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Posted: September 30, 2009

A&E best bets: zombies, Guerilla Thrilla, guitars and grape-stomping

It's October, and the ghoulish goings-on have begun

Lisa Ryckman

All weekend

If you want to hear your favorite tune like you've never heard it before, check out the 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. More than 300 companies are bringing their best stuff, and there are 150 stations for your listening pleasure. It starts Friday at noon and runs through Sunday at the Denver Marriott Tech Center; tickets are $10 a day and $25 for the weekend.

Zombies have stormed the Bug Theatre! Can the folks trapped in the farmhouse make it through the night? Adapted from George Romero's 1968 film classic, Night of the Living Dead, it's mixed media at its scariest. It opens Friday, with performances every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. through Halloween. Tickets are $15, or $12 for zombie-wannabes in full costume.

Michael Jackson is gone, but his Thriller lives on in Denver. Vicky Fields Dance at DanzArtz Studio is offering Guerrilla Thrilla classes this fall, in four-week blocks, culminating in a ghoulish performance on the 16th Street Mall on October 30 and 31, The first of four one-hour classes begins Friday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m. and next Wednesday at 8 p.m. Price: $32 for series of four classes, partial proceeds benefit Think 360 Arts.


Yuck it up with Kathleen Madigan at the Comedy Works in downtown Denver. She's a regular on Leno and Letterman, host s her own weekly show on Sirius Radio Networks, and has had critically acclaimed specials on Comedy Central and HBO. Five chances to see her -- two shows Friday and three on Saturday.

If you love guitars, check out the Colorado Custom Guitar Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at East High School. The festival will showcase handmade guitars and include clinics and an 8 p.m. concert. Proceeds benefit East's guitar-making program.


Who can ever get enough chili? If you're hankering for a bowl, head to the first annual Denver Chili Fest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Taste-test different kinds of chiles or bring your green chile dish at noon for a shot at $100 prize. Admission is $5 or two canned food donations for the Food Bank of the Rockies.

The Rocky Mountain Brassworks will be blowing their horns at the Broomfield Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert features marches, swing, and original compositions written specifically for brass ensembles. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for 12 and unders.


Are the Broncos on a gallop, or are they about to be lassoed by the Cowboys? It'll cost you a pretty penny, but there are still tickets available for the Denver-Dallas showdown at 2:15 p.m. at Invesco at Mile High. Ticketmaster's out, but Craigslist is jumping.

Have a grape-stomping good time at the Balistreri Vineyards 7th annual Harvest Party from noon to 6 p.m. Whatever you do, be sure to get there in time for the Children's Grape Stomping at 2 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the door and kids under 12 are free.

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

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