Life is short. For instance, even if you live to be ninety years old, that's only 4,680 weekends. And until you're a teenager, most of them are wasted on cartoons, sugary cereal and picking boogers. So, now that you're older, don't forget to live it up any chance you get — especially this weekend because there are so many cheap thrills to be had. Pretend it's summer with a mini music festival, hit a gong with a dong, or watch important films. The Westword calendar can help ensure you're never bored, and don't forget to drop a comment if we missed anything.
Lightning Bells | Wonder Bolts by Cole Bee Wilson & Friends at PlatteForum (6 p.m. Friday, free)
PlatteForum recently relocated to the Curtis Park neighborhood and has created an entirely new way of looking and listening to the world with resident artist Cole Bee. During the artist's two-month residency, he instructed and collaborated with youth from the Mi Casa Neighborhood North High program to create an installation, performance and sound based art experience. At the opening tonight, you can expect an interactive motorized bowed piano that activates sound-sensitive lightning bolts when played and sound stations created by the youth as well as a live concert composed by the artist that will feature many of his friends.
Friday Night Bazaar Opening Night at Friday Night Bazaar (6 p.m. Friday, free)
Last year, The Big Wonderful showed up in Sustainability Park and gave spring and summer a new hot spot. In conjunction with TBW, welcome to town the Friday Night Bazaar. Mix one part artisan market, with a dash of locally sourced goods, cocktails and food trucks. Next, generously stir in live jazz from Jeremy Mohney and SuperCollider, and you got yourself a heck of a Friday night. Bring in old trinkets and antiques for a chance to trade them for beer, at what they're calling Beer Pawn. Get yourself that good-good from Mobile Meltz in Denver, because they're going to be there, too.
Making the Mountain Storytelling at Lighthouse Writers Workshop (6 p.m. Friday, free)
We all have a story to tell, but how you tell it can make a world of difference. Making the Mountain gives you the chance to hear some really interesting stories from Roy Katz and Tanya Fleisher, co-founders of Winter Session, investigative journalist Rachel Sturz and artistic director of Wonderbound Garrett Ammon. The stories commence at 7 p.m., but get there early to mingle.
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Charly and Vinny Fasano Multimedia Performance at Cabal Enterprises (6 p.m. Friday, free)
It's probably a gift and a curse to grow up with someone you share a frequency with, someone who also looks exactly like you. Thankfully, the Fasano twins bring us their gift of art tonight. Founders of Cabal Enterprises, not only will the night feature new painting and drawings by the resident artists Faim Worldwide, Vincent Cheap, Girr, Adam Stone, Joshua Finley, Mar and special guest Julio Alejandro, but an extremely unique screening of of a film by Charly Fasano’s with live soundscaping from his brother Vinny.
Another Return of the Dong Gong Show at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (9 p.m. Friday, free)
If you're looking to get silly this weekend, you better show up to this. Imagine singing karaoke on a '70s style game show, and if you blow it, you get the dong from the judges (They bang a big dong on a gong). It sounds like a nightmare, but it is far too real — and with enough booze in you, will be the time of your life. You could probably have crazy fun sober too.
Lion Ark screening at Boulder High School (10 a.m. Saturday, $10)
We love animals, and if you do, too, then take a heart-breaking, action packed journey into the rescue of 25 lions in a circus in Bolivia who were relocated to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg. This documentary will feature a Q&A with Director Tim Phillips and Producer Jan Creame, who were both involved in the rescue, following the film. The film is very intense, but the subject matter is of great importance for our animal friends. A second showing was added at 4:30 p.m., which you can find info on here.
Spring Break SXSW Send Off at South Broadway Business District (8 p.m. Friday, $10)
Spring break is like having a week of summer vacation a little early. To help out the local bands heading out to SXSW and Treefort Music Fest, the Hi-dive, Mutiny Information Cafe, 3 Kings Tavern, Skylark and Illegal Pete's South Broadway will feature music and comedy before the artists gear up to leave town. For only $10 you can obtain a wristband that gets you in to each venue, as long as there is enough space. Click here and here for a full lineup of hot tunes and jokes.
Showgirls First Friday 13th Anniversary Party at Tracks (6 p.m. Saturday, $5-$7)
The First Friday parties at Tracks are pretty legendary: in thirteen years, they've welcomed over 192,000 people since their first Showgirls event. The Wicked Little Girls will be go-go dancing, aerials and fire dancing will be performed, the DJ's will be playing every kind of music and everyone is welcomed to this spectacular event. Get there early for a cheaper cover charge.
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Selma Sunday: Civic Discussion Focuses on Faith, Justice and the Power of Love at History Colorado Center (2 p.m. Sunday, free)
On March 8, 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. began to organize the march on Selma. Through telegrams, which drew thousands of people from around the country, he organized one of the biggest moments in American history. Join the Denver Freedom Riders, Interfaith Alliance, Colorado Council of Churches, Coloradans for Justice and like minded individuals to remember the occasion and discus the new Black Lives Matter movement.
The Church of Coen Presents: Miller's Crossing at Syntax Physic Opera (7 p.m. Sunday, free)
Open your hearts and minds as we study the third chapter in the bible of Coen, Miller's Crossing. A true gangster film noir, where rival mafias in a small town battle in the streets, while protagonist Tom Reagan, played by Gabriel Byrne, plays the two gangs against one another. Join the other worshipers tonight, as you feast your eyes upon one the Coen brothers' best. Enjoy music from Erica Brown to really set the tone as well.