There's nothing like when the whistle blows on Friday and you get to welcome the weekend with open arms — and a full calendar. This round there are tours to take, beers to drink, pigs to eat and plenty of movies to see. So you'll have no problem keeping busy...and entertained. Check out the Westword calendar for a complete lineup of events, and don't hesitate to drop us a note if you know of anything we couldn't fit on this list.
Horror Film Fest at The Gaming Dojo (5 p.m. Friday, free)
Stop by this gaming shop for a double feature of Evil Dead 1 and 2 and a special bonus short, Beyond The Passage, by Chicago filmmaker Terrence Jones. Get in the spooky spirit by seeing some scary movies with these dudes — they're doing a double feature every Friday for the rest of the month.
AFTERBIRTH Opening Reception at Cabal Enterprises (6 p.m. Friday, free)
Check out the crazy 3D creations from resident artists Faim Worldwide, Mar Williams, Joshua Finley and Girr who collaborated with Sarah Ferguson and Adam Stone to create huge sculptures. Party with the creators as you dance to live music, nosh on munchies and enjoy free beer and booze.
Working Together at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (10 p.m. Friday $5-$7)
The best time capsule we have for the 1990s is syndicated television. Lucky for us in Denver, we have an improv troupe that recreates the sentiments of '90s sitcoms live every Friday night throughout the month. Be the lucky audience member who gets interviewed about your job, and you could inspire the rest of the show. Either way, it's going to be a hilarious time.
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What's Out There Weekend Denver at Denver Metro Area (9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, free)
With about 4,000 new people moving to the area every month, a few are bound to know nothing about our great city. Invite a newbie to join you on one of the free tours running everywhere from Fairmount Cemetery to Genesee Park.
Festival of Scarecrows at Historic Olde Town Arvada (10 a.m. Saturday, free)
Dress the kids up in costumes so they can march in the parade and then join in pumpkin-themed activities all day long. Navigate the corn maze, spit pumpkin seeds and vote for your favorite scarecrow. You can even register to bring your own scarecrow — but there is a fee.
Harvest Party at Denver Beer Co. Canworks (2 p.m. Saturday, free)
Celebrate autumn at this festival of beer, food and live music. Entrance is free, but for $5 you can eat all the pork your little heart desires, and for a slightly higher fee you can drink until you get silly—but not too silly. There's even going to be an artisan market, tours of the canning facility and tunes from The Kinky Fingers and Tall Grass.
The Draft 27.0: The Mystery, the Horror at Lighthouse Writers Workshop (6 p.m. Saturday, free)
Come find out what the students at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop have been up to over the last few weeks. Hand-picked by Lighthouse instructors, these authors will read their darkly-themed stories. It's a brave venture reading your work to a group of strangers, so go support these wordsmiths.
Swordfish Disco with DJ Markie at Tracks (9 p.m. Saturday, free-$10)
There is a new party going on at Tracks every second Saturday, and it's always a fun place to dance and catch a talent show of unusual acts and wild performances. Entrance is free before 10 p.m.; after that $10 gets you in to get weird and stay weird.
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Black Lives Matter at Glob (8 p.m. Sunday, donations)
Kudos to Glob for getting this film series together for a night of footage most people have never seen. Celebrate black culture with archival and experimental films and features that flew under the radar due to their creators' skin color. In addition, there will be films made by locals that are sure to make you question the society we're living in.
The Church of Coen presents Intolerable Cruelty at Syntax Physic Opera (8 p.m. Sunday, free)
As always, we have to make time for the lords and saviors of American film, the Coen Brothers. This month, we're blessed with the tenth chapter of their bible, Intolerable Cruelty. The film stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as a gold digger looking to make a killing off of a divorce. But, of course, hi-jinx ensue and, in true Coen fashion, everything gets twisted up. It's a nice way to close out the weekend — and the musical performance from Ian Cooke won't hurt, either.