Even though we're well aware that February is a short month, it's still hard to imagine we've already reached the final weekend of it. With rent and bills on the horizon, chances are you might be strapped for cash this weekend, but we've got you covered. Well, that's provided you like to party, hang out with luchadores, check out art, watch movies or play video games. Hopefully you fit into one of those groups.
Art Show and Book Release with Charly "the city mouse" Fasano and Vincent Cheap at 3 Kings Tavern (Friday, free) If you're in the mood to check out some media of all shapes and sizes, tonight is the night to do it. On display at 6 p.m. at 3 Kings Tavern will be linocut prints, audio recordings, animations, short films, woodblock prints, paintings and instant photography. It also marks the release of Fasano's new book, Next Analog Broadcast, as well as another book of prints and poems, Deviants and Devices. Sheesh. Talk about prolific.
The Grawlix, Episode 2 at Avenue Theater (Friday, $7) While 10:30 p.m. is certainly a late start for some people, rest assured The Grawlix is a comedy show worth staying up for. If you attended any of the Los Comicos Super Hilariousos shows in the past, you'll be well prepared for what to expect, but if you haven't, know this: funny will happen.
Emilio Lobato: Casi, Casi (Bit by Bit) at William Havu Gallery (Friday, free) Emilio Lobato's work is a curious combination of Southwestern-style art and geometric minimalism. That might sound a bit weird, but bear with us, as it's truly an interesting combination. He often works with the limited palette of southwestern imagery, but reduces that same imagery to simple, organic works. They're a sight to behold.
Latin Night at Vinyl (Friday, $5) We have no idea what happens at 18 and up dance nights, but we assume its a dizzying mix of the young and the old as they randomly bump into each other and wonder if perhaps they'll be venturing into new territory before they inevitably get shy and walk away. It's kind of like when your school is poor and they combine the high school and middle school dances into one night. There is potential for an awesome, Judd Apatow-worthy experience there.
The Professional at Esquire Theatre (Friday-Saturday, $7.50) Luc Besson's The Professional is the best kind of action movie. A reluctant assassin takes in a 12-year-old girl and teaches her how to become an assassin. Seriously, is there anything more awesome than that? All we got when were 12 years old was a swimming lesson.
Pokémon White and Black Preview at the Town Center of Aurora (Saturday, free) If you can't wait until March to get you hands on the new games in the Pokémon series, then this weekend will provide a chance to check out the games a little early. As a bonus, you'll finally be given an opportunity to wear your homemade Clusterpuff costume in public without creeping everyone out. You'll also have a chance to check out a screening of a new Pokéfilm, buy some Pokécrap and meet other Pokéfans.
Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals at Wynkoop Brewing Company (Saturday, free) While the title of this event might get you excited for a boatload of free beer, that's not actually what's going on. Instead, this is the final step for three individuals (i.e., not you) in their quest to become the Beerdrinker of the Year. If they want to win free beer from the Wynkoop for life and a few other prizes, they'll have to show their skill at conversation, their knowledge of beer and their prowess to remain, uh, not an asshole. You'll be able to check it out and cheer for your favorite candidate at the Wynkoop this afternoon.
Lucha-Maximo Party at Beauty Bar (Saturday, free) DJs, luchadores, go-go dancers, drinks; seriously, what more do you need to know? If somehow none of those things are appealing to you, then you're clearly not human and would have no fun dancing with masked Mexican wrestlers and drinking endless amounts of booze.
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Bras, Bangles and Bunions at Habitat Gallery and Studio (Sunday, free) Today is the last day to check out Bras, Bangles and Bunions before it's taken down for the month. It's a massive show, with art from around the country in all shapes, sizes and mediums. The goal of the pieces is to find each of the artists' take on the fashion industry and the results are certainly worth checking out.
What is Modern? at the Denver Art Museum (Sunday, $3-$10) We ask ourselves what modern is every single morning when we try to figure out what day of the week it is, but the Denver Art Museum is trying to answer that question with a little more finality than "Friday." The show, it turns out, is actually about furniture and other household items, but still manages to do a better job of answering the question than we ever do. If you've ever wondered what the root of you high-design Target can opener is, this is a show you'll want to check out.