Love is in the air, and the days ahead are abundant with delights. While we can't help you (or your sure-to-be-underwhelmed significant other) celebrate Valentine's Day on the cheap, we can offer five lively ways to enjoy the rest of the week. Catch a free movie screening, take part in a live podcast recording, or sip from frozen glassware at Urban Farmer's Ice Bar, all without having to open your wallet. Save your money for hearts and flowers; read on for the five best free events in Denver over the next five days, plus a $10 bonus.
Movie Night in Mirus: Black Swan
Monday, February 11, 7 p.m.
One of cinema's most unflinching gazes into the darker side of the artistic process, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan captures the manic highs and self-injurious lows of creative obsession. Starring Natalie Portman, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a ballet prodigy descending into madness, the film is a fitting selection for the launch of the Movie Night in Mirus screening series, which unspools for the first time tonight at Temple Nightclub. Visit Mirus Gallery's Universe events page to register for free and find out more.
Ice Cold Comedy
Tuesday, February 12, 8 p.m.
Chillers Bar & Grill, Loveland
Venture to the Land of Love for another frosty yet fiery round of jokes when Ice Cold Comedy returns to Chillers Bar & Grill with a fresh lineup of Colorado's finest and funniest. For this month's outing, host and Loveland comedy impresario Jeff Albright welcomes Cody Cardinal, Doug Ware, Ricky Ramos, Jo Kimbrell and headliner Nathan Lund to entertain a loyal crowd of Tuesday night drinkers. Admission is free; learn more on the LoCo Comedy Facebook events page.
Galentine’s Day Pop Up Bazaar
Wednesday, February 13, 6 p.m.
Thanks to the misunderstood legacy of the de-canonized Saint Valentine, February 14 will forever be known as a day for lovers. Galentine’s Day, however, can trace its origins to the delightful and historically verifiable source of Parks and Recreation, whose characters dedicate the pre-holiday evening to celebrations of friendship and feminist empowerment. Treat yourself to a gauntlet of homemade goods at the Galentine’s Day Pop Up Bazaar, a crafty and quirky gathering of all female-identified merchants. Hosted by the Lady Killas of Denver, the evening's festivities also include a thematically linked cocktail list. Head over to the Lady Killas Facebook events page for further details.
Mutiny Comics Podcast: Black. Female. Creative
Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe
The MotherF**cker in a Cape podcast swoops once more on to the Mutiny Transmissions airwaves with "Black. Female. Creative," an in-depth interview with Adrienne Norris. Creator of the "Women Behaving Badly" art series, Norris blends watercolors and historical photo collages into striking collage portraits of feminist heroes. Join MotherF**cker in a Cape's R. Allen Brooks to learn what inspired the methods and objectives of Norris's artwork as she regales listeners with anecdotes about her speaking engagement at the Women's March as well as her formidable martial arts prowess at a live, in-store recording on Wednesday, February 13. Visit Mutiny Information Cafe's Facebook events page to learn more.
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Second Annual Ice Bar and Silent Disco
Friday, February 15, and Saturday, February 16, 7 p.m.
Bundle up and break out the Mr. Freeze-worthy puns, because it'll be "ice" to see you at Urban Farmer's second annual Ice Bar and Silent Disco. Don a pair of headphones and sip on specialty Bulleit bourbon and Ketel One vodka cocktails served up in frozen glassware when the shivery soirée returns for a pair of parties this weekend. Chill out for free; find more information on Urban Farmer's Facebook events page.
And a bonus event:
Bonus: Get Thee to a Nunnery Comedy Show
Wednesday, February 13, 8 p.m.
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
A mid-week lark well worth a Hamilton or two, the Get Thee to a Nunnery Comedy Show splashes back on to the stage at Ophelia's Electric Soapbox with a suitably lovely lineup for Valentine's Day eve. Join co-hosts Jodee Champion and Elise Kerns, along with Zac Maas, Miriam Moreno and headliner Steve Gillespie, for an evening of jibes so mirthful, even poor Yorick might crack a smile. Buy tickets, $10, and learn more on the Ophelia's Electric Soapbox Eventbrite page.
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