Sweaty locals refuse to allow the heat to defeat them at this point in the summer. Luckily for adventurous entertainment seekers, delights abound all around town this week. Whether you fancy street fairs, shopping sprees, outdoor movie screenings or progressive comedy shows, Denver's got your leisurely needs covered with the following five events, all as free as the summer breeze.
Monday Movie Madness: Finding Dory
Monday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.
Infinity Park at Glendale
Now that summer is upon us, local cinephiles can while away their balmy evenings with Monday Movie Madness at Glendale's Infinity Park. The park boasts a brand-new jumbo-sized screen this year, and organizers of the series asked visitors which movies they'd most like to see on it. The result is a lineup of family-friendly hits and crowd-pleasing classics, like this week's selection, Pixar's Finding Dory. Monday Movie Madness continues through the summer, with Top Gun on July 24 and Sing on August 7. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; we recommend arriving early to set up lawn chairs and blankets, or just spread out across the grass. Visit the Movies at Infinity Park website to learn more.
Ratio Quiz Show: Game of Thrones
Tuesday, July 18, 8 p.m.
Game of Thrones' seventh season premiered on Sunday evening, but fans won't have to wait a whole week to return to the world of George R.R. Martin's imagination. Ratio Beerworks' monthly pop-culture quiz show returns on Tuesday with a gauntlet of questions culled from The Song of Ice and Fire's vast mythos. It'll be trivia-by-combat as teams of up to five players enter into competition with a panel of Grand Master-level experts in a series of questions from co-hosts Andrew Bueno and Ian Douglas Terry. The show also features GOT video clips and musical accompaniment from DJ James Jonesy Wilcox. While you won't be competing for the Iron Throne, fantastic prizes await if an audience team manages to defeat the experts. After all, when you play the Game of Thrones trivia, you either win, or you go home with a slightly less impressive prize. Visit the Facebook event page to learn more.
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Feminist Agenda Comedy Night
Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m.
300 Suns Brewing
While only dinosaurs who haven't paid attention to comedy for the past forty years maintain the demonstrably false supposition that women aren't funny, the industry has a long to way to go before achieving anything close to gender parity. As is so often the case, the DIY movement is at the forefront of progress; even a casual observer would agree that many of Colorado's best comedy showcases are produced and hosted by hilarious women. This vital social conversation takes center stage at Feminist Agenda Comedy Night, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at Longmont's 300 Suns Brewing. Beginning with a themed open mic, where standups of any gender are welcome to try out their feminism-related material, and capped off by a showcase featuring Judy Wolf (Walk of Shame Dating Game) and headliner Rachel Weeks (We Still Like You, Pussy Bros.), the Feminist Agenda Comedy Night proves that it's possible to be serious about equality and funny about everything else. Visit the Facebook events page to learn more.
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Peachy Sidewalk Sale
July 21-23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Peachy Sidewalk Sale is one of the best sidewalk sales of the year and includes a free, fresh Colorado peach for shoppers while supplies last. Larimer Square boutiques will offer their biggest discounts of the season, and shoppers can expect discounts of up to 75 percent off at some stores. Participating shops include: AILLEA, Blue Ruby, Blush, Cry Baby Ranch, Dog Savvy Boutique & Spa, Eve, FRINJE, Goorin Bros, Gusterman, Silversmiths, Hailee Grace, John Atencio, John Fluevog Shoes, Moda Man, Mountain Khakis, Scarpaletto, Timbuk2 and Victoriana Antique & Fine Jewelry. Click here for more information. Visit Larimer Square's events calendar to learn more.
Meet in the Street
Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m.
16th Street Mall
Locals are constantly seeking new ways to improve the visitor experience at the 16th Street Mall, and Meet in the Street is a step in the right direction. A partnership of the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, this year features the Meet in the Street Community Prototyping Series, which will include community-designed installations, outdoor cafes, concerts, exercise classes, impromptu performances and more. The concept behind the project is that the public can actively create what the 16th Street Mall is evolving into — even on a day-to-day basis. The entertainment lineup this Saturday offers visitors the chance to compete in a cornhole tournament, enjoy performances from the Black Actors Guild, sweat it out at Camp Gladiator or choose from a multitude of other delights. Visit downtowndenver.com to learn more.
Looking for more to do? Check the Westword calendar.