Today's featured event: Turn off the news and take a wander through the Denver Auto Show

Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burns: When the Denver Auto Show opens to the public tomorrow at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, GM will be touting new Corvettes and Cadillac station wagons for 2010, while Chrysler pushes out its all-electric Town & Country EV wagon. In addition, the big three pony up with an equine big three: a new corral of spanking new Chevy Camaros, Dodge Challengers and Ford Mustangs for buyers to lasso in the coming year. Economic downturn? Bankruptcies and bailouts? Not within these four walls.

Anyway, even if you're banking on keeping your perfectly good vehicle in the driveway for another year, it never hurts to dream -- and the auto show is all about fantasy, showcasing everything from exotic sports cars to brave new technologies. On top of that, the tricked-out custom cars and classic hot rods will keep your kids' attention, as will the show's new children's fun area. You'll also have a chance to compare this year's top cars while perusing the green autos of the future. Perhaps your future.

Dream on: The show opens tomorrow from 5 to 9 p.m. and continues daily through Sunday. For more information and tickets, $5 to $10 (and free for children ages six and under), visit www.denverautoshow.com or call 1-888-704-4199.

For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, go to westword.com/calendar.

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