Things to do in Denver this weekend, Aug. 3-5

The Denver Art Society on Santa Fe Drive, July 31, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Art Society on Santa Fe Drive, July 31, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Friday

Entertainment

Best bet: Our Curious New VoicesAfter an intensive three-week program, eight young playwrights will present their newest short pieces. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 7 p.m. Free.

Best bet: B-Side Music with Champagne Stallion + Nuancer. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7-9 p.m. Free-5.

“Cry-Baby: The Musical.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. In 1950s Baltimore, the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical based on John Waters’ cult film. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“Les Miserables.” Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $35-150.

“Into the Woods.” Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7:30 p.m. $20.

“Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man.” Off-Broadway’s longest running comedy. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $46.

Lucero and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $30-59.95.

Honey Honey. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 5 p.m. Free.

Alison Wonderland. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $26.75-31.75.

Susto. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-17.

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $59.50-60.

No BS! Brass Band. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $15-18.

Twinsmith. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-12.

The Parlor Pickers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

DJ noDJ. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Chanel West Coast. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Michael Hornbuckle Band. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

Verses The Inevitable & The Pamlico Sound. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Nova Somnia. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 8 p.m.

Royal Roost Beebop Series. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m.  and 9 p.m. $15.

The Late Set: AnDré Mali and Victor Mestas. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 11 p.m. Free.

Dave Devine. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9:30 p.m. Free.

Medvedi. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Tony Exum. Skyline Beer Garden, 1601 Arapahoe St. 5- 8 p.m. Free.

Guilty Pleasures dance party. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

That Big ’80s Party. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Drag Decades. The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. 8 p.m. $25-35.

“War of the Worlds”: The Panic Broadcast. An alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in “The War of the Worlds” and in real life thanks to Orson Welles’s 1938 radio adaptation, which listeners took for news. The WBFR radio ensemble recreates the events surrounding the infamous evening. John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place. 7:30 p.m. $15.

Midnight Madness: “Ghost In The Shell.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

Best bet: First Friday Art Walk. The galleries and studios in Denver’s art districts will leave their doors open after-hours to welcome the curious with wine, beer, special exhibits, demonstrations and music. Your options:

Santa Fe Art District, along Santa Fe drive from Alameda to 12th Avenue. This will be the biggest art walk of the year for Santa Fe Drive. They’ll be shutting down the street and the Truck Stop food truck rally will be feeding the masses. Also, Denverite will be out there with a booth at Renegade Brewing Co., 925 W. Ninth Ave., where we’ll be chatting with everyone and taking portraits. Also, also, CHAC Gallery will be celebrating its grand reopening at 222 Santa Fe Drive.

River North Art District. This one is more spread out. Here’s a gallery list.

Tennyson Street Cultural District, along Tennyson Street from 39th to 45th Avenue. Here’s a map.

For families

Best bet: Movie in the Park: “Coco.” Zuni and 51st Park, 5085 Zuni St. 6 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Summer Reading Party for Kids and Drag Queen Storytime with games, prizes and ice cream. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 5-6 p.m. Free.

Movie on The Green: “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” Founders Green, 7601 E. 29th Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free.

Movie Night in the Park: “Lion King.” Mayfair Park, 1099 Ivy St. 8 p.m. Free.

Dive-In Movie: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle. 7:30 p.m. $30.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers, 6:10 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Barreled Lightning Release. Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. Noon-10 p.m. 

IPArade – a celebration of IPAs. Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St. Noon-8 p.m. $23.

New Belgium Brewing Sour Saison Blending Tour. Check out the traveling bar and blend your own sour saison. Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St. 7-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Our Curious New VoicesAfter an intensive three-week program, eight young playwrights will present their newest short pieces. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 7 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Batsu Japanese Film FestivalAlamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. See calendar for showtimes. $80 for a weekend pass. $10 per screening.

“Cry-Baby: The Musical.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. In 1950s Baltimore, the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical based on John Waters’ cult film. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“Les Miserables.” Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-150.

“Into the Woods.” Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street.  7:30 p.m. $20.

“Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man.” Off-Broadway’s longest running comedy. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $46.

Yonder Mountain String Band and The Infamous String Dusters. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6 p.m. $42.50-75.

WAR and Tower of Power. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 5 p.m. $25-75.

