Things to Do

The 21 Best Things to Do in Denver This Week, October 14-20

Grimm's Scary Tales is a hands-on search for lost fairytales in a dystopian future world.
Grimm's Scary Tales is a hands-on search for lost fairytales in a dystopian future world. Courtesy of Audacious Theatre
The witching hour is near! Put the final touches on your Halloween costume, because October 31 is right around the corner. Celebrate accordingly at one of the many pre-Halloween events, from an upgraded haunted house to a tour of Denver's oldest cemetery. All that and more is in this week's calendar of the best things to do in Denver!

Monday, October 14

Colorado's cannabis industry lost a good one earlier this year when longtime canna-business executive and friend of many Jason Margolies passed away. But those friends have vowed not to forget Margolies, who now has a cannabis-friendly golf tournament held each year in his honor. The second annual Jason Margolies Kickin' Cancer's Ass Cannabis Golf Tournament will be held Monday, October 14, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Englewood's Meridian Golf Club, 9742 South Meridian Boulevard. Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit cancer research. Tickets to the private event (21+) range from $150 for spectators to $420 for player entry. Find out more at kickincancerass.org.

The Buell Theatre Balcony Music Series has been turning Monday into a fun day with free concerts paired with exhibition openings. To complement a new show of work by Dick Carter and Sandy Kinnee that opens at 5 p.m. Monday, October 14, the Buell will echo with the sounds of early Renaissance to late Baroque music starting at 6 p.m. Musicians Sarah Biber and Hannah Robbins, along with a viola da gamba, will be stationed on the third-floor balcony at the Buell, which is located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. RSVPs are encouraged at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, October 15

Chill like a corpse at DJ Sara Splatter’s October edition of Bordello of Blood, which will mark the end of the blood moon and the arrival of Halloween with creepy tunes to put you in the mood for the spooky season. Joining Splatter will be Denver’s guru of gore, the Scream Screen queen herself, Theresa Mercado, who'll spin some of her favorite horror-inspired punk, goth, dark-wave and other terrifying tracks. As if that wasn't enough, organizers also promise “Sick fuck flix on the screen all night long.” Come dressed to kill from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, at Tooey’s Off Colfax, 1521 Marion Street. For more information about this free and frightening night, go to facebook.com/channelzmovies.

Wednesday, October 16

Around the turn of the century, Iran towered above most countries in its cinematic offerings. At the top of the top stood Abbas Kiarostami, a filmmaker whose vision of the world was as lyrical and delicate as it was devastating. The Clyfford Still Museum, which has started up a film series to bolster its own exhibitions, is partnering with the Alamo Drafthouse to show Kiarostami’s 1999 film, The Wind Will Carry Us, billed as an exploration of color, movement, landscapes and humanity. Denver artist Laleh Mehran will lead a discussion after the movie, which starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloan's Lake, 4255 West Colfax Avenue. Find tickets, $7, at drafthouse.com.

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Elevate your haunted house game this season at The Cutting Room Floor.
Courtesy of Control Group Productions
Thursday, October 17

For the cultural elite, slash-and-gore haunted houses with wandering zombies and ax-wielding monsters are out of vogue. But who doesn’t still like a little Halloween fright in October? This season, Control Group Productions will upgrade the haunted experience with The Cutting Room Floor, an immersive mind game at the Aurora Fox Arts Center that uses movement, film and audience participation to focus on spectral lore from the historic theater’s past (be prepared for special effects and fake blood). Take a tour with Control Group during any of seventeen performances between Thursday, October 17, and Wednesday, October 30, at the Aurora Fox, 9900 East Colfax Avenue in Aurora; tickets are $24 to $32 (with $15 to $20 previews on October 17 and 18) at aurorafoxartscenter.org.

More than 2 billion books are published each year...and you’ll see a substantial number of them at Whale of a Used Book Sale, Jefferson County Library Foundation’s voluminous event that runs for four days this weekend at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West Sixth Avenue in Golden. The book bash starts with a Friends Only Preview Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 17; you can become a member at the door, or save time and sign up in advance. On Friday, October 18, pay $10 for early admission at 8 a.m., or come for free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, and again from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, when a bag of books starts at $6. For more information, go to whalesale.org.

Everyone loves to get dressed up for a good gala, and that's just how Cannabis Doing Good wants to honor do-good cannabis companies during A Night at the Cabaret: A Gala to Benefit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 17. The pot-friendly award ceremony and Planned Parenthood benefit was co-organized by Mason Jar Event Group and Irie Weddings & Events, which brought in chefs Daniel Asher and Kevin Grossi for the gourmet eats, along with raffles, live music and entertainment from the Circus Collective. The gala will take place at a private location in Broomfield shared after registration (21+); find out more at cannabisdoinggood.com, and get ticket information by emailing [email protected]

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