Events

The 21 Best Events in Denver, May 1-7

Fall in love with a different side of Denver during the Denver Graffiti Tours.
Fall in love with a different side of Denver during the Denver Graffiti Tours. Pat Milbery
With warmer weather on the horizon, it's time to really start loading up that social calendar. And this week has plenty to do, from Derby parties to May the Fourth celebrations and Cinco de Mayo. Keep reading for more of the week's best events!

Tuesday, May 1

Robotics are big in the STEM world, and here’s a hands-on opportunity to keep up with and experience the latest technologies while marveling at the human ingenuity behind them: The family-friendly interactive exhibit Robonology, a dive into the latest technologies in space, ocean and planetary exploration, is coming to the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard, for a summer run beginning Tuesday, May 1 (with a members-only preview on Sunday, April 29), and continuing daily through September 9. Robonology is included in the regular museum admission of $8.50 to $15, but various simulator experiences will be available for an extra charge, so come prepared. Learn more at wingsmuseum.org.

Building off the energy, inspiration and entrepreneurial spirit that started with the Something Independent Awards in 2011, The Wright has moved from the Golden Triangle to Golden, where it’s rolling out a three-day industry summit featuring outdoor-inspired business founders, rule-breakers and problem-solvers who’ll participate in fifteen talks, workshops and panels. The action gets under way on Tuesday, May 1, and continues through Wednesday, May 2, with free daily programming; the annual awards bash on Thursday, May 3, is $50. All events will be held on the Colorado School of Mines campus; find a complete schedule and register at thewright.co.

Wednesday, May 2

Hook up with standup comedian, writer, actor, musician and dater Lane Moore, who’ll host Tinder LIVE!, an interactive show offering tips, tricks and real-time swiping, messaging and perhaps even a live phone call with Tinder matches. Producer and host of the podcast Are You Afraid of the Snark?, Moore is bound to deliver plenty during this 18+ event. Make a date to be at the Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2. Tickets are $20; get yours at comedyworks.com.


Thursday, May 3

There's no denying the talent of a cast that includes Curious Theatre Company all-stars Erik Sandvold, Randy Moore, John Jurcheck and Karen Slack, and there’s even more to like about the company’s new production of playwright Meridith Friedman’s family drama Your Best One. For one, it’s a world premiere, in keeping with the Curious new-play imperative, and it’s directed by Curious co-founder and stalwart Dee Covington. Part of a trilogy, Your Best One also fits the Curious penchant for play cycles. The company launched Friedman’s three-part story about the burdens of the middle-aged as experienced by the Hoffman family with last year’s production of The Luckiest People. Get caught up in the second installment when Your Best One opens for previews at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4, and continues Thursdays through Sundays through June 10 at Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma Street. Find times and tickets, $18 to $50, at curioustheatre.org.

Leon Gallery keeps the fun dialed up with The Talent Show, a new event hosted by Hayley Dixon and Kalindi DeFrancis and showcasing pretty much anything performative, including what the organizers call “non-talents.” If you want to show off your own Stupid Human Tricks à la David Letterman, forget it — entries for this event have closed. But you can still be an audience member, a job that requires a critical eye and a loud cheering voice. Enjoy talent and treats on Thursday, May 3, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Leon, 1112 East 17th Avenue. Admission is free; learn more at the "Leon Talent Show" event page on Facebook.
Nerd out, Star Wars fans, for May the Fourth! - AARON THACKERAY
Nerd out, Star Wars fans, for May the Fourth!
Aaron Thackeray
Friday, May 4

If you’re one of those Star Wars fanatics who’s already seen it all in the Skywalker universe, Turkish Star Wars is here to shut you up. Without giving away too much, the film, one of the world’s worst examples of cinema, isn’t about Star Wars at all, though it does blatantly steal footage and music from the real Star Wars and other American-made sci-fi and adventure films (most notably, “The Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark). Okay, it’s really terrible, but it’s May the Fourth, an important date for Star Wars geeks, and if you go, you can also get down with trivia, a costume contest and other mayhem, as well as the esteemed commentary of movie pundit Ernie Quiroz. Turkish Star Wars screens on Friday, May 4, from 7 to 9:45 p.m. at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street; admission is $10 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or $12 at the door. Learn more on the event's Facebook page.

As far as pun-based holidays go, May the Fourth is among the most delightfully frivolous; the annual celebration of Star Wars fandom unites nerds from each generation for some costumed camaraderie. While many local venues are throwing parties inspired by the space-swashbuckling tales from a galaxy far, far away, few of them are brimming with fan-inspired creativity like the May the Fourth Be With You 2018 Art War Party, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at the Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street. Browse through a collection of over 85 original Star Wars-inspired artworks from more than thirty local artists, or watch the original films on large screens while sipping "Dark Side" and "Rebel Alliance" cocktails as the Curtis transforms into a Jedi Temple for the evening. Cosplay is obviously encouraged, though any and all Jar Jar Binkses will be fed to the Rancor. Admission is $15 at eventbrite.com. Visit artwardenver.com to learn more.

Hundreds of alpacas and their handlers (and fans) will convene at the National Western Stock Show Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Friday, May 4, through Sunday, May 6, for the Great Western Alpaca Show. Equal parts fun and educational, the GWAS showcases all parts of the alpaca. Fiber demonstrations will teach attendees how to use their wool-like covering for clothing and blankets, and those purely interested in the aesthetics of the cute, llama-like animal can even get a selfie with one in the alpaca selfie booth. And don't miss the alpaca costume contest on Saturday at 2 p.m., where handlers will show off their decked-out ’pacas, who will be judged by how imaginative their outfits are. Hosted by the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies, the show is free and opens at 10 a.m. all three days. Visit greatwesternalpacashow.com for more details.


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