Events

The 21 Best Events in Denver, June 6-12

New Kids on the Block is a beer festival for the ages (well, definitely the ’80s, anyway).
New Kids on the Block is a beer festival for the ages (well, definitely the ’80s, anyway). Danielle Lirette

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click to enlarge It's the end of the world as you know it — at the End of the World Beer Crawl. - AARON THACKERAY
It's the end of the world as you know it — at the End of the World Beer Crawl.
Aaron Thackeray
Saturday, June 10

Twirling into its 2017 season with classically trained panache, the Zikr Dance Ensemble is celebrating its new program with the Denver premiere of Ancient Shadows. Taking inspiration from the rhythms, mythology and spiritual traditions of Central and South American indigenous peoples, Ancient Shadows pulses with an original score from Boulder-based composer Jesse Manno. After debuting in Lakewood last week, the show continues at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Colorado Ballet Black Box Theatre, 1075 Santa Fe Drive. To buy tickets, $25, and learn about the rest of the Zikr season, visit zikrdance.com.

If you’re headed to Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre for a show this summer, be prepared to encounter a freaky menagerie of giant inflatable bugs posted up for the season in Marjorie Park, on the north side of the concert venue. Hatched from the imagination of San Francisco installationist Bill Kennedy, aka “Inflatabill,” the monumental insects, which are illuminated at night, make up Creatura Psychedelica, a color-splashed summer-long pop-up garden display mounted by the Museum of Outdoor Arts. In between Fiddler’s Green appearances, the portable installation will also travel to other events and places around the state, but not before its Marjorie Park unveiling from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at 6331 South Fiddler’s Green Circle in Greenwood Village. The colors of Creatura Psychedelica will be enhanced by a mini-fest of fire spinners, live music by the Ned Garthe Explosion, the ArtsMyths Mask Shoppe and food-truck fare; admission is free. Keep abreast of the migrating insects and their summer travels at moaonline.org.

click to enlarge Find pieces by artist Jeff Wenzel and others at Summer Art Market. - COURTESY OF THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF DENVER
Find pieces by artist Jeff Wenzel and others at Summer Art Market.
Courtesy of the Art Students League of Denver
The Art Students League of Denver is an art school without airs; anyone can take a class there to pick up new art skills and techniques from a faculty of working artists. It’s family-friendly and non-judgmental, and the ASLD’s cherished annual Summer Art Market is in the same vein: down-to-earth and full of deals on original artworks by locals. Nearly 270 artists will line the grounds of the egalitarian organization ready to chat you up and sell you art without being pushy or elitist about it. Check out the vendors, listen to live music and watch artist demos from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10, and from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the ASLD, 200 Grant Street. Admission is free, kids are invited, and food and drink will be available. Learn more at asld.org. 

Croquet much? With a history that goes back centuries, the anachronistic sport of genteel backyard gardens doesn’t seem relevant in the 21st century, but consider this: Anyone who can stick a wicket in the ground and knock a ball around can play, making croquet the grand old aunt of such family pastimes as miniature golf — and it’s pretty hard to injure yourself doing it. With that in mind, Denver Botanic Gardens is cueing up a summer of sport with a Croquet in Bloom series, pitting adult teams of two against one another in monthly summer tournaments for a chance at grabbing the first annual Denver Botanic Cup in September. It all starts Saturday, June 10, at 4 p.m. at the DBG, 1007 York Street, and continues at the same time on July 8, August 12 and September 23. Tickets are $15 for participants and $5 for spectators; buy them and sign up at botanicgardens.org. 

Issues are bubbling up in the new political climate of 2017 faster than we can beat them down — so how do people get together and deal with the barrage of questions about social justice and move forward in unity? Finding common ground is the purpose of the Resist Forward Summit, a daylong collaboration of Indivisible Denver, Dr. Timothy Tyler of Shorter AME Community Church and more than 25 progressive groups in Denver. The day includes keynote speakers like immigrant/activist Jeanette Vizguerra, roundtable discussions, and tools and training tips for nonviolent activism, along with some rousing entertainment by the Shorter choir. Get together and talk it through from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Shorter AME, 3100 Richard Allen Court. Admission is a minimum donation of $5 at the door, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, and an advance RSVP is required. For details, visit facebook.com/events/291994721244999.

