DECEMBER 3 – 18: The Gutcracker – Comedy Works Downtown Deacon Gray presents a new twist on a holiday favorite, featuring characters from the Tchaikovsky classic.

DECEMBER 9: Mike Watt – Lions Lair More than 36 years after forming influential punk band Minutemen, Mike Watt is still driving the van. There no  question that Mike Watt will turn this intimate venue inside out!

DECEMBER 9 – 31: 27th Annual Miniatures Exhibition – Abend Gallery In its 27th year running, this December the Annual Holiday Miniatures Show at Abend is an exhibition for everyone. With work from a wide range of artists, from emerging to well-established, and spanning multiple genres, art appreciators of all types will delight in this engaging and long-standing exhibition which fills the entire expansive gallery space with over 50 artists contributing anywhere from 200 to 300 original works of art. Opening Reception: Saturday, December 9th, 6-10pm at Abend Gallery, 1412 Wazee St.

DECEMBER 9 – JANUARY 13: The Best of 2017 – Space Gallery Showcasing the best work  by our 2017 featured artists. Opening reception and holiday party Thursday, December 21st. 5-8pm Space Gallery –  400 Santa Fe Drive. 303-993-3321 www.spacegallery.org

DECEMBER 11: An Evening with Kevin Smith – Comedy Works A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, Kevin Smith has written and directed numerous films including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State and Tusk. Kevin is the creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men and has authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and most recently Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts. An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films.

DECEMBER 14 – 17: Dew Tour – Breckenridge, CO The winter Dew Tour ski and snowboard competition and festival will return to Breckenridge, CO December 14-17, 2017. The event will serve as a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Olympic qualifying event for men’s and women’s halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding and skiing competitions. The Dew Tour will also host Team Challenge and Streetstyle competitions and a calendar of fan-based activities, as part of TEN and Mountain Dew’s commitment to further style and creativity in action sports. www.dewtour.com

DECEMBER 14: Book Reading with Nate Blakeslee – Tattered Cover Book Store Author Nate Blakeslee will discuss and sign his new bestseller American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West, the enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.  Blakeslee will share the stage with Mike Phillips, the executive director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund and the world’s foremost expert on wolf restoration. This event is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, the Endangered Species Coalition, Rocky Mountain Wild, the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Crown Publishing.

DECEMBER 15 – JANUARY 2: Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel – Denver Pavilions Get into the holiday spirit by taking a ride on Downtown’s 1st & only Holiday Carousel. Due to popular demand the carousel has been extended through the new year, with NEW YEAR’S EVE RIDES!  So rekindle some of that childhood magic at Denver Pavilions. $3 per ride or FREE w/ a voucher from any Denver Pavilions merchant. *Portion of proceeds go to Food Bank for the Rockies.

OPENS DECEMBER 15: Permanent – Mayan Theatre A comedy about bad hair, adolescence, and socially awkward family members. It involves life-altering permanents and poorly-made toupees. Obstacles to daily survival ensue. It’s 1982, and the Dicksons (Jim, Jeanne, and Aurelie) move (are the new-comers) to a southern town where all the girls long for Farrah Fawcett-type curls (to match their back-woods accents/ and love to talk hair./ and obsess over their hair.) Pre-teen AURELIE begs her parents for a permanent, (known outside the south as a perm) hoping for life-changing curly waves but when they take her to a Beauty School instead of a salon to save money, disaster ensues. A bored student-beautician accidentally sets the timer for too long, and the perm ends up destroying Aurelie’s already low-grade social life as well as her hair follicles. Aurelie is left as a gawky yet endearing young teenager trying to navigate junior high with what some kids call an afro, then throw things at her, from epithets to dodgeballs.

12/15 &16 – Nathaniel Rateliff Ogden Theatre

12/16 – Slow Caves (7” Release) Lost Lake Lounge

 

DECEMBER 16 & 17: Firefly Handmade Holiday Market – Boulder, CO We’re so excited to hold our Holiday Market at the brand new Embassy Suites Hotel Ballroom! Located in the heart of Boulder, CO, we’ll be next to the REI shopping center, across from 29th Street shopping district. Shop handmade for the holidays at the Front Range’s premier marketplace for exclusively handmade artisan goods. Featuring: 80+ Indie Artisans, Live Music with Banshee Tree. Each Firefly Handmade market is carefully and creatively curated to feature returning favorite and emerging artisans with home goods & décor; jewelry & accessories; adult & children’s fashion; skin care; ceramics; art; artisanal food; paper goods; and more. For more info visit fireflyhandmade.com

DECEMBER 19 – 31: Waitress – Buell Theatre With original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles “Waitress is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

