Halloween may have gone the way of the rotted pumpkin, but there are still plenty of ways to scare up a good time in the days ahead. Heedless of the changing seasons, Denver's creative community remains steadfast in its dedication to entertaining fellow citizens with music, comedy, fine art, and a rare opportunity to join a tweed-clad bike brigade. Furthermore, readers can have a blast without breaking the bank at any one of the ten events listed below. Keep reading for the best free and cheap events in Denver this weekend.
Queen City Companion
Thursday, November 1, 8 to 10 p.m. Mutiny Information Cafe
Uncouth untruths abound at Queen City Companion, an entirely fabricated storytelling show co-hosted by Jen Kolic and Brian Flynn. November's cavalcade of falsified foolishness includes fabulists Kenny White, Caito Foster, Stephanie Zayatz, Emily Coffee, and the monocle-droppingly scintillating second chapter of Lord Humphrey Sliptickle's Victorian erotica. The proceedings may be recorded for posterity on the Mutiny Transmissions podcast network, but earbuds don't do justice to the wacky wonders of the live experience. Admission is free, though goodwill donations are graciously appreciated. Learn more on the Queen City Companion Facebook events page.
CU Presents: Venice Baroque Orchestra With Anna Fusek
Friday, November 2 Macky Auditorium, Boulder
$10 to $65
While the shorelines of the perennially romantic city of Venice may be irreversibly endangered, the sounds of the great waterbound civilization endure as the University of Colorado presents a one-of-a-kind collaboration between the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Berlin-based recordist Anna Fusek. Buy tickets, $10 to $65, and discover more at cupresents.org.
45s Against 45! Resistance Dance Party
Friday, November 2, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Syntax Physic Opera
Boogie down in opposition to the powers that be at the 45s Against 45! Resistance Dance Party, a Best of Denver award-winning club night that returns just in time for the midterm elections. Shake your booty while doing your civic duty at an evening of hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s provided by author/ DJ Jason Heller. Bring the resistance onto the dance floor before taking it to the ballot box at a dance party that doubles as a benefit for America Votes, a nonprofit organization leading the vanguard of voting rights. Admission is $7 at the door; find out more on the 45s Against 45! Facebook events page.
Bad Apple Comedy Show
Friday, November 2, 9:30 p.m. Stem Ciders
Enjoy an evening of charitable chuckles at the punnily titled Bad Apple Comedy Show, which debuts at Stem Ciders tomorrow night. The inaugural lineup puts some of Denver's funniest women into the spotlight, starting with emcee Carey Lieberman, followed by Jenny Allison, Olivia Schyling, Rebecca Robinson, Natalia Kvalem, Sara Hake and headliner Allison Rose. Proceeds from the $5 admission fee (collected at the door) benefit the Denver Rescue Mission, a nonprofit that provides shelter and support for people experiencing homelessness. Visit the Bad Apple Comedy Show Facebook events page for more details.
Saint Martin's Chamber Choir: The Eleventh Hour
November 2 to 4 Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 7:30 p.m. Saint Paul Lutheran & Roman Catholic Community of Faith, 3 p.m.
$10 to $35
Colorado offers no shortage of worthy ways to honor the centenary of Armistice Day with classical music, but the Saint Martin's Chamber Choir presents something truly rare all weekend long with The Eleventh Hour, a concert series remembering the First World War, with Giovanni Francesco Anerio’s stirring yet seldom-performed Requiem. An oratorio innovator from the Roman School of composers who forged a sonic bridge between the late Renaissance and early Baroque musical eras, Anerio composed a beautifully solemn mass for the dead whose impact hasn't diminished one bit over the ensuing centuries. The trio of concerts kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Friday, November 2, and continues at the same time on Saturday, November 3, at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church before concluding with a 3 p.m. matinee at Denver's Saint Paul Lutheran & Roman Catholic Community of Faith. Buy tickets, $10 to $35, and learn more on the Saint Martin's Chamber Choir events calendar.
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