WEEKLY EVENTS: November 21, 2014 – November 27, 2014


14th Annual Denver Christkindl Market

Denver.  There are weekends when it seems like not much is going on, and then there are weekends when you want to take a bunch of meth just to try to do it all (totally kidding about the meth), but this weekend is a meth weekend.  There is lots to do, lots to do.  Peep the list of stuffs below and if you need a break, head on over to The Starz Denver Film Festival to unplug for a bit and see something surprising.

(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend, which includes Cowtown Comics Fest 2014 and Thanksgiving Market at Broken Shovels Farm.)

Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 11am – 9pm: Opening Day of the Denver 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.  Peep their website for daily hours and entertainment.

Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 5 – 8pm: Mercado de Navidad at Museo de las Americas

Stop by this annual celebration at the Museo for your holiday gifts, unique finds, and one of a kind art pieces.  Suerte Tequila will be making cocktails and the Museo will provide beer and wine so you can sip, browse, and buy, all while enjoying the backdrop of El Brindis REMIXED exhibit!  FREE.

Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 7 – 10pm: Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series at the Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax

The Dikeou Collection’s ninth installment of the Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series will feature a very special performance by The Aakash Mittal Quartet.  Mark Sink, photographer extraordinaire, will be spinning rare & classic records from the Collection’s extensive Vinyl Archive.  Mittal and his band will play at 8pm.  This event is FREE and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 9pm – 2am: Roll: Black Light Roller Rave at the Exdo Event Center

Roll is a monthly-themed roller skating party in the EXDO Event Center, complete with skate rental, mind-blowing audio and visuals, and of course, sippy cup drinks for one helluva party!  Tonight’s theme is Black Light Roller Rave…so don your brightest whites and prepare for a night filled with skating, drinking, dancing, karaoke, and ping-pong!  FREE admission between 9 – 10pm and $5 afterwards. (Or click here for a FREE pre-sale ticket, which includes skate rental.)  $2 wells between 9 – 10pm.  This event is 21+; sign your waiver ahead of time and avoid the line!

Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 9pm – 2am: Lipgloss at the Beauty Bar

Beautiful babies of Denver, come dance it out at one of Denver’s favorite indie rock dance nights featuring DJ Hollow and DJ Tower.  To sweeten your evening, they’ll also be handing out some tickets to see Toad the Wet Sprocket and RL Grime.  Only $5 for a whole lotta magic.  Life is short; go to Lipgloss.

Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 10pm: Reel Social Club Arcade Party at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Last year’s Reel Social Club‘s home invasion-themed film festival bash was literally one of the best events I have ever attended in Denver.  And this year looks just as promising: free drinks, bites, DJs, dancing, hott filmmakers, Oh Heck Yeah interactive games, and old-school arcade games rounds out what is sure to be an epic night.  And if you attend the preceding screening of I Am a Knife With Legs, you’ll have something to blah blah blah about with everyone else. DO IT.  Tickets start at $25; the memories are free.

Saturday, November 22 & Sunday, November 23, 2014The Sugar Plum Bazaar at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Voted Best of Westword, the Sugar Plum Bazaar takes place in the heart of Denver at the McNichols Building.  Here you will find a special treasure for everyone on your list…maybe even yourself.  Over 75 of the best local artisans and merchants will creatively display their wares in this beautiful historic building.  Partake in fare from food trucks, beverages, wine, beer and cocktails while you shop.  The event is handicap accessible and strollers are allowed.  Parking is recommended at the Denver Post building one block away at 1516 Cleveland Place for a $5 flat rate.  Bazaar is open on Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.  FREE.

7362006206_ea7fa6b6f8_z(1)Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 1:30pm – 4:30pm: Net Neutrality Party at the Denver Central Library

In this multi-layered event, you’ll have an opportunity to explore net neutrality and how it impacts the sharing of information on the internet.  There will be lots of great interactive stations to check out and even snacks to keep the good times rolling.  The continuous stations include green screen videos that you’ll make and post on Vine, a game that illustrates the complexities and pitfalls of the worldwide web, a looped screening of the film Warriors of the Net, and a traceroute activity that shows just how far-flung the net can be.  Know your internet, grow your mind, and meet more geeks at this fun event.  FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 2 – 4pm: Damak to Denver at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Damak to Denver features photographs and stories by Bhutanese refugees of their last days in a refugee camp, their journey to the United States, and their first days in Colorado.  The opening reception will be a time to welcome the participants to Colorado and hear their stories firsthand.  FREE.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 4 – 8pm: Inaugural Holiday Affair at Jefferson Square

With twinkling lights, strolling carolers, and plenty of hot cocoa, the businesses of Jefferson Square are bringing some holiday cheer to Denver.  Event to also feature food trucks, crafts, live jazz, photos with Santa, and prizes #hohoho

Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 5 – 7:30pm: Shit Happens at DADA Art Bar

This event is the first of its kind.  Shit Stories (for real, this is a thing) will be using footage shot during this live event for their TV series.  They’re encouraging people to share (embellish, have fun with it!) their funniest stories of shitting themselves.  There will also be a DJ, prizes, and happy hour specials.  It should be a fun, outrageous, and crazy ride.  FREE.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 7pm: 3rd Birthday Bash at The Denver Bicycle Cafe

