3 things to do for free in Denver this week, October 7-10

While the weather is still deciding if it's ready for fall, it is clear that we humans are set, as activities move inside and we prepare to brave the colder tempuratures. In accordance with this acclimation, we've found some great, free gatherings -- like movies all about the secret powers of garlic and discussions that require fun, critical thinking about world issues (don't worry, this one takes place in a bar.) Still looking for more to do? Take a glance at the online Westword calendar for a full list of other free and low-cost events happening around town, or share more free events in our comments section.

See also: Chow Down, the IFS Food Film Festival, to debut October 9-13

Holly Winter's book launch party at the Oriental Theater (Monday) In her new book, Unlikely Memories and Two Amnesias, Holly Winter discusses her experience dealing with two different forms of amnesia, while relating her struggles to everyday life. This free evening celebration is family-friendly, with music from the Cheap Suits and talks on the book aimed at both adults and teens.

Salon No. 2 "The Worst Thing In The World/In Denver" at Forest Room 5 (Tuesday) This discussion forum held at Forest Room 5 is meant to be fun and thought-provoking, as Michael Huemer, PhD and Joe Juhasz, PhD lead a critical conversation around how modern society evaluates global issues like clean water, healthcare and education. Happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the speakers will begin at 6 p.m., followed by an open conversation with the audience.

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers screening at the Boulder Public Library (Wednesday) Kicking off the inaugural edition of Chow Down: IFS Food Film Festival, Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers is a 1980 documentary celebrating the history of garlic. The free film serves as a great introduction to this new part of the International Film Series, which runs through October 13 and shares various films tapping into the foodie culture in Boulder. For more in Chow Down, check out our in-depth look at some of the other documentaries being shown, and how it all came together.

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