Arts and Culture

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

Celebrate the life of multi-talented artist Steve Gordon at the Mercury Cafe on Sunday, May 27.
Celebrate the life of multi-talented artist Steve Gordon at the Mercury Cafe on Sunday, May 27. Mercury Cafe
While Memorial Day weekend is typically dominated by blockbusters and barbecues, for Denver's creative community, it's just another weekend of great entertainment. Bookworms, art lovers, comedy nerds and brunch-happy jazz cats have plenty of reasons to celebrate in the days ahead: The city is positively bustling with a staggering variety of delightful diversions. Even better, admission to each of the events listed below is less than $10 (fine print notwithstanding). Keep reading for the ten best free and cheap events in Denver this weekend.

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Motown Groove
Motown Groove
Thursday, May 24, 9 p.m.
Goosetown Tavern

Boogie the evening away to the grooviest sounds of yesteryear every Thursday night at Goosetown Tavern's Motown Groove dance parties. Hosted by Miggy Camacho and guest turntablist DJ Soup, Motown Groove immerses guests in the soulful sounds of R&B, funk and soul, with a particular emphasis on the repertoire of Motown's heaviest hitters. Admission is always free; visit the Goosetown Tavern events calendar for more details.

Meet the Mags
Friday, May 25, 6 p.m.

Get acquainted with Denver's bustling zine scene at Meet the Mags, a gathering of the city's finest literary publications at BookBar. Listen to local authors sharing their poems and short stories while getting to know the writerly self-starters behind Denver-based magazines FLORA || FAUNA, Punch Drunk Press, Sheriff Nottingham, Cherry, Stain'd, F(r)iction and Suspect Press. Guests who get swept up in the DIY spirit can also get involved with distributing and contributing to their favorites. Admission is free; visit BookBar's events calendar to learn more.

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Denver Art Museum
Untitled: Birdy Presents the Cuckoo's Nest
Friday, May 25, 6 to 10 p.m.
Denver Art Museum
$8 to $13

The creative commingling between local artists and DIY publications continues as Untitled returns to the Denver Art Museum with Birdy magazine's Cuckoo’s Nest, "an evening of art, laughs and beats." The multi-disciplinary art-stravaganza includes the Awesome Improv Workshop with Mark Shonsey of Third Curd and Grafenberg Productions, a Super Smash Bros. Tournament presented by Sexpot Comedy's Videogames, a Birdy-inspired DIY publication workshop from William Seward Bonnie of Cheeseburger Nebula Galactic Press, and a button-making station guided by Denver Public Library's Molly Bassford. The evening also includes standup comedy from Jodee Champion, Adrian Mesa, Nathan Lund and Ben Kronberg, music from Jonny DeStefano and Simulators, and a visually projected art installation from Jeromie Dorrance of DATELINE. Admission is $8 to $13 at the door, free for members. Visit the Untitled at the Denver Art Museum Facebook events page for more details.

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Comedy RoomRoom
The Nerd Roast: Alcohol
Friday, May 25, 7 p.m.
The Comedy RoomRoom

Pretty much anything can inspire its own nerdy subculture these days, and if the scores of cocktail and beer snobs haunting local drinkeries is any indication, even boozehounds evince an almost evangelical geekery. Therefore, Preston Tompkins and Zach Reinert of Sexpot Comedy's Nerd Roast show have dedicated their dais to the demon drink. Join a gaggle of top-shelf local comics including Steve Vanderploeg, Natalia Kvalem, Cody Spyker, Cory Helie and more as they roast the bejesus out of oft-maligned spirits like Fireball and Four Loko, plus standards like beer, wine and tequila. Visit the Comedy RoomRoom's Facebook events page for more information.

click to enlarge Headliner Sean White - ANTHONY MCBRIEN, HONK HONK PHOTOGRAPHY
Headliner Sean White
Anthony McBrien, Honk Honk Photography
Sexpot Comedy Presents Sean White
Friday, May 25, 7 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera

A double dose of Sexpot leaves Denver comedy fans faced with a difficult choice on Friday at two concurrent showcases. A more straightforward presentation of standup comedy, Sexpot's headliner showcase welcomes local mirth merchants Nate Earl, Brandy Bryant and John Tole, plus Los Angeles's Andrea More and headliner Sean White. The early-evening showcase is the ideal kickoff to a night of revelry on South Broadway. Admission is $7 via Sexpot Comedy's Nightout page.

Rocky Mountain Brassworks
Rocky Mountain Brassworks: Brass Festival
Saturday, May 26, 7 p.m.
Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center

Hear some of the most skilled musicians in the state vie for the honor of finest solo as Rocky Mountain Brassworks hosts its annual solo contest at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. The top soloist will be selected to play with the Rocky Mountain Brassworks throughout their season and at a performance at the Rocky Mountain Brass Festival. No matter which player takes the crown, the audience is the real winner here. Visit the Rocky Mountain Brass events calendar to find out more.
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