There's a ton of fun to be had this weekend, but if you follow this list, you won't need to worry about missing out on anything. The beer will flow, the music will blast and romance will blossom. Check out the Westword calendar if you think you can handle more.
Ratio Beerworks Second Anniversary Party Weekend
12 p.m. Friday-Sunday, free
Cheers to Ratio Beerworks for surviving two years of supplying the city with killer beer and rocking events. The brewery's second-anniversary celebration opens with an evening of comedy with Mara Wiles, Timmi Lasley and many more, as well as a silent disco. Get a taste of a special double IPA and sour saison on Saturday, followed by live music from Matt Pryor and Dan Andriano in the evening. Wind down on Sunday with Bloody Mary beers made with an amazing Real Dill mix, paired with the smooth sounds of Mile High Soul Club and breakfast pizza. Stop by and congratulate these guys sometime this weekend.
We Still Like You: Denver #6
7 p.m. Friday, donations
We all slip up from time to time and embarrass the heck out of ourselves. It's a part of what makes us human and makes for killer stories. Check out this live podcast taping full of storytellers sharing some of their worst moments. The audience will also have a chance to spin some mortifying tales, so you can get some things off your chest. Cry, laugh and share with a room full of friendly strangers.
Colorado Independent Women of Film Festival
7:30 p.m Friday-Saturday, $10
Watch narrative and documentary short films, experimental works and animations from twenty local film makers, all of whom are women. The festival is broken up into four blocks, which you can check out for $10 apiece or $20 for the whole weekend. It's a great way to participate and support our local art scene. Get a feel for some of the short films here.
8:30 p.m. Friday, $10
The Denver Kickball Coalition brings the party to the hi-dive Friday night, with players kicking out the jams. See the hipster jocks covering pop-punk, indie and rock-n-roll tunes for your dancing pleasure. After they've shredded their hearts out, DJ MTV VJ will turn up the vinyl for even more booty shaking.
Read on for more of this weekend's best events.
SPELLS Pajama Jammer
Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library
10:30 a.m. Saturday, free
Roll out of bed, leave on your PJs and get ready to rock. SPELLS brings rock to the morning, fueled by free doughnuts and coffee. It's a great way to show your kids how cool you can be, even with bedhead.
Melt & Pour Soap
Virginia Village Branch Library
2 p.m. Saturday, free
This might serve as a nice way to make Valentine's Day gifts. Swing by and learn how to melt and mold glycerin in the microwave. Customize the color, fragrance and exfoliation options for yourself and the ones you love. Who knew making soap could be that easy?
Hikari-Light Product Launch Party
9 p.m. Saturday, free
Step into the future at this arcade party and light show. You can play games, dance to the DJs and enjoy craft beers underneath the wild lights. The company throwing the party makes wearable lights for fashion and cosplay creations, so don't forget to light yourself up, too.
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The ART of Pleasure: A Day of Glass and Empowerment
Spectra Art Space
12 p.m. Sunday, $10
To be honest, it costs a little more than our budget to actually make your own artistic sex toy — but for $10, you can come hang out in a sex-positive environment and learn about the craft. You can also grab a bite to eat and enjoy some adult beverages. Local vendors will have a lingerie pop-up shop to browse as well. This creative event is 21+.
Roses and Thorns: A One Night Stand Valentine
7 p.m. Sunday, $10
Put a little romantic theater into your weekend with a slate of readings of short stories, plays and poems all about love, sex and romance. Go on a passion roller coaster; Trixie’s Last Date With the Boogeyman, by David-Matthew Barnes, and Love You Bad, by Emma Reinhart, will be just two of the selections performed. Get your tickets here.
Philosophy: A Comedy Show
Capitol Hill Tavern
8 p.m. Sunday, free
Welcome a brand-new joke show to Capitol Hill. Mara Wiles, Corey Rhoads, Mina Thorkel and more break the seal on this comedy event happening every second and fourth Sunday of the month. Nothing closes out a weekend like a few laughs, so get on down there.