THRILLS

Sunday December 11 That cittern something: E-Town does it again. In addition to a smattering of eco-talk, the public radio program will feature a few numbers from Ireland's feisty Boys of the Lough at this week's Boulder Theater taping. Arguably the best of the Celtic folk ensembles, the Boys hold forth on the penny whistle, concertina, mandoline (a kind of long-necked mandolin), uillean pipes, cittern and all that other good Celtic stuff. Tickets to the 7 p.m. program are $6 in advance ($8 day of show); modern folkie Catie Curtis will also be on hand. Call 786-7030.

Monday December 12 Ye merry gentlemen: Amid the profusion of holiday concerts set for this month is a collaboration between the Chamber Orchestra of the West and the Denver Gay Men's Chorus, who join forces under the lovely arched roof of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral for a solid and inspiring evening of seasonal music. A premiere of Stephen Paulus's Organ Concerto, Michael Miller's Christmas Variations, Corelli's Christmas Concerto and a selection of holiday songs will round out the program. St. John's is located at 14th Ave. and Washington St.; for tickets, $15, and additional information, call 777-7372.

Tuesday December 13 A call to arms: The Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, continues its series of decade-by-decade exhibits with Twentieth Century Colorado: The 1940s, Victory Years, which opened Friday and runs through August 1995. As in preceding exhibitions, the show uses artifacts, photographs, costumes and other relics to examine the World War II years from a Colorado perspective, chronicling the stateside war effort--from victory gardens to gas rationing--as well as the lighter side of '40s living. You can browse the exhibit from 10 to 4:30 Monday through Saturday or noon to 4:30 Sunday; guided tours, free with museum admission, are offered every Friday at noon. Call 866-3682.

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