Weekend off the Wagon – April 27-29

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What a week. Obama was spotted at The Sink in Boulder; a bear climbed a tree and was tranqued out of it; there are billionaire astronauts attempting to mine asteroids for space water; and most importantly, there’s a wine conference in town!

See below for a detailed list for weekend events. Check out our full calendar to plan your events well into the future.


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High: 65˚
Low: 40˚
Mostly Sunny / Wind
Precip: 20%
High: 61˚
Low: 43˚
Partly Cloudy
Precip: 10%
High: 66˚
Low: 45˚
Isolated T-Storms
Precip: 30%


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Friday, April 27

Rockies vs. Mets

6:40pm – 10pm

Coors Field

Microbreweries for the Environment

7pm – 1am

Boulder Theater

Every Spring at the Boulder Theater, Colorado Microbreweries donate staff time and beer to support local environmental organizations.

KGNU and the Boulder Weekly proudly present the 20th annual Microbreweries for the Environment benefit on Friday, April 27 at The Boulder Theater.

Since 1993, the Microbreweries for the Environment benefit has raised over $130,000 for local environmental causes. The proceeds from this year’s benefit will further the environmental initiatives of six local non-profit organizations: CU Environmental Center, Boulder Food Rescue, Tiyospaye Winyan Maka, The Koru Foundation, Communikey Festival’s Yes..And? team, and Colorado Ocean Coalition.

Twenty Colorado microbreweries serve their best beers for only $2/pint. Admission includes a commemorative pint glass. Participants can opt to purchase a sampler glass for $12 to partake in unlimited tastings.

Participating breweries are:
Asher Brewing Company, Aspen Brewing Company, Avery Brewing Company, Boulder Beer Company, Breckenridge Brewery, Bristol Brewing Company, Crabtree Brewing Company, Dillon DAM Brewery, Fort Collins Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Co., New Planet Beer Company, Odell Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Renegade Brewing Company, Shine Brewing Co, Ska Brewing, Twisted Pine Brewery, Upslope Brewing Company.

The evening’s entertainment features music by The Mile Markers, The Drunken Hearts, and Grant Farm with special guests Keith Moseley and Billy Nershi.

The benefit is a zero-waste and carbon-neutral event. We encourage people to walk, bike, or bus to the event. Doors open and beer tasting starts at 8:00pm, and music will run to 1:00am. Admission costs $20 ($22 day of show). Tickets are available at the Boulder Theater Box Office (303-786-7030 or www.bouldertheater.com). This event traditionally sells out in advance.

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Saturday, April 28

DrinkLocalWine Conference

Metro State College

• Seminars and Colorado Twitter Taste-off in St. Cajetan’s

• Lunch and Colorado Blind Challenge in Adirondack Room


• 8:30 a.m., conference registration

• 9 a.m., Colorado’s Terroir and the Challenges of High Altitude. Moderator: Richard Leahy, national wine consultant. Panelists: Steve Menke, PhD, Associate Professor of Enology, Colorado State University; Horst Caspari, Professor & State Viticulturist, Colorado State University; Bruce Talbott, Talbott Farms.

• 10 a.m., Local Food, Local Wine, and Why They Don’t Like Each Other. Moderator: Dave McIntyre, Washington Post and co-founder DrinkLocalWine. Panelists: Rene Chazottes, Pacific Club, Newport Beach, Calif.; Evan Faber, Salt, Boulder; Jensen Cummings, Row 14, Denver.

• 11 a.m., Consumer Perception of Colorado and Regional Wine. Moderator: Rich Mauro, Colorado Springs Gazette. Panelists: Jay Leeuwenburg, Colorado Academy; Jennifer Broome, Fox 31; Chris Anthony, Chris Anthony Adventures.

• Noon, Colorado Blind Challenge. Moderator: Wayne Belding, MS.

• 12:45, lunch

• 2 p.m., Nomacorc-Colorado Twitter Taste-off. Moderator: Kyle Schlachter, Colorado Wine Press. Participants must be 21 or older.

