Denver is teeming with events this weekend that won't put a strain on your finances -- everything from art openings to Valentine-inspired shopping parties to a drag pageant. In fact, our picks this week of ten things to do for under $10 includes eight that are totally free! For a full calendar of events, check out the Westword calendar, and share other bargain happenings in the comments section.
See also: - First look: The Armoury opens in the Ballpark neighborhood - Do I have what it takes to be a drag queen pageant judge? - Brittany Gould talks about her piece for Design After Dark, "Dreaming in Another Language"
Dreamt Beings at KAZE Gallery (Friday, free) Artists Emily J Moore and Elena Gunderson create ethereal, warm-toned, dreamlike pieces, and they'll display new work in a joint opening tonight, titled Dreamt Beings. See some magical paintings and support local artists at this reception.
Open Mic at Cafe Cultura (Friday, $3) Cafe Cultura's monthly open mic night is always more than just an open mic. In addition to all-ages poetry readings, tonight's edition will feature music from Kasi Garcia and Che Christ and community presentations. Learn about groups like SafeHouse Denver and Save Wiyabi Project, hear some fresh new voices -- and maybe even get up on stage yourself.
Design Within Denver: Made For Love at the MCA Denver (Friday, free) The MCA is Made for Love tonight -- and if you attend this event, you'll have a much lovelier Valentine's Day, with the perfect gift in hand that will cancel out any rush to King Soopers for a last-minute, heart-shaped box of chocolates. Made for Love will showcase the art of Firefly Gardens, HookerMade, mukee and MY JULY; browse through such for-sale items as glass orb terrarium necklaces, handmade cards and jewelry made from broken skateboards while you sip on cocktails. Lovely!
Grand Opening at The Armoury (Friday, free) The Armoury, a European-style pub, has been pouring for a few weeks, but it's celebrating its grand opening tonight with a slew of drink specials and tunes from Mile High Soul Club DJs Tyler "Danger" Jacobson and "Creeper" Steve Cervantes. Check out the new space, enjoy some cheap drinks and dance the night away.
Miss Queen of Aces Pageant at Hamburger Mary's Club M (Saturday, $10) Get caught up in the drama tonight at the fourth annual Miss Queen of Aces Pageant, where drag queens will compete in competitions like Volleyball Wear, Talent and Final Question/Evening Wear. Put on by the Colorado Gay Volleyball Association (and featuring Westword's own Bree Davies as one of the judges), this competition promises to be a thrilling display of camp, drama and heels.
Free Day at the Denver Firefighters Museum (Saturday, free) As part of Burn Awareness Week, the Denver Firefighters Museum is opening its doors for free today. It's a smokin' deal! The fascinating exhibits detail the history of firefighting in Denver, from what it takes to be a firefighter to the city's biggest fires.
The Goddess is Alive at Forest Room 5 (Saturday, free) Forest Room 5 is all about art tonight. Jacqueline Sophia Cordova will be showing new magical, goddess-inspired creations; local artists Porscha Danielle and Nicole Rae will be showing videos, and DJ Samurai Buck will spin a set.VAULT: an evening of excavations from the other side at the Meadowlark (Saturday, free)
For an evening of music that's a little different from traditional club nights, head to the Meadowlark for a night of oddities from the collection of DJ Isaac Linder. VAULT promises an array of strange cuts -- everything from techno to ambient industrial to deep house.
Chinese New Year Celebration at Far East Center (Sunday, free) Usher in the Chinese New Year at the Far East Center at noon today, when you can see traditional Chinese lion dances and kung fu performances by the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association. And then ring in the year of the Snake.
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Beers, Brats, and Bras at SOL (Sunday, free) SOL Lingerie is throwing its annual pre-Valentine's shopping extravaganza today, so that shoppers can come in and buy the perfect gifts to present to their beloved (whether in boxes or on their bodies). SOL will be serving brats and free beer while you shop for yourself or that a special someone; you can also enter to win fifth-row Nuggets vs. Clippers tickets and a $100 Rio Grande gift certificate.