Things to Do

10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), July 12-14

Though it's tempting to flee for the mountains in these hot summer months, Denver has plenty to cool events that won't drain your gas tank or your wallet. From free film screenings to a concert featuring brand-new bands, this weekend is full of fun, inexpensive activities. Share other bargains in our comments section and as always, the Westword calendar has tons of events to keep you busy.

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Friday Flash No. 3 at 14th and Champa (Friday, free) You don't need to stay inside to enjoy art. The Denver Digerati's Friday Flash projects short-form animations and motion-based art on a giant LED screen downtown for all to see. This month's installment, the third in the series, is entitled "The World is !Flat," and will feature work from artists like Sama Alshaibi, Brianna Lowe, Sara Ludy, Rosa Menkman, Brenna Murphy, Katie Torn, Sabine Gruffat and Angela Washko.

Denver Underground Music History at Cafe Crescendo (Friday, by donation) For years, Westword's own Tom Murphy has been carefully and lovingly documenting the Denver music scene. He'll share some of that knowledge tonight in the first installment of his Denver Underground Music History class, which is open to all -- the price is just a donation to raise money for a local musician's sound-violation ticket. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn about (and hear, and see photos of) obscure local bands of the past from Denver's music historian.

Up at the Denver Central Library (Friday, free) The totally heartwarming (in a not-cheesy way) Pixar masterpiece about an old man and a little boy who fly away in a house lifted by balloons will screen today as part of the Denver Public Library's Film on the Side Series in Acoma Plaza. Enjoy the outdoors yourself while you experience the magic of Up. We dare you not to cry.

Flash Bomb Reading Series at the Mercury Cafe (Friday, free) Those with short attention spans should enjoy this event: Rather than a long, open mic reading, the Flash Bomb Reading Series features performers who get in and out within five minutes. Featured reader Dagny McKinley will headline the night, joined by writers who sign up for the short-short story slots.

Colorado Black Arts Festival at City Park (Friday-Sunday, free) Now in its 27th year, the annual Colorado Black Arts Festival will provide a weekend-long tribute to African-American artistic contributions to American culture. From a parade to a visual arts pavilion to live music and even a scavenger hunt, the activities at this festval will be a vibrant celebration of Denver artists and performers.

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