Things to do in Denver this weekend, May 18-20

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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The Five Points Jazz Festival, May 21, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Five Points Jazz Festival, May 21, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s Five Points Jazz Festival weekend (yes, already) and we’ll be out there, so please find us and say hello. Other than that, we don’t particularly care what you decide to do.

Friday

Food & drink

Dr. Strangelove Flight & Cellar Day. For their eighth anniversary, Strange Craft is tapping the 2017 Dr. Strangelove and popping some bottles of the 2014, 2015, 2016 ‘Love. Strange Craft Brewing Co., 1330 Zuni St., Unit M. Noon-9 p.m.

Raspberry Apricot Maibock small batch release. Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. 3-10 p.m.

Cookie and Beer Pairing. Four tasters and four cookies from Good Sugar. Branded Oak Brewing Co., 470 Broadway. 6-8 p.m. $14.

Entertainment

“You’re The Best One.” The Hoffman family rallies together and against each other as they battle over health insurance, child custody, inheritance and superfoods. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

“Human Error.” After a mix-up by their fertility doctor, Heather is impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face a nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely friendships. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $35-80.

Remembering “A Knight to Remember.” Return of the 2012 “haphazard quest disguised as play.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Davis Contemporary Dance presents “Summer Night of Dance.” Mizel Arts And Cultural Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. 7:30 p.m. $20-30.

Ja Rule and Ashanti with Bone Thugs n Harmony. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $45-105.

The Struts. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25-28.

Gasoline Lollipops. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-13.

Obituary. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $25-28.

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

Motion Trap and All Chiefs. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

Flaural. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Jay Cobb Anderson Band. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Hot Snakes. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $25-175.

Days N Daze. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $15.

ATYYA. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $20.

Bennie Maupin with the Joe Anderies Quartet. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $15-35.

Pete Lewis Quintet plays The Jazz Crusaders. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $15.

The Amphibious Man. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

Ford Theater Reunion. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $5.

Colorado Independent Women of Film Festival. Eighth annual festival will showcase films from 20 local filmmakers, including short and feature length narrative films documentary, experimental works and animations, with the filmmakers in attendance for talkbacks with the audience. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. $10-20.

Art

Park Hill Art Festival. Park Hill Masonic Lodge grounds, 4819 E Montview Blvd. Noon-8 p.m. Free.

“Output” opening. All-female group exhibit with a focus on abstract expressionism. Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive.

For families

Taste of Southwest Denver Festival. Food trucks, a community-prepped taco bar, carnival treats, classic carnival games, balloon artists, face painting and more. Sabin World School, 3050 S. Vrain St. 5-8 p.m.

For your brain

David Mason: Reading and Signing. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 7-9 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants, 8:15 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Strange Craft Anniversary Party and Carnival10 local breweries will be on hand and pouring. Live music by Robby Wicks Band. Food truck on site. Strange Craft Brewing Co., 1330 Zuni St., Unit M. Noon-4 p.m. $20-25.

Vine Street Pub’s 10th Anniversary Patio Party. Live music from Spyscraper. Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 1700 Vine St,. 4:20-8 p.m. 

Whiskey Throwdown + Doughnut Showdown. Locallt made doughnuts and distilled spirits with unlimited sampling. Denver Rock Drill, 1717 E. 39th Ave. 2 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $35-75.

Brunch with Jen Korte’s Ladygang & Starjammer. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Middle State Coffee Launch Party. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 2 p.m. Free.

Crowler release: Strawberry Rhubarb Milkshake IPA. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 1 p.m.

Craft Beer and Cheesecake Pairing. Three 8-oz. pours, three cheesecakes and an addition 8-oz. for fun. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. Noon-2 p.m. $25.

Crawfish Boil. Crawfish by the pound with fixins and the Anthony Russo Band. Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E. 38th Ave. 1-11 p.m. Cost TBD.

Crawfish Boil. Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St. 3-8 p.m. $23.

