Whatever you’re in the mood for this week, Denver’s got you covered. From movie nights accompanied by the Colorado Symphony, to art exhibits at Red Rocks, you’re sure to find something that interests you. Check out comedians like Hari Kondabolu or take a ride with Mary Valdez along the Cherry Creek Trail for the Cherry Creek Trail Urban Arts Fund Bike Mural Tour. Get out there and make it an incredible week.
Monday, July 10
Monday Movie Madness: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
When: July 10, 7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Where: Infinity Park – 4599 E. Tennessee Ave., Glendale
The Lowdown: Monday Movie Madness is back for its second screening. This time, it’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Bring a blanket, a picnic and your fellow Ferris enthusiasts and settle in for movie night on the grass. You’ll be sure to have a great start to the week because, “Ferris Bueller you’re my hero.”
Nerd’s Night Out
When: July 10, 6 – 10 p.m.
Where: Platt Park Brewing Company – 1875 S. Pearl St., Denver
The Lowdown: The aftermath of Comic Con isn’t over yet. Hosted by Player 2, come let your inner-nerd out with games, virtual reality and beer. Get into the competition with video games and virtual reality show-downs to win gift cards and free beer. If you aren’t as into the virtual world, there will be group board games to keep you occupied and competitive. Also, show up in a cosplay costume and your first beer is on the house.
Scramble Campbell’s The Art Experience
When: July 10 – 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre — 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
The Lowdown: This is the 13th year of Scramble Campbell, so whether this is your first or 13th time to this exhibit, see the blending of art and music from a different perspective. Scramble Campbell has created over 400 works of art during performances at Red Rocks over the years, as well as many other works from other venues. Meet the artist as he guides you through a 3D tour of his art and hear how he re-creates a concert on canvas.
Tuesday, July 11
When: July 11, 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: Denver Art Museum — 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver
The Lowdown: Checking out the DAM on your Tuesday afternoon? You’re just in time for drop-in drawing. Stop by the Hamilton Building and get lost in your sketchpad. Pick up a few tips from a museum instructor and get inspiration from one of the galleries that catches your eye.
New Talent Night
When: July 11, 8 p.m.
Where: 1226 15th St., Denver
The Lowdown: Are you looking to make your way in the comedy world? Or do you just love comedy and the freshness of an amateur? Check out Comedy Work’s New Talent Night and be thrown into the mix of an array of comedians, all with their own unaltered styles.
Wednesday, July 12
Sci-Fi Film Series presents 2001: A Space Odyssey
When: July 12, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) — 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
The Lowdown: Watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, on the IMAX screen alongside Steve Lee, PhD, a space scientist, as he answers all the real-life questions you have about the movie and space. Grab a drink from the cash bar and learn about the wonder of space in a fun way at this installation of the DMNS’s Sci-Fi Film Series.
Thursday, July 13
“It Came From The Drawing Board”
When: July 13 – 15, 12 – 7 p.m.
Where: Alto Gallery – 4345 W. 41st Ave., Denver
The Lowdown: See the work of six artists at this exhibit of multi-media art with an emphasis on retro sci-fi. This re-created blast from the past will feature vintage technological devices from the 1910s through the 1960s, recycled vacuum tubes and other intricately placed vintage lights, speakers and switches so no experience is like the one before. Artists featured will include Cody Kuehl, Dan Crosier, G. Kaaiue, J. James McFarland, Rio Burton and Charles Russell.
When: July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Stage Theatre — 1101 Speer Blvd., Denver
The Lowdown: Catch opening night of the classic musical, Annie. The play is about an optimistic orphan living during the Great Depression, who’s luck suddenly changes. This is the 40th anniversary of the show, so celebrate this timeless tale and re-live your childhood on your Thursday night.
CONCACAF Gold Cup
When: July 13, 6 p.m.
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 1701 Bryant St., Denver
Cost: $30 – $125
The Lowdown: Come watch the excitement that is live sports this Thursday night. Denver is hosting the Gold Cup Group C stage double header. First, see the Mexican national soccer team go head-to-head with the Jamaican national team, then it’s El Salvador and Curacao’s turn to compete. Get into the spirit with jerseys, face paint and classic sports food.
Author Talk with David MacNeal
When: July 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Tattered Cover — 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
The Lowdown: Journalist David MacNeal’s book, BUGGED: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them, has made a splash in the science world. After his appearance on Good Day Colorado and Colorado and Co., catch him speaking at the Tattered Cover on all things bugs.
When: July 13 – 15, 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m Friday and Saturday
Where: 1226 15th St., Denver
Cost: $18 – $26
The Lowdown: What a time to be a political comedian. This New Yorker has plenty of comedic commentaries up his sleeve, get a taste of them before his shows this weekend on his albums, Waiting for 2042, Mainstream American Comic or Hari Kondabolu’s New Material Night Volume One. With appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Standup Show and The Nightly Show, he has quite the resumé. Come by Comedy Works for Kondabolu’s version of political comedy.
Flicks for Chicks: Dirty Dancing
When: July 13, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Where: ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop – 2015 Market St., Denver
Cost: Free, call 720-878-2015 to reserve.
The Lowdown: It’s ladies night. Grab your girls for a chick-flick at the ViewHouse courtyard. This week, it’s Dirty Dancing. Drinks are free from 9 p.m. to midnight and popcorn will be served throughout the movie.
