Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., 303/443-2122. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sun.-Mon. Free admission, Thursdays 4-6 p.m. Dark Resonance--surrealistic paintings and prints by Mark Spencer, Icons of My Tribe: A Year at the Mall--photographs by Richard Varnes, Arte E Ecologia: On the Social Ecology of Place. Call 303/443-2122.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Photography; Sargent and Italy, (special exhibition ticket required); Secrets from a Chinese Garden; Lighter Than Air: Gauze Robes from China; New Classics from the American Indian collection; Chinese Art of the Tang Dynasty from the Sze Hong collection. START Building, free community celebration marking the beginning of new construction. Aug. 16 17. Tickets on sale at the Museum and on-line at
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, Denver. 720/865-3500. Summer Hours Wed. Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sat. Tues., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Summer admission $4 - $6.50. Featuring Botanical Illustration School Student Show.
Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo St., Denver, 303/477-7173.Open Fri. 7-10 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Featuring Symballein, an installation of glass books by Alicia Baily.
Flying Turtle Gallery West, 611 Cañon Street, Guffey, 719/689-6100. Hours are Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. Featuring the work of local Guffey artists, fine art and crafts, antique furniture, paintings, Raku horses.
Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Free. Featuring Colorado Art Open, a biennial exhibition with 127 works in all media.
Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th, Denver. 303/455-0185.
www.gallerysink.com . Thurs. through Sun., 1-5 p.m., or by appt. Featuring Paintings, Assemblages and Works on Paper by Purvis Young, Urban Expressionist.
rock, pop, blues, country Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities outdoor amphitheatre, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Asleep at the Wheel and Hot Club of Cowtown, Sat., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., $22; Riders in the Sky with Hot Club of Cowtown, Fri., Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m., $22. For more, call 720/898-7200.
Trinidaddio Blues Fest, Central Park, Trinidad. $10-$25. Sat., Aug. 23 starting at noon with pre-fest concerts on Thurs., Aug. 21 and Fri., Aug 22. Headliners include Coco Montoya. For tickets or information, call 719/846-3000.
Colorado State Fair, State Fairgrounds, Pueblo. Kellie Coffey & Gary Allan Sat. Aug. 16 (after rodeo); "Weird Al" Yankovic, Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m. $15; Carolyn Dawn Johnson & Phil Vassar Sun., Aug. 17 (after rodeo); Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Sun., Aug. 17, 8 p.m.; Rascal Flatts, Mon., Aug. 18 (after rodeo); Sawyer Brown, Tues., Aug. 19 (after rodeo); Lonestar, Sat., Aug. 23 (after rodeo); Last Man Standing, Sat., Aug. 23, 7 p.m.; Jaci Velasquez. Sun., Aug. 24, 8 p.m.; Tom Jones, Tues., Aug. 26, 8 p.m.; Evanescence with Cold, Revis and Cauterize, Wed., Aug. 27, 7 p.m.; 3 Doors Down with Shinedown, Seether and Trapt, Thurs., Aug. 28, 7 p.m.; Chicago, Sat., Aug. 30, 8 p.m.; La Onda and Grupo Control, Sun., Aug. 31, 8 p.m.
Fiddler's Green, 5889 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, 303/220-7000. Iron Maiden with Dio and Motorhead, Wed., Aug. 20; ZZ Top, Tues., Aug. 26; 311 with G. Love and Special Sauce, Fri., Aug. 29; Sex Pistols, Sun., Aug. 31. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.
Universal Lending Pavilion at the Pepsi Center, 1700 7th St.,Denver. N.E.R.D., O.A.R., The Roots, Talib Kweli and more, Thurs., Aug 14 and Fri., Aug. 15; moe. and Keller Williams Sat., Aug. 16; Weird Al Yankovic, Sun., Aug. 17; Go-Go's, Wed., Aug. 20. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Nora Jones, Fri. Aug. 15; Gypsy Kings, Wed., Aug. 27; Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Wed., Aug. 27 and Thurs., Aug. 28; Mountain Jam with 50 Cent, The Doors 21st Century, Korn, Sat., Aug 30; Barenaked Ladies, Keller Williams, Michelle Shocked, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sept. 1, 1 10 p.m.; Morrison with DJ Logic and Medeski, Martin & Wood, String Cheese Incident, Fri., Sept. 5. Morrison with STS9 and DJ Greyboy, String Cheese Incident, Sat., Sept. 6. R.E.M. with Ed Harcourt, Sun., Sept. 14; Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.
dance Les Merveilles de Guinee, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, Boulder. $21.50 - $29.50. West African drumming and dance. Fri., August 15, 8 p.m. For tickets, call 303/786-7030.
recreation and learning Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument outreach and education programs, Teller County #1, 2.5 miles south of Florissant. Free with $3 park entry fee. What's a Fossil?, Sun., Aug. 17, 1 3 p.m. Free with admission to the park. The Hayman Fire: What Happened to the Forest? $35. Lecture by Dr. Wayne Shepperd. Sat., Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 719/748-3253.