What a great way to get out in the new year: From Bettie Page burlesque performances to a Charlie Chaplin classic, Denver is full of low-cost entertainment options this weekend. The following events each cost less than a Hamilton -- and eight are totally free. Check out the Westword calendar for more weekend happenings, and let us know in the comments section if we've missed a great bargain.
Colorado 14ers and Beyond: An Artist's Alpine Journey at the Evergreen Fine Art Gallery (Friday, free) Over the past twelve years, Dan Oakleaf has completed an arduous feat: summiting all of the 14ers in Colorado. This time-consuming undertaking inspired his new art show, which features paintings of the majestic mountains and other alpine landscapes. It opens tonight in Evergreen.
The Rap-a-Thon at the Savoy at Curtis Park (Friday, free) For three hours tonight, Ru Black and Lizzy Brodie will host a non-stop Rap-a-Thon. Different MCs will step up to the mic for an evening of rhymes and music from SpydaTEK and Selko.
The Art of The Equine at Foothills GREEN Gallery (Friday, free) You can tell that the National Western Stock Show is in town, because related events pop up all over the area. Horses, and their habitats, are the subject of all the art in this show that opens tonight.
The Colossal Archives Exhibition at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (Friday, free)Palmer Lake is thinking big tonight. Artist David Jones (also known as LORDSCIENCE UNIVERSAL) will display nine colossal, colorful pieces; the opening is free, and includes a wine and cheese reception.The Gold Rush at the Frisco Historic Log Chapel (Friday, free)
Frisco's annual Gold Rush weekend will kick off tonight with a screening of the Charlie Chaplin film of the same title in the Historic Log Chapel. Watch the silent classic about the Tramp (Chaplin's iconic character) and his antics in the Klondike Gold Rush.Free Days at the Denver Zoo (Friday-Saturday, free)
You can forget admission prices this weekend during the Denver Zoo's two free days. See the animals, wander the grounds, but don't get so excited about the deal that youdrunkenly stumble into the elephant exhibit
One by One at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Saturday, free) This stunning photography show includes artists from all over the world who submitted to be a part of CPAC's juried exhibition. Juror Eric Paddock will be on hand for today's opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m.Bettie Page Reveals All at the Sie FilmCenter (Saturday, $10)
Learn more about the dynamic and mysterious life of pinup star Bettie Page through this film; tonight's two screenings (at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.) will feature live burlesque performances. Check outBree Davies interview with director Mark Mori
for more on the fascinating flick.
The Duel: An Improv Cagematch at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (Saturday, $5) Every week, comedy troupe Governor Jack pits two improv teams against each other. Come to laugh, vote for your favorite, and see which team takes home the prize.Buffalo Exchange Holiday Party at the Hi-Dive (Sunday, free)
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Party with the Denver Buffalo Exchange tonight at a free, public holiday party featuring music from Men In Burka, Orbit Ok, DJ Babyshoe and DJ Footer. There will be a photobooth on hand, so your revelry can be well-documented.