Arts and Culture

Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Hooves hit the streets when the Stock Show Parade returns on Thursday, January 10.
Hooves hit the streets when the Stock Show Parade returns on Thursday, January 10. Brandon Marshall
Now that we're far enough into the new year to remember to use "2019" in conversation and correspondence, it's high time to make good on our resolutions to get more out of life. The Queen City of the Plains boasts a rich and varied cultural tapestry, woven through with unforgettable experiences provided by the local creative community. Learn, listen and laugh your way through the week at five free events in the days ahead, including the National Western Stock Show parade, a cherished Mile High tradition dating back to 1906.

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Courtesy of Friends of Chamber Music Denver
Music With Friends: Ensemble Faucheux
Tuesday, January 8, 6 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
Gather with chamber-music-loving chums when the Music With Friends concert series returns to Syntax Physic Opera with an intimate performance by Ensemble Faucheux. January's concert pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a program consisting of such evocative compositions as Chen Yi's "Romance and Dance," Gabriela Lena Frank's "Sueños de Chambi," Jessie Montgomery's Rhapsody No. 1 and Lukas Foss's "Three American Pieces." Admission is free, but seating is limited, so arrive early to secure a seat and take advantage of happy-hour food and drink specials. Visit the Friends of Chamber Music events calendar for more details.

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Courtesy of Astronomy on Tap/ NASA
Astronomy on Tap
Tuesday, January 8, 7 p.m.
BarFly

Fill your brain to the brim at Astronomy on Tap, an informal lecture series dedicated to explaining the mysteries of the cosmos in terms that everyday bar patrons can understand. Join January's roster of sky-gazing experts, which includes Dr. Brian Keeney, Vicky Sahami and Dr. John Bally from the University of Colorado, for an informative yet entertaining discussion of eclipse chasing, cosmic explosions and NASA's recent images of Ultima Thule. Visit BarFly's Facebook events page to find out more.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY & DIPLOMACY
Courtesy of Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy
Latin America’s Democratic Decline and Possibilities for Resistance
Wednesday, January 9, noon
Anna & John J. Sie International Relations Complex

After surmounting a troubled history plagued by dictatorial rule, experts fear that Latin American governments are backsliding toward authoritarianism, a disturbing trend confirmed by the recent election of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The University of Denver's Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy examines the deepening political crisis in the region and looks at how citizens can insist upon their own freedoms with meaningful civil resistance. The seminar is followed by a complimentary luncheon. Visit the Josef Korbel School Latin America Center's Facebook events page for more information, and RSVP via Google docs.


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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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