The city is ramping up for its Halloween phase, but before that goes down, we've got a few great things to spend your money on this week, including plays, films, art shows and festivals. For the toughest among us, it's also the final week to get your yoga on in the park before things get too chilly.
The Watching Hour: I Am Nancy at Denver FilmCenter (Friday, $10) You'll need to be a member to get in for $10, but if you are, you'll be able to check out this autobiographical documentary about Heather Langenkamp (read our interview with Langenkamp), the actress who played Nancy Thompson in the first and third installments of Nightmare on Elm Street. Better still, Langenkamp will be on hand herself for a brief question-and-answer session after the film.
Denver Silent Film Festival at King Center (Friday-Sunday, $10 It will cost you $10 per film screening to check out some of the best silent films in the history of cinema, which is a small price to pay for a miniature history lesson. They'll all be presented as they should be, on 35mm prints with a live orchestra playing along.
Denver Oktoberfest at 20th and Larimer (Friday-Sunday, free) Beer! Polka! Sausage! What better way to spend one of the last available weekends for outdoor fun? Heck, there will even be fireworks on the 24th -- that's how exciting this is.
Aspen Filmfest (Friday-Sunday, price varies) The best way to do Aspen Filmfest is as cheaply as possible, which is to say, hit up the matinees. Tickets are only $10 before 5 p.m., and you'll be able to check out tons of independent productions from around the world.
Fall Plant and Bulb Sale at Denver Botanic Gardens (Saturday, $6) Starting at 8 a.m. today, you'll be able to pop in and snatch up some plants perfect for Colorado weather. Even if that's not really your thing, you'll still be able to get into the Gardens for just $6, which isn't a bad deal, even if you can't take anything home with you.
Carnivalesque at Niza Knoll Gallery (Saturday, free) Carnies are one of the greatest subcultures in American history, and if you disagree, then we'd argue you simply don't know enough. To celebrate all things carnival, artist Penney Bidwell has teamed up with several other local artists to create Carnivalesque, a group show with a carnival theme.
Running of the Gays at Steuben's (Sunday, free) Last year, our own Jef Otte took the first-place prize in the Running of the Gays, and this year, he'll be back to defend his title. If you're interested in watching, you'll want to hit up Steuben's today, and be sure to save some cash to donate to Art From Ashes.
Yoga Rocks the Park at City Park/Alamo Placita Park (Sunday, $10 in advance) This is it -- this is the last chance of the year to get your yoga on in the park, and you certainly don't want to miss it. After all, you've had a hard week, right? What better way to relax than with yoga in a beautiful park with the leaves just starting to turn?
Food: A Photographic Exhibition at Center for Fine Art Photography (Sunday, free) Food, or, the idea of food, in its entirety, is a rather complex subject. After all, it goes through a lot before it gets into (and back out of) our stomachs, and when one thinks about food, they can think of a lot of things. That's essentially what Food: A Photographic Exhibition hopes to tackle -- food in all respects, from all views, and in a variety of contexts.
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Beer Olympics at Coyote Ugly (Sunday, $20 team buy-in/$5 per person) How good are you at drinking beer? Are you the best? Do you have a medal to prove you're the best? Then we don't believe you. You'll have to prove it at the Beer Olympics in a marathon of games including speed beer pong, beer spooning, flip cup, the chug, and an obstacle course. Just be sure to tell your boss you can't make it in on Monday ahead of time.