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Best Weekend Bets: Sculpture Invitational, John Boutte, and Cleo Parker Robinson

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ART
What: Bronze, stone, and glass sculptors gather in Loveland for America’s largest outdoor sculpture show, the Loveland Sculpture Invitational and Sale.

Why: A stately sculpture is the perfect, low-maintenance way to spruce up a yard dying in the Colorado heat.

Bonus: While the show features countless craftsmen from around the state, expect to meet artists from Oregon and even Canada, too.

Details: Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Loveland High School, 920 W. 29th St., Loveland. $3-$5. For more information, call 970-663-7467 or visit www.lovelandsculpturegroup.org.

PARTY
What: Creole singer John Boutté pumps out his soulful jazz and fiery gospel for New Orleans at the Vineyards, a Southern-style party full of Cajun cooking and dancing.

Why: This party is like a quick trip to the bayou for under $60. No airline could even come close to offering that price.

Bonus: Proceeds benefit KUVO, Denver’s public radio station for Latin, jazz, and blues.

Details: Sat 6-10 p.m. Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 E. 66th Ave. $55. For more information, call 303-480-9272 ext. 13 or visit www.kuvo.org.

DANCE
What: Denver’s premiere dance troupe, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, performs The Garden of Dance at the Botanic Gardens.

Why: Rarely do sunbathing and high culture fit into the same afternoon. But grab a seat near the outdoor stage and get two solid hours of both.

Bonus: Check out the Gardens’ ongoing Urban Nature exhibit, a collection of street-style murals.

Details: Sun 3-5 p.m. Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St. Free with admission. For more information, call 720-865-3585 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

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