Life is getting back to normal (boring) now that the distractions of the holidays are behind us. Don't be depressed, though, because there is always plenty of hip-happening things to do in Denver. This weekend, we're going to worship film, celebrate milestones and get super high, because this is Denver for Christ's sake. The Westword calendar will never disappoint you if you're looking for more things to do, and if you know of any we missed--let us know in the comments below.
Industrial Design Show at DADA Art Bar (Friday, free) It's always nice to start the new year with a new place to sit. Instead of going to Ikea, why not see what the kids from the industrial design program at Metropolitan State University of Denver have been working on. A variety of chairs, tables, lamps and other neat knick-knacks will be on display and for sale. So come on down have a glass of wine and see what's up.
The Walnut Room 10 Year Anniversary Party at The Walnut Room (Friday, free) It's time to celebrate the tin anniversary of the place that has brought live music and tasty pizza to the RiNo district for the last ten years. Don't miss the free pizza and appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. and stick around for live music from Adrienne O, Andy Palmer, Roo & The Howl and Matt Hoffman.
Swearfest at Quixote's True Blue (Friday, free) If you have something to get off your chest, you might want to head down to Quixote's tonight and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the fucking truth. Tell a story and feel free to let the language go blue at this audience participatory event where the host will suggest topics for folks to talk about. If anything, you should show up to hear some crazy shit.Pokémon Trading Card Game City Championships at Mile High Comics (Saturday, free)
Remember back in middle school when Pokémon cards were banned because kids were getting in fights after too manydonks
? Well, the teachers could not kill Pokémon and the game is still going strong. Today, you can try your hand at the legendary card game where you could earn crucial championship points and be crowned Pokémon TCG City Champion. It's free if you're just looking to have fun with it or $10 to play in the masters division.
Pinner Throwback IPA Release Party at Tasty Weasel Tap Room (Saturday, free) The IPA is a tasty brew, but at such high ABV it makes you feel funny if you drink too many of them. Thankfully Oskar Blues crafted a low-alcohol IPA--that doesn't taste too watered down. To celebrate such a feat, join them for a good old-fashioned parking lot party, complete with prizes and giveaways, food trucks, live music, skee-ball tournaments and hot air balloon rides. That's right--we're getting lifted, y'all. Open House & Faculty Reading at Lighthouse Writers Workshop (Saturday, free) Many people fancy themselves as writers. Maybe you write poetry. Maybe you like writing jokes. Hell, you might even write Twilight fan fiction, and that's ok, because the Lighthouse is a place for diction of all sorts. Come out to this little meet-and-greet, hear some readings from faculty members and link up with like minded individuals.
Denver Vintage Reggae Society w/ Keith Scott & Gabby Loks at Goosetown Tavern (Saturday, free) One of the godfathers of rocksteady and ska record labels, Keith Scott, will join the party and add some vinyl to the needle tonight. As if that weren't enough, Gabby Loks, the queen of spinning reggae will be there as well, all the way from Los Angeles. Everything sounds good on vinyl, so get down there and shake that tush.
Wreckin' Roller Rebels Meet n Greet at Derbyville (Sunday, free) If you have ever thought about dipping your feet in the pond of roller derby, today is the day to take the plunge. Come learn all about it from the Wreckin' Roller Rebels, who are looking for more gals to roll around with. As an added bonus, all purchases at Derbyville will receive an extra discount that day, so grab some gear and get ready to derby.The Church of Coen Presents: Blood Simple at Syntax Physic Opera (Sunday, free)
Sundays are reserved for the lord, and that lord is the Coen brothers, featuring their legion of angels, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, John Goodman and a slew of others. Tonight marks the first of sixteen offerings of church with the Coen brothers. How amazing it will be to return on the second Sunday of every month to have your sins washed away by all of their films.
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The Boulder Comedy Show at Bohemian Biergarten (Sunday, $3) A very reliable source for laughs, the Boulder Comedy Show is looking to be better than ever in 2015, bringing in more national headliners and even recording the performances for the Internet in case you miss it. Check out the Facebook page here, to see who this week's special guests will be. It's always a good idea to have a joke to tell around the water cooler on Monday morning.