While we have to say goodbye to a Denver staple, we also get to wave hello to brand-new things. Celebrate the final party at Ironton, roast the presidents and have a dance or two this weekend. Check out the Westword calendar for more.
The Vagina Monologues
Swallow Hill Music
2 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $10
From a six-year-old to a Bosnian survivor of rape, the voices in The Vagina Monologues deliver an empowering message, not to be missed. For 2017, the classic show highlights the terrible everyday occurrence of violence against women in the workplace. We'll hear from six women from vastly different backgrounds with stories evoking tears of sadness and joy. Catch the show on Friday or Saturday. Pick up your tickets here.
Ironton's Final Art Show & Party
Irontown Studios & Gallery
6 p.m. Friday, free
Ironton Studios provided a home for dozens of artists for the past nineteen years. Before RiNo was RiNo, Ironton held over 150 art shows, solstice celebrations, weddings, iron pours and many more moments of joy. Join the wake and wave goodbye to the institution. Cheers to Ironton, and good luck to the residents' future endeavors.
Feral Factory Company Launch and Exhibition Opening Party
7 p.m. Friday, free
Say what's up to Denver's newest art organization, Feral Factory, which is beginning its four-month residency at the Crash. Get to know the people behind it while exploring a photo exhibition of works by Armando Martinez and Shana Cordon. Enjoy performances from actor/playwright extraordinaire Gemma Wilcox, improv from Circo di Nada, spoken word with Brenton Weyi, and beats from DJ Sosan. Sounds like they're really kicking this one off with a bang, so don't miss it.
There's a real art to this.
Wrestling Is Art: Rocky Mountain Pro Live
Denver Art Museum
7 p.m. Friday, $10
Wrestling Is Art: Rocky Mountain Pro Live is a part of this month's Untitled party at the Denver Art Museum, which is celebrating the art of the costume. And it's bringing live wrestling into the museum, which is kind of nuts and awesome. The Rocky Mountain Pro Stars will also be leading an arty tour that you won't want to miss.
Sexpot Comedy Presents The Nerd Roast: Presidents
7 p.m. Friday, free
If anyone is a nerd, it has to be a president. What a nerd job to want. Luckily, all these comedy nerds are going to do their best impressions of presidents past. Nate Balding as Lincoln, Cory Helie doing Nixon, Aaron Middleton on the sax as chill Bill Clinton, and many more — including a super-special guest. If political humor and satire is up your alley, you'd better be there.
Add a little spice to your Friday night.
Brian Ballesque Fundraiser
The Deer Pile
8 p.m. Friday, $5-$10 donation
Longtime City, O' City employee Brian Ball fell on some hard times, but lucky for him, he has amazing friends and a supportive community to help him out. Join lovelies like Sparrow Spitfire, Betsy Bootknocker, Polka Dottie and many more for a tantalizing burlesque show and silent auction. Donations help Brian out directly, so go have fun for a good cause.
Find out how and why Michael J. Dowling made these, at Leon.
Michael J. Dowling Artist's Talk-through
2 p.m. Saturday, free
Take a tour around Leon with artist Michael J. Dowling as he discusses the work in his show, You Already Know How This Will End. Discover his influences, the technique and the blood, sweat and tears that go into creating his sculptures, drawings and paintings.
Comedy Saved the Video Star
Mutiny Information Cafe
10 p.m. Saturday, free
MTV doesn't play music videos anymore, but this little show has you covered. Join a group of comedians as they introduce their favorite music videos, tear them apart and reminisce. Show up early to grab a drink and watch requested videos for about a half-hour before the show starts.
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Boogie Down: Dance
11 a.m. Sunday, $5 donation
Bring the family down to Raise a Ruckus for Racial Justice, a collaboration between Families for Racial Justice and Warm Cookies of the Revolution. Local hip-hop superstars 2MX2 bring the bars and beats to move our butts, while Swallow Hill provides an instrument petting zoo, so you can make your own sounds. Enjoy free breakfast goods to keep your belly full, as well.
Everything Is Pretend
7:30 p.m. Sunday, free
Reality is only a perception, and if everything is pretend, you're going to have more fun. Everything Is Pretend is a tasty combo of music and comedy hosted by the triple threat of William Montgomery, CJ Willard and John Papaioannou. Montgomery's Nightmare Party has free rein of the music stage, so let's see what he comes up with. On the joke front, Ryan Nowell, Caitie Hannan, Jacob Rupp and Zach Reinert round out the evening to finish your weekend.