Thrills for the week

February 25
Prized piper: A Juilliard School graduate and the first flutist to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Marina Piccinini has been received with nothing less than awestruck applause since her career revved up in the '80s. Since then, Piccinini has toured the world, wowing crowds everywhere with richly colored, virtuoso musicianship. The renowned flutist appears this afternoon at 4 in a concert of works by Beethoven, Bach, Foss, Strauss and Godard in Grusin Hall, Imig Music Building, CU-Boulder campus; tomorrow, Piccinini gives a free master class at 10:30 a.m., again in Grusin Hall. Concert tickets are $18; call 492-8008 for reservations.

February 26
Jazz tap: Light-and-easy pop jazz will flow along with the microbrews for the KHIH Monday Night Jazz Club series beginning tonight at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, where bandleader, guitarist and composer Bobby Caldwell performs at 8. Rounding out the series are Kevin Toney (March 25) and Boney James (April 29); a ticket package for all three shows is available for $55 by calling Ticketmaster, 830-TIXS. Single-show tickets will be sold at the door only, if available; for additional information call the Bluebird, 322-2308.

February 27
Hunter and the hunted: Possibly best known by his pen name, Ed McBain, mystery author Evan Hunter delivers everything one expects from a hard-boiled detective novel in his newest--including adultery, incest and attendant guilt and anguish. Hunter--appearing as Hunter--will read from and autograph copies of Privileged Conversations tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave. in Cherry Creek. But if you're nice, maybe he'll sign your McBain titles, too. Call 322-7727.

Food in mouth: There's nothing like stuffing your face for a cause. At Great Chefs of the West you should have no problem finding something to eat--tantalizing dishes will be prepared by a who's who of the Denver area's best. Two dozen of those saute-pan-wielding men and women in the big white hats will toss in a little of this and a little of that; all you have to do is sit down and pig out, while your $65 tab benefits the National Kidney Foundation. It takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 1550 Court Pl.; for advance tickets call 729-5151.

February 28
Mardi Gras mambo: What a coup--it's Mardi Gras and Louisiana's rocking Cajun, Zachary Richard, is only thirty minutes away in Boulder, performing tonight at the Fox Theater, 1135 13th St. Don't ask why, cher--just throw on your beads and feathers and prepare to boogie. The Zukes of Zydeco warm things up at 8 p.m.; for tickets, $15.75, call 447-0095 or 830-TIXS. Let the good times roll!

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