WEEKLY EVENTS: December 26, 2014 – January 1, 2015

10675523_10152428705140670_8652999363838321307_nDenver!  Last year I spent the first half of New Year’s Eve playing Scattergories in Vanessa Carlton’s apartment and the second half blacked out and possibly crying while jumping into anything that slightly resembled a taxi in New York City (those two events were unrelated, by the way).  This year I may stay in with the lights off and the door locked until it’s all over but in case you are feeling more adventurous, peep the list of things to do below and have yourself a merry happy ending to 2014.  XOXO.

(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 a Gen-Xmas Party at Monkey Barrel and Dawn of the Shred at Lost Lake.)

Friday, December 26, 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 Hollow and DJ Tower.  To sweeten your evening, there will be $1 PBRs and $3 wells from 10 – 11pm.  Otherwise, it’s only $5 for a whole lotta magic.  Life is short; go to Lipgloss.

Friday, December 26, 2014, doors at 10pm, show at 10:30pm: The Grawlix Ep. 45: Putting Christ Back in Christmas at the Bug Theatre

Are you looking to LOL your holiday blues away?  Well, The Grawlix very well may be what you’re looking for.  This super funny super team delivers stand-up, sketch comedy, and hilariously polished videos at the Bug.  This month’s show features Dan Soder, Brock Wilbur, Anthony Crawford, Andy Sell, and some hints of special guests.  Come laugh before you cry (aka New Year’s Eve).  Doors at 10; 10 bucks to get in.

Saturday, December 27, 2014 @ 9pm: Weird Touch Dance Party at Syntax Physic Opera

I’ve been hearing some real good things about this event.  Weird Touch is an all-vinyl dance party collaboration held at Syntax Physic Opera.  This month’s event will be featuring DJs Tyler Snow, Fancy Matthew, and a special guest set by Savage Fantasy, hailing from Los Angeles.  Expect an eclectic, yet cohesive mix of darkly-tinged nu-disco, indie dance, and weird house.  Only $5 to dance dance dance.

Saturday, December 27, 2014 @ 10pm: Epilogue Comedy at the Mutiny Information Cafe

Take a break from smashing PBRs with the bros and pop into Mutiny Information Cafe this Saturday night to grab a latte, hear some jokes, and peruse some vinyl.  This month’s comics include Andy Sell, Janae Burris, Tim Messenger, and a surprise special guest or two.  Hosting services provided by Timmi Lasley.  Come early to grab a seat, make some new friends, or just give your Tinder app a new environment to work in.  FREE and cool.

Sunday, December 28, 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.

Sunday, December 28, 2014, doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm: Front Range Love Fest at The Oriental Theater

Invite your friends, invite your families – it’s a Front Range love fest!  There will be a community potluck in the lobby to kick-off a night of stacked musical performances, which includes Laura Goldhamer, Jonny 5 (of the Flobots), Pine Barrens (featuring members of Paper Bird and Kitty Crimes), The River Arkansas (featuring Mike Clark), Devin James Fry, Natalie Tate, and many more!  This event is FREE and all-ages, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Sunday, December 28, 2014, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Propaganda at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret

FREE comedy show on the last Sunday of every month, featuring local and national talent in the coolest comedy club setting you’ve probably ever been to.  Pick-up a FREE Sexy Pizza slice card on your way out and end your night with some of the most delicious East Coast-style pizza in Denver.  This month’s comics include Anthony Crawford, Nate Balding, Steve Vanderploeg, Brett Hiker, James Hamilton, and Minori Hinds!  Hosting services provided by Matt Monroe.  Plus, enjoy FREE street parking on Sundays!

Monday, December 29, 2014 @ 7pm: DADA Ciné-Club at DADA Art Bar

DADA Ciné-club is open to all lovers of cinema.  From film theory experts to cinephiles, to amateur movie buffs, even those who still think The Matrix is the best film ever made.  Paying homage to the original concept of ciné clubs in Paris and contributing to Denver’s already spirited film scene, DADA Art Bar will host a ciné-club every Monday night starting at 7pm with movie trivia, a screening, and discussions after.  This week’s film is A Christmas Tale.  FREE.

Monday, December 29, 2014 @ 7 – 10pm: Forbidden Bingo at Maloney’s Tavern

Come play Forbidden Bingo with DJ Rockstar Aaron and Rich every Monday night downtown.  Win prizes from Romantix, concert tickets, cupcakes, free drinks, bar tabs, and more.  $5 menu items, two-for-one drink specials, and FREE to play!

Monday, December 29, 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, December 29, 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, December 30, 2014 @ 8pm: Space in your Face! at the Deer Pile

This month’s event, Venus…So Hot Right Now, will shed some light on one of the solar system’s hottest planets with presentations from two planetary scholars, music from dj suffers, Venus-themed covers of ’80s songs, and a comedy skit by Chris Jones.  There will also be a quiz at the end with some sweet ass prizes.  $5 suggested donation.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 @ 8pm: Punk Rock Karaoke at El Charrito 

Come perform punk rock karaoke while backed by a live band.  FREE.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014doors at 8pm, show at 9pm: In The Whale – Free Show at the Larimer Lounge

Free rhymes with me!  The Baltic and We Are Not A Glum Lot will be joining In The Whale for some post-holiday, FREE fun.  Arrive early to ensure getting in.  RAWK!

