WEEKLY EVENTS: December 11, 2015 – December 17, 2015

12301713_550293691784304_6616888708964418404_nI seriously need to get started on my holiday shopping. My two attempts thus far have just resulted in me buying crap for myself. It’s time to buckle down and start checking people off the list! If you are in the same boat and need some inspiration, check-out the following handy-dandy local gift-buying guides to get those gift-giving juices flowing (ew).

And to keep yourself sane this holiday shopping season, be sure to also have some F-U-N. The below list should help with that too.

(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend, including the Platte Street Winter Walk at Denver Beer Co., LINK Launch Weekend at City, O’ City, and SURFACING at Syntax Physic Opera.)

Friday, December 11 – Thursday, December 17, 2015: 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; market runs through December 23rd.

Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12, 2015: Hammond’s Candy Cane Festival at the Hammond’s Candy Cane Factory

Hammond’s Candy Cane Factory will open its doors for a holiday bash complete with mini tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, games, carolers, and more. See Santa, decorate cookies, jump on the bounce castle…and do some holiday shopping. Friday’s activities run 10am – 4pm and Saturday’s from 9am – 4pm. FREE.

Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 12pm – midnight: Night Bazaar at 2450 Larimer Street

From the folks that brought you TheBigWonderful comes the new & improved Night Bazaar! This time around, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade food, craft beer and cocktails, artisan vendors, soulful music, and a food truck garden on both Friday and Saturday nights. Come shop, sip, and eat. No cover and a great way to start your weekend.

Friday, December 11, 2015 @ 7 – 10pm: Por Fin Es Friday at Hooked on Colfax

Do you speak Spanish or kind of speak Spanish? Have you been looking for an opportunity to practice? Then dust off those tildas and head on over to Hooked on Colfax this Friday night to have some drinks, roll your Rs, and make some new amigos. FREE.

Friday, December 11, 2015, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: This is Your Shane on Drugs at Buntport Theater

Get ready for an elevated hour of comedy highlighting Shane Mauss’ experience with drugs plus special guests, Allen Strickland Williams of WOMEN and your host, Andrew Bueno. Powered by MassRoots and Sexpot Comedy. TICKETS ARE ONLY $5 AT THE DOOR. Bring cash for dranks.

Friday, December 11, 2015 @ 8pm: Matter’s 15th Annual Holiday Party and Print Sale at Matter Studio

FREE and open to friends, family, and Denver’s type-loving public, this party promises live letterpress demos, intoxicating music by Shannon von Kelly, and even more intoxicating libations. This is a work holiday gathering you do not want to miss!

Friday, December 11, 2015 @ 9pm: Lipgloss Holiday Party at Bar Standard

Kick-off your holiday season with the Lipgloss crew! RSVP and arrive before 11pm for FREE entry. Show-up before 10pm for FREE PBR. Be on the dance floor around midnight to win a pair of tickets to see Nashville Pussy at The Bluebird Theater.

Friday, December 11, 2015 @ 10pm: Bootleg Theater: The Star Wars Holiday Special at the SIE FilmCenter

You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it, you’ve seen clips, but have you seen the whole thing? The infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is a cheap and sleazy cash-in that features such atrocities as Bea Arthur singing and a squirmy suggestion of Wookiee-on-human fornication. All proving that long before the prequels, Star Wars was already trashing its own legacy. You can’t really consider yourself a Star Wars fan until you’ve seen it though – on the big screen! Tickets available at the box office.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 10am – 6pm: Krampus Kraft Fair at the Mutiny Information Cafe

Tons of rad vendors are taking over Mutiny! Sip a hot bevvie as you browse locally made wares, including jewelry, art, taxidermy, leather goods, vintage items, and more.


Support local artists at the Holiday Art Party + Auction at Green Spaces

Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 2 – 3pm: The History of Denver at Woodbury Library

Come learn the stories of the Mile High City. You will learn how our city was founded and the roles played by William Larimer, John Evans, and others. Presentation will trace the development of this resilient city that has enjoyed tremendous booms and weathered debilitating busts. Bring your favorite Denver trivia to share! FREE.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 2:30pm: Grinch/Charlie Brown Double Feature at the SIE FilmCenter

FREE screening of two Christmas classics: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, followed by A Charlie Brown Christmas. Yay!

Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 4 – 8pm: Holiday Art Party + Auction at Green Spaces

Come support local artists! This party will feature a silent auction of artwork, FREE beer from Spangalang Brewery, and live music from David Rynhart. FREE.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 5pm: Tacky Light Comedy Tour with Ben Kronberg at Denver Relief

Reason #997 to ❤ Denver: Cannabis-friendly, comedian-hosted tacky light bus tour, complete with champagne + beer. Tour concludes with a sit-down, catered dinner at a local gallery. Tickets are $62.50.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 6 – 8pm: Denver Drink + Draw Comics Reading at the Mutiny Information Cafe

Got the holiday blues? Well, be entertained for FREE at Mutiny this Saturday evening with readings by some of the best cartoonists in D-Town! Panels will be projected on-screen while the authors narrate their work – fun times! Presenters include Melanie Gillman, Karl Christian Krumpholz, Dylan Edwards, Zak Kinsella, Sara Century, Lonnie Allen, Ted Intorcio, Kevin Caron, James McFarland, and others! FREE.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 10pm: Rare Exports – A Christmas Tale at the SIE FilmCenter

One night only! It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an archeological dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want coming to town! Tickets runs $7 – $11.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 2 – 5pm: Gift Wrapping Party at Declaration Brewing

At this event, one canned food item = one gift wrapped, no limit. Matt’s Snack Shack will be serving up the grub and Elf and football will be on the big screen #SANTA

Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 7pm: RiNo Yacht Club | Movie Night at The Source

End your weekend with a familiar film, $6 cocktails, snacks, and a rad atmosphere. This week’s film is the leg lamp classic, A Christmas Story. No cover.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 7pm: The Church of Coen Presents: No Country for Old Men + book reading by Munly at Syntax Physic Opera

Every month, hosts Theresa Mercado and Ian O’Dougherty screen a film by Joel & Ethan Coen (in order of theatrical release), preceded by a short musical selection performed by a local musician, celebrating the magnificence, importance, and variety of music from that film. This week’s show includes a screening of No Country for Old Men with an excerpt from the novel read by Jay Munly. Come share your zeal and fondness for the brothers with other devotees. FREE.

Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 2pm: Two Turtle Doves ~ Coffee Oatmeal Porter at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

It’s the 12 Firkins of Christmas! Time to put on your best holiday sweater and come to Copper Kettle 12 days in a row for some tasty cask conditioned beers! Tonight’s featured beer will be a Coffee Oatmeal Porter.

Monday, December 14, 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, December 14, 2015 @ 8 – 10pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: Open Mic Comedy Night at the Goosetown Tavern

FREE open mic comedy hosted by Jeff M. Albright. This is also a Sexpot Comedy/Denver Relief show, which means FREE schwag.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 2pm: Three French Hens ~ Chocolate Caramel Stout at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

It’s the 12 Firkins of Christmas! Time to put on your best holiday sweater and come to Copper Kettle 12 days in a row for some tasty cask-conditioned beers! Tonight’s featured beer will be a Chocolate Caramel Stout. Mestizos Food Truck will also be on-site.

12307513_1661449540802101_5601240912590249708_oWednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 6 – 9pm: Bamboo Craft Night at Container Collective Yoga

Bring your family or friends for some creating with bamboo, glue, paint, and maybe even glitter! There will also be FREE brews to help inspire even more creativity. Please RSVP ahead of time.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 7:30pm: Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Sing-Along) at the SIE FilmCenter

One night only! To celebrate the theatrical re-release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Denver Film Society will screen a brand new sing-a-long version of the film! The screening will be accompanied by a specially filmed, exclusive, introductions from Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and John Cleese. Prizes for the best costumes! Tickets run $7 – $11.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 2pm: Five Gold Rings ~ Rum Eggnog Stout at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

It’s the 12 Firkins of Christmas! Time to put on your best holiday sweater and come to Copper Kettle 12 days in a row for some tasty cask conditioned beers! Tonight’s featured beer will be a Rum Eggnog Stout. Pavlo’s Taste of Ukraine will be serving up the comfort food.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 5 – 10pm: July in Christmas Party at Little Machine Beer

Escape winter for the night with an 80 degree, indoor fiesta! Guests will enjoy special tappings, live music, limbo competitions, and a kiddie pool party! Beach attire encouraged; no cover.

Thursday, December 17, 2015, doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm: Nerd Nite #18: Star Wars Toys, Namibian Carnivores, and YOU! at the Oriental Theater

This informal, hilarious, and always informative show is where Denver nerds gather, meet, laugh, and drink. If you are a fan of TED talks, the Discovery Channel, Wikipedia binges, and drinking alcohol, Nerd Nite is the show for you. Be there and be square! Tickets are $6 in advance; $8 at the door.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 7:30pmThe Nightmare Before Christmas at the SIE FilmCenter

One night only! The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” Tickets runs $7 – $11.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 8pm: My Teenage Angst at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

A roomful of “grown-ups” sharing their diaries, yearbooks, journals, and notes from when they were younger? Yes, please! This is an event you don’t want to miss. You’ll laugh, cringe, and commiserate that he never did call when he said he would. Still have access to your old journals? Visit the site to be a part of the show and share your angst with others! Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 9pm: Motown Thursdays at Pearl’s

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 + wells.