Enormously popular but not the least bit stuffy--that's the trademark of travel guru Rick Steves, whose Travels in Europe series on PBS emphasizing the inexpensive and the undiscovered has captivated armchair voyagers everywhere. Steves, who will now embark on the new series The Best of the Mediterranean, lectures from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the KRMA-TV/Channel 6 studios, Rocky Mountain PBS, 1089 Bannock St., before a marathon airing of his shows from 3 to 8. Admission to hear Steves is free, but reservations are required; call 303-620-5731.
Still got the travel bug? You can trek to Indonesia and back in the course of an afternoon during A Celebration of Balinese Music and Dance, featuring music and dance by local Balinese orchestra Gamelan Tunas Mekar and visiting dancers from 4 to 7 at 9th Avenue West, 99 W. 9th Ave. Proceeds from the benefit will be used to ship new gamelan instruments here from Indonesia; for tickets, $20, call 303-433-3782.
Glam rock, that platform-shoed, gold-lamed, spike-haired, lipsticked, pop-culture dinosaur of the '70s, was simply made for the camera, and it proves positively photogenic in Velvet Goldmine, independent filmmaker Todd Haynes's re-creation of bygone days in the UK. The story of fictional flash-in-the-pan hero-performer Brian Slade and the mystery behind his eventual disappearance screens tonight (and again on February 2) at 7 and 9:30 at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder. Admission is $4.50; call 303-786-7030.
Donkeys and elephants may seem like strange bedfellows, but in Washington, anything's possible. How else do you explain the improbable marital merger of Democrat James Carville and Republican Mary Matalin, who met and wed after masterminding presidential campaigns for their respective parties in 1992? The controversial couple looks at the current presidency and ventures speculations about the next round of top-gun elections when they appear together as speakers for the Denver Distinguished Lecture Series, tonight at 7 at the Auditorium Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets. For tickets, ranging from $15 to $52, call 303-830-TIXS.
It's about a pig and some ski-bum drug-dealing hippies in the '70s, but that description just touches the surface of Scrapple, a low-budget wonder made in Telluride by filmmaker siblings Christopher and Geoffrey Hanson that's been opening critical eyes wherever it travels. Set in the fictitious town of Ajax, Colorado, and boasting a score by country bluesman Taj Mahal, Scrapple already bagged honors at the Telluride and Breckenridge film festivals; now it travels to the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder, for a pair of "meet-the-director" screenings tonight at 7 and 9:30. Admission is $5.25; call 303-786-7030.