Three Things to Do for Free in Denver, February 2-5

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Since you've already sent off your rent check (if not, remember that we're a month into 2015), you'll want to save money this week -- but still have fun. Over the next few days, you can check out some hot art, meet a brilliant writer and hustle your way into more free entertainment. See the onlineWestword calendar for many more entertainment options, and post any bargains we missed in the comments section below.

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Spark & Ruin: Anatomy of a Flame at Helikon Gallery (Tuesday, free) February is a cold month, but soon the weather will start getting warmer. In anticipation of that, Helikon Gallery is turning up the heat with its new exhibition, Spark & Ruin: Anatomy of a Flame. Capturing the passion and destruction of combustion are thirteen artists who have painted, sculpted and photographed the char. Join them at tonight's opening reception, and fan the flames.

Get it While You Can: A reading by Nick Jaina at Mutiny Information Cafe (Wednesday, free/donations)

Some people are born with an innate need to to be artists, and Nick Jaina is one of them. The man can




and even write a little


, which is what we're celebrating tonight.

Get It While You Can

, his new memoir, deals with the musician's feelings of failure, which become so great that he checks into a ten-day silent retreat to evaluate life. The book is filled with beautifully written love letters that Jaina never sent (you might want to steal some lines for the upcoming holiday). Hear him read from his book that captures what it's like to be an artist and also catch some tunes from

Clouds and Mountains


Happy Hour Bingo at Lost Lake Lounge (Wednesday, free) A hustle is usually an illegal activity in which you receive financial gain from little work. But tonight, you can turn one free thing into another free thing, if you play your cards right....and do it completely legally. Play bingo and win concert tickets to shows like Dr. Dog, Ariel Pink and Theopholis London. And if you miss the game tonight, try your luck at Larimer Lounge on Thursday, February 5.

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