This weekend is all about the green of St. Patrick's Day, and you won't have to spend much of your own hard-earned green to have fun. For just ten bucks (or less), you can enjoy everything from a burlesque tribute to the Irish holiday to an experimental film symposium to a comedy show celebrating bad experiences. And eight of the ten events on our list are completely free. So instead of spending green this weekend, wear it! For more options, visit the Westword calendar, and share more happenings in the comments section below.
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Nevada's Coming to Denver at the Denver Zine Library (Friday, free) Praised by prolific writer and Sister Spit founder Michelle Tea as "a powerful new literary voice," Imogen Binnie will be at the Denver Zine Library tonight to read from her new novel, Nevada. The book follows a young, punk, trans woman living in New York City whose world changes when she finds out that her girlfriend has lied to her. This will be a unique opportunity to hear the musician/activist/Maximum Rocknroll writer speak, as well as pick up a copy of her book from Topside Press.
Bad Times Extravaganza at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (Friday, $5) It seems like there's a killer comedy show every night of the week in Denver. Tonight's hot ticket is the Bad Times Extravaganza, which will include sets by comics Roger Norquist, Bob Meddles and Greg Baumhauer that they've written on the spot, as well as a monologue from Matt Need about one of the worst things that's ever happened to him. This comic collection of bad stories should make for a really good evening.Brakhage Center Symposium at the CU-Boulder Campus (Friday-Sunday, free)
Explore filmmaker Stan Brakhage's legacy and delve deeper into avant-garde cinema at the ninth annual Brakhage Center Symposium. The free, three-day event is filled with film screenings, special guests and panel discussions. Highlights include a Friday night video installation by artist Jennifer Reeder, and programming on Saturday by the Getty Research Institute's Glenn Phillips and Mark Toscano from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Check out the full schedulehere
Exposed: Observing Artists in Their Natural Habitat at Denver Art Society (Friday, free) Want to peek into the process of creating art? You can see how how the magic happens at tonight's benefit for the Denver Art Society, which will feature more than twenty artists each creating a piece of art in just one night. All of the works will be auctioned off at the end of the night, and the evening will include music and spoken word performances, as well as food and drinks.
Gallery Talk with DAM Curator Eric Paddock at Journey Through Landscape at Evan Anderman Photography (Saturday, free) Arctic Impressions: Iceland, a show by photographers Evan Anderman and Eliot Porter, is now up at Evan Anderman Photography, and tonight Denver Art Museum curator Eric Paddock will walk you through this exhibit, which juxtaposes photos of Iceland taken today with dye-transfer prints from 1972, comparing and contrasting how both the landscape and photo technology have changed over the years. Dougherty's St. Patrick's Day Street Party at Dougherty's Neighborhood Pub (Saturday-Sunday, free) In honor of St. Patrick, Dougherty's is closing its block of Ellsworth Avenue for two days of dancing in the street, live music, Irish food and drink specials. Remember to wear green, so you won't get pinched.
National Day of Action at Kindness Yoga (Saturday, by donation) Help empower women and put a stop to sexual violence at today's Courage to Rise event, which will include a yoga class, sound healing, discussions and screenings of two mini-documentaries, Marcia and Stop Sex Trafficking Calcutta.
St. Pastie's Day Burlesque Show at Rock-A-Billies (Saturday, free) Get into the green spirit by watching Cora Vette's St. Paddy's-themed burlesque show. Her VaVaVettes are sure to perform naughty, Irish-themed numbers that will end with spectacular, glittery pasties. Drink green beer and get in the spirit.
Cuttin' Heads Stand Up Comedy Open Mic at Hooked on Colfax (Sunday, free) There's a new stand-up comedy open mic in town at Hooked in Colfax, this one every Sunday night. So go to listen to local comics -- or get up on stage yourself.Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry Launch Party and Reading at Counterpath Press (Sunday, free)
End your weekend with a poetry reading. Denver's Counterpath Press will host a launch party for the newNorton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry
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, complete with introductions from the book's editor, Paul Hoover, and readings from Julie Carr, Graham Foust, Noah Eli Gordon, Bin Ramke and Eleni Sikelianos.