Arts and Culture

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

Frolic with butterflies for a fraction of the regular admission price at Butterfly Pavilion's $5 Day on Saturday, November 18.
Frolic with butterflies for a fraction of the regular admission price at Butterfly Pavilion's $5 Day on Saturday, November 18. Butterfly Pavilion

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Check out a new exhibit from Katie Caron, whose sculpture "Outgrowth" is pictured here, on Friday, November 17, at Georgia Art Space.
Katie Caron
Opening Reception: Katie Caron's Simulations
Friday, November 17, 6 p.m.
Georgia Art Space
Free admission

A mixed-media sculptor who specializes in reclaimed materials, Katie Caron creates works that pulse with uncanny life. Abstract organic forms that comment on biology, technology and perception, Caron's sculptures have a way of dominating their environment. It's fitting, then, that Georgia Art Space would dedicate the entire gallery to Simulations, a mind-boggling new installation. Intrigued readers shouldn't hesitate: Simulations will only be on display throughout the weekend. Along with the opening-reception celebration, guests can check out Caron's purpose-built installations on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. or close out the weekend with a special pay-what-you-can performance from Edwina the Great and Her Amazing Traveling Flea Circus. Find out more from the event's Facebook page.

3 Kings Comedy Show with Emily Heller
Friday, November 17, 7 p.m.
3 Kings Tavern

David Rodriguez and Nathan Lund are two of the most affable mirth merchants on the Denver comedy scene, so it's fitting that they've joined forces for a new standup showcase at 3 Kings Tavern. The two are already off to a good start with standup wunderkind Emily Heller scheduled to headline their inaugural giggle gauntlet. Heller, a multi-talented writer, actor and comedian, has performed on @Midnight, Conan and Late Night With Seth Meyers. She was also a series regular on the defunct TBS sitcom Ground Floor, and she's appeared on shows like Maron and BoJack Horseman. Her podcast Baby Geniuses is required listening for comedy nerds. With openers Cody Spyker and Mekki Leeper (Philadelphia), the whole evening is a testament to what Denver comics can accomplish together. Tickets are $10; go to the 3 Kings events calendar for yours.

Midnight Madness: Pan's Labyrinth
Friday, November 17, midnight
Landmark Esquire

With Guillermo del Toro's latest phantasmagorical spectacle, The Shape of Water, due to hit local theaters on December 8, it's an ideal time to revisit his greatest masterpiece thus far: Pan's Labyrinth. Taking place during the bloodiest years of the Spanish Civil War (much like his equally excellent companion piece The Devil's Backbone), Pan's Labyrinth has all the scope and stunning creature effects of epic fantasy, yet never shies away from the horrors of the conflict. With a level of visual splendor that only a big screen can truly convey, this midnight screening is well worth its modest admission fee. Visit the Esquire's box office page to learn more and buy tickets.

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Butterfly Pavilion
$5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion
Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Butterfly Pavilion

Everyone loves butterflies; in fact, anyone who claims otherwise is innately untrustworthy. Indeed, the only thing better than frolicking with butterflies in a climate-controlled environment is enjoying the privilege for little more than a crisp Lincoln and a shlep out to Westminster. That's precisely the experience that $5 Dollar Day at the Butterfly Pavilion has to offer. Admission includes access to Tropical Rainforest and the remodeled "Crawl-a-See-Em," as well as creepy-crawly encounters with Rosie the Tarantula. Visit the Butterfly Pavilion's events page to buy tickets, $5, and get more information.

Token Boy's "Perfect" Thanksgiving Special
Saturday, November 18, 8 p.m.
The Bakery Arts Warehouse
$5 to $10

For cash-strapped transplants, Thanksgiving is necessarily spent in the company of similarly destitute pals. Token Boy's "Perfect" Thanksgiving special celebrates the spirit of chosen family with a series of sketches capped off by a headlining set from local standup legend John "Hippieman" Novosad. Featuring a goofy gaggle of Denver-based performers including Jen Sutherland, James Amos, Evan Davis, Jackie Esbin, Rachel Walker and Chad McNaughton, Token Boy has cooked up an elaborate feast of hilarity, absurdity and goodwill. Token Boy has found an ideal venue at the freewheeling Bakery Arts Warehouse, which is also hosting the triumphant return of Ben Bryant's Guest List comedy showcase the prior evening. Admission is $5 at (where you'll also find more information), and $10 at the door. Find out more about Token Boy on its Facebook page.

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Denver Art Museum
"See You Later, North Building" Party
Sunday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denver Art Museum
Free admission

An architectural landmark from an identity-defining era, the Denver Art Museum's north building is due for a modern update. Constructed under the expert stewardship of Italian architect Gio Ponti in 1971, the fifty-year-old structure will experience an ambitious redesign slated to begin this month. Enjoy free admission to the entire museum (with the exception of the "Her Paris" special exhibit) on Sunday, November 19, as the museum bids adieu to its distinctive north wing until the revitalization project is complete. The celebration also includes live music and dance performances from Taiko Japanese drumming to Mariachi Vasquez and more. Sentimental guests can even write love letters to the artworks they'll miss the most. Check out the Denver Art Museum's events calendar to learn more and plan your visit.

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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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