Denver is getting in the swing of sunshine, which means we have to party this weekend, because it could snow three feet next week out of nowhere. To celebrate the third weekend in March, head up the hill for Frozen Dead Guy Days, learn a new old dance, or binge watch some fantasy television and make some new memories for 2015. There's even more to see and do if you click on the Westword calendar, and don't hesitate to drop a comment below if we forgot something.
Weird Science: A Friday the 13th Art and Music Showcase at The Armory (6 p.m. Friday, free)
You can't spell party without "arty," so shimmy down to this shindig tonight. From print to paint and mixed media to photography, there should be a little something from everyone's taste. There's going to be raffle prizes offered from all of the artists involved, with the proceeds benefiting a local art charity. And stick around or get there late for live music.
Old Time Community Dance at Highlands Masonic Center (7 p.m. Friday, $10)
The Highlands Masonic Center looks like it could be a movie set for a 1950s prom from the outside, and what do you know: A few times a year, its hosts dances of all flavors. Tonight, bring a date or show up stag for some contra dancing. If you don't know what contra dancing is, get a lesson at 7:15 p.m. and learn from the real dancers starting at 8 p.m. Contra dance is old folk line dancing meant for several couples to dance up and down a hall. It's the perfect place to go whether you're looking to have a good time, you don't even have to ask people to dance with you, they sort of have to.
2nd Fridays at DADA Art Bar (9:30 p.m. Friday, free)
It's really not fair that first Fridays get to have all of the fun, but at DADA they think a little differently, so come out for a sexy night of art, drinks and live music. Hosted by SMRT and Featuring the tantalizing and soulful sounds of Devon Parker, the party will be a perfect place to wind down from the end of another work week, before getting the rest of the weekend started.
Frozen Dead Guy Days at Nederland (Friday-Sunday, free)
This has to be one of Colorado's best traditions by far. You can read the fascinating story of how a Swedish man ended up being frozen in a Tuff Shed in the small mountain community here, but it turns out to be one small step for man, and one giant leap for partying. There are a ton of events during the FDGDs, including coffin races, polar plunges, frozen turkey bowling and so much more. Part of that so much more is a free two-day music showcase with all kinds of bands. It's a crazy fun event, just remember to be respectful to the small mountain community or they might have to freeze you too.
Game of Thrones Viewing Party at Denver Central Library (9 a.m. Saturday, free)
Every once in a while a television show sweeps the heart of pop culture, and despite the racy nature of Game of Thrones, even the library has taken notice. Bring your crew down to the library for a full day of hanging out with the Starks, Lannisters and Targaryen's along with their lies, deceptions and power struggles. Season five will be here soon, so refresh the memory today. The party goes till 5 p.m., so bring some Mountain Dew Code Red to stay alert.
5th annual Seed Swap at The GrowHaus (12 p.m. Saturday, $10 donation)
Knowing that you can sustain crops to sustain yourself is a very rewarding experience, but not all of us are lucky enough to have a green thumb. Come swap some non-GMO seeds and ideas with your neighbors today. Not only will there be seeds, but various workshops including alternative growing methods, composting, apiary, live music and more. Bring the family out for a nutritiously good time.
St. Patrick's Day Festival at Olde Town Arvada (12 p.m. Saturday, free)
These little street fairs are a dime a dozen in the summer, but in March it's pretty rare, so slap on some green and get ready to dance the snakes out of Arvada. Live music plays all day for kids and adults alike. No St. Patrick's party is complete without eating some cabbage and corned beef from a tent, so there's that, too.
10th Annual African Cultural Night at Tivoli Turnhalle (5 p.m. Saturday, free)
Head to this after the St Patrick's festival for a whole day of culture. Hosted by the African Student Union of Auraria campus, check out a night of African inspired music, dancing, fashion and food, oh the food. World renown musical guests include The ReMINDers and DJ Musa. Africa is a big place, but they're going to try to fit in culture from every part of it.
In The Streets: The Photography of The Anarchivist at Crimson Hilt Tattoo (7 p.m. Saturday, free)
Graffiti happens to be illegal, which even though beautiful, never lasts very long. To preserve graffiti culture, photographers like The Anarchivist are keeping the spirit of the culture alive. Celebrate Month of Photography at this photo show of graffiti and portrait show complete with beer from Epic Brewing and beats from DJ Gatsby.
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Lucha Libre & Laughs at Oriental Theater (7 p.m. Sunday, $10)
When you get back to the water cooler in the break room on Monday, blow your co-workers' minds by telling them you heard some jokes while some dudes in masks were doing some bronco busters. Nathan Lund and Sam Tallent will be your color commentators for the night while Colt Cabana, Royce Isaac and Sammy Six Guns Jr. battle out the title in a three-way match. Jokes will be brought to you by Sean David, Christie Buchele, John "Hippieman" Novosad and a special surprise guest.