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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Brett Hiker hosts the final Comedians' Power Hour on Thursday, December 20, at Comedy RoomRoom.
Brett Hiker hosts the final Comedians' Power Hour on Thursday, December 20, at Comedy RoomRoom. Andrew Bray
Merry Monday: While the days leading up to Christmas may seem like a time of last-minute shopping frenzies and programmatic holiday cheer, the upcoming week defies expectations with a grab bag of great free entertainment, without a hint of humbuggery. At these events, you can have fun and hold on to your funds for gift-giving.


A Canto Deo Christmas Bethany
Monday, December 17, 7:30
Bethany Lutheran Church

O hum, all ye faithful, to A Canto Deo Christmas Bethany, a gift full of harmonic splendor presented by the Canto Deo Festival Choir and Orchestra. Sing along with classic carols such as "Silent Night," "Joy to the World" and "The Little Drummer Boy," or sit back and marvel at stunning new arrangements of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, John Rutter’s "Sans Day Carol" and many more. Visit Canto Deo's events calendar to RSVP and find out more.


Film & Conversation: A Requiem for Syrian Refugees
Tuesday, December 18, 6 p.m.
Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library

A harrowing chronicle of Syrian civil war refugees documented in stark black and white, filmmaker Richard Wolf's A Requiem for Syrian Refugees sheds light on the struggles of a forgotten people. Filming at an understaffed and overcrowded United Nations Refugee Camp in Northern Iraq — located perilously close to ISIS-controlled territory — Wolf sought to capture the humanity behind the headlines with first-person accounts from people who'd fled their violence-plagued homeland for an uncertain future. It's a fitting selection for the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library Film & Conversation series, which returns this week with a screening of A Requiem for Syrian Refugees followed by a discussion with Syrian-American activist Obeid Kaifo. Visit the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library events calendar for 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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