Turning two is kind of a big deal sometimes. Turning one is good and everything, and deserving of celebration, but don't you think it's a little early to declare success after so short a time? Like, molds have similar life spans. Ditto boy bands. That said, head over to the Coffee Warehouse (526 S. Tejon St.) tonight for their second birthday and grand re-opening celebration. Having recently changed ownership, the Warehouse'll be hosting a helluva shindig tonight featuring live entertainment by Colorado jazz faves, Dotsero. Head down and say your congratulations at turning two and tell 'em that one is for suckers. For more, call 227-8639.
Leave it to Steve Martin to adapt a play about panties. Actor, author and occasionally erudite wit, Martin has turned a 1910 German social comedy, The Underpants, into a farce that is breathtaking in its wackiness. Showing through April 24 at the Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden (1224 Washington Ave.), The Underpants chronicles the knickers-related high jinks of Louise, a turn-of-the-century housewife whose fallen pantaloons prove the catalyst for a series of no-doubt madcap events. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16-$18 and are available by calling 303/935-3044. For more information, check out www.minersalley.com.
This afternoon and tonight, head to Club Q (3430 N. Academy Blvd.) for an open mike poetry reading hosted by gay poet, karaoke host and Q bartender Forrest Koch. Bring your own poetry to share following the reading and enjoy some drink specials while you do so. It'll be going on from 4 to 9 p.m. For more, hit up href="http://www.clubqonline.com/">www.clubqonline.com or call 570-1429.
And hey, before March ends, check out Wunderkind 2005 at the Hagnauer Gallery at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs). This collection of paintings, drawings, photographs and digital art features the work of 12 high school artists from throughout the Pikes Peak region. It's presented as part of that far-reaching and actually pretty wonderful Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration that you see mentioned so often in these pages. The show will only be there through April 1, so get it while it's hot. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more, head to href="http://www.thebac.org/">www.thebac.org .
Kick off your week with some living legends and head up to Denver to see Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St.). It goes without saying that both Bob and Merle are giants of the music industry, with a combined career length of, like, a thousand years and gold records and accolades and books and Grammy nominations and the whole deal. No flashes in the pan, these fellas. They'll be playing tonight and tomorrow, and I'd highly recommend you get tickets yesterday, because this sucker will surely sell out. Tickets are $52.75 and are available through the Fillmore box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at href="http://www.fillmoreauditorium.com/">www.fillmoreauditorium.com or by calling 520-SHOW.
Today, head up to the Cherry Creek Tattered Cover (First Avenue at Milwaukee) to catch a reading and signing by New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult. She'll be reading from her new novel Vanishing Acts, which chronicles a young woman's rediscovery of her lost past. Picoult is widely renowned for her ability to tap into the hearts and minds of real people, and this is your chance to get her to write "best of luck" or "keep on truckin'!" in one of her books, so don't mess this up. The reading is at 7:30 p.m. and is free. For more, give a call to 303/322-7727.
If you want to kick your weekend off with some freaky mind-bending art, truck up to the Denver Art Museum (13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock) to catch Tatsuo Miyajima's Floating Time V2-12 Marine Blue. This video installation explores the concept of time using computer-controlled electronic numbers that project onto the platform, the floor and the bodies of viewers. Digits from one to nine display at different rates and in different colors in random patterns. Quelle trippy, no? The exhibit will be up through the end of December, but time is weird and elastic and you never know. Admission is free for kids under 12, $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. For more information, head to href="http://www.denverartmuseum.org/">www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720/865-5000.
Tonight's your last chance to catch Neil Simon's Fools, playing at the Festival Playhouse (5665 Old Wadsworth Blvd., in Arvada). This heartwarming-ish story, performed by the Player's Guild, tells the tale of Leon Tolchinsky, who happens upon a village cursed with chronic stupidity. Of course, there's a girl, a quest to break the curse and a race with time, but I shan't spoil the ending for you by saying that it's a happy one. Oops. It shows tonight at 8; tickets are $12.50. For reservations or more information, call 303/422-4090 or check out href="http://www.festivalplayhouse.com/">www.festivalplayhouse.com.
-- Aaron Retka