Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under (Five Free)

There's no better spot to celebrate Veterans' Day in Denver than Civic Center Park, but it's also a place to donate winter supplies to the people who need them the most.
There's no better spot to celebrate Veterans' Day in Denver than Civic Center Park, but it's also a place to donate winter supplies to the people who need them the most. Matt Santomarco

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Take This and Keep Warm
Take This and Keep Warm, Year Three
Sunday, November 12, noon
Civic Center Park

While Civic Center Park is always great for holidays and festivals, it's impossible to ignore that the grounds also serve as a hub and habitat for people experiencing homelessness. And as the mercury drops with winter's arrival, an already heartbreakingly dire living situation can quickly become a matter of life and death. Inspired by a nationwide movement, the mission statement of Take This and Keep Warm is fairly straightforward. Donors place scarves, hats, gloves, jackets and other winter gear in trees with a note attached, reading, "I am not lost; please take me and keep warm.” The local organizers, who are holding the event in honor of their late father, also suggest putting together bags of toiletries and hygiene products for those in need. The loosely organized acts of empathy start at noon on Sunday, November 12. Find out more on the Facebook events page.

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Lady Lavender's Brunchlesque Pajama Party
Sunday, November 12, noon to 3 p.m.
El Charrito
$5 to $20

As anyone who's waited ninety minutes for some damn eggs can grumpily attest, Denver's brunch craze shows no sign of abating. However, few late breakfast outlets offer the unique combo of vittles and titillation that Lady Lavender's Brunchlesque Pajama Party ladles out in spades. November's showcase, "Smarty Pants-less," includes the saucy yet scholarly routines of burlesque favorites such as Chakra Tease, the Plastic Fantastic Ken, HypnoAmber, and Dagny Vanderlust. Brunch kicks off at the hangover-friendly hour of noon, when guests can enjoy the underrated culinary offerings of the Ballpark neighborhood's "Five Star Dive Bar." Get tickets, $5 to $20, and more details on the Brunchlesque Eventbrite page.

Trinity United Methodist Church
Organ and Choir Concert
Sunday, November 12, 2 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church

Standing tall for over a century, well before being dwarfed by surrounding skyscrapers, Trinity United Methodist Church is one of downtown Denver's most historically significant buildings, as well as the home of a world-class Roosevelt pipe organ. Join Trinity's skilled staff organist Norman Sutphin, along with special guests the Chancel Chamber Choir, for an unforgettable evening of music so enchanting even non-believers may have epiphanies. The program includes Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy," Maurice Duruflé's "Suite, Op. 5: Prelude, Sicilienne, Toccata" and Johann Sebastian Bach's "Prelude and Fugue in E minor." One simply can't have a proper organ recital without a little Bach — and more. Find more details on the event's Facebook page.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince
November 12 to 18
Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theater
$5 to $10

An enduring classic that continues to delight successive generations of children, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novella Le Petit Prince has inspired films, stage adaptations and countless whimsical dreams. University of Colorado Theatre Program Alumni and Alliance Française de Denver have joined forces to mount a bilingual production of the perennial favorite, with an English adaptation directed by Sinjin Jones and a French version with Dan Hiester at the helm. With evocative set design from Angie Lee, these shows are an ideal way to introduce young ones (ages five and up) to the joys of live theater. Buy tickets, $5 to $10, and learn more on The Little Prince's Vendini 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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