The DBC is turning 3!  Enjoy some rare brews, cake, live music, and lots of smiles.  FREE entry.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 8pm: Closing Night of the Starz Denver Film Festival at the Buell Theatre

Looking for a reason to rock that new dress?  Well come on out for the closing night of the Starz Denver Film Festival!  Closing night film is Like Sunday, Like Rain, a movie that has already generated a fair amount of buzz.  Tickets start at $35 with options to include an after-party and dinner on Larimer Square.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 9pm: Weird Touch Dance Party at Syntax Physic Opera

I’ve been hearing some real good things about this event.  Weird Touch is a new all-vinyl dance party collaboration between renowned DJs Tyler Snow, Fancy Matthew, and Shannon von Kelly.  “Over the last year, we’ve been testing the waters of Denver’s dance appetite.  Apparently, what’s turning us on musically is what’s turning on lots of other Denverites.”  Expect an eclectic, yet cohesive mix of darkly-tinged nu-disco, indie dance, and weird house.  Only $5 to dance dance dance.

Sunday, November 23, 2014 @ 1 – 3pm: Bingo Brunch at the Squeaky Bean

Forget about that embarrassing thing you did this weekend, by eating well and winning big at bingo!  Hosted by comedian Nathan Lund, you will be shame-free for at least 30+ minutes.

Monday, November 24, 2014 @ 6 – 7pm: Civic Center Moves at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Move, sweat, and loosen up to an all-levels vinyasa yoga class that is sequenced to open your bold heart, unlock your emotional hips, and get your blood moving through every fiber of your body.  At the end of class, wind down and relax with soothing stretches and a moment of quiet reflection.  Please bring your own yoga mat.  FREE.

Monday, November 24, 2014, sign-up at 7pm, show at 8pm: Freak Train at the Bug Theatre

Held the last Monday of every month, Freak Train has remained Denver’s most unique live entertainment experience for more than 13 years.  Hosted by the lovely and talented GerRee Henshaw, Freak Train showcases area performers from rank amateurs to seasoned pros, as they take the stage for five minutes.  Each performer or group gets to do pretty much anything they want to do.  Well, almost.  It might be the funniest five minutes of your life.  It might not.  Either way, it’s worth experiencing.  $5 cover, includes FREE keg beer.  Yep.

Monday, November 24, 2014 @ 9pm: Manic Monday Mary-oke at Hamburger Mary’s

Is your Monday night your weekend?  Well then come check-out Manic Mondays Mary-oke with Meowllison!  The fun starts with happy hour pricing all day long – $3 wells and $4 calls.  Also, all of their martinis, margaritas, and Moscow Mules are only $5.  Plus there is a $5 burger & fries deal starting at 8pm.  Drink, eat, sing, and be Mary (aka call out of work on Tuesday!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 @ 7 – 9pm: Stories, Stories, Bring Your Stories at the Mercury Cafe

Good old-fashioned storytelling, live on-stage.  FREE.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 @ 9pm: Mark Star Karaoke at the Beauty Bar

Mark Star Karaoke may just be the funnest karaoke in town.  Plus with $2 Olympia beer, $2 tequila, and free tacos from Mezcal starting at 10pm, how could you say no?  FREE; happens every Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 @ 7:45pm: Channel Z Presents: Motel Hell at the Alamo Drafthouse

This Wednesday, Channel Z will be presenting Motel Hell (1980) at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver.  In this classic film, Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travellers and is burying them in his garden.  Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead.  Hosted and curated by Keith Garcia & Theresa Mercado.  Tickets are just $7.


No turkeys were harmed in the preparation of this dinner.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 @ 8pm: 3 Course Comedy: Thanksgiving Family Dinner at the Deer Pile

3 Course Comedy is a monthly food-based comedy showcase hosted by Adrian P. Mesa and Eric Henderson.  Each month, three comics bring food (appetizer, main course, dessert – all vegetarian) and food-based material.  Each show is recorded and released as a podcast available on iTunes and at 3coursecomedy.com.  This month’s comedians include Jake Becker, Hippieman, and Jill Tasei with a couple of additional holiday surprises.  FREE food.  FREE show.  Cheap beer.  Live podcast.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 @ 9pm: Teez Me Pleaze Me at the Beauty Bar

It’s the night before Thanksgiving – time to dance it out!  All the hits from the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and today!  From Prince to Little Dragon, from Madonna to Rhianna, from Cindy Lauper to Miley Cyrus  – all your guilty pleasures.  Baby it’s cold outside, so come get warm on the dance floor!  $15 martini/manicure all night long, $3 well drinks for ladies, plus buy any shot and get a free PBR!  No cover.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 @ 12 – 5pm: Peaceful Thanksgiving Feast at Govinda’s Garden

Come give thanks and save the turkeys!   The vegetarian/vegan menu includes organic tofu turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, baked ginger sweet potatoes, festive rice pilaf, carrot ginger coconut cream soup, and so much more.  Prices are posted online.