Things to Do

The 21 Best Events in Denver, July 29 to August 4

The Colfax ArtFest is an arty party.
The Colfax ArtFest is an arty party. Courtesy of Colfax ArtFest
It's festival season, as this week's 21 best calendar proves. The beloved Union Station Buskerfest returns, along with the Colfax ArtFest, Taste of Ethiopia and the Denver International Festival. Keep reading for all the details and even more events.

Monday, July 29

John Williams's “bah-dum, bah-dum” score may be the most memorable part of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws, the granddaddy of the summer blockbuster. But the movie itself is at once terrifying, political and poetic — with, yes, a killer soundtrack. Alamo Drafthouse will celebrate the film with a Jaws Movie Party at two area Alamos — but don't expect to just sit back and relax, as these screenings promise interactive props and all manner of participatory surprises to sink your teeth into. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29, at 8905 Westminster Boulevard in Westminster, and 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. Find tickets, $13.30, and more details at drafthouse.com.

Tuesday, July 30

Hearing people talk about food or watching cooking videos just makes us hungry. Fortunately, the Modern Eater does more than just broadcast a weekly radio show and live Facebook streams about Colorado food and restaurants. The program's Summer Dinner Series promotes local produce, meats and other foods while serving guests a great meal from some of the city's top chefs. The guest chef on Tuesday, July 30, at the Modern Eater's Colorado Studio Kitchen, 490 Decatur Street, is Jim Pittenger, owner of Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs. Expect something a little different for your $80, though, since Pittenger has dubbed this a "No Dogs Allowed" feast. Score tickets on eventbrite.com for the interactive dinner, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Too late for this one? Visit themoderneater.com for a schedule of upcoming dinners.

Talk about an impressive résumé: Janine Davidson started her career as an Air Force officer and cargo pilot; has taught at universities and professional military schools, including a stint as an aviation and aerobatics flight instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy; served as the 32nd undersecretary of the Navy and the president's appointed "chief management officer" for the Navy and Marine Corps; and is now president of Metropolitan State University, the third-largest public university in Colorado. Hear Davidson talk about her inspiring life and work at "From the Pentagon to the Presidency: Lessons in Leadership," part of the Lowry Speaker Series, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at the Eisenhower Chapel, 293 Roslyn Street. Admission is free; find more information at lowrydenver.com.


Wednesday, July 31

What do celery and emo rap have in common? Writer and radio producer Maya Kroth and cultural purveyor and emo rap fan David Moke will work to figure that out during Mixed Taste, a collaborative lecture series from the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. At these events, two people get together, speak for twenty minutes about totally unrelated topics, then join the audience in a discussion that attempts to tie the topics together. Make your way to the entrance of the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 14th and Curtis streets at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, for an outdoor pop-up bar before the lecture, which starts at 7 p.m. in the Seawell Ballroom. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at denvercenter.org.
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