Punk rock, a fashion show and a Vietnamese food pop-up


Take it to the streets

Friday July 22: Ten years ago, the Denver Streets Partnership and the Federal Boulevard Business Improvement District turned to the Jefferson Park neighborhood, hoping to start a community effort, called Better block Jefferson Parkto enhance and enliven the neighborhood with safe and welcoming infrastructure, art, culture and local businesses.

On Friday, they’ll celebrate the project with a party along 25th Avenue between Federal Boulevard and Eliot Street, featuring food and drink, local vendors and music from several bands, including Los Mocochetes and Blue Recluse. They will also unveil a new intersection mural by Anthony Garcia of the Birdseed Collective. The party runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

James Florio, provided by Edible Beats

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox reopened in Denver in April 2022 after a long pandemic shutdown and an interior overhaul. The concert hall, bar and restaurant are part of a group of local restaurants now owned by the employees.

That 90s show

Saturday July 23: Ophélie’s electric soap box, one of Denver’s top live music venues, is back in full swing after a major renovation and revamp of its food and cocktail menus. The building, a historic Victorian brownstone that once served as a bro, sex shop, and peep show, pays a cheeky homage to its past with its decor and “gastrobrothel” mentality.

But it’s the parties that keep people moving these days, including the much-loved Instantaneous! 90s dance party, which returns at 9 p.m., DJs will spin ’90s hits along with deep cuts and dance tunes. Ticket prices fluctuate, but hover around $25. Get more information at opheliasdenver.com.

Mosh for a better world

From Saturday July 23 to Sunday July 24. Want more music? the association Punk rock saves lives teamed up with Beer Ratio for a two-day music and beer festival. Saturday’s lineup includes: the Bollweevils, Counterpunch, Record Thieves and Discomfort Creature. Sunday bands include: Make War, Tsunami Bomb, Egoista and Jukebox Hardknocks.

The event is a fundraiser for Punk Rock Saves Lives, which focuses on health issues, 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 festival takes place at Ratio’s new location at 2030 S. Cherokee St. in Denver. /www.punkrocksaveslives.org.

Menu overview

From Sunday July 24 to Tuesday July 26. Chefs Anna and Anthony Nguyen, who were recently named StarChefs Denver Rising Stars award winners, will host a popup Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Sunday Vinyl with dishes from Sắp Sửathe restaurant they plan to open later this year in Cherry Creek.

The menu “focuses on the expression of traditional Vietnamese cuisine, filtered through the lens of a first-generation Vietnamese American,” according to organizers. It includes charred cabbage with anchovy breadcrumbs and egg yolk; and a pork steak with lemongrass, tamarind, cucumber and herbs. Reservations are required and a few late night spots are still available at https://www.exploretock.com/sundayvinyl. 1803 16th Street Mall.

fashion country

Provided by Denver Arts & Venues
Provided by Denver Arts & Venues

From Saturday July 23 to Sunday July 24. As part of its series of summer arts programs at McNichols Building at Civic Center Park, Denver Arts & Venues presents STREETa fashion show on Saturday featuring designers Adult ENT, Infantué, Extra Medium, Rob Hill and IRL, who design clothes for people of all shapes and sizes.

But this is only the beginning. These creators also create fashion for the virtual world and when “guests arrive, they will have the option to create an Ethereum wallet and receive an NFT to purchase virtual clothes for their avatars,” the organizers explained.

Arrive early to browse the Vendor’s Market, which includes virtual reality experiences, street food and organic cocktails, and the Runway Experience, which includes spoken word performances, hip hop, music live and a basketball interlude. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. More information at mcnicholsbuilding.com/exhibitions/detail/portrait-of-a-culture.

On Sunday, there will be an artist talk, workshop, fashion roundtable and vendor fair from noon to 4 p.m. Both events are thematically linked to the “Portrait of a culturewhich runs until August 20 with portraits by artist Kelle, Jordan Jones, Yazmin Atmore.

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