Holiday Homicide, Honky Tonk Hail this Season

The holidays are just around the corner, and whether you’re looking for something to do with the family in town or a bit of a break from the drama, Northwest Denver has you covered. 

Craig Alexander

If you’re facing a post-Halloween slump and need a jolt of thrill, Adam’s Mystery Playhouse has your fix with murder mystery dinners. With themed experiences including “Murder at Haunted Blood Mansion,” “Made for TV Holiday Homicide” and “Holidays ‘R’ Murder” and more. Showtimes are generally at 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Check out for the full schedule and ticket prices.

More murder and more mystery abound at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake location. An advance screening of Rian Johnson’s latest feature “Knives Out” will be premiering at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 with an interactive “Clue” movie party at 7 p.m. the following Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26. More info and tickets can be found at

For those in the mood for a night of music or comedy, The Oriental Theater has an eclectic range of shows including Trey Crowder’s “The Liberal Redneck” wellRed Comedy tour at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23; the annual benefit show “Tunes for Barret – Holiday Honky Tonk” at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and more to be found at

While The Bug Theatre may be known best for its stageplays, it also hosts a number of other events for a night out in Northwest Denver. Check out locally produced, up-and-coming films, documentaries, music videos and more at The Emerging Filmmakers Project at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. If you’ve got a talent you want to share or see locals share their own, Denver’s longest-running open mic variety show, “Freak Train,” will be in the house at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. And at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, one of Denver’s most notable comedy groups, The Grawlix, will have their monthly show. If slightly off-kilter holiday plays are your vibe, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” is showing at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 6-28. Tickets and additional info for events are at

Craig is Denver-raised and has lived in the Northwest Denver area for the last 12 years, since attending and graduating from Regis University with an interdisciplinary B.A. in Vocal Performance, English and Communications. When they aren’t working their day job, they produce and co-host a film and culture podcast called I Want You To Watch This at


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