This should be an interesting week in Denver, since you can try out a new kind of music; have a laugh, maybe a cry; and get involved in the community -- all for free! Don't forget to check out the online Westword calendar for a complete roster of events, and if you know of anything else going on, don't be a miser, let us know in the comments below.
The Denver Avant-Garde Music Society: Solos/Duos at Strange Grounds Coffee (Monday, free) If you want to start the eek off weird, do it with the Denver Avant-Garde Music Society. Gongs, smacking vocals and one-of-a-kind instrument that have never before been seen are all in store tonight. The evening heats up around 9 p.m.; check the Facebook page to sign up.
at theMercury Cafe
(Tuesday, free) Tonight marks the fourth anniversary of one of Denver's literary fixtures,Ed Ward'sStories, Stories, Bring Your Stories
, at the Mercury Café. To be clear, this is not an open mic night, but a chance to listen to some great stories curated by Ward. There's no telling what you might hear -- but it's bound to be awesome.
TheMayor's Youth Commission
is hosting a party tonight to highlight mental-health issues that affect Denver youth. Come for a night of free food, music and art, as well as lots of support. Members ofArt from Ashes
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will be on hand to assist attendees in leaving their mark on the community wall that Youth on Record is creating.