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

Check out Sin Titulo and the rest of MCA Denver's Saber Acomodar exhibit for only a penny on Saturday.
Ruben Mendez
Check out Sin Titulo and the rest of MCA Denver's Saber Acomodar exhibit for only a penny on Saturday.
The first weekend of the new year is nigh, and artsy locals are providing ample opportunities to enjoy the best of what Denver's creative community has to offer all weekend long. From essentially free museum days and art walks to rodeo parades and rollicking concerts, the city has enough events to keep even those with the most discerning tastes entertained until the work week rolls around. Even better, for readers who are short on funds but high on life, the following ten events all cost less than $10 to attend, including five freebies.

click to enlarge Celebrate the return of the National Western Stock Show at the Kick-Off Parade today at noon. - PAUL ANDREWS
Celebrate the return of the National Western Stock Show at the Kick-Off Parade today at noon.
Paul Andrews
Stock Show Kick-Off Parade
Thursday, January 4, noon
Denver Union Station

The National Western Stock Show is a big ol' deal around these parts, and accordingly, tickets are a hot item. If you want to get a taste of the Stock Show ceremony without ponying up cash, an ideal opportunity awaits at the Stock Show Kick-Off Parade, which commences at Union Station today at noon. Celebrate cowboy culture with a horse-driven cattle drive followed by floats, marching bands and other rodeo staples. Admission is free but the streets will be crowded, so arriving early is recommended. Visit the National Western Stock Show's events calendar for more information.

WRITE CLUB: Anustart
Thursday, January 4, 6 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
$10 Donation

Although writers appear to be a harmlessly bookish bunch, a fierce sense of competition lurks beneath our tweedy and bespectacled facades. Write Club Denver, a self-described "literary thunderdome," puts that subtext into the spotlight with a series of head-to-head competitive readings from Denver-based authors, comedians, performers and creatives. With an earlier start time befitting the season's early sunsets, Write Club is getting a punny start to the new year with "Anustart" (sound it out phonetically), offering up stories from Nate Ragolia, Kat Atwell, Jason Brown, Kevin T. Phillips, Jason Berkowitz and Rachel Trignano. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start. A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door, though no one will be turned away. Visit Write Club Denver's Facebook events page to learn more.

Power Move: Comedy in Action
Thursday, January 4, 8 p.m.
Image Brew
$5 Donation

Stand up for a good cause at Nathan Lund and Aaron Urist's Power Move: Comedy in Action, an evening of comedy raising funds for worthy causes. January's show includes a cavalcade of comics including locals April Kaprelian, Meghan DePonceau and Anthony Siraguse, prodigal sons Jordan Doll and Brett Hiker, and Los Angeles's John-Michael Bond (The Hard Times). Proceeds from guests' suggested $5 donations will benefit CHARG resource center. Audience members will enjoy free brews from Ratio Beerworks and STEM Ciders. Find more information on Power Move's Facebook events page.

Queen City Companion
Thursday, January 4, 8 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe

Although the misconduct allegations against Garrison Keillor (not to mention his problematic response to them) cast the long-running public-radio staple A Prairie Home Companion in a troubling new light, there's no need to dismiss the efforts of the thousands of performers who've been inspired by the show. Spearheaded by Christie Buchele of the Empty Girlfriend podcast and the Pussy Bros. standup supergroup, Queen City Companion invites a rogues' gallery of local comics, writers, musicians and other creatives to share their entirely fabricated tales through whatever medium suits them best. United by a common theme, the storytellers can let their imaginations run free, with everything recorded for posterity thanks to resident Mutiny lackey and Denver comic Cory Helie. The show is starting the new year off right with a lineup that includes Creative Strategies for Change's Kate Wintz, Suspect Press editor Amanda Mills EK, Claire Heywood, the Narrators' Ron Doyle, actor Matthew Blood-Smyth, and comedians Rachel Weeks and Jordan Doll. Admission is free; find more details on the event's Facebook page, where you'll also find a link to listen to other episodes.