The weekend before Valentine's Day has plenty of love (and anti-love) themed fun to offer, whether or not you're attached. From a Barbie and Ken art exhibit to a Victorian Mourning ceremony, we've got it all for less than $10. It will be way better than binging on heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. We promise. For the full calendar of events, visit westword.com/calendar.
Milagros del Corazon at Space Gallery (Friday, $10) Spanish for "miracles of the heart," Milagros del Corazon will display 350 wooden hearts painted by a wide array of local artists. Come view them all tonight -- they'll be up for auction to help support programs put on by the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council.
Blow Up at the Crossroads Theater (Friday, free) Mark Sink's claim to fame is hanging out with and photographing Andy Warhol in the early '80s, but the photographer has many more photographs than just those of the Factory artist. They will be on display tonight at this show with Tara Hornung and Christopher R. Perez as part of the Denver Public Art program. And be warned: this show will only be free tonight, so see it now before you have to buy a ticket to the Crossroads Theater to get in.
Lovesick at Zip 37 (Friday, free) Love isn't all flowers and boxes of chocolate. Lovesick will examine the darker aspects of amour with pieces from nine artists that depict tortured relationships--like that of Barbie and Ken. Forego watching Valentine's Day on Netflix for a more realistic vision of love.
Damn Gurl "Tainted Love" at Glob (Friday, $5) Denver's queer, all-ages dance party is back with a love-themed twist tonight, featuring DJs that are sure to get you dancing (including the always awesome organizer & DJ Narky Stares), as well as live performances by Asiel and Kitty Crimes. Come ready to rock out, sweat and dance away those Valentine's blues.
Beast of Babylon at the Bug Theatre (Friday-Saturday, $10) For something a little (or perhaps a lot) different to do tonight, Planet X Productions is offering this show that's described as "a Sumerian sword and sorcery saga." That means you'll see a heroic epic set in the fertile crescent with lots of action and adventure. We're picturing something along the lines of Kevin Sorbo's Hercules: The Legendary Journeys? You'll have to go to find out.Out of Sight at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Friday-Saturday, $7)
Nothing says Valentine's Day more than JLo and George Clooney's 1998 romantic thrillerOut of Sight
. Can a federal marshal and a bank robber fall in love? We're gonna go withyes
Everything We Love at GroundSwell Gallery (Saturday, free) Ever since Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore broke up, it's been hard to believe in love. But here's another artist couple that may ignite your belief again: Harikrishnan Panicker and Deepti Nair. The two artists collaborated on a variety of painting, print, and mixed media pieces for this show, which is described as "depicting the elements that keep them going and inspire them to create art and be together." Awww.
Queen of Aces at Hamburger Mary's (Saturday, $10) Who doesn't love a good beauty pageant? Hamburger Mary's is hosting Queen of Aces, the drag pageant with categories for talent, interviews, and creative volleyball wear. Check out Bree Davies' interview with contestant Luke List (a.k.a. Zoe O.) for more insight into the pageant and the world of drag.Choco & Rita at Muenzinger Auditorium (Saturday-Sunday, $7)
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Escape into this beautifully-animated love story from Spain, presented by Boulder's International Film Series tonight. Oscar-winner Fernando Trueba directed this elegant feature full of jazz music, sensuous animation, and of course, a touching romance.
Malady & Mourning at the Four Mile Historic Park (Sunday, $7) Feeling maudlin? Go ahead and wallow in it. This yearly event lets participants experience the customs of Victorian mourning, so don your best black, lacy veil, and bum out in the best way.