Thrills for the week

Meanwhile, Gould's own Camera Obscura Gallery, 1309 Bannock St., has a dandy of a show itself. Still in the Dark: Recent Work by Jerry Uelsmann features the artist's ethereal multiple-image works in which clouds float across ceilings and angels rise mystically from unknown waters. Uelsmann shuns high-tech techniques like digital manipulation, preferring instead to painstakingly create his unearthly montages strictly in the darkroom. His marvelous hand-wrought visions will hang at the gallery through July 27; call 623-4059.

June 15
Blade offering: Summer's here, but you can put it on ice for the afternoon when teenage ice ace Tara Lipinski and a cool coterie of fellow skaters show up at McNichols Arena for the Campbell's Soups 1997 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions. Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan and a stunning troupe of spinning, looping, leaping maniacs join Lipinski today at 3; for information and tickets call 830-TIXS.

June 16
Local heroes: It isn't easy being a rock star--or acting like one. So Todd Park Mohr and bandmates Rob Squires and Brian Nevin aren't having any of it. Never mind that Big Head Todd and the Monsters boast gold and platinum albums on record-store shelves; believe it or not, they're still just hometown boys. Boulder's favorite sons pay a visit tonight to E-Town, the local public-radio show recorded at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St. Tickets to the 7 p.m. program are $11 (with a four-per-person limit); call 786-7030.

June 17
Brave new world: Boulder's an interesting place for music fans to be tonight, as well. A pair of trendsetters from both the old and the new school will hit Boulder stages this evening.

Landing feet first at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., is Johnny Cash, country music's Man in Black and a true American original. The legendary Cash, whose latest CD, Unchained, features Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsay Buckingham, Flea and Marty Stuart, among others, just keeps growing as an artist. Cuts on the album vary from a Jimmie Rodgers ballad first recorded in the year Cash was born to Seattle-scene dropout Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage," not to mention Beck's "Rowboat." One can only imagine what falls in between. Cash, an iconoclast for the ages, performs at 8:30; for tickets, $37 to $40, or additional information, call 786-7030 or 830-TIXS.

Up on Boulder's notorious Hill, indie rockers Yo La Tengo will conduct a whole different kind of experiment when they make swell electric noise on stage at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St. Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $9.45; call 443-3399 or 830-TIXS for information and reservations.

June 18
The Beats go on: The recent death of Beat kingpin Allen Ginsberg spawned many eulogistic gatherings, but maybe you've been waiting for just the right one. Memory Gardens: A Tribute to Allen Ginsberg, which takes place tonight at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, has all the earmarks of a winner. Organized by the Naropa Institute's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (a pet project of Ginsberg's), the event will include a sparkling representation of American poets and Ginsberg contemporaries. Robert Creeley, Anne Waldman, Bobbie Louise Hawkins and Jack Collom are some of the names who'll step up to the podium. Tickets range from $10.50 to $12.60 (proceeds benefit Naropa's Students for Ethnic Inclusion program and the Zora Neale Hurston scholarship fund); call 546-3540.

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