Playbill: Three Holiday Stage Classics for Everyone

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The Demented Divas in The Nutcracker, starting November 26 at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret.
What do you do with the family after Thanksgiving is over? You dress them up and take them to see A Christmas Carol, because some stories were just made for retelling, generation after generation. And if you don't have a family with spit-washed faces, you can throw a little whipped cream on top and see a Christmas show that's silly and glittery and features bearded drag queens. Continue reading for the details...

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Playbill: Four Offbeat Shows for the 2014 Holiday Season in Denver

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Matt Zambrano is back as Crumpet in David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries at Off-Center@The Jones.
Some local stages stick with the classics for the holidays, such as the Denver Center Theatre Company's A Christmas Carol and the Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker. But if you like things light and perhaps a little bit wacked, there are a few ways to buck tradition and deck the halls with plenty of jolly. Read on for four possibilities.

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Twenty-Plus Holiday Shows and Markets for Gift-Buying in November

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Have a handmade holiday with wares from Bella Calla and others at CHUN's Black Market.
The shift happens so fast, it's nearly imperceptible, but that won't last for long -- Halloween's over, and the holiday shopping season is on. Shopping handmade and local is the trend, and we've made it a little easier for you to navigate the best of the markets, sales and small business-friendly gift-buying options that proliferate after Daylight Savings Time ends. Keep reading for the first round, which we've updated from last week to include more November markets. And no worries if you're a procrastinator -- more to come in December.

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The Governor's Mansion Has a New Tree Ornament; Sadly, It's Not Bob Beauprez

Categories: Holidaze

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Every holiday season, the Colorado Governor's Residence Preservation Fund commissions a new Christmas tree ornament that is inspired by or modeled after an object inside the Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion; the ornament is then duplicated and copies are sold to the public as a way to raise money for the fund, which pays for upkeep of the mansion.

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Photos: How Did Your Costume Compare to Those at Coloween and Lipgloss?

Categories: Holidaze, Photos

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Halloween fell on a Friday this year, which meant double the fun for anyone with a good costume and a desire to party. And dancing trick-or-treaters pulled out all the stops at a couple of events around town. Westword photographer Brandon Marshall captured the action at City Hall, where Riff Raff and a host of costumed revelers gathered for Coloween, while fellow photographer Ken Hamblin got into the groove at Beauty Bar, where Cold Cave and Lipgloss were holding court. Take a look at the photos on the next page and then click on the clicks to our full slide shows from both events.

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Eight Great Local Shops For Last-Minute Halloween Costumes and Accessories

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Scott Lentz for Westword.
Halloween is just around the corner, and while many a party-goer has spent months carefully crafting the perfect costume, the rest of us are still scrounging for ideas. But when that dream look finally hits, where do you go to get the best wigs, capes, feather boas and play knives before October 31? Here's a list of the best locally-owned spots around town to find everything you need for a spooky, sexy, gory or goofy get-up. (And don't forget to check out Westword's lists of the best adults-only parties and family-friendly gatherings happening throughout this Halloween week where you can wear said costume!)

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Ten Top Day of the Dead Celebrations in Denver This Week

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Kyle Huninghake for Westword.
The Día de los Muertos celebration at Pirate: Contemporary Art is a Denver tradition.
History, art, culture and tradition come together in Día de los Muertos, which will go down throughout the upcoming weekend. From gallery gatherings and family-friendly celebrations to cultural workshops and cocktail parties, Day of the Dead attracts city-wide attention across multiple days of great events and celebrations. You can find them all in our online Westword calendar, but here are our top ten ways to celebrate this spirited holiday.

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Twenty of the Best Kid-Friendly Halloween Celebrations

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Children's Museum of Denver.
Join the Children's Museum of Denver this weekend for its popular annual Trick or Treat Street.
Halloween is a holiday celebrated by all ages, but being a kid this time of year is something special. And from costume contests to magical worlds that only appear during the spooky season, the city is packed with places where hardcore candy seekers can get their sugar fix, little ones will find fun and games and older kids might discover more haunting experiences. Check the Westword calendar for a full listing of events throughout October, and keep reading for the best kid-friendly parties and events that everyone from toddlers to teens can enjoy.

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Twenty of the Best Adults-Only Halloween Parties

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Brandon Marshall for Westword.
Party goers from last year's Exotica Erotica Ball, going on this year in both Denver and Boulder.
Halloween takes over the month of October, providing plenty of places to party and play in costume. There's a lot to do and see around the city during this spooky season; here we've compiled a list of the top twenty haunted throwdowns catering to the mature crowd. (Don't worry, we've got kid-friendly and Dia de los Muertos events lists coming your way, too.)

Those looking for something a little scarier and sexier can check into a paranormal investigation of a Capitol Hill haunt or hit several parties with big cash prizes for the most innovative costumes. You can find more possibilities in the online Westword calendar -- but this list should fill your trick-or-treat bag with a spooky good time.

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Twenty family-friendly things to do and see in Colorado this Fourth of July weekend

Categories: Events, Holidaze

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Ken Hamblin for Westword.
With the Fourth of July holiday landing on a Friday this year, Colorado will be home to patriotic celebrations full of music, food, fun and fireworks (of course) all weekend long. We've rounded up twenty of the best family-friendly spots to celebrate, whether right here in the city, on the plains or up in the mountains.

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