10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (5 free!), December 14-16
Let's face it: winter can be depressing. If the short days and cold weather have you feeling like one of those bummed-out blobs on an antidepressant commercial, don't worry. There's reason -- ten reasons, actually -- to get off the couch and out into the world. From dance parties to an ugly sweater bash to a winter self-care and zine-making workshop, there's plenty to do to fight those winter blues -- and without emptying your wallet. For a full calendar of events, visit the Westword calendar. And as always, if you know of other bargain events this weekend, share them in the comments section.
- Meet five designers showing at Frost: Fashion Denver's Holiday Market
- Lucky '13: Sara Century from Night Nurses, Baby Hair, and Ladybug Fest
- H.P. Lovecraft: A horrifying crash course to prepare you for the H.P. Lovecraft Holiday Special
Deer Pile's One Year Anniversary at the Deer Pile (Friday, free)
In just a year, Deer Pile above City O' City has become an institution: a go-to all-ages venue where you can see live music, comedy and more for cheap. Celebrate this spot tonight with a full lineup of entertainment hosted by Westword MasterMind Andrew Orvedahl. The show includes many Deer Pile regulars, everything from comedy by the Fine Gentleman's Club to storytelling from the Narrators, and the fun will be capped off by a dance party downstairs at City O'.
Cafe Cultura's Open Mic at Denver Inner City Parish (Friday, $3 donation)
Whether you go to express yourself through spoken-word poetry or simply to experience art and support the community, Cafe Cultura's monthly open mic night provides entertainment for a good cause. Part of the proceeds from the door will purchase items for native Reservations, so while you enjoy performances by SlamNUBA superstars Ayinde Russell and Dominique Ashaheed and live art by Xencs L. Wing, you'll know your money is going to support something worthy.
Mile High Soul Club at the Meadowlark (Friday, free)
It's been a while since we urged you to check out Denver's free, monthly soul club, but you don't want to miss the last 2012 installment of one of the town's best dance night. Dance to '60s and '70s soul, runk, R&B and northern soul from DJs Dogboy, Tyler Jacobson, "Creeper" Steve Cervantes and guest DJ Stefano.
Cheap Xmas Crapfair at the MCA Denver (Friday, $5)
Black Sheep Fridays' Cheap Xmas Crapfair is back, bringing you the cheapest, crappiest kinds of gifts with which to surprise and delight your family and friends this year. Have a drink, see the MCA's exhibits, and then buy the best worst gifts possible find for everyone on your list.
Self-Care & Zine Making at the Denver Zine Library (Saturday, suggested donation $5-$15)
Winter is coming. And to help you combat the dark days, the Denver Zine Library is offering a self-care workshop and zine-making event today. Learn how to stay healthy and balanced in the cold weather, and participate in something that always helps: creative expression. The admission is donation-based, so no one will be turned away for lack of funds.