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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events in Denver This Week

Join cellist Katie Burns and her Brahms & Co bandmates at the Five Points Chamber Music Society's concert on March 28.
Join cellist Katie Burns and her Brahms & Co bandmates at the Five Points Chamber Music Society's concert on March 28. Lorraine Diaz
Time marches inexorably onward, bringing forth the arrival of yet another Monday. Anyone with unplanned evenings and an open mind can enjoy the fruits of Denver's creative community. Readers can debate politics with comedians, belt out punk songs with accompaniment from a live band, or enjoy a pair of top-notch concerts for the pocketbook-friendly price of free. Drink in the sights, sounds and tastes of the Mile High; keep reading for the five best free events in Denver this week.

Dat-Mocracy Tho! Tackles Gun Control
Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe
A joint effort of Sexpot Comedy and Colorado Common Cause, Dat-Mocracy Tho! observes local politics through the prism of humor. A panel-style talk show co-hosted by local comedian Daniel Reskin and Sexpot impresario Andy Juett, the second episode welcomes senatorial candidate Alan Kennedy-Shaffer, artist Patrick McGirr, Colorado Ceasfire's Eileen McCarron and Never Again's Evan Davis (who organized last Saturday's March for Our Lives) to discuss the hotly debated and tragically always timely issue of gun control. The live show will be recorded for posterity and released on Sexpot's podcast network. The panel also includes comedians Andrew Bueno and Steve Vanderploeg. Visit Sexpot Comedy's Facebook events page for more details.

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Punk Rock Karaoke
Punk Rock Karaoke
Tuesday, March 27, 8:30 p.m.
El Charrito
El Charrito's twice-weekly karaoke nights are always a grand time, but nothing helps bring those latent rock-star dreams to life like backing from a live band. That's precisely the experience at El Charrito's Punk Rock Karaoke, where you can sign up to perform an ever-deepening roster of genre favorites, with up to seventy different songs. This is just one of many events that make this "Five Star Dive Bar" a cherished watering hole for the local creative community. Visit El Charrito's Facebook events page for more information.

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U.S. Air Force Academy Band
U.S. Air Force Academy Band: Neoclassical Winds and Brass
Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Celebrate the talents of musicians in uniform at the U.S. Air Force Academy Band's Neoclassical Woodwinds and Brass Concert, led by flight commander Captain Shanti Simon. The program features Igor Stravinsky's Octet for Woodwind and Brass, Franz Schubert's “Shepard on the Rock,” Robert Muczynski's "Time Pieces" (featuring Senior Airman Robert Vitale on the clarinet), and concludes with Robert Kurka's “The Good Soldier Schweik Suite.” Visit the U.S. Air Force Academy Band's events calendar to learn more.
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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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