This weekend is all about variety. Over the next couple of days you can see legendary local music acts, make friends with arachnids and binge on improv. Keep reading for ten picks each under $10, and check out the Westword calendar for even more to do.
Quetzal Books Book Launch Party
4:30 p.m. Friday, free
Kick off your weekend by supporting kids who are doing something rad. Quetzal Books, a collection of nine-to-twelve-year-olds from the Five Points and Cole neighborhoods, has published two books, and even translated them into Spanish and Arabic. The Shoemaker: A Tale from South Sudan and We Are: A Story in Pictures were inspired by the oral traditions of the students' families and hand-drawn by the kids, too.
Stitch & Switch
6 p.m. Friday, $5
Black Sheep Fridays have returned to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and this installment should have you in stitches. Sew up your own fuzzy little monsters and stuffed mutants at the party tonight — the weirder the better. There's a full bar available, and you can also explore the museum for the price of admission.
The dude's party antics turn 16 this weekend.
Magic Cyclops Facebook
Magic Cyclops Sweet 16 Anniversary Spectacular
Syntax Physic Opera
8 p.m. Friday, $7
If you've spent time in this city over the past sixteen years, you've no doubt crossed paths with Magic Cyclops. Celebrate this dude's party-throwing abilities while Slim Cessna & Munly, members of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and more offer special musical tributes. And there's a special treat for those of you who remember Mr. Pacman: That legendary band will be at Syntax, too.
Sexpot Comedy presents Late Night at the Bug with Ben Kronberg
9:30 p.m. Friday, $10
This is a heck of a deal for a comedy show of this caliber. Ben Kronberg mixes his one-liners with musical talents; he's been killing it all over TV and the Internet. He'll be joined on this return show to Denver by local favorites Sam Tallent, Zach Reinert and Mallory Wallace.
Keep reading for five more things to do this weekend.
Save a spider for World Spider Day.
Butterfly Pavilion Facebook
World Spider Day
9 a.m. Saturday, $1
Some creatures have two legs. Some have four. But today we celebrate our friends with eight legs. The Butterfly Pavilion is honoring the wonderful arachnid on World Spider Day with special games and educational programs. .
Ratio Session: Teenage Bottlerocket
6 p.m. Saturday, free
The heart of Ratio Beerworks is deeply rooted in the music scene, and it's great that the brewery gives back to that scene. Tonight you can sit down with members of touring band Teenage Rocket, who'll discuss their music and play a few songs that will be recorded for the Mostly Harmless Podcast. If you dig what they're putting down, you'll be able to catch them at the Marquis Theater later in the evening.
Binge Watch Live
Mutiny Information Cafe
7 p.m. Sunday, free
Support local improv by getting off Netflix and stepping into the real world. Tonight you can live binge on improv comedy from five troupes. It's totally unscripted, covers everything from slapstick to puppetry, and will be completely nuts.
Get to the hi-dive early to grab a copy of the Denver Public Library's new vinyl.
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Volume Record Release Show
7 p.m. Sunday, free
The Denver Public Library has its own streaming music service for local bands that you can access with your library card. That same card will get you a free copy of the clear vinyl featuring Accordion Crimes and The Raven and the Writing Desk if you're one of the first fifty people in line for tonight's record-release show. The DPL only printed 300 of these records — book the night now!