alexandra sieh

A s we sat around in our costumes, my friends and I couldn't help but reminisce.

Probably inspired by our Disney-centric attire.

Back in our day, shows like "Doug" and "Looney Toons" reigned supreme, cell phones were a 16-and-up privilege and costumes would never be seen by anyone but family, as Colorado's October required that parkas be donned and gloves replace props.

(Not like this year. Those kids got some grade-A weather on Wednesday. Not bitter or anything, especially after we roamed Pearl.)

Most importantly, every birthday was thrilling. The guest list (aka: everyone in your class), the activities, the cake. All vitally important.

Not like now, when only the big 2-1 gets any attention, and everything before -- and especially after -- is just another day.

Sure, the booze helps, but still.

Well, Twisted Pine is still in the single-digit years, and they've gone all out to celebrate their ninth anniversary.

I can't even remember my ninth birthday. Sad panda over here.

So while Halloween extravaganzas lay behind us, let us all get back into the party mood and join Twisted Pine in their all-day bash, complete with live music -- the Afronauts -- and food/drink specials -- $9 pizza and pint combo.


It's also the day the newest artisan ale, the Modern Day Pine-eer -- clever, eh? -- will hit the cups for the first time.


I think you just found your best break from Saturday's homework. ... Oh wait, that's Sunday's studying. My bad. Let's say ... a break from the relaxation?

Info: Twisted Pine Brewing's 9th anniversary party, 3201 Walnut Street, Saturday. Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.



Sunday, some University of Colorado students have a gig on Sunday that could be just the ticket after a riotous Friday and Saturday set.

Ctrl-Shift-Awesome -- a band of students -- is playing at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

And while this seems pretty far from my usual suggestion, even I can appreciate the supporting of young artists, a mellow scene with good music.

It's a nice, acoustic Sunday.

Info: Ctrl-Shift-Awesome playing at Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., at 8 p.m. Sunday.


Get naked

More predictable to hear from me? A night full of glorious eye-candy.

I'm saying right up front: "Magic Mike" was an AWFUL movie. The acting from some was ... torture, and the plot line was, oh wait, what plot line?

But you know what it did have?

Many beautiful men.

I can just sense the eye-rolling already.

But I'm still here to tell you that the movie is hitting CU's campus this Friday, and for those of you with a few hours to kill, it's a free hour and a half of male strippers.

Info: Friday night screening of Magic Mike, 9 p.m. at Chem 140.


Buff pride

Last-minute quickie. And yes, that's what he said. Or she said, if she's really cool.

The Buffs are hitting the field again. I'm not trying to hit on a sore subject or anything, but for those still rooting for your black and gold footballers, it's homecoming weekend and time to get back on the bandwagon.

And it's my job to remind you of the following: West End's got your ride there and back, with drinks before and after, ready to either get you jazzed or mend your pride -- whatever you need.

The Pear Street Stampede's also romping through downtown Pearl on Friday at 7 p.m., with enough CU pride to get even you weary Buffalo back into action.Info: CU vs. Stanford at noon at Folsom Field. West End Tavern's ride is at 11 a.m., 926 Pearl Street.

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