Things to do in Denver Dec. 15-18: The big weekend list

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, and all through the city…

The Hi Dive on South Broadway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The Hi-Dive on South Broadway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, and all through the city…

Thursday

Food & drink

Mockery beer dinner. Five-course dinner with Denver Deep Dish and Mockery Brewing Co. Denver Deep Dish LoHi, 200 W. 38th Ave. 7-10 p.m. Call 720-619-3337 for tickets.

O’Connell’s lead stout release party. First 25 people get a novelty glass. Renegade Brewing Co., 925 W. Ninth Ave. 5-10 p.m.

Entertainment

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 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. 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. 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.

That Eighties Band and the Dirty Femmes. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Vale of Pnath. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

PBR Art Showcase featuring Ice C.R.E.A.M, Overslept, Lawsuit Models, Sid Madrid and DJ Gatsby. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. Free.

X&G. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Brothertiger. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Coral Creek featuring Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Dubskin 10 year anniversary party. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. Free-$10.

RAW: Presents Holiday RAWk 2016. Showcase of film, music, fashion, art, photography, hair, makeup and accessories. City Hall, 1144 Broadway. 7 p.m. $20-25.

James Hamilton and Friends. Highlands Comedy Room at Sushi Hai, 3600 W. 32nd Ave. 8-10 p.m.

The SPINS Tribute to Nina Simone. The Vinyl Me, Please release for December is “Nina Simone Sings the Blues.” Hear the record, along with some soul, jazz and the blues with DJ Details, and maybe win a copy. Bar Fausto, 3126 Larimer St. 8-11 p.m.

Surrealist Show & Tell. “This is your chance to show off that short film, let us pet your chinchilla, show off your third-grade painting or poem, impressions, diary entries, rap, cast shadow puppets…” etc. Message the organizers to get a five-minute slot, or just go and watch. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7:30-11 p.m.

Art

Next Stage Collaborative gallery opening. CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell and Executive Director of Denver Arts & Venues Kent Rice welcome everyone to celebrate the opening of Next Stage Collaborative, an interactive gallery space featuring digital and augmented reality. Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St. 1-3 p.m.

For families

Sensory Friendly “Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol.” King Center (Auraria Campus), 855 Lawrence Way. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15.

“North Pole Ninjas” story time. Half-off wine and kids’ meals starting at 4 p.m., story at 4:30 p.m. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 4-5 p.m.

For your brain

“Star Wars” trivia night featuring four new beers from Wit’s End: The First Porter, Rogue Quadron, Kylo Red and Luke Ryewalker. Stapleton Tap House, 8286 E Northfield Blvd, Unit 1525. 7-9 p.m.

For a cause

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

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 7 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Joseph James exclusive tap takeover. One night only: Joseph James is takes over taps with beers that have never come to Colorado before. Crafty Fox, 3901 Fox St. 5-11 p.m.

4 Noses/Bristol Brewing Insignia tapping. Wear your best ’80s ski gear for this party. Dunbar Kitchen & Taphouse, 2844 Welton St. 4-11 p.m.

“Star Wars” beer release. Kylo Red continental red ale, Luke Ryewalker farmhouse rye saison, The First Porter English robust porter and Rogue Quadron Belgian-style quad. Wit’s End Brewing Co., 2505 W. Second Ave., Unit 13. 2-9 p.m.

Entertainment

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 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. 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. 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.

The Railbenders. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-25.

Ryan Sambol. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

A Celebration of Leonard Cohen. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $10.

Greener Grounds. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Show Ya Teef. Interactive comedy show from the Black Actors Guild. The Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington St. 8-11 p.m. $10.

Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $16-20.

Sunnyside Brewhaha. Standup from Andrew Bueno, Mina Thorkel, James Hamilton, Karl Hess and Jordan Doll. Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. 8-10 p.m. Free.

Patrick Dethlefs. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $8.

Mutiny Info Press Reader release party. Celebrate the first anthology of the”Mutiny Info Reader” fiction and poetry collection with readings and live music. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 7 p.m.

Art

Pirate: Contemporary Art 37th anniversary show. Work from more than 30 artists on display at Pirate: Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo St. 6-10 p.m.

“Terra Nullius” screening. “The works in Terra Nullius demarcate a separation from traditional and purely representational depictions of the landscape and re-envision ways to contribute to that artistic history.” Dikeou Pop-up: Colfax, 312 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $10 or pay what you can.

“Spectrum.” An award show by students for students, featuring students’ work. VFW Post 1, 841 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m. $25.

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. 7:30 p.m. $10-30.

Cookie swap and caroling. Sing the holiday favorites. Bring a dozen of your favorite cookies. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 6-7 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Party & Film on the Fly. Party starts at 4 p.m. on the DEN Plaza, film begins at 5:30 p.m. Bring a chair or cushion. This is in an open-air plaza. Denver International Airport, 8500 Pena Blvd. 4-8 p.m.

For a cause

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

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers, 7 p.m.

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.