There are a ton of music happenings going down this weekend, but for anyone not interested in loud noises streaming out of amplifiers for 48 hours straight, we have a slew of quiet-time activities to keep your ears from ringing. These include a bunch of movies, a book signing, some outdoor activities and even an art opening. Of course, we also have some dance nights to choose from as well. Regardless of your interests, you'll have plenty to choose from this weekend on the cheap.The Watching Hour: Ticked Off Trannies with Knives at Denver FilmCenter (Friday, $9.75)
Traditionally speaking, exploitation films are about revenge, and if you can't tell from the title,Ticked Off Trannies with Knives
is about a group of transsexual woman getting their revenge. Confrontational? Yes, but that's exactly what these films are supposed to be.
Vintage Renewal Pop Up Eco-Boutique at Hinterland (Friday, free) Vintage furniture, let alone vintage furniture with a modern groove to it, is hard to find in good shape, but that's exactly what Jeanne Connolly does. By picking up old furniture, reupholstering and painting it in a fresh way, she gives old things new life. But selling those things isn't always easy -- thus the pop-up shop going on this weekend where you'll be able to snag some new furniture for yourself.The Fifth Element at Esquire Theatre (Friday, $7.25)The Fifth Element
is one of those rare films that somehow manages to be visually stunning, absurd, hilarious, terrible and enjoyable all at the same time. That's probably the exact combination of qualities that makes it such a perfect fit for a midnight showing at the Esquire, too.
Regan Rosburg The Understory Opening at David B. Smith Gallery (Friday, free) Artist Regan Rosburg creates artwork that exists in the boundary between the real and the fantastic -- clearly rooted in wildlife illustration, her pieces in The Understory are an interesting combination of things we see all the time and things we can't.
Catfish and Blues at Tooey's Off Colfax (Friday, free) Is there anything that screams Summer more than a night of Soul, Reggae and Rocksteady? Probably not, but what happens when you throw in some fried catfish and cheap happy meals? Danger and fun is what happens, and that's not a bad thing.
Neon Knights at The Meadowlark (Friday, $5) DJs Shannon Von Kelly and Tower will be throwing down the electro jams all night at the Meadowlark, but even if you're not into the idea of dancing your ass off in the crazy heat, you can always just rock out on the Meadowlark's absurdly large rear patio. It's a win-win for everyone, really.
Outdoor Nation Summer Fun Day at Cherry Creek State Park (Saturday, $9 for a park pass) Everything about the Outdoor Nation Summer Fun Day is technically free, but to get into the park you'll need to pony up a cool nine dollars. Once you're in, you'll have plenty of awesome activities to choose from, including the traditional hiking and biking trails and the added climbing wall, boat paddling and plenty more.
Ryan Moehring Book Launch Party at Anthology Fine Art (Saturday, free) Ryan Moehring's new book, The Fried Twinkie Manifesto, is partially about his storied past with the dangerously delicious treat, and the semi-autobiographical, self-published novel takes its cue there. It's packed with plenty of juicy filling and a wide variety of stories for those interested in delving into it, and although the event itself is free, it'll cost you $15 if you're interested in picking up a copy.
Ice Age Spectacular at Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Saturday-Sunday, free with admission) Now that the dig at the Zieglar Reservoir site is complete, scientists for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science need to get to work rebuilding and putting together the 4,826 bones they dug up. But instead of just shipping them in and working in private, they decided to make a day out of the whole thing, inviting Ice Age fans to come and gawk as they get the bones in, all while being afforded an opportunity to see it all up close, touch mastodon teeth and plenty more.
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Civic Center Bike-In Movies: The Social Network at Civic Center Park (Sunday, free) The Social Network might seem like a strange choice for a bike-in movie in Civic Center Park, but with the rain finally calming down a little and the weekend looking like it'll be full of sunshine, it doesn't really matter what the movie is -- the fact you can sit in a park and watch a movie is cool enough on its own. Oh, and here's the Facebook event page for it.