Things to do in Denver this weekend, Feb. 23-25

Looking for things to do in Denver this weekend? Here’s a big, curated list of options in arts and entertainment, food and drink, causes, sports and more!

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Michelle and Rebecca, who dance with the Colorado Ballet Academy, perform at CultureHaus: Art of the Figure in the Denver Art Museum, Feb. 17, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; arts; culture; dam; denver art museum; nightlife;

Michelle and Rebecca, who dance with the Colorado Ballet Academy, perform at CultureHaus: Art of the Figure in the Denver Art Museum, Feb. 17, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s still pretty cold out there, but there’s laughter, booze and a sweaty mosh pit or two to warm you.

Friday

Food & drink

Barrel-aged beer and chocolate pairing with Cacao Chemistry and Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. 6-8 p.m. $15.

Cerebral collab pilsner can release. Our Mutual Friend Brewery, 2810 Larimer St. 2 p.m.-midnight.

Entertainment

Best bet: Slow Caves 7″ release. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-16.

Best bet: Untitled: The NarratorsLive performances, interactive experiences, walking tours, and more—all centered on the art of true narrative. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6-10 p.m. Free with museum admission.

Best bet: Colorado New Play Summit. Four new plays readings, a playwright’s slam and more. 10 am.-11 p.m. $5-36.80.

Best bet: “The Book Handlers” opening night. The Book Handlers are here to make your books look worn-in and well-read in this satire based on a short story by Brian O’Nolan. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $25.

Best bet: “Detroit ’67” closing weekend. Chelle and Lank run an unlicensed bar in their Detroit basement as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank offers shelter to an injured white woman, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-34.

“The Great Leap.” When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 8 p.m. $30.

“American Mariachi.” Lucha and Boli are ready to start their own all-female mariachi band, but they’ll have to fight a male-dominated music genre and pressure from their families to get it done. Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 8 p.m. $20-65.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“Zoey’s Perfect Wedding.” Disaster after disaster follow one unfortunate bride down the aisle in this comedy. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 8 p.m. $20-65.

“Romeo & Juliet” performed by the Colorado Ballet. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-155.

G Jones. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Dreamers Delight. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

We’s Us EP release show. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

FY5. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

All-Star tribute to Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill.” Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20.

The Nth Power. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Sarah Snead CD release. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $14.

Starset. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $17-20.

Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-14.

Stepfather Gets Mohawk. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Ivory Circle. Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $10-15.

Holiday Mountain. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $12-25.

Joe Jencks. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Sexpot Comedy presents Will Miles. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7-9 p.m. $7.

The Lituation Friday Special. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

Best bet: McNichols Project: The Best of DenverThree floors of local art, plus local food and drinks. Two drink tickets with admission. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-9 p.m. $10.

Artopia. Dozens of artists painting, sculpting, performing and modeling, plus cocktails, DJs and vendors. The Church, 1160 Lincoln St. 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $30-65.

For families

PJ Storytime. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 6-6:45 p.m.

The Pillars of African American Art Song. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 7-8:30 p.m. Free.

For your brain

Star Wars Trivia Night with drinks and prizes. The Cube Stapleton, 8371 Northfield Blvd. 7-10 p.m. Free.

Sports

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

Saturday

Food & drink

Coffee cupping. Huckleberry Roasters, 4301 Pecos St. 11 a.m.-noon.

Brunch with Twin Flame Medicine. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Colorado New Play SummitHigh school playwright competition, two new play readings, a Summit party and more. 9 a.m.-midnight. $5-36.80.

Best bet: Red Carpet Rewind: Celebration of the Music of the Academy AwardsFeaturing the music from the Bond films, “West Side Story,” “The Wizard of Oz,” Disney films and more. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St.  7:30 p.m. $20-94.

Best bet: “The Book Handlers.” The Book Handlers are here to make your books look worn-in and well-read in this satire based on a short story by Brian O’Nolan. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Best bet: “Detroit ’67” closing weekend. Featuring post-show guests the Colorado Black Women for Political Action. Chelle and Lank run an unlicensed bar in their Detroit basement as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank offers shelter to an injured white woman, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $42-48.

“The Great Leap.” When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 8 p.m. $30.

“American Mariachi.” Lucha and Boli are ready to start their own all-female mariachi band, but they’ll have to fight a male-dominated music genre and pressure from their families to get it done. Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 8 p.m. $20-65.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“Zoey’s Perfect Wedding.” Disaster after disaster follow one unfortunate bride down the aisle in this comedy. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 8 p.m. $20-65.

“Romeo & Juliet” performed by the Colorado Ballet. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-155.

WWE Live: Road to WrestleMania. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7:30 p.m. $20-115.

Olga Tanon and Hector Acosta. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. (Moved from 1st Bank Center.) 8 p.m. $45-105.

Rob Drabkin. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-22.

STéLOUSE. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $12-15.

False Report. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

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

J Boog. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $22-25.

The Wooks. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Depths of Dementia album release. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Tom Gershwin Sextet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

River Arkansas. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Gomorrah. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

The Born Readies CD release. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Comedy Saved the Video Star. Comedians do standup, then play their favorite music video, which everyone discusses afterward. Night starts with a half hour of TRL (they’ll take your music video requests). Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. 

Special screening of “Lie” and art installation YaSi. Fort Greene Bar, 321 E. 45th Ave. 4-7 p.m. Free with registration.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Midnight Madness: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

Reach Studio opening: “Cheetahs, Cherries, and Chocolates.” RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St. 1-3 p.m. 

For your brain

Black Genealogy Search Group. BGSG members provide insight on the research methodologies they used to research African American ancestors and create family story boards. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

For a cause

Wine and chocolate tasting to benefit Colorado Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Services. Plus beer,plus hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a raffle. University of Colorado Denver, 1380 Lawrence St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $35.

Syracuse Street Urban Quality Survey. The East Colfax Neighborhood Association needs five to 10 volunteers to survey Syracuse Street around East 11th Avenue and give their feedback on strengths and weaknesses of street and building design, uses and unique details. Regal Bakery 1141 Syracuse St. 1-2 p.m. To volunteer, email bridget.galati@gmail.com,

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames, 2 p.m.

 

Sunday

Food & drink

Beer and cookie pairing and firkin release. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., Suite 100. 1-4 p.m. 

Brunch with Sandy Coflax. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Brent CowlesSyntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. Free with RSVP.

Best bet: Colorado New Play SummitTwo new play readings. 11 a.m. $5-36.80.

“The Great Leap.” When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $30.

“American Mariachi.” Lucha and Boli are ready to start their own all-female mariachi band, but they’ll have to fight a male-dominated music genre and pressure from their families to get it done. Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 6:30 p.m. $20-65.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“Zoey’s Perfect Wedding.” Disaster after disaster follow one unfortunate bride down the aisle in this comedy. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 6:30 p.m. $20-65.

“Romeo & Juliet” performed by the Colorado Ballet. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 2 p.m. $30-155.

Use the Sun. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Berated. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

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

Three Pianos: Jeff Jenkins, Annie Booth & Eric Gunnison. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 5:30 p.m. $10-25.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Midnight Madness: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

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-10 p.m. Cross-stitching class available for $10 from 1-4 p.m.

For families

Drag Queen Storytime. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. Noon-1 p.m. $4 per child, $1 per adult.

American Girl Club. Discussion the first Luciana book, how STEM inspired her story and why it’s important that girls are encouraged in STEM, and space science activities. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 3-4 p.m. $10.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets, 6 p.m.


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