Thrills for the week

May 18
Twist, don't shout: Sometimes a juggling act just isn't as simple as three pins whirling through the air. When Michael Moschen is involved, it's more of an artwork in motion--visually beautiful, mysterious and not quite like anything you've seen before. Moschen, out of whom you won't hear a peep on stage, juggles everything from gleaming crystal balls to flaming torches, all with extraordinary grace and attention to the multi-dimensional compositions created. Moschen appears tonight at 7:30 at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., for one performance only; to purchase tickets, $16.50 to $24.50, call 830-TIXS.

Chants encounter: There's another unusual sort of magician in the area today. Vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin, whose facile and adventurous pipes go places no man has gone before, stops over this afternoon at 4 for an E-Town radio taping at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder, on his way to a season-opening 7:30 show at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. The eclectic performer's latest recording project, Circlesongs, made with a twelve-voice a cappella choir in tow, wordlessly borrows from world music traditions, traveling, tune by tune, from Africa to Asia to the Caribbean. It's what McFerrin calls "ancestral" music, and it's mighty compelling stuff, especially when given the unique McFerrin treatment. Folk/pop harpist Dee Carstensen also appears at E-Town (for tickets, $9 to $11, call 786-7030). Admission to the full-length Chautauqua performance is $22 or $25; call 440-7666 or 830-TIXS for reservations.

May 19
Trail miss: A little slice of regional history comes your way in VanAnn Moore's one-woman characterization with music, Susan Shelby Magoffin on the Santa Fe Trail. The dramatic presentation, an interesting and different view of life in the West, begins at 7 p.m. at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway; for ticket information and reservations, which are required, call the Colorado Historical Society at 866-4686.

May 20
Tin pan alley: Nobody makes a more joyful noise--or collection of noises--than Stomp, an eight-member percussion ensemble that will bang on, well, just about anything: garbage cans, hubcaps, Zippo lighters, you name it. If it can sweep, click, thump, clang or bump, Stomp--seen nationally everywhere from the Academy Awards to a Coke commercial--has no compunction about incorporating it into the act. Found-instrument pioneer John Cage must be grinning in his grave.

You, on the other hand, will be grinning, tapping, rocking and rolling in your seat when Stomp comes to town, bringing its enormously popular stage show for a six-day run at the Auditorium Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex. The group performs today through Friday at 8, at 5 and 9 Saturday, and at 7 Sunday; to reserve tickets, $19 to $37.50 (all seats $19 tonight only), call 893-4100 or 830-TIXS.

May 21
Snap judgments: A couple of fine contemporary photography shows, both hanging around town since April, are about to wrap up their respective runs, so if you want to see them in black-and-white--or color--mark your calendar now.

Reflections of Change, a national juried exhibition of works by women photojournalists, can be viewed free of charge at Republic Plaza, 370 17th St. A themed tribute to the feminine eye featuring an expansive scope and a variety of images, the show closes May 29. For information call 733-1868 or 595-7000.

Finishing its vibrant visit at Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, is Cuba: Siempre Viva, a hard-hitting look at modern-day Cuban life as seen through the lenses of ten photographers, eight of them Cuban and two North American. That show ends May 31; museum admission is $1 to $3 (members and children under ten free). Call 571-4401 for details.

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