Love is always relative, and at the Rocky Mountain Classic Dog Show, which ends tomorrow, the day's main objects of affection will be a meticulously groomed and spit-shined multitude of man's best friends. Taking place only a week after the prestigious Westminster dog show, this show is the logical next stop for many of the nation's top dogs. Today's events include conformation, obedience and agility trials; judges make their dogged determinations beginning at 8 a.m. Watch the pooches perform at the National Western Complex, I-70 and Brighton Blvd.; admission is $2 at the door.
The romance heats up tonight when Creative Music Works presents the Ellyn Rucker Trio in an evening of Jazz Torch Songs beginning at 7:30 at the Houston Fine Arts Center, 7111 Montview Blvd. The smokey repertoire is a personal favorite for local pianist and singer Rucker, so expect an exciting set; admission is $8 ($5 for students) at the door. Call 303-759-1797.
And finally, we always find it prudent to mention that today is also National Condom Day, an observance we can fully endorse, especially in tandem with the day of love. Play it safe below the belt--and if you need more information, log on to www.ashastd.org.
Metro area law-enforcement officers will be living up to the motto "To Serve and Protect" during the next several weeks, after Cops & Lobsters kicks off today at Red Lobster restaurants across the nation. Here's your chance to eat and run in style: Officers will take turns waiting on tables at lunch and dinner shifts through April 4, but they'll turn over their tips to the Special Olympics to benefit both local programs and the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Though he's a subtle performer, quiet Texan James McMurtry is a songwriter for the ages, weaving believable storytelling chops, intimacy and Americana into one mini-novel after another. They're songs that stick to your ribs--and your heart--and are always worth a listen. Sally Taylor opens for McMurtry tonight at 7 at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder; for tickets, $10.50, call 303-443-3399 or 303-830-TIXS.
What do you grow up to be when you're the son of a comedy-club owner and a stand-up comedian? More of the same: The original dude, Pauly Shore slacks into the Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., tonight to wrap up a three-day run with an engaging routine of Southern Californian humor and authentic Valleyspeak. Shore performs at 7 and 9; for tickets, $20 to $25, call 303-595-3637.