I wish I'd listened to a coworker years back, who advised me I wouldn't regret going to a G. Love and Special Sauce concert. I didn't go. It would be many more years before I finally listened to the singer-songwriter (real name: Garrett Dutton), whose easy guitar strumming and laid-back tunes, such as "My Baby's Got Sauce," eased any weights in my world. Sounds corny, I know, but you'll be crooning the chorus on the way home.
• "Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," Oct. 25-Jan. 17, Denver Art Museum; denverartmuseum.org
Frida Kahlo is all eyebrows and fiery personality. A woman who was unapologetic about her nontraditional lifestyle and penchant for self-portraits. I can't wait to get intimate with works by Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera.
• "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," by Fine Arts Center Theatre Company, May 28-June 21, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College; fac.coloradocollege.edu/theatre
One of my favorite Tony Award-winning musicals that I've never seen on stage. The music is so fun, the characters are so over-the-top and it's all about a spelling bee, of all things. Broadway's ability to add song and dance to unlikely scenarios never fails to amaze me.
• "In the Heights," by Fine Arts Center Theatre Company, Sept. 24-Oct. 18, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College; fac.coloradocollege.edu/theatre
Perhaps people aren't aware Lin-Manuel Miranda, of "Hamilton" fame, did a little something before his Tony Award-winning historical extravaganza. And that was the 2008 Tony Award-winning "In the Heights," which takes place over three days in the largely Hispanic-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.
• Martin Sexton, Feb. 15, Boulder Theater, Boulder
This guy's songs have been known to populate my yoga class playlists, fill my ears on road trips and generally get me out of my head and into my heart. "Love Keep Us Together," "Glory Bound," "Freedom of the Road." If I'm to believe his lyrics, Martin Sexton has seen some drama in his life, much of it self-created. That's alright, Martin, you're human, and the way you sing about it in your soulful bluesy way is balm for the battered soul.
• "Hair," by TheatreWorks and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Theatre and Dance Program, March 12–22, Ent Center for the Arts; uccspresents.org
I sort of wish I grew up as a hippie in the '60s. Great music, fun clothes, rebelling against the man. I can quench those occasional yearnings with tunes such as "Aquarius," "Manchester," "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)" and "Hair." And don't underestimate a student production. I saw "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" here, and it was top-notch.