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Kelley Kavanaugh
Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Episode Two
Thursday, December 28, 8 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe

Bree Davies, a local activist, DIY booster, music-scene queen and 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've ascertained from the title, Davies and her esteemed guests turn a critical eye on the Mile High, examining the forces reshaping the city in ways its residents don't appreciate. The podcast's second episode —recorded for a live audience at Denver's most bustling book store, Mutiny Information Cafe — is the first in a two-part series covering one of the city's most pernicious threats: gentrification. Join Davies along with guests Tony Pigford and Dr. Gregory Diggs for an in-depth discussion about such thorny issues as Ink! Coffee's woefully misguided attempt at satire (punch up, you cowards) and the troubling legacy of Klansman mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton, as well as the district named in his dubious honor. Find out more on Mutiny's Facebook events page.

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Left Hand Right Brain
Sexpot Comedy Presents Nerd Roast in Memoriam
Friday, December 29, 7 p.m.
El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom

Since debuting in the early days of El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom, Sexpot Comedy's Nerd Roast quickly grew into a Final Friday fiesta 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. An annual tradition befitting the irreverent nature of the show, the Nerd Roast's In Memoriam features local comics donning shambolic costumes to portray the entertainers and public figures we lost in 2017. This year's dais of death includes Allison Rose as Hugh Hefner, Cory Helie as Don Rickles, Timmi Lasley as Tom Petty and Cody Spyker as Mary Tyler Moore, to name but a few. The jokes start flying shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday, December 29, but guests should plan on sticking around for El Charrito's perennially popular karaoke night immediately following the roast. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated. Find more information on Sexpot Comedy'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.
Contact: Byron Graham