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10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (6 free!), July 19-21

It's one of those weekends where there are so many events that are crammed into three days, it's hard to focus on what to do. If you decide you want to have fun but hold onto your cash, there are plenty of happenings with an admission price that's less than a Hamilton. Watch The Lion King under the stars, go to Denver Night at the Biennial of the Americas, or dance with goths. For more events, check out the Westword calendar, and share more cheap and free events in our comments section.

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Chica Morada at the Museo de las Americas (Friday, $5) Practice your Spanish, eat Peruvian food, and hang out at the Museo de las Americas tonight. This will be a great opportunity to meet other Spanish speakers, while also enjoying snacks and a musical performance by Jessica Martinez Maxey. RSVP in advance to guestservices@museo.org.

Design & Thinking at Metro State Center for Visual Art (Friday, free)

Screening tonight at Metro State, this captivating documentary looks at the changing landscape of business, culture and society. By interviewing CEOs, artists and creative minds of all sorts, the film examines design thinking and the ever-changing world of the 21st century.

Hearing Radmilla at RedLine (Friday, free)

Radmilla Cody is a Navajo and African-American singer whose road to becoming a Grammy-nominated artist was rife with struggles. Watch Angela Webb's film about Cody's troubled life story that included incarceration and domestic violence, and also catch a special performance by Cody herself tonight.

Stand Up Open Mic at Mouth House (Friday, by donation) Get out of the comedy clubs with their wallet-straining two-drink minimums and enjoy some cheap laughs this weekend. Mouth House will host an open mic comedy night tonight that's sure to attract lots of entertaining, eclectic performers.

HEARD•DAM at the Civic Center Culture Complex (Friday, free) As part of the Biennial's Denver Night, artist Nick Cave will display his spectacular Soundsuits in a choreographed performance featuring life-sized horse costumes. Also expect an opera with dogs, a set by The Fray...and lots more.

The Lion King at Skyline Park (Saturday, free)

One of the great shortcomings of Netflix is its complete lack of classic Disney cartoons. That's why tonight's showing of

The Lion King

projected on the big screen outdoors in Skyline Park will be such a treat. Laugh, cry, sing along, and experience the circle of life.

Wheat Fest 2013 at Green on 38 (Saturday, free) Put on your sunscreen and head to Wheat Ridge's annual festival today for food, live music and tons of vendors displaying their wares. Kids can participate in face painting and crafts while adults check out the beer and cider garden.

Goth Night at Milk Bar (Saturday, $5) One of the most consistently awesome club nights in Denver is Saturday at Milk Bar, where you can dance to goth and new-age music without fear of being judged and make friends with goths in killer costumes. People-watching while listening to Joy Division and the Cure has never been so good.

Monthly Writing Club at the Denver Zine Library (Sunday, free) Writing is a solitary act, and it's often hard to get the motivation to complete anything at home when the pressures of laundry and social networking are constantly calling. Get out of your house and into a supportive community at the DZL's monthly writing group. Bring your laptop or use the provided pens and paper to work on your writing surrounded by other creative types.

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Grisaille at the Atlas Theater (Sunday, free) A film by Guggenheim scholar Ed Bowes, Grisaille will premiere tonight at the University of Colorado at Boulder accompanied by a stellar lineup of entertainment. Poets Robert Duncan and Anne Waldman will read, and there will be performances by cast members Serena Chopra, HR Hegnauer, Skye Hughes, Gesel Mason and Tara Rynders.

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