Valentine's Day fell on Thursday this year, but some of the love will carry through the weekend. Whether a V-Day-themed roller-skating party is your jam or you're in the mood for a little friendly Vogue-posing competition, there are plenty of parties to choose from across the city -- and none of them cost more than $10. Here's our guide to some of the best comedy shows, fundraisers, spoken-word events and dance floors to tear up this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Lipgloss says goodbye to DJ Option 4 at Beauty Bar (Friday, free before 10 p.m., $5 after) The decade-strong dance night is hosting a bang-up goodbye party for resident DJ option4, who has been dropping deep-house beats for a diverse crowd since 2011. Lipgloss Co-founder Boyhollow will also be spinning as Beauty Bar provides the perfect-sized dance floor to keep the feeling going all night.
Spoken Word for Neglected Souls -- a benefit for Denver Rescue Mission at Denver West (Friday, $10 donation) Denver has established itself as a viable city for spoken word, and tonight's event at Denver West will showcase that. Beginning with an open mike at 9 p.m. before launching into a featured poet series, the gathering will collect donations for the Denver Rescue Mission, which offers services, support and a voice to homeless individuals in the area.
The Peanut Butter Jamz at Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery (Friday, $10 donation) Lumonics invites one and all to get weird within its multi-sensory gallery space tonight for a throwdown with good things in mind. For this new party series focusing on aiding the hungry, guests are asked to bring food donations: The space will be collecting bread, peanut butter and jam. Join DJs Dave Parrish, Dagan, S33d4, Matt Sloka, Hazy Meadow and B.Funky inside the illuminated studio for a dance night of glowing proportions.
Colorado Mammoth vs. Edmondton Rush at Pepsi Center (Saturday, tickets start at $10) Get some big lacrosse game action as the Colorado Mammoth take on the Edmonton Rush in a great match-up at the Pepsi Center. With tickets starting at just ten bucks, the 7 p.m. game is a great way to kick off a night downtown; after the game, head into LoDo for drinks and dancing in the later hours.
Down and Derby Is for Lovers at City Hall (Saturday, $10) This ongoing, adult-friendly roller skating party carries the Valentine's Day vibe into the weekend with its lovers-friendly theme. Always a costume party of your choice -- may we suggest something red, white and pink? -- the roller disco has found a new home at City Hall, with two floors for skating. Local mixmasters DJ Chonz and Mike Disco are sure to keep the party cruising with a diverse mix of new and old school jams.Damn Gurl is Burning at The Compound (Saturday, free)
Channel your tranimal swagger and Catholic school realness as the dance floor becomes one nasty catwalk at this edition of Damn Gurl! This installment of the monthly GLBTQ-embracing dance party embodies the spirit and lifestyle made famous byParis Is Burning
-- so get your butch realness on and prepare to walk in this competition of style, class and sass. Or just come down to the Compound for the booty-bouncing sounds of DJs Narky Stares, Falling Into Places, JsCrew, Tony and MC Moises.
Open Yoga at the D Note (Sunday, $5-10 donation) A great way to wind down from a dance-filled weekend, the D Note's open yoga class is just that -- open to all levels and ages. Energize your flow with live music from Melissa Ivey and Adam D and make a donation that will go to one of several children's and homeless charities around Colorado.
Sunday Soapbox Series benefit for Mission Supports at Dazzle (Sunday, $10) Join Mission Supports for a night of music for a good cause as the nonprofit raises money for its work with adults with intellectual disabilities. With world music from local acts like Kurt and Andy Bauer, Catur Eka Santi and the Erhoopla Ensemble, Dazzle will be an entrancing spot for a Sunday evening chill-out. Door proceeds, a silent auction and sales from a pop-up shop of local art will all go to help the organization, which reaches out to individuals on the Medicaid Waiver waiting list.
Arguments & Grievances at Vine Street Pub (Sunday, free) This night of intellectually stimulating comedy pitting comedians against each other as they argue strangely connected topics has become one of Sunday evening's best free shows. Tonight's list of challenges includes: Sherlock Holmes vs. John Holmes, Lord of the Rings vs. Lord of the Flies, warts vs. moles, and swings vs. slides. And you'll get to see Edinburgh Fringe Festival performer Jim Hickox go up against Adam Cayton-Holland (, fresh off his stop on Conan), as they battle over the idea of kings vs. queens.
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Fundraiser for Rise Up/Café Cultura at Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe ($5-$10 donation) A community organization aimed at supporting mobilizing Indigenous peoples through spoken word and other creative outlets, Café Cultura needs your help. This late morning fundraiser, silent auction and mixer will support the group's effort to bring the Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team out from Los Angeles in March. Hang out, donate and find out more about what Café Cultura is all about.