Thrills for the week

April 8
It's a kick: It doesn't get any better than this for area dance enthusiasts: The Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world's most respected troupes, performs tonight in Boulder as a guest of the University of Colorado's excellent Artist Series. Three Taylor works--"Cloven Kingdom," "Musical Offering" and "Offenbach Overtures"--will grace the stage at 8 at Macky Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus. Admission ranges from $10 to $35; for reservations call 492-8008.

Shooting to kill: Provocative issues raised recently in the Denver Post about the authenticity--or lack thereof--of events filmed for television nature programs get a local workout tonight on How Wild America?, an evening of related programming put together by KBDI-TV/Channel 12. Controversial scenes from Marty Stouffer's Wild America and the entire Nature segment "Jaguar: Year of the Cat" kick off the evening, followed by a live discussion show moderated by local talk-show personality Erin Hart at 8. Adding to the contentious pot is an episode of Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild, which airs at 9 and features the notorious rock star/bow hunter stalking prey, as well as the Nuge's own taped interview about the show's subject matter. It's not the usual couch-potato fare; tune in beginning at 7.

April 9
Dead reckoning: The true story behind Tim Robbins's film Dead Man Walking is the subject of Angel on Death Row, tonight's installment of the PBS documentary series Frontline. The real-life views of Sister Helen Prejean, the Baton Rouge nun who served as spiritual advisor to four men on death row, are presented in counterpoint to those expressed by Elizabeth and Vernon Harvey, whose daughter Faith Hathaway was murdered by one of Prejean's wards. Also included are the varying perspectives of such people as rape victim Debbie Morris and Deputy Sheriff Mike Varnado, who found Hathaway's body, offering a well-rounded look at the issues surrounding the death penalty. Frontline airs at 9 on KRMA-TV/Channel 6.

April 10
Big fish in a little sea: Anyone who's ever told a story about the one who got away will feel vindicated viewing The Living Sea, the latest four-story-high feature on the Denver Museum of Natural History's IMAX screen. Narrated by Meryl Streep (who knows what accent she'll be using--Atlantis-speak?) and featuring music by nature-lover Sting, the IMAX voyage to the bottom of the sea is a visual extravaganza of huge jellyfish and whales, coral reefs and crashing waves. The Living Sea shows daily through September 26; admission is $4 to $5 (museum/IMAX combination tickets available); for showtimes or reservations call 322-7009.

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