Best bets: burlesque, bodice-rippers and babes in rockland


Hear ye! Hear ye! Don thy bodkin and get thyself to the Colorado Renaisance Festival. Enjoy full-armor jousting, gnawing on turkey legs and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans. Saturday and Sunday from 10-6:30 p.m. Tickets: $18 for adults, $8 for kids 5-12, and under 5 free.

Women rock out at the Vixens Ball at the Oriental Theatre tonight and Saturday. If you like Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde, you’ll love Sammantha Doom Blows Up the Band, Fire in the Asylum, Lust-Cats of the Gutters and The Blackouts. Tickets: $8


So who doesn’t love Roxie Hart, right? Performance Now Theatre Company presents Chicago, the musical that’s got it all and then some. Shows at the Lakewood Cultural Center tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $19-$25

The Rockies are home for a three-game series against the San Diego Padres. Come watch the boys in black and purple knock it into the Coors Field stands! Tonight at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1. Tickets: $4-$55

Definitely for adults only: it’s the first ever Colorado Burlesque Festival, with such bawdy notables as the First Ever Mr. Exotic World and Miss Viva Las Vegas 2007. Tonight at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret and Saturday at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, both shows at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25- $35


Never wanna grow up? Then take the kids to the Boulder Dinner Theatre’s Peter Pan for a trip back in time with Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and Michael, John and Wendy. At 6:15 p.m. tonight through Sunday. Tickets: $35-$55

If bodice-rippers are your thing, then there’s no better place to be than the Rocky Mountain Romance Convention today through Sunday. The Crowne Plaza Convention Center will be packed with top authors, banquets, contests, vendors, panel discussions and a costume ball. Tickets: $35 for a day, $125 for a weekend pass

Coming up: Renaissance on the River

Paddle with the pros at a kayaking workshop every Wednesday through Sept. 1 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Clear Creek Whitewater Park. Beginners to advanced welcome. Bring your own or $10 boat and gear rental, and hang around for the free BBQ.