- Mix existentialism and ice skating at Kafka on Ice .
Tonight, catch TV personality, comedian and professional drunk Dave Attell at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St. in Denver). If you're unaware, Mssr. Attell is the host and writer of Comedy Central's "Insomniac," a show that weds travelogue with nightlife, humor and booze, booze, booze. As part of the Insomniac Tour, Attell likely will be waxing sophomoric and entertaining the hell out of everybody there. That "everybody" should include you. Tickets start at $29.50. Get yours at the Fillmore box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at fillmoreauditorium.com or by calling 520-SHOW.
This evening, catch songstress Mollie O'Brien with guitarist Rich Moore at the Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage at the Black Forest Community Center (at the intersection of Black Forest and Shoup roads in Black Forest). O'Brien boasts what is called an "all-purpose" voice, which she employs to relay the rock of Lennon and McCartney, Percy Mayfield, Memphis Minnie and scads more. She'll be joined by Moore, a lauded guitarist and stand-up guy whose work on the frets will make you want to break your own fingers and give up playing forever because you'll never, ever be that good. Like all Open Stage events, the show is at 7:30 p.m. and is $5 for non-members, $3 for members and free for kids 11 and under. For more, hit up blackroseacoustic.org.
Acoustic blues-meister Roy Book Binder rolls into town this evening for a house concert at a venue I'll not disclose, due to questionable legality. Roy is a legendary star of country blues and a throwback to the early 20th-century style of picking and storytelling. He also covers many Christina Aguilera songs, complete with sexy backup dancers and backflips and stuff, although this sentence thus far is entirely untrue. The show is $20 in advance. More information on payment, venue and all that jazz can be found at house-concerts.org or by calling 329-1644.
I'm struck dumb by the genius of this. Today, Buntport Theatre group arrives (on blades) at Colorado College for its original production Kafka on Ice. Complete with costumes, Disneyesque songs and dubious skating abilities, the Denver-based troupe-o-weirdos presents a goofy on-ice biography of Kafka with The Metamorphosis as the vehicle. It's bound to inspire giggles, as it's the best idea in human history, waffles aside. Check out shows today at CC's Armstrong Theatre (north intersection of Tejon and Cache la Poudre streets) at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $10 with CC ID; student tickets are $5. For more information, head to buntport.com.
- Smoke or Fire: choose wisely.
This week, get out to Commonwheel Artists Co-op Gallery (102 Cañon Ave. in Manitou Springs) to take in Corpus Et Natura. This exhibit by photographer Judith Kimbrell, painter Perri Tyler and sculptor Arlene Wood marries the beauty of nature with playfulness, forays into the human form and other delights. For gallery hours and more information, give 'em a jingle at 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com. See page 37 for a full review.
You owe it to yourself (and to America, natch) to go see Indy alumnus and author John Dicker at the Cherry Creek Tattered Cover (1st Avenue at Milwaukee Street in Cherry Creek). This evening, Dicker will be signing and discussing copies of his brand new book, The United States of Wal-Mart, an examination of the world's largest corporation and its effects on American geography, economy and consciousness. Stick it to 'em, Dicker! The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more, give the Tattered Cover a call at 303/322-7727.
But, hey, if exposs ain't your thing, check out The Lawrence Arms and Smoke or Fire tonight at the Darkside (2222 E. Platte Ave.). These Fat Wreck Chords labelmates'll be tearin' you a new punkhole while beguiling you with their blend of grit, melody and charm. The Lawrence Arms are touring on their new and sort of ostentatiously titled album The Greatest Story Ever Told, while Smoke or Fire is kickin' out jams from their debut Above the City. Also playing this evening will be A Wilhelm Scream and Enemy You. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and it'll run you $10. Investigate further at sodajerkpresents.com.
You'll please refrain from tossing panties at me while I write this: Crooner and sex symbol Tom Jones will be shimmying tonight with Tower of Power at the Universal Lending Pavilion (1700 7th St., on the grounds of the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver). In a benefit for the Archdiocese of Denver's Holy Family and Machebeuf high schools, Jones the Voice will be struttin', singin' and looking inhumanly tan -- all to support the propping-up of parochial schooling in the Denver area. Tickets for the event are $35-$120. Get yours at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 520-SHOW or by logging onto universallendingpavilion.com.
-- Aaron Retka