The sounds of nature intersect with music today when the Colorado Symphony Orchestra/7News Family Concert Series presents The Voice of the Planet, a musical paean to the aural environment that's especially tailored to youthful sensibilities. Featuring the West African rhythms of the Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble, choreography by the David Taylor Dance Theatre, booming solo work by CSO tympanist Bill Hill and stormy lighting effects by Philip Heister, the program takes on weather, the ocean, the rainforest and Hill's original work Funky Little Crustaceans today at 2:30 at Boettcher Hall, 14th and Curtis in the Plex. It may sound like kid stuff to you, but a good time is guaranteed to everyone in the hall. Admission is $7 to $13; call 830-TIXS.
For some of us, there's really only one awards show that matters. And even if we're not quite sure why they're so enduringly important, the Academy Awards are just that much more elegant, glamorous, prestigious, hokey and enthralling than all the rest. Good reason, then, to dress up for the Denver Film Society's annual Party With Oscar, beginning at 6 at the Westin Hotel Tabor Center, 1672 Lawrence St. As always, there'll be giant screens and additional monitors blasting the ceremonies your way direct from Hollywood, a light buffet and ballots for a "Predict the Winners" contest ($5 each, $12 for three or $20 for six). Admission ranges from $45 to $55; call the film society at 595-3458.
Why is this night different from all other nights? If you don't know the answer, then hie on over to Passover University, taking place tonight from 7 to 9:30 at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. Interfaith couples stumbling into shared rituals for the first time might also want to attend a special 5:30 p.m. dinner preceding the one-night educational event. And there's no reason for those steeped in Judaic culture to stay away, either--classes in gourmet Passover cooking and crypto-Jewish perspectives on the holiday will be offered right alongside "How to Lead a Seder" and other basics. Don't leave the kids at home--there are hands-on activities planned for them as well. Admission is $5 in advance ($7 day of event); reservations are required. Call 399-2660, ext. 161.
Chef John Ash, a prolific cookbook author and culinary director of Fetzer Vineyards in California, has written the book--literally--on "The Art of Food and Wine Pairing," the theme of tonight's Share Our Strength Benefit Dinner. Ash, along with several local chefs and a fine selection of Fetzer and Bonterra wines, will preside tonight at 6 at Assignments Restaurant, located at the Colorado Institute of Art's School of Culinary Arts, 675 S. Broadway. Reservations are required, and admission is $100 per person; call 778-6625.