This evening at Hillside Gardens (1006 S. Institute St.), get your Americana on with veteran folkster John Stewart. An alum of the Kingston Trio whose musical accomplishments dwarf, say, yours, Stewart has been a-twangin' and a-writin' since the late 1950s. He's penned roughly one hundred thousand million songs, including the Monkees' "Daydream Believer," the non-Soul Asylum version of "Runaway Train," and "Hot in Herre." Just kidding about that one. Tickets for the 6 p.m. show are $20, available in advance at Hillside or at the door. For more, give a jingle to 209-1366.
Environmentalism may be dead, but sustainability is in its prime. And nowhere is that more clear than the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair, an event powered entirely by alternative energy sources. The innovative festival is in its sixth year, and with more than 100 exhibitors, 25 workshops and demonstrations, entertainment, Planet Youth, the Friendly Food Market and Beer Garden, this is the most ambitious one yet. Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia founder, will give the keynote speech. The two-day event, which is being held at the New Belgium Brewing OxBow Area (just south of the brewery at 500 Linden St., Fort Collins), runs today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit sustainablelivingfair.org for a full schedule.
This week, make it a point to visit Phototroph Gallery (16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs) and catch photographer Patti Hallock's eerie exhibition, Nocturnal Suburbia. Hallock, a Longmont resident, photographed the homes in her own neighborhood to describe the phenomenon of suburban isolation. The result is you never, ever wanting to live in Longmont. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5. For more information, hit up phototroph.com or call 685-1313.
The Pikes Peak Arts Council is rolling out the red carpet tonight for its fifth annual Peak Area Performances and Artists Awards. Jim Jackson and Donna Vessey will announce the winners in a slew of categories that cover popular and classical music, theatre, visual art, poetry and dance. The local Academy Awards-style festivities start at 6 in the Deco Lounge of the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), with a cash bar and munchies. Make your way to the theatre at 7 for the program, followed by a dessert reception. Tickets are available for $20 by calling the FAC box office at 634-5583. For more info on the council or the PAPAAs, call 475-2465.
Today through Sunday, get in on some unconventional film at the International Experimental Cinema Exposition, which is going on at several venues throughout Denver. The exposition includes more than a hundred 8 mm, 16 mm and 35 mm films and aims to "explore beyond the limits of contemporary screen culture." (Read turtlenecks.) A pass for the whole shebang will run you $55, which ain't a lot to pay for as much Tscherkassky as you could possibly stomach. For venues, times and more information, check out experimentalcinema.org.
Need another reason to go to Wal-Mart this evening? How about dinosaurs -- awesome, awesome dinosaurs? This evening at the Razorback Wal-Mart (8250 Razorback Road), New Yorker contributor, Princeton professor and author Douglas Preston will be presenting and signing his newest book, Tyrannosaur Canyon, which just might have the best title in the entire history of the novel. The book is a mlange of sci-fi and mystery that includes missing moon rocks, hell-bent scientists, monks, dino-chills and dino-thrills. Killer. The signing is at 6 and is free. For more, check tor.com/preston.
Dudes and all y'all in the goatee-and-beanie subset might consider getting to Murray Street Darts (609 N. Murray Blvd.) for a night of packaged catharsis-metal, featuring local rockers Corrupting Celest. Are they n? Are they ld? Are they wcked? Mostly n, but check out their brand of solid-state angst for yourselves. With them will be NSF and Biaxident. The show starts at 9, and there's a $3 cover starting right then. For more, check out corruptingcelest.com or call Murray Street at 573-0467.
-- Aaron Retka