THRILLS

Wednesday March 9 Instrumental to the case: A glance at the career of English guitarist Andy Summers will always include a big checkmark by the Police--the pop trio in which he made his name. But the talented Summers has long abandoned the simple formulas that worked so well for that group, and has spun off a series of solo and collaborative albums that delve into jazz and experimental music. The man works well with others, trading chops intelligently and inventively--just witness his recent sessions with fellow British guitarist John Etheridge, who sat in previously with a spectrum of musicians including Stephane Grappelli, Dizzy Gillespie and the Soft Machine. The highly proficient duo have recorded together and will now showcase their acoustic guitar compositions live; you can catch them tonight at the Fox Theatre and Cafe, located at 1135 13th St. in Boulder. Tickets to the 7:30 concert are $18.90--to purchase yours, call Ticketmaster at 290-TIXS, or call the Fox at 447-0095 for further information.

Thursday March 10 Pop goes the weasel: Decadent rocker Iggy Pop is partially responsible for several major music trends--his seminal Sixties act with the Stooges foreshadowed glitter, punk and speed metal. One look at him today and it's clear that Pop is a survivor whose music has transcended into a jaded look at the hard life. With that in mind, consider the crowd that will gather to hear him tonight at the Ogden Theatre--the tattooed conglomeration of generations and leather (which never goes out of style) should astound. Get your tickets, $18.50, by calling 290-TIXS or 830-2525. The Ogden is at 935 E. Colfax; the show gets started at 8 with the roarin' Chainsaw Kittens.

Friday March 11 Stella performance: Film antiheroes John Garfield and Monty Clift notwithstanding, if Marlon Brando didn't invent the category, we don't know who did. Witness Brando as brutish Stanley Kowalski in the rereleased A Streetcar Named Desire, a brand-new director's cut that remains more true to the intentions, way back in 1950, of filmmaker Elia Kazan and writer Tennessee Williams. Key portions of the script denounced as sordid and perverse have been restored, while the marvelous ensemble cast shines on--including, along with Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. Streetcar opens tonight at the Mayan Theatre, at 1st and Broadway, for a two-week run; for showtimes and ticket information call 744-6796.

Teach your children: Educators, parents and sprouts of all ages will find something of interest at this year's Education Expo, taking place today through Sunday at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. When the doors open at 9 a.m., you'll be ushered into a maze of exhibits, workshops and hands-on education areas, including a Wet'n Electric Environmental Pavilion exploring the properties of water and other energy resources, a Deep Space Learning Pavilion provided by the Denver Museum of Natural History, a Children's Health Awareness Pavilion and more. Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; admission is $3.50 ($2.50 for students ages 3 to 18). For further information call the Expo hotline at 830-6354.

Furey friends: Lookin' for an Irish music fix, are ye? 'Tis the season, after all--you won't be disappointed. The music doesn't get more authentic than when it's being performed by The Fureys, a family affair helmed by brother Finbar, Ireland's indelible master of the Uilleann pipes. Called the "Beatles of folk music" by the Irish Voice, the Fureys remain true to the traditional, yet aren't beyond a little contemporization--and whatever they play, it's all in good fun. They perform tonight at 8 at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl. Tickets are $14.50 and $17.50; call 290-TIXS.

Saturday March 12 Blood, Soweto and tears: African popular music takes many turns--and one of the most joyful is Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens from South Africa, who perform the Zulu township jive known as mbaqanga with an abandon and enthusiasm that never fail to get crowds on their feet. The gruff-voiced Mahlathini (known as the "Lion of Soweto") and his backup trio of brilliantly clad Queens put on a review that would make James Brown proud, replete with traditional headdresses, fringed skirts and sneakers, and a repertoire ranging from traditional folk tunes to Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released." They'll appear as guests of the Westminster Community Artist Series tonight in the Ranum High School Community Theatre, 80th and Zuni St., where things get shaking at 8. For tickets, $8 to $12, call 429-1999.

Sunday March 13 Leprechaun colony: There's more to St. Paddy's Day than Irish stew and a fountain of green beer. It's the spirit of the thing, too--that mischievous spark spawned by tales of little people and four-leaf clovers. Which, in a roundabout way, is why the annual Runnin' of the Green is more than just another run. The festive 7K event, taking place in the streets of LoDo and featuring wave starts for a smoother, roomier race, begins and ends at St. Pat's central--McCormick's Fish House and Bar at 17th and Wazee, where a big street party with food and drink will greet runners at the finish. Register before noon on March 12 and your fee is $16; race-day registration goes up to $20. Call 322-9342.

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