Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under (Four Free)

Catch a screening of Buster Keaton's College, tonight at Chautauqua Auditorium.
Catch a screening of Buster Keaton's College, tonight at Chautauqua Auditorium. C/o United Artists

Denver is positively bustling with activity all weekend long, which means that thrifty locals have plenty of opportunities to enjoy everything our city's arts scene has to offer without breaking the bank. From a bevy of local comedy shows to film screenings and artful insights, Denver's creative community has your entertainment needs covered for the week ahead. Better yet, admission to all of the events listed below will run you less than ten American dollars.

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Silent Film Series: College
Thursday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.
Chautauqua Auditorium

The 32nd Annual Chautauqua Silent Film Series continues this week with Buster Keaton's uproarious 1927 comedy, College. Starring as the bookish Ronald, Keaton runs through an iconic series of slapstick set pieces as he attempts to impress a comely peer (Anne Cornwall), only to be thwarted at every turn by a loutish jock (Harold Goodwin) and the laws of physics. Like the rest of the series, the screening, on Thursday, August 17, revives that special old-time picture-house ambience with live musical accompaniment from pianist Hank Troy. Join the crowd of cinephiles and history buffs at 7:30 p.m. at Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. Visit Chautauqua online for tickets, $6 to $12, and more information.

Nighttime Tonight
Thursday, August 17, 9 p.m.
The Deer Pile

Brian Flynn, a local comedian and co-host of The Revisionists podcast, has continued quiet but steadfast work on Nighttime Tonight for months now, assembling a team of eager locals to write jokes and pitch segments for a new showcase modeled after late-night staples like Conan and The Daily Show, along with just a dash of Shandling-esque internecine struggle. Mostly, however, Nighttime Tonight is intended to be a place where members of the Denver comedy community can gather and indulge their creative whims. The show has an altruistic component as well: Flynn and company will be collecting donations for a different charitable organization each month, with August's donations going toward the benefit of Rainbow Alley. Tonight's lineup includes Detroit's Hayden Kristal along with locals Sara Hake, Georgie Rae and headliner Anthony Crawford. Visit the Facebook event page to learn more.

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C/o Hitchcocktails
Friday, August 18, 10 p.m.
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

The cinematic oeuvre of Alfred Hitchcock is utterly distinctive, with its icy blondes and secrets hidden in inky shadows. Therefore, it's also ripe for parody. HitchCocktails, a new improv show at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, mines the penguin-shaped filmmaker's favorite tropes, such as double agents and fraught romances, for scenes. Meanwhile, the crowd and performers alike get increasingly soused – there'll be a full bar on stage – as they play an increasingly elaborate drinking game where no one in the cast can refuse a drink when offered. HitchCocktails, which continues through the end of June, is a hilarious and high-energy performance where everyone gets so drunk they don't know their north from their northwest. Visit the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse events calendar to learn more and buy tickets, $8-$10.

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Chef Demo at Union Station Farmers' Market
Saturday, August 19, 10-11 a.m.
Union Station Farmers' Market

Calling all foodies: The popular Chef Demo events at Union Station Farmers' Market have reached the penultimate week, with only two more demonstrations to go before the series concludes. This week, Chef Tim Kuklinski of Rioja will demonstrate how to prepare one of his personal favorite recipes for an early-rising crowd from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 19. Learn the ropes from a maestro of the kitchen before descending onto the market to find all the necessary ingredients to re-create Kuklinski's dish at home. If you can't make it this week, don't miss out on next week's demo, featuring Chef Brett Smitt of the Post on August 26. Admission is free. Visit Union Station online to learn more.

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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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