Feeling disillusioned this holiday season? Well, theres a holiday for that, too. A Festivus for the Rest of Us was originally a Seinfeld plot arc, but its gained a very real following outside the sitcom. Rick Gold, whos also a co-founder of Denver Flash Mob, is hosting his second Festivus celebration tonight in Denver, and hes expanded it for 2010. There will be the usual Festivus traditions a Festivus pole, feats of strength, the ritual airing of grievances. But Gold has added a new element to this years holiday: re-gifting. If you have something crappy you dont want, bring it, he says, and get something crappy that someone else doesnt want.
For Gold, just as for Frank Costanza, the holidays have gotten to be too much: too much buying, too much stress, too much glitz. I think the focus should be put back on people and community and having fun, he says. Festivus will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Shag Lounge, 830 15th Street.
Theres no entrance fee, and theres a $5 limit on re-gifting items. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for Food Bank of the Rockies. Find out more at www.denverflashmob.com.
Thu., Dec. 23, 6 p.m., 2010