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Sunday March 26 Courage of their convicts: When you attend one of the National Theatre Conservatory's third-year repertory productions, you can give students a boost while giving your entertainment pocketbook a rest. Tonight, for just ten bucks, you can catch Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our God's Country, based on a work by Thomas Kenneally. The story of a group of British convicts who perform a play in Australia and are transformed in the process, Country shows tonight at 6:30 in the cozy but classy Source Theatre in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, 14th and Curtis in the Plex. The play continues on March 30 and April 1; alternating performances of Electra and Orestes, from The Greeks, by John Barton and Kenneth Cavander, will take place on March 28, 29 and 30. Call 893-4100 for times or to reserve tickets.

Monday March 27 Gumps and roses: To slightly mangle Forrest Gump's famous philosophy, the Academy Awards are "like a box of chocolates--you never know what you'll get." In a year represented by both treacly Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction (which ran with a whole other kind of sticky, red, wet stuff), the Denver International Film Society's annual Party With Oscar could be a wilder ride than Oscar-watchers are accustomed to. You might find the denouement more engaging while mingling before a large-screen monitor with well-dressed film buffs. Laugh, cry, sample hors d'oeuvres and hang off the cash bar from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Denver Petroleum Club, 555 17th St.; for tickets, $45 ($40 DIFS members), call 298-8223 or 830-TIXS.

Tuesday March 28 Labeque to Labeque: Concertgoers at Boettcher Hall will fancy up tonight for a benefit for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and featuring French-Basque pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque as special guests. The accomplished sisters, who not only know their way around a keyboard but also boast a vast repertoire that includes both Bach and twentieth-century composers, will perform works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Infante and others beginning at 7:30 p.m. Recital tickets are $10, $25 or $35; a dinner/recital/reception package runs from $100 to $150. Boettcher Hall is located at 14th and Curtis in the Plex; call 986-8742 for reservations.

See sighting: Author Carolyn See is an award-winning novelist, but her latest book is a dark, nonfiction memoir. In Dreaming, See writes wisely and even upliftingly about her family's history of drug and alcohol use, all in the strong voice of someone who's clearly come to terms with her own hard knocks. She'll give a reading and sign copies of the book tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave. in Cherry Creek. Call 322-7727 for information.

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