Degas At the DAM and 28 Things to do in Denver this Week

It is Valentine’s week and Denver has a lot of events that you will love. Start your week off by seeing some masterpieces at Degas: A Passion for Perfection and end it by bending your limbs at RihannAsana. Whatever you make of your week, make sure to check out this roundup of events happening in Denver.

Degas: A Passion for Perfection
Photo Courtesy of Denver Art Museum

When: February 12 – May 20, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pwky., Denver

Cost: $24 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Denver Art Museum presents a special exhibition titled Degas: A Passion for Perfection. The exhibition features some of Degas’ most famous masterpieces and a deeper look into Degas’ interest in the repetition of subjects throughout his works. Do not miss the chance to get a look at these world-renowned works of art.

Denver Jewish Film Festival
Photo Courtesy of Denver Jewish Film Festival

When: February 12-19, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S Dahlia St., Denver

Cost: $13-$225 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Denver Jewish Film Festival is back in Denver. For the 22nd year in a row, the Denver Jewish Film Festival presents films created by Jewish directors, writers and more. The festival features 38 different films from 17 countries to get a full perspective of Jewish culture and life around the world.

Evening with Cleon Peterson and Shepard Fairey
Photo by JC Buck

When: February 12, 7 p.m.

Where: The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts Gates Concert Hall at University of Denver, 2344 E Iliff Ave., Denver

Cost: $17 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver partners with the Newman Center for the Performing Arts for an Evening with Cleon Peterson and Shepard Fairey. Artists Shepard Fairey interviews Cleon Peterson about the newly opened exhibition, Shadow of Men. The exhibition has taken over MCA Denver, using striking murals depicting chaos and violence.

SCFD Community Free Day
Photo courtesy of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Facebook.

When: February 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: The Denver Museum of Nature and Science host a Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Community Free Day. The free day will feature programs and fun activities for all to participate in. You can learn about prehistoric animals, go on a scavenger hunt and more.

New Gardener Boot Camp
Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens on Facebook

When: February 12 – 20, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver

Cost: $80 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Learn how to garden at a New Gardeners Boot Camp. The boot camp features four evening classes that will get you started on your gardening journey. The class topics include planning 101, soils 101, beginners vegetable gardening and annuals and perennials for color. Space is limited so register quick.

Nerd’s Night Out
Photo Courtesy of Player 2 on Facebook

When: February 13, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Black Sky Brewery, 490 Santa Fe Dr., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Black Sky Brewery joins forces with Player 2 to host a Nerd’s Night Out. Grab a beer and hang out to play video games, board games and more. You can also try your hand at virtual reality video games and get a chance to win a free beer.

Smash Brothers Tournament
Photo courtesy of Monkey Barrel Bar on Facebook

When: February 13, 7-10 p.m.

Where: Monkey Barrel, 4401 Tejon St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Flex your Nintendo skills at a Smash Brothers Tournament. You can play head-to-head with other competitors to win Denver Nuggets tickets, Lootcrates and more. You can also sip on drink specials as you play. If you do win you will be entered into a Smash Brothers Grand Finale Tournament.

‘Collapsing Time’ Lecture Series
Photo Courtesy of RMCAD

When: February 13, 6 p.m.

Where: Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD’s campus, 1600 Pierce St, Lakewood

Cost: Free and open to public

The Lowdown: The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design welcome Michael Jones McKean as a part of ‘Collapsing Time’ lecture series. Artist McKean focuses on nature in relation to folklore, anthropology and more will lecture about On Objects, Time, and the Fallacy of Scale.

STOMP
Photo Courtesy of Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Facebook

When: February 13 – 18, 7:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver

Cost: $25-$95 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Get in on creative and innovative music at STOMP. STOMP features an eight-member international percussion group that uses everything but traditional percussion instruments. You can hear music made from brooms, garbage cans and more all while moving to the beat.

Daybreaker
Photo Courtesy of DAYBREAKER on Facebook

When: February 14, 6 – 9 a.m.

Where: SneekEazy, 1134 Broadway, Denver

Cost: $25-$35 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Start your Valentine’s Day off right with Daybreaker. This morning party features yoga to get your body warmed up for an early dance party. Heart pounding beats from DJ duo (and couple) DoubleCrush will get you pumped up for the day of love. Make sure to dress in shades of red.

Serving Meals to the Homeless
Photo Courtesy of RPCVs of Colorado on Facebook

When: February 14 – 18, 5 – 10 a.m.

