As we look to the future, it's important to remember the past — because that's what this weekend is all about, with sci-fi roller-skating parties, retro toy shows and stories from the early days of the indie music movement. Keep reading for our ten favorite events around Denver this weekend, and check the Westword calendar for more.
Best Shorts - Boulder International Film Festival
7 p.m. Friday, $7
The Boulder International Film Festival unreeled back in March, but you have one more chance to catch some gems from the program, including shorts like "Figure, How I Didn't Become a Piano Player" and many more. See the complete schedule and grab your tickets here.
Diebolt Brewing Company
8 p.m Friday, free
Laughter always goes down better with a side of that Wiggy Wiggy Honey Hibiscus Saison that Diebolt brews up. Mallory Wallace, Jack Comstock, Tyrel Hartman and Timmi Lasley will share the stage tonight for an event that's every bit as funny as it is tasty. Pair your brews with belly laughs tonight.
Exdo Event Center
9 p.m. Friday, free-$5
Stranger Things hit Netflix this summer and immediately took over pop culture. Tonight you can skate around while dressed up as your favorite character from the show. You can also sing karaoke, play a little ping-pong and generally have a heck of a time. No cover before 10 p.m., and don't forget to sign your waiver.
Bowlero Lone Tree Grand Opening
Bowlero Lone Tree
Noon Saturday, free
We're on a roll now! If you like bowling or the Broncos — or both — don't miss the grand opening of Bowlero. Demaryius Thomas will be coming through to christen the country's latest Bowlero. After that, you can bowl, play laser tag and conquer arcade games for free.
Your Band Sucks Denver Book Event
Mutiny Information Cafe
3 p.m. Saturday, free
Today's music is cool, but the stories from beyond the stage are solid gold. Jon Fine spent decades on stage and touring in bands, and his recent memoir, Your Band Sucks, was selected as a NYT Summer Reading List selection. Meet the man behind all the stories.
Beastival 4: The Undead Dolloween Dance (of Doom)
Vision Comic Books & Oddities
5 p.m. Saturday, $5 suggested donation
It's a rad nerd night in southwest Denver. Get your undead dance on with Goodfellas actor Christopher Scott Serrone, as well as scary sounds from Boo the Ghost & the Undertakers, Nefarious Heart and Gomorrah. A horde of artists, comic creators, filmmakers and more will be on hand, so go on and gore it up.
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The Nightmare Before Christmas
Green Valley Ranch Amphitheater
6 p.m. Saturday, free
You might want to bring extra blankets, maybe even a sleeping bag for this outdoor screening, which could be full of real chills and thrills. But the popcorn is free and the movie is a classic, so bring the family.
Suspect Press Issue 12 Release Party
The Deer Pile
8 p.m. Saturday, free
Support local creatives doing big things in the publishing world. Tonight you can enjoy readings by Josiah Hesse, from his novel Carnality: Dancing on Red Lake, along with selected works from Charly “City Mouse” Fasano, Suzi Q. Smith and Dan Landes, along with music from Anna Smith. There will also be 45s spinning Suspect Press audio-literature for your listening pleasure.
Tropical Saucer 16: A Concert for Plants
9 p.m. Saturday, free with donation of a plant
Grab a succulent and head to DATELINE for an evening of sci-fi art installations and plant-positive music. You might even want to dress up as some kind of far-out cosmic traveler or plant — the more carnivorous, the better.
Denver Retro Con
Ramada Plaza Convention Center
11 a.m. Sunday, $6-$10
It's kind of weird to think that the 1980s and ’90s are what's retro now. Revel in the toys, fashion and music of your youth at the first Retro Con. Browse the vendors selling relics, get your hair done, get an Aladdin Sane bolt on your face and enjoy the stylings of a KISS tribute band. Above all, get back to your future. Click here for ticket info.