10 things to do for $10 this weekend (7 free!), March 1-3
Ever since the Harlem Shake snagged the Internet's attention, it seems that video after video of frat boys, Army officers and various mammals at Sea World wiggling uncontrollably to Baauer's dance track by the same name have been constantly appearing in our Facebook newsfeeds. If you've secretly desired to make your own version and not had the guts to ask your friends to participate, here's your chance: This Saturday, Red Rocks becomes Colorado's Harlem Shake central as Colorado Concerts hosts a free live taping of the dance. But if you'd rather just hit the traditional dance floor, watch a documentary or see some local art, we've got a great list of events lined up for the weekend, too -- all of them bargains at $10 or less, and many free.
If you carried a tin Gremlins lunchbox as a kid, or maybe a Josie and the Pussycats lunch pail as a purse in the '90s, or you're just a fan of the shiny and nostalgic, this show is for you. Blue Dot Gallery welcomes all ages through its doors tonight and tomorrow afternoon to ogle more than a hundred plastic and metal lunch boxes spanning several decades of popular culture.
Put on by Babes Around Denver, the ten-year edition of this monthly night celebrates one of Denver's best all-inclusive dance parties. DJs Shannon, Markie, Tatiana and Blaque Gurl throw down a mix of new- and old-school jams as GLBTQ folks and allies alike mark a decade of Denver's longest-running women's dance party. There will be free appetizers from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and special giveaways for the best dressed -- tonight's "Tie One On" theme encourages top hats, ties and any interpretation of formal-wear that partygoers fancy.
Sound City at Sie FilmCenter (Friday, $7-$10)
Kicking off a week of late-night showings at Sie FilmCenter, tonight's opening of Sound City is a must-see for music fanatics and gear heads. Tracing the roots of an unassuming warehouse music studio in the San Fernando Valley, this documentary links up with several of rocks' biggest players -- Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Butch Vig -- to tell the story of how some of the greatest albums of all time were made.
This free monthly dance party is built on nothing but soul. Lipgloss co-founder and all-around Denver DJ Tyler Jacobson spins the best in Northern Soul, Funk and R&B, alongside cohorts DJ Dogboy and Creeper Steve. Dress to impress and wear your dancing shoes, because this party attracts a stylish bunch who keep the floor jumping all night long.
Want to participate in the latest viral Internet phenomenon? Colorado Concerts presents an afternoon of shaking it for the camera. All ages are invited to this free filming of the Harlem Shake, meeting up next to the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre at 11:45 a.m. with filming starting at noon. Crazy costumes and outrageous props are encouraged.
Queenz Of Hip Hop at Sisters of Color United for Education, 2895 West 8th Avenue, 303-446-8800, www.socue.org; (Saturday, Free)
Hosted by local emcee and rapper Bianca Mikhan, this day-long celebration of Women's History Month is all about battling, creatively. DJs Manizer and Bella Scratch provide the music as Tanaya Winder, Sheree Brown and Lady Speech get lyrical on the mike. Then anyone up to the challenge can sign up to battle other emcees in a three-round bout starting at noon and going until 6 p.m. Live painting from Xencs, Karma Leigh and Liv will also be part of this energetic get-together, and canned goods will be collected for the Metro State Food Bank.
The museum celebrates its current exhibitions for Karen Kilimnik and Tyler Beard with its latest Penny Saturday event. Local renaissance weirdo Andrew Novick mans the grill with MCA officials Adam Lerner and Sarah Baie by his side. A ballet photo booth will be free for kids, and there will be free coffee for adults with an MCA Cafe purchase.
Hina Matsuri, or the Japanese Doll and Cultural Festival, is a gathering that welcomes all to experience the culture of Japan. Unique Japanese dolls, kimonos and calligraphy will be on display. There will also be dance, martial arts, Taiko drum performances and more. Try origami or learn about the ancient tea ceremony at this festival that has been going on in Denver for more than 100 years.
Tattered Cover Film Series: Stranger Than Paradise at Sie FilmCenter (Sunday, Free)
At this matinee showing, one of director Jim Jarmusch's earliest and most defining films, Stranger Than Paradise, will be screened, then discussed. The stark 1984 black and white is full of dry humor and casual observation -- which Colorado Public Radio Film critic Howie Movshovitz will bring to light in the post-film talk.
Reception for artist Chris Bullock's "Bullockalypse" at NEXT Gallery (Sunday, Free)
If you're not feeling the usual mania of the First Friday crowds but still want to see some work by a Colorado-based artist, tonight's closing of Chris Bullock's latest show is the perfect solution, complete with a parting reception at NEXT Gallery in the Navajo Art District.
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