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Posted: March 25, 2009

Butler’s choice: Food, film and fun this weekend

Colorado Rapids kick off and the Dry Ice Factory art co-op opens

Mary Butler


Capitalism on stage
Storyteller Mike Daisey performs a monologue (which has garnered rave reviews from the New York Times and Financial Times) about capitalism in his “Monopoly!” On campus at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater in University Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.; the show is at 7:30 p.m. tonight and runs through Sunday. Call (719) 255-3232. Tickets are $10 to $25.

Oil and America on film
Documentary film, “Fuel,” explores the nation’s addiction to oil and possible new energy solutions. The screening, sponsored by the Center for ReSource Conservation and the Boulder Weekly, is at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. in Boulder, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.


Family night at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch
Kids wear their favorite jammies, enjoy stories, an activity and snacks. The book is the whacky Doreen Cronin classic “Thump Quack Moo.” The store is located at 9315 Dorchester St., in the new Highlands Ranch Town Center. The free event is at 4:30 p.m.

Grand opening of the Dry Ice Factory art co-op

The Liquid Carbonic Corporation dry-ice factory, built in 1930, is reopening as a co-op and fine-arts facility; the first show is dedicated to Denver painter and printmaker Robert Strohmeier. The opening starts a 6 p.m., 3300 Walnut St. in Denver, and features music from the Darren Kramer Project and refreshments. Admission is free.


Kitchens that cook
Chef Keegan Gerhard of D Bar Desserts will demonstrate how he makes his award-winning desserts as part of this afternoon Junior League of Denver event, which features tastings, champagne, a silent auction and gifts. Held at the Builders Appliance Center, 1880 W. Oxford Ave., Suite A, in Englewood, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call (303) 692-0279, ext. 350 for reservations. Tickets are $75 or $180 for a four pack.

Colorado Rapids season opener
The Rapids open their season tonight against the Kansas City Wizards. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way in Commerce City. Call (866) 461-6556. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. Get a family deal: four tickets, pizza and soda costs $69; single tickets start at $12.

61st Conference on World Affairs

U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert and bluesman Henry Butler will be among the 110 participants at this year’s Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, which runs April 6-10; All events are free and open to the public. Click here for more information. 


The Center for Empowered Living and Learning
The CELL is a new nonprofit dedicated to the issue of terrorism. Its exhibits and programs seek to educate people about today’s global terrorism threats and empower us all to effect change. Located within the Denver Civic Center Cultural Complex, the CELL is across from the Denver Art Museum. Check out its inaugural exhibit, “Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism.” Hours: Tues-Weds, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $6 adults, $4.50 children and seniors.

Check out Norman Proviser's weekly Jazz Notes column at for the latest on live jazz shows in Denver and beyond.

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Mary Butler is ColoradoBiz's online editor.

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