Three Things to Do for Free in Denver This Week, March 16-19

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From the warm weather to cool events, this past weekend was one of those times when Denver is one of the best places on earth. And this week gives us even more reasons to be proud of our city. Learn about Denver's role in the founding of the Beats (as well as much more about the Beat Generation), use sports as an ice-breaker and discover new music — all for free. Find more entertainment opportunities in the Westword calendar, and us the comments section to let us know if we missed any bargains.

The Denver Beat Scene: The Mile High Legacy of Kerouac, Cassady and Ginsberg at Mutiny Information Cafe (2 p.m. Wednesday, free)
Before marijuana became legal, one of the coolest things about Denver was its involvement in the Beat scene. Neal Cassady called this place home, Jack Kerouac spent time here, Allen Ginsberg moved here.  Author and historian Zack Kopp celebrates the release of his new book, The Denver Beat Scene: The Mile High Legacy of Kerouac, Cassady and Ginsberg, at Mutiny today. The book discusses how a culture that emerged in Larimer Street's pool halls and flophouses would become a phenomenon that would spread around the globe, and how Denver's spoken-word scene is still shining bright today. Stop by to hear Kopp and collect even more reasons why Denver is the coolest town around.

The Huddle: March Madness Edition! at McNichols Building (5 p.m. Thursday, free)
Yet another reason why our city is great: Warm Cookies of the Revolution. Every month it holds events that spark civic discussion and are just plain fun. This special sports edition provides a nice chance for people to get together, watch good college basketball and hash out matters of the city and government. Join  KGNU sports commentator Josh Chetwynd, Hannah Krieger of the Sportswomen of Colorado Association and Colorado AFL-CIO director Mike Cerbo for a discussion, drinks and hoops on the giant screen.

Science Book at DADA Art Bar (8 p.m. Thursday, free)
DADA has been on a roll with great events lately, and tonight it welcomes Science Book to play a set inside its doors. Science Book has a cool electro-acoustic pop sound similar to that of, say, Yeasayer. Come for the sweet tunes and while you're here, check out the Heads of Hydra photography show as well. The sights and sounds should keep you riding high into the next weekend.

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