Free for All: The Five Best Free Events in Denver This Week

See works from artists like Nychos at Mirus Gallery's grand opening group exhibition on Friday, April 27.
See works from artists like Nychos at Mirus Gallery's grand opening group exhibition on Friday, April 27. Nychos
Happy Monday, dear readers. Although Denver's 4/20 celebrations have mostly subsided — true stoners honor 4/20 in their hearts all year like a blazed Fred Scrooge — the city's creative community continues apace with another week of entertainment that readers from any tax bracket can enjoy. Keep reading for the five best free events in Denver this week.

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Pop Culture Classroom
Comic Book Tuesdays
Tuesday, April 24, 3-6 p.m.
Pop Culture Classroom

The educators at Denver's Pop Culture Classroom are dedicated to finding alternative approaches to teaching, honoring each student's individuality by forging connections through their favorite art and media. On Comic Book Tuesdays, participants engage in comics-inspired activities and games that prove learning and having fun aren't mutually exclusive endeavors. Visit Pop Culture Classroom's Facebook events page for more details.

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Ratio Beerworks
Vinyl Records Night
Tuesday, April 24, 7-10 p.m.
Ratio Beer Works

Record collectors are a rare and special breed, analog fetishists in a digital landscape who insist on quality and tactility in an era when such things are overlooked in favor of convenience. Ratio Beerworks welcomes vinyl hounds to the taproom on November 28 for an evening of comparing, bartering and taking turns spinning their favorite albums on the brewery's turntables. With no admission fees or big-name DJs, Vinyl Records Night at Ratio is an ideal opportunity to quaff tasty beers, shop for new records at the Something Vinyl mobile store, and dance the night away to a truly democratic playlist. Visit Ratio's Facebook events page to learn more.

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Dinosaur Ridge
Everything Dinosaur Talk 4: Theropods
Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m.
Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center
Attention, dino devotees: Brush up on your paleontology at the Everything Dinosaur lecture series, presented by Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. The talks continue this week with an in-depth discussion of Theropods, a mostly carnivorous suborder that ruled the Carnian age. Species of Theropoda include the Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Guests convene at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center at 6 p.m.; visit Dinosaur Ridge's Facebook events page for more information.

Courtesy of Kalyn Heffernan
Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Q&A with Mayoral Candidate Kalyn Heffernan
Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe

Bree Davies, a local activist, DIY booster, music-scene queen and longtime Westword scribe, has a new podcast dedicated to preserving the character of her native city called Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? As readers might ascertain from the title, Davies and her esteemed guests turn a critical eye on the Mile High, examining the forces reshaping the city in ways that its residents don't appreciate and discussing ways to reclaim their home. For the sixth episode, Davies welcomes Wheelchair Sports Camp frontwoman, activist and recently declared 2019 Denver mayoral candidate Kalyn Heffernan for an impassioned and profanity-laced discussion about how she'd like to address the ways in which Denver is failing some of its most vulnerable residents. Find out more on Mutiny Information Cafe's Facebook events page.

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Mirus Gallery
Grand Opening Group Exhibition
Friday, April 27, 7 to 10 p.m.
Mirus Gallery Denver
After spending five years at the forefront of San Francisco's art scene, Mirus Gallery co-founder and curator Paul Hemmings is expanding into a new location in the heart of Denver's Golden Triangle. Seeking work that provokes consciousness while displaying technical skill, Mirus Gallery achieves the “astonishing, extraordinary, and strange" quality that its name promises, Hemmings says. Celebrate the grand opening of a new incubator for local creatives at an exhibition featuring gallery favorites such as Augustine Kofie, Nychos, Mars1 and many more. Find more details on Mirus Gallery Denver's 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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