Events

The 21 Best Events in Denver, August 22-28

Brunch takes center stage at the Denver BrunchFest.
Brunch takes center stage at the Denver BrunchFest. Danielle Lirette
Consider this your warning: There are so many good things to do on this week's list of the 21 best events in Denver, you'll want to grab your tickets early. From an Itchy-O album release party (!) to the High Plains Comedy Festival and plenty of art and food events, you'll have no reason to stay home this week.

Tuesday 8/22

News flash: Yarn costs money. And without yarn, the hardworking Ladies Fancywork Society yarn-bombing squad can’t wow Denver residents with their fiber-fantastic yarn-bomb installations. To help fund their efforts in the CRUSH 2017 street-art extravaganza in September, the ladies are throwing a Ladies Fancywork Society Summertime FUNdrai$er with help from Ratio Beerworks, complete with popsicles, beer and LFS swag. And because LFS advocates yarn-bombing for all, you’ll be able to grab a pre-made crochet swatch at the Tag Bar to hang off the beer hall’s patio. Gather with the LFS crew from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, at Ratio, 2920 Larimer Street; raffle tickets for excellent Denver-centric prizes will be sold for $3 (or two for $5) to benefit the cause. Learn more at the Facebook event page; go to ladiesfancyworksociety.com for everything LFS.

Corner Post Meats is one of Colorado’s premier ranches, providing grass-finished beef and lamb and pasture-raised pork and chicken to restaurants and families for three generations. There are plenty of eateries around town that carry Corner Post’s products, but for one night, you can taste a variety of them — along with a selection of local wines — all in one location, at a five-course dinner hosted by Carboy Winery, 6885 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. Dinner is served on Tuesday, August 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $85 per person (including tax and gratuity) and can be purchased at eventbrite.com. Carboy works with vineyards and winemakers worldwide to bring in interesting varietals, which it then blends and ages into unique wines; this dinner is the perfect opportunity to partake in a Colorado double-header.


Wednesday 8/23

Josh Androsky is a writer, standup comedian and karaoke enthusiast who hails from Los Angeles. After a precocious career in television that brought him into contact with human-rights-violating despots, Androsky began pursuing comedy, eventually running his own regular shows and becoming a festival favorite around the country. A viral video wherein a psilocybin-addled Androsky enthusiastically competes on The Price Is Right while maintaining the premise that he is a skateboard rabbi encapsulates his commitment to pulling off absurd spectacles with a showman’s panache. A former Vice contributor and staff writer for Spongebob Squarepants, Androsky is currently running for Los Angeles County sheriff — which is not a joke, but hilarious all the same. He’ll be joined by a selection of visiting High Plains comics and Denver favorites for a showcase at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, at Syntax Physic Opera, 554 South Broadway. Tickets, $7, are available at nightout.com.

Greg Proops first gained national attention as a wry yet theatrical improviser on the late-’90s smash Whose Line Is It Anyway?, but he’s avoided the family-friendly pitfalls of his former co-stars. A raconteur and standup with almost vaudevillian lounge-lizard sensibilities, Proops fancies himself as something of a public wit, as evidenced by his fantastic podcast, the humbly titled Smartest Man in the World, which he spun off into The Smartest Book in the World and an international tour. Proops is kicking off his headlining weekend at the downtown Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, with a live “Proopcast” recording; it will be followed by five more opportunities to catch him in the act. Visit comedyworks.com for all the details.
click to enlarge Dylan Gebbia-Richards's "Eclipse" will shine bright at the University of Northern Colorado. - COURTESY OF BMOCA
Dylan Gebbia-Richards's "Eclipse" will shine bright at the University of Northern Colorado.
Courtesy of BMoCA
Thursday 8/24

The University of Northern Colorado galleries will greet a new school year with a large-scale sense of fun. The school is hosting a dual opening for a pair of shows by Denver artist Dylan Gebbia-Richards and muralists Andrew Bablo and Pat Milbery — all of whom have been in residence at UNC this summer. Gebbia-Richards’s Echo, a literal walk-through wave of dripped 3-D mediums, takes over the Mariani Gallery, while the site-specific indoor mural collaboration by Bostonian Bablo and Coloradan Milbery takes cues from the Oak Room Gallery’s classic oak paneling to create a contemporary wall pastiche. Grab some food and drink and enjoy live music at the opening, 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 24, in Guggenheim Hall on the UNC campus in Greeley; as an added attraction, UNC alumni will be live-screenprinting exhibit swag, distributed free to the first 150 art lovers in the door. Admission is free; learn more at arts.unco.edu/art/galleries.

For the fifth year in a row, the High Plains Comedy Festival brings Denver to the forefront of the comedy world by inviting a gallery of national and local standups to participate in a chaotic yet judiciously curated weekend of jokes. The 2017 lineup includes top-notch comedians such as Rhea Butcher, Baron Vaughn, Eddie Pepitone and Todd Glass along with prodigal locals like the Grawlix, Sam Tallent and Kristin Rand, to name but a few. Founded by Adam Cayton-Holland, produced by Karen Wachtel and comprising “over 100 insanely funny folks,” the High Plains Comedy Festival will spread across South Broadway venues the hi-dive, Mutiny Information Cafe, 3 Kings Tavern, and Badger’s Pub. The fun begins on Thursday, August 24, with the King’s Cup at 3 Kings. In addition, a pair of headliners will take over the Paramount Theatre: Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff (My Favorite Murder) on Friday, August 25, and perennial favorite T.J. Miller on Saturday, August 26. Festival VIP passes have already sold out — in record time, no less — but tickets to individual shows, as well as a full schedule, are at highplainscomedyfestival.com.

FirstBank’s Latin Concert Series at Levitt Pavilion continues at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, with a live performance from the talented Gaby Moreno. The Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter has won accolades and melted hearts with her soulful, bilingual blend of jazz, R&B and disarmingly catchy pop. A Latin Grammy Award Winner and perennial nominee, Moreno also received an Emmy nod for co-writing the theme song for the sitcom Parks and Recreation. Luckily for thrifty music fans, FirstBank — in partnership with local pop radio station 95.7 The Party — is presenting the concert, which also includes opening act Vanessa Zamora, for free. Levitt Pavilion is at 1380 West Florida Avenue; RSVP and get more information at levittdenver.org.


What do booze, gambling and pot all have in common, besides making for a great weekend? They’re all taxed by the government with a so-called sin tax, which is partly aimed at curbing behavior the government deems “immoral” — but mainly just fills the city’s coffers. But should government even be in the business of being the morality police? And where does all that money go? All this and more will be discussed at Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s Sin Tax B-I-N-G-O!, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. Hosts Erin Rollman and Brian Colonna from Buntport Theater will lead the festivities; Kansas City-style BBQ will be available from the Kitchen Table, and prizes will be given out, including tickets to the sold-out Great American Beer Festival. The event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 is encouraged; RSVP and get more information at warmcookiesoftherevolution.org.

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