Don't let the weather reports deter you — this weekend is packed with reasons to get out and about. Yes, there's all the action at Civic Center Park for 4/20, and you'll also want to pick up new jams on Record Store Day. But there's so much more! Here are our ten favorite events that each cost $10 or less; check out the Westword calendar for even more action.
The Real Dill
6 p.m. Friday, free
The Real Dill runs the pickle game in this town, and tonight it's gearing up to release an all-new Thai Chile Ginger version of the cucumber. The night is going to be all Thai'ed up with the Milehighthai food truck, a special Thai-inspired beer from Ratio Beerworks, Thai cocktails and Bloody Marys, and jams by The Raritans. The drink are free, but donations are asked for the Re:Vision organization. Pickles, booze and music all for a good cause.
6 p.m. Friday, $5
Add some sexy to celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek. Trek your butt down to the museum for a special night of watching the show in the midst of the USS Tiburon community. Don't forget your skimpy Uhura dress for the sexy-costume contest showcasing space babes and galactic guys.
Colorado Book Awards Mystery, Science Fiction and Thriller Finalist Readings
7 p.m. Friday, free
The finalists for the state's best local mystery, sci-fi and thriller books will read from their works at the BookBar in advance of next month's awards at the Governor's Mansion. Click here to see who will be reading.
Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8 p.m. Friday, $5-$10
First off, this party has free pancakes, so you know you should be there. It's also going to feature over 75 of this city's cutting-edge artists, working in everything from mixed media to graffiti. The vibes will be hot, the booze will flow....and then there are pancakes!
These Things Matter Podcast Fourth Anniversary Concert
Syntax Physic Opera
9 p.m. Friday, $7
Kevin O'Brien and Taylor Gonda have been chatting with people about the never-ending cyclone of pop culture for the last four years, so it's time to party and show we care. The celebration includes a supergroup of local musicians doing tributes to the late David Bowie. Following the live jams, let loose on the dance floor with more Thin White Duke hits pumping out of the speakers. Get yourself a T-shirt to prove you were there.
Video Shoot & Handwritten Release Party
Noon Saturday, free
If you're really proud of the beer scene in Colorado, you can be part of a commercial that will air around the country. The Handwritten will be tapped at noon, and Bud Bronson and the Good Timers take the stage at 8 p.m., so pace yourself. The folks from Crafting a Nation will be there to film everyone having a good time sipping, dancing and partying with the band. Break away from the couch and onto the big screen.
The Music Train Family Concert Series with Kutandara Marimba Experience
The Oriental Theater
3:30 p.m. Saturday, $3-$7
Grab the toddlers and Grandma for the latest installment of this monthly series, sure to please the whole family. Today enjoy the eclectic stylings of the Kutandara Marimba Experience, which fuses a little bit of every genre into the act.
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Denver Community Church Uptown
6 p.m. Saturday, $10
Put the grease in your hair and roll up your pant legs, because we're jivin' tonight! Wait to do your hair until you get there; there will be a beauty salon on site to help you with your 'do, and you can also get a temporary tattoo and drink sudsy beer. If you don't know the steps, you can show up at 5:30 p.m. for a free swing lesson. The night goes to support The Wayfaring Band, so it will be fully accessible, and proceeds go to a good cause.
Theta: Raven Speaks Binaural Beats
Tesoro Artisan Gallery
7 p.m. Saturday, free
With spring in full swing, it's high time to get those chakras in line. Theta meditation is how we access the pos vibes inside us, and Raven Speaks presents classic Indian dance to relaxing binaural beats to get us all relaxed and ready for tranquility. She will also offer her spoken word, give us a chance to mingle, and end with a smudge ceremony. Take the path of the peaceful for your Saturday night.
T. John Hughes Reading and Presenting Apparitions: Architecture That Has Disappeared From Our Cities
7 p.m. Saturday, free
Urban sprawl affects almost every state in this country. We can see it here, where the old gets leveled and is replaced by the new towers. T. John Hughes explored the country, looking for buildings of the past that have since turned to dust. Covering more than sixty cities, his book offers a fascinating look at our past and where we are headed.