Things to do in Denver this weekend, Feb. 23-26

Who’s excited for the weekend?

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Very excited tiny dogs in a window in the Curtis Park Historic District. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Who’s excited for the weekend?

Thursday

Food & drink

Pilot Brew Thursday. Every fourth Thursday, Bruz will tap a small batch of experimental beer. This week: Beet Saison. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. 5-6 p.m.

Beer and cheese with Odyssey Beerwerks at Denver Bicycle Café, 1308 E 17th Ave. 7-9 p.m. $20-25.

Vinos & Insectos. Wine and insect pairing with Wendy Lu McGill of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch. The Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Reservations required: drink@theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com or 303-736-8376 ext. 4.

Entertainment

Best bet: The Stunt Queen Tour with Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $17-19.

Best bet: Trev Rich. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12-20.

“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.

“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.

“Circus 1903.” The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, and the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present a a turn-of-the-century circus experience. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-65.

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

Tana Victoria EP release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Pickin’ on Sublime featuring 40 Oz To Freedom performing the music of Sublime w/ Old Salt Union and That Damn Sasquatch. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

The California Honeydrops. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $20-40.

Authority Zero. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $13-15.

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

Stella Luce album release party. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $7.

Igaus Davis. The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $10-15.

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

Kiel Grove Residency. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. $5.

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

Dov Davidoff. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $15.

Cartoons & Comedy with Nicole Conlan, Arielle Kaplan and Adrian Mesa. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 10 p.m. 

For families

Musical story time. Clapping and singing along to everything from “Wheels On The Bus” to The Beatles for kids of all ages. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

For your brain

“Inside Peace” screening. Documentary about three criminal offenders marked by generations of violence, addiction and bad choices who attend a “peace class” in a Texas prison. Chez Artiste, 2800 S. Colorado Blvd. 7 p.m. $10.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators, 6 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings, 8:30 p.m.

Colorado basketball vs. Utah, 9 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Goldspot Brewing second anniversary. La Cienega Farmhouse bottle release, music from Roman Samuels Music and food from Baby E’s BBQ. Goldspot Brewing Co., 4970 Lowell Blvd. Noon-11 p.m.

IPA triple tap release. Three new IPAs and food from Tony Guacamole food truck. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., #100. Noon-10 p.m. 

Throwback beer release: St. Bridget’s Porter. The first in a series reviving old beers will feature, St. Bridget’s Porter, back in the tap room after an eight-year hiatus. Great Divide Barrel Bar, 1812 35th St. Noon-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Lil Wayne. Bellco Theater, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $45-105.

Best bet: Unit E at The Aztlan – RubedoAztlan Theater, 974 Santa Fe Drive. 9:30 p.m. $10.

Best bet: Ballet MasterWorksFeaturing Stravinsky’s “Firebird” with choreographer Yuri Possokhov, Tchaikovsky’s”Serenade” choreographed by George Balanchine and “Petite Mort” by Kylián with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $30-90.

“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. 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. 8 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. 8 p.m. $30.

“Circus 1903.” The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, and the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present a a turn-of-the-century circus experience. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-65.

Said the Sky. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-14.

Dead Horses. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $12-15.

Anthony Ruptak & the Midnight Friends. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $15-20.

The Bordas Brothers birthday bash. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Hierogyphics. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $28-32.

City Rock Fest featuring Disciple, Project 86, Seventh Day Slumber, Random Hero and Scarlet White. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $17-40.

Common Kings. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-24.

Railsplitters. Swallow Hill Museum, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $16.

Dov Davidoff. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $23.

Drag Nation: Queen Cake. A Mardi Gras drag show featuring Thorgy Thor. Tracks, 3500 Walnut St. 9 p.m. $10.

Art

Best bet: Untitled Final Friday. Hear Café Cultura slam poets perform throughout the museum. Join Native Arts artist-in-residence Wendy Red Star for a “behind the seams” look at tailoring techniques and looks fashioned from Pendleton blankets. Meet MakeARTtalk artist, Aaron Rendoff of Ability Productions. Design your own costumes. Take a tour with Rocky Mountain Pro Wrestling all stars. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway.

Ironton’s final art show and party. Toast to nearly 30 years of Ironton at a farewell party. Ironton Studios, 3636 Chestnut Place. 6-10 p.m. 

ROUGH Art Show. Thirteen painters, writers, quilters and ceramicists will show unfinished work and hear feedback from anyone who wants to give it. ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive. 5-10 p.m. Donations accepted.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7 p.m.

Denver hockey vs. St. Cloud State, 8 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Mardi Gras crawfish boil. Music from Blue Krewe, tons of beads, King Cakes for sale by the slice or whole and of course crawfish. Boil time slots at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Reserve pounds of crawfish and boil time at stoneysbarandgrill.com. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 3-10 p.m.

Goldspot Brewing second anniversary. Black Whiskey River Imp Stout bottle release, music from Chris Dismuke Music and food from the Pasty Republic. Goldspot Brewing Co., 4970 Lowell Blvd. Noon-11 p.m.

Ambiguous Vibes bottle release. A 100 percent Brettanomyces saison created by blending 5-month-old stainless fermented and Chardonnay barrel-fermented saison with kabosu juice. Food from John’s Food Truck. Cerebral Brewing, 1477 Monroe St. Noon-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Ballet MasterWorksFeaturing Stravinsky’s “Firebird” with choreographer Yuri Possokhov, Tchaikovsky’s”Serenade” choreographed by George Balanchine and “Petite Mort” by Kylián with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $30-90.

Best bet: Stewart Copeland with the Colorado SymphonyThe Police drummer performs his “Tyrant’s Crush” with the symphony, plus John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances,” Stravinsky’s suite from “Pulcinella” and Ravel’s “La Valse.” $29-89

“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. 8 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. 8 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. 8 p.m. $30.

