Arts and Culture

Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under This Weekend

Westminster's Butterfly Pavilion hosts creepy-crawly arachnid encounters every day until Wednesday, October 31.
Courtesy of Butterfly Pavilion
Westminster's Butterfly Pavilion hosts creepy-crawly arachnid encounters every day until Wednesday, October 31.
The cooling climes aren't the only thing inspiring chills. Colorado is replete with events that revel in seasonal spookiness — and fare for Halloween agnostics, too. The days ahead offer everything from concerts, comedy shows and film screenings to pumpkin-carving seminars at prices that won't cut into readers' costume and candy budgets. Scare up some fun and save some money at the ten best things to do in Denver for $10 and under this weekend.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF BUTTERFLY PAVILION
Courtesy of Butterfly Pavilion
Spider Pavilion
October 11 to 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Butterfly Pavilion
$7 to $11

A perennial fixture of Halloween decor, spiders are among the creepiest of crawlies that the natural world has to offer. Sprinkle a dash of seasonal frights on the otherwise perfectly charming Butterfly Pavilion with daily eight-legged encounters at Spider Pavilion, a source of nightmare fodder that will haunt guests until the exhibit closes on Wednesday, October 31. The spine-tingling presentation is included with general admission, $7 to $11; visit the Butterfly Pavilion events calendar to see if you can survive the Crawl-a-See-Em.

click to enlarge IJAH PULLARO
Ijah Pullaro
Hush! Open Cypher
Thursday, October 11, 7 to 11 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe
$5

An unlikely yet consistently vibrant cultural bridge between otakus and hip-hop heads, Hush! Open Cypher invites local MCs to battle it out on the mic before kicking back and digging into the Funimation's vast archive —which includes fan favorites such as Dragonball and My Hero Academia. Join BROTH3R and JusChill Metz of Time Is Money Production Company for a fusion of freestyle virtuosics and cartoon screening that readers won't find anywhere else in the city. Guests are automatically registered to win a limited-edition prize pack stocked with Funimation-affiliated merchandise. Admission is free, but guests should contribute a minimum $5 donation if they don't want to seem like freeloading interlopers. Find out more on Mutiny Information Cafe's Facebook events page.


The Lamont School of Music Presents "Still"
Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
$10

Creative cross-pollination between music and fine arts is responsible for a number of masterpieces in both disciplines, a tradition composer James Romig continues with "Still," a solo piano piece inspired by the abstract-expressionist paintings of Clyfford Still. Spare, atmospheric and methodical, "Still" evokes the artwork of its mercurial namesake, which should be familiar to local museum-goers. Join pianist Ashlee Mack for a performance of the lovely yet haunting composition tonight at the Hamilton Recital Hall, located in the University of Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Visit the Newman Center box-office page for tickets, $10, and more information.


click to enlarge Headlining Libra David Rodriguez. - ANDREW BRAY
Headlining Libra David Rodriguez.
Andrew Bray
Zodiac Killers: Libra Edition
Friday, October 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Comedy RoomRoom
$5

The stars have aligned for Zodiac Killers, a new monthly standup show that presents a cavalcade of comedians born under the same astrological sign. Hosted and curated by enterprising Virgo — and horoscope devotee — Kacy Dahl, the inaugural Zodiac Killers boasts an all-Libra lineup that consists of Timmi Lasley, Nolawee Mengist, Miriam Moreno, Aaron Maslow, feature Matt Cobos and headliner David Rodriguez. Even astrology skeptics are destined to have a grand time when Dahl and her merry coterie of Libras lay waste to the Comedy RoomRoom stage. Visit Zodiac Killers' Eventbrite page to buy tickets, $5, and find more details.


Lift a Glass and Sing!
Friday, October 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Mercury Cafe
Free

Drink in some good cheer along with your beer at Lift a Glass and Sing!, a communal singalong led by the Colorado Chorale. Add your voice to the chorus at the debut of Denver's first Beer Choir Concert, a boozy recital of barroom classics like "What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor?" and "Beer Barrel Polka." Admission is free, but don't forget to bring plenty of folding money; the Mercury Cafe is a staunchly cash-only establishment. Visit the Colorado Chorale's EZ Register page to learn more, register, and download a Beer Choir hymnal.