Things to do in Denver this weekend, March 9-11

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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Darrell Cole Booth films Hip General Do dancing on an uptown stoop, Feb. 28, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Friday

Food & drink

OMF and Stem Ciders collab bottle release. Our Mutual Friend Brewery, 2810 Larimer St. 2 p.m.-midnight.

Dry Hopped Strawberry Wit release. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Athena Project Arts Festival: Cross Pollinations. Four musicians are paired with a playwright, a choreographer, a visual artist and a spoken word artist and given 12 hours to create a brand-new work of art, culminating in a live performanceSwallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $14-18.

Best bet: DPO With a Twist: Havana to HarlemThe Denver Philharmonic is joined by the Harlem Quartet and Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán. Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-35.

Best bet: “Hamilton.” Yes, we know it’s sold out. But you can still try for some of the 40 $10 orchestra seats available for every performance in the daily lottery. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. 

“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. 7:30 p.m. $30.

“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.

“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.

“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place. 7:30 p.m. $18-23.

“The River Bride.” Amazon folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heart-wrenching tale of true love, regret and transformation. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Jo Koy. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7:30 p.m. $35-45.

Steel Panther. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 9 p.m. $20.

Phillip Phillips. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-29.50.

Anders Osborne. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $30.

Havok. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $17-22.

Medasin. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $16-18.

New Orleans Suspects. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9:30 p.m. $20-25.

Strange Americans and Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12.

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

Joey Porter’s Shady Business. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Rush Archives (Rush tribute) and Paradise Theater (Styx tribute). Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $18.

Neyla Pekarek (of The Lumineers). Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

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

The Brian Hornton Quartet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

Jim Jeffries. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $39.50-59.50.

Big Jay Oakerson. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25.

SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $20-80.

Art

Grandma’s Coloring Contest. Win free beer and support local artists. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. 7-10 p.m.

“Role Reversal” opening reception.  Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock St. 6-9 p.m.

Opening reception: paintings by Eden Keil. Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive. 6-8 p.m.

For a cause

The Circle of Light Photo Project. Exhibit features photographs taken by people whose blindness was cured by cornea transplants. Plus: music, food, wine, beer and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank. Artwork Network, 878 Santa Fe Drive. 7-10 p.m. $35-45.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Cool Beans Beer & Coffee Festival. Six 4-ounce tasters of coffee infused Ratio beers including, full pour of a coffee-infused Ratio beer or any non-barrel-aged Ratio beers, a Bloody Mary beer, pour-overs and demonstrations from Novo Coffee, Huckleberry Roasters and Method Roasters, donut holes from Glazed N Confuzed, bacon from Bacon Social House, a breakfast item from Julep and a limited edition commemorative Ratio coffee camper mug. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $30.

Work From Home Beer Breakfast. Work From Home barrel-aged porter release, waffles, bacon and cartoons. PJs encouraged. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. 10 a.m. $40.

Elderflower Sour limited release. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. Noon-midnight. 

Belgian Dark Strong bottle release. Banded Oak Brewing Company, 470 Broadway. Noon-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: DragondeerBluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $14-16.

Best Bet: L.A. Dance Project performing a powerful triple bill including a ballet by Benjamin Millepied, founding director of L.A. Dance Project. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 7:30 p.m. $27-77.

Best bet: DPO With a Twist: Havana to HarlemThe Denver Philharmonic is joined by the Harlem Quartet and Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán. Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-35.

Best bet: “Hamilton.” Yes, we know it’s sold out. But you can still try for some of the 40 $10 orchestra seats available for every performance in the daily lottery. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

“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. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30.

“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.

“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.

“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place. 7:30 p.m. $18-23.

“The River Bride.” Amazon folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heart-wrenching tale of true love, regret and transformation. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Athena Project Arts Festival: Weekend of Music Concert featuring Colorado musicians features Colorado musicians Megan Burtt and Nina De Freitas. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $14-18.

Eddie B. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $35-65.

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $19.99-25.

The Midnight Club. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Sar Isatum. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $7-10.

Marmozets. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9:30 p.m. $15-18.

Kikagaku Moyo. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12-14.

The Expendables. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8:15 p.m. $22-25.

Joey Porter’s Shady Business. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Knocked Loose. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $15.

The Contortionist. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $18-22.

1000 Miles of Fire. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Stone Disciple. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Erykah Badu & D’Angelo live tribute. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $7.

Big Jay Oakerson. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25.

Token Comedy Show: The Sequel featuring Janae Burris, Stephen Agyei, Byron Graham, Derrick Rush and Gabby Gutierrez-Ree. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-8:45 p.m. Free or suggested $5 donation.

Diagnosis Hysterical. Comedy showcase featuring  Priscilla Spangler, Zoll Viviana Seel, Matt Struck, Gloria Gray, Nina Flores, Mina Bones, Brandy Bryant and Jeff Koehn. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 9-11 p.m. 

Parallelocast Episode 1. Parallelocast will feature a group of characters in a different setting every episode. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 5-6 p.m. 

Art

Best bet: Beer Can Derby Race. Construct a pinewood derby-style race car using a beer and race. Tickets include beer and snacks, and different price levels include different amounts, plus other perks. ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive. 2-6 p.m. $10-35.

Michael Reedy: “Dear Future Self & Other Worlds”opening reception. Helikon Gallery & Studios, 3675 Wynkoop St. 6-10 p.m.

For families

Grayson County Burn Band performing at Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Coffee and doughnuts provided.

For your brain

Local Author Happy Hour: Michael Cassano, Terrence Huie and Heather Erny. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 5-6 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes, 1 p.m.

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

Sunday

Food & drink

Work From Home Beer Breakfast. Work From Home barrel-aged porter release, waffles, bacon and cartoons. PJs encouraged. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. 10 a.m. $40.

Chili Cook-off. Strange Craft Brewing Co., 1330 Zuni St., Unit M. 1-6 p.m.

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

Jazz Dinner with Spherio. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 6-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $32-35.

Best bet: “Hamilton.” Yes, we know it’s sold out. But you can still try for some of the 40 $10 orchestra seats available for every performance in the daily lottery. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

“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. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30.

“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.

“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. 3 p.m. $15-18.

“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place. 2 p.m. $18-23.

K.D. Lang. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $49.50-100.

Vinyl Theatre and Vesperteen. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $16-18.

Redbelly. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

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

Claygo. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Futuristic. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $17-20.

Architects. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $24-26.

Rings of Saturn. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $16-18.

Tinsley Ellis. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 7 p.m. $22.

Bob Malone. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $15-35.

Art

Music in the Galleries: Ensemble Faucheux. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 2-3 p.m. Free with admission.

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

Best bet: “Carnival of the Animals.” A Colorado Symphony Orchestra performance made for kids, featuring Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Le Carnaval des Animaux,” Britten’s  “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” Op. 34, and Mancini’s “The Pink Panther” and “Baby Elephant Walk.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $10 for children, $25 for adults.

Magic and More with Ann Lincoln. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

For a cause

Nocturne Three Year Anniversary. Party and jam session to benefit the Colorado Conservatory of Jazz. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 6-8 p.m. $16.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings, 3 p.m.


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