Lucky E-Town--and lucky you. The Boulder-based public radio program snags some talented fallout from the weekend's RockyGrass fest in Lyons for a special taping tonight at 7 at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St. in Boulder. In addition to presenting its usual environmentally oriented conversations, E-Town will feature two incomparable duos: virtuoso mandolinist David Grisman and guitarist Tony Rice, along with country/folk songwriting sensations Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, all performing tunes for the audience and the airwaves. For tickets, $11, call 303-786-7030.
If you're one of those folks--and there are many--who never seem to tire of the magnetic Wild West mystique, a new book by Mesa State College history professor Paul Reddin might at least lay to rest one aspect of that age-old call of the wild. Reddin's scholarly study, Wild West Shows, takes on the era's greatest glamorizers, fromBuffalo Bill Cody to Tom Mix, exploring the roots, heyday and demise of their commercially driven art form. Reddin discusses and signs the book tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave. in Cherry Creek; for details call 303-322-7727.
Discover another side of film pioneer Charlie Chaplin--that of non-comedic director--when the Colorado Chautauqua Association presents the silent-screen comedian's A Woman of Paris as part of its summer Silent Film Series. But since Chaplin barely appears in the sophisticated drama starring Adolph Menjou and Edna Purviance--and then only in a momentary Hitchcockian walk-on--film fans hoping for a taste of the classic Little Tramp will appreciate the addition of the short Easy Street to the bill. In that little gem, Chaplin is a meek policeman who is challenged by a gargantuan street tough. Screenings of both films, with live accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, begin at 7:30 at the Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd., Boulder. Admission is $4 to $6 at the door; call 303-440-7666 for more information.