Arts and Culture

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

Brice Maiurro steps into the literary thunderdome tonight at Syntax Physic Opera's WRITE CLUB: Rewind, Fast Forward.
Brice Maiurro steps into the literary thunderdome tonight at Syntax Physic Opera's WRITE CLUB: Rewind, Fast Forward. Rachel and Greg Photography
The days ahead offer an abundance of delights. Enjoying some the city's finest art, films, music, comedy, spoken word and vintage shopping extravaganzas may seem cost-prohibitive for overworked and underpaid locals, but you can always rely on Denver's creative community for a weekend full of affordable entertainments. Indeed, ten American dollars — fine print notwithstanding — is all you need to have a grand old time in the Queen City from now until Sunday. Keep reading for our complete inventory of the ten best free and cheap events in Colorado this weekend.

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WRITE CLUB: Rewind, Fast Forward
Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
$10

Prepare yourself for a verbal beatdown when WRITE CLUB returns for another round of rhetorical sparring in a self-described "literary thunderdome." "Rewind, Fast Forward," March's edition of the one-on-one author-off, pits the charms of yesteryear against the wonders of the modern era. This month's roster of prose pros includes Nicci Guagliardo, Brice Maiurro, Paul Twarowski, Chad MacNaughton, Joy Carletti and Laura Condi. Whether you prefer the tactile charms of a floppy disk or the boundless storage of the iCloud, WRITE CLUB is here to bridge generational gaps with quick wits and convincing arguments. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is $10 (or pay what you can) at the door. Visit Syntax Physic Opera's Facebook events page for further details.

RUMTUM Mural Unveiling
Thursday, March 7, 7 to 10 p.m.
The Oriental Theater
Free

The sturdy old walls of a historical Denver venue get a vibrantly verdant makeover with a bold new vision and fresh coat of paint provided by local artist RUMTUM (aka Josh Hastings). Unlike the monochromatic minarets that used to surround audiences at the Oriental Theater, Hastings's latest work is a colorful evocation of the jungles surrounding the temples of Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Take a glimpse at the new murals at an unveiling party soundtracked by DJs Nasty Nachos and YOLOLO, while wandering through ephemeral interactive art installations from WMD and FOREST at a one-of-kind arty party. Admission is free; head over to the Oriental Theater events calendar to find out more.


World Wide Antique and Vintage Show
March 8 to 10, 10 and 11 a.m.
Denver Mart
$5

Trade on 44 years of tradition when the World Wide Antique and Vintage Show returns to Denver Mart. Peruse the historical wares of over 85 vendors who've scoured markets all over the globe for one-of-a-kind curios that local collectors can hardly resist. Coffee and light lunch will be provided for hungry and sleepy shoppers, so the $5 admission fee adds yet another unbeatable bargain to the proceedings. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. Buy tickets and find out more on the World Wide Antique and Vintage Show home page.


B-Side Music Fridays: Spring Session
Friday, March 8, 7 p.m.
MCA Denver
$5

Treat your eyes and ears to cutting-edge creativity when MCA Denver's B-Side Music Fridays concert series returns for a pre-season preview with Spring Session. Join the hip and happening crowd for a dual performance from Bellhoss and Midwife at the chic Museum of Contemporary Art rooftop bar and cafe. Admission is included with museum tickets, $5. Visit MCA Denver's events calendar to learn more.


Nebula Ensemble: Robot Thinks
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church
Free

Listen in on the symphonic thoughts of artificial intelligence at the Nebula Ensemble's Robot Thinks, an immersive concert experience that explores the "pitfalls and possibilities" of emerging technology. Hear Nebula players compete against computerized competition throughout a concert program of newly commissioned works from local composers Stephen Bailey, Catherine Flinchum, Sarah Perske and Jasper Schmich Kinney. Head over to Nebula Ensemble's events calendar to find out 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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