It's Memorial Day weekend, which for some people means a three-day party. For others it means celebrating veterans and for another set it means extra-long work hours. For most of us, it means we'll be able to drink an extra mojito on Sunday morning and not have to worry about a damn thing. Regardless of your idea of fun, we've got you plenty covered this weekend.
The Grawlix Episode 5 at Avenue Theater (Friday, $7) We've said it again and again over the last five months, but The Grawlix is one of this city's best comedy shows. If a partially scripted, partially stand-up, mostly-dick-jokes kind of evening is your thing, you'll be in heaven from 10:30 p.m .until midnight tonight.
The Watching Hour: E.T. at Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Friday, $9.75) There's a pretty good chance you've seen E.T. at some point in your life, but the heartwarming film about an alien hell-bent on riding around in a bicycle basket and eating Reese's Pieces is a timeless tale of world-ending catastrophe not to be missed. Or maybe we're confusing it with another Spielberg movie about a giant Simon Says machine traveling to Earth. Regardless, this is the one with Drew Barrymore. You should see it.
Lipgloss at La Rumba (Friday, $5) Lipgloss recently underwent a few changes on the decks, which means if you haven't been in a while it might be a good time to pop in and see what sounds the resident DJs are spitting out of the speakers. Of course, you'll also have ample time to dance around like an idiot too, but dammit -- you're going to enjoy yourself no matter what this weekend, right?
Dr. Strangelove at Esquire Theatre (Friday, $9.75) While all those weirdos are in the big room at the Esquire watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show, you'd prefer to do something slightly more, ahem, reserved, right? Well then, Dr. Strangelove should be a perfect fit for you -- plus it's a pretty darn good fit for this whole rapture nonsense that's been going around lately.
The Wild Bunch at Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (Friday-Saturday, free) At the end of the Wild Bunch film, an epic shootout kills nearly everyone involved in the movie. That's not actually what's going to happen this weekend at the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, but it's worth noting as this will be the last weekend you'll have a chance to check out art from nine of the best and most well known artists in the community.
What is Modern? at Denver Art Museum (Friday-Sunday, $3-$10) We always thought "modern" just meant, like, "now," but apparently there's this whole art movement thing that copped its name from it as well. If you're curious about this elusive movement that seems to entail everything from office chairs to lamps, then you'd best make your way down to the Denver Art Museum.
Memorial Day Parade Civic Center Park (Saturday, 10 a.m., free) The annual Memorial Day Parade is always a bit of a mixed bag -- the topic alone means it's not going to be a raucous party or celebration -- but that doesn't make it any less worthwhile. After the parade, a tribute will be going down at Veterans Monument, so be sure to stick around.
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Sugar High at Kuulture Frozen Yogurt (Saturday, free) As far as we can tell, frozen yogurt is the new PBR. Actually, if someone could make a PBR frozen yogurt that would be awesome. Anyway, Sugar High has nothing to do with any of that -- this is an art show featuring eight of Denver's finest artists and musical guest Matt Ferry. It should be a grand old time and while you're there. Why don't you pitch our beer-filled frozen yogurt idea to the owner, eh?
Cherry Blossom Street Fare at Super Ordinary Gallery (Saturday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., $5) Considering this is presented by both Super Ordinary Gallery and Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast, we're going to go out on a limb and say this is going to be the best damn Japanese street fare you'll find in Denver this weekend. What can you expect? How about a sake-tasting, a baked-goods swap, traditional Japanese street food and a Wa-Lolita fashion show?
John Sayles at Tattered Cover Colfax (Sunday, free) John Sayles' new book, A Moment in the Sun, is an absolutely massive tale of turn-of-the-century America told through something like nine billion different characters. It's a big thing, and chances are if you started it right this second, you still wouldn't be finished with the book before Sunday. Still, if you'd like to hear Sayles talk about the book and ask a few questions yourself, you'll be able to do so at Tattered Cover this weekend. Maybe if you're real nice about it you can ask him about Jurassic Part IV, too.