Frightful fun in the Mile High City
Vail, CO, Colorado
DENVER ” Oh, my Vail faithful, it pains me to write this from 2,800 feet below, two passes over and 100 miles away from you. But each week, I hope to bring you entertainment picks in the Mile High City worth driving over two treacherous passes to check out. For this weekend, Halloween approaches, and a city full of ghostly fun calls out to you “if you listen carefully between the drunken howls of “Rocktober!”
This ain’t the sports section, but an event as momentous as the World Series coming to Denver warrants special mention. The players in purple got off to a nightmarish start (just in time for Halloween), but Saturday and Sunday’s games at Coors Field are sure to be some of the biggest parties the town has ever seen. If you have tickets, great — congrats and screw you. If you don’t, beg, borrow or steal to get some.
Coloradoans ” especially Vailiens ” love them some bikes, and the largest consumer bicycle sports expo comes to Denver on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Western Complex. Whether you’re interested in buying, selling, swapping or just taking a gander at upcoming gear, Veloswap is the place to get your bike fix for the next year. Maintenance demonstrations, BMX stunt shows and seminars on nutrition and the Tour de France are just part of the action. Tickets cost $8 at the door; for more information visit http://www.veloswap.com.
What happened upon the dissolution of Seattle mathcore (a style of metalcore recognized for a high level of technical musicianship, according to http://www.wikipedia.org) pioneers Botch and post-punkers Sharks Keep Swimming? Minus The Bear, that’s what. Blending sedated pop sing-a-longs with space-transmission melodies, MTB crafts rockers with snap and edge. Look out for Dave Knudsen’s virtuosic but unshowy fingertapping and wacko-funny song titles like “Monkey! Knife! Fight!” Tour mates The Helio Sequence play solid atmospheric psychedelia along the lines of Mercury Rev. Both bands visit the Gothic Theatre on Monday. (Tickets are $16.25, ages 16 and up, doors at 7:30 p.m.) For more information, visit http://www.gothictheatre.com.
Crave something scarier than a rough night at Paddy’s this Halloween? Head down for a tour of the most haunted spots in Denver with Denver History Tours guide Kevin Pharris. Creepy locations include a house said to be full of murdered dogs, a cuckolded ghost who torments single males at the Oxford Hotel and a trail of female victims murdered by Denver’s own Jack the Ripper, the Capitol Hill Thug. He was never caught. Tours are $20 and must be booked in advance. The tours run from Friday, Oct. 26 through Halloween. For times and information, visit http://www.denverhistorytours.com or call 720-234-7929.
Anyone can do a Halloween concert ” it takes real class to tackle Latin America’s Dia de Los Muertos. Denver’s gypsy-punk heroes DeVotchKa have just the chops to pull it off, and this will be their first local show since being nominated for a Grammy for scoring the smash hit “Little Miss Sunshine.” Paint your face as a Mexican skull, put on your dancing shoes and prepare for a night of multiculti-rocking, Day of the Dead style. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore, and tickets are $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visitwww.livenation.com and http://www.devotchka.net.