THRILLS

Sunday January 14 Western swing: Providing just the right amalgam for stock-show and King holiday celebrants, the Black American West Museum--at 3091 California St., not far from the north end of Denver's light-rail transit system--blends regional black history with a rugged look at cowboy culture. Currently on display through March 10, the exhibit Jazz: The Freedom Trail of Rhythm explores a time when the museum's surrounding Five Points neighborhood was a jazz mecca, giving our thriving cowtown a back-east sheen of musical sophistication. Jazz pianist Sarah Martha Coney kicks off a series of informal performance/lectures held in conjunction with the exhibit today from 2 to 4; future talks take place at the same time on second Sundays in February and March. Museum admission is $5; for general information or lecture reservations call 292-2566.

Monday January 15 Midnight cowboy: The classic survivor of Los Angeleno excess, singer-songwriter Warren Zevon--whose 1976 self-titled platter has been called "one of the ten best albums of the Seventies"--is far from finished. In fact, he's spent more time on the road lately than the state patrol. And if there's any question in your mind about whether or not the Werewolf of London has lost his bite, simply sample "Rottweiler Blues," co-written by author/journalist Carl Hiaasen and one of the centerpieces of Zevon's new home-recorded platter, Mutineer: It'll take a chunk out of your seat, easy. Zevon appears tonight at 8 at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax; tickets are $15. Call 322-2308 or 830-TIXS.

Tuesday January 16 Free at last: The Boulder Theater, which was reborn late last year under new management, wants to say "Howdy!" in the nicest way possible. To that end, the theater will feature local bands every Tuesday night at the best price anyone could ask for: free. Called Boulder's "Indigenous Rock" Night and hosted by Firefall's Jock Bartley, a bona fide Boulder celeb, the series debuts with music by Love Lies at 8:30 tonight; look for area bands like Durt, Brethren Fast and Carolyn's Mother to perform on future dates. What else do you have to do on a Tuesday night? The Boulder Theater is located at 2030 14th St., just off the Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder; for information call 786-7030.

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