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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Local rockers Colfax Speed Queen headline Denver Open Media's Open Music Sessions on Friday, March 2.
Local rockers Colfax Speed Queen headline Denver Open Media's Open Music Sessions on Friday, March 2. Colfax Speed Queen
Though Monday's arrival signifies a new week of workaday worries, artsy opportunists regard the days ahead as yet more chances to engage with Denver's creative community at the unbeatable price of free. While away the waning days of February and move into March at concerts, comedy shows and even a queer punk night, all without spending so much as a penny for admission. Here are the five best free events in Denver and Boulder this week.

click to enlarge Novelí performs at hi-dive's God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night. - WILLIAM BEGAY
Novelí performs at hi-dive's God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night.
William Begay
God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night
Monday, February 26, 9 p.m.
hi-dive

Mosh or mope your way into the dawning week at God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night at the hi-dive, an epicenter of the local music scene. Queer punks and their Oi! Oi! allies can dance the night away to sets from Novelí and DJ Tocsin, who'll also be spinning proto-punk, electro-clash, goth, death rock and more. Visit the hi-dive's Facebook events page to learn more.


Faculty Tuesdays: Jennifer Bird and David Korevaar
Tuesday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
Grusin Music Hall

The University of Colorado Boulder's College of Music is staffed with brilliant instructors, many of whom are celebrated musicians in their own right. CU shares this proud tradition with its students, as well as the general public, at Grusin Music Hall's weekly Faculty Tuesdays concert series. Join soprano Jennifer Bird and pianist David Korevaar for a stirring concert dedicated to soaring melodies this week at a program filled with beautiful compositions, such as Samuel Barber's "Départ," Henri Duparc's "L’invitation au voyage, "Antonin Dvorák's "Zigeunermelodien," and many more. Visit the CU Presents box-office page for details; viewers who can't make the trip to Boulder can visit the same page to watch a live stream of the performance.

The Ebert Test: Live From an Underground Bunker
Wednesday, February 28, 8 p.m.
El Charrito's Comedy RoomRoom

Ben Bryant, a devilishly prolific local comic and show-runner, is making a new foray into podcasting with The Ebert Test: Live From an Underground Bunker. The high-concept premise presages a dystopian future wherein an all-knowing robot overlord called "Ebert" has fully subjugated humankind, and it falls upon a group of imprisoned comedians to find humor in an automated world. Join Bryant along with guests Geoff Tice and Brandt Tobler as they wring laughs from the rise of the machines in one of the most inventive new shows on the local comedy and podcasting scenes. See the Comedy RoomRoom's Facebook events page for more details about the weekly show, and visit The Ebert Test's iTunes page to listen to previous episodes.


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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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