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Best Bets for September 28

You’ve got no excuse not to hit up some of your local museums this weekend—it’s free! Denver Botanic Gardens, Leanin’ Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden of Western Art in Boulder, the Littleton Historical Museum, and The Wildlife Experience Museum in Parker are opening their doors free of charge Saturday as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. The nation-wide event only comes once a year, so take advantage of the free mind-candy. For more information or to download your free museum card (required for free admission), visit

As the leaves begin to fall, so should the summer styles from the hangers in your closet. Get inspired to autumn-ize your wardrobe at a swanky runway show, where models will be showing off the latest fall fashions from Larimer Square boutiques. Sponsored by Larimer Square and 5280, the Scene Stealers show includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres alongside the moleskin jeans, velvet-lined cardigans, and suede ruffle-trimmed jackets. Proceeds benefit the Denver Film Society. Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Ave. Thu 6-9 p.m. $75 / $125 VIP (including a gift bag and after-party at Cru and Octane). For more information, call 303-685-8120 or visit or

Colorado Ballet celebrates the beginning of its 46th year with an opening performance of the classic lovers’ tale, Giselle. It’s an age-old scenario: Peasant girl falls for prince; prince betrays peasant girl; peasant girl dies tragically; prince mourns his true love. With costumes and set designs from American Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet’s version highlights the new artistic leadership of Gil Boggs, a former American Ballet Theatre principal. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 14th and Curtis streets. Sep. 29–Oct. 15, opening Fri 7:30 p.m. Wed, Fri-Sun, times vary. For more information or tickets, call 303-837-8888 ext. 2 or visit

Rocking out at big-name concerts ranks pretty high on the proverbial list of things-to-do-in-Vail (after, you know, that whole skiing thing). And the Millennium Society—the philanthropic, self-dubbed “Vail Valley Generation Next”—is upping the cool-factor of this weekend’s Big Head Todd and the Monsters performance by turning the show into an exclusive, charity-centered party. The proceeds will benefit the Steadman-Hawkins Research Foundation (supporting osteoarthritis research to help people stay active), the Youth Foundation (serving disadvantaged young people in Eagle County), and a third cause not yet determined. Snacks, libations, and a silent auction, of course. Vilar Center for Performing Arts, Beaver Creek. Sat 6:30 p.m. $125. For more information or to RSVP, call 970-479-1192.

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Best Bets for September 28

Great American Beer Festival — Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Mmmmh, beer. Or so Homer Simpson once said. Sample over 1,500 beers—Duff excluded&#151at one of the nation’s largest beer festivals. Enjoy an hour of live music and presentations from some of Denver’s top chefs, while perusing endless rows of cold brew—from microbrews to PBR. Did someone say pretzel necklace? Designated Drivers receive complimentary soda and a free gift. Thu-Sat 5:30-10 p.m., with a special connoisseur tasting Sat 12:30-4:30 p.m., at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. For tickets, call 303-832-TIXS or head over to Old Chicago, Wynkoop, Falling Rock, and other fine beer retailers.

Mustache-4-Cash 2005 Kickoff — Sept. 29
Ever wanted to grow a cool mustache but couldn’t find a valid reason (besides being a cop)? Now you have one. As part of this unique fundraiser, “growers” collect pledges from family, friends, and co-workers to help raise money for The Byrne Foundation and Project Youth Foundation. Participants attend “How’s it Growin?” parties through the month with the finale being the Mustache-4-Cash Halloween Bash. Men (and women…let’s not discriminate) put down your razors and start growing. Sign up and pledge packet pick up at the Kickoff party. Fri 6-8 p.m. La Rumba, 9th and Acoma. For more info go to

“Botox & Chocolate & Shoes, Oh my!” — Sept. 29
Celebrate womens’ guilty pleasures and support the Denver Chapter of Volunteers of America while you’re at it. Guests indulge in chocolate martinis and succulent desserts while perusing an exclusive trunk show from Kaazana Shoes. And what goes better with alcohol, chocolate, and shoes than Botox? Guests also receive a $50 gift certificate towards Restylane or Botox with the evening’s host, cosmetic doctor, Dr. Buford. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Body By Buford at the Center for Aesthetic Surgery, 125 Inverness Drive East, Suite 200. RSVP to Peggy at 303-708-8234 to register.

Elk Fest 2005 — Oct 1-2
Here is a great chance to view elk during the rutting season (carefully, that is). Learn more about Colorado’s antlered beauties, their habits, and how to observe them in the wild. Located in downtown Estes Park, Elk Fest offers live music, viewing tours, bugling competitions, and many vendors specializing in elk products. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bond Park at the intersection of Elkhorn and MacGregor.

Movie and a Martini — Sept. 29
Visit The Wildlife Experience for an evening with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Well, at least they’ll be up there on the big screen—in Sydney Pollack’s 1985 dramatic love story, Out of Africa. Relax with a cocktail served in a keepsake martini glass while snacking on appetizers and viewing the museum’s galleries and exhibits before the movie. Thu 6:30 p.m. The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria. $20. For more information call 720-488-3336 or go to