Though your lack of funds might make you want to stay home and blast the Descendents's Everything Sucks until the weekend's over, resist that urge. Even if you don't have much (or any) cash, you can find plenty to do in Denver this week, good, good things like watching the Descendents documentary Filmage, catching a free comedy show featuring Adam Cayton-Holland, and more. Did we miss a bargain? Let us know in the comments section below. And, as always, visit the Westword calendar for more ideas of what to do with your weekend.Filmage
(Friday-Sunday, $10) Finally, the purveyors of teenage-punk angst are captured in a documentary.Filmage
tracks the story of the Descendents, the band that made killer pop-punk before Blink 182 and Green Day brought it into the mainstream. Fittingly, the movie will screen at DIY space 7th Circle Music collective, with different bands playing at each screening. Check outTom Murphy's interview with film creator James Rayburn for more info
Food for Starving Artists at Converge Denver (Friday, free) Don your finest Scarlett O'Hara or Rhett Butler garb tonight for Denver Collaborative's monthly free dinner for artists. The meal is Southern-themed, and will include baked chicken and kale and ham hocks as well as vegetarian options. There's no catch: Just bring your creative self and be ready to talk about art at this awesome event.
Lighthouse's Big Read Kickoff Party at McNichols Building (Friday, free) Connect with other readers tonight at the kickoff for Lighthouse Writing Workshop's city-wide book club. The Big Read will start tonight with free copies of Marilynne Robinson's novel Housekeeping available, with readers performing passages from the book.
Nader Tehrani Public Lecture: "The Architecture of Installations" at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (Friday, free) RMCAD's Visiting Artist, Scholar and Designer Program consistently brings fascinating art-world guests to the school for free public lectures. Tonight the series continues with Nader Tehrani, the head of the Department of Architecture at MIT and principal and founder of NADAAA in Boston, talking about the art of installations.
Reeewind & Roll at EXDO Event Center (Friday, $10) This monthly throwback party is always a blast. Skate to middle-school roller-rink classics like "YMCA," and dress appropriately for the Big Trouble in Little Chinatown theme. Those 21 and over get in for free before 10 p.m.!303 Choir BORN CHAMPIONS Colorado Hip-Hop Concert at the St. Charles Recreation Center (Saturday, free)
One of the best of this weekend's events is this free, all-ages hip-hop concert. Denver youth will perform alongside big names like Bianca Mikahn, Infinite Mindz and the ReMINDers tonight.
Reading at Leon (Saturday, free) Spend your Saturday night with poetry at Leon's first reading of the new year. The space will host performances by Dan Magers, Ella Longpre, Christopher Rosales and Alexis Renee Smith for a mellow evening of literature.
Prelude at the Denver Central Library (Sunday, free) Get lost in a world of black-and-white photography with the Rocky Mtn. Monochrome Salon. From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, the fine-art group will host a reception for its inaugural exhibit, Prelude, which iincludes monochrome work from nine of its members.
Nothing: Real. Deep. at Groundswell Gallery (Sunday, free) It's always interesting to pick artists' brains about their creations, and today you'll get a chance to chat with married creators Suchitra Mattia and philosopher Adam J. Graves. They'll discuss their collaborative installation Nothing: Real. Deep. today in a conversation moderated by curator Rebecca Peebles.Propaganda! at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (Sunday, free)
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Propaganda!, the free monthly comedy show at Lannie's, is back with another stellar lineup. On the bill tonight are Hippie Man, Roger Norquist, Derrick Rush, Forrest Shaw and headliner Adam Cayton-Holland. As always, free slice cards from Sexy Pizza will be on hand, and downtown street parking is always free on Sunday.