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A Day of Giving

12pm – 5pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

Donate to Soldiers with the 4th Battalion Special Troops Brigade deployed to Afghanistan. Free meal with a $5.00 donation. Care package items also requested (vitamin supplements, protein bars, toothpaste, baby wipes, coffee, gum).

Totally Tennyson

4pm – 10pm

Tennyson Street Merchant Corridor

In the spring of 2011, longing for a fundraiser that was actually fun, a group of parents organized a one-of-a-kind, ‘80s-themed event on Tennyson Street called Totally Tennyson, which benefited eight elementary schools in Northwest Denver. This event was a pub-crawl that went “back to the future,” and ticket holders were all about break dancing, glam rock, jazzercise, and neon fishnet stockings. The ‘80s never saw a better party! Totally Tennyson 2011 had over 1,000 attendees and was able to raise over $21,000 for those eight schools. Tennyson Street had never seen so many mullets, Swatches, or leg warmers—a DeLorean was even on the scene.

Totally Tennyson will be rocking the Tennyson Street Merchant Corridor between W. 38th Avenue and W. 46th Avenue on Saturday, April 28, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is a 21-and-over event. There will be hubs of activity all along the street where Crocket and Tubbs can enjoy food, drink, and music supplied by the generous Tennyson Street businesses while rubbing elbows with Richard Simmons and Madonna. The event will end up at the Oriental Theater with a free concert put on by a nationally touring Cure cover band called The Cured. The band performs a true-to-era 1989 Cure concert, complete with costumes, lights, effects, and of course, the songs. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 on April 28) and may be purchased online at www.totallytennyson.com.

In addition to benefiting participating Northwest Denver schools (Academia Ana Maria Sandoval • Brown • Bryant-Webster • Centennial • Cheltenham • Colfax • Edison • Escuela Tlatelolco • North High • Skinner Middle • Trevista at Horace Mann • Valdez), this event also will give Tennyson Street merchants and event sponsors a chance to highlight their businesses and market to new customers.

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The Symphony Ball 2012

6pm – 11pm

Sheraton Denver Downtown

The Colorado Symphony Ball puts the Spotlight on the Orchestra for an evening of music and dance

The ball, held this year on Saturday, April 28, 2012, will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and begins at 6:00 PM.

The orchestra will be front and center performing music to please ball attendees of all ages from warm pre-dinner background music to a high-energy full orchestra performance to top dance hits spanning decades.


Beethoven: $1,000 per person
Listing as Beethoven Sponsor in Symphony Ball 2012 program.
VIP seating in premium location, hosted beverages, dinner and post-concert cocktail party.
Recognition on rolling Audio Visual presentation during reception and dinner.

Bach: $500 per person
VIP seating in premium location, hosted beverages, dinner and post-concert cocktail party.
Recognition on rolling Audio Visual presentation during reception and dinner.

Brahms: $350 per person
Hosted beverages, dinner and post-concert cocktail party.

Tables of 10 are available. Please contact Susan Beyda at 303.308.2498

A special Young Professionals price is available for attendees under 40. Please contact Melissa Muscato at 303.308.2495.

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Rockies vs. Mets

6:10pm – 10pm

Coors Field

Base Camp Bash

7pm – 10pm

Artwork Network

Pack up your gear and get ready to summit because our 2012 Base Camp Bash is Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 7 – 10pm at Artwork Network in Denver, CO to benefit the Cottonwood Institute!

The Base Camp Bash is our main fundraising event and our annual excuse to get together, have fun, eat local food from Snooze, drink wine and “Cottonwood Organic White” beer from Wynkoop Brewing Company, sample Colorado spirits from Leopold Bros., and enjoy live music from the Cottonwood Trio!

The Base Camp Bash helps raise the critical funds we need each year to connect students to the outdoors You will not want to miss this event, so buy your tickets today!

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Rapids vs. Chivas USA

7pm – 8pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Sunday, April 29

Rockies vs. Mets

1:10pm – 2:10pm

Coors Field

About PJ Hoberman

PJ likes beer. A lot. And whiskey. Gin. Wine. Cocktails. Um.. what were we talking about?