It's Christmas week, which means you'll want to be showing friends and family just how cool -- and cheap -- this city can be. Over the next few days, you can hear some stories, sing a song you might not remember or even get a jump on resolutions by doing something good for your oral health. For more events to entertain you and your visitors, check out the online -- Westword calendar -- and let us know about any free events we missed in the comments below.
Stories, Stories, Bring Your Stories at the Mercury Cafe (Tuesday, free) When families get together over the holidays, it's a guarantee that embarrassing stories will emerge. If you're tired of hearing the same old family tales, come listen to Ed Ward, professional writer and storyteller, dish out a few. He'll offer a good one tonight about his ex-girlfriend, "Crazy," who dragged him to Denver -- only to leave him here. Joining Ward tonight are special guests Kristin Rand and Sarah Reagan Wells.
Karaoke at Beauty Bar (Tuesday, free) Whether you have friends and family in town or you're just flying in solo, karaoke is one of the finest ways to bring people together -- especially when karaoke master of ceremonies Mark Star is in charge. Admission is free, and so are the Mezcal tacos that will be served; tequila's only going to set you back $2 a pop, which is cheap enough to create a hangover that will last until Christmas.
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Free Dental Care at Comfort Dental (Wednesday, free) Comfort Dental is offering its own gift this season that's very welcome for those without insurance: a free check up or cleaning. Every Comfort Dental in the metro area will be participating, so find one near you and look your best for the family Christmas portrait. Find more information here.