WEEKLY EVENTS: January 2, 2015 – January 8, 2015

swingmonkeyDenver – happy new year!  I hope everyone made it out alive.  (And/or at least without a $539 charge from Uber, due to surge pricing.)

Although you may still be recovering from the 87 Christmas beers you’ve consumed over the past week, there is still fun to be had!  See details below.

(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 the INTIMäT Launch Party at DADA Art Bar and a Free Fitness Boot Camp at Commons Park.)

Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 6 – 8pm: Lindy Hop & Libations at the Infinite Monkey Theorem

Swingin’ Denver and the Infinite Monkey Theorem will be offering a night of FREE swing dance lessons, live music from Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band, pasta bites, and vino set against the backdrop of RiNo’s First Friday Art Walk.  Come learn some steps while you have some sips at Denver’s hippest urban winery.  No cover.

Friday, January 2, 2015, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Open Music Sessions with Chris Demuke at Denver Open Media (DOM)

This First Friday visit YOUR community access television station for a live studio performance by Chris Demuke and a joke-telling set by Ian Douglas Terry.  Additionally, there will be FREE food from Illegal Pete’s and cheap drinks.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Friday, January 2, 2015, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Comics Against Civility Finals at The Oriental Theater

It’s the moment you’ve barely been waiting for, the title of Denver’s Least Civil Comedian will finally be bestowed!  If you are a fan of Cards Against Humanity then this is a show for you.  Finalists include Cody Spyker, Greg Baumhauer, Jill Tasei, and Hippie Man!  Over $500 in prizes guaranteed to audience members!  Prizes include free Sexy Pizza gift cards, 420 prizes (with a 21+ ID), free drinks, awful literature, coveted Dear Denver t-shirts, and more!  Doors open at 7pm – you must arrive early to win prizes!  Just $5.

Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 8pm: Modern Sounds In Triptych at Syntax Physic Opera

Looking for a night of the unexpected?  This event boasts three bands representing Denver’s most adventurous musicians.  Featuring Dave Devine Relay, Xen, and CHANCE TRIO.  This event is FREE.

Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 9pm – 2am: Lipgloss at the Beauty Bar

Happy 2015!  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.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 @ 2pm: Los Angeles Plays Itself at the SIE FilmCenter

One screening only!  CalArts professor Thom Andersen directs the digital video essay, Los Angeles Plays Itself, titled after a gay porn classic by Fred Halsted.  Using clips from well-known mainstream movies to lesser-known obscurities, Andersen explores the myths and realities of the city as produced by Hollywood and as viewed by contemporary philosophy.  Read more about this cultural film here.  Tickets run $7 – $10.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 @ 4:30 – 6:30pm: Silent Disco at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

Need to burn off some holiday calories?  Come down to Southwest Rink on the 16th Street Mall from 4:30 – 6:30pm for an outdoor silent disco ice skating party, featuring local DJ Chris Lewis and groovy Motown tunes.  This family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 @ 7pm: The Washboard Abs//Wolf Bunny//the Milk Blossoms//Pizza Time//Lush Rimbaw at the Mutiny Information Cafe

$5 gets you a full night of rawk.  Come listen to five bands whose descriptors include food-themed garage punk, bedroom pop, psychedelic surf, and dreamy uke/beatbox/synth.  Word.

LA_plays_itselfSaturday, January 3, 2015 @ 8 – 11pmRapidgrass Quintet at Stem Ciders

It’s Saturday night and what better way to spend it than with cider and bluegrass?  Come on out to this RiNo cidery and enjoy a FREE performance by Rapidgrass Quintet.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 @ 9pm: Mile High Soul Club at Syntax Physic Opera

After a residency that lasted just shy of 2 years at Beauty Bar, Denver’s Mile High Soul Club has moved down South to Syntax Physic Opera.  Different venue, same infectious grooves.  This month, DJs Tyler Jacobson and Steve Cervantes welcome guest DJ Andy Lindley.  Get your dancing shoes ready and kick off the first weekend of 2015 with MHSC.  Only 3 bucks!

