Westword's offices are closed today, but that doesn't mean the city is shutting down. There are plenty of ways to relax this weekend in the calm between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Unwind with yoga, fire-breathing butterflies and have a couple chuckles. Drop us a comment if you know of anything we missed for this list and check out the Westword calendar for a complete lineup of events.
Christmas with Outlaw Yoga at Outlaw Yoga (12 p.m. Friday, free)
Before you immerse yourself in the holiday dinner with your family, relax and unwind with a free yoga session, outlaw style. Everyone is welcome to come and stretch the worry of the season out in this new studio in downtown Littleton. Feel free to pig out a little extra tonight, knowing you've fine tuned the body in the afternoon.
Merry SHAD-MAS at Ratio Beerworks (5 p.m. Friday, free)
It's hard to find a place for good suds on Christmas, but thanks to the rad taproom manager, Shad Ortiz, we don't need to worry about going sober. He hopes to kick off a tradition as a destination for the orphans, misanthropes and beer lovers to gather on the holiday. It's also a great place to grab a gift card for the extremely last minute gift.
Annual Fuck Xmas Party at 3 Kings Tavern (9 p.m. Friday, $6)
You've tried to be nice all season long, but fuck that—let's get naughty. Join the fine ladies from Ooh La La Burlesque for a fun romp at the bar tonight. In case you didn't get enough to eat, there will be a pot luck, some drink specials and jams blasting by DJ Rockstar Aaron. Word is pants are optional at this dance off, as well.
Kwanza Celebration at Denver Metro Area (2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, free)
Maybe Christmas left a bad taste in your mouth this year. It might be time to explore your other options when it comes to December holidays. Stop by the Blair-Caldwell Library at 2 p.m., Saturday to learn about the tradition and celebrate with the community. Stop by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre at 6 p.m. for the Kwanzaa Big Dance Celebration and Circle of Wisdom Inductions. Check out the dance and maybe join in for a couple steps. Festivities move back to Blair-Caldwell on Sunday as well. Check out the schedule here.
Living Lights at Butterfly Pavilion (6 p.m. Saturday, $7)
The tropical rain forest and outdoor gardens will be abuzz with glistening and glowing lights. Learn how the animals interact with lights with scientific terms like bioluminescence, fluorescence, and biofluorescence. It'll be a nice wrap on the holiday lighting season. Also, there's going to be a lady dancing with fire.
Silver Face and The Velveteers at Mutiny Information Cafe (7 p.m. Saturday, donations)
It a double dose of duo rock at the Mutiny tonight. Silver Face consists of a couple of dudes playing loud and fast rock-n-roll for you to bang your head to. The Velveteers are a pair hailing from Boulder who will surely make your feet tap as well. Enjoy some tunes on the cheap tonight and bring a couple bucks to help out these artists. Stick around for the Epilogue Comedy Showcase later in the night if your trying to say on Broadway.
Ratio Comedy Special Holiday Party Show at Ratio Beerworks (9 p.m. Saturday, free)
Did Santa gave you a handful of cash? Then come spend it on beer at Ratio Beerworks. There's a killer lineup of free comedy to pair with your buzz. Jokesters like Justine Marino, Andy Sell, a super secret surprise local comedian screen star, and many more will crack up your Saturday night.
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Weird Touch at Syntax Physic Opera (9 p.m. Saturday, $5)
DJs Tyler Snow, Matthew Brown and Shannon Kelly throw this party out of the love of the sound of vinyl. Come dance the holiday stress away at Syntax tonight. Let the booze fuel your feet as you sway to the sounds of nu-disco, indie dance and weird house. There's a real romance between that needle and vinyl, so come be a part of it.
Mara Wiles and the Funky Brunch at Grandma's House (2:30 p.m. Sunday, free)
The funk takes the day after Christmas off, but re-ups itself on Sunday this month. Bring the friends and family down for a food-truck brunch, booze, funky jams and even funkier comedy. Timmi Lasley and DJ Couch will spin the jams while Jon Wilkins, Andrew Michael, Haley M. Driscoll, Justine Marino, Andy Sell and Brett Hiker chop up the jokes on stage.
Inequality For All Film Screening and Voter Registration Drive at ViewHouse Centennial (6:30 p.m. Sunday, free)
With state, local and presidential politics running strong right now, get together with the community for a fun night to unite our civic duty. The award wining documentary explores the widening income inequality in our country and should strike a chord in everyone's hearts. Receive a free drink just for showing up; veterans are eligible for a free t-shirt. And if you're on the fence about voting, there will be information on that as well.