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Five things to do on the Front Range

Ted Alvarez
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have ridden the radio charts in Vail for the last year or so, and it’s not really a surprise ” their loose, jam-band rock remains popular in the mountains and fits in perfectly with the stoned-out grooves popular after a long day of skiing or riding. They may be true to their Vermont roots, but they aren’t exactly a Phish tribute, though: Potter’s bluesy vocals and female sass separate them from the jam-band pack. Here’s your chance to see the accomplished band perform at the intimate Bluebird Theatre.

What: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals perform.

Where: Bluebird Theatre.

When:Today, 9 p.m.

Cost: $12-$15.

Info:, or call 303-322-2308.

Andrew Novick and his wife, Janene Hurst, chose to name their Asian pop-culture boutique Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast ” they were inspired by the crazy “Engrish” t-shirts you see all over Japan to come up with something crazy, and seeing a plastic model of a pillow-y dessert in Japan sealed the deal. They opened in November, but they wanted to celebrate their success with a party that features actual Pillow Toast. Breakfast favorite Snooze came to the rescue, inventing pillow toast as a light, airy confection, sort of a cross between bread pudding and cinnamon challah French toast, spiked with baked apple bits, and covered with caramel sauce and whipped cream. The Snooze party will feature pillow toast samples, cash bar, Japanese pop and rock music and videos, as well as T-shirts for sale.

What: Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast Party.

Where: Snooze, 2262 Larimer St., Denver.

When: Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: The event is free, but advance reservations are required.

Info: or 303-872-7706.

People in the Victorian Age knew how to grieve: They had elaborate rules of appropriate attire, methods of grieving, and even types of drink. Step back into history to experience a time before modern medicine, when death was rampant but decorum was on the rise, creating a weird blend of tragedy and spiritualism. Docents at the Four Mile Park museum will give grave rubbing demonstrations, serve funeral chokecherry tea and funeral cookies, and display mourning artifacts all in full costume. It’s all held in the historic Four Mile House, a former stagecoach stop that’s also the oldest building in Denver.

What: In the Dead of Winter: Victorian Mourning

Where: Four Mile Park, Denver.

When: Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: $7 for adults, $4 for children.


Chinese acrobats have been at it since 221 B.C., so it’s probably pretty safe to say they’re the world’s foremost experts on death-defying stunts and high-flying feats of fancy. If you missed their performance at the Vilar this week, catch their masterful combination of music, dance and acrobatics this weekend in Boulder. Somersaulting, complex chair balancing, juggling, wire-walking and precision tumbling will dazzle spectators for hours.

What: Peking Acrobats perform.

Where: Macky Auditorium, CU-Boulder.

When: Sunday. 7 p.m.

Cost: $10-$35.

Info: 303-492-8423 or go to

Girls can kick just as much ass on skis as dudes ” Kit DesLauriers and Ingrid Bostrom are proof enough of that. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy for your average girl skier to get all the dirt she needs to know about skills, gear or maintenance. Sorting through the hundreds of types of waxing options can be especially intimidating, but Outdoor DIVAS has come to the rescue with its Women, Wax and Wine workshop. The meet will include detailed but easy-to-follow instructions for ski waxing and maintenance, as well as the titular booze and an opportunity to hang with other slope-inclined ladies.

What: Outdoor DIVAS Women, Wax and Wine workshop.

Where: Outdoor DIVAS, 2717 East Third Ave., Denver.

When: Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Info: or call 303-320-DIVAS.

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