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Posted: November 19, 2009

A&E best bets: Kathy Griffin, cocktails n’ karaoke and a bacon celebration

A weekend with a little of everything

Lisa Ryckman

Friday

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Love her or loathe her -- Kathy Griffin brings her D-List life to the Buell Theater at 7 p.m. She's still very much the annoying would-be actress on Seinfeld who made a name making fun of Jerry, but now she's making fun of everybody. Tickets: $50 to $100

Crack out your best duds for the Opera Colorado Gala at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, an evening of
cocktails and concerts. Lee Meriwether hosts the stars of The Tales of Hoffmann, soprano Pamela Armstrong and tenor Julian Gavin, along with the Opera Colorado Young Artists. The evening concludes with dinner prepared by Kevin Taylor's at the Opera House and dancing. Tickets: $150 to $5,000.

Saturday

Put on that little black dress, throw back a few cocktails and Karaoke the night away.  Cocktails & Karaoke at The Curtis Hotel starts at 6:30 p.m. and benefits Kunsberg School, a school for chronically ill children located on the campus of National Jewish Health. Tickets start at $75.

Yes, it's naughty -- but ever so nice. Naughty Pierre's Mambo Burlesque and Magic Extravaganza
is a sensual melange of Latin music with Familia Diosa, magic from Professor Phelyx and bewitching burlesque with the Clocktower Clockettes. At the Swallow Hill Music Association at 8 p.m. Tickets: $16 to $20.

Sunday

Make reservations for the Cele-bracon: A Celebration of Bacon at Opus restaurant in Littleton. Four courses of prime pig paired with just the right wine. It begins at 6:30 p.m.; $59 per person.

You've no doubt seen It's a Wonderful Life a gazillion times, but never like this. Miner's Alley Playhouse presents It's a Wonderful Life: a 1940's Radio Play The characters are all there: George Bailey, Clarence and the evil Mr. Potter. See it at 2 p.m., or come on Saturday at 7:30 and stay for a talk back with the cast. Tickets: $20-$21.

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Coming up: Downtown Denver Grand Illumination -- Nov. 27

 Bring the family for this free evening of fun beginning at 6 p.m. Live music, a visit from Rockies mascot Dinger-Claus, complimentary refreshments, special guest speakers and a countdown to "light the lights" live with 9NEWS at approximately 6:30 p.m. See displays at the City and County Building, Denver Pavilions, Union Station, Skyline Park, the 16th Street Mall and the historic D&F Tower.

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Lisa Ryckman is the Associate Editor/Online at ColoradoBiz. Contact her at lryckman@cobizmag.com.

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