Doggy Story Time
Thursday, January 11, 4 p.m.
BookBar's various story time events are an ideal way to cultivate youngsters' love of reading, but only one of them offers guests the chance to pet a friendly dog. Kids can listen to stories inspired by canine companionship while nibbling on snacks and cookies, while their parents enjoy 50 percent off wine purchases. The star of the show will undoubtedly be Magnum, a trained service dog from Pet Partners. While BookBar doesn't typically permit dogs on the premises, the organizers have made an adorable exception for Magnum and Doggy Story Time. Visit BookBar's events calendar for more details.
Hollywood Favorite: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Thursday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
While streaming video has made it possible for viewers to watch nearly every movie ever made at the push of a button, some classics still call for the big-screen treatment. One such masterpiece is Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film that kickstarted the Indiana Jones franchise, turned Harrison Ford into a household name, and made archaeologists seem badass. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is resurrecting the hatted hero's finest hour in a stunning IMAX presentation. If you can't make the January 11 screening, don't fret: You'll have more Raiding opportunities on January 12, 13,18, 19 and 20. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's box-office page to buy tickets, $7.95 to $9.95, and find out more.
Friday, January 12, 8 p.m.
Chain Reaction Brewing Company
Denver comedy's original brewery show, Comedy Night at Chain Reaction, has outlasted many of its imitators by curating its lineups as tastefully as its tap list. A collaboration of local comic Steve Vanderploeg and co-owner Chad Christofferson (onetime childhood hockey teammates with a shared love of jokes and craft beer), the perennially touted showcase returns with a gaggle of goofballs including Mitch Jones, ShaNae Ross, Harry Baber and Brooklyn's Minori Hinds, with Los Angeles's John-Michael Bond in the headlining spot. Admission is free. Visit Chain Reaction's Facebook events page for more information.
Friday, January 12, 8:30 p.m.
A self-described "jazz-drunk hip-hop trio," Smirk creates contemporary jams rooted in old-school musicality. Comprising Ryan Bannigan on drums, Luke Maxson on the keys, and guest bassist Jose Gutierrez, Smirk claims influences such as Robert Glasper, D' Angelo and the late, great J. Dilla. Feel the rhythm when Smirk performs at venerated Denver jazz venue Dazzle on Friday, January 12, at 9 p.m. Visit Dazzle's box-office page to buy tickets, $5, and learn more.
Saturday, January 13, 2 to 3 p.m.
Denver Botanic Gardens
$10 to $14
Whatever the weather outside, it's always perfectly temperate in the Denver Botanic Gardens' Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. Explore the grounds with the expert guidance of a Botanic Gardens docent at the Tropical Trails Tour series, which kicks off on Saturday, January 13. Though space for each tour is limited, interested readers have additional opportunities to take in the Tropical Trail on January 27, February 3 and 24, and March 10 and 24. Head over to the Denver Botanic Gardens box-office page to buy tickets, $10 to $14, and find out more.