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Wednesday May 31 Bottom of the month: A favorite mingle--the Denver Art Museum's Top of the Week spring music series--comes to a close tonight. And what a swinging finale it'll be--with the Queen City Jazz Band's spirited Dixieland-style music accompanying a stroll through selected museum exhibits. Top of the Week takes place at the museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., from 5 to 8; admission is $3 (DAM members free). Call 640-2793.

Thursday June 1 In her own image: Feeling lost? Maybe all you need is to have your consciousness raised. The Industrial Arts Theatre Ensemble's Goddesses: Images in Light--a multi-arts production opening tonight at 7 at the Bug Performance and Media Art Center, 3654 Navajo St.--explores the roots of discrimination toward women while paying homage to feminine wisdom, mythologies, history and personal experience. Which should have you all leaving the place with a rosy new outlook on the state of the gender. Performances continue Thursdays through Sundays until July 2 (no shows June 22-25); for information and reservations call 744-3245.

Friday June 2 Walk that walk: And talk that talk. There'll be plenty of quality schmoozing going on during this month's LoDo First Friday art walk, taking place between 5 and 9 at a multitude of downtown galleries. You'll have a nice selection of shows to peruse, too: At the Metro State Center for the Visual Arts, 1701 Wazee St. (294-5207), a new exhibition--The Artist and the Quilt--celebrates the crossing over of quiltmakers from the realm of functional craft to the pinnacle of fine art. The nearby Robischon Gallery, at 1740 Wazee (298-7788), features Heads: Endangered Species, Colorado artist Floyd Tunson's show of works often touched by a theme of African-American male experience, as well as mixed-media canvases by Mary Ann Jones and large-scale landscapes by Romey Stuckart. Ralph Steadman's drawings and prints continue at 1/1 Gallery, 1715 Wazee (298-9284), and a new architecture-inspired photography show, Envisioning the City, opens tonight at the piazza! AIA Gallery, 1526 15th St. (446-2266). Then it's only a short trek across the Platte Valley to M-Art, a new space located inside the Mackey Gallery, 2900 E. 25th Ave. There you'll get an eyeful of Australian aboriginal art, along with primitive works from Papua New Guinea, at an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Call 455-1157.

Who's on first: That's Dr. Who to you. They're letting all the British television freaks out of the closet this weekend for Britannicon '95, a convention dedicated to fans of hokey sci-fi shlock like Dr. Who and eccentric comedies such as Are You Being Served? In addition to a nonstop Brit video room, an art show, contests, discussions and a dealers' room, the fest features guests of honor Danny John-Jules (the wacky Cat on Red Dwarf) and Paul Darrow (Avon of Blake's Seven). Go on, admit it--you're watching this stuff for the umpteenth time. So go--it all happens today through Sunday at the Sheraton Denver West, 360 Union Blvd. Admission runs from $18 for Sunday only to $30 for the full three days; for information call 978-1155.

Woo the day: The action rarely gets hotter than it does during Festival Hong Kong, a fabulous seriocomic collection of modern Chinese detective/martial-arts flicks being screened Fridays and Saturdays at midnight at the Mayan Theatre through August 19. Catch John Woo's epic Bullet in the Head this weekend; future entries include Woo's Hard-Boiled, a pair of Jackie Chan laughers and a bevy of other films full of flying hands and leaping kicks. The Mayan is located at 1st and Broadway; call 744-6796.

Saturday June 3 Grass menagerie: For better or worse, there's a wildlife refuge out there at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. In order to demonstrate the refuge's efforts to restore the once-prairie to its previous grandeur, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting Prairie Day, a combined open house and National Trails Day slate of events, today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the arsenal. Activities include free fishing for kids (and accompanying adults), appearances by the U.S. Forest Service's magnificent mule train and U.S. Air Force Academy cadets with their live falcon mascots, a restoration project in which teams of school, scout, business or neighborhood groups plant native grasses and shrubs along the arsenal trail system, and a Wildlife Learning Lab for youngsters. Enter the refuge at 72nd and Quebec or 56th and Havana; call 289-0232 to sign up your prairie-restoration group or to make reservations.

Tattoo you: What Lollapalooza? This year's KTCL's Big Adventure alternative-music festival at Fiddler's Green, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., not only features seventeen bands--both national and local--on two stages guaranteed to include something for everyone, but it also will turn itself into a big ol' event, with an on-premises tattoo parlor and food and craft booths galore. Main-stage entertainers, who begin at 1, include Adam Ant, the Samples and locals Lord of Word, while bands including the Ass Ponys and Mudsharks hit the second stage early, beginning at 11:30. For tickets, ranging from $9.33 to $12.50 (plus the usual additional fees), drop by any Rocky Mountain Records or Disc Jockey location.

Sunday June 4 Horsing around: There would be no such thing as an oater if it weren't for the horse--a utilitarian creature that helped forge more than one culture in the developing West. Thundering Hooves: Five Centuries of Horse Power in the American West, a new touring exhibition opening this weekend at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, traces the equine role in four of those distinct cultures--Spanish conquistadors, Mexican vaqueros, indigenous Comanches and American cowboys--using displays of authentic gear, full-scale models, paintings, videos, memorabilia and even a live theater performance. View the exhibit daily through September 4; next Saturday the museum will throw a Fiesta del Vaquero, complete with colorful Hispanic rodeo performers, musicians, dancers, storytellers and more, from noon to 4 p.m. Call 866-3682 for details. Monday June 5 The big Chile: This summer, the Boulder Public Library's Third World Cinema series focuses on Latin America, offering a selection of films from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Cuba. Tonight's entry is the first installment of Patricio Guzman's dramatic historical masterpiece, Battle of Chile, a work detailing the tense ten weeks before and during Salvador Allende's 1973 overthrow. Death follows in the film's shadow: Cameraman Hans Herman inadvertently recorded his own on-screen demise, and cinematographer Jorge Muller "disappeared" with a companion in 1974. Made from sometimes-shocking footage that had to be smuggled out of Chile, the film--painstakingly edited over a period of four years--will be shown in segments on three Monday nights, beginning tonight at 7:30 and continuing at the same time June 12 and 19. Admission, as always, is free; the library is located at 1000 Canyon Blvd., Boulder.

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