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

Boogie with costumed revelers at the Lipgloss Halloween Dance Party at La Rumba.
Boogie with costumed revelers at the Lipgloss Halloween Dance Party at La Rumba. Sam Nguyen

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Ratio Beerworks
Ratio Comedy: Battle Royale
Wednesday, November 1, 8 p.m.
Ratio Beerworks
Westword honored Ratio Beerworks with a Best of Denver Award in a notably specific category earlier this year, and the brewery continues to emphasize great entertainment. Every Wednesday, comedians and crowds fill Ratio's showroom, a venue that's equally adept at hosting concerts, trivia nights and weekly comedy shows of every variety. One of Ratio Comedy's monthly staples, the Battle Royale, pits comic against comic in a bracket-style joke joust hosted by Andrew Bueno and Ian Douglas Terry. The rules dictate that each performer must generate three minutes of extemporaneous riffs based on a topic assigned mere days before the show. With a lineup featuring local smash-smiths Timmi Lasley, Tim Coleman, Allison Rose, Anthony Siraguse, Aaron Maslow and Rebecca Robinson as well as Ratio's own Mike O'Connor and Indiana's Benjamin Duncan, the evening promises to be a veritable giggle gauntlet. Visit the Facebook events page for more details.

Queen City Companion 2
Thursday, November 2, 8 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe

Inspired both in name and spirit by Garrison Keillor's national treasure of public radio, Queen City Companion is a new podcast and live storytelling show joining Mutiny Information Cafe's increasingly bustling monthly events calendar. Spearheaded by Christie Buchele of the Empty Girlfriend podcast and the Pussy Bros. standup supergroup, Queen City Companion invites a rogues' gallery of local comics, writers, musicians and other creatives to share their entirely fabricated tales through whatever medium suits them best. United by a common theme, the storytellers can let their imaginations run free, with everything recorded for posterity thanks to resident Mutiny lackey and beloved Denver comic Cory Helie. November's lineup includes standups Harris Alterman, Nora Lynch, Zac Maas, Piper Shepherd and Allison Rose, along with Indie City Writers' KB Jensen and local creative J Layne Ryan. Inquiring minds will find more details on the Facebook event 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.
Contact: Byron Graham