Whether you think of New Year's Eve as a time for parties that keep you dancing into the wee hours, or you're the type who's lucky to still be awake when the corks pop and Auld Lang Syne rings through the town, several events are perfect to prime your pump -- or let you live a little before you sleep. Some early-evening suggestions follow; go to Westword's New Year's Eve guide
for a complete listing of NYE parties and events.
- The ten best New Year's Eve shows in Denver
- New Year's Eve celebrations: sixteen sweet options
3) Buntport Theater's
New Year's at 9 most resembles a party: From 7 to 10 p.m., the company will take a break from dreaming up its next show, Wake
(a Buntport deconstruction of Shakespeare's The Tempest
that opens at the end of January), to host a fundraising bash that includes dinner, drinks and dancing, with a 9 p.m. ball drop that gives you plentyy of time to kiss and run before midnight. Tickets are $25; visit Buntport online
for reservations or see the Facebook event page
Art lovers can shmooze at a free, opening reception for CORE New Art Space
member Lola Montez's abstract-painting show, Juego
, before moving on to the second act. Join the artist from 6 to 10 p.m.; if you can't make it, the exhibit continues through January 18.
- High times in Madrid
At the Mercury Cafe
, the night will still be young when the annual Erotic Poetry Festival gets going at 7 p.m. An event that's both silly and sexy, it's been a tradition at the Merc for many years, and -- promisingly -- will include performances by the Holly-Bollywood Belly Dancers. You'll be well-titillated by the time you head out the door for new adventures...or Ryan Secrest, if that suits you better. Or you can stay: Visit the Facebook event page
for a full listing of Merc New Year happenings .
- Blue Horizon
Find information on hundreds of other arts and entertainment events in our online Calendar.
To keep up with the Froyd's eye-view of arts and culture in Denver, "like" my fan page on Facebook.