Arts and Culture

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

Michael Ill Seven Acuña hosts the 52Eighty Entertainment Website Launch Party on Friday, December 28.
Michael Ill Seven Acuña hosts the 52Eighty Entertainment Website Launch Party on Friday, December 28. Thomas Evans

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Friday, December 28, 9 to 11 p.m.

Get lost in the groove with FreeBear, which makes a triumphant and funky return to the Dazzle stage on Friday, December 28. Co-founded by Patrick McDevitt and Alejandro Castaño in 2010, the collective's rotating membership layers dalliances with funk, salsa and reggae with the fundamentals of jazz. FreeBear's jams spotlight a different surprise guest musician every month and are simply not to be missed. For tickets, $5, and more information, visit Dazzle's box-office page.

click to enlarge Featured performer Anthony Armstrong. - COURTESY OF ANTHONY ARMSTRONG
Featured performer Anthony Armstrong.
Courtesy of Anthony Armstrong
52Eighty Entertainment Website Launch Party
Friday, December 28, 9:30 p.m.
Bar Red

Purveyors of everything that's local and lit, 52Eighty Entertainment is gearing up for 2019 with a brand-new website, a more efficient business model and a launch party to celebrate both. Hosted by Michael Ill Seven Acuña with a constant barrage of beats provided by DJ Zenas, the evening also includes standup comedy from Tim Coleman and Anthony Armstrong, and musical performances by Mawule and Tebe Zalango. Aspiring MCs can also test their mettle in an open cypher, hopefully ending 2018 on a note of victory. Admission is free; more details are available on Bar Red's Eventbrite page.

The Jeff Nathanson Quintet
Saturday, December 29, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Pay homage to the boss of bossa nova with saxophonist and composer Jeff Nathanson and his band as they work through the storied songbook of Antônio Carlos Jobim. Among the finest songwriters, pianists and singers of Brazil's illustrious musical history, Jobim's "The Girl From Ipanema" ranks among the most re-recorded songs of all time, yet it only scratches at the surface of his immense cultural contributions. Join Nathanson for an evening of Jobim's most memorable arrangements the Jeff Nathanson Quintet returns to Nocturne on Saturday, December 29. A $9 performer contribution will be collected at the door. Visit Nocturne's events calendar to make reservations and learn more.

click to enlarge Headliner Mitch Jones. - ANDREW BRAY
Headliner Mitch Jones.
Andrew Bray
Brew-Ha-Ha Comedy Night
Saturday, December 29, 8 p.m.
The Brew on Broadway

A fresh and frothy batch of giggles awaits when the Brew-Ha-Ha Comedy Night closes out 2018 with another fine roster of local standups. Join host Anthony Crawford and a lineup comprising Denver-based mirth merchants Zeke Herrera, Miriam Moreno and headliner Mitch Jones for an underrated gem of the city's comedy calendar. Admission, as always, is free. Visit the Brew on Broadway's Facebook events page to learn more.

click to enlarge Kai Lee Mykels - HOLLADAY PHOTOGRAPHY
Kai Lee Mykels
Holladay Photography
The Kai Lee Mykels Show
Sunday, December 30, 10 a.m.
X Bar

Queen of the pulpit Kai Lee Mykels takes day-drinkers to church every Sunday at X Bar with a campy sendup of pastor-ly propriety. Settle in for a sultry sermon from a drag diva in the guise of a "Good Christian Woman," accompanied by her signature squad of altar queens, as they combine to preach the gospel of good times. he show is free; visit X Bar'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.
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