The holiday season is heating up -- even if the temperature isn't. Save your cash for a new space heater and take advantage of this weekend's inexpensive entertainment options -- from a party devoted to petting cats to a free comedy show to an even devoted to fighting bullying. And nine of the events we highlight below are totally free. Did we miss something? Share other bargains in the comments section and check out the Westword calendar for a full listing of weekend events.
10 Years Later... The DZL's Anniversary Party at the Denver Zine Library (Friday, $10) Celebrate a decade of handmade publications in Denver at the Denver Zine Library's anniversary party. Catch music from Bearsnail and Boot & Rally, share your own zine memories, and rejoice at the continuing existence of this local DIY staple.
Travis Nichols at the Norlin Library (Friday, free) CU Boulder's Creative Writing Reading Series brings poets from around the world to read at the school, and you don't have to be a student to take advantage of the free performances. Tonight's guest is Washington, D.C. author Travis Nichols, whose latest novel,The More You Ignore Me, follows a story of unrequited love as told through uninvited posts on a wedding blog. CU MFA candidate Adrian Sobol will introduce Nichols and also read.
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Santa Paws Festival at the Cat Care Society (Friday-Saturday, free) Spend your weekend hanging with the cute felines of the Cat Care Society at the organization's annual holiday bash. You can do some holiday shopping at the bake sale and bazaar, pet the furry creatures, consider adopting a kitty of your own -- and chow down on free popcorn.
Park Hill Arts Weekend at the Art Garage (Friday-Sunday, free) Take a rare peek inside the studios of Park Hill artists this weekend. In addition to touring workspaces, you can also enjoy an art opening and silent auction at the Art Garage.Stand-up for Stand for the Silent at the Infinite Monkey Theorem (Friday, by donation)
To help raise money for anti-bullying campaign Stand for the Silent, local comedians will come together for a night of laughter, art and music. The show will feature sets from Adam Cayton-Holland, Chris Charpentier, Kristin Rand and host Heather Snow; donations are encouraged.
Parade of Lights at Civic Center Park (Friday-Saturday, free) Bundle up in your warmest garb and head out to the annual Parade of Lights, where you can celebrate the holidays by watching marching bands and extravagant floats roll by. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate spiked with peppermint schnapps for even more fun.
Mile High Soul Club at Beauty Bar (Saturday, free before 10 p.m.) Mile High Soul Club is one of the best parties in the city, and the benefits of dancing the night away with DJs Tyler Jacobson and Steve Cervantes are even more enticing this time: MHSC will release its first compilation CD. And the first 300 people in the door after 10 p.m. -- when there's a $3 cover -- will get a free copy.America's Got Talent Auditions at the Colorado Convention Center (Saturday, free)
Claim your fifteen minutes of fame this weekend: Share your strange skills at theAmerica's Got Talent Auditions
. Reservations are not required, and anyone can show up to try their luck at getting on the show. Or if you just like to watch, this could be the best free entertainment in town.
Denver Gay Men's Chorus at the Denver Central Library (Saturday, free) Hear holiday classics and heart-warming tunes performed by the Denver Gay Men's Chorus. Nearly 200 voices will join together in what's sure to be a great end to Fresh City Life's 2013 season."A Night of Laughs" American & British Comedy at Visionbox (Sunday, free)
For five weeks now, a group of actings students have studied British and American playwrights with master teacher Jennifer McCray Rincón. See the culmination of their work tonight at this free open rehearsal of scenes from classics likeThe Odd Couple
,The Importance of Being Ernest
andGlengarry Glen Ross
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