A trunkload of gorgeous specimens -- including Navajo weavings from Ganado, Teec Nos Pos, Wide Ruins, Crystal, Burnham, Shiprock and Two Grey Hills -- will go on the block today during One Hundred Navajo Rugs, an annual silent auction to benefit the University of Colorado at Boulder's Museum of Natural History. View and bid on the collection of wall hangings, floor rugs and antique pieces from noon to 7 p.m. in the lobby of First Interstate Tower North, 633 17th Street in downtown Denver; weaving connoisseur Jackson Clark II will be on hand to walk you through the inventory at noon or 5 p.m. Or bring in your own precious weavings for a free evaluation and repair advice from restoration expert Ben Leroux. For details, call 303-492-6892 or 1-800-525-0384.
Though two new shows officially open tomorrow at Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street in Golden, there will be more than one opportunity today for a sneak peek. From 3 to 5 p.m., Taos artist Ed Sandoval (who's featured along with Ann Huston, Reba Lee and Lynn Rowan Myers in Paintings of the Sangre de Cristos at the Foothills II Galleries November 8 through January 11) will paint a new work while you watch. Later on, fellow Sangres sketcher Lee will help kick off the center's superlative Holiday Art Market by creating thirty-minute, $50 portraits at a preview party that also includes noshing, live music and -- hang on to your purses, ladies -- first-shot shopping, all from 6 to 10 p.m. Watch Sandoval paint for free (the finished product will be sold later at a benefit bash); admission to the evening's activities is $35, and advance reservations are required for portrait sittings. Call 303-279-3922.
The Seven Nations message is simple: Bagpipes rock! The members of the rambunctious young North American combo might amble on stage carrying traditional Celtic gear, but their electrified sound is anything but folkloric. Although a tried-and-true idea, these boys inject an energy all their own into that folk-rock fusion concept. Hear for yourself tonight at 7 p.m. at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway, Englewood. Local band Mission 19 opens; for tickets, $13 to $15, call 1-866-468-7630 or log on to www.ticketweb.com.
Wings Over the Rockies Museum, 7711 East Academy Parkway at Lowry, gives Veterans Day a nod by hosting a blockbuster Cockpit Demo Day today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along with the monthly event's usual hands-on aircraft visits, the museum will host author Emily Howell Warner, the first female airline captain in the U.S., for a book signing at 11 a.m.; in addition, Gateway High School's History Squadron, a group of ROTC cadets in period uniforms, will staff World War II airplanes, including the Piper J-3 Cub, the FG1 Corsair and the B-18A Bolo, for question-answering and photo opportunities. The entire facility is yours to tour until 5 p.m.; admission ranges from $4 to $6. Call 303-360-5360.
The little-known art of sabering the neck of a champagne bottle (which requires some fancy slicing at just the right juncture, or it won't work at all) has Napoleonic roots: The Little Corporal's victorious troops popularized the practice as a properly militaristic means of celebration. These days, saber-wielders are few and far between, but you can see one at work every year during the Brown Palace Champagne Cascade, a season-opening holiday tradition at the historic hotel. French wine ambassador (and master swordsman) Bernard Ganter will do the honors, popping the cork on a bottle of Moñt et Chandon with his blade at noon to set off a two-story-tall, 6,000-glass cascade in the Brown Palace lobby, 321 17th Street. Viewing the spectacle is free, but you might want to hang around for Sunday brunch. For reservations, call 303-297-3111, ext. 3104.
It's a good day for dropping off and picking up -- and we're not talking trips to DIA. In the case of what your trees dropped off, there's the annual Denver Recycles Denver Leaf Drop program that accepts local leaves and turns them into lovely, leafy spring compost. Denver residents can haul off those fall leaves (in containers or on tarps, please) to the Denver Solid Waste Transfer Station, Quebec Street and Cherry Creek Drive South, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through December 5; call 720-865-6810 or log on to www. denvergov.org/denverrecycles for information. As for the picking-up portion of the season, you can dress yourself in the fabulous (and inexpensive) gently worn clothing offered at the National Council of Jewish Women Fall Fashion Review Sale, a benefit for NCJW community-service projects. Peruse the goods from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Buckingham Square Mall, Havana Street and Mississippi Avenue, Aurora; the sale continues next weekend at the same time and location.
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Talk about your living legends: Cult figure and pop-music pioneer Todd Rundgren trumps the competition, just as he has for the past thirty or so years, from the dawning of the Nazz ("Hello It's Me") in the late '60s to his solo-album pinnacle Something/Anything? to the present, where he's still distinguishing himself as an innovative producer and cutting-edge musical technologist. Listen up, fans: Todd appears all by his lonesome, along with a piano, to reprise his considerable hit list tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th Street, Boulder. For tickets, $22 to $28, call 303-786-7030 or www.bouldertheater.com.
Tonight's the night for Front Range music lovers to indulge their passions. First up is an appearance by Lucinda Williams -- the Grammy-winning, roots-charged, alt-country singer-songwriter whose streak of near-perfect recordings continues with her latest, World Without Tears -- tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson Street. Tickets are $27.50 to $30; call 303-830-TIXS. For jazz fans, here's your ace: Trumpet maestro Terence Blanchard will bring his new sextet to the intimate surroundings of the Mount Vernon Country Club, 24933 Clubhouse Circle in Golden, at 8 p.m.; for tickets ($39.95 dinner/concert or $18 show only), call 303-526-0616. Old-guard liberal rockers will rejoice at the chance to see Bruce Cockburn at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 1631 Glenarm Place (for tickets, $30, call 303-830-TIXS). And for the alternative legions, Albuquerque lo-fi musicians the Shins continue their self-proclaimed "American pop project" at 8 p.m. at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway, Englewood. Tickets are just $14; call 303-380-2333 for yours.