Between the sunshine and snowstorms, there's plenty to keep you from going stir-crazy over the weekend. You can dance up a storm, celebrate religious holidays, or just sit back and giggle. Here are our ten favorite things to do for ten bucks or less; if you want even more options, smash that Westword calendar button.
Denver March Powwow
10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, $7
For over thirty years Denver has been home to one of the biggest powwows in the country. This weekend you can admire performances by 1,600 dancers from 100 different tribes across North America. Along with the dancing, there will be stories to hear, songs to sing and lots of food to eat.
Ratio Session: Into It. Over It.
6 p.m. Friday, free
Meet Chicago rockers Into It. Over It. before their show at the Marquis. The band will tape a live version of the Mostly Harmless Podcast while sipping beer and playing a few songs; at the show later tonight, you can tell everybody you shared some suds with these dudes.
Mad Max Purim
6 p.m. Friday, $5
This mashup is not as weird as it sounds on the surface; there are some similarities between the history of the Jews and the story of Mad Max. In any case, it should be fun to dress up like a rogue desert nomad while dancing to Klezmer tunes, munching on Hamantaschen and checking out the museum.
Drag Nation Seventh Anniversary
9 p.m. Friday, $10
Y'all in for a real treat tonight when the resident queen Nina Flowers hosts the hottest drag show in town for the seventh year straight. Special guests and dancers will keep the energy going as you enjoy mixing it up to the tunes and those drink specials. Get $10 tickets here.
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck
10 a.m. Saturday, free
Rumor has it you should camp out overnight, since the Hello Kitty treats sell out fast. But just catching the truck when it stops at Park Meadows should be a fun time for all the Hello Kitty enthusiasts out there who just want to spread joy and happiness.
Keep reading for five more things to do this weekend.
Cleo From 5 to 7
11:35 a.m. Saturday, $3
Instead of going out for brunch at one of those packed places, order up a mimosa at Alamo Drafthouse while you enjoy this beautiful snapshot of Paris. Follow Cleo as the French pop singer wanders the streets of '60s Paris, while awaiting the results of a biopsy. It's a gorgeous way to handle a serious subject.
Denver as Bohemian Waystation
Mutiny Information Cafe
3 p.m. Saturday, free
The caravan of people moving to Denver is getting out of control, but this isn't the first time that the area has seen a big migration. People used to move here for the muse; the Mile High City was a place for bohemians to cool their heels and get inspired. What would it be like if all those Beat generation poets arrived now? Author Jon Leslie, photographer Mark Sink and beat historian Zach Kopp should have an enlightening discussion during this art history lesson..
Urban Peak Clothing Drive with Live Music
Illegal Pete's South Broadway
5 p.m. Saturday, free
There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the homeless community lately, so we should do our best to support organizations like Urban Peak, which is putting on a nice little show this evening. Hear jams from Cory Call, Ross Hostage and Stacy Fitzpatrick for the price of a donation of gently used clothing for the shelter. It's a win-win, people.
The Underground Stand Up Comedy Showcase featuring John Roy & Andy Haynes
Soiled Dove Underground
8 p.m. Saturday, $10
The Underground showcase has become one of the best comedy nights in the city during its short life. Tonight the audience will welcome John Roy and Andy Haynes, who is a professional soccer player as well as a comedian. They're funny dudes who'll put your Saturday in stitches. Tickets here.
Propaganda! A Comedy Show
Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret
8 p.m. Sunday, free
Never miss this free comedy show on the last Sunday of the month! This round presents a second chance to see Andy Haynes, as well as performances from local favorites Aaron Urist, Janae Burris and many more. Lannie's always have pizza coupons, too, so you can catch a free lunch sometime this week.
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