Colorado clearly loves Tech N9ne, horrorcore's most affable rapper, who's been selling out the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) since the beginning of time. And now the Kansas City emcee is returning the love with "Colorado," a bonus track on his newly released Something Else album. (Sample rhyme: "When I'm out in the Springs / Where the mountains are king / I'm counting the ounces they bring.") For his current tour, Tech's bringing along Krizz Kaliko, CES Cru, Mayday, and Stevie Stone, all of whom guest on this sentimental ode to the box state's favorite plant. See them light up the Black Sheep stage tonight and tomorrow for $32/advance, $34/day of show. Door time is 7, all ages admitted. — Bill Forman
Garrett Ammon has been named one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch, and tonight you can feast your eyes on his choreography at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). At 7:30, Ammon's Denver-based Wonderbound Dance Company will stage Memories and Well-Grounded Hopes, a free performance featuring new music by klezmer fusion band Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe, and by CC's own Ofer Ben-Amots. 303 Magazine has described Wonderbound's "new American" dancers as "disgustingly perfect and somehow both ethereal and absolutely raw," and really, where else are you going to find that combination tonight? — Kirk Woundy
This event has been canceled. It may still be open Saturday and Sunday. Check the Rock Ledge Ranch Facebook page for up-to-date announcements.
Grandma Moses — a woman who took up painting in her 70s and created a world-famous oeuvre of detailed, delightful paintings of her childhood in the New England countryside — would have probably loved painting the hustle and bustle of artists, musicians, patrons and visitors of today's 35th annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival, set for noon to 6 at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3105 Gateway Road, hollyberryhouse.com). This benefit for Rock Ledge features 165 juried artisans from throughout the U.S., selling art, clothing, furniture, antiques and more. Other activities include live music, tours of the ranch, a quilt exhibit and food. Entry is $2 to $6; the festival continues through Sunday. — Edie Adelstein
Get a taste of the new Black Box Theatre (1367 Pecan St., blackboxdrama.com) with its performance of Our Shorts Are Showing. Featuring quick plays by Phil Ginsburg, Barbara Summerville, Sue Bachman and Charlie Ammen, the production uses the "under-discussed and under-valued" version of stagecraft, as The Guardian put it in 2012. "Released from the armature of plot, the playwright is compelled to invest the moment with intense theatrical energy," says the British newspaper. Shows come at 2 and 7 today (having started Thursday), with tickets running from $5 to $10. — Bryce Crawford
If you missed this event yesterday, relax — you can still meet 14 local artists at Front Range Open Studios (frontrangeopenstudios.com) from 11 to 5 today, and tour their workshops and studios while they demonstrate their creative processes. Featured artists include Dan Rieple, some of whose custom furniture looks like it was taken directly off the set of a Lord of the Rings movie, and Kay Liggett, whose quilts are like murals. The event itself is free, but jewelry, ceramics, glasswork and more will be on sale direct from the source, i.e. someone's hands. Sometimes you just want your surroundings to say something other than "Straight from IKEA." — Gracie Ramsdell
If you registered early, you'll be in a "Freezing and Dehydrating" class from 6 to 9 this evening as part of the bounty of Local Food Week events between Sept. 14 and 22, organized this year by the Green Cities Coalition (greencitiescoalition.net). But if you're just getting on board, the good news is you can take advantage of specials at sustainability-minded eateries, attend other lectures, tours and food-centric events, and generally get your green on all over this city. Visit GCC's website for a full calendar and details. — Matthew Schniper
Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner are at the heart of what eventually turned into the blockbuster known as Chicago. Fictionalized as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, the unconnected pair shared the delightful distinction of undergoing murder trials in 1924. Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins spotted a song and dance in the stories of the two "jazz babies," and out came the original play in 1926. Since redone, the popular Broadway musical comes your way at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets start at $38. — Bryce Crawford