Arts and Culture

Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble presents Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum on Wednesday, December 12.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble presents Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum on Wednesday, December 12. Stan Obert
As Denver moves into a new week, the days ahead have plenty to offer locals who won't let empty pockets scupper ambitious plans. Dancers, drag queens and comedians alike are all offering shows with no admission charge. Talk about a holiday gift! Keep reading for the five best free events in Denver this week. 

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Tits, Tucks, & Genderfcks
Monday, December 10, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Gladys: The Nosy Neighbor

Have a very merry (and slightly scary) Krampusnacht when KOVEN returns to Gladys: The Nosy Neighbor with another evening of drag, dancing and the dark arts. While nominally dedicated to Krampus — a child-terrorizing humanoid goat demon that originated in central European and became a permanent fixture of yuletide nightmares — December's edition of Denver's witchiest drag show has nothing but gifts to offer. Host and emcee Novelí presides over a truly wicked stage show with performances from Lisa Frank Cortez, Calder Goodlay, Nixi Theodora Pixi and Heavenly Powers, to name but a few of the queens and queer performance artists on a lineup replete with both new faces and returning favorites. After the show, guests can have their palms read and their tarot cards spread at Neurotika Killz and Josh Darling's Divination Station before hitting the dance floor to get down to the goth/industrial sounds of DJ Dutch Confetti. Admission is free, but donations for the performers are appreciated. Find out more on Gladys: The Nosy Neighbor's Facebook events page

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble: Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum
Wednesday, December 12, noon to 1 p.m.
Aurora Arts Center

Move your feet to a multicultural beat when the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble presents the highlights of Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum at a special edition of the free Cultural Concerts on Colfax series. Now in its 27th season, the show weaves dance, storytelling and tradition into the vivid tapestry of a grandmother's memories of a fleet-footed youth spent dancing at winter festivals in honor of celebrations like Christmas, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Junkanoo Day and many more. Visit the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble events calendar for details about the production, and call 720-329-0869 to RSVP for a seat at the Aurora Arts Center.

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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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