Sunday September 24 The Goodwin war: After her memorable contributions to Ken Burns's Baseball, it's hard to remember that Doris Kearns Goodwin is much more than an eloquent, consummate fan. The political analyst and historian is also a fine author of profiles from American history, including her latest, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, a versatile chronicle that explores the war years from both sweeping and intimate points of view. Goodwin will autograph copies of the book today at 1:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th St. Call 436-1070.

Rock around the clock: Capturing a genre as vital, changeable and many-armed as the American phenomenon of rock music is no easy task, but a crack PBS team aided by critic/historian Robert Palmer seems to have done it justice. Rock & Roll, a ten-part series to be shown marathon-style in pairs over five consecutive nights on KRMA-TV/Channel 6, starts out with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis and doesn't hesitate to explore every musical side road, all the way to the hip-hop horizon of the '90s. Tonight at 8, parts one and two dive right in, featuring interviews with early studio geniuses Sam Phillips, Dave Bartholomew and Marshall Chess, as well as soul and pop songwriting stars like Leiber and Stoller, Carole King and Brian Wilson. Tune in at the same time nightly, through Thursday, for future installments exploring the disparate, wonderful worlds and progenitors of folk rock, Motown and Stax soul music, English blues rock, acid rock, underground rock, funk, punk and rap. As far as we can tell, it's here to stay.

Monday September 25 Goalie rush: Now that the colors have been chosen (kind of a maroon and blue, it seems), the logo perfected (a big, whooshy snow-wrapped A) and the uniforms unveiled (a combination of the two), Denver will inaugurate its status as a four-sport major-league city when the puckish Colorado Avalanche makes a National Hockey League debut during a test-run faceoff against the St. Louis Blues tonight at McNichols Arena. Cheer for the muckety-mucks: To purchase tickets for the 7 p.m. exhibition game--or for the upcoming season, with home games beginning October 6--call 830-TIXS.

Tuesday September 26 San Francisco treat: Don't be fooled by the name--T.J. Kirk is not a William Shatner tribute band. Rather, the San Francisco quartet draws its title from three musical icons--spacey pianist Thelonius Monk, funky James Brown and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the circular-breathing monster who free-blew two horns at once. T.J. Kirk, which features three guitarists--eight-string phenom Charlie Hunter (who takes care of the high notes and the bass lines at the same time), Will Bernard and John Schott--along with drummer Scott Amendola, will bring jazz-funk hybrid tunes like "Ruby, It's a Man's World, My Dear" to the Bluebird Theater stage, 3317 E. Colfax, tonight at 8. Admission is a mere five bucks. Call 322-2308.

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