Ole' Marge Gunderson summed it up best in the Coen Brothers 1996 offering, Fargo: "There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day." She was right, because this weekend, there's going to be so much to do and it's not going to cost you much. Over the next couple days you can enjoy a special screening of Fargo of biblical proportions, feast on Puerto Rican flavors or just plain get out in the sun for some fun. There's even more to check out at the Westword calendar, and if we forgot anything, let us know in the comments section.
Taste of Fort Collins at Civic Center Park (all day, Friday-Sunday $5-$10)
Want a little getaway for the weekend? Pack up the car and head to Fort Collins, where you can get your grub on at this finger-licking party, jam to some music and drink a plethora of craft beer. Get there early for cheaper tickets, because the price goes up after 3 p.m. Check out the schedule here, because there is a lot going on up there.
Alphabeat Soup #4 at The Deer Pile (8 p.m. Friday, $5)
You never know where the hot new sounds are going to come from. Tonight, get in on some unheard of tunes from ambient beat maker MYTHirst, the hip-hop stylings of An Hobbes and eight-bit chimes from Aethernaut. These dudes are really excited about their showcase, and are sure to cross collaborate for something to tickle your senses.
Sexpot Comedy Presents: Ben Kronberg at The Oriental Theater (9 p.m. Friday, $10)
A lot of people move to New York City with the dream of becoming a somebody. Most will fail, but local jester Ben Kronberg proved to be victorious. He's appeared on HBO and Comedy Central and can be seen on his popular web series Ted & Gracie. Welcome him home and get a dose of his witty one-liners and musical joke abilities. Don't let any of them cracks go over your head.
Flow n' Joe at LuLuLemon Cherry Creek (9 a.m. Saturday, free)
We're in the first upswing of summer, meaning you've still got some time to tone up that beach bod. Grab some free java and be led through a free yoga session to tuck, tone and stretch yourself out for the day. They're even going to provide mats for you, so you can roll out of the house hands free. You're going to feel better after this one.
National Get Outdoors Day at City Park (10 a.m. Saturday, free)
There's a holiday for everything, but today is the day we celebrate getting our vitamin D on. There's a lot of activities for the kids, but the adults will be able to have some fun as well at National Get Outdoors Day. Climbing walls, obstacle courses, fitness tips and so much more are sure to wear out the whole family in this full day of fun.
FARMCAD at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (10 a.m. Saturday, free)
Every community seems to have some kind of farmers' market (and in some cases, many), and hopefully you've visited all of them. FARMCAD is a brand new market. It invites artisans, food trucks, farmers, pop-ups and musicians from all over to bring their goods to the public. It's always cool to tell people you were at the first one of something, so come to this inaugural event. Check out the vendors here.
Swinging Under the Stars at Little Man Ice Cream (7 p.m. Saturday, free)
Ask your significant other if they'd like to swing this weekend. Classic jokes aside, you'll wow your spouse when you both have the chance to learn how to swing dance for free in that adorable little space behind the ice cream shop. It's sounds like one heck of a date night, sure to get you some brownie points. Singles, don't even worry about swiping right tonight, you're welcome to come and meet some folks the old-fashioned way.
Play Grounds at RedLine (7 p.m. Saturday, free)
This is an art exhibition opening and it's kinda badass. The third part in the year-long series Play it Forward, Play Grounds exhibits ordinary items and places in our city that can be used as catalysts for play. The national and international artists will have their work on display inside and outside the gallery, and over the course of the summer will install hopscotch and interesting billiards tables throughout the city, which you can learn more about here, or by stopping by the opening tonight.
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A Taste of Puerto Rico at Civic Center Park (11 a.m. Sunday, free)
This year's ATOPR pays homage to the late salsa legend Frankie Ruiz by having his brother Viti Ruiz come out to get the crowd on their feet. It may not be on the same scale as New York's Puerto Rican Day parade, but the same soul will be there. The music won't stop and neither will your appetite for empanadillas, fried beefsteak and plantains — so come hungry. Wear some comfortable shoes, too, because the dancing don't stop.
The Church of Coen Presents: Fargo at Syntax Physic Opera (8 p.m. Sunday, free)
The timing couldn't be more perfect for praising at the Coen Church for tonight's sermon. Let the frigid temperatures and subject matter cool you down from the summer heat. Fargo is like the ten commandments on a scale of importance as far as Coen Brothers movies go, so bring yourself on down and also enjoy a musical performance by Poet's Row as well.