A few weeks ago, tragedy struck my already dwindling group of friends.
One of my close friends packed her bags, hit the road and headed to the Sunshine State leaving us with just one weekend to savor our last days with her.
So we did what my group does best: Pre-gamed with a mini house party in only the nerdiest of fashions -- with Wii's Mario Party competitions, board games and beer shot-gunning competitions -- before getting dolled up and hitting the bars. Mixed drinks light on the mixer, a healthy dose of my group's fave new board game, "What's Yours Like?," and we were ready to go.
While I know this all sounds ever-so-exciting, Absinthe House has it's own definition of a house party.
Keep the drinks, nix the games and add in way more people in questionable states of sobriety. Oh, and cooler music than that of my rather varied playlists. The Christmas lights lining my living room can compete with strobe lights on a dance floor, right?
Anyway, the folks at Absinthe are revving up the ol' Saturday Night House Party again, pouring out free drinks -- with the completion of a quick form on their Facebook page -- and setting up only the newest mixes for the returning crowds.
Drink specials abounding -- $2 Kamikaze shots and $3 domestics should get those wallets nice and happy -- Residents Ricard and Rkade are taking control of the stereos, so bring those dancing shoes! (That sounded a bit cooler in my head.)
Info: Saturday Night House Party at Absinthe House, 9 p.m. to close every Saturday, 1109 Walnut St.
But before your Saturday's debauchery, you'll need to fill your Friday. Really do your weekend up right.
How, you ask?
By hitting up the Walrus Saloon tonight.
They too are excited about the return of their favorite clientele and are proud to announce the return of their live music sets.
To start it all off? The Goonies , an '80s cover band with some back-in-the-day beats.
Talk about a return of the music. My brief night of '80s-centric fun last Halloween brought out the neon in all of us.
But I digress. Again.
I say that's a pretty sweet way to start the weekend off.
Info: The return of live music at the Walrus Saloon, 10:30 p.m. Friday, 1173 Walnut St.
Now, before I leave you to your shenanigans, I'll throw out one last event.
A trip through the Fire Swamp, complete with R.O.U.S.'s, masked men in black and rhyming giants.
The Boulder Outdoor Cinema's putting on one of my favorite films, and if you haven't guessed it yet, well, you best get your butt over there because these are classic references I'm throwing out.
"The Princess Bride" is on at dusk, and it's always a good way to start a night.
Inconceivable? I think not.
My name is Alexandra Sieh. You deserve some time off. Prepare to party.
Info: Boulder Outdoor Cinema's screening of "Princess Bride," behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St. Gates open at 7 p.m., with live music at 7:30 p.m. and the film starting at dusk.