Things to Do

10 things to do for $10 this weekend, July 20-22, 2012

Too broke to hand over big bucks for a pricey music festival wristband this weekend? Don't worry. There are plenty of other things on the agenda that won't cost you more than a Hamilton. And we've got them all in one place. From a Cinema Q dance party to a film about a wannabe serial killer, to eating ice cream and watching hula hoopers, your savings will be safe if you stick with these inexpensive events. For a full calendar of Denver happenings visit

See Also: - Explore faceless portraiture and hidden mothers at Tracing Absence opening, 7/19/12 - Don't call him queen: Paul Soileau talks about more-punk-than-drag persona Christeene Vale, 7/19/12 - Sky on a String: A photo preview, 3/9/12

Francine Mathews at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue (Friday, free) Jump into an alternate reality with Francine Matthews new novel, Jack 1939, where a young, imaginary version of Jack Kennedy embarks on an adventure of international espionage. Though it sounds a little like something Eli Cash from The Royal Tenenbaums might write, it's sure to be a fun summer read that will offer a new take on the former president. Mathews will be in town to read and sign from the book tonight.

A Woman's Work is Never Done at Edge Gallery (Friday, free) Sculptor and antique deal Laura Phelps Rogers will examine the roles of women in her new art show using a variety of mediums to play with the theme of gender. Want an idea of what you're going to see? One piece, titled "Nipple Quilt," features nipples cast in different metals and put together in a quilt form. This intriguing art show opens with a free reception tonight and promises an interesting, thought-provoking evening.

Killing Me at Yellow Feather Coffee (Friday-Sunday, free) Don't miss this chance to see Killing Me, an independent film about a fictional man whose dream from childhood is to be a serial killer. The problem? He can't follow through. Watch this man as he attempts to fulfill his lifelong fantasy of fame through murder in this strange film, and enjoy a latte from Yellow Feather while you're at it.

Tracing Absence at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Friday, free) To get tiny children to sit still for pictures in the Civil War Era, mothers often held the children while draped in fabric to obscure their bodies from the photographs. Artist Laura Shill will explore these hidden mothers in her opening, along with artist Adam Milner, tonight. For more information on the show, check out Tiffany Fitzgerald's interview with curator Marlow Hoffman.

Christeene After Party at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Friday, $5) Though non-Film Society members will have to fork over $12 to see videos and a performance from punk performance artist Paul Soileau's alter-ego Christeene Vale, you can get in on some of the fun for a lot less. Starting at 11:30 p.m., queer all ages dance party Damn Gurl is hosting an after party/dance extravaganza in the FilmCenter for only five bones. Dance to the tunes of DJ Narky Stares and Teena Pizza, drink at Henderson's Lounge, and party with Christeene.

Get ice cream and watch a hula hoop competition at Little Man Ice Cream (Saturday, $2.50 for a single scoop) It costs $20 to enter the Hula Hoop Contest going down on Saturday, but it's free to watch. Get an ice cream cone from Little Man Ice Cream and watch the creative hula hoopers battle for tickets to Water World, Phish, and other prizes. You'll definitely see some creative hoop moves and enjoy watching a sporting event that's a little outside the norm.

Reading Series #6 at Leon (Saturday, free) In the past, Leon's reading series showcased only poets. But tonight, the art space is doing something a little different: opening the series up to fiction and multimedia artists. Fiction writer Kelly Dulaney and multimedia writer/performer Eric Meyer will read tonight. Experience some work you've never heard before, expand your literary knowledge, and of course, get some free entertainment.

Sky on a String closing at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (Saturday, free) If you still haven't gotten the chance to see the breathtaking art kite exhibit, Sky on a String, today is your last chance to take in the beauty. George Peters and Melanie Walker create amazing, large scale kites that they fly all over the world, and this exhibit is a rare chance to see them up close. Don't miss this show before it flies away.

Open Arts Fest at the Pearl Street Mall (Saturday-Sunday, free) Get your arts fill at the Open Arts Fest in Boulder today. From looking at a series of art pieces made out of reclaimed doors to all sorts of artist demos, vendors, and kids activities, there's tons of stuff at this outdoor festival to keep you occupied.

Athena Project Plays In Progress Series at the Aurora Fox (Sunday, $10) It's rare to get to see theater for just $10, but luckily the Athena Project is offering readings of plays in progress for just that. The series will kick off tonight with Clinnesha D. Sibley's Tell Martha Not to Moan. It's a fun way to get in on the play writing process while it's in progress, as well as experience something theatrical without the theater price tag.

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