Thrills for the week

Mobile village: Anyone who can go--on two legs, a set of wheels or even hands and knees--is welcome at SafeHouse Denver Heels and Wheels. The annual fundraiser expands this year from a women-only 5K run/walk to an event that not only includes the former but also incorporates a coed competitive run for families; a relaxed roller event for people with strollers, trikes, wagons and wheelchairs; and an unprecedented diaper dash for cooing creepy crawlers. Heels and Wheels takes place between 8:30 and noon this morning in City Park; for information and fees, call 892-8400, ext. 236.

June 10
Brave new world, again: Back in the '70s (if you're moldy enough to remember them firsthand), cookbook author Anna Thomas led the way for fledgling hippie vegetarians looking for elegant alternatives to the usual meatless mushes of rice, broccoli, beans and tofu: Her Vegetarian Epicure books refined a potentially boring cuisine with international and gourmet cooking references. Now Thomas is back with The New Vegetarian Epicure, an update geared to fat-conscious families of the '90s and cooks who don't have time to watch their bread rise. She'll be on hand today from 12:30 to 2 for a book signing and recipe tasting at the Peppercorn, 1235 Pearl St., in downtown Boulder; for additional information call 449-5847.

June 11
The joint is jumpin': The Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin', boisterously based on the inimitable compositions of Fats Waller, is enjoying a stunning revival on tour, with the talented Pointer Sisters--Anita, June and Ruth--taking the helm and belting out the songs. The award-winning show--a romp through the golden age of the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom, sporting glamorous period costumes designed by sequin-meister Bob Mackie--opens tonight at 8 for a two-week stand at the Auditorium Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex. Admission ranges from $15 to $50; performances continue nightly except Mondays, with matinees offered on Saturdays and Sundays, through June 23. For showtimes and reservations call 893-4100 or 830-TIXS.

June 12
Hear no evil: The annual Chautauqua Silent Film Series, which quietly commenced last week, continues tonight with Lon Chaney in the 1925 flick The Phantom of the Opera, considered by most to be the best film version of this classic tale. A live quintet, the Mont Alto Theater Ensemble, will accompany the vengeful Phantom as he carries out his tortured doings, which include the hideous two-strip Technicolor "Mask of the Red Death" sequence not seen in later cuts of the film. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Audito-rium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder; admission is $5 ($3.50 children). Call 440-7666 for more information or a schedule of future films.

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