THRILLS

Sunday November 13 Hula hoot: The beauty of American music is its own lovely, rampant tendency to cross-pollinate. Blues and bluegrass mingle, as do jazz and country music. And way off in Hawaii, a cowboy's slide guitar found its way into native hands, birthing a sound as unique and soothing as an island breeze. Slack key guitar, named for its specific, lazy tuning, has no greater champion than Ray Kane, an unassuming and friendly instrumental master much admired by studious musical folks like Ry Cooder and David Lindley. Kane and fellow slacker Keola Beamer are special guests at tonight's E-Town taping, which takes place before a live audience at 7 in the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder. And for the $6 admission price ($8 day of show), you also get a second crack at Trout Fishing in America (see Friday). Call 786-7030.

Monday November 14 The psychological approach: Think this one through. That's sound advice for Dr. Alan Gregory, the psychologist protagonist of Stephen White's bestselling thriller Private Practices. Gregory is back, this time backing up his lady love in her investigation of a murder case, in White's new book, which delves analytically into Mormon culture while solving the mystery. White will speak and autograph copies of Higher Authority tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave. For details call 322-7727.

Tuesday November 15 Emerald city: Add one part Buzzcocks, one part West Coast angst, a dash of Clash and a sprinkle of, oh, Billy Idol, and you'll probably come up with something remarkably similar to Green Day. Funny, high-strung and decadently retro, front man Billie Joe and band dish up new wave and manage to sound completely fresh, like they'd dreamed it up themselves. That must be why they were such a big hit at Woodstock II. Tonight the yellow brick road leads to the Mammoth Events Center, 1510 Clarkson St., where Pansy Division opens for Green Day at 7. Tickets are $15; call 830-2525 or 290-TIXS.

Renaissance man: People like Rolling Stone Ron Wood need to relax, too. And in Wood's case, that means putting his guitar up on the wall long enough to sketch photorealistic renditions of his bandmates and contemporaries. It's no news that they go for a pretty penny, too. Around forty of Wood's works, including color serigraphs of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash (that one includes Slash's John Hancock alongside Wood's), will be on display at the Circle Gallery of Cherry Creek, 221 Detroit St., today through December 11. An opening reception will be held this evening from 6 to 8; call 377-8706 for information.

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