With ten days left before Christmas, there's still plenty of time to get to our shopping lists. In the meantime, why not have some fun? This weekend we've got space beers, earth weed and laughs to enjoy. Check the Westword calendar for even more entertainment opportunities.
Star Wars Beer Release 2016
Wit's End Brewing Company
2 p.m. Friday, free
That new cosmic odyssey, Rogue One, officially comes out today, but if you're a true fan, you saw it on Thursday. That means you can take today off to celebrate the space opera with Wit's End Brewing. Enjoy brews like the Kylo Red, a continental red ale, and the Luke Ryewalker, a farmhouse rye saison. Wear your best Star Wars costume or T-shirt to win prizes throughout the day.
Mutiny Info Reader Release Party
Mutiny Information Cafe
7 p.m. Friday, donations
After all these years of supplying the town with a space to check out the literature of others, Mutiny has stepped into the publishing world. Tonight it will celebrate its first anthology of fiction and poetry, the Mutiny Info Reader, at a release party. Hear selected readings by Suzi Q. Smith, Josiah Hesse, Charly the City Mouse Fasano and many more, along with music by Rachael Pollard Marcy and Malamadre. Congratulations, Mutiny.
8 p.m. Friday, free
Get your laughs in Sunnyside tonight with Andrew Bueno, Mina Thorkel, James Hamilton, Karl Hess and Jordan Doll; there will be killer beer to pair with some of Denver's best comedic talent. Get there early for a good seat.
Denver Punk Rock Flea Market: Holiday Edition
Noon Saturday, $5
Last week we were celebrating Christmas with black metal; this weekend we're going punk. Pick up some vinyl, DIY gear, comics, crass crafts and so much more; well over 100 vendors will be slinging goods at the Denver Punk Rock Flea Market. There will also be plenty of food trucks, so come hungry — and thirsty for the bar. Then keep the mosh going at an afterparty at the Marquis.
Keep reading for more events around town.
Dear Mayor Hancock, What Are You Going to Do? Opening Reception
Noon Saturday, free
PlatteForum resident artist Sarah Gerard teamed up with students from North High School to produce an exhibit devoted to homelessness in Denver — and pushing for change. The multimedia show includes interviews, an installation filled with artifacts from the streets, and zines. Support these kids who are supporting our city...and remember to take donations for the homeless to the reception, where you can meet some of the subjects featured in the art.
Jingle Bug: A Holiday Party. Bug Style.
Pirate: Contemporary Art
6 p.m. Saturday, free
Celebrate with the community during a holiday party in the Navajo Street Arts District. Don't miss the art and performances at Pirate; wear an ugly sweater to score a free drink from the bar. And the silent auction provides a chance to grab some funky gifts, too.
A Very Bong-a-Thon Christmas 2
Sacred Smoke Sanctuary
7 p.m. Saturday, $5-$10
Ugly-sweater parties have been done to death, so why not put a little green in your holidays with an ugly bong contest at this potluck/competition/dance party/smoke-out? Bring your friend who rolls the pinners for the smallest-joint-rolling competition: This will be a night to remember, if you can. Sign up to bring a dish (medicated or not) for a discounted entry fee.
Karl Hess and Jordan Doll at the RoomRoom
Comedy RoomRoom at El Charrito
7 p.m. Saturday, $5
Take a break from the holiday hubbub and get down with some good old-fashioned comedy. Karl Hess, a TV writer and veteran of the comedy-festival circuit, comes all the way from Los Angeles to share his version of the funny. Local hero turned L.A. transplant Jordan Doll will return to the local stage as well. Enjoy the night in one of the best dives in town.
Nightmare Before Christmas Party
Kavasutra Kava Bar
8 p.m. Saturday, free
Tim Burton fans rejoice: Here's your ideal combo of nightmare and competition. Burton movies will play all night while you play Burton trivia. Dress up as your favorite TB character to really keep the party festive; a $30 bar tab will be awarded to winners of the trivia and costume contests.
Benefit Show for Oakland Fire Victims
9 p.m. Saturday, donations
This show was supposed to be held at Rhinoceropolis, but since the city put the kibosh on that DIY space, it's been moved to the Aztlan. Kali Malone, Thug Entrancer, SUO and many many more are playing the show and sending good vibes along with donations to the artist collective that got burned out in Oakland. End the weekend on a positive note.
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