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Firefall, Sounds of Southlands 2012, 6 p.m., June 1, Town Square, Southlands, 6155 South Main St. Admission is free. Information: 303-627-5000 or Details: The Boulder-based rock band Firefall kicks off this year’s free concert series at the Southlands shopping center in Aurora with a nod to the history of local rock and roll. Firefall first gained notoriety in the 1970s, with founding member Jock Bartley contributing solid guitar work from his days as Tommy Bolin’s replacement in the band Zephyr. The band’s Southlands appearance will feature tunes from the era, including “You Are the Woman, “Just Remember I Love You” and “Strange Way.”

Gumbo Le Funque, 9 p.m., June 1, Zephyr Lounge, 11940 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. No cover charge. Information: 303-364-8981 or Details: Gumbo Le Funque bills their sound as “party music,” but the strains of the horn-based ensemble is much more specific. The band specializes in the blues, funk and jazz-based sounds of New Orleans, a pedigree that comes through in the outfit’s high-energy live show. The band brings their signature blend of Southern roots music to Aurora’s premiere blues venue on Friday.

Childish Gambino, 8 p.m., June 5, Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Tickets start at $25. Information: 303-832-1874 or Details: Since his debut release in 2011, Childish Gambino aka actor Donald Glover, has managed to juggle the dual identities of performer and rapper. Any sign of the lighthearted comedian featured on “Community” is bound to be absent at the Ogden for the rapper’s Denver appearance, as Childish Gambino with a brand of rhyme that channels the frenetic energy of the Pharcyde and Kanye.


“Faces, Places and Spaces,” through Aug. 26, the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 7. Admission is free. Information: 720-898-7200 or Details: The latest trio of exhibitions at the Arvada Center seeks to find a creative link between portraiture, landscapes and interactive art. Held on three separate levels, the “Faces, Places and Spaces” show includes novel takes on portraiture, geographical representation and urban landscapes. Work by artists from across the metro area will include accessible links for patrons’ smartphones, tools meant to connect audiences directly with the painters, sculptors and photographers.


“A Grand Night For Singing,” 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. Through July 1, Shaver-Ramsey Showroom, 2414 East 3rd Ave. in Cherry Creek. Tickets start at $30. Information: 303-800-6578 or Details: The young Cherry Creek Theatre Company kicks off its summer season with a musical revue of legendary songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The Tony-Award nominated revue includes selections from definitive Broadway shows like “Carousel,” “Oklahoma!,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific,” “Cinderella” and “The Sound of Music.”

“Beau Jest,” 7:30 p.m., May 26; 6:30 p.m., May 27, John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver. Information: 720-880-8727 or Tickets start at $20. Details: “Beau Jest” tells the story of Sarah, a nice Jewish girl whose parents want her married to a nice Jewish boy. When she tries to pass off an actor as such, confusion and comedy ensue.