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Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under (Four Free)

Denver comedy champion Nathan Lund headlines the Guest List Comedy Show on Friday, March 29.
Denver comedy champion Nathan Lund headlines the Guest List Comedy Show on Friday, March 29. Andrew Bray
March is ending, and that means one thing: April's rent is due all too soon. Cash-strapped locals needn't hunker down in despair, however: This weekend's entertainment calendar is full of concerts, comedy shows, and movie screenings that won't set you back more than ten bucks. If you're eager to fill the remaining days of the month with as much fun as possible without dipping too far into your budget, you're in luck. Keep reading for ten bargain events around Denver over the next several days.

Colfax Comedy With the Black Actors Guild
Thursday, March 28, 7 to 9 p.m.
The People's Building
$5

The winner of a fresh Best of Denver prize, the People's Building keeps expands its comedy programming at Colfax Comedy, a new collaboration with the similarly acclaimed Black Actors Guild. This second edition presents a smattering of the city's finest standups interspersed with original sketches written and performed by members of the talented troupe. Chow your way through a menu of Colorado-made cuisine and wash your snack down with local beer and wine at a comedy show that guarantees no guest will go hungry, thirsty or un-tickled. Admission is $5 at the door; visit the Black Actors Guild's Facebook events page for more information.


Brother and The Hayes
Friday, March 29, 8 to 11 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
$10

Texas-bred and Nashville-based, Brother and The Hayes specializes in stripped-down roots rock redolent with the tones and tropes of classic Americana sounds. Siblings David Bingaman and Jennie Hayes Kurtz made a big splash when they debuted The Dead End EP back in 2017, and now they're returning to Denver's Syntax Physic Opera to herald the release of their first full-length album, Tennessee Nights. With opening acts Oli McCracken and SoloHawk on hand to warm up the crowd, the evening is sure to be one hell of a hootenanny. To buy tickets, $10, and find out more, go to Syntax Physic Opera's Eventbrite page.


Guest List Comedy Show
Friday, March 29, 8 p.m.
The Bakery Arts Warehouse
$10

After two live album recordings and several consecutive months of oversold shows, fans can give the Guest List Comedy Show the benefit of the doubt when it comes to a mostly unannounced lineup. While Guest List host and producer Ben Bryant is contractually prohibited from disclosing the names of his special guests, the show's tradition of excellence has proven to be a draw in its own right, and the currently publicized roster of comics ought to have local comedy nerds fumbling for a crisp Hamilton. Local all-stars Michael Isaacs, Sarah Benson and headliner Nathan Lund should serve up nothing less than pure delight. Buy tickets, $10, and discover further details on the Guest List Comedy Show Eventbrite page.



Friday Night Weird: Winter's Bone
Friday, March 29, 8:45 p.m.
Boedecker Theater, Boulder
$6.50 to $12

While Friday Night Weird's Women's History Month programming may be drawing to a close, April's film selection will be organized under the spiritually similar theme of "Women Under Stress"; this week's movie, Winter's Bone, a tale of scruffy survivalism set among the meth-ravaged hollers of the Ozarks, handily straddles both classifications. Largely remembered as the film that netted star Jennifer Lawrence's first of many Oscar nominations, Winter's Bone represents a rare pre-#Time'sUp triumph for women in Hollywood. Adapting the Daniel Woodrell novel of the same name, director Debra Granik, co-screenwriter Anne Rosellini and producer Alix Madigan-Yorkin collectively crafted both a taut thriller and a cinematic testament to the benefits of leaving women in charge. Visit the Dairy Arts Center box-office page to buy tickets, $6.50 to $12, and learn more.

Rocky Mountain Brassworks: Celtic Explosion
Saturday, March 30, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Broomfield Auditorium
$5 to $15

Fasten your finest kilt and prepare to get your bags thoroughly piped at the annual Celtic Explosion concert from Rocky Mountain Brassworks. A ninety-minute performance that flies by faster than a changeling's switcheroo, the concert showcases dancers, musicians and a conductor all clad in Celtic regalia, for a mid-afternoon extravaganza tailor-made for music-loving Celtophiles. Visit the Rocky Mountain Brassworks box-office page for tickets, $5 to $15, and more information.

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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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