Thrills for the week

Big boss man: Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee surely has more than his share of insider's yarns to tell. Lucky for us, Bradlee's committed some of them to print in his gabby new memoir, A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures ($14, Simon & Schuster). Journalism's white-collar superstar will share some of that chatter today from 3 to 4 at the newly expanded Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th St. Admission is free; for details call 436-1070.

September 29
Irreverent details: Our first glimpse of Michael Moore--the kind of corporate-political watchdog who never backs down, even when the parti-culars begin to look peculiarly absurd--was as a dogged protagonist in the widely acclaimed Roger and Me, Moore's own documentary about GM auto-plant shutdowns in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Later he transferred his satiric predilections to the boob tube on TV Nation, proving that television doesn't have to be middle-of-the-road. Now he'll address the public in person, shooting out some nervy ideas from his book Downsize This!: Random Threats From an Unarmed American, when he speaks at a variety of metro-area venues today and tomorrow. This afternoon at 4, Moore reads from and signs copies of the book at the Tattered Cover LoDo (1628 16th St., 436-1070); later in the evening, he'll drop by an E-Town radio taping for an interview (Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder, $7-$9, 786-7030). And tomorrow at 7:30, Moore lays himself on the line for inquisitive students (and the rest of us) when he meets the public at the Glenn Miller Ballroom, CU-Boulder campus, to tell all, answer questions and maybe do something to change the world. After all, somebody's got to do it. Call 492-3227.

September 30
Buy the bio: A fascinating figure from the Kennedy era is the focus of author Paul Hendrickson's thorough and compelling biography The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War, a profile that looks both at the life of one of John F. Kennedy's "best and brightest" advisors and at the effects of Secretary of Defense McNamara's now-controversial decisions regarding the escalating war in Vietnam. Hendrickson discusses and autographs copies of the book tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave. For more information call 322-7727.

October 1
Sukkah-coated love: Sukkot is certainly one of the most poignant holidays observed in Judaism, a harvest festival promoting hospitality and charity for wanderers while commemorating Jews who roved through the desert after they fled Egypt. The holiday's most striking symbol is the sukkah, a simple outdoor shelter stocked with harvest bounty, and it's the subject that binds together a group of small shows that opened earlier this month at the Mizel Museum of Judaica, located in the BMH/Beth Joseph Synagogue at 560 S. Monaco Pkwy. Ten professionals each designed a model sukkah for The Chicago Booth Festival: Architects Build Shelters for Sukkot, an artful collection of the cornucopic booths curated by the Spertus Museum in Chicago; Sukkot Hop: Denver Families in Their Sukkot and Habitat for Humanity: The People respectively feature images of religious observance and human generosity taken by documentary photographer Bernard Mendoza. A special holiday reception with family art workshops, a Sukkot talk and refreshments will be held tonight inside of a real sukkah from 7 to 9; the exhibits will be on display through December 4. Call 333-4156 for additional information.

Give the dog a bone: We don't know if it was by design or if it was an act of divine providence, but PBS has a great day of programming centered around some of our most notable sidekicks. You & Your Great Dog, a thirteen-program series on training techniques for the average Joe and his Fido, premieres today at 1 p.m., featuring easy-to-understand instruction provided by professional trainer and host Bonnie Bergin. In a more serious vein (depending on your point of view) is Running Mate, a one-hour look at the unique and changing responsibilities of the vice-presidency, utilizing interviews, historical commentary, political convention footage and priceless stories and images from the past, airing tonight at 9. Candidates and V.P. electees Geraldine Ferraro, Dan Quayle, Walter Mondale and Al Gore are just a few of the politicians you'll see mugging for the camera. So roll over, Rover...or tune in to either program on KRMA-TV/Channel 6.

October 2
Tennessee suds: Pack up your sturm und drang for a night, theatergoers--we all can use a rest from the usual melodra-matics of Tennessee Williams once in a while, can't we? The Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Dr., has featured lately as part of its mid-week theater series The Glass Mendacity, a silly spoof on the Williams way with words. Who says you can't have fun on a Wednesday night? The parody's run wraps up this evening with a final 7:30 performance; for more information or to reserve tickets, $8, call 595-3821.

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