Today's featured event: This weekend's events go highbrow, lowbrow and over the rapids

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Here comes the weekend, kids, so pray for more sunshine and fewer thunderstorms, because there's just a lot to do. To begin with, you can check out Westword's events search page for a bounty of weekend recommendations. But -- what the heck -- here are a few more.

Tonight from 5 to 9 p.m., the galleries of Downtown Aurora's tough little East End Arts District will be throwing open their doors for East End Summer Art Walk, featuring open houses, opening receptions, live music and demonstrations throughout the area bordering East Colfax Avenue, from Clinton to Geneva streets. Get started at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library/Municipal Services Center info stop, 9898 E. Colfax Avenue, where maps and free pedi-cabs will be on hand. Then head out to enjoy the evening, which includes a breezy silent auction and wine tasting for the Aurora Symphony Orchestra; a grand-scale steamroller printing, right on the street, hosted by Red Delicious Press; an outdoor fashion show at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts; and the debut of the Aurora Art in Public Places Commission's next yearlong Sculpture on the ´Fax series among its many cultural offerings. Admission is free; visit East End's website for details.

Local and art, and lots of it, is also the focus at the annual Art Students League Of Denver's Summer Art Market, a festive outdoor art fair that can always be counted on for affordable finds. The sale, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ASLD headquarters, 200 Grant Street, also features ongoing artist demonstrations by league faculty, live music and hands-on art activities for kids. The token fee to enter the grounds is one coin of any denomination. Go to www.asld.org for a full list of the participating artists.

If sport appeals to you more than art, the rip-roarin' Lyons Outdoor Games, an outdoor extravaganza mixing whitewater kayaking, biking, fly fishing and even active dog events with vendor booths, bluegrass and barbeque, gets underway this afternoon with skateboard camps and live music in the evening. The serious stuff, from bike rodeos to kayak slalom races, hits the ground running (rolling, floating, whatever...) tomorrow, before wrapping up with a Saturday night shindig at Oskar Blues and a Sunday award ceremony and concert. Those folks in the foothills really know how to do it up fun. Spectators attend for free; log on to the LOG website for a complete schedule of events.

And finally, Sunday is a big day for all you girly girls out there: You're all invited to the Pandora Jewelry Sweet Sixteen Party, an event that will be all pretty and pink and bubbling over with champagne and tiaras. Guest burlesquer Vivienne VaVoom will preside over a Feathered Fan Contest, while trunk shows spotlight jewelry, hair accessories and crocheted creations by Megan Kelly, Megan Basset, Lisa Iselin and the Ladies Fancywork Society. Also, the Metro Print Club hosts in-house custom printing; the lucky first 100 people to show up will go home with a sweet little Pandora goodie bag. Pandora Jewelry is at 220 E. 13th Street; party attendance from 6 to 8 p.m. is free. Visit www.pandorajewelrydenver.com or call 303-832-7073.

For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, go to westword.com/calendar.

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