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June Calendar Picks


[Music] It’s hard to imagine a more soulful double bill. Pre-eminent Neo Soul singer Erykah Badu appears with long-time hip-hop/jazz masters The Roots. 7:30 p.m., Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver. $42.50. 303.837.0360

[Music] Yes, it’s acapella, but they’re really tight and they’ve been doing it forever. And amazingly, they’re NOT college students. They’re the 17th Avenue Allstars. 7:30 p.m., Nissi’s, 2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette. $10. 303.665.2757

[Lecture] Carl Honore wants you to slow down. His book, In Praise of Slowness, talks about the Slow Food revolution. Here’s betting dinner is not from McDonald’s. Dinner and talk, 7:30 p.m., Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. $65. 303.447.2074 x125

[Music] James Brown is still dead. But Maceo Parker is far from it, and his funk horn is as tasty now as it was when he played with the Godfather of Soul in the ’60s. 9 p.m., Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. $23.50. 303.786.7030

[Comedy] If you never caught Louis CK’s low-budget live HBO sitcom Lucky Louie, you missed out. Don’t let it happen again. 10 p.m., Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver. $35. 303.595.3637

[Music] Maybe the Fray (and soon, the Flobots) have taken over the “Most Famous Band from Colorado” mantle, but Big Head Todd and the Monsters remains the most beloved. 7:30 p.m., Red Rocks, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. $45. 303.640.7300

[Festival] Way more fun than the Taste of Colorado, the two-day People’s Fair highlights the best of Colorado’s music and arts (and crappy festival foods) in the heart of Denver. Check out the aforementioned Flobots on the main stage; it’ll be the last time you’ll see them for free for a while as they just inked a major deal with Universal. All day June 7-8, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax in Denver. Free. www.chundenver.org

[Music] You might think that motherhood, her on, then off-engagement to Lance Armstrong, and her battle with breast cancer might have all taken its toll on Sheryl Crow. Truth is, these were little more than detours on the way to releasing another amazing collection of pop-smart folk music called, you guessed it, Detours. 7:30 p.m., Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. $49+. 720.865.2494

[History] Ever wonder about the history of the Front Range? Well, you’re in luck, because The Front Range Rising exhibit at the Longmont Museum will fill in all the blanks for you. 9 a.m-5 p.m., 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Free. 303.651.8374

[Art] There’s a reason the Firehouse Art Gallery is a two-time Yellow Scene Best of the West winner—exhibits like this one illustrate why. Under the Influence, New Works Influenced by Color features moving pieces by Diane Pike and Mike Brouse. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., thru June 14, 667 4th Avenue & Coffman, Longmont. Free, 303.651.2787

[Music] There’s a lot more to Celtic music than angry punk or Guinness-soaked drinking songs. The Muses delve into the beautiful stuff you don’t hear—harp, hammered dulcimer, pennywhistle. They’ll make you forget how far away Danny Boy might really be. 7 p.m., Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave., Longmont. Free. 303.774.4441

[Sports] A gaggle of beautiful women on roller skates, wearing knee and elbow pads, flying around a track and pummeling each other. Who could ask for anything more? The Mile High Club vs. Honky Tonk Heartbreakers. 7 p.m., Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver. $13. 303.640.2637

[Sports] Father’s Day may be tomorrow, but celebrate today with his favorite thing ever: really fast cars. Catch this fiery Short Track Attack NASCAR action and make him scream like a little kid again. 6 p.m., Colorado National Speedway, 4281 CR 10, Dacono. $10. 303.828.0116

[Music] Looking for an antidote to all the Father’s Day hoopla? You’ll be hard pressed to find anything less father-friendly than the Indigo Girls, Atlanta’s most famous lesbian folk rockers. 8 p.m., Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. $45. 303.442.3282

[Literature] Carol Grever’s husband is gay. He dropped that bombshell after 30 years of marriage. She wrote two books about it, followed by a DVD documentary on the subject, One Gay, One Straight. 7:30 p.m., Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Free. 303.447.2074 x125

