While many locals feel like nothing's free in development-crazed Denver, the city's arts community hustles week in and week out to provide bargain entertainment for their fellow citizens — which is probably why so many of them are broke, too. Lovers of the three "c's" (cinema, classical music and comedy) are in luck once again; the days ahead offer a pair of innovative concerts as well as a tour through the archives of a muckraking international periodical. Keep reading for the five best free events in Denver this week.
Movie Monday: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Monday, March 19, 8 p.m. Campus Lounge
In just a few short weeks, Suspect Press's Monday Movie Nights have become a tradition for students, cinephiles and thirsty bar patrons alike. The series continues this week with Wes Anderson's Jacques Cousteau-inspired melan-comedy, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. It's among the meticulous auteur's most elegiac films — though the mood is buoyed by the lilting soundtrack of Seu Jorge's samba-infused Bowie covers, and there's a surprising amount of gunplay. To mark the occasion, the Campus Lounge will serve a Zissou-inspired Rum Cannonball with Jaguar Shark Fish & Chips. Visit the Suspect Press Facebook events page to learn more.
The Third Rail Archive Binge
Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 9 p.m. David B. Smith Gallery
A nonprofit publication dedicated to insightful conversations about politics, philosophy and the art world, theThird Rail Quarterly circulates everywhere from Amsterdam and Mexico City to right here in Denver. Delve into the back catalogue of Third Rail at David B. Smith Gallery's Archive Binge, a video playlist curated from artists and filmmakers featured in the first eleven issues. For more information about the event, visit the David B. Smith Gallery Facebook events page or Third Rail Quarterly's home page.
Faculty Tuesdays: España en el Corazón
Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. Grusin Music Hall The lively classical music calendar at the University of Colorado offers the week's best opportunity to experience high culture at low prices. Join faculty musicians Jennifer Bird (soprano), Alejandro Cremaschi (piano), Claire McCahan (mezzo soprano), Matthew Chellis (tenor) and baritone Andrew Garland for a celebration of Spanish song, España en el Corazón. The program includes solos and duos by the talented singers, as well as tunes from well-known zarzuelas. Visit the CU Presents box-office page to learn more, or to watch a live stream of the performance.
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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.