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

Black Market Translation improvises musical accompaniment for poets and Mutiny Information Cafe's Punketry!
Black Market Translation improvises musical accompaniment for poets and Mutiny Information Cafe's Punketry! Black Market Translation
Happy Monday! While workaday wage slaves may regard the start of a new week with weary resignation, Denverites are spoiled for choice when it comes to free-time activities. And we mean free. The days ahead are rich with entertainment opportunities, from classical-music concerts and comedy shows to gallery openings and punk-infused poetry readings, so if you find yourself bored, you have no one but yourself to blame. Here are the five best free events in Denver this week.

Music at Noon: Michael Thornton
Tuesday, May 8, Noon
Saint John's Cathedral

Shuffle off the mid-day doldrums at Saint John's Episcopal Cathedral's Music at Noon series, lunchtime concerts with a work-break-friendly running time of about 45 minutes. Principal horn of both the Colorado Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as well as an associate professor at the University of Colorado, Michael Thornton is a Juilliard-trained virtuoso who's equally adept in orchestral settings, chamber ensembles and as a soloist. His career highlights include performing with the Korean Broadcast System Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony. During this mid-day concert, he'll work through a horn-centric repertoire in one of the city's best venues for chamber music; feel free to bring your lunch. Visit the Saint John's Cathedral events calendar to learn more.

Tuesday, May 8, 7:15 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe

Poets and punk rockers, unite: Mutiny Information Cafe's genre-blending Punketry! show is returning for another blend of spoken word and shredding riffs. May's roster of poets includes Idris Goodwin, Garen Lavender Whitmore, Changa Hernandez, Nancy Stohlman and Dustin Whatley, who'll be reading their work while psych-punkers Black Market Translation offer improvised musical accompaniment. Join host Sarah Rodriguez and the tattooed hordes for one of the most unique events on Denver's literary scene. Visit Punketry's Facebook events page to learn more.

click to enlarge Kickback Comedy host Katie Bowman. - EVAN SEMÓN
Kickback Comedy host Katie Bowman.
Evan Semón
Kickback Comedy
Wednesday, May 9, 8 p.m.
Call to Arms Brewing Company

Comedy-loving brewhounds are truly spoiled on Wednesday nights in Denver, with concurrent comedy showcases at two of the city's finest breweries. The hops and ha-has begin at Kickback Comedy, located in Call to Arms' cozy, tealight-festooned taproom. Hosted and curated by local comedian Katie Bowman, Kickback Comedy returns for another funny and frothy evening of jokes with openers Zeke Herrera, Timmi Lasley and Jacob Rupp, along with headliner ShaNae Ross. Visit Call to Arms' Facebook events page for more details.

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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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