Sometimes the best things in life really are free. This week, for example, you can experience slam poetry, catch a film screening, or learn about a magical realist legend -- and you won't be charged a thing. Keep reading for three free things to do this week; for a full listing of entertainment options around town, visit the Westword calendar. And if you know of any other worthy free events over the next four days, share them in the comments section.Minor Disturbance Open Mic at Hooked on Colfax (Wednesday)
Though there are many open mic nights in this city, Minor Disturbance is introducing the only youth-focused one in town at Hooked on Colfax. Musicians, poets, and comedians will perform at this first-ever event that will continue weekly; the inaugural edition will feature slam poetry by local hero Suzi Q. Smith. See some exciting performance art, get a latte (not free) from Hooked on Colfax, and celebrate a new platform for young voices.
Free movies are always fun, and even more fun when they celebrate hometown talent. Denver personality Sid Pink will star inThe Honey Cooler,
a farce noir film from Gaylord Street Films about a washed-up private detective. See the film -- and its star -- tonight, and support local cinema.
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Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Week at the Auraria Campus (Wednesday-Thursday) Gabriel García Márquez, a master of magical realism, turns 85 this year, and in celebration the University of Colorado Denver, the Denver Public Library and the Hispanic Heritage Center are hosting a series of Márquez-related events this week. Wednesday includes public readings, lectures and a screening of Gabriel García Márquez: Magic and Reality, while Thursday will feature screenings of O veneno da madrugada, Del amor y otros demonios and a lecture about the writer's classic One Hundred Years of Solitude. It promises to be a magical series.