Thursday February 9 Desert flowers: Brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher follow in the tradition of preceding Brit-pop siblings Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks by not always getting along. Luckily, they also follow in the Davies tradition of making great--and lasting--rock and roll. Their band, Oasis, has endured the retro tag--to be sure, the psychedelic undertones, Who-like rebellion and the sharp Davies wit are all there--but the group from Manchester is clearly in synch with modern times. They're a bright, smirking spot in the swirling sea of grungies, gooey balladeers and strident hip-hop artists. Drink it all in tonight at 8 at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax. For tickets, $10, call 322-2308.
Friday February 10 Duo tone: It's a simple formula, but from that peaceful look on the face of their appreciative triple-A fan base, one could surmise that it works. No gimmicks here. Lowen and Navarro are just two guys who just play guitar, just write and just sing their songs. Hear the mellow pair tonight at 8 at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder; Shannon Worrell, whose girlish voice recalls Shawn Colvin, opens. Call 830-TIXS for tickets; they're $10.50 in advance ($12.60 day of show).
Snap judgments: A pair of area photographers provide different takes on segments of culture this weekend with exhibits focusing on African-Americans and women. At the Asylum Gallery, 2416 E. Colfax, Deana Marie Spinuzzi's Inspirations celebrates Black History Month with a series of positive images from the black community, hanging through February 28; an opening reception will be held tonight from 7 to 11. Asylum is open from 1 to 10 daily, Tuesday through Saturday. Meanwhile, Judith Phillips explores modern femininity in her show, Something About Eve, now on display at CORE New Art Space, 1412 Wazee St., through Sunday. For information call CORE, 571-4831.
Word for word: Hang up the phone, turn off the e-mail and, well, just shut up. Tonight you can let PBS's The Human Language do the talking. The new three-part series, beginning tonight and continuing on two consecutive Fridays, picks apart the shifting and fascinating nature of language, with help from a kaleidoscopic cast of scholars, writers, Eskimos and people who talk for a living. So while Noam Chomsky expounds on how he revolutionized the study of linguistics, comedian Sid Caesar deconstructs various languages in a now-famous routine designed to produce belly laughs. Listen and learn. Tune in to KRMA-TV Channel 6 at 10 for the first episode.
Saturday February 11 It takes two to tango: Here's some sound advice: Remove the thorns before you gnash that rose between your teeth. But otherwise, as long as you're dressed for it, you're all set for the Last Tango in Denver, a Valentine's concoction taking place tonight at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., under the auspices of the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers' Association. Admission to the 8 p.m. tango dance and show is $15 ($12 USABDA members). Call 784-5704. Or if you're feeling staid but more than ready for a romantic waltz, go back in time at the Lumber Baron Inn's St. Valentine's Ball, to be held tonight from 8 to 11. The Victorian bed-and-breakfast, located at 2555 W. 37th Ave., sports an elegant maple-floored ballroom on the third floor just perfect for that kind of fluff. Tickets, $75 per person, include a full dinner and dancing to the Just Friends Orchestra; call 477-8205.
Blue funk: The blues don't die, folks--they just pass hands, like any other cultural tradition worth its salt. And groups like Li'l Ed & the Blues Imperials carry the torch, ably preserving the light but adding their own chugging spin. Li'l Ed and band will show you how tonight at Herman's Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway; call 777-5849 or 830-TIXS for information. And on the funky side, Boxing Gandhis, a loose, loopy rock-and-soul outfit, dares you to sit still tonight at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax. Tickets are $7 in advance ($9 day of show); to purchase yours, call 322-2308.
Rule of strum: A classical guitarist with the hot-headed heart of a flamenco artist, Pepe Romero comes from a long line of like-minded musical Romeros. The passionate crowd-pleaser transforms Vivaldi's Guitar Concerto and Rodrigo's Fantasia par un Gentilhombre this evening at 8 as a guest of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, on stage at Macky Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus. Tickets are $9 to $40; call 449-1343 for reservations and additional information.