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click to enlarge Signs of Life: Photograms by Robert Buelteman

7 Wednesday

art

So first, Robert Buelteman finds some total darkness to work in. Then he takes plant parts he's whittled down to transparency, pops 'em on a metal sheet, sandwiches it all between Plexiglas, and floats the sandwich in liquid silicone. With us so far? OK. Next, using jumper cables, he zaps it with 80,000 volts, and some physics stuff happens, followed by a bit of hand-painting with light, and voilà! — glowing-eerie-beautiful botanical images that you can drink in beginning at 5:30 tonight at the free opening reception for Signs of Life: Photograms by Robert Buelteman. The show runs through Aug. 3 at Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St., Denver, botanicgardens.org); RSVP at exhibits@botanicgardens.org. — Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge Do You Know Who I Am?

8 Thursday

stage

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas gained acclamation (and some notoriety) when, in 2011, he "came out" in The New York Times Magazine as an undocumented immigrant. Still, as he told the Village Voice last week, "the culture has not yet shifted on immigration." But that shift can only be hastened by stuff like tonight's Do You Know Who I Am? production. Performed by five Boulder County Latinos whose personal stories were woven together by Motus Theater artistic director Kirsten Wilson, the play — happening for free at 6 at UCCS' Berger Hall (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., events.uccs.edu) — is full of gravitas before it even begins: "Reality is," performer Ana Cristina Temu told Westword in November, "if somebody really wanted to, they could call immigration on all of us." — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Croots Croots: A Showing of the Arts

9 Friday

art

I'm already captivated by the art show planned for 6 to 10 this evening at Fifty Fifty Coffee House (330 N. Institute St., theroyalweisus.com), based on its odd title alone: Croots Croots: A Showing of the Arts Presented by The Royal We. A cool picture of an owl on the event flier (viewable online) helps couch the title while giving a sampling of the style on display from a trio of Denver- and Los Angeles-based artists. The Local food truck will be there, as will Boulder-based The Long I Pie Shop. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge 21st Annual Hummingbird Festival

10 Saturday

nature

In 1885, Gilbert and Sullivan debuted The Mikado; Good Housekeeping published its first issue; Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn hit the U.S.; and Colorado Springs voted to purchase 640 acres that would later become North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Today, celebrate the place by way of some of its seasonal residents at the free 21st Annual Hummingbird Festival. Come between 10 and 4 for live music, live bird programs, a tipi raising, vendors, kids' activities and much more. It all takes place at Starsmore Discovery Center (2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, cheyennecanon.org), with free shuttles taking visitors in from Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge The Incredible Circus Millibo

11 Sunday

kids and family

After years of putting on a circus under 13-foot ceilings, the Millibo Art Theatre folks now get to play with twice that amount of vertical at their new home in Ivywild (1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org). And they're taking full advantage, featuring aerialist Hope Kretchmer as the opening act of this year's Incredible Millibo Circus. She'll do her thing in DayGlo costuming, on white silk against black light, before yielding the floor to jugglers, stilt dancers, a kite-flying act that includes a 25-pound chain, and more. Tickets run $11 for shows at 1 and 3 today; see the website for other times through the 18th. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Adult Hip-Hop Class

12 Monday

dance

You're one YouTube video away from becoming a joke, but dammit all if you don't just love popping and locking — and tonight, you want to get it right. Enter Lauren Rouse, who will start her new weekly adult hip-hop dance classes at 7. This "casual but focused class" will teach even the least experienced strength, conditioning and footwork. Rouse has danced with some award-winning groups and onstage with the likes of Big Sean. You can take just one class, or come every Monday to ReVibe Pilates and Bodywork (115 N. Tejon St., #110, tiny.cc/vkh5ex) for a $10 lesson in having some game. Email lrn.rouse@gmail.com to reserve a place. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Nickel Creek

13 Tuesday

music

With bands like Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters and Men bringing their takes on folk music to the radio, hip young things seem to be picking up more than just facial hair from years past. Before the recent surge, though, Vista, Calif., folk veterans Nickel Creek were making their sound work. And at 8 tonight, they'll celebrate their 25th anniversary at the 1STBANK Center (11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 1stbankcenter.com). Tickets run from $20 and up, and will include Alabama-based country duo the Secret Sisters. — Griffin Swartzell

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