Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under (Three Free!)

Denver's unofficial Wes Anderson week continues with the Landmark Esquire's Midnight Madness screenings of Moonrise Kingdom.
Denver's unofficial Wes Anderson week continues with the Landmark Esquire's Midnight Madness screenings of Moonrise Kingdom. Focus Features
Bookworms, music aficionados and nerds of every stripe are spoiled for choices this weekend, when shows, readings, concerts and screenings abound. Each of the events listed below is not only interesting, but easy on the pocketbook: Admission for each is $10 or less. Keep reading for the ten best bargains in Denver over the next few days.

Feel the Beat Storytime
Friday, March 23, 11 a.m.

For its many patrons, BookBar is much more than a mere retailer; it's a community where readers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can unite in their love of literature over bites and beverages from the kitchen. The bookseller's community outreach continues with Feel the Beat Storytime, presented in Sign Language for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. A partnership with Feel the Beat Dance Studio, Storytime is a fun way to practice signing, enjoy kids' books and sip and munch on half-off cafe specials. If you can't make it this month, don't fret. Feel the Beat Storytime returns to BookBar every fourth Friday. Visit BookBar's events calendar for more details.

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Denver Art Museum
Poetry Reading: Ricardo Pau-Llosa With Enrico Mario Santí
Friday, March 23, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Denver Art Museum
Included with admission

Prize-winning Cuban-American poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa is stopping by the Denver Art Museum's Sharp Auditorium for a special reading from his latest collection, Intruso Entre Ríos. Co-presented by DAM and the Museo de las Americas, the event brings world-class poetry right to artsy Denverites' doorsteps. Pau-Llosa will be joined by fellow Cuban-American poet and scholar Enrico Mario Santí for a transformative bilingual performance. Admission is included with museum entry fees, $8 to $13. Visit the Denver Art Museum's events calendar to learn more.

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Lighthouse Writers Workshop
The Lighthouse Reading Show
Friday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Catch a glimpse of the multi-talented scribes in the Lighthouse Writers Workshop orbit at the Lighthouse Reading Show, a showcase of Denver authors. Hear short readings from writers of every experience level, including Thornton High School junior Franchesca Castillo, award-winning DU professor Diana Khoi Nguyen, the Community Outreach Program's Kathy Conde and Book Project graduate Lynette Vialet, then mingle with the literati, enjoy drinks and refreshments, and perhaps discover your new favorite writer. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop events page.

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Joke and Tell
Friday, March 23, 7 p.m.
The Comedy RoomRoom

Inspired by nostalgic memories of Show and Tell from grade school, Steve Vanderploeg has been trying to get Joke and Tell off the ground for years. After taking a couple months off and tinkering with the format, the core idea of comics riffing about their prized possessions remains intact, only now there's a much bigger lineup and a Denver comedy-party atmosphere. Embark on a treasure hunt through the past with a bill of more than twenty local comics including Zach Welch, Natalia Kvalem, Jose Macall, ShaNae Ross and more. Be sure to stick around at El Charrito after the show ends to watch drunken comics warble their way through karaoke songs. Find more information, including the full lineup, on Sexpot Comedy's Facebook events page.
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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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