5280's Best Bets for the week of: April 27-May 4

April 27 2005, 10:00 PM
Sarah McLachlan—April 28
Bask in the sultry ballads of McLachlan's long-awaited album Afterglow. During her six-year hiatus, McLachlan lost a mother and became one to daughter India. The new collection of songs explores the uncertainty of life's transitions. For the first time, the Canadian singer-songwriter wrote all of the album's tracks specifically for the piano, not guitar. Her lush melodies will be sure to leave you with your own warm afterglow. Thursday 8 p.m., Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, at the Larimer County Fairground, Loveland. $45-$65. To buy tickets, call 1-877-544-8499. Rejouissance—April 30
Escape the modern day with concertos by Bach, Handel, and Telemann. Soloists and a chamber ensemble will play period instruments, such as Baroque cellos and violins, in this Denver Handel Festival production. Friday 7:30 p.m. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant St. $12-$15. To buy tickets, call 303-839-1432.

Day of Caring for Breast Cancer Awareness—April 30
Cancer survivors strut their stuff as artists, models, and speakers during this annual conference benefiting the nonprofit organization Day of Caring. With the theme "Art, Passion, and the Power of Survival," organizers hope to empower and educate the community about the risk of breast cancer. Seminar topics include managing emotions and pursuing alternative medicine. Saturday 8 a.m. Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave. $50. To register, call 303-239-3367 or 1-800-321-1557. Swinging Jazz Concerts—April 29-30
Get your groove on at the sixth and final set of the Swinging Jazz Concerts. National jazz greats play the piano, trumpet, tenor sax, bass, and drums on two floors of the Donald Seawell Grand Ballroom, which overlooks downtown Denver. On Friday evening, a University of Colorado-Denver jazz group, the Claim Jumpers, performs. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Donald Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1245 Champa St. $40. To buy tickets, call 303-670-8471 or visit www.summitjazz.org. Boulder's Taste of the Nation—May 1
Graze to your heart's content from more than 30 of Boulder's top restaurants-without a hint of guilty pleasure. That's because 100 percent of ticket sales go to antihunger and antipoverty organizations. The night includes a silent auction with item highlights such as an African safari and spa packages. Local groups Community Food Share and People's Clinic will also receive funds to assist those in need of food and affordable health care in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Sunday 5:30 p.m. University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder. $65-70. To buy tickets, visit www.tasteofthenation.org.