Whether you want to see campy drag, high-brow art openings, or get down at a feminist dance party, we've got you covered this weekend. And it won't break your bank. Everything on this list won't cost you more than ten bucks, leaving you more cash to save up for the holiday spending frenzy that's sure to come next week. For a full calendar of all this weekend has to offer, visit westword.com/calendar.
Dream Girls at Hamburger Mary's (Friday, $8) If you want to be transported into a John Waters film (and really, who doesn't?), the closest way to get there--save hopping a plane to Baltimore--is by visiting the high camp of the Dream Girls drag cabaret show at Hamburger Mary's. Complete with song, dance, elaborate costumes, and talented ladies with cheeky names, the Dream Girls won't disappoint.
Merry Fishmas at the MCA Denver (Friday, $5) Black Sheep Fridays at the MCA are billed as being weird, and this one sounds especially bizarre. DJ Savior Breath will provide the tunes to this rooftop party, which features happy hour drink specials and free bagels and lox along other kosher delights. And who are we to turn down free raw fish? Even if you're not a fan of challah, the night is a good opportunity to see the galleries at the MCA for a mere five bones. Mazel tov!
Opening Weekend at the Clyfford Still Museum (Friday-Sunday) You don't need $125 tickets to the swanky opening night to see the Clyfford Still Museum this weekend. The museum houses 2,400 works from the renowned abstract-expressionist painter, and admission is free from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday. But if you miss that window the prices are still reasonable. Timed tickets are available Friday from noon to 4 and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for $10 general admission, $6 students/seniors, and $3 for youth.
Grand Opening at Leon (Saturday, free) The opening night party for this new art gallery and venue Saturday will show the work of its owners, photographers Eric Robert Dallimore, Lindsay Giles McWIlliams, and Matthew Buford, as well as work by music photographer Sarah Law. Along with the photography exhibition, the bash will also feature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and a good excuse to imbibe while surveying the art.
Denver Options' Handmade Market at the Anchor Center (Saturday, free) (Saturday, free) Rather than waiting until Black Friday to race mobs of other people for mall gifts manufactured under questionable labor conditions, visit the Denver Options' Handmade Market. The local, handmade gifts you find there are sure to be more unique--and support a better cause--than anything at Target.
I Want Candy: Holiday Candymaking at the Denver Public Library (Saturday, free) Why buy candy when you can learn to make your own for free? The Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life is bringing in caramel queen Ellen Daehnick to teach you how to create sugary holiday concoctions like fudge and penuche. Plus, we're sure there will be plenty of samples along the way. Register in advance and enjoy that sugar high!
Tiny Titwrench Dance Party at the Hi-Dive (Saturday, $6) Feminists throw the best dance parties. And they'll prove it tonight by getting folks of all genders shimmying to the mixes of DJs Pam, Pyramid, and Time Lord. One of the best things about anything the ladies of Titwrench put on is that it's inclusive to everyone--and feels safe enough to get down to the amazing music. Local bands The Haircut and Wheelchair Sports Camp, as well as Albuquerque's Bigawatt will also provide tunes to jump around to.Huge Comedy Show at the Oriental Theater (Saturday, $10)
It's so refreshing to see comedy somewhere without a two drink minimum, and the Huge Comedy Show provides just that as well as laughs that you won'tneed
two drinks to find funny. Headlining is San Francisco-based comedian Alex Koll, who will perform alongside New York's Danny Solomon and local favorites David Gborie and Sam Tallent.
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SIN at The Church (Sunday, free) Halloween may be over, but that doesn't stop year-long goths from going all out in black lipstick and Victorian-themed death wear all months of the year. Every Sunday night at the Church is a perfect opportunity for people-watching if you want to spy some elaborate corsets and pale faces. It's free before 10 p.m. or with a service industry pay stub, and drinks are cheap with $3 House Wine, Well Drinks, and PBR. Not to mention they play a killer selection of Goth/Industrial tunes. Karaoke at Charlie Brown's (Sunday, free) After a few drinks, everyone wants to be a singer. And what better place to realize that dream than the bar that once intoxicated the likes of Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac? End your weekend right with a drunken rendition of a Madonna song (or three), or simply just go to watch as others sing their guts out into the microphone.