Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, on Thursday, February 15.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, on Thursday, February 15. Loveland Museum/Gallery

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Mile High Jazz Fest With Maria Schneider
Thursday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Macky Auditorium Concert Hall

The University of Colorado's excellent classical-music concerts are perennial favorite on these lists, but the School of Music's Thompson Jazz Studies program shouldn't be overlooked, either. Join CU's Concert Jazz Ensemble as it welcomes Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider to Macky Auditorium Concert Hall for a sonic tour through her signature works — including "Night Watchmen," "Cerulean Skies," "Wyrgly" and more. A unique talent who transcends genre, Schneider has collaborated with a number of esteemed peers, ranging from those in traditional outlets like the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to the late great David Bowie. Admission is free; visit the CU Presents box-office page to learn more.

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Arts District on Santa Fe
Third Friday Collectors' Night
Friday, February 16, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Art District on Santa Fe

In the market for a late Valentine's Day gift untainted by mass-produced consumerism? Well, look no further than the Third Friday Collector's Night in the Art District on Santa Fe. Seize the rare opportunity to chat with artists, gallery owners and curators at more than a dozen participating venues lining the artsy thoroughfare. Support local creators while filling your blank walls, or simply bring a date along to enjoy a romantic stroll. For more information, head over to the Art District on Santa Fe's events calendar.

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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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