As stores start to get in the holiday spirit, your wallet begins to get a work-out. Fortunately, you won't have to spend much this weekend to stay entertained. You can ignore the upcoming holidays and pretend it's still Halloween at a Second Halloween art show, dance like a fool in a flash mob, attend a Dangerous Theatre performance, and do much more without paying more than $10. And eight of the events on our featured list are free!
For more events, visit the Westword calendar, and if you know of other bargains this weekend, share them in the comments section.
See also: - Coral Sphere installed outside the McNichols Building today - Romero Theater Troupe to defend Auraria custodians in activist play - Comedian Paula Poundstone on politics and her best friend, the audience
Art by Craft at RedLine (Friday, free) While craft projects like knitting are often separated from fine arts, they'll intersect tonight at this exhibit put on by the Denver Handmade Alliance. Eighteen local craft artists will display their work; the evening will also include music from Land Lines and beer from Breckenridge Brewery and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Party and shop at the same time!
J Audrey Hair Studio Premiere Night at MegaFauna (Friday, free) Celebrate J Audrey Hair Studio's new location tonight by dressing up in '50s and '60s attire, eating some free food, and getting a tour of the cool digs. Then head to the Meadowlark for an unofficial after-party at the completely free Mile High Soul Club.
Second Halloween Second Friday at Crash 45 (Friday, free) If you're desperately dreading the upcoming holiday season, live in denial a little bit longer at this Second Halloween art show. Pick your costume off the floor and wear it while you browse art by Mad Maximilian Shiffman and High Fructose Porn Syrup, trick or treat for candy, and avoid the warm, fuzzy holidays for another night.
Debut at the McNichols Building (Friday, free) Tonight is your chance to see the revamped McNichols Building for free! This open house will feature a variety of exhibits and installations, from an outdoor installation mural by Sao Paulo street artist Highraff to a light-box installation from Denver's Collin Parson. Check out the transformed building and celebrate one of the last bashes of Denver Arts Week.Comfort in the Arms of the Damned at Dangerous Theatre (Friday-Sunday, $10)
Denver's Dangerous Theatre just lowered the prices of tickets for all of its shows to just $10, so now you can enjoy the newest production,Comfort in the Arms of the Damned
, on a budget. The show, a world premiere, is described as a "psychological demon play" about a character named Tobias as he seeks to free himself from the grasp of a psychological demon in the form of a childhood friend, Xavier.
Auraria Custodians Tell Their Story at the Auraria Campus Science Building (Saturday, free) Rather than take to the streets with their grievances, the custodians of the Auraria campus are taking to the stage. They'll perform an original play, Auraria Custodians Tell Their Story, today on campus to help raise awareness about the decreased wages, increased workload and other complaints they have about their jobs. This is definitely an interesting, more artistic way to go about creating social change and should be fascinating to watch.
The Dunny Show at Plastic Chapel (Saturday, free) Artist TaskOne curated this Dunny show, featuring tons of artists creating their own versions of the custom vinyl art toys. After you've had your fill of artistic visions of these devil bunny toys, head next door to The Shoppe for an after-art cupcake.
Art Without Walls at the Denver Voice (Saturday, free) This show organized by the Denver Voice and the Handmade Homemade Market will make room for the artistic talent of individuals who might not otherwise get to display their work. Art Without Walls will showcase the work of local homeless artists who are usually ignored because of their socioeconomic status; the event will also act as a holiday marketplace where you can buy handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts.Fetal Hope Foundation Dance Flash Mob at Washington Park (Sunday, free)
If you've ever wanted to be part of a ridiculous public spectacle, this is your chance. Right before the Race for Fetal Hope, the Denver Flash Mob is hosting a giant dance to "Gangnam Style" in Washing Park. Watch the video, learn the dance, and prepare to shake your limbs like a fool with a bunch of strangers..
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Athena Festival at Ramada Plaza (Sunday, $5) Release your inner goddess at a holistic festival today, which will feature everything from $1 a minute psychic readings to crystal sales and aura pictures. Discover what lies ahead in your future while "America's Future: Predictions from Psychics, Astrologers and Numerologists," also promises a glimpse into our nation's future. The event starts at 11 a.m. on 11/11, so expect some magical numerology significance.