Arts and Culture

Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under

Tap into some flower power at the Denver Orchid Society Show and Sale, March 17 and 18 at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Tap into some flower power at the Denver Orchid Society Show and Sale, March 17 and 18 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Denver Orchid Society
This weekend, bushels and bouquets of entertainment await Westword readers. Green thumbs, guitar goddesses and gamers alike can enjoy events geared toward their unique interests, and concert-goers are spoiled by choice. Better yet, each of the following ten events charges ten dollars or less for admission (fine print notwithstanding). Don't let Daylight Savings grogginess keep you down on the Ides of March and beyond; keep reading for the best free and cheap events in the Denver area this weekend.

click to enlarge COUNTERPATH
Here This Wreckage Salvage Untitled Sea
Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m.
Counterpath will present a free evening of dance, highlighted by  K.J. Holmes, a Brooklyn-based artist/actor/singer/teacher who'll perform "Here This Wreckage Salvage Untitled Sea." Opening the evening will be performances by Denver-based dancer Peg Posnick and writer/performance artist Elana Friedland. Counterpath is located at 7935 East 14th Avenue.

CU Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Grusin Music Hall

Comprising members from the University of Colorado's esteemed Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra highlights composers' smaller works, showcasing fine musicianship in more intimate settings. One of many surprisingly affordable — or in this case, free — classical-music concerts offered by CU's music program is Thursday's Chamber Orchestra, which combines new and old compositions for a sumptuous buffet of tuneful treats. The program begins with the Romantic swells of Ludwig Van Beethoven's "Coriolan Overture" before moving forward in time with modernist composer Charles Ives's "The Unanswered Question" and CU Professor Daniel Kellogg's "Mozart's Hymn" and finally bookending back to the classical period with Beethoven's mentor, Joseph Haydn, whose Drumroll Symphony No. 103 in E-flat makes for a stirring conclusion. Visit the CU Presents events calendar to learn more or watch a live stream of the concert.

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Treefort Music Fest
Treefort Kickoff Show
Thursday, March 15, 8 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera

Denver bands are well represented at the upcoming Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho, and the folks at local radio station 105.5: the Colorado Sound, are celebrating with a sendoff party at Syntax Physic Opera. Join the indie-folk rockers in Edison, dream-popsters Tyto Alba and celebrated local songstress Esmé Patterson for an evening of music, dance and Colorado pride. Visit the Treefort Eventbrite page to buy tickets, $10, and learn more.

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Crystal Wagner
Paradigms: Crystal Wagner at the Crown Collection
Friday, March 16, 6 p.m.
The Crown Collection

An art installation unlike any other, Crystal Wagner's Paradigms transforms the Crown Collection Gallery into an otherworldly landscape festooned with lush, organic forms. Regarded in the art and design worlds for her massive site-specific installations, Wagner recently created a large-scale piece for the Flaming Lips. In addition to exploring the pop-up installation, guests can transform their own homes with treasures from the Crown Collection's fine array of more portable art. Admission is free. Visit the Crown Collection's Facebook events page for more details.

Colorado Vibes Vol. 2
Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. to midnight
Spectra Art Space

Though it sounds like the name of a stoner-friendly mixtape, Colorado Vibes Vol. 2 is the triumphant return of Spectra Art Space's "locally grown art experience." Enjoy music, art, fashion and cuisine from Colorado creators as each corner of Spectra's stages, galleries and even back yard burst with artsy activity. Though the exhibit will be on display for a month, the opening-night festivities are not to be missed. Admission is free; visit Spectra Art Space's Eventbrite page to register and learn more.

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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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