The Super Bowl will soak up most of the shine on Sunday, and to that, we say Go Broncos! But there are plenty of other ways to have fun as well that don't involve football. This weekend we're cheering on puppies, having some giggles and dancing to the beat of various drums. For even more events, smash that Westword calendar button.
New works from the Athena Project.
Point of Departure Pop-Up Art and Fashion Show at 40 West Gallery and Studios (5:30 p.m. Friday, free)
Kick off your weekend by supporting the Athena Project's newest gallery show, Point of Departure, which will showcase the newest works by a variety of women artists. In addition to the exhibit, experience the fashion show which will accompany it tonight. All of these projects will culminate in the Athena Project Arts Festival taking place in March, so come get a sneak peek at what's to come.
First Friday Chinese New Year at Tracks (6 p.m. Friday, $5-$7)
The Babes Around Denver parties at Tracks always go above and beyond, and this months installment has something for everyone. Get there for easy-going beats and wine tasting. Live dancing will be performed by the Wicked Little Girls, but you can show off your own moves to many different kinds of music in different rooms all night long. There will also be a food truck on hand to provide a little grease to soak up the booze.
Final Episode of Governor Jack Watches You Sleep at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (8 p.m. Friday, $10)
Governor Jack has played on for three years, but tonight they're hanging it up so that they can begin working on some new shows. So, catch the last interview and improv show with the golden boy of Omaha, Dylan Rohde, tonight. Stick around for the super secret premier of one of the new show they're working on for free. Get your $10 tickets here.
The Skylark Remembers David Bowie at Skylark Lounge (9 p.m. Friday, $5)
Because of everything that David Bowie did for us, it's important that we never stop celebrating his legacy. Check out Skylark staple players Claudzilla, Silver Face, The Inactivists and more playing Bowie covers along with inspired originals. They'll have a tribute video and other treats lined up as well.
Joel Swanson wants to talk art technology with you.
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Artist Discussion with Joel Swanson at Museum of Outdoor Arts (2 p.m. Saturday, free)
Technology grows by leaps and bounds every day, and art is always looking to do the same thing. Joel Swanson is keeping his feet in both worlds by using 3D printing technology. You can see his installations on display in the Polysemic exhibit, and today you can have a chat with him as well. The light rail will drop you right where you need to be, so go find out how he uses future tools for art today.
Mile High Soul Club at Syntax Physic Opera (9 p.m. Saturday, $5)
They do this once a month because it keeps things funky. Call up the squad and then popcorn or mashed-potato your way down to south Broadway. Special guest DJ Reed Wolf, of SpeedWolf fame, will spin the vinyl just as good as he sings the rock-n-roll.
Green Druid at Goosetown Tavern (9 p.m. Saturday, free)
On the flip side of shimmying to the soul music, is all out head banging amp worship. Green Druid, Matriarch and Earthen Tongue will crank the doom riffs up to eleven without you having to paying a cover. Grab a couple brews and rock on out.
The barrel man is some deep Colorado history to check out.
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Huddle Up at History Colorado Center (10 a.m. Sunday, free)
Before the game, get into the Broncos spirit by taking some very historic selfies. Admission to the museum is free if you wear your orange gear. Try on a replica of the Barrel Mans barrel, sit in an original seat from Mile High Stadium and share your memories on the atrium wall. Don't forget to take a photo with the giant buffalo outside while he's wearing his team jersey. And if you're not into football, you can still get into the museum for free.
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Walk Of Shame Dating Game Valentine's Edition at El Charrito (12 p.m. Sunday, $1)
Enjoy a chuckle with your bottomless mimosas at this reprised game show of comedians looking for love. Jokesters like Meghan DePonceau, Jordan Doll and many more will vie for your love during Sunday brunch. Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and you'd be lucky to score with any of them.
Puppy Bowl XII at Denver Metro Area (1 p.m. Sunday, free)
The Denver Broncos aren't the only hometown stars taking the field today. Support puppies from the Denver Dumb Friends League who will tug, fetch and adore themselves around the field, along with pups from all over the country. Riley the Dachshund and poodle mixes Moose and Ollie have been drafted from Denver to take part in today's big game. Make up some nachos, turn on the Animal Planet channel and root them on.