Tuesday, June 17The poet laureate of the Manhattan underground will surface tonight at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th Street: An Evening With Lou Reed will not only revisit seminal tunes Reed performed decades ago with the Velvet Underground, but will also draw from his long solo career, a chapter that's far from over. It's an impressive span that's been the undercurrent of many ensuing musical movements, from punk to grunge and onward. Time-travel with Reed and an ensemble that includes bassist Fernando Saunders, cellist Jane Scarpantoni and vocalist Antony, beginning at 7 p.m.; for tickets, $50, call 303-786-7030 or log on to www.bouldertheater.com.
Wednesday, June 18Women rock! That's what Ladyfest Out Westis all about, and the five-day free-form festival has a myriad of fresh ways to express it. Live music, theater, film, poetry, fine art, lectures and workshops are all components of the non-profit, community-based festival that originated three years ago in Olympia, Washington; the event's Denver debut will culminate June 22 at Pridefest, the city's annual gay-pride parade and fair. Tonight, though, you can get a taste of what's to come at a marathon-length opening-night lineup of performances, from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Ladyfest's ground zero, the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street. While you're there, you might want to sign up for such upcoming workshops as Herstory of Tattoo; Name That Pronoun: A Panel About Gender-Variant People; How to Be a Drag Superstar; Midwifery; Sex Toys 101 and more. Tonight's program is $10 at the door; films are $5, and workshops are free. For a complete schedule, log on to www.ladyfestoutwest.org. To read more about Ladyfest, see the "Summer!" insert in this issue.