Splendor on the grass: Some think it's beginning to look like a local mini-Lollapalooza, but KTCL's Big Adventure, a marathon lineup of national and local bands at Fiddler's Green, manages to project a character all its own. Beginning at 1 this afternoon, the all-day festival will not only bring over nine hours of alternative music heaven, mixing up a free-for-all of rap, rock, punk and funk--it will also feature body-piercing booths and other sideshow diversions. National acts include the re-formed Plimsouls, Love and Rockets, de la Soul and the Posies, while the indigenous roster includes Lord of Word & the Disciples of Bass, Sherri Jackson and the Simpletones; for tickets, $15, call 830-TIXS. Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre is located at 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Frank explorations: In an uncustomary pairing of video and dance, Tales for the Generations examines Jewish history and culture with a final performance in the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art's Public Theater tonight at 7. Dybbuks and Chicken Soup, filmmaker Sally Kaplan's firsthand account of her search through Transylvania for her grandmother's past, opens the evening, followed by Diary, a multimedia dance work-in-progress by Jude Landsman based on the writings of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. Admission ranges from $5 to $8; call 443-2122 for details. BMoCA is located at 1750 13th St., Boulder.
Talk of the town: Spirited debate is the ticket tonight when the Colorado Chautauqua presents Right Brain/Left Brain, a verbal match between liberal Mother Jones editor-in-chief Jeffrey Klein and grumpy, conservative Denver Post editorialist Al Knight. The two face off in certain point-counterpoint fashion tonight at 8 at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd., Boulder; for tickets, $5, call 440-7666.
Squeeze play: There's no point in trying to decide who will carry the zydeco mantle now that Clifton Chenier is gone--thankfully, there's more than one contender. But Stanley Dural Jr., better known as Buckwheat Zydeco, stands out at the top of the list. An accordion player of great repute, Buckwheat blends his love of soul, R&B and funk with a purist's grasp of classic zydeco rhythms, making him a fiery performer capable of keeping any audience on its feet. The good times will roll when he performs tonight at 7 at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax; for tickets, $12, call 322-2308 or 830-TIXS.
Wheel and deal: Denver Bike Month and its annual schedule of cycle promotions is almost over, though the best always seems to be saved for last. Bike to Work Day encourages all the uptight suits in town to loosen their ties for a day and pedal to work for a change. Festivities begin with breakfast between 6:30 and 9 a.m. in Civic Center Park, Colfax and Broadway, and continue with a lunch-hour Bike Expo, 11 to 2 in Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets. Bikers can stay downtown for the Summer Nights in Larimer Square opener--a free outdoor concert at 6 featuring a cappella group the Nylons. For more information, call 640-BIKE; for Larimer Square information call 607-1276.