Where: Denver Rescue Mission, 6100 Smith Rd., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Help spread some love at Serving Meals to the Homeless. You can volunteer with the Denver Rescue Mission this Valentine’s weekend to serve meals to those in need. Not only will you fill others hearts with love, but you can feel it too. Sign up here.

Valentine’s Special with 14erskiers
Photo Courtesy of 14erskiers on Facebook

When: February 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: REI Denver, 1416 Platte St., Denver

Cost: Free get tickets here

The Lowdown: Spend your Valentine’s Day learning about the best routes for backcountry skiing in Colorado at Valentine’s Special with 14erskiers. The couple—Brittany and Frank Konsella—have skied all of the Colorado fourteeners and want to give you insight on how to do the same.

Dirty Laundry Dating Show
Photo Courtesy of Ratio Beerworks on Facebook

When: February 14, 8 – 10 p.m.

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Ratio Beerworks presents Dirty Laundry Dating Show. Take a chance to meet someone special at the dating show based off “The Dating Game.” This live dating show hosts a competition for contestants to go on a date with a cute special guest.

Sankofa Storytime
Photo Courtesy of Denver Public Library on Facebook

When: February 15, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Pauline Robinson Branch Library, 5575 E 33rd Ave., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Celebrate Black History Month with Sankofa Storytime. Sankofa means “to go back and get it” to the Akan people of Ghana and the storytime will bring the term to life with African American traditions. The event features a collaboration of local authors, artists and more.

Wounds to Scars
Photo courtesy of Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry on Facebook

When: February 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Student Success Building Rm 400, 890 Auraria Pkwy., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Experience the wonder of healing through art and philosophy at Wounds to Scars. Performances of visual art and stories of remembrance will lead to the path of healing. Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher lead the event.

Winter Olympic Viewing Party
The Source. Photo by Roman Tafoya

When: February 15, 5 – 8 p.m.

Where: The Source Hotel and Market, 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The Source Hotel and Market will host a series of Winter Olympic Viewing Parties. You can join in to watch the different Olympic events on a big screen and root for your favorite athletes. You can also try some new tasty bites from a rotating menu provided by Injoi Korean Kitchen and Olympic themed cocktails from RiNo Yacht Club.

ChaserCon
Photo Courtesy of ChaserCon on Facebook

When: February 16 – 18, 5 p.m.

Where: ChaserCon, 4040 Quebec St., Denver

Cost: $120 get tickets here

The Lowdown: If you have ever wanted to get into storm chasing, you need to go to ChaserCon. The event features lectures, teachings and more— all about how to connect with other storm chasers and learn how to best storm chase yourself.

Red Carpet Event
Inside Alamo Drafthouse at Sloan’s Lake. Photo by Austin Cope

When: February 16, 7 – 10 p.m.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake, 4255 W Colfax Ave., Denver

Cost: $18 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Step into the lights at a Red Carpet Event. The Denver Deltas host a viewing of Black Panther at Alamo Drafthouse Denver with the screening starting at 7:30 p.m. You can snack and sip on unlimited popcorn and soda for only $18. All are welcome to enjoy the movie and red carpet, but seats are filling up fast.

Stain’d Open Mic
Photo Courtesy of Stain’d Magazine on Facebook

When: February 16, 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Whittier Cafe, 1710 E 25th Ave., Denver

Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door

The Lowdown: Speak your poetic truths at Stain’d Open Mic night. Whittier Cafe presents a night of soulful giving. The event features guest artist Kayla Marque to start off the evening theme of ‘who am I?’ You can share music, poetry and whatever else might go with the theme.

12″ of Love
Photo Courtesy of The Triangle Denver on Facebook

When: February 17, 9 .m. – 2 a.m.

Where: The Triangle Denver, 2036 N Broadway, Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Celebrate love week with some feely music at 12″ of Love. The party features music from the ’80s, ’90s and the 2000’s, all to get your body moving and jamming. DJs A-L, Gary Givant and DJ Garthy Garth will all be spinning the hot beats.

Galentine’s Day DIY
Photo Courtesy of Eventbrite for Organizers on Facebook

When: February 17, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Spectra Art Space, 1836 S Broadway, Denver

Cost: $45-$60 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Treat yo’ self at Galentine’s Day DIY. You can create 2-4 CBD bath bombs, bubble bars and more to give to yourself, or someone special. Guests will also receive a manicure, a CBD facial with a scrub and some delightful brunch bites. After the class, you can 10% off any in-gallery Dank Essence products. Guys are also more than welcome to attend.

