Things to do in Denver Aug. 6-12: Free movies, Colorado’s “Ninja Warrior” and more

Homegrown “Ninja Warrior” in semifinals

Monday. Castle Rock’s own Kaden Lebsack, a fan favorite and serious contender on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” has said he has been training for this moment since he was 10 years old. On Monday, Aug. 9, he’ll enter the semifinals of the notoriously brutal physical endurance show, having survived the recent qualifying rounds. Tune in to NBC at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9 to see how he fares in his quest for the $1 million championship. — John Wenzel

Don’t fear the cockroach

Tuesday-Wednesday. Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion doesn’t just house thousands of beautiful, delicate invertebrates. The nonprofit museum and zoo also offers high-quality virtual classes that illuminate our amazing world. On Tuesday, Aug. 10, Colorado local Reed Timmer — host of The Weather Channel’s “Storm Chasers” — will teach a class about wild summer weather, while Aug. 11 features in-house program leader Calais Thomas leading a squirm-inducing session about cockroaches (and the important role they play in our ecosystem, of course).

The 45-minute, interactive, all-ages classes stream live at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10, and 2 p.m. Aug. 11, respectively. Virtual attendance is free with registration at, which developed the curriculum with the Butterfly Pavilion. — John Wenzel

The glory of outdoor cinema

Through September. Whether it’s at Red Rocks or in your friend’s backyard, outdoor cinema can be a breezy experience that pairs nicely with summer activities. In addition to Denver Film’s ongoing Film on the Rocks series, a number of smaller screenings beckon families and film buffs this week.

Regis University’s free, outdoor series ends on Friday, Aug. 6, with “Raya and the Last Dragon,” at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Denver Campus. (Central Park’s South Green is also screening the film for free on Aug. 6.) Southlands Shopping Center’s affordable ($5 per group) Movies on the Square also concludes Tuesday, Aug. 10, with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”  Littleton’s Backcountry Outdoor Movie Series has “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Saturday, Aug. 7; Thornton’s Movies in the Park has “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” at Quebec Highlands Park that same night; and Glendale’s Infinity Park has a Monday, Aug. 9, screening of “Footloose.” Visit our drive-in guide for a full list of drive-in events, too. — John Wenzel

Grab your dancing shoes

Through Aug. 13. This week is your chance to brush up on Denver’s indie music scene. MCA Denver’s hip, tightly curated B-Side Music Fridays are winding up this month with shows from Gestalt and Down Time (Aug. 6) and Dog City Disco and Los Mocochetes (Aug. 13). Single tickets cost $30; four-top tables are $120 per group. All-ages shows are at 7 and 8 p.m. on MCA Denver’s rooftop, with doors at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more.

Also this week: Denver DJ, guitarist and author Jason Heller returns with a Friday, Aug. 6, “Off the Wall” dance night — his first since the pandemic started. The night, which has hopped around but always features deeply curated, 45 RPM records, is returning to its formative venue, the Hi-Dive, where it packed the house every Wednesday night in the club’s early days. The show starts at 9 p.m. at 7 S. Broadway. $5 cover; 21-and-up. Email [email protected] or visit — John Wenzel

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