Local mainstream fashionistas will stylishly strut out of the woodwork to land in the Ballpark neighborhood tonight for Undercover, a chic evening featuring new designs by Frisco native Gabriel Conroy. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at + Gallery, 2350 Lawrence Street. Conroy's couture this season stitches together nautical and '70s themes into ooh-la-la runway-ready looks; balancing out the fashion show fireworks will be eats by Baldoria and summer-friendly fine wines by the Denver Wine Connection. For details, call 303-296-0927 or go to www.plusgallery.com.
Friday, July 22
Whether they're in the market or just like to gawk, local car lovers will be in automotive heaven when the Kruse International Collector Car Auction parks itself at the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue, with a spit-shined inventory of historic horsepower. Care to bid on an Austin Healey Sprite convertible? A Fiesta Red 1956 Ford Thunderbird two-door with portholes? How about a slick 1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood two-door hardtop? Open your mind (and your garage) tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. or tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and bring the family: Adult admission is only $5; children ages twelve and under are admitted free. Bidders will have to plop down an additional $20 registration fee. To consign a car, call 303-994-7170; for more information, call 1-800-968-4444 or visit www.kruse.com/ auctions/denver05/index.asp.
The little Zip 37 Gallery co-op was formed a decade ago at 3644 Navajo Street when artists Reed Weimer and Chandler Romeo gathered up some friends, took a chance and broke away from the larger Pirate alternative gallery across the street. Now they have real reason to celebrate in this co-op-eat-co-op art world we live in: They're still here, making art and adding a unique dimension to the artsy block at 37th and Navajo. The Zipsters will celebrate with a Tenth Anniversary Show, featuring works by members -- current and lapsed -- beginning today with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. and continuing through August 7. And here's to the next ten years! Call 303-477-4525.
Saturday, July 23
Hot fun in the summertime, with an international lilt, is the order of the day at the MasterPeace Festival, a Caribbean-African family picnic celebrating the birthdays of Ethiopian leader/Rastafarian icon Haile Selassie and South African activist/leader Nelson Mandela today in Sonny Lawson Park, Park Avenue and Welton Street. Speakers, live entertainment, spoken-word performances, African drumming, kids' activities and authentic ethnic cuisine will be offered from 1 to 9 p.m. at the free event. Call 720-366-9366 for details.
Supporters (including a long roster of celebrities from Hollywood and the music world) who believe in the innocence of three young Arkansas men convicted -- despite spotty evidence -- of a grisly 1993 murder, will be raising a ruckus at concerts and benefits across the nation today in observance of West Memphis Three World Awareness Day. Locally, true believers are invited to join in at three metro-area events, beginning with an all-ages poetry reading and open mike from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street. Later in the evening, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Cephalic Carnage and Born in the Flood will perform for a 21-and-older crowd at Bender's 13th Avenue Tavern, 314 East 13th Avenue, while a Danceotron after-party with DJ Sara T. closes down the night beginning at 10:30 p.m. at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton Street. Admission to each event ranges from $5 to $10. For information, log on to www.wm3.org/live/newsevents/index.php.
Sunday, July 24
There are few benefits more poignant than The Charles, the KGNU community radio fundraiser formerly known as the Gnu Mountain Jam and renamed for late Hot Rize guitarist Charles Sawtelle, who originally organized the event. Sawtelle, a good guy whose brief sojourn on earth was marked by a history of mercurial string-busting, died of leukemia in 1999. The annual barbecue and concert at the Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main Street, Gold Hill, is as sweet and laid-back as the man it honors. The Missing String Band, the St. Vrain Sisters, Jackstraw and Chris Daniels and the Kings will perform from noon to 5 p.m. today against the smoke of a Texas-style pit 'cue with all the fixings. For tickets, $12 to $15 (children ages twelve and under admitted free), call 303-449-4885.
Monday, July 25
Pull up your pants! The National Little Britches Finals Rodeo, brought to you by the folks who call their group the oldest national junior rodeo association in the country, is hitching itself to a new post at the Colorado State Fairgrounds this year. Some of the nation's best budding buckaroos, ages five to eighteen, will compete in everything from bareback riding to team roping, beginning today and continuing through the July 30 championship rounds. Rodeo events take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Avenue in Pueblo; gate admission is $4 to $8. For details, log on to www.nlbra.com.
Tuesday, July 26
The Colorado Welsh Society will do everything in its power to impart what it truly means to be Welsh during a series of local Welsh Heritage Week events, a week-long cultural immersion that includes classes, concerts and community events at the Colorado School of Mines Student Center (1600 Maple Street in Golden) and other Golden-area locations. If all of your knowledge of Welsh lore was gleaned from a read through How Green Was My Valley, then get on your toes: The fun begin with a free Singing-in-the-Pub Night (HGWMV readers will remember that group singing is a Welsh thang), starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Blue Canyon Bar & Grill, 1301 Washington Avenue.
A triple harp concert, folk-dance party and Gymfana Ganu hymn-sing follow in the coming days; for a complete schedule, go to www.welshheritageweek.org.
Wednesday, July 27
Everyone wants a home in the range, right? They just may not know how or where to find it. To that end, the Downtown Denver Partnership is here to reassure you that, yes, you can afford to live downtown. Really. So before you turn up your nose and hightail it back to downtown Englewood, make plans to attend the Real Prices for Real People Housing Fair, where you'll get a realistic look at options for wannabe urban dwellers of little or middle-class means. The free downtown-living expo and housing information fair will offer the lowdown, along with a spread of food and drink, this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street. Call 303-571-8207 for reservations; for more information, visit www.downtowndenver.com.