As the widow of late civil-rights champion Medgar Evers, Myrlie Evers-Williams already has ample claim to fame--but her legacy doesn't end there; she's an inspirational and respected figure in her own right. As the NAACP's first full-time chairwoman, in recent years Evers-Williams single-handedly rescued the foundering organization from insolvency. She'll discuss her experiences, which she chronicled in Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be, today at noon at a Denver Press Club luncheon; at 7:30 this evening she'll sign books at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th St. Admission to the press club event, which takes place at 1330 Glenarm Pl., is $10 (call 303-733-3613 for reservations); the book signing is free (call 303-436-1070 for details).
Here's the perfect place to do your bidding: The Metro State Center for the Visual Arts, 1701 Wazee St., hosts a Mayer Collection Benefit Auction tonight of twentieth-century works currently on display in the gallery. The impressive catalogue (which already makes for a smart-looking show) goes on the block beginning at 5:30; the fine folks from Christie's will oversee the proceedings, which ultimately benefit the center. Pre-registration is required; for tickets, $15 ($25 per couple), call 303-294-5207, ext. 10.
They're not nearly as extraterrestrial as the title implies--in fact, Boulder's Women From Mars are particularly down-to-earth. The collective of female musicians will get together tonight to prove that point when they throw a free Women From Mars Masquerade Ball with lots of live local music, a visual-art exhibit by the Axis Mundi Gallery, and a benefit raffle for the American Breast Cancer Society. The nicest part? The main event takes place at The Foundry, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, but impromptu musical performances featuring a whole feast of Martian women will continue for the next three days at Starbucks, 1427 Pearl St. on the Pearl Street Mall. For details call 303-447-1803.