Free movies, B-Side Music Fridays, Colorado’s “Ninja Warrior” phenom and more things to do this weekend

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Homegrown “Ninja Warrior” successful semifinals

Monday. Castle Rock’s ain Kaden Lebsack, a instrumentality favourite and superior contender connected NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” has said helium has been grooming for this infinitesimal since helium was 10 years old. On Monday, Aug. 9, he’ll participate the semifinals of the notoriously brutal carnal endurance show, having survived the caller qualifying rounds. Tune successful to NBC astatine 8 p.m. connected Aug. 9 to spot however helium fares successful his quest for the $1 cardinal championship. — John Wenzel

Westminter’s Butterfly Pavilion is offering immoderate icky classes your kids volition love, including a free, virtual league astir cockroaches. (Provided by Butterfly Pavilion)

Don’t fearfulness the cockroach

Tuesday-Wednesday. Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion doesn’t conscionable location thousands of beautiful, delicate invertebrates. The nonprofit depository and zoo besides offers high-quality virtual classes that illuminate our astonishing world. On Tuesday, Aug. 10, Colorado section Reed Timmer — big of The Weather Channel’s “Storm Chasers” — volition thatch a people astir chaotic summertime weather, portion Aug. 11 features in-house programme person Calais Thomas starring a squirm-inducing league astir cockroaches (and the important relation they play successful our ecosystem, of course).

The 45-minute, interactive, all-ages classes watercourse unrecorded astatine 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10, and 2 p.m. Aug. 11, respectively. Virtual attendance is escaped with registration astatine, which developed the program with the Butterfly Pavilion. — John Wenzel

Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran) seeks the assistance of the legendary dragon Sisu successful Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.” The movie is Disney’s archetypal large animated rubric to beryllium completed remotely nether pandemic restrictions — and a fashionable prime for metro-area free-movie series. (Provided by Disney)

The glory of outdoor cinema

Through September. Whether it’s astatine Red Rocks oregon successful your friend’s backyard, outdoor cinema tin beryllium a breezy acquisition that pairs nicely with summertime activities. In summation to Denver Film’s ongoing Film connected the Rocks series, a fig of smaller screenings beckon families and movie buffs this week.

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

Denver writer Jason Heller, a Hugo Award-winning exertion and freelancer for The Atlantic and NPR, is bringing backmost his beloved “Off the Wall” DJ nighttime this weekend. (Denver Post file)

Grab your dancing shoes

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

Also this week: Denver DJ, guitarist and writer Jason Heller returns with a Friday, Aug. 6, “Off the Wall” creation nighttime — his archetypal since the pandemic started. The night, which has hopped astir but ever features profoundly curated, 45 RPM records, is returning to its formative venue, the Hi-Dive, wherever it packed the location each Wednesday nighttime successful the club’s aboriginal days. The amusement starts astatine 9 p.m. astatine 7 S. Broadway. $5 cover; 21-and-up. Email oregon sojourn — John Wenzel

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