DECEMBER 22: 12 Days of Giving: Punk Rock Drag Show for One Colorado – Ratio Beerworks If there’s one major thing we’ve taken away from the punk rock music scene, it’s that our community is all about promoting inclusiveness and welcoming friends from all backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyles.  As such, join Ratio Beerworks for the third edition of our punk rock themed drag show performance as part of 12 Days of Giving at Ratio Beerworks supporting One Colorado and Colorado’s LGBTQ community. Once again, proceeds from beer sales will go to support this tremendous organization. Hosted by Vivica Galactica 12 Days of Giving was created to lend a hand to 12 diverse local nonprofit groups in need, that Ratio has identified as doing really great work in the Denver area. During the first three weeks of December, Ratio will showcase one of those 12 groups in the taproom for 12 non-consecutive days with $1 from each beer sold during a three hour period going to benefit those organizations.

DECEMBER 28: Jane’s Addiction – Ogden Theatre Jane’s oeuvre and myth doesn’t feel aged, or classic. If anything, it’s still a live wire; dangerous and dark in spite of the passage of time. Jane’s Addiction was the spark that saved us from hair rock right before Nirvana destroyed it. Nothing Shocking is unquestionably one of the best records from the late 80s!

12/29-31 – Slim Cessna’s Auto Club Globe Hall

OPENS DECEMBER: The Shape of Water – In Theaters Guillermo del Toro latest work is an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

OPENS DECEMBER: The Tribes of Palos Verdes – In Theaters When the Mason family moves to idyllic Palos Verdes, Calif., the father, Phil, loves it but the mother, Sandy, feels out of place among the fake tans and tennis skirts. Phil and Sandy’s daughter, Medina, is a loner and outcast at school, while her charismatic brother, Jim, is effortlessly popular. When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness. Starring Jennifer Garner, Maika Monroe and Cody Fern.

OPENS DECEMBER: I, Tonya – In Theaters Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. Starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan.

 

THRU DECEMBER: SABER ACOMODAR ART AND WORKSHOPS OF JALISCO 1915-NOW – MCA Denver SABER ACOMODAR: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now presents an investigation of the work carried out in studios and artisanal workshops in Jalisco, Mexico. Focusing on the last 100 years of production, the works included in the exhibition showcase collaborations between artists and artisans (e.g. potters, carpenters, blacksmiths, jewelers, sign painters, and printmakers) who work and live in western Mexico.

THRU DECEMBER: Stampede: Animals in Art – Denver Art Museum See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in Stampede: Animals in Art. This cross-departmental exhibition will bring together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures.

THRU DECEMBER: Lady Bird – Chez Artiste Theatre In Lady Bird, writer/director Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

JANUARY 2 – 14: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I – Buell Theatre Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).

1/5 & 6 Murder By Death Stanley Hotel

1/6 – Tennis Ogden Theatre

JANUARY 6 – MARCH 18: Snowshoe & Fondue – Aspen Peak Cellars Join us for the ever popular (98% Thumbs Up Rating) 7th annual Snowshoe & Fondue Event starting January 6th and ending March 18th, 2018. Tickets on sale now for $59 on Fridays, $69 Saturdays and Sundays (Retail price $139). Like us on Facebook and keep an eye out for additional savings offered by entering a coupon code.

Deal includes: Snowshoe and pole rental, Guided Snowshoe or winter hike (depends on snow conditions), Wine Tasting Paddle (6 wines) and food pairing challenge, Glass of wine of choice, Authentic Swiss cheese fondue with baguette and vegetables, Winery tour and winemaker Q&A, Live music entertainment.

JANUARY 7th: Lana Del Rey – Pepsi Center Her voice deserves much of the worship it receives. Lana Del Rey’s LA to the Moon tour comes to Denver’s Pepsi Center on Jan. 7. Jhene Aiko and Kali Uchis will perform in support.

JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 18: Fieldworks: Creative Research by DU Faculty – Vicki Myhren Gallery The Vicki Myhren Gallery is pleased to announce a new program – an annual exhibition featuring the research and artworks of creative faculty members at the school of art and art history. The format gives each artist an opportunity to exhibit newly created works and work in progress. A special focus is the research and creative process itself. Our initial exhibition features work from 8 artists in the DU Studio art program and Emergent Digital Practices program. A range of media will feature in the exhibition: photographs, prints, interactive 3-D printed wearables, and archive-based sculpture that explores the history of women in pioneer towns in Colorado. A portion of the space is also dedicated to work by Art History faculty members working in new and creative formats including online, curatorial, and film projects. 2018 featured artists: Jennifer Ghormley, Sarah Gjertson, Deborah Howard, Brandon Siscoe, Megan Ulrich, Kristin Stransky Mallinger, Kari Varner and Timothy Weaver

1/15 – St. Vincent Fillmore Auditorium