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Five things to do in Denver

Ted Alvarez
Vail CO, Colorado
performs at Charlotte Bobcats Arena at the Van Halen Tour Opener on September 27,2007 in Charlotte,North Carolina
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In celebration of Black History Month, the Colorado History Museum will offer free admission for every Sunday in February and free programs and presentations shining a light on the history of the black experience in Colorado. On Feb. 3, “Colorado Pioneers” profiles Mary Randolph, an African American woman abandoned in 1859 who eventually went on to be the first African American to build a brick house in Denver. Feb. 10th’s program tells the tale of life in Dearfield, an all-black farming community founded near Greeley in 1910, while professional storyteller Santemu will bring African American folk tales to life with dancing and drumming. On Feb. 24, Voices From The Past will bring famous black Coloradans to life through artifacts, demonstrations and crafts.

What: The Colorado History Museum celebrates Black History Month.

Where: Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver.



When: Every Sunday in February.

Cost: Free.



Info: http://www.coloradohistory.org or call 303-866-3682.

One of the most respected rappers in the game, Talib Kweli brings an intellectual flair to his intricate and detailed wordplay, and he’s been at the forefront of the underground hip-hop scene ever since his collaboration with Mos Def as Black Star. His latest, Eardrum, finds him on familiar territory: He decries the state of materialistic young rappers, writes gorgeous narratives celebrating the cracked-concrete beauty of his native Brooklyn, and writes stories to uplift, not degrade. Kweli performs live at the Gothic in Denver tonight.

What: Rapper Talib Kweli performs.



Where: Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Denver.

When: Tonight, 8 p.m.

Cost: $22/$24.

Info: 303-394-1600 or http://www.gothictheatre.com.

We learned from The Police reunion tour that some things can never be as good as you remember, or as good as you hope they’ll be if you were to young to remember. But that shouldn’t stop you from attending Van Halen, now reconstituted in all its David Lee Rothian glory. True, Michael Anthony is missing, replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang, but he never had the toughest basslines, so I think the kid can handle it (Anthony’s harmonies will be missed though). Eddie will rip, Alex will pound away, and all early reports indicate that Roth is as big a showman as ever. Without a Hagar in sight, it should be a blast ” even if it’s not quite as good as you remember from 1984.

What: Van Halen performs.

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver.

When: Tonight, 8 p.m.

Cost: $49.50-$149.50.

Info: http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Editors, The Bravery and The Killers ” they all traffic in a certain type of well-trod rehash of ’80s music. Namely they rip from the melancholy likes of The Cure, Joy Division and Psychedelic Furs without really adding much to the formula. Kansas City’s Roman Numerals might crib from the same sources, but they use it just as an accent to their already hooky, dark but danceable rock. Their guitar work is always more interesting than it has to be, and the dueling vocals of crystal-clear Billy Smith and gravelly Steve Tulipana make for a one-two punch that cuts through and complements the requisite synth parts. It may be ’80s inspired, but it reaches for something greater.

What: Roman Numerals performs.

Where: Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver.

When: Tuesday, 9 p.m.

Cost: $6.

Info: 720-570-4500 or http://www.hi-dive.com.

Wyoming-based C.J. Box chronicles an interesting subculture in his latest Joe Pickett mystery, “Blue Heaven”: The detective must solve a murder in Northern Idaho, a place where many L.A. cops retire ” both good ones and bad ones ” hence the name “blue heaven.” Cox stops by Denver for both a book signing and to talk about his latest page-turning mystery. Both aspiring writers and mystery buffs alike are encouraged to attend for a strong whiff of inspiration and a good yarn to boot.

What: Mystery writer C.J. Box appears to read and sign his latest, “Blue Heaven.”

Where: Tattered Cover, Denver.

When: Monday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Info: http://www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-7727.


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