Things to Do

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

Denver is teeming with events this weekend that won't put a strain on your finances -- everything from art openings to Valentine-inspired shopping parties to a drag pageant. In fact, our picks this week of ten things to do for under $10 includes eight that are totally free! For a full calendar of events, check out the Westword calendar, and share other bargain happenings in the comments section.

See also: - First look: The Armoury opens in the Ballpark neighborhood - Do I have what it takes to be a drag queen pageant judge? - Brittany Gould talks about her piece for Design After Dark, "Dreaming in Another Language"

Dreamt Beings at KAZE Gallery (Friday, free) Artists Emily J Moore and Elena Gunderson create ethereal, warm-toned, dreamlike pieces, and they'll display new work in a joint opening tonight, titled Dreamt Beings. See some magical paintings and support local artists at this reception.

Open Mic at Cafe Cultura (Friday, $3) Cafe Cultura's monthly open mic night is always more than just an open mic. In addition to all-ages poetry readings, tonight's edition will feature music from Kasi Garcia and Che Christ and community presentations. Learn about groups like SafeHouse Denver and Save Wiyabi Project, hear some fresh new voices -- and maybe even get up on stage yourself.

Design Within Denver: Made For Love at the MCA Denver (Friday, free) The MCA is Made for Love tonight -- and if you attend this event, you'll have a much lovelier Valentine's Day, with the perfect gift in hand that will cancel out any rush to King Soopers for a last-minute, heart-shaped box of chocolates. Made for Love will showcase the art of Firefly Gardens, HookerMade, mukee and MY JULY; browse through such for-sale items as glass orb terrarium necklaces, handmade cards and jewelry made from broken skateboards while you sip on cocktails. Lovely!

Grand Opening at The Armoury (Friday, free) The Armoury, a European-style pub, has been pouring for a few weeks, but it's celebrating its grand opening tonight with a slew of drink specials and tunes from Mile High Soul Club DJs Tyler "Danger" Jacobson and "Creeper" Steve Cervantes. Check out the new space, enjoy some cheap drinks and dance the night away.

Miss Queen of Aces Pageant at Hamburger Mary's Club M (Saturday, $10) Get caught up in the drama tonight at the fourth annual Miss Queen of Aces Pageant, where drag queens will compete in competitions like Volleyball Wear, Talent and Final Question/Evening Wear. Put on by the Colorado Gay Volleyball Association (and featuring Westword's own Bree Davies as one of the judges), this competition promises to be a thrilling display of camp, drama and heels.

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