WEEKLY EVENTS: November 29 – December 5, 2013

TSDCOSH EC001Dear Denver, happy day-after Thanksgiving!  I hope you made it through the holidays without much family drama, spilt red wine, passive aggressive comments, and/or tears.  Although excessive shopping/consumerism makes me wanna puke as much as the next non-idiot, this week does provide several options to shop local.  I mean hey, if you *have to* buy your family members something, you may as well support a local business/artisan…am I right???  Plus, chances are you won’t get punched in the face over the last knitted beer koozie, but if so, please send me a photo.  Xoxo.

(And as always, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend.)

Friday, November 29, 2013 @ 7 – 9pm: Black Sheep Fridays at the MCA Denver

Mixing hip with the weird, Black Sheep Fridays runs weekly October 11–December 20, 2013, from 7 – 9pm in the MCA Café.  Visitors can stop by anytime during the evening to experience the fun.  This week’s theme is Cosby Con 2013: Sweater contest. Jello shots. Pudding pops, and now with Raven-Symoné.  Free for members, $5 for regular people.

Friday, November 29, 2013doors at 10pm, show at 10:30pm: The Grawlix Ep. 34 with Baron Vaughn at the Bug Theatre

Super funny super team delivers stand-up, sketch comedy, and hilariously polished videos at the Bug.  This month’s post-Thanksgiving spectacular features special guests Tim MessengerDave Ross, TJ Miller, Amber Tozer, and Baron Vaughn.  These dudes be funny (meaning girls too).  Doors at 10; 10 bucks to get in.

Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 12 – 5pm: Artisan’s Market at Wazee Union

Support local this holiday season!  Over two dozen artists, craftspeople, and locally-owned small businesses will be setting up shop at Wazee Union to help you “shop small” for the holidays!  Browse and shop jewelry, handmade wearables, fine art, holiday decorations, and artisan foods… there will be something for everyone on your list!  There will even be a couple of food trucks on-site to help you refuel while you support small businesses and local artists.


Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 12 – 6pm: Holiday Market at Local 46

More local shopping!  Come on in to Local 46 for a chance to shop some original art, crafts and more, all made by local artists.  Kids activities, drink specials, and snacks to be had as well.  Bring a new, unwrapped toy and get entered into a raffle for really great prizes!  This event will benefit the Tennyson Center for Children.

Saturday, November 30, 2013, bands at 6pm: One Year Anniversary Party at The Sidewinder Tavern

Come help this Globeville destination bar celebrate it’s one year anniversary!  Performances by Spells, The Blue Rider, Tjutjuna, The Born Readies, The Dang DangsPizza Time, and more!  Peep the Facebook event page for band schedule.  Dollar tacos!  Suggested $5 donation.  Como se dice, “Party til you puke?”

Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 7 – 11pm: Audiovore & Mighty Fine Productions Holiday Party at Mighty Fine Productions

Join Audiovore and Mighty Fine Productions (MFP) for a holiday hootenanny at the MFP studios.  Beer, bands and best friends!   Featuring live performances by Andrew Monley, Patrick M. DethlefsJoshua Novak and Kristi Stice.  Audiovore will be in attendance to capture live performances and dole out compliments and hugs.  Come celebrate a wonderful year of live and studio sound at MFP!  Suggested donation of $5 will help fund music video production.

Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 7pm: Cupcake Prom Dance Party at The Shoppe

Free cake.  Friends.  Booze.  DJ.  Open cereal bar.  Come say goodbye to the Shoppe and help them blow the lid off of this jammy jam.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 @ 11am – 5pm: FUSEdenver Holiday Market at the Exdo Event Center

FUSEdenver is throwing the ultimate, local holiday shopping experience.  Guests will shop from hand-selected local designers and artisans featuring apparel, home furnishings, art and much more.  FUSEdenver will make it easy for holiday shoppers to find that one-of-a-kind gift as they sip signature cocktails, listen to music, enjoy complimentary mini manicures, and other perks..  Tickets run $5 – $9 and include a plethora of pretty sweet freebies.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 @ 11:10am: Cartoon Cereal Party: Tough Ladies Edition at the Alamo Drafthouse

