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Best Bets for the Week of December 12—19



What: Meese: The local pop-rock band—including the Meese brothers themselves—celebrates its recent recording contract with Atlantic Records this Friday at the Bluebird.
Why: This is the last show before the boys head into the studio to work on their major label debut; just think of the “I told you so” possibilities a year from now when Meese has become the new Grey’s Anatomy “it boys.”
Bonus: Junior breakout acts Tickle Me Pink and Barcelona will open. You can’t beat three up-and-coming acts for the price of one.
Details: Fri 8 p.m. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. $10–$12. Call 303-377-1666 or visit

—Food and Drink—

What: Belgian Beer seminar: Boulder hotspot the Kitchen [Upstairs] hosts a Belgian Beer gathering complete with a detailed history of the brew that dates back to the Middle Ages.
Why: Wine and food pairing is so last year. Get with the program and go for a specialized beer with your dish.
Bonus: The Kitchen has made its name on the heavenly local and organic cuisine that it serves up nightly, and chef/owner Hugo Matheson along with [Upstairs] chef Dakota Soifer have created four small courses to accompany the suds.
Details: Tue 6:30 p.m. The Kitchen [Upstairs], 1039 Pearl St., Boulder. $40. Call 303-544-5973 or visit


What: The Village Shops at the Landmark: At the pre-opening reception/open house for Greenwood Village’s brand new luxury residential and shopping complex, more than a dozen high-end restaurants and retail stores (think HW Home, Players, and Ella Bleu) will open their doors to customers for a one-day celebration. The Village Shops will continue to open through 2008, with residents to begin moving in during April 2008.
Why: Because shopping season is well underway and you drew the uncle who has everything.
Bonus: Free goodies: Retailers, restaurants, and specialty shops (some not even open yet) will have prizes up for grabs.
Details: Sat 2–6 p.m. The Village Shops at the Landmark, 7677 E. Berry Ave., Greenwood Village. Call 303-721-0500 or visit


What: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol: This twist on the Dickens holiday classic presents the irreverent, yet moving story of Jacob Marley’s own redemption. Marley is Ebenezer Scrooge’s sour (and deceased) business partner who’s withering in a hellish afterlife filled with spiteful demons. But he has one chance at absolution: redeeming his old pal Scrooge.
Why: It’s a new take on an old favorite—malicious hell-sprite and all.
Bonus: The Victorian Playhouse has joined forces with 3 Sons Italian Restaurant to offer a package night out on the town. Your choice of three entrées, an appetizer, dessert, and drink, plus a ticket to the performance will only set you back $45—an evening even Scrooge would endorse.
Details: Through Dec. 23, Fri–Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. Denver Victorian Playhouse, 4201 Hooker St. $20–$22. Call 303-433-4343 or visit

Let it snow….Flakes are finally falling (a lot of ’em) and the high country is buzzing with the hum of ski lifts, making this weekend a no-brainer for gearing up and hitting the slopes. Head to Crested Butte ( for the legendary Ski Free event and ride nearly 1,200 acres for absolutely no charge. If watching is more your style, check out Breckenridge ( for the Chevy U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix. Need to warm-up those stix before hitting the backcountry? Grab your gear and trek to Winter Park ( for the Early Season Warm-Up Clinic. For the ultimate in ski fashion and pampering, try Beaver Creek’s Mountain Mama Weekend ( brought to you by Women’s Health Magazine. Or, toast all that’s good about winter in Snowmass ( at the resort’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. Phew—so much powder, so little time.

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