THE MIX: Top Entertainment Picks for Aurora/Denver, Dec.3-9

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Celebrate the Mysteries of the Season with Downtown Aurora Visual Arts Opening reception is 4 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, 1405 Florence St. Entry is free. Call 303-367-5886 or visit [email protected] for more info.

It’s that time of year again, folks. That terrific, horrible, singular month of the year when the Targets, Walmarts and Ikeas are inundated by heat-seeking shoppers on an unstoppable quest for the quintessential holiday gift. Elbows are sharpened, ribs are bumped, and sometimes, on special, moon-filled evenings, things come to blows over a tiny video camera. Well, according to the Internet, that is. But it needn’t be that way, kind consumers. The city’s reigning hub of youth creativity, DAVA, is offering up a chance to avoid the tinsel-coated rat race this year, and you’d have to be denser than a walnut-cracker to skip out on this one. On display through the end of January, DAVA’s annual holiday exhibit is set to feature succulent pots, soap dishes, paintings, prints all handmade by the organization’s many local students. There will also be works by local artists Naomi Scheck, Meredith Nemirov, Uriel Pelaez and Jill Davis, as well as candles sculpted by Farrago Candles. So, please, don’t jingle yourself all the way to holiday retail hell this year. Buy local, support an Aurora institution (all proceeds go to year-round DAVA programming) and avoid the GoPro grapples. And if you don’t, just be sure to upload your skirmish so we can all get a good, eggnog-filled belly laugh at your expense. The exhibit is free 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 22.

Acoustic Music Showcase with Dave Lash 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8, Dry Dock Brewing Company, 15120 E. Hampden Ave. Free entry. Visit the Dry Dock Brewing Company Facebook page for more information.

Pearl Jammers rejoice. For those who sit through the entirety of “Into the Wild” every time it’s on TV, or those who tear up at the mere mention of, “Oh where, oh where,” good grief, does the Dry Dock team have a treat for you. Powered by a distinctly Eddie Vedder-like warble, local musician Dave Lash is a regular at Dry Dock’s acoustic music showcase, often playing covers of modern hits and throwing in a few originals for good creative measure. Set to play at Dry Dock’s southern spot Dec. 8, Lash’s Soundcloud page boasts a few Peal Jam covers and an … interesting take on “All Along the Watchtower,” to give you a sense of where his allegiances lie. But even if your musical styles don’t line up with Lash’s, you at least have the option to get good and warm in the cheeks with DD’s recently released Bligh’s Barleywine, which was dropped into bombers just this week. So beer, tunes and that horribly addictive popcorn machine — at least one of the three is sure to please.

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Funny Girl 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 & 5, or 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6, The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets are $24 in advance or $28 at the door. Call 303-856-7830 or visit vintagetheatre.org.

There are a lot of funny women striding through the pop culture slipstream these days: Schumer, Fey, Poehler, McCarthy, etc. But Fanny Brice was the originator. Born in the Lower East Side in 1891, Brice was a pioneering female entertainer who wowed in roles on stage, film and radio for several decades. “Funny Girl,” a biographical Broadway musical, walks through Brice’s life of stardom and is coming to the Vintage Theatre for the next six weeks. Directed by Robert Michael Sanders, the Vintage’s take on this rewound tale stars Laura Cora Marsh as Brice and Keegan Flaugh as Nick Arnstein. And if it’s anything like last year’s very similar “Mack and Mabel” (which also starred Flaugh), we’re in for a honking’, tonkin’, throwback time. The show runs through Jan. 17.

Voddville 7:30, Dec. 4 & 5, or 2 p.m. Dec. 6. The Aurora Fox Arts Center’s Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. For ticket information, call 303-739-1970 or visit aurorafoxartscenter.org.

Usually, anytime Howie Mandel says, well, anything, we’re predisposed to do, well, nothing. But that general rule of thumb relating to the sparkly-scalped funny man and the rest of his “America’s Got Talent” cohorts can be broken every once in a while, and one of those “whiles” is storming into The Aurora Fox’s studio theater this weekend. As seen on “AGT,” Hitchcock Taylor’s riotous “Voddville” is complete with all sorts of zany, cantankerous high jinks. Co-written by Taylor and Robert Dubac, the show is an insanely high-energy modern lampooning that has the potential to be all sorts of entertaining. And generally, we’re pretty on board with anything billed as, “the perfect balance between Blue Man Group and ‘When Harry Met Sally.’” Don’t miss the production’s last weekend at The Aurora Fox.