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Ted’s Picks: State capitol has beer, magic and metal

Ted AlvarezVail, CO, Colorado
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Editors note: Ted Alvarez writes a weekly column for the Vail Daily, choosing his top five things to do in Denver. From music, to films and even art exhibits, Ted shares all thats cool in the Mile High City.Sunday presents a mighty dilemma for music fans like myself on the Front Range this weekend. In one corner, indie-rock heroes The Hold Steady plays at the Fox Theatre, but in the other, cartoon metal band Dethklok plays a free show with Austins fantastic. … And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. If youve ever met me in person before, you realize Im actually an aspiring metal cartoon, so you know where my true sympathies lie. But in my heart of hearts, theres only one thing to do: see some magic and buy new skis on Friday, go to the All Colorado Beer Festival all day Saturday, and make a Tommyknocker-addled judgment call for Sunday. Lets do this, people.

Yeah, yeah you guys have all the snow and slopes, but you might have to drive down to Denver to catch the sweetest deals on brand-new gear. The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo will fill the Colorado Convention Center with 20,000 square-feet of discounted gear. You can also check out the University of Colorado and Colorado State University ski teams duking it out for supremacy on three rails at the Honda DNA-Evolution Rocky Mountain SnowDown. All 25 Colorado ski resorts will be on hand; maybe you can convince the dudes from A-Basin to prank the reps from The Beav, because thatd be hilarious. Doors open at noon on Friday and the show runs through 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7-10. For more information, visit http://www.coloradoski.com/view/static/denverwebpage.pdf.

Magic is usually kind of lame generally, the best you can hope for is some guy in sequins losing control of his act and getting mauled by his tiger. Not so with Depth of Illusion: Nick Felix weaves storytelling, drama and theatre with his illusions, which include making it snow inside and, yes, making five separate beautiful women disappear. The show runs until Dec. 9 every Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Denver Civic Theatre. Tickets are $29.50. For more info and tickets, visit http://www.denvercivic.com/index2.htm or call 303-309-3773.

Whats the most intense metal band release of the year, after Mastodon, of course? Dethklok, dammit! They may be an Adult Swim cartoon, but Brendan Smalls creation is the shreddingest band on the face of the earth, destroying entire Scandinavian towns and writing evil jingles for coffee companies in a single blow. Choice songs include Blood Ocean and Bloodcrocuted beat that, Slayer. Not sure how Small and co. plan to bring this animated band to life, but you can bet itll be fun. As a massive bonus, the great …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead also performs. Perhaps best of all, Sundays 8 p.m. show at CUs Glen Miller Ballroom is friggin free!

From bar band to indie-rock heroes, Brooklyns The Hold Steady took the music world by storm in 06/07, and mostly for good reason. On Boys And Girls in America, singer/guitarist and primary songwriter Craig Finn uses his rousing voice to set detailed late-night stories to loud-rock anthems reminiscent of AC/DC, The Boss or an adrenalized The Band. Snotty British upstarts Art Brut also crank out catchy Cockney post-punk. The show is on Sunday at 8 p.m., and tickets are $18 day-of-show and $16 in advance. Visit http://www.foxtheatre.com for info and tickets.

Some big beer festivals have already come and gone, but you and I both know thats no reason not to attend another one. The All Colorado Beer Festival brings a bit of party to stuffy Colorado Springs this weekend, featuring all the free beer you can drink from Tommyknocker, Breckenridge, Phantom County, Steamworks, Flying Dog and 14 other breweries. Even better, the beerfest is a benefit for USO and Theatreworks. The festival happens from noon to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.allcoloradobeerfestival.org.

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