Tuesday, June 24
Jolly good show: John Hiatt & the Goners, a freewheeling reunion driven by Hiatt's exemplary songcraft and gnarly vocals, and Sonny Landreth's wicked slide-guitar work, promises to be an instant live classic just the way it is. But if you throw in Leo Kottke, a grand storyteller and even grander guitar picker, as the co-headliner, the show becomes a thing of wonder for the literate music fan. Showtime is 7 p.m. under the tent at the Universal Lending Pavilion near the Pepsi Center; for tickets, $30 to $40, call 303-830-TIXS.
Wednesday, June 25
Happy birthday! The Children's Museum of Denver is thirty; to celebrate, kids are invited to join Caesar the Elephant and performers from the Colorado Renaissance Festival for cake and ice cream, today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. But this year, there's an added incentive for the five-to-eight set: A new environmental-science playscape, Under My Feet and Over My Head, opened yesterday at Denver's most kid-friendly museum, offering new adventures for more seasoned museum-goers. Both are free with regular admission; the museum is at 2121 Children's Museum Drive. Call 303-433-7444 or log on to www.mychildsmuseum.org.