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click to enlarge These boys are on fire! Catch Brian Setzers 68 Comeback Special Tuesday night in Boulder.
  • These boys are on fire! Catch Brian Setzers 68 Comeback Special Tuesday night in Boulder.

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Thursday

What's with all of these old guys puttering around the country playing "all the hits," but with half a band? For example, The Monkees played here, but without Mike. So then, did you really get 100% Monkee for the money? If the Stones play without Mick and Keith, are they still legitimately Rolling? If four of the five Temptations fall in a forest and there's no one there to hear them, does that give the remaining Temptation the right to perform "My Girl" with a pickup band? Apparently so, because people keep paying to see the latest incarnations of the '60s wunderbands, like Herman's Hermits, who play tonight at the Gold Rush Palladium on Bennett Street in Cripple Creek. This is Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone, so at least you know you're getting the lead singer. Tickets run from $20 to $30; call 800/965-4827. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Let me know how it turns out.

These next guys have only been together for a few years so they haven't yet had the chance to top the pops, break up and then create a reunion tour. Look for that in 2024. Tonight, Eyerot plays its old-skool n-blend death metal at Industrial Nation, 2106 E. Platte Ave. They share amp space with Mystic Rose and Iron Kind at 8:30 p.m. Call 520-0980.

27 Friday

Pssssst. Hey, Mac, get this. The Youth Actors Workshop performs Guys and Dolls, Jr., at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The story features all the molls and gangsters, torch singers and Havana cuties, crap games and cops that Damon Runyon could have ever desired. The show runs tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.; tickets are only $10. Call 634-5583.

28 Saturday

Maybe if you just think, wink and double blink, you can jump into one of these here chalk paintings and head to an English country fair, just like Bert and Mary Poppins. Come along, Jane and Michael, spit spot, to Chalk It Up!, the Chalk Art Contest in Fountain Creek Regional Park. Just show up to register between 10 and 10:45 a.m., and the Parks Department will hook you up with chalk, chalk paint and a drawing block. You've then got one hour to create your own jolly holiday with Mary. The afternoon includes lunch and other family-friendly games. Call 520-6978 for details and directions.

Remember that U2 video for "Where the Streets Have No Name"? Lance from Looks Like Me swears that it's going to be just like that tonight when the local rock favorites perform live and in person on the roof of the Avenue Caf, 110 N. Nevada Ave. You could go up there and eat or whatever, or just be cheap like me and stand on the sidewalk. Either way, Lance swears it will kick ass. We're counting on you, Lance. The show begins at 9 p.m.

29 Sunday

If you're feeling burnt with the neon signs, wrung thin by consumerism, embarrassed by pop culture, then you just need a little classical music. Yep, a bit of classical will perk you right up, giving you that little boost of culture and humanity you so desperately need. And Trent Ellis is your man; he's the organist and choir master at St. Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church. This afternoon Ellis performs works by Bach, Couperin, Franck and many more distinguished composers at First Christian Church, on the corner of Cascade and Platte. There's no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be accepted. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Call 633-8888 for more.

On the other hand if you enjoy wallowing in the steamy pit of rock 'n' roll, go to the font of devil music himself -- that's right, Elvis. Or the next best thing: Deke Rivers as Elvis. Tickets to see the impersonator of the King are $10, and proceeds benefit low-income school kids. The all-ages show begins at 6 p.m. at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Call 800/965-4827.

30 Monday

The National Little Britches Rodeo is a very traumatic event for most adults. As a parent, you live in fear that your little buckaroo might meet doom on the business end of a bull. As a general spectator, it's almost embarrassing to watch these little athletic wonders commit feats of bravery you know deep in your soul you are too cowardly to dare. Still, it's one of the most entertaining and exciting events around -- where else are you going to see a six-year-old cut out a calf, rope it, tackle it and hog-tie it, in under 30 seconds? Nowhere, that's where. The rodeo begins today at 9 a.m., has another go-around at 6 p.m. and continues through next Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande. Tickets are $4 to $5. Call 520-6711.

It's like standing in a grossly oversized tin can, surrounded by bombs. Despite heavy leather flak jackets, woolen layers and being squeezed in like sardines, you're still cold in the bare metal compartment. The four giant engines, two on each side, rumble like washing machines full of rocks, and the sound inside the plane makes anything under a shriek inaudible. You're tens of thousands of feet above the Earth, a million miles from home, in the midst of war. Welcome to the Sentimental Journey.

Built in November of 1944, the Journey flew with the 457th Bomb Group in World War II. After being shuffled around, she was donated to the Arizona Wing of the Confederate Air Force, who meticulously restored her. I've been in this plane, and the strength and size of it is both beautiful and terrifying. She's a living, fuel-breathing, flying representation of a certain point in our country's history, and she's well worth seeing.

The Journey will be on display with the world's only flying German Heinkel HE-111 Blitz Bomber, a squirrelly little monster that reeks of death and Nazism. Admission to see the planes is free, but you can ride in the Journey for $350 (it costs $2000 an hour to fly her). They're on display at the old airport, 5750 E. Fountain Blvd., from noon to dusk today and then from 9 a.m. to dusk through Aug. 2. The Journey leaves Friday morning. Call 602/538-5675 for details or flight reservations.

31 Tuesday

I hear he's like Samson; you cut his pompadour and he loses all of his animal magnetism. In any case, Brian Setzer's big ol' blond shock is still in full swing, as is his new band, '68 Comeback Special. And they've got all the ingredients for speed rock: big drums; red-hot, pulsating, hip-wriggling guitar; and jitterbugging bass lines. In a nutshell, Brian Setzer's '68 Comeback Special rocks -- hard. The band blows into Boulder's Fox Theater tonight at 8. The show is 21 and up; prepare yourself: everybody'll be getting rip-roarin' drunk. Tickets are $27.25. Call 303/443-3399.

01 Wednesday

Mmmmm. Colcannon. Tasty, just like the potatoes. The traditional folkie balladeers perform melodious tunes from Ireland and Scotland tonight in the acoustically magnificent Packard Hall. Tickets to the Colorado College--hosted show are $5 to $10. The hall, which sounds as good as your john or better, is located on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7. Call 389-6607.

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