3 things to do in Denver this week, March 17-20

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The weekend celebrations in advance of St. Patrick's Day may have already depleted your wallet. Fortunately, there are many free activities in Denver this week -- some of which might even help replenish all those brain cells killed by green beer. We've picked our three favorites; feel free to add other bargain events in the comments section below and, as always, go to our online calendarfor the complete lineup of entertainment activities in Denver this week.

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TEDxMileHighLive 2014 at City Hall (Tuesday, free) If all the shenanigans and drunken conversations of St. Patrick's Day left you feeling brain-dead, check out the live broadcast at TEDxMileHighLive. Streaming live all day from TED2014 in Vancouver, the display will feature heavy hitters like Bill and Melinda Gates as well as Sting,imparting knowledge to an international audience. The talks start at 9 a.m. and continue for twelve hours; the event is free, but you do need to register and get a ticket here .

Celluloid Shakespeare- Much Ado About Nothing at the Denver Central Library (Tuesday, free)

This April marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare and to celebrate, the Denver Public Library is hosting a slew of movies based on his scripts. Tonight Celluloid Shakespeare will present the classic 1993 Kenneth Branagh Much Ado About Nothing, and the tale becomes even more hilarious with when Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves join the traditional British cast. Show up at the B2 conference room at the Central Denver Library at 6 p.m., when classically trained Shakespearean actor John McDonald will host the movie, setting the scene for one of the Bard's best.

LAUGH MOB for International Day of Happiness (Thursday, free) Today marks the first day of spring -- which, coincidentally, is also the official International Day of Happiness. Kalina Ross created the guffaw-filled event two years ago, which is now sanctioned by the United Nations. Follow the LAUGH MOB Facebook page to find out where to meet up for a good chuckle and get enough positive vibes to carry through the weekend.

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