Sunday April 10 The Ultima experience: His novel Bless Me Ultima has been touted as the definitive depiction of coming of age in New Mexico, so it's no surprise that a visit by Chicano literary giant Rudolfo Anaya is a big event in this Latino-flavored town. Anaya's play about midlife and males, Ay Compadre, will be staged at El Centro su Teatro, 4725 High St., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:05 p.m., through April 30 (tickets $7). A special performance tonight includes a dinner reception for Anaya at 6:30 p.m., followed by the play at 7:30; the ticket package is $25 ($40 per couple)--call 296-0219. The author also will stick around a few days to sign a new illustrated hardcover edition of Bless Me Ultima at various bookstores in the area; catch him on Monday at the Tattered Cover (322-7727) and Tuesday at Cultural Legacy (964-9049) and the Boulder Book Store (447-2074).
Monday April 11 In the flesh: The Chicken Lips Comedy Theater has been a mainstay of the local comedy scene for a hell of a long time--its comic mystery Murder Most Fowl has been running now for over five years, complemented by a series of topical improv shows, including the current LipService. The theater, housed on the lower level at 1360 17th St., abandons the comedy ensemble format for one night only when it presents Born Naked, a one-man show about growing up in a small Colorado town, written and performed by local humorist Dale Stewart. Showtime is 8 p.m.; for tickets ($10), call 534-4440.
Tuesday April 12 Working-class hero: Yet another chronicler of the Latin American experience will appear tonight at the Tattered Cover for a reading and book signing. Luis Alberto Urrea, who gained recognition for his nonfiction work Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border, will introduce his latest tome, a quixotic novel set in mid-Fifties Arizona called In Search of Snow. Drop in for a listen around 7:30 p.m.; Urrea is said to be a spellbinder. For details call the bookstore, located at 2955 E. 1st Ave., at 322-7727.