If you prefer more cultivated pursuits and can't stand the sun, try the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., where this summer's grand Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit ends today. Get your tickets early: Admission is $4 to $9.50 (children five and under free); call 1-888-903-0ART for reservations. Finally, if your Fourth just ain't complete without a double wallop of patriotic music and night-sky pyrotechnics, Fiddler's Green always comes through--this year's celebration features the Arapahoe Philharmonic performing music from Star Wars and other inspirational fare and, yes, magnificent fireworks shooting off to the tune of the 1812 Overture and other appropriate selections. Ah, bliss. Tickets are $10 to $15; a family package of four lawn tickets is also offered for $30. Call 303-830-TIXS.
It's still a long way to Tipperary for local entrants chosen to participate in tonight's Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 3 at the Bluebird Theater, but--hey--it's a start. The winning band gets to perform July 11 on this year's Vans Warped Tour locals-only stage at Mile High Greyhound Park and will go on to compete over the Internet for a berth in the national semi-finals. Lucky finalists will then compete for cash and industry exposure next February in Los Angeles. Catch the rising stars tonight at 7 at the Bluebird, 3317 E. Colfax Ave.; for information call 303-322-2308 or 303-329-6353.
Put a bunch of horses and tourists on a rooftop and what do you get? The Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo, a week-long community hoedown that actually takes place at the Estes Park Fairgrounds--the rooftop reference is merely a metaphor for its high-altitude locale. The PRCA rodeo officially commences this morning at 10:30 with a traditional parade featuring horses, hitches, floats and antique cars and plenty of Western finery thrown in for style; the procession traverses the town's main street before heading over to the rodeo site. The usual rodeo events, this year including liverymen, wild-horse and chuckwagon races, get under way tonight at 7 and continue nightly through July 11. For information and tickets call 1-970-586-6104.
You'll never look at frat boys the same way again after you've met the Journey of Hope team, a clan of Pi Kappa Phi undergrads from across the country who take to their cycles each year on a cross-country tour to raise funds for Push America, an agency providing services for people with disabilities. The team rolls into Denver's City Park today, where they'll host a kids' Pedal for Pennies pledge event at 5 p.m. (register from 4 to 4:30), followed by an educational puppet show at 6. For additional information, log on to www.pushamerica.org.