Summer brings about the ice cream trucks, miller moths and patio drinking. It's also a time to barbecue, stargaze and pass out shitfaced on the lawn. (We'll hose you off later.)
Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake St., Denver, has built into its Saturday night agenda two of summer's ultimate pastimes: bikes and film.
Through Sept. 14, the bar -- which is also Denver Buff Club (go Ralphie!) -- will host its Bike-in Movies: Saturday Night Summer Movie Series.
There will be a 26-foot HD screen set up in the parking lot (boasting as Denver's only outdoor theater) and attendees are encouraged to ride their bike to the event. Come equipped with chairs and blankets and sip on four different cans of New Belgium beer that Blake Street has for purchase in the lot -- or hop into the bar itself and snag your virgin Appletini or a Fireball shot. (Gross. Don't you dare cinnamon my whiskey.)
Saturday night's flick is 1989's baseball comedy "Major League," fitting, as the Tavern is one block away from Coors Field.
"Major League," starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton, explores the woes and wackiness of the Cleveland Indians baseball team and all its drama. And Charlie Sheen, before he ate a can of crazy.
The series is free, but a $5 suggested donation benefits Denver Film Society's Young Filmmakers Workshops, which offers filmmaking courses for underprivileged teens.
Here's the lineup for the rest of the summer:
June 29: "Wedding Crashers"
July 6: "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" (Double Feature)
July 13: "Old School"
August 3: "Caddyshack"
August 17: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
August 24: New Belgium's "Clips of Faith," a beer and film tour
Sept 7: "Talladega Nights"
Sept 14: "Superbad"
Friday is World Music Day.
For me, that means I'll be prancercising My Little Ponies on a glass table, because that's my musical talent. (Don't steal it! I called it first.)
It also makes me start singing, "Milton Green, Milton Green, Milton Green, Milton Green, Milton Greeeeeeeen. He needs a kidney."
Right. That was the 2009 music collaboration for the song "Kidney Now!" on "30 Rock." Google it. It's sexy, if you like kidneys and Clay Aiken. And Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Mike D and Ad Rock (of the Beasties), Adam Levine, Sara Bareilles, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, Cyndi Lauper and such.
Anyway. Back to World Music Day. Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., the 16th Street Mall will host Make Music Denver, with musicians performing a variety of instruments in collaboration with musicians in various cities nationwide.
Amateur, professional, get your ass out there and make tunes. Or go watch others do the work while you dance like a fool. There will be more than 300 musicians and bands to entertain.
Go music. Go My Little Ponies.