Thrills for the week

April 27
Run, don't walk: In reality, you can take your pick at the Cherry Creek Sneak, one of the largest annual run/walk events in Colorado. There's a category for everyone participating in this popular tourney, from a five-mile course for competitive runners to an easy-on-the-dogs half-mile event for children ten and under; just about anything and everything--right down to wheelchairs and baby strollers--falls in between. Advance entry fees are $20 for adults ($28 on race day) and $13 for children ten and under or seniors sixty and older; proceeds benefit the Children's Museum of Denver. For details, call 394-RACE.

Wheels of fortune: Truly an endangered species, Tibetan Sacred Art and Books are beautiful, detailed and spiritually charged works well worth saving from systematic destruction by the Chinese government that banned them. Luckily, a cache of Tibetan treasures, including hand-lettered books and delicately illustrated mandalas and banners, has been smuggled out of Tibet by Buddhist refugees. Collected and preserved in this country by Dharma Publishing of Berkeley, California, a selection of the rescued works goes on display today in the seventh-floor Vida Ellison Gallery of Denver's Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. View the artifacts during regular library hours through June 6.

April 28
Eye on the world: Kids love to be right in the thick of things, even--or especially--when the "things" happen to include visions of ooey, gooey, steaming magma, mudpots and geysers. This year's JASON Project VIII: Journey From the Center of the Earth cables live, interactive video footage from research locations in geothermal areas in Yellowstone National Park and Iceland to special sites around the world. And who's watching? You got it: a bunch of sludge-loving kids fascinated by the wonders of natural science. JASON broadcasts will be aired through May 9 at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. daily except Sunday at the Denver Museum of Natural History, 2001 Colorado Blvd.; young armchair explorers can also access the JASON Project Homepage, featuring graphics, video, sound clips and educational exercises at Admission to JASON only is $3 to $4; those wishing to visit other museum exhibits must also pay the regular general admission fee. Call 322-7009.

April 29
The great American novel: One of our finer fiction writers, Robert Boswell, scores another victory for the American novel with his latest, American Owned Love. The 1996 Evil Companions Literary Award winner reads from the new book, which, like his previous works, focuses on modern interpersonal dynamics, tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave.; call 322-7727.

April 30
Dream on: The many films of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa swing widely between grand historical epics in the Seven Samurai mold and sensitive social dramas such as Ikuru and Dodes'ka-den. They all share qualities lent by Kurosawa's artful and personal vision, but one film, Dreams, made by the eighty-year-old cinema legend in 1990, displays those characteristics in their purest form. A loose collection of eight visionary and vividly painted stories, Dreams has been called Kurosawa's most intimate and autobiographical work. A small yet culminating offering by a great master, the film screens tonight at 7 and 9:15 in CU-Boulder's Muenzinger Auditorium as part of the school's ongoing International Film Series. Admission is $3.50 ($3 for CU students with ID); call 492-1531 for information.

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