10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (5 free!), December 28-31
Tie Me Up For Christmas at the Mercury Cafe (Saturday, $5)
Enjoy '80s hair metal classics reworked as lounge songs at Kinky Mink's holiday show this evening. The sultry local band will perform classics like Billy Idol's "White Wedding" and Metallica's "Enter Sandman," as well as a few of its own originals, like the above BDSM Christmas ditty "Tie Me Up for Christmas."
Pre-NYE Party at Shag Lounge (Sunday, free)
There's no need to wait until Monday to start your New Year's Eve partying. DJs boyhollow and Largechild will be spinning the tunes at this Shag Sundays bash. Dance, enjoy $3 U-Call-Its at the bar, and take a swig or two from some of the free champagne bottles that will be passed around throughout the night. And then you can do it all again at another party tomorrow.
Slam Nuba Kwanzaa at the Crossroads Theatre (Monday, free)
Celebrate Kwanzaa tonight at Slam Nuba's '80s Hip Hop-themed party and vegan potluck. Bring a dish to share, listen to live music from DJ Cavem, see a live martial arts demo, and watch a screening of Byron Hurt's newest film, Soul Food Junkies, which delves into the history of soul food. It's sure to be an evening full of fantastic eats, interesting entertainment and lots of fun.
Prince Paul New Year's Eve at Beauty Bar (Monday, $5)
Ring in the new year by shaking your limbs at this epic dance party. Beauty Bar and Lucha Rama are bringing NYC DJ/producer Prince Paul to town, along with the RNR live hip hop and funk crew and local DJ Diabolic for an evening full of killer tunes that will usher in the new year with a raucous good time.
NYE Fireworks at 16th Street Mall (Monday, free)
Yeah, there are plenty of New Year's Eve parties, but nothing beats the classic thrill of a giant free fireworks display. Bundle up with the masses and head to the 16th Street Mall for a stunning display of explosive pyrotechnics that will blast you into the new year.