Smooth characters have smooth moves, and one of the smoothest moves around is showing your friends a good time without spending too much green. This week, our column has a surplus of smooth events for everyone to enjoy. Preview Boulder Arts Week, drink Iron Maiden's beer and eat free pizza to round out your weekend into one big party. We love reading your comments about things we missed down below; and there are even more events on the Westword calendar.
Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum (10 a.m. Friday, free)
Every last Friday of the month is a free day at the Clyfford Still Museum. Swing by and gaze at the Up/Down? exhibit and a special area curated by Mark Mothersbaugh. It's a bit of a hidden treasure in our town, so go take a gander.
Boulder Arts Week Opening Party at Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art (5 p.m. Friday, free)
Boulder ranks seventh in the nation for its concentration of artists. With that many creative types in one place, last year it was decided that the town should host an art week offering everything from prints to performances — and it went pretty well. Help them kick off year two at BMoCA tonight with special performances from Kristen Hatgi Sink and Jillian FitzMaurice, as well as an "All You Can Artist Buffet," showcasing the week's upcoming activities. More info here.
Pee Wee's Museum Adventure at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (6 p.m. Friday, $5)
We've had a lot of fun over the last couple months at Black Sheep Fridays. From Bowie Karaoke to a Wes Anderson Purim, the memories were great. Celebrate Pee Wee Herman’s birthday tonight at the final BSF of the season with a bowtie competition, guess the secret word and other special surprises.
Jungle Room Music Marathon Benefit for Mission Supports at Mercury Cafe (7 p.m. Friday, $10)
Mission Supports is a great organization that helps intellectually challenged adults around Denver. However, it's hard to do such good work without a steady flow of cash, so help them out if you can and be rewarded with hot tunes from Pin Rose, Rekha Ohal, Kal Cahoone / John Robert Rumley and many more who are volunteering their time and talent for a cause in need.
The Still Tide *EP Release Show* w/ Natalie Tate & Eros & the Eschaton at Syntax Physic Opera (8 p.m. Friday, $7)
Anna Morsett spends her time touring the world as a guitar technician for some big name acts. But when's she's in town, she makes up one third of The Still Tide, a local band full complex and technical musicians. The harmonies between them create transcendent melodies filled with deep guitar riffs and the right amount of reverb. Joined by Natalie Tate and Eros & the Eschaton to create a perfect night.
Iron Maiden's Trooper Beer on Tap at Black Sky Brewery (9 p.m. Friday, $6)
What's really cool about metal music and especially Iron Maiden is the history lessons in their songs. Denver Public Schools didn't teach me about the Battle of Balaclava and the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, but Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden did. He also likes a good beer and had a hand in creating this deep golden ale, which Black Sky has received a keg of, so lets celebrate all of that. Stop by for a beer and an all Iron Maiden DJ set all night long. See how many beers you can chug to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Fourteenth Annual César E Chávez Day March at Regis University (9 a.m. Saturday, free)
This event put on by The César Chávez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver has been celebrating the memory of a great leader since 2002. Join the march from Regis University to Cesár E. Chávez Park for awards presentation, poetry, art, music, speakers, dancers and food. Chávez worked hard for his cause, so the least you could do is march in his honor.
Free Pizza at Jet's Pizza (10 a.m. Saturday, free)
Free pizza. Really there's nothing else to say, but there are some tasty details here. Chad Jetts, owner of the new Littleton pizza spot, fell in love with Colorado after visiting with his family and decided to bring Jet's Detroit style pizza to the mile high city along with him. Detroit style is square deep dish, which might be a new phenomenon for you, and has the potential to be your new pizza spot. Get there early, because the first 200 customers will receive a free gift.
The Funky Brunch at Grandma's House (2 p.m. Saturday, free)
As if spending the night with your friends getting sauced wasn't enough fun, you can wake up in the morning the next day and do it all over again at brunch — a Funky Brunch, where you can catch a show as well. Mara Wiles and house band Mimosa (featuring members of Paper Bird and Kitty Crimes!) will provide musical entertainment to get funky to, while comedians Kevin O'Brien, Timmi Lasley and Aaron Urist will tell some knee-slappers. Food will be served from food trucks, and we all know the best food comes from trucks.
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Propaganda! A Comedy Show at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (8 p.m. Sunday, free)
Every month, Matt Monroe works hard to get you free Sexy Pizza coupons and free comedy. This month's star studded performance includes Nick Vatterott, Zach Peterson and Mitch Kurka from Chicago, Andrew Michael of Atlanta fame, and Timmi Lasley. It's always free, which is one of the best deals in the entire city.