THRILLS

Sunday May 21 All the world's on stage: From the Anoush Armenian Dancers to the Cajun Zukes of Zydeco, performers at this year's Norwest Culturefest are anything but similar. Close to fifty multicultural music and dance groups from around the region will turn the University of Denver grounds (off University Boulevard between Evans and Asbury avenues) into a mini-voyage around the globe. And it'll all be augmented by the presence of ethnic food and craft vendors. The festival, which will take place rain or shine between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, is free; bike racks and parking will be available on campus. For information call 871-4626.

Monday May 22 This bud's for you: Well, you can't say the current presidency hasn't been marked by its share of soap-operatic fallout. Believe the stories or not, you'll probably know more than you ever wanted to after reading the revelatory memoir Gennifer Flowers: Passion and Betrayal, written by former Clinton paramour (or so she says) and recent Denver transplant Gennifer Flowers. How does her garden grow? Get the insider's perspective--Flowers will autograph the potboiler today at noon at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave. in Cherry Creek. For additional information call 322-7727.

Sweetening the pot: Sweet tooth got you in its grip? Feed the fire at Desserts With CARE, a sumptuous dessert benefit sponsored by philanthropic Starbucks Coffee. Along with the dangerous goodies, prepared by twenty Denver chefs, you'll get to sample dessert wines, flowing bubbly and/or freshly brewed cups of the Starbucks mainstay; by the time you wipe your lips, CARE will have a few more dollars in its public-serving coffers. Satisfy your cravings from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Westin Hotel Tabor Center, 1672 Lawrence St.; call 692-9622 for reservations.

Tuesday May 23 Back to the country: The band called Uncle Tupelo was hatched in a flood of thrash and later settled down into a countrified groove reminiscent of country rockers from Gram Parsons to Neil Young. That backwoods bent culminated in Anodyne, an acclaimed CD considered the group's signature piece. And apparently, its swan song--the band broke up shortly after Anodyne's release. Led by Tupelo founder Jeff Tweedy, Wilco--which also includes several other ex-Tupelos--picks up the pieces aptly, tailoring the twang into a familiar yet new sound. Wilco performs tonight at 9 at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, as part of a strong bill also featuring guitarist Kevin Salem, who has backed acts as varied as Freedy Johnston and Yo La Tengo. Tickets are $8.40; call 447-0095 or 830-

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