Monday rears its work-weary head yet again, but wage slaves needn't despair: Just count the seconds 'til you can clock out and spend your free time in the warm and quirky embrace of local creatives. Enjoy concerts, trivia tournaments and Bowie tributes all week long — and do it for free! To help you live the high life on a low wage, here are the five best free events in Denver this week.
Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Macky Auditorium, Jazz Ensemble Room
Support the upcoming generation of talented musicians while jazzing up your mid-week at Jonathan Saraga's doctoral recital. A world-renowned trumpeter and composer with a knack for the classics, Saraga has amassed an impressive collection of awards over the course of his career. He'll be appearing with the skilled members of his quartet — pianist Eric Gunnison, drummer Dru Heller and bassist Ken Walker — in the Jazz Ensemble Room at the University of Colorado's Macky Auditorium on Wednesday, April 4. A highlight of the program will be John Coltrane's game-changing epic "A Love Supreme," a tuneful testament to Saraga's skills with the horn. Visit CU Boulder's events calendar for more information.
Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Woods Boss Brewing
Revel in mortal foolishness with the Wit's Shakesbeer, a beery and cheery company of players presenting original adaptations of William Shakespeare's famous (and forgotten) plays in unconventional venues. While scholars debate the authorship of Arden of Faversham, the fact-based tale of Thomas Arden's betrayal and murder is a highlight of Shakespeare apocrypha. In the time-honored and liver-pickled tradition of Elizabethan theater, the actors will be swilling Woods Boss brews throughout the performance — right along with the groundlings. Can't make it to Thursday's performance? The Wit's Shakebeer crew will be returning to Woods Boss on Sunday, April 8, for a 3 p.m. matinee performance. Admission is free; visit the Wit Shakesbeer Facebook page to learn more.
Thursday, April 5, through Saturday, April 7
Village Center Dining and Community Commons Conference Center, Boulder
Celebrate fifty years of competitive knowledge as the University of Colorado's Quiz Bowl and Trivia Buffs team unite to honor the anniversary of the Trivia Bowl. An open challenge for brainiac gladiators squaring off in the arena of the mind, the three-day extravaganza includes a student varsity competition, an open competition and a reunion dinner for past contestants. While the roster of open-challenge competitors is full, admission is free for all audience members. Visit the CU Trivia Bowl events page for more details.