Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under

See the debut of Tobias Fike's Stages at David B. Smith Gallery at the opening reception on Friday, January 19.
See the debut of Tobias Fike's Stages at David B. Smith Gallery at the opening reception on Friday, January 19. Tobias Fike

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Midnight Madness: My Neighbor Totoro
January 19 and 20, midnight
Landmark Esquire

For a particular subset of cineastes, the heyday of Japan's Studio Ghibli ranks right alongside — if not above — the golden age of Disney in the field of animated achievements. Relive the magic of My Neighbor Totoro, one of anime auteur Hayao Miyazaki's finest early efforts, at Landmark Esquire's Midnight Madness, a screening series dedicated to the culty and quirky. Though Ghibli has sadly closed up shop, its works will endure for generations. To learn more and buy tickets, $9.50, visit the Landmark Esquire box-office page.

HexaCon Denver
January 19 to 21
Northglenn Ramada Plaza and Convention Center
Prices vary

Old-school gamers can tabletop ’til they drop all weekend long at HexaCon Denver, a three-day celebration of role-playing, strategy and board games. The convention also has several events scheduled for miniatures and model-train enthusiasts. The games begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 19, and continue until Sunday at 8 p.m. While a con badge costs $25, many of the individual events offer free admission. For more details, visit the HexaCon home page.

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Geoff Decker
Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game
Saturday, January 20, 7 p.m.
El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom

After watching the same comedians perform night after night, local open-mic hosts Caitie Hannan and Westword contributor Byron Graham can readily reel off comics' favorite jokes, as well as their unconscious verbal tics and gestures. With their monthly showcase Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, Graham and Hannan mine the obsessions and mannerisms of local standups for a rib-tickling and liver-pickling hybrid of comedy show and drinking game. The format is fairly simple: Hannan and Graham write notes about each comic on a large easel pad and prompt the audience to drink each time the comic on stage says or does something on the list. A First Saturday staple of El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom, the next round of Designated Drunkard welcomes mirth merchants Andres Becerril, Lila Bear, Preston Tompkins, Minori Hinds, and Deacon Gray to the stage. Visit Designated Drunkard's Nighout page to buy tickets, $5, and find out more.

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Vital Theatre Company
Pinkalicious: The Musical
Sunday, January 21, 1:30 and 4 p.m.
Lone Tree Arts Center

Enjoy an affably goofy afternoon of theater with Pinkalicious: The Musical, which premieres at the Lone Tree Arts Center for a pair of performances of Sunday, January 21. The tuneful tale of Pinkalicious, whose craze for cupcakes results in a whimsical pink-ening of her appearance, the Vital Theatre Company's presentation is a delightful part of the Center's Passport to Culture program. To buy tickets, $10, and learn more, visit the Lone Tree Arts Center's box office page.

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Spring Educators Night
Monday, January 22, 6 to 9 p.m.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

While the public generally pays lip service to America's educators, actual currency is in dispiritingly short supply for the people responsible for shaping the next generation of learners. Fortunately, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering teachers (and their guests) a preview of the museum's "At Your School" experiences, along with a chance to explore the grounds, see Space Tours Live in Gates Planetarium or catch an advanced screening of Jerusalem 3D on the IMAX screen. With light appetizers and a cash bar, it's an opportunity for educators and lifelong learners to mingle and enjoy one of the city's finest institutions of knowledge. Find more information on the DMNS box-office page.

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