Best Bets

Best Bets

February 2006
1. Good Medicine
The rest of us might be livin' on a prayer, but these guys are living on sheer rock 'n' roll genius. Bon Jovi, everyone's favorite never-gets-old crew, wants you to have a nice time when their Have a Nice Day Tour rolls through Denver. And there's no arguing with a band that still rocks the planet after two decades and 2,500 concerts. Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Tour: Feb. 23, Pepsi Center

2. Recognize the Skillz
Watch the best disabled skiers on the planet swoosh down Winter Park's Lower Hughes at the World Disabled Invitational, while your favorite Denver celebs (Broncos on skis, anyone?) tackle the slopes in the Celebrity Challenge. Top it off with a giant silent-auction fund-raiser for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. 31st Annual Wells Fargo Bank Cup: Feb. 24-26, Winter Park

3. Bid for a Cure
A child battling cancer is heartbreaking-especially when the battle is lost. Join the effort to find a cure at "Artma," an art auction hosted by the Morgan Adams Foundation to benefit pediatric oncology research. Artwork by Ruth Bernhard, Lucong, Mary Scrimigeour, Steven Augustine, and Nancy Condit, among others. Artma: Feb. 25, lighting services inc.

4. Hope is the Thing with Feathers
Swans in tutus? We think not. With a renowned, international, all-male dance company, ballet meets Broadway in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, a riveting take on Tchaikovsky's classic. The 1998 Tony award-winning show retells the gauzy fable of an unlikely love affair between a prince and the swan who saves him, with darker undertones and more intense psychological drama, resulting in a powerful tale of what happens when we are not loved as we need to be loved-and how love can ultimately redeem us. Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake: Feb. 15-19, The Buell Theatre

5. Heed the Mead
Mead. Though it's the stuff Greek gods got silly with thousands of years ago, the sweet, honey-based libation is once again gaining popularity, with Colorado and its four renowned meaderies leading the charge. Get your own saccharine buzz this month as Boulder's Redstone Meadery hosts the annual international mead festival, featuring lectures and tastings. International Mead Festival: Feb. 10-11, Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites