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Coming Attractions

Get into the holiday spirit with music, food

Plenty of options for your Thanksgiving week


Despite all the shoppers big box stores see on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving wasn’t all that special for Angelo Coiro, owner of Angelo’s CDs and More.

But when Record Store Day started making exclusive releases on Black Friday, everything changed.

“It’s been a big help to use, and we do triple what we used to on that Friday,” he said. “Suddenly, Black Friday is relevant to us again.”

During the Record Store Day Black Friday event, independent record stores like all three of Angelo’s locations, Twist and Shout, Black and Read, Wax Trax, and others will be opening at much more reasonable hours (usually around 8 a.m. or so) to sell limited versions of unique releases on vinyl, tapes and CDs.

Some items sure to go first include a 7-inch single of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by local favorites Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” on two LPs, and Gorillaz’s latest album, “Humanz,” on two LP picture discs.

“We have donuts and other treats for the first people who arrive, and there will be live music at some locations,” Coiro added. “There are also sales and specials we’ll have going all weekend.”

Go to www.recordstoreday.com to find the record nearest you, compile your wishlist, and make a plan for the day.

An album listening party at a movie theater

Denver-based Vinyl Me, Please, a record-of-the-month club where subscribers are sent one record each month, has been growing by leaps and bounds since it was first created in 2013.

To coincide with the release of its album of the month, the company started The Spins, listening parties where people can party while checking out the album.

For November, Vinyl Me, Please, selected St. Vincent’s latest album, “Masseducation,” and to celebrate, are hosting a listening party at the BarFly, located in Sloan Lake’s new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4255 W. Colfax Ave.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17, the event will feature a mixology class, movie screening and a silent disco curated by DJ Details and the Vinyl Me, Please staff.

“We have a relationship with our members where we say, ‘Here is this thing that was really moving to us and we actually spend a lot of time writing about it … and we’d love for you to give it a listen,’ “ explained Tyler Barstow, one of the founders of the company, in an interview from earlier this year. “Our goal is to illuminate and shed some light on where this album comes from, because there are so many albums that aren’t just another pop record or another rap record or another indie rock record.”

For more information, visit www.drafthouse.com/denver/theater/sloans-lake.

A musical Thanksgiving tradition

On Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band — the musical group responsible for classics like “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” — played its final concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, with visits from rock royalty like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and more. The ensuing film, directed by Martin Scorsese, and live album have gone down as one of the best live recordings in rock history.

In 2005, Polytoxic, a jam band based in Denver, came up with the idea of reenacting the movie on stage to highlight the quality of area musicians. That first concert on May 25 included 16 guest musicians and a four-piece horn section, and sold out in minutes. So the group decided to hold a repeat performance the night before Thanksgiving — and they’ve been doing it ever since.

Now in its 13th year, The Last Waltz Revisited will be on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., and on Nov. 22 (the night before Thanksgiving) at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. The show will feature more than 50 musicians and a full horn section, all from the Denver music scene.

A portion of the proceeds go to support the Denver Rescue Mission, and more information and tickets can be found at www.lastwaltzrevisited.com.

A how-to for a snack for the holidays

Thanksgiving is so centered on food that having a few easy, go-to recipes in your pocket is always a good idea.

The Museo de Las Americas, located at 861 Santa Fe Drive, can help you prepare a delicious snack with a Caliente: Craft Your Own Salsa class from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Students will learn how to develop their own salsa recipe, and take it home with them after the class.

To claim a spot in the class, call 303-571-4401 or visit www.museo.org.

The holiday blues

Teller’s Tap Room is a hidden gem in Wheat Ridge, and in addition to its top-notch food and drinks, it’s a great place for live music on the weekends.

At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, the Delta Sonics band will be playing a show at the bar and grill at 1990 Youngfield St. The group has been named the best blues band in Denver during the Westword Magazine Music Showcase every year from 2011 through 2016.

Go to www.tellerstaproom.com for information.

Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached creader@coloradocommunitymedia.com.


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