Whether one is speaking about the exhibits or the programs offered there, MCA Denver isn’t exactly known to offer boring fare, and Black Sheep Fridays, a series returning to the MCA Cafe for a seasonal run, is a case in point. The very poster child of edgy community programming, the series opens tonight with Show Very Enjoyable Game for Every One, which is loosely billed as “a Japanese game show hosted by Andrew Novick and Marc Hughes”; the evening promises sake bomb specials and the unexpected.
And that, notes the MCA’s Andy Lynes, is what Black Sheep Fridays are all about. “It’s got to be weird,” he explains. “That’s one of the key things: People have these weird devotions to things that are not completely mainstream, but they’re not exactly not mainstream, either — things that are just under the surface.”
And as this season continues on Fridays, through December 14, that credo’s many manifestations will become clear. Next weekend’s event is devoted to Speak Like a Pirate Day; the week after, the Denver Film Society will present a screening of VHS video debris. Among Lynes’s favorites are the upcoming Cosby-Con 2012, with a sweater contest and Jell-O shots, and Who Killed Arnold Palmer?, a Twin Peaks take on the spiked lemonade-and-iced-tea drink. “We like to do stuff that you might not expect at a museum,” Lynes adds. “We try to get outside that box of ‘museum.’”
All Black Sheep Friday events are from 7 to 9 p.m. in the museum's cafe, 1485 Delgany Street; admission is $5, or free for members. For a complete schedule, go to www.mcadenver.org/blacksheepfridays2012.php.
Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Dec. 14, 2012