Just in case you’re all dressed up with nowhere to go, here are a few late-breaking events we heard about too late to include in this week’s Night and Day calendar:Patriotism might be hotter than hot these days, but just in case you need something somber to help put your red, white and blueisms on hold, Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre will be observing the weeks leading up to Independence Day with poignant food for your second thoughts. The troupe’s Letters to Home readers’ theater work, which couldn’t be straighter or more to the point, is just what it says it is: a reading of real letters sent by soldiers to their families, all of which have some connection to Colorado. Like those touring displays of empty combat boots, the unembellished production speaks for itself; performances begin June 22 at the Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock Street, and continue at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays, through July 7, with additional shows scheduled for July 2-4. Admission is $14 to $16 ($10 for Colorado Historical Society members); call 303-893-5438 or go to www.hungerartists.org.
Even the hardest habitués of urban aeries like to keep gardens ten stories up in the sky where they live, but the lofty lifestyle somehow seems to preclude jaunts to Home Depot for ten tons of potting soil and petunias. For Denver’s vertical denizens (as well as anyone whose garden is limited to a deck or balcony, not to mention the folks who just like to look), the Friends of Union Station will host the LoDo Flower Market on June 24, an outdoor affair showcasing cut flowers, container plants, patio and balcony decorations, bird feeders, fountains and other small-space garden goodies, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Union Station 1701 Wynkoop Street. Stop and smell the miniature roses: Admission is free; visit www.friendsofunionstation.org/news.htm for information.
Everybody knows The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the whoop-ass Broadway musical (and 1980s Burt Reynolds-Dolly Parton film) that opens for previews June 22 at the Arvada Center for a run through July 29. But you might not know that the Arvada Center is teaming up with local country station 92.5 The Wolf for a Burt and Dolly Look-alike Contest with cash prizes. Get out your mustaches, wigs and boob suits: The Wolf is accepting photographic entries through June 25 at www.burtanddolly.com; finals – with winners in several categories, including most outrageous, most authentic, most comical, highest online score, most online votes and audience favorites – will take place June 28 at Electric Cowboy, 8811 Harlan Street, Westminster. See y’all there! And if you’d like to throw in a night at the show, Whorehouse tickets are $38 to $48; call 720-898-7200 or log on to www.arvadacenter.org for details and reservations.