Just in case you’re all dressed up with nowhere to go, here are a few late-breaking events we heard about too late to include in this week’s Night and Day calendar:
On April 13, Denver music hub Twist & Shout and local hip-hop maven Jeff “Apostle” Campbell are hosting WORD: The Power of Self-Expression, an East High School spoken-word showcase that tops off a full day of self-expressive activities at the nearby school by literally taking it to the streets. Or at least to a public place. In addition to poetry and dance sponsored by four student groups, Flobots will provide some grown-up grooves of its own at the free event, which takes place after school today between 3 and 5 p.m. Go give these kids some support, and you’ll still get out in time for happy hour on East Colfax. Twist & Shout is at 2508 E. Colfax Avenue; call 303-722-1943 or visit www.twistandshout.com.
Wyoming activist/artist Adrian Hulberto Molina draws on his own experiences as a law student torn between entering the lucrative corporate world or following the less material life as a community activist in his Chicano Teatro-style play, Phantom Discourse: Life, Death and Chicanism, which is performed by nonprofessional actors in a spontaneous manner. Molina will play the protagonist, New School, when he and his cast of University of Wyoming students take the stage at the Mercury Café at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Admission at the door is on an $8 to $15 sliding scale; call 303-294-9258 or go to www.mercurycafe.com. The Merc is at 2199 California Street.
The DIY spirit will be flying proudly today at – where else? – the Flying Dog Brewery, 2401 Blake Street, when IndyInk hosts a marathon Plastisol Free4all t-shirt art show and design contest, where guests will help choose the ten best tee designs, which will then be printed up, on the spot. The event, taking place from noon until last call today (April 13), includes live music, free beer and food, live painting and screen-printing, and a raffle to benefit the Park Hill Preparatory Academy. Raffle tix will put you back $5 apiece; call 303-292-5027 for deets.
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And after you’ve slept off your weekend, you’ll be full of spit and vinegar – just like these gals – by Tuesday, April 17, when the Sister Spit: The Next Generation national tour stops over at St. Cajetan's Center, 1190 9th Street on the Auraria campus, for an evening of no-holds-barred womyn’s wordage from original Sister Spit roadsters and award-winning writers Ali Liebegott and Michelle Tea, and a fresh slew of queer twenty-something newbies who’ve taken up the call. Included in the revived tour’s entourage are writer Rhiannon Argo, Jewish Filipina Tamara Llosa-Sandor, pet portraitist Nicole J. Georges, zinester Cristy C. Road and novelist Ali Liebgott; admission to the 7:30 p.m. show is a $10 donation at the door. Check www.sisterspitnextgen.com for more information. – Susan Froyd