This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, August 26

This is one girl with credentials: Brazilian vocalist Bebel Gilberto carries on the samba-riffic dynasty begun by her father Joo, mother Micha and stepmother Astrud, all bossa nova icons whose cool voices, bittersweet lyrics and gentle rhythms defined the genre that caught fire internationally in the 1960s. So Bebel will be doing what comes naturally -- with a modern, electronic twist -- when she performs tonight at 9 p.m. at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway in Englewood. Tickets are $26.25; call 303-830-TIXS or go to

Friday, August 27

Until you've actually seen sixty gigantic, majestic, colorful hot-air balloons bobbing in the sky overhead, you haven't really lived. That's what the folks promoting the annual Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival at Chatfield State Park want you to believe, anyway, though it's doubtful they'll have a lick of trouble convincing any of the hordes who show up this weekend to see for themselves. Along with the big balloons, which are scheduled to take off early in the mornings and in the dark on Saturday night, there will be food booths, exhibits, kids' activities, live music and more, as well as visits by the NASA International Space Station trailer and the "AARP the Magazine Road Show." Festival hours are 6 to 8 a.m. today, 6 a.m. to noon and 4 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, and 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Chatfield is at 11500 North Roxborough Park Road in Littleton; for information, call 303-791-7275 or log on to

Saturday, August 28

A bonanza of books, albums and CDs will be offered up to the public at bargain prices today at the nineteenth annual KGNU Book and Record Sale, one of the tough little Boulder County community radio station's biggest and best-loved fundraisers -- and a major reason that KGNU is able to continue broadcasting its blend of news, public-affairs programming and eclectic music year after year. Items available include an unusual wealth of classic LPs and unearthed Beatles 45s, as well as new books and CDs; station members will be admitted to the sale tent beginning at 9 a.m., before doors open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. KGNU is at 4700 Walnut Street in Boulder; for information, call 303-449-4885 or log on to

The real parade at the annual Home Builders Association of Denver Parade of Homes is the one full of wannabes: Each year, the new-home showcase draws huge crowds of ordinary people just dying to press their noses against the windows for a look at how the other one percent lives. Well, prepare to grovel and gawk again: This year, the parade marches through five extravagant custom homes at the Greens at Vista Ridge, I-25 and Colorado Highway 7 in Erie, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, today through October 10, showing off the opulent home theaters, oversized double-king beds, full-service outdoor kitchens, his-and-hers showers, cavernous closets, four-story great rooms and humongous wine cellars we all dream of. Admission prices, $8-$11.50 (children five and under admitted free), benefit 9Cares Colorado Shares and Denver CASA; for details, go to

Put on your bibs and belly up to the trough for one of Denver's favorite pig-outs, the annual Marczyk Pig Roast and Dinner. But rest assured, this meal is not slop. Brought to you by the popular Uptown gourmet market Marczyk Fine Foods, already known for its fair-weather Friday-night barbecues, the roast not only features all-natural Niman Ranch pork slow-cooked since early in the morning, but also plays host to ranch entrepreneur Bill Niman, who will shake hands and tell his juicy story. The dinner bell rings from 3 to 7 p.m. at 770 East 17th Avenue; food is $10 a plate. Call 303-894-9499.

Sunday, August 29

Go, dog, go! More than forty noble police pooches and their handlers will gather today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Colorado School of Mines for the Colorado Police K-9 Challenge, a competition showcasing the well-trained dogs' multiple talents. After opening ceremonies at 1 p.m., the teams will get down to the nitty-gritty, going after awards for apprehension skills, agility and obedience, search abilities and overall handler/dog twosomes. The public is invited to watch at Brooks Field, 12th and Maple streets in Golden; admission is $5. Call 720-641-1080 for details.

Monday, August 30

Linkin Park will push the pedal to the metal, technologically speaking, when the alternative band's Projekt Revolution Tour comes to town, touting an in-your-face lineup of metal and hip-hop. Korn, Snoop Dogg and the Used rap/rock it up along with the Linkins starting at 5 p.m. at Coors Amphitheatre, 6350 South Greenwood Plaza Boulevard in Greenwood Village; for tickets, $39.50 to $53.50, call 303-830-8497 or go to

Tuesday, August 31

The Denver Public Library will host a rare look behind the scenes in the coming month. Archives: Our Collective Memory, Saving Our Past for the Future is an ongoing program that spotlights the library's Western History/Genealogy Department through guided tours and information sessions. Find out all the facts and how-to's regarding the DPL's extensive manuscript and photography collections, today through September 20; all activities will take place at the Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. For more information, call 720-865-1905 or 720-865-1820.

Wednesday, September 1

There's not a real Bill among 'em, but The Bills are nothing if not authentic. Members of the acoustic-music quintet from Victoria, British Columbia, blend the fresh instrumental virtuosity of a Nickel Creek with a staggering musical knowledge seemingly beyond their years. Are they worldbeat? Folk? A jam band? Perhaps a little of each -- and more. However you choose to categorize them, the band of former street buskers (previously known as the Bill Hilly Band), who breeze through sets that toss together Shostakovich, European folk songs, polkas, Cole Porter tunes, tarantellas and more, will prove lively and infectious at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest Street, where they'll perform tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Swallow Hill Americana Sunsets series. Tickets are $21 to $24; call 303-777-1003 or go to

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