As winter approaches, events around town guarantee that you will eat, drink and be very, very merry. In the days ahead, you can dance, dream and even do good. Keep reading for the 21 best events this week.
Tuesday, December 11
WestFax Brewing, 6733 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, will host a California Camp Fire Brewery Benefit
along with seven other Colorado breweries from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, December 11. A limited-edition Crowler can will be released for purchase with beers from each brewery involved. "The can artwork was painted as an homage to the tragic California Camp Fire by local Colorado artist David Heath and was donated for this event’s cause," Westfax says. The participating breweries — WestFax, Great Divide Brewing, Copper Kettle Brewing, Joyride Brewing, Westbound & Down Brewing, Hogshead Brewing, 4 Noses Brewing and Woods Boss Brewing — are each donating thirty Crowlers' worth of beer for the fundraising cause. Find more information at westfaxbrewingcompany.com
In a world where electronic-music producers and DJs have tethered themselves to predictable beats and samples, finding an artist who is both experimental and compelling to listen to has become increasingly difficult. The prolific Denver underground artist Lipglo$$
fills that bill. Leaping across genres, from trance to electro-pop, techno to emo and indie rock, the artist pushes boundaries to create music that also tips its hat, at least lyrically, to radio-friendly hip-hop. Sample it yourself when Lipglo$$ and Sad Nois take the stage at Seventh Circle Music Collective, 2935 West Seventh Avenue, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 11. Donations, $7 to $10, will be accepted at the door; find more information at 7thcirclemusiccollective.org
Wednesday, December 12
Labor advocacy group Colorado Jobs With Justice has been rabble-rousing for workers in this state for thirty years, forming alliances with unions, community activists, faith groups and students. To celebrate those three decades of work, the nonprofit is throwing 30 Years of Worker Power
from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, at Improper City, 3201 Walnut Street. The shindig will include food, drinks, satirical skits and the annual Scrooge of the Year award, in which the group honors/besmirches a particularly greedy, nefarious person or group that has been out to get workers all year long. Find tickets, $30, at the Colorado Jobs With Justice Facebook page
Looking ahead into 2019, Buntport Theater will launch a new series with a twist: The Peas and Carrots
will pop up as a “side dish” midway through each run of its 2018-2019 slate of plays, combining an unorthodox talkback in a talk-show format with a pop-cultural, documentarian slant. The first segment dissects Buntport's current production, Coyote. Badger. Rattlesnake.,
from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, at 717 Lipan Street. Admission is $8; learn more and reserve your ticket at buntport.com
Thursday, December 13
Stick it to your friends with gifts from Pintastic.
Courtesy of Lowbrow Denver
The ladies of Lowbrow, the offbeat emporium for glitter, coloring books, street art and collectible toys, are closing up shop after more than six years on Broadway in Baker, but their Pintastic
enamel-pin show and sale will live on as a pop-up, just in time to shop for stocking stuffers and friendship gifts. As a new and more freewheeling entity, Lowbrow will bring an array of affordable pop-culture pins to Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer Street, on Thursday, December 13, from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; better yet, the shop has plans to now pop up for Pintastic quarterly, rotating between Ratio and Fort Greene. Stick that in your lapel and jump for joy! Admission is free; learn more at the Lowbrow Denver Facebook page
Smart thrift shopping requires a special knack for rooting out the gold from the dross, and some of us could probably use a few lessons, in particular when setting out to build a saucy holiday-party wardrobe for fewer bucks. To that end, the Goodwill store at 21 South Broadway will give you a richer, curated pot to choose from, plus expert help from a team of thrift bloggers and social-media pros who know their way around a secondhand rack, for Shop & Share
, a guided treasure hunt on Thursday, December 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Hell, you might even find an ugly sweater or two. Admission is free, but an RSVP is appreciated (e-mail [email protected]
); learn more at goodwilldenver.org/shop/thrifting-denver
’Tis the season for white elephant parties, and we're anticipating a particularly artful version at Leon's first annual Kitschmas Party
. This fundraiser for the gallery run by Eric Dallimore and Eric Nord not only includes a gift exchange of white-elephant "kitsch art," but also a cookie-decorating station and complimentary cocktails, beer and wine. And cookies, of course. The fun runs from 8 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, at Leon, 1112 East 17th Avenue, where you can also see the current show by Cymon Padilla. Admission is $25 (plus your white elephant); find out more at leongallery.com
The storytelling series Mortified
has had enormous success, with shows in multiple cities and even a Netflix special. And at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, some of Denver’s funniest comics will join the fray, offering up a mix of embarrassing ephemera, from childhood love poems written for a hamster to a sixth-grader’s erotic fiction to some prurient Disney-themed art sure to make the crowd cringe — in a good way. The local Mortified event takes place at the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue; tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Learn more at getmortified.com/live
Friday, December 14
Find holiday treasures at the Party and Print + Gift Sale.
Courtesy of Rick Griffith, MATTER
It’s bordering on twenty years since old-school graphic design and typography wizard Rick Griffith put down stakes at his quirky DIY letterpress stronghold and storefront shop MATTER in the Ballpark neighborhood, and almost that long since Griffith instigated his annual holiday party and sale. The boozy affair includes world-famous fish-tank mojitos, curated jukeboxes and a one-of-a-kind gift and print sale (priced from $15 to $50). This year’s Party and Print + Gift Sale
will offer offbeat, design-forward treasures from afar and a load of new books on Friday, December 14, from 6 to 11 p.m. at MATTER, 2134 Market Street. Here’s where to shop for your downtown friends; find more information on the event at the Matter Denver Facebook
Orchestral grandeur and Fezziwig-worthy festivities await when the Colorado Symphony's perennially popular Colorado Christmas returns to Boettcher Concert Hall with another stocking full of holiday staples. Conductor Christopher Dragon leads vocalist Devin DeSantis, the Colorado Children's Chorale and the Colorado Symphony's choral and instrumental ensembles through performances of Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, the modernized "Hallelujah Chorus," Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson's Too Hot to Handel, and classics like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," among others, in a series of performances throughout the weekend. Dragon's merry band of musicians jingles its first bell at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 14, and returns for encore performances at 2:30 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 16. Boettcher Hall is in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; go to coloradosymphony.org for tickets, $20 to $99, and more information.
Because even the most ardent activists take time to enjoy the better pieces of the holiday season, a coalition of Colorado nonprofits and political organizations have joined with the Mercury Cafe to host the Resistmas Holiday Celebration
, a chance to mingle with folks of the same mindset — and their families — to celebrate the fact that the local “resistance family” is still standing and gearing up for another year of fighting the good fight. Show up for a party for everyone on Friday, December 14, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Merc, 2199 California Street, and bring either a dish representing your culture to share or a new, unwrapped-toy donation for a progressive organization that's TBA; find more information at mercurycafe.com
Best of Denver award winner Lunar Fire will bring its Tribal Cirque
, a spectacular circus-style performance including dancers, aerialists and musicians, to Cervantes' Other Side, 2637 Welton Street, on Friday, December 14. The group will jam at the nexus of hip-hop, electronic and jam music during “A Mid Winter Nights Dream,” a program that boasts new material from the soon-to-drop album Dreamspell
. Expect wild visuals, extreme theatrics, audience participation and a dance party, with more music from Cualli, MAGNETIK and Precious Hill. Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $12 in advance at cervantesmasterpiece.com
and $15 at the door.