The first full week of work after the holidays is always a killer. Sure, you come in on Monday morning, buzzed and amped for the week ahead, but by Thursday you're as defeated and tired as Dilbert on quaaludes.
Re-energize, then, this weekend with some of these inexpensive entertainment options. Also, feel free to hype your own event in the comments section. Anything goes. Some events are 21-and-up. As always, call ahead before venturing out.
Blood Pony at Vintage Vinyl (Friday)
In December, locals Blood Pony opened for the Rural Alberta Advantage and the Shaky Hands at Off Broadway. The sextet's vibrant indie-pop fit perfectly alongside the rickety charm of the former and the classic-rock-leaning propulsion of the latter. 7:30 p.m. Free. Read the rest of Annie Zaleski's preview here
2 Legit at Sol Lounge (Friday)
This weekly dance party at Sol Lounge (4239 Lindell Boulevard) in Midtown plays "90s pop, old-skool hip-hop, electro, remixes and videos." Before 11 p.m. there's no cover and it's $5 after that. More info is at 2legitclub.com
"Drink for FREE on Friday" at Harry's Downtown (Friday)
Love to drink? Harry's (2144 Market Street) be the place for you Friday if you are heading downtown. First the good news. The "ladies drink free" mantra applies here. For men, it'll cost you $10. To feel even more baller-like, there is free valet parking. But please, tip the driver. Here's a poster with more information
No H8 Ball House Party at the Manchester Underground (Saturday)
The first night of the weekend-long No H8 Ball is a house music party at the Manchester Underground
(3960 Chouteau Avenue.) "DJ Olskewl" of Skybox
plays music from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., while IHDP's (International House Dance Party) DJ "CJC" plays music from 11 p.m. to close at 3 a.m. Visually, there's a "laser-light experience," which begins at 11 p.m. The party costs $10 per person, which includes one free alcoholic drink. The No H8 Ball also has a Facebook page with much, much more in the way of details
Arch Rival Roller Girls at All-American Sports Mall (Saturday)
Entering its fifth year of devastation, the Arch Rival Roller Girls flat-track roller-derby collective now includes four local teams and an all-star travel team. Tonight at 8 p.m. you can enjoy the roar of the crowd and the catty banter between the skaters once again as the season officially kicks off with a bout between the M-80s and the Stunt Devils. $10. Read the rest of Nicole Beckert's preview here