The Cartoon Cereal Party is back at the Alamo Drafthouse!  And this month they are celebrating the female titans of Saturday morning cereal-eating adventures.  The Alamo crew is doubling down and getting enough sugary cereal to provide you with the power of the  universe as you strap yourself in for a 2-hour thrill ride of TOUGH LADIES from the truly OUTRAGEOUS to the PRINCESS OF POWER!  All these animated heroines will wham and slam you into cartoon submission as you feast on a buffet of all-you-can-eat sugary cereal.  What are you waiting for?  YOU HAVE THE POWER!  Please note: Wearing your pajamas and mixing your cereals is highly encouraged.  Tickets just $10.

Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 11am – 7pm: German Christkindl Market at Skyline Park

European quaintness in the heart of BroDo?  Yes, it’s true.  Skyline Park has once again been transformed into a traditional German Christmas Market.  German music, big beers, a heated beer tent, Gluhwein, soft pretzels, Christmas knickknacks, and twinkling lights will round out this festive experience.  Come after work, grab a big beer and pretend it’s still the weekend.  Can’t go tonight?  Peep their website for daily hours and entertainment.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm: José Guadalupe Posada: Mexican Master Printmaker – Opening Reception at the McNichols Civic Center Building

José Guadalupe Posada was a simple and socially engaged man with an extraordinary talent, who never received recognition from his contemporaries.  This occasion presents a new opportunity to celebrate his transcendence and his contribution to the Mexican and universal cultures.  You are invited you to enjoy the heritage that master Posada left not only for the Mexican people, but the people of the world.  Light refreshments will be served.

motel+hell+2Tuesday, December 3, 2013doors at 7pm, movie at 7:30pm: Cruel Autumn Horror Film Series at Crash 45

Enjoy classic horror flicks under the moonlight (or inside the bike-themed interior) at Crash 45, along with movie-themed drink specials, and fun souvenirs to take home!  All films start around 7:30pm, but come early for a seat and/or to order food.  This month’s film is Motel Hell (1980) – Farmer Vincent (Rory Calhoun) kidnaps unsuspecting travelers and buries them in his garden.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 @ 7pm: Chomp: French at the Horse Barn

Chomp is yet another great event in town that makes me say, “I effing love this city”.  This monthly community vegan dinner is embracing its new location at The Horse Barn, and is open to all.  For just a $8 – $10 donation, enjoy a heaping plate of delicious vegan food based on the chosen monthly theme (this month’s theme is French, ooh la la).  Note: the new location does not allow Chomp to sell alcohol, but feel free to BYOB.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 @ 5 – 11:30pm: Fruit Jar Series – Holler with a Hoedown Caller at The Sidewinder Tavern

Front Range Urban Inter-Tavern Jamboree Revival.  5 – 7pm Happy Hour with Country Records ($1 taco, $2 beer); 7:30pm Short & Sweet Square Dance Lesson with T-Claw Calling; 8 – 10pm Old Time Dancin’ with the High Desert Revelators; 10pm – ’til we drop with David & Co Country Band.  Dances are taught.  No experience necessary.  No one is required to dance.  It is a social event.  Simple and traditional square and couple dancing.  No dress code or partner needed.  Anyone can dance with anyone regardless of gender.  Only $5!

Thursday, December 5, 2013 @ 6 – 9pm: Hazel & Dewey’s Pop-Up Shop at Goldyn

On your way home from work, come shop a curated selection of artisan gifts and goods for the kitchen and home from the way cool South Broadway shop, Hazel & Dewey.  Opening cocktail reception runs 6 – 9pm; shop all day from 11am – 9pm.  (Bonus: The Ironwood pop-up shop remains in-store as well.  It’s a trifecta of local shopping!)

Thursday, December 5, 2013 @ 6 – 10pm: Raw Food Night at Root Down

Looking for a way to detox from all of the holiday indulgence?  Every first Tuesday of the month, Root Down offers a gourmet 4-course raw vegan dinner for $39/person.  Please call ahead for reservations and mention if you are coming for the Raw Food Menu, as seating is limited.