April Fool's Day is on Saturday, so brace yourself for pranks. In the meantime, check out these events for an entertaining weekend. We're breaking, we're laughing, and most important, we're learning all the fun things. Check out the Westword calendar for even more to do.
Lithography Demo with Brandon Gunn and Gregory Santos
The Art Gym
6 p.m. Friday, free
Kick off the weekend with a lesson in a start-to-finish photo-plate lithography process. Take the steps with printmakers Brandon Gunn and Gregory Santos as they expose, develop and print on a motorized Griffin lithography press. You might just leave this party with a whole new hobby.
Denver Art Museum
6 p.m. Friday, $10
DAM's throwing a heck of a party to unveil the new Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place exhibit. For starters, you can take a curated tour of the show with Federal Boulevard-inspired artist Dmitri Obergfell. Join in poetry jams with refugees, learn how to take grassroots action and eat bugs. For more info, go here.
All That: Back in the Day Jam
Tooey's Off Colfax
10 p.m. Friday, free
If you're just looking for an excuse to shake that butt to some old-school hip-hop and dance music, cruise over to Tooey's and get it going. DJ Paul Junior spins the hits from the ’70s to the ’90s, when the music was good. There's no cover, so get yourself a few extra shots.
Queenz of Hip-Hop 8 Jam
12 p.m. Saturday, $10 with donation
The ladies of the hip-hop scene take over the town this weekend, but the big DJ, graff and B-Girl battles are on Saturday. Check out the rest of the jam here to find out where the black-book battles and workshops in all five elements of hip-hop are. You can knock a couple bucks off the ticket price if you bring gently used and new women's clothing and hygienic items.
Men: The Field Guide Book Launch Party
1 p.m. Saturday, free
According to Kate Corsen, author of Men: The Field Guide, there are almost eighty types of men in this world. The book humorously dives into how to navigate through the diverse field of dudes. To celebrate, Corsen and her comedian friends will offer a little show in addition to the giveaways and contests. Join the party with your girlfriends or come find out what kind of guy you are.
Read on for more cheap-to-free things to do this weekend.
Radical Heterogeneity Opening Reception
7 p.m. Saturday, free
Shout out to the artists who showcase all the real folks who add to the culture of cities. Enjoy the newest work by Detour 303 and other contributors from around the country. The exhibition features paintings, photographs and multimedia works centered around city life. The reception includes poetry readings, monologues and more.
AvantGarden: A Variety Show
7:30 p.m. Friday, $10
Saturday Night Live is still on hiatus, so get your fix of sketch and improv comedy at the Bakery tonight. We'll laugh at sets from Token Boy and the Welcoming Improv Comedy and enjoy music from Kinesics and Corsicana. Get your $10 tickets here and make sure you arrive early to check out the photo show by Sanjana Stein.
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Comedy Is Dead Midnight Waffle Show
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse
11:55 p.m. Saturday, free
Sam Tallent, Emily Przekwas, Noah Reynolds and Geoff Tice attempt to pump new life into the so-called dead comedy show. We're also going to be pumping that syrup bottle all over the free waffles they'll serve alongside the jokes.
Walk of Shame Dating Game: The Love Boat Edition
12 p.m. Sunday, free
Order up a tequila or two and have a seat as comedians tell you about navigating the sea of love. Be the lucky audience member who gets to relay the questions from the crowd to the comedians. They may not be board-certified relationship experts, but who cares? They're funny.
Rawker Records Variety Show
8 p.m. Sunday, $5
The Rawker Records Variety Show includes a handful of comedians, including Janae Burris and Anthony Armstrong, as well as the musical stylings of Corey Daggers and vinyl sounds from MAN-APE. Tie a bow on the weekend with this nice little party.