Best Bets for the week of April 9—April 16

April 9 2008, 10:00 PM
We tell you what to do, where to be, and why for each week of the year. By Kazia Jankowski ART What: Local painter Joellyn Duesberry puts on no small show with her exhibition The Big Picture. Thirty works, ranging in size from four to eight feet, depict familiar Colorado landscapes. Why: Duesberry's blend of realism and abstraction received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, and her softly colored works embolden collections at the Denver Art Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. Bonus: In 2005, Duesberry was the subject of a PBS documentary. Watch her in this clip from the film: www.joellynduesberry.com/video1.shtml. Details: Through June 27. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of Outdoor Arts, 1000 Englewood Pkwy., Englewood. Free. For more information, call 303-806-0444 or visit www.moaonline.org. COMEDY What: Every other year comedian George Carlin drops by to enlighten our sunny city with laughter. Catch this comic film actor, author, and two-time Grammy winner live at the Buell Theater. Why: Carlin infuses his tours with new material because he loves the direct and immediate response of a live audience. This national tour, titled "It's Bad For Ya," promises to be dynamic and a bit naughty. Bonus: Proceeds from the event benefit Denver's public television channel KBDI-TV 12. Details: Sat, 8 p.m. Buell Theatre, 1050 13th St. $45-$75. For more information, call 303-830-8497 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. SHOP What: Jewelry meets industrial design at Art & Soul Gallery's Alex Sepkus trunk show. Watch out for mosaic-patterned rings, gold and silver necklaces, and sapphire-studded bracelets by this Lithuanian designer. Why: Sepkus, precisely and harmoniously, includes elements of glass-making, sculpture, etchings, and graphics in his work. Bonus: Once your fingers and wrists are adorned, peruse Art & Soul's other collections for elegant sculpture, paintings, and pottery. Details: Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Art & Soul Gallery, 1516 Pearl St., Boulder. Free. For more information, call 303-544-5803 or visit www.artandsoulboulder.com. MUSIC What: Local bands Boulder Acoustic Society (BAS) and Zebra Junction blend their funky mix of bluegrass, Americana, melodic instrumental, and modern songwriting in this double CD release party. Why: Zebra Junction helped create the soundtrack for Denver comic Josh Blue's "7 More Days In the Tank," and BAS has received accolades for its crisp sound that pays homage to American musical roots. Bonus: If you miss Wednesday's show, catch the bands' Denver area release party at The Falcon (April 19) or their show at Boulder's Fox Theater (May 14). Details: Wed, 9 p.m. Hodi's Half Note, 167 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. $7-$10. For more information, call 970-472-2034 or visit www.hodishalfnote.com.