LAUGH IT UP So while I know a night of drinking (and subsequent falling, inappropriate gyrating, etc.) already makes us giggle like little school children, Shine Restaurant's got something a little more structured in mind. Denver's top comics -- including Kelly MacLean, Jodee Champion and Talon Saucerman -- are hitting Comedy Night, leading the laughter that'll burn off those extra holiday calories. Bound to be good for a chuckle or two, and great way to get happy for the rest of your Friday night revelries. Head over Friday night from 7-10 p.m. It's $8 for student tickets, located at 2027 13th Street.
GET TO PLANNIN' Well, 2012 is dwindling, folks, with a much-anticipated build-up to the big climax Monday. My favorite holiday, as it were. And while we all blue-ball it till the stroke of midnight (yea ... I went there), you need to figure your plans out. One option? The New Year's Eve bash at Absinthe House, at 1109 Walnut St. A five-hour dance party replete with short dresses, libations and DJs designing beats to get that groove thing a-moving. Get your tickets now -- find the link via their Facebook page -- $15 (for champagne and party favors), or $20 (full open bar from 9 p.m.--midnight.).
SAY CHEESE Nostalgic, yes. I naively embrace the "in with the new" mentality Jan. 1 brings -- and with it comes the rush to get things done for 2012 while it's up and around.
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