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Grab a coffin and get weird when Frozen Dead Guy Days comes to Nederland March 8 to 10.
Grab a coffin and get weird when Frozen Dead Guy Days comes to Nederland March 8 to 10. Miles Chrisinger

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click to enlarge ELENA GUNDERSON, COURTESY OF SALLY CENTIGRADE
Elena Gunderson, Courtesy of Sally Centigrade
Dirty Laundry: Elena Gunderson Solo Show
Thursday, March 7, 6 p.m.
Sally Centigrade

Fashion and fine art collide in brilliant color at Dirty Laundry, a solo exhibition from Elena Gunderson at Sally Centigrade gallery. A Rocky Mountain College Art + Design alum who still lives and works in Denver, Gunderson lavishes her portraits with expressive lines, bright hues and whimsical flourishes. Unveiling 38 new canvases for the gallery walls, as well as an array of hand-painted sunglasses and leather jackets, Dirty Laundry kicks off with a runway fashion show and provides guests with plenty of beer from Grandma's House brewery. Visit Sally Centigrade's Facebook events page for more information.


Frozen Dead Guy Days
Friday, March 8, 4 p.m. through Sunday, March 10
Nederland, Colorado
Colorado's quirkiest festival rises once more from the icy beyond when Frozen Dead Guy Days returns for another weekend of merry morbidity. Founded in 2002 to honor the stranger-than-fiction story of Bredo Morstøl — a man who lived his entire life in Norway before getting cryogenically frozen and spirited away to Nederland by his grandson Trygve Bauge, who'd intended to build his own cryonics facility in the scenic mountain town before his plans were scuttled by deportation — Frozen Dead Guy Days is a quintessentially Coloradan celebration. Shuffle through the streets in a slow-motion parade, don your finest attire for a bracing plunge into an icy pool, or compete with other pallbearing haulers in the fan-favorite coffin races during the annual reminder to fill the days of our short lives with as much fun as possible. Admission to festivities is free, but tickets to the live music tents costs $20. Find out more on the Frozen Dead Guy Days home page.

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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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