After 25 years on the air, Boulder community radio station KGNU has the blues, but you can hold the Prozac: The proletarian, commercial-free independent is actually feeling upbeat about its third annual Women's Blues Revue benefit. Featuring rootsy music by a trio of regional favorites -- the Kelley Hunt Band, the Hazel Miller Band and Deja Blu -- the show will go on from 8 to11 tonight at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street. For tickets, $15, call 303-449-4885 or log on to www.kgnu.org.
As modern choreographers struggle to update the classical art of ballet, the range of musical accompaniment is widening drastically, and tutus are falling by the wayside like aspen leaves in autumn. Broomfield's Ballet Nouveau Colorado is riding that tutu-less wave and will show off the results this weekend with Inextinguishable, a program of three rule-breaking original ballets. The troupe performs the title work, set to the music of the Dave Matthews Band, along with the narrative "Our Town," based on Thornton Wilder's play, and the athletic "Configurations." Shows are at 7:30 nightly, today through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Northglenn High School Theater, 601 West 100th Place, Northglenn. Admission ranges from $14 to $16; call 303-466-5685 or log on to www.balletnouveaucolorado.org for tickets.
Friday, April 25
Boulder's not dim on bulbs -- au contraire! They love them, and that's why 15,000 of them are planted up and down the Pearl Street Mall and environs. The reasons behind seventeenth-century Europe's celebrated rabid tulipomania will become perfectly clear during Boulder in Blossom, the foothills community's annual tulip festival, which comes at a time when all of that underground treasure rears its lovely head(s) for all to see. Hosted by Downtown Boulder Inc., the fest, part Dutch-treat mall walk and part sheer reckless abandon, will include a high school and middle school jazz jam from 4 to 7 p.m. today at 14th and Pearl streets, as well as a Tulip Fairy Parade at 11 on the mall and a Tulip Dessert Contest at noon on the Courthouse Lawn tomorrow. In addition, shoppers who drop $100 or more over the weekend will be entitled to a free limited-edition event T-shirt. Tulip-viewing is fresh and free; Saturday's dessert event is $10.
Things are looking up at the William Havu Gallery. Above & Below, a new exhibit opening tonight at the highly regarded Golden Triangle salon at 1040 Cherokee Street, has a distinctly upward focus, featuring works inspired by atmospheric imagery and themes as interpreted by a stable of gallery-represented artists, including painters Sandra Kaplan, Tracy Felix, Jane Troup and Scott Greenig; printmaker Jean Gumpper; and sculptor Lorre Hoffman. Attend a reception tonight from 6 to 9 or view the show, which hangs through July 5, at your leisure; for details, call 303-893-2360 or log on to www.oneoverone.com.
It's not the first time Theatre on Broadway has camped out on stage; in fact, Ruthless! The Musical, a musical satire poking savage fun at the theatrical life, was originally a hit for The Theatre Group's troupe nearly ten years ago. But it will be no mere revival this spring when TOB brings the show back, even with actors Steven Tangedal and Sue Leiser reprising their roles: The company has received rights from the play's creators, Joal Paley and Marvin Laird, to kick off a revamped version, scheduled to hit London's West End this fall before moving on to Off Broadway sometime next year. The new show premieres tonight and continues at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through July; for tickets, $25, call 303-777-3292 or log on to www.theatregroup.org. Theatre on Broadway is at 13 South Broadway.
Saturday, April 26
A unique take on the sport of snowboarding gets under way today at Breckenridge's Freeway Terrain Park when the Snowboarder Magazine Cutter's Cup opens to spectators for the first time. No ordinary post-season finale (runs at Breckenridge are officially closed), the event is actually both a tribute to the world's best carvers and to the cutters who create the most challenging snowboarding terrain. Park-building teams representing some of the continent's best boarding paradises will have thirty hours to build a course for the ages; when all is said and done, over 100 world-class snowboarders will test-run each entry (from 11 to 7 today and tomorrow) to determine which one rules the pack. Dude! Admission is free; Chair 7 will be running both days for spectators on foot.
When's the last time you took pen to paper and wrote a letter? And don't cheat: E-mail doesn't count. What you need is a refresher in the Art of Letter Writing, especially with Mother's Day looming. Graphic designer Denise Reed will lead you through some steps during a workshop and tea this afternoon from noon to 3 at the Oak & Berries Tearoom, 1471 High Street, in the McCourt Mansion; by the end of the session, you'll not only have a lovely, handcrafted collage card all gussied up to mail to Mom, but you'll also be fully sated by Irish scones and Earl Grey tea. A $40 fee covers everything; to make reservations, call 720-351-5123.
Sunday, April 27
We all have to eat, but women have some kind of love affair with food: For many gals, chow is the peeled grapes and rare truffles of ho-hum, day-to-day existence. A host of food fanatics who write will discuss the infinite and fantastic possibilities of Women Writers and Food when Boulder Media Women presents a panel discussion today from 4 to 6 at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder. After the invitees hold forth on their favorite subject, audience members can join them for a free-for-all of two-minute readings on the topic for dessert. For details, call 303-447-2074.
Monday, April 28
Even little kids can get in the act and help save the earth. The Children's Museum of Denver, I-25 and 23rd Avenue, ends the month of April with Trash Monsters, a Clubhouse Capers program that makes picking up litter fun. Participating youngsters will create grocery-sack monsters before heading out to the adjacent Platte River Greenway to stuff their sacks with trash; the activity takes place at 2:30 daily, today through Wednesday. Museum admission is $4 to $6; call 303-433-7444 or log on to www.mychildsmuseum.org.
Tuesday, April 29
Billy Corgan's burgeoning new guitar band, Zwan, is on the road, delivering Corgan's most recent set of signature post-punk art-rock tunes to freshly acquainted audiences turned on by the January release of Mary Star of the Sea. As usual, Corgan is all frontman, but the band itself is rumored to be a tighter vehicle than those smashed-up pumpkins he used to play with. The underground supergroup arrives in Denver tonight for a show at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson Street; for tickets, $25, call 303-830-TIXS or log on to www.cc.com.
Wednesday, April 30
Jazz keyboardist Chick Corea is a man of many musical colors: He's broken ground and jammed on the standards and performed in an endless variety of formats, from big-band to solo acoustic to fusion to Latin. This summer, he's setting out with a reformed Elektric Band, but before that, he'll slip into town with the Chick Corea New Trio -- featuring acoustic bassist Avishai Cohen and drummer Jeff Ballard -- for two nights at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton Street. Shows start at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow. Tickets are $30 and well worth digging into your pockets for; call 303-297-1772 to reserve yours.