The PACE Center in Parker is built near the historic Sulphur Gulch location, so Sulphur Gulch Blues Festival is a fine event name and the second annual festival is scheduled from 3 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy four different blues bands. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available onsite. The Colorado bands scheduled to play are:
• 3rd Degree — traditional Memphis-style blues and blues-rock.
• Erik Boa and the Constrictors — Chicago blues, swing and boogie.
• Joseph Barton Trio — traditional blues, jazz and swing.
• Cedar Avenue Blues Band — fuses old school with a new vision for the blues.
Featured food trucks: El Toro, Spanish-American; Manna from Heaven, Vietnamese street cuisine; Quiero Arepas, Venezuelan flatbreads stuffed with fresh local ingredients. Tickets cost $10, PACECenteronline.com or 303-805-6800, PACE Center box office, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker.
Concerts at the castle
• Hazel Miller will sing blues, pop and jazz starting at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the veranda tent at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia. Tickets at $80 include a castle tour, buffet supper, concert and dessert and coffee with the musicians. Cherokeeranch.org, 303-688-4600.
• “Singers of the Big Band Era” is the concert title for the Rocky Mountain Jazz Repertoire Orchestra, led by Lynn Baker and starting at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 24. Tickets: $70, include castle tour, buffet dinner, concert, dessert and coffee with musicians. Cherokeeranch.org, 303-688-4600.
Textiles on display
“Threads of Change,” on exhibit through Sept. 1 at Foothills Arts Center, 809 15th St., Golden, is a beautiful selection of contemporary works by 16 of Colorado's outstanding textile artists. Art and craft intersect here. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission: $5/$3. Foothillsartcenter.org.
Littleton photographer Andy Marquez, whose gallery is located at 2329 W. Main St. in downtown Littleton, is offering a series of workshops for photographers at various sites. (Each includes a one-on-one hour of instruction at the gallery.) Prices vary. Check his website. Offered: Aug. 19 — Moonrise and sunset from the summit of Mount Evans; Sept. 10 — Downtown Denver; Sept. 17 — Moonrise over Loveland Pass; Sept. 21, 22, 23 — Autumn in the San Juan Mountains; Oct. 7 — Wonders of New Mexico (doors and churches in Santa Fe, plus a visit to Bandelier National Monument; Oct. 12, 13, 14 — Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, with a Saturday sunset from Shiprock. 303-797-6040.
The High Plains Comedy Festival will take place Aug. 23-24 in the entertainment area on South Broadway. (3Kings, Hi-Dive, The Hornet, Gothic Theater, headquartered at Illegal Pete's, 270 S. Broadway. Tickets and schedules are available at Highplainscomedyfestival.com.
Five performances of SCRIPTprov , by the Dishwater Blondes and the Legit Players, will return to the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver, at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, 16, 17, 23, 24. In Act I, well-rehearsed scenes from dramas are performed, unseen by the improvisers. In Act II, an improviser takes on one of the parts and the scene is replayed. Tickets: $15/$12. Scriptprov.net. 303-321-5925.
Former agent to speak
Gerald Blaine, former U.S. Secret Service agent, will speak to the Highlands Ranch Historical Society at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road. His book, “The Kennedy Detail,” which will become a film in 2014, is the story of events leading up to and following the Kennedy assassination. The book will be available for sale. He is an Englewood High School graduate and Korean War veteran. Light refreshments at 6:30. HighlandsRanchHistoricalSociety.org.