The evenings are getting warmer here in the Queen City of the Plains, and that just means that more and more events are popping up. It's easy to go out on a budget this weekend, whether you enjoy biking to an adult prom, seeing surf-themed burlesque, or dancing at a pink party. As always, it's all less than $10, so you can spend that extra cash on a new swimsuit for the upcoming summer months.
For a full list of things to do, consult westword.com/calendar.
Mindpool 2012 at NEXT Gallery (Friday, free) This curated group show at NEXT Gallery showcases art that comes from inspiration rather than a carefully calculated place. Featuring art of all mediums, the thread that ties them all together is the devotion to letting the muse carry the art into unexpected, surprising places. Go to peruse the beautiful art and get inspired.
Bike Prom at Denver Wheel Club 404 (Friday, $10) Jealous of seeing all those fancy teenagers getting out of limos at the Cheesecake Factory en route to prom? Now's your chance to relive those awkward high school experience -- minus the curfew and on two wheels. Dress up for the Jocks vs. Nerds theme in your best letter-man jacket or taped-together glasses, hop on your bike, and support BikeDenver at this cycling event.
Poetry Reading at the Dikeou Collection (Friday, free) Events held among the giant pink bunnies at the Dikeou Collection are consistently awesome, and those fun evenings will continue with this poetry reading tonight. Poets Dan Beachy-Quick, Yanara Friedland and Robert Snyderman will read from their work while you take in the amazing, art-filled atmosphere.
Cora Vette's Woodie at Bar Standard (Friday, $10) Burlesque maven Cora Vette will break out the surf tunes at this month's Black Box Burlesque, creating the perfect saucy striptease to usher us into summer. From a naughty "Good Vibrations" to a sassy "Little Grass Shack," the evening is sure to be a blast that will end in glittery pasties.
Pink Party at the Meadowlark (Saturday, $5) Don your pink party dresses and pink shirts for the aptly-titled Pink Party tonight at the Meadowlark, which will feature people dressed in all things, well, pink. DJ group The Blend, which will span genres and get people on the floor. DJs Hoang, Sami T, Ryel K, and Brick Lee will bring out the danceworthy tunes (and don't worry, it won't be all Pink Floyd and Pink). We're hoping for Prince's "Pink Cashmere."
Micosmos at Crema Coffee House (Saturday, free) You may have seen Andi Todaro's art, even if you don't realize it. The local designer has created crisp, clean images for the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast, Illiterate magazine, and Radio 1190 as well as her own art prints and sewing projects. She'll be displaying her new work at a show at Crema titled Micosmos, so sip on a flawless latte and take it all in.
Surfacing #21 at TeaHaus (Saturday, $5) Titwrench Surfacing events are always special, featuring a refreshingly diverse array of musical acts. This night of music at 721 Elati Street includes Tampa's No Milk, and locals SDK, Last Eyes, Andrew Lindstrom, and Bird Calls. Celebrate the night's 21st show and get exposed to new music carefully curated by Westword Mastermind Sarah Slater. Plus, there will be barbecue!
Boots N' Boxers at Casselman's Bar & Venue (Saturday, $5-10) The warmer it gets, the more people seem inclined to take their clothes off in public. At least, that's what this event is promising. Models will walk the catwalk in their underwear, which will then be sold to the highest bidder. Beyond the naughty antics of the evening, all of the money will go to support GLBTQ organizations in the area, so you can be rest assured you're buying undies for a good cause.
Arguments & Grievances: Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub (Sunday, free) Westword writer Jef Otte and 2012 Westword MasterMind Andrew Orvedahl have two different points of view on attachment parenting. Are babies assholes, or not? Watch as the two duke it out (with words) at this comedy debate tonight. Other topics to be discussed by local comedians include Online Dating vs. Real Dating, Camping vs. Staying Home, and Men vs. Woman (featuring Mara Wiles and Adam Cayton-Holland).
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"New Girlfriend" comic & zine release at Yellow Feather Coffee (Sunday, free) Local musician Sara Century creates daring, emotive songs as a musician, and she also makes the same kind of fascinating art in her zines and comics. She'll read tonight at this zine release party along with Erica Adams and music from Echo Beds and Crablab at this awesome event.