We've finally started getting some of those April showers the old tales speak of, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be venturing out in to the great big world this weekend. While the ground might be a little damp, you'll still have plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from, including an offbeat festival in Boulder, some art openings and a chance to set a Guinness World Record.
Mindfull Opening Reception at Kaze Gallery (Friday, free) Two of our favorite pattern-loving artists will be showing off new works tonight at Kaze tonight. Both Debbie Clapper and Sandra Fettingis seem to have a fascination with colorful shapes, and it's hard to deny why when you look at their art. It's kind of like a pre-school kid's brain turned up to eleven and perfected by working artists, with so many shapes and patterns it's easy to get lost in the twisted mysticism of it all.
Lipgloss at La Rumba (Friday, $5) Everyone knows Lipgloss is one of the biggest parties in town on Friday nights, so if you've been itching to shake your booty than this is a good place to start. The bonus, of course, is that if you get sick of whatever the DJs are playing, you can just cruise up and town Broadway and Lincoln in your Hummer Limo looking for new party stops. Well, the Hummer Limo might not be obtainable for $10, unless you've got a friend who's paying, or you can just hop in one off the street -- we see those things on Lincoln all the time; nobody would notice. Earth Day Compost Class at Tivoli Events Center (Friday, free) At 12:30 p.m. today, the fine folks on Auraria campus will be giving lessons on composting. While most people probably assume it's nothing more than digging a pit in the back yard and throwing in your leftovers, the process is a little bit more complicated than that, especially if you want to keep the squirrels and other backyard hecklers away. Maybe if you do it right this year you'll actually use the damn thing, eh?
Peaking the Edge at Plus Gallery (Friday, free) For some, art is a window into the soul, but for others, it's more about just making something that looks good. Okay, there is probably more to the series of paintings at Peaking the Edge than that, but these hard-lined, colorful paintings are so damn nice to look at we don't really care.
Galileo's Garden at Space Gallery (Friday, free) We love when two of our favorite things get combined together to form one super-thing. Like pizza and breadsticks into pizzasticks, or Oreo ice cream. We also like when art and science collide, which is exactly what's going down at Space Gallery this weekend. You'll get to check out new works from Tyler and Monica Aiello, both of whom present different interpretations of different sciences. For her part, Monica will be giving us blooming interpretations of the surface of one of Jupiter's moons, while Tyler will be providing biologically informed sculptures. Major Chords Dance Party at Lost Lake (Friday, free) You probably don't think Lost Lake is a great place for a dance party -- and actually, you'd be right in that assumption -- but that doesn't mean it's not possible. With the right atmosphere, the right tunes and the right people, the tiny little wood-paneled bar can become an intimate, fun place to dance the night away. You'll probably spend the night sweating away most of the booze too, so if you're lucky you'll wake up hangover free.
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Fringe Festival 2011 at CU Theatre and Dance Building (Friday-Sunday, free) When it comes down to it, the Fringe Festival only has one real point: to spotlight the weird and the unusual arts. That might make you a little scared, which is a just response, but it's also one of the only chances every year that fans of the avant-garde can see art that actually interests them. Sure, half of it is hackneyed crap, but the gems hidden beneath all that are some of the most interesting and forward-thinking pieces of art you'll see all year.
The Great Cloth Diaper Change at Scheitler Recreation Center (Saturday, free) Gross? Yes. But we're still fascinated by this one for a number of reasons. First off, we're kind of doubting people will be changing out used diapers, as we find it hard to believe hundreds of babies would need to poop at the same time. Even still, there is something extra-special about watching hundreds of parents using their children as a means to set a Guinness World Record, and this will probably be the only time you'll be able to participate in an event of this magnitude. The poop part is optional. Papparazzi for the People at Beauty Bar (Saturday, free) Papparazzi for the People shouldn't work in Denver, but somehow, the over-the-top dance party has managed to get it right and bring some serious party to Beauty Bar every time they've done it. Photo booths, flashing lights, red carpet -- it'll all come together to make you feel a lot more important than you probably are, giving you that warm and fuzzy feeling we assume celebrities have all the time.
Día del Niño/Day of the Children at Denver Art Museum (Sunday, free) It's a free day at the Denver Art Museum. Do we really need to say more? Well, if it helps, the day will be filled with tons of family-friendly programming that celebrates children from around the world. That means multi-cultural performers, including Fiesta Colorado, Aspen Santa Fe De Ballet Folklório and more. Did we mention it's free? Okay, just wanted to make sure that had settled it.