- TV on the stage: Pitch that brilliant Seinfeld episode idea you had (years late) to Mr. Funnyman himself at the Pikes Peak Center on Saturday.
If you're into drumming, you probably know already that Pitt's Drum Shop has moved from the tumbleweed-ridden wilds of North Union Boulevard to 3556 N. Academy Blvd. Perhaps you didn't know, though, that one of the first guests the shop is welcoming to its new home is Johny Barbata, drummer for The Turtles as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the Jeffersons (Airplane and Starship, not George and Louise). Now author of the in-your-face-titled The Legendary Life of a Rock Star Drummer, he'll be signing and hopefully wielding a stick or two. Stop in anytime from noon to 5, or call Pitt's at 475-2291 if you need more details. KW
Pointless Trivia Time: What two-word phrase is a book, song and movie title? Give up? It's "Secret Garden", although Bruce Springsteen's track has absolutely nothing to do with the plot of the book or movie. If it did, I doubt the novel would have made my second-grade summer reading list, and I bet the movie would have been rated R. Anyway, Secret Garden (420 S. 19th St.) is hosting the second annual Groovin' in the Garden smooth jazz concert and barbecue from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. The show benefits Pikes Peak Community Action Agency and features music by Dotsero and Tony Exum. Tickets are $50. Call 471-7870 for more info. AG
"And what's the deal with evangelicalism, anyway?" When Jerry Seinfeld performs at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 7 p.m. tonight, he probably won't start that way. But you can likely expect similarly opened observational riffs on airplane black boxes, McDonald's, Judaism ('cause the Springs is just crawling with Jews like us!) and the like. Listen: The guy's a genius, a word that accurately describes his still-stands-the-test-of-time-on-reruns show. So just the fact that he's coming to town is a big win for us. No word yet on whether he'll be wearing his famous "puffy shirt." Tickets are $48 to $78; visit ticketswest.com. PF
- Pulled Toward, by Tammi Otis, one of many works at participating Monument Art Hop venues.
Hey, everybody, time to diversify. Music can act as the bridge that helps inspire us to learn more about different cultures and traditions. So what could beat relaxing on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave.) for the "People's Concert," put on by La Gran D 101.9 FM? Some of Denver's most popular Mexican regional bands will be performing. The concert begins at 2 and should last until 6:30. For more info on this free show just in time, after those kinda pricey Friday and Saturday events call 303/962-3560. KL
I was a teacher's pet back in middle school. The dork who did extra credit and graded papers for the teacher over lunch ... that was me. But I preferred that to eating in the cafetorium. Buntport Theater Company (717 Lipan St., Denver) revives those days with its Teacher's Pet series, an audience participation show. The current show, On the Road, invites members to share their teenage vacation memoirs on stage. The best storyteller will be crowned Teacher's Pet (now's my chance!). Tickets are $4 to $6. The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit buntport.com or call 720/946-1388 for info. EA
A few years ago, my husband worked as a grower in a greenhouse. Whenever he told people his title, they always gave him a wink and a nudge, as if by "grower" he meant distributor of large quantities of pot. "Let's Have Fun With Herbs" is a demonstration about what to do with herbs after harvest, and I can pretty much guarantee they won't be showing you how to roll freehand. Learn how to make infused oils and turn them into lip balms, among other things. The $30 demonstration is from 6 to 7:30 tonight at Hillside Gardens (1006 S. Institute St.). For more info, call 633-9743 or go online to allnaturalcreations.com. AL
So you've gotten better at remembering to attend "First Friday" art openings downtown and in Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Ready to add the "Third Thursday" Art Hop in Monument to the mix? Well, you missed the one for August. Best you can do now is go today, Wednesday, to Turning Point at Bella Art & Frame (366 Second St., Suite B, Monument), which feature the works of Denver's Tammi Otis and Jim Valone. Their show hangs through Sept. 15; call 487-7691 for more. And when you're done, visit monumentarthop.org to prepare for next month's Art Hop, OK? MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Angela Grosshans, Kurtis Lee, Amanda Lundgren, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.