Thrills for the week

Peak performance: The Tibetan monks of the Peme Ewam Chogar Monastery now reside in Bir, India, after their original abbey was destroyed by the Chinese in 1959. In an effort to raise funds to rebuild their original home in Tibet, a fifteen-monk troupe is in the area for Rituals From the Rooftop of the World: Lama Dances From Tibet, featuring a rare performance of the Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava. Attendance at the dance--which recounts the varied history of the envoy of Buddhism in Tibet, incorporating exotic, larger-than-life masks, eye-catching costumes and music played on traditional instruments--is said to expose participants to great personal blessings, which is a great deal, considering the tickets are only $12. The monks appear at 7 tonight at the Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., and tomorrow at the Boulder High School Auditorium, 1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; purchase tickets at the door.

Grave circumstances: It's getting to be that creepy, crawly time of year when our thoughts turn to ghastly, ghostly matters associated with Halloween. What better time to Meet the Spirits? Boulder ghosts--some of historical note, others as plain as you and me, and all played by costumed local celebrities, including Mayor Leslie Durgin--will turn out to tell their sad stories today during a tour of Columbia Cemetery, 9th and Pleasant streets, sponsored by the preservation group Historic Boulder Inc. Hear Civil War veterans, Boulder's first dogcatcher, a murdered miner and others today from 10 to 2; tickets, available at the cemetery's Pioneer Gateway entrance, are $4 to $8. For details call 444-5102.

Sunday
October 6
Less is more: The Foothills Art Center, known for its blockbuster juried watermedia and sculpture shows, takes a respite from the sprawl by presenting a trio of intriguing little shows, on display through October 27. The works in Images of India, created by Manick Sorcar, appear at first sight to be simple portraits, painted in traditional Indian style, of famous figures from Gandhi to John and Jackie Kennedy. But a closer gander reveals the unusual materials used, including rice grains, colored spices and crumpled newspapers, to arrange collages as detailed as a Native American sand painting. Quiet Pride, a touring photography exhibit by Robert Clayton, takes a totally different tack, depicting elders of the American West, while Landscapes West features regional paintings by instructor Ray Knaub and other artist-teachers of the Art Students League in Denver. The three exhibits can be seen from 9 to 4 Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 Sunday at the center, 809 15th St., Golden; call 279-3922.

Monday
October 7
In the beginning: The gentle, soft-spoken mannerisms of PBS television journalist Bill Moyers will soon hit the small screen again in Genesis: A Living Conversation, a ten-part series that explores, with help from a lively stable of modern-day thinkers, the ongoing relevance of the Bible's first book to society throughout the ages. Interested? Moyers drops by Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., tonight at 7:30 to discuss the upcoming program, which premieres October 16 on KRMA-TV/Channel 6. Tickets are $12 ($10 KRMA members); call 620-5625 or 892-6666. A pre-lecture patron reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.; tickets, which include special reserved seating at the lecture and a hardbound series companion volume, are $75 ($130 couple) and must be reserved by October 3.

Tuesday
October 8
Just the facts: As presidential-election-year frenzy begins to hit the fan, are you getting a trifle weary of the whole mudslinging festival of big smiles, handshakes, promises, threats and lies? PBS's Frontline helps set things straight tonight with its season opener, The Choice '96, an avowedly nonpartisan double biography of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole that tries to shed a clear, unwavering light on each candidate's individual record and character. You might just be able to make a sane decision come November 5. Tune in from 9 to 11 tonight on KRMA-TV/Channel 6.

Wednesday
October 9
Think about it: More election-year issues should be stirred up when a panel of locals--Rick Ashton of the Denver Public Library, the Tattered Cover's Joyce Meskis, Dusty Saunders of the Rocky Mountain News, Joanne Ostrow of The Denver Post and the Reverend John Thomas of Parkview Congregational Church--get together tonight at 7 at the Tattered Cover's LoDo store, 1628 16th St., for a Freedom of Conscience Public Forum. Personal rights and independent life views will be the subjects at hand; for more information call 436-1070.

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