You may not be aware that September is National Self Improvement Month. If you have some improving to do, there's plenty of chances this weekend to make yourself better. How? Well, you can talk social issues, slam some poetry or just get drunk in the daytime. And that's just for starters. Look below for the rest of our self-improvement plan, and don't forget to check the Westword calendar for a complete lineup of events. Drop us a comment if we missed anything.
Uncalled Four at The Oriental Theater (8 p.m. Friday $7-10)
Find out who the worst person in Denver is tonight at this comedy show mixed with a popular card pairing game. The audience is encouraged to submit questions here for comedians Matt Cobos, Jason Keyes, Whitmer Thomas and Sam Tallent, who will answer them with their prepared deck of cards. The games, similar in concept to Cards Against Humanity, is on-the-spot comedy and can also win prizes for submitting the best questions.
House of Poetry at Aurora Cultural Arts District (8 p.m. Friday, $10)
It's probably been a while since you've had the pleasure of checking out a live poetry show, but this one is a good one for getting reaqauinted. The entry fee fee gets you a glass of wine, so it's going to be chill. Mahogany, your host for the evening, is looking to breathe new life into the open-mic poetry scene around here, so go help them out. There might even be some youngsters looking to speak from their heart, so we should really support their love for the art.
Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder Public Library (9:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, free)
If you're a book worm or lover of writing, this is the event for you to be at all weekend. Join the conversation of the human experience with like minded folks, authors from around the world and professors. This circus of words and ideas is jam packed with brilliant minds — so many that you should check out the schedule, register and plan your trip accordingly. It's going to be an inspiring weekend.
Chalk Art Festival at Centennial Center Park (10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, free)
From the same fine folks who brought you the Denver Chalk Arts Festival, comes round two at the beautiful Centennial Center Park. The best thing about this art exhibit, is seeing the process of the artists to create their pieces. Talk to the artists, enjoy food and beverages and let the live music make the day that much more enjoyable.
Denver Small Press Fest at The Savoy Event Center (10 a.m. Saturday, free)
Don't ever say print is dead, especially when we have amazing events like this keeping the heart of ink and paper beating. Check out all kinds of 'zines, screen printing, film projections, records and so much more. Support the simple side of spreading information. This event is a warm-up to the Gold Rush Music Festival, which is going to be rad as well, but a little pricey for our column.
Indian Wedding Festival at Civic Center Park (11 a.m. Saturday, free)
Spice up your weekend, Indian style, with a party like you've never seen. Civic Center will explode with colorful fashion, dancing, yoga, food and fun in general. Check out all the fun events here, and register so they know you're coming to celebrate.
Confronting Gentrification at Rodolfo (Corky) Gonzales Branch Library (12 p.m. Saturday, free)
You'd have to be pretty oblivious to the fact that our city is going through major changes. It's affecting our community and it should be addressed. Come learn a thing or two or share your own stories about the impacts of higher rent in many areas of the city. Cupcake shops are nice, but affordable housing is better.
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Vine Street Uptown Block Party at Vine Street Pub & Brewery (1 p.m. Saturday, free)
Brews, bands and impressive athleticism are in store for you at the Vine Street Pub today. Cheer on the contestants of the Brewer Olympics, where brewers from your favorite suds shops around town will battle head to head in beer-centric demonstrations of skill and strength. Enjoy the live music later on in the day, and guzzle all the craft beer you can.
The Late Late Breakfast at Grandma's House (2 p.m. Saturday, free)
A traveling brunch improv/open mic/game show? Sure, why not? It's a crazy notion, but your hosts Danny Maupin and Tyler Jackson are cooking up this wildly popular show that comes with free pancakes. Hard to say what this performance will include, but expect some familiar faces from area comedy scene. Toss back some bloody Maria's and have a good time.
Boulder Pirate Con at Pearl Street Mall (6 p.m. Saturday, free)
Abandon ship, land ho! It's time to pillage and plunder the streets of Boulder. Since September 19 is the official Talk Like A Pirate Day, it would be in your best interest to celebrate with fellow buccaneers. Put on your best puffy shirt and wench attire to celebrate with your fellow mateys. They're pub crawling up there, so you land lubbers be warned: There's going to be scalawags everywhere.