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What to do in Denver this weekend

Ted AlvarezVail CO, Colorado
Special to DailyLeadville or Bust! at the Crossroads Theatre until August 13.

Art doesnt have to consist of stately paintings moldering away in museums or galleries while stuffy patrons peer at them from inches away. The organizers of Denvers Art Day know this, and they plan to celebrate the idea by creating a blow-out party to match the groundbreaking art. The first Denver Art Day this Friday will turn an entire section of Santa Fe into a massive block party, with concerts by funk and jazz musicians, two different food courts purveying snacks both refined and carnival-esque, and an entire wine pavilion provided by Balistreri Vineyards. Fermented grape juice not your thing? Dont worry a beer tent is on hand as well. Best of all, the galleries will spill out onto the street, filling the party with all kinds of works of original art.What: Denvers Art DayWhere: Santa Fe between Seventh and Ninth avenues.When: Fri. 1 to 10 p.m.Cost: FreeInfo: http://www.newsed.org/art.htm Alkaline Trio, CervantesHow do you become veterans of melodic hardcore punk without selling out? You might want to follow Alkaline Trios example, for starters: The Trio (who sometimes add a fourth guitar player) have trafficked in thinking-mans punk for over a decade, making sure to throw in just enough sweet, sweet hooks to keep the girlfriends in the audience from getting bored. Even through label switches and personnel changes, theyve managed to keep a familiar velvet-and-razor-blades edge on their sound, and thats in full force on their latest, Agony and Irony, which pretty much sums up their ethos. Alkaline Trio shows are called explosive for a reason punkers wont want to miss it.What: Alkaline Trio performs.Where: CervantesWhen: Saturday at 7 p.m.Cost: $17.50 to $20Info: 303-297-1772 or http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com Rocky Mountain Tea Festival, Dushanbe Tea HouseI dont want to go all granny on you, but tea can truly be terrific. The Brits have known it, the Chinese know it, and your aunt knows it: Tea soothes the soul, provides health benefits, and can even give you a mild kick when you need it. But it also comes in endless varieties and strengths, and thats where the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival comes in. On Saturday and Sunday, the Rocky Mountain Tea Fest in Boulder will offer seminars on cooking with tea, classes on how to use different types, and specific workshops on all the types of teas. Kids can even get involved at the Teddy Bear Tea Party. The venue is worth the visit alone: The Dushanbe Tea House was packed up and sent from Tajikistan, then rebuilt in Boulder. Its an outstanding showpiece for Central Asian architecture, and a great place for a cup o tea.What: Rocky Mountain Tea Festival.Where: Dushanbe Tea House, Boulder.When: Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9 a.m.Cost: Free.Info: 303-442-4993 or http://www.boulderteahouse.com/teafest.htmlLeadville or Bust! Crossroads TheatreI love, love, love Leadville. Something about the curious combination of welcome, tourists! optimism, Get off my land independence, and impressive mountain scenery always gets me fired up. But everyone knows Leadvilles true gem lies in its history: During various mineral booms, it was Colorados biggest city, hosted Oscar Wilde, yadda, yadda, yadda. Theatre performer and cabaret dancer Reyna Von Vett celebrates this with her latest, Leadville or Bust!, a bawdy song-and-dance show taking us through that towns high times in the form of rollicking cabaret. Expect a little of Leadvilles rough edges, but a lot of the old-West charm that makes it such a great place to visit…for a little while.What: Leadville or Bust! cabaret show/musicalWhere: Crossroads Theatre, DenverWhen: July 22 to August 13, 7:30 p.m.Cost: $17Info: 303-832-0929 http://www.denvercrossroads.comDenvention 3, DenverEveryones talking about the convention: Who will be there, whats going to happen, how its all going to play out, the best laser guns. Wait, you thought I was talking about the Democratic National Convention? Im talking about Denvention 3, one of the largest sci-fi conventions in the nation. Denvention 3: The 66th World Science Fiction Convention lasts five days and covers movies, TV, books pretty much everything nerdy and awesome. Whether you want to dress up like a classic Klingon and celebrate sci-fis past or learn about the brand-new Star Trek movie by Lost auteur J.J. Abrams, this is the place for you. There will be panels with sci-fi writers, tabletop sci-fi game tournaments, and art shows. The event culminates in the Hugo Awards, the highest science fiction honor anyone can win. Yes!What: Denvention 3 Science fiction ConventionWhere: Denver Convention CenterWhen: Aug. 6 to 10Cost: $35-85 daily, $225 for full membershipInfo: 303-228-8000 or http://www.denverconvention.com

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