- Joss Stones actually a pretty good singer. Well let our snarky comments lie.
Tonight at the Briargate Barnes & Noble (1565 Briargate Blvd.), catch local author Rosemary R signing copies of her book San Lucci Island. R -- whose name sounds like, but actually isn't, a nom de plume -- will be puttin' the pen to her novel, a story of ne'er-do-wells and islands and dead bodies and intrigue and stuff. It also features two intertwined silhouettes on the front cover. I suspect hotness. The event is taking place at 7, and for more, you can call 266-9960.
Get to Wooglin's Deli (823 N. Tejon St.) tonight for a mouth-waterin' evening of local music sponsored by The Leechpit. Bands scheduled include Sappho, Howdy Rapscallion and Natalie Tate, about each of which I know next to nothing. Maybe you should show up and learn something. Will it spur you along to learn that there'll be drink specials and dance prizes? Hell, yeah, it will. It's going on from 6 to 11, and is free and all-ages. Give Wooglin's a jingle at 578-9443 for more information.
Today, the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave. in the Depot Arts District) hosts The Thread That Connects Us, an afternoon arts and music bazaar. Scheduled events include a silent auction, a CD release show for local musician and arts activist Treeanna Machardy, and the premiere of Eschuchen y lo Entendran, a film by Harrison High School students. The fun unfolds from noon to 5, and all proceeds benefit New Vue Productions' latest documentary film. Hit up smokebrush.org for details.
Pick your poison today at the Denver Botanic Gardens (1005 York St. in Denver), where two events are wickedly overlapping all weekend. First, there's the sweetness of the Corn Maze, which is, as the name might imply, a maze of corn. Get lost, get found and so on within the five-acre, 9-foot-tall maze. Also taking place is the Chile Harvest Festival, a major goings-on-a-palooza honoring Spanish-speaking cultures that have incorporated chile peppers into their lifestyles. Expect Hispanic performances, arts and wares, an Aztec dance group and cuisine from the Spanish-speaking world. In a word, yum. For admission prices and hours, log on to botanicgardens.org or call 720/865-3500.
Sing a song of sick riffs tonight, and check out Life of Agony at Darkside (2106 E. Platte Ave.). With a billion records and 16 years of playing under their belts, the group is touring on the critical success of a new disc, Broken Valley. Perplexingly, most reviews somehow reference ex-GN'R project Velvet Revolver, who post-date LOA by about a decade. Huh. With them this evening are Brand New Sin and Another. The 7:30 show is $12 in advance or $14 at the door. For tickets or more information, get to sodajerkpresents.com.
Monument is too awesome already. They sit up there on their hill, smirking and breathing their superior Monument air and thinking their Monument thoughts over brimming mugs of Monument Juice. Did they really need to thumb their noses at us with the 2005 Evening Art Hops? No, they didn't. In any case, both tonight and on Oct. 20, 20 galleries and merchants will open their doors. Art Hoppers will find featured artists, music, wine and more as part of the simultaneous openings. It's going on from 5 to 8. For maps or additional information, call 481-3108. Just try not to sound too drippingly jealous.
Hitch up them dancin' overalls and get to Benny's (727 W. Colorado Ave.) tonight for an evening of swillin', swingin' and something else that starts with an "s" and ends in "in'." That's right, friends and neighbors, it's bluegrass-o-nauts Saltwagon. The local four-piece dishes out ragged mountain jams, and every reference I've been able to find for them includes the phrase, "Dance 'til a string snaps!" True dat, Saltwagon. The show starts at Benny's o'clock, which is generally 9-ish. Call 634-9309 for more.
-- Aaron Retka