This week marks the start of that glorious lull between Thanksgiving and Christmas when lights and trees go up and holiday parties go down. Usher in the holiday season at one of this week's best events, including a marijuana-infused Thanksgiving-like dinner, a festive tiny-house celebration, the launch of a Denver-centric podcast and more. Happy holidays!
Tuesday, November 28
Celebrate Denver's burgeoning production community at Open Screen Night
, a showcase open to local DIY filmmakers. Not unlike an open mic for short films, the monthly screenings have been uniting Denver's film community, cultivating a highly supportive atmosphere where filmmakers can see how a crowd and a judge's panel evaluate their work. November's installment, "Beyond the Sunderdome," is loosely organized around a dystopian theme, though restrictions for aspiring filmmakers are pretty minimal. Arrive at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street, by 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, to mix, mingle and enjoy a couple of free slices from Sexy Pizza. A partnership of Denver Open Media and Sexpot Comedy, Open Screen Night is a gift to the city's creative community. Admission is $5 at the door, and there is no additional fee for filmmakers, who can submit their work right up until showtime. Visit openscreennight.com
to submit films and find more details.
The Women's Bakery helps women in Rwanda and Tanzania make something most Americans take for granted: bread. While we think of it as a staple — who can't get bread? — the challenges of reliable transportation and availability in East Africa mean that it's not as easy to enjoy a freshly baked loaf as you might think. The organization supports women in sourcing ingredients, baking and running bakeries in their own communities; see what it's accomplishing (and enjoy the bakery's bread, appetizers and wine) at Slice of Hope
on Tuesday, November 28, at The Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd Street. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; tickets, $30, are available at the door. Find out more at posnercenter.org
Wednesday, November 29
Born at the outset of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Chinese artist Xiaoze Xie’s childhood was marked by the banning of books and a general shutdown of free information for the masses. As an adult now living and working in the United States, Xie references his personal loss as a child in still-life paintings of books and other forms of media. To preface Eyes on Xiaoze Xie
, opening December 3 at the Denver Art Museum, the artist will discuss his work as part of the Logan Lecture series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, in Sharp Auditorium at the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Admission ranges from $10 to $20 (or free for students with ID and members of DAM Contemporaries and the Asian Art Association); reserve tickets and get more info at denverartmuseum.org
Thursday, November 30
Denver native and longtime Westword scribe Bree Davies is launching a podcast.
Bree Davies, devout Denver native, longtime Westword
scribe, member of the DIY community and self-admitted loudmouth, loves her town fiercely and wants to share that passion while debating Denver issues with her new live podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There?
She’ll be bringing along a few friends and fellow activists — including performance poet Molina Speaks, urban-management strategist Yvette Freeman, community advocate Justine Sandoval and artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy — for the debut forum, “What does it mean to be a Denverite?”
on Thursday, November 30, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 South Broadway. Grab a cuppa joe and prepare to share your ideas about what’s right or wrong in this town. Admission is free; learn more at mutinyinfocafe.com
or visit facebook.com/BreeCocoDavies
The Horseshoe Market is busting out of its cozy cottage with the launch of the Horseshoe Holiday Retail Pop-Up
, a new holiday-season retail venture at Belmar shopping center in Lakewood. The dedicated retail store will use 6,000 square feet of currently vacant space to showcase wares from more than fifty regional artisans and makers, starting Thursday, November 30, and running through December 24 (hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). It’s a big leap for the Horseshoe, and an all-in-one holiday adventure for you: The store, at 7244 West Bonfils Lane in Belmar, is adjacent to the Belmar ice-skating rink, where you can go for a glide before cozying up at the Horseshoe’s warming station and hot-cocoa lounge or visiting Santa; a slate of daily make-and-take craft workshops will be offered throughout the season, and Horseshoe is even hosting a full-fledged holiday market with seventy vendors on December 16 and 17. Holiday shopping, hermetically sealed. For more information and to register for craft workshops, visit horseshoemarket.com
According to the organizers of Danksgiving
, 4/20 + 7/10 = 11/30, so it's worth it to wait a week after the real holiday, let the food digest, and indulge in another one. It's all going down at Black Tape Denver on Thursday, November 30, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. This feast will include both pot-infused and "normal" dishes, with infused dishes designated with green dishware or labels. If you bring a dish, make sure if can feed twenty to fifty people, as it will be a potluck format. Entrance (21+) is just $5 if you bring a dish; without a dish, it's $20. Learn more on the event's Facebook page
RedLine is spreading the holiday cheer to the rest of the RiNo community with the RedLine Holiday Art Market and Brew Fest
, a collaboration with Drink RiNo that combines affordable work by RedLine artists and alumni while showcasing local craft-beverage brewers, distillers and vintners. Grab a sampler glass, enjoy heavy appetizers and tastes from fourteen RiNo beverage producers, and cross some names off your gift list with a Santa’s sack of arty, offbeat handmade presents. Join RedLine artists and Drink RiNo on Thursday, November 30, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street; for tickets, $10 to $40, visit eventbrite.com. For more information, go to the Facebook event page
Friday, December 1
Feed your need for speed at the Forney Museum of Transportation's newest exhibit.
Forney Museum of Transportation
Count on Edge Theater Company to put some spice into the usual seasonal fare. This year, Edge started the ball rolling by commissioning a new holiday play from local playwright/actor/director Josh Hartwell, who came up with Resolutions
, a story about three middle-aged couples who traditionally gather in the woods to await the impending new year — but the all-star cast and director Missy Moore deliver something that’s anything but cheery. Get your fill of social fireworks and Edge-y drama with the world premiere of Resolutions
. The first show is at 8 p.m. Friday, December 1, and performances continue on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through New Year's Eve at Edge, 1560 Teller Street in Lakewood. Tickets are $30 at theedgetheater.com
or call 303-232-0363.
Through the heart of every sports-car historian/enthusiast runs a British Racing Green MG MGA roadster (or perhaps one of its sequential offspring), a car that caught the imagination of post-war Americans looking for new adventures on freshly built freeways across the nation. The Forney Museum of Transportation’s new exhibit, MG: The Sports Car That America Loved First
, fleshes out that story with a bevy of gorgeous throwback motorcars, including MG’s more stately touring cars dating back to the 1920s. The show opens Friday, December 1, and runs through February 28 (with a break from December 14 through 19 for building renovations) at the Forney, 4303 Brighton Boulevard. Museum admission ranges from $5 to $11 (children under three admitted free); learn more at forneymuseum.org
DIME Denver, a tuneful offshoot of the Detroit Institute of Music Education, is moving to 800 Kalamath Street. In celebration of the relocation to the Santa Fe Arts District, DIME students will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 1, during First Friday
festivities. "We would like to invite you all to watch some live music, eat some free food and snoop around our state-of-the-art facilities," says DIME. Admission is free and all ages are welcome; for more information on both the event and the school, go to dime-denver.com
Shop local at Stuff Your Stocking: A First Friday of Small Gifts & Big Giving.
Courtesy of Ink Lounge
Take care of everyone on your holiday list and help out others, too, at Ink Lounge's Stuff Your Stocking: A First Friday of Small Gifts & Big Giving
, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 1. At this First Friday micro market, you'll be able to buy everything from jam to jewelry to chocolate to ceramics, all made by local artists and artisans. While you shop, you can sip beer from Ratio Beerworks and a specialty cocktail made from Bear Creek Distillery whiskey. All drink tips go to support Urban Peak, and if you bring items from Urban Peak's list of needs, you'll be able to use the Ink Lounge press to print your own wrapping paper. The event is free and family-friendly; head to 29 South Fox Street. Find out more at inklounge.com/events