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

Check out musician and genderqueer performance artist Novelí tonight at the hi-dive's God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night.
Check out musician and genderqueer performance artist Novelí tonight at the hi-dive's God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night. Chuck Revell

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click to enlarge UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
University of Denver
Japanese Kakizome Workshop
Thursday, January 11, 4:30 p.m.
Driscoll Student Center

Even if your student years are long behind you, it's never too late to expand your cultural horizons and try your hand at a new skill. Luckily, just such an opportunity awaits at the Japanese Kakizome Workshop. Presented by the University of Denver's Department of Languages and Literatures in partnership with the Japanese Bunka Kai Language and Culture Club, the workshop will introduce participants to the new-year tradition of kakizome. Using ink, a brush and traditional Japanese calligraphy paper, you'll write down encouraging words to keep in mind for the year ahead. Admission is free and no experience is required; visit the University of Denver events calendar to find out more.

click to enlarge Schuyler Colfax - LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Schuyler Colfax
Library of Congress
Wake for Schuyler Colfax
Saturday, January 13, 7:30 p.m.
The Owl Saloon
5026 East Colfax Avenue

Celebrate the history of Denver's "longest and wickedest street" and its namesake, Indiana congressman Schuyler "the Smiler" Colfax, who was Speaker of the House during the Lincoln administration. Despite the fact that Colfax was an avowed abolitionist who ratified the 13th Amendment — which makes his honorarium less problematic than, say, that of Benjamin F. Stapleton, whose name is also spoken by Denverites on a daily basis — the city has never held a proper wake for the man. The Owl Saloon aims to correct this oversight with the help of Route 40 historian and Colfax Museum curator Jonny Barber, who'll sing a cowboy song, raise a whiskey glass for a moment of somber silence, and preside over a party 150 years in the making. Visit Colfax Avenue's events calendar 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.
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