Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Join filmmaker Cécile Evans for RMCAD's Fictions Lecture Series on Tuesday, January 15.
Join filmmaker Cécile Evans for RMCAD's Fictions Lecture Series on Tuesday, January 15. Yuri Pattison
Thanks to mid-January's "back-to-business" ethos, fun may seem in short supply during the gray days ahead. If you keep your fingers on the proverbial pulse of the Mile High arts scene, however, each new week presents a fresh opportunity to experience everything the creative community has to offer. The city is abuzz with jokes, stories, music and movies, and you won't have to pay a cover charge to enjoy yourself. Here are the five best free events this week.

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Still from What the Heart Wants, 2016
Cécile B Evans
Lecture: Feeling for You: Cécile B Evans
Tuesday, January 15, 6 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Presented by the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design's Visiting Artist, Scholar and Designer Program, the Fictions Lecture Series offers students and curious visitors alike insight into each speaker's creative process. The current series, which focuses on artists searching for human truths in fantastical settings, continues with experimental filmmaker Cécile B Evans's Lecture: Feeling for You, in which she will interrogate her own digital films, question how technology distorts perception, and speculate about humankind's deepening relationship with artificial intelligence. Don't miss out on the eye-popping and mind-bending talk; visit the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design events calendar to RSVP and find out more.

CU Faculty Tuesdays: William Primrose in Song
Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.
Grusin Music Hall

The string section's most underrepresented solo instruments, violas don't get enough love. Thankfully, child prodigy William Primrose saw the instrument's potential, and remains a source of inspiration long after his death in 1982. University of Colorado Associate Professor of Viola Erika Eckert pays tribute to the late virtuoso at this week's CU Faculty Tuesdays concert, "William Primrose in Song," offering a medley of compositions the musician transcribed for his own recitals, including Johannes Brahms's "Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91." Mezzo soprano Abigail Nims and pianist Margaret McDonald round out the trio for a simultaneously grand yet intimate free concert experience. To learn more details or watch a live stream of the performance, head over to the CU Presents events calendar.

Charlie Foxtrot Comedy Show
Wednesday, January 16, 8 p.m.
Stanley Marketplace
Fill your belly and tickle your ribs at the inaugural Charlie Foxtrot Comedy Show, coming in for a landing on Wednesday. The show — whose title plays off of Stanley Marketplace's aeronautical roots -— is capably piloted by local comic and showrunner Meghan DePonceau, who recruited a top-notch crew of local aces for the first outing, including Jeremy Pysher, Andie Main and headliner Mike Stanley. Find out more on the Stanley Marketplace Facebook events page.

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Noah Van Sciver
The Narrators: Habit
Wednesday, January 16, 8 p.m.
Buntport Theater

Share and share alike with The Narrators, an evening of true tales for an audience of kind ears. While the organizers of the live show and podcast recently announced that their San Diego spinoff was calling it quits, Denver's edition moves boldly into the new year with host Ron Doyle and storytellers Kat Atwell, Drew Bowlsby, Adam Cayton-Holland, Colleen Leggett, Theresa Mercado and Troy Walker. With Great Divide brews available for donations and a full range of feels, listeners shouldn't wait for the podcast rollout to get their Narrators fix. Learn more on Buntport Theater's Facebook events page.

Blank Slate Comedy Show
Friday, January 18, 8 p.m.
Diebolt Brewing Company

Laugh away last year's burdens at the Blank Slate Comedy Show, a gem among the city's dozens of craft beer and standup pairings. Hosted by Kira MagCalen, January's edition enlists local openers Roger Stafford, Benjamin Duncan, Danny Ramos and Caitie Hannan to set the stage for headliner Zoe Rogers. Rogers, who's appeared on NickMom Night Out and Disney Babble Up Late, specializes in cathartic jokes about the trials of motherhood; so call up a sitter and head out to this free show. Visit Diebolt Brewing Company'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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