Once you've committed to the benefit beat, why not write Comic Relief on your card for tonight? The local version, an evening of improv comedy presented by Impulse Theater, will also include a raffle for a trip for two to the national Comic Relief show in New York City. The laughs begin at 7 p.m. at 1634 18th St. (downstairs at the Wynkoop Brewing Company); to reserve tickets, $25, call 297-2111. Proceeds benefit programs of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
The enduring mystery and romance of Arthurian legend seems to provide generation after generation with a never-ending supply of fuel for the imagination. As a result, there's no dearth of related culture--literature, songs, dances, plays and glorious illustrations. The Many Realms of King Arthur, a traveling exhibition of the American Library Association that documents all things Arthurian, from poems to video games, takes fanciful flight today at the Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Greenwood Village, where it will remain on view through August 2. Koelbel is one of only two Colorado libraries where the exhibit will be shown; for more information call 798-2444.
Great plays from little scripts must grow, and in that spirit, the annual US West TheatreFest pays homage to the new by giving public exposure to works by emerging playwrights. The performances, presented as readings in repertory at the Ricketson Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex, represent a varied spectrum, covering free-ranging topics from the dying days of Tolstoy to Latina culture. One-time readings of the eight plays will be performed at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, today through June 12. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 893-4100.
Lights, camera, action--the only thing missing is the sound, which, in the case of the Colorado Chautauqua Silent Film Series, isn't really much of a loss. The annual series spotlights films that were meant to be enjoyed sans dialogue, and the only way to find out why is to go see for yourself. Early star Mary Pickford flickers on the screen in Ernst Lubitsch's 1925 film Rosita to live accompaniment by the Mont Alto Theatre Orchestra tonight at 7:30 at the Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd., Boulder. A piece of primordial Disney animation, Alice's Eggplant, will also be shown. Admission ranges from $4 to $6; call 440-7666.