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

Violinist Linda Wang joins DU's Lamont Symphony on Tuesday, October 9.
Violinist Linda Wang joins DU's Lamont Symphony on Tuesday, October 9. Courtesy of Linda Wang
Colorado may be an expensive place these days, but most residents would agree that the Centennial State's natural and cultural riches make living here worth every penny. While a pleasant autumn hike is nearly always free, residents can also fill their evenings with music, laughter and knowledge presented for free at a variety of entertainments. Keep reading for the five best free events in Denver this week.

Lamont Symphony with Violinist Linda Wang
Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Lamont School of Music, Newman Center for the Performing Arts

A violin prodigy who made her stage debut with the New York Philharmonic at the tender age of nine, Linda Wang has toured the world, winning acclaim as she performed with an impressive array of esteemed collaborators and recorded six solo albums. Currently fostering the next generation of talent in her role as string chair and professor of violin at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, Wang joins some of her protégés to honor the centenary of great American composer Leonard Bernstein with a performance of "The Serenade, after Plato's Symposium," followed by Ludwig van Beethoven's “Eroica”  Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 55. The auspicious pairing is an ideal presentation of Wang's virtuosic string skills and her pedagogical influence, not to mention a bit of kingly entertainment at peasant-friendly prices. Admission is free, but reserving a seat costs a worthwhile $5. Find out more on the Newman Center for the Performing Arts events calendar.

click to enlarge Headliner Sam Tallent, wearing a stupid bolo tie. - GEOFF DECKER
Headliner Sam Tallent, wearing a stupid bolo tie.
Geoff Decker
Ice Cold Comedy
Tuesday, October 9, 8 p.m.
Chillers Bar & Grill

Venture north to the Land of Love for one of three outstanding comedy shows in the days ahead at Ice Cold Comedy, which brings the best of Denver's standup scene to Loveland. Hosted and curated by Jeff Albright, Ice Cold Comedy offers a crackerjack lineup that includes Piper Shepherd, Grayson Nite, Terri Barton Gregg, feature act Rick Bryan and headliner Sam Tallent. Northerners, take note: Don't miss one of the week's best opportunities to laugh the night away without fighting I-25 traffic. Find more information on Chillers Bar & Grill's Facebook events page.

click to enlarge Mitch Fatel shares his shameful stories at We Still Like You. - DAN DION
Mitch Fatel shares his shameful stories at We Still Like You.
Dan Dion
We Still Like You
Wednesday, October 10, 8 p.m.
The Comedy RoomRoom

Leave the cries of "Shame!" to the High Septas of the Faith Militant (you're welcome, Game of Thrones nerds):  We Still Like You is here to forgive your misdeeds. A clearinghouse for embarrassing anecdotes and stifled regrets and an exercise in mass catharsis, the show invites storytellers to regale audiences with tales of their most humiliating experiences before basking in said audience's acceptance as its members collectively chant "We still like you" — hence the title. The show may have originated in Chicago, but its local spinoff has thrived under the stewardship of Pussy Bros. co-founder Rachel Weeks, who recently anointed fellow comics Kira MagCalen and Allison Rose as her replacement hosts when she moves to Los Angeles in a few months. Join the crowd for one of We Still Like You's few remaining Weeks-hosted editions; the lineup includes local comics Brian Flynn, Elise Kerns, Dan Jones, Stephanie McHugh and Mitch Fatel. Artist Becca Waugh will also be on hand to provide live interpretive doodles of each story. Visit the Comedy RoomRoom's 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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