Free for All: The Five Best Free Events in Denver This Week

Check out musician and genderqueer performance artist Novelí tonight at the hi-dive's God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night.
Chuck Revell
Check out musician and genderqueer performance artist Novelí tonight at the hi-dive's God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night.
Monday rears its morose head once again, but rather than fret over the upcoming work week, why not look ahead to another great week of free entertainment provided by Denver's creative community? From a queer-friendly dance party for punks to a 150th-anniversary celebration for Denver's liveliest thoroughfare, the fun extends all the way to the weekend. Whether you're eager to learn the fine art of Japanese calligraphy or merely take in some live music and comedy, you can enjoy the best the city has to offer — all without paying a dime.

God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night
Monday, January 8, 9 p.m.
Mosh or mope your way into the dawning week at God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night at the hi-dive, an epicenter of the local music scene. Queer punks and their Oi! Oi! allies can dance the night away to sets from Dutch, Novelí and DJ Tocsin, who'll also be spinning proto-punk, electro-clash, goth, death rock and more. Admission is free; visit the hi-dive's Facebook events page to learn more.

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Willie Petersen
Colorado Chamber Players: French Fireworks
Tuesday, January 9, noon
Saint John's Cathedral
Though classical music concerts often require top-dollar tickets and black-tie attire, savvy readers can enjoy some of the Front Range's finest performances at universities and churches for the unbeatable low price of free. For example, the Colorado Chamber Players are convening at Capitol Hill's Saint John's Cathedral at noon on Tuesday for an enchanting performance showcasing great, unheralded French composers. With a program offering "Concerto in A Minor for Violin, String Quartet and Continuo," op. 7, no. 5,  by Jean-Marie Leclair l’aîné, Maurice Ravel's "Duo for Violin and Cello" and Ernest Chausson's "Concerto in D major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21," guests can enjoy a wondrous sonic sampling of France's musical heritage. Visit the Colorado Chamber Players events calendar for more details.

DBC Comedy Showcasetacular with Chris Thayer
Wednesday, January 10, 8 p.m.
Denver Bicycle Cafe

The Denver Bicycle Cafe's Comedy Showcasetacular continues its tradition of unassuming excellence with one of its best headliners yet: Chris Thayer. A comic's comic who's appeared on The Pete Holmes Show, Adam Devine's House Party and Flophouse, Thayer has opened for such top-billed headliners as Patton Oswalt, Rory Scovel, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress and Tig Notaro. Before he joins Nick Thune at Comedy Works all weekend long, Thayer will be with DBC co-hosts Roger Haak and Zach Welch in the DBC Beer Hall for a spectacular free showcase also including local comics Ben Duncan, Nolawee Mengist and more. The show happily coincides with DBC's service-industry night, so Denver Comedy's most supportive bartender, Stefan Lopez, will be pouring draft specials from Odd13 Brewing throughout the show. Find more details on the Denver Bicycle Cafe Facebook events page.