Romito Foundation Casino Night
Dominic Romito was diagnosed with Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy when he was 5. The disease prevents muscular regeneration until the body runs out of muscle—it’s terminal. Dominic’s family set up The Romito Foundation (www.rundrun.com) to raise awareness and funding for his battle. Help out at the Casino Night and Silent Auction. The $50 ticket to the Roaring ’20s event includes “Casino Dollars” and apps. 6 p.m. April 17, Tony Rigatonis, Longmont, 303.718.2538
There was a time when the music coming out of Boulder really contributed to the musical landscape. Today, it’s little more than a pine needle on the Flatirons. Remember the late ’70s? Tommy Bolin? Buffalo Springfield? Firefall? Well, relive the era as the Firefall’s current lineup has a reunion concert. Firefall fans will be in heaven as the band revisits hits from 1976 to 2008. 8 p.m. April 9, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303.786.7030.
What’s it gonna take for you to get out and see this band? They’ve been dubbed the best Jazz group in Denver, but don’t let that fool you. Cocktail Revolution isn’t a smooth jazz dinner-tet. They play “urban improv,” a glorious collection of street-savvy tunes. Cocktail Revolution could be found in the same bin as Medeski Martin and Wood, except with better song construction. 7:30 p.m. April 16, Nissis, Lafayette, 303.665.2757.
House of Blue Leaves
Normally, assassinating the pope isn’t a laughing matter. But when you sidle that topic up next to zany nuns, and a zookeeper who wants to make it big in Hollywood and his schizophrenic wife named Bananas, well, hilarity ensues. The House of Blue Leaves is set in a Queens neighborhood in 1965. It takes on religion, the Vietnam War and mental illness with an unusually sharp sense of absurdity. April 8-May 4, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, 720.898.7200.