3 things to do for free this week, November 12-15, 2012

Broke after the weekend? The fun doesn't have to stop. Among the free events on the calendar this week are a screening of an Academy Award-winning film with the director on hand, a solar eclipse-viewing party complete with free snacks, and a workshop on how to get started writing your novel. For a full calendar of all events this week, visit the online Westword calendar, and if you know of other free entertainment deals, share them in the comments section.

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3 things to do for free this week, November 12-15, 2012

SUNLIGHT at the Wellington E. Webb Building and McNichols Building (Tuesday) Though the total solar eclipse occurring today is on the other side of the world, you can witness a simulation of the cosmic phenomenon tonight with Adam Frank's art installation Sunlight, which shows the moon's shadow moving across the globe on the Minoru Yasui Building. The evening begins with a lecture by Frank at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a viewing of the eclipse at 8 p.m. from the balcony at the Wellington E. Webb Building. The festivities also include free snacks, and cello music from Marcelo Sanches. RSVP in advance to rudi.cerri@denvergov.org or by calling 720-865-4302.

Novel Destinations with Victoria Hanley at the Denver Central Library (Tuesday) It's National Novel Writing Month, and tonight you might get inspired to write the great American novel tonight at a workshop offered by Victoria Hanley. The author of Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write, Hanley will help writers of all ages explore what it takes to finally write a book. The class requires advanced registration at 720-865-1206 or online. And hey, if you do start to write a novel, you'll have hours and hours of completely free distraction ahead of you.

Saving Face at the Auraria Campus Library (Wednesday)

If you missed seeing local filmmaker Daniel Junge's documentary

Saving Face

, you can still catch the film that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. The movie follows a Pakistani plastic surgeon dedicated to performing reconstructive surgery on women who are victims of acid attacks. The film starts at 2 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Junge and a reception at 3:30 p.m. Come see an important film and speak with a local filmmaking hero.


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