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Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under (Two Free!) This Weekend

Deck the halls with d*cks when the Black Sheep Friday: XXX-Mas Craft Fair returns to MCA Denver on Friday, December 21.
Deck the halls with d*cks when the Black Sheep Friday: XXX-Mas Craft Fair returns to MCA Denver on Friday, December 21. Danielle Lirette
The penultimate weekend of 2018 is upon us, and we heartily recommend soaking up every remaining giggle, wiggle and ogle before it's time to make resolutions. The days ahead may be the shortest of the calendar year, but they're especially lively; this list could double in length and still only scratch the surface of the entertainment offerings that await. Don't worry about dipping too deeply into your merrymaking budget, either; admission to any of these costs less than ten American dollars. Yes, a crisp Hamilton is all you need to have a good time in the Mile High; keep reading for the ten best inexpensive events this weekend.

click to enlarge Headliner Anthony Crawford - ANDREW BRAY
Headliner Anthony Crawford
Andrew Bray
Dos Comediantes
Thursday, December 20, 7:30 p.m.
Dos Luces Brewery

Quaffs, laughs and gluten-free drafts abound at Dos Comediantes, a new(ish) standup show held every month at Dos Luces Brewery. Co-hosts "Comma Comedians" Sammy Anzer and Eliot Broder are back with another round of improv games, raffle prizes and a comedy lineup that this time includes Michael Seyedian, Miriam Moreno and headliner Anthony Crawford. The show also presents a fine opportunity to sample and sip Dos Luces' signature chicha and pulque, corn-based fermented beverages with ancient roots in Central and South America. Admission is free; find more details on the Comma Comedians Facebook events page

Crates-Mas with Scott Carney and Kevin O'Brien
Thursday, December 20, 8 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera

A tribute to a friendship sparked by a shared appreciation of of B-sides, deep cuts and obscure jams, Crates-Mas with Scott Carney and Kevin O'Brien may well be the grooviest homecoming of the holiday season. Carney, (former Colorado Public Radio OpenAir DJ and correspondent) and O'Brien (a Denver-hewn comic who currently resides in New York) serve up a genre-blending gauntlet of "yacht rock, kraut rock, funk, punk and disco" at a dance party designed to delight vinyl hounds and raise money for Food Bank of the Rockies. Admission is $5 at the door; head over to Syntax Physic Opera's Facebook events page for more information.

eTown Comedy Live!
Thursday, December 20, 8 p.m.
eTown Hall

Get a dose of Solstice Eve sillies when eTown Comedy Live! returns with a gift bag full of giggles. Hosted and curated by Caitie Hannan, December's edition welcomes local mirth merchants Roger Stafford and Brigid Dunn, opening for prodigal Denverite and Riot LA "Comics to Watch" honoree Stephen Agyei. Wine, dine and shake your belly like a bowl full of jelly at one of Boulder's best monthly standup shows. Visit eTown Hall's Eventbrite page to buy tickets, $10, and learn more.

The Emerging Filmmakers Project
Thursday, December 20, 8 to 11 p.m.
Bug Theatre

Viewer and creator collide at the Emerging Filmmakers Project, a monthly short-film festival interspersed with a spirited discussion between the audience and the people behind the camera. Providing a vital hub for Denver's filmmaking scene for a decade, the series encourages the efforts of budding auteurs and the engagement of the local community. December's programming includes shorts from Ben Makinen, Rebekah Henderson and Rico Hernandez — to name but a few — along with a fitting tribute to dearly departed Emerging Filmmakers Project director Patrick Sheridan with a screening of "The Best Christmas Ever." Admission is $5 at the door; get more details, including the full lineup of films, on the Emerging Filmmakers Project Facebook events page.

click to enlarge DANIELLE LIRETTE
Danielle Lirette
Black Sheep Friday: XXX-Mas Craft Fair
Friday, December 21, 6 p.m.
MCA Denver

Conventional yuletide wisdom may contend that naughty girls and boys don't get Christmas presents, but for the past few years, MCA Denver's Black Sheep Friday series has flouted Santa's checklist morality with the XXX-Mas Craft Fair. Unlock the creative potential of your dirty, dirty mind with a collage of vintage erotica, phallic ornaments and any number of smutty stocking stuffers when the museum's rooftop bar transforms into a merry workshop for bawdy baubles. With supplies and guidance provided by the Ladies Fancyworks Society and Fancy Tiger Crafts, you should end the evening with plenty of charmingly handmade gifts for your favorite freaks. Even if your crafting efforts fail, a cadre of local vendors will be on hand with ceramics, jewelry and artisanal chocolate — which are certainly better than a lump of coal. Admission is free for members and $5 for everyone else; find out more on the MCA Denver events calendar.

Courtesy of Third Kind Improv
Yuletide Fun Ride!
Friday, December 21, 7:30 p.m.
Mercury Cafe

Make merry mayhem with the quick-riffing cast of Third Kind Improv at Yuletide Fun Ride!, a completely extemporaneous comedic romp for the whole family. Goofing on holiday tropes and responding to audience prompts, the Littleton-based troupe offers just the ticket to keep you laughing all the way through the twelve days of Christmas. Say "yes, and" to Third Kind Improv, and get your bells good and jingled. Admission is $7 at the door; find out more on the Mercury Cafe Facebook events page.

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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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