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Five things to do on the Front Range

Ted AlvarezVail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyIndie band "Planes Mistaken For Stars" is "Mercy" will play their last show at the Marquis Theatre in Denver on Saturday.

While Boulders known for being a laid back college-cum-outdoors-bum town, its no slouch when it comes to organizing a top-flight film festival. Though plenty of good films are on offer, the centerpiece is Then She Found Me, Helen Hunts directorial debut. Other standout films include Stranded: Ive Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains, (a documentary that tells the story of the survivors of the famous Uruguayan rugby team that survived a plane crash in the Andes in their own words) and Charlie Bartlett, the R-rated high-school comedy chronicling the travails of the titular character, who becomes the schools de facto psychiatrist. A Q&A with director Jon Poll follows the screening.What: Boulder International Film Festival.Where: Boulder Theatre.When: Daily from Friday until Sunday.Cost: $8-$10 per film/program.Info: or 303-786-7030.

When Planes Mistaken For Stars moved from Peoria, Illinois to Denver, these large-scale indie players signaled a major shift in the local scene. Though theyve been bogged down with emo tendencies in the past, their latest, Mercy, sees them ignoring that and pursuing a direct route to thorny post-hardcore with metal tendencies. Pity that theyre throwing in the towel, just as they seem to be regaining a musical sense of purpose and inspiration. Heres your last chance to catch Planes Mistaken For Stars at the Marquis Theatre.What: Planes Mistaken for Stars Final Show.Where: Marquis Theatre, Denver.When: Saturday, 8 p.m.Cost: $10-$12.Info:

Living in Colorado, we already know you can never get enough of the mountains, but the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum celebrates that fact in fine style. The 3,000-square-foot exhibit (a joint venture of the Colorado Mountain Club, the American Alpine Club and the National Geographic Society) contains top-notch exhibits educating visitors on why mountaineers climb, where they go and how they pull off such fantastic feats of physical and mental determination. Featured items include a large scale model of Everest, memorabilia from famous expeditions and tons of photos from the museums namesake, a pioneering mountaineer and aerial photographer. A grand opening celebration happens on Saturday and features an all-ages indoor rock climbing event, special exhibits and speakers including famed climbers Lynn Hill and Jake Norton.What: The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum opens.Where: American Mountaineering Center, Golden.When: Daily; opening festivities Saturday and Sunday.Cost: $4.50 for children and $6.50 for adults.Info: or call 303-996-2755.

Art classes that call for drawing the nude human form always end up being a wash: The nude models are almost never who youd want them to be. But Lannies Clocktower Cabaret hopes to change all that by hosting Dr. Sketchys Anti-Art School, an international drawing class that will bring hot models from the burlesque community, the drag community, the fetish community, Rocky Mountain Roller Girls and more. Aspiring artists are encouraged to come down, but you must bring your own supplies.What: Dr. Sketchys Anti-Art School.Where: Lannies Clocktower Cabaret, Denver.When: Monday, 7 p.m.Cost: $8.Info: 303-293-0075 or visit or

Dave Eggers, he of McSweeneys and A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius returned with the even more lauded What Is The What, a semi-fictionalized memoir of Sudanese refugee Valentino Achak Deng. Nominated for several awards, Eggers will read from his book and sign copies at the Tattered Cover in Lodo. Tickets are free but limited, so show up early theyre given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and they will almost definitely run out quickly.What: Author Dave Eggers reads from and signs What Is The What.Where: Tattered Cover, LoDo.When: Monday, 6:30 p.m.Cost: Free.Info: or call 303-436-1070.

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