Tonight, the inventive lyrics and down-home melodies of The Amazing Rhythm Aces will be floating through the doors at Tres Hombres in Woodland Park. This is good, old-fashioned, well-written get-down-and-dance country-rock. Tickets are $15; call 687-0625. The show begins at 9.
I want you to want to see Cheap Trick; I need you to need to go the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; I'd love for you to love to get there by 8 p.m.; and I'm begging you to beg to pay $20 (subject to service charge). Call 800/965-4827.
Don't think for a minute that the men of NOMAS, the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, are a bunch of ninnies. In fact they are just the opposite: a group of pro-feminist men who are kicking ass and making progress in the fields of antisexism and antiracism. Along with the Southern Colorado AIDS Project, they'll host the 25th Conference on Men and Masculinity at Colorado College. The weekend event -- featuring theater, live music, lectures, workshops, comedy, art, banquets and more -- will highlight the history, progress and future opportunities of NOMAS and is a great place for activists, feminists, and anybody else working toward social justice to brainstorm. Visit www.nomas.org or call 303/666-7043 for detailed info.
Resin up your bow and tune your guitar, whatever you have to do in order to harmonize in the woods of Casey Jones Park in Elizabeth, Colo. The Black Rose Acoustic and the Colorado Bluegrass Music societies are jointly hosting Pickin' in the Pines, a camp-out and acoustic jam beginning tonight. Saturday morning opens with a pancake breakfast, followed by a CD swap, open stage and potluck. Sunday morning brings a gospel sing. There are no water or electrical hookups, just rough camping. Admission is $5 plus a $7.50 camping fee that goes to Parks and Rec. Call 590-8395 to find out more.
When we were kids we would ride our bikes over empty soda cans so they caught on the tops of the tires, making a buzzing noise nothing at all like a motorcycle, but to 10-year-olds, we might as well have put glass paks on our Huffys. Some of those kids have graduated from Pepsi cans to real machines, and will be terrifying their mothers this weekend at the Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain. Cruise America AMA Superbikes challenges begin today and continue through Sunday. Tickets are $5 to $25 and family packages are available. Call 382-7223.
Fishing and art -- both things of great beauty, grace and zen. Printmaker and watercolorist Ramona Lapsley has combined the two in her show at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave. Match the Hatch is an exhibition of Lapsley's different etching processes, all intricate, hand-colored and hand-pulled. The show will hang until Sept. 5, but the opening reception starts at 6 tonight. Admission is free. Call 685-1008.
Hepcats are expected to flood the high country this weekend to attend Jazz in the Sangres, a swanky music festival in Westcliffe, Colo. Five jazz bands play daily, but Saturday's headliner is none other than David "Fathead" Newman, and Sunday brings the great Herbie Mann. Tickets are only $18 to $30 per day. Call 719/783-3785 to learn more.
Instead of paying money for the privilege of playing tourist in homes mere mortals will never be able to afford, why not spend your time at Parade of Homeless 2000: Action for Affordable Housing? Every year the Housing Advocacy Coalition hosts an event to counter the Parade of Homes, and this year is bigger than ever. A bus tour will stop at locations throughout the community to show where affordable housing has been lost and what can be done to end the increase of homelessness. Speakers will talk at each stop. Antler's Park, behind the Antler's Hotel, will be filled with music, art, picnic food and educational presentations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Call 634-0738 for details, or to find out how you can help out at the event.
You won't mind the heat, it will only add to the Southern atmosphere at the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society's Swing 'n' Dixie Picnic on the Patio, at the Original Castaways, 107 Manitou Ave. Bob Alexander and the Dixie Five will provide the jazz. $15 gets you into the picnic buffet, cake walk, parasol parade, dance and more. The music and meal begin at 2 p.m.; R.S.V.P. to 684-2429.
Nada, zilch, zero -- there's nothing going on today, so drop by the downtown Acacia Park Farmers Market before 1 p.m., pick up a sack of sweet corn, a bucket of peaches, a bunch of baby beets and a fistful of fresh green beans. Go home and cook and eat it all reaaaalllll slow. It's good for you.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition was raised up right. They give and give and give, and never ask anything in return, with the exception of a few donations here and there. Once again they are showing off their gracious manners by inviting us all to the Sixth annual Gala in the Garden at RockLedge Ranch. The dinner will be provided by such swanky eateries as Pasta di Solazzi and the Blue Star, and drinks by Bristol Brewery and Red Rock Liquors. This year's silent auction features great items like bikes and biking gear, outdoor gear, overnight stays and an adventure weekend to name a few. Tickets are $30-$35, and the money goes toward purchasing open space and creating a trails network. The gala begins tonight at 5:30 but you must R.S.V.P. by Aug. 11! Call 633-6884.
Get yo'self a bucket of fried chicken and hunker down in Cottonwood Creek Park, 7040 Rangewood Drive -- it's going to be a long evening of great free music. Otis Bump with Mark Raphel will jazz things up from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., thanks to the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society.
-- Kristen Sherwood
WWJD this weekend
The attention of JC might be focused in Denver today as the 4th annual Summer Pachanga/Chicano Music Festival begins at El Centro Su Teatro. Friday night is Noche Tradicional from 8 to 10 p.m., $6. Saturday is the Summer Pachanga, from 2 to 11 p.m., $15. Mariachi Sunday is from 1 to 5 p.m., $8. Call 303/296-0219 for directions and information.