Thrills for the week

And what else can you do with the kids while you're rushing around? The Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave., sponsors a Jewish Heritage Storytime, also with Schwartz and a group of literary youngsters, today at 1. Call 322-7727. Or expose the tykes to a more multicultural storytelling feast: The Denver Public Library sponsors Tellabration '96, a free, story-filled afternoon featuring Jewish and Yiddish tale-spinner Rosalyn Kirkel, along with ten other anecdotists who range in oeuvre from mountain tall tales to Celtic legends. The event takes place from 2 to 4 in the Central Library children's pavilion, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.; call 640-6384.

November 25
Tomb town: Intrigued by the Denver Museum of Natural History's blockbuster exhibit Imperial Tombs of China? The museum offers an opportunity to dig beneath the show's ornate surface with a series of special multi-lecture courses. One such five-part series, Discovery and Invention: A Deeper Look, begins tonight at 6:30 with a talk on jade; future installments, each delivered by experts on subjects ranging from field archaeology to forensic science, will take place once a month through March at the museum, 2001 Colorado Blvd. The course fee is $85 ($75 museum members); pre-registration is required. Call 322-7009 for reservations.

November 26
Bowing out: The deep-toned cello knows no rival in terms of bittersweet, vibrant sonority--especially when handled by the likes of virtuoso Lynn Harrell, a New York product who worked his way from Juilliard to the Cleveland Orchestra at age eighteen. Two years later he became the ensemble's principal cellist. Since that time, the now-solo Harrell has garnered a landslide of awards for his stunning musicianship. In a rare Denver coup, he'll perform in recital as a guest of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra tonight at 7:30 in Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th and Curtis in the Plex. Admission ranges from $5 to $38; to reserve tickets call 830-TIXS.

I led two lives: Few of us can boast a more unusual rite-of-passage experience than Frontline producer June Cross. The biracial daughter of a white woman and Jimmy Cross, a black vaudeville performer known as half of the comedy team "Stump & Stumpy," she was sent as a child to live with a black foster family after her parents split up. Cross's mother, Norma, later married white actor Larry Storch, and the girl went on to spend her summers in the show-biz world of Hollywood, returning in the fall to Atlantic City, where her African-American "Aunt" Peggy resided. Now she's put the pieces of that past together in Secret Daughter, a new Frontline offering that chronicles Cross's fractured childhood. The program, a dynamic and unforgettable autobiographical journey crisscrossed with glamour and questions of prejudice and salvation, airs tonight at 9 on KRMA-TV/Channel 6.

November 27
Kettle to the metal: Well, ring our chimes! It's that's time of year again, when Salvation Army bell-ringers clap on their clappers at more than 150 kettle sites around metro Denver. To kick off this season's fund drive, the Army will sponsor a Christmas bash at The Shops at Tabor Center, 16th and Lawrence streets, today at noon. Scheduled to spread holiday cheer at the lunchtime gala are the Colorado Chorale Victorian Singers, the Army's own brass and jazz ensembles and, yes, that jolly old elf himself, Denver mayor Wellington Webb. Santa Claus will even be there. It's all free, of course--but for the next few weeks, donations will be accepted.

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