10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (8 free!), April 12-14

Warmer weather is back, so it's time to get out of the house and have some fun in Denver this weekend. From Doors Open Denver, which opens up dozens of historic buildings, to art openings and a cat show, there's plenty to do in this town for pennies. We've highlighted ten of the best events that cost $10 or less; for a complete list of entertainment options, check out the Westword calendar. And share other economical outings in the comments section.

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Long Lost at Gildar Gallery (Friday, free) Influenced by nostalgia for a time before Google Maps and iPhone guides, artist Ryan Everson uses found objects like Boy Scout walkie-talkies and memorabilia to create his multimedia pieces of signs that long for a beautiful place to get lost. Wander around Everson's fantastic world at the opening reception for his show tonight at Gildar Gallery.

The Velveteen Rabbit at the Broomfield Auditorium (Friday, $5) Margery Williams's classic, totally heart-wrenching children's tale, The Velveteen Rabbit, will come to life in musical form at this family-friendly production from the folks at Phamaly Theater Company. Watch, through song, as a stuffed rabbit tries to escape his cloth existence and become real.

Eleni Sikelianos and Bin Ramke reading at the Tattered Cover Colfax (Friday, free)

The month of April is dedicated to the art of the poem, and to celebrate the Tattered Cover is bringing two esteemed University of Denver poets to its Colfax location for a reading tonight. Eleni Sikelianos, director of the DU Creative Writing program, and Bin Ramke, editor of the

Denver Quarterly

, will read from and sign their new books:

The Loving Detail of the Living and the Dead



, respectively.

Cableland tour at Cableland (Saturday, free) You can peek inside many of normally off-limits places during Doors Open Denver this weekend. One of the prime spots for voyeurism is definitely Cableland, the bizarre mansion originally owned by cable TV mogul Bill Daniels that now belongs to the city. See the multi-level pool, the internal television system, and more fancy, circa '80s silliness at an expert-guided tour of this landmark.

New Work by Matthew and Dale Novak at the Shoppe (Saturday, free) Eat delectable Shoppe cupcakes while you browse new art by Matthew and Dale Novak. The photography and visual art is sure to be a wonderful addition to the confectionary store's sweet offerings, and one of the top art openings of the weekend. Arvada Kite Festival at Robby Ferrufino Park (Saturday, free) Bring your flying contraptions to the park today and fly high at the eleventh annual Arvada Kite Festival. Enjoy live music, food and competitions in such categories as highest-flying, smallest, largest and most visually appealing at this fun family event. Handmade Homemade Market at the Denver Art Society (Saturday, free) Shop for handmade goods of all kinds at the spring edition of this by-the-people, for- the-people craft fair featuring everything from food to knitted goods to art to live music. It costs nothing to look, but if you have any extra cash, you'll definitely want to buy cool crafts -- and keep your money in the Denver economy.

The City, The Old, The Bad, and The Ugly in the Highlands (Sunday, free) Doors Open Denver features many tours, including this (there are so many!)west Highland expedition. It will take you through a variety of places, including the old Elitch Theatre, ghost-hunting at the Heiser Mansion and Schenk house, and many more historic sites normally not open to the public.

Foot of the Rockies Cat Club at the National Western Complex (Saturday-Sunday, $5)

See tabbies of all types at what the Foot of the Rockies Cat Club calls the "largest cat show in the west." From contests featuring all sorts of bizarre breeds of kitties to vendor booths full of cat-related items, this show is the purr-fect opportunity to fill your feline needs. And a raffle will benefit the Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue group, a no-kill shelter.

Talent Talent Talent Show at Beauty Bar (Sunday, free) Relive talent shows of your middle-school years at this Beauty Bar variety show. See Denverites perform strange feats and dance numbers for a panel of judges that includes Mark-Star, Castle Searcy and MJ Jo. The best part of a talent show when you're an adult? It's at a bar, so you can drink your way through all the weird acts.

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