We've been a bit spoiled with the weather in Denver the last couple of weekends, but winter may rear it's cold, ugly head again this time around. Still, it shouldn't stop you from having a good time. If you're not going to Artopia — Westword's annual festival of fashion, arts and culture — then you've got plenty of other options. Over the next few days we'll be able to stuff our faces, buy a corsage and trip out on art. There's more to see and do in the Westword calendar, and you can always tell us what we missed in the comments section below.
Vegan Drinks And All You Can Eat Pizza Buffet at Bonnie Brae Tavern (Friday, $10)
When you were in high school it was cool to spend Friday night getting a buzz on soda and mac 'n' cheese pizza, but now you're an adult now, and things have changed. Come out to this grown up version of a pizza joint, which also happens to be cruelty free. Vegan pizza buffet and beer is a great way to kick off your weekend, and it digests easily so you can pig out and continue the party. Rumor has it there might be some kind of curry pizza, which sounds tantalizing.
Dirty Few Tour Send-off Party at Hi-dive (Friday, $8)
You've probably seen these rockers around town; they even graced our cover not long ago. The Dirty Few are among the most popular thing going on in our city right now, so they're clearing out the Hi-dive for two nights to release their new record, Party or Don't, and say goodbye before going on a four week tour. It ain't no fun if the homies can't have none, so they'll be joined by The Blind Pets, The Knew and Bud Bronson & The Good Timers. It's really no secret they fall more on the party side than the don't side, so show up to crank your weekend to eleven.
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Inaugural Malcolm X Marade at City Park (Saturday, free)
If you have a regular-antenna TV, then you know that Channel 14.2 (Bounce) has been playing Malcolm X nearly everyday for the last couple weeks. Check it out if you haven't seen it because the three-hour biopic is the perfect thing to get you hyped up for this march. On the day marking the sixtieth anniversary of Malcolm X being assassinated join this peaceful discussion and march from the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue in City Park to Civic Center. It's important to remember the words of such leaders in our time of turbulence, "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
LUPEC Denver’s 7th annual Prom at Syntax Physic Opera (Saturday, $10 suggested donation)
The Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) are trembling with excitement over the prom, and this prom-themed party benefits Prom Dress Exchange, a local nonprofit that provides formal wear to disadvantaged youth who would not have the duds for prom otherwise. Clean out those closets of any unwanted formal attire to donate upon entering the party. Don't take this lightly either — a king and queen crowned, so look your best.
Processus Grand Opening Celebration at Processus, The Institute for Art and Life (Saturday, free)
There's probably a lot of us who would like to be creative, but can't find the space in our studio apartments. Well, with the grand opening of Processus there is no more excuses not to do something experimental with yourself. Processus is a shared space for artists to create and collaborate, complete with a darkroom, wood and sculpture shop and even a printmaking space. Come take a tour today, munch on some goodies and meet some other creative people to get the artist spark going.
Chinese New Year Mutiny Info Artist's Network Gathering #3 at Mutiny Information Cafe (Saturday, free/donations)
It's the year of the goat, and you know what that means: Greatest of all time! People born in the Year of the Goat are known to be creative and intelligent, which sounds like a good description for artists. To kick off the best year ever, Mutiny is throwing one heck of a X?n de y? nián d?ng. It's an all out art party, with eight of Denver's finest painters, graffiti artists and other creators of creations doing their thing live to music from The Pollution, Sparkle Jetts and Morlox. Come on out and enjoy yourself.
Inextinguishable Fire screening at Dikeou Collection (Saturday, $8 or what you can)
Nothing To See Here is an art project from Christina Battle and Adán De La Garza exhibiting contemporary media art and alerting the public of the effects media plays in political consciousness. One of the heroes of such a movement was Harun Farocki, who recently passed away. Enjoy a night screening his thought-provoking body of work which explored the effects on society of war, military engagement, capital and cultural ethics and the corporate occult. It's a very interesting concept, so no matter who you are, it's bound to make you think a little different.
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Screw Tooth Presents: CHAINMAIL at Buntport Theater (Saturday, $10)
Dropping some edibles before this presentation might simply make your mind explode, because what artists Nils Bertho and Sam Rictus have created lies somewhere between nightmare and utopia. Bertho created the characters who live in the world created by Rictus, which will be projected and presented in every inch of the Buntport Theater. It will be on display for the next three weeks, but tonight is the performance you want to see because it features the video performance and live sounds from SPELLS, Native Daughters, Ghosts of Glaciers and Adolf Hibou.
Outlaw Yoga at Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room (Sunday, free)
You can turn anything that is considered wimpy into something bad-ass by implying it is an activity for the lawless or by insinuating there will be beer involved. Yoga gets bad-ass today with these beer-guzzling bendy outlaws. If you're still on the fence about doing yoga, give these guys a follow to start getting flexy and have a good time while doing it. After that last child's pose, it's time to put down a couple pints of Mama's Little Yella Pils.
The Good Lie screening at Mercury Cafe (Sunday, $5 donation)
A lot of cultural films fail because they use non-native performers to convey an image. This film, however, uses real Sudanese refugees to explore the plight of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Reese Witherspoon stars, but these kids steal the show and help viewers gain an understanding of a different culture. The screening comes from the efforts of the Colorado Committee on Africa and the Caribbean; there will be a discussion to follow.