As both the temperature and your bank balance drop, it can be easy to give up on the outside world and fall into a cozy hole at home, with a marathon of all nine seasons of The X-Files on Instant Watch. But it's not yet time to hibernate -- not when the weekend is full of cheap events, from roller disco to a talk by a real-life UFO researcher. We've highlighted ten of the best bargain entertainments -- and five are totally free. Did we miss something? Let us know know in the comments section below, and check out the Westword calendar for a full listing of events.
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Reeewind & Roll at EXDO Event Center (Friday, free before 10 p.m.) Denver's retro roller disco returns tonight with another evening of rollerskating, DJs and dancing. This month's theme is Hell on Wheels, with a coinciding costume contest. Admissions is free for those who arrive before 10 p.m. (and $10 after).
Denver Avant-Garde Music Society at Crash 45 (Friday, by donation) The Denver Avant-Garde Music Society's monthly series of eclectic tunes continues tonight with music from Ryan Fiegl, Arnie Swenson, Matthew Hunzeker and ANIMAL/object. The consistently well-curated night will feature a smattering of interesting sounds, as well as a chance to eat one of Crash 45's killer (but not free) cheeseburgers.Hi-Dive Anniversary Weekend at Hi-Dive (Friday-Sunday, $5)
Over the past ten years, Hi-Dive has hosted tons of amazing bands. Celebrate a decade of tunes and good times at Hi-Dive his weekend with sets from bands including Red Cloud, Zebroids, Git Some and lots more.
Winter Silent Auction at Deer Pile (Friday, $10 donation) Do some holiday shopping for a worthy cause tonight, when Deer Pile will host a holiday silent auction. Available items include tarot-card readings and Philharmonic tickets; all proceeds go to Prax(us), a local nonprofit that helps fight human trafficking. Enjoy tunes from the Hooks and the Hollows and hear spoken word from Ayinde Russel while you bid.
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2013 Members Exhibition at Red Delicious Press (Saturday, free) Nonprofit studio Red Delicious Press offers a community space where artists can participate in all kinds of printmaking. Tonight the members of the studio will display new work, which ranges from silkscreen to etching, woodcut and monotype. Get a peek into the process and see some very cool art at tonight's reception. Probably A Teen Art Exhibition at the MCA Denver (Saturday, 10 cents) Though the MCA's teen art exhibition today features work by people who still have to obey a curfew, those of us past braces-wearing age are also welcome to enjoy the teenage art, free food and music at tonight's bash. It only costs a dime to get in and enjoy the fun.
Superhero Fundraiser Party at The Island (Saturday, $10) Don your cape and superhero mask and fly over to the Island for a night of dancing, music, volleyball and fundraising for Sustainable Roots. The organization works with communities in Latin America on environmental preservation and sustainable development, and will be throwing this party with a costume contest, games and more to push its mission.
Grant Cameron Presentation on UFOs at the Tivoli Student Union (Saturday, $5-$10) For those who want to believe, UFO researcher and author Grant Cameron will be speaking about unidentified flying objects, consciousness and reality today. The presentation will delve into abductions, quantum physics and more other-worldly phenomena.
Peter Conners at PosterScene (Saturday, free) Deadheads rejoice: New York's Peter Conners will be in Boulder tonight talking about his jam band-related work. He'll also read from his new book, Growing Up Dead, about his experience as a Garcia-loving teen, and discuss his documentary project JAMerica: the History of the Jamband Festival Scene.Ai Kuwabara Trio Projectat the King Center (Sunday, free)
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Listen to Japanese jazz tonight at the Auraria Campus, where pianist Ai Kuwabara, bassist Yusuke Morita and drummer Shintaro Imamura will perform. The performance should be priceless -- and it's also free.