This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

 Thursday, July 10

Take advantage of a rare chance to learn about a little-known chapter in baseball history when Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story, a documentary film by Jari Osbourne, screens at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Parkway. (The showing coincides with this week's Society for American Baseball Research convention in Denver.) The film chronicles an all-Japanese Pacific Northwest League team in pre-World War II Vancouver that won five straight championships before the wartime instigation of Japanese internment camps. Sent into exile, the team's former members continued to make names for themselves as baseball players; Osbourne uses a mixture of archival film and dramatic reenactments to tell their story. The director will appear in person at the screenings, which cost $6 to $8. Call 303-820-FILM or log on to www.starzfilmcenter.com.

What discerning songbird wouldn't be proud to nest in a birdhouse crafted for the annual Denver Botanic Gardens BirdHaus Bash? Hundreds of whimsical entries created by artists, architects, kids and bird lovers of every ilk make their way to the gardens annually. The birdie homes are displayed and finally auctioned off at a culminating garden party. And tonight's the night: Bring the family and celebrate with food, entertainment and birdhouse viewing from 6 to 9 p.m.; the $50 admission, which benefits DBG education and conservation programs, includes free entry for up to two children under sixteen. The DBG is at 1005 York Street; call 720-865-3500 or log on to www.botanicgardens.org.

Home, sweet home: Find the perfect birdhouse at the 
BirdHaus Bash, Thursday at the Denver Botanic 
Gardens.
Home, sweet home: Find the perfect birdhouse at the BirdHaus Bash, Thursday at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Friday, July 11

Local radio's Smooth Jazz CD 104.3 will pull out the stops tonight for its second annual Jazz on the Vine Festival, an eclectic fundraiser for the Wildlife Experience Museum. The jazzy gathering includes sublime tastings of more than 200 wines from around the world, as well as food prepared by local restaurants, mini-seminars on wine, and everything from didgeridoo music to Japanese taiko drumming. The high point for smooth-jazzers out there, however, will be a live, unplugged performance by saxophonist Warren Hill; admission to the event, which takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker, is $82.50. For details, call 303-270-9745 or log on to www.cd1043.com.

Saturday, July 12

If you're longing for some rootin'-tootin,' old-fashioned, shoot-'em-up fun, head for the hills: The City of Cripple Creek, a pinnacle of the Colorado gold country, is hosting the World's Greatest Gold Camp National Living History and Gunfight Reenactment, two days of staged gunfights and off-the-cuff melodramas using Old West backdrops constructed in the town's streets. Awards in numerous categories, including best stunts, best dramatic and comedic performances, best actor/actress and more, will be made based on the American Federation of Old West Reenactors' criteria of costuming, historical knowledge and use of period-correct props. Competitions are ongoing from 10 a.m. to midnight today and tomorrow, and admission is free. Call 1-877-858-GOLD or log on to www.cripple-creek.co.us.

Majestic mountains provide a fine backdrop for the KBCO World Class Rockfest, a two-day Winter Park event that lives up to its name. Bob Dylan, still enigmatic after all these years, tops off today's daylong smorgasbord, which features Sonia Dada, Guster, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Double Trouble; tomorrow starts out bright and early with a bill that includes the North Mississippi Allstars, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, the Goo Goo Dolls and headliner Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Music starts at 10:30 a.m. daily, and tickets are $55 for one day only or $100 for a two-day pass; call 303-830-TIXS.

Memories of another sort will be evoked when Burrito Deluxe hits the Boulder Theater stage tonight at 8 p.m. Though the band's not exactly meant to be a Flying Burrito Brothers reunion or tribute, leaders Garth Hudson and pedal-steel guitarist Sneaky Pete Kleinow are both legendary in their own right -- the former as the guy who pushed Chest Fever to the limit as the Band's over-the-top organist, and the latter as an integral member of the original Burrito sound. They'll rave it up in the Gram Parsons spirit, joined by Bobby Cochran, a veteran guitarist, drummer Rick Lonow and bassist Dave Roe. The theater is at 2030 14th Street, Boulder; tickets are $20. Call 303-786-7030 or log onto www.bouldertheater.com.

Sunday, July 13

Athletic kids will be put to the test during today's regional IronKids Bread Triathlon Series qualifiers, a multi-sport competition for boys and girls ages seven to fourteen who can swim, bike and run like the wind. Youngsters will compete in two age divisions, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Louisville Recreation Center, 900 West Via Appia Way, Louisville; the best of the best -- one boy and one girl -- will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Sacramento for the September 7 national finals. For information, call 1-888-SWM-BK-RN or log on to www.ironkids.com.

Monday, July 14

Sort of a history-laced cross between Ripley's Believe It or Not! and Antiques Roadshow, the new PBS series History Detectives investigates the authenticity of historic artifacts -- from the bullets purported to have done in Bonnie and Clyde to a portrait of George Washington found in Maryland -- with help from an expert crew of appraisers, scientists and scholars. You'll go along on the on-site investigations when the series premieres with a four-night block of shows beginning at 7 p.m. tonight and continuing through July 17 on KRMA-TV/Channel 6; the program then moves to Monday nights at 8 p.m., where it airs through September 21. For information, log on to www.rmbps.org.

Tuesday, July 15

The gang's all here: With its even division between three-part harmonies and folksy power pop by the Thorns -- a super-trio featuring Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins -- and the alt-countrified Jayhawks, a cult favorite led by Gary Louris, tonight's 7 p.m. double bill at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway, is an unfancy match made in pop-music heaven. For tickets, $20, call 303-825-TIXS or log on to www.ticketweb.com. Meanwhile (coincidence or karma?), former Jayhawk Mark Olson and his acclaimed, warbling singer-songwriter spouse, Victoria Williams, will be settin' a while on stage at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th Street in Boulder, to share songs, together and apart, from various musical projects. Tickets for that show are $10 to $12; call 303-830-TIXS to get yours.

Wednesday, July 16

Every show by Elvis Costello is a winner: The guy's smart and cultured, with a truly original set of pipes and a catalogue of exemplary tunes that stretches from here to Timbuktu. And back again. His band, the Imposters (that's most of the Attractions), will accompany Costello on a trip up and down an eclectic memory lane tonight at the airy outdoor Universal Lending Pavilion in the Pepsi Center parking lot; Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson opens the show at 7 p.m. For tickets, $35 to $42.50, call 303-830-TIXS or log on to www.cc.com.

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