Beer staycations, Isaac Hayes, Hamlet & video: French champagne
July 2, 2009
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Wine - Food - Travel - A&E

Colorado beer festivals offer perfect staycation
Plenty of well-stocked beer festivals fill the summer calendar in Colorado, from Durango to Breckenridge to Fort Collins. For Denverites in staycation mode this season, the cozy Summer Brew Fest on July 24 is tough to beat. By Jay Dedrick

The Hot Buttered Soul of Isaac Hayes plus R.E.M. and Ray Charles
Soul, country and rock classics are revisited with reissues of Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul, R.E.M.'s Reckoning: Deluxe Edition and Ray Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volumes 1 & 2. By Mike Cote

Butler's choice
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival begins its season with "Hamlet" staged at the Mary Rippon outdoor theater at the University of Colorado; check out the 19th annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver; and take in the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks and the sounds of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Fiddler's Green. By Mary Butler

Dave on film: Criminals and their audiences
While July 4th is a major holiday - it's not a weekend that movie studios like to target. That means this week is rather light on cinematic releases, offering only two, including Johnny Depp's "Public Enemies." Also reviewed is the Hitchcock classic "Rear Window." By Dave Taylor

Entirely homegrown
Follow ColoradoBiz managing editor Mike Taylor on his journey to subsist entirely on his Denver backyard garden this August. This installment includes plans to interview a greenhouse manufacturer and a Parker-based business owner, who helps gardeners get the most out of their plots. Watch Taylor's videos about growing potatoes and Colorado Pure Distilling; read more about the project here. By Mike Taylor


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The Wine Wench on champagne
The Wine Wench Cathie Beck visits with Philippe Manfredini of Champagne Gosset, the oldest wine house in France's famed Champagne region, at the Palm Bay International Wine Event.


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