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3 things to do for free this week, November 12-15, 2012

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Broke after the weekend? The fun doesn't have to stop. Among the free events on the calendar this week are a screening of an Academy Award-winning film with the director on hand, a solar eclipse-viewing party complete with free snacks, and a workshop on how to get started writing your novel. For a full calendar of all events this week, visit the online Westword calendar, and if you know of other free entertainment deals, share them in the comments section.

See also: - Daniel Junge on his Oscar nomination, Saving Face, and the Colorado film industry - Thirst Friday! Unit E gets busted for selling liquor at start of Denver Arts Week - The Evolution of Comedy tackles funny beliefs

SUNLIGHT at the Wellington E. Webb Building and McNichols Building (Tuesday) Though the total solar eclipse occurring today is on the other side of the world, you can witness a simulation of the cosmic phenomenon tonight with Adam Frank's art installation Sunlight, which shows the moon's shadow moving across the globe on the Minoru Yasui Building. The evening begins with a lecture by Frank at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a viewing of the eclipse at 8 p.m. from the balcony at the Wellington E. Webb Building. The festivities also include free snacks, and cello music from Marcelo Sanches. RSVP in advance to rudi.cerri@denvergov.org or by calling 720-865-4302.

Novel Destinations with Victoria Hanley at the Denver Central Library (Tuesday) It's National Novel Writing Month, and tonight you might get inspired to write the great American novel tonight at a workshop offered by Victoria Hanley. The author of Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write, Hanley will help writers of all ages explore what it takes to finally write a book. The class requires advanced registration at 720-865-1206 or online. And hey, if you do start to write a novel, you'll have hours and hours of completely free distraction ahead of you.

Saving Face at the Auraria Campus Library (Wednesday)

If you missed seeing local filmmaker Daniel Junge's documentary

Saving Face

, you can still catch the film that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. The movie follows a Pakistani plastic surgeon dedicated to performing reconstructive surgery on women who are victims of acid attacks. The film starts at 2 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Junge and a reception at 3:30 p.m. Come see an important film and speak with a local filmmaking hero.


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