Things to do in Denver this weekend, Feb. 9-12

You’ve got an extra-special weekend ahead, Denver. I hope you’re ready.

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A DJ spins vinyl for breakdancers under the Cultural Unity tent at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

You’ve got an extra-special weekend ahead, Denver. I hope you’re ready.

Thursday

Food & drink

Chocolate, bubbles and cheese pairing. Cheese + Provisions, 2432 W. 44th Ave. 7-8:30 p.m. $50.

Pilot batch release party. Try the small pilot batch of a hazy New England IPA. Apline Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 6-10 p.m.

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: Angel OlsenGothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20.

Best bet: “The Happiest Song Plays Last.” Yaz, a community organizer and “reluctant matriarch,” ends up as the voice of her struggling community in North Philadelphia. Her movie-star cousin Elliot struggling with war nightmares in Jordan. Live Puerto Rican music throughout. Curious Theater Company, 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-34.

“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.

“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. 6:30 p.m. $30.

Tribal Seeds. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25.

Sango. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25.

Steve ‘N’ Seagulls. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

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

Gibbz. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 11 p.m. $10-12.

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

Leopold and His Fiction. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15.

Dr. Montgomery Maxwell. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $8-10.

Meet the Giant. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

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

Contemporary chamber music at the Studio Loft. Experience a little bit of the Colorado Symphony in an intimate space. Ellie Caulkins Studio Loft, 1400 Curtis St. $15.

Sierra Hull. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 7:30 p.m. $26.

Chris Dismuke. Illegal Pete’s LoDo, 1530 16th St. 9 p.m. Free.

Dayzero. Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $15.

Steve Rannazzisi. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $25.

For your brain

Winter of Reading kick-off trivia party. Test your bookish and wintery knowledge in trivia with the Denver Public Library librarians, and sign up for the Winter of Reading program.  Little Machine Beer, 2924 W. 20th Ave. 7-10 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m.

Colorado basketball vs. Washington, 8 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Ratio second anniversary party. Comedy from Ian Douglas Terry, Mara Wiles, Ben Bryant, Timmi Lasley, James Draper, Andrew Bueno, Matt Cobos, and a silent dance party. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 8 p.m.

Crazy Mountain tap takeover at La Guera, 1610 Little Raven St. 4:30-8 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Seratones. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-13.

Best bet: “The Happiest Song Plays Last.” Yaz, a community organizer and “reluctant matriarch,” ends up as the voice of her struggling community in North Philadelphia. Her movie-star cousin Elliot struggling with war nightmares in Jordan. Live Puerto Rican music throughout. Curious Theater Company, 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-34.

Best bet: Colorado Independent Women of Film Festival. Projects produced, directed, written or edited by women who call Colorado home. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. $10-20.

“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.

Cult Following: Secrets & Confessions. Chris Parente hosts unrehearsed, unscripted theater featuring some of Denver’s best improv performers. Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. 8 p.m. $15.

“Valentine’s Follies Play: Lovers Split Strangers.” “A dark, sick, perverse romantic comedy featuring Donald, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Mike Pance, Kellyanne Conway, Vladimir Putin, Anthony Weiner and more. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 7:30-9 p.m. $10.

DreamGirls Tribute Show. Celebrating 10 years of the DreamGirls Drag Cabaret. Tracks, 3500 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $5.

Juicy J. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 9 p.m. $25.

Jauz. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-27.

Angel Olsen. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. Sold out, but if you couldn’t make it to the added show on Thursday, resale tickets start at $60.

Mustard Plug. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $14.50-15.

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

John Brown’s Body. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $17-20.

J. Boog. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Foundation of Funk. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $30-45.

Unicorn Love Party 2017: Unitopia. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10-25.

Sham 69. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $16-18.

Anchors Affliction. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Mister Zach. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Emalkay. Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

The Groove Orient. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 10:30 p.m. $10-12.

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

Hopeless Romantics. Denver Philharmonic Orchestra presents Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin & Cello and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St. 7:30 p.m. Free-$20.

Steve Rannazzisi. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $28.

Comedy night at Chain Reaction. Featuring Alex Creasy, Arielle Kaplan, Kyle Pogue, Richard Douglas Jones and Adam Cayton-Holland. Chain Reaction Brewing Co., 902 S. Lipan St. 8-11 p.m.

We Still Like You: Denver #6. Featuring Christopher Baker, Dick Black, Jackie Gold, Richard Douglas Jones, Joshua Skillman, Cody Spyker and Samantha Taylor telling stories that make them feel weird. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7 p.m. 

Midnight Madess: “Secretary.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

Joyful Circumstance. Opening for a show about love, featuring work from Gina Smith Caswell, Rebecca Cuming, Joan Fullerton, Lance Green, Katie Hoffman, and Mark Penner Howell, and poems by David Dodd Lee, Ken Smith and Ross Taylor. Zip 37 Gallery, 3644 Navajo St. 5-10 p.m.

Sports

Best bet: Denver hockey vs. Colorado College, 7:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at New York Knicks, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Ratio second anniversary party. Music from Matt Pryor and Dan Andriano, comedy and the release of an anniversary beer, Continuous Thunder, a Double IPA. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. All day.

Bubbles and oysters. Marczyk oysters for $2 a piece and IMT bubbles discounted to $45 per bottle and $12 per glass. Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St. 5-10 p.m.

