Arts and Culture

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

Join Dar Williams at the Tattered Cover for a discussion of her new book, followed by an intimate acoustic performance.
Join Dar Williams at the Tattered Cover for a discussion of her new book, followed by an intimate acoustic performance. Dar Williams
As Denver residents adjust to ever-diminishing daylight, our city's creatives are spearheading a number of concerts, literary events, craft fairs and comedy shows, all vying for the attention of a fickle public. These five free events should brighten your dark days until the weekend gets here.

Dar Williams, Reading, Signing and Acoustic Performance
Monday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover Colfax

World-renowned folksinger Dar Williams has spent two decades touring the country, both as a headliner and on a shared bill with luminaries such as Ani DiFranco, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and many more. Over the course of her travels through America's forgotten small towns, Williams collected her observations into a new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time, $27, which was published by Basic Books in September. Williams analyzes why some communities thrive while others struggle, examining how shared spaces and cultural experiences unite these disparate hamlets and the people who live in them. Find out more from the Tattered Cover events calendar.

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Raconteur Denver
Raconteur Denver: Lost and/or Found
Tuesday, November 7, 7 p.m.

An open-mic night for the literary set, Raconteur Denver invites Mile High City storytellers to share their liveliest tales with their peers and fellow readers. Hosts Donna Bryson, Joseph Chehouri and Andrea Pliner have chosen the theme of "Lost and Found" for the month of November, so all aspiring raconteurs need do is arrive at BookBar at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with a brief and entertaining story fresh in their minds. Speakers have up to three minutes each, and the hosts require that they perform without notes. Learn more and register on the Raconteur Denver home page.

Wednesday, November 8, 7 p.m.
Grandma's House

For gamers who came of age in the late ’90s, the pinnacle of the enduringly popular first-person-shooter genre will always be Goldeneye, for the Nintendo 64. Based on the film that launched the Pierce Brosnan era of the James Bond series, the game's legacy has long outlasted its cinematic inspiration. Inspiring fond memories and fierce competition in equal measure, the Goldeneye N64 Tournament at Grandma's House brewery will end in a frenzy of pixelated bullets; the last player standing wins a free growler from the house taps. Entry is free. Visit the Facebook events page for more details.
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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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