From Cinco de Mayo celebrations to the First Friday art walk, Denver has plenty of stuff going on this weekend that won't totally demolish your savings. Whether you fancy mariachi music, watching a chihuahua race or meeting a grunge legend in-person, we've got it all here for less than ten bones.
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Clothing Swap/Lunch at the Dikeou Collection (Friday, free) Start out your weekend by getting some new clothes to wear out -- at no cost. Amid the beautiful art collection at Dikeou, you can bring your own gently used, unwanted items from your own clothing collection to swap for others's duds. The Route 40 lunch truck will be on hand to provide an Argentinian lunch (which you should bring cash for), so come to eat, swap, and spice up your wardrobe.Hit So Hard at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Friday-Sunday, $9.75
It's amazing that Patty Schemel made it out of her crazy, drug and alcohol-fueled days in 90s grunge band Hole. And it's equally amazing that she'll be in person for the Saturday 7:15 p.m. screening of this inspiring documentary about her life. Read thisinterview with Patty Schemel
, go see the film and see Schemel answer questions after the film. Become an instant-expert.
The Cutting Edge at Three Little Birds Salon (Friday, free) Spend First Friday somewhere a little different tonight -- at a salon. Three Little Birds Salon will host the art of mother and son team Joetta Mallett and Marz Meyer and provide all the traditional First Friday fare: cocktails, fun, and of course, art. Meyer works in found material, transforming cardboard and other pieces of discarded items into multimedia pieces, and his mother restores decorative furniture. See it all tonight.
More Discoveries: Inaugural Exhibition, Part II at the Clyfford Still Museum (Friday, $3-10) The Clyfford Still Museum will unveil seventy new works from the abstract expressionist tonight at this intriguing reception. This will be a new opportunity to see even more of the artist's vast body of work, with pieces chronologically spanning his entire artistic career. Don't worry, this just the first of many more exhibits to come -- the museum owns 2,400 of the artist's work.
Within You, Without You at RedLine (Friday, free) If you're looking for a show to discover new artists this weekend, Within You, Without You is definitely the place to be. The show is the Denver School of the Arts's Visual Arts Department Senior Art Exhibition, so you can browse the work of more than a dozen talented DSA students. It's sure to be a great place to see art you've never seen before, and support these young artists before they move to New York to find fame and fortune.
More stuff to do this weekend is on Page 2.
Cinco de Mayo Weekend at Mezcal (Friday-Saturday) Enjoy live mariachi music from Sol de mi Tierra and Tito del Barrio two nights at this delicious restaurant. It promises to be a party filled with Cinco de Mayo festivities, a scrumptious Mexican barbecue and killer drink specials. We suggest a margarita to get into the spirit.
Festival of Nations at the University of Denver (Saturday, free) DU's annual celebration of international culture of all sorts is a good bet for a variety of things to do on Saturday. It will be filled with food, music, and games from all around the world and should be a great chance to get out of the house and enjoy some diverse entertainment.
Cinco de Mayo Festival at Civic Center Park (Saturday-Sunday, free) This two-day giant party in the park will have something for everyone: jammin' chihuahua races, a green chili cook-off, a parade, and tons of musical entertainment. As always, it will be a great place to eat good food, listen to music, and join the fiesta.
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Death By Radio at Vintage Theatre (Sunday, $7) Put on by One Night Stand Theater, this nighttime show includes mystery and suspense tales culled from old radio play material. The spooky, one-night-only night promises an exciting night of live theater, and with a lower admission price than a movie ticket, you'll definitely get your money's worth.
Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Sunday, free) Free museum days are the best. In addition to getting to wander around the Denver Museum of Nature & Science totally cost free, the museum also provides an array of fun events including face painting, old west storytelling, and paleopuppeteer Mr. Bones performing with his life-size dinosaur puppets. Now that's something you don't see every day.