Arts and Culture

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

Catch an extended cut of Dario Argento's Suspiria at one of Landmark Esquire's Midnight Madness screenings, June 22 to 23.
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Catch an extended cut of Dario Argento's Suspiria at one of Landmark Esquire's Midnight Madness screenings, June 22 to 23.

Things may have gotten off to a soggy start this week, but a sun-dappled weekend of delights now awaits Westword's adventurous readers. Whether you fancy midnight movies, comedy shows, indie pop, jazz or classical music concerts, Denver's creative community has your entertainment needs covered. Furthermore, each of the ten events listed below offers free or cheap admission, ringing in at $10 and under (fine print notwithstanding). Study up to prepare for a Mile High weekend that's heavy with good times but light on the wallet.

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See Kent Ullberg's "Snowmastodon" and more on the City Park Sunset Tour on Thursday, June 21.
Denver Public Art
City Park Sunset Tour
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.
City Park
Free

Denver's public parks are celebrated for their elegant landscaping and lively atmosphere, but verdant urban oases like City Park are also home to some of the city's finest outdoor art. Enjoy an evening stroll through City Park's photo-op-friendly grounds, replete with fountains, historic statues and public art. Join docent Karen Ray for an informative and inspiring trek through landmarks like Kent Ullberg's "Snowmastodon" and Patrick Marold's "Avian Front" that deepens art appreciation and keeps guests limber. Aspiring shutterbugs can also participate in the #DenverPublicArt30 Photo Contest, part of Denver Public Art's 30th Anniversary celebrations. Admission is free, but registration via Denver Public Art's Eventbrite page is required.

Talkin' Shop with Geoff Tice
Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe
Free

Few local creatives have fused their manifold talents as productively as Geoff Tice, a Boulder-based comedian and graphic designer who's singlehandedly responsible for the vast majority of Denver comedy's posters. United by an unmistakable shared aesthetic, Tice's eye-catching designs now appear in national campaigns and tour artwork for comics like Rory Scovel. He's a fitting guest for Anthony Crawford's Talkin' Shop podcast, an interview series that endeavors to learn trade secrets and helpful advice from working comedians. The podcast, which recently branched out into an on-camera version with guest Todd Glass, is reinvigorated and well worth checking out live. Visit Sexpot Comedy's Facebook events page for more details.

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Underwear party host Joe Pettis.
Jen Lenny
Underwear Party
Thursday, June 21, 9:30 p.m.
The Black Buzzard
$5

Great standup is often derived from feelings of vulnerability and exposure, and few shows embody that concept like Underwear Party. Originated by Atlanta comic Joe Pettis (who'll be in town to host), the show features comedians performing while clad only in underwear in a hilarious yet body-positive testament to laughter's triumph over awkwardness. The Denver lineup has yet to be announced, but the show should prove to be unforgettable no matter who takes to the stage in their skivvies. Tickets are $5 at Eventbrite.

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The Original Ills
B-Side Music with the Original Ills and Kayla Marque
Friday, June 22, 5 to 10 p.m.
MCA Denver
$5

The season of the rooftop party is nigh, and Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art is welcoming arty partiers to its sleek terrace for B-Side Music Fridays, a concert series showcasing the finest local musicians. The tradition continues this week, on the eve of the Westword Music Showcase, with a double bill featuring the funky R&B stylings of Kayla Marque and "dance beats and soul treats" of co-headliner the Original Ills. Arrive early: The first 100 guests receive a complimentary brew from Ratio Beerworks and happy-hour pricing until 7 p.m., when the performances begin. Visit MCA Denver's Facebook events page to learn more.

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Nebula Ensemble
Nebula Ensemble: Nightlife
Friday, June 22, 7 p.m.
Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church
Free

While Denver's Nebula Ensemble is founded in classically trained musicianship, the ensemble's concert calendar is driven by a sense of experimentation that keeps things fresh in what can seem like a hidebound genre. Join Nebula members for Nightlife, a concert that fuses jazz, pop and classical rhythms into a multi-disciplinary evening of song, film and performance art. Modeled after a Viennese Second School Jazz Nightclub, Nightlife is a vital component of the Nebula Ensemble's Summer Festival. Admission is free. Visit the Nebula Ensemble's events calendar for more details.