Art of the Figure at DAM
Denver Art Museum. Photo by Danielle Webster.

When: February 17, 7 p.m.

Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pwky., Denver

Cost: $95 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Culturehaus presents Art of the Figure, a signature event fundraiser. You can view the Degas: A Passion for Perfection and raise funds for a good cause. Imbibe on drinks, snag some art, dance and more, while celebrating Degas. The event is black-tie-optional.

The Trinity
Photo Courtesy of The Infinite Monkey Theorem on Facebook

When: February 17, 2 – 4 p.m.

Where: The Infinite Monkey Theorem RiNo, 3200 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: $20

The Lowdown: The Infinite Monkey Theorem combines wine, yoga and chocolate to create The Trinity. You can flow into poses in the barrel room, grab a glass of tap wine and eat some samples of barkTHINS. You can also get in on a $1 raffle to win a $100 value barkTHINS gift basket, yoga mats and bottles of wine. Email David@TheInfiniteMonkeyTheorem.com to register.

Lost in Time
Photo Courtesy of Gravity Aerial Arts on Facebook

When: February 17, 7 – 9 p.m.

Where: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave W, Denver

Cost: $12 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance instructors and students showcase their skills and acts at Lost in Time, presented by Gravity Aerial Arts. You can grab a drink before the show and see all of the hard work that the dancers and aerialists have put into their performances.

Chinese New Year
Photo Courtesy of Truong An Gifts on Facebook

When: February 17 – 18, 10 a.m.

Where: Truong An Gifts, 333 S Federal Blvd., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Bring in the year of the dog at Chinese New Year. Truong An Gifts hosts a celebration of Chinese culture at a street fair dedicated to the Chinese New Year. You can get all of your Chinese New Year decorations, watch lion and dragon dances and more. You can also enter into giveaways and raffles to get some sweet stuff.

Doug Benson
Photo Courtesy of Comedy Works on Facebook

When: February 17, 4:20-6 p.m.

Where: Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver

Cost: $22 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Laugh all night long at a Doug Benson comedy event. Doug Benson has a show on Comedy Central, “The High Court” and is best known for his hilarious podcasts and films. Benson performs a variety of bits to keep you laughing.

Public Art Tour
The Big Blue Bear. Photo by Kyle Cooper.

When: February 18, 2-3:30 p.m.

Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Have you ever wanted to take a look inside the Colorado Convention Center but not have to pay the price? You can go for free on a Public Art Tour presented by Denver Arts & Venues. The tour features a look at the artwork in and around the Colorado Convention Center. The tours will begin at “The Big Blue Bear” on 14th Street between Stout and California.

Local Playwrights’ Slam
Photo courtesy of the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Facebook.

When: February 18, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Jones Theater at DCPA, Speer Blvd & Arapahoe St., Denver

Cost: $10 at the door

The Lowdown: Meet some of the best playwrights at a Local Playwright Slam. The event features a meet and greet with Kirsten Collins, Jada Dixon, Tom DeFreytas and more. The writers will share their work in real time and give you a taste of some great slamming.

RihannAsana
Photo Courtesy of Big Booty Yoga on Facebook

When: February 18, 9 – 11 a.m.

Where: The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St., Denver

Cost: $15 at the door

The Lowdown: Work, work, work, work, work, work at RihannAsana. Kady from Big Booty Yoga leads the yoga session that will have your body flexing and bending while you listen to the best of Rihanna. After the class, you can quench your thirst with a free beer or mimosa. All levels are welcome. These classes fill up quick so register here.

Mark Your Calendar

Side Stories

When: February 21 – March 2, 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: Exterior walls from Broadway to 36th Street and Blake to Larimer St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

Boulder Film Festival

When: February 22 – 25, 5 p.m.

Where: Boulder Film Festival, 2338 Broadway St., Boulder

Cost: $60-$375 tickets available here

Untitled: The Narrators!

When: February 23, 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: Untitled at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy., Denver

Cost: $10 at the door

Sloth Weekend

When: February 24 – 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Downtown Aquarium Denver, 700 Water St., Denver

Cost: $20.50 – $27.50 at the door

Denver Home Show

When: March 23 – 25, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver

Cost: $9 tickets available here

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