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Thursday

Sure, the big event happens tomorrow night, when Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, speaks to the concerned and carnivorous at the American Grassfed Association's celebration dinner. But the AGA's "Grazing America 2006" conference actually begins today. Every hour from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ranch Foods Direct opens its processing plant for tours. And at noon, you can check out a tour of Lasater's Grassland Ranch, near Matheson. All tours are $10 and leave from the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.), which also is the site of today's 5:30 p.m. opening reception and trade show kickoff ($20). Visit

americangrassfed.org for more. KW

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Friday

Clad in black coats, ties and cowboy hats, Watermelon Slim and the Workers dress dapper for their gigs. The band means business, and their business is blues music. Rumor has it that Slim will take his microphone into the bathroom at shows to make sure no one misses his solos. He and the boys have played all over the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia. Tonight, the band will play in Woodland Park at the Crystola Bar and Grill (20918 U.S. Hwy. 24) at 8. Purchase tickets for $13-$17 at amusiccompanyinc.com or at the door. Call 687-7879 for more. JS

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Saturday

The party tonight might get loud, and some vinyl might end up scratched. With a mixer and two decks, DJs will battle for the championship at the second annual DMC Colorado Regional DJ Competition. The event features DJ masters Maneline, Distrakt and 1865, and it is expected to draw even more hip-hop fans than last year's competition, which attracted 600. Radio 1190's "Basementalism" is sponsoring and running the event at 9 at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder). Tickets are $12.50; call 303/786-7030 or visit

bouldertheater.com. TW



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Sunday

It's hard to say what would happen if Elvis and Mariah Carey had a conversation. Maybe he would tell her she's nothing but a hound dog; maybe she would say he would always be her baby. We'll never know, but we can see their lyrics interact as dialogue in Love the Radio Edit, a new comedy hitting CC's Armstrong Black Box Theater (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) at 8 tonight. While lyrics from 150 popular and obscure songs provide the dialogue, actors will convey the actions through mime, gesture and movement. Reserve the $2 to $5 tickets for this Edinburgh Festival Fringe show and brainchild of CC grad Margaret Whittum by calling 271-1839. Visit

intrepidproduction.com for more

information. JS

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Monday

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's new solo album, The Eraser, is undoubtedly the most exciting thing to come out of England this month. But that doesn't mean the Queen hasn't done anything else for us lately. Tonight at 8, U.K. heroes Muse will be showing off their new album, Black Holes and Revelations, at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver). The band, highly regarded for its 2004 breakthrough album, Absolution, is working to keep a foothold in the American market with an electronica sound that has earned them a diehard international fan base. Tickets for the 16-plus show are running $25; call 520-9090 or visit ticketmaster.com to get a hold of a set. MS

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Tuesday

The Jersey-born, Jewish indie singer-songwriter Pete Yorn has just finished a musical trilogy that might prove to be as riveting as J.R.R. Tolkien's literary one minus the ring and talking trees. After Music for the Morning After (2001) and Day I Forgot (2003), Yorn will release Nightcrawler this August, completing the full "day" theme. To promote his latest album, Yorn has embarked on his first acoustic tour, and he will perform at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder) at 8:30 tonight. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $20. Call 303/443-3399 or visit

foxtheatre.com. TW

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Wednesday

I'm impressed by people who do two trades well, like musicians who can dance, or professional chefs who can crochet. On that note, Charlotte Innes' self-promotion as both a journalist and poet has my attention. Stringin' words together in both creative and reporting capacities is no easy task. How does one go from trying to rhyme something with "purple" to contributing heady info to the New York Times? See the award-winning writer and teacher (yup, she does that, too) in action tonight at 7:30 in Gates Common Room at Palmer Hall (1025 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6098 for more information on the free event. MS

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