Kevin Bacon's band -- yes, I said Kevin Bacon, as in Tremors, Footloose Kevin Bacon -- is playing the Bluebird Theater in Denver at 8 o'clock. They're charging $25 to see The Bacon Brothers rock with a capital R. Why don't you guys go on up, and let me know how that turns out.
Or, you could check out Stories Under the Stars, the beginning of the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival, at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The next two days will feature workshops, yarn swaps, dinners, live music (folk, of course), stuff for kids and much more at Palmer Lake Elementary School, in Palmer Lake, Colo. Admission varies, but single events aren't more than $15 for adults. Call 800/484-6963 Ext. 8253 for details.
O art, fine art, modern art, what are you, really? Are you white space? Are you color usage? No, you are whatever opens tonight at the Business of Art Center, located in the lovely rainbow-ed building at 513 Manitou Ave. Tonight, Ms. Bonnie Waugh unveils Resurrection, a collection of slightly religious, very colorful, overall Freudian works that examine her "rebirth" as an artist. Apparently, the old artist in Bonnie is dead, dead, dead. The pastels, mixed media and installation pieces will be in residence through Sept. 1. Tonight's free reception makes merry from 5 to 8 p.m. For details, call 685-1861.
Parents of Colorado College students, come and see what your children have done. They have assumed roles, songs and even outlandish costumes for their own use and are now parading about, as if they were some kind of liberal arts majors! The Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium has done the most complete job of taking over opera, Broadway and more by presenting Scene Stealer, a series of performances in Packard Hall (on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre.). Tonight's show, as well as one this Wednesday, begins at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the start is 3 p.m. Admission is $5 to $10. Call 389-6607.
It's been awhile since The Amazing Rhythm Aces have been through town, shuckin' and jivin' about third-rate romances and low-rent rendezvous. They play tonight at Encore Dinner Theater, 10 Old Man's Trail in Manitou Springs. Tickets are $15; call 471-PLAY. The show starts at 9.
For the past few days I've been staying in lovely Green Mountain Falls, house-sitting a beautiful, serene little alpine pleasure palace while my good friends visit their parents. (By the way, Scott and Anne, don't bother coming home. I'm not leaving. Ever.) GMF is wonderful, full of creeks and aspen and waterfalls and raspberries and rustic pine lodges with names like Lingerlonger, and, for the past 63 years, the Bronc Day Celebration. It's a little community get-together that kicks off with a pancake breakfast in the park at 7 a.m. After digestion the parade begins at 10, followed by live music, a bunch of games and more food. Call 684-9553 or just head west up Highway 24 and take the first GMF exit, then head west on Ute Pass Avenue until you see the big to-do at the lake.
I do not know this man they call Kent Haruf, but I know his words and from whence they come. Haruf's subject of choice is the eastern Colorado plains and people. Somehow, he has discovered a way to take a living, breathing slice of plains society and smush it between two covers, so that every time you open his books, you smell alfalfa and diesel, and you understand how, often, the land forms a man's life for him and not the other way around. It might be witchcraft. I'll ask him today when he signs his latest, Plainsong, at Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St., beginning at 1 p.m. Call 635-1195 for details.
For this week's installment of Why Won't They Just Retire we feature Starship, the last remaining shred of what was once, sigh, Jefferson Airplane. See, once psychedelia had gone beyond novelty and straight into annoying, Grace Slick and Paul Kantner revamped the Airplane into Jefferson Starship. But then Kantner bailed, and the now-gimpy band had nothing left to do but rename themselves again and start over. They recorded that God Awful "We Built This City (On Rock 'n' Roll)" and the equally cocky "Nothin's Gonna to Stop Us Now," but despite their obvious collective compositional genius, the band was, in fact, stopped by 1989. Which leads me to believe that whoever's performing at the Gold Rush Palladium Amphitheater, in Cripple Creek this afternoon is either an impostor or robotic. This burning question can be answered for $15 to $20; call 800/965-4827. The "Starship" show begins at 3:30 p.m.
It's Monday. Get over it.
07 Tuesday I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Rippingtons bassist Kim Stone is a Colorado Springs resident and music scene regular that The Rippingtons and Dotsero are playing tonight at 7:30 p.m. Whatever the reason, the Rippingtons are one of the best contemporary jazz bands around and we get to see them live. Repeat after me: "Thank you, Mr. Stone ..." The show is at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $34.50; call 800/965-4827.
Petruchio is da man. That Kate is a biz-ich and she deserves everything she gets. The interaction between Shakespeare's two stubborn characters in The Taming of the Shrew is some of the funniest dialogue ever written and will be performed by the Damon Runyon Repertory Theater at the USC outdoor amphitheater in Pueblo tonight at 7:30 and every night thereafter until Aug. 12. Tickets are $5 to $10; call 719/564-0579.
Ooo-ooh that smell, the smell that surrounds you ... It's fresh manure in your parking space, evidence that the 61st annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has begun. Some people get groundhogs or solar eclipses; we get numerous livestock parades through downtown to remind us of our seasonal changes. Go figure. Anyhoo, the rodeo will run through Aug. 8 at the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande. For ticket information, call 635-3547. The kick-off parade begins at 10 a.m. at Tejon and St. Vrain, heading south to Colorado and returning north up Cascade. Wear boots.
-- Kristen Sherwood