10 Things to Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend (6 Free!), November 21-23

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This is the last weekend before Thanksgiving. Before you know it, every weekend will be filled with holiday shopping, and catching up with family and friends. So take this time to save some dough and partake in everything from practicing your downward dog, meeting a hero of the comic book scene or getting your pants scared off. Don't forget the Westword calendar has a complete listing of events around town. And by all means tell us about ones we missed in the comments section below.

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Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

Categories: Film and TV

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Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving onto a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp, and finishing with a recommendation for Happy Valley, a documentary on the fallout after the Penn State scandal. Be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).

Here's a full rundown of the show:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (11:50)
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (31:00)
Happy Valley (35:46)

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Review: David Menard Fills Point Gallery With Dark and Poetic Evocations of Cities

Categories: Art review

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"To Have and To Have Not," by David Menard.

Urban Grotesque
Point Gallery
765 Santa Fe Drive

The current solo at Point Gallery features work by David Menard done over the past few years. Though Menard uses photography -- both his own and appropriated photos -- he was trained in drawing and works digitally, having never used a darkroom.

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Playbill: Four Offbeat Shows for the 2014 Holiday Season in Denver

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Matt Zambrano is back as Crumpet in David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries at Off-Center@The Jones.
Some local stages stick with the classics for the holidays, such as the Denver Center Theatre Company's A Christmas Carol and the Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker. But if you like things light and perhaps a little bit wacked, there are a few ways to buck tradition and deck the halls with plenty of jolly. Read on for four possibilities.

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Keith Garcia Moves On: Thanks for All the Great Films!

Categories: Geek Speak

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Carly Rose Moser
Earlier this week, for the first time in more than a decade, something novel happened in the world of Denver film: No films were programmed by Keith Garcia. The name may mean nothing to you, or you may not have much idea what it means to be a film programmer, but if you like horror film, science fiction film or weird, fucked-up cult film, chances are good you're well-acquainted with his work. And now, with his resignation as creative manager of the Alamo Drafthouse to work on his own film, a magnificent era of geek film in Denver has come to a close.

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Starz Denver Film Festival November 20 Must-See: Silenced

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An image from "Silenced." Two videos and more below.
Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies.

Today, he spotlights Silenced.

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L.L. Bean Putting Boots on the Ground on Lone Tree

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L.L Bean will open its 22nd American retail store outside of Maine at Park Meadows Shopping Center (in the former home of Grand Lux Cafe) on Friday, November 21. The company was founded by avid outdoorsman Leon Leonwood ("L.L."), who in 1912 returned home from a hunting trip with cold, damp feet and a new idea for boots.

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Review: Mixing Painting and Sculpture Is a Winning Formula for Havu and Walker Galleries

Categories: Art review

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Walker Fine Art

Bob Knox and Michael Clapper
William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street

Don Quade & Brandon Reese
Walker Fine Art
300 West 11th Avenue

Considering the nature of physics as it relates to rooms, it's easy to understand why gallery directors like to pair a painter, whose works can cover the walls, with a sculptor, whose pieces cover the floors. It's like having two places in one, and it clearly works, creating a clever solution to the problem of expensive retail space. The William Havu Gallery and Walker Fine Art, which are less than a block apart in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, frequently take this approach.

Havu is currently presenting simultaneous solos on the gallery's main level, Bob Knox: Real Abstract, which is made up of paintings, and Michael Clapper: Portals, which comprises sculptures. Knox is a New York artist, while Clapper lives and works in Denver.

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Denver Tool Library Kicks Off Crowdfunding Campaign

Categories: Crowdfunding

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A Small Print Shop
Denver Tool Library T-shirt design by A Small Print Shop
Have all your do-it-yourself projects been stymied by a lack of tools? A crowdfunding campaign that starts tomorrow is designed to built a bank account for the Denver Tool Library, a Blockbuster-like facility devoted to home improvement that could soon open on Santa Fe Drive.

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Was Denver's Zombie Crawl a "Smorgasbord of Depravity Soaked in Blood Drenched Evil?"

Categories: Zombies

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Aaron Thackeray
Evil?

There's always a lot of fake blood -- and spare body parts -- at the Denver Zombie Crawl, which runs down the 16th Street Mall every year. But the ninth annual incarnation of the event, which took place on October 18, ended with some real blood and plenty of pepper spray, according to news reports about a couple of fights that took place near Cleveland Place late in the evening.

In fact, the Denver Police Department arrested at least seven people, including one man who was angry at officers because the spray made his child cry. But while most of the fisticuffs and arrests happened well after the main portion of the Zombie Crawl was over (the events began at 9 a.m. and the crawl ran from 4 to 6 p.m.), one civic-minded witness feels that the combination of zombies (or at least people dressed in grotesque makeup and costumes) and police presence could portend more evil for Denver.

See also: Photos: The Zombie Crawl Invades Downtown Denver


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