Three things to do for free in Denver this week, July 21-24

Categories: 3 for free

The weather is hot, but your bank balance is not. Chill! There are many cool activities around town this week that don't cost a cent -- everything from discussions to physical games to head games, as OhHeckYeah closes up shop.

Go to the Westword calendar for a complete line-up of events around town, and let us know about bargains we missed in the comments section below.

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Gallery Sketches: Four shows in Denver for the weekend of July 18-20

Jaime Molina at Super Ordinary.
This weekend's openings are in a range of venues, everything from project spaces in living rooms and storefronts to boutiques to tried-and-true co-ops. And just as the galleries themselves scream variety, so do the shows.

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Aparna Nancherla on Totally Biased, Australian crowds and avoiding the dregs of Twitter

Doug Ault
The High Plains Comedy Festival will return next month, and SexPot comedy will whet fans' appetites tonight with another weed-and-jokes pizza party at the Oriental Theater. The lineup is packed with crushers from start to finish: SexPot host Jordan Doll and comics Sean Patton, Ashley Barnhill and Ian Douglas Terry will join headliner Aparna Nancherla for an evening that promises to be a greasy slice of laughter pie. Nancherla is a fast-rising star on the alternative comedy scene whose absurdist perspective informs a wide-ranging act that can touch on everything from the gross combo of orange juice and toothpaste to imperialism within the same five-minute set. Nancherla has appeared on Conan and @Midnight, and contributed several memorable segments as a performer and staff writer to the prematurely cancelled Totally Biased with Kamau Bell. In advance of tonight's show, Westword caught up with Nancherla to chat about about SexPot, Australian audiences and avoiding the dregs of Twitter.

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Podcast: The mystifying world of Planes with L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson

Categories: Film and TV

On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we hear from L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, who's intrigued by the bizarre universe of Pixar's Planes movies. We also hear about the film critic's background and how she became interested in the movies by way of subliminal advertising and photography.

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10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (9 free!), July 18-20

Categories: 10 for $10

Summer's starting to fly by -- we hope your money's not flying away with it. To help you survive the season with a soft landing, we've compiled a list of nine (possibly ten) events this weekend that won't cost you a dime -- but are still rich in entertainment value. Race a boat, go for a roll... you can't lose!

Check the Westword calendar for more events around town, and feel free to leave information below for any bargain event we may have missed.

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Join the Processus "artist social club" at the Temple in Curtis Park tonight

Christopher R. Perez
Recently there have been signs of life in the old Temple Emmanuel building at 24th and Curtis streets, a Frank Edbrooke structure that's stood vacant and boarded-up for years after serving as home to three consecutive Jewish congregations. And while the Temple, as it's now called, is already being occupied by artists in newly created studio spaces, as well as such organizations as the Denver Zine Library and Dylan Scholinski's Sent(a)Mental Studios, it's also still a work-in-progress, bringing vitality to the Curtis Park neighborhood.

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Benjamin Turk talks about didactic theater, state violence and the danger of "good cops"

Categories: Activism, Theater

Courtesy of Insurgent Theater
Benjamin Turk wrote and stars in Behind the Badge.
Anarchist playwright Benjamin Turk sees theater as more than entertainment. He believes plays can spark dialogue, transform community and attack systems of violence: capitalism, the police and prisons. Steeped in the work of Bertolt Brecht and Augusto Boal, who both resisted the idea that stories should help audiences connect with a main character and experience an overwhelming and resolved emotional turmoil (Aristotle called this "catharsis" and viewed it as the goal of a successful tragedy), Turk creates plays that challenge audiences to ask and answer pressing political questions, interrupting the dramatic flow for participatory conversations about police, gentrification, race and beyond. In advance of the July 18 performance of Behind the Badge, a play Turk has been touring across the United States, we spoke with him about his work, violence and the danger of "good cops."

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Toxic grass and Denver's sick obsession with English landscaping

Categories: Gardening, Nature

Courtesy of Tim Hornton
As you walk from northeast Park Hill across Martin Luther King Boulevard into Park Hill, the sidewalks narrow -- when they exist at all. Shrubs jut out, tripping pedestrians and reminding them that the members of Park Hill's gentry want to keep people off of their green, green lawns.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andrea Moore

Jumping for joy with the Uganda Project.
#67: Andrea Moore

As a creative, Andrea Moore can't be categorized: She works in words and action, embracing poetry, performance, photography, visual art and the less definable art of self-discovery -- not just as a form of expression, but as a way of helping others. Working with the Wayfaring Band, the organization she co-founded, Moore animates self-actualization among members of the special-needs community and other marginalized groups through experiential voyages; she also works with at-risk youth through programs like PlatteForum. What propels this proactive, people-friendly dynamo? Read her 100CC questionnaire below to learn more.

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The misunderstood mastery of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Categories: Geek Speak

Forty years ago, one of the most infamous horror movies of all time was released. Tobe Hooper's grimy, lo-fi The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed on a small budget -- reports differ, but no more than $300,000 by any account -- and went on to gross $30 million at the box office and become one of the most revered horror movies of all time. Yet for all that reverence and and despite the fact that almost every horror fan has seen the film at least once, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remains strangely misunderstood, with a reputation that is frequently at odds with reality.

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