Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, April 27-29, 2012
Purple Rain at the Deerpile (Saturday, free)
Can we all agree that Purple Rain is the best movie ever? Watch Prince (back when he was actually called Prince!) star as The Kid, a brilliant but troubled musician, as he tries to make it and find love with a singer named Appollonia. Purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka at the screening (put on by Westword scribe Josiah Hesse) of this classic film tonight. Randa's Speakeasy will be providing popcorn and drinks.
Entanglement: Anne Waldman, Eleni Sikelianos, Ed Bowes at Counterpath (Saturday, free)
Tonight is sure to be a treat at Counterpath with a screening of Ed Bowes's 2009 poem-film Entanglement, as well as readings by Eleni Sikelianos and legendary beat poet and Jack Kerouac School founder Anne Waldman. As always at Counterpath, it will be a night of experimental art and performance -- as well as a good chance to see Waldman, a living legend and influential poet.
Tinsel Town Tribute at Historic Grant Avenue (Saturday, $10)
Okay, to get the $10 price you'll have to be a child or a senior, but we think the extra $5 added on for adults is totally worth it for this cool show and the great cause it supports. The Mile High Freedom Band will perform songs from the cinema, featuring music from Star Wars, Titanic, Breakfast at Tiffany's and more. And beyond the dramatic, heart-swelling music, you can support this charitable organization that is committed to serving Denver's GLBT community.
National Park Week (Friday-Sunday, free)
Celebrate the outdoors by visiting one of Colorado's many beautiful national parks this weekend -- all for free! Whether you choose to visit a national park within a few hours of Denver (Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and Rocky Mountain National Park or venture out to Mesa Verde or the Great Sand Dunes, this is a great opportunity to sight-see in Colorado without those pesky admission charges.
Swing Lesson and Dancing at the Mercury Cafe (Sunday, $9)
No weekend is complete without a dance party, and every Sunday night the folks at the Merc offer a swing-dance lesson and then a dance party to the tunes of the David Booker Swingtet. Learn to dip and dance and show off your skills (and burn some calories) at this offbeat dance party.
216 S. Grant St., Denver, CO