Events

The 21 Best Events in Denver, December 12-18

It's a beer Festivus for the rest of us!
It's a beer Festivus for the rest of us! Christopher Morgan
If your pants still fit, you haven't been to enough holiday events this season. We have plenty for you to choose from, including a spinoff of A Christmas Carol called Drunk Christmas: It's Dickens. Drunk., a beer Festivus party that Seinfeld would love, and a celebration of all things glass and doughnuts. Keep reading for more of this week's best events.

Tuesday, December 12

It may not seem like it, but humans haven't fully explored every place on Earth. Among the most isolated is Madagascar, a large island nation off the coast of east Africa. As part of the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, David Krause, senior curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs, will present their findings on the Great Red Island's plentiful dinosaur fossils on Tuesday, December 12. "These dinosaur hunters will share firsthand the amazing opportunity to work at this singular location on our planet and how ongoing expeditions continue to reveal significant scientific findings," says the museum. Dinosaurs of the Great Red Island kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Phipps IMAX Theater at the DMNS, 2001 Colorado Boulevard; tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Learn more at dmns.org.

Wednesday, December 13

Friends who agree to disagree about their favorite holiday classics can now share their choices in one big show, thanks to Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!), a holiday mashup-of-all-mashups to suit every taste. From the chaotic Nutcracker to the inevitable Christmas Carol, they’re all there in high-speed snippets, like your holiday-season life flashing before your eyes. BETC’s theatrical romp opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, and runs almost daily through Christmas Eve at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder. Bring the family — or at least those members ages nine and up who can handle swear words and the truth about Santa. Information and tickets, $20 to $36.50, are available at tickets.thedairy.org.

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Sarah Staton's sale-turned-traveling retail installation has given dozens of artists a start.
Sarah Staton
Thursday, December 14

The worlds of art and commerce intersect in SupaStore, an ongoing project by British artist Sarah Staton, who’s given dozens of artists worldwide a kickstart in her DIY sale-turned-traveling retail installation. Now it’s Denver’s turn to experience the experiment: Staton is bringing SupaStore Human – We Are the Product to the Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 East Colfax Avenue, for a run through February 2018. But first she’ll lead a participatory plaster-casting workshop on Thursday, December 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.; castings of body parts from the workshop will become part of the Denver installation. SupaStore Human officially opens for business with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 15, with an artist talk at 6:45 p.m. Appropriately for the holidays, items will be for sale. Learn more and keep track of future exhibit-related events at Dikeou at dikeoucollection.org.

Good storytelling remains sacred as a conduit to our distant roots, reminiscent of words shared eons ago around campfires and, more recently, at murky bars and on city street corners. Mostly truth, possibly embellished by the imagination, yarns bring us together, and that’s why the Moth, a national live storytelling showcase and open-mic competition, sells out regularly, generating a radio show, podcast and online story library along the way. Want to see the Moth at its best? Denver, which proudly nurtures its own outpost, will host this year’s Denver Moth GrandSLAM, a final showdown to determine the city’s story champion, on Thursday, December 14, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue. Get tickets, $27.25, at newmancenterpresents.com. To learn more about the Moth, visit themoth.org.

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Saber Acomodar: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915–Now.
Kelly-Shroads-Photography
Get inside the whole premise of MCA Denver’s Saber Acomodar: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915–Now exhibit, which presents modern Mexican works that reference and commingle with the artisan culture of Guadalajara, when the curator, Patrick Charpenel of the Museo del Barrio in New York City, who brought the show together, sits down in conversation with artist Eduardo Sarabia to discuss the beautiful union between old and new practices in the central Mexican state of Jalisco. Be a part of the dialogue at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 14, at the MCA, 1485 Delgany Street. Tickets range from $5 to $10 at eventbrite.com. Learn more about Saber Acomodar at mcadenver.org.


Friday, December 15


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