Uproots Productions features five young, multitalented actor/dancer/comedians, and that's only the beginning. The new ensemble's evening of original sketch comedy, Free Desmond Winkler, promises to take you and your funny bone right over the cliff by unveiling the funnier sides of miniature golf, new-age yoga retreats, modern dance and more. Performances begin tonight at 8 p.m. and continue Thursdays through Saturdays, through August 30, at Buntport Theatre, 717 Lipan Street. Be one of the first in town to get Uprooted. Admission is $8 to $12 (tickets are two-for-one on Thursdays); call 720-570-4631 for reservations.
Friday, August 8
To know him is to love him: Willie Nelson is a living national treasure who just kinda grew into the role over the years, all the while blending an American kaleidoscope of roots-music influences into his own laconic, enduring style. In keeping with his homey demeanor, he tours with a devoted band and crew he calls "family," playing to equally devoted audiences. It's always a minimal yet touching affair, totally lacking in on-stage pretense. Willie's back at Red Rocks at 5:30 p.m. today for another round of the same; for tickets, $38.50 to $43.50, call 303-830-TIXS.
Music plays an important role in this weekend's performances by the local Hannah Kahn Dance Company: The three regional premieres in Crest and Other Dances are Stirring, set to the polyphonic Balkan harmonies of California-based choral group Kitka; Uncharted, featuring Kahn's choreography to a rhythmless composition by experimental musician Jim Staley; and Crest, an older, newly resurrected Kahn dance powered by the strains of Schumann's Piano Quintet. Shows are at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood; to reserve tickets, $12 to $15, call 303-987-7875 or log on to www.lakewood.org.
Saturday, August 9
If he weren't so darned cute, he'd be just plain weird. But Mr. Winkle, an endlessly photogenic yet freaky dust-bunny of a dog with a famous tongue that doesn't fit in his mouth, is a star nonetheless. He's been the subject of three books, a line of greeting cards and a series of calendars, as well as a guest star on Sex and the City. The mixed-breed mystery dog is little, but he's got charisma: Meet Mr. Winkle in person with his human companion, prize-winning photographer Lara Jo Regan, when he issues "pawtography" prints today at 2 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue. Winkle and Regan will also introduce their newest collaborations, A Winkle in Time: Mr. Winkle Celebrates the Underdogs of History and a fresh 2004 calendar; for details log on to www.mrwinkle.com or call 303-322-7727.
Desperately seeking small-town atmosphere? Head north by northwest, where there's plenty to spare, beginning with the totally folksy Edgewater Heritage Festival, an annual celebration in the one-square-mile community west of Sloan's Lake Park. The fest takes place this weekend along 25th Avenue from Sheridan Boulevard to Chase Street. Today's revelries commence at 10 a.m. with a parade, followed by an ongoing street fair and continuous live entertainment (music flows until midnight); tomorrow's events begin early with a 7 a.m. soapbox derby and a 9 a.m. pancake breakfast, with activities rolling on until 2 p.m. For information, call 303-237-4817 or log on to www.edgewaterco.com. Meanwhile, Arvada kicks out the jams with its Olde Town Founders Fest, featuring a pet parade, live entertainment and the Great Arvada Apple Pie Bake-off today, a special presentation by the Arvada Historical Society tomorrow, and the usual street fair fare both days, continuing through 4 p.m. Sunday. Check out the fun in McIlvoy Park, 57th Avenue and Upham Street in Olde Town Arvada, Old Wadsworth Boulevard and Grandview Avenue; for details, call 303-420-6100 or log on to www.historicarvada.org.
Sunday, August 10
Drink, drink and be merry, but find some time to eat, as well. While Wines for Life, billed as the largest single-day wine-tasting event in the nation, will proffer more than 300 wines for sipping, along with a beer garden for brew-ficionados, it also offers tasty dishes from thirty -- count 'em, thirty -- local chow houses. The snacking begins at noon today at the Universal Lending CityLights Pavilion, adjacent to the Pepsi Center; a live wine auction rounds out the afternoon, which ends at 4 p.m. The event is a benefit for the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Webb Waring Institute and the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Fund. Admission is $40 in advance or $50 at the door; call 303-830-2972 or log on to www.coloradorestaurant.com.
Monday, August 11
Just standing around on the street, doing nothing? Make something of it: Denver Mob #1, a local nod to the Flash Mob -- a sudden convergence of people in a public place and one of the nation's more bizarre fads -- is scheduled to take place this evening at 5:43 p.m. sharp. Log on to www.time.gov/timezone.cgi? Mountain/d/-7/java and synchronize your watches, then show up no later than 5:30 p.m. on the 16th Street Mall, where groups will gather alphabetically at different corners. Mob representatives carrying balloons will hand out instructions; participants will then proceed to the designated Flash Mob site, where they'll mingle for exactly ten minutes. What've you got to lose, except a quarter of an hour or so? For details, log on to http://groups.yahoo.com/ group/flashmobdenver.