We've got anything and everything to do in this city this weekend, all on the cheap. We're making music, pushing our bodies' limits and getting plain old drunk, with a theatrical twist. Check out the Westword calendar for even more things to do.
Black Sheep Friday: Public Records
6 p.m. Friday, $5
Get to this edition of Black Sheep Friday as early as possible to sign up for a special treat. Enjoy live performances from members of bands like Safe Boating Is No Accident, The Milk Blossoms, Ancient Elk and Strange Americans. Don't just enjoy the impromptu session; you can also join in and help the musicians sing. The performances will be recorded onto wax, so you can take your memories home with you on vinyl.
rEVOLution Launch Party
6 p.m. Friday, free
While today marks the inauguration of a new leader, it's also a day to promote awareness, inclusivity and understanding. Thanks to Project VOYCE, we have a place to discuss the future, listen to music and eat a little food, all in the name of getting good folks together. Join in this evening of positivity, and let's hope others do the same.
Sexpot Comedy Lucha Libre & Laughs: Smark Week
The Oriental Theater
8 p.m. Friday, $10
We usually end our weekend with this one, but the hybrid wrestling and comedy show has moved to Fridays. Check out Royce Isaacs and Chuck Taylor pile-driving off the top ropes while Brent Gill headlines the evening with a round of standup. This one's really going to get your weekend kicking. Grab some tickets here.
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Benefit Show
8:30 p.m. Friday, $10
Winter is the toughest time for people experiencing homelessness, so the least we can do is party with Muscle Beach, Dangerous Friends, Major Sports and Hotel Bar to help them out. Proceeds from the show go to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, whose staff will be on hand to let you know about other ways to help the community.
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The Deer Pile
9 p.m. Friday, $5 donation
Here's just a nice way to chill out to some relaxing beats in one of Denver's best artist spaces. MYTHirst, Felix Fast4ward, Old Soul Era and Furbie Cakes will orchestrate, manipulate and produce the sounds for the evening. It's a mashup of down and uptempo beats, hip-hop, garage, lo-fi and everything in between for your Friday.
Learn how to whip up some new dishes for the new year.
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Chinese New Year Celebration-Gon Xi Fa Cai
Park Hill Supermarket
9 a.m. Saturday, free
It's always a good idea to venture over to the Park Hill Supermarket for a new kind of hot sauce or beverage, but today is going to be a special celebration. Ring in the Chinese New Year a week early, just for the heck of it. There will be dragon and lion dances, cooking demos and food samples, treats for the kids, and giveaways, too. Any excuse for a party is a good one.
FIT36 Workout & Brunch Event
9:30 a.m. Sunday, donations
You should come through if you had a resolution to get yourself in better shape, or if you want some free brunch and are just fine with how you look. All joking aside, this is a super introduction to working out with the folks from FIT36 and practicing High Intensity Interval Training. It only lasts 36 minutes, with food to follow. You also qualify for a free week of classes at a local studio for showing up today.
Art Trumps Hate
5 p.m. Sunday, $10 donation
Shirley Delta Blow hosts a very gorgeous and glittery night of drag performances. Blow's shows are always don't-miss affairs, and the ticket sales go to help the Dorian De Long Arts and Music Scholarship, so it's a win for you and a win for them. See you there.
It's a theatrical party with the folks from the Wit's Shakesbeer, tonight.
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Shakesbeer Presents: The Tempest
7 p.m. Sunday, free
Those theater kids get drunk again to present a heavy performance of The Tempest. See how long the drunken nobles can last, shipwrecked on an island filled with magic, revenge and those tasty Ratio suds. Raise your glass to a night of theatrical hilarity.
The World Has No Eyedea
The Oriental Theater
7 p.m. Sunday, $10
Micheal 'Eyedea' Larsen was a prodigy. He excelled at the guitar, breakdancing, poetry, punk, freestyle battle rapping and so much more before his tragic death. The World Has No Eyedea has screened at film festivals around the country, to rave reviews. Tonight is our chance to see it on the big screen in Denver. Get to know the rise and fall of one of the most legendary underground artists you may have never heard of.