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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Amy Miller rolls through Denver this week to headline a number of comedy shows, including Study Hall.
Amy Miller rolls through Denver this week to headline a number of comedy shows, including Study Hall. Mindy Tucker
Few things cure a case of the Mondays more thoroughly than making plans to wring every possible moment of joy that your work-week free time permits. Take a break from your wage-slaving and -saving agenda during the days ahead, and venture out into a cultural scene replete with artistic, comedic and architectural riches...many of which charge no admission at all. Read on for the five best free events this week.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF RIVER MILE DENVER
Courtesy of River Mile Denver
CATALYTIC DENVER: The River Mile
Monday, January 28, 6 p.m.
Sharp Auditorium, Denver Art Museum

Gaze into the future of Mile High development with the Denver Architecture Foundation, whose CATALYTIC DENVER lecture series continues with a presentation on the River Mile, a bold reimagining of the Central Platte Valley. Brush up and weigh in on a project that could transform Denver's cityscape and relationship with its humble waterways; the discussion will begin with a panel of architectural experts moderated by Ken Schroeppel, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning. The gathering convenes at 6 p.m. tonight in Sharp Auditorium (located in the Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building); admission is free, but pre-registration is required. RSVP and discover more on the Denver Architecture Foundation Eventbrite page.

click to enlarge Okerman's "Lost and Found" photo collection is a visual highlight of Sisu's first issue. - LAUREN BELLO OKERMAN
Okerman's "Lost and Found" photo collection is a visual highlight of Sisu's first issue.
Lauren Bello Okerman
Sisu Launch Party
Tuesday, January 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
10 Barrel Brewing

Issuing an intriguing retort to the status quo of bros who dominate the outdoor-adventure narrative, Sisu Magazine is making a bold foray into the publishing world with a launch party at 10 Barrel Brewing Company. Juxtaposing chronicles of the experiences of trans, gender-queer and non-binary nature enthusiasts with eye-catching art and action photography, Sisu captures the inclusivity of wilderness in its first issue. See it at a debut gathering that includes a ski and snowboard raffle prize giveaway, live music by LVDY, and a bounty of tasty brews on tap. Visit Sisu's events page to register and learn more.


Study Hall: A Comedy Show
Wednesday, January 30, 8 p.m.
Call to Arms Brewing

The freewheeling chaos of comedy open mics can be a hostile breeding ground, so local standup Brad Galli founded the Study Hall comedy show as a safe haven for fledgling material to take flight. Nestled into the intimate and tealight-festooned side room at Call to Arms Brewing, Study Hall offers comics a chance to test bits in front of supportive brewery patrons rather than their indifferent peers, and rewards its crowd with the freshest possible crop of jokes. January's edition welcomes Mile High mirth merchants Olivia Schyling, Nic Dean, Gabby Gutierrez-Reed, Steve Vanderploeg, Charlie Cohen and Stephen Agyei to set the stage for headliner Amy Miller (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Up Next). Find further details on Call to Arms Brewing'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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