Join Mutiny Information Cafe proprietor Jim Norris for another round of Stage Tales on Thursday, April 12.Bear Gutierrez
With another weekend just around the corner, many Denverites are understandably eager to seize upon the temperate climes and experience Denver's art and culture scene. Luckily, there are plenty of appealing events for Mile High gadabouts to be glad about over the next few days, particularly art, music and comedy lovers. While many locals feel the need to pinch every possible penny during the waning days of tax season, the following ten events all ring in at the budget-friendly price of ten dollars or less (fine print notwithstanding). Keep reading for the ten best free and cheap events in Denver this weekend.
Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m. Mutiny Information Cafe
Just one of many fine events at Mutiny Information Cafe — South Broadway's most bustling bookstore — Stage Tales is the brainchild of Mutiny co-proprietor and music-scene veteran Jim Norris, a storytelling show focusing on the delightfully deranged or disillusioning tales of musicians, roadies and various other scenester characters. In the latest episode, the Reverend Jim welcomes tattooist Jef Kopp (Think Tank) and King Rat's J Luke Schmaltz to share their Faygo-soaked stories of drugs, debauchery and partying with the Blue Man Group. Admission is free, but donations for the performers are always gladly accepted. Visit Mutiny's Facebook events page for more details.
Sexpot Comedy Presents Brad Wenzel
Friday, April 13, 7 p.m. Syntax Physic Opera
Sexpot Comedy's Friday night standup showcase returns to Syntax Physic Opera's velvety stage with another giggle gauntlet for Denver comedy nerds. Featuring a dream team of local standups, including Miriam Moreno, Elliot Woolsey and John Novosad, the show also welcomes New York's Danny Felts (Portlandia, High Maintenance) and the evening's headliner, Los Angeles's Brad Wenzel (Conan). If readers had any doubts that the city's best comedy shows are being produced by local comics and creators, events like this one ought to put them to rest. Visit Sexpot Comedy's Nightout page to buy tickets, $7, and learn more.
Midnight Madness: Deep Red
April 13 and 14, midnight Landmark Esquire
The influence of Giallo maestro Dario Argento on horror cinema looms larger than a gloved killer's shadow. Among the filmmaker's finest efforts, 1975's Deep Red is more artful than your average slasher, boasting signature Argento touches like otherworldly lighting and a psychedelic soundtrack, courtesy of his frequent collaborators in Goblin. Cinephiles with a penchant for elegant gore shouldn't miss these two screenings of the classic thriller, restored to its full glory in an Argento-approved director's cut. Visit the Landmark Esquire's box-office page for tickets, $9.50, and to learn more.
April HAHO Market
Saturday, April 14, noon to 5 p.m. FORGE Free
Attention, crafty Coloradans: the Handmade Homemade Market is descending on FORGE events space for a charming bazaar stocked with DIY treasures. Shoppers can stock up on goods from vendors such as Sheba Roastery, Bee Good Candle Co., Erin DeLargy Jewelry, Ruby Sisters Press and many more. Guests can also enjoy a late mobile brunch from the Basted Egg Food Truck and lightning-round appointments with licensed massage therapist Josh Erickson. Admission is free, and leashed pets are welcome. Visit HAHO's Facebook events page for more information.
Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Marvel Art Show
Saturday, April 14, noon to 6 p.m. Incredible Art Gallery
Fanboys and fangirls, rejoice: Marvel Comics and Lucas Film artist Christopher Clark will be at Denver's Incredible Art Gallery for a live-painting demonstration. Clark, who studied in Italy and has a knack for rendering gorgeous fan art, will display his latest works, unveiling three new Harry Potter-inspired pieces and adding individual customizations to make each work unique for its buyer. Guests will also receive a free print and enjoy complimentary refreshments, including beer, wine and hot cheesesteak sandwiches. Find out more on Incredible Art Gallery'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.