about “elaborate mating rituals of armored lobsters, giant right whales engaging in lively threesomes whilst holding their breath and the full moon sex parties of groupers” and sustainability of the oceans. DeepDenver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 7-8:30 p.m. $10.

“The Uncondemned.” The film tells story of a group of young international lawyers and activists and Rwandan women who fought to make rape a war crime. One night only. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m.  $7-11.

Free avalanche awareness class covering identifying hazards, observing weather, terrain and snowfall and self-rescue. Wilderness Exchange Unlimited, 2401 15th St., # 100. 8-10 p.m. Free. No registration required.

Sports

Colorado basketball vs. Stanford, 9 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Rope-A-Dope release. A white stout aged in a wheat whiskey barrel from Bear Creek Distillery. Factotum Brewing House. Mile High Cajun Food Truck will be there. 3845 Lipan St. 6-10 p.m.

Alternative Facts release. Collaborative 0 IBU DIPA with Mikerphone Brewing. Notes of juicy overripe mango, papaya and lychee. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Wes Watkins presents the music of Curtis Mayfield and Sly And The Family StoneOriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Best bet: Open Music Sessions: First Friday Celebration featuring local music from Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstair and local comedy from Jared Ewy. Plus, free food. Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath St. 7-9:30 p.m. Free.

Rachmaninoff. Colorado Symphony Orchestra artistic advisor Andrew Litton conducts pianist Olga Kern, known as a master of Rachmaninoff. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1345 Champa St. 7:30 p.m. $34-104.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Rock ‘n’ roll musical about that “deaf, dumb and blind” who “sure plays a mean pinball.” The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“The Book of Will.” The story of Henry Condell and John Heminges, friends and mentees of Williams Shakespere, who fought to preserve his work after his death. Ricketson Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“The Christians.” A New York Times Critics’ Pick. “Pastor Paul inspires faith in the members of his growing congregation through his preaching. But when he brings up unexpected questions during a sermon, his changing perspective may ask too much of his followers.” Stage Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

“Two Degrees.” Emma, a scientist studying climate change in Greenland, is coping with the unexpected death of her husband as she shares her findings at a Senate hearing. The Jones, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

Off the Clock: Cajun Carnival. Live music from Fat City Mardi Gras Band and Queen City Jazz Band, tarot card readings, Mardi Gras mask crafting, dinner, drinks and cool plants. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 6-9:30 p.m. $15-23.

Annual Valentine’s Day play. “A dark, sick, perverse romantoc comedy featuring Donald, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Vladimir Putin, Anthony Weiner and more. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 7:30-9 p.m. $10.

Pepper and Less Than Jake. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $36.50.

SafetySuit. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Cherry Glazer. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-15.

That’s Tre. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 10 p.m. $8-10.

Nuns of Brixton. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-13.

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

Fifth annual Bob Marley Birthday Celebration featuring Wake Up and Live. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $10-15.

Barclay Crenshaw. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Great Family Reunion featuring Kim Dawson (Pimps Of Joytime), SUCH and more. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Pop Evil. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $22.50-25.

Silver & Gold. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

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

Drag Decades: Musical Madness. A drag show inspired by musicals. Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. 8-10 p.m. $25.

Michael Yo. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $22.

A Night of Bloodshed Deathbath. Watch all the Bloodshed Deathbath films broken up by performances from Scissor Sweethearts, and try your hands at a Horrorhouse Fest pinball tournament. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8-11:30 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 a wine, beer, special exhibits, demonstrations and music. Your options:

Santa Fe Art District, along Santa Fe drive from Alameda to 12th Avenue. Among the highlights this month: Loners & Herds. Johanna Doreen Brown uses miniatures and a monochromatic color palette to explore the isolation in conforming with and with breaking away from the pack. ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive. 6-10 p.m.

River North Art District. This one is more spread out. Here’s a gallery list. Among the highlights this month: Luxated Effigies: Seventh Annual Reach Exhibition. A dozen Reach Artists present their views and experiences of displacement, in internal relationships, communities, history and more.  RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St. 6-9 p.m.

Tennyson Street Cultural District, along Tennyson Street from 39th to 45th Avenue. Here’s a map. Among the highlights this month: Bar Stories. Drawings by Fonda Elizabeth inspired by the creative stories of friends and bar regulars at Call to Arms Brewing Co., 4526 Tennyson St. 6-11 p.m.

Condrat, Hartshorn, McGivern and Sroka. Work by Abend artists Michelle Condrat, Stephanie Hartshorn, Peggy McGivern and Elsa Sroka covering a wide range of style and subject matter. Abend Gallery, 2260 E. Colfax Ave. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Puppy Bowl. DIA and Dumb Friends League kick off Super Bowl weekend with their second annual Puppy Bowl featuring six to eight adoptable puppies. That includes Squirt, a three-pound dachshund/rat terrier mix who will be in this year’s nationally televised Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XIII. Denver International Airport, 8500 Peña Blvd. 10 a.m.-noon.

Sticky Fingers Coolinary Cooking Camp. For DPS kids in kindergarten to fifth grade. Two Sticky Fingers Cooking Colorado recipes, a food science experiment and a scavenger hunt. History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. 1-4 p.m. $45.

Simple robots. Students will learn about basic circuitry, motors and movement while building a robot without a kit. EXL Learning, 200 Quebec St. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $95.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

National 2×4 Day 2017. Melvin Brewing picked bars around the country to host parties, serving Lambda IIIPA, Drunken Master IIPA, Asterisk IIPA, Citradamus IIPA, Carlton CDA, Pilsgnar Pilsner, Hubert, MPA Melvin IPA and 2×4 DIPA. Plus: Kung-fu, hip hop and schwag. Finn’s Manor, 2927 Larimer St. Hops & Pie, 3920 Tennyson St. The Crafty Fox, 3901 Fox St.

