This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

 Thursday, June 24

Boulder's Mariposa Collective will soar this weekend with Moon Stories, a challenging medley of multi-disciplinary performances spotlighting five diverse local female artists (and, for good measure, a couple of visiting guest choreographers) in a series of vignettes and previews of full-length works. Participating are puppeteer Betsy Tobin, poet Mary Kite, videographer/choreographer Ana Baer-Carillo and choreographers Christy Harris, Bob Shannon and Kim Olson; dancers Gabriel Masson of San Diego and Matthew Winheld of New York will also perform. Shows are at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder; for information and tickets, $12 to $15, call 303-589-4474 or log on to www.thedairy.org.

In a nod to young Pride Week celebrants, the Colorado AIDS Project will host Urban Fusion, a free, non-alcoholic event aimed at the sixteen- to 24-year-old set, tonight at 7 p.m. at LoDo dance haven Rock Island, 1614 15th Street. The party starts off with the premiere of former Boulderite Jesse Oreck's documentary Exploring: Youth and HIV; afterward, Yo, Flaco! and Chronophonic will provide the live music. Food and free HIV/STD testing will also be available; call 303-837-0166 or visit www.coloradoaidsproject.org.

kim olson/sweet edge performs for Moon 
Stories, Thursday at the Dairy Center for the Arts.
kim olson/sweet edge performs for Moon Stories, Thursday at the Dairy Center for the Arts.

Friday, June 25

Denver is busting out with festivals this weekend, so it's hard to imagine that anyone stuck here in town could possibly have a bad time. One gala, the time-honored Greek Festival, an annual community mainstay for over thirty years, starts today, bringing with it an array of events and attractions that will have folks carrying on like Zorba himself. Highlights include a Greek marketplace, an art exhibit, sale of official 2004 Olympic items and a children's carnival, but most would agree that the folk dancing and all that mouthwatering food -- gyros sandwiches, dolmades, dripping-sweet homemade baklava and eye-opening Greek coffee -- are the main attractions. The festival is hosted by Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 4610 East Alameda Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free before 9 p.m. (when the ouzo starts flowing), $1 to $3 after; children under twelve and seniors admitted free. For information, call 303-388-9314 or log on to www.assumptioncathedral.org. For a full lineup of local festival offerings this weekend, see the Night & Day event listings at www.westword.com.

Saturday, June 26

Classic-rock fans might want to consider a jaunt to the Western slope this weekend, where one of Colorado's most colorful immigrants, Woodstock show-stopper Joe Cocker, known back then for his Ray Charles-inspired vocals and spastic gyrations, has been happily settled for many years in the West Elk Mountains. And there good citizens Cocker and his wife, Pam, created the non-profit Cocker Kids' Foundation, an organization that provides schoolkids with such amenities as computers and baseball uniforms. Now they've come up with a unique way to benefit their pet cause: The Mad Dog Mansion Tour and Garden Party, a two-day open house in Crawford featuring house tours and a humongous yard sale of Mad Dog Mansion treasures, along with an outdoor festival including art-and-crafts vendors, a kids' area and charcoal-grilled fare flipped by members of the Crawford Fire Department. In addition, city-bound computer geeks/collectors can help out the cause by going to Cocker's ongoing eBay memorabilia auction, which continues through July 20. Party with Joe from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow; tickets are $5 to $15. Call 1-970-921-4855 or go to www.cocker.com.

Sunday, June 27

One of our favorite Best of Denver-winning street markets, the Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market, returned to the Platt Park neighborhood earlier this month for its summer season, proffering fresh fruits and vegetables from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, in a relaxed atmosphere enhanced by the proximity of local shops and eateries. Today's market reaches out a little further than usual with the inclusion of a pet fair, adding animal adoption opportunities, free doggy dental exams and on-the-spot pet microchipping to an already community-friendly event. A word to the wise: You'll probably want to keep your new guinea pig and those fresh greens in separate bags. The farmers' market continues weekly through October 31 along the 1500 block of South Pearl Street; log on to www.oldsouthpearlstreet.com for information.

Monday, June 28

Also making a comeback this week is Film on the Rocks, the city-sponsored summer series that pairs live performances by local bands with film screenings under the stars at the greatest movie theater in the world: spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This year -- its fifth -- the program offers two local kick-butt musical acts before each screening. Tonight's opening installment features Esovae at 6:15 p.m. on the Twist & Shout stage at the top of the amphitheater; the Zen Barons at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage; and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at dusk. Screen and screen again! For tickets, $8 to $10, call 1-866-464-2626 or go to www.redrocksonline.com.

Tuesday, June 29

How do you top off a list of literary accomplishments that includes a National Book Award? If you're Barry Lopez, you just keep writing. Resistance, the latest from Lopez, famous for his Edward Abbey-style fictional treatises on environmental concerns, continues in that vein by giving flesh to stories by nine interdependent activist characters all considered to be "parties of interest," in governmental lingo. Lopez will read from his new book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue; for information, call 303-322-7727 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.

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