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

The Stratus Chamber Orchestra and Life/Art Dance Ensemble celebrate the union of sound and motion at a pair of performances on September 28 and 29.
The Stratus Chamber Orchestra and Life/Art Dance Ensemble celebrate the union of sound and motion at a pair of performances on September 28 and 29. Courtesy of Stratus Chamber Orchestra

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Friday Night Weird: Have a Nice Day
Friday, September 28, 8:45 p.m.
Boedecker Theater
$6.50 to $12

Animated oddities abound all month long at Friday Night Weird's presentation of deliberately outré cinema, and the tradition continues this week with a screening of Have a Nice Day, an expressionist neo-noir that chronicles the fallout of a well-intentioned robbery. A landmark achievement in independent Chinese animation, Have a Nice Day is catnip for Friday Night Weird's film-addled audience, so Boulder-based cinephiles should take note. Buy tickets, $6.50 to $12, and learn more on the Dairy Arts Center box-office page.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE COLORADO AVALANCHE?
Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche?
Avalanche Fan Fest
Saturday, September 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pepsi Center
Free

Get a pre-season head start on hockey mania at the inaugural Avalanche Fan Fest, a chance for fans to enjoy unprecedented access to their favorite team's practice rituals and strategy-building exercises. Test your puck-handling skills at a street hockey clinic and bring your burning questions to head coach Jared Bednar before the Avs take to the ice for a thrilling demonstration of the athletic prowess they'll bring to the upcoming season. Register for free, and find out more on the Colorado Avalanche's NHL events calendar.


Stratus Chamber Orchestra: Focus on Body Through the Lens of Music
September 28 and 29, 7:30 p.m.
First Plymouth Congregational Church
Augustana Lutheran Church
$5 to $25

Sound and motion unite in glorious harmony at "Focus on Body Through the Lens of Music," a collaborative performance that fuses the talents of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra and Life/Art Dance Ensemble. The stirring concert program consists of compositions that simultaneously demand nigh-virtuosic skills from the orchestral players and spark the collective imaginations of the dancers, such as Maurice Ravel’s "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s "Pezzo Capriccioso" and a ballet suite by Dmitri Shostakovich. The orchestra and ensemble will be joining forces for a pair of special 7:30 p.m. performances at the First Plymouth Congregational and Augustana Lutheran churches at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29. Visit the Augustana Arts box-office page to buy tickets, $5 to $25, and learn more.


Icons in Sound: The Rachmaninoff Vespers
September 28 to 30, 7:30 and 3 p.m.
Saint John's Cathedral
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Bethany Lutheran Church
$10 to $35

The arguable crowning achievement of a literal and figurative giant of classical music – not to mention a liturgical mainstay for the Russian Orthodox Church – Sergei Rachmaninoff's All Night Vespers is one of the most evocative works of the choral repertoire. Ably rising to the Vespers' challenge, Colorado's St. Martin’s Festival Singers have auditioned extras to join the 24 regular singers of the chamber choir in order to ensure its members bring the works to life with proper deference and musicianship. Buy tickets, $10 to $35, and find out more on the St. Martin's Chamber Choir events calendar.


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Courtesy of Mercury Cafe
Denver Spoken Arts Celebration: Chicago Slam Benefit
Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. to midnight
Mercury Cafe
$5

A local opportunity for nationwide poets to meld minds and share resources, the Denver Spoken Arts Celebration presents some of the city's finest verse virtuosos in an effort to raise funds for the Chicago-based organizers of the National Poetry Slam. Enjoy live typewriter poetry along with performances from Slam Nuba, Minor Disturbance, Hakeem Furious, Cisco the Nomad, Black Gold and many more while taking comfort in contributing to a worthy cause. The $5 cover charge goes toward the benefit of Chicago community organizers; find more details on the Mercury Cafe Facebook events page.

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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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