Whether you're broke after shopping on Black Friday or simply extending Buy Nothing Day, there's no need to refrain from going out this week -- because there are many ways to keep yourself entertained for free! For example, you can visit the zoo, party like a lowlife writer at a Bukowski-themed party or blast off into outer space....without even opening that wallet.
For full event listings, visit the online Westword calendar, and if you know of other free events over the next four days, share them in the comments section below.
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Celebrate the writing of Charles Bukowski this evening with a slew of tributes to the booze-loving, lowlife poet. The night will begin with readings by Daniel Landes andWestword
's own Josiah Hesse, and continue with musical adaptations of the work by Lizzy Allen. Following the readings, you can see the man himself on film in a screening of the docBukowski: Born Into This
, and then watch the semi-autobiographical, Bukowski-penned filmBarfly
.Free Day at the Denver Zoo (Wednesday)
Want to see wildlife other than squirrels and the occasional pigeon? Spend your Wednesday hanging out with the animals at the Denver Zoo. Visiting is free today, and though you'll have to pay extra if you want to stay for Zoo Lights, you can spend the entire day with boat-billed herons, cantil vipers and Amur leopards without paying a dime.
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60 Minutes in Space at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Wednesday) Travel to outer space for an hour at this fascinating edition of a monthly series at the Gates Planetarium. The program features scientists from the museum's Space Sciences Department teaching you about the newest developments in space research, and promises to include lots of cool images and animations of the galaxy. Get there early, since seating is limited.