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Posted: October 14, 2009

A&E best bets: Genghis, Miss Saigon, Poe and plenty of pumpkins

You've got everything from musicals to marathons this weekend

Lisa Ryckman

Here's what's up all weekend:

Meet Genghis Khan -- the man, the myth, the mayhem -- at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The interactive exhibit opens Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and gives a unique look into the bad and the good sides of the famous Mr. Khan. Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for kids, seniors and students.

Catch the closing performances of Miss Saigon at the Arvada Center


The 10th longest-running Broadway musical and tells a wartime love story of an American G.I. and a Vietnamese bar girl during the fall of Saigon and their heart-wrenching reunion.  Tickets are $47 to $57.

For a fright that's more story than gorey, the Molly Brown House Museum in downtown Denver presents Victorian Horrors, with Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells and other notable novelists bringing their own writing to life in hour-long performances from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $16.

Try a cup of Joe at the Comedy Works. Joe Rogan was the host of the hugely successful reality show Fear Factor for six seasons on NBC, or you may remember him as Joe Garrelli, the resident electrician on NewsRadio. Tickets are $30 to $37, and definitely leave the kids at home.

If you missed the 2009 Annual Pumpkin Festival at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, no worries -- so did everyone else. The event was postponed due to weather, so it's on this weekend, featuring crafts, food and five acres of punkins. Tickets are $2 to $5, but kids in costume are free.

Saturday only

Stroll the Larimer Sidewalk Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and pick up the work of a budding Picasso or two. Artists ages 12 to 21 will have their work on display and for sale, along with plenty of music and eats. Artists can register by  e-mailing

Sunday only


There's Star Wars the movie, Star Wars the video game, Star Wars the action figure -- and now there's Star Wars: In Concert at the Pepsi Center. Narrated live by Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), the production features a full symphony orchestra and choir,  plus footage from the films on a massive high-def screen. Performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

The fleet of feet will meet at Civic Center Park for the Denver Marathon (or half-marathon or four-person relay) starting at 7 a.m. Run or cheer -- your choice.

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Lisa Ryckman is the Associate Editor/Online at ColoradoBiz. Contact her at

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