The Colorado Symphony Chorus.
The Colorado Symphony Chorus. (Steve Peterson | Special to The Denver Post)
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festival: Bao Bao Fest an African celebration

today-saturday. Celebrate West African culture at the ninth annual Bao Bao Festival. Organized by Boulder dancer and musician Adjei Abankwah, the fest translates the Ghanaian tradition of gathering around the baobao tree to the stage. Performers from Colorado, Ghana and beyond will take the stage in a lively program of dancing, drumming and storytelling. 7 p.m. today. Packard Hall at Colorado College, 5 Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs. Free. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Boulder High School, 1604 Arapahoe Ave. Tickets for 3 p.m. kids performance are $10 each; tickets for 7 p.m. show are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, students and kids. Kathleen St. John

The Harlem Globetrotters in action.
The Harlem Globetrotters in action. (Wichita Falls Times Record News | Torin Halsey)

Classical music: A big (big) night for the CSO

Tonight-sunday. The piece has a big name: Mass in C major for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Bass Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 86, and that's fitting because Beethoven's beloved composition calls for a significant roster of singers, and its emotional depth fills every hall that hears it perform. The Colorado Symphony and Chorus join together for this weekend's program, a highlight of the season, which also includes Humperdink's "Prelude to Hänsel and Gretel." Christoph König conducts at 7:30 tonight and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets start at $19, purchase them online at, or at 303-623-7876. Ray Mark Rinaldi


dance: Personal story "fits like a gLOVE"

today-saturday. How do you wear your skin? That question marks the jumping-off point for Boulder-based Schiff Dance Collective's latest work, which explores body-image issues and finds choreographic inspiration in personal stories collected from Denver and Boulder residents during movement and writing workshops. The "fits like a gLOVE" production will also include an audience discussion after the show to further analyze the topics. 8 p.m. today-Saturday. Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. in Boulder. $15-$18. 303-444-7328 or Also 8 p.m. March 10, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, 119 Park Avenue West. 720-771-2737 or John Wenzel

Schiff Dance Collective’s new show, "fits like a gLOVE."
Schiff Dance Collective's new show, "fits like a gLOVE." (|)

Sport:High-jinks-heavy Harlem Globetrotters

saturday-sunday. Get ready for hoops and high jinks when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town. This year's tour features a strong group of rookies, including the first female Globtrotter in nearly 20 years, Colorado's own Fatima "TNT" Maddox. The rookie class also stars the tallest Globetrotter ever, 7-foot-8-inch Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, and the shortest: Jonte "Too Tall" Hall, standing 5 feet, 2 inches. As always, expect the 'Trotters to deliver a flurry of fancy footwork, nimble near-misses and high-flying slam dunks. 2 p.m. Saturday. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield; 303-410-0700. Tickets are $20-$97, available at or 866-461-6556. 2 p.m. Sunday. Magness Arena at the Ritchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd. Tickets are $18-$130; 303-871-2336. harlemglobe Kathleen St. John

Stevie Ryan
Stevie Ryan (VH1)

Television: YouTube pal "Stevie" hits VH1

7 p.m. Sunday on VH1. Stevie Ryan does a mean Justin Bieber impersonation. Also a spot-on Amy Winehouse, a workable Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and numerous characters of her own invention. Ryan started making Web-based comedic parodies in her apartment not so long ago. She built an enormous online following for her YouTube videos (most of which are not family viewing, let alone suitable for the office). Ryan eventually attracted the attention of the networks and landed a gig that begins this weekend on VH1. "Stevie TV" will be replayed throughout the evening and across the network's schedule. Will she be the next big YouTube-to-television success story? She's definitely tapped a rich comic vein with a sharp, edgy female perspective on curent pop-culture stars. Joanne Ostrow