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

Join the Pussy Bros. for a comedy album recording at the Black Buzzard on Saturday, January 26.
Join the Pussy Bros. for a comedy album recording at the Black Buzzard on Saturday, January 26. Courtesy of Pussy Bros.
If the upcoming weekend presents you with nothing but empty pockets and idle time, don't despair; we know precisely how to meet your penny-pinching and boredom-fighting entertainment needs. Whether it's concerts, comedy shows, inspirational speeches or interactive art experiences you seek, the days ahead are rife with things to do. Keep reading for the ten best free and cheap events in Colorado this weekend.

click to enlarge Legendary photographer Ansel Adams captured behind the camera. - J. MALCOLM GREANY
Legendary photographer Ansel Adams captured behind the camera.
J. Malcolm Greany
Ansel Adams: Early Works Opening Reception
Friday, January 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
$5 to $8

Behold the natural splendor of the untamed West at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center's exhibition of the early works of photographer Ansel Adams and the unspoiled American landscape he immortalized in black and white. Long before Adams's striking prints became staples of mid-century home decor, the photography pioneer endeavored to capture the fearsome yet sublime scenery of undeveloped wilderness. A pioneer of sharp-focus photography and a conservationist whose efforts contributed to the expansion of the National Park system — currently and unnecessarily endangered by the ongoing government shutdown — Adams evinced his mastery of soft-focus and tonal contrast as early as the 1920s. Behold Adams's early efforts, along with a collection of the cumbersome camera equipment he hauled from mountaintops to valley floors in search of iconic images. Find tickets, $5 to $8, and further details on the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center events calendar.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF SECRET LOVE COLLECTIVE
Courtesy of Secret Love Collective
Untitled Final Friday: Secret Love Collective
Friday, January 25, 6 to 10 p.m.
Denver Art Museum
$8 to $13

The Denver Art Museum's Untitled Final Friday series returns in the spirit of creative collaboration with Secret Love Collective for an evening of tours, performance art and hands-on artmaking. Comprising members Katy Zimmerman, Lares Feliciano, Katy Batsel, Piper Rose, Lauren Zwicky, Genevieve Waller and Frankie Toan, the queer collective aims to disrupt the hegemony of fine art propriety with ephemeral yet immersive experiences that defy genre categorization. A fitting selection for the series' 2019 theme, "New World/New Self," the Secret Love Collective is unlikely to remain a secret much longer, so artsy locals shouldn't miss out. Untitled Final Friday activities are included with general admission, $8 to $13. Visit the Denver Art Museum box-office page to buy tickets and learn more.


Punching Holes in the Darkness: Hope for Our Nation in Dark Times
Friday, January 25, 7 p.m.
First Congregational Church
Free

Good faith may seem like it's in short supply these days, but even religious skeptics can find comfort when Otis Moss III steps up to the pulpit. A social-justice advocate who spoke out early in favor of marriage equality and continues to espouse civil rights and black theology in an age of mass incarceration, Moss is the resident pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ and guest minister at Denver's New Hope Baptist Church. Shining a hopeful light upon a national moment of crisis, Moss alights upon Boulder with "Lighting Candles in the Dark: Creating Justice-Centered Faith Communities in an Unjust World," a MacKenzie Lectureship presentation. While the lecture is free and open to the public, the Moss-led workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 26, is $25 per person. Find out more on the First Congregational Church events calendar.



Dissolve: A Baroque and Spoken Word Collaboration
Friday, January 25, 7 p.m., and Sunday, January 27, 4 p.m.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
eTown Hall
$10 to $20

Hip-hop beats and poetic speech leaven the sounds of centuries-old compositions at Dissolve: A Baroque and Spoken Word Collaboration, a pair of genre and generation mashups unfolding across the Front Range this weekend. Slam poet and activist Assétou Xango joins violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel, six members of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and a lithe trio from the Lion Heart Dance Crew for intriguing new metaphorical and literal spins on works from Dieterich Buxtehude, Biagio Marini, Dario Castello, Johann Sebastian Bach and more. Visit the Baroque Chamber Orchestra box-office page for tickets, $10 to $20, and more information.
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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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