This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, May 8While Denver might not have New York's sweeping bridges connecting downtown to its outer boroughs, the city can now claim to be home to the world premiere of Brooklyn: The Musical. Heading for the bright lights of Broadway in September, the new show, written by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, stars Eden Espinosa as Brooklyn, a phenomenal young Parisian singer on a quest for happiness. Brooklyn opened yesterday at the Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive, and will play Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through June 15. Ticket prices range from $27.50 to $35; call 303-670-3696 or visit www.denvercivic.com.

Friday, May 9Spanish artist Alvar Suñol -- known internationally simply as "Alvar" -- will personally introduce the final two lithographs in his four-piece, limited-edition series "Concierto en las Horas del Día," with receptions tonight and tomorrow night from 6 to 9 at Gallery One of Cherry Creek. Each piece in Alvar's latest suite creates the atmosphere of a particular time of day: morning, noon, evening and night. The artist will also show original oil paintings, drawings, watercolors and sculptures. Gallery One is at 158 Fillmore Street; call 303-322-6383 for details.

Spring has sprung: Get your green thumbs primed and ready for the Denver Botanic Gardens Annual Plant & New Book Sale. The 54th showcase, which this year boasts hundreds of thousands of perennials, vegetables, roses, drought-tolerant plants, gardening books and more, will be held today and tomorrow at the Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street. Members can scope out the bonsai plants and patio baskets from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; the public is invited from 10 to 6 today and 10 to 4 tomorrow. Admission is free, and shuttle buses will run continuously between the Gardens and National Jewish Medical Center, 1400 Jackson Street. Log on to www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3500 for more information.

Saturday, May 10Those looking for romance can bust out a tuxedo or sequined dress for another annual spring right of passage, Queer Prom 2003: Superstars! Sponsored by Rainbow Alley and the GLBT Student Services of Auraria, Queer Prom is an opportunity to ask that special someone to join you in an evening of dancing, live music and election craziness: Both a traditional prom king and queen and a not-so-traditional drag prom king and queen will be crowned. Folks can shake their groove thangs from 8 to midnight in the Turnhalle Room at the Tivoli Student Center on the Auraria campus, then proceed to Rainbow Alley, in its new location at 1050 Broadway, for an AfterProm party that's sure to last till the wee hours of the morning. Tickets to the all-ages event are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; purchase yours by calling 303-831-0442 or 303-733-7743, extension 25.

Calling Willard Scott: The city of Englewood celebrates its centennial this week with Englewood Jubilee II. From noon to 4 today, revelers can participate in a Historical Costume Contest, watch local favorites Hazel Miller and Chris Daniels strut their stuff in a vintage fashion show, or check out the Rocky Mountain Thunderbird Club's mini-car show. The David Taylor Dance Theatre and rock band Hot Flash will perform, and Blinky the Clown will lead the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday." Held at the CityCenter Englewood Piazza, on the northeast side of Hampden and Santa Fe, the gala continues Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 with free ice cream, cake and more music. Call 303-762-2310 for details.

Sunday, May 11Today is Ma's special day, and instead of weeding her flower beds or fixing her garbage disposal, take her on a literary outing to Stories on Stage: The Ties That Bind. Held at the King Academic and Performing Arts Center, 855 Lawrence Way on the Auraria campus, Tiesfeatures family-oriented stories read aloud by different personalities. Tales to be told include Nicholasa Mohr's El Bronx Remembered, read by actor Elsie Escobar; Wallace Stegner's Chip Off the Old Block, read by actor Ed Asner; Shay Youngblood's Did My Mama Like to Dance?, read by actor Hattie Winston; and Frank O'Connor's First Confession, read by author/actor Malachy McCourt. If you take Mom to the matinee show at 2 p.m., you can treat her to brunch at the Rialto Cafe, 934 16th Street, or Jou Jou, 1100 14th Street, and the show for the bargain price of $40 per person. If that sounds like too much quality time, hit the 7 p.m. show for $18. Either way, reservations are required, so call 303-494-0523 or visit www.storiesonstage.org.

Maybe flowers are more to Mom's liking. If so, give her thousands of them -- to peruse, that is -- at the annual Mother's Day Brunch and Art Show at Hudson Gardens & Event Center, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. From 10 to 2 today, Mom can enjoy a delicious brunch buffet, complete with champagne and live music, and then roam the blooming gardens and check out an art display by the Front Range Watercolor Artists. Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for kids from four to twelve, and reservations are required; to make yours, call 303-797-8565, extension 321.

Monday, May 12While the word "quilting" may conjure images of your grandmother in her rocking chair, quilt-making has actually become quite the hip hobby in Japan since it was first introduced in that country more than 25 years ago. A new exhibit, Contemporary Japanese Quilts: New Works by Quilt Artists in Japan, will showcase fifty examples of beautiful Asian textile works. In a cooperative effort to make all fifty available for viewing, a number of the quilts will be on display today through July 12 at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1111 Washington Avenue in Golden, while the rest can be seen at Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street in Golden, through July 7. Call the RMQM at 303-277-0377 or the FAC at 303-279-3922 for information.

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