Responding to the death of John Lennon, punk sage Tesco Vee of the Meatmen sang his unabashed ode to the Beatles, "One Down, Three to Go." By way of worship, the world has also seen such Fab Four interpretations as William Shatner's "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," Eddie Murphy's "Good Day Sunshine" and George Burns's immortal reading of "With a Little Help from My Friends."
The original Beatles tribute, however, came in 1976, when the Broadway show Beatlemania began a sold-out, two-year run -- and spawned a hit album and an entire industry based on Beatles mimicry. Tonight an authentic copycat is back: Les Fradkin, one of the original cast members of Beatlemania, hits the Boulder Theater at 6 p.m. Fradkin has assembled a group of Denver-based musicians called the Boys of Beatlemania for Pepper: Front to Back, a reenactment of the seminal Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Besides dressing in full epaulet-trimmed regalia, the group will shuffle psychedelic ditties such as "Penny Lane" with "She's Leaving Home" and all your favorite Sgt. Pepper's classics.
George Harrison's death a couple years ago has sadly rendered the Meatmen's loving eulogy obsolete. Thankfully, though, the Boys from Beatlemania are here to keep their heroes' legacy thriving far beyond Sean Lennon records and stirring high school band renditions of "Hey Jude."
The Boulder Theater is located at 2032 14th Street in Boulder; tickets range from $17 to $25, and children under twelve are free. Call 303-783-7030 or visit www.bouldertheater.com for tickets and info.
Little Apartment on the Prairie Rolling Thunder brings Colorado's past to light. SAT, 7/16
I like to think I live on the edge of the prairie, though truthfully, I don't. While my Lowry apartment building does back up to a wetland where coyotes have been known to run, I know full well that all of Aurora still lies to the east. But once, when I was walking at night on the dam that surrounds my personal pocket of urban grassland, I swear there was smoke rising from a peaceful tipi, with a pinto pony grazing nearby and buffalo skins drying on the ground.
In a way, we're all that close to that vanished prairie past here in Colorado, a theme snatched up by Kristi Martens, who brings us Rolling Thunder: Art from the Plains. The fresh exhibit of old and new Plains Indian art and artifacts opens today at the Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street, Golden. Catch the prairie wind at a public reception July 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. or at the Native Arts Fair on July 23, from 1 to 4 p.m.; the show continues through September 11. For more information, call 303-279-3922. -- Susan Froyd
Vroom Service SUN, 7/17
Every Sunday morning through October, the Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market fills the 1500 block of South Pearl Street with cool commodities ranging from fresh flowers to homemade pastas to vegetables just off the farm. Today the market heats up with a special Hot Car Rally, featuring vehicles rounded up by Buchtel Motors and Leo's Automotive, two neighborhood businesses. That's just one of the special crops planted for this year's incarnation of the popular down-home market; the Dog Days of Summer Pet Fair is set for August 14, with a Here's to Your Health Day and a Chile Festival the next month. But the market mainstays alone are enough to bring people back Sunday after Sunday. "It's been great," says market organizer Charlotte Elich. "We've doubled our vendor count, and it pretty much stretches end to end on the block."
Local Color The Tennyson art market draws crowds. SAT, 7/16
The idea behind the Tennyson Artist Open Air Marketis simple -- let local folks see local art.
"This is a way to promote art directly. Our motto is ŒWhere art meets life,'" says Trina Hoefling, director of the host Tennyson Gallery, 4369 Stuart Street.
The free Saturday fair, which began last month, runs again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Hoefling expects that nearly twenty booths will be brimming with works, ranging from recycled jewelry priced at about $10 per item to original works fetching several hundred dollars apiece. Even if folks only eyeball, they can indulge in food or listen to live music.
"This is a chance for people to come with their kids or dogs and enjoy the neighborhood," she says.
In addition, the gallery will also be open, showcasing the paintings of Denver's Karl Nicholason. For information, call 303-433-3274. -- Ernie Tucker