The 21 Best Events in Denver, January 30-February 5

Chiho Aoshima's work comes to life at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Chiho Aoshima's work comes to life at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Courtesy of CSFAC
Celebrate the work of some local female superstars this week as the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and Rocky Mountain PBS roll out the Great Colorado Women on channel 6. If getting outside is more your thing, don't miss an adult- and kid-friendly event at the Children's Museum or the opportunity to sing "Rocky Mountain High" with a group of real Coloradans at a John Denver tribute. Keep reading for more of the best events of the week!

Tuesday, January 30

If you’re ready to take your homemade movies (not that kind, perv) to new heights, consider Open Screen Night’s 16-Bit Challenge. Create a short film around the theme (a post-apocalyptic world in which tribes “compete in a virtual wasteland of pixels and sprites” — hence the 16-bit reference) and submit it digitally up to a week before the Tuesday, January 30, Open Screen Night show at the Bug Theatre via [email protected] or you can bring a Blu-Ray or DVD to the event. The winner gets a $50 Amazon gift card from the guys at Reel Nerds Podcast. The Bug is at 3654 Navajo Street; find more information at or the event’s Facebook page. See you at the movies!

Wednesday, January 31

PlatteForum is launching a series of programs dubbed Temple Tattle — named in part after the Temple, which houses the arts group and many other stalwart Denver arts organizations and artists. The series will pair creatives and "rabble-rousing change agents of our great city" to inform and inspire audiences through art. The first event, Sounds of Revolution, will be an evening with painter and Temple resident artist Thomas Evans, better known as Detour, and poet Panama Soweto. Evans plans to turn fruit and paintings into musical instruments with which he will perform, while Soweto will deliver spoken-word poems about everything from bullying and being a single parent to sexual abuse and discrimination. The free event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, at PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis Street. For more information on the series, go to

Sure, you could sit at home with a bottle of tequila and pretend you're at the beach, but that would be pretty boring — and you'd have to make do with that stale box of Old El Paso taco shells in your pantry if you wanted some food. Instead, let La Sandia do the cooking and pouring. On Wednesday, January 31, the Stapleton outpost, at 8340 Northfield Boulevard, will host Casamigos tequila for a three-course pairing dinner at 7 p.m. for just $30 per person (not including tax and tip). Seating is limited, so register on or call 303-373-9100 for reservations and details. Beats hanging out on the couch in flip-flops any day!

When you said you would kill for a plate of pasta, let's hope nobody was listening. But if murder and meatballs are your thing, Maggiano's Little Italy has an evening of dastardly deeds in store. On Wednesday, January 31, Maggiano's in the Denver Tech Center, 7401 South Clinton Street in Englewood, presents a night of dining and an interactive murder mystery — where you could be the prime suspect. Tickets, available at, are $65 each, and the fun runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Will it be just what you're looking for? One cannoli hope.

Dana Crawford at Larimer Square in 1966, after she saved the historic block. - MEL SCHIELTZ/DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Dana Crawford at Larimer Square in 1966, after she saved the historic block.
Mel Schieltz/Denver Public Library
Thursday, February 1

How do arts organizations get the word out when they host events? And when they do, are they reaching every audience in every part of the city? How can they do that better? These questions and more will be addressed at Imagine 2020’s Data Snacks: Satisfy Your Hunger for Fresh Insights, a daylong workshop hosted by Denver Arts & Venues in conjunction with the Imagine 2020 Denver Cultural Plan, using survey data provided by marketing research firm Corona Insights. Open to arts administrators and citizens alike, the structured event, fueled by solution-making, runs from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 1, at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue. Admission is free; find more information and RSVP at

Long before the #MeToo movement, women were pioneers in all sorts of fields, from science to engineering to real estate development. Celebrating the achievements of some local greats, the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and Rocky Mountain PBS are debuting a five-part television series about Colorado women and "their little known, under-reported achievements," with episodes that will highlight such accomplished locals as Marion Downs, Dana Crawford, Penny Hamilton, Jill Tietjen and Marilyn Van Derbur Atler. The first episode of Great Colorado Women, "Marion Downs: Mother of Pediatric Audiology," premieres Thursday, February 1, at 8 p.m. on Channel 6, with four more episodes slated to air every Thursday through March 1. “We want to help others to know about those who have gone before us, and in doing so, we believe the stories about the women in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will inspire women to play a bigger role in shaping Colorado’s history,” says Janina Martin, corporate sponsorship manager at RMPBS. Find more information about the women highlighted in the series and the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame at

On Thursday, February 1, the Children's Museum will host its inaugural adults-only extravaganza, Ales, Apps & Barrels of Fun, an event full of childhood-inspired snacks, music, games and the opportunity to play in museum exhibits. Oh, yes, and to drink craft beer, from Epic, Prost, Little Machine, Briar Common, Ratio, FATE, Horse & Dragon, Declaration and many more. The fun runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the museum, 2121 Children's Museum Drive; tickets are $35 in advance at, or $40 at the door. SOLD OUT

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