Arts and Culture

Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under

Check out the Ars Nova Singers' season closing concert The New Art — Music Beyond Words on April 27-28.
Check out the Ars Nova Singers' season closing concert The New Art — Music Beyond Words on April 27-28. Ars Nova Singers
Another weekend nears in Denver, and the city's citizens are eager to make the most of the warming climes by getting out to explore the Mile High. While many of the weekend's entertainments are prohibitively expensive for workaday people, Westword has assembled a list of affordable events awaiting readers in the days ahead. Lifelong learners, music lovers, comedy nerds and bookworms in particular have plenty of reasons to celebrate this week; keep reading for the ten best events in Denver this week for ten dollars or less.

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Dr. Erin Tripp
Lichens for Everyone
Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.
CU Museum of Natural History

Turn an early evening stroll into a learning opportunity at "Lichens for Everyone," a nature walk and lecture sponsored by the University of Colorado's Museum of Natural History. Join CU Curator of Botany and Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dr. Erin Tripp for a meandering tour of lichen growth forms that pop up near the Boulder campus, followed by an informative discussion — also led by Tripp — back at the museum. Admission is free; visit CU's events calendar to learn more.

Courtesy of Kalyn Heffernan
Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? with Kalyn Heffernan
Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe

Occasional Westword scribe Bree Davis has been hosting the Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? podcast, a look at the pressing cultural and social issues defining the Mile High City. On Thursday night, she'll be joined by her friend and Wheelchair Sports Camp MC Kalyn Heffernan, who has spent the better part of this year championing disability rights and combating gentrification. She recently announced her candidacy for mayor of Denver, making her the first queer disabled woman to roll for the position.

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Ars Nova Singers
Ars Nova Singers: The New Art — Music Beyond Words
April 27 to 28, 7:30 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
St. John's Episcopal Church
$10 to $20

As the Ars Nova Singers' season draws to a close, its talented members cast their eyes toward the future at their next concert, The New Art — Music Without Words. Exploring the expressive range of the human voice, the program will showcase bold vocal compositions from modern masters such as Scott Perkins, Anders Hillborg, Edwin Fissinger and Jonathan Dove, as well as music from the winners of Ars Nova's seventh Colorado Composers Competition, Selena Wellington and Bryan Grosbach. Denver music lovers shouldn't miss the performance at Bethany Lutheran on Friday, April 27, nor should Boulder-based fans sleep on the following evening's concert at St. John's Episcopal Church. Admission is $10 to $20 via the Ars Nova Singers' box-office page, and showtime is at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Stratus Chamber Orchestra
Stratus Chamber Orchestra: Awakenings
April 27 to 28, 7:30 p.m.
Augustana Lutheran Church
$10 to $25

Though the two Stratus Chamber Orchestra performances this week will present the same stirring program —including Johann Sebastian Bach's "Sleepers, Wake!," Ludwig Van Beethoven's Eroica Symphony No. 3, Jean Sibelius's "Spring Song" and the world premiere of Australian composer Jessamie Kaitler's "Awakenings" — they offer completely different viewing experiences. Friday's concert will be performed in Stratus's signature immersive style, wherein audience members sit among the musicians; Saturday's concert will take place in a more traditional setup. Visit Augustana Arts' box-office page for details and links to buy tickets, $10 to $25.

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Headliner Emma Arnold
Patrick Sweeney
Pussy Bros. Presents: Emma Arnold
Friday, April 27, 10 p.m.
Oskar Blues' Black Buzzard

Denver standup supergroup the Pussy Bros. (Janae Burris, Rachel Weeks and Christie Buchele) may have relocated their show — to the increasingly bustling Oskar Blues Black Buzzard — but their tradition of producing tightly programmed comedy showcases spotlighting the funniest local and traveling comedians available has continued apace in the new venue. This week, the Bros. once again honor their initial mission statement of welcoming top-notch female headliners to their stage as Emma Arnold (who's self-releasing her first special, Yes, Please, in May) brings the house down after openers Katie Bowman and Zach Reinert set the table. Admission is $5 at the Pussy Bros. Ticketfly page.

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Tattered Cover
Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 28, all day
Various locations

An economically endangered species that has managed to survive by evolving from mere retailers into community hubs, independent bookstores are vital resources for Denver readers. Celebrate the role local bookstores play in our lives at Independent Bookstore Day, a national holiday being observed at booksellers all across the Front Range — including the Boulder Book Store and all Tattered Cover locations. Visit Independent Bookstore Day's home page to learn more.

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