Snow returns this weekend, but that's no reason to hole up in your house. Get a jump on spring by picking up some new seeds and gardening tips at Growhaus's annual seed swap, check out Denver's Month of Photography exhibitions, attend a zombie fashion show or drunkenly watch kung fu movies -- and never pay more than ten bucks for a lot of fun. Check out the online Westword calendar for a full listing of events, and post any other bargain entertainments in the comments section below.
See also: - Womenswear Wednesdays: Visual art student Haley Swenson on her Tank Girl-inspired look - Lucky '13: Sara Century from Night Nurses, Baby Hair, and Ladybug Fest - Sigri Strand's Conjuring the Sensation of the Sun will shine at GroundSwell Gallery
Real Is a Feeling at Gildar Gallery (Friday, free) As part of Denver's month of photography, Gildar Gallery will unveil a group show that explores the idea of reality through image reproductions. Inspired by a song by former Denver resident and artist Travis Egedy (a.k.a. Pictureplane), the show will feature works by artists including Devon Dikeou, Mario Zoots and Egedy himself, that all explore the concept of the real through a variety of different lenses.
Denver Disco at Bar Standard (Friday, $5) Though Whit Stillman might claim it's over, disco is definitely not dead at Bar Standard. Dance to the tunes of Mike Moses, Luke the Knife, Fun Factory and Charles B at this new weekly disco party. Entrance before 10 p.m. is free, so get there early to get a deal on dancing.
Sweet Tooth Opening at The Shoppe (Saturday, free) Collector, artist and photographer Andrew Novick is unveiling his new series of food photography tonight at the Shoppe -- and it's sure to be sweet. The show features photos of over a thousand sugary confections. fortunately; it's at a cupcake shop, so you can satisfy your own need for sugar by buying one of Novick's signature cupcakes that comes with a fondant tooth.
BYOF Day at IKEA (Saturday, free) Get plenty of free stuff at everyone's favorite Swedish furniture store destination on IKEA's Bring Your Own Friends Day. RSVP online and print out coupons for a free breakfast, free blue bags, gift-card giveaways and design advice from on-hand experts at the gigantic retail store/meatball emporium.
Ode to an Ode at Buntport Theater (Saturday, $10) Enjoy all-ages theater today when Buntport presents Ode to an Ode, a Cyrano de Bergerac-themed, family-friendly show that gives a new spin to classic poetry.
Seed Swap at the Growhaus (Saturday, $10) Get ready for spring at Growhaus's third annual seed swap, where you can pick up seeds, eat healthy food, listen to live music and take workshops from urban gardeners on how to create your own garden in the city. Get started now, so that you're ready for spring.
March of the Zombies at Grizzly Rock (Saturday, $10) Zombie parties keep escaping from the month of October: Tonight you can party with the undead at the fifth annual March of the Zombies fashion show, which will showcase art, a live fashion show where you can watch the living transformed into the living dead on the spot, and music from Reno Divorce, Lost Point, Fallen and Forgotten and the Flash Mob.
New Girlfriend #3 Release Party at Unit E (Sunday, $5) Though she's most often seen performing solo or fronting her band Night Nurses, local artist and total Renaissance woman Sara Century also creates comics. Come pick up the newest issue of her zine, New Girlfriend, at Unit E tonight, at an event that will feature spoken word performances by Century and other artists, as well as a zine release of Death in Space.
Tiki Trading Post at Adrift (Sunday, free) Grab a delicious cocktail and shop for tons of great, tiki-themed items today at a pop- up trading post at Adrift. Buy mod home-decor items, vintage clothing and tiki barware -- and feel good about where your dollars are going, since part of the proceeds from the market will go to the Foothills Animal Shelter.
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Drunken Kung Fu Movie Night at 3 Kings Tavern (Sunday, free) Whatever you do this weekend, the kung fu party at 3 Kings will be a great way to cap it off. Join in drinking games while you watch a series of vintage kung fu films at the bar.