There's plenty of free entertainment around town this week — but don't forget that truly free activity: a stroll. From central Denver, you can walk to any of the three events we're highlighting this week: a party with rockers, a documentary focusing on indigenous people in America, and a cool comedian explaining her craft. For more options, check out the Westword calendar.
Red Power Energy
IMAX at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, free
Any film on the big IMAX screen is worth seeing, and as part of the museum's Indigenous Film series, you can see Red Power Energy for free. The documentary follows the displacement of Native Americans to their present-day struggles, living on land with vast energy resources.
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Diarrhea Planet Eat and Greet
Illegal Pete's LoDo
5:30 p.m. Thursday, free
This is a rough name for a band visiting a burrito joint, but pull up your big boy pants and head to Illegal Pete's, where you can share some chips and salsa with Nashville band Diarrhea Planet before the musicians head to the Marquis for a gig. Illegal Pete's just won a big award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, and the homegrown chain's support of music is one reason why.
Talkin' Shop with Mara Wiles
Mutiny Information Cafe
7 p.m. Thursday, free
Mara Wiles brought funk back to town. You can catch her monthly show at Grandma's House, or find her on other comedy night lineups around Denver almost any night of the week. Tonight you can learn where all her jokes and passion come from when she sits down for the live podcast Talkin' Shop; then download it and listen again.