Show and Tell is taking today off -- as you no doubt are. But the fun won't stop after you're done feasting. When you're not chatting with your relatives or sneaking off to party in the woods with your old high school buddies, there's plenty to do around town this weekend, including making new friends, laughing at comedians, eating free food and shopping small. For even more happenings, click on the Westword calendar -- and let us know about any great events we missed in the comments section below.
Name Your Price for Adult Pets at Denver Dumb Friends League (Friday, $10?) 'Tis the season of giving, and there's no greater gift than a loving home. Sure, that new friend might cost more that $10 over the years but it's a heck of a deal today. Last year, 140 dogs and cats received new homes so let's try and go beyond that today. Even if it's not the right time for you to make a new friend, drop by and donate to the Dumb Friends League's Paws to Give fundraiser.
Thanksgiving Party at Crash 45 (Friday, free) Robot Resurrection is celebrating the end of a fundraiser they had, and the robots themselves will be there to party with you. They'll also be selling robot-related goodies, so knock out some holiday shopping while you're there. Also, bring your Thanksgiving leftovers for a huge potluck.Seven Minutes in Purgatory at Mutiny Information Cafe (Friday, free/donations)
To finally digest the rest of that stuffing, come check out some experimental comedy. Watch comedians on a screen broadcasted from a soundproof room tell jokes, completely unaware how the audience is reacting. SeeJordan Doll
,Ian Douglas Terry
and more squirm and giggle their way through an act.
Ice Skating at Southwest Rink at Skyline Park (Friday-Sunday, $2) Impress the in-laws with a skating rink in the heart of downtown. The glowing lights reflecting off the ice just screams holiday cheer. It's free if you bring your own skates, or $2 to rent.
Woodward ReMix at Woodward at Copper (Saturday, free) For all you weekend warriors of the extreme snow variety, enjoy a party at the Woodward barn. Free food, skateboarding, demos from pros doing flips into the foam pit and much more. Stick around for the premier of Absinthes' newest snowboard film, Heavy Mental.
Small Business Saturday Artisan's Market at Wazee Union (Saturday, free) Colorado might be known for its weed and beer, but the craft market is also strong in this state. Show support for the local crowd today, and do some shopping at this artisan market featuring art, clothing, jewelry, food and much more.Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck Five screening at Mutiny Information Cafe (Saturday, free)
Say what you will about the state of New Jersey, but it's undeniable that the place puts out incredible music, with even better back stories. New Jersey punk band Rye Coalition was destined for fame in the early 2000s, but soon their world imploded on them, and the dream became a disheartening reality. See the Denver premier of the highly-praised documentary tonight at Mutiny, and shake their hands as well.
Holiday Lighting at Little Man Ice Cream (Saturday, free) Trek to the hub of LoHi for an explosion of holiday cheer. Hay rides, chestnuts over the open fire and caroling are all scheduled for the holiday lighting festivities. If that's not enough for you -- hold tight, because Tony P's is handing out free pizza and Highland Tap & Burger will be slinging free sliders.High Plains Honky at Lost Lake (Saturday, $5)
These guys play both country and western music fueled by Coors and the ghost of George Jones. As the official after party forSturgill Simpson
,High Plains Honky
are sure to show you a rip roaring time.
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Propaganda! Comedy Show at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (Sunday, free) This event is a last-Sunday-of-the-month staple, where comedy and free unite. There will be free pizza coupons, free t-shirts and comedy from some chuckle-worthy locals as well as nationally recognized comics Noah Gardenswartz, Ian Abramson and Brian Blank. Oh, and in case you have a few too many, Uber's giving out free rides.