Luke Bryan. Broncos Stadium At Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. 7 p.m. $29.75-348.

Switchfoot. Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle. 8 p.m. Free with park admission, $30.

Macy Gray. EXDO, 1399 35th St. 9 p.m. $24.

Alison Wonderland. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $26.75-31.75.

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $59.50-60.

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

Dylan Carlson. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. $13-15.

Now, Now. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9:30 p.m. $15-17.

The Jive Tribe and Flash Mountain Flood. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

The Tim Wendel Group. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. $15.

The Late Set: Mark Diamond & Mark Klagstad. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 11 p.m. Free.

H2 Big Band. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 7 p.m. $20-27.

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

Adam Lopez. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. 

Swingin’ Under The Stars: Bob’s Big Band. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 7:30-10 p.m. Free.

Wonderlic. Skyline Beer Garden, 1601 Arapahoe St. 3-6 p.m. Free.

Jim Hurst Trio. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $14.

Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game. The audience and hosts take a drink each time a comic returns to a familiar tic or premise. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-10 p.m. $5.

Clean Comedy Showcase. Skyline Beer Garden, 1601 Arapahoe St. 7-9 p.m. 

Carnivale de Sensuale. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $25-30.

The Lituation dance party. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

“Dark Money” screening and Q&A. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 7 p.m. $9-11.50.

Midnight Madness: “Ghost In The Shell.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

“Vision Quest”: Shay Davis solo exhibition opening. Abend Gallery, 1412 Wazee St. 6-9 p.m.

Penny admission for Colorado residents. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For families

Free Summer Family Day with art-making, face painting, performances storytime and more. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Denver International Festival. More than 25 performers, 20 food trucks, beer & wine tasting, a kids village and more. Civic Center Park. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Sun Valley Denver Days community block party. Live music, giveaways, games, arts while supporting our neighborhood’s youth. Rude Park, 2855 W. Holden Place. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, accepting donations to fill backpacks with school supplies.

West Colfax Neighborhood Festival. Live music, performing arts, art exhibitions, free services (food, bike repair, haircuts, etc.), games and sports for children and more. Cheltenham Elementary School, 1580 Julian St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

About Time. How long does it take a snail to cross a piece of paper? What makes a clock tick? Is time travel real?! Play and learn about time with hands-on activities and crafts. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

For a cause

Relay For Rescue 2018. Relay and scavenger hunt across nine venues support 11 animal welfare organizations. Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake St. 2-6 p.m. $35.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers, 5:10 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at LA Galaxy, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Go Nuts for Doughnuts. Decorated doughnuts with the pastry team. $12 bottomless mimosas, $3 Oskar Blues Brewery Dale’s and Mama’s, full coffee bar and cocktails. Kids eat for free with adult purchase on an entree. Hotbox RiNo, 3460 Larimer St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Downtown Brunch with the Adam Bodine Trio. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $30.

Entertainment

Best bet: Shakesbeer Presents: Henry IV Pt. 1Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway.5-7 p.m. Free.

“Cry-Baby: The Musical.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. In 1950s Baltimore, the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical based on John Waters’ cult film. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“Les Miserables.” Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-150

“Into the Woods.” Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street.  2 p.m. $20.

“Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man.” Off-Broadway’s longest running comedy. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $46.

Joe Bonamassa. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 8 p.m. $115-600.

Rainbow Militia. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 7 p.m. Free.

Havok. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $20-24.

The Summer Slaughter Tour. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 2:30 p.m. $32-37.

Black Oxygen. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 7:30 p.m. $10-14.

Deafhaven. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $5-22.

Sammy Miller & The Congregation. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6 p.m. $12-25.

For families

Best bet: Outdoor Movie Night: “Back to the Future.” Sports Field at Denver Academy of Torah, 6825 E. Alameda Ave. 8-11 p.m. Free.

For a cause

The Throwdown: A Charity Cornhole Tournament. Benefits the Cottonwood Institute connecting high-need students to the outdoors and empowering them to take action to improve their schools, their communities and the environment. Denver’s Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $150 per team of two.

“Chicken Pot Turtle” Storytime with author Angela Scheideler. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers, 12:10 p.m.


Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Here’s a link to Meetups near Denver. Or you might try MileHighOnTheCheap.com‘s calendar.