If anyone would appreciate cheap fun, it's The Dude, Jeff Bridges's iconic slacker character in The Big Lebowski. We may not have bowling on our activities list, but you can see the 1998 Coen brothers' classic for free this weekend -- and there are many more entertaining events around town, everything from ice-skating to a reptile show, none of which cost more than $10. For still more events in Denver, visit the online Westword calendar; feel free to share more $10-and-under happenings in the comments section below.
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Only Human at Love Gallery (Friday, free) Of the many shows opening on First Friday, this collaboration between artists Whitney Stephens and Emily J Moore will be one not to miss. Both create colorful, beautifully illustrated pieces that should work together well at this display at the always-intriguing Love Gallery.
The Lowbrow Coloring Show at Lowbrow Gallery (Friday, free) Art is for everyone, and Lowbrow Gallery will prove it at an opening tonight featuring colored drawings on the walls created by anyone who cared to submit them. See the amateur creations tonight and vote for your favorites at an opening reception that proves anyone can be an art superstar.Rodeo All-Star Weekend at the National Western Complex (Friday-Saturday, $5)
Watch as 128 cowboys and cowgirls from across the country duke it out in rodeo competitions for $140,000 in prizes at this first-ever Rodeo All-Star Weekend. The fun also includes everything from mutton-bustin' to a fashion show. Yee-haw!
((((LOOK)))) at Ironwood Gallery (Friday, free) Even when it's not debuting a new show, Ironwood always has plenty to look at; the space has a delightfully curated collection of trinkets, crystals and other beautiful things. But tonight, In addition to the usual flora and fauna, the gallery will open ((((LOOK)))), an exhibit of new works by Rory Smith that will only add to the magic.
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Family Saturday Workshop: Sebastiaan Bremer at the Dikeou Collection Pop-Up Space (Saturday, free) Artist Sebastiaan Bremer's collage/photograph pieces have been on display at the Dikeou Collection's pop-up space since mid-March. And today you can make your own piece inspired by the Dutch artist's photo alterations; a selection of vintage photographs will be on hand, along with materials for you to use to alter them. There will also be refreshments at this free, family-friendly event. Repticon Denver Reptile & Exotic Animal Show at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds (Saturday-Sunday, $10) Face your fear of creepy-crawly creatures or celebrate your love of them at this weekend's show featuring reptiles and exotic animals. In addition to displays of exotic (and sometimes dangerous) animals, there will be lectures about snakes and birds of prey. Get wild!
Supergirl Snow Pro Community Cup at Breckenridge Ski Resort (Saturday-Sunday, free) A series of snowboarding ladies will perform tricks and flips at Breckenridge this weekend, in the only all-female slope competition in the United States. It's free to watch, and in addition to watching the show, you can also enjoy art activities, yoga classes and music performances.The Big Lebowski at Beauty Bar (Sunday, free)
As part of its Sunday Night Cult Classics, Beauty Bar will screen this 1998 Coen brothers' masterpiece, while serving free pizza and seitan wings from City, O' City. Watch Jeff Bridges in his classic role as The Dude, as well as killer performances by Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore and many more in this hilarious film.
Spring Bunny Hop on Ice Party at Foothills Ice Arena (Sunday, free) Hang on to the remnants of cold weather and skate for free at Foothills Ice Arena's skating party today. With food, games, prizes and $1 skate rentals, this party will be a great way to get some exercise and practice your salchows on the manufactured ice. Be sure to register online to guarantee a spot.
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The Official Pridefest 2013 Auditions at Club Vinyl (Sunday, free) Catch what are certain to be some of the most entertaining acts of the weekend at the annual Pridefest auditions today. Aspiring performers will sing, dance, gogo, DJ and more in hopes of being selected for the June festival. You can audition yourself, or simply watch all the other would-be stars before you see them on the streets this summer at the country's third-largest Pride.