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Five things to do on the Front Range

Ted AlvarezVail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyCU Boulders Dr. Phil Plait, aka The Bad Astronomer, explains the universe in entertaining and often dastardly ways. He speaks Friday night at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder.
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When the multi-talented Denver artist Brigid McAuliffe isnt rocking the accordion with her popular Denver band Bela Karoli, shes practicing her first love photography. Though shes focused on pet and human portraits in the past, her recent series Glass & Wire documents the demolition of The Gates Factory, an abandoned factory in downtown Denver that just underwent demolition after being shuttered for over 20 years. Stark, haunting and strangely beautiful, Glass & Wire serves as a study in crumbling history, documenting a skeleton of the citys architectural past before it gives way to urban renewal. An informal opening will be held for McAuliffes series tonight at City, O City, which is one of Denvers finest boho spots for coffee, drinks and vegetarian fare.What: Opening for photographer Brigid McAuliffes Glass & Wire.Where: City, O City, DenverWhen: Tonight, 7 p.m.Cost: Free.Info: http://www.brigidmcauliffe.com and http://www.watercoursefoods.com/cityocity.html.

How many times have you looked up at the stars and wondered whats really out there? Unfortunately, astronomy can be so esoteric and distant that the concepts are sometimes hard to grasp despite the fact that they underpin our hopes and dreams. Good thing theres CU Boulders Dr. Phil Plait, aka The Bad Astronomer. Plait explains the universe in entertaining and often dastardly ways, and his latest talk, Seven Ways A Black Hole Can Kill You, explains exactly that. Would you rather be pulled apart across the fabric of space-time or zapped by oodles of radiation? Luckily, youll never face the choice, but Plait describes it anyway, making a scary universe more understandable and you smarter in the process.What: Seven Ways A Black Hole Can Kill You, with Dr. Phil Plait.Where: Fiske Planetarium, Boulder.When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3.50 for seniors.Info: fiske.colorado.edu or call 303-492-5002.

The mostly instrumental, slow-build genre of post-rock has its share of big hitters with esoteric names; Explosions In The Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pelican and Maserati come to mind. Add This Will Destroy You to the list: The San Marcos, Tex. quartet doesnt necessarily revolutionize the genre, but they do trim the fat, generally going from plaintive guitars and atmospheric keys to sonic bombast in much quicker fashion than their contemporaries. Theyre on the rise, so heres probably your last chance to catch them in a smaller venue.What: This Will Destroy You.Where: The Hi-Dive, Denver.When: Monday, 8 p.m.Cost: $8.Info: http://www.hi-dive.com.

We all know that the big Irish drink-a-thon isnt for another two-and-a-half weeks, but that isnt going to stop the Denver Gaels Club from squeezing in one last practice bash before the main event. Over 300 revelers are expected to ride along in the Paddy Wagon buses, enjoying Irish drinking songs and kindred spirits as they make their way to all of Denvers premier Irish brewpubs. Festivities begin at Scruffy Murphys and The Irish Rover, after which open-bar buses will ferry merrymakers to the Celtic Tavern/Delaneys and the Blake Street Tavern; at the end of the crawl, drinkers will ride back to Scruffy Murphys for an Irish band or the Rover for a DJ. Ticket price includes a Paddy Wagon T-shirt, food at each of the pubs and other entertainment. What: Denver Gaels Paddy Wagon Pub Crawl.Where: Denver-area Irish pubs (meet at Scruffy Murphys and The Irish Rover).When: Saturday, 5 p.m.Cost: $30.Info: 303-547-6926 or visit http://www.denvergaels.com/modules/wfchannel

Fancy yourself a coffee fan? Like a bit of the ol java jolt in the a.m.? Then you cant miss Denvers first Mountain Regional Barista Competition, which will crown the king (or queen) of coffee from coffee bars in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Utah. Area challengers include baristas from noted joe-joints like City, O City, Avianos, Fluid Coffee Bar, Novo, and Ozo in Boulder. Best of all, the competition is free for spectators, and maybe youll score a nip or two of the finest espresso youll ever taste.What: Mountain Regional Barista Competition.Where: Adams 12 Five Star Schools, 1500 East 128th Avenue in Thornton.When: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.Info: E-mail Michael Strumpf at michael.strumpf@allegrocoffee.com.


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