The 21 Best Events in Denver, September 26-October 2

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The fall arts season is already under way. Throw in beer and ghosts, which are already haunting the calendar, and you have a lot of lively options in the days ahead. Here are the 21 best events through October 2.

Tuesday 9/26

Budgeting is better with beer. That's the theory at Anythink, which is in the midst of Anythink Startup Month in Adams County. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, it will put that theory to the test at Budget and Brews at Mother Tucker Brewery, 2360 East 120th Avenue in Thornton. The event is open to anyone 21 and up with a valid state or military ID; participants will get one free beer and endless amounts of information on how to create a budget and manage expenses. It all adds up! Registration is required; go to the online calendar at

Wednesday 9/27

Boulder’s Flatirons Food Film Festival is turning five this year; in its relatively short history, the festival has built a following based on movies packed with images of cameras slowly panning over gorgeously plated food and earnest chef interviews — in short, food porn. This year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint: From documentaries about the legendary James Beard to a con man scamming the high-end wine market to foodie classics like Ratatouille and Eat Drink Man Woman, the festival has something for everyone. You can even get your little ones involved with a farmers’ market tour and cooking demo geared toward kids. The festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, with a pre-party and screening of James Beard: America’s First Foodie at 6:30 p.m. at the Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road. Drool-inducing events continue into the weekend with more movies, tastings, cocktail parties and guest appearances ranging from Boulder’s own Antonio Laudisio to chef Jeremiah Tower, the subject of one of the documentaries. Most events are $10, and a pass for the entire festival is a steal at just $65; visit for details.

The Denver Art Museum’s Logan Lecture series, sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan, celebrates ten years with the return of Cuban-born artist Enrique Martinez Celaya, who last graced the lectern during the program’s first year. Part of a four-artist series focusing on global perspectives in art, Celaya’s talk covers his own interdisciplinary practice and ends with a mixer reception, cake and a champagne toast to the Logans. Listen and learn from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, at the Sharp Auditorium in the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Admission ranges from $10 to $20; register in advance at
Metro Caring
It's less than two months until Thanksgiving (yes, really), when you'll be surrounded by cartoonish images of turkeys and cornucopias. But you don't have to wait until then to celebrate food. You can do so right now, while making sure all Coloradans have access to food too, on Wednesday, September 27, at Metro Caring's Cornucopia 2017. The fundraiser at DaVita World Headquarters, 2000 16th Street, benefits the organization's programs providing food access, nutrition and cooking classes, and job training to help end the cycle of poverty and hunger. Food and drink from Humboldt and Blue Island Oyster Bar (among others) will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as impressive downtown views from DaVita's terrace. Get your ticket, $75, at

Pair cannabis and yoga with instructor Lucy Rose during Light and Lit, a pot-infused vinyasa yoga session at Break the Stigma Fitness in Wheat Ridge every Wednesday from September 27 to October 11. The sessions will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; tickets are $15 for Colorado residents and $20 for everyone else (21+). Find tickets and more information at

Thursday 9/28

Youth on Record, that bastion of music education for at-risk young adults, will host the fifth annual Real Rock Star Awards at the brand-new Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill Park, 1380 West Florida Avenue, on Thursday, September 28. The evening will bring together musical acts from Colorado and beyond to honor YOR’s “most resilient and talented students in a one-of-a-kind red-carpet event for a new generation,” according to organizers. Tickets for the full event are $100 and include dinner, complimentary beverages and a live auction beginning at 5 p.m. in addition to the awards and entertainment; tickets for the awards ceremony and performances only, which get under way at 7 p.m., start at $15. Admission is free for students under 21 with valid school IDs. Get tickets and more information at

An alliance for the ages will be forged this weekend when Tacticon and the Rocky Mountain Con join in a meeting of the minds between geeks and gamers. The Tacticon games begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 28, and continue through Sunday, October 1, at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center, 15500 East 40th Avenue, where they’ll intermingle with the events of Rocky Mountain Con, which run from 7 a.m. Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 1. Founded five years ago as a benefit for victims of the Aurora theater shooting, Rocky Mountain Con has grown steadily without losing sight of its altruistic mission; a portion of the proceeds from this year’s con will be donated to the Aurora Public Schools Foundation. Watch for character actors James Frain (Gotham, Orphan Black), Doug Jones (Hellboy), and Neve McIntosh (Dr. Who), as well as comic-book artists Jim Steranko and Barry McClain Jr., cosplayer Eric “The Smoke” Moran and many more, along with a Tentacle Kitty-sponsored costume contest, dance parties, doodle fights and a dizzying array of tabletop games. All-access passes to the con start at $50 ($150 VIP) at; go to for details on Tacticon.

The image archivists at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science recently uncovered two film fragments from the 1920s. They’ve now been restored and will be screened at the museum during Two Lost Films From the Archive, at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 28, with a live, original musical score written by University of Colorado Denver students. The first film is the featurette Naked Man vs Beast, an African safari adventure that hasn’t been seen since the 1930s. The second, Abyssinia Revisited, is from the collection of Alfred Bailey of the Field Museum in Chicago; it documents a trip to Ethiopia. “We found four reels of film hidden in Bailey’s collection with some extraordinary content,” says DMNS’s Rene Oconnell. “While the film was severely deteriorated, we managed to save significant footage and splice together enough to somewhat re-create the original.” Admission is $8 for DMNS members and $10 for non-members; learn more at
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9-28 Thurs: Gish Jen
Courtesy Knopf Books
Gish Jen, already an American novelist of great acclaim for her insightful and subtly cross-cultural stories, in recent years has turned to nonfiction, though the new work inhabits similar landscapes. Her current book, The Girl at the Baggage Claim, is a measured and witty treatise that crosses the divide of East-West cultural differences, much as her novels Mona in the Promised Land and The Love Wife did earlier. Jen will illuminate those ideas for writers and readers alike during a reading and book signing hosted by the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 28, on campus in Claver Recital Hall, 3333 Regis Boulevard. Admission is free, but registration is recommended at; visit for details.

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