FIRST FRIDAY tomorrow! Plus lots of Free Stuff to do & Cinco de Mayo!

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It’s time again for our Favorite Free Date-Night, First Friday, and the weather is great! No excuses, get out of the house and go see some art…

In addition to the usual Fun First Friday Madness at the usual Arts Districts, (Santa Fe, RINO, Golden Triangle, etc.) There are a heap of openings. (See the list below)

ALSO Saturday is FREE DAY at the Denver At Museum.

The Denver Botanic Gardens is FREE on Cinco De Mayo! (Monday)

Here’s an odd-ball event of note: Remember the Fonz? (Yes I know, I’m showing my age 😉 What teenage girl didn’t have a crush on him? Henry Winkler will be signing his new children’s book & giving autographs at Mile High Comics Mega Store on Sunday. (you do have to have a ticket (they are free, but limited! So contact the store asap) http://www.milehighcomics.com/newsletter/041614email.html For tickets: boyd@milehighcomics.com. AND May 3rd is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

The Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market starts back up for the season on May 3rd, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The produce ain’t free, but the window shopping and entertainment is. (Most of the other Denver Farmer’s Markets start back up in June.)

And of course there is the big Cinco De Mayo Festival in Civic Park both Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am. Free admission.

Ever fantasize about riding the rails? Saturday is FREE DAY at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. Open 9-5.

Here is your listing of Art Openings this weekend and beyond, courtesy of DenverArts.org. Have a Fantastic Weekend Everyone! Happy Cinco De Mayo!

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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DENVER! There’s Some Cool-Ass Art (and more) Happening in the City this Weekend…(Most FREE)

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I know, it’s not my usual First Friday post (that’s actually next week) but there is some great art happening this weekend I wanted to share with you.

1st off, it’s FREE DAY at the DAM (Denver Art Museum) this Saturday.

Then it’s FREE DAY at the Museum of Nature & Science on Sunday.

And if all that Free-ness isn’t enough for you, There are TWO FREE DAYS at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Monday & Tuesday.

Now on to the ART…

There are a heap of good-looking openings on Friday night, though I’ll be narrowing it down to “Small Works” at Gallery 1261, 25 Years of Open Press at McNichols, and Evan Mann at Ironton. My top pick Saturday Night is the opening at Redline, “A New Attitude: Chen Man’s Provocative Interpretations of Contemporary Chinese Women” Reception is open to the public at 7-10pm. (Get more information on these shows and more below)

 

Here is the full line-up of Art Happenings, Courtesy or DenverArts.org: (click the individual links for more info on each show)

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Have a Great Weekend everyone!

Start the New Year off Right with some Fabulous Art! First Friday and More to do this Weekend in Denver…

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Painting by Clark Richert, Image courtesy of Gildar Gallery

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope you had a marvelous holiday and are all geared up for a Fabulous 2014. Let’s start it off right with some art this weekend. Friday the 3rd is First Friday and all your favorite Denver Arts Districts will be in full swing. The weather is supposed to be great this weekend (60 on Friday!) so get out of your jammies and into the galleries.

The art opening listings are below, and remember that Saturday (and the first Saturday of every month) is FREE at the Denver Art Museum!

AND next Tuesday the 7th is FREE DAY at the Denver Botanic Gardens!

(OK, I know it’s not Art, but Saturday is also 50% off Day at GOODWILL.)

Here are the Art Openings this weekend, courtesy of DENVERARTS.ORG

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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Denver! Resolving to Spend Less in the New Year? Start with a Bang – January FREE Events

Just because you blew your wad on holiday gifts doesn’t mean you have to stay home in January. There are gee-gobs of FREE Events in Denver January 2014, starting with New Year’s Eve:

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Downtown Denver Fireworks
December 31 (9 p.m. and midnight)
The sky will once again sparkle over the 16th Street Mall at the close of 2013 with the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown. The two spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. For the best viewpoints, stand along the 16th Street Mall. Costumed entertainers will interact with crowds between shows, including magicians, mascots, balloon artists, stilt walkers, comedians and more. Best of all, it’s not going to be that cold; the evening will be 35-45 degrees and clear. It’s very crowded down there, I recommend taking the Light Rail.

Of Course FIRST FRIDAY will be alive and well on January 3rd at all your favorite Denver Arts Districts.