Entertainment

Best bet: Five Points Jazz Festival10 stages will host more than 45 bands, while the streets and local institutions are filled with food, drinks, art, film screenings, jam sessions, face painting and kids activities. Kicks off with a parade. Welton Street from 25h to 29th. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

“You’re The Best One.” The Hoffman family rallies together and against each other as they battle over health insurance, child custody, inheritance and superfoods. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

“Human Error.” After a mix-up by their fertility doctor, Heather is impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face a nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely friendships. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-80.

Remembering “A Knight to Remember.” Return of the 2012 “haphazard quest disguised as play.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Davis Contemporary Dance presents “Summer Night of Dance.” Mizel Arts And Cultural Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $20-30.

Rock On! with the Colorado Symphony. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $25-99.

Above & Beyond. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6:30 p.m. $42.50-65.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25.75-29.75.

Rock De Mayo with Izcalli. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $13-18.

Above & Beyond official afterparty with disco sets from Mat Zo and Moon Boots. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. Midnight. $20-25.

Fleetmac Wood presents Sisters of the Moon Disco. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $15-20.

Rumors Follow single release. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Cloud Catcher tour kickoff. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Jay Cobb Anderson Band. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

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

Skeptical. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $15-25.

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

Colorado Independent Women of Film Festival. Eighth annual festival will showcase films from 20 local filmmakers, including short and feature length narrative films documentary, experimental works and animations, with the filmmakers in attendance for talkbacks with the audience. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. $10-20.

Thunder From Down Under. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7:30 p.m. $35-55.

Dick Racy: A Burlesque Parody. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $15.

Emo Nite. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Art

Best bet: Stuart Semple’s “Happy Clouds.” Smiley-face bubble sculptures, that when released with helium, drift amid public spaces. Part of the new “Happy City” citywide art project. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 2-4 p.m.

EPIC Arts Spring 2018 Youth Exhibition opening reception. RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St. 1-3 p.m. 

Park Hill Art Festival. Park Hill Masonic Lodge grounds, 4819 E. Montview Blvd. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Jackalope Art Fair. 150 local, curated and hand-selected artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Long Pose Life Drawing. Helikon Gallery & Studios, 3675 Wynkoop St. 5-8 p.m. $7.

For a cause

Best bet: Wagapalooza. Dog photo shoots, a pet psychic, raffle prizes, adoptable dogs from Lifeline Puppy Rescue and a silent auction benefiting both Lifeline Puppy Rescue and Hope for Paws Colorado. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants, 2:05 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at NYC FC, 11 a.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Hair of the Dog Comedy ShowcaseThe Lobby, 2191 Arapahoe St. 2:30-4 p.m.

Cajun Cook Out. Bring some food to share. Marczyk Fine Foods will be selling fresh shucked oysters (half-shell or grilled) and custom made beer sausage. Chain Reaction Brewing Company, 902 S. Lipan St. Noon-4 p.m. 

Beer & Cookie Pairing. Four cookies and four tasters. Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W. Colfax Ave. 3-5 p.m. $14.

Entertainment

“You’re The Best One.” The Hoffman family rallies together and against each other as they battle over health insurance, child custody, inheritance and superfoods. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 2 p.m. $20-30.

“Human Error.” After a mix-up by their fertility doctor, Heather is impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face a nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely friendships. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. $35.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $35-80.

Davis Contemporary Dance presents “Summer Night of Dance.” Mizel Arts And Cultural Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. 4:30 p.m. $20-30.

Pedro the Lion. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $22-25.

Elephant Revival. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5:30 p.m. $45-50.

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

Mary Lattimore. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Priests. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Los Tres Tristes Tigres. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6:30 p.m. $20-65.

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

Colorado Symphony Chamber Music Series. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 8 p.m. $20.

Art

Park Hill Art Festival. Park Hill Masonic Lodge grounds, 4819 E Montview Blvd. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

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

School of Rock Littleton presents Colorado Rocks. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. Noon. $12.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants, 2:05 p.m.


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