So long Rocktober, hello November |

So long Rocktober, hello November

Ted Alvarez
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Editor’s note: Ted Alvarez writes a weekly column for the Vail Daily where he chooses his top five things to do in Denver. From music, to films and even art exhibits, Ted shares all that’s cool in the Mile High City.

So Rocktober ended with a whimper rather than a bang -” but don’t hold that against this fair city. Whether you’re looking to soothe your sports blues or experience normal fall temperatures, Denver’s got plenty on offer this weekend. Art, politics, philanthropy and a little bit of rock n’ roll are in the offing. Come on down, children: The city beckons.

Who among us hasn’t wanted to don a tux, sport a British accent and carouse with beautiful women in a forbidden casino? The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder gives you the chance with 007 in 2007, a fundraiser where participants don formal attire, drink shaken (not stirred) martinis into the night, throw down at the casino and take pictures with a real Aston Martin. ’60s jazz will provide smooth tunes for seduction, and live and silent auction offerings include such luxurious items as diamonds and a drive in the Aston Martin. Tickets are $100, and all proceeds benefit the Dairy Center, a diverse community arts center comprised of 14 different organizations. The event is Saturday night from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit

Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist, author and Princeton professor of economics and international affairs, often occupies the liberal soapbox spot on programs like “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” Krugman will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Conscience of a Liberal,” at the Unity Church of Boulder on Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $7; for more information visit or call 303-447-9539.

The Picket Wire Canyon is an isolated but beautiful spot in Southeastern Colorado, but if the Army succeeds with plans to expand a maneuver site, you might not be able to visit in the near future. “Contested Lands: Photographs Around the Picket Wire,” now on display at the Colorado History Museum, showcases the natural beauty of the area around the Purgatoire River Basin through the collected works of five different photographers. The scenic photographs demonstrate why the unique natural landscape is worth saving. For more information, visit The exhibit runs into 2008.

1960s girl-group revivalists The Pipettes nail all the details, from Shangri-La style harmonies to matching polka-dot dresses. These British ladies join fellow countrywoman Amy Winehouse in modernizing and dusting off a classic pop sound on their debut “We Are The Pipettes.” They perform Monday at 8 p.m. at the Walnut Room. For more information or tickets, call 303-292-1700.

Nirvana’s short, but earthshaking, presence left an indelible mark on music and pop culture. The documentary “Kurt Cobain: About A Son” probes his life and art through his own words, using excerpts from interviews interspersed with visuals of the places in Washington he lived, worked and created in. The lyrical images combined with Cobain’s own cryptic words make for a compelling portrait of the artist as a young man. Now showing at Starz Filmcenter in Denver through Nov. 8. Tickets start at $5.75; for more info visit

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