Yes, weed is now legal in Colorado. And yes, this weekend is the giant 4/20 celebration. But that doesn't mean that all the fun will be in Civic Center Park.From an alternative 4/20 celebration with music and comedy to Record Store Day to a free theater performance, this weekend is full of events that won't cost you a lot of green. That way, you can spend your money on other kinds of green (if you're into that kind of thing). Know of other great events? Share the info in the comments section, and look at our online Westword calendar for a full listing of things to do in Denver. See also: - Photos: Four exhibits at Robischon Gallery take on alternative realities - Win twenty free movie passes to Hollywood Theaters! - Win tickets to Wanderlust at Copper Mountain!
Design Within Denver: Eco Edition at the MCA Denver (Friday, free) This special edition of the MCA's pop-up shop that showcases Denver's design community will be eco-friendly for Earth Day. Drink cocktails and browse through such good goods as Verveine Designs' sustainable plant-inspired jewelry, Mission Wear's reusable products to help women in need, and Green Guru's upcycled bike gear.
Mouth Festibowl at Mouth House (Friday-Sunday, by donation) Avoid the mobs at Civic Center Park and celebrate 4/20 at Mouth House's Festibowl, a three-day extravaganza featuring music, comedy, art and, best of all, a bouncy castle. From comedy by the Fine Gentlemen's Club to music from the Gypsy Cab Company, tons of local performers will be on hand to celebrate, and you can also enter a 4/20-themed raffle. Plan to party the entire weekend at what's sure to be a crazy bash.
Sex, Death, & Politics at the Naropa Performing Arts Center (Friday, free) Naropa frequently presents interesting poetry and out-there art, and tonight's BFA program should definitely deliver. In Sex, Death, & Poetics, students will offer original performances inspired by the work of Aracelis Girmay, Tara Hardy and Patricia Smith.
Record Store Day at Twist & Shout and Wax Trax (Saturday, free) Celebrate your local record stores today at events featuring giveaways, prizes and limited-edition releases. Twist & Shout will be giving away free frozen yogurt, coffee coupons and cupcakes to the first chunk of people in line; Wax Trax will be throwing free shows on Saturday and Sunday with bands like Ned Garthe, The Knew and more.
Modern Usage of Santos at the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council Gallery (Saturday, free) Experience the legacy of the Hispanic villages of New Mexico and Southern Colorado in this display of Santos: art objects with religious im.agery that were bestowed as a blessing. The modern incarnations are beautiful art pieces; learn more about the genre when Santero Jose Esquibel speaks at 1 p.m. today.
Catwalk for a Cause at Beauty Bar (Saturday, $5) It's clothes encounters of the cool kind: Buffalo Exchange will present this fun spring fashion show at Beauty Bar, with proceeds going toward Arising Hope, a safe space for victims of domestic violence.
God of Carnage Technical Rehearsal at the Curious Theatre Company (Saturday, $10) Get insight into the Curious Theatre Company's process at this special conversation with Steven C. Choquette. The play God of Carnage tells the story of two couples who meet to talk about a fight between their children; Choquette will discuss professional mediation -- and then you can see a live technical rehearsal of the play. As an added bonus, there will be free muffins, fruit, juice and coffee for the first fifty attendees.
Frock Shop at Fashion Denver (Saturday-Sunday, free) Support the local economy and pick up some new spring outfits today at this sample sale from designers like Mona Lucero, FreeRavin, Rae Marie and more. Designers will be hawking their wares at low prices; you're certain to find unique pieces for much less than they go for in the stores.
Going On: A Lone Survivor's Story at the Denver Central Library (Sunday, free) As a small child in concentration camps in Nazi Poland, Jack Adler struggled to survive and overcome the trauma of his experience. He'll read from and sign his inspiring memoir today at this event that's part of the Holocaust and Humanity Project.Propaganda! at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (Sunday, free)
End your weekend with free laughs at host Matt Monroe's cost-free comedy night at Lannie's. Locals Sam Tallent, Kristin Rand and Kevin O'Brien will perform sets, along with Los Angeles's Beth Stelling, who was featured onConan
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