Best Bets for the Week of October 31—November 6

October 31 2007, 10:01 PM
We tell you what to do, where to be, and why for each week of the year. —Grand Opening— What: Cinema Café: Europe has been doing it for ages, and finally, Colorado gets a taste of the ultimate entertainment invention: This Friday night, Neighborhood Flix Cinema and Café opens its doors to the public. Featuring three eat-in movie theaters and an upscale bistro that shows independent, foreign, classic, and documentary films through high definition projectors, Neighborhood Flix looks promising as a hip place to unwind. This weekend's screenings: Deep Water, In the Valley of Elah, and Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. Why: Dinner and a movie has never been so easy. Bonus: The café menu was created by James Mazzio, one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs of 1999, and includes gourmet fare like braised Colorado lamb shank stew and grilled elk bratwurst. Details: Grand opening Friday, show times vary. $8.50–$10 per movie. 2510 E. Colfax Ave. Call 303-777-FLIX or visit www.neighborhoodflix.com. —Food and Wine— What: Third Annual Denver International Wine Festival: The highlight of Denver Wine Week has expanded this year to a four day wine (and food) extravaganza. More than 400 wines will be showcased during the featured grand tasting from winemakers around the world. Thursday night's Iron Chef-style competition challenges local top-tier chefs (think Jax, Restaurant Kevin Taylor, French 250) to create dishes that pair perfectly with the gold medal-winning wines from the 2007 Denver International Wine Competition ($85). Go all out on Friday with a daylong motor coach tour through Front Range wine country with a catered lunch and multiple tastings ($99). Why: You're finally sobering up from the Great American Beer Festival. Bonus: The festival's exclusive Vintners Dinners offer wine-lovers the chance to hobnob with the wine elite and taste rare vintage wines paired with precision to complement exquisite four course meals. Ticket prices, times, and locations vary. Details: Thu–Sun, University of Denver's new School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, 2044 E. Evans Ave., and the Driscoll Center, 2055 E. Evans Ave. Event times and prices vary. Call 303-664-5700 or visit www.denverwinefest.com. —Performing Arts— What: Theatre of the Vampires: An award-winning production from Boulder's own aerial dance company Frequent Flyers. The show is a little theater, a little dance, and a whole lot of impressive physical prowess. The story takes place in Paris, where a young American journalist finds herself investigating the niche society that is the French thespian vampire. Why: Because everyone should see these acrobats as they stretch, bend, and all but break themselves while literally hanging from the rafters. By the end of the performance it might be tempting to enroll in one of the company's beginner low-flying trapeze classes (though you might reconsider once you put on the tights). Bonus: Upgrade your tickets to "Black Tie...With Fangs" status. This VIP package includes privileged parking, a photo with a vampire hearse, dessert before the show, a personal escort to your "killer" seats, a private beer tasting during intermission (Necktar of the Vampires and Potion of Immortalitea brews), and a meet-and-greet with the cast after the performance. $69 per person. Details: Wed–Thu 8 p.m. at the historic (and allegedly haunted) Macky Auditorium on CU Boulder's campus, University Avenue and 17th Street. $13–$39. Call 303-444-7328 or visit www.frequentflyers.org or www.thedairy.org. —Music— What: Neil Young: The American legend plays a two-night stint at the Convention Center's Wells Fargo Theatre. Why: Besides his cavernous music catalogue, unmistakable tenor style, and distinct stage presence—all the reasons you should need to head downtown for one of these shows—the tremendous acoustics of Wells Fargo Theatre are even more incentive. Bonus: Rock out on the way to (and from) the concert: Order your tickets through Ticketmaster and receive a copy of Young's new CD, Chrome Dreams II, for every pair of tickets you buy through the site. Details: Mon–Tue 7:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Theatre, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. $64–$104. Call 303-830-TIXS or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Did Halloween sneak up on you? Last minute ideas: Wear a costume and get in free to the Comedy Works' First Annual HA HA Halloween Party tonight, www.comedyworks.com. Hit up the Fillmore, where progressive rock/jam band Umphrey's McGee pays tribute to horror films, www.umphreys.com. Head out to Brighton's Murray Farms for the 15-acre corn maze and haunted mansion, www.murraymaze.com. Or, swing by Boulder High School's Infected Haunted House, www.boulderhauntedhouse.com.