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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

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Randi Samuelson-Brown book talk and signing
Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover Historic LoDo
Set in Denver during an era when the downtown district was lousy with gaming parlors, saloons, brothels and various other dens of iniquity, The Beaten Territory drips with the intrigue of what was still considered the Wild West, back in the 1890s. The latest novel by local author Randi Samuelson-Brown tells the story of Annie Ryan, a Market Street madam who gets swept up in Denver's seedy underworld when she meets laudanum-addled socialite Lydia Chambers. Soon enough, a shocking murder shakes this world of booze-besotted good-time girls to its very core. Join Samuelson-Brown at the historic LoDo outpost of Denver's Tattered Cover bookstore franchise for a reading and discussion of The Beaten Territory ($25.95, Five Star Publishing), a true page-turner that thrillingly flouts the sometimes stodgy conventions of historical fiction. Visit the Tattered Cover's events calendar to learn more.

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Stapleton MCA
Concert at the Cube: Dotsero
Thursday, October 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The Cube Stapleton MCA

For music-lovers whose tastes skew a bit more modern than Mozart, the Master Community Association of Stapleton is hosting a series of free concerts throughout the fall at the Community Cultural Center, affectionately known as the Cube. The Stapleton MCA is kicking off the series on Thursday, October 19, with an early evening performance from Colorado-based quintet Dotsero. Named for a mountain hamlet in Eagle County, Dotsero is on the cutting edge of contemporary jazz. This show is one of many events planned at the burgeoning creative hub; visit Stapleton MCA's Concerts at the Cube events page for more details.

Nighttime Tonight
Thursday, October 19, 9:30 p.m.
Deer Pile

Brian Flynn, a local comedian and co-host of The Revisionists podcast, has continued quiet but steadfast work on Nighttime Tonight for months now, assembling a team of eager locals to write jokes and pitch segments for a new showcase modeled after late-night staples like Conan and The Daily Show, along with just a dash of Shandling-esque internecine struggle. Mostly, however, Nighttime Tonight is intended to be a place where members of the Denver comedy community can gather and indulge their creative whims. The show has an altruistic component, as well: Flynn and company collect donations for a different charitable organization each month, and the October 19 show will benefit the Hispanic Federation: UNIDOS' hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The lineup includes local favorites Meghan DePonceau and Zach Reinert, along with visiting Chicago smashers Tyler Fowler and Vikram Pandya. Visit the Nighttime Tonight 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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