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Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 (Four Free)

Adopt a horse this Saturday at the Dumb Friends League's Fifth Annual Open House at Harmony Equine Center.
Adopt a horse this Saturday at the Dumb Friends League's Fifth Annual Open House at Harmony Equine Center. Denver Dumb Friends League

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click to enlarge CAITIE HANNAN
Caitie Hannan
Designated Drunkard
Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m.
El Charrito
$5

After participating in a comedy scene for long enough, viewers who see comics perform over and over will learn not only their jokes, but their tics and idiosyncrasies as well. Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game has turned these observations into a rib-tickling and liver-pickling standup showcase. Co-produced by two open mic hosts —Caitie Hannan and Westword's own Byron Graham — who've both watched an inadvisable amount of local comedy, the format is fairly simple: Hannan and Graham write down their notes about each comic on a large easel pad and prompt the audience to drink each time the comic on stage says or does something on their list. Throughout the show, one of the hosts remains on stage in the role of Designated Drunkard to guide the audience and generally make a drunken spectacle of themselves. Inspired by "Wait, What?" a similarly boozy brouhaha run by New Orleans comics Geoffrey Gauchet and Isaac Kozell, few shows achieve the same level of bacchanalian abandon. June's lineup features local favorites Corey Rhoads, Aaron Maslow, Miriam Moreno, Ben Bryant and Anthony Crawford, who will hit El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom stage to entertain the boozy throngs. Tickets, $5, are available via Nightout.

Creatura Psychedelica
Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m.
Marjorie Park
Free

If you’re headed to Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre for a show this summer, be prepared to encounter a freaky menagerie of giant inflatable bugs posted up for the season in Marjorie Park, on the north side of the concert venue. Hatched from the imagination of San Francisco installationist Bill Kennedy, aka “Inflatabill,” the monumental insects, which are illuminated at night, make up Creatura Psychedelica, a color-splashed summer-long pop-up garden display mounted by the Museum of Outdoor Arts. In between Fiddler’s Green appearances, the portable installation will also travel to other events and places around the state, but not before its Marjorie Park unveiling from 7 to 10 p.m., on Saturday, June 10, at 6331 South Fiddler’s Green Circle in Greenwood Village. The colors of Creatura Psychedelica will be enhanced by a mini-fest of fire spinners, live music by the Ned Garthe Explosion, the ArtsMyths Mask Shoppe and food-truck fare; admission is free. Keep abreast of the migrating insects and their summer travels at moaonline.org.

click to enlarge TASTE OF PUERTO RICO
Taste of Puerto Rico
Taste of Puerto Rico
Sunday, June 11, 11 a.m.
Civic Center Park
Free

A mixture of indigenous, Spanish, Caribbean, African and American flavors, Puerto Rico’s aptly named “cocina criolla” (Creole cuisine) starts with beans, rice, corn and roots and takes off from there with the addition of seafood, meats and spices. Yes, it’s delicious — and don't forget to top it off with sticky-sweet flan and rum-soaked arroz con dulce. That’s a good enough reason to drop by the Taste of Puerto Rico Festival, but the annual party in the park also includes live music and cultural entertainment, vendors, family fun and a joyful sense of community. Find your inner islander from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 11, in Civic Center Park at Colfax Avenue and Broadway; admission is free. Learn more at atopr.com.

click to enlarge PROMO POSTER
Promo Poster
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Sunday, June 11, 1:30 p.m.
Denver Central Library
Free

Amid the bleakness of the current political landscape, a longing to return to the comforts of Americana, to an era when attaining our national ideals at least seemed like a common goal, is all too understandable. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is not only a standout classic of Frank Capra's all-American oeuvre, it's also both an interrogation of the Democratic process and a paean to the noble goals it can achieve. Jimmy Stewart stars as a moral yet naive freshman senator whose dreams of reform are scuttled by the endemic corruption of Washington's corridors of powers. While the film's idea of a scandal seems quaint in comparison to the news these days, its tale of stubborn resistance resonates just as much today as when it was released. Whether revisiting the story or seeing it for the first time, don't miss the free midday screening of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on Sunday, June 11, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue.

click to enlarge RACHEL WEEKS
Rachel Weeks
Birthday Party With David Huntsberger
Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.
Rackhouse Pub
$5

Blow out the candles, because the Pussy Bros. are back with another Birthday Party, and they've got a real corker planned for June. Janae Burris, Rachel Weeks and Christie Buchele are three of Denver's most prominent comics and well worth seeing on their own, but they've stuffed your goodie bags with giggles this month by booking David Huntsberger to headline, thus concluding his brief run of local shows. Former co-host of the Professor Blastoff podcast and SYFY's Reactor, Hunstberger is a brainy joke writer prone to hilarious digressions. He's appeared on Last Comic Standing as well as Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and he was recently a staff writer for The Benson Interruption. The theme this month is "pajama party," so join the Bros. along with DJ Erin Stereo in your coziest or comeliest nighttime attire. While the name "Birthday Party" is usually just meant to evoke a celebratory atmosphere, this show just so happens to nearly coincide with Buchele's own birthday, which means there's the bonus entertainment of watching her try and keep it together. Tickets, $5, are available via Nightout.

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