Thrills for the week

The indigenous music of Argentina's Andean neighbors, performed on a rough-hewn collection of indigenous pipes, flutes, drums and stringed instruments, will provide a folksy counterpoint to the elegant tango when Chaskinakuy, a non-South American duo, perform their plaintive and authentic mountain melodies tonight at 8 at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, 1905 S. Pearl St. Tickets go for $12 ($10 Swallow Hill members); call 777-1003.

March 30
Field of dreams: Baseball, more than any other sport, sings with promise each spring--it just seems to stand up with its hand over its heart, ready to belt out the national anthem into crisp spring skies. So it isn't quite opening day. So what? When the Colorado Rockies meet the Kansas City Royals this afternoon for a 1:05 exhibition game at Coors Field, it might as well be, this being the first year of interleague play (and--we can only hope--the comeback year for pitcher Bill Swift). Pray for sun and call 1-800-388-7625 for ticket availability.

March 31
Up against the wall: An ancient artform goes thoroughly modern--with astonishing and attractive results--at the American Tapestry Biennial I, currently on display at the Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. Featuring 34 handwoven works by artists from around the world, the touring show, whose Foothills stop is its last, is a paean to a painstaking and detailed genre of artistry once parceled out by artists to unsung weavers, who completed the complicated hangings. Nowadays, the artists do their own designing and weaving, using personal imagery. The biennial remains on display at the center through April 13; a complementary exhibit of contemporary quilts completes the viewing experience. Call 279-3922.

April 1
Road show: Leave your preconceptions at home for this gallery exhibit: Tonight at 10, the adult-sized kinetic pull-toys of sculptor Diana Ruthers will be promenaded down Boulder's Pearl Street Mall under the moon and stars in what is being called the CAROUSE'lle procession. Accompanied by musicologist John Galm, participants then make their way to the CU-Boulder Art Galleries, located on campus in the Sibell-Wolle Fine Arts Building. Once inside, the actual exhibit, called Rehumanizing Constructs, will remain on display through April 12; an opening reception of the usual sort takes place April 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. The gallery is open daily; call 492-8300 for hours and other information.

April 2
Big Broder is watching you: Someone's got to do it. National politicos need their watchdogs, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post political columnist and news-show pundit David S. Broder has taken on the job with a sage and adept style. He's not always in the limelight, but he's not a man to be taken lightly, either. So it ought to be well worth a listen when the unassuming Broder, appearing as the University of Denver's Edward W. Estlow lecturer, gives a talk titled "The System Needs a Change: A Band-Aid Won't Do It," tonight at 7 at the Driscoll University Center Ballroom, 2055 E. Evans Ave., on the DU campus. Following the free lecture, the First Amendment Congress will recognize Broder with its first Anvil of Freedom Award, given to figures deemed most influential in promoting issues of freedom of speech and the press. To reserve a seat for the event, call 871-2360.

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