This Week's Day-by-Day Picks
Thursday, June 17
There's nothing quite like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, four days of music, workshops and audience camaraderie at the top of the world, headlined by a seemingly endless roster of acoustic-music performers so delicious that it's a sensual pleasure just to name them all. We won't, but their monikers represent the best in bluegrass -- and, frankly, way beyond -- from Del McCoury to Lyle Lovett and everyone in between. Promoter Planet Bluegrass has said that remaining tickets are scarce. To check on availability of the $55 single-day, $175 festival and four-day camping passes, call 303-823-0848 or log on to www.bluegrass.com. For additional lodging in Telluride, call 1-800-525-3455.
Gay Pride Week revs up in Denve this evening during FilmReal Doc Night at the Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway, a monthly documentary screening and discussion series that's making a bow to the gay community during June. Canadian film archivist Bill Taylor will introduce his funny yet chilling collection of "educational" anti-gay propaganda films in the doc Lock Up Your Sons and Daughters, which features such titles as The Report: The Gay Agenda and Perversion for Profit. Film critic Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post hosts the event tonight at 7 p.m.; for details and tickets, call 303-820-3456 or go to www.starzfilmcenter.com.
Friday, June 18
Re-Joyce! Bloomsday, the fictitious day in the life of Leopold Bloom immortalized in James Joyce's Ulysses, turned 100 on Wednesday, giving cause for international celebration in literary and, in some cases, theatrical, circles. In Denver, Ed Baierlein's Germinal Stage, 2450 West 44th Avenue, pays tribute with Circe: Chapter Fifteen, Baierlein's original adaptation of the novel's hallucinatory "Nighttown" episode. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays through July 11; to reserve tickets, $13.75 to $17.75, call 303-455-7108 or log on to www.germinalstage.com. Starz FilmCenter joins in with a screening of Joseph Strick's film version of Ulysses and accompanying lectures, beginning this evening at 5:30 p.m.; call 303-820-3456. And on the literary front, free Ulysses readings will be the talk of the town tomorrow during a moving marathon that kicks off at 9:30 a.m. in Observatory Park, 2112 East Wesley Avenue. Subsequent readings are scheduled at Riverside Cemetery, the Denver Press Club, the Tattered Cover LoDo, the Metro State Center for the Visual Arts, Nallen's and the Hotel Teatro; for a full schedule and location addresses, log on to www.tatteredcover.com.
Heir to a long line of funny guys with rubbery faces and an ear for voices, Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond will make a good impression tonight and tomorrow at the Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street, carrying on proudly where priceless predecessors such as Dana Carvey left off. Famous for parroting everyone from Bill Clinton to Dan Rather, Hammond performs at 8 and 10 p.m. tonight and 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow; for information and tickets, call 303-595-3637.
Saturday, June 19
One of the city's most beautiful outdoor festivals, Larimer Square's Renaissance revival, La Piazza dell'Arte, returns for a second year this weekend, setting some 200 artists loose on the sidewalks, where they'll create masterpieces with a rainbow arsenal of colored chalk. As each magnum opus unfolds on Larimer Street between 14th and 15th streets, festival-goers can wander and watch, savor Italian food, join their kids in hands-on activities or browse a gallery of works by participating artists. The fest runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow; admission is free. Call 303-685-8143 or go to www.larimerarts.org for details.
Leisurely joys can also be found at the Lafayette Wine Festival, a weekend tasting event fermenting nicely in Lafayette's Forest Park Village and Atlas Valley, 95th Street and Arapahoe Road. Related events today include a public wine tasting from noon to 5 p.m., winemakers' luncheons at the Canopy Grill and Hunan Garden restaurants, concerts, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, ice sculptures and more; it all wraps up with Hazel Miller on the festival stage beginning at 6 p.m. Admission to the tasting and concert is $18 to $20; for reservations and ticket information for other events, call 303-666-4392 or go to www.discoverlafayette.com.
Sunday, June 20
Neigh-sayers: Horse-obsessed little girls everywhere get starry-eyed at the slightest mention of the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, and it's no different in these parts. You can almost hear the collective sigh they'll let loose when those gorgeous, meticulously groomed white steeds known around the world put their best hooves forward and take their opening bows today at the Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Place. The fine equines will dance onto the floor twice, once at 2 p.m. and again at 6; for tickets, $17.50 to $28.50, call 303-830-TIXS.
Monday, June 21
Attention, teens with big mouths and nowhere to use them: Boulder's Community Radio, KGNU, has the perfect summer workshop for you. Today through June 23, the station will host a comprehensive three-day Youth Radio Summer Workshop for kids ages twelve to nineteen. Participants will work on in-studio broadcast skills and field-recorder basics, as well as learn to use sound-editing software and create news features or radio dramas. When it's all over, they'll be eligible to work at KGNU as volunteer broadcasters and journalists. Classes will go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day; tuition is $70, and some scholarships are available. To register, call 303-494-2545 or send e-mail to kgnu.org. The station is at 4700 Walnut Street in Boulder.
Tuesday, June 22
For the two people in Denver and a whole untapped crowd of Boulder folks who haven't yet seen Puppetry of the Penis, it's back, this time with a pair of local genitalia-twisting geniuses doing the honors on stage. Laugh-out-loud funny or unbelievably dumb? You make the call. The privates puppeteers perform at 8 p.m. today and June 24 through 27 at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder. Admission is $19.50 to $27.50; call 303-786-7030 or log on to www.bouldertheater.com.
Wednesday, June 23
Not a soul will be standing still tonight in Sloan's Lake Park, 25th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard, where a mighty barrage of mariachi, Tejano and salsa music will blare and blend at a free Latino Rhythms Concert hosted by the City and County of Denver. Part of the city's summer free concert series, the 7 p.m. event features Mariachi Vasquez, Mood Express and Conjunto Colores under the stars; folks in the know bring their blankets and picnic dinners to the park early so they can snag a good spot. ¡Arriba! For information on this and other city-sponsored free events, log on to www.denvergov.org.
No name could have described these guys better: The incredible lineup in the Soul Survivors, a band featuring funk-jazz keyboard pioneer Les McCann, session great Cornell Dupree on guitar and Grammy-winning sax player Ernie Watts, not only boasts a long collective trail of past gigs with such soul-music greats as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Roberta Flack, but they've also been around on their own, and they're all the better for it. Groove with the tip-top trio and their sidemen, Gordon Edwards and Buddy Williams, tonight at 8 p.m. at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder; for tickets, $21.50 to $30, call 303-786-7030 or go to www.bouldertheater.com.
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