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Posted: June 17, 2009

Butler’s choice: Green roofs, BBQ & Father’s Day

What's going on this weekend

Mary Butler


Green Roofs for the West Symposium
Sure tickets are $125 to $140 (or $30 for students), but the Green Roofs for the West Symposium, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Denver Botanic Gardens, is sure to wow attendees, who will learn about how living or vegetated “roof covers” can help make cities more sustainable.   


Colorado BBQ Challenge
Frisco hosts the two-day Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned 16th Annual BBQ Challenge, which brings more than 60 teams from Kansas to California to this small ski town’s Main Street. Come for the barbecued or smoked grub – beef, port, tofu and even alligator – and stay for the entertainment, cooking demos and pig races; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.


David Byrne and Devotchka at Red Rocks
David Byrne is touring to promote his self-released Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, co-written with record producer Brian Eno. Opening the Red Rocks show is Devotchka; Tickets are $55 to $69.50

Colorado Rapids 2009 Festival of Women
For $15, you can see the Colorado Rapids play D.C. United – and attend the pre-game Festival of Women, which promotes Colorado companies, non-profits, women business owners, authors, artisans and entertainers. Enjoy massages, health screenings, belly dancers, a fashion show and more; $5 from every ticket will be donated to the Alliance Foundation, which provides microlending to women around the world. The event begins at 3 p.m.; the game is at 7:30 p.m. 


Take Dad out to the ballpark
Spend Father’s Day at Coors Field; the Rockies play the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 p.m. Tickets are $4 to $55.

Check out:

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


Cirque du Soleil: Kooza

Cirque du Soleil brings its show 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 go on sale Sunday, June 21, $38.50-$215.

Colorado Music Festival
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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