You may be pinching pennies, but that doesn't mean you have to stay home and re-watch all seven seasons of Buffy on Netflix (though that does seem like a solid option). There are plenty of inexpensive activities in Denver this weekend, from art openings to a screening of Eraserhead. Keep reading for our favorite ten things to do for under $10, and let us know in the comments section below if we missed any great bargains. For a complete list of events in the area, check out the Westword calendar.
Faces: New Works by Taylor Boylston and Jakob Von Rühmann at Inca House (Friday, free) Inca House, the backyard gallery of Taylor Boylston and Chelsea Bashford, is always a great place to see art near Santa Fe Drive.Tonight's opening will feature collaborations between Boylston and Jakob Von Rühmann; don't miss it.
Exhibition Opening: Joel Swanson + Ian Fisher at MCA Denver (Friday, 10 cents) MCA Denver art openings are a welcome chance to see the museum's new exhibitions on the cheap. Check out new works from Joel Swanson, whose Top to Bottom collection explores language in physical forms, and Ian Fisher, who paints skyscapes, for just a dime tonight.Eraserhead at the Esquire Theatre (Friday-Saturday, $8)
The Esquire's midnight movie series is always good for some cult-classic fun, and this weekend's offering is especially stellar. The theater will screen David Lynch's creepy surrealist horror classicEraserhead
in all its glory. Don't miss the nightmarish black-and-white film on the big screen.
The Young Hot & Gay Tour at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (Friday, $10) On tour from Los Angeles, Heather Turman, Jordan Pease and Tara Egnatios will be in town tonight -- and they're bringing their laughs with them. The trio will serve up a haping helping of their fresh LGBTQ comedy, billed as "showing the world what this generation of GAY is."
Be a Cloud Not a Grid at Vertigo Art Space (Friday, free) Inspired by philosopher Sianne Ngai, eleven artists have created works exploring ideas that, in Ngai's words, "revolve around multiple and even conflicting feelings: tenderness and aggression, in the case of the cute; fun and unfun, in the case of the zany; interest and boredom, in the case of the interesting and...these categories are a reflection upon contemporary feelings of powerlessness." See the results for yourself when the show opens tonight.Big Fiddle/Little Fiddle at the Denver Central Library (Saturday, free)
These musicians aren't just fiddling around. Mike Fitzmaurice and Jean Bolger of the Irish music group Colcannon will play a special concert today at the Denver Central Library. The duo will offer interesting takes on the double bass and violin in an engaging, and unusual, musical performance.
So What! at Beauty Bar (Saturday, $5) No weekend is complete without a killer dance party, so head to Beauty Bar for So What!, the monthly night of soul, neo-soul, acid jazz and hip hop. The night has been running (in different locations) since 1993, so the organizers are obviously doing something right.
Denver Divas Reception at Megafauna (Saturday, free) For this unique display at Megafauna, artists chose pop icons and matched them with Denver landmarks. From Britney Spears meets Lakeside to Rihanna at Five Points, this show should be a fascinating display of pop art. Gigi's Cafe will provide the snacks at the opening reception today.
Arguments & Grievances: Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub (Sunday, free) In the first Arguments & Grievances of the new year, the comedy debate series will address such pressing matters as Mummies vs. Mommies, Duck Dynasty vs. Duck Tales and Ikea vs. Craig's List. Participating comedians include Sam Tallent, Hippie Man and Mara Wiles, who'll be arguing their positions with hilarious fervor.
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WoWps Last Chance Slam at the Mercury Cafe (Sunday, free) Denver is renowned as a strong town for slam poets, and some of the best female slam poets will be performing tonight at the Merc, as competitors are selected for the Women of the World Poetry Slam in March.