Whether or not you're a fan of the gooey holiday of love (or alternately, the holiday invented by greeting-card companies), there's something we can all agree on: Free stuff rules. And our 10 for $10 this weekend is full of free events. From a Love Sux bash to dance parties to a horror film festival, there's plenty to do around town -- whether you're in or out of love. For a complete listing of events, check out the Westword calendar, and share other sweet Valentine's Day bargains in the comments section below.
Love Sux Party at Howl at the Moon (Friday, free before 10 p.m.) For those who'd rather vomit than write a valentine, Howl at the Moon is hosting an anti-love soiree tonight. From drink specials with titles like Ex-boyfriends and F-bombs to plenty of Love Sux games, this is the perfect place for grinches to spend their Valentine's Day night. Bring in a mutilated photo of your ex to get in for free before 10 p.m.
Dance, Baby, Dance at Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place (Friday, free) Spend your V-Day dancing at this all-ages party in Boulder. DJ Savior Breath will spin tunes while kids are invited to make valentines -- all in the name of 1 Billion Rising, the activist movement to end violence against women.Word Sound Healing Day at Solstice Center (Friday, free)
To help heal the planet, people around the world will gather today to send, in the words of the organizers, "a sonic Valentine to Mother Earth." Want to feel the love? Join in this guided group chant led by Andi and Jonathan Goldman.
Love Hurts at Crash 45 (Friday, free) Free love rules! Listen to electronic music and see live burlesque tonight at this electronica Valentine's Day Party, which features songs by Dj Madeline and Skyless as well as dance from Neon Antoinette and more.Snow Sculpture in the Dark in Downtown Loveland (Friday-Saturday, free)
Snow sculpting teams will gather in Loveland this weekend to create frozen pieces of art and win a chance to compete in the U.S. Snow Sculpting Nationals. See the competition, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride for just a dollar or go ice bowling at this celebration in the town named for love.My Bloody Violent-tine Film Festival at 3 Kings Tavern (Saturday, $10)
Lovers of blood and gore can get their fill tonight at the annual My Bloody Violent-tine -- a film festival devoted to local horror flicks. Featuring a screening ofAtom The Amazing Zombie Killer
, a musical performance by the A-OKs and an awards ceremony, this is the perfect opportunity to escape from romantic comedies.
Pecha Kucha at Converge Denver (Saturday, free) PechaKucha Night started in 2003 in Tokyo as a simple idea: getting creative types together to give short presentations of 20 images in 20 seconds. The Denver chapter will meet tonight for compelling presentations all centered on making an impact on our city. Tyler Jacobson of Mile High Soul Club and filmmaker Maureen Maloney, among others, will offer their ideas.
Professor William H. Foster III at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (Saturday, free) Learn about the history of African Americans in the comics world this afternoon at William H. Foster III's lecture entitled "The Image of African Americans in Golden Age Comic Books." The professor will share images from his collection of comic books and action figures during his presentation that's part of the library's Black History Month programming.
Amache, Day of Remembrance at History Colorado Center (Sunday, free) Remember a chilling time in history today at the History Colorado Center, which has partnered with the Japanese American Citizens League to create a memorial focuses on the internment of Japanese Americans 72 years ago. University of Colorado professor Patty Limerick will speak, as will former internees.
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Arguments & Grievances: Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub (Sunday, free) Kevin O'Brien's monthly comedy debate series continues tonight with the settling of important issues like Kickstarter vs. Panhandling, Howard Stern vs. Howard Hughes and Young vs. Old by comedians Ben Kronberg, Kristen Rand, Mara Wiles and more.