The Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., is staying open late tonight just for you, so you can mix and mingle with other arty folk at the First Thursday party, from 5 to 8. The Dave Innis Quartet provides the score for the evening, and a presentation by local art rabblerouser Tom McElroy provides the drama. Admission, music and hors d'oeuvres are free, but the bar is pay-as-you-go. For details, call 634-5581.
Karla Bonoff has been a resource for superb song writing since the '70s, when Linda Ronstadt recorded three of her songs, two of which became smash hits. Bonoff soon had a hit of her own with "Personally," and in the following years, became one of the most respected singer/songwriters in the music industry. Bonoff will perform with Kenny Edwards at a gathering of the Black Rose Acoustic Society this evening at 7:30. BRAS meets in the Black Forest Community Center, at the northwest corner of Shoup and Black Forest Roads. Tickets are $10-$15. Call 278-8108.
Ah, a breath of fresh air up at Tres Hombres, the little bar above the clouds in Woodland Park. Tobacco Road, a Denver trio with a southern blues-rock sound, is trekking down to play for y'all tonight at 9 p.m. Best of all, there's no cover tonight, so you can buy more beer! Tres is on the main drag, at 116 Midland Ave. Call 687-0625 to find out more.
All's Well That Ends Well -- ain't it the truth? UCCS TheaterWorks is putting on Shakespeare's Cinderella-on-the-rocks-with-a-twist story in the big blue tent on the UCCS campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. $16-$18 guarantees you a seat, but as always, free seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Call 262-3232. The play runs Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m., through July 25.
Go to WestFest. Go directly to WestFest. Park early in one of the city parking garages (they need the dough) and head toward the Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.). Tank up on water and plan to stay all day. Fork over $32 for one day or $45 for two-day admission. Wander through the Mountain Men camp enactment, Native American village and cowboy camp. Mingle with vendors selling custom western wear, jewelry, furniture, food and beverages. Duck into the air-conditioned Plaza of the Rockies for the fine art show and sale. Nap on the museum lawn between the sets of eight straight hours of music. Kids 13 and under are free if accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. The show goes on from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. Yippie-ki-yi-yay, get along little doggie to WestFest. Michael Martin Murphey and the festival organizers will be glad you did. For more info, call toll free 866/464-2626.
And lift and stretch, and lift and stretch, now spin, spin! It'll go something like that (maybe) behind the scenes at the Kim Robards Modern Dance Intensive this week at Colorado College. The participants of this week of grueling rhythmic education now have mad skill, and want to show it off during a performance this evening in Armstrong Theater, on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Dances will include Full Moon Rising and Sweet Sadness. Tickets are $2-$5 and the show begins 8 p.m. Call 389-6607.
The Greenway and Nature Center in Pueblo has combined the 21st annual Rolling River Raft Race, Rubber Duck Regatta and Pueblo Songwriters River Fest to create the First Ever Riverfest, a giant blowout down on the Arkansas River. The race, featuring all of those insane and non-aerodynamic craft, begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. with Los Jalapenos. Six local bands will play on two stages from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and food, arts and crafts booths will abound on the banks of the river. For details and directions call 719/549-2414.
Rolling your "R"s is really just relaxing your tongue, exhaling from the back of the throat and letting the tip of your tongue flap in the breeze. Practice, so you can let out some loud, rolling howls at Conciertofiesta.com Regional Mexican Music Concert. Norteo, Ranchera, Banda, Cumbia, and Tropical styles make up regional Mexican music, the latino equivalent of country music. Eight bands, including Los Cuates de Sinaloa, perform at the Pueblo Riverwalk, near Main and Grande Avenues. Admission is $10-$15, kids under 10 get in free. The music flows from 1 to 10 p.m. Call 719/542-5513.
With a bit of Band Name Analysis, we can presume that the Banana Slug String Band is a playful, perhaps educational children's act. And based on the 'string' aspect of the band's title we can only assume that the music is a combination of perhaps bluegrass and other bits of American music. The band will perform "happy songs with colorful characters" as part of the Colorado 2001 Music Fest in Hoag Recital Hall at the University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo. Admission is just a buck. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 719/549-2126.
10 Tuesday It's Tuesday, hurrah! Celebrate by doing nothing. Or better yet, sleeping. Sleeping on a summer afternoon really justifies all those annoying little things you go through when you're awake, and gives you a chance to dream. Go ahead, grab a pillow and go nuts.
John Nichols, the radical voice of the southwest, is signing his latest bit of bizarre social satire, personal reflection and modern adventure at Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St. His tenth novel, Voice of the Butterfly tells the story of ... what else? An aging hippie hell bent on halting the construction of a highway with the help of his wacky crew of supporters, The Butterfly Coalition. Nichols signs his work at 5:30 p.m., no tickets needed. Call 635-1195 for details.