Another weekend approaches, and it's time for another inventory of the best events this city has to offer. Whether you're looking to rub shoulders with classical musicians, play a few rounds of pinball or Mario Kart, or cuddle with a gang of pugs, Denver has you covered – and that's if all your time isn't occupied with the Biennial of the Americas and CRUSH, which you'll find in our roundup of arty things to do. While some of what's going on may not be every reader's cup of tea (or may be geared toward a specific audience), we've cast an entertainment net wide enough for everyone to have a good time. Better yet, each and every one of the ten events listed below charges ten dollars or less for admission – fine print notwithstanding. And six are free!
Thursday, September 14, 7 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
Revisit Denver's formative years at Manifest Destiny, a spellbinding new performance from Pandemic Collective, a nonprofit theatre company with a penchant for the macabre. Set at a decennial gala held in honor of territorial Governor John Evans (co-orchestrator of the Sand Creek Massacre), the evening promises a silent auction along with plenty of strong spirits and toothsome vittles for its sharply-attired guests, plus era-appropriate diversions such as a poker tables and live piano accompaniment. With performances by Terry Burnsed, Hart DeRose, Dakota Chase Hill, Ken Thong, Scottie Tate, Samantha Saunders, Calista Masters and other Pandemic Collective favorites, Manifest Destiny is horror theater that's equally adept at provoking discussions and agitating social progress as it is at causing nightmares. Visit Pandemic Collective's Eventbrite page to find out more.
Thursday, September 14, 7 p.m.
The 1up Colfax
$10 League Donation
For many years, the dude-centric demographic of video game arcades has really put the "man" in one-upmanship. Belles & Chimes, an all-women pinball club, aims to change that perception throughout the fall with a series of training sessions and league matches. Players of all experience levels can reconnect with fondly remembered machines of their youth, or discover the simple joys of pinball for the first time while forging friendships with other gamers. A $10 donation grants members access to fourteen weeks of training thorough enough to transform novices into wizards, along with regular league matches at the 1up's Colfax location, and an amiably competitive fellowship that won't be ruined by hordes of shouting dudes. The season concludes with a final match on December 16. Visit Belles & Chimes homepage to learn more. (A quick word to any entitled mens' rights activists lurking among the commentariat: unlike seemingly every other event in the city, this one isn't about you, so kindly keep your invective and false equivalencies to yourselves. You can play pinball some other night or some other place, bro.)
September 15-17, 10 a.m.
The Stanley Marketplace
With nearly one-hundred jury-selected artists (44 of whom hail from right here in Colorado) representing thirteen distinct categories, the Cherry Arts Festival is a fun-filled tribute to the local arts community spread across three lively days. Enjoy interactive art installations, food truck nibbles, live entertainment and a children's Creation Station, while marveling at highlights from the Cherry Arts mobile collection thoughtfully displayed at Aurora's Stanley Marketplace. Though the new ticketed Art Brunch benefit will cost $25-$45 per guest, admission to all the other festivities is free. Visit Cherry Arts online for a full schedule and list of participating artists.
Friday, September 15, 7:10 p.m. to midnight
Over his 22 year long career, TROG, an Australian-born cartoonist, graphic designer and gallery artist has been celebrated for his underground stoner comix, Wasted Talent canvas collection and numerous design collaborations with musicians and brands. He'll be showing his work and holding court at Denver's SoHi gallery with Banned in Amerika, a series of 420 art inspired by TROG's love of cannabis. Stoner fans can also check out his Killer Weed Coloring Book which was fittingly released on April 20, 2017. Visit the Facebook events page for more details.
Friday, September 15, 8 p.m.
Diebolt Brewing Company
Raise a frothy glass to four years of Diebolt Brewing Company while chortling away at some of Denver's funniest comedians tomorrow night at Sunnyside Brewhaha. With a lineup composed of local mirth merchants Aaron Maslow, Brad Galli, D? Kelley, Katie Bowman and headliner Aaron Urist, the laughs will flow as freely as the beers on Diebolt's tap, while the Sunnyside staple celebrates four years in the brewery business. There are often food trucks nearby offering plenty of toothsome fare to help drinkers soak up all the suds in their stomachs. The show is free. Visit the Sunnyside Brewhaha Facebook events page to learn more.