Arts and Culture

Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under

See a screening of René Laloux's delightfully trippy Fantastic Planet at Alamo Drafthouse Sloan's Lake on Saturday, March 10.
See a screening of René Laloux's delightfully trippy Fantastic Planet at Alamo Drafthouse Sloan's Lake on Saturday, March 10. New World Pictures
There's a strong argument to be made that Thursdays are the most exciting day of the week. Sure, Friday gets all the glory and namesake restaurant franchises, but determined weekenders seize this extra day of entertainment, enjoying an extra night out and plotting for the days ahead. Westword has your back, aspiring funsters. We've scoured the city's arts and culture calendar for top-dollar entertainment at the wage-slave-friendly price of $10 and under (fine print notwithstanding). See concerts, comedy shows and movie screenings, shop for vintage treasures or cuddle a baby goat. Whatever you do, don't stay cooped up at home. Keep reading for the ten best free and cheap events in the Denver area this weekend.

Lakewood Symphony Presents: Mediterranean Lunch
Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Lakewood Cultural Center
$10 to $16

Feast your ears upon the sumptuous sounds of Italianate classical music at Mediterranean Lunch, presented by the Lakewood Symphony. Join Steve Metcalf (principal bass of the Colorado Symphony) for a buffet of beautiful music, including the overture for Gioachino Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, Giacomo Puccini's "The Chrysanthemums," Felix Mendelssohn's Italian-inspired Symphony No. 4, Op. 90 and Serge Koussevitzky's "Double Bass Concerto, Op. 3," a fine showcase for Metcalf's skills. Visit the Lakewood Symphony's box-office page to buy tickets, $10 to $16, and learn more.

World Wide Antique and Vintage Show
March 9 to 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Expo Building, 451 East 58th Avenue

One of the finest antiquing shopportunities of the season, the World Wide Antique and Vintage show bursts with the furniture and fashions of yesteryear. Boasting over 85 different vendors who've scoured the globe for one-of-a-kind finds, the show is like a curio-festooned stroll through the past. A mere $5 grants guests admission to all three days of the show, with free entry for kids under twelve. Visit World Wide Antique and Vintage Show's homepage for more details.

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Liminal: A Storytelling Event
Saturday, March 10, 6 to 8 p.m.
Mercury Cafe

Story and song unite at Liminal, Stain'd Arts' new storytelling event at the Mercury Cafe, a steadfast hub for local creatives. Join eight distinguished Denver storytellers for their true tales of belief, their words lovingly soundtracked by pianist Victor Chen's expressive accompaniment. The inaugural storytellers (including Shelsea Ochoa, Noah Kaplan, Kriste Peoples, Rachel Trignano, Andrew Jaffee, Sloane Kohnstamm, Jonathon Stalls and Jarrett Rivera Lebeau) hail from a wide array of creative disciplines and life experiences, with each speaker bringing different insight to the topic of belief. Admission is $10 at, where readers can also find more information.

Denver Vintage Reggae Society
Denver Vintage Reggae Society Seven Year Anniversary
Saturday, March 10, 9 p.m.
Goosetown Tavern

Although the blessed influence of Jamaican music has reverberated through many genres, reshaping ska, hip-hop, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall music, the good folks at the Denver Vintage Reggae Society have a soft spot for the classics. Celebrate seven years of playing the old favorites with a performance from living Studio One legend Judah Eskender Tafari, followed by a steady stream of hits to keep guests grooving until closing time. Visit Goosetown Tavern's Facebook events page for more details.

Fantastic Planet With King Eddie and DéCollage
Saturday, March 10, 10 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Sloan's Lake

René Laloux's delightfully trippy Fantastic Planet is a film unlike any other, a sui generis sci-fi vision rich with memorable imagery and profound allegory. Set on the distant planet of Ygam, where giant blue humanoids keep human beings like house pets, the Cannes Grand Prix Award-winning film remains an unrivaled achievement in animation decades after its 1973 release. Prior to screening, guests can lounge at the Alamo's BarFly while enjoying performances from DéCollage and King Eddie, whose brand-new video, "Enter the Man," will precede the screening. Visit the Alamo's box-office page to buy tickets, $8, and 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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