The Artsmyths costume shop is puttin' on the ritz at the Mercury Cafe

Valerie Photogoddess
Some of last year's costumes.

Halloween is long gone, but costume fiends don't care: they're always on the hunt for the next party. Which is why the Denver mask shop ArtSmyths is presenting Puttin' On The Ritz at the Mercury Café this Saturday, November 30.

ArtSmyth's owner, Tiffany Smyth, is throwing Jazz-era dead-celebrities funeral party, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the shop. It's the third time that the store has celebrated its birthday in this way.

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Photos: It was a plaid, plaid world at the Tavern Downtown's Lumberjack Party

In a city that worships flannel, a Lumberjack Party isn't much of a stretch. At the fifth annual edition, this time at the Tavern Downtown on Saturday night, the floor was packed with flannel-clad boys and girls swinging their Paul Bunyan axes, twirling their manly (and womanly) moustaches, and bellying up tp the bar for enough PBRs to last a long, hard winter in the North Woods. Photographer Scott Lentz brought back these pictures of the fun, which included a surprise proposal; see the full slide show for all these and more.

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Twenty top adult-friendly Halloween parties -- no kids allowed!

Britt Chester
Halloween isn't a holiday limited to a single evening of celebrations. There are ghoulish parties all week, many of which include costume contests with serious cash prizes. Whether you're into zombies or burlesque (or both -- there are two parties for that alone) or you just want to dance and get spooky, there's an event for you.

In the list below, we've compiled the top twenty adult-friendly Halloween happenings between now and November 1. The celebrations we're highlighting are definitely adult-friendly; check the Westword online calendar for complete listings of haunted tours, family-friendly Halloween gatherings, zombies-only parties and more. And if you think we've missed a good party, share the information in the comments section below.

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Photos: Denver nightlife, zombie-style

When the zombies stopped crawling downtown on Saturday, it was only the beginning of a long and living-dead night: The undead could then just march into a Zombie Crawl after-party at Casselman's or the Zombie Prom at the Meadowlark -- or both -- and continue to carry on into the wee hours. Photographers Eric Gruneisen and Philip Poston were on the job, and they brought back these images from both parties.

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Photos: Zombie Fashion Show at the Shoppe

Zombie season is just beginning to amp up in Denver, and the Shoppe on East Colfax Avenue dug up a few undead beauties to strut the catwalk -- and drop a few body parts -- under the stars this weekend at the street's monthly Second Saturday Block Party. Photographer Ken Hamblin III brought back these photos from the Shoppe's Zombie Fashion Show. Eyeball these ghoulish gals, and then follow the link to check out the full slide show.

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Ten Denver comedy events to look forward to in October 2013


With two Halloween events, three filthy shows and three comedy contests, October humor is shaping up to be scary, sexy and heavily competitive. After a summer of record-breaking comedy festivals, you can fall into the autumnal weather with some bone-chilling monologues of creepy copulation with Bob Saget and Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, or just some humorous nostalgia with In Living Color founder Keenen Ivory Wayans and Deer Pile's nineties-tastic Cartoons and Comedy show.

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Greg Baumhauer recording live album at the Squire Lounge Thursday

Comedy at the Squire Lounge has a storied yet ignominious history -- and Greg Baumhauer has been there through it all. As the founder and erstwhile host of the Squire's notorious Tuesday night open mic, Baumhauer has evolved into something of a deadbeat father-figure to novice comics who haunt the beloved dive bar week after week. For seven years, Baumhauer has presided over what came to be known as "the meanest mic in America." Indeed, for comics and audiences alike, Baumhauer's pointed mockery proved to be just as fearsome as the bar's pipe-hitting, knife-wielding demographic. While the Squire has (debatably) improved these days, open mic night can still feel like more of a stygian journey to nowhere than an evening of standup comedy -- but all that may change soon. The Squire is closing its doors for a few weeks to undergo major renovations.

In celebration of the death and eventual rebirth of the Squire Lounge, Greg Baumhauer will be recording his first live comedy album there on Thursday, August 15.

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Photos: The Denver Cruisers' Glow ride lights up downtown

The Denver Cruisers lit up the city with their "Glow"-themed ride on Wednesday night, and Westword photographer Kyle Huninghake was there to captured all of the riders in full color. For more photos from the night, check out our Denver Cruisers' Glow Ride slide show.

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Photos: The Denver Cruisers don their best Bible belts...and panties

The Denver Cruisers did not hide in shame as they rode around the city with the theme "Bible Belt and Panties" on Wednesday night. Westword photographer Kyle Huninghake was there to capture the sinners and saints in all their glory. For more photos of the Cruisers' ride, check out the full Denver Cruisers: Bible Belt and Panties slide show.

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The ten best comedy events in June

The Sklar Brothers will appear at Comedy Works Downtown June 27-29.
June is jam-packed with a lineup of comedy events so eclectic, you're sure to find something to tickle your funny bone. There are podcasters and Pride festers, twins and Too Much Fun, He-Man and many giggle-worthy performances that your calendar will be bursting with snickers. Keep reading for the ten best comedy nights in June.

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- The Dairy Center developing a standup comedy scene in Boulder
- Ron White got personal in Denver about sex, pot and Osama Bin Laden on Friday
- Comedian Josh Blue on the pros and cons of being an "inspiration"

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