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

Get weird at Syntax Physic Opera's Weird Touch dance party on Saturday, October 28.
Get weird at Syntax Physic Opera's Weird Touch dance party on Saturday, October 28. Marcin Nagraba
It's time to get hyped for the upcoming Hallo-weekend. While there are plenty of spooky spectacles and ghoulish gatherings awaiting Denverites, many venues are dispiritingly aware that they can price-gouge partiers all they like. Luckily, others are offering tricks, treats, frights and delights that anyone can attend for less than ten American dollars. Here are ten of our favorites.

Hitchcock Film Festival: Psycho
Friday, October 27, 6 p.m.
The Cube Stapleton MCA

The Hitchcock Film Festival continues at the Cube event space at Stapleton with a free screening of the auteur's game-changing thriller, Psycho. Though its iconic shower-stabbing sequence is so thoroughly ingrained in pop culture that even people who've never seen the film would recognize it, today's audiences forget both how revolutionary Psycho was at the time of its release, and how the film's first half hour unfolds like an especially taut noir potboiler before Janet Leigh makes her fatal check-in to the Bates Motel. Boasting one of the greatest scores of all time from composer Bernard Herrmann, this screening is a fitting way to close the series. Join Dr. Vincent "Indie Prof" Piturro and kick off the film with an educational and entertaining presentation that places Psycho within the context of Hitchcock's celebrated oeuvre. And since no movie is truly complete without popcorn, the Cube offers a full concession stand with beer and wine. Visit the Stapleton MCA events calendar to learn more.

tHUNder Duo Drum and Percussion Masterclass
Friday, October 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
DIME Denver (Tivoli Student Union)

Calling all drummers, percussionists, and beat nuts of all stripes: The world renowned tHUNder Duo is hosting a free drum and percussion masterclass tomorrow at DIME Denver, located in the Tivoli student union on the Auraria campus. Comprising Hungarian artist Kornel Horvath and British drummer Gabor Dornyei, tHUNder Duo incorporates traditional styles and fascinating experiments into thrilling performances that have wowed concertgoers all over the world. In addition to being masterful performers, Horvath and Dornyei are also dedicated to passing their knowledge along to the next generation of percussionists in their highly popular masterclasses. Visit their Eventbrite page to register and learn more.

Sexpot Comedy Presents the Nerd Roast: Slashers
Friday, October 27, 7 p.m.
El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom

Since debuting two years ago, Sexpot Comedy's Nerd Roast quickly grew into a final Friday tradition for the entire Denver comedy community. Though the pay is scant and booking is a logistical nightmare, the show is a true labor of love for co-hosts/producers Preston Tompkins and Zach Reinert. In celebration of the upcoming Halloween holiday, they're stocking the dais exclusively with characters from the slasher subgenre. The literal murderer's row of performers includes John Davis as Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th), Elena Ingraham as Samara (The Ring), Steve Vanderploeg as Ghostface (Scream), Katie Bowman as Aileen Wuornos, Cory Helie as Pennywise (It), Meghan DePonceau as Chucky, Caitie Hannan as Jigsaw (Saw), John Papaioannou as Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street), and Josh Skillman as Michael Meyers (Halloween). Admission is free, but the comics always appreciate donations. Visit the Facebook events page to learn more.

click to enlarge DENVER ART SONG PROJECY
Denver Art Song Projecy
Monsters, Creatures and Legends
Friday, October 27, 7 p.m.
St. Francis Cabrini Parish
$5 to $10

The Denver Art Song project is resurrecting its popular Monsters, Creatures, and Legends concert just in time for Halloween. A tuneful and terrifying journey through the spookier sides of classical music singing, the show features macabre songs performed by new monsters as well as returning favorites from last year. Join Sarah Stone, Eapen Leubner, John Seesholtz and Mallory Bernstein for an enchanting evening that's perfect for getting into the spooky spirit of the season. Visit Brown Paper Tickets to buy tickets ($5 for children and $10 for adults) and to find out more.

Adam Cayton-Holland Comedy Central Special Watch Party
Friday, October 27, 10:30 p.m.
Illegal Pete's Colfax

Adam Cayton-Holland has come a long way since his Westword-scribing and Squire-mic'ing days. The co-creator of Those Who Can't (about to enter its third season on TruTV), Cayton-Holland is celebrating another milestone in his career as his Stand-Up Presents special premieres on Comedy Central. Though Cayton-Holland has performed brief sets on The Pete Holmes Show, The Meltdown, and appeared twice on Conan, there's never been an opportunity to see the loquacious comic stretch his wings on television until now. Denver loves nothing more than reveling in the success of her native sons, so join a throng of well-wishers at Illegal Pete's Colfax for a burrito-powered watch party as the special premieres. Get more details on the Facebook events page.

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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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