Coming Attractions

A brewery party under the big top

Recommended activities for the coming weeks


Starting a new business is never an easy prospect and that’s never been truer than in recent years. So, it’s no wonder that Arvada’s LUKI Brewery is making its birthday party one of the biggest days of the year for the second year in a row.

The brewery, 14715 W. 64th Ave., Unit A and B, in Arvada, is turning its anniversary into a three-day spectacular on July 15 through 17 that honors the family’s connection with the famous Ringing Brothers Circus.

“We decided every year we wanted to showcase a specific aspect of the circus,” said Jeff Smith, LUKI co-owner and head ringmaster, in a provided statement. “In our desire to bring wonder and entertainment, what better way than to showcase magic for our third season? Seeing a well-done magic performance brings out the little kid in all of us.”

Here’s what attendees can expect for each of the three days:

Friday, July 15

The release of A Victim of Circus Pants, LUKI’s Hard Seltzer Slushy Bar. A create-your-own experience featuring flavors such as blue raspberry, lemon, lime, watermelon and cherry. This station will be available all weekend.

Release of the opening day original, Hop Spinning Hazy IPA

Anniversary Circus-in-a-Box sales begin. These limited-edition boxes feature anniversary glassware, limited-edition stickers, goodies and one featured growler guests can only get with the box.

Food truck: K and D’s Kitchen

Saturday, July 16

Caricature drawings from noon to 3 p.m.

Face painting from 1 to 4 p.m.

Live music with Duke Justice from 3 to 6 p.m.

A special event featuring Will Mannsz, Master of Magic, who creates a craft beer and comedy magic experience from 7 to 9 p.m.

Release of Poppin’ Off, a kettle corn cream ale and Zauberer’s Sour, a Berliner Weisse.

Food Truck: Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Buenos Nachos and Dapper Doughnut

Sunday, July 17

At noon, help LUKI celebrate its anniversary with group cheers video and photo that will be captured with a drone. Free tasters will be provided for all participating at 1 p.m. for the fly-through at the brewery.

Live music with Howard Dlugasch from 2 to 4 p.m.

Movie Bingo at 6 p.m.

Release of Rypah!, a hazy rye IPA, and Rykko’s Hard Lemonade, a Lemonade-inspired seltzer.

Food Truck: Vinny + Marie’s Italian Street Food

“It’s been such a fun adventure through these past two years, and I’m still in awe over how the community has supported us the whole time,” Smith said. “We truly love and appreciate everyone who has visited us. This party is just as much for you as it is for us, and we’re looking forward to another year of unique and fun events.”

For more information, visit


A passion for photography at DU

The Passions Project, photographer Heidi Wagner’s exhibition highlighting local, older adults living lives full of passion, is on display at the Davis Gallery in the University of Denver’s School of Art and Art History Shwayder Art Building, 2121 E. Asbury Ave., through Sunday, Aug. 14.

According to provided information, the series features residents of Lakewood and represents the first time Wagner has focused on a community audience for its subjects.

For more information, visit


You can fly to Neverland

Neverland is one of those wonderful fictional places that readers and viewers alike wish they could get lost in. And now visitors can do just that at Neverland: An Immersive Peter Pan Inspired Bar, which is open through Sunday, Sept. 4 at Tony P’s Bar & Pizzeria, 2400 W. 32nd Ave. in Denver.

Attendees will see locations like the Blue Lagoon, the Jolly Roger and hang out at the Lost Boys Hideout. In addition to food and drinks, there will be challenges to complete and prizes to be won.

For all the details on this whimsical adventure, visit and then follow the second star to the right and straight on `till morning.


Clarke’s Concert of the Week — The Black Keys at Red Rocks

The Black Keys are one of the more recent entries into a long history of bands that serve as a great starting point to get into blues music. Over the course of their more than 10 album discography, they’ve stretched the genre and added elements of indie rock and funk.


In support of their two recent albums, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s duo will perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway in Morrison, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. The Black Keys will be joined by Band of Horses, another rocking mid-aughts indie rock group.


This is a killer double bill, so don’t miss it - get tickets at


Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at

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