Friday, July 14
Outdoor Adventure Quest
When: July 14 – 16, 7 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Where: Any Colorado city
The Lowdown: With all of the outdoorsy people in Colorado, this event is sure to muster up quite the competition. Grab some friends and form a team of two to six people to compete in this statewide quest by way of an app. Spend the weekend completing challenges that could be anything from hiking, to climbing, to exploring breweries — basically all the things you would probably normally do, but you get to throw a competition into the mix. Pack the car with your gear and your pals and drive off into an epic weekend.
Movie at the Symphony: La La Land in Concert
When: July 14, 7:30
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall — 1000 14th St., Denver
Cost: $15 – $89. Tickets available here.
The Lowdown: If you’ve already seen this musical with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone — or watched and seen memes of the Oscars — you know what the hype is about. Experience La La Land on the big screen and with a live version of the music by The Colorado Symphony. Get jazzy and dreamy as you watch this epic film in an immersive way.
Those DAM Artists
When: July 14 – 15, 5 – 9 p.m. Friday, 4 – 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: 12598 E. Bates Circle, Aurora
The Lowdown: This juried exhibit is titled Inside the Box, taking a spin on the classic saying and is based on community and diversity within it. There will be food and drinks as you peruse through the works of both new and well-experienced artists from The Aurora Art Group. This exhibit will have an “open house” feel, so if you’re in the mood for a relaxed weekend night or something to do before heading off to other festivities, explore a diverse collection of modern art on your Friday or Saturday night.
LAW + LAR Fashion Show
When: July 14, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Denver Performing Arts Complex Sculpture Park – 1400 Curtis St., Denver
The Lowdown: Lawrence and Larimer are putting on its fourth annual Fashion Showcase. See 30 summer looks from the LAW + LAR and other local designers, then watch your favorite Denver style icons compete in the #DenverStyleWars.
When: July 14, 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: Tattered Cover — 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
Cost: Free with purchase of Hunger at any Tattered Cover location
The Lowdown: Roxane Gay shared her personal struggles and relationship with food in Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. If you’ve read the book, you may have found inspiration in its honesty in regard to our society’s view of appearance and bodies. Dig deeper as the woman herself will be in Denver to give a presentation about the book and answer all of your questions. Then have the chance get your copy of the book signed.
Saturday, July 15
When: July 15, 8 – 11 p.m.
Where: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre — 18300 W Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
Cost: $59 – $100. Get tickets here.
The Lowdown: Dave Chappelle’s two Netflix specials, Deep in The Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin, may have popped up on your watch list. The comedian is coming to Red Rocks. Catch his live performance and leave your phone at home, as Chappelle is requesting that there are no cell phones at his show.
Denver Design Week
When: July 15 – 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: See 14 different locations here.
Cost: $10 – $25. Get tickets here.
The Lowdown: This weekend kicks off Denver Design Week, complete with a launch party on Saturday at 7 p.m. Check out tours and lectures that cover everything up and coming in the world of design, from urban development, to public art. Get advice on trendy (but not fad) design topics like start-ups, organization, sustainability and the changing workplace from architects, artists, sustainability experts and more.
Frida Kahlo Celebration of Life Art Show
When: July 15, 3 – 11 p.m.
Where: Westwood Food Cooperative – 3738 Morrison Rd., Denver
The Lowdown: This art show event is hosted and created by The Empress, BuCu West, D3 ARTS, Re:Vision, La Academia and Art Students League of Denver and invites everyone in attendance to be part of a Frida themed art piece. There will be plenty to enjoy beside the art, including dance, face painting, vendors, contests, Mariachi and Food by Kahlo’s Mexican Restaurant.
MuckFest MS Mud Run
When: July 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Salisbury North – 9200 Motsenbocker Rd., Parker
Cost: $65 – $105, free to watch
The Lowdown: Get ready to get dirty at the MuckFest MS Mud Run, where you’ll run through obstacles, water features and, of course, lots of mud. This 5k is sure to get some Three Stooges-style falls and if you’re timing is right, hilarious pictures whether you’re the one running or just there to support those who are. Then, enjoy a free beer after the race for all your hard work.
Book Talk with Fiona Davis
When: July 15, 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: BookBar — 4280 Tennyson St., Denver
The Lowdown: Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, is coming to BookBar for a cocktail hour to talk about her book. The Dollhouse is set in present-day New York City, where a journalist uncovers secrets about up-and-comers in the 1950s. Whether you’ve read the book or are interested in it, talk to the woman herself as you sip on your drink and ask all the questions you may have.
Sunday, July 16
Cherry Creek Trail Urban Arts Fund Bike Mural Tour
When: July 16, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: REI — 1416 Platte St., Denver
Cost: Free, RSVP here
The Lowdown: Take a ride along the Cherry Creek Trail with Mary Valdez, public art administrator, to see and learn about the amazing murals along the trail. You may have seen some of the many new murals that popped up last summer, so now is your chance to get the full story. Bring your own bike and be ready to ride with the Cherry Creek on one side and beautiful art on the other.
Mark Your Calendars
Steve Martin and Martin Short
When: July 22, 8 – 11:59 p.m.
Where: Bellco Theatre – 700 14th St., Denver
Cost: $65 – $180
Tickets: Available here.
Denver County Fair
When: July 21 – 23, 12 – 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: National Western Complex – 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Cost: $10 – $20 per day
Tickets: Available here.
Denver Cruiser Rides
When: July 19, 6 – 11 p.m.
Where: The Ginn Mill – 2041 Larimer St., Denver
Cost: Free, get more information here.