Oh Colorado.

There we all were, rejoicing in sunshine. Going on runs (OK OK, walk/jogs) and driving around with the windows down singing “Wrecking Ball” like a boss, as if it wasn’t late November.

Then WHAP. Bitch-slapped right in the face by winter.

OK. We get it. You’re here. No need to be an asshole about it.

So I wearily began shoving my T-shirts and tanks aside, bringing the few sweaters I have to the front of the closet, when I saw them: All the too-short dresses and cleavage-centric tops (AKA: bar clothes) I’d be a fool to wear out in this weather. My reaction: I AM a fool. Time to plan a bar night, and get my fool friends out there with me.

Battle royale, snowy weather.

And by the looks of the schedule this weekend, Boulder’s ready to par-tay too.

Especially Asher Brewing (4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104). It’s turning four this Saturday (I wonder if, like cat years, that actually makes it 21 or something…) and the staff’s ready to get the pints poured. From 2 to 11 p.m., there will be food from A Saviour Affair, music from 7 to 9 p.m. by Na’an Stop and the first 100 people there get a koozie.

Name one thing wrong with any of that.

There will also be a raffle going throughout the day, with Asher prizes going to the winners. Bonus: Proceeds are going to CO Flood Relief. So get out and booze for a cause.

Course, you can start this “drinking for others” mentality Thursday. Rocky Mounts (2055 26th St.) is hosting guest bartenders Ryan Van Duzer, Colby Pearce, Cameron Dy and Cari Higgins at 5 p.m. They’ll be pouring pale ales and lagers from Upslope Brewing, and inviting everyone to dress up as Christmas characters. Costumes!

The event’s helping out There With Care, a nonprofit in Boulder that delivers food and services to families with critically ill children. Such a good reason to sip on a cold one.

But hey, Thirsty Thursday needn’t be so … thirsty … god that’s lame. But anyway. You can have a grand time without leaving campus.

Your Program Council‘s screening “Jobs” in CHEM 140 (1669 Euclid Ave.), at 9 p.m. for free-sies. Learn all about that Steve Jobs guy.

Or head to Club 156 and drop $5 for an awesome time with Capt. Earth and Drop Switch. Doors open at 9 p.m. It should be a great chance to dance off all those Thanksgiving carbs you loaded on.

And finally, because I’m a sucker for holiday lights (the only holiday thing I really love, actually, aside from all the food), I vote you check out the Downtown Boulder’s Lights of December Parade on Saturday at 6 p.m.

It starts at 15th and Walnut (map online at Go and check out great local floats, keep it clean around the children, eat something delish downtown and then commence the Saturday night shenanigans.

So while it may not have been the best season for your football-playin’ Buffaloes, your basketball-ers are out and about, playing this Saturday at 1:15 p.m. at the Coors Event Center (950 Regent Dr.). Get out there and cheer them on vs. their former Big 12 rival, Kansas.

And before (or after) the game, hit up the West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.). Each game day, the staff will have their six screens playing the game, serving up specials like $3.50 Great Divide Nomad Pilsner, $5 Buffalo Trace and $2 Old Style Cans. Oh, and of course, their awesome barbecue, bourbon and burgers. (Great. Now I’m hungry AND thirsty.)

The Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th St.) is hosting School Dance this Thursday at 9 p.m. No cover, just lots of quality tunes and brews to make your night merry and your cheeks rosy … from drunkenness.

Let’s go straight to the source. Hazel’s Beverage World (1955 28th St.) staffers are hosting wine and Grand Marnier Peach sampling happening from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Yummmm.

And of course, one sure-fire way to heat up is to mosh it out with like 100 other sweaty, inebriated homies. Yes, I’m talking about Absinthe House. On Friday night, Wild Boyz with Ricard and Klubhaus Productions will be breaking out their own set of beats. Perfect place for the aforementioned skimpy outfits. No cover, but sorry kiddos, 21 and up.

As per usual, The Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut St.) has a quality weekend lineup. Like “The Spectacular Now,” is a romantic comedy with some twists and turns along the way. It’ll be showing from Thursday to Sunday, with showtimes at

Even better, they have “Rising From the Ashes,” a documentary that follows cycling legend Jock Boyer as he moves to Rwanda, Africa, and attempts to help genocide survivors create a national cycling team. Seriously, it sounds awesome. And it’ll have a few showings this weekend and next week.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll watch shows about cute animals and nature all the time. Seriously, I’ll watch those IMAX documentaries anytime. I follow at least five Twitter feeds purely for cute kittens. And no, I don’t consider this a problem. So naturally, I’ve found a set of two nature films that’ll have you at their titles. “Microworlds” and, wait for it … “Fuzzy Baby Animals.” Sold. Check ’em out at The Dairy at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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