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Learn more about six individuals leading unconventional lives at an inspiring documentary screening this week. —Image courtesy of Mystic Artists.

What to Do in Denver (and Beyond): September 28 to October 4

From a parenting-themed comedy show to a hoppy beer festival, here are five can't-miss events across the Front Range this week. 

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The Pump and Dump, September 28

Call the babysitter now—this must-see outrageous comedy show is the perfect excuse for a parents’ night out. Join hilarious duo Shayna Ferm and MC Doula (also known as Tracy Tee) as they poke fun at all aspects of motherhood. In addition to side-splitting stand-up, the brutally honest performance will include original songs about being a parent, such as crowd favorite “Eat Your F-ing Food,” and interactive games like “The Most F-ed Up Thing Your Kid Did This Week,” in which audience members can tell their parenting stories for a chance to bottle of wine. Wed 7:30 p.m. Comedy Works South at the Landmark, 5345 Landmark Pl., Englewood, 720-274-6800. $20.

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Evolving Visions of Land and Landscape, September 29 to January 15

This stunning exhibit features works from 26 artists, all of whom explore their perceptions of Colorado’s ever-changing landscapes. Attendees can peruse pieces in a wide variety of media, including works from midcentury photographer Robert Adams and modern photographer James Balog as well as paintings by Max Beckmann, a German expressionist who briefly lived in Boulder in the ’40s. Don’t miss an installation of Navajo prints, which blends mythology with masterfully rendered, realist depictions of Centennial State scenery. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-2122. Ticket prices vary.

A Small Good Thing, September 30

If your daily nine-to-five grind doesn’t feel fulfilling anymore, this engaging documentary might encourage you to seek a new path in life. In the film, Academy Award–winning director Pamela Tanner Boll profiles five people who quit their conventional jobs and found happiness in new occupations, such as Blue Hill Restaurants farmer Sean Stanton and the founder of a youth drumming performance group, Shirley Edgerton. Stick around after the screening for a Q&A with producer Paula Kirk and Boll, during which they’ll discuss the process behind creating the top documentary at the Boston International Film Festival. Fri 7 p.m. Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia, 303-688-5555. $25.

Costume Cruise, October 1

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Halloween might still be a month away, but thanks to this quirky bike ride, you can show off your costume early. Choose a scenic 10K route along the South Platte River or challenge yourself on a more strenuous 25K or 50K loop. After breaking a sweat, cool down with an Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery, play lawn games, and enjoy a live rock and blues show by Conifer-based group 62 West. Proceeds benefit Adaptive Adventures, a nonprofit that helps those with physical disabilities participate in outdoor activities. Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Breckenridge Brewery, 2920 Brewery Ln., Littleton, 303-623-2739. Ticket prices vary.

Fresh Hop Fest, October 1

If you’re not familiar with what distinguishes a fresh-hopped beer from a normal brew, consider this tasting event a delicious chance to learn. Forty brewers, including locals from Denver Beer Company and Spangalang Brewery, will show off the concoctions they made with hops picked less than 24 hours before they were dried and used. Grab a commemorative mug and fill it with the brewmasters’ unique creations, from extra bitter pale ales to more sessionable brews with a hint of hoppy flavor. Sat 1-4 p.m. Brewery Liberati, 2403 Champa St. $40.

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