The air's finally starting to turn crisp — but with all the free events on the calendar, it's already easy to play it cool in Denver. This week you can see films, celebrate bewitching work and catch a podcast — without ever opening your wallet. Go to the online Westword calendar for more recommended events, and drop us a comment if this list missed any great free activities.
Indigenous Film & Arts Festival Kick-Off at Denver Museum of Nature and Science (7 p.m. Wednesday, free)
Catch a screening of Nallua, a documentary focusing on two elderly Inuit women looking to the past and future of their home in a village in the northernmost part of the world. This doc will open the Indigenous Film & Arts Festival; the free events will run until next week. Find all the details on the Indigenous Festival webside..
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Witch Craft Magazine Issue One Launch Party at Syntax Physic Opera (8 p.m. Thursday, free)
When you think about it, witches and artists have a lot in common: They practice rituals many normal people don't understand, break rules and make things both dark and beautiful. Conjure yourself up to Syntax for the release of the first issue of Witch Craft, a magazine filled with work by locals like Kelly Thompson, Heather Goodrich and Corey Dahl, word witches who push the boundaries of modern prose. Admission is free, but you can buy a button or tote bag to help their cause; RATFUCK will supply a performance as well.
Mostly Harmless Talk Show at Mutiny Information Cafe (10 p.m. Thursday, free)
Mostly Harmless is a monthly podcast where comedians, artists and other interesting people can shoot the shit. Since it's October, this month's theme is "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," and the show will feature Westword contributor Josiah Hesse, comedian Mara Wiles and a super-secret musical guest. See how it all comes together — and grab a free brew from Ratio Beerworks while you watch the action. And if you can't make the event, you can still catch the podcast here.