Books & Brews at Dry Dock 1 p.m., Sept. 26, Dry Dock Brewery, 15120 E. Hampden Ave. Free and open to people age 21 and older. To register, call 303-739-6640 or visit auroralibrary.org.
This ain’t your grandmother’s book club, bucko. Well, that is unless your grandmother is an accomplished beer maker who also enjoys discussing contemporary fiction — yeah, that means you, Weasley brothers — while sipping on some premium suds. Not out of the realm of possibility, but relatively unlikely nonetheless. But the crew at the original Dry Dock facility over on East Hampden Avenue has teamed up with the Aurora Public Library to offer just such an opportunity this fall, because, as is common knowledge, discussing symbolism, syntax and generally esoteric topics is always better with a few sips of naughty water. Just think of — or maybe you remember — what those high school roundtable discussions would have looked like if everyone was tossing back vanilla porter instead of just oozing hormones and spit balls. Food, and drink, for thought. Registrants will be given the title of the first book selected to be discussed upon completing the registration form.
Antique Appraisal Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 26, Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway. A reservation time is required and can be made by calling 303-739-6705. Walk-ins are not accepted and the cost of appraisal is $5 per item.
Congratulations, “Antique Roadshow” enthusiasts — your time in the sun is finally here. Have you ever wondered what that baseball card you have irrationally held onto since 1968 is actually worth? What about that autographed “Bonanza” poster? And that porcelain heirloom you’ve just had to keep around? Whatever the item — within reason, nothing that bites or breaks upon touching it, please — a slew of experts will let you know what kind of coin you could get for it this weekend. Just because spring cleaning tends to trump reorganizing in the fall, doesn’t mean thumbing through some old stuff is prohibited come September — and this could be a pretty solid excuse to go through a few things in an attempt to find that dusty holy grail. Oh, and all benefits go to the Aurora History Museum, so, that’s kind of what they call, how do you say, a win-win.
DeLaney Community Farm’s Snooze Brunch 10 a.m., Sept. 26, DeLaney Community Farm, 170 S. Chambers Rd., $20 for adults, $10 for kids. Space is limited. register at dug.org/events.
We don’t know if you’ve heard, but some bigwig from Argentina has been stateside this week. He’s been busy waving, talking and leading like a billion people, or something. And although Denver’s brunch temple, a.k.a. Snooze is pretty exclusive to the Rockies, we’re willing to believe even El Papa would have some trouble finding a table amid the Sunday chaos. That is to say, it’s just about impossible to enjoy a stack of jacks without at least a hint of divinity because the line tends to wind for, well, ever. However, the folks at Aurora’s DeLaney Community farm are serving up a singular chance to forgo that demonic wait this weekend with a special Snooze-catered brunch at their South Chambers Road digs. Guaranteed Snooze? Outside? On Sunday? Ok, fine, twist our arms.
Summit Jazz Times vary throughout the weekend. Sept. 25-27. The Crown Plaza Hotel, 15500 E. 40th Ave., Denver. Tickets start at $32 and can be ordered by calling 303-670-3820. Visit summitjazz.org for more information.
It’s a sad state of affairs when a hefty slice of the metro population doesn’t know diddly about Denver’s proud tradition of jazz. The city, specifically Five Points, used to be one of the best spots in the country to catch all-star horn blowers, ivory ticklers and stretched-skin slappers. See: trumpeters, pianists and drummers. Now, many of the city’s East Coast/Texas/California-born refugees know little more about East 26th Avenue than artisanal bagels. Now, despite it being held in the middle of the prairie, the annual Summit Jazz festival is attempting to change that lack of Jazz Awareness in the Queen City of the Plains. Local nonprofit Summit Jazz Foundation aims to present traditional and New Orleans-style jazz across the region, and this weekend’s fundraiser is one helluva way to make good on that mission. Set to feature The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Jeff Barnhat’s Summit Swing and Duke Heitger, the three-day event is sure to have a sound to appease nearly any listener. And yes, badges for all three days are still available.
Curtains 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 & 26, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27. The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets are $32. Call 303-856-7830 for more information.
If you aren’t able to make it to a cinema to catch a blue-eyed Johnny Depp terrify Boston this weekend, Craig Bond and the Vintage Theatre are offering up a juicy alternative. The Dayton Street spot’s “Curtains” centers on yet another Boston-based anti-hero-kinda gal who gets all sorts of wrapped up in death and intrigue — and “pahkin’ cahs,” too, or course. Metro theater juggernaut Bernie Cardell directs.