10 things to do for $10 this weekend, March 18-20, 2011
While you might still be nursing your hangover today, that doesn't mean you can't start setting your weekend plans. We understand you're probably in terrible shape, you might have a bit of a headache and you're probably battling a bout of depression where you're curled up the couch crying while watching episodes of My So Called Life on Netflix, but you need to get back out into the world and enjoy watching an arm-wrestling championship or finding some chakra rainbows if you hope to get any better.
Soundpainting is a technique used by composers to create improvisation songs based on the gestures of the conductor. In this case, you're invited down to take part in the event yourself, provided you can play an instrument to a degree that doesn't cause people to run away in fear.
"Untitled #4" by Jim Olson.
Tim McKay is a trained psychologist who turned his ability to interpret Rorshach ink-blot tests into a means to create art. Conversely, Jim Olson creates three-dimensional work in a variety of different mediums. The two ended up with a show together, and what you'll find when you get there is an interesting mix of style and substance.
We know what you're thinking right now: "What the fuck is a chakra rainbow and why do I want to see it?" Well, Chakra Rainbow is an art show created by Shelley Irish-Smith as a means to display self-portraits that work to express the imbalance of one's chakra. We don't know what any of that means, but we're pretty certain it's going to chakra and awe somebody out there (sorry).
The Watching Hour: F/X at Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Friday, $9.75)
F/X is one of those classic films from the '80s that has been lost to the big-budget, explosion-heavy movies of today. But know this: You need to see this movie. It's a thriller, a political adventure and, most importantly, an enjoyable film that gets it done in all the right places.
Denver March Powwow at Denver Coliseum (Friday-Sunday, $7/day pass)
You've probably got a pretty good idea of what to expect at the Denver March Powwow based solely on the name, but in case you're a little dense, it's a celebration of the traditional components of Native American culture. This includes dancing, drumming, storytelling and a parade filled with intricate costumes and chants. Perhaps after pretending you were "totally Irish" earlier this week, you might want to relax with some actual, American roots.
Ruined is not an easy play to watch, but it's not supposed to be. Dealing with the impact of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the play is set in a brothel where women's stories are told in a way that's difficult for most American's to grasp. Still, if you can handle the heavy tale, it's well worth watching, and there are moments of humor sprinkled throughout so you're not constantly bummed out.
Black Death at the Esquire Theater (Friday-Saturday, Midnight, $7.25)
Black Death, as the title probably suggests, is set during the first outbreak of the bubonic plague in England. The story follows a young monk who is tasked to report on rumors that a small village on the outskirts is immune. Sean Bean reprises his role as medieval man with beard who must save the universe, while the rest of the movie toes the line between action-adventure and horror. This is a new movie, so we're not entirely sure why it got slotted into the midnight spot, but we're not going to complain because it sounds awesome.
Pusher Party and Bike Swap at 3 Kings Tavern (Saturday, free)
As spring approaches, many are wrangling their bicycles out from underneath a pile of coats and scarves in their closet and finding strange extra parts have grown on the sides of them. It's true that bicycles are asexual and can subsequently reproduce in the winter months while in hibernation, so don't worry too much about that. Instead, head on down to the 3 Kings for a bicycle flea market and trade away those unholy reproductions to people who might need them. From noon to 6 p.m. 3 Kings will open up their doors to bike geeks of all types.
While it cost the hefty sum of $20 to enter the competition, those who want to just pop in and watch some arms get broken will be able to do so for free. Arm Wrestling, as far as we can tell, was invented sometime before fire as a means to prove one's manliness, or at least one's near-manliness to potential mates. We might not have been homo sapiens yet, but we knew even then there was only one way to prove definitively who was the boss, and that was by arm wrestling.
Persepolis at Denver Central Library (Sunday, free)
Persepolis is the second film in the month long Fresh City Life series, "Woman Made." If you haven't seen the film (or read the comic its based on) you need to stop whatever you're doing and make plans to hit up the library this Sunday to watch it. It's an animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographic graphic novel about the Iranian Revolution. Like all good revolution films, this one doesn't just dwell on the war--it takes you into the actual life of someone living though it. It's well worth your time.
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