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Ted’s Picks: Fun things to do in Denver

Ted Alvarez
Vail CO, Colorado
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Laaaaaaaaadies! Tonight is your night, as the hottest firefighters in Colorado converge on one place, where they’ll sign copies of their 2009 calendar.

You’ll be able to enjoy food, have a couple of drinks, and maybe talk to a hot firefighter or two.

The rest, of course, is up to you. But you’ll be drinking and ogling for a good cause, as all proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Burn Center.

You’ll also be able to add to your charitable contribution by bidding in an auction that includes such prizes as getting to oil up the firemen for next year’s shoot. $75 VIP tickets get you a 2009 calendar, food and two drinks and a personal greeting during a private signing. For the cash-strapped, $35 gets you a calendar and the chance to watch the firefighters saunter down the catwalk. Lock up your daughters.

– What: Colorado Firefighters Calendar Party.

– Where: The Cowboy Lounge, Denver.

– When: Fri. 8 p.m.

– Cost: $75 VIP, $35 regular ticket.

– Info: http://www.firedupforkids.org

When punk bands can completely take over one of the world’s premiere outdoor venues, you know the movement has gone mainstream.

That might be bad news for hardcore crust punkers from the late ’70s, but it’s great news for everyone who digs a fast, loud punk rock in massive doses. Punk Rocks 2008 comes to Red Rocks this Friday, and features legends like NOFX, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bouncing Souls, and the Circle Jerks. New schoolers like Street Dogs and Denver’s Frontside Five add some welcome new blood, and the fantastic sound means you’ll be able to sing “oi!” to the world as loud as you want without missing a note. Punk’s moved far beyond the dingy clubs and dive bars, but the benefits are clearly worth it.

– What: Punk Rocks 2008, featuring NOFX, Bouncing Souls and more.

– Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

– When: Fri. 4:30 p.m.

– Cost: $36.

– Info: http://www.redrocksonline.com/pages/concerts/detail.asp?id=3877

Denver is about to have one of its biggest weeks ever, as the Democratic National Convention takes over the city for a week of political shenanigans. But with worries about hemmed-in protesters and a city given over to the elite, is there room for the little guy?

You betcha: Cinemocracy Rocks! is a short-film festival for which more than 115 citizen reporters, activists, and filmmakers submitted personal five-minute movies that define democracy to them. The 10 best ” chosen by critics, Internet voting, and general interest ” will get screened in Red Rocks. Not bad for a film debut, to be sure. Before the film screening, music, comedy, and performance will fill up the space, and while details aren’t completely worked out, the organizers have promised a big-name musical headliner who they decline to name. Don’t worry about taking a chance: Tickets are free on a first-come, first-serve basis, or you can buy $20 guaranteed seats.

– What: Cinemocracy Rocks! Film Festival.

– Where: Red Rocks.

– When: Mon. 6 p.m.

– Cost: Free; $20 for reserved seats.

– Info: http://www.cinemocracy.org. You can also view film submissions at this site.

As Denver enters its political awakening and enters political culture at large, it’s hard to think of a better counterbalance to all that rampant political energy than to have political hip-hop heroes Public Enemy perform.

Chuck your recent memories of a VH1-addled Flavor Flav aside: In the hands of Chuck D, Public Enemy is the most politically charged hip-hop group of all time, and they rank among the most outspoken musical groups of all time. Beyond that, they freakin’ rock: The block-rockin’ beats of the Bomb Squad haven’t lost any of their potency or relevancy. Catching them live in sucha politically charged atmosphere as this will be a treat for the ages. Check the clock around Flav’s neck, yo: It’s time to get ill. Boyeeeee!

– What: Public Enemy performs.

– Where: Boulder Theatre.

– When: Mon. 8 p.m.

– Cost: $21.50.

– Info: http://www.bouldertheatre.com.

This is the big one, people: You knew something mighty would happen at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, and this is it. Rage against the Machine will perform a free concert at the Denver Coliseum on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

I don’t care what you’re doing ” drop it and head to what will undoubtedly be the show of the year. After their breakup, Rage has started to perform sporadically ” but they always do it with meaning and purpose. The political backdrop will no doubt light a fire in vocalist Zach De La Rocha’s mouth and put lightning in Tom Morello’s fingers. They’re been playing new songs as well, so look out for fresh Rage jams. To get tickets, you must sign up for a lottery by appearing with a valid photo ID at Tent State University at Cuernavaca Park between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 through Tuesday, Aug. 26 during the DNC. Ticket winners will be notified by e-mail. If you have to wait that entire period for tickets, it’ll be worth it.

– What: Rage Against the Machine performs during the DNC.

– Where: Denver Coliseum.

– When: Aug. 27.

– Cost: Free.

– Info: http://www.tentstate.org.

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