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This Karen Watkins piece is part of Studio 12 Gallery s Second Annual Day of the Dead show.



Besides Halloween, Da de los Muertos is the best holiday. But that’s just, like, my opinion, man.*

Plus, I’m always right.

The Mexican holiday, Spanish for “Day of the Dead,” involves partying, eating, decorating colorful sugar skulls and honoring friends and family members who have passed on.

Although the holiday isn’t until Nov. 2, Studio 12 Gallery, 209 Kalamath St., Denver is kicking off more than a month of celebration with a Second Annual Day of the Dead show beginning Friday.

The gallery will host a mix of modern, indie and traditional art — even including traditional altars, used in celebration with the holiday.

Neat! Maybe I’m partial to the holiday because of a Catholic upbringing. Or maybe I love it because Mexican food is the best invention ever. Or maybe it’s just because skulls are rad. But not in the Ed Hardy type of way…

Anyway, who cares? This show is going to be super.

The opening reception is 4-9 p.m. Friday and is sponsored by Boulder’s Roundhouse Spirits.

The event falls on the popular First Friday for the Santa Fe Arts District. If you’re a virgin to Denver’s First Friday, then bust out the lube. Uh, the walking shoes, I mean.

It’s one big artsy party with art gallery hopping, wine and beer. More than 60 galleries participate. Check it out before it gets too cold.

*”Big Lebowski.” Get it together, kids.

Info: Runs through Nov. 5. 303-629-8744. Free.

Play with toys

You are still a child at heart.

You are. I saw you playing with that Slinky last night through your “Transformers” curtains. (The toy, you pervert.)

Well since you’re a huge nerd, you need to see this awesome exhibit.

Lakewood’s Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., is closing its five-month exhibit, “The Science of Toys,” on Sunday.

The center, not too far from downtown Denver, has been housing a huge toy collection for the past few months — including childhood favorites — and has divided them into five science concepts of gravity, gears, aerodynamics, modern technology and motion.

So go be a big nerd and play with some toys while learning how they work. Now if you’ll excuse me, my Barbie collection is shedding tears in lonely solitude.

Info: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 303-987-7850. $2-$5

What a drag

Actually, it’s quite far from a drag.

Hamburger Mary’s, 700 E. 17th Ave., Denver, puts on a show the first and third Fridays and Saturdays of each month with its Dream Girls Cabaret Drag Show.

All flavors of the rainbow grace this popular bar and grill in uptown Denver.

The super sexy Dream Girls mingle with you drunks in a great cabaret setting beforehand to ease you into their elaborate show.

The show consists of individual and group numbers, the performers wear elaborate costumes and will knock your wig off in a performance that even mom and dad would enjoy.

Make sure to take your picture with the Dream Girls afterwards, as you’ll want to capture this Polaroid moment. They are way hotter than you.

Info: 9 p.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Saturday. 303-832-1333. Free.

Christy Fantz’s Doing Denver column runs in the Colorado Daily every Thursday.

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