This weekend is sure to be out of this world. Whether you're witnessing the newest mission to Mars, browsing ethereal art, or journeying to a Harry Potter world of magic, you won't need more than a Hamilton to escape reality at these exciting events. Have a blast, get out there, and don't worry about your lack of funds. For a full listing of earthly events, visit westword.com/calendar.
Things Drawn on Wood at the Meadowlark (Friday, free) It's always fun to see art somewhere outside of a gallery, and you can do just that tonight at the Meadowlark. Get a drink and enjoy the work of Courtney Burrows this evening. The art is described as pairing "a sense of naive discovery with the cold disillusionment of adulthood, creating a series rich with stark wonder," so it's sure to be an intriguing evening.
Sh%ts & Giggles at Local 46 (Friday, free) It's not often you can sit on art. But that's what this entire show is full of: toilet seats that have been transformed into unique pieces by over thirty tattoo artists, illustrators, and painters. Bid for your favorites -- with all proceeds going to benefit the Action Center -- and take home your new throne.Colorado Brazil Fest (Friday-Saturday, $10 per workshop)
Get your fill of dancing, music, and Brazilian culture at this festival, which is sure to be something a little different. Listen to music, eat tons of delicious food, and of course, dance out all your worries while doing the samba.
Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair at the Denver Merchandise Mart (Friday-Saturday, $10) Celebrate the printed word this weekend by supporting books and the people who love them. The Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair will host an amazing array of printed items as well as panel discussions that fit into the theme of "Books Into Film." It's a perfect way to spend the day browsing the antiques, picking up new reads, and supporting this beautiful, often endangered medium.We Bought a Zoo at Prairie Sky Park (Friday, free)
For your outdoor movie this weekend, Lone Tree is hosting the Camerone Crowe family flickWe Bought a Zoo
in the park. The film is basically what you would expect from the title; watch as Matt Damon moves his family to the country and embarks on reopening a zoo. Plus, there will be a petting zoo in the park beforehand so you can experience the live animals for yourself before the film begins.
New Works: Elena Stonaker, Justin Beard, Narky Stares at Forest Room 5 (Saturday, free) Elena Stonaker consistently creates beautiful, magic multimedia pieces. She revealed her amazing work in February at Celestial Terrestrial at Hinterland, and now she'll have new work to unveil tonight. Get inspired while you browse work from Stonaker, along with Justin Beard, and dance to the tunes of DJ Narky Stares.
The Denver Diatribe Live at The Bug Theatre (Saturday, free) Come see a live taping of local podcast The Denver Diatribe as part of the Laugh Track Comedy Festival. This free part of the fest features a debate of YouTube versus Film Fests as well as a whole slew of comedians and filmmakers joining in. Get entertained and get your laughs taped at this fun live event.
Big Denver Barbecue Block Party at Skyline Park (Saturday-Sunday, $8 per plate) This New York barbecue party is making its way to Denver and bringing ribs, spicy sausage, and other delicious slabs of meat with it. Enjoy live music, Breckenridge Brewery beer, and of course tons of barbecued awesomeness at the outdoor summer bash.
An Enchanting Evening of Wizardly Wonders at the Mercury Cafe (Saturday, $7 sliding scale) Bummed that the Harry Potter series is over? Yeah, us too. Luckily, you can revel in the magical glory once again at this evening filled with all things Harry. Potter-themed bands Harry and the Potters, the Potter Puppet Pals, and Mega Gem will perform, and there will also be a preview of a Horcrux search board game as well as a costume contest. Escape the Muggles in your life for this enchanted evening.
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Curiosity Landing Event at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Sunday, $10) Witness history tonight at the DMNS, where you can watch as NASA's newest probe lands on the surface of Mars. Learn about the mission from experts who will be on hand and, hopefully, see the magnificent images of the red planet as they're beamed back to earth.