3 things to do for free in Denver this week, December 17-20

If the disheartening consumerism of the holidays is taking a toll on both your wallet and your spirit, keep reading. This week, we're featuring three events that not only cost nothing to attend, but also benefit good causes: the Bring Your Own Records Party, holiday storytelling and a night of comedy and music.

As always, you can find a full listing of all events -- whether free or not -- in our online Westword calendar. And feel free to share info about other entertainment deals in the comments section below.

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14th Annual Holiday Reading at Tattered Cover LoDo (Monday) Feel like a kid again at Tattered Cover's annual holiday reading. Jamie Horton, a veteran of the Denver Center Theater Company, and crowd-pleasing actress Kathleen Brady will warm your heart with readings of holiday classics while you sip warm drinks and eat treats. The event is free, but if the stories inspire you to give, bring a new or gently used book for the Children's Book Drive so that others can share in the magic of storytelling.

Canned Laughter at the Lion's Lair (Wednesday) Eight bands -- including Hot Robots, L.B.R.O. and more -- are getting together with live comics for a night of music, laughter, prize raffles and holiday cheer. It's sure to be a fun night for a great cause: You're encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or unopened toy to benefit the Children's Hospital Burn Center.

Bring Your Own Records Party at Lost Lake Lounge (Wednesday)

Dust off your weirdo holiday 45s for the special winter solstice edition of


MasterMind Sarah Slater's Bring Your Own Records Party, and always bopping time. Pick out three to five songs to bring on vinyl, dress in your finest gaudy Xmas outfit, and head to the bar to play your picks and hear a diverse mix of DIY djs. Keeping with the holiday spirit, the event will be collecting donations of canned and boxed food as well as new toiletries for

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