It's easy to spend a summer wasting away inside, with the air-conditioning cranked high. But even though it's easy, that doesn't mean it's right. Denver is full of great events this weekend that are cheap and cool -- in spirit, if not in actual temperature. From films made in just 48 hours to trunk shows and bizarre bazaars, you're sure to find a reason to peel yourself off the couch and get out there. For a full calendar of events, visit westword.com/calendar. See also: - Ten items you'll need at Burning Man this year- Jacqueline Cordova's mystical collages approach spiritual healing - Design Within Denver trunk show kicks off with Vital Industries at MCA Friday
In the brilliantWelcome to the Dollhouse
, writer/director Todd Solondz explored the intense awkwardness and ridiculousness of being an adolescent girl. His new film,Dark Horse
, explores the weirdness of another character: Abe (Jordan Gelber) is a thirty-something man who attempts to court and marry Miranda, played by Selma Blair. If it's anything like his past films, it's sure to be equal parts heartfelt and darkly humorous -- and its definitely one to see on the big screen.
Design With Denver trunk show at the MCA Denver (Friday, free) Check out the first of the MCA's local-centric trunk-show series today, when the work of Vital Industries will be on display. It's a good chance to buy some of the bicycle-themed wares, browse the current displays at the MCA, and enjoy some hand-crafted cocktails while marveling at Denver's unique designers.
Bazaar-B-Q at The Fusion Factory (Friday-Sunday, $7) In three days of shopping, food and entertainment, there's sure to be something for all tastes at this flea market inspired by the ones at Burning Man. You'll find bizarre and unique handmade items as well as a variety of musical performances and, of course, barbecue. To get you psyched, check out Britt Chester's write-up from the last Bazaar-B-Q.
Art for Life Fest at The Green @ Stapleton (Saturday, free) Parties for a good cause always give you that warm, fuzzy feeling, so be sure to check out this extravaganza that benefits Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at the Children's Hospital. With music from Wheelchair Sports Camp, Talk All Night and more, as well as an art auction, it's sure to be a great party for an equally great cause: The Ponzio program uses creative expression to help kids at Children's Hospital deal with psychological issues and heal.
Hybrid at RedLine (Saturday, free) Come see the melding of two cultures tonight at RedLine's new curated exhibit, which brings together Irish and American artists. Curated by Denver sculptor Rian Kerrane, who is also an Irish citizen, the show will focus on exchanging art from the two countries. You can catch the first part of the exhibit tonight in Denver; you'll have to travel to the Emerald Isle if you want to experience the next show.
A Re-Introduction Party at 3 Little Birds Salon (Saturday, free) 3 Little Birds has new ownership, and to commemorate the start of the salon now helmed by Talie Ayers and Le Divorce's Kitty Vincent, they're throwing a big party. Enjoy food and cocktails and tunes from boyhollow and blankwave in addition to an opening of art by Jacqueline Sophia Cordova and live mural painting.
The Faux Show at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (Saturday, free) What is art? The Faux Show will explore that question at its grand opening tonight. From renditions of famous artists's work created by college interns to an Akira Kurosawa-inspired performance-art piece to even musical impersonations, the show will investigate different forms of imitations. Come for the art and stay for the party -- full of food trucks, balloon animals and other genuine fun.
East Meets West at NORAD (Saturday, $10) DJs from both coasts will bring the party to this landlocked state tonight. From the East Coast comes New York City's Manik, and from the West Coast Justin Sloe and Jimmy Maheras. It's not a battle of the coasts, but more a melding to show how each side can work hard to get you on the floor and keep you dancing all night.Viva Streets at 23rd Avenue from City Park to Stapleton (Sunday, free)
It's rare to see a street completely free of motor vehicles. But that's just what will happen to 23rd Avenue today as Viva Streets takes it over with walkers, dancers, musicians and more. Enjoy a bike parade, a variety of exercise activities and tons of healthy food. Get active and enjoy the rarity of a car-less street.
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48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings at the Gothic Theatre (Sunday, $8 in advance) If anything, the 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings will probably make you feel like a slacker. In just a two-day period, these film-production teams wrote, shot and edited an entire film. And all you have to do tonight is watch: The screening will show the series of four- to seven-minute films in four segments all over the Gothic. Tickets are only $8 in advance, so be sure to buy them ahead of time before they jump to $11 at the door.