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Art and the Animal opens this weekend at the 
    Wildlife Experience Museum.
Art and the Animal opens this weekend at the Wildlife Experience Museum.

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, February 12

You gotta give love to get love, so stop moping. The unattached will have an opportunity to meet other singles at a Valentine Week Volunteer Night hosted by Food Bank of the Rockies. Learn how you can help others and mingle with the opposite sex between 5 and 7:30 p.m. tonight at the nonprofit's offices, 10975 East 47th Avenue; for more information, call 303-371-9250, ext. 236, or log on to

Another reason to spread good vibes is tonight's Urban Peak Climb the Peak Awards Dinner, a remarkable evening honoring remarkable kids who have overcome life on the streets to reach loftier goals. Five young heroes will share their stories at the annual fundraiser, which takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Temple Events Center, 1595 Pearl Street. Tickets are $60; proceeds benefit Urban Peak's outreach programs and services. For reservations, call 303-777-9198, ext. 20 or 25.

Friday, February 13

Diversity is no big deal in the canine family. That's why Chihuahuas who can sit in your hand will stand side by side with wolfhounds the size of horses this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show, billed as the largest poochapalooza west of the Mississippi. It's also the first major dog event after last week's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. This Fido olympiad, produced by the Plum Creek and Colorado kennel clubs, hosts agility trials, an obedience competition and conformation shows; the fun begins at 8 a.m. daily, today through Monday. And to throw a bone to the two-legged, there will be vendor booths, hourly Meet the Breeds showcases and, on Saturday, a rescue-dog program. A frequent stop for many from the Westminster Best in Show pack, the Denver dog show takes place at the National Western Complex, I-70 and Brighton Boulevard. A word to the wise: Leave your pup at home. Admission is $3 (children under twelve and seniors over sixty admitted free); parking is $6. For a schedule, log on to

The Wildlife Experience Museum is counting on the power of animal magnetism -- or at least that of chocolate -- when its newest show, Art and the Animal, debuts tonight with Art, Chocolate and Music, a Valentine-worthy preview gala that includes all three. The exhibit, a monster display of nearly 130 works sponsored by the Society of Animal Artists, will stick around at the museum, 10035 South Peoria Street, Parker, through March 28. Tonight's tickets are $40 for singles, $75 for couples; call 720-488-3312. For more information on the museum, call 720-488-3300 or log on to

Saturday, February 14

While their owners are out on the prowl tonight, dogs could get the blues. But here's how pooches can get doggy with it while their humans are wining and dining: Pet daycare facility Camp Bow Wow, 1221 South Cherokee Street, will host a Puppy Love Valentine's Day Fundraiser, featuring all sorts of supervised indoor play and other nonsense for canine drop-ins. Bring participating four-leggers in from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. to enjoy healthy Valentine treats, furry photo-sits and a prom, complete with coronation (this is no joke, folks). Proceeds from the $20 admission fee will benefit the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center. Call 303-282-5484 or log on to

A different breed of Valentine royalty will be crowned tonight at Off the Wall Prom Night, a romantic night for nonconformists, complete with kissing booth. The love fest is hosted by the Hi-Dive, 7 South Broadway, beginning at 9 p.m. Entertainment includes DJs Jason Heller (a Westword contributor) and Dirty Ol' Al spinning the tunes; there will also be live music by local wallflower-friendly pop band the Maybellines. Slackers who fit the profile (or not) are invited to bring their valentines or try to find one there. Admission is $3 at the door; call 720-570-4500 or log on to for details.

Sunday, February 15

Just one year ago, the Industrial Arts Theatre Company opened the doors on a new venture -- the Federal Theatre, at 3830 Federal Boulevard -- so the public could take a peek at the partially renovated space, which had long been vacant. What a difference a year makes: At tonight's Industrial Arts Theatre Open House and Loner's Social, the company (which celebrates its eighteenth anniversary this month) will show off the changes it's made for the better, as well as plans for the future. Highlights include exhibits by sculptor Clint Moinat, mixed-media artist Cassandra Cole and local schoolchildren; live blues-based rock with the Rick Lozano Band; and fire dancing by Lumina. Admission to the 6 p.m. shindig is free; call 303-399-4662.

Monday, February 16

African-American History Month wouldn't be complete without local director donnie l. betts bringing back his Destination Freedom/Black Radio Days series, live radio-theater reenactments of scripts by Richard Durham that were originally broadcast in the '40s and '50s. Tonight's 8 p.m. performance is Investigator for Democracy: The Story of Walter White, taking place at the King Center, 855 Lawrence Way, on the Auraria campus. This time around, the production will include student participation; along with the program -- which tells the story of White, an NAACP spokesman who lobbied persistently for anti-lynching legislation -- local actor/chanteuse Sheryl Renee will perform. For tickets, $7 to $10, call 720-748-1388 or log on to

Tuesday, February 17

Two Coloradans with progressive ideas have their say in a new book, Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods, a practical guide to developing environmentally friendly ways to survive in the modern world without compromising our contemporary lifestyle. Find out how you can do your part: Co-authors David Wann and Dan Chiras will discuss and sign Superbia! tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder. For details, call 303-447-2074.

Wednesday, February 18

It's not often one feels compelled to throw on some tie-dye and love beads to go to a lecture, but tonight's offering by the Arapahoe Community College Distinguished Lecture Series is a talk of a different stripe. Official Dead historian Dennis McNally, who authored an excellent bio of the band, will present Ladies and Gentleman, the Grateful Dead, a multimedia pastiche with his own learned spin attached. Five bucks is all you need to take that long, strange trip, starting at 7 p.m. at the Waring Theatre, ACC campus, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive. Call 303-797-5767for details.


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