1533736_10152985875981204_6160264951234955993_nWednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 5:30pm: New Wave the World Over Film Series at Cafe Max

FREE weekly film series that explores the New Wave movement.  In the late 1950s, a radical move towards progressive, subversive, deconstructionist, and fiercely political cinema began.  Filmmakers in countries from all over the world were trying to make sense of their post-war societies, widespread apathy, oppressive communist, socialist, and capitalist regimes and an overwhelming sense of melancholy.  Birthed from this perfect storm of pain and confusion was a new kind of cinema yet unknown to the world.  Come watch some lesser-seen films from this movement, while enjoying food and drink specials.  This week’s film is The Third Generation.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 8pm: OMG NYE at Mile High Spirits

A no-cover booze party at Mile High Spirits, featuring resident DJ Yo Huck and two food trucks (Mestizos Food Truck and Matt’s Snack Shack) to help you soak up the sauce.  Goes until late.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 8pm: HOWL. A wake and revival. at Syntax Physic Opera

Dance out the demons of your past.  Rekindle your heart with live music.  Replenish your gut with delectable fare and let the flowing spirits awaken your senses.  Land Lines, Hangman’s Hymnal, and El Sinfin will entertain, alongside the Tigress dancers.  Additionally, there will be soothing elixirs, a confessional, video installations, portraits, tarot, plus more interactive shenanigans and mysteries.  Tickets are $35 for general admission.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014doors at 8pm: The Epilogues NYE House Party at Marquis Theater

Ring in 2015 with some of Denver’s best local talent at the newly remodeled Marquis Theater!  In addition to The Epilogues, this party will feature hometown favorites Eldren, The Photo Atlas, Branded Bandits, and Shatterproof.  Choose from $10 general admission tickets or limited $20 tickets, which also include all-you-can-drink PBRs!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014doors at 8pm, show at 9pm: NYE with Itchy-O at 3 Kings Tavern

3 Kings Tavern, Jägermeister, Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing, KGNU Community Radio, and the Westword present another New Year’s Eve party with Itchy-O!  Also playing is Human Ottoman and DJ Doctor Whom.  $30 in advance; $40 day of show.  Tickets without service fees are also available at the Mutiny Information Cafe.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014doors at 8pm, show at 9pm: A. Tom Collins at The Oriental Theater

This one will probably get pretty messy.  In addition to A. Tom Collins, this party will also include performances by Ned Garthe Explosion, Kitty Crimes, and Anthony Ruptak & His Midnight Friends.  Your host for the evening is comedian, Adam Cayton-Holland.  Tickets are just $15.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014, doors at 8pm, show at 9:30pm: Fancy Tiger Presents: Rose Quartz at the Larimer Lounge

This sexy show celebrates the release of Rose Quartz‘s new EP, along with performances by Sunboy, OKO TYGRA, and Fancy Matthew.  Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 9pm: Soul Gloss at The Meadowlark

Two of Denver’s best dance nights, Mile High Soul Club and Lipgloss, join forces to bring you the New Year’s Eve party you’ve been waiting for ever since you started dancing.  $25 advance tickets available.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 9pm: NYE Party at the Beauty Bar

For just $30 enjoy an open bar, along with DJs Chris Karns, Low Key, and Lazy Eyez on the decks.  No need to buy tickets in advance.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014doors at 9pm, show at 10pm: NYE Party at La Rumba

If you’re looking for a high-energy party to ring in the new year, come check out the offerings at La Rumba.  Performing live is Rowdy Shadehouse, a high-energy dance funk extravaganza, and special guest Winehouse, an Amy Winehouse tribute band.  $15 in advance; $25 at the door.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 10pm: Ian Cooke at the Mercury Cafe

Come for dinner and stay for a cozy solo set with Ian Cooke.  $20.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 10pm: Champagne Charlie at the Goosetown Tavern

Don’t have the bucks to shell out for NYE?  Well, the Goosetown Tavern is offering a FREE concert with Champagne Charlie and Denver Vintage Reggae Society, along with $2 Jägermeister shots.  Oh my.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 10:30pm: Too Much Fun! at the Deer Pile

Wanna avoid the downtown slop tonight?  Ring in the new year with some dope ass comedy.  Tonight’s performers include Brett Hiker, Zac Maas, Kelly Stone, and The Fine Gentleman’s Club.  Plus!  There’ll be a midnight dance party with Randy Washington to ring in the new year.  FREE.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 @ 9pm: Motown Thursday at the Beauty Bar

Happy new year – now it’s time to dance!  This Thursday night, enjoy some Motown jams served up with chicken & waffles (free with a purchase of a drank) with DJs Maladjusted and Caramello.  No cover all night; $4 Breckenridge brews.