House tours have a way of making the wanna-haves drool, but here's a residential safari with a nobler mission: Today's annual Park Hill Home Tour focuses on the home-improvement angle by providing trekkers with notable renovation and remodeling ideas. Aside from that, though, it is always fun to trudge through someone else's house, and to that end, seven homes in the area between Fairfax and Hudson streets and 16th Ave. and Montview Blvd. will be open for perusal today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, a street fair with local artisans, food vendors and entertainment will be under way at 19th and Montview during the same hours. Tour ticket prices range from $4 to $10; for details, call Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., at 303-388-0918.
So you think you're funny. Well, nobody's gonna know if it's true or not unless you take it to the streets. The U.S. Comedy Arts Open is a contest just for wiseguys or -gals hoping to make it to the prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. All you have to do to enter is make a reservation, show up and make 'em laugh hysterically for two minutes. It couldn't hurt: Nationally known comics such as Ray Romano, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross and Anthony Clark got started the same way. More than 100 comics are expected to compete before judges during the day; the top ten picks return for finals at 8 p.m., which are open to the public. It all takes place at the Comedy Works, 1226 15th St.; evening admission is $5. For reservations and information call the Comedy Works at 303-595-3637 or the USCAF Talent Line, 1-323-468-4269.
Wherever it goes, the mind-body percussion crew Stomp leaves a lasting impression. Audiences lucky enough to have caught the ensemble here in the spring of 1997 won't forget its pounding, choreographed symphony of brooms, Zippo lighters, hub caps and trash-can lids anytime soon. But those who missed that performance now have a second chance: Stomp stomps back into town tonight at 8 at the Auditorium Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex; shows continue daily except Mondays through October 11. You won't believe your eyes or ears, guaranteed. Admission ranges from $19 to $38.50; for showtimes and reservations call 303-893-4100 or 303-830-TIXS.
Classically trained but moved by a spirit that rises above the static pages of written composition, jazz pianist Keiko Matsui has a decidedly light touch on the keys. But that doesn't mean she's not a heavyweight. The gifted musician performs tonight at 8 at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder; for tickets, $18.90 and $25.20, call 303-786-7030.