The weather is out of control right now, so after you soak up some of that sweet February sun, enjoy yourself at some of these fine events. This weekend has a lot of music to groove to, art to scope and karate chops to master. The Westword calendar has even more action, so check it on out.
Colorado Environmental Film Festival at American Mountaineering Center and Museum (12 p.m. Friday, free)
Inspire your weekend by educating yourself about what is going on in the world. We only have this one planet so we have to be nice to it. There will be short films and documentaries from around the globe focused on the planet. The festival runs through the weekend. Prices are reasonable tomorrow and Sunday, but admission is free today. Check out the schedule and more information on their web site.
Ratio Sessions: Meat Wave at Ratio Beerworks (4 p.m. Friday, free)
Meat Wave's going to heat up the amps at the hi-dive tonight, but you can catch them at Ratio for an intimate talk and listen. The band will discuss music and beer with the Mostly Harmless Podcast and give you a little taste of what's to come. Shake hands with these dudes and enjoy a craft beer. If you like what you hear you can pick up discounted tickets to their show.
Dan Deacon at Summit Music Hall (7:30 p.m. Friday, free)
Thanks to the folks at Lagunitas Brewing for throwing music icon Dan Deacon on the road and giving us a free show. RSVP here to jam with Deacon while he plays the hits. His live performances are known to get the crowd involved so don't miss out on this special show.
Winter Opening Celebration at MCA Denver (8 p.m. Friday, 10¢)
Scour through your change cup and find a dime to see the new look and work of artists Brian Bress, Lanny DeVuono, Laura Shill, and Arne Svenson at the MCA. From video projections to alien landscapes and photographs to sculptures, the gallery will be abuzz with the great art and rooftop bar. RSVP here for the cheap entry.
Video Syndrome at The Deer Pile (8 p.m. Saturday, $8 donation)
When MTV first started, it connected viewers and artists in an unprecedented way, which really doesn't exist anymore. Get back to the personal experience of the music video at this Nothing To See Here event tonight. Experience the experimental film techniques mixed within the music video format of some song you might know and some you might not.
What Are You? at Mercury Cafe (9 p.m. Saturday, $10)
Above skin color, social status and gender, we are human. The answer should be that simple, but it seldom is. Let the music determine what you are at this soul searching concert. Let the sounds of beautyofmyland pass the positive vibrations around.
Synth Prom 3 at 1010 Workshop (10 p.m. Saturday, $10)
Synth is not a new sound, but its popularity is really heating up. Go get silly as the kids turn the knobs and trigger the chips that synthesize out of their electric machines. Hot local programmers like Dream Hike and Bocaj will be some of the acts keeping the party going all night long.
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Mutiny Craft Fair: An Ode to Spring at Mutiny Information Cafe (10 a.m. Sunday, free)
The weather around here lately has been a real ode to spring, and now Mutiny is hosting a craft fair to celebrate it. Come through for goods from Packmule Mercantile, AlleyCat Kitsch, Yugomatto and many more. Swoop up all the vintage knick-knacks and art to decorate that house in time for spring.
Kung Fu Sunday at Pearl's (7 p.m. Sunday, free)
It's an all-out dance fight party at Pearl's tonight. Projecting the best of the films straight from the Shaolin temple and spinning the hits will be your sensei, DJ Man-Ape. Get your kicks and sips on.
Primos Pro Wrestling Presents: Blood Bath at The Watering Bowl (7:15 p.m. Sunday, $10)
There's a good old-fashion ring rumble going on at The Watering Bowl tonight. Let all the woes of your weekend pass away as Primos champion Trajan Ender throws dudes from the ropes while tag-team champions The Upgrades put the opponents in suplexes. Let the adrenaline out before heading back to that work week.