Playground Ensemble, Speaking of Pride
Wednesday, June 13, 4 p.m.: GLBT Community Center of Colorado, 1301 East Colfax Avenue, Free
Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m.: Invisible City (address supplied with ticket purchase), $15 to $18 at Brown Paper Tickets
Join the Playground Ensemble and get in gear for PrideFest at one of three LGBTQ-friendly Speaking of Pride composers’ showcases leading up to the weekend’s fest in Civic Center Park. For a taste, attend a free first-come, first-served performance with limited seating on Wednesday at the GLBTQ Community Center of Colorado, 1301 East Colfax Avenue. A fully realized ticketed performance follows on Thursday at Invisible City, a West Colfax-neighborhood venue, which includes three semi-staged performances of music inspired by LGBTQ authors. For the price of a ticket, $15 to $18 at brownpapertickets.com, you’ll also get into an artist talkback and a wine reception with yummy desserts. The location will be revealed when you buy your ticket; visit the Playground Ensemble website for the whole scoop.
Gayer Pride: Crosswalk Walk-off
Friday, June 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
Buffalo Exchange Colorado, 51 Broadway
The Buffalo Exchange on Broadway has been hosting the anything-goes Crosswalk Walk-off for five years, providing an informal street runway for voguing “queens, kings and everyone in-betweens” in full costume in a show of Pride that comes with cash prizes. And it is a true in-betweens event in every way, as the runways, which cross Broadway at Irvington Street, are only in service during green lights. But this year, Buffalo Exchange (with help from Denver City Council members Jolon Clark and Robin Kniech, the neighborhood merchant association and a successful fundraising campaign) decided to up the ante by lobbying for new rainbow crosswalks, as seen lately in various other cities across the nation. The freshly painted street murals will officially debut at the Walk-off; get there early for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. A free after-party follows, beginning at 9 p.m., at the hi-dive.
Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut Street
The venerable organization Babes Around Denver annually throws the official Denver Pride Week women’s party; it’s an overgrown, fully decked version of BAD’s monthly First Friday parties that draw hundreds of guests to the dance floor at Tracks each year. This year’s theme, Paparazzi, promises a venue-wide transformation that mirrors the stuff of one’s wildest dreams. Entertainment includes DJ Sosan and DJ Soup, the Fractal Tribe Troupe cirque-style performance group, and drag and impersonation segments. Admission to the 21+ event is $10 from 7 to 10 p.m. and $12 from 10 p.m. to close.
Saturday, June 16, 7 to 11 p.m., free
The Phoenix, 2239 Champa Street
The LGBTQ community supports its recovering populations, and the Sober Rave, hosted by the GLBTQ Community Center of Colorado, the Phoenix and the Peer Coach Academy Colorado, is Pride Week’s official nod to people who’d like to party hardy for Pride, but who also wish to forgo alcohol.