It's the first weekend of a new month, and Denver is overflowing with bargain entertainment opportunities. There are First Friday celebrations aplenty, live music and comedy are abundant, and a river of free beer should run through it all. See the the Westword calendar for even more options.
First Friday Art Walk
40 West Arts District
5 p.m. Friday, free
Since it's March, it's a good time to take a walk along West Colfax. Not only can you peep the galleries in the area, but the Bad Asstronauts will be walking around dressed up like jellyfish; you have to get a picture of that. Don't miss the Art of the Streets exhibition opening at 40 West Gallery, either. There's free food and booze, so go ahead and catch a buzz: You can take the 16 home.
MCA Spring Breaks: Beavis & Butt-head Bingo
5 p.m. Friday, $5
The MCA is kicking off a new set of parties with a throwback to MTV's Spring Break of the early ’00s. Get the series going by joining in a classic game with a Cornholio twist: With Live Beavis & Butt-head impersonators calling Bingo, you're gonna score. As Butt-head said, "Work sucks — let's go break something." It wouldn't hurt to get in the spirit by dressing up.
Art + Lit: Sherman Alexie & Native American Art
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
6 p.m. Friday, $10
Art and literature join for a highbrow Friday night. Author Erika T. Wurth and artist Gregg Deal will compare and contrast the Sherman Alexie novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian with Native American art. Don't be afraid to jump in on the Q&A that follows.
Athena Project Festival Kickoff
Carol Mier Fashion Boutique
6 p.m. Friday, free
The Athena Project is an amazing showcase for women. Get a feel for what's happening at this year's festival at tonight's kickoff party, where you can meet some of the artists participating in the fest, browse the racks at the pop-up fashion boutique, and enjoy special pours from Lady Justice Brewing. It's right in the Art District on Santa Fe, so you'll be all up in the mix of that, as well.
Open Music Sessions featuring El Javi and James Conklin
Denver Open Media
7 p.m. Friday, free
A live television taping: It doesn't get much cooler than that. Be transported by Mexico City's El Javi and his tantalizing flamenco guitar stylings, and share a chuckle with Kimo at Denver Open Media's Open Music Session. Free food and beverages are another reason to get out of the house and be a part of the action — but you can also sit at home and stream it live.
Pussy Bros Present: Nancy Norton
7 p.m. Friday, free
Most comedians are pretty smart, but Nancy Norton has it nailed. With a background in health care, Norton teaches the physiology of laughter; she even had a one-woman-show on PBS. Her fast-paced stories of nursing woes, parenting and so much more are sure to have you laughing through your tears. James Draper and Jillian Leigh warm up this evening in El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom.
Gods and Monsters: An Odyssey
7:30 p.m. Friday, $10
It's going to be a real interesting journey seeing how the 6Degrees Collaborative performers mix Homer, burlesque, improv, contemporary dance and much more, all while paying tribute to David Bowie and Tori Amos. It all sounds wild, beautiful and fantastical, and you can even ask the performers questions after the show. With any luck, you can still snag a $10 ticket with the check-out code VDAY (otherwise, they're $25 at the door).
Mile High Soul Club
Syntax Physic Opera
9 p.m. Saturday, $5
Soul daddies on the ones and twos, with all the hits that can never be replicated. This month the Mile High Soul Club will treat you to the funk, soul and R&B of the ’60s on 45s. This is one of the best dance parties in the city, so go burn down that dance floor.
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X-Large Iced Comedy
Mutiny Information Cafe
9:30 p.m. Saturday, free
These jokes are going to be ice-cold, so bring a koozie if you have one. Allison Rose plays host to a monthly show featuring Cody Spyker, Jose Macall and Nic Dean this time around. Stop in for a giggle while hitting the South Broadway strip.
Hi-Dive Presents Country Lips
7 p.m. Sunday, $7
Head to the Overland, the latest spot working in cahoots with the hi-dive, for a night of party country. Country Lips are here from Seattle, bringing all the drinking, honky-tonkying sounds along with them. Wrap up your weekend with these dudes and put a little twang in the coming work week.