He's Got the Cure

Doctor's orders: all the comedy that Fitz.

 THURS, 3/17

As a veterinary doctor, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald has appeared on Animal Planet's Emergency Vet hundreds of times. As a standup comedian, he's opened for no less than Emmylou Harris, the Temptations and, oh, yeah, Bob freakin' Hope. He's appeared on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, been on The Maury Povich Show and even hosted an HBO special. He was also named one of the Top 50 Most Eligible Bachelors in America by People magazine. And -- perhaps most notably -- in spite of all his accomplishments, bitter local comedians still like and respect him.

Truly impressive.

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald delivers laughs.
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald delivers laughs.
Psychograss is ready to rip the strings.
Psychograss is ready to rip the strings.

Equally impressive will be the ease with which Fitzgerald entertains the no-doubt rowdy St. Paddy's Day crowd tonight at the Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street. Delivering his jokes in the fast-paced, one-liner style he's been honing almost nightly since 1986, Fitzgerald will regale the audience with tales of his Irish background, along with a wealth of other material. Appearing with the doc are several longtime area comedians, including Roger Rittenhouse and Todd Jordan. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $15; call 303-595-3637 or visit www.comedyworks.com. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

Sole Power
These snappy hoofers are tops in tap
FRI, 3/18

Get ready to slap your thighs to the rhythmic clippity-clap of Rhapsody in Taps, a Los Angeles-based tap-dance group that hits the stage tonight at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Backed by jazz musicians, the ensemble will execute choreographed pieces such as "Swingin' With Cedar" and "Footprints" and dash off a couple of improvisational numbers, to boot. (Founded in 1981, the company has created more than 35 works, often incorporating original music.) The evening will also feature a tribute to late tap legend Gregory Hines. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard; for tickets, $36, call the box office at 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org. -- Corey Helland

Smokin' 'Grass
THURS, 3/17 No, Psychograss is not a sequel to the government's Reefer Madness propaganda nonsense of the '30s. But the band's lineup is pretty psycho: It's crazy to have so many speedy string-pluckers on stage at one time.

Violinist and fiddler Darol Anger has written seven books on string-plucking, and mandolinist Mike Marshall got started early, winning the Florida state mandolin championship when he was just eighteen. The following year, Marshall joined the David Grisman Quintet, and today he's considered one of the world's great mandolin players. Fellow mandolinist and bassist Todd Phillips is a Grammy winner, and many bluegrass fans consider guitarist David Grier the best flatpicker alive. Finally, Tony Trischka, one of the most accomplished five-string-banjo pluckers of all time, is also soaring with Psychograss.

The supergroup plays tonight at 8 p.m. at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder. (Sorry, kiddies, the show's 21-and-over.) For information and tickets, $18, call 303-786-7030 or go to www.bouldertheater.com. You'd be psycho to miss it! -- Luke Turf

 
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