Saturday, January 3, 2015 @ 12am: Midnights at the 3 King’s Basement

Start mainlining those Red Bulls!  This new FREE comedy showcase takes place every Saturday at midnight in the basement of 3 King’s Tavern.  This inaugural show will feature the likes of Janae Burris, Brett Hiker, Chris Charpentier, Andy Sell, and Ben Roy.  Hosted by Eric Henderson and Cory Helie.

Sunday, January 4, 2015 @ 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, January 4, 2015, doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm: Lucha Libre & Laughs at The Oriental Theater

Lucha Libre & Laughs brings together wrestling and laughing, which is just what the doctor ordered (if your doctor is Doctor Nick).  This month’s show features comedians Ian Douglas Terry, Timmi Lasley, Brett Hiker, and Ben Roy joining wrestlers Sammy Six Guns and Chris Hero to name a  few.  Tickets are $10, but the bragging rights are free.  Plus!  Enjoy FREE Voodoo Doughnuts!

Monday, January 5, 2015 @ 7pm: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night at the SIE FilmCenter

I watch a lot of movies and many of them I categorize as, “you can probably wait for it on Netflix”.  A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night however, definitely feels like something special.  Beautifully shot, super stylish, and with an amazeballs soundtrack, do what you can to catch this Iranian vampire film on the big screen.  Tickets run $7 – $10.

 Monday, January 5, 2015 @ 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, January 5, 2015 @ 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, January 6, 2015 @ 6 – 10pm: Raw Food Night at Root Down

Looking for a way to balance out your boozy, pill poppin’ lifestyle?  Every first Tuesday of the month, Root Down offers a gourmet 4-course raw vegan dinner for $41/person.  Please call ahead for reservations and mention you are coming for the Raw Food Menu, as seating is limited.  Here’s a look the menu for this month – yum!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 @ 8pm: Punch Drunk Love at the Alamo Drafthouse

One of my all-time all-time favorites.  I would say ‘that’s that’, Mattress Man.  Tickets cost $10.75.

10869447_10153042792664835_5742767081711156823_oTuesday, January 6, 2015 @ 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, January 7, 2015 @ 7:30pm: The Reclamation of the Musical or How to Stop Worrying and Love the Dance at Cafe Max

Although musicals have been a permanent part of the lexicon since near the beginning of cinema, amongst film buffs and cinephiles the genre often gets generalized and left out in the cold.  In this new film series, participants will watch a wide variety of musicals from a few different countries, highlighting how the musical evolves to fit a culture’s needs at the time.  This week’s film is The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.  Come early to take advantage of food and drink specials!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 @ 9pm: 50 First Jokes at Syntax Physic Opera

50 First Jokes has become the first major kickoff comedy event of the year throughout many major cities, always taking place the first week in January.  And in 2015, it will be available in Denver!  Check out the stacked line-up here.  Hosted by Timmi Lasley and Mara Wiles.  Only 5 bucks for 50+ LOLs.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 6 – 9pm: COmingle: Colorado Is Music to My Ears at History Colorado

Embrace your inner history geek and join History Colorado for COmingle, an after-hours event that includes an offbeat mix of games, trivia, exhibit adventures, performances, and hands-on activities.  Toss in a cash bar, munchies, and a whole lot of Colorado spirit and you’ve got the perfect reason to get out on a weeknight!  This week’s event focuses on Colorado’s music history.  Listen to live bands, make music in the exhibits, name that tune, and check out historical instruments.  Tickets are just $10.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 8pm: Cool Shit at the 3 King’s Basement

Cool Shit is the newest comedy drug that all the cool kids are doing (and that one kid’s dad).  This inaugural show will feature Adam Cayton-Holland, Kevin O’Brien, Hayley Driscoll, Ben Bryant, and more.  Hosted/curated by Zach Reinert, Andrew Bueno, and Ian Douglas Terry.  FREE show, cash bar, cool shit.

Thursday, January 8, 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.