A Casa Bonita art exhibit, VCR party, more Denver events this weekend
Viva Casa Bonita!
Friday. Colorado’s weirdest, and arguably best-known, restaurant is a theme unto itself. But Casa Bonita is more than just a “South Park” episode and local family tradition. The Tex-Mex “eater-tainment” concept, the last of a regional chain, counts Next Gallery’s “Viva Casa Bonita” exhibition among its many, wildly random impacts (see also Meow Wolf). The 6-10 p.m. Feb. 21 opening at 6851 W Colfax Ave. in Lakewood brings the third annual kitsch-fest back with pieces from various metro area artists. There will also be sopapillas, honey, chocolate banditos, drinks and “a whole lotta pink,” organizers said. The family-friendly show runs through March 8 and is open 6-10 p.m. Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free. 303-433-4933. nextartgallerydenver.com
Black History Month’s bounty
Friday. As Black History Month draws to a close, dozens of worthy events are piling up on the calendar. This weekend’s include History Colorado Center’s “Game Changers,” a new exhibit on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues, including rare photographs and artifacts, opening Feb. 21 (historycolorado.org for details). On Feb. 22, three members of the exonerated Central Park Five will speak for free at the Colorado Convention Center (RSVP at eventbrite.com). The D.I.N.E. interactive lunch event with Rosa Parks — a living-history portrayal of the civil rights pioneer from scholar Becky Stone — lands at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Englewood on Feb. 23 (coloradohumanities.org). And Vocal Coalition’s third annual Black Music Matters heads to the Newman Center on Feb. 25, honoring black vocal music from Africa to Colorado. newmancenterpresents.com
A museum for all seasons, plus “Shiki Dreams”
Saturday. Englewood’s Museum of Outdoor Arts boasts an attention-getting exhibition this weekend in “Rauschenberg: Reflections and Ruminations,” which kicks off Feb. 22 with a ticketed reception ($50 per person) that previews more than 50 original works spanning 1962-2008 from the influential pop-artist. It officially runs Feb. 24-June 13 and bills itself as largest solo exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg’s work ever presented in Colorado. $10 per adult, children 5 and under free. 1000 Englewood Parkway. 303-806-0444. moaonline.org. And on Feb. 25, Prismajic — creators of the popular “Natura Obscura” exhibition (which also ran at MOA) — will debut the immersive “Shiki Dreams,” which is something a sequel to “Obscura.” The project marshals 20-plus Colorado artists in a 1,200-square-foot pop-up digital/physical experience based on a character from “Obscura.” $14 for ages 6 and up. Through May 25 at 2219 E. 21st Ave., just west of City Park. prismajic.com
Our blurry, VHS past
Saturday. Stuck between the vinyl and digital ages, magnetic tape has become a niche pursuit in recent years. The VHS fetishization continues Saturday at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake with the Found Footage Festival’s VCR Party, a 7 p.m. touring event celebrating all things in need of tracking. It’s at CU’s Muenzinger Auditorium the day before (Feb. 21) and The Lyric in Fort Collins the day after (Feb. 23). $12-$15 per show. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett will take us on “a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds,” which sounds like a proper threat/promise. Alamo is also launching its publishing arm with “Stuck on VHS: A Visual History of Video Store Stickers,” in conjunction with the Feb. 22 event, and yes, there will be related activities for tapeheads. drafthouse.
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