3 things to do for free in Denver this week, March 24-27

This should be an interesting week in Denver, since you can try out a new kind of music; have a laugh, maybe a cry; and get involved in the community -- all for free! Don't forget to check out the online Westword calendar for a complete roster of events, and if you know of anything else going on, don't be a miser, let us know in the comments below.

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The Denver Avant-Garde Music Society: Solos/Duos at Strange Grounds Coffee (Monday, free) If you want to start the eek off weird, do it with the Denver Avant-Garde Music Society. Gongs, smacking vocals and one-of-a-kind instrument that have never before been seen are all in store tonight. The evening heats up around 9 p.m.; check the Facebook page to sign up. Stories, Stories, Bring Your Stories at the Mercury Cafe (Tuesday, free) Tonight marks the fourth anniversary of one of Denver's literary fixtures, Ed Ward's Stories, Stories, Bring Your Stories, at the Mercury Café. To be clear, this is not an open mic night, but a chance to listen to some great stories curated by Ward. There's no telling what you might hear -- but it's bound to be awesome. #HelpHelps at Youth on Record (Tuesday, free) The Mayor's Youth Commission is hosting a party tonight to highlight mental-health issues that affect Denver youth. Come for a night of free food, music and art, as well as lots of support. Members of Art from Ashes will be on hand to assist attendees in leaving their mark on the community wall that Youth on Record is creating.

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