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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events in Denver

Celebrate Pride Month with a free screening of Moonlight  at the Sie Film Center on June 13.
Celebrate Pride Month with a free screening of Moonlight at the Sie Film Center on June 13. Courtesy of A24 Studios
If sunny June makes you swoon, you're certainly not alone. Denverites own their city on balmy days and spend evenings experiencing the best of what our city's creative community has to offer. Whether enjoying world-class cinema, dancing and marching at PrideFest or merely trying to beat the heat, Denver has everything you need to stay entertained all week long. Better yet, the five following events are free.

Screening of Moonlight for Pride Month
Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m.
Sie Film Center

While Moonlight will likely go down in history for its surprising and historic Best Picture victory, the film itself is a work of such rare depth and beauty that it would be unforgettable even without its richly deserved accolades. Moonlight tells the tale of Chiron, a painfully shy young man navigating the threatening environs of Miami's impoverished Liberty City neighborhood while harboring feelings he's only just begun to comprehend. With fantastic performances and an elegant three-act structure, Moonlight is well worth watching (or watching again), but the film takes on extra resonance during Pride month. It's fitting then, that Denverites can catch a free screening at Sie Film Center, on Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. In a profound rebuke to the idea that senior citizens haven't adapted to contemporary values, the screening is sponsored and hosted by AARP Colorado. While admission is free, registration is required on the AARP events calendar.

click to enlarge Nixon V. Kerouac - KARL CHRISTIAN KRUMPHOLZ
Nixon V. Kerouac
Karl Christian Krumpholz
Cooler Than Capes: Mutiny Comics Podcast Recording
Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe

Thanks to their resurgent cinematic popularity, tales of superheroics have eclipsed every other comic-book genre, so much so that they continue to define the medium. But comics are much older and broader in scope than this mistaken impression would lead you to believe. "Cooler Than Capes: Other Stories Comics Can Tell" is both a corrective to superhero biases and an introduction into the wide world of comic books. Join R. Alan Brooks and Jordan Froelich of The MotherF**cker in a Cape podcast at Mutiny Information Cafe as they welcome multi-talented comics artists Alex Graham and Westword contributor Karl Christian Krumpholz for a freewheeling discussion about all the other kinds of stories comics can tell. Learn these artists' origin stories, discuss their work and enjoy a cup of arguably the best iced coffee in town. Admission is free.

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