It's only February, and this weekend already looks like it could be the best of the year. Somebody will let the dogs out, the dance floors will take a pounding, and we're going to wrap up the festivities with the best comedy in town. Check out the Westword calendar if you want to pack more into the next couple of days.
Colorado Kennel Club Dog Show
National Western Complex
First off, if you don't stop by the dog show show sometime this weekend, you're blowing it. Our canine friends strut their stuff, jump off docks, test their agility, use their noses, and are just the best little dogs they can be all weekend long. Click here for the schedule so you don't miss out. It also happens to be National Pet Adoption Weekend, so think about that.
Friday Night Films: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets
6 p.m. Friday, $10
Join the MCA and Dr. Vincent Piturro for a thought-provoking film and discussion in Stapleton. The Sundance-winning 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets explores the 2012 shooting of Jordan Russell Davis, which sparked a media backlash and protests. It's an important discussion to have in our day and age. Ticket price includes popcorn and a beverage.
Annual Valentine's Play
7:30 p.m. Friday, $10
The Valentine's play at the Mercury is a tradition around here that is not to be missed. This year the players present the dark, twisted and perverse number Lovers Split Strangers. It's wrapped not only in love, but in politics as well. See your favorite Mercury players tackle the roles of everyone from Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump to Anthony Weiner and Kellyanne Conway. Laugh, cringe and learn.
Hot Night! Valentine's With Nick & Diana
8 p.m. Friday, $10
Blues, tango and alternative music will inspire our feet and hips Friday night. Join the party at 8 p.m. for a lesson in how to dance the sexy, slow Balboa blues style, then tango with professional instructors. Later on, take those new moves and shake a leg, cut a rug and just have a good time.
Tooey's Off Colfax
8 p.m. Friday, $5 donation
Bring your freshly learned moves or your old standbys for a dance party supporting the Broken Babes Fund and FWOD Denver's Tampon Exchange Project. Strap on a prom dress to get down to the beats of DJ Wesley Wayne. The organizations will also be raffling off all kinds of great prizes, so go black out for a good cause.
Colorado Proud Roll
EXDO Event Center
9 p.m. Friday, free-$10
Lace up them skates and be proud of where you came from — or, more likely, where you just moved to. We have the most sunshine, the greenest trees, a demon horse.... The list could go on and on, so let's just party about it. Wear your Colorado gear and show off your tattoos while you roller skate around. Free admission before 10 p.m. and don't forget to sign a waiver if it's your first time.
Turntables and Tracksuits Pajama Jammy Jam
Lincoln Street Station
9 p.m. Friday, $5
We had to include this one because the DJs are playing classic hip-hop and R&B on actual vinyl. That's too dope to miss. It gets interesting, too, because we're all wearing pajamas to the party. Go on and take notes from your boy Flavor Flav.
JAMboree Late Night Fire & Flow
9 p.m. Saturday, $10
Get loose and hippie with it at the Beat, for your Saturday night. The space, open for vendors, dancing and flow, gets decorated with black lights and disco balls, so you know it'll be trippy. While you're there, check out the aerial silk dancers and fire performers. The music is live and the food is Thai, so get on down.
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Ratio Sessions: Pkew Pkew Pkew
3 p.m. Sunday, free
Say what's up to the punkers in Pkew Pkew Pkew, coming through town all the way from Ontario, Canada. They'll have a seat in the taproom with the Mostly Harmless podcast to chat about beer, drink beer and play a handful of songs. If you like what you hear, you can pick up discounted tickets to check them out at the hi-dive later that night.
Boulder Comedy Show With Stephen Agyei
7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Sunday, free
We recommend you arrive at this comedy show early if you want a seat, as the venue is known to fill up fast. However, you do have two chances at seeing one of the funniest dudes in our town, Stephen Agyei. If you haven't laughed with him yet, tonight is your chance, and you don't want to miss out. If you live in Boulder, you're lucky, and if you're coming up from the big city, it'll be well worth it.