Gathering of the Tribe

It’s ironic enough for the biggest Jewish event of the year to fall on Christmas Eve, says promoter Eric Elkins, but this year, it’s happening in a church. The Church, that is — the multi-leveled nightclub known as much for its stained glass and gothic arches as for its nightly debauchery. This is where the hip Jews of Denver will celebrate another year of Heebonism, the annual holiday tribe-fest for young professionals. But you don’t have to be Jewish to join in the fun. “There are plenty of people out there with nothing to do on Christmas Eve,” Elkins notes.

There will be a hint, but not too much, of that irony in the proceedings: Along with a Social Lubrication Hour of Power with free drinks by Citadelle Gin, aerial dance by Midnight Martini, a photo booth and spins by DJs Goulet, Yofi and Amuse, Heebonism 2012 will feature a live confession booth and a Midnight Mass-ive party. “We want to be respectful,” Elkins explains. “After all, it is Christmas. We always try to be inclusive. While we were planning this, we had some spectacular ideas — but we’re trying to be irreverent without being disrespectfully so.”

Whatevs: This party will not only rock, it’ll also serve charity, with a bone-marrow donation table taking swabs and a clothing-collection drive for the Fulda Fund. Heebonism tips off tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Church, 1160 Lincoln Street; admission is $18 in advance or $25 at the door ($20 with a donation of three new or lightly used clothing items). For tickets and more information, visit
Mon., Dec. 24, 8:30 p.m., 2012


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