Thursday June 2 T-Bone's stake: Aficionados will tell you that Grammy winner Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, otherwise known as the "Texas Twister," is the heir apparent of the Texas strain of blues epitomized first by T-Bone Walker, then by Freddie King and Albert Collins--and more recently by Stevie Ray Vaughan. This Lone Star guitarist will whoosh through the area beginning tonight with an 8:30 show at Evergreen's Little Bear, 28075 Hwy. 74 ($6 cover, call 674-9991) and continuing at 8 Friday and Saturday at Billy Blues, Lakewood's direct line to Texas, 695 Kipling St. ($8 cover, call 274-2534).
Friday June 3 Dueling artwalks: There's no need to choose one over the other during this weekend's art bonanza--you can attend LoDo First Friday tonight and still take part in the Downtown Boulder Artwalk another day. Some standouts in the LoDo event--a monthly fixture in the area since March 1993--include interesting new shows at the Art of Craft, 1736 Wazee (unusual crafted objects incorporating text by Ted Clausen), and at the Sandy Carson Gallery next door (installations by Larry Kirkland and new works by Lorelei Schott). Twenty-two additional galleries will be open from 5 to 9 p.m.; free parking (with validation) is available at 1615 Wazee St. Call 753-1421. The Boulder hop, chock-full of openings and special events at eleven galleries, kicks off tonight from 6 to 9, continues from noon to 5 tomorrow and noon to 4 Sunday; call 449-6807. For show details and participating venues in either event, see the gallery listings.
Minority rule: It's only a hop, skip and a jump from LoDo to the Emmanuel Gallery, 10th and Lawrence on the Auraria Campus. Seeing Ourselves: Art of the African-American Community in Denver opens there this evening with a reception from 5:30 until 9. The works from fifteen local artists are contemporary, reflective of African-American life in Denver and drenched in the black aesthetic. For further information call 556-2065 or 556-2723; the show hangs through July 6.
Picking in the fast lane: By nature, bluegrass is not a glamorous musical genre--but if it had big stars, Alan Munde and Joe Carr would have to be counted among their ranks. Munde's claim to fame starts with stints alongside Jimmy Martin and continues with a stretch in Country Gazette. Carr, a co-Gazetteer and multi-instrument picker, will be at Munde's side when they appear as guests of the Swallow Hill Music Association tonight at 8. Local favorite Front Range rounds out the show at Cameron Church, 1600 S. Pearl St. Tickets are $12 ($10 members); call 777-1003.
Saturday June 4 Fair enough: You know summer is here when the Capitol Hill People's Fair resurfaces. The mega-festival returns this weekend, in Civic Center Park, where masses of humanity will congregate for the legendary arts and crafts (over 500 exhibitor booths), magnificent food (ethnic, vegetarian, gourmet and all-American), live entertainment galore (on six stages) and fun for the whole family (except, please, for your dogs). Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow; pray it doesn't rain, because there is no rain date.
Trailing by a run: Our great state, with its fine network of hiking paths, is a sure bet for participation in National Trail Days events. There's a whole slate of activities today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, including a nature walk, wildlife bus tour, an opportunity to help with a trail-landscaping project, hands-on fun for the kids, free fishing and refreshments. There is no charge for the events and free shuttles will transport visitors from both the West Gate (72nd Ave. and Quebec) and the South Gate (56th Ave. and Havana) throughout the day. For details call 289-0232; reservations are not required.
Sunday June 5 Making magic: The 1954 film La Strada can rightfully be placed among the great Italian director Federico Fellini's most personal works--both magical and grotesque, in black and white with a circus backdrop, it is the stuff of Fellini, his essence. The landmark tale of simple-minded Gelsomina (Fellini's wife, Giuletta Masina, in a memorable performance), Zampanu the strong man (Anthony Quinn) and a lighthearted but mocking circus clown (Richard Basehart) is a must-see for anyone with a love for classic cinema. You'll have a chance to view La Strada in a new anniversary print at the Mayan Theatre, where it finishes a run on Tuesday. Call the Mayan, 1st and Broadway, 744-6796, for showtimes.
To tour or not to tour: Cyclists have two choices during today's Elephant Rock Cycling Adventure--speedsters can opt for the Elephant Rock Century road ride, while those who prefer riding in the dirt may sign up for the off-road Evian Ride for the Wild. Road rats can test their touring bikes on either a 68-mile or a 100-mile course; pedalers eschewing the pavement get to choose between 15- and 27-mile rides. It all begins between 6 and 10 a.m. at Douglas County High School and ends with a barbecue and bike expo in downtown Castle Rock; the entry fee for either tour is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event. Call 541-3705.
Monday June 6 Fuzzy thinking: The members of Grant Lee Buffalo don't like to be categorized. Although their acoustic music, heard on their debut album Fuzzy, is traditionally based, the results are anything but traditional. The trio, led by songwriter Grant Lee Phillips (who seems to have had some help with lyrics from a Ouija board), will be amply supported by the soft fiddle-rock of opener The Wild Colonials at the Fox Theatre and Cafe, located at 1135 13th St. in Boulder. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $7.35 in advance ($8.40 day of show); reserve yours by calling 290-TIXS. For concert details, call 447-0095.
The long, hot summer: Have you noticed something suddenly different about your house? Yep--the kids are there, all day long. But there's a way to keep them busy and entertained without shelling out a summer's worth of salary. Today through August 1, the Denver Public Library offers Caught in the Web, a summer reading program for children that awards weekly prizes for reading hours accumulated--including Denver Parks and Recreation swim coupons and free passes to the Denver Zoo and the Museum of Natural History. For kids who earn two out of those three, the grand prize is an all-ride pass to Elitch Gardens. Not only are the kids enriched, but they have fun, too. For more information on cultivating your little bookworms, call the main library at 640-8942.
Tuesday June 7 Easy does it: Fictional L.A. gumshoe Easy Rawlins travels in sectors similar yet far removed from those frequented by the original La La Land detective--Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. Rawlins, the black protagonist of author Walter Mosley's novels, must solve more than crimes--he also has to tackle racial questions, life in the ghetto and all forms of discrimination. Mosley, who draws more comparisons to Chandler than just the shared setting, will autograph Black Betty, his fourth astounding addition to the Rawlins series, tonight at the Tattered Cover, 2955 E. 1st Ave. Detective fiction fanatics won't want to miss him. For additional information about the 7:30 reading and signing, call 322-7727.