Arts and Culture

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

Derek Sheen headlines the inaugural Oskar Blues Comedy Show at the Black Buzzard on Wednesday, January 17.
Derek Sheen headlines the inaugural Oskar Blues Comedy Show at the Black Buzzard on Wednesday, January 17. Derek Sheen Facebook
Many readers greet Mondays with weariness. But the beginning of the week also means a fresh list of opportunities to enjoy life in the Mile High. From classical music and world cinema to amateur magic shows, we've found no lack of things to do, thanks to Denver's creative community. Even better, the five events listed below are completely free!

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Magic Open Mic Night
Monday, January 15, 7 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe

Open mics are wellsprings of inspiration and laboratories for failure. No matter what sort of performer takes the stage, audiences can witness both the purity of extemporaneous creation as well as the widespread heartbreak that occurs when a performers' ambitions exceed their talents. However, Mutiny Information Cafe's Magic Open Mic Night is unlike anything else in the city. Come see the city's best magicians hone their skills, try out their newest tricks, and dabble in the dark arts tonight at 7 p.m. Find more details on Mutiny's Facebook events page.


CU Faculty Tuesdays: American Celebration
Tuesday, January 16, 7:30 p.m.
Grusin Music Hall

The University of Colorado's music program is the school's gift to classical-music lovers, hosting world-class concerts week in and week out, and often several times per day. Though too few CU students take full advantage of Grusin Music Hall's thriving performance calendar, many of the campus venue's events are open to the public. Better yet, they're often free. Join faculty musicians Margaret McDonald and Jeremy Reger on piano, Mike Dunn on tuba, Christina Jennings on flute, and David Requiro on cello for a concert celebrating the triumphs of American music. The program spotlights Frederic Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues for two pianos, Pierre Jalbert's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Alec Wilder's Suite No. 1, or the ā€œEffie Suite,ā€ and Lukas Foss's "Three American Pieces." Visit the CU Presents box-office page to learn more.

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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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