Thursday, August 10, 8 p.m.
Colorado abounds with free comedy shows, but without proper curation from savvy producers and capable hosts, most of these events are tantamount to open mics, meaning that even a free ticket can feel like a rip-off. Life is too short to watch bad comedy. Comedy in the Alley is a free weekly showcase that brings the best local and traveling comics to the narrow bar off Littleton's Main Street. Co-hosted by Cody Spyker and Jacob Rupp of the Ice Cream Social podcast, Comedy in the Alley is a straightforward showcase format that allows comics to stretch their wings with longer sets. The August 10 lineup features Rocky Mountain giggle miners Cory Helie, Noah Reynolds and Natalia Kvalem opening up for local legend John "Hippieman" Novosad. Visit the Facebook event page to learn more.
Friday, August 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Foothills Art Center
$5-$8 (free for members and kids under 8)
Denver graffiti artist, Artopia curator and Westword MasterMind Jolt takes his urban-guerrilla art indoors with a solo show in the East Gallery at Foothills. A woke wall writer whose powerful gestural style crosses over boldly into the realm of fine-art abstraction, Jolt will offer up a variety of works, from font play and photographs to large-scale indoor murals created expressly for the exhibit, which will be on display until October 15. Visit foothillsartcenter.org to learn more.
Friday, August 11, noon-4 p.m.
Four Mile Historic Park
Although any day is a good day to amble through Colorado's formative years at Four Mile Historic Park, it's even better with free admission. From noon to 4 p.m. on every second Friday until December 8, visitors can explore the twelve-acre grounds, mingle with farm animals and grab a seat for the Hay Bales and Tall Tales storytelling show, a particular hit with kids. Built in 1859 on the banks of Cherry Creek, the Four Mile House is Denver's oldest standing structure and current home to a museum that brings history to life. Cap it all off with a free sample from the summer kitchen. Visit fourmilepark.org to find out more.
Friday, August 11, opening at noon
The people behind Grassroots Colorado (an expansion of the California-based clothing company) are taking a cue from their gallery neighbors in the Santa Fe Arts District and mounting a pop-up art show of their own. After opening the Movement Pop-up Gallery in the Grassroots retail location last week, they're hosting an exhibition of Aaron Brooks's trippy prints, pins and stickers. Interested partiers can also join Brooks for an opening reception with a thumping soundtrack at The Black Box on Thursday, August 10. Visit the Facebook events page to learn more.
Friday, August 11, 3:30-5 p.m.
Denver Art Museum
The National Poetry Slam may be winding down this weekend, but there are still a plethora of poetic events to choose from on its schedule. While tickets for many individual events — like the final round on Saturday, August 12 — are a pretty penny well spent, this year's slam is offering more free events than ever before. The Lighthouse Writers Workshop is hosting a free ekphrastic poetry workshop at the Denver Art Museum on August 11 that invites poets of every experience level to connect with art in a deeper way as it inspires their own. Lighthouse is spearheading another free, art-inspired poetry workshop at the Clyfford Still Museum at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 10. Visit bpsdenver.com to learn more about the Slam.