3 things to do for free in Denver this week, January 28-31

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Cash can be short at the end of the month; fortunately, this week is long on free events. Watch the season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race, catch an improv show, and pig out on free pizza at a Naughty By Nature show -- all without opening your wallet. Share more bargain entertainment options in the comments section below, and check out our full listing of events on the online Westword calendar.

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RuPaul's Drag Race Viewing Party & Ultimate Queen Contest at Tracks (Monday) The hunt to find America's next drag superstar continues with the latest season of the always entertaining and ridiculous reality TV show RuPaul's Drag Race. Watch the first episode of the season and then cheer for Tracks' own Ultimate Queen Contest, a weekly competition complete with challenges to name Denver's 2013 Ultimate Queen. The event is free for those over 21, but for the underage it will cost $5.

Third Curd: TAKE OVER at the Deer Pile (Thursday)

Adding to the Deer Pile's array of fun, inexpensive events is the second Third Curd: TAKE OVER, and inprov show. Here's how it works: The improv duo Third Curd will perform their set and then "take over" another local improv group by adopting their specific format. This month's is Jane's Addiction, an all-girl Jane Austen show, so Third Curd's Chris Woolf and Mark Shonsey will be acting like British women in what's sure to be a zany night of comedy.

Free 4 All Vol. 3 at EXDO Event Center (Thursday)

Not only is EXDO hosting a night of free performances by Rome (the guy the remaining members of Sublime hired to replace Bradley Nowell) and Naughty By Nature, hosted by Redman, but you'll get liquored up and fed for free, with complimentary booze and pizza.

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