Going out doesn't have to mean going for broke -- seriously. This week there are plenty of inexpensive entertainment options, from karaoke on the 16th Street Mall to a food-themed photography show to a Mother's Day concert. Celebrate art, see a silent movie in the park, and get out there without spending your life savings. For a full calendar of events, visit westword.com/calendar.
Infinite Retraction at Hinterland (Friday, free) Sarah Richter's new art installation uses mirrors and LED lights to create an interactive, reflective experience that viewers can walk through at Hinterland. Experience what promises to be a magical night as you explore this artist's vibrant work.
National Money Show at the Colorado Convention Center (Friday-Saturday, $6) See dollars and coins of all kinds at the National Money Show this weekend. Learn about the Denver Mint, coin collecting and counterfeiting at a wide variety of lectures and presentations, browse rare coins and bills from a variety of eras, and long for the money you don't have.
Create Denver's Urban Encounters (Friday, free) Downtown will be full of Create Denver Week events this evening, including an interactive, 3D gaming platform from Mode Set, karaoke on the 16th Street Mall, and tons more. All the activities will incorporate an LED screen, and it should be a buzzing, electric evening, whether or not you embarrass yourself by singing "Like a Virgin" to the entire mall.
This weekend, take in a silent film -- for free. As part of its Silent Film Series, Denver Parks & Recreation is presenting this 1923 classic along with free popcorn, lemonade and a discussion after the movie. Catch Harold Lloyd in a silent, romantic comedy and relish the truly great thing about silent movies: If some jerk is talking over it, you won't miss a thing.
First HaHo Market of 2012 at Green Spaces Denver (Saturday, free) Now in its third year, the Handmade Homemade Market will kick off its season with the first market of the year. Vendors from all over Denver will gather to sell their hand-crafted food, clothing, jewelry and much more. You're sure to enjoy food, drinks, live music, and a celebration of local talent.
Food Face at GroundSwell Gallery (Saturday, free) Andrew Novick always has something entertaining up his sleeve, and this art show is cut from the same cloth. The evening will showcase new photographs from the Denver artist/collector/Warlock Pincher/man about town, and like all of Novick's events, it's sure to be a happening. Come early for free samples from Uber Sausage, and stay late to take in the photographs of food on -- you guessed it -- faces.
Denver Roller Dolls Mile High Club Viewing Party at eden (Saturday, free) The Denver Roller Dolls Mile High Club will be battling Rose City's Wheels of Justice at a bout in Portland tonight, so cheer on the local team by rooting for them at eden. The bar and restaurant will show the competition on the big screen while you enjoy drink specials. It'll be the next best thing to flying to PDX to yell for these local ladies in person.
Alyson Khan art opening at Hooked On Colfax (Saturday, free) Alyson Khan creates bold, beautiful pieces from acrylic paint and scraps of wallpaper that incorporate geometric shapes in a fresh and fun way. She'll be debuting new art tonight at Hooked On Colfax, so enjoy a perfect latte while you look at her offerings. And while there, you can consider donating to Hooked's Kickstarter campaign to help its their expansion ($10 gets you a latte and invite to the Grand Opening party!).
RiNo Open Studio Tour and Iron Pour at River North Art District (Sunday, free) Celebrate art at RiNo's Open Studio Tour; it's part of Create Denver. Browse through artist studios, go on a scavenger hunt for rhino statues, and carve a tile to cast in the iron pour for an extra $10. Afterward, you can celebrate by sipping Wynkoop Brewery's specially brewed Catalyst Ale.
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Nothing But Daisies with Marta Burton at Denver Central Library (Sunday, free) Celebrate mamas everywhere at this Mother's Day tribute concert put on by the Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life. Chanteuse Marta Burton will perform classics from Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Mitzi Gaynor and more lovely ladies of the past.