Go Vote, Come Party

Calling this year’s election one of the most anticipated in recent history is a monstrous understatement. Ask the man on the street what he’ll be doing tonight, and odds are his answer will be “Watching the election returns as if my life depended on it.”

Matchbox Movement, an informal organization that’s been throwing fundraising parties around town for causes ranging from Katrina victims to inner-city schools, offers an alternative to suffering through this nail-biting occasion alone: an election-watching party. “Celebrate it with us and your friends as opposed to pacing around your basement nervously,” says Matchbox Movement’s Ben James. “We are partnering with Herman’s Hideaway, which has volunteered to provide the venue and is offering $2 beers and $3 cocktails and shots all night.” You can watch election-night coverage on a full projector screen and play Barack, Paper, Scissors for prizes.

Yes, this event is geared toward Obama supporters, but all voters are welcome. “We recognize that a large number of our followers are of the Obama constituency,” says James. “But the goal of Matchbox Movement is to encourage people to vote and then come down and celebrate their vote with us.” Doors open at 6 p.m., and entry is free with an “I Voted” sticker; visit www.myspace.com/matchboxmovement for information. Herman’s is at 1578 South Broadway, but if that’s not your ’hood, you can also watch the returns at the Oriental Theater, the Boulder Theater and the Omni Interlocken Resort.
Tue., Nov. 4, 6 p.m., 2008