The holiday season doesn't diminish the variety of entertainments Denver offers. As always, readers have plenty of concerts and comedy shows to choose from during the days ahead, but there's no shortage of wintertime cheer, either. And because we know you still have presents left to buy, each of the events listed below costs $10 or less — fine print notwithstanding — and four of them are free. Keep reading for the ten best free and cheap events in Denver this weekend.
December 13 and 15, 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
United Church of Christ of Longmont
$5 to $25
Lift your ears toward the heavens with the Ars Nova Singers, whose "In the Moon of Wintertime" concert series harks back to the glory days of the space race. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of NASA's first manned journey into lunar orbit, composer Kile Smith turned to a Christmas Eve broadcast from the Apollo 8 astronauts for inspiration in his endeavor to create a piece of music that could approximate the wonder of seeing the planet Earth from the isolation of space. The result is The Consolation of Apollo, an emotionally stirring and formally inventive work that intersperses transcripts of William Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell's message to their terrestrial home with snippets from the great Roman thinker Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy. Don't miss the Colorado premiere of this otherworldly composition; visit arsnovasingers.org for tickets, $5 to $25, and more information.
Friday, December 14, 8 and 10 p.m.
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
Elise Kerns and Jodee Champion get back in the habit in a big way this weekend with two servings of the Get Thee to a Nunnery comedy show. Though the title was inspired by a famous line in Hamlet — befitting a venue called Ophelia's — nothing could be further from the austerity of a convent than Kerns and Champion's cavalcade of chuckles. Get boisterously uncloistered at a pair of shows boasting entirely different lineups. Arrive at 8 p.m. for an early performance with Anthony Armstrong, Troy Walker and Mitch Fatel, followed by a 10 p.m. late show with Matt Cobos, Rachel Weeks and Brandt Tobler. Buy tickets, $10 each, and learn more at opheliasdenver.com.