Labor Day came and went, but the fun just doesn't stop in this town. This weekend is chock-full of art happenings, comedy in extreme forms and even good, old-fashioned cussing — all at bargain prices. Here are our ten favorite events that won't break the bank; check out the Westword calendar for even more happenings.
We Still Like You: Denver #1
7 p.m. Friday, free
We usually laugh at a comic's oservation on the misfortunes of others, but tonight's show at El Charrito is all about the embarrassment of the comics themselves. Listen up as such jokers as Nathan Lund, Janae Burris, Zach Reinert and many more air their regrets — and audience members are invited to jump up on stage and share some embarrassing stories as well. The show's concept originated in Chicago, where it also birthed a podcast, which you can check out here.
Film is part of Fantasia.
8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, donations
The space made by ambitious youth for ambitious youth is throwing a three-day party filled with art in just about every medium imaginable. Tonight you can see murals, garden art, performance installations and much more. Saturday features all the beats and thrash of Guerilla Toss, Body Meat and DJ Pop CTRL, among others, and be sure to save room for audiovisuals on Sunday. All of Fantasia is wild and free, so go along with it!
Art Mart Curated by Molly Bounds
1 p.m. Saturday, free
Over two years ago, Molly Bounds told Westword that she wanted to get zine culture into the gallery scene, and her dream has been realized: Today you can scope out zines, comics, prints and other art goods by local creatives at the MCA. Be one of the first 200 folks to show up, and you'll score a free zine by Bounds. No matter when you arrive, you can wander around the museum for a bonus good time.
The pool's open for the dogs.
Stapleton MCA Facebook
F-15 Pool at Stapleton
1 p.m. Saturday, $5
When they drain the pools, it's the nail in the coffin on summertime. But at Dog Daze, your pet gets to have the last splash. Bring your furry friends to the pool at Stapleton, where they can mix it up one last time before winter. Register your woofer here.
FEEL DAYS: Residency Kick-Off & Pop-Up Shop
6 p.m. Saturday, free
Julia Belamarich and Kyle Warfield, the brains behind Extra Vitamins, take over DATELINE for a residency — and that's reason to party. To go along with the art, there will be live jams, popsicles, beer and a pop-up shop where you can browse through and buy enamel pins, T-shirts and zines hot off the press. Over the course of the month, the two artists will complete an installation inspired by childhood toys, so you'll want to keep coming back.
Tattered Cover Bookstore
7 p.m. Saturday, free
New York Times best-selling author and columnist Dave Barry will be in Denver to discuss his roots with Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland. It might be hard to persuade people from Colorado that Florida is the best state ever, but Barry's attempt promises to be hilarious.
Foul-Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays
Noon Sunday, free
Creating a sampler filled with profanity and rap lyrics is a cute novelty, but it's also a great way to pass the time — especially when you're hung over. Grab some hair of the dog at Grandma's House and you'll be given the materials to cross-stitch the hate out of your heart — and transfer it onto a wall hanging. And if you want to make something more Sunday appropriate, fucking go for it.
Sounds on 29th Taping with Native Daughters, Echo Beds, Byron F Graham & Jay Gillespie
Colorado Public Television 12
2:15 p.m. Sunday, free
Live-audience television is rare these days, so it's rad that CPT12 keeps the flame alive with Sounds on 29th. Given the lineup in the title, you'll want to be first in line if you know anything about local music and comedy. It's not often you get to see something as heavy as Native Daughters with its two drummers performing live for public television.
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Tribute to Victor Jara
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
4 p.m. Sunday, free
The human-rights struggle gained a victory recently, when the killer of Victor Jara — an internationally admired songwriter and folksinger at the forefront of the fight to defend Chile from a dictatorship — was found and convicted, forty years later. Celebrate the long-postponed justice for Jara with music, poetry and dance at Su Teatro.
Sexpot Comedy: Lucha Libre & Laughs Beer Brawl
7 p.m. Sunday, free
This is a particularly special LL&L, made even more special by the fact that it's free. Martin Casaus might have won the title belt at the last show, but tonight he'll face three other wrestlers in a four-way bout to defend it. Candyman, Delta Junior, The Insatiable Johnny Crash and many more fan favorites will be around, too, as Nathan Lund and Mitch Jones add the color commentary.