Three Things to Do for Free in Denver This Week, May 18-21

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Next weekend is Memorial Day, and you're probably already deep into plans for what to do with your three-day weekend. But don't forget all the free fun in the area over the next few days. This week you can party in a new place, explore ethnic hair issues and help plan the future of the performing arts in Denver. Click on the Westword calendar for more activities this week and Memorial Day, and if you know of a bargain we missed, share the details in a comment. 

Prospect Sound Bites at Prospect Park (5:30 p.m. Monday, free)
Mark your calendars every Monday through September for a fun neighborhood bash in Longmont. Prospect Sound Bites features live tunes and food trucks — but you can also pack a picnic along with your chairs and blankets. Tonight's featured band is The Saints, a local rock trio sure to pick up your Monday. 

Classic Film Series: Good Hair at Denver Central Library (7 p.m. Tuesday, free)
Everyone has worried about bad hair days at some point. Director Chris Rock did a lot more than worry. Inspired by a daughter asking "Why don't I have good hair?", he researched the history of ethnic haircare and the effects of the industry on African-American culture. The result was a documentary that's not just entertaining, but empowering.

The Next Stage: The Future of Denver’s Performing Arts Complex at Ellie Caulkins Opera House (5:30 p.m. Wednesday, free)
Denver is lucky to have a twelve-acre site devoted to the performing arts, the second-largest such complex in the country. Now the city is revisioning the future of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and it wants your input at a public meeting. Register here to meet H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture, the firm behind the renovation, and deliver your two cents on what kinds of things you'd like to see happen in the space. Remember, as with voting — if you don't show up you can't complain.

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