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Monday August 22 For everyman: These two guys just naturally fall into the timeless category. Singer/songwriters Jackson Browne and John Hiatt, both of whom perform tonight at Red Rocks, each manage to transcend time and fashion with hard-hitting, personal and sometimes socially conscious tunes. And they'll continue in that well-crafted, thoughtful vein this evening, when Hiatt opens for Browne at 7:30. To reserve tickets, ranging in price from $19.50 to $20.50, call 290-TIXS.

The Meter is running: You'll have no trouble picking a man like George Porter Jr. right out of the gumbo. The distinctive New Orleans bass player's career is workingman's stellar--his chunky grooves can be heard behind a who's-who of Louisiana rhythm and blues, from Eddie Bo and Lee Dorsey to Earl King and Allen Toussaint. But his main claim to fame was as a stalwart of the Meters (perhaps the greatest instrumental band in the history of pop music), a credential that over the years has helped place Porter on tracks by Dr. John, Paul McCartney, Robbie Robertson and David Byrne. Porter is now performing with his own band, the Running Pardners, also featuring fellow Meter Russell Baptiste, and they'll stop over at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St. in Boulder, tonight at 10. Tickets are $9.45 in advance ($10.50 day of show); call 290-TIXS.

Sale of the century: There'll be more books than you know what to do with, all at bargain prices, when the Denver Public Library Book Sale kicks off today at the May D&F Plaza, at Court Place on the 16th Street Mall. Bestsellers, thrillers, biographies, children's books and piles of fiction will all be on the block from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow. The sale then moves to Cherry Creek North's Fillmore Plaza, at 1st and Fillmore, where it continues from August 25 through 28. Get there early for the pick of the pile; for details call 640-8948 or 640-8946.

Tuesday August 23 Ragin' Cajun: Edgar Award-winning author James Lee Burke is now eight books into his Dave Robicheaux saga, a series of suspenseful crime novels getting kudos from fellow mystery writers like Elmore Leonard and Tony Hillerman. The Cajun detective Robicheaux returns in Burke's latest, an edge-of-the-seater titled Dixie City Jam. Burke will read some passages and autograph the book tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave. For additional information call 322-7727.

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