Beer + Ice Cream = Yes. Crooked Stave beer paired with ice cream. Pearl Wine Company, 1886 S. Pearl St. 4-7 p.m.

Coffee and chocolate pairing. Four Chocolate Lab creations pair with coffees. Everyone leaves with a truffle and a 4-ounce. bag of coffee. Copper Door Coffee Roasters, 932 Jersey St. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15-25.

Barrel-aged Russian imperial stout release. Deibolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. Noon.

Beerds & Barrels. Tapping specialty barrel aged beers while Denver’s best beards compete. Lucky Pie LoDo, 1610 16th St.

Entertainment

Best bet: Run the Jewels. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. Sold out, tickets on resale start at $79.

Best bet: Seratones. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-13.

Best bet: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong. Featuring Byron Stripling. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1345 Champa St. 7:30 p.m. $39-99.

Best bet: “The Happiest Song Plays Last.” Yaz, a community organizer and “reluctant matriarch,” ends up as the voice of her struggling community in North Philadelphia. Her movie-star cousin Elliot struggling with war nightmares in Jordan. Live Puerto Rican music throughout. Curious Theater Company, 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-34.

Best bet: Colorado Independent Women of Film Festival. Projects produced, directed, written or edited by women who call Colorado home. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. $10-20.

“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.

Cult Following: Secrets & Confessions. Chris Parente hosts unrehearsed, unscripted theater featuring some of Denver’s best improv performers. Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. 8 p.m. $15.

Jauz. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-27.

Lordi. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25-30.

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

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

Juno What?! Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Foundation of Funk. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Mortified. A “comic excavation of adolescent writing, art & media.” Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $16.

The Midnight Club. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Lloyd. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $40-75.

Riff Raff. The Roxy Theatre, 2549 Welton St. 7 p.m. $25-75.

Harmony Street: Purnell Steen Trio with Myra Warren. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 3:30-5 p.m.

Burlesque As It Was. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $15-25.

Shakesbeer: “The Tempest.” A performance of a Shakespeare play through which the actors drink. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 7-8 p.m. 

For families

Firefighter Museum free day. Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Place. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Matilda Day. Telekinesis practice, pretend shot-put and more. Children’s Library at Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway.

Snow White tea party. Join Snow for tea, snacks and a lesson in tea etiquette and manner. Princess and prince costumes encouraged. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 4-5 p.m. $5.

How the West Was Sung. Western history comes to life with a musical adventure by Central City Opera ensemble artists. Good for ages 6 and older. Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $18-20.

For a cause

Noenemies: Movement Choir practice. The protest music series created by Flobots continues. Youth On Record, 1301 W. 10th Ave. 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Colorado Stands with Planned Parenthood. Speakers, a donation station and materials for writing letters to Sen. Cory Gardner. Organizers will collect letters and deliver to his office during a scheduled to meeting next week. Outside Sen. Gardner’s office, 1125 17th St.

Sports

Colorado State basketball vs. Fresno State, 2 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at New York Rangers, 5 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Cleveland Cavaliers, 5:30 p.m.

Denver hockey at Colorado College, 6 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Black Metal Ramen Pop-up. Ramen from Ramen Mafia and black heart cookies. Trve Brewing, 227 Broadway, #101. 12:30-3 p.m. $20. Advance tickets required.

Ratio second anniversary party. Brunch with Mile High Soul Club, Bloody Mary Beers from The Real Dill and breakfast pizzas from Denver Deep Dish. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. Noon-11 p.m.

Sixth annual Beer, Bacon and Coffee Fest. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 8:30-11:30 a.m. $40.

Beer and Cupcake pairing. Cupcakes provided by Cake Crumbs Bakery. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 1-9 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Classics in Context: “Casablanca.” Enjoy a classic film the way it was originally presented, with all the headlines, music, news reels, serials, cartoons and advertisements. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 1 p.m. $7-11.

Best bet: “The Happiest Song Plays Last.” Yaz, a community organizer and “reluctant matriarch,” ends up as the voice of her struggling community in North Philadelphia. Her movie-star cousin Elliot struggling with war nightmares in Jordan. Live Puerto Rican music throughout. Curious Theater Company, 1080 Acoma St. 2 p.m. $24-34.

“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 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. 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. $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. 1:30 p.m. $30.

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

Mike Doughty. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Masontown and Bootleg Sunshine. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $10-12.

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

Rain In July. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Devildriver. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $23-25.

David Wilcox. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 7 p.m. $30.

Drag bingo hosted by Jackie Summers. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive. 4-7 p.m.

Hooked On Twin Peaks. Screening episodes 1 and 2 withM] music, discussion, prizes, themed drinks and food. Hooked On Colfax, 3213 E. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m.

Art

Music in the Galleries with violinists Yuanmiao Li and Quanshuai Li playing Bach Partita Nos. 2 and No. 3, Paganini Caprice Nos. 23 and 24 and Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 2-3 p.m. 

For families

Beers and Braids with Hazel and Harley. Sip on some beer and learn to braid your child’s hair. Goldspot Brewing Company, 4970 Lowell Blvd. 11 a.m.-noon. $15. Tickets must be bought in advance.

For your body

Valentine’s Day 5K. Dress up as your favorite couple from a TV show, movie or book, or dress for a fancy date night. There will also be a free kids’ fun run. Washington Park, 900 S. Downing St. 10 a.m. start $25-40. 

Sports

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

Colorado basketball vs. Washington State, 6:30 p.m.