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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

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click to enlarge Aaron Urist (pictured here holding the author's dogs) headlines the DBC Showcasetacular on Wednesday, November 8. - FROM THE HIP PHOTO
Aaron Urist (pictured here holding the author's dogs) headlines the DBC Showcasetacular on Wednesday, November 8.
From the Hip Photo
DBC Showcasetacular
Wednesday, November 8, 8:30 p.m.
Denver Bicycle Cafe

The Denver Bicycle Cafe, an Uptown haven for lovers of coffee, beer and bikes, has been steadily improving its comedy shows over the past few months. In addition to a weekly comedy open mic, co-hosts Roger Haak and Zach Welch are producing monthly standup showcases spotlighting some of the funniest people in the city. The Showcasetacular the duo has prepared for Wednesday, November 8, includes jokes from local smash-smiths Edward Bell, Mina Thorkell, Nolawee Mengist and headliner Aaron Urist. And take heart, wage slaves! Not only is admission free, but DBC offers half off drafts for its service-industry night. Visit the Facebook events page to learn more.

click to enlarge SIMPLE AND SYLVAN
Simple and Sylvan
Winter Gift Market
November 9 to 11
Denver Botanic Gardens

November may have only just begun, but the present-giving season is just around the corner. So it's certainly not too early to start the search for unique gifts. Luckily, such an opportunity awaits at theDenver Botanic Gardens' Winter Gift Market, where vendors offer their lovingly handmade goods for discerning shoppers. Treasures in store include bath and body products, pottery, jewelry, specialty foods, clothing, antiques, and herbal vinegars and seasonings from the perennial favorites at the Gardens’ Guild. Admission to the Winter Gift Market, as well as the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, is free from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 10 to 11. Visit Denver Botanic Gardens' events page for more details.

Looking for more to do? Visit the Westword 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.
Contact: Byron Graham