What to do in Denver this weekend: Punk rock, a fashion show and a Vietnamese food popup
Take it to the streets
Friday, July 22: Ten years ago, the Denver Streets Partnership and Federal Boulevard Business Improvement District turned their eyes toward the Jefferson Park neighborhood, hoping to kick off a community-led effort, called Better Block Jefferson Park, to improve and liven up the area with safe and welcoming infrastructure, art, culture and local businesses.
On Friday, they will celebrate that project with a party along 25th Avenue, between Federal Boulevard and Eliot Street featuring food and drinks, local vendors and music from several bands, including Los Mocochetes and Blue Recluse. They’ll also unveil a new intersection mural from Anthony Garcia of the Birdseed Collective. The party runs from 5 to 9 p.m.
That 90s show
Saturday, July 23: Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, one of Denver’s best music venues, is back in full swing after a big renovation and a revamp of its food and cocktail menus. The building, a historic Victorian brownstone that previously served as a brother, sex shop and peep show, pays cheeky tribute throughout to its past with its decor and “gastrobrothel” mentality.
But it’s the parties that get people moving these days, including the much-loved Snap! 90s Dance Party, which returns at 9 p.m. DJs will be spinning 90s hits as well as some deep cuts and dance tracks. Ticket prices fluctuate, but range around $25. Get more info at opheliasdenver.com.
Mosh for a better world
Saturday, July 23-Sunday, July 24. Want some more music? The nonprofit Punk Rock Saves Lives has teamed up with Ratio Beerworks for a two-day music and beer festival. Saturday’s lineup includes: the Bollweevils, Counterpunch, Record Thieves and Discomfort Creature. Sunday’s bands include: Make War, Tsunami Bomb, Egoista and Jukebox Hardknocks.
The event is a fundraiser for Punk Rock Saves Lives, which focuses on health concerns, equal rights and human rights. Two-day general admission tickets are $25 (VIP tickets are $50). Tacos Tequila Whiskey and The Brutal Poodle Grub Gremlin will be on hand with food. The fest takes place at Ratio’s new location, at 2030 S. Cherokee St., in Denver. /www.punkrocksaveslives.org.
Sneak menu peak
Sunday, July 24-Tuesday, July 26. Chefs Anna and Anthony Nguyen, who were recently named among the StarChefs Denver Rising Stars award winners, will host a popup Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Sunday Vinyl featuring dishes from Sắp Sửa, the restaurant they plan to open later this year in Cherry Creek.
The menu “is focused on the expression of traditional Vietnamese food, filtered through the lens of a first-generation Vietnamese American,” according to organizers. It includes charred cabbage with anchovy breadcrumbs and egg yolk; and pork should steak with lemongrass, tamarind, cucumber and herbs. Reservations are required and there are a few late-night spots still available at https://www.exploretock.com/sundayvinyl. 1803 16th Street Mall.
Saturday, July 23-Sunday, July 24. As part of its series of summer arts programming at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, Denver Arts & Venues presents STREET, a runway fashion show on Saturday featuring designers Adult ENT, Infantué, Extra Medium, Rob Hill and IRL, who design clothing for people of all shapes and sizes.
But that’s just the beginning. These designers also create fashion for the virtual world and as “guests arrive, they’ll have an opportunity to set up an Ethereum wallet and receive an NFT to purchase virtual clothing for their avatars,” organizers explained.
Arrive early to peruse the vendor market, which includes virtual reality experiences, organic street food and cocktails, and the runway experience, which includes spoken word performances, hip hop, live music and a basketball interlude. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Get more information at mcnicholsbuilding.com/exhibitions/detail/portrait-of-a-culture.
On Sunday, there will be an artist discussion, workshop, fashion roundtable and vendor fair from noon to 4 p.m. Both events are thematically tied to the “Portrait of a Culture” exhibition, which runs through Aug. 20 with portraits by Artist Kelle, Jordan Jones, Yazmin Atmore.
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