Best Bets

Best Bets

Four events we're talking about in August and September.

August 2003

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
After a 12-year absence, Denver appearances by Bruce Springsteen and his legendary E Street Band are almost becoming commonplace (they’ve played three shows here in the last three years). Not that we’re complaining. But how will Springsteen’s Sept. 25 gig be any different than last fall’s Pepsi Center appearance? For one thing, there’s the venue. Invesco Field at Mile High remains unproven as a concert setting, but the  Boss’ recent stadium dates in Europe give fans plenty of  reasons to be hopeful. Songs from The Rising – his  2002 rumination on 9/11 and its aftermath –  continue to make up the show’s emotional  core, but Springsteen has significantly opened  up the setlist of his nearly three-hour shows  with expanded selections of old favorites  and rarities from his 30-year career  (including some encores with revivals of  both “Twist and Shout” and “Detroit  Medley”). Hey Bruce, if you’re reading  this, how about “Incident on 57th Street” or  “This Hard Land” for all your pals in Denver?  For tickets, call 303-830-TIXS.

September 25, 2003 Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Invesco Field at Mile High Ticket prices range from $59 to $79

2. Urinetown
The most hilarious and original theater experience in years comes to Denver. Clever and entertaiing, Urinetown tells a tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. For more information, call 303-893-4100 or visit www.dcpa.org.

September 9 through 21 Show times vary Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex,14th and Curtis streets Ticket prices vary

3. Introductions
August is “Introductions” month for the Denver Art Dealer Association galleries. Visit a variety of Denver-area galleries to view exciting new talent during this month-long series of exhibits. The featured artists may be emerging or widely recognized, but their works are all new to the Mile-High City. For more information, visit www.denverart.org.

August 1 through 31 Show times vary, call individual galleries?10 different galleries are participating – visit www.denverart.org for a complete list Free

4. Grand Prix
Downtown Denver will once again be converted into a racetrack as the Centrix Financial Grand Prix goes full throttle this Labor Day weekend. An international field of drivers includes last year’s champion Brazilian Bruno Junqueira as well as American Jimmy Vasser. For more information, call 1-888-827-7333 or visit the website at www.gpdenver.com.

August 29 through 31 Gates open at 7 a.m.; events occur throughout the day Pepsi Center complex Ticket prices vary depending on seat