Turkey's out the door, let the fat man in.

Not your mom, Santa, silly. (Although she could use an upper-lip wax.)

Since the memes are up in arms about shopping on Thanksgiving and the internets are crying about Christmas stuff already up before turkey day, I have some words of wisdom for you: CALM DOWN. Who cares? Let the fools shop. Let them hang holiday lights on Halloween. Let them litter their lawns with inflatable snowmen. Meanwhile, let's litter ours with wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube men. Or airdancers — nay, "Skydancerz" — if you will.

But now that Thanksgiving is over, let's go shopping!

Forget Black Friday, we're all about Small Business Saturday. And so is Denver.

Christy Fantz
Christy Fantz (Cyrus McCrimmon / The Denver Post)

On Saturday, support local businesses at the Small Business Saturday Artisan Market at Wazee Union, 3501 Wazee St., Denver, from noon-5 p.m.

The market will feature more than 40 vendors selling local handmade crafts, fine art, vintage goods, jewelry, housewares, food, wearable art, etc., all from Colorado artisans.

This is the best resource for all your holiday gifts. You know that one cool family member who always gives the best gifts because she always travels the world? And lowly ol' us wrapped an iTunes gift card in a large box because we're funny. And not creative. Head to the Artisan Market on Saturday and you can be that cool relative that gifts awesome gifts.


Plus, it's all at your fingertips this weekend. Instead of hopping from store to store all the way from South Broadway to the River North district, head to Wazee Union and find all the stops in one spot. Plus there will be a couple of food trucks around ready to pad your turkey-stuffed belly.

Info: Saturday at noon; wazeeunion.net/artisans-market.html; free

On the catwalk

Look out, New York. We will trump you one day. (At least we win with that landscape out west.)

Denver is hosting a runway show featuring high-end fashion by local designers at Sunday's Red Ball at EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver.

Best of all, the Red Ball was created to raise awareness for World AIDS Day, which falls on Sunday, as well as raise funds for the Denver Colorado AIDS Project. The Ball, in its fifth year, will swathe more than 100 models in 20 local designers' wares — all inspired by the red AIDS awareness ribbon — while more than a dozen salons will craft outrageous hairstyles and makeup to produce a runway show that looks like one the Big Apple would tout.

The event will also feature a cocktail reception, with tunes spun by Denver favorite DJ Rockstar Aaron, as well as aerial dancers and fire spinners. There will also be a silent auction.

Info: Sunday at 8 p.m.; redballdenver.org; $30-$75

Sporty spice

Which is what I call the sports department, much to their chagrin. (Hugs, pals. You love it.)

Anyway, if you have fam in town for the weekend for the fat bird holiday, take them to either a Nuggets or an Avalanche game this weekend. You'll probably be sleeping there anyway for Monday's Jay-Z show. (Oh em gee. I wonder if Queen Bey will be here. Gasp.)

The Colorado Avalanche is playing the Minnesota Wild on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the Denver Nuggets are playing the New York Knicks on Friday night at 7 p.m. — both at the Pepsi Center. 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver.

The Avs are kicking major ass this year, plus, old school Avies Patrick Roy is the head coach and Joe Sakic is the executive VP of the team. Will the dream team bring us a Stanley Cup? Who knows. Go see.

The Nuggets this year? Not so good. But who cares. It's always a blast to watch the boys in blue on the court. Plus, we've got a new coach this year, Brian Shaw. Go show them some support.

Info: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; pepsicenter.com; tickets start at $12

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