October brings many things: seasonally-spiced hot beverages, the social acceptability of wearing a Halloween costume everywhere, activities that move indoors. And there's plenty to do this week inside, from getting a start on spookiness with a French horror film to visiting the Children's Museum for free to catching a presentation about a woman known as the "Anne Frank of Viet Nam." And unlike that pumpkin spice latte, these events are all free. Check out the online Westword calendar for complete listings of all fall fun, and share more free events in our comments section.Martyrs at Crash 45 (Tuesday)
Start your October off with a fright at Blood-Thirsty Theresa's totally killer Cruel Autumn Horror Film Series. Tonight's pick is 2008's terrifying French flickMartyrs
, which follows a woman seeking revenge for being tortured as a child. Drink movie-themed cocktails while you scream.Free night at the Children's Museum of Denver (Tuesday)
Every first Tuesday, Target sponsors a free evening from 4 to 8 p.m at the Children's Museum of Denver allowing families to check out all the science (build your own rockets!), art and craft-related exhibits without having to pay an admission fee.
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The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library (Wednesday) Known as the "Anne Frank of Viet Nam," Dang Thuy Tram was a 27-year-old female physician from Ha Noi who was killed by American soldiers in 1970. She was also an avid diarist, and her written journals were given to a veteran, Ted Engelmann, who returned them to her family. Englemann will give a presentation tonight at the library on these significant pieces of literature (translated to English and published in 2007 as Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram) and his personal experience delivering the diaries.