Events

The 21 Best Things to Do in Denver, June 19 Through June 25

SeriesFest gallops back into Denver with a screening of Yellowstone on June 22
SeriesFest gallops back into Denver with a screening of Yellowstone on June 22 courtesy of Paramount Network
Here comes the sun! Although Denver has already seen plenty of hot days, there are hotter times ahead, with a celebration of the Summer Solstice at Bluff Lake, unicorns galloping into Littleton, the Denver Zine Fest opening a new chapter and the Westword Music Showcase sounding off in the Golden Triangle. Keep reading for the 21 best events this week.

Tuesday, June 19


Something hilarious is bound to happen when members of Buntport Theater’s creative crew don the classic TED Talks microphone headsets and then open their mouths to lecture on topics plucked from social media. But while official TED Talks specialize in truth-telling, Buntporters are sure to spin for more fantastic stories at BuntportTED Talks, the stuff that cults and conspiracy theories are made of. Laugh and learn lots of totally useless stuff at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street. For information and tickets in advance, $7, visit buntport.com, or take a gamble that seats remain and pay $6 to $8 at the door.

click to enlarge The Queen is coming. - TRIXIEMATTEL.COM
The Queen is coming.
trixiemattel.com
Wednesday, June 20

Crowned during season three of Ru Paul's Drag Race: All Stars, fan favorite Queen Trixie Mattel has blossomed into a full-fledged country-folk superstar equally celebrated for her crowd-pleasing compositions and flawless contouring. Touring in support of her chart-topping second album, One Stone, Mattel will sashay onto the stage at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson Street, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, on the western leg of Trixie Mattel's Now With Moving Parts Tour. Inspired by the work of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, Mattel's songbook is filled with toe-tappers, with lyrics informed by her delightfully shady comedic sensibilities. Tickets are $39 to $54 and going fast; get yours today at Ticketmaster, okurrr?

Balefire Goods, an Olde Town Arvada jewelry emporium that stocks handcrafted trinkets, moves into gallery mode this month with the Tactile Art Show, an exhibit of touchable works by sighted stone sculptor Anne Cunningham, legally blind painter and assemblage artist Jennifer Boyd and clay artist Luanne Burke, who is also legally blind. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, Balefire will host a Colorado Talking Book Library Community Night in partnership with the Blind Institute of Technology. See the exhibit, schmooze over drinks and learn more about the work of both organizations at Balefire, 7417 Avenue Grandview in Arvada. Admission is free (but an RSVP is requested at eventbrite.com), which means you'll have money to make a cash donation to the cause or a purchase — and 20 percent of all sales during the event will benefit Colorado Talking Book. The show itself runs through June 30.


click to enlarge COURTESY WWW.BLUFFLAKE.ORG
courtesy www.blufflake.org
Thursday, June 21

June 21 is the first day of summer and also the longest day of the year; the Summer Solstice will occur just a few moments before sunrise in Denver (or around 11:07 a.m. at Stonehenge). Join Denver's Druids at Bluff Lake Nature Center in Stapleton, where Dr. Phil Schmidt will lead a sunny celebration at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, complete with a replica of the Stonehenge solstice alignment stones. That's just the start of four days of festivities celebrating summer at the park; other events include music on Friday evening, June 22; family programs on Saturday, June 23; and a "Nature of Spirituality" guided meditation hike around the lake at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 24. For a complete schedule and to register, go to www.blufflake.org/events.

It's been a long eighteen months, but the Brighton Boulevard construction project (or at least Segment 1, from 29th to 40th streets) is done! The City of Denver and the RiNo Art District will hold a formal ribbon-cutting at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at 35th and Brighton; that will be followed by a true street party, a free event filled with food, drinks, music and more from 4 to 8 p.m. And after that? Parties will pop up all along Brighton, where there will be no roadblocks to fun! Find out more at rinoartdistrict.org.

It may be cold in space, but geek culture is the hottest thing in Denver these days, a trend that will continue when William Shatner steps on stage to present Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. Widely considered one of the franchise's finest hours (and the first example of the "Only the even-numbered films are any good" Trekkie theory), The Wrath of Khan contains some of the series' most dramatically compelling storytelling. Relive the fan-favorite sequel in the company of Captain James T. Kirk himself, followed by an audience-led Q&A packed with charming anecdotes from a living icon of science fiction. Admission is $49.50 to $99 at Altitude Tickets. KHHHAAAAAN!

click to enlarge Be afraid! Be very afraid! - COURTESY OF PANDEMIC COLLECTIVE
Be afraid! Be very afraid!
courtesy of Pandemic Collective
Denver’s Pandemic Collective theater troupe harks back to the granddaddy of all horror theaters — Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol of Victorian-age Paris, where some frightened audience members were known to faint in their seats — for Yet A(nother) Night of Grand Guignol, a terrifying revival of two short horror plays inspired by the legends of Slenderman and black-eyed children. Get a heady blast of melodrama and gore (as well as creepy music by violinist Sarah Jylkka) at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Theater 29, 5138 West 29th Avenue. The show repeats at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through July 7. Find tickets, $18, at eventbrite.com; for more about the collective, visit pandemiccollective.org.

Friday, June 22

The second annual Colorado Tiny House Festival will be much better and, yes, bigger than the original, with more than 45 tiny living structures on display, a lineup that includes everything from container homes to schoolies, teardrops, yurts, van conversions and a semi-trailer conversion; 35 of the builders and DIYers are based in Colorado. The show opens at noon and runs through 6 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton; it continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, with speakers, workshops, a product and service marketplace, tours of the tiny houses and more. Tickets range from $10 (for one day, purchased online) to $30 (three days, purchased at the box office), and children twelve and under get in free. Get tickets and find out more at coloradotinyhousefestival.com.

The TV-centric SeriesFest returns Friday, June 22, through Wednesday, June 27, for a fourth year of bringing the small screen to the big screen, along with panels, shmoozers and new-show scoopage that will have you on the edge of your seat, entertaining dreams of the next episodes. The action unspools at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, as well as at a few central Denver satellite locations. But at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25, the spotlight will be on Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where Centerpiece: A Night of TV and Live Music, will include a performance by Lady Antebellum and a premiere screening of Paramount Network’s new original TV series, Yellowstone, with Kevin Costner. Tickets for assorted programs range from $12 to $250; reserve yours and learn more about SeriesFest at seriesfest.com.

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