Brut La Grande release. A Belgian style Biere Brut only made by a handful of breweries in the U.S. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. Noon-10 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Ratio Sessions: LemuriaThe band will be stop by Ratio before its show at the Marquis to talk with Mostly Harmless Podcast, drink beer and play some songs. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 5:30-7 p.m.

Best bet: “The Zeus Problem.” It’s opening weekend for this “dark comedy about the god and the mess he made,” a play written in response to Trump’s election. Bunport Theater, 8 p.m. $25.

Best bet: Purnell Steen & Le Jazz Machine: Celebrating Black HistoryPurnell Steen andLe Jazz Machine take on the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and more. Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln St. 7-10:30 p.m.

Rachmaninoff. Colorado Symphony Orchestra artistic advisor Andrew Litton conducts pianist Olga Kern, known as a master of Rachmaninoff. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1345 Champa St. 7:30 p.m. $34-104.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Rock ‘n’ roll musical about that “deaf, dumb and blind” who “sure plays a mean pinball.” The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“The Book of Will.” The story of Henry Condell and John Heminges, friends and mentees of Williams Shakespere, who fought to preserve his work after his death. Ricketson Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“The Christians.” A New York Times Critics’ Pick. “Pastor Paul inspires faith in the members of his growing congregation through his preaching. But when he brings up unexpected questions during a sermon, his changing perspective may ask too much of his followers.” Stage Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

“Two Degrees.” Emma, a scientist studying climate change in Greenland, is coping with the unexpected death of her husband as she shares her findings at a Senate hearing. The Jones, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic Winter Tour with Galactic, Antibalas and Andy Frasco. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $29.50.

Circle Number Dot. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Shilo Gold album release show. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-12.

The Toasters. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Heatbox. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Bonfire Dub. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $10-30.

“Dark Side of The Moon” performed by Eldren. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Redlands and Shatterproof. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

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

Michael Yo. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $22.

Dark Horse Film Night: From Russia With Love. Screening of short films from different eras in the Eastern Bloc and around the world. Plus: Make Valentines to send to Trump or other politicians to let them know how you feel. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 8-11 p.m.

Opera on Tap: Shakespeare, The Bard at the Bar. Shakespeare as told through opera. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 6-8 p.m. $8-10.

Shakesbeer presents: “The Tempest.” Actors perform Shakespeare while drinking. Thump, 1201 E. 13th Ave. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Art

Forest Gallery presents Leslie Minnis. Work by Minnis, a local artist, and a screening from filmmaker Mary Grace Legg. Forest Room 5, 2532 15th St. 8 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Feb Four Plus OneMr. Kneel, DeeJay Stretch and live art
from the SIGNtologist. Kid-friendly show. Declaration Brewing Co., 2030 S. Cherokee St. 2-4 p.m.

Silhouette event with Tim Arnold. Get hand-cut silhouettes of kids and/or pets made in five minutes. Next Children’s Boutique, 2940 E. 6th Ave. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $40.

For your brain

Reading and signing with Stephen Graham Jones. Author reading and signing of “Mongrels,” a dark comedy and coming-of-age story about “an unusual boy whose family lives on the fringes of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.” BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

For a cause

Noenemies movement choir practice. Youth On Record, 1301 W. 10th Ave. 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Protect Our Muslim Neighbors Rally with speakers, poets and musicians. Civic Center Park. 1-4 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets, 1 p.m.

Colorado State basketball at UNLV, 4 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at San Antonio Spurs, 7 p.m.

Colorado Mammoth vs. Georgia Swarm, 7 p.m.

Sunday

The Denverite Special

Enjoy the drinking, eating and hanging out with cool people aspect of this unofficial American holiday, but don’t really care about “The Big Game”? Come to Denverite’s Sunday Party instead. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 4 p.m. RSVP here and invite your Facebook friends here.

Food & drink

Chaos & Cream: Super Roll I. Chaos & Cream will serving up made-to-order Thai-style rolled ice cream at The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 4-9 p.m. 

Entertainment

“The Book of Will.” The story of Henry Condell and John Heminges, friends and mentees of Williams Shakespere, who fought to preserve his work after his death. Ricketson Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. 1:30 p.m. $35.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“Two Degrees.” Emma, a scientist studying climate change in Greenland, is coping with the unexpected death of her husband as she shares her findings at a Senate hearing. The Jones, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. 1:30 p.m. $30.

Falling In Reverse, Issues and Motionless In White. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 5 p.m. $28.50.

Compliments to the One. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Ethan Griggs and Britt Margit. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-8.

Carnifex. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $17-20.

Hooked On Twin Peaks. “Twin Peaks” watch party with pie, donuts, coffee, themed drink specials and music. Dress up as your favorite Lynch character if you want. Hooked On Colfax, 3213 E. Colfax Ave. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.

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 your body

SuperBowl 5K. Wear your team gear and get out for a run. There will be a costume contest. Washington Park, 1000 S. Downing St. 10 a.m. $25-40.

For a cause

Impact – Clothing for the Homeless. Help hand out shirts, shoes, socks, jeans, jackets, backpacks, sleeping bags and other items to those who need them.Cervantes Masterpiece, 2635 Welton St. Noon-4 p.m. Donations are necessary. $10 per person, $20 per family.

Sports

Colorado basketball at California, 2:30 p.m.

There are so, so many Super Bowl parties around Denver. If you’re still looking for one, have a look at the mountains of options on Facebook.