Spending money is such a bummer. Luckily, you don't have to drop that much cash to have fun this weekend. Whether you fancy a mystical art show, Hunger Games costume contest or a 3-D dance party, we've got them (and more!), all for under $10. Get out there and enjoy the spring.
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Optimysticism at Ironwood Collection (Friday, free) As a certified Reiki practitioner, artist Gemma Bayly charges all of her collages, drawings and dreamcatchers with healing energy. Her intricate, beautiful work is sure to leave you in awe, and maybe induce some sort of mystical experience at this opening tonight.
Fever Pitch at the Meadowlark (Friday, free) Analog Space's monthly spring dance party, Fever Pitch, will bring different musical scenes together tonight, with resident DJs Narky Stares and Peter Black as well as guests like Josh Ivy, Tony Z, and Roger That. The party is known for floor-shaking tunes, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Animation Festival at Beauty Bar (Friday-Saturday, free)
These aren't your Saturday morning cartoons. Thankfully. Spike and Mike's is known for bringing a series of raunchy animated shorts to audiences, and rather than watching with a bowl of cereal, you can watch with a drink in hand tonight at Beauty Bar. See the sick and twisted shorts, and then experience the Rave-Atar Video 3-D Dance Party, a series of 3-D music videos complete with glasses.
The (NON) Show at Rhinoceropolis (Friday, by donation) Celebrate non-art tonight at Rhinoceropolis's Dada first Friday offering. The show will feature a dozen Denver (non) artists, including Elena Stonaker, Isaac Linder, and Travis Egedy, and is sure to get in touch with the absurd. Night of Ultraviolence, Distance Research, and DJ Spider With a Human Head will provide the tunes to the night that may or may not include something akin to Duchamp's famous urinal on the wall.
Dress Like the "Girl Who Was on Fire" Contest at the Tattered Cover Colfax (Saturday, free) The Hunger Games movie is finally here, and for those who have already seen the film and read the books dozens of times, the Tattered Cover is offering another way to indulge in Hunger Games mania: a costume contest and parade. The prizes (which include the entire trilogy, and more) will go to the best costumed fans. So don your Katniss Everdeen side braid, freaky Capitol fashion or gory dead tribute makeup and let the games begin. And may the odds be ever in your favor.The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Saturday, $9.75)
The Titanic hit an iceberg a century ago, and if seeing James Cameron's epic in 3D isn't enough to fill your doomed ship craving, the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax is showing this 1964 musical about the cool Colorado lady who was on board (and survived) the ordeal. SPOILER ALERT: The ship sinks. But you don't have to watch Kate Winslet push icy Leo into the ocean in this version.
Mile High Flea Market Easter Egg Hunt at the Mile High Marketplace (Saturday, $3) Though the egg hunt is only for the under-twelve demographic, adults can have a blast acting as pushy parents egging their kids on to win, or simply browsing and hanging out at the always-entertaining flea market. Watch the egg-hunting madness, spot the Easter bunny, and buy some moderately-priced junk while you're at it.
This will be the last weekend to view Gary Emerich's video installation at the DAM.
Free Day at the Denver Art Museum (Saturday, free) It's time again for the Denver Art Museum's monthly free day, where Colorado residents can browse the galleries (not including the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit, unfortunately) at no cost. You can also view the Saturday and Sunday fashion demonstrations that the DAM is putting on, this week with Gabriel Conroy demonstrating fashion illustration. Wander around, take in the art, and learn something for free.
Eat at a church pancake breakfast at churches all over Colorado (Sunday, free) Whatever your religion, one thing that unites all denominations of faith is free pancakes. Easter Sunday is a prime day for finding free breakfasts (and services, if you want) at churches all over the state, including Church in The City, Glenwood Church of Christ, and more. Thanks, Jesus!
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Poetry Slam at the Mercury Cafe (Sunday, $5) It's hard to find things to do on Sunday evening, let alone Easter Sunday evening. Luckily, the Mercury Cafe consistently hosts a poetry slam every Sunday, bunny holiday or not. Go see a slew of talented poets spew their spoken word art on all kinds of topics, and enjoy some organic food from the cafe while you're at it.