Thrills for the week

May 6
Risky business: Abducted by members of the Islamic Jihad in 1985, professor and Colorado native Tom Sutherland spent close to seven years in a Beirut prison before being released with fellow hostage Terry Waite. During his incarceration, his wife and fellow educator, Jean Sutherland, remained involved on the other side of the cell bars, working to both free her husband and ensure him more humane treatment. Now back at home in Fort Collins, the Sutherlands have co-written At Your Own Risk, a double-sided account of their intertwined experiences throughout the ordeal. The couple will discuss the book tonight at 7 at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., as guests of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation's Authors on Stage series. A Meet the Authors Reception precedes the program at 5:30, across the street at the University Club, 1673 Sherman St. Program admission ranges from $10 to $17; the reception is an additional $30. For reservations call 640-6375.

May 7
East of Eden: Romanian defector and writer Petru Popescu is in the American literary limelight with the release of his novel Almost Adam, the engaging premise of which centers on a paleoanthropologist's discovery of an eight-year-old protohuman boy in the modern-day African savanna. It's rumored that the book may soon be a major motion picture. Popescu visits the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave., for a reading and book-signing tonight at 7:30; for details call 322-7727.

May 8
Wu-Tang Indian: The nine-MC Staten Island rap collective known as the Wu-Tang Clan made waves with brilliant off-the-cuff efforts such as Enter the Wu-Tang, then birthed separate projects, including one by Chef Raekwon, lead rapper in the clan's debut single "Protect Ya Neck." Raekwon loosens his copious wordplay with help from accomplice Tony Starks, the Ghostface Killer, tonight at 7 at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15.75; call 447-0095 or 830-

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