If you missed communion today, make amends this afternoon at Wines of the Southern Hemisphere. Sponsored by Total Beverage, a tippler's superstore now open in Thornton, this fundraiser/taster for the Denver School of the Arts is pouring 100 versions of sanguine sustenance from Australia, New Zealand and other southerly regions. The $25 ticket ($40 for couples) covers vino, hors d'oeuvres and live jazz from the musicians of the DSA. The tasting takes place at the Doubletree Hotel, 8773 Yates Dr., Westminster. Call 303-280-3800 to make reservations.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu makes a historic appearance in Denver today on behalf of the PeaceJam Foundation, an international education co-op that employs Nobel Prize winners to work with youth (see "Peace Pipeline," page 23). Tutu's efforts at combating apartheid in South Africa earned him the prize in 1984; since then, he's been a leader in the quest for human rights in his native South Africa and the world, recently completing the difficult task of leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for South African president Nelson Mandela. Tutu will appear at McNichols Arena, where he'll discuss hate crimes and racial intolerance. Tickets for the event are $10-$40 and can be purchased by calling 303-830-TIXS.
May I take your coat? Tickets are still available for the ever-popular tale of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, the musical mainstay based on the Old Testament tribulations of Joseph and his brethren. A bona fide family-style crowd-pleaser, the show starts tonight and runs through December 1 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada. Tickets are $11-$14, and go on sale one hour before showtimes. For more information, call the box office at 303-431-3939.
If those swing threads are starting to seem a little less than amazing these days, perhaps Hipster Daddy-O & the Handgrenades can cure your fashion woes. The self-titled "World's Heaviest Swing Band" delivers a crunchier brand of jumpin' jive, peppering its retro activity with doses of garage rock and black-leather bluster. They'll explode tonight at the Fox Theatre, opening a double bill with the New Morty Show. The action will cost you $8 in folding green, and the house starts rockin' at 9. The Fox trots at 1135 13th St. in Boulder call 303-447-0083.
PBS's American Experience has provided some of the most compelling television of the past ten years, upping the stakes for public TV's existence along the way. Tonight the series continues this impressive trend with America 1900. Produced by filmmaker David Grubin and co-written with Judy Crichton, the three-hour documentary takes a look at the last turn of the century and the forces facing the nations's previous millennium crossing. America's past struggles with global issues, attacks on morality and the uncertainties of coming technology make this program especially timely for today's viewers. The show airs from 7 to 10 p.m. on KRMA-TV/Channel 6.