Comedy

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

Brandon Marshall

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C/o Limn Interactive
Denver Chillfest
Saturday September 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rocky Ridge Park
Free

The Annual Denver Chillfest Videogames Barbecue returns on Saturday, September 9, to cool its heels in Aurora's Rocky Ridge Park. Mingle with fellow gamers and indie game developers in a fancy-free potluck event, featuring frivolities such as volleyball, Frisbee, ladderball and live music. Game enthusiasts of all stripes and experience levels are welcome to share in the food and experience of Chillfest attendees, and their families are welcome too. Visit the Chillfest meetup page to learn more.

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C/o Denver HAHO
September HAHO Market
Saturday, September 9, noon-5 p.m.
Battery 970
Free

While admission to the September Handmade Homemade Craft and Food Market won't cost you a penny, many of the shopping temptations that await its guests might lay claim to your hard-earned dollars. With over three dozen vendors hawing their arty wares at Battery 970 — a vital incubator for Denver creatives — interested buyers would be advised to arrive right at noon, before the shopping gets popping. Support local artisans while stocking up on crafty treasures, all while sampling noshes from an on-site buffet. Visit denverhaho.org to find out more.

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Doctors Without Borders (Elias Williams)
Doctors Without Borders Presents: Forced From Home
Closes on Sunday, September 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Courthouse
Free

While most of us are academically aware of the global refugee crisis, it's all too easy for the struggles of displaced people to remain an abstract concept. Presented by Doctors Without Borders, Forced From Home contextualizes the refugee experience for well-meaning guests eager to learn more. Guided by an experienced foreign-aid worker, visitors can explore a 10,000-square-foot installation at Courthouse Plaza on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, discovering the gauntlet of challenges people face when making the gut-wrenching decision to leave their homes. Hear the stories of families from conflict zones such as Iraq, Lebanon and South Sudan, and experience a simulation of their journeys in a 360-degree virtual-reality film while discovering for yourself how essential services like Doctors Without Borders can be for displaced individuals. The free exhibit, which opened on Monday, September 4, and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closes on Sunday, September 10, so don't miss your last chance to experience this eye-opening exhibit for yourself. Visit forcedfromhome.com for more details.

Monday Night Lights
Monday, September 11, 8 p.m.
El Charrito
Free

Football season has arrived, and local comics/Broncomaniacs Steve Vanderploeg and Christie Buchele have started a new showcase to herald its arrival. Fittingly held at El Charrito — the Cheers bar of Denver comedy — Monday Night Lights is like a Monday Night Football viewing party in the company of a particularly witty group of friends. Kick off the pigskin season with Buchele and Vanderploeg along with guest commentators Elise Kerns, Tom Wisdom and Eliot Woolsey as they kick back and crack wise while the Denver Broncos square off against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Ballpark neighborhood's "Five Star Dive Bar" doesn't typically open for business on Monday evenings, but they're making an exception for Monday Night Lights, so sporty comedy fans should definitely lend their support. Find out more on the Facebook events page.

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Alison Rose
Rebel Yell Comedy and Wing Night
Monday, September 11, 8 p.m.
Rebel Restaurant
Free

Rebel Yell, a free monthly standup-comedy showcase held at the trendy RiNo eatery and watering hole Rebel Restaurant has been shuffling along for a couple of months now, and it's returning in high style with a lineup packed full of seasoned mirth merchants. Local mainstays Evan Johnson and Cody Spyker join Detroit's Hayden Kristal to set the stage for Denver comedy legend John "Hippieman" Novosad, the evening's headliner. Hosted and curated by Alison Rose, the Rebel Yell showcase is also a fine opportunity to gorge on Rebel's celebrated wings at discounted prices, available only during the show. Visit Rebel Yell's Facebook events page for more details.
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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.
Contact: Byron Graham