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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events in Denver This Week

Arm yourself with facts at the Denver Ballot Issues Discussion Forum on Wednesday, October 18, before voting on the city's biggest issues.
Arm yourself with facts at the Denver Ballot Issues Discussion Forum on Wednesday, October 18, before voting on the city's biggest issues. All In Denver
October is halfway over, and winter is looming. Nonetheless, Denver's entertainment calendar is heating up, and there's plenty to do without shelling out a penny. With no cover charge at any of the following five events, paupers and princes alike can enjoy two free concerts, meet a local author, guffaw at local standups while supporting hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, or brush up on ballot measures at a community forum hosted by All in Denver and A+ Colorado.

CU Faculty Tuesdays: Wind Camerata
Tuesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Grusin Music Hall
The Faculty Tuesdays Presents concert series at the University of Colorado Boulder spotlights talented musicians in the CU Performing Arts orbit; the free concerts are as grand as they are intimate. This week's program is called Wind Camerata, and includes performances by Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa on the bassoon, Christina Jennings on the flute, Peter Cooper on the oboe, Daniel Silver on the clarinet, Terry Sawchuk on the trumpet, Justin Bartels on the trumpet, and Bill Stanley on the trombone. The musicians will be performing "Serenade," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Igor Stravinsky's "Octet." Want to see the show but can't make it to Grusin on Tuesday? Check out a live-stream of the full concert on the CU Presents events page, where you'll also find more information.

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Boardmember Lisa Flores is sworn into office after the 2015 elections.
Denver Public Schools
Denver Ballot Issues Discussion Forum
Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Corner Coffee Bakery

While they seldom command even a sliver of the media attention afforded to national campaigns, local elections can have a vastly more dramatic impact on citizens' day-to-day lives, with school-board elections and a number of important initiatives that could affect parks, transportation and housing in Denver for years to come. Join All in Denver and A+ Colorado at the Denver Ballot Issues Discussion Forum for light refreshments and eye-opening discussions about the multiple measures including the GO Bond and the five-year plan for "Housing an Inclusive Denver." Ideal for civically minded locals who have trouble parsing through legalese, the forum will also focus on the ten candidates running for seats on the Denver School Board. Ballots for the November 7 election should be arriving in local mailboxes this week. Visit the Denver Ballot Issues Discussion Forum's Eventbrite page to register 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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