[Music] The Indulgers are a bit more than simply a St. Patrick’s Day one-trick pony; they’re a Celtic rock band that blends pop smarts with brogue spices—and they go great with a sunset in the park. 6:30 p.m., Roosevelt Park, 725 8th Ave., Longmont. Free. 303.651.8992

[Film] Summer’s in full swing and the Broomfield Independent Film Series knows how good it gets in Colorado. So they’ve dedicated this night to reminding us why we live so high that three beers gets us buzzed with Outdoors in Colorado, three indie films on the topic. 7 p.m., Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. Free. 303.460.6800

[Art] Dan Hollingshead is a muralist and painter who looks for reasons to use bright colors at every turn. His landscapes pop with influences of living on the Front Range. Support local artists. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Muse Gallery, 356 Main St., Longmont. Free. 303.678.7869

[Festival] This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the only reason most of us ever even head up to the beautiful mountain resort town on the way to Four Corners. June 19-22, Telluride Town Park, 400 E. Colorado, Telluride. $175 for a 4-day pass. 303.823.0848

[Fitness] Grab the kids, bibs, strollers and sneakers for the annual Lafayette 5k Walk/Run. Anyone can participate, regardless of ability, and afterwards, enjoy the Health and Fitness expo. 8 a.m., Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Carla Drive, Lafayette. $20. 303.665.0469

[Theater] Americans have had no shortage of British invasions; from the Red Coats themselves to the moptopped Fab Four. Why not, then, blend the best of the best? A Bard’s Day’s Night is a collection of famous scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, combined with music and lyrics from the Beatles. 4 p.m., Roosevelt Park Rose Garden, Longmont. Free. 303.772.5200.

[Education] Magnets are cool. They make stuff stick to refrigerators, keep cabinets closed and help monorails stay on its track. Magnet Stations teaches your kids about magnets, along with gravity, bubbles and all kinds of other stuff. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., WOW Children’s Museum, 10 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. Kids free, adults $7. 303.604.2424

[Music] Named one of Rolling Stone’s 2007 Top 10 New Artists to Watch, Rose Hill Drive blends White Stripes, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin into a collection of catchy, hook-laden rock tunes. 9 p.m., Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. $14+. 303.447.0095

[Music] Sinatra’s dead, Harry Connick’s busy rebuilding New Orleans and Tony Bennett simply isn’t returning calls. What’s left? Barron Steffan, an amazing crooner, cut from the same cloth. 7:30 p.m., Nissi’s, 2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette. $10+. 303.665.2757

[Music] Speaking of famous dead musicians, what about the Grateful Dead? Okay, while they’re not all actually dead, they’re still Dead, right? Whatever, either way, they’re not touring (except for Phil Lesh, and his shows are expensive), so check out Juba Juba, a local tribute band. 7 p.m., Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave. Free. 303.774.4441

[Comedy] Did you know people of Indian descent were funny? Well, maybe not all of them, but if they’re born in Canada, the odds are good. Check out Russell Peters, who’s been featured on Comedy Central in addition to becoming a huge Kanuck favorite over the last few years. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver. $30. 303.595.3637

[Politics] Getting sick of all the stop signs? Want another traffic light? Grab some Coffee with Longmont City Council members Hansen and Santos and get it all off your chest. 9 a.m., Civic Center Mall, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont. Free. 303.776.6050

[Music] From his New York breeding to his shaggy mane, you might think Craig Corona another Bob Dylan wannabe. He’s not; though the man’s repertoire drips folk, his sound is far more Jim Croce than the Jester. 6 p.m., Waterloo Icehouse, 809 South Main Street, Louisville. 303.993.2094

[Music] Ready to tackle your 15 minutes? Well, more like five or so. But either way, the mic is open for Open Mic Night and it belongs to you. Make it work, people. 7:30 p.m., Rock ‘N Soul Cafe, 5290 Arapahoe Rd. #1, Boulder. 303.443.5108

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