The North American Gaelic Football and Hurling Championships are this weekend in Boulder. More than 70 adult and 20 youth teams from the United States and Ireland will hurl their best from Friday to Sunday. The finals for Irish Football are also taking place at the Pleasant View Soccer Fields (47th Street and Kalmia Avenue, Boulder). By the way, hurling is a fast-paced grass sport utilizing sticks and is thought to be the predecessor to hockey. Visit www.denvergaels.com and click on the "finals" link for more or call Paul at 720/493-8666.
My high school boyfriend once took a Polaroid picture of the inside of his car and tried to convince people that it was a UFO. He was not a talented artist. Ansel Adams, on the other hand, managed to elevate Polaroid prints to high art. Ansel Adams and Edwin Land: Art, Science, and Invention, the new exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) showcases Adams' work and correspondence with Edwin Land, the Polaroid's inventor, as well as more than 80 vintage Adams enlargements including Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, Moon and Half Dome, and Yosemite National Park.
Also opening this weekend is The Persistence of Myth and Tragedy in Twentieth-Century Mexican Art, an exhibit featuring works by Diego Rivera and 21 other 20th-century Mexican artists, as well as vintage photographs and examples of pre-Columbian and Mexican folk art. Art historian Dr. Patrick Frank will give a gallery talk today at 11 a.m. on the show. Both exhibits open today; Ansel Adams and Edwin Land runs through Oct. 24, and The Persistence of Myth and Tragedy in Twentieth-Century Mexican Art runs through Nov. 21. Call 634-5581 for more or visit www.csfineartscenter.org.
Manitou Springs hosts Craft Lager Fest, the only national celebration of regionally brewed, handcrafted lagers today at Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave.) from noon to 6 p.m. Beers by over 20 regional brewers will be available to taste, and music will be provided by John Stone, John-Alex Mason, Julio Garcia, John Wise and the Pikes Peak Drum Tribe. Tickets are $15 at Bristol Brewing Company (1647 S. Tejon St.) in advance, or $20 at the gate, and the profits will benefit Friends of North Cheyenne Cañon and the Trails and Open Space coalition's effort to purchase Section 16. Sorry, only 21 and up will be admitted, with identification naturally.
Olivia Newton-John. Kylie Minogue. Natalie Imbruglia. Harper. These artists all share Australian heritage. The difference is that the first three are female and famous in the United States while Harper is male and just now earning his worldwide acclaim. Winner of Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year in the 2004 Australian Blues Music Awards, Harper plays the harmonica and sings, but his didgeridoo bellowing will touch you Way Deep Down Inside (the title of his most recent album.) Harper plays at the Navajo Hogan Roadhouse (2817 N. Nevada Ave.) from 9 p.m. to midnight. Call 632-5490 for more.
There's an old-time baseball game today at 1 p.m. between the Camp Creek Cloud Busters and the Colorado Territorial All Stars, part of the Rock Ledge Ranch old-fashioned Labor Day celebration. Hot dogs and popcorn will be available, and rumor has it there'll be a suffragettes rally during the game to get the vote out for women. The $5 ticket for adults ($3 for seniors and students, $1 for children with 5 and under free) includes admission to all the Rock Ledge Ranch historic sites. Call 578-6777 for more.
Are you baffled by the controversy caused by the 527 political advocacy groups barraging you and the rest of the world during this presidential race? Norman Ornstein, author of The Permanent Campaign and Its Future can provide you with insight into why these groups are important this election year. His speech, "Fighting for Advantage in an Age of Political Parity: Bush and Kerry, Democrats and Republicans in 2004 and Beyond" is part of the Sondermann Symposium: Year of the Presidency at Colorado College (Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave.) The enlightenment is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.
Sure they have gray hair and wrinkles, but they are still the epitome of cool. At Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison) to promote their first rap album in over a decade, To the 5 Boroughs, it's the Beastie Boys. But it's not just old school representin' when opener Talib Kweli brings his underground inventive yet overground effective rhymes. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the flow starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for more.
My 4-month-old son loves the blues; his pudgy legs start kicking at the mere mention of Muddy Waters. I wish he were a teenager so I could take him to Blues in the Night, a play featuring music by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and others. The story follows the experiences of three women involved with a lying, cheating man who does them wrong. The play features very little dialogue, most of the story being told through song. Running Sept. 9, 10 and 11, shows start at 8 p.m. at the Impossible Playhouse (1201 N. Main St., Pueblo) Tickets are $15; call 719/542-6969 for reservations.