Down to your last ten dollars? Don't worry, there are plenty of things you can do this weekend that cost a Hamilton or less. Gawk at a performance artist living in a box, usher in summer at a dance party, or pretend you're in Paris at a Francophile craft party. You might even have some money left over for food. For a full calendar of events, visitwestword.com/calendar.Inspire Arts Weekat 40 West Gallery and Studios (Friday-Sunday, free)
Head west for some fresh perspective. Lakewood's arts week, titled Inspire, is hosting a juried art exhibition with over 120 pieces Friday night. And all weekend the city will be hosting food trucks, live entertainment, creative classes and family activities to keep you occupied and away from downtown for a change.
Damn Gurl: All That Glitters at Glob (Friday, free) This monthly queer, all-ages dance party consistently gets people out on the floor, and this edition is poised to be extra special because it's finally summer, aka the best time for dance parties. Along with regulars DJ Narky Stares, Peter Black and Laru Loud, the night will include the tunes of Craig C., whose resume includes remixes for Lady Gaga, Rihanna and RuPaul. Usher in summer in the best way -- by dancing yourself into a frenzy in a bedazzled bikini.
Seven Days Together in a Reflective Box (Isolation Box #2) at Edge Gallery (Friday, free) Some of the most entertaining art is voyeuristic in nature, and that's certainly what Daniel Nilsson's strange performance piece will be. The artist plans to live inside a box at Edge Gallery for exactly one week, with no food but with a complete stranger who will be chosen by his mother. Come gawk at the man living in the box as well as enjoy entertainment from a drag performer singing show tunes and juggling glitter, and then go back and sleep in your nice, comfy bed.
Highlands Street Fair at Highlands Square (Saturday, free) If you play your cards right, you can probably find some sort of street fair every weekend this summer. This thirtieth annual event in Highland offers the usual street fair fare: food, beer, arts and crafts, and tons of vendors. Browse the classic car show, watch live music, and enjoy one of the many festivals of the summer.
Artist Conversation: Richard Peterson at MCA Denver (Saturday, $10) You may have seen Peterson's photographs on the walls of the MCA as part of the Search & Destroy exhibit, where he shows '70s photographs of rock stars like Joey Ramone, Debbie Harry and Bruce Connor, as well as pictures of modern artists. And now you can find out the story behind those images. Peterson will be there in person for a talk and reception about his work, so you can finally pick his brain about what Joey Ramone smells like. re(production) at Naropa University (Saturday, free) With reproductive freedom being threatened yet again in the political arena, it's fitting that theater troupe Band of Toughs will explore these issues on the stage at this dramatic reading. The play re(production), written by Stephen Wangh, co-author of The Laramie Project, has been through various drafts over the past year, and in this another incarnation of the script the company will explore the meaning of choice in reproduction. Go up to Boulder to see an artistic, thoughtful discussion of the issue that old men in politics seem obsessed with controlling.
Get Outdoors Day Colorado at City Park (Saturday, free) There are plenty of cost-free, active events at this big outdoor party at City Park today, from kayaking on the lake to rock climbing, to Zumba and mountain biking. Get some exercise at one of the activities, and then enjoy food from one of the many food trucks at the event.
Exquisite Corpse: End to End at GroundSwell Gallery (Saturday, free) The idea for the Exquisite Corpse comes from the Surrealists: artists create a sequence of work and don't know quite how it's going to fit together until the end. This is sure to make an interesting exhibition at GroundSwell as the parts of the piece are finally assembled for the grand unveiling at this art reception tonight. Come see a bizarre sequence of illustrations as they are joined together tonight.
Etsy Crafting Party: Bonjour Paris at Denver Central Library (Sunday, free) Ooh la la--things are getting French today at the Denver Central Library, with Fresh City Life's Paris-themed Etsy Crafting Party. From roasting chestnuts to French-inspired Shrinky Dink jewelry, you can make a variety of francophile crafts to get in the spirit of the Paris on the Platte theme. After the party, be sure to stroll down the street in your freshly-crafted finery and pretend you're walking along the Champs-Elysées instead of Colfax.Girl Walk // All Day at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Sunday, $10)
The Denver FilmCenter/Colfax is throwing a dance party slashWestword
Music Festival kickoff tonight, and it all starts at 9 p.m. with drink specials. There will be dancing before, during, and after the screening of the feature-length dance music video
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, which features three dancers prancing around New York City while the mash up dance hits of Girl Talk play. Be sure to wear some comfortable shoes, because you'll definitely be inspired to jump to your feet at this toe-tapping event.