The annual 4/20 celebration missed the weekend by only one day this year, but it's probably not going to keep anyone from partaking in a toke here and there. Whether you do or not, we have a diverse list of events this week, from artisan flea markets, 1990s nostalgia or drinking in a parking lot and listening to doom metal. You can find even more to do by clicking on the Westword calendar. Don't hesitate to drop a comment if we forgot anything, let's go.
Go Folk Yourself Festival at Mutiny Information Cafe (4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $8)
SXSW is a mere memory, and Coachella is over and done, but there's a killer festival launching this weekend, and it's in your own backyard. In conjunction with the city-wide Mile High Festibowl, Go Folk Yourself is a two-day event filled with folk-punk and folk-folk. Artists are coming from as far away as Washington and Texas for two whole days of cool jams and activities for all. A mere $8 gets you a day pass, or $12 gets you the whole weekend; get more info here.
Selena Lookalike Contest and Karaoke at Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (5 p.m. Friday, free)
We mentioned the Selena art show earlier this month, but couldn't wait for this event. Karaoke is without a doubt one of the finest night-time activities, especially when it has a theme like Selena. Do your best interpretation of the legendary singer, and as an added bonus, dress up like her too to win some prizes. Bring the kids to get their faces painted and get ready to get down and get up like the flower.
Damak to Denver Closing Reception at John Fielder's Colorado (5:30 p.m. Friday, $10)
The story of what Picture Me Here recently for its latest exhibition is a fascinating story. The organization traveled to a refugee camp in Damak, Nepal, and introduced photography to a new generation of people about to make the trek to Denver. If you haven't gotten to see what this inspiring photo show is all about, do so tonight. The $10 donation will admit you into a drawing for one of the numerous prints already professionally mounted and framed, which is a huge value in itself. Show them some support and experience something entirely new.
Kickstart Like It's 1999 Party at Savoy at Curtis Park (7:30 p.m. Friday, $5)
It's officially been long enough: the 1990's are now cool again. But since more people have been digging on the fashion trends from the early part of that decade, the final year, 1999, hasn't been getting it's due. Leave it to those funny guys at Cook Street Productions to change that. Tonight, come party like it's 1999 for a mere $5 which goes to support the company's Kickstarter campaign to fund a short film. Go to your mom's house and dust off those Soda shoes, L.E.I flare jeans and frost the tips because you have to come correct to a party of this magnitude. The boy band sounds will be a-plenty.
Spring Flea at Bindery on Blake (12 p.m. Saturday, free)
If you click here to RSVP you get a free beer from our friends at New Belgium which will elevate a day of shopping at the Flea even more. Everything from fishing gear to chocolate will be available from local vendors, while the beer flows, music tickles your ears and food trucks sweeten the smell. Big thanks to the Denver Flea for helping local business flourish.
Planet Earth/Power Shift at Mercury Cafe (7:30 p.m. Saturday, free)
The Mercury Cafe has been around for forty years, which deserves a round of applause for sure. To celebrate, owner Marilyn Megenity is bringing back an original Mercury Motley Players production Planet Earth/Power Shift, a compelling play dealing with climate change. If anyone has the authority to put on such a production it's Magenity, who has operated the self-sustaining restaurant and community space for all these years. Support the place that supports it's community 100 percent.
ComicFest at Hilton Gardens Inn (10 a.m. Sunday, $10)
Starfest is a convention going on all weekend, and although it costs more than $10, the ComicFest happening on Sunday is only $10 if you still want to join in on some of the action. There's going to be a bunch of special guests there to talk with and to get advice from as well as plenty other people to nerd out with. Whether you're a die hard fan or just looking for a new hobby, this is the place to be. Purchase your tickets here.
Trailblazers Opening Reception at Black Book Gallery (12 p.m. Sunday, free)
The holy day of weed is only a day away from this opening showcasing the fine art of glassblowing. Punk rock, graffiti and skateboarding used to be thought of as useless things for misled youth to do. Now people are making bank by doing them. Glass blowing is starting to make that transition as well and is being noticed more and more in the fine art scene. Thanks to Black Book, Denver now has a really cool exhibition to go check out from artists like Zach Puchowitz, JAG, Eusheen, SLOP, Micah Evans and Mike Giant. Join them for the opening, meet the artists and blaze it, dude.
Impaled Offering, Sonic Vomit & Scalafrea at Black Sky Brewery (2 p.m. Sunday, free)
Some people take it easy on Sundays since it's the lord's day to many. But if your lord is King Diamond, get down to Black Sky Brewery for an afternoon filled with heavy metal. Sonic Vomit and Scalafrea join Impaled Offering for some serious doom and good beer. You know you could use some more patches on your vest, so come on down and sniff some out.
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Lucha Libre & Laughs at Oriental Theater (7 p.m. Sunday, free)
These dudes are becoming a monthly staple in the community, and you're blowing it if you haven't gone yet. Bobby Valentino hosts the evening as comics riff and wrestlers grapple, which creates a perfect dichotomy you have to see to believe. Tonight's show includes a special tag team against a heavy rivalry as well as a special headlining comic to be announced at the show. Wrestling and jokes will serve as a good source of dreams before you have to wake up on that dreadful Monday morning.