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Posted: May 13, 2009

Butler’s choice: Mahler, Mesa Verde & Mike Doughty

What's going on this weekend

Mary Butler


Corks and cuisine at Four Mile Historic Park
The Four Mile Historic Park marks its 150th birthday this year. You can support the landmark, located on the banks of Cherry Creek, by attending at the 6th Annual Corks and Cuisine fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; admission, which includes a wine glass, is $30 or $25 for park members. Call (720) 865-0815 for reservations.


Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival

Birdwatchers from across the nation flock to Cortez to attend this annual birding festival and see spring migrants and early nesters. Located in the “archaeological center of America,” the festival runs through Sunday; registration is $45 and includes a reception, lectures and Saturday night’s dinner. Individual tours are also offered, as well as a raft trip, wine tasting and visits to Mesa Verde National Park, the Ute Tribal Park and Mancos Canyon. Check out the Big Day competition; teams race to identify the most bird species in a seven-hour period.


Colorado MahlerFest
This Boulder festival is dedicated to the performance and study of the entire repertoire and life of Mahler, and secondly to the devoted musicians and scholars who creatively share Mahler's vision of the world, of life and of music. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. tonight and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado campus. A pre-concert lecture begins one hour before the shows. Tickets are $10 to $40.


e-town with Mike Doughty and Zee Avi
Enjoy a taping of the national radio show e-town at the Boulder Theater. Tonight’s guests are indie rocker Mike Doughty, the former headman of Soul Coughing, and Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi. Tickets are $18.75.   

Check out:

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


Jazz Aspen Snowmass
The nonprofit arts organization Jazz Aspen Snowmaass hosts two large festivals. The first runs June 18-27 and will feature Smokey Robinson, Al Jarreau, Chris Botti and Jamie Cullum. The second, more rock-oriented event is Sept. 4-6. The Black Eyed Peas and the Doobie Brothers will be among the performers.

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Mary Butler is ColoradoBiz's online editor.

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