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Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under (Four Free)

Friday Night Weird's "Panned at Cannes" series continues with a screening of Marie Antoinette on June 15.
Friday Night Weird's "Panned at Cannes" series continues with a screening of Marie Antoinette on June 15. Leigh Johnson / Columbia Pictures
As another balmy weekend approaches, Denverites find themselves particularly spoiled for choice in the days ahead: Pride weekend, Father's Day and Denver Comic Con festivities, and a plethora of lower-profile entertainments that could be friendlier on the pocketbook. From concerts and comedy shows to film screenings and gallery openings, the Mile High City is positively bustling with activity all weekend long. Keep reading for the ten best free and cheap events in Denver this weekend.

click to enlarge LUX AND LUCA JEWELRY
Lux and Luca Jewelry
Local Artisan Pop-Up
Thursday, June 14, 4 to 7 p.m.
Moxy Denver Cherry Creek

Enjoy some brews with your buys during happy hour tonight at Moxy Denver Cherry Creek's Local Artisan Pop-Up. A temporary marketplace selling finely made wares from local makers, the pop-up has a fine array of necklaces, bracelets and more from Lux and Luca Jewelry, toothsome treats from Victoria’s Chocolates, and eye-catching creations from Flux Studio & Gallery. Admission is free; visit Moxy Denver Cherry Creek's events calendar to learn more.

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Katherine Arden
Katherine Arden Reading and Book Signing
Thursday, June 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

A creator of rich fantasies inspired by the folklore of their Russian settings, the novels of Katherine Arden's still-unfolding Winternight Trilogy are snowbound yarns of adventure and intrigue. Driven by Adren's plucky protagonist Vasilisa, The Girl in the Tower (the recently released sequel to Arden's best-selling The Bear and the Nightingale) follows up with a brisk page-turner filled with courtly cross-dressing and demon-aided heroics. In addition to reading a selection from her new book (soon to be followed by the trilogy-capping The Winter of the Witch), Arden will answer questions from her feverish fans. Visit BookBar's events calendar for more information.

Mai Wyn Fine Art / Julie Anderson and Tommy White
Organic Archetypes Opening Reception
Friday, June 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
Mai Wyn Fine Art

A mixed-media mind meld, the latest installation at Mai Wyn Fine Art gallery presents distinctive works by ceramist Julie Anderson and painter Tommy White. The fusion of forms unites Anderson's primordial porcelain sculptures and White's Mandala-like compositions in visual conversation, exploring the balance of lines of color. Celebrate the new exhibition at an opening reception that happily coincides with the Art District on Santa Fe's Third Friday Collectors' Preview. Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres provided. Visit Mai Wyn Gallery's Facebook events page to learn more.

click to enlarge Story Time! headliner Reena Calm. - AURIC IMAGES
Story Time! headliner Reena Calm.
Auric Images
Story Time!
Friday, June 15, 7 p.m.
The Comedy RoomRoom

At Story Time!, nobody's telling stories. Instead, comics share their best one-liners or make up new ones on the spot to fill five minutes. Join James Draper along with local comics Sara Hake, John Davis, Lizzy Wolfson and Ben Duncan, plus Portland's Neeraj Srinivasan and Chicago's Reena Calm for an evening of short jokes and long laughs. Admission is free, but a minimum $3 performer donation is strongly suggested. Visit the Comedy RoomRoom's Facebook events page for more details.

Friday Night Weird: Marie Antoinette
Friday, June 15, 8:45 p.m.
Boedecker Theater, Boulder
$6.50 to $12

The 71st Cannes Film Festival may have bid adieu to the Croisette until next year, but the programmers at Friday Night Weird are dedicating June's film retrospective series to Cannes's influence on world cinema. Rather than screening past Palme d'Or winners, "Panned at Cannes" focuses on classic films that raised hackles, divided the festival's vocal audiences and went home empty-handed. The series continues with Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, which drew a chorus of boos for its relatively sympathetic portrayal of the titular monarch, one of the most reviled figures in French history. Politics aside, the film — which was shot on location at Versailles — is rich with visual splendor, extravagant costumes and anachronistic music cues, yet altogether more subversive than its critical reputation and sumptuous aesthetics would suggest. Give it a second viewing. Admission costs $6.50 to $12.50 via the Dairy Center's box-office page.

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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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