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Posted: June 03, 2009

Butler’s choice: Teva Mountain Games, Etta James & ghost stories

What's going on this weekend

Mary Butler

Tonight:

Teva Mountain Games
Dubbed the nation's largest celebration of mountain sports and culture, the Teva Mountain Games festival returns to Vail to kick off the resort's summer season; the games cover seven sports and 21 disciplines, including cycling, running, kayaking, rafting, climbing, fly-fishing and paragliding. Also featured are live music, a pub crawl, film festival, a photography contest, dog competitions and an expo, which run day and night through Sunday. Professionals and amateurs alike can compete for cash and prizes. But being a spectator (which is free) might as much - or more - fun.

Friday

BMOCA reopened
The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art reopens this week (after a five-month closure for renovations) with its "Pure Pleasure" exhibit, which highlights the work of regional artists, who explore different definitions of through photography, painting, ceramics, and installation. Opening reception 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday

Free First Saturdays at the Denver Art Museum
Gain free admission to the Denver Art Museum today; all exhibits are open except the "The Psychedelic Experience" rock poster exhibit, which requires a ticket. Doors open at 10 a.m. (There will be no Free First Saturday in July due to the Fourth of July holiday.)

Etta James & the Roots Band
Three-time Grammy winner Etta James plays the Boulder Theater tonight; her latest album, "All the Way" was released two years ago, but expect a show that spans her five-decade career as a blues, soul, R&B, rock 'n' roll, gospel and jazz recording artist. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $68 to $93.50. 

Monday

James Van Praagh at Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch
James Van Praagh, the New York Times best-selling author of "Ghosts Among Us," "Talking to Heaven," "Reaching to Heaven," and "Healing Grief," visits the Highlands Ranch location of the Tattered Cover to talk about his latest book, "Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us about Living." Free tickets for the book-signing line will be handed out beginning at 6:30 pm; and seating for the 7:30 presentation is limited to ticketed customers only.

Check out:

Norman Provizer’s weekly Jazz Notes column for the latest news on upcoming shows, compliments of KUVO 89 Jazz.

Ongoing:

Loveland showcases the work of pop art icon Wayne Thiebaud
Check out the Loveland Museum and Gallery’s new exhibit “Wayne Thiebaud: 70 years of painting.” A contemporary of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, Thiebaud’s pop art images of cakes and pies made him famous. The show runs through August 16; a reception will be held June 12; other events include a lecture on June 13 and a cake decorating workshop on June 18.

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Mary Butler is ColoradoBiz's online editor.

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