Painting and Brews 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Coda Brewing Co., 2101 N. Ursula Ct. Tickets are $40 and include painting materials, instruction and one beer. More info can be found on the Coda Brewing Co. Facebook page.
People can make a living on recommending what pairs exquisitely with a certain chardonnay or Shiraz, as all viewers of the 2012 hypnotic documentary “Somm” know perhaps too well. But tippling twosomes aren’t limited just to the fermented grape variety. This is Colorado, after all, and beer is sorta a big deal around here. The best counterpart to a tall pint of hoppy bliss is not a naked hand or basket of salty treats, but a blank canvas. Creativity and libations have a storied history, one that has inexorably cemented the two together into an inseparable conglomerate – from Gaudí to van Gogh, many of the world’s best received a helping hand from a sip or two of naughty water. Thankfully, the masterminds at Coda Brewing Co. are offering up a chance for a lucky band of Aurora denizens to honor this storied tradition Sept. 8. More than just get you in the right place at the right time. they’ll hook you up with the materials and a complimentary pint of silly seltzer to make inspiration inevitable. No judgment if you’ve got more of a Jackson Pollack rather than a Monet at the end of the evening.
Galena Street Walking Tour 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 5, The Centennial House, 1671 N. Galena St. The event is free, though participants are asked to register in advance by calling 303-739-6661 or emailing [email protected]
Although it may be shocking to some newer residents of this fine burg, there’s more to Aurora’s current state of sprawl than the recurring choice to raise three-story walkup after three-story walkup. And no, Southlands hasn’t always been a hive of immaculate blades of grass that would make the groundskeepers at Augusta National blush. To drive that puzzling point home, one of the city’s historic preservation specialists will be leading interested residents through Aurora’s oldest neighborhood Sept. 5. Tourgoers will peruse the nearly 100-year-old houses that still speckle the 1500 to 1700 blocks of North Galena Street. The Dunkin’ Donuts’ and Chik-Fil-As are great and all, but it’s important to remember, at least every now and again, that Aurora’s been around longer than many people think. And, it’s a city worth (re) discovering.
A Taste of Colorado Festivities start at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5-7., Civic Center Park, 1437 Bannock St., Denver. Free. Visit a tasteofcolorado.com for more information.
Mouth-watering flavors and chrome-haired 70s rockers still just doing the damn thing? Talk about an embarrassment of riches. The annual Taste of Colorado is slated to deliver on both of those front this Labor Day Weekend, with more than 50 of the state’s finest culinary establishments filling plates and Kansas and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts blaring tunes in the background. We’re fully prepared to tear up listening to “Dust in the Wind” while munching on some tuna tartar.
Any Given Monday 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sundays., Sept. 4 — Oct. 25, The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Call 303-856-7830 for more information.
Community theatergoers and diehard football fans don’t typically blend particularly well, but the folks at The Vintage Theatre in Aurora are brazenly trying to shirk that longstanding convention this September. The Vintage’s “Any Given Monday” centers on Lenny, a well-intentioned family man who uses football to rebuild his life after his wife leaves him for a slick Walmart franchisee — basically the pinnacle of commercial success in America. Directed by Sam Gilstrap and starring Kelly Dwyer, Michelle Grimes and Robert Kramer, the show will be an interesting fork in the current, generally negative national narrative surrounding America’s most popular sport. Go Broncos, or something.
6:30 – 10 p.m. Sept. 4, Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre, 4500 W. 38th Ave., Denver. Visit historicelitchtheatre.org for more information.
We’re back baby. After a storied history that spans more than 110 years, the Historic Elitch Theatre will be officially back open this fall with a series of classic screenings. The second in a month-long series, Sept. 4 will feature “The Miracle Worker,” the 1962 staple which depicts the life of Helen Keller. Tickets start at $10.