March has rushed in, and while it's too early for spring flowers, entertainment opportunities are blossoming around Denver. During the days ahead, readers can revisit a childhood classic, take in an evening of Celtic-inspired music and visit one of the city's finest museums for a penny. In fact, you can attend any of the following events for ten dollars or less (with some admittedly significant caveats). Keep reading for our ten favorite activities this week...as well as a special bonus offer.
Ron Doyle returns to the "Literary Thunderdome" tonight at 7 p.m.
WRITE CLUB Denver
WRITE CLUB Denver: Et Tu, Write Club?
Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. Syntax Physic Opera
Write Club Denver, a self-described "literary thunderdome," pits writer against writer in a series of head-to-head competitive readings from Denver-based authors, comedians, performers and creatives of every stripe. The combatants vying for March's "Loving Cup of Deathless Glory" include Ron Doyle and Janae Burris in "Pen versus Sword," Naomi Kelsey and Brice Maiurro in "Guilty versus Complicit," and Mario Lurig and Katie Elkins in "Casar versus Ranch." Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start; a suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door, though no one will be turned away. Visit Write Club Denver's Facebook events page for more details.
First Friday Art Walk
Friday, March 2, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Art District on Santa Fe
An artsy tradition held dear by many Denverites, the First Friday Art Walk in the Santa Fe arts district remains one of the best ways to keep abreast of the city's thriving cultural scene. Galleries open their doors to the public, food trucks abound, and the mood is festive, whatever the weather. With more than 100 participating galleries, shops and restaurants, you could return to the First Friday Art Walk every month and still miss out on something worthy each time. Find more information on the Art District on Santa Fe's Facebook events page.
Denver Philharmonic Orchestra: Smilin' Isles
Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. Antonia Brico Stage Central Presbyterian Church
Free to $25
Take a sonic journey through Celtic culture at the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra's Smilin' Isles. Conducted by Lawrence Golan with accompaniment by uilleann piper Dirk Mewes, the program includes Scottish- and Irish- inspired compositions, opening with Felix Mendelssohn's “Scottish” Symphony No. 3, followed by Shaun Davey's The Brendan Voyage. Admission for children under thirteen is free; it's $12 with a student discount, $17 with a senior discount, and $25 for adults. Visit the Denver Philharmonic's box-office page for more.
Midnight Madness: The Neverending Story
March 2 and 3, midnight Landmark Esquire
Don't get stuck in the swamps of sadness, ’80s babies, for the Landmark Esquire theater's cult-friendly Midnight Madness screening series returns with 1984's fantasy epic, The Neverending Story. Based on the novel by German author Michael Ende, Wolfgang Petersen's cinematic adaptations inspired wonder (Falkor!) and terror (The Nothing!) in an entire generation of movie-goers. Visit the Landmark Esquire's box-office page to buy tickets, $9.50, and learn more.
Penny Admission for Colorado Residents
Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MCA Denver
While pennies are basically worth less than the traces of copper it takes to mint them, a rusty red Lincoln can still buy something valuable: admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The thought-provoking exhibits on display — solos by Cleon Peterson, Arthur Jafa and Diego Rodriguez — are worth seeing even on full-price days, but extra-thrifty readers who don't mind a crowd shouldn't miss this monthly opportunity to see cutting-edge 2018 art for 1918 prices. As always, this deal is only available to Colorado residents, so pay up, tourists. Visit MCA Denver's home page for more information.
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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.