It's starting to get a little chilly in the evenings as October begins to push the leaves off the trees, but that doesn't mean there aren't a ton of different activities to keep you busy this weekend on the cheap. We have some great films to check out, art exhibits, plays, free comedy, food trucks and more. For a complete guide of what to do this weekend, consult the Westword calendar.
Conversacion Contacto at Museo de las Americas (Friday, free) Have you ever been curious about the magic behind Huichol yarn paintings? Want to learn how to make you own? Then you'll need to hit up Coversacion Contacto today at 6:30 p.m. to do just that. No one said you can't learn a little before you go off and get drunk for the weekend.
Ron Franscell at Tattered Cover Colfax (Friday, free) Ron Franscell is best known for his mysteries and true-crime writing, but today he'll be signing two books, neither in those genres. First off is his memoir, which details his road trip to the Yukon with his son (queue Calvin and Hobbes reference) and the second, a travel guide detailing crime scene's throughout the Rocky Mountains.
Rocky Horror Picture Show at Esquire Theatre (Friday, $8) The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of those classic midnight showings and if you've never gone, consider it something you must do before you die. Sure, it's over the top, perhaps even a little annoying, but that's what it's all about.
A Comedy Show Music Party at City O' City (Friday, free) Who doesn't want a little free comedy from the likes of Nathan Lund, Sam Tallent, Andrew Orvedahl and more? Plus, there will be music, apparently, which means you'll be giggling and dancing at the same time -- which actually sounds a bit like a recipe for puking, so be careful. But still have fun.
Murder at the Orient Express at D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School (Friday-Saturday, $9) We're not totally clear how this spoof on Agathie Christie's classic whodunit is going to work, but considering it's one of the best murder mysteries around, we're curious how the whole thing will end up going down. Perhaps you will be too, in which case you should check out of the showings this weekend.Sarah Palin: You Betcha! at Denver FilmCenter (Friday-Sunday, $9.75)
Sarah Palin might not be running for president, but that doesn't mean a good portion of America isn't absolutely terrified of her. If you're one of those people, you'll want to check out this film, which goes less into her politics, but concentrates a lot on her home town.
Food: A Photographic Exhibition at Center for Fine Art Photography (Saturday, free) This is you last chance to hit up this exhibition of food related photography, which, if you're a fan of cupcakes, refrigerators and a little social commentary, you'll find lots to love here. After tonight, the show will be gone for good, so make sure you hit it up while you can.
Model Ship Exhibit at Rockler Woodworking (Saturday, free) We're rather fond of model ships, especially when they're in bottles, and while it doesn't look like there will be any of those on display at Rockler Woodworking today, there will be some 50 models constructed by member of the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights. Of these models, several are historically significant and all of them are built to scale, which is pretty damn awesome if you ask us.
Harvest Moon Festival at Eron Johnson Antiques (Saturday, free) It's harvest time, which means great grub will be available all over the place, but if you'd prefer to engage in a little Japanese culture, you'll certainly want to hit up the Harvest Moon Festival. The event has a little of everything, from anime to antiques, covering Japanese culture new and old.
Snack Attack at Morey Middle School (Sunday, free) The snack trucks are closing in on the end of their season, but that doesn't mean a few aren't willing to push it a little longer. Case in point, a bunch of the food trucks will be hitting up the basketball court at Morey Middle School to dish out hot eats while benefitting the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods.
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