Friday, May 29, 2009

Free Tunes!

Boulder Creek Events, the Niwot Business Association and Bank of the West bring you Rhythm on the Rails from June 11-Sept. 10, with shows every Thursday at 6 pm at Whistle Stop Park in Niwot (located at Murray Street and Second Avenue just off the Diagonal Highway). The concert series includes performers such as the Rebecca Folsom Band, Danny Shafer & The Unknown Americans, the Strolling Scones and the Erica Brown Band. 303-449-3137.

Enjoy popular numbers at Twenty Ninth Street LIVE, a free concert hosted every Saturday at the Twenty Ninth Street shopping district from June 20-Aug. 8. The mall’s main drag becomes pedestrian-only as live music plays from 6-10pm. You’re surrounded by great eateries, plus a beer garden.

For the 12th summer, the 1300 block of downtown Pearl Street is the grooviest place in town every Wednesday evening from June 10-Aug. 12. Funkiphino kicks off the free concert series Bands on the Bricks, which showcases 10 bands playing dance delights from the Beatles to ’80s to Motown. Savor the sunset to music that lasts from 7-9pm. 303-449-3774.

Round out your dancing schedule at Millennium Harvest House’s Friday Afternoon Club Rockin the Gardens. The family-friendly event fills the lavish gardens every Friday through Aug. 28, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. In addition to free music in many genres—such as contemporary country band Raising Cain, bluegrass group Blue Canyon Boys, and ’50s “doo wop” Rolling Tones—you can enjoy mechanical-bull rides, magic shows and face painting. Even your dog is welcome at the garden’s new Yappy Hour. The hotel is located at 1345 28th St. 303 443-3850.

Pictured: The Indulgers perform at Twenty Ninth Street LIVE on July 11. Gorgeous celtic rock not to be missed!

Find more summer music events on the website.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Review: 3rd Law Dance/Theater’s “Till We Wake”

Quick — reread T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1917) and run over to the Dairy Center for the Arts for 3rd Law Dance/Theater’s “Till We Wake,” a new work co-produced with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. While the complex, evening-length dance, spoken-word and audiovisual piece is not easy to understand, it’s a feast for the ears, the eyes and the mind. CSF Producing Artistic Director Philip C. Sneed speaks the entire poem as Eliot wrote it, but in a “deconstructed ... improvisational and free manner.” At one point, for example, he utters the passage “... I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be ... “ four times in a row with four different intonations. Choreographic highlights include a duet danced on tabletops, clocklike movements that underscore the poem’s many references to time, and repeated appearances of the coffee cups and spoons with which Prufrock has “measured out [his] existence.” A large screen at the back of the stage speeds us through a century of sobering historical milestones, from Queen Victoria’s funeral cortege and the Russian Revolution to the stock market crash of 1929 and the presidency of George W. Bush. Early 20th-century costumes are by CSF Costume Designer Clare Henkel. 3rd Law’s artistic directors are Katie Elliott (who also takes a prominent role as a dancer in this work) and Jim LaVita.

8pm at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., May 8 & 9. For tickets, come to the box office one hour before curtain time, call 303-444-7328, or visit
—Mary Jarrett