Monday, October 18
One of rock's most complex angry young women, PJ Harvey, continues to mature. That growth shows on her recently released, stripped-down CD, Uh Huh Her, in which she turns her back on mainstream dalliances. It's all pure, raw Polly Jean, which should translate well on stage. Harvey brings her caterwauling repertoire to the Ogden Theatre, 935 East Colfax Avenue, tonight at 7 p.m. For tickets, $33.25, call 303-831-9448 or go to www.nipp.com.
When you lend a helping hand at today's Drive for Life 7 blood drive, you're bound to get a needle stuck in your arm. But the Bonfils Blood Center will make it worth your while to be drained of a precious pint. Throughout the mass blood-letting (the event is billed as Colorado's largest single-day community blood drive), members of the Denver Broncos organization, including players, alumni, cheerleaders and galloping mascot Miles, will pump hands and sign autographs. The drive takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Invesco Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant Street; vampires need not apply. For information, call 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org.
After that, you'll be hungry, so why not sate your appetite and do some more good: Food Bank of the Rockies lucks out again during today's Eat Out to End Hunger, an event where you can do just that. A gigantic number of metro-area restaurants have offered to donate a portion of tonight's food sales to the cause, and according to the Food Bank folks, it's a great deal all around. They say one dollar translates into five meals for their hungry constituents. For a complete list of participating restaurants, which serve everything from good, cheap eats to gourmet goodies, log on to www.foodbankrockies.org/eatout.
Tuesday, October 20
Members of the local drag group Denver Cycle Sluts don't just masquerade as women. The campy do-gooders also double as fundraising dynamos, using their collective charms to support local charities. No wonder they've been around for 25 years. And one of their biggest fans turns out to be Mayor John Hickenlooper, who's rumored to be the guest caller at the monthly Denver Cycle Sluts Bingo night, 8 p.m. tonight at Broadway's, 1027 Broadway. Hick and the girls will bingo to benefit the Rape Awareness and Assistance Program. For details, log on to www.denvercyclesluts.com.