Though the grills have been extinguished and the fireworks are over, there's no need for the fun to end. July is full of events that won't drain your finances, from art openings to dance parties to a film about Russian feminist punks. Read on for ten events this weekend that are all under $10, and if you know of more, share more in the comments section. As always, the online Westword calendar has a full listing of things to do in Denver.
See also: - Artist Camryn Forrest featured in The Art of Steampunk - Noah Dorsey on partnering with Mile High Comics and how he created Saint Chaos - Charles F. Price on his new book and Colorado's bloody history
The idea behind YouTunes is simple: This week, people stopped at RedLine and filled out a questionnaire that songwriters then turned into custom, one-of-a-kind songs. They'll all be performed tonight at this unique concert; see how crowd-sourcing can provide the inspiration for tons of tunes.
First Friday at Denver Open Media (Friday, free) Denver Open Media's First Friday event is always a killer party. This month's edition will feature the musical stylings of Paper Bird's Esme Patterson as well as a presentation by the Comic Book Classroom; there will be a live broadcast of the event on Comcast channel 57 for those who can't make it in person.
Conecutter at Kitchens' Ink (Friday, free) Artist Frank Kwiatkowski creates intricate, oil-ink prints on recycled architect blueprint millar that he'll display tonight at this inspiring show in a tattoo shop. The colorful prints are vignettes from his upcoming graphic novel.
American Renaissance at FLIPP N STUDIOS (Friday, free) Multimedia artist Nik Ridley's opening is more than just an art show -- it's an American Renaissance. The night will be full of visual art, film, music and a runway fashion show that, as the artist says in a statement, "exhibits the primary elements of culture from a mod-urban, sustainable perspective. Language, image & sound are its foundation."
Willful Deterioration at the Stovall Costilow Collective (Friday, free) Don't miss Emily J. Moore's experimental show on your First Friday travels. She's displaying all new work created over the past seven weeks; her pieces are fluid and always inspiring.
Free Family Workshop at the Dikeou Collection (Saturday, free) After you're inspired by all the First Friday openings, create some art of your own. The Dikeou Collection's workshop series is inspired by the work of Lucky DeBellevue, who uses chenille stems (that's fancy talk for pipe cleaners) to build interesting pieces. Twist together your own creations while you eat snacks and listen to the Collection's vinyl records today.
Mile High Soul Club at Beauty Bar (Saturday, free before 10 p.m.) Mile High Soul Club remains one of the best dance nights in town. Tyler Jacobson, Creeper Steve and Soul Sister Say Yes will spin the best funk, R&B, Motown and northern soul so that you can dance the night away. It's free before 10 p.m., but after that the price only goes up to $3 -- which is totally worth it for hours of great, booty-shaking tunes.
9th Annual Denver 40 oz. Poetry Slam at the Mercury Cafe (Saturday-Sunday, $5) Some of the area's best slam poets will gather to battle it out with words at this annual two-day festival. Teams from Omaha, Salt Lake City and more will be on hand to spew their best turns of phrases at what promises to be a rousing weekend of spoken word.Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer at the Mercury Cafe (Saturday, $10)
Learn more about the radical Russian feminists of the band Pussy Riot, who were imprisoned for their performance in a Moscow cathedral, at the screening of this documentary chronicling their story. Local band Kinky Mink will offer a musical performance at this night of celebrating the awesome punk ladies who caused a global news story with their radical demonstration.
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Story Time with LadySpeech and Friends at the Mutiny Information Cafe (Sunday, $5) Bring kids along to get literary at this story time with LadySpeech Sankofa. Twice a month, families can gather to hear stories from local artists, learn new words, and celebrate the power of books.