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, theWestword calendar
has tons of events to keep you busy.
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 ofUp
. 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.Girls Rock Camper Showcase at the Oriental Theater (Saturday, $5)
It's not often you get to see a show filled entirely with brand-new bands. It's also not often that all the members of those bands are female and under the age of eighteen. But tonight, the yearly Girls Rock Camp showcase will debut a slew of rocking new bands performing the original songs that they've created over the course of the week-long camp. Full disclosure: I'm the proud band manager of camper band the Black Fireworks, along with fellowWestword
writer Bree Davies, so I am totally biased. But believe me, it's going to rule.
Consignment Crawl at Athena's Closet (Saturday, free) If you've ever visited the Goodwill bins, you know that the world needs no new clothes: There are already plenty. Update your wardrobe today by buying bargain used items at the Consignment Crawl; 22 local shops will mark down their prices and provide refreshments and giveaways from noon to 6 p.m. See a full list of participating shops here.
7 Years of Fancy! at Fancy Tiger (Saturday, free) Fancy Tiger will celebrate its seventh birthday with a big party all day at the store. The first 100 people in the door will receive free giveaways, and any purchase over $20 will get you a free tote bag. In addition, djs will spin tunes throughout the day while you sip on brews from Breckenridge Brewery as well as Pabst Blue Ribbon.A League of Their Own at Skyline Park (Saturday, free)
Bring your blankets and a picnic meal to Skyline Park tonight, when you can sit under the stars and enjoy the wonderful classic about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League,A League of Their Own
. Featuring an all-star cast -- including Geena Davis, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell -- the inspiring Penny Marshall-directed film should be a definite hit in this venue.
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Yard Sale for the Denver Zine Library and Denver Community Health Collective at the 27 Social Centre (Sunday, by donation) Shop for a good cause at the 27 Social Centre's yard sale, which will benefit the Denver Zine Library and the Denver Community Health Collective. Buy cool goods, get a chair massage, and learn how to make a one-page mini-zine at the fundraiser.