Who cares how cold it's getting because this first weekend of December is going to be crazy. There's almost too much to see and do, so you're going to have to head over to the Westword calendar to absorb all of it. From manly crafts and football talk to derby girls and drag queens, we're partying non-stop this weekend. If you noticed we missed anything, let us know in the comments section -- we love when you do.
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Holiday Mancraft at VFW Post 2461 (Friday-Saturday, free) There are hundreds of holiday fairs and bazaars going on throughout the month, but how many of them have beef jerky and a full bar? Come to this manly version of a craft market (women welcome too) where you can grab a hand crafted knife and a leather sheath to carry it. The first fifty dudes get a swag bag of goodies, and check out the facial hair competition later in the night. If you can't make it to Friday's event, a second one will be going down in Boulder on Saturday.
Naughty or Nice Party at Tracks (Friday, $5-$7) Denver's longest running holiday LGBT party returns this year, and boasts that it will be one of the biggest wing-dings yet. Whether you like to honkytonk, dance the mashed potato or do the Dougie there's room for you. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, it's time to dance. Wild Life Opening Show at DADA Art Bar (Friday, free) Jessica Schimpf present's her latest works of art, which are like no art you've seen before. Blending blown glass, rare plants, paintings and reclaimed wood, the work pops off the wall and flourishes to life. The exhibit runs through January 5, but be a part of the energy of the opening reception tonight. Denver Flea at Bindery on Blake (Saturday-Sunday, free) Had to include this summer favorite in the winter, because it comes with a free beer when you RSVP. Kill an hour or two here checking out handmade Colorado beer, food, soaps and crafts. Think about it, it's not like you can legally drink beer at Target.Denver Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert at Denver Central Library (Saturday, free)
Singing everyone's favorite carols and inspirational holiday tunes to warm up the crowd before Denver's Parade of Lights afterword. These guys aregood
Football Brawl: A Spirited Conversation w/ Steve Almond & Justin Adams at Lighthouse Writers Workshop (Saturday, free) It doesn't matter if you're a full on meathead or bookworm, this discussion will be lively and hilarious thanks to author Steve Almond and TV personality Justin Adams. Find out what the brutal modern day gladiator sport says about American culture.
7th Annual Snow Brawl Derby at The Kill Floor (Saturday, $10) 'Tis the season of to figure out which classic holiday movie is the toughest of them all. How about letting the derby ladies battle it out. All-out derby bouts pit How the Grinch Stole Christmas versus The Nightmare Before Christmas versus The Nutcracker. Watch the Slaughterhouse Roller Derby Girls pick a winner.A Benefit for Jef Kopp feat. TO BE EATEN at Marquis Theatre (Saturday, donation)Th'ink Tank Tattoo
present this fundraiser for a very respected member of the tattoo and metal community who was diagnosed with a very rare protein-losing autoimmune enteropathy. Show community support and check out a night of heavy metal.Call of The Void
,In the Company of Serpents
,Of Feather and Bone
and the reunion ofTO BE EATEN
. Buy raffle tickets to win Th'ink Tank gift certificates, concert passes and band merch. All proceeds goes toward Jef's medical bills.
KRAMPUS Fest at Mutiny Information Cafe (Saturday, free) Keep Krampus in Christmas this year. Just like you can't have good without evil, you can't have Saint Nicholas without Krampus. Celebrate the punisher of naughty children with Krampus inspired games, masks, stories and 12 foot figurines. No Krampus party is complete without some jingles from Hashsquatch, Gravitron, Jimmy Curtis, and We Are Erased.
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The Queens Who Stole Christmas at Aqua Lounge (Saturday, $7) A top-notch drag show, not to missed with performances, singing and dancing from some of Denver's best. Invite friends and family out to this night of cheer.