Weekender calendar

Life
What: Magic in the Rockies
Where: The Lincoln Center
When: Saturday, Sept. 8
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $7 to $25

Ever wanted to see a Fort Collins squirrel pulled out of a top hat? Magic in the Rockies, boasting some of the best magicians in the world, might be slightly beyond that parlor trick. Presented by Presto-Digitators, this show’s headliners are Internationally acclaimed comedy magician Stephen Bargatze and Johnny Thompson. Visit www.fcgov.com for more information.

What: Winged Wonder — Water Birds
Where: Carpenter Road, one mile west of Interstate 25, Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
When: Saturday, Sept. 8
Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: free

Bird watching may be the fastest-growing outdoor activity in the U.S. thanks to the aging baby boomers, but identifying winged dinosaurs appeals to any age group. Learn interesting facts about birds, how to identify species and participate in fun, hands-on activities at this free event. It includes an easy 2-mile birdwatching walk. For more information, visit www.fcgov.com.

What: Beddler Oud Bruin beer release
Where: Odell Brewing Company
When: Saturday, Sept. 8
Time: 11 to 7 p.m.
Cost: free

Help Odell Brewing Company release their latest beer, Beddler Oud Bruin, on Saturday in the company’s taproom. In addition to beer tastings, live music from the Contraband and local food will be provided. For more information, visit www.odellbrewing.com.

Theatre
What: “Fiddler on the Roof”
Where: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown
When: Sunday, Sept. 9
Time: 12:30 p.m. seating for dinner, show starts at 2 p.m.
Cost: $60

Winner of 11 Tony awards, this classic musical has bragging rights to such well-known songs as “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “If I were a Rich Man.” Price of admission includes dinner, non-alcoholic drink, show, gratuity and escort. For more information, visit www.coloradocandlelight.com.

Music
What: Ghost in the Machine, Electric Shoes
Where: GNU Experience Gallery
When: Friday, Sept. 7
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost:  $5

Join Colorado locals Ghost in the Machine and Electric Shoes for a night of DIY skin-crawl rock and roll at the GNU Experience Gallery. The all-ages event is cheap, local and probably doesn’t have a definitive end time, so the $5 entry fee may take you well into the early morning.

What: Chain Gang of 1974
Where: Hodi’s Half Note
When: Friday, Sept. 7
Time: $8 p.m.
Cost: $10 advance/ $12 day of show

Los Angeles-via-Colorado transplant Chain Gang of 1974 (aka Camtin Mohager) is swinging back through home state and playing a night at Hodi’s with local groups the Photo Atlas, Paul Beveridge & Co. and Popcult. The electro-pop show is open to all-ages. Visit www.hodishalfnote.com for more information.

What: Elway European Tour Kick Off
Where: Road 34 Bike Bar
When: Saturday, Sept. 8
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: $5 21+

Help Fort Collins punk rockers Elway kick off their European tour by seeing them play at Road 34 on Saturday night. Support comes from other local groups A.M. Pleasure Assassins and Sour Boy, Bitter Girl. Remember, though, that Road 34 is a primarily a bar, so under 21 is not allowed.

Local Fare
What: Akinz grand opening
Where: 15 Old Town Square #132
When: Friday, Sept. 7
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: free

Hang out at local clothing and screenprinting shop Akinz as it reopens with a new flagship store in Old Town Square. The shop is providing a number of incentives to grab your attention, including live music, free stickers and food, a photo booth and a chance to win a $100 gift card. Plus, it’s a local business, so what’s not to like?