A former rock star leaves the life behind to reunite her three daughters--a Jesus freak, a confused beauty and a gender-questioning spelunker--in the same Georgia hometown where she abandoned the older two girls years earlier. Improbable? Maybe--but not a word of Dorothy Allison's novel Cavedweller rings untrue, and that's a real tribute to her skills as a fiction writer. It's a book that carries a tender, mortal weight, something that will be all the more evident when Allison stops over tonight at 7:30 at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl, Boulder, to read some passages. For details, call 303-447-2074.
Fine art? That's no lie--you'll see plenty of it when the Rule Modern & Contemporary Gallery, 111 Broadway, displays works by internationally known minimal sculptor Carl Andre and up-and-coming Brooklyn artist Melissa Kretschmer, whose three-dimensional, lo-fi media wall pieces have been praised in print by American artist Sol Lewitt. It's a rare chance to see work of this caliber up close, and it begins tonight with a reception from 6 to 9. The show continues through July 3; call 303-777-9473.
This weekend marks a double treat for film revival freaks, when two classics return to the screen for special showings. First, mountain man Charlie Chaplin waddles his way through the Yukon in a restored version of one of his best silent comedies, The Gold Rush, to lush live accompaniment by Marin Alsop and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The screening takes place at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow and 2:30 Sunday in Boettcher Hall, 14th and Curtis streets, where you'll see Chaplin famously eat his shoe to the strains of his own musical score; for tickets, $12 to $46, call 303-830-TIXS. In a similar but updated spirit, neo-realist director Vittorio De Sica heartbreakingly acknowledges the suffering of the common man in a fiftieth-anniversary re-release of The Bicycle Thief, opening today at the Mayan Theatre, 110 Broadway; for times and ticket prices, call 303-744-6796.
If you're tough enough to witness Zamora's Touring Sideshow, you're ready for anything. So leave your weak stomach at home: A real, live performing sideshow troupe led by former Jim Rose Circus member Zamora the Torture King, aka Tim Cridland, and featuring Flexx the Rubber Boy and George "The Giant" McArthur, this collection of sicko circus acts (Cridland's famous for piercing his cheeks with a meat skewer) lets it all hang out--and over, under, sideways and down--beginning at 9 at Rock Island, 1614 15th St., in a show that promises "more danger for your dollar." It's definitely not for the faint of heart. Call 303-572-ROCK for the gory details.
Dog days are here, and nothing announces it more directly than Bark at the Park: A Canine Carnival, an outdoor fair focused on Fido and friends today from 8 a.m. to noon at the City Park pavilion. And don't worry: You'll get to participate, too. The event features agility courses, biscuit bobbing and other interactive activities for dogs and humans, along with obedience demos and plenty of booths peddling the latest in canine paraphernalia. Admission is $25-$30 for adults, $10-$15 kids twelve and under (dogs and kids four and under admitted free); proceeds benefit the Diana Price Fish Foundation, the Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital, and Lesbian Cancer Support Services. For information, call 303-639-9110.
If you're a member of the under-ten set, Club Disney is the place to be today. You can bet that a whole mess of the area's best birthdays will be celebrated behind its unmistakable topsy-turvy, curvy edifice on Park Meadows Drive, off C-470 and Yosemite. The Club opened to the public earlier this month, offering interactive play opportunities, theme birthday parties, a thirty-foot slide, Mickey pizzas and more, all under one wavy roof. Come celebrate the grand opening today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; admission is $4.50 for adults and $8.50 for kids. Call 1-888-799-9246 or 303-799-9246, or log on to www.clubdisney.com for information or party reservations.
Some of us have a dream. In it are sensuous curves of beautiful stainless steel and enamel, gleaming polished-wood cabinets and myriad high-tech appliances that will slice, dice and otherwise maim your recipe ingredients into succulent submission atop endless countertop expanses. Yeah, right. Kitchens on Fire, a Boulder kitchen tour that benefits the Dairy Center for the Arts, may pale in comparison, but the reality of it could prove inspirational. Check out some of Boulder's best home-cooking facilities today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Finishing out the weekend tour, which began on Friday, is a 7 p.m. Grand Finale Dinner served in one of the tour homes. Tour-only admission is $10 (tickets available at the Dairy Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder), or $75 with dinner; for information or reservations, call 303-440-7826.
Or view another angle of Boulder living during Historic Boulder's 1999 Landmarks of the Future Spring House Tour, which showcases five modernistic homes near the foot of Flagstaff Mountain today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, $15 in advance ($18 on tour days), are available at Historic Boulder's offices, 646 Pearl St., and other Boulder locations; call 303-444-5192.
What a kick. If you've always wanted to learn to kickbox, here's an opportunity to do it in a hurry and help out the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The National Aerobic Kick-Boxing Marathon: Helping Families Get Fit offers three nonstop hours of instruction for $25, today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grant Middle School, 1751 S. Grant St. All you have to bring is your feet; call 303-987-1146.
Few folks have gone higher in life than David Breshears, the mountaineer and filmmaker who made headlines for carrying an IMAX camera to the tippy-top of Everest. Now he's written a book about his adventures--High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places--and he'll be in the area for a pair of slide presentation/book signings sponsored by local bookstores. Tonight at 7:30, the Boulder Bookstore presents Breshears at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder. Admission is $6.50; call 303-786-7030. Breshears appears tomorrow evening for the Tattered Cover at 7:30 at the Temple Events Center, 1595 Pearl St. General-admission tickets are free in advance with book purchase at either Tattered Cover store, additional tickets are $5, and kids under twelve are admitted free. Call 303-322-7727.
It's a Tuesday to remember, whether you like your sounds laid-back or super-charged. For the former, there's the Jerry Douglas Band, featuring Nashville dobroist extraordinaire Douglas, along with an all-star lineup that includes folksy stars Tim O'Brien and Maura O'Connell, performing tonight at 8 at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder. Tickets are $20; call 303-786-7030. And for the latter, you can relive the hopped-up new wave of the late '70s and early '80s when the reconstituted Blondie--the CBGB regulars who made the leap into unequivocal stardom with Heart of Glass, a bit of disco-crossover fluff that had your forebears dancing in the aisles with their gold chains jangling--get down all over again at 8 at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St. Tickets are $25; call 303-830-TIXS.
Here's a writer who never has to search for her voice: Bailey White already has a distinctive one, and it's heard across the country on National Public Radio. A scratchy drawl loaded with folksy pathos, White's voice is often the meat of her stories, which have made a lovely transition into the realm of fiction in her novel Quite a Year for Plums, a tale interweaving everyday rural existence with the deeper, more enduring issues of life. White reads from the book, now out in paperback, tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th St.; free tickets for a seat and place in line will be available beginning at 6:30. Call 303-436-1070.