Kill holiday burn-out this weekend and save that found-money you've got after returning those knock-off electronics. Simply take these ten suggestions for weekend entertainment, all of which will cost you a Hamilton or less. And for our full guide to what's-going-on-Denver, simply peruse the Westword calendar. Lightlooms at the hi-dive (Friday) One of the featured bands in this week's print edition of Westword, Lightlooms plays its EP-release show on Friday night at the hi-dive on South Broadway for just $6. Tom Murphy has more details on Lightlooms's show. The Watching Hour: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion at the Denver Film Center (Friday & Saturday) "This is a great vehicle for Mira Sorvino's and Lisa Kudrow's chemistry," says FilmCenter programming director Keith Garcia, adding that the flick should be a part of the "cult-film canon." See if you agree with Garcia, either Friday or Saturday night at the FilmCenter on Colfax. Tickets are between $5 and $7. Bree Davies has more details on Romy and Michele.
Lisa Law: Flashing on the Sixties at the Byers-Evans House Museum (Opens Friday) Photographer Lisa Law is the real deal, a hippie from the Sixties who's still flying the freak flag down in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she now resides. Law's iconic images are now the subject of Lisa Law: Flashing on the Sixties, a new exhibit opening Friday night at the Byers-Evans House Gallery. And just like love, the admission is free, man. Susan Froyd has more details on Lisa Law's show.
T. Rex Encounter at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Last day is Sunday) Sunday is the final day you can check out the T. Rex Encounter (you've seen the "Meet Sue" billboards by now, right?) at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Tickets for "students" are $6 and it's $12 for adults, so this toes the 10-for-$10 eligibility line. Still though, dig up (ha!) the extra $2 and check out this exhibit before it lumbers out of town.
Places at Marquis Theater (Saturday) The subject of this week's music feature in Westword, Places releases its CD Saturday at the Marquis. Tickets are between $8 and $10. A.H. Goldstein has this interview with Denver's Places and all the details on the show. Coors Western Art Exhibit at the National Western Complex (Saturday) "It's called the Coors Western Art Exhibit, but I really look at it as contemporary realism of this region," confides Rose Fredrick, the curator who's been creating the show for the past fifteen of its nineteen years.The art show is free and Patricia Calhoun has more details on the 2012 Coors Western Art Exhibit.
Take the Fitness Challenge at Englewood Recreation Center (Saturday) It's New Year's resolution call-to-action time, and the Englewood Recreation Center and Swedish Medical Center have your back. Saturday kicks off their Fitness Challenge, a free, three-month long commitment to get interested parties moving. "Our goal is for people to cement the habit of exercising three times a week," says program director Rowan Velasquez. Bree Davies has more details on the Fitness Challenge in Englewood.
Ullr Fest in Breckenridge (Sunday) "Ullr Fest is always one of the highlights of the year in Breckenridge, and the locals and visitors always get pretty fired up for it," says Breckenridge spokeswoman Rachel Zerowin. "This year is the 49th annual festival, and the theme is '49 and feeling fine.'" The festival begins at 1 p.m. Sunday and while some events cost money, the main event is free. If you can get a ride to Breck on Sunday, just remember to bring your Nordic mentality. Coline Bane has more details on Ullr Fest 2012.
Sandzen in Colorado at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Last day is Sunday) Sure, it's a few miles down the road, but Sunday is your last chance to see this show, curated by Blake Milteer, the CSFAC's museum director. Milteer says "this is a tremendously important exhibit for us to do." That's because between 1908 and 1952, Kansas painter Birger Sandzén spent nearly every summer here and thus became one of the most important artists to have ever worked in Colorado. In the 1920s, Sandzén taught at the Broadmoor Academy, the predecessor to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Appropriately, the CSFAC is where a major solo devoted to his work, titled Sandzén in Colorado, is being mounted. Admission ranges between $8.50 and $10. Read Westword art critic Michael Paglia's review of the show: "Sandzen in Colorado presents the collected works of the late Swedish artist."
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Tailgate outside the Broncos-Steels game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Sunday) So what if you don't have a ticket, you can still enjoy the atmosphere of an NFL playoff game's pre-kick-off party by aimlessly wandering the parking lots around Mile High stadium, chatting up Broncos fans and fucking with Steelers fans ("Where are you from in Pittsburgh?" you might innocently ask, knowing full-well that most members of "Steeler Nation" are actually from Bandwagon Town, Nowhere and not from the Steel City.)
Plus, Sunday may be the last time you can actually "Tebow" in Denver without being slugged.