What's the happening thing in New York City? Some think it's Medeski, Martin & Wood, a groovy organ, drum and bass jazz trio that you can actually dance to. They'll be joined by DJ Logic on the turntables tonight and tomorrow at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder, for a major taste of music from their new album, Combustication, which sheds new light--and sound--on anything from Sly Stone's "Everyday People" to traditional Hawaiian music. Ya gotta hear it to believe it. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20.25; call 786-7030 or 830-TIXS.
The kid in you will appreciate the works of Martin Gantman just as much as your inner art connoisseur will. His show, Resonance Particles, which opens tonight at the Rocky Mountain School of Design's Philip J. Steele Gallery, 6875 E. Evans Ave., is a hands-on affair that demands that you poke your nose into the heart of the artwork. Gantman's installations begin with photographs of classic artworks, which are then adorned with mini-blinds and other devices to be manipulated by the viewer, turning the gallery into a cultivated playground for the mind. The show continues through June 27; for details call 753-6046 or log on at www.rmcad.edu.
How often do you go to a lecture and end up at a hoedown? CU-Boulder's Center for the American West is hosting just such an animal from 3:30 to 7:30 this afternoon and evening at the Boulder Public Library, 1000 Canyon Blvd. Events start off with The Future of Ranching in the West, a panel discussion moderated by CU history know-it-all Patricia Nelson Limerick and featuring Coleman Natural Beef entrepreneur Mel Coleman and other experts from the agricultural new wave. Then things get down to business with a 5 p.m. cookout of all-organic barbecued beef sandwiches, followed by a square dance on the library lawn. The discussion and dance are free, but the food will cost you $8. Call 492-4879 to reserve your grub.
People with physical disabilities are doing a whole lot more than just getting around these days. Today's Adaptive Sports Expo, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Washington Park, will show how it's done by offering hands-on participation in and demonstrations of adaptive and wheelchair sports for disabled folks, their families and friends. In addition, attendees can join in a fun run, walk and roll at 10:30; admission is free. Call 839-4800.
Musicians with unconventional ideas have a way of finding one another wherever they are, and Arkestra Pirata is living proof. The loose collective, which has from ten to fifteen core members, expands and contracts like an amoeba to fit every musical situation, from large-ensemble silent-film accompaniment to small-group performances of avant-garde compositions. The Boulder-based aggregate will blow through several of those styles tonight at 8 as part of the Creative Music Works/DU Lamont School of Music Series at the Houston Fine Arts Center, 7111 Montview Blvd. Admission is $8 at the door ($5 for students and CMW members); call 759-1797.
One of Boulder's most interesting--not to mention silly, goofy and charming--summer diversions is setting up shop for the season in a parking lot. The Outdoor Film Festival returns tonight to the lot behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, with a family-friendly screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gates open at 7, and the show hits the museum wall at dusk; seating is bring-your-own, and while originality is encouraged, alcohol, cars and pets are not. Future programs, taking place Saturday nights through September 12, include cult favorites, classics, B-movies, comedies and more. Admission is a $5 donation; for information and a schedule, call 575-1326 or log on at www.outdoorcinema.com.
If there's a Lollapalooza for alternative musicians, why not have one for alternative filmmakers, too? That's how the organizers of the Fuel Tour looked at things, and as a result, they've taken four slack-worthy flicks on the road. And while the musical Lollapalooza seems to have bitten the dust for now, the Fuel Tour is still chugging. You'll have a chance to see two of the films--Chris Smith's employment-seekers' nightmare American Job and Suzanne Myers's Alchemy, a South-by-Southwest prizewinner about the life of a starving artist--today at 2 and 4 p.m. and again at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. For tickets, $5 for the earlier shows and $7.50 for the evening run, call 322-2308.
There's something a little weird about celebrating the 25th birthday of a museum that's older than most of its patrons, but considering what they've got planned this month at the Children's Museum of Denver, it'll be easy enough to put that oddness out of your mind. In honor of the anniversary, the educational, participatory, fun-as-heck kids' hangout is hosting a 26-day, A-to-Z festival of events, starting today with the Alphabetically Awesome Avalanche Day, which features hockey coaches and clinics, and ending June 26 with Zippidy Zoo Za Day, which features zoo animals and a live mountain lion show. In between, kids can experience cow-milking, bugs, junk art and music, a pet parade, a silly-sock contest, vegetable gardening and much, much more. For more information call the museum, located at I-25 and 23rd Ave., at 433-7444.