Honky tonk, high-class art, hawgs on tap this weekend

August 3, 2006
It’s a great weekend for art lovers. Mosey downtown to the First Friday Art Walk and then on to a smorgasboard of galleries and new shows. If that doesn’t put the “de” in your light, put on your cowboy boots for a country-music extravaganza at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame or get your final fill of jousting at the Colorado Renaissance Festival.
For motorcycle lovers who need a dose of culture, check out the “All Dimensions Bike Art Show” at the Smokebrush Gallery and Chapel of Art. There’s a free opening reception with demonstrations by teams from Bike Pro Mobile, music and beer 5-8 p.m. Friday, Art Mill Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 102; 444-1012. Also going up is “Make Your Fortune,” an interactive exhibit and performance by Jocelyn Nevel. Next door, the new exhibit “Wild Mongolia” opens at The Bridge Gallery. Along with works by Barbara, Kathy and Kurt Davies, there are objects and art from Mongolia. The free opening reception is 5-9 p.m. Friday at 218 W. Colorado Ave.; 232-9368. Kathy Davies will hold a free slide show and talk about her Peace Corps experience at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Nearby at Cottonwood Artists’ School Gallery, 25 Cimino Drive, the “Expressions of the Human Form” opens with a free reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday; 520-1899. Can’t bear to leave Bootsy alone for the day? Take your pooch to Bear Creek Nature Center and the new art show “Dog Days.” It’s canine art by John Weiss, Scott Kennedy, Jim Killen, Linda Daniels, Mary Helsaple and others. The opening is free, 1-3 p.m. Saturday at 245 Bear Creek Road; 520-6387. A new show of works based on travels through Europe opens at Orly’s Art Gallery and Custom Framing. The free opening reception will feature wine and Italian food 6-9 p.m. Friday at 730 S. Tejon St.; 630-3371. There will be some big-name talent in the Springs this weekend at the Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame. It’s called “Thunder at the Hall,” and features music by Luke Stricklin, The Great Divide, Sonny Burgess, Trent Willmon, Ty England and Chely Wright on Saturday; Bill Snow, Jr., Hank Thompson, Johnny Lee, Cowboy Crush, Ricochet and Restless Heart on Sunday. Performances begin at noon at 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, $10-$250; 576-2626 or www.ticketswest.com. If Broadway is more your thing, the Vocal Arts Symposium’s “The Scene Stealers” is your cup of tea. Produced with the Opera Theatre of the Rockies, scenes from “Faust,” “Street Scene,” “La Boheme” and “Chicago” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado College. Tickets are $5-$15; 389-6607. The same sort of thing happens at 3 p.m. Sunday, but this time songs are featured in the Vocal Arts Symposium’s “You Gotta Have Rodgers and Hart.” Examples are “Babes in Arms,” “Pal Joey” and “On Your Toes.” It’s in Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado College, $5-$15; 389-6607. Denver blues and rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Wendy Woo makes a trip to town. It’s a free outdoors show 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Palmer Center, Antlers Hilton Hotel, Pikes Peak and Cascade avenues. Melt into a bowl of ice cream while you peruse oldies but goodies. It’s the Ice Cream Social and Yard Sale, a fundraiser for McAllister House Museum, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday. Find it at the McAllister House Museum, 423 N. Cascade Ave., free/5-cent ice-cream scoops and $1 hot dogs; 635-7925. There’s a party up the pass at Bronc Day and Wild West Extravaganza in Green Mountain Falls. Check out the barbecue lunch, gunfighters and more noon-4 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Saturday at The Pantry Gardens, 6980 Lake St., Green Mountain Falls, free; 684-9018 or 684-2080. If you make it to Green Mountain Falls, might as well go all the way to Woodland Park for Critter Fest. Lots of furry cuties will be on hand, including llamas, hedgehogs, rescue animals and more 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. It’s all through downtown and inside the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview, free; 686-1820, ext. 111. It’s the last weekend to eat giant turkey legs and watch people dress up like kings and queens. The Colorado Renaissance Festival is open 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, and that will be all she wrote. It’s in Larkspur, Exit 172 from I-25. Tickets are $16.95/$8 kids ages 5-12/free kids 4 and younger, discount tickets available at King Soopers locations; 1-303-688-6010 or www. coloradorenaissance.com.
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