10 Things to Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend (7 Free!), November 28-30

Categories: 10 for $10

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Show and Tell is taking today off -- as you no doubt are. But the fun won't stop after you're done feasting. When you're not chatting with your relatives or sneaking off to party in the woods with your old high school buddies, there's plenty to do around town this weekend, including making new friends, laughing at comedians, eating free food and shopping small. For even more happenings, click on the Westword calendar -- and let us know about any great events we missed in the comments section below.

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Colorado-Created Modern Christmas Tree Is a New Twist on a Classic Holiday Tradition

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JC Buck, Black Bike Productions.
Lawrence "Bud" Stoecker spent his life running a modest family business building A-frame cabins in the Rocky Mountains. At home, he was a practical engineer, too. One winter in the 1960s, Stoecker designed a sleek, cone-shaped series of connecting concentric circles that hung from the ceiling -- his own shiny version of a Christmas tree.

He cut and assembled prototypes of the collapsible form from industrial cardboard and Masonite before settling on Plexiglas, determined each year to decorate this space-age tree differently with new ornaments and trinkets.

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Review: Paul Gillis Conjures Up an Enigmatic World Set in Both the Past and the Future

Categories: Art review

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"Do you Remember Me," by Paul Gillis, oil on canvas.

Paul Gillis: Otherwhere/Otherwhen
Rule Gallery
3254 Walnut Street

Colorado artist Paul Gillis, though incredibly prolific, has kept a low profile over the past several decades. It's been five years since his last Denver solo, at the Singer Gallery, and a full quarter-century since the one before that, at the Denver Art Museum. That history alone makes Paul Gillis: Otherwhere/Otherwhen, at Rule Gallery, something special.

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Is Any Part of Bill Cosby's Legacy Worth Salvaging?

Categories: Film and TV

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Bill Cosby's present is secure. Despite the seventeen women (so far) who have publicly come forward with notably similar allegations of drug-enabled sexual assault, the comedian received standing ovations for his stand-up performances in the Bahamas and in Florida recently. His comeback tour will likely continue over the next few months. A handful of venues have canceled his engagements, but more than two dozen shows remain on the schedule.

Cosby's legacy, however, may be marred forever. Unsurprisingly, it's the cultural critics who grew up worshipping his TV family -- those who feel the betrayal of The Cosby Show's wholesomeness most acutely -- who have led the charge in renouncing everything the comedian has ever done.

See also: Why African-American Art Could Be Another Victim of Bill Cosby


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Review: Anything Goes Finds Smooth Sailing in Littleton

Categories: Theater

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Becky Toma
Norrell Moore as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes.
Anything Goes
Littleton Town Hall Arts Center

Anything Goes premiered in 1934, after a hasty rewrite: The original plot concerned a shipwreck, and shortly before the play's scheduled opening night, a fire broke out on a cruise liner and 137 passengers were killed. By then the writing team, which included P. G. Wodehouse, had moved on, and Timothy Crouse and John Weidman came in to rewrite the script, tossing it together so quickly and creating such a hodgepodge of improbable plot events, corny jokes and juvenile fun that at some point someone exclaimed, "Anything goes" -- and the title became a description of the process of putting the thing together.

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Lucky Me Is a Lucky Catch for Curious

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Skip The Walking Dead Sunday for the Superior Day of the Dead

Categories: Geek Speak

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Choke on 'em!
The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead will fill zombie lovers with dread and sorrow as some number of beloved regulars and untold numbers of secondary characters are killed off. Fans of the show everywhere are quite excited about Sunday's show, but fans here in Denver should consider DVRing this particular episode and spending the night watching zombies of a finer pedigree in George A. Romero's Day of the Dead.

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Steamboat, Crested Butte, Monarch, Snowmass, Telluride All Open for Thanksgiving

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Alex Fenlon
Crested Butte Mountain Resort

The weather has been good for skiers and snowboarders so far this season, and that means more openings. Steamboat and Crested Butte plan to open for the season today, while Monarch, Snowmass and Telluride will open tomorrow, on Thanksgiving.

We profiled all of Colorado's ski-country destinations in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season. We'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are our looks at the resorts mentioned above.

See also: Vail, Aspen, Eldora Open This Weekend


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Photos: Homegrown Comix and Cartoonists at the Cowtown Comics Fest

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The local comics community set up tables last Sunday at Morey Middle School for the Cowtown Comics Festival, an all-Colorado artist expo that featured everything from hand-stapled zines to hardback graphic novels. Photographer Nicki Lamson was there, and brought back these images and more from the low-key fest.

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Kind Design's New Leggings Line Gives Red Rocks a Leg Up

Categories: Fashion

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Photo courtesy of Damon Redd
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Damon Redd started Kind Design back in 2008, but last year Mother Nature threatened to end his clothing line. "I never in a million years expected to wake up and find my business under five feet of water and mud in Boulder, Colorado. All of my family and friends rallied behind me to help clean up the mess. It was a truly humbling experience," says Redd. Now he's partnering with The Cotery to release a line of Colorado-themed leggings for ladies that both celebrate and help the environment that almost did in his business.

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You Don't Have to Consider Yourself an Activist to Send a Message in the Streets

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Your peace is deadly.
I've never considered myself an activist. I've never thought that I have done enough, voiced enough of my concerns or actively offered enough public support to those in need to be considered an activist. I am like many people I know -- I don't make much money, but I donate several times a year to various organizations representing marginalized communities. I vote, I read and gather news daily from various sources and I engage in debates with my friends. I write a lot about current issues of social injustice that people like me and people I know face. But I am not an activist.

Like many, I have had my eye on Ferguson since Michael Brown was shot to death. Yesterday, I found myself tethered to my computer for most of the day, waiting for the Grand Jury's decision on whether or not to indict Darren Wilson. When the decision finally became public, I was mad as hell. I tweeted furiously, sharing my thoughts and retweeting activists, reporters and other people on the ground's shared thoughts of anger, outrage and despair. But after two hours of this I thought, now what?

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