Things to Do

3 things to do for free in Denver this week, July 22-25

Long before the Kardashians and the advent of shock-reality television, there was Network, the whip-smart 1976 satire that predicted the tactics TV stations would one day use to attract viewers. That's just one of the free events in Denver this weekend -- all opportunities to get out and do something far more interesting than staying in with the latest reality show. The Westword calendar always has a full calendar of events; feel free to share other bargain entertainment options in our comments section.

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Intergenerational Show and Tell Mix Tape at the McNichols Building (Monday) The idea behind tonight's Warm Cookies event is to unite different generations through music. People of all ages were invited to choose a song that they think defines their generation, and tonight all of those songs will serve as the soundtrack for an evening of talking, sharing and, of course, cookies. Bring a song or an object that defines your generation to show after the telling inter-generational discussion.

Network at the Denver Central Library (Tuesday) Tune in to the amoral world of television with this satirical classic starring Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway as employees working at a TV station on the verge of going under. See the fascinating way writer Paddy Chayefsky predicted many of the bizarre modern reality shows in this script from almost forty years ago.

Gabriel Conroy Trunk Show at Goldyn (Thursday) Sip on complimentary drinks and nibble on hors d'oeuvres tonight while you browse the collection of womenswear by designer Gabriel Conroy at this Goldyn trunk show. Conroy creates sleek, minimalist dresses and will be on hand to talk about his work at the reception.