January cultural FREE DAYS: 

Denver Art Museum: Saturday, January 4th (the museum is FREE every first Saturday)

Denver Botanic Gardens (York Street): Monday, January 20th

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield:  Tuesday, January 7th

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Monday, January 13th

Denver Zoo (3 Days!): Friday, January 10th, Saturday, January 11th, Wednesday, January 22nd

Clyfford Still Museum: Wednesday, January 8th

So pack a nice lunch and go get your Culture on in January, for FREE!

I know, It’s Cold Outside. Bundle Up and Go See Some Art…It’s FIRST FRIDAY in Denver! (plus more Free Events all Weekend and Beyond…)

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It’s a chilly fun-packed weekend here in Denver! Get that Winter coat out of storage and join us out on the town…

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Denver Art Museum FREE DAY Saturday the 5th.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science FREE DAY Sunday the 6th.

Denver Botanic Gardens FREE DAY Monday the 7th.

Saturday & Sunday is the Four Mile Historic Park’s Pumpkin Harvest Festival this weekend – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pie-eating contest, pumpkin bowling, music, dancing, historic games, arts & crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, “make a life-sized scarecrow” and, of course, a pumpkin patch…plus, much more. Plus, you can’t have a fall festival without homemade caramel apples, old-fashioned kettle corn and other goodies for sale. Admission is FREE, though additional charges apply for some activities. 715 S. Forest St., Denver.

Join us at Artsmyth’s Boxed Wine & Wear Bazaar!  Saturday, 11am-8pm. The wine and cookies and browsing are free, the merchandise is all 10-15% off. This ship is worth a visit just to admire the incredible handmade masks.

It’s not Free, but it’s Cheap…50% off Day at Goodwill.

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Mark Your Calendars for Saturday October 12th for the Colfax Block Party at the Shoppe for Second Saturday. Zombie Fashion Show, Live painting, Denver Fashion Truck, DJs, and the High City Derby Divas giving out free brain mini cupcakes. It doesn’t get better than that.

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And of course, ART! Courtesy of DenverArts.org, here is the Art Opening Line-up this weekend:

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Great Garden Inspiration & Ideas from a Visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens (on Free Day, of course!)

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Your local Botanic Gardens (in my case the Denver Botanic Gardens) are a great place to gather doable ideas and inspiration for your garden. This past Tuesday was Free Day, which I fully enjoyed, and took the opportunity to gather ideas for my own garden at home. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

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A lovey all-green shade pot at the base of a tree. Who needs flowers? A nice combination of shades and textures works great, as this pretty pot proves. A good way to add interest to the otherwise kinda boring tree base. Love the large flat rocks around the tree as well.

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L.O.V.E. this black rock path! I can’t imagine how many hours it took to create, but the undulating flowing pattern of the black river rocks turned up sideways is mesmerizing and gorgeous. I really want to try something like that in the backyard…

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What a fun display! I dig the artful use of dried, cut-up things from the garden. Makes me think of all kinds of ways to make use of garden “trash” I would otherwise throw out. Love those big green lotus pots as well.

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The bark of this Lacebark Pine is beautiful! Looks like a watercolor painting. I’d love to replace the plain old pine in the backyard with this.

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I am absolutely going to steal this idea. Bromeliads attached to the limbs of a large tree with Spanish moss added. This is perfect for my wanna-be tropical backyard. The bromeliads can be wired onto the limbs easily, the wires can be covered by the moss, and the plants can be detached and overwintered inside. Perfect! I WILL have a DIY post for this in the near future…

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Ceramic roofing tiles as dividers. Love this idea! Buried in the ground upright they form a nice pattern. Whoever came up with this idea is a genius.

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A great easy-care and beautiful planting idea for a full-sun Denver garden, herbs and easy perennials. Notice the heights of each plant getting taller towards the back. I really like the look of the purple sage in the foreground. This garden smells incredible, too. (and of course, you can cook with it as well)

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Sigh. My dream plant, the stunning (and very poisonous) Tree Datura (Angel’s Trumpet). Of course they are very difficult to grow in zone 5 Denver, loving a zone 9 and above, but they have the most spectacular blooms. If I ever get a greenhouse, this plant is mine mine mine!

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This is just about the most perfect pond. The rocks are beautifully laid out. I like how the they go all the way down into the pond instead of just to the edge. Someday when funds allow, I’d love to upgrade my little pond to something like this. I do want to know how they keep it so crystal clear…

There are scores more ideas at the Botanic Gardens, so go visit yours and get inspired!

I want to know what garden projects you are doing! Tell me in the Leave a Reply section below.

(Note: All photos taken by Marie Vlasic)