This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Monday, May 9

High 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 10

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.

Be 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

Wedesday, May 11

It'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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