The talk of Broadway is coming to Denver, so hold on to your hats for a Windy City ride: The award-winning Chicago, with actor Alan Thicke starring as two-bit barrister Billy Flynn, opens tonight at 8 for a run at the Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex. The roaring-Twenties tale mixes murder, mayhem and some jazzy dancing, daily except Mondays through June 14; admission ranges from $20 to $58. For reservations call 893-4100 or 830-TIXS.
One of black America's most celebrated authors, Gloria Naylor, reached her literary pinnacle simply by writing about what she knew best--common people's lives, lived out in a neighborhood not unlike the one where she grew up. Her best-known work, The Women of Brewster Place, was made into a television movie with Oprah Winfrey; now she's written a sequel, The Men of Brewster Place, which returns to the neighborhood for a masculine look at life there. Naylor will read from her works and sign copies of the new book tonight at 7 at the Denver Central Library, 14th and Broadway. Tickets are $16 to $18; call 640-6375.
Anyone with a hankering to rip it up mid-week won't want to miss The Big 6, a British band that swings through every kind of trendy dance music around, from rockabilly to ska, with, well, rip-it-up results. The combo, brimming with genre-crossing appeal, performs tonight at 8 at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave.; for tickets, $6, call 830-TIXS or 322-2308.