With the last two weeks of summer on the horizon, it's time to get in all the outdoor fun you can before the air becomes chillier and you want to hibernate. This weekend is full of summer fun -- from a garden gala to outdoor film, from a silent disco to an Italian-themed festival. Each one of the events below is under $10 -- and some are free! (For a full listing of entertainment options around town, visit the Westword calendar.)
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DJ Low Key's Silent Disco at the Meadowlark (Friday, $10) When you walk into the Meadowlark tonight, you will see a crowd full of headphone-wearing people seemingly dancing to silence. They're not, though. Live DJ music is broadcast into those headphones, so that people can pick what to listen to and then jam out to tunes of their choosing. Go, put on the headphones, and look like that crazy lady on the RTD rocking out to silence.
Civilized Living with Adam Sikorski at Fancy Tiger (Friday, free) The monthly artisan series at Fancy Tiger tonight will focus on screen printer Adam Sikorski, who specializes in lines of fun clothing, including his ever-popular Coloradical! designs that celebrate our state. The artist will take over the store, unveiling new limited edition designs and much more. Support local art, and pick the brain of a designer who creates it.
Fire! Colorado Under Siege at Denver Photo Art Gallery (Friday, free) With tragedy often comes breathtaking art. See photos of the devastating Waldo Canyon fire tonight at a show featuring aerial and ground shots taken in Colorado Springs. And if you end up purchasing one of the pieces, you'll be donating to a worthy cause: 10 percent of the sales will go to the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation to honor firefighters who died putting out fires.
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Free Day at the Denver Art Museum (Saturday, free) It's always a treat when free days at the Denver Art Museum come around -- and although the regular monthly free day was last Saturday, today is a special bonus free day in honor of the Friendship Powwow. After you watch the ceremony outside, wander the beautiful, air-conditioned building and check out all the exhibits, including Garry Winogrand's Women Are Beautiful and Now Boarding, the show dedicated to the airport architecture of local starchitect Curt Fentress -- and all without spending a dime.
The Distort Report at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (Saturday, $5) One of the only refreshing things about a tense, ugly political race is that it gives satirists a lot of material to work with. Every Saturday, the Distort Report at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse improvises a hilarious news show that's sure to be funnier, more bizarre and definitely more entertaining than whatever the local TV news is churning out.
Festival Italiano at Belmar (Saturday-Sunday, free) You may not have the money for an expensive plane ticket to Italy, but Belmar is bringing pieces of that European country to Colorado this weekend -- for free. Taste plenty of pasta, wine and other Italian offerings; browse European goods; and watch a performance by flag throwers from Florence while you pretend you're strolling along the streets of Venice rather than Teller Street in Lakewood.
Cruisin' Classics Car Show at Old Town Niwot (Saturday, free) Take a road trip yourself, then catch a parade of beautiful classic cars today at the first annual Cruisin' Classics Car Show in Niwot. Root for your favorite rides to win, take filtered Instagram photos of yourself in front of these beauties, and enjoy BBQ and beer while you cruise the cool cars.
Yarn Along the Rockies Yarn Crawl at Fabric Bliss (Saturday-Sunday, free) Knitters and crocheters rejoice: Along with all the other bizarre crawls this city already offers, there's now a yarn crawl. Here's how it works: visit one of the participating 21 shops across the state, pick up a passport, and get moving: If you have your passport stamped at all the shops before September 16, you've got a chance to win all sorts of crafty prizes.
Art Farm: Harvest! at West Washington Park Community Garden (Saturday, free) Get in your summer kicks while you still can at this Denver Urban Gardens outdoor community art show and garden gala. Featuring tours of the garden, music from Alex Boyd, over eighty art works and plenty of food and beer, this will be a great way to check out the plants and enjoy time outdoors.Breaking Away at Farrand Field (Sunday, $7)
The Independent Film Series in Boulder kicks off this weekend with an outdoor screening of the 1979 classicBreaking Away.
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