It's the beginning of August, which also means it's the start of the end of summer. In just a few short months we'll all be hunkering inside complaining about how cold it is, completely forgetting that just a few months prior we were doing the same thing, complaining about how hot it was. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts and get out on the cheap this weekend, as there is plenty to do. From singles meetups to book fairs, we've got you covered for $10 or less (See our full calendar at westword.com/calendar). Here is How at Denver Open Media Studios (Friday, free) Learning is fun, but it's not always easy to get in touch with the right people to actually teach you. Thus, Here is How, a collective of eighteen different organizations with a wide variety of skills, will be teaching on a variety of topics, ranging from crocheting to love. Single Bytes at Creative Density Coworking (Friday, $10) It's no secret geeks have trouble meeting people -- it's inherent in their description. You're not a geek if you're good at meeting people. Thankfully, Single Bytes hopes to put the computer nerds and geeks into a room and see what happens. It's a good thing there will be beer, wine and a DJ to help keep people from looming at the corners of the room playing chess on their phones. Between the Real and the Imagined at Denver Botanic Gardens (Friday-Sunday, free with admission) It'll cost a little more than ten bucks to get into the DBG if you're not a senior or a student, but provided you can wing it that way, you'll be privy to some amazing installations tucked into the nooks of the Boettcher Memorial Center created by artist Truman Lowe. Have you ever seen paper that looks like water? We didn't think so, but head here this weekend and you will.
Book & Paper Fair at Denver Merchandise Mart at Denver Merchandise Mart (Friday $10, Saturday $5) If you're a book nerd, all you really need to know is this: Over seventy merchants will be on hand selling books this weekend. If that doesn't work, maybe the fact there will be costumed characters from children's classics running around on Friday night will -- if you can't get your kid to read, you might as well show them what they're missing out on.
Andy Berg: Rebirth of the Deity at Ironton Studios and Gallery (Saturday, free) Andy Berg's paintings are not the type you'd glance and immediately say, "I get it," but that's kind of the point. It's abstract and more of a representation of the human consciousness than it is anything tangible, but the paintings are clearly created from a very personal space, and you might find something new in them each time you look. Chicken Swap/Buy/Sell at Earthdog Denver (Saturday, free) Have a chicken you're trying to get rid of? There is probably no better place to do it then at the Chicken Swap this weekend. In fact, we're almost positive there's nothing else you could possibly do with it save for killing it or leaving the cage unlocked for a fox to come snatch it away. Either way, if you're in the market to ditch one or pick one up -- or maybe just trade it away for a better one -- now's your chance.
Denver Urban Gardens Bike Tour at Fairmont Elementary School (Saturday, free) Denver's community gardens are spread throughout the city, but that doesn't mean you've ever actually taken notice of them. They're an excellent means for green thumbs to still work in a garden even if they live in an apartment, and to celebrate, Denver Urban Gardens will be offering up a bicycle tour of their spots in town with a potlock at the end.
Constructive Interference at Emmanuel Gallery (Saturday, free) Artists David Fodel and Paco Proano have transformed the entire main gallery at Emmanuel into a dynamic, digital art piece that utilizes sound and projection. It's likely one of the coolest things you'll see this year, and the experience should leave you feeling a strange sense of synesthesia that'll be hard to shake off.
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Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market at Moore Olinger Howard Chapel parking lot (Saturday, free) The premise of the Horseshow Craft & Flea Market is pretty simple: get a bunch of crafty and creative types together and let them sell their wares. This means everything from fine art to antiques will be on sale from a wide variety of people in a mixture of styles. Look, we know you're all excited about IKEA, but nothing beats the real thing. Especially when you don't have to assemble it using a tiny allen wrench.
Civic Center Bike-In Movies: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Sunday, free) Ferris Bueller's Day Off is quite possibly one of the greatest movies ever released -- at least for anyone who grew up in the '80s. It's also the perfect summertime flick and a great candidate for the Bike-In Movies at Civic Center, because it's short, hilarious and fun.