I'm not gonna mince words, here, people: There's a lot to do here throughout the weekend, if you care to slog out into the slush to do it. Here's a smattering of worthy stuff on our radar.
Boulder's Frequent Flyers aerial dance troupe will take to the sky again beginning tonight, with the opening of Straighten Up and Fly Right!, an up-in-the-air evening of swinging dancers performing new choreography by FF founder Nancy Smith and others. A performance by students from the Frequent Flyers Kids Who Fly program will also be included. Performances continue Fridays through Sundays, through April 26, at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder. For tickets, $13 to $17, visit Frequent Flyers online or call 303-440-7826.
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Art lovers might take pleasure in the affordable works of painter Meg Voigt Meersman and mixed media artist Claudia Roulet, whose strange light boxes and found-object assemblages will especially appeal to those who have a thing for creepy circus themes, doll heads and wild-eyed animals wearing hats, who share space at a show opening tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at CORE New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive. Check it out through May 3 -- and learn more by visiting CORE's website or by calling 303-297-8428 for details.
Lotsa laughs are promised tonight at the Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Avenue, where the trio of kooks who call themselves Fried Nothing TV present their Fried Nothing TV Comedy Night 2: Comedy Harder, a combination of live and recorded sketch comedy, standup by local guest comedians, music by White Fudge and the Nemesys and more. Tickets, $10 to $12, are available at the Oriental's website or by calling 303-455-2124.
And how about Saturday? Start the day out at Earthfest Boulder, the little green festival that could. Not willing to give in to mother nature, promoters of the inaugural Earth Day event, originally planned for an outdoor location, are moving it all indoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street. There, you'll find local organic food, live entertainment and booths featuring more than 100 sustainable businesses and organizations. Admission is free, but registration is required. To do that, surf to Earthfest's website..
Arty schmoozing will be the order of the evening when the Photo Martini Club and Shot! Magazine present a one-night photography exhibit, Green, featuring member-artist interpretations of same, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Techno Rescue, 6150 E. 49th Avenue in Commerce City. While you're there viewing the pics, enter to win door prizes, cruise the cash bar, dance to DJs and all that -- and there's no charge for admission. Visit Photo Martini Club online or call 303-455-3870 for details.
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If you're like me, you'll agree that poetry and beer are a righteous mix -- and Liquid Poetry at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, will be your event of choice for the night. The second-annual pairing of beer-minded poetry readings and the Wynkoop's special Liquid Poetry brew, a collaborative creation of Denver Poet Laureate Chris Ransick and brewer Andy Brown, the event features sudsy odes by Ransick and a select group of poetic friends, and servings of Liquid Poetry -- this year an Irish red -- in a commemorative glass for $5, while supplies last. It all begins at 7 p.m., and beer proceeds help benefit the Colorado Anthology Project. Go to the Wynkoop on the Web or call 303-297-2700.
And the best way to recover from too much Liquid Poetry? Give up your day on Sunday to the Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo 2009, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza Convention Center, 10 E. 120th Avenue. Browsing this perennial show never fails to turn up audible treasures, whether you prefer CDs, LPs, 45s or all of the above, and there's more than a few side trips, too, including memorabilia and posters. Admission is $2 at the door. Log on to www.bigk.com for the poop. Viva los revolutions!
For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, go to westword.com/calendar.