Things to do in Denver Dec. 17-18: Weekend edition

Go get ’em.

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A view down Colfax, featuring the Lion’s Lair, Pete’s Kitchen, the Satire Lounge and John’s Liquors. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Saturday

Food & drink

Barrel-aged bottle release. Popular Meristem and Quixotic, held over from GABF. FERMÆNTRA, 1715 E. Evans Ave. Noon-11 p.m.

Littlest Big Holiday & Cold Weather Beer Fest featuring 19 holiday brews. Hops & Pie, 3920 Tennyson St. Noon-11 p.m.

Pajama party. Release party for Liquid Pajamas, a 12% ABV beer brewed with wheat, rye, barley and 8 pounds of powdered cocoa. Lost Highway Brewing Co., 520 E. Colfax Ave. 7-10 p.m.

Entertainment

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $30-90.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 1 p.m. $28.

“The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy’s elf in New York City. The Jones, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street.  7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

“Hand to God.” Sweet but troubled teen Jason is coping with his father’s recent death and is forced to join his mother’s Church-led puppet group. Curious Theater Company, 8 p.m. $24-34.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $36-40.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers with the Railbenders. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Potato Pirates. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Hometown for the Holidays featuring Amzy. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $25.

Rose Hill Drive and Other Worlds. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

South of France. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Second annual Dance of the Sugar Plum Deepness. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $40.

Start Making Sense. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Karl Hess and Jordan Doll. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5.

Three Lions fifth anniversary and holiday party. Wear an ugly sweater, enjoy the music of Switch Ghost. Donations for America SCORES Denver accepted instead of a cover charge. Donate $5 or more and get a 20-ounce Carlsberg. Three Lions Pub, 2239 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m.

Ugly sweater holiday party and white elephant gift exchange. Mozart’s, 1417 Krameria St. 7 p.m.

Dan Navarro. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $17.

Cards Against Humanity tournament. The Goods, 2550 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.-midnight.

Art

 Art show and garage sale. Celebreate Edge Gallery’s new concept. Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo St. 2-8 p.m.

Artist talk with Jaime Molina and Wes Sam-Bruce, who will walk guests through their exhibit, “The Tells,” and explain their inspiration behind. Followed by Q&A. Complimentary wine. Svper Ordinary, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 7-8 p.m. Free.

For families

Story Time with Santa Claus. Santa will read us Christmas stories, pose for pictures and listen to Christmas wishes. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Holiday family sing-along. Colorado Women’s Chorale featuring Girls 21 from Cherry Creek High School along with several elementary school choirs. Kids in the audience can join in. A family-friendly festival and a visit from Santa will follow. Augustana Arts, 5000 E. Alameda Ave. 2:30-5:30 p.m. $5-10.

Yuletide Teas. Have tea, tour the holiday decorations and take home a collectible ornament. Ages 6 and up. Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. 10:30 a.m. $5-11.

Children’s holiday cookie party. Free decorated holiday cookies that go along with local author DK Simoneau’s book, “Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right! Night Before Christmas.” Rolling Pin Bakeshop, 2716 Welton St. 4-5 p.m. RSVP.

The Snowy Day Storybook Walk. “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats with fun snow-inspired activities and crafts. Children’s Library at Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway.

For your brain

Dismantling whiteness dialogue. SURJ Denver hosts a discussion about naming privilege(s), reflecting and talking to each other about dismantling white supremacy.  Bring a snack to share if you’d like. Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver, 1499 Julian St. 2-4 p.m. 

For a cause

Living Pink breast cancer show. Drag show fundraiser for the Le Cher Productions, which puts on the National Living Pink Breast Cancer Pageant. M Uptown, 700 E. 17th Ave. 8-11 p.m. $5.

Holiday season got you in the mood to do something good for others? Denver has plenty of opportunities for you.

Sports

Colorado State basketball vs. Kansas State, 1 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Logic Is Relative can release. 7.9% ABU Imperial IPA on tap and available in four-packs. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 1-9 p.m.

Entertainment

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $30-90.

“The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy’s elf in New York City. The Jones, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with an audio-described mantinee. Tickets start at $47.

“Hand to God.” Sweet but troubled teen Jason is coping with his father’s recent death and is forced to join his mother’s Church-led puppet group. Curious Theater Company, 2 p.m. $24-34.

Plies and Trina. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $43-53.

Jinx Jones holiday rockabilly show. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

1,000 Miles of Fire. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $10-12.

Necropanther. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

OKO TYGRA. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $10.

Disco Floyd. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Trev Rich: “To Make A Long Story Short” release party. Mynt Mojito Lounge, 1410 Market St. 9 p.m.

Art

Artist demonstration: Sarah Wallace Scott, paper making. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Free with $4-10 museum admission.

For families

Holiday Brass. The Colorado Symphony presents traditional carols, classical favorites, jazz transcriptions and music from holiday movies and TV specials. Montview Boulevard Presbyterian, 1980 Dahlia St. 5 p.m. $10-30.

Cookie decorating. Hot cocoa for kids and all the cookie decorating you want. Proceeds benefit Denver Children’s Home. Copper Door Coffee Roasters, 932 Jersey St. 1-3 p.m. $5.

For a cause

An evening to benefit Davis Dance. Drinks, live music, silent auction, raffle and a performance from Davis Contemporary Dance Company. Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. 5-8 p.m. $25.

Holiday season got you in the mood to do something good for others? Denver has plenty of opportunities for you.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets, 1 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots, 2:25 p.m.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.