Having been fortunate enough to cover six Olympic Games through the years, I can tell you the opening ceremonies create an atmosphere unmatched in sport. Still, you can experience that feeling in miniature right here, today, at the 2009 State Games of America's opening ceremony, starting at 7 p.m. at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., ticketswest.com). Thousands of athletes will march in, Olympic champion wrestler Henry Cejudo will light the State Games torch, and there'll be sports demonstrations, music by Martini Shot, a pyrotechnics show and a concert by American Idol alum Carly Smithson. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and 18 and younger. — RR
Most of us know Florida's Lake Worth as the town with the second largest Finnish diaspora, by percentage of population, in the whole damn world. But punk-rock fans also know it as the spawning ground for Unit Six, a relatively upstart outfit with a love for old-school Rancid and Stiff Little Fingers. The band has been known to cover Operation Ivy's "Vulnerability" and just played Berkeley's legendary 924 Gilman Street, so that should give you an idea of what we're in for. Come brawl with them at the Triple Nickel (26 S. Wahsatch Ave., myspace.com/555nickel) at 9 tonight, for free. Stab Crew and St. Fall Apart do the opening honors, and you must be old enough to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon or some comparable swill. — BF
An old newspaper clipping, fastened with a stray magnet to the Indy's office refrigerator, serves as a subtle reminder to untidy co-workers: "Rotten Office Fridge Sends 7 to Hospital." Now, I'm not sure what a clown's leftovers look like, but they shouldn't be as toxic. Jim Jackson, our local red-nosed comic, will clean out his cupboards with a performance as Mr. Guffaw in My Silly Leftovers. If you can't make it at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. today at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org), no worries; the show runs Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $9, with group discounts available. — JT
Last spring, I took in the ever-disappointing Whitney Biennial in New York. (The featured American artists went big on mirrors and the "tacky aesthetic" that year.) This weekend, you can stay much closer to home and perhaps actually enjoy some of the 78 booths from artists around the country at the 24th annual Mountain Arts Festival at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 686-7469). The free festival started Saturday and runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It's not a Big Apple biennial, but certainly a less costly annual, so it's like more for less. — EA
I'd say Sleep sounds pretty much like Aesop Rock, whose music I like a lot, but some b-boy who knows way more about hip-hop than me is probably going to tell me I'm an idiot. I'll live. At least I can say with confidence that Sleep (real name Chris Tafoya) throws down his rhymes with a super-fast delivery that's impressive regardless. And the fact that legendary rapper Del the Funky Homosapien appears on his latest album, Hesitation Wounds, says a lot. Having grown up in Farmington, N.M., Sleep now calls Portland, Ore., home and is a representing member of Oldominion, a 20-emcee, producer and artist collaborative. But all you really need to know is that at 8 tonight, he'll be at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) playing an all-ages show with several hip-hop openers, all for $8. — MS
Writer/director Thomas Verrette says he began to write the script for his movie I Am the Bluebird because he was feeling paranoid about developments in memory-altering technology. Verrette's paranoia, however, is not unfounded. According to the New York Times, State University of New York researchers have developed a drug that can wipe clean the short-term memory of lab rats. While the implications of these findings are ambiguous, the film's appeal is not — it won the Audience Award at Sundance this year. I Am the Bluebird, which will play at 7 tonight at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 502-7057,) follows a young man who has just woken up from surgery with short-term memory loss and has to piece together the events leading up to the procedure. Tickets are $5-$6. — VL
There's nothing like baseball to take your mind off your troubles. (Assuming your 7-year-old doesn't spill his Slushee or your beer in trying to catch a foul ball.) Add to the ballpark experience the free, pre-game Principal Financial Group's Family Fun Fest, featuring batting cages, bounce houses and a minor league baseball museum, among other attractions, and the good times just get better. Head to Security Service Field (4385 Tutt Blvd., skysox.com) at 4 today, prior to tonight's 7 o'clock Sky Sox game against the Nashville Sounds to partake in the "world's largest and longest-running traveling baseball celebration." — KV
Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Virginia Leise, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Ken Voeller.