As the weekend draws near, you might think about getting that shapely tush of yours to the Money Museum (818 N. Cascade Ave.), where the American Numismatic Association is putting on one hell of a show. "Beyond Engraving: the Art of U.S. Mint Engravers" explores the non-bling work of mint engravers' primary, secondary and final interpretations for coin and medal designs in a variety of media including paintings, sketches and drawings. Sounds pretty sweet, right? And the kicker is, admission is free. For more information about this and other events, visit money.org (what a great URL) or call 632-2646.
If you've got a hankering for, well, toast, get thee this evening to the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., in the Depot Arts District). Smok-A-Rama, a new show of recent work by Kat and Bob Tudor, features a giant drivable toaster. The opening reception, taking place tonight from 5 to 8 p.m., includes live music, contests, prizes and refreshments highlighted by an elaborate "make-your-own-toast bar." Mmmm! Butter! For more, call 444-1012 or visit smokebrush.org.
Also tonight, join iconoclastic singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks for an evening of against-the-grain country at Bender's Tavern (314 E. 13th St. in Denver). Fulks has been hailed as "America's most unjustly unsung singer/songwriter," "one of the most compelling voices of indie-label, off-the-radio country" and "an Adonis of the ice rink" (that last one by me), and he is touring on his new disc, Georgia Hard. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $10. For more, call Bender's at 303/861-7070.
You'll pardon me for not going down that particular route and calling this a "Big Fat" anything. Today at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church (2215 Paseo Road), join in on the Greek Festival, a cultural gathering that'll knock the Greek socks off your Greek feet. There'll be food, wine, gifts, dancing, music and all the Greek you can possibly stomach. It's happening from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and admission is free as can be. For more, call 634-5678.
This evening, join quirky dweeb duo They Might Be Giants at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St. in Boulder). These freewheelin' geeks have been around since the post-punk days of the late '80s and have been spittin' out infectious nerd-rock at a rate that would make Brian Eno choke on his oatmeal. They'll be playing with Corn Mo, who have a bad name. Admission largely is 21-plus, but there are a limited number of balcony seats for those of the 16-plus set. Tickets are $25. To get yours, or to get your grubby hands on more information, head to foxtheatre.com.
B-movie marvel and notorious chin Bruce Campbell will be chainsawin' his way through a book signing this evening at the Mayan Theatre (110 Broadway in Denver) as part of the release festivities for his new novel, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way. The signing will be followed by a screening of Campbell's new film, Man with the Screaming Brain. I anticipate gore. The signing begins at 6 p.m., and the film will screen at 10 p.m. Separate tickets are required for each event; call the Tattered Cover at 303/322-7727, 303/436-1070 or 303/450-4070 for tickets to the signing, and the Mayan at 303/744-6799 for tix to the screening.
Tonight, join New Age-ish pianist, composer and all-star Milwaukee Brewers shortstop George Winston at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Mister Winston has been recording for a whopping 32 years and is on tour to support his new album, Montana A Love Story. Sounds hot. Catch him ticklin' ivories and hearts at 8 p.m. For ticket prices, check out pikes peakcenter.com or ticketswest.com or give a jingle to 576-2626.
This one is for all you fuming young urbanites: The Anger Management Tour 3 sweeps into Denver, with all the furious hip-hop you've come to know and love, including Eminem, 50 Cent, Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz, D12, G-Unit, Obie Trice and Stat Quo. You should go if just for Lil Jon, who looks and sounds like a dreadlocked Wookie. Cool. It's at the Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Circle). Tickets start at a kinda-affordable $59.50, and you can get yours by visiting pepsicenter.com.
-- Aaron Retka