It's the start of a big week for film buffs, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of non-movie related activities to partake in this week. Of course, if you're inclined, you can certainly weasel your way into a few of the films for the Starz Denver Film Festival. If you're not, you'll be able to do tons of fun stuff, from learning about Ronald Reagan to dressing up like a lumberjack. Starz Film Festival at Various Theaters (Friday-Sunday November 14) You've got a lot of films to choose from this weekend, any of which you can get into for around $10 if you play your cards right. A couple highlights include The Magnificent Seven, M*A*S*H and many, many more. Ticket prices fluctuate depending on the venue, time and film, but DFS members will get in for $10, and almost all the Boulder showings are the same.
Denver Arts Week, Denver Metro Area (Friday-Saturday November 13) For a lot of people, Denver Arts Week is a non-starter -- they know Denver is filled with awesome art every single week. Still, some people don't realize how great the arts scene is here. If you're one of those people, you might want to hit up Denver Arts Week and learn about all the things Denver has to offer. You'll get free admission to a bunch of different museums -- but if beer is more your thing, you can skip over to Golden on Saturday for a free tour of the Coors Brewery and get free samples.
Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo at Colorado Convention Center (Friday-Sunday, $10 with coupon) You'll have to get yourself the free coupon linked above if you want to get in for $10, but once you do, you'll be privy to some kickass deals on tons of ski and snowboard gear. Obviously, if want to buy anything you'll be going well over $10, but at least you'll be able to get in on the cheap. The Life and Legacy of Ronald Reagan at Tattered Cover Colfax (2526 East Colfax Avenue, Free, 12:30 p.m. Friday) Ronald Reagan is a fascinating president who seemed completely and totally confused through much of his presidency. His policies don't always mesh together, but his actions were certainly bold. If you've always wanted to learn more about him, you'll want to skip lunch and head down to the Tattered Cover this afternoon to hear Active Minds present on his life and policies.
Short, Sweet and Silent Third Floor Film Festival at Jazz @ Jack's (Friday, Free) Tonight you'll be able to check out the best type of silent film: quick ones. Starting at 7 p.m. the Denver Pavilions hosts an hour's worth of silent films from local filmmakers on its giant LED screen with a free viewing party from the patio of Jazz @ Jack's. Sometimes the best type of experiment is a short experiment, so grab your avant-garde cap and prepare your brain for some films that are likely to be like nothing you've seen before.
Disco Nouveau at Beauty Bar (608 East 13th, Friday, Free) Mike Disco and Tyler Snow will be kicking out some jams for all those interested in shaking their booty on a Friday night. The night once took place at the Meadowlark, but has moved to Beauty Bar, where it will hopefully continue to flourish.
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Tanner Gun Show at Denver Merchandise Mart (451 East 58th Avenue, Saturday-Sunday, $8) You know what's great about Colorado? The fact you get to wander into the forest and shoot shit or knife shit -- or bow-and-arrow shit. Whatever. If you've got an interest in things like gun holsters or war relics, or want a new thing to shoot shit with, the Tanner Gun Show is for you.
One Hip in the Grave at Bug Theatre (Saturday, $10) Belly dancing might usually be associated with traditional Middle Eastern music, but that doesn't mean modern songs can't be integrated as well. If you've ever wanted to see someone belly dance to the traditional and the modern in one night, tonight's your chance. We hear Led Zeppelin will be involved, which on a weird level almost makes perfect sense.
All Jacked Up: The Second Annual Lumberjack Crawl at the Ginn Mill (Saturday, free) It turns out, Coloradoans love dressing up like lumberjacks -- that, or they already dress like lumberjacks, so it just works out well. Either way, if you're a lumberjack who loves cheap booze, you'll want to hit up the lumberjack pub crawl, where Coors Light will be just two bucks at five different bars.
Denver Record Collector's Fall Expo 2010 at the Red Lion Hotel (Sunday, $2) Record collectors of Denver: This is what you're doing this weekend. Everyone else? Carry on. The Denver Record Collector's Expo is all about getting crate-diggers together to swap records, buy crazy, out-of-print releases and fill in the gaps in their Genesis collections. If you're one of these folks, you'll want to cruise up to the Red Lion today.