Monster Jam will take over the Pepsi Center on Saturday and Sunday.
Monster Jam will take over the Pepsi Center on Saturday and Sunday. (The Denver Post | NA)
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Bottoms up to "cougar town"

7:30 P.M. TUESDAY, CHANNEL 7. They drink vast amounts of wine, they insult one another, they redefine life after divorce, and they drink some more. The "Cougar Town" crew, led by Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins, is back on ABC after too-long a hiatus. Word is, there's a proposal in the season-premiere episode. Joanne Ostrow

Family fun

A monster truck "Jam"

Saturday-Sunday. Roaring engines, squealing tires, cheering crowds: That sound you hear is the Monster Jam taking over the Pepsi Center for two nights. The United States Hot Rod Association-sanctioned show features massive monster trucks careening through a tricky obstacle course, flying off of jumps and making miraculous landings. Monster truck lovers will find some of their favorites here, including Grave Digger, Monster Mutt and superhero-themed behemoths like Batman and Iron Man. Before Sunday's 1 p.m. show, superfans can attend a "Pit Party" to get up close to the trucks and their drivers. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Pit Party begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir.; 303-405-1100.


Tickets are $20-$35 for adults, $10 for kids. Buy tickets at or call 866-461-6556. Pit Party passes are free through today at Go Chevrolet, 7320 N. Broadway; they're $10 at the Pepsi Center Sunday.

A gift for the children: do-it-yourself ballet

Sunday. The Colorado Ballet joins in "Fairytales and Fables Month" at the Children's Museum of Denver in "From the Page to the Stage." Kids can watch excerpts from fairytale ballets like "Peter Pan" and "Cinderella" while learning the basics of ballet techniques, roles and costuming. Then, youngsters give ballet a try themselves in an interactive dance activity. 11 a.m. and noon Sunday. Children's Museum of Denver, 2121 Children's Museum Dr.; 303-433-7444. Activities included with museum admission: $8 for guests ages 2 to 59, $6 for 1-year-olds and seniors age 60 and older.

Tea for teddy bears, kids

Saturday. Youngsters and their families get a Valentine's Day party of their own at the Sweetheart Teddy Bear Tea in Highlands Ranch. The tea starts with, of course, tea and snacks. Thus fortified, it's time for a kid-friendly V-Day show. As a keepsake, each child takes home a wee stuffed bear. Try to get tickets in advance — the event can sell out. 10:15 a.m. to noon Saturday. The Recreation Center at Southridge, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch; 303-791-2500. Tickets are $11 for rec center members; $15 for nonmembers. All tickets are $15 at the door, if available. Buy tickets in advance by calling 303-471-8859.

"Love is in the Air" with horned owls, eagles

Saturday. Go all-natural for Valentine's Day at Barr Lake State Park's "Love is in the Air." Designed for 4- to 8-year-olds and their grownups, the program focuses on great horned owls and bald eagles, two birds prone to falling in love early in the nesting season. Learn about the birds' courtship and nesting rituals, then read a story, make a craft and go on a short winter walk. 10 a.m. Saturday. Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Piccadilly Road, Brighton; 303-659-6005. "Love is in the Air" is free with admission to the park — $7 per car.

"A Broadway Romance" mines musical theater

Saturday. Get in a New York state of mind for "A Broadway Romance," presented by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Broadway die-hards Stephen Bogardus and Patty Goble join the Philharmonic in a rundown of favorites from the Great White Way. The show includes tunes from more than 25 musicals, including "My Fair Lady," "Carnival," "South Pacific" and more. 8 p.m. Saturday. Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs; 719-520-SHOW. Tickets are $19-$60 for adults; discounts available for seniors, military and students. Buy tickets at or at the Pikes Peak Center box office.


Hall of fame honors Barry Gey, Harry Tuft

Sunday. Any shortlist of Colorado Music Hall of Fame inductees should include legendary promoter Barry Fey and folk music champion Harry Tuft. Each has, in his own way, been responsible for a large chunk of our state's music culture, from Fey's work with the Who, Led Zeppelin and U2 to Tuft's founding of the Denver Folklore Center. They'll get their due Sunday at a charity dinner when the nonprofit hall, located inside Broomfield's 1stBank Center, holds its latest induction ceremony, with speeches from "eTown's" Nick Forster, comedian Kevin Fitzgerald and live music from Firefall, Otis Taylor, Grubstake, Chris Daniels and Rob Drabkin. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner, at CU-Boulder's Stadium Club at Folsom Field, will go to the CU School of Music. 3 p.m. Sunday. 2400 Colorado Ave. in Boulder. $75- $175. John Wenzel


Still and the beats

Today. Painter Clyfford Still worked for a good part of the 20th century, and his best paintings were created during the golden era of the Beat poets. While his abstract expressionist creations were helping to rewrite the rules of painting, their free-form words inspired people to see new possibilities in verse. That commonality is explored at "Beat Poetry at the Dikeou Collection," an event where local poets will present custom-lit inspired by Still's output. Free. 7 p.m. 1615 California St. Mark Rinaldi


A Mardi Gras moment

Saturday-Sunday. The Denver Brass puts on a lot of concerts, but none as them seem as good a fit for the spirited ensemble as this weekend's program of music celebrating the holiday that made New Orleans famous. And the "Mardi Gras and Street-Party Traditions" concerts comes at just the right time. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. At the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, on the DU Campus. $43-$24. Info at denverbrass .org or 303-832-4676. Ray Mark Rinaldi


"Love in the Digital Age"

Today-Sunday. If your Valentine's Day plans seem a bit safe this year, spice them up with a trip to Ballet Nouveau Colorado's latest, lovers-appropriate show, "Love in the Digital Age." Artistic director Garrett Ammon paired up with artist Kris Collins, who has worked on digital spectaculars for the Black Eyed Peas and others, to choreograph and design the lively multimedia piece. 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School. 1001 W. 84th Ave. $15-$44. 303-466-5685 or John Wenzel


A busy week in stand-up

Today-Sunday. Stand-up comedy nerds of all stripes will have their hands full this weekend. "Mind of Mencia's" Brad Williams headlines Comedy Works South through Sunday ($14-$22), while "The Office" co-star Craig Robinson returns to Comedy Works' Larimer Square club today and Saturday ($32; Saturday shows sold out). But wait: Frequent David Letterman guest Andy Kindler will take over Wit's End Comedy Club in Westminster today and Saturday ($15-$17), while "Chelsea Lately" regular Loni Love performs at the Improv at Northfield Stapleton through Saturday ($20). Tickets at, witsendcomedy and Read our "Why So Serious?" Q&As with Kindler and Love on John Wenzel


Oscar shorts galore

Today-Feb. 23. Trying to suss out the tie-breaker categories in your office Oscar pool? Why guess willy-nilly? Once again, Shorts HD has conspired to bring the noms for live-action and amination short subjects to the Chez Artiste. 4150 E. Amherst Ave. Separate admissions: $7.50-$10.50. Lisa Kennedy