Hop on that brains train before it pulls out!
Hurry. It's on track to leave Union Station in the next year or so. The pirates and mustaches are waiting patiently at the depot for the zombies, so it can venture south, where pop culture is like 10 years behind.
On Sunday, aside from my birthday -- where all you sweet sugar tushes should be showering me with cash or whiskey (wet T-shirt contest! Stop looking at my rack) -- there is a Zombie Run at City Park, 1700 York St., Denver, at 9 a.m.
Unlike other themed races where contestants leave a trail of food-dyed corn syrup from sweating off fake blood, this 5K Run for Your Life event features a detailed story line and obstacle courses. The course is based on a fully scripted narrative, so while running from zombies, you'll also encounter barriers. Neat. You can pretend like you're on "The Walking Dead." (Carl! Get back in the house!)
At the end, there will be a big raging party where professional makeup artists will fix your lame attempt at zombification so you look less like Bozo the Clown.
Each runner gets a Zombie Survival Pack with the registration fee, which includes a race T-shirt, headband and water bottle. Participants can sign up to run as zombies, humans or as a team to get a discount.
Proceeds benefit Active Heroes, a charity helping veterans and military families.
Info: Sunday at 9 a.m.; thezombierun.com; $25-$50.
Music and art bazaar
The RiNo art district in Denver is about to rock its blocks off Friday with Final Friday, "Denver's Music Walk & Urban Bazaar."
Final Friday will feature more than 30 venues -- art galleries, shops, offices, restaurants, bars -- opening their doors to more than 50 musicians and performers all along Larimer Street and Walnut Street, in the River North Art District (just north of the ballpark in downtown Denver).
Snag a wristband at MegaFauna, 2701 Larimer St., Denver, for $5 so you can stroll around and buy fancy goods, listen to local tunes, sing karaoke, get tanked and eat food. The wristband will get you discounts at participating locations -- and maybe a special shot or three (I'm lookin' at you Scruffy Murphy's).
Info: Friday from 6 p.m.-midnight; megafaunastore.com/finalfriday; $5.
So you say you're an artiste, ey?
I'm jealous. My stick figures have morphed into stick doggies, which will decorate a future graphic novel I plan to pen. It's gonna be a classic.
Even if you aren't a creative type, you can still head to Mercury Café, 2199 California St., Denver, Saturday night for the first ever Denver Artists' Ball, hosted by Denver's Spark Gallery.
The steampunk costume carnival will host live music, spoken word performances and art, obviously.
Info: Saturday 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; sparkgallery.com/dab; $10