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Five things to do in Denver

Ted Alvarez
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyDenver's Cycle Jerks host a big three-night party in Denver on Memorial Day weekend. Festivities include a bike race, scavenger hunt and music.

My Bloody Valentine. Jesus and Mary Chain. Slowdive. Ride. All legendary British shoegaze bands of the ’90s, and all gone the way of the dodo. But one mighty champ remains: Swervedriver, one of the few that wasn’t afraid to rock out big now and then, returns from an extended hiatus with their atomic riffs and spacey psychedelia intact. Plenty of bands owe a debt to Swervedriver, so you owe it to yourself to come see where it all came from. Joining them is Kansas City’s The Life and Times, a burly rock trio that traffics in the same blend of dynamic, explosive rock tempered with gorgeous melodies and dollops of atmosphere. Don’t miss it.

What: Swervedriver and The Life and Times perform.

Where: Marquis Theatre, Denver.

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

Cost: $15.


Denver’s Cycle Jerks make wacky, bike-based Internet videos, but they also throw wicked parties. This weekend’s Cycle Jerks Foreplay Alleycat Race starts and ends at Larimer Lounge, and after an informal truck through the back alleys of the city, rock out to metal bands all night at Larimer. On Saturday, the Cycle Jerks’ Gang Bang features an all-night scavenger hunt for riders followed by free PBRs and loud rock at the Three Kings Taverns to celebrate on Sunday. It’s hands-down the most fun you can have this weekend on two wheels. Twenty bucks gets you entry into the whole weekend, free PBRs, a meal, and a t-shirt.

What: Cycle Jerks Alleycat Race, scavenger hunt, music and party.

Where: Larimer Lounge, Three Kings Tavern, streets of Denver.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Cost: $20 for the whole weekend.


OK, so let’s say the aggressive bicycle effrontery of the Cycle Jerks intimidates you, but you’d still like to get your ride on for Memorial Day. Luckily, REI’s got you covered with their Pedal the Platte, a leisurely non-competitive race that cruises down Denver’s pleasant Platte River bike path. Riders can choose 10, 20, or 30-mile courses along the path, and all proceeds benefit the Beckwourth Mountain Club’s Outdoor Education Center, a wilderness mentoring program for urban youth. It’s the perfect way to get on the bike without punishing yourself on a crushing mountain course.

What: Pedal the Platte.

Where: Flagship REI Store, Denver.

When: Saturday, 8 a.m.

Cost: $40 adults, $10 for kids.

Info: 303-831-0564 or e-mail

Kim Deal is widely known as the bassist and singer for The Pixies, but she also cranked out the gigantic hit “Cannonball” with twin sister Kelley while in The Breeders. The Breeders don’t release albums all that often, but when they do, it’s invariably a treat. The sisters follow their muse to the fullest on their latest, “Mountain Battles” by tackling everything from Phil-Spector-esque ’60s pop to German and Spanish-sung folk tunes. They make it sound natural and magical, and all without a hint of pretension. It helps that the recordings sound so raw and DIY ” like something you might record in your basement (before the advent of Garage Band, of course). Seeing them perform live should be a welcome opportunity to hear the twins round out their catchy harmonies on the fly.

What: The Breeders perform.

Where: Ogden Theatre, Denver.

When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Cost: $20.

Info: 303-832-1874.

Six Flags might have lightning-fast coasters named after superheroes, but very few amusement parks give us a glimpse right into history. The Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver, one of the last family-owned parks in the country, has rides as old as the turn of the century perfectly preserved and ready to ride, just like your grandfather (or maybe even great-grandfather) might remember. Classic architecture, antique neon and stunning wooden rollercoasters will stun thrillseekers and history buffs alike. This year, the park celebrates 100 years of existence, and you just might discover that fun in 1908 was still, well, fun.

What: Lakeside Amusement Park opens its 100th Year.

Where: Denver.

When: May 26 – Sept. 1.

Cost: $13.75-$19.95 for unlimited rides.

Info: 303-477-1621.

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