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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Wild Love Tigress headlines Open Music Session's celebration of KGNU's fourteenth anniversary at Denver Open Media on Friday, September 7.
Wild Love Tigress headlines Open Music Session's celebration of KGNU's fourteenth anniversary at Denver Open Media on Friday, September 7. Wild Love Tigress
The first week of September is here, sparking dread in many warm-weather fans and freshly matriculating students alike. Luckily, the Mile High City and its surrounding environs offer a bounty of entertainments perfectly suited to overwhelmed, underpaid readers. Whether you fancy classical music, local radio or ribald comedy, the days ahead have cultural riches galore in store. Keep reading for the five best free events in Denver this week.


CU Faculty Tuesdays: Passacaglie and Fantasie
Tuesday, September 4, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Grusin Music Hall

A weekly boon to classical music lovers, the University of Colorado's Faculty Tuesdays concert series has returned along with the beginning of the fall semester. Celebrate the swooning sounds of strings at Passacaglie and Fantasie, an evening that pays sonic homage to age-old compositions for the lute and guitar, ably interpreted by Ritter Family Classical Guitar Program Director Nicolò Spera. An intimate presentation of repertoire mainstays, Spera's performance bathes listeners in the sounds of the centuries. Admission is free, but space is limited, so organizers recommend arriving early. Visit the CU Presents events calendar for more details.

click to enlarge Uncorked! host Meghan DePonceau. - ANDREW BRAY
Uncorked! host Meghan DePonceau.
Andrew Bray
Uncorked! September
Wednesday, September 5, 8 to 11 p.m.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery

Comedy nerds and oenophiles, unite: Meghan DePonceau's Uncorked! returns to the Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery with another delightful "comedy show for all palates." September's lineup includes a fresh blend of intriguing terroirs, from the sweet pear-like notes of JoAnn McIver, the honeyed headiness of Zach Welch and the earthy richness of Ryan Nowell, plus a surprise flight of fancy from a surprise drop-in comedian. Drink in a barrel full of belly laughs (as well as some of the city's finest wines) at a midweek feast for sommelier-approved senses and comedic sensibilities. Learn more on the Infinite Monkey Theorem's Facebook events page.

Power Move: Comedy in Action
Thursday, September 6, 8 p.m.
Image Brew

Punching up a reliably crushable monthly comedy show with a healthy dose of altruism, Power Move deftly combines a presentation of top-notch local talent with an admirable fundraising objective. Support the kindhearted efforts of the Broken Shovels Farm and Animal Sanctuary while consuming a buffet of belly laughs along with draughts from Stem Ciders and Ratio Beerworks. September's lineup is an embarrassment of comedic riches, including local mirth merchants Kira MagCalen, Rion Evans, Caitie Hannan, Andrew Orvedahl and Al Jackson.



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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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