Just because you're scrambling to get the rent together this weekend doesn't mean you have to stay inside and mope. From a vegan prom to a Mexican wrestling-themed dance party, we've got everything to do this weekend all in one place, and for under $10. So go out and enjoy the sun, check out some of these awesome events, and don't worry about the strain on your wallet.
For a full listing of events, visit westword.com/calendar.
Untitled #45 (Haute) at the Denver Art Museum (Friday, $10) The Untitled series at the Denver Art Museum continues today with Haute (that sure seems like a title, doesn't it?). The fashion-centric evening is set to complement the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition, featuring free art-inspired haircuts, a sewing workshop, and a fashion show. This should be a great chance to dress your best, view the new Laurent exhibit, and of course, party.
Backcountry Film Festival at The Wildlife Experience Museum (Friday, $10) Ski season may be winding down, but that doesn't mean you can't live vicariously through the adventures of others. This film fest will celebrate adventurous skiing tonight, with one film providing an up close look at the wilderness of South America. It's sure to be the next best thing to cutting powder yourself.
Bruce Conner and the Primal Scene of Punk Rock reception at the MCA Denver (Friday, $5-10) The punk rock art project, Search & Destroy, continues at the MCA tonight with the opening of Bruce Conner and the Primal Scene of Punk Rock. And a show on punk wouldn't be complete without music. Mario Zoots, Magic Cyclops and Ginger Perry will provide the soundtrack to the night which, among other things, includes a conversation with Steven Wolf and musician Penelope Houston. Pierce your ear with a safety pin and dust off your studs & leather.
The Grawlix Episode 14 at The Bug Theatre (Friday, $7) The new episode of The Grawlix is out tonight, bringing together the comedy of Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland, Julian McCullough, and 2012 Westword Mastermind Andrew Orvedahl. This stand-up night will feature (duh) lots of laughs, and since the last two have sold out, it might be a good idea to pick up tickets early so you don't miss out.
Square of Ice at the Jones Theatre (Friday-Saturday, $10) In an American Idol-style competition, entrants will battle to win a $500 prize tonight at the Jones Theatre. It's all for the Cash--and we're not just talking about the money. The night was designed as an homage to Johnny Cash, so the diverse array of performers will pay tribute to the man in black. Walk the line tonight for this one-of-a-kind performance. Lucha-Rama Pimps and Pin-ups at Beauty Bar (Saturday, $5) At what other dance party can you see a Luchadors match? The colorfully masked Mexican wrestling starts at 10:30, is hosted by Sid Pink, and is followed by a dance party to the beats of DJ Vajra, Cobraconda and DJ Diabolic. Dudes are encouraged to dress in their finest suites and Luchador masks, and ladies in pin-up dresses and masks, so we're betting this will be a prime spot for people-watching, whether or not you're dressed to impress.
Feed Denver InPower Festival at Sustainability Park (Saturday, $5) This sustainability fest will feature music, yoga, and fresh food all to create awareness about food justice. Support local food and farming by listening to the tunes of The Knew and Pictureplane and munching on delicious, locally-farmed eats.
Book Release Party at Counterpath (Saturday, free) Denver-based Counterpath Press is known for championing (and publishing) experimental, cutting-edge literature, and tonight they'll celebrate the release of three new additions to the literary world: Eric Baus' Scared Text, Richard Froude's The Passenger, and Andrea Rexilius's Half of What They Carried Flew Away. The writers will be on hand to read from their work, answer questions, and prove the wide range of the Denver literary scene.
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Fancy Plants: A Vegan Prom at the Mercury Cafe (Saturday, $8-10) Whether you were too cool to go to prom or you went and endured crappy faux-fancy meat and Top 40 tunes, this Vegan Prom promises to be way cooler than the high school version. For one thing, there will be catered vegan food, and for another, there will be a cash bar and no chaperones. Put on your best duds and replace that bad high school memory with a positive one.
Park to Perk Bunny and Bike Ride at Wash Perk (Sunday, free) It's no joke that there will be a series of fun, Easter-themed events this April Fool's at Wash Perk to celebrate the coffee shop's fourth birthday. Beginning with pastries and hot chocolate at the Wash Park West Flower Gardens and continuing with an egg hunt, bike ride and visits with the Easter bunny, this should be a fun family event to get out and hang out with a dude in a giant bunny costume.