This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Monday, May 9High camp will rule the night when the Theatre Group presents queer Texan Del Shores's Sordid Lives -- a play based on the 2000 movie starring Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia and Delta Burke -- during a rare actors' benefit performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre on Broadway, 13 South Broadway. Shores, a writer for Showtime's Queer as Folk, delivers a raucous truth-is-stranger-than-fiction comedy about an eccentric white-trash family gathering for the matriarch's funeral. Regular shows continue Fridays, Saturdays and selected Thursdays through June 18. For tickets, $20 (or two-for-one on Thursdays), call 303-777-3292 or go to

Tuesday, May 10Be glad: Albuquerque indie-rock band the Shins will shower the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson Street, with shiny, jangly, hook-heavy, slightly strange guitar pop tonight, led by talented songwriter, guitarist and frontman James Mercer, whose turn with a melody is matched only by his skill with words. New Zealand bubble-gummers the Brunettes open the show at 7:30 p.m.; for tickets, $18.50 to $20 call 303-830-TIXS or visit

Scots rock: Old Blind Dogs bring Celtic music to the 
Bluebird Theater on Friday, May 6.
Scots rock: Old Blind Dogs bring Celtic music to the Bluebird Theater on Friday, May 6.

Wedesday, May 11It's no mistake that retro rocker Lenny Kravitz calls his current tour "Electric Church." Nobody in the modern-rock arena approaches his repertoire with more high-energy reverence for stair-stepping roots -- and besides, the guy looks like some kind of god, with or without the requisite guitar strapped on. Kneel and pray! Nikka Costa opens for Kravitz tonight at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson Street; admission ranges from $45 to $48. Call 303-830-TIXS or go to

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