You won't need to raise money with Walter White-style drug-manufacturing in order to have fun in Denver this weekend. From a celebration of the gritty meth drama Breaking Bad (and a TV show-inspired art show) to a public art tour to the third annual Denver County Fair, there's a lot of low-cost entertainment in town. Read on for our picks of under-$10 events, share your own favorites in the comments section, and check out the Westword calendar for a complete listing of things to do.
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The Denver Digerati's Friday Flash program continues tonight with motion-based digital art projected at 14th and Champa streets, made by such RedLine Gallery-based artists as Katie Martineau-Caron, Nikki Pike and Katie Watson. As a special bonus, Pizza Republica will be providing free pizza at 6:30 p.m.
Music Night at MCA Denver (Friday, $5) See a one-night-only musical performance tonight on the roof of the MCA, put on by the Super Friends Musical Alliance. Four musicians who have never played together will get together to create a completely improvisational performance while you sip cocktails on the rooftop and look out at the city.
Denver County Fair at the National Western Complex (Friday-Sunday, $10) You could spend the entire weekend of the Denver County Fair, and a ticket for all three days costs just ten bucks! Activities include an X-Treme Pancake Breakfast, performing pigs, a geek pavilion, and tons more. Check out Cory Casciato's interview with entertainment director Andrew Novick for more insight on all the fun.
Sheridan Anderson Furrer and Myra Rios Artist Reception at eden (Friday, free) Enjoy the sights and sounds of a carnival tonight at an opening reception for a joint show by Sheridan Anderson Furrer and Myra Rios at eden. While you look at exciting new art, the restaurant/bar/gallery will host carnival-themed fun, with ring tosses, cotton candy to munch on and music from Bill Yunz.
Denver Handmade Homemade Market at the Denver Art Society (Saturday, $2-5) Spend your hard-earned cash on great goods -- knowing the money will go right back into the local economy at the monthly Handmade Homemade Market, where everything is locally produced and priced by suggested donation. There will be a wide selection of unique clothing, crafts and eats today -- definitely something for everyone
By Any Means Necessary at Black Book Gallery (Saturday, free) Get stoked for the final season of Breaking Bad with an entire art show inspired by the AMC drama about a high school teacher turned drug lord. Local artists who are fans of the show will be presenting their Walter White-inspired work, and there will be free giveaways.Breaking Bad at the Sidewinder Tavern (Sunday, free)
Once you've gotten excited at Saturday's themed art show, gasp along with a group of equally entranced people at the season premiere ofBreaking Bad
tonight. The Sidewinder will have food and drink specials to go along with a free screening of the anxiety-inducing show, now entering its final season.
14th Street Public Art Tour at the Wellington E. Webb Building plaza (Sunday, free) Learn more about Denver's public art through a series of free tours put on by the city. This installment will meet in the Wellington E. Webb Building plaza and travel a half mile down 14th street, stopping at landmarks like Lawrence Argent's "I See What You Mean" (the big blue bear) and more. RSVP ahead of time to guarantee a spot: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Viva Streets on West Tennyson Street (Sunday, free) For the third annual Viva Streets, LiveWell Colorado is closing down all car traffic in the Berkeley/Regis neighborhood so that cyclists, runners, hula hoopers and more can enjoy the streets. Listen to live music, purchase healthy food and relish the absence of auto traffic for a day.
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Mural Unveiling and Reception at Street Kidz (Sunday, free) See Globeville's newest public art today at an official unveiling ceremony and reception. The underpass at 46th and Lincoln now features large-scale murals by Jeremy Silas Ulibarri (aka Jolt), youth from PlatteForum's ArtLab program, and artist Anthony Garcia. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, head over to Street Kidz and then Crash 45 for a reception and screening of a short film about the process of creating the pieces.