Best bets: Bluegrass, Broadway, baseball—and Cinco de Mayo
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Frogs Gone Fishin turns Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On?” on its head, with vocals by guests Chuck D., Bettye LaVette, G. Love, Ivan Neville and Guru. At the Bluebird Theater at 9 p.m. Tickets: $16.50. Call (303) 322-2308
Come to RiNo (River North Art District) for First Friday at Green Spaces Colorado I Photography Show + Pop-Up Market. Pours + Bites + Live Music. Share a dish with the party at the Community Potluck Table. Six photographers shot in the same location over two days, each with the same models and nearly identical lighting and camera equipment — and came up with six unique visions (parental discretion advised). Admission is free. For more information, contact Erin Davey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 720-6850.
The Colorado Symphony presents From Phantom to Dreamgirls, great moments from Broadway greats with great singers — including Phantom of the Opera, Tommy, Rent, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Jekyll and Hyde, The Wiz, Hairspray, Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar and Dreamgirls. Tickets:
Take your reusable grocery bag to Boulder Farmers’ Market. Shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the best produce around — and this weekend, enjoy browsing at the Fine Art & Fine Craft Fair, too.
A one-night only presentation of American Bluegrass Masters gets the joint jumpin’ at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. The all-star lineup includes “Dr. Dobro” Curtis Burch, The Dean Osborne Band and JP Mathis. Tickets: $28-$48 Call (303) 871-6200
Bring the family down to Civic Center Park for dancing, music, food and fun at the Cinco de Mayo Festival, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The celebrations commemorate the Mexican Army’s defeat of the invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th 1862. Admission is free.
If you’re a fan of Michael Scott and friends, then don’t miss Craig Robinson — Dunder-Mifflin warehouse worker Darryl Philbin on NBC’s The Office — at the Comedy Works downtown. He’s in Hot Tub Time Machine in theaters, too. Performances Friday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 and 10:30. Tickets: $27 to $30. Call (303) 595-3637
It’s the last weekend for the Aurora Fox Theatre’s presentation of The Rainmaker, a play made into a film starring Katherine Hepburn as a discouraged wallflower headed for spinsterhood. Performances tonight and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $20 to $24. Call (303) 739-1970
Coming up: Rockies at home
Our Rockies — the team with the best colors in major league baseball — are home for seven straight starting Monday. They take on the Phillies, followed by the Nationals next weekend. Put on your purple and come to Coors Field! Tickets: $4 to $75