“Circus 1903.” The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, and the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present a a turn-of-the-century circus experience. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25-65.

Activate 2017 featuring Yellow Claw, heRobust, LAZZ, Ill Gates and KJ Sawka. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $35.

Pimps of Joytime. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $19.95-22.

Billy Strings. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Stef Chura. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 6:30 p.m. $10.

Chad Valley and Computer Magic. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 10:30 p.m. $12-15.

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

Screeching Weasel. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 7:45 p.m. $25-30.

Todd Barry. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $20.

The Holdup and Katastro. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

Max & Iggor Cavalera. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $22-25.

Road to Treefort: OKO TYGRA, Porlolo and Bad Licks. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. $8-10 or $5 with an Illegal Pete’s receipt.

Grizzly Goat. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

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

Covenhoven. The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $12-15.

Dov Davidoff. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $23.

Comedy Saved The Video Star. Music videos, comedy and storytelling. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m.

Five Points Stomp. Basic swing lesson at 8:30 p.m., a swing performance and social swing dancing with a band. The Savoy at Curtis Park, 2700 Arapahoe St. 8:30 p.m. $15.

Midnight Madness: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

Best bet: Westword Artopia 2017. Enjoy cocktails and music from local DJs and musicians and check out themed spaces curated by Jolt and dedicated to street artists and four of Denver’s most iconic streets — Larimer, Santa Fe, Federal and Colfax.  City Hall, 1144 Broadway. 7 p.m. $35-105.

Star Wars licensed Artist Christopher Clark. Clark will be painting live and all attendees will receive a free 9″x 11″ Star Wars print. The Incredible Art Gallery, 1020 15th St. Noon-8 p.m. Free.

A Leon Affair. Latest in a monthly reading series, featuring Lorenzo James,Whitney Kerutis and John Cotter. Leon, 1112 E. 17th Ave. 6-8 p.m. 

“Back Before Dark.” Reception and new works by Jack Ludlam. Svper Ordinary, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 6-10 p.m.

For families

Sloth Weekend. Sloth-themed activities all day and a one-hour meet and greet with Aspen the sloth for the first 100 people to arrive. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with admission: $19.50 for adults, $13.50 for kids 3-11.

A Little Cinderella and a tea party. An abbreviated version of the “Cinderella” performance followed by a tea party on stage with the dancers. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave. West. 3 p.m. $20-25.

Marshmallow towers. Build a tower out of marshmallows, spaghetti and other supplies. Children’s Library at Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

For your brain

Best bet: FEMpowered February Workshop. Make music, learn how to set up a PA system, participate rhythm workshops and learn about music fundamentals, audio production and vocals. For female-identified or -assigned teens ages 14 to 21. For more information email tyler@youthonrecord.org. Youth on Record, 1301 W. 10th Ave. 3:30-6:30 p.m. 

For a cause

Denver Polar Plunge and 5K. Run in City Park followed by the Polar Plunge at the Denver Zoo to benefit Special Olympics Colorado. Free food, free beer and free zoo access. City Park and Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. Registration 7:30 a.m., 5K at 9:30 a.m., Polar Plunge at at 11 a.m.

Cupid’s Undie Run. A party with a mile(ish) fun run in the middle to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. Noon-4 p.m. $35.

Noenemies: Movement Choir practice. The protest music series created by Flobots continues. Youth On Record, 1301 W. 10th Ave. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Sports

Colorado State basketball vs. San Diego State, 6 p.m.

Denver hockey vs. St. Cloud State, 7 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Buffalo Sabres, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Johnny Cash’s Birthday. Baritone black IPA release to celebrate the Man in Black’s birthday, with a screening of “Walk the Line” at 7 p.m. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Little Machine crawfish boil. Beads, beers, crawfish and music from the Stephen Brooks Trio. Plus, a collaborative beer release from Little Machine and Beirstadt Lagerhaus. Crawfish will be $13 per pound with sausage, potatoes, corn and chipotle garlic butter or $10 per pound for crawfish and chipotle garlic butter. Little Machine Brewing Co., 2924 W. 20th Ave. Noon-7 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Oscar viewing party. Come as you are or dress to impress. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. $15 wristband includes wine and champagne service for the night. $10 for snack boxes. Admission is free and first come, first served.

Best bet: Ballet MasterWorksFeaturing Stravinsky’s “Firebird” with choreographer Yuri Possokhov, Tchaikovsky’s”Serenade” choreographed by George Balanchine and “Petite Mort” by Kylián with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 2 p.m. $30-90.

“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. 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. 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.

“Circus 1903.” The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, and the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present a a turn-of-the-century circus experience. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25-65.

Electric Guest. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $17.

Palehorse/Palerider. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

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

Winter Breakdown featuring. Denver’s Best Unsigned Talent. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 4:30 p.m. $10-12.

Seger Marion featuring Larimer Lights album release. Moe’s Original BBQ, 3295 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10.

Midnight Madness: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

“La La Land” viewing party. Film screening with Jazz Era-inspired cocktails and specials on oysters, caviar and champagne. Interscope Records will be giving away “La La Land” movie merchandise. RiNo Yacht Club, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 6-10 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 families

Boogie Down: Dance. Dance to music from local hip hop group 2MX2, play with Swallow Hill’s Instrument Petting Zoo, create your own musical instrument and more. There will be cookies, bagels, donuts and other things to eat and drink. Spanish/English interpretation and childcare available. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

A Little Cinderella and a tea party. An abbreviated version of the “Cinderella” performance followed by a tea party on stage with the dancers. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave. West. 3 p.m. $20-25.

Sports

Colorado Mammoth at New England Black Wolves, 11 a.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 3 p.m.