From an art-toy meet-up to an experimental film symposium, this weekend is full of great events -- and we've found ten that are absolutely free. So save your change for bus fare and get out and enjoy this city. Did we miss a bargain? Share news of more economical events in our comments section, and check out the online Westword calendar for complete listings of arts and entertainment activities in Denver.
Creative Mornings March Talk: Andrew Novick at Convercent (Friday, free) Enjoy free coffee and pastries while you listen to a talk by artist, collector, musician and all-around creative mastermind Andrew Novick. He'll address the topic "hidden" at the monthly lecture series. It starts at 8:30 a.m. this morning, so register online -- fast to ensure a spot, or just show up and try your luck.
First Friday at Four Mile Historic Park means free entrance to all the pioneer exhibits and events at Denver's oldest standing structure. Go back in time to the Colorado frontier days today...for free.
In Vision : A Photographic Exhibition at Buffalo Exchange (Friday, free) South Broadway has an awesome selection of art openings tonight. While you're walking the strip, be sure to stop into Buffalo Exchange and catch In Vision. The group photography show will feature work by Vincent Comparetto, Mark Sink, Colin Ward, Jamie Knowlton, and more.
Maisha I and Dr. Adrienne N. Bryant at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (Saturday, free) Spend the afternoon with authors Maisha I and Adrienne N. Bryant, who will speak as part of a Women's History Month celebration. Both will have copies of their respective books, Journey to I and Original African American Names: Undefined, on hand at the event.
Boulder County 4-H Wild West Carnival at the Boulder County Fairgrounds (Saturday, free) Celebrate the West today at Boulder County 4-H's Wild West Carnival. The free event includes games, food, prizes and a silent auction to benefit the youth program.Avant-garde Cello: Helen Gillet at the Denver Central Library (Saturday, free)
Helen Gillet will bring her experimental cello sounds to the Denver Public Library today. The free concert promises to fill the building with avant-garde tunes as the renowned artist wields her bow.
VeRVE Collisionz Hip Hop Dance Competition at the Glenn Miller Ballroom (Saturday, free) Competitors will dance their hearts out tonight in an attempt to win a $1,500 cash prize at the annual Hip Hop Dance Competition. Watch freestyle battles and get into the groove at the free show.
Denver Art Toy Meetup at the Cartel Studio (Saturday, free) Toy lovers will unite today at the Denver Art Toy Meetup, where collectors are invited to bring their toys to barter or give away. Mike Fudge will be live painting during the swap, which also includes raffle prizes, tunes and more.My Winnipeg at the Muenzinger Auditorium (Saturday, free)
Iconic filmmaker Guy Maddin's surrealist mockumentary about his hometown will screen tonight as part of the annual Brakhage Center Symposium. The weekend-long event includes screenings and panels, appearances by Maddin and JJ Murphy, and more -- all for free. Seethe schedule
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Speechlessness at Skylite Station (Sunday, free) Five weeks of acting classes will culminate tonight with Speechlessness, a free performance by the students at Visionbox. Exploring archetypes through Greek classics and the work of Bertolt Brecht, this evening of theater will provide a sampling of the always intriguing work from the professional actors' studio.