Weekend Calendar: Dance to da funk, a hike in the woods, vintage fashion and more

Denver's about to experience the best of Vegas, when the legendary Get Back Vegas soul dance party treks from their Beauty Bar to our Beauty Bar, 608 E. 13th Avenue, beginning tonight and continuing every third Friday in the future. Think honkin' big afros, old-school chic and the best dance music in the world, from funk and soul to classic hip hop and reggae, courtesy of Vegas DJs John Doe, Danny Boy and Phoreyz. There is no cover to dance the night away at the Get Back, called "Sin City's finest funk and soul dance party" by Spin; get the Beauty Bar's signature manicure and a martini for $10.

Colorado author Mike Wallace wrote and published a book, The Red Fire Fly; it's being promoted as "the story of two and a girl, a briefcase full of money, a time machine, a salad spinner and a small red fly." The usual stuff, right? But instead of putting out a companion book on CD, Wallace put out a soundtrack to the tome, with music by Tequila Mockingbird, Trailer Park Playboys and several other bands and musicians. A few of those groups, including those mentioned, will be performing live at the Red Fire Fly Book/Soundtrack Release Party, 7 p.m. tonight at Bender's Tavern, 314 E. 13th Avenue, with emcee Chuck E. Cheeks running the show. Admission is $7.

Hikers would do well to head south to the San Luis Valley Saturday for Blanca Fest, a free day of events, guided hikes, live music and food from the the San Luis Brewery Co., hosted by the Colorado Mountain Club for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. The free all-day affair unfolds between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. in Alamosa's Cole Park. Get details at the website.

You don't have to have that big an imagination to picture what a "banjola" might look like: The acoustic guitar/mandolin/banjo hybrid invented by Denver luthier Edward Victor Dick looks pretty much like what it is. But how does it sound? Check it out at the Second Ever Banjola Festival, at 6 p.m. at the bucolic Willow Farm, 11898 North 75th Street, Longmont. Admission is $10 to $15.

Kiss Tamarac Square, 7777 E. Hampden Avenue, goodbye tomorrow at the Vintage Va Voom Fashion Market and Show, a Dress to Thrill event featuring three runway shows focusing on local vintage designers, as well as local vendor booths, a photo station for model wannabes, food and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best vintage fashions to event, taking place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; admission is $10.

For more recommended events happening today and over the weekend, visit the Night & Day calendar page.
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