Now that the holidays are finally behind us, we can all return to a sense of normalcy with our weekend planning. Well, except for the fact the holidays left everyone broke. Thankfully, we've got plenty of stuff to do this weekend on the hyper-cheap, including art show openings, films and dance parties.
S.D.Prochyra: Requiem at Illiterate (Friday, Free) There is something especially cool about woodblock prints. Maybe it's the fact that, regardless of their imagery, they almost always look a little like Soviet propaganda, or maybe it's just the fact they're so time-consuming to make. Either way, S.D. Prochyra has a huge collection of prints in a variety of mediums going up tonight at Illiterate, and they're all worth checking out.
Summer Wars at Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Friday, $9.75) How does an over-the-top ridiculous Japanese animated film about a city called Oz that's been invaded by a malware virus that takes on the form of computer avatars sound? Good? Yeah it does. Summer Wars is what happens when strange Japanese-pop goes over the top to a degree that will likely baffle Western audiences -- or give them seizures. Either way.
The Watching Hour: Repo Man at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Friday and Saturday, $9.75) If a little American cult-film weirdness is more your style, then you can't go too far wrong with 1984's Repo Man, starring Emilio Estevez at the height of his career as a, you know, repo man trying to repossess a Chevy Malibu. Emilio Estevez, we are impressed-evez.
Jump Suits: An Outis Space Venture at PlatteForum (Friday, Free) Tonight is your last chance to take a look at Jump Suits, a collection of superhero-inspired objects, gear, masks, suits, art and comics by Colfax Community Network kids. The whole thing is centered around a giant found-object orange pyramid, and is well worth checking out before it's taken down today. First Friday on Santa Fe (Friday, free) First Friday is always a great excuse to get out of the house and wander around the city looking at art and drinking free booze. Sure, it's bound to be a little chilly tonight, but that's why they invented coffee and Bailey's. If you're in the mood to do a little dancing to keep yourself warm, you'll also be happy to hear that the infamous Whomp Truck will be on 7th and Santa Fe for most of the night.
Dream Girls Cabaret Drag Show at Hamburger Mary's (Friday-Saturday, free) There is nothing quite like a Hamburger Mary's cabaret show. They're traditionally over-the-top, hilarious and destined to leave you with a story after the show. It's also intimate, but not too close -- meaning regular folks looking to take a stroll on the wild side don't have to worry too much about being pushed away from their comfort zones.
Donnie Darko at the Esquire Theatre (Friday-Saturday, $9.75) Donnie Darko is the cult classic that put Jake Gyllenhaal's name on the map. It's also an utterly bizarre time-travel movie that involves a very weird bunny doing strange things. It's not perfect, but it's certainly entertaining and a great fit as a midnight movie.
Ouray Ice Festival in Ouray (Friday-Sunday) For people in the city, ice is a hazard, a nuisance and an entertaining thing to watch new students handle on Auraria Campus. In Ouray, however, it's the catalyst for a party. There are tons of events going on all weekend for ice climbers, gear heads and random passers-through, so if you're the rare type of person that's actually a fan of ice, this is where you need to be this weekend.
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Creep.2 at Beauty Bar (Saturday, free) If you're a little reluctant to hit up Lipgloss for the billionth time in your life, you might find solace over at Beauty Bar this weekend with creep.2. You'll find Lipgloss DJ boyhollow spinning indie, rock and wave, as well as DJ Mike Deez. We'd venture a guess this will be different than Lipgloss, even if the format sounds similar. You'll still want to pull out your dancing shoes and your fancy scarf though.
Off the Beaten Trail Geocaching (Sunday, free) Sundays are a good day to relax around the house, but sometimes there just isn't enough entertainment in watching Law and Order reruns. If you're looking for something to get you off the couch on the cheap, we'd suggest grabbing your GPS enabled cell phone and hitting up Off the Beaten Trail. Of course, that's just the start; there are plenty of other things to do once you get the hang of it. After all, there is no better way to learn about your own state's history than to hit the pavement yourself.