October happens to be the national month to celebrate sarcasm, pizza and being a vegetarian. So, if you've fallen behind in partaking in any of these activities, this is the weekend where you can participate in several events that will get you back on track. Add in comedy and pumpkin chucking, and the weekend before Halloween is shaping up as an exciting one. The Westword calendar has a complete listing of all happening around town, and if we forgot any, mention them in the comments below.
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It's just assumed that if you live in Colorado, you're a skier. But even if you just like watching, tonight's screening will be fun. Billed as one of the greatest ski movies ever made, 1988'sThe Blizzard of AAhhh's
has some gnarly skiing and a hilarious look at the ski bum culture of old. I wonder whatRasta Stevie's
JAAMM Fest at Mizel Arts and Culture Center (Friday-Sunday, $10) The Jewish art, authors, movies and music festival will be in town for the next few weeks, but why not check out a discussion from a prominent Jewish author or artist over the weekend for $10. Many events are above our $10 promise, but maybe you'll find something you can't resist. Browse the schedule here.
Denver Coin Expo at National Western Complex (Friday-Sunday, $5) We're talking money here people. There are so many rare coins out there in the world, you may not know that you have one sitting in the junk drawer at home. Head up to the show and find out if it's time to cash out. There will be special coins handed out to the first 250 visitors. Check out the auctions for a wild time as well.Cartoon Cereal Party: Halloween Edition at Alamo Drafthouse (Saturday, $10)
Don't take off those pajamas when you get up. Head down to the Alamo and stuff your face with all the sugary cereal you can eat, while watching all those nutty Halloween cartoons from your youth.
Highland Haunt at 32nd Avenue Highlands (Saturday, free-$7) 32nd Avenue will close down between Clay and Zuni, so we can party. A perfect way for the family to spend a Saturday complete with hay rides, piñatas, costume contests, food trucks and so much more. The Big Wonderful: Pumpkin Fest at Sustainability Park (Saturday, free) Celebrate some of the best local food and beer culture with a Halloween twist today. Carve some pumpkins, chuck some pumpkins and RSVP here for a free beer. Kids and adult activities will be happening all day and into the evening, with surprise musical guests.
Backstage Tours at Denver Performing Arts Complex (Saturday, $8) Tour season is back, and for a bargain of $8 you can explore the world's largest performance venue under one roof. Walk ins are welcome, or buy tickets in advance here to see the hidden areas of the Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony and Opera Colorado.
Something Fabulous Comedy & Variety Spooktacular at Blush & Blu (Saturday, $5) This variety show is wildly popular, and if you haven't seen it yet, do it tonight. Comedy by Chris Charpentier and Kristin Rand, a freak show, burlesque, boylesque and a costume contest all in one night for only $5.
textures ambient showcase's Spooky Halloween at Mutiny Information Cafe (Sunday, $5 donation) Music plays a major role heightening tension in horror movies. Tonight, watch a live video and musical performance, guaranteed to give you chills. Music from the creepy drones of Herpes Hideaway, industrial noise from Entropic Advance and bahiya playing drones on the violin. Classic horror movies will be projected over the spooky sound.
Propaganda! A Comedy Show at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (Sunday, free) This has to be the best deal in the city. The free comedy from John Tole, Carey Denise, James Draper, Mike Jones and Tim Messenger is more than enough, but the pizza coupons, T-shirts and Uber rides home are free as well. What better way to wind the weekend,than with free?
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