Yeah, the world might end tonight. But just in case it doesn't, hold onto some of your cash, rather than ending up like one of Harold Camping's followers. Because there will be plenty of ways to spend it this weekend in Denver, where bargain activities include skating at a roller disco, dancing away the apocalypse, and catching a tuba concert. And with the money you save, you can just buy more canned goods and jugs of water.
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Neon Knights at the Meadowlark (Friday, $5) It may not really be the end of the world, but it will certainly be the end of Neon Knights.The beloved monthly dance party will hold its last event tonight, when you can dance one last time to the mixes of Shannon Von Kelly, Tyler Snow, Ginger Perry, Mario Zoots, and more. With entertainment including visuals by Bobby Broadway, the electro night's farewell is sure to be a blast.
Down & Derby at EXDO Event Center (Friday, $5 advance, $10 at the door) Skate away your last day at Down & Derby, the fabulous skating, drinking and dancing party at EXDO. DJs Drop Logic and Murderhole will provide the soundtrack for the night of roller disco, with dress suggestions of "biblical bangers," "Mad Max attacks" and "Abercrombie zombies."
Rawlitix at the Deer Pile (Friday, $5 donation) Onus Spears's monthly night of comedy and art will continue tonight with special guests that include Westword music scribe Tom Murphy, poet and music producer Max Rommerdahl, standup comic Connor Marshall and street artist Frank Kwiatkowski. Musical performances by Tongue Mountain and a Skype performance by Cop Circles will round out this full night of entertainment. Ironton's Annual Solstice Party at Ironton Studios (Friday, free) Celebrate the solstice while also enjoying art at the Ironton Studios solstice party tonight. Sharon Feder's solo exhibit Topologies will be on display inside the gallery; outside you can partake in vegan BBQ and hot spiced cider, and also take advantage of the blazing fire to drop a note into the flames about something you'd like to leave in 2012, or a hope for 2013.
Countdown to Oblivion at Bardo CoffeeHouse (Friday, free) Bardo CoffeeHouse is hosting an end-of-the-world bash where you can absorb some culture before the impending disaster. Richard Peterson curated this show featuring work by Deborah Valentine, Mikael Olson, Cornelia Peterson, Norman Broomhall, Dave Seiler and Jennifer Iverson that you can browse while you wait for the end.ApocaLipgloss at Beauty Bar (Friday, free before 10 p.m., $5 after)
Spend your (possibly) last night on earth dancing away your troubles at ApocaLipgloss, a special, end-of-the-world edition of Michael Trundle's long-running dance party. DJs boyhollow, option4 and Tyler Jacobson will spin the soundtrack to the night of apocalyptic fun. For more about Lipgloss, check outJosiah Hesse's in-depth interview with Trundle
Kissing Party Christmas Party at the Skylark Lounge (Saturday, $5) Forgo your office Christmas party for something that's sure to be way more entertaining than watching your co-workers get trashed. Local band Kissing Party is throwing its second annual Christmas bash, complete with musical performances by Littles Paia, Shady Elders and Safe Boating Is No Accident, as well as comedy from Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland and Chris Charpentier. Have a holiday cocktail and enjoy what's sure to be a stellar lineup of holiday cheer.
Holiday Party at PosterScene (Saturday, free) This holiday bash at Boulder rock-and-roll shop PosterScene will feature music from the Pete Kartsounes String Band as well as refreshments that you can enjoy while you browse the collection of vintage and contemporary posters. Everything will be 20 percent off, so this is also a a great opportunity to buy the music lover in your life a last- minute gift.
Holiday Sweater Party at Old Curtis Street (Saturday, $5) There aren't many places left where you can wear your ugliest holiday sweater, so be sure to take advantage of this stellar opportunity. Local bands Rubedo, Scattergather and the Daggermouth Spectacular will act as the soundtrack for this night of music, drinking and tacky holiday clothes at Old Curtis. TubaChristmas at Skyline Park (Sunday, free) If the world's made it to Sunday, what better way to celebrate than by watching a bunch of tubas play music? Three hundred tuba players will gather in Skyline Park today to play holiday music for shoppers along the 16th Street Mall as part of a program put on by the University of Colorado at Denver's College of Arts & Media.
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