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Posted: June 24, 2009

Butler’s choice: Experience Oscar Wilde in Leadville

What's going on this weekend

Mary Butler


Comedian Arj Barker, who stars on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," and is a regular guest on late-night shows, will be at Comedy Works Larimer Square tonight through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $25. 


Health and wellness expert Deborah King will be at the Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue tonight at 7:30 p.m. promoting her new book, "Truth Heals: What You Hide Can Hurt You" ($22.95 Hay House). King is a TV and radio commentator, attorney, national keynote speaker and regular blogger for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Email to request a signed copy.


Head to Leadville to experience Oscar Wilde as part of the city's First Annual LERCH (Leadville Enrichment, Relaxation, Crafts and History) at the Tabor Opera House. The 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. event features Denver actor Ed Cord as Wilde, who came to Denver in 1882 on a lecture tour to promote the latest operetta from Gilbert and Sullivan. As a guest of Horace Tabor, Wilde took a detour to the bottom of the Matchless Mine where he shared what he described as a “five course meal” with the miners: “first course: whiskey, second course: whiskey, third course: whiskey….” Tickets are $15 for general admission or $30 for admission and chartered transportation.


See "Sita Sings the Blues," an animated full-length feature, at the the Starz FilmCenter. A runaway hit at the Starz Denver International Film Festival last year, "Sita Sings the Blues" is a musical about lost love and broken hearts. The film runs through July 2. Tickets are $6 to $9.50; visit or call 303-595-3456.

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


Cirque du Soleil brings its show Kooza to Denver, Aug. 20-Oct. 4, under a special “Grand Chapiteau” big top to be erected next to the Pepsi Center. Kooza tells the story of The Innocent, “a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world,” and combines acrobatic performance and clowning. Tickets, $35-$215.

The Colorado Music Festival runs June 27-Aug. 7 at Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium. Sundays feature chamber orchestra selections; Tuesdays, chamber and world music; and Thursdays and Fridays, festival orchestra. Tickets are now on sale.   

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Mary Butler is ColoradoBiz's online editor.

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