Thrills for the week

April 22
Skeleton keys: When Fishbone tunes up, the musical result is a funky, rocking, raw, jumpy, jazzy melange that's as much mixed-up fun as anything this side of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Whazzat called? The band christened it "nutmeg," which might imply something sweet and spicy--not to mention that a little bit goes a long way. Nothing fishy about that; get your pinch tonight at 8 at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder; for tickets, $15.75, call 830-TIXS.

April 23
Buddy system: Though he's been plugging away at the trade since his '60s stint as session man for Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, Louisiana bluesman Buddy Guy is now the full-blown heir apparent to those who influenced him--nobody, but nobody, has better blues chops. Lately Guy has been paying updated homage to horn-backed blues artists such as B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland by touring with a big band behind him--a format he'll bring to the Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax, tonight at 8. Admission is $22.50 in advance ($23.50 day of show); call 830-2525 or 1-800-444-SEAT to reserve tickets.

Shot in the dark: Writer/director Dan Bell, born and bred in Denver, brings his first feature, The Shot, to the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, this evening at 7. Filmed in fourteen days for $40,000, the comedy traces the frustrations of two out-of-work actors (Bell and Michael Rivkin) who, as a last resort, steal a big-time director's latest movie and hold it for ransom. As Bell spoofs Hollywood, we fall for the two unhinged heroes. The screening is sponsored by the Denver International Film Society; for information call 322-2308.

April 24
On the corner: If you've ever had that hankering to see how the other half--er, we mean the itty-bitty, tip-top percentile--lives, this year's Junior Symphony Guild Designer Showhouse delivers the goods. Designated the "Corner Chateau," a turreted 1926 Country Club mansion built at 380 Gilpin St. by Denver socialite Charles Sewell Thomas was restored and lushly decorated--all twenty rooms and nine lovely loos of it--by some of the area's top designers for the annual fundraiser. The work of architect Burnham Hoyt (who also drew plans for the Red Rocks Amphitheater and the old section of Denver's Central Library), the mansion will be open to the public daily through May 12. Tour highlights include the hand-polished stucco turret, stairs lined with tree-of-life draperies, and appliqued ceiling ornamentation. Admission is $12 at the door ($10 in advance at King Soopers stores, $5 for children ages two to twelve); call 355-7855. Proceeds benefit guild-sponsored programs for children.

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