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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Roka Hueka headline Denver Open Media's Open Sessions on Friday, August 3.
Roka Hueka headline Denver Open Media's Open Sessions on Friday, August 3. Tim Dewnger

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The René Heredia Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre and Flamenco, Flamenco
Thursday, August 2, 6 to 9:45 p.m.
Anythink York Street
Another Anythink Libraries-affiliated affair, the Anythink Film Series offers a cinematic experience unlike any other. Pairing tastefully curated screenings from a wide swathe of genres with thoughtful presentations to give the films deeper context, the series continues throughout August at every Anythink location. On August 2, toes will tap and hearts will flutter as the series devotes an entire evening to sights and sounds of flamenco. Beginning with a stunning presentation from the René Heredia Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre, the night continues with an outdoor screening of Carlos Saura's visually sumptuous 2010 documentary Flamenco, Flamenco. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and soft drinks, though popcorn will be happily provided to attendees. Find out more on Anythink York Street's events calendar.

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Tim Dwenger
Open Music Sessions
Friday, August 3, 7 to 10 p.m.
Denver Open Media

Arty parties abound along Santa Fe Boulevard on any First Friday, but local music and comedy lovers should be sure to venture west one block to check out Denver Open Media's Open Music Sessions. A lovingly curated presentation of local performers that sweetens the deal with free beverages and Sexy Pizza slices, Open Music Sessions may be live-streamed and broadcast on channel 57, but the event is best experienced as a member of the studio audience. August's lineup includes local comedians Meghan DePonceau, James Pate and Elise Kerns, a community spotlight on CHAC Gallery and a headlining set from Roka Hueka. Visit Denver Open Media'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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