This week is full of free thrills and chills, with starring turns from a rising comic and a veteran hip-hop DJ, as well as a visit from Iceland's emissaries. Check out more events on the Westword calendar and drop us a comment if you know of a bargain that belongs on this list.
Andrew Orvedahl at Ratio Beerworks (9 p.m. Wednesday, free)
Ratio Comedy is one of the town's newer stand-up shows, and this week you can catch a rising star in the back room of a brewery: Andrew Orvedahl, who just wrapped filming for his new TruTV show Those Who Can't, with his fellow partners in the Grawlix. The night also features Kenny DeForest, Sofiya Alexander, Olivia Cathcart and Paige Bowman.
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Taste of Iceland Denver in Denver Metro Area (Wednesday-Thursday, free)
Beyond the bad guys in D2:The Mighty Ducks and Björk, you might not know a lot about Iceland. Immerse yourself in Icelandic culture over the next few days at free events around town. Stop by Coohills Restaurant & Bar to see artist Ólöf Björg drawing portraits of people passing by, which you can have for free. The Mercury Cafe will be hosting a lecture about Icelandic influence on literature. The Mayan will have a Icelandic-centric film festival and Coohills is also presenting vodka mixology classes. For more information, click here.
Sankofa Lecture Series featuring 9th Wonder at Auraria Campus (12:30 p.m. Thursday, free)
Legendary DJ and producer 9th Wonder will grace this year's Sankofa Lecture Series, which centers on the theme "Hip Hop: A Soundtrack for Social Change." Hip-hop is an undeniable global force that doesn't just inspire us to dance, but organize for the greater good. Hear what the godfather of the remix album has to say today at St. Cajetan's Center on the Auraria Campus. Seating is limited, so get there early.