The End of the World Pub Crawl is more than just a bunch of people pub-hopping in the Ballpark neighborhood. It’s an interactive event where you can dodge zombies while trying to make it to bars on Larimer Street. From 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, the block of Larimer between 20th and 21st streets will become a zombie zone — and you’re the next bite on the menu. A ticket gets you two free drinks, a koozie and a flag-football-style belt that the shambling undead will attempt to snatch. Make it to all five bars — the Ginn Mill, the Retro Room, Herb’s, Larimer Beer Hall and Sidecar — with your flag intact and you’ll be registered to win a prize. Come in costume for a chance to win something for your effort. Tickets are available eventbrite.com; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Volunteer opportunities are also available at endoftheworldpubcrawl.com/volunteer, if you’d prefer to be turned into a zombie by a professional makeup artist.

click to enlarge Dead & Company in Boulder in 2016. - BRANDON MARSHALL
Dead & Company in Boulder in 2016.
Brandon Marshall
For decades, Colorado was a hotbed for Deadheads, in part because Red Rocks was the perfect venue for the trippy jams of the Grateful Dead. The Colorado Music Hall of Fame will honor the iconic band at a VIP reception on Saturday, June 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the South Stadium Club at Folsom Field in Boulder. Colorado Getaway: The History of the Grateful Dead in the High Country includes a panel with original Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, and will precede a performance by Dead & Company at Folsom Field at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $210, include the reception and general admission to the show; get yours and details at cmhof.org.

Sunday, June 11

The entertainment world would be a far duller place without the valued contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and non-conforming creatives. Bursting with both creativity and goodwill, LGBTQ + You is a fabulous variety show combining elements of theater, poetry, dance, comedy, music and even gymnastics into a lovely and lively benefit showcase at the Clocktower, 1601 Arapahoe Street, on Sunday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Broaden your horizons and support a worthwhile cause while enjoying an evening of razzmatazz unavailable anywhere else in the city. Tickets are $20 in advance at hktheaterproject.com/on-stage or $25 at the door; all proceeds benefit Trans Lifeline, a nonprofit that provides hotline support for trans people facing adversity.

Amid the bleakness of the current political landscape, a longing to return to an era when attaining our national ideals at least seemed like a common goal is all too understandable. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is not only a standout classic of Frank Capra’s all-American oeuvre, but it’s also an interrogation of the Democratic process and a paean to the noble goals it can achieve. Jimmy Stewart stars as a moral yet naive freshman senator whose dreams of reform are scuttled by the endemic corruption of Washington, D.C.’s, corridors of power. While the film’s idea of a scandal seems quaint in comparison to the news these days, its tale of stubborn resistance resonates just as much today as it did when it was released. Whether revisiting the story or seeing it for the first time, don’t miss the free daytime screening of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, on Sunday, June 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway.

click to enlarge Get a taste of Puerto Rico on Sunday. - COURTESY OF TASTE OF PUERTO RICO FEST
Get a taste of Puerto Rico on Sunday.
Courtesy of Taste of Puerto Rico Fest
A mixture of indigenous, Spanish, Caribbean, African and American flavors, Puerto Rico’s aptly named “cocina criolla” (Creole cuisine) starts with beans, rice, corn and roots and takes off from there with the addition of seafood, meats and spices. Yes, it’s delicious — and don’t forget to top it off with sticky-sweet flan and rum-soaked arroz con dulce. That’s a good enough reason to drop by the Taste of Puerto Rico Festival, but the annual party in the park also includes live music and cultural entertainment, vendors, family fun and a joyful sense of community. Find your inner islander from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 11, in Civic Center Park at Colfax Avenue and Broadway; admission is free. Learn more at atopr.com.

Monday, June 12

Wedding season is fully under way, and Film on the Rocks is celebrating with a laugh at a special screening of Bridesmaids on Monday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway in Morrison. FOTR fans were given the chance to vote on their favorite wedding-themed movies, and the bawdy 2011 ensemble comedy was the clear winner, making Bridesmaids the very first fan-selected movie in the series. Prior to the screening, guests can enjoy music from Edison and standup performances from Comedy Works Entertainment. Visit denverfilm.org/fotr for information and tickets, $15.
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