Arts and Culture

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

SPELLS makes musical magic along with a cadre of local favorites at Lost Lake on Saturday, November 10.
SPELLS makes musical magic along with a cadre of local favorites at Lost Lake on Saturday, November 10. Tyler Ross
Another Mile High weekend rears its head, and Denver's creative community has answered the call to entertain the city's thrifty citizenry. The following days will be a banner weekend for Colorado's arts, music and comedy scenes, and readers can reap the rewards on the cheap at any one — or all — of the ten following events.

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Sources of Light III
Thursday, November 8, 8 p.m.
Millers and Rossi

Catch an aural glimpse at the future of composition when Matthew James Manowski brings his globe-trotting Sources of Light concert series back to Denver for the third annual edition of experiments in sound. Manipulating unconventional electronic devices to surprisingly musical ends, Manowski returns with a host of new sonic innovations and a list of accomplished guests that includes Denver-based DJ Alex Warzel as well as award-winning composer and Metropolitan State University Professor David Means. Sources of Light starts shining at 8 p.m. tonight at RiNo's favorite speakeasy-cum-art gallery. Visit Millers and Rossi's Facebook events page for more details.

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Courtesy of Fallen Owl Tattoo Studio
Tattoos for Toys
Friday, November 9, 12:40 p.m.
Fallen Owl Tattoo Studio

Swap trinkets for ink at the Eighth Annual Tattoos for Toys, a holiday season tradition for altruistic body art enthusiasts. Fallen Owl Studio's kind-hearted tattooists are offering up $40 gift certificates in exchange for three unwrapped children's toys. The donations, which are sent along to The Action Center, are a vital source of holiday cheer for families experiencing homelessness during the coldest time of year. Attach a helping hand to your sleeve-tatted wrist when the annual benefit returns on Friday, November 9, and collects toys every day thereafter until Sunday, December 9. The early start allows the center enough time to distribute the donations. Find out more on Fallen Owl Tattoo Studio's Facebook events page.

Comedy Night at Chain Reaction
Friday, November 9, 8 p.m.
Chain Reaction Brewing Company

Comedy Night at Chain Reaction, a show that's launched dozens of brewpub-based imitators, returns with another frothy serving of domestic and imported standup. Hosted and curated by Steve Vanderploeg, November's edition is packed with out-of-towners rarely seen on local stages, including Hunstville's Scott Eason, Portland's Andie Main, Las Vegas's Shanna Christmas, and Los Angeles's Anthony Desamito and Sofiya Alexandra. It's all about hometown pride for the headliner spot, however, as Vanderploeg welcomes Nancy Norton to the Chain Reaction stage, fresh off her historic triumph at the Boston Comedy Festival. Admission is free; visit Chain Reaction Brewing Company's Facebook events page for more details.

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Boundless Brass & Organ
November 9 to 10, 7:30 and 3 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
$8 to $31

Famously declared "the king of instruments" by no less an authority than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the pipe organ is responsible for some of the most beautiful moments in the ecclesiastical canon, yet versatile enough to interpret even non-liturgical classics. The instrument's heavenly sounds ring even sweeter with the accompaniment of a horn section, which is precisely what will happen when the Denver Brass ensemble joins organist Joseph Galema and the Lamont School of Music Brass Choir for a performance that takes full advantage of the harmony-swaddling acoustics that Bethany Lutheran Church provides. The concert program consists of Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," "Ride of the Valkyries" from Richard Wagner's Die Walküre, and "Mars, the Bringer of War," from Gustav Holst's The Planets suite. Find tickets, $8 to $31, and more information on the Denver Brass box-office page.

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Seicento Baroque Ensemble: Voices and Violins
November 9 to 11, 7:30 and 3 p.m.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
First United Methodist Church
The Studios at Overland Crossing
$9 to $25

The classical-music cross-pollination continues when the Seicento Baroque Ensemble celebrates the musical marriage of strings and singers with "Voices and Violins," a trio of concerts held at various venues across the Front Range. Few sounds stir the soul more than the pairing of a string section with the human voice, and stirring souls is precisely what Seicento aims to do with an evening of Baroque-era compositions lovely enough to make a believer out of even the most hardened heathen. Despite the churchy surroundings, the concert program is decidedly non-denominational, drawing from Jewish violinist and composer Salomone Rossi and Italian nuns Isabella Leonarda and Chiara Margharita Cozzolani, as well as secular works from Monteverdi, Buxtehude and Schütz. Visit the Seicento Baroque Ensemble's Eventbrite page to buy tickets, $9 to $25, 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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