Three things to do for free in Denver, August 18-21

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Schools will soon be back in session -- and it's not to expand your own education. This week you can learn how to be at peace with yourself, impact the government or even create some art.

There's a lot more going on in town, too; see our full listing of events in the online Westword calendar. And if you know of another great free event this week, post it in the comments section below.

See also: The Ten Best Resale, Vintage and Thrift Stores in Denver


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Adironnda, a Spokesbeing from the 17th Dimension, Will Be at Isis Tomorrow

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Marilyn Harper will be at Isis Bookstore on Saturday with Adironnda.
Isis Bookstore will host a spokesbeing from the 17th dimension, Adironnda, at the store tomorrow. In advance of her appearance, we spoke with Marilyn Harper, who is the human channel for Adironnda. "The mode of the wake-up call is question and answer," she says. "If something is blocking you, we can start to remove it. We can activate a project or provide some new insight on a quest. The event is completely interactive. We sit and we talk. It is based on the audience's needs and orders and we gather over divine order."

See also: Erica Sodos Gets Metaphysical at the Mercury Cafe

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Robin Williams Remembered in Three-Film Program at Alamo Drafthouse

Categories: Film and TV

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Robin Williams in The Fisher King.
Yesterday Robin Williams's wife issued a statement acknowledging the outpouring of support for those who loved the late comedian. "Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched," Susan Schneider said. That outpouring includes many tributes, among a special three-screening program, "Remembering Robin Williams," just announced by Alamo Drafthouse Littleton.

See also: On the Death of Robin Williams and Why Sadness and Depression Are Not the Same

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Urban Nights Put the Spotlight on Mondo Guerra and Other Denver Designers

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
On August 1, the second annual Urban Nights fashion show, sponsored by the Joseph Family Foundation, brought a fashion extravaganza to Mile High Station that benefited homeless youth while showcasing local designers. One of those designers was Mondo Guerra, who's gained national acclaim on Project Runway and Under the Gunn but continues to be based in Denver; he created a special collection for this event.

See also: Urban Nights Will Celebrate Denver Fashion -- and Raise Money for Urban Peak

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Gallery Sketches: Three Shows for the Weekend of August 15-17

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See new work by Ten Hundred at Love Gallery on Friday.
New exhibitions include an exploration of Chicano activism in art at the Center for Visual Art and a roomful of art, some of it created on site at Access Gallery, by a disabled artist with powerful messages (see below). The weekend will also see the introduction of a new lowbrow temple on Colfax, fine art on Santa Fe and an interdisciplinary exchange down the road in Louisville. Keep reading for a look at what's on display around Denver.

See also: One-Armed Attack: Access Denied at Access Gallery


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Score Big with From Deep, Brett Kashmere's basketball documentary

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From Deep, an experimental documentary about basketball, plays Saturday.
Basketball is "the sport that best defines the 21st-century American experience," argues Brett Kashmere, talking about the subject of his documentary From Deep, which will screen at the Sidewinder Tavern on Saturday, August 16. The cinematic essay explores basketball, hip-hop, and the way the progressive narrative of race relations in the United States coincides with the commercialization of music and sports.

See also: Davy Rothbart on Basketball, the Midwest and Medora

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10 Things To Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend (6 Free!), August 15-17

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For anyone who goes to school, works at a school or has kids in school, this is the last to second-to-last weekend of the summer. So make it a good one by indulging in local wine, film and fashion. Or take a walk to make a difference, party with the dogs or Shout! For everything going this weekend check out the Westword calendar and please tell us about the events we missed in the comments section.

See also: Out With the Old Wardrobe, in With the New at Denver Swap Shop


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The Ten Best Resale, Vintage and Thrift Stores in Denver

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Goodwill's upscale sister store, Déjà Blue, in Cherry Creek.
There are plenty of thrift shops and resale boutiques in the Mile High City and sometimes it can be hard to navigate them all. From upscale consignment to vintage apparel and up-to-the-minute styles, there are boutiques and bargain storefronts crammed full of clothes. To help navigate our fashion-forward recycled clothing shopping scene, we've compiled a list of some of the best and most diverse stores to find gently worn women's apparel -- and some spots for men's and children's attire, too.

See also: Goodwill to open two stores this spring, including the thrift boutique Deja Blue

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Podcast: How We Will Remember Robin Williams

Categories: Film and TV

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Williams in Moscow on the Hudson
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly remember Robin Williams, who died on Monday. He was 63. They also recommend We Are Mari Pepa, a slight movie about growing up punk in Mexico, the Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan rom-com What If, and Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, the movie where Michael Fassbender wears a giant mask the entire time.

Listen below.

Denver's D.C. Barns wins Star Wars: Force for Change contest -- and a role in Episode VII

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Director JJ Abrams announces the Star Wars: Force for Change contest.
A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away, Star Wars fan D.C. Barns decided to enter a contest that had as its grand prize a chance to be in the next installment of the Star Wars saga, Episode VII. And this week, Barns learned that in the longest of long shots, he'd won the grand prize: He'll be flown from Denver to London to perform a minor role in the film that JJ Abrams is directing.

See also: The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in August

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