Don't get so wrapped up in buying gifts for others that you forget Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 8; even if you don't have much cash, there are plenty of ways to participate in the fundraiser on the cheap. And after you've emptied your pockets for charity, you can still keep busy at such free events as a discussion of Denver's homeless community, the screening of a documentary on street life in Harlem, and a workshop on making extreme films, with some classic examples. Leave a comment if you know of any bargains we missed, and check out the Westword calendar for a complete lineup of events.
Understanding Homelessness in RiNo at Green Spaces Colorado (5:30 p.m. Monday, free)
As winter weather sets in, it's time to get some cold, hard facts on the homeless community in Denver. Go to Green Spaces tonight for a discussion on homelessness, and how to create a better environment for the less fortunate: Good ideas could turn into more concrete plans for the future. RSVP here.
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Field Niggas at Dikeou Collection (7 p.m. Wednesday, donations)
The heart of Harlem comes alive in this stylized documentary by street photographer Khalik Allah, which chronicles summer nights at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. As the camera pans around the characters of the street, the voices of the most oppressed members of the street tell their story, giving you a new perspective on street life. Donations are appreciated, but not required.
Adventure Filmmaking with Joey Schusler at madelife (7 p.m. Thursday, free)
Winter sports are just starting to heat up, and this program is the perfect way to learn how to document your adventures. Get down with other like-minded individuals, pick the brain of professional adventure filmmaker Joey Schusler and then check out films that locals are working on. Schusler has an impressive resume in the adventure-film field, so you won't want to miss hearing about his wild experiences, and madelife will have a special surprise presentation as well.