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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Shane Franklin, aka SF1, headlines a free Black History Month Concert on Wednesday, February 6, at the Aurora Fox.
Shane Franklin, aka SF1, headlines a free Black History Month Concert on Wednesday, February 6, at the Aurora Fox. Brandon Marshall
While Monday mornings often signal nothing more than the dawn of a new week of unwanted responsibilities, the days ahead are rife with possibilities for those who want to fill their idle time...without spending a cent. The Queen City of the Plains abounds with bargain music, comedy and family-friendly festivities. Keep reading for the five best free events in Denver this week. 

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Courtesy of Denver Press Club
State of the Union Address Watch Party
Tuesday, February 5, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Denver Press Club

Nothing makes the grim reality of watching our scandal-plagued commander-in-chief address the nation from the presidential podium easy, but a strong drink and good company can't hurt. Avail yourself of a steady supply of both at the Denver Press Club's State of the Union Address watch party. Drown your sorrows at a time-honored haven for journalists while the most embarrassing United States leader in living memory mangles the English language and spews barely veiled hate speech. Admission is free for Press Club members and $8 for everyone else. Visit the Denver Press Club's Eventbrite page to RSVP and find out more.


CU Faculty Tuesdays: From Brussels and Vienna with Love
Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.
Grusin Music Hall

Treat your ears to a trip through the sounds of Central Europe of centuries past, when the University of Colorado's Faculty Tuesdays return with another round of mid-semester magnificence. This week's edition enlists a quartet comprising the CU string faculty's finest, including Charles Wetherbee, Harumi Rhodes, Geraldine Walther and David Requiro, along with pianist David Korevaar to interpret a pair of rarely heard masterworks for the strings and keys. Starting with Flemish fugue master Joseph Jongen's Trio for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op.5 and concluding with Erich Korngold's Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 15, the performance provides a simultaneous testament to the brilliance of two great compositions overlooked by the classical canon, and the impressive musicianship of the CU College of Music professors. Discover more details, or tune in to a live stream of the concert on the CU Presents events calendar.


Free Black History Month Concert with SF1
Wednesday February 6, noon
Aurora Fox

Colorado Folk Arts Council and Metropolitan State University of Denver's Journey Through Our Heritage program continues with a Black History Month-heralding performance from SF1. Pairing the brainy flow of Berklee College of Music alumni and Grammy Award nominee Shane Franklin with a live ensemble known as "The Crew," SF1 is an internationally acclaimed local favorite who enjoys a multitude of Denver-specific distinctions, such as being the first (and thus far only) hip-hop act to perform at Coors Field. Rising to a national profile thanks to the success of singles like “Autopilot,” “Rhapsody,” “Ride” and “Honest,” SF1 has opened for backpack-rap royalty like Jurassic 5, Lupe Fiasco and KRS-One, but Franklin and the Crew are ready to take center stage at a genre-blending tribute to black music, culture and history. Learn more on the Colorado Folk Arts Council 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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