Rawlitix at the Deer Pile (Friday, $5) For a fresh and definitely funnier take on the election season than the mainstream news media, local comedian/man about town Onus Spears has created a new comedy night that combines music, interviews and politically-charged laughter. The first edition will feature the jokes of NYC's Lee Camp, a satirist who is sure to get you laughing as well as thinking.
Untitled #51 (Second Life) at the Denver Art Museum (Friday, $10) The Denver Art Museum's Friday night party is all about reincarnation and re-purposing tonight, as well as looking into the museum's newest exhibit, El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa. Learn directly from the curator what it was like to install the exhibit, listen to Naropa's Dr. Phil Stanley talk about reincarnation, and discover more about the Mayan calendar -- and whether the world will really end in 2012. The Whale and DJ Johnny D. will provide the music at this action-packed evening that's all about giving things a second life.
Occupy the Debates Gathering at Civic Center Park (Friday, free) If the two-party system doesn't seem to represent you, check out Occupy the Debates, the Occupy movement's attempt to take the conversation back to the people of the U.S. This gathering in Civic Center will feature all sorts of entertainment and political conversation tonight, with slam poetry, drumming, live music and comedy from Lee Camp (so if you're a die-hard Camp fan, you can see him twice tonight!). And unlike the presidential debate at the University of Denver on October 3, which you have zero chance of getting into unless you have some major connections, Occupy the Debates is free and open to the public.
CASUAL at the Meadowlark (Saturday, $5) No weekend is complete without a good dance party, and CASUAL, an Anglophile dance night, looks to be one of the best. Mile High Soul Club and Lipgloss DJ Tyler Jacobson, along with Jake Ryan, will be spinning; listen to The Smiths, Pulp and Joy Division, and practice your cheesy British accent on the dance floor.
Blacktop Festival at Denver Performing Arts Complex (Saturday, free) Celebrate all things DIY at this completely free festival put on by the folks who run art space Unit E. Whether you want to listen to music from bands like Rubedo and Wild Pack of Canaries, attend workshops on bicycle maintenance and zine-making, or experience live noise music inside a geodesic dome, there will be plenty